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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."

Paul Wright, executive director, Lance Weber, General Counsel.Human Rights Defense Center, Lake Worth

Justice Watch: Prison Legal News Is Filing, Winning Federal Lawsuits

By John Pacenti |

Every issue of Prison Legal News contains news inmates can use, but many jails and some prisons don't want them to have it.

Robert M. Siegel

Justice Watch: Forced-Place Insurance Policies May Soon Be Tamed

By John Pacenti |

Attorneys suing banks and insurers say rule changes by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could finally put an end to the gouging of homeowners on forced-place insurance policies.

Justice Watch: Berger Singerman Wraps Up Little-Known Bankruptcy

By John Pacenti |

Mortgage company Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, one of the nation's largest bankruptcies, winds down with Berger Singerman lawyers steering the way in what was once believed to be a "hopeless" case.

Justice Watch: Foreclosure Attorneys Targeted In 3rd DCA Ruling

By John Pacenti |

Two Miami foreclosure attorneys say they were just doing their jobs defending homeowners when they ended up being targeted in an appellate decision by Third District Court of Appeal Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.

Justice Watch: Rothstein's Testimony Wanted, But Who Pays For His Trip To Court?

By John Pacenti |

Prosecutors tell former Rothstein attorney Christina Kitterman that if she wants to cross-examine the con man at her forthcoming trial, she has to pay for his travel expenses.

Justice Watch: Lawyers Fight More Noncompetes With Improving Economy

By John Pacenti |

For many labor and employment attorneys, noncompete agreements are the hot issue of the day and becoming a bigger part of their practices.

Justice Watch: Historic Agreement Protecting Homeless May Be In Jeopardy

By John Pacenti |

Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno will decide whether Miami's 15-year-old landmark agreement protecting homeless people is outdated.

Justice Watch: UBS In The Hot Seat Amid Puerto Rican Bond Crisis

By John Pacenti |

Five years after becoming the poster child for the Department of Justice's war on banking secrecy and offshore accounts, Switzerland's UBS finds itself in the eye of another potential tempest, this time the Puerto Rican bond crisis.

Justice Watch: Cemetery operators face class action appeals

By John Pacenti |

A federal appeals courts and the Florida Supreme Court are considering whether families suing South Florida cemetery operators for losing the locations of their loved ones' graves can bring class actions or must litigate individually.

Justice Watch: More Latin American Disputes End Up In Miami Court

By John Pacenti |

A Bolivian's lawsuit against an Israeli gun manufacturer illustrates an increase in Latin American cases in state and federal courts in South Florida.

Justice Watch: Miami-Dade Property Dispute Leads To Sibling Rivalry

By John Pacenti |

A brother and sister are fighting it out in Miami-Dade Circuit Court over the rights to retail buildings with high-profile addresses in Miami Beach and Coral Gables.

Justice Watch: Software A New Frontier In IP Law

By John Pacenti |

A legal fight between two Russian companies over propriety software to unlock passwords lands in a U.S. court and reflects the current state of intellectual property law.

Justice Watch: Jailhouse Snitching An 'Epidemic,' Defense Attorneys Say

By John Pacenti |

Defense attorneys say that inmates selling, stealing or trading for information in order to become bogus trial witnesses is at epidemic proportions at Miami's Federal Detention Center.