Most Effective Lawyers 2013
Although the economy continues to improve and many South Florida law firms feel better about their business prospects, post-recession pressures remain on leaders who must deliver upside financial results year after year. Clients want fees reduced. Corporate in-house departments are demanding higher levels of accountability from outside counsel. And expense cuts remain an important order of the day.
Despite the continued pressures, there has been one constant within the South Florida bar. A vast majority of the legal community members did what they were hired to do: In both the private and public sectors, they served their clients well. As proof, the Daily Business Review is again recognizing some of the best work delivered by private and public sector lawyers from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties via Most Effective Lawyers in South Florida.
This year, the Review is recognizing more than 80 attorneys in 12 practice area categories.
They include: Appellate, Arbitration and Mediation, Bankruptcy, Business and Complex Litigation, Corporate Securities, Criminal, Distressed Real Estate, Personal Injury, Pro Bono, Product Liability, Public Interest and Real Estate.
As always, the attorneys were measured on one critical benchmark: the results for the client.
This year, there were plenty:
— The assistant public defender who went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to successfully challenge the use of a drug sniffing dog by police detectives who entered a Miami-Dade County residence without a search warrant.
— The attorneys who forced arbitration on behalf of their defense contractor client in a five-year battle against the government of Venezuela.
— The lawyers who labored long and hard to get a deal that will pay millions to creditors in the infamous Rothstein Ponzi scheme case.