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Stephen Sandiford and Steven Lear.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Corporate Securities

Bilzin Sumberg attorneys Steven Lear and R. Stephen Sandiford represented Lennar Corp. in closing commitments totaling $2.2 billion for its long-term multifamily development fund.

Adam Foslid and David Coulson.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Class Action

Greenberg Traurig shareholders David Coulson and Adam Foslid won a federal court order rejecting class certification on defective product claims against Rheem.

Bonnie Navin, Robert Kelley and Kimberly Wald.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Medical Malpractice

Attorneys Bonnie Navin, Robert Kelley and Kimberly Wald made a risky move in choosing arbitration over trial in a case that likely would have tugged at jurors' heartstrings.

Scott Srebnick, Howard Srebnick and Joshua Shore.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Appellate

Miami attorney Howard Srebnick, associate Joshua Shore and brother Scott Srebnick combined for a U.S. Supreme Court win on money used to hire defense attorneys.

Eric Singer and Albert E. Dotson.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Real Estate

Bilzin Sumberg's Albert Dotson Jr. and Eric Singer represented the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium in negotiations with Miami-Dade County for a $350 million revamp.

Charles M. Tatelbaum.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Bankruptcy

Fort Lauderdale attorney Charles Tatelbaum is the Most Effective Lawyers winner in the bankruptcy category.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Criminal

High-profile murder cases distinguish Assistant State Attorney Gail Levine's decades-long career.

Todd Michaels and Alan Goldfarb.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Personal Injury

Todd Michaels and Alan Goldfarb reached a settlement in the shooting death of a man in a fight outside a nightclub.

Joshua Rittenberg and Ryan Patch.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: IP

When B/E Aerospace was accused of infringing on three aircraft toilet patents, general counsel Ryan Patch and his team fought the claim and delivered a royal flush.

Iris Escarra and Carlos R. Lago.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Government Relations and Regulation

Greenberg Traurig Miami shareholders Iris Escarra and Carlos Lago helped developer Moishe Mana gain unanimous approval from the Miami City Commission for the transformative Mana Wynwood Special Area Plan.

Norberto Quintana.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: International

Holland & Knight Partner Norberto Quintana advised Colombia's infrastructure development bank on more than $2.3 billion of financing in five transactions that helped create or improve toll roads, bridges and tunnels in Colombia.

James B. Baldinger, Stacey K. Sutton and M. Derek Harris.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers — Complex/Business Litigation

A team of Carlton Fields attorneys represented Sprint in the pursuit of cell phone thieves, producing 72 lawsuits against 263 alleged handset traffickers.

From left, Kenneth Hartmann, Tucker Ronzetti,  Erica Selig, Dante P. Trevisani, and Randall C. Berg Jr.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Public Interest

Attorneys from the nonprofit Florida Justice Institute teamed with Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton lawyers for a high-profile class-action against the Florida Department of Corrections and its former medical contractor, Corizon LLC.

From Left, Gregory Boulos, Ryan Cobbs, Stephen Krigbaum, Ashley Drumm, Garth Yearick, and Angela Puentes-Leon, with Carlton Fields.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Products Liability

Carlton Fields helped Union Carbide get dismissals or settlements in hundreds of Miami-Dade asbestos cases in under two years.

Daily Business Review's 12th Annual Most Effective Lawyers

The 12th annual Most Effective Lawyers special report recognizes the impressive work performed by South Florida lawyers in the past year.

Daily Business Review Best of 2016

Welcome to the Daily Business Review's annual Best of Reader Rankings in which our loyal readers cast their votes for their favorite vendors. The companies ranked in this magazine are the firms that readers said are the best of the best covering all aspects of business, from technology to banking to client services.

Ed Pozzuoli.

Tripp Scott Forms Governmental Consulting Affiliate

By Meghan Tribe |

Fort Lauderdale law firm Tripp Scott's government affairs practice has joined forces with state lobbying firm Ericks Consultants Inc. to create a new governmental consulting group, Tripp Scott Ericks (TSE) Consulting.

In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 photo, John Stokes, center, culls Apalachicola oysters while his two sons Ryan, left, and Wesley Stokes tong oysters from the bottom of Apalachicola Bay near Eastpoint, Fla. The local oyster industry in Apalachicola is under threat from water-flow issues, environmental concerns, health and safety regulations and economic realities. Apalachicola-based oyster houses have either stopped selling to restaurants on the wholesale market or have opted to supplement their supply with oysters from Texas and Louisiana.

Georgia-Florida Water Fight Now in Hands of Special Master

By David Sharp |

A monthlong trial aimed at settling a high-stakes water dispute between Georgia and Florida ended with a special master imploring both sides to negotiate a settlement.

Judge Allows Police Officer's Whistleblower Suit to Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

A strongly worded order from a federal appellate court allows a whistleblower suit by a former police officer who accused two law enforcement agencies of racial profiling to proceed.

Albert Dotson Jr. of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod.

From Basketball Court to Law, Attorney's Atypical Career Path a Slam Dunk

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorney Albert Dotson Jr. combines real estate and advocacy experience with a love for his community.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

10 Attorneys Disciplined by Florida Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplined 10 South Florida attorneys, including one who was disbarred

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

Appeals Court Reverses in Favor of Homeowner in Insurance Claim Case

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of property insurance policyholders in a Thursday decision addressing damage with two or more causes.

4th DCA Judge Melanie May.

Appeals Court Wipes Out $6M Verdict Against Tobacco Company for Adult Daughter of Smoker

By Samantha Joseph |

There's a big-dollar difference between compensatory awards for minors and those for adult children in product-liability tobacco cases.

Luxury cruise ship Caribbean Princess at Stavanger.

