Justice Watch

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

Judge Lerner-Wren Always 'Social Justice Driven'

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward County Court Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren was assigned the task of creating the nation's first Mental Health Court.

Judge Darrin P. Gayles

New Miami Federal Judge Among 10 Gay Nominees

By John Pacenti |

Gayles nomination shows "deep bench" of qualified gay black lawyers in South Florida.

Luis A. Cordero, partner with Cordero & Associates

Justice Watch: South Florida Feeling Brunt Of Immigration Crisis

By John Pacenti |

Lawyers are calling for due process for illegal unacompanied minor children.

William E. Davis

Got Civility? Judges, Lawyers Want To See More Of It In Court

By John Pacenti |

Judges and attorneys establish professionalism panels and a code of conduct to deal with the lack of civility in the courtroom.

The Two Women Attorneys At Forefront Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Challenge

By John Pacenti |

Elizabeth Schwartz and Sylvia Walbolt have vast experience in civil and gay rights legal issues.

Federico Moreno

Justice Watch: And Federico Moreno's Successor is...

By John Pacenti |

Judge K. Michael Moore will takeover for Federico Moreno as Chief U.S. District Judge when his term comes to a close.

DLA Piper attorney Jeremy Elman

Justice Watch: Supreme Court Could Make Litigation More Difficult For Patent Trolls

By John Pacenti |

As a perpetually gridlocked Congress wrestles with passing meaningful patent litigation reform, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped up in recent months with a spate of opinions that look to rein in so-called patent trolls.

Justice Watch: Public Will Likely Never Know About Unethical Federal Prosecutors

By John Pacenti |

A watchdog group's report says the Justice Department has a policy of not naming rogue prosecutors.

Justice Watch: Death Penalty Opponents Laud Florida Supreme Court Decision

By John Pacenti |

Death penalty opponents say the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Florida's IQ standard in death penalty cases further undermines support for capital punishment in America.

Real Estate broker Edie Laquer

Arbitration Heats Up Miami Worldcenter Litigation

By John Pacenti |

An arbitration case adds to heated litigation between power broker Edie Laquer and the developers of Miami Worldcenter.

Jose Ferrer

Justice Watch: Miami A Hub For International Arbitration

By John Pacenti |

Miami is becoming a hub for international arbitration as evident by more than 1,000 lawyers who came to Miami to attend the International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress.

Sarah Zabel

Justice Watch: Gay Marriage Suit Puts Judge Zabel In Spotlight

By John Pacenti |

Conservative groups are pressuring Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to put on hold a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage.

Rickenbacker Marina

Justice Watch: Rickenbacker Marina Operator Says City Sabotaging Lease

By John Pacenti |

Operators of Rickenbacker Marina say the city of Miami is trying to cut them out of the bidding process for revamping Virginia Key.

Wililam Hoeveler

Justice Watch: Federal Judge Hoeveler To Retire

By John Pacenti |

South Florida lawyers compared Senior U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler to Lincoln after the court announced his retirement from the bench.

Justice Watch: General Motors Dilemma May Leave Scar on Bankruptcy Law

By John Pacenti |

The GM bankruptcy has thrown a curve ball in the mushrooming litigation over recalled vehicles.

The Statue of Liberty

Justice Watch: CABA Pro Bono Project Helps Undocumented Teens

By John Pacenti |

The CABA Pro Bono Project represents unaccompanied minor immigrants from Central America, whose numbers are increasing in the U.S.

Barry Mukamal

Justice Watch: Suit Claims D.R. Horton Left Miami Gardens HOA In A Mess

By John Pacenti |

Bankruptcy trustee Barry Mukamal claims homebuilder D.R. Horton left a Miami Gardens homeowner association in financial ruin when the housing bubble burst.

Harley S. Tropin

Justice Watch: Bitcoin, What Is It And Why It Stirs Worries Of Criminal Activity

By John Pacenti |

Bitcoins are new and not fully regulated, making officials fret over opportunities for abuse and money laundering until regulators get their arms fully around it.

Kenneth R. Hartmann

Justice Watch: Going To Court To Fight Counterfeit Merchandise

By John Pacenti |

Big-name manufacturers are striking back against counterfeit goods in Florida with an increased presence in court and at the port, and by targeting third parties.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Justice Watch: Decision Allowing Pretrial Seizure Of Assets Decried

By John Pacenti |

Defense attorneys say the U.S. Supreme Court turned the presumption of innocence on its head with a decision on assets seized before trial.

Sarah Zabel

Justice Watch: Judge Zabel Perfect Fit For High-Profile Gay Marriage Ban Case

By John Pacenti |

Attorneys describe Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel as a hard-working and thoughtful judge—and a good fit to oversee a challenge to Florida's ban on gay marriage.

Christina Kitterman

Justice Watch: Legal Community Questions Tactics Of Scott Rothstein As Witness

By John Pacenti |

The jury is out among lawyers if the defense team did the right thing in calling notorious con man Scott Rothstein as a witness for former employee and attorney Christina Kitterman, who faces federal wire fraud conspiracy charges.

Katherine Murphy

Justice Watch: Appeal Seeks To Reinstate $155M Aventura Verdict

By John Pacenti |

Katherine Murphy, principal at the Aventura City of Excellence School, was accused by City Manager Eric Soroka of taking bribes to allow students to skip the waiting list and get into the popular city-owned K-8 charter school. Publicly calling her a thief, Soroka fired Murphy in 2006 and her life went into a tailspin.

Bruce Katzen

Justice Watch: Grandchildren Going To Court Over Real Estate Trust Money

By John Pacenti |

Attorney Bruce Katzen represents a woman who claims her brother, as trustee of a trust established for their mother, violated his fiduciary duty by doling out gifts to himself and draining the trust to about $300,000.

Margaret Mevers, partner at Lydecker Diaz in Miami.

Justice Watch: Labor, Employment Attorneys Face Brave New World In 2014

By John Pacenti |

From pregnancy to social media to marijuana, labor and employment issues abound for 2014.

Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club Seeks Bankruptcy As Refuge From 'Serial Litigator'

By John Pacenti |

The Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club has sought refuge in bankruptcy court from Samuel "Sandy" Rosen, a retired attorney described by a court-appointed trustee as a "serial litigator."