Princess Cruise Lines Agrees to $40M Pollution Penalty

By Celia Ampel |

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. has agreed to pay a $40 million criminal penalty for deliberately polluting the ocean and covering it up, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Human Rights Claims Against Chiquita for Funding Colombian Paramilitaries Will Proceed in U.S. Court

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A federal judge has ruled that lawsuits filed against Chiquita by families of victims of Colombian paramilitaries paid by Chiquita to protect its former workers and banana farms from other paramilitary groups will be heard in the U.S., not in Colombia, as Chiquita had proposed. But nearly 2,000 additional plaintiffs first named in an amended complaint in missed the statute of limitations.

Murder-for-hire Plot Heads to Second Trial

By Terry Spencer |

A retrial is ready to start in a murder-for-hire plot featured on the television show "Cops."

Doberman dog

Appeals Court Reverses in Favor of Woman Bitten by Dog

By Celia Ampel |

Dog owners are always liable for any injuries their pets' bites cause, a Florida appellate court ruled Wednesday.

Protesters gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, June 27, the day the justices stuck down a Texas abortion clinic law.

Appeals Court Backs Notifying Minor's Parents Before Abortion

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

With one judge pointing to a lack of "sufficient maturity to make this critical decision," a state appeals court rejected a minor's attempt to get an abortion without her parents being notified.

C. Alan Lawson, left, Wendy Berger and Daniel Gerber

3 Names Sent to Governor for State Supreme Court Opening

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A lawyer who once worked to keep David Duke off the presidential ballot in Florida and two appellate judges who pledged to use judicial restraint are on a short list of replacements for retiring Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

Boutique and Practice Specific Law Firm Guide 2016

The guide is designed to be useful to in-house counsel, legal professionals and business executives who are searching for legal advice in a specific area.

Attorney Wins Suit Forestalling Hike in Florida Workers' Comp Premiums

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida businesses have a Miami attorney to thank for staving off a 14.5 percent rate hike in workers' comp insurance premiums.

YMCA Board Secretary Kurt Zimmerman from Zimmerman & Associates, Shutts partner and incoming YMCA Board Chair Jacqueline Howe, Shutts partner Brendan Barry, Shutts associate Jereme Geller, YMCA of South Florida CEO Sheryl Woods and architect Manny Synalovski of Synalovski Romanik Saye on-site at the future home of the YMCA in Fort Lauderdale.

Pro Bono Attorneys Negotiate 50-Year YMCA Lease

By Carla Vianna |

Two Shutts & Bowen attorneys help the YMCA of South Florida ink a 50-year lease deal with Fort Lauderdale for a new downtown facility.

Jeremy Alters

Referee Recommends No Discipline for Lawyer Jeremy Alters

By Celia Ampel |

A Florida Supreme Court-appointed referee found prominent attorney Jeremy Alters should not be disciplined by the court.

Cuba-Focused Lawyers Weigh Implications of Castro's Death

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

For lawyers assessing how Fidel Castro's death might affect economic and other relations with Cuba, the answer is a seeming paradox: It means both very little and a lot.

Judge Rules for Residents in Aventura Condo Fight

By Carla Vianna |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Bagley finds residents have standing to challenge Prive at Island Estates, a luxury project on a neighboring island in Aventura.

Judge Halts Workers’ Comp Rate Hike Over Sunshine Issues

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

Little more than a week before businesses were slated to get hit with increased workers' compensation insurance rates, a Leon County circuit judge blocked the hike because of violations of Florida's Sunshine Law.

High Court Hopefuls Pitch Conservative Credentials

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

The 11 candidates hoping to join the Florida Supreme Court present a stark contrast to Justice James E.C. Perry, who is stepping down after seven years on the court due to a constitutionally mandated retirement.

Paul Hastings Advises on Caribbean Bond

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A New York legal team represents the owner of the biggest power plant in Trinidad and Tobago on a $600 million international bond offering.

Fort Lauderdale Lawyer Secures $7M Civil Sexual Assault Verdict Against Rapper

By Celia Ampel |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Brad Edwards won a $7.1 million verdict against rapper The Game.

Cory Ciklin

New Panel Sides with Homeowner as Judicial and Civil Rules Collide

By Samantha Joseph |

An appellate court reversed a circuit judge who closed a case without notice to clear his docket of languishing lawsuits.

Raoul G. Cantero.

Lawyers Secure Rare Reversal Without Oral Argument in Federal Trade Secrets Case

By Celia Ampel |

White & Case attorneys won a federal appellate court victory, with the court making the unusual move to reverse the district court without holding oral arguments.

Jose Astigarraga: From Bailiff to Banking Law to Arbitration

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Prominent international arbitrator Jose Astigarraga credits his family's history as Cuban refugees for teaching him the importance of foresight, which has driven his life and career.

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Florida Supreme Court Approves, Rejects Death Sentences

By News Service of Florida |

The court split on two appeals challenging death sentences.

Third District Court of Appeal

Court: Verizon Owes FPL $2.6M on Pole Leases

By News Service of Florida |

The Third District Court of Appeal rules Verizon improperly reduced its payments to a quarter of the contract provisions.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 photo, construction of a timeshare resort goes on around the condo of Julieta Corredor, an 81-year-old widow that refused to sell her unit to one of the nations largest timeshare companies. The Corredors say their case is a matter of principle on property rights and that they feel bullied by developer Westgate. Westgate officials say the family is being greedy and awaiting a bigger offer. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Holdout Family Sues Over Timeshare Tower Construction

By Mike Schneider |

A South Florida family that is refusing to sell a vacation townhouse to one of the world's largest timeshare companies is suing Orange County in an effort to stop the company from continuing construction on a timeshare tower just 12 feet from the townhouse.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga of the Florida Supreme Court.

State Chief Justice Ordered Probe of Death Penalty Lawyer

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

In a highly unusual move, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has ordered an investigation of a death penalty lawyer who has repeatedly missed critical deadlines, was involved in a capital case in which roach-infested boxes of documents were destroyed by rain and who is currently representing two inmates who are trying to fire her.

Charles M. Tatelbaum.

Outside Clownsel: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade a Funny Side Gig

By Celia Ampel |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Chuck Tatelbaum shows his silly side once a year as a clown in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Court Finds Law for Selling Entire Condominium Projects is Not Retroactive

By Samantha Joseph |

Bad news for older condo associations: A ruling from the Third District Court of Appeal found that Florida's law governing terminations, or sale of entire condominium projects, does not automatically apply to properties built before 2007.

Shutts & Bowen Lawyer Tapped for Top Military Role

By Celia Ampel |

Edward O'Sheehan of Shutts & Bowen has been selected as the top military attorney for the Florida Army National Guard.

Miami Partner Tapped to Grow McDermott's Corporate Practice

By Gina Passarella |

In the wake of McDermott Will & Emery's broader leadership changes, Miami-based private equity partner Harris Siskind has been named to fill the open position of global head of the firm's corporate and transactional practice.

DBR Recognizes 2016 Most Effective Lawyers

By Staff report |

The extraordinary work of South Florida lawyers will be recognized in a special report Dec. 5.

David Oscar, left, and former Columbian President Alvaro Uribe at a press conference on Nov. 17, 2016.

Colombian Politician Fighting Extradition Free on $1M Bond

By Samantha Joseph |

U.S. Magistrate Judge John O'Sullivan granted a $1.1 million bond to Colombian politician Andres Felipe Arias, who is fighting extradition from the U.S. on corruption charges.

Richard Bec, of counsel with the Miami's Espinosa, Trueba & Martinez.

The Trump Presidency and Societal Views of the LGBTQ Community

By Commentary by Richard Bec |

The First Amendment and changing societal views are making it harder for the government to be the judge of what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to trademarks, writes attorney Richard Bec.

How Yolly Roberson Rose From Outsider to Representative

By Samantha Joseph |

North Miami attorney Yolly Roberson navigates two cultures to serve her community.

Arbitration and Mediation Special Report: It's All in the Details

In the Daily Business Review’s Arbitration and Mediation Special Report, articles focus on drafting agreements, what to expect out of mediation and other topics.

Alan Dimond of Greenberg Traurig.

Flagstone Free to Continue Watson Island Development Following Appellate Victory

By Carla Vianna |

Flagstone Property Group is free to move forward with its mixed-use project on Watson Island, but a change in Miami law may have opened a door for future legal challenges.

Passengers of Plane That Caught Fire to File Florida Suit

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida law firms are representing passengers on board a plane that caught fire last month on the runway in Chicago.

4th DCA

Lawyer Whose Bathroom Break Caused Case to Be Tossed Wins Reversal

By Samantha Joseph |

An attorney who thought he had time for a quick bathroom run returned to the courtroom to find the judge granting summary judgment to opposing counsel in a premises liability case.

The Mediation Toolbox: What's at Your Disposal at Every Step?

By Commentary by Stephanie Reed Traband |

Explore prospects for mediation early and often because it's not all about getting to the next stage, writes attorneey Stephanie Reed Traband.

Reassess Expectations: Finding Value in Mediation

By Commentary by Christopher Marlowe |

Court-ordered mediation forces the parties to focus on the desired result, whether or not it's attainble, writes attorney Christopher Marlowe.

How a Great Trial Lawyer Can Become a Great Mediation Lawyer

By Commentary by Oscar A. Sanchez |

A trial lawyer's argumentative style can hurt in mediation, so curbing that impulse is necessary to succeed, writes attorney Oscar A. Sanchez.

Read the Fine Print: Arbitration Agreement May Have Benefits for Consumers

By Commentary by Laura M. Reich |

Terms favorable to consumers may make arbitration a better option than class actions, writes attorney Laura M. Reich.

Forced Arbitration of Consumer Claims Equals Justice Denied

By Commentary by Robert C. Gilbert |

Robert C. Gilbert, plaintiffs coordinating counsel in multidistrict litigation against some of the nation's biggest banks, insists forced consumer arbitration should be banned.

Do Arbitrators Have Sanctions Authority in Domestic Arbitrations?

By Commentary by John M. Barkett |

The short answer is yes, writes attorney John M. Barkett. Many domestic arbitration clauses provide for sanctions and have been upheld on appeal.

Angelika Hunnefeld and Ricardo A. Gonzalez.

A Clause Worth Fighting For: Tips for Drafting an Effective Arbitration Agreement

By Commentary by Angelika Hunnefeld and Ricardo A. Gonzalez |

Leaving a court to fill in the unspecified blanks in an arbitration clause may put a company in a bad position, write attorneys Angelika Hunnefeld and Ricardo A. Gonzalez.

Construction Mediation Presents Unique Challenges and Opportunities

By Commentary by William J. Cea |

Information sharing and full preparation are imperative to improve the chances of mediation success, writes attorney William J. Cea.

Last Call for Settlement — Appellate Mediation

By Commentary by Mary April |

Federal and state appellate courts make provisions for mediation, just when you thought the chance of amicable resolution was over, writes attorney Mary April.

Flames are seen coming from a tower at the Refineria de Cartagena SA (Reficar), a subsidiary of Ecopetrol SA, in Cartagena, Colombia, on Friday, May 20, 2016. Ecopetrol says it's importing Marlim crude from Brazil to complement local crude diet at Reficar. Reficar has been producing nearly 140,000 barrels per day. Photographer: Mariana Grief/Bloomberg

Dozens of Firms Land Work on Pacific E&G's Historic Restructuring

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Representing Pacific Exploration & Production, a small army of Proskauer Rose lawyers negotiated the largest restructuring of debt in Colombian history: $5.5 billion.

Video Hearings Challenged in Mental Health Cases

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

Public defenders this week asked the Florida Supreme Court to at least temporarily block judges in Lee County from holding videoconference hearings in cases about whether mentally ill people should be involuntarily committed to treatment facilities.

Judge Vacates Sanctions Against Boies, Schiller & Flexner Attorney

By Celia Ampel |

A judge vacated the sanctions he imposed against a Miami tobacco defense attorney for wasting a witness' time.

Vizcayne condo tower, at 253 NE 2nd St.

More Litigation in Store for Vizcayne Condos

By Samantha Joseph |

Two massive construction defect suits are brewing over luxury high-rise towers in downtown Miami.

Legal Academia Pioneer M. Minnette Massey Dies at 89

By Meghan Tribe |

M. Minnette Massey, one of the first 14 female law professors in the United States and a leading advocate for diversity, died on Nov. 13 at the age of 89.

Cozen O'Connor Doubles Office Size After Acquisition

By Carla Vianna |

Cozen O'Connor has inked a lease expansion at the Southeast Financial Center following its acquisition of Feldman Gale in Miami.

South Florida Marketing Agency Wins $2.5 Million Verdict in Copyright Case

By Celia Ampel |

West Palm Beach lawyers won a $2.55 million verdict earlier this month in a copyright infringement case.

Reince Priebus.

Law School Classmates Call Priebus a 'Voice of Reason' for Trump White House

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fellow students from Reince Priebus' University of Miami days said they hope he'll be the even-keeled yin to Donald Trump's unpredictable yang.

Florida Supreme Court justices. Back row: Justices Ricky Polston, Peggy A. Quince, Charles T. Canady, James E. C. Perry. Front Row: Barbara J. Pariente, Jorge Labarga, R. Fred Lewis

All 11 Applicants Get Interviews for Florida Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

Interviews are scheduled Nov. 28 for the opening left by the retirement of Justice James Perry.

Glen Waldman, Heller Waldman, Coconut Grove

Fiercely Fought Condo Fight Postponed Until Next Spring

By Carla Vianna |

The next step in a three-year dispute facing Prive at Island Estates: The defendants will argue the issue of standing against residents trying to halt the project.

Eric Rosen, left, and Kimberly Wald of Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale.

Kelley/Uustal Team Wins $27.5M Verdict for Smoker's Family

By Celia Ampel |

Attorneys from Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale won a $27.5 million award for the widower of a smoker.

Former Miami-Dade Judge Joins Bryan Cave

By Celia Ampel |

Former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge J. Perez has moved to Bryan Cave from Squire Patton Boggs.

J-School Grad Followed His Father's Footsteps Into Municipal Law

By Carla Vianna |

Arnstein & Lehr's Keith Poliakoff switched from a budding career in journalism to a legal career focused on government.

Pam Bondi

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins Trump Transition Team

The Republican attorney general who jumped on the Trump bandwagon early is joining the team.

U.S. Attorney General Recognizes South Florida Prosecutors

By Celia Ampel |

Several assistant U.S. attorneys were recognized for their work against drug trafficking and for prosecuting the Scott Rothstein case.

Florida Medical Marijuana Passage Opens Doors for Firms, Raises Employment Law Questions

By Celia Ampel |

Some South Florida law firms have been preparing for the legalization of medical marijuana for years.

Alan Koslow.

Former Becker & Poliakoff Attorney Gets Reduced Sentence in Money Laundering Case

By Celia Ampel |

Former Becker & Poliakoff attorney Alan Koslow was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in prison for money laundering.

Judge Frank A. Shepherd, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

JNC Seeks Applications to Replace 3rd DCA Judge Shepherd

By Staff Report |

Judge Frank Shepherd, who is leaving the bench after 13 years, is best known for his expertise in property rights and real estate.

Retired Jupiter Attorney Fined Nearly $1 Million and Sentenced to Eight Months in Jail

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former Jupiter council woman has been sentenced to eight months jail and nearly $1 million in restitution for filing false income tax returns.

John Contini.

Broward Judge Contini Gets Reprimand in Ethics Case

By Carla Vianna |

Circuit Judge John Contini must submit to a public reprimand and write an apology for his missteps.

Broward County Judge Nina Di Pietro

Some Narrow Victories for Newly Elected South Florida Judges

By Celia Ampel |

Some South Florida judicial elections ended in sweeping victories, while other bench contests came down to just a few thousand votes.

Legal and Litigation Departments of the Year

The Daily Business Review once again is recognizing the achievements of powerhouse in-house attorneys and law firm litigation departments.

Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in New York.

How President Trump Could Change the Face of Florida Courts

By Celia Ampel |

Trump's "law and order" philosophy will define his picks for the federal bench and the U.S. attorney's office in South Florida, observers say.

Miami Voters Authorize Lawsuits Against City

By Carla Vianna |

Responding to dismissed lawsuits, voters approve a charter amendment to give residents the power to confront the city in court.

David Johnson, Hildy Sastre and William Geraghty.

Products Liability: Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Tobacco litigation is tough, but Shook Hardy attorneys have a history of winning some cases outright and facing lower-than-average punitive damage awards in cases they lose.

Harold “Ed” Patricoff, Steven M. Ebner and Michael J. Rune II.

General Litigation, Large Department: Shutts & Bowen

The Miami-based law firm played key roles in litigation over the collapse of a garage under construction at Miami Dade College, assets allegedly hidden by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley and issues in Libya and Japan.

Sitting, Patricia M. Carlson and David S. Brafman. Standing, Brice S. Dumais, Peter A. Chiabotti, Mark D. Passler and Amy S. Price.

Intellectual Property: Akerman

Firm attorneys count AT&T, the rapper Logic and Estee Lauder among its IP clients.

Matthew P. Leto, Andrew C. Hall, Adam S. Hall and Adam J. Lamb.

Small Litigation Department: Hall, Lamb and Hall

Attorneys at Hall, Lamb and Hall take on David-and-Goliath battles and often end up winning big for the underdog.

Sitting, Steven J. Brodie and Thomas J. Meeks. Standing, Jason P. Kairalla, Daniel G. Enriquez and David L. Luck.

Insurance: Carlton Fields

In three cases for insurance companies, the law firm kept its clients free of liability in cases seeking $111 million.

Meredith Delcamp and Joshua Smith.

Real Estate: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

A case of encroachment on 3,715 square feet of vacant land ended only after a contempt of court order was obtained by the legal team.

Caryl S. Shuman, Bruce Moldow and Gwendolyn H. Forster.

In-House Small Department: Moss & Associates

The fast-growing general contractor is up to $1.2 billion in annual revenue with contracts handled by 1.5 in-house lawyers. That's right — one-and-a-half.

Back row, Darryll Fawcett, Michael Akhavan, Adam Ginder and Kendahl Voelker. Middle row, Santyanna Felder,
Martin Mack, Daniel Marinberg and Timothy Cappuccilli. Front row, Karen Osbourne, Milagros Shearer, Annette
Sweet, Liana Arevalo and Peta Gayle Bailey.

Technology: Vertical Bridge Holdings

With more than 50,000 wireless transmission locations to manage, the Boca Raton-based company's legal department uses its own technology to host in-house digital documents.

Outside Counsel Management: Memorial Healthcare System

The general counsel's office at the Memorial Healthcare System is recognized for cost controls and early intervention on legal issues.

Cassie Sadowitz and Megha Parekh.

Rising Star: Jacksonville Jaguars

Megha Parekh took over as chief legal officer of the Jacksonville team at 27 and is still having fun on the job four years later.

Community Service, Large Department: Marriott Vacations Worldwide

The legal department at the world's largest publicly traded timeshare company created a mentoring program for minorities at an Orlando high school.

In-House, Small Department: Main Street America Group

The general counsel at the Jacksonville insurance company volunteers for a domestic violence shelter, Boy Scouts of America and the American Lung Association.

Jill Silverman, Michelle L. Keusch, Victoria J, Kincke and Barbara E. Overton.

In-House, Large Department: Interval Leisure Group

The South Miami-based timeshare manager nearly doubled in size with the $1.5 billion acquisition of a Starwood subsidiary.

Sitting, Eliot Pedrosa and Hilarie Bass. Standing, Joseph Z. Fleming, David A.
Coulson and Ronald M. Rosengarten.

Labor and Employment: Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig successfully argued liability issues that reduced Stiefel Laboratories' exposure in employee stock bonus litigation from a potential $200 million to under $200,000.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

Stockbroker Pleads Guilty in $131M Securities Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

A Boca Raton stockbroker pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks from a company executive to buy the company's stock with his clients' money.

Classification Rules: Is Your Employee Exempt From New Overtime Payments?

By Commentary by Cheryl Wilke |

A new salary standard for overtime payments kicks in Dec. 1, writes attorney Cheryl Wilke.

Juan Enjamio, left, and Robert Scavone Jr., right.

US Employers Could Be Liable for Discrimination Committed Abroad

By Commentary by Juan C. Enjamio and Robert Scavone Jr. |

U.S. anti-discrimination laws potentially apply in foreign settings, write attorneys Juan E. Enjamio and Robert Scavone Jr.

Yamilet Hurtado, left, and April Boyer of K&L Gates.

Could Predictive Scheduling Spread Across the Nation?

By Commentary by April Boyer and Yamilet Hurtado |

A new trend is spreading across the nation. Legislators and employee rights advocates call it "predictive" scheduling. Employers often refer to it as "restrictive" scheduling. For employers (especially in the food service, hospitality, and retail sectors), whatever you call these new scheduling laws, the question is whether the legal trend of mandating how employers schedule employees will spread across the country.

Attorney General Janet Reno testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on 1996 campaign finance investigation, June 27, 2000

Reno Acted With Integrity, Honor, Grace

By Commentary by George Yoss and Gregory Victor |

Two attorneys who served as prosecutors during Janet Reno's tenure as Miami-Dade state attorney recall her "pure, apolitical" motives.

Reno Family Tradition: Final Days Spent With Poetry, Song

By Commentary by John Kozyak |

Law firm founder John Kozyak shares Janet Reno's bedside vigil and her efforts to expand awareness of Parkinson's disease.

Attorney General Janet Reno testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on 1996 campaign finance investigation, June 27, 2000

Janet Reno Dies After Long Battle with Parkinson’s

By John Pacenti and ALM Staff |

Janet Reno was many things. A South Florida icon. The first woman U.S. attorney general. And the first woman state attorney for Miami-Dade County. Reno died Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 78.

Janet Reno, at press confrence at DOJ announcing litigation against the tobacco industry on September 1999.

Reno Influenced Legal Careers of Dozens Through the Years

By Carla Vianna and Celia Ampel |

George Yoss, a white-collar defense attorney, echoes a sentiment expressed by others who worked under Janet Reno — "She was the epitome of ethics."

Wifredo A. Ferrer

Reno Was a Public Servant Who Didn't Take Herself Too Seriously

By Commentary by Wifredo Ferrer |

Janet Reno is remembered by former aide Wifredo Ferrer, who now serves as U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida.

 Marc Wites, of Wites & Kapetan and Scott Silver and David Silver of Silver Law Group.

Settlement Reached in Part of 'Cryptsy' Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Plaintiffs reach a settlement worth about $1 million with the ex-wife of digital currency exchange CEO Paul Vernon, who allegedly absconded to China with clients' money.

Luis Salazar and Linda Worton Jackson, both with Salazar Jackson

Salazar Jackson Enters World of AI With ROSS Intelligence

By Gina Passarella |

With just six-lawyers, Salazar Jackson sees artificial intelligence reasearch tool ROSS as added fire power and a way to boost efficiency and profits.

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Controversial Solar Power Amendment Will Be on Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court denied a petition to take a controversial solar power amendment off the ballot.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Fla. Supreme Court Rules for Lenders in Landmark Foreclosure Decision

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of mortgage lenders in a case some worry will unfairly impact homebuyers.

Liz Dudek

Greenberg Traurig Adds Fla. Health Care Agency Secretary

By Gina Passarella |

Liz Dudek, who stepped down last month as secretary of the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, has joined Greenberg Traurig's Tallahassee office.

Eastpointe Condo at 5380 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island, Riviera Beach.

Judge Halts Seawall Construction at Singer Island Condo Tower

By Carla Vianna |

A Palm Beach circuit judge issues an injunction the same week construction was due to start on a $1.7 million seawall under a plan calling for a $30,000 special assessment.

Judge Rejects Ballot Challenge in Miami-Dade Mayoral Race

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade judge tossed county mayor candidate Raquel Regalado's lawsuit over the election.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Sanford Burnham Institute Questions State Refund Request

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

Florida may have prematurely demanded a $77.6 million refund from one of the taxpayer-backed biotech operations that a decade ago was supposed to help spark a research revolution in the state, an attorney for the struggling institute argued in a recently released letter.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla.

State Supreme Court Faces Decision on Abortion Waiting Period

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

In a legal debate that focuses heavily on privacy rights, the Florida Supreme Court heard arguments about whether it should block a 2015 law that calls for women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

Putative Class Action Over Hospital Robocalls Allowed to Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

A class action suit against a hospital's telemarketer in Miami has survived its first obstacle: a motion to dismiss.

Appeals Court Reverses Criminal Contempt Finding Against Foreclosure Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court found it had "no choice but to reverse" a criminal contempt finding against foreclosure defense attorney Stuart Golant, who was handcuffed and jailed after tussling with bailiffs.

Police: Miami Real Estate Attorney Shot by Ex-Client

By Carla Vianna |

Miami real estate attorney Larry Harshman was shot in the stomach at his West Kendall law office, allegedly by an ex-client.

Tobacco Defense Attorney Sanctioned Over 5-Hour Deposition

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami tobacco defense lawyer was sanctioned for taking an unreasonably long deposition.

Patrick Oot

Combination of Technology and Humans Work Best in E-Discovery Review, Study Finds

By Samantha Joseph |

A landmark study shows firms still need to train human reviewers, despite using technology-assisted reviews for e-discovery.

Grupo Elektra

Grupo Elektra's Intra Mexicana Represented by Jones Day in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jones Day represented Mexico City-based money transfer company Intra Mexicana aka Dinero Express in an increase of its loan program to $421 million, including a bond offering. Intra Mexicana is a subsidiary of retail and cash advance multinational Grupo Elektra.

Law Firms See Bright Future in Latin America's Booming Renewable Energy Sector

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The big flashy solar projects were a clue that Latin America's renewable energy sector is booming. Growth in Mexico is a example of what is happening in the region.

Barbara J. Pariente

Justices Question Tobacco Company's Preemption Argument 10 Years After 'Engle'

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Supreme Court justices grilled a tobacco defense attorney on how he hoped to limit the scope of smoking litigation a decade after the landmark Engle case.

High Court Disciplines 6 South Florida Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplined six attorneys, four of whom were disbarred.

Southeast Financial Center, center, located at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami.

Offices Shrink, But Miami Firms Think Big

By Carla Vianna |

Amid rising rents and a national trend of declining square footage per lawyer, law firms in Miami are adopting new approaches to office space.

Appeals Court Revives Legal Mal Case Against Former Aventura Mayor Over Derailed Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court revived a malpractice suit against attorney and former Aventura Mayor Jeffrey Perlow, accused of representing both sides in a derailed real estate deal.

Joseph Wood

Court Requires State to Provide Lethal-Injection Documents

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Rejecting arguments that the records must be kept secret, a federal magistrate has ordered the Florida Department of Corrections to give a decade's worth of documents about drugs used in the state's lethal-injection procedure to lawyers representing seven Arizona death row inmates.

John C. Sumberg, Bilzin Sumberg, Miami.

Self-Generated College Major Formed Groundwork for Legal Career

By Carlos Harrison |

Bilzin Sumberg managing partner John Sumberg dropped plans to teach and wound up with a real estate-focused law practice.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton.

Miami-Dade Complex Business Litigation Division Expands

By Celia Ampel |

The Miami-Dade Circuit Court complex business litigation division is expanding from one judge to three.

Disbarred Lawyer Sentenced to 7 Years for Theft From Insurance Clients

By Samantha Joseph |

A disbarred Broward County attorney was sentenced to seven years in prison for grand theft.

How Palm Beach County Managed a Case Too Big for Court

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys say Palm Beach County court administrators took extraordinary steps to accommodate a massive construction defect case.

Appeals Court Reverses Itself, Upholding Harsh Sentence for Gang Member

By Samantha Joseph |

After first rejecting the 66-year prison term as improper, the Fourth DCA panel changed course and affirmed 2-1.

Raquel Regalado.

Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate Sues to Boot Incumbent From Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

The race for Miami-Dade County mayor just became the third county race to head to litigation during this election cycle.

Court Orders $21M to Venezuelan Hospital Over Deception

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Eleventh Circuit awards a Venezuelan hospital a $21 million judgment against a group the court found conspired to deceive it.

Firm Fends Off Med-Mal Suit Against Florida Hospitals

By Samantha Joseph |

Fort Lauderdale attorneys Michael Petrucelli and Steven Osher said focusing on the facts helped defeat a $24 million medical malpractice suit against Children's Medical Center.

Nursing Facility Whistleblower Case Settles for $145M

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami lawyer helped obtain a $145 million whistleblower settlement against a chain of skilled nursing facilities.

Lawyer's Lost Appeal Comes Two Weeks Before Ballot Initiative

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami lawyer on Wednesday lost an appeal against the city, but a November ballot question he proposed could change the law to favor Miamians like his clients in the future.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Miami Judge Loses Appeal Challenging Election of Marcia Del Rey

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch on Wednesday lost an appeal questioning his successor's right to be on the ballot.

Third District Court of Appeal

Third DCA Issues Complaint Against Lawyer for Failing to Obey Court Orders

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third DCA referred a Miami lawyer to the local professionalism panel for failing to obey court orders, file initial briefs and pay filing fees.

Brazil-based Partner Simone Musa to Chair Baker & McKenzie's Global Tax Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Baker & McKenzie has elected its Latin America tax practice regional chairwoman Simone Musa to head the firm's global tax practice. She's the first woman to be appointed to their global tax practice chairmanship.

Waving the FLAG for Access to Justice

By Celia Ampel |

An online portal that provides legal documents and other resources for low-income Floridians just launched as a pilot project.

Law Firm Seeks Dismissal of Case After Raid on Litigation 'War Room'

By Samantha Joseph |

A law firm working out of its clients' medical practice for a Medicaid fraud case claimed the government raided its litigation war room and put the defense in jeopardy.

Pam Bondi

Attorney General's Office Looks for Clarity on Death Penalty

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked the Florida Supreme Court to clarify a ruling that struck down a portion of the state's death penalty law, arguing that failing to do so "will only generate confusion."

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh

Miami Judge Pushes for More Diversity in Coveted Court Appointments

By Celia Ampel |

Members of the Miami legal community have pushed the issue of diversity in court-appointed roles to the national stage.

Embraer facility at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

Brazil's Embraer Agrees to $205M Penalty for Foreign Bribery Scheme

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The aircraft maker settles allegations it bribed officials in the Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia and Mozambique to win government contracts.

Bar Foundation Hires Pro Bono Program Officer

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar Foundation hired a South Florida pro bono program officer, who will work from Miami office space donated by Akerman.

 Circuit Judge Lisa Small speaks on a judges panel during the 2016 e-Discovery CLE event. The panelists with her, from left, Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser, Magistrate Judge Sarah Willis, Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss and Circuit Judge Jessica Ticktin, all with the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Judges Zero In on E-Discovery as Promising Niche for Neutrals

By Samantha Joseph |

Judges see a career opportunity for neutrals skilled in e-discovery disputes.

Starwood's Former Director of Compliance Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jose Martin Davila, director of compliance for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in the Americas and French Polynesia, has joined Squire Patton Boggs as of counsel in the firm's government investigations and white collar practice in Miami.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.

Comedy Sets the Stage for Female Attorneys to Bring Business to Duane Morris

By Samantha Joseph |

A comedy show from Carlos Mencia is part of a serious push to provide networking opportunities for female attorneys.

Eduardo Leite of Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie's Leite Stepping Down as Firm Chairman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Baker & McKenzie Executive Committee Chairman Eduardo Leite will step down at the end of October after six years in that post to focus on the firm's growth in Latin America and New York.

Michael Goldberg, attorney with Akerman.

Akerman Attorney Gets $13M Citibank Settlement in Ski Resort Visa Fraud

Partner Michael Goldberg arranged the settlement with Citibank for money that went from EB-5 investors to the Miami owner of Vermont's Jay Peak ski resort.

Attorneys in Nissan Class Action Seeking $1.6M in Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

Billing rates reach $950 an hour for litigators in Nissan class action.

Amy Brigham Boulris

Following Family's Footsteps led Boulris to Property Rights Litigation

By Rebecca Cohen |

Precedent matters in constitutional law. And there was certainly precedent for Amy Brigham Boulris' career as one of Florida's top constitutional property rights litigators.

Jones Day Adds Partner to Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulation Practice in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Sergio Alvarez-Mena, the former head legal counsel for the 11 U.S.-based private bank offices of Credit Suisse Securities, has joined the financial institutions litigation and regulation practice at Jones Day's Miami offices.

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady.

High Court Rules Settlements Need Not Mention Attorney Fees

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled settlement offers do not have to mention attorney fees if plaintiffs lawyers never sought them.

Florida State Rep. Joe Negron

Lawmakers to Again Deal With Death Penalty Sentencing

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

For the second year in a row, Florida lawmakers will attempt to fix the state's death penalty sentencing scheme in response to court rulings finding that the process is unconstitutional.

Dr. Larry Kawa.

A Florida Orthodontist's FOIA-Fueled, Anti-Clinton Crusade

By Dune Lawrence, Bloomberg News |

As one of the ugliest political contests in U.S. history nears its end, a Florida orthodontist-turned-devoted political activist finds himself in a strange position: He doesn't plan to vote.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Supreme Court Asked to Weigh In-Person Baker Act Hearings

By News Service of Florida |

The public defender for Lee County is challenging a policy allowing a judge and magistrate to order involuntary commitments based on videoconferences.

Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Gross.

Sanction of Expert Witness Who Used Flawed Data Tossed on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court refused to sanction an expert witness who reportedly showed "reckless indifference" to the truth in a criminal case.

Miami-Dade Agrees to Improve Services for Deaf Inmates

By Celia Ampel |

The Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed to better accommodate deaf inmates as part of a settlement.

Report Says Ex-County Sheriff Tried to Profit Off Kiosk Deal

A report says a former central Florida sheriff tried to profit off a crime-fighting kiosk business, violated several department policies and that the kiosks posed a safety hazard to the public.

Wells Fargo Loses Bid to Force Arbitration in Yearslong Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge on Monday ruled against Wells Fargo in its quest to compel arbitration in a class action several years into litigation.

Broward Judge Defeated in Election Resigns

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry has resigned from the bench, months shy of the end of his term.

IP Boutique Rapacke Law Expands to South Florida

By Gina Passarella |

Intellectual property boutique The Rapacke Law Group has expanded into South Florida with the opening of a Fort Lauderdale office.

Corrective Advertising for PODS in $41.4M Settlement of Trademark Infringement Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

U-Haul International Inc. reached a $41.4 million settlement with PODS Enterprises LLC in a trademark dispute.

Ira Leesfield.

Lawyer in a Hurry Changes Definition of Success After Achieving it

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami personal injury attorney Ira Leesfield gained success as a personal injury attorney but now pushes to give back.

Florida Orders Unanimous Verdicts on Death Sentences

By Staff report |

The Florida Supreme Court for the first time orders unanimous jury verdicts in death penalty cases.

K. Michael Moore, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Ex-CFO of $300 Million Resort Condo Fraud Charged by Feds

By Carla Vianna |

Former Chief Financial Officer David Schwarz of a defunct development company that fleeced 1,400 investors out of more than $300 million in a real estate investment scheme was arrested Thursday in Orlando.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.

Military Contractor Defeats $10M Suit Over Failed Government Contract Bid

By Samantha Joseph |

Military contractor Point Blank Enterprises Inc. defeated a $10 million breach-of-contract suit over a failed bid to provide tactical vests with body armor to the U.S. government.

Albert Pujols.

Relative Suing Top MLB Baseball Player Looks to Missouri to Revive Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Major League Baseball star Albert Pujols escaped a $7.5 million libel lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida. But the cousin suing him for libel said he plans to refile in Missouri.

Oakland Raiders Darryl Ashmore poses for 1999 team headshot.

Ex-Offensive Lineman Files Disability Claim Against NFL

By Samantha Joseph |

Former NFL offensive lineman Darryl Ashmore filed a federal suit in West Palm Beach against the NFL Player Disability & Neurocognitive Benefit Plan.

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Appeals Court Reinstates Whistleblower Retaliation Case Against Miami

By Celia Ampel |

Miami's former independent auditor general will have another chance to prove the city discharged him as retaliation for whistleblowing.

Brian Tannebaum Moves to Bast Amron

By Staff report |

The Miami attorney will create the firm's ethics, professional responsibility and white-collar defense practice.

Ford Explorer 2011 model.

Ford Agrees to Settle Over Explorer Exhaust Leaks

By Celia Ampel |

Ford Motor Co. agrees to settle the nationwide class action with owners of Explorers made from 2011 to 2015.

Matt Rieger, president and CEO of Housing Trust Group.

Miami-Dade Considers Mandatory Workforce Housing Ordinance

By Carla Vianna |

A Miami-Dade County Commission subcommittee will review a mandatory plan to require workforce housing in all new developments.

Florida voter registration application

Judge Extends Florida Voter Registration Deadline

A federal judge extends the state deadline for six days under a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party.

Andrea Miles Simonton is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

‘Jane the Virgin’ Ruling Addresses Copyright Ownership of Foreign Works

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A judge has determined the copyrights to the telenovela that gave birth to the current U.S. television series "Jane the Virgin" belongs to RCTV networks and not to a screenwriter who wrote it over a decade ago in Caracas, Venezuela.

Miami-Dade Courts Get Grant for Veterans Court

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Court receives a $350,000 federal grant to launch a specialized court for veterans.

Driscoll Ugarte, left, and Jonathan Lourie, right.

Licensing, Share Buy Arranged for Biopharma Firm

By Carla Vianna |

Duane Morris partner Driscoll Ugarte represents New Jersey-based Soligenix in a $3 million biopharmaceutical licensing deal.

Young Berman Opens Boca Raton Office

By Gina Passarella |

South Florida boutique Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez has opened a third office in the region with the launch of a Boca Raton location.

Reversal Strikes New Blow Against Embattled Judge Destry

By Samantha Joseph |

Already facing state ethics harges, Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry is reversed on appeal for failing to conduct "sufficient inquiry" after a request to change attorneys in a murder case.

Julie Kay

Celebration to Honor Journalist Julie Kay

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg Traurig invites the legal and journalism communities to honor late Daily Business Review reporter Julie Kay with a Celebration of Life on Tuesday

Stanley Marcus is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Miami Redlining Case Goes to U.S. Supreme Court

By Noreen Marcus |

The city is testing the right of municpalities to sue banks for the tax losses from redlining under the Fair Housing Act.

Youree Dell Harris as the psychic Miss Cleo.

Louis Vuitton's Benefit Cosmetics Sued Over Use of 'Miss Cleo'

By Samantha Joseph |

The future holds litigation for two Louis Vuitton companies that featured television psychic 'Miss Cleo' in a commercial.

Argentina Settles with One of Last 'Holdout' Bondholders for $40.5 Million

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Argentina has agreed to pay a settlement of more than $40.5 million to Banca Arner S.A. of Switzerland, one of the last remaining large holdout bondholders from national debt restructurings that occurred under the country's previous administration.

Alexander Heylin, left, and Robert T. Watson of Kobre & Kim

Ex-Prosecutor Joins Kobre & Kim in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Former federal prosecutor Robert T. Watson joins Kobre & Kim's Miami office, and Alexander Heylin bolsters the firm's British Virgin Islands office.

Hurricane Matthew 5 day forecast map, 11 a.m. Oct. 7.

Hurricane Matthew Closes Courts Along Florida Peninsula

By Samantha Joseph |

Court on Florida's peninsula were closed with the 120-mph hurricane spinning near the Atlantic coastline.

Women Mediators Fight Stereotypes in Construction Disputes

By Samantha Joseph |

It's a man's world when it comes to construction mediation, leaving female neutrals facing unique challenges.

Manella Runs Real Estate Practice With Bilingual Bonus

By Carlos Harrison |

Hinshaw & Culbertson's Ross Manella learned English and French growing up in Montreal and uses both languages in his bilingual real estate practice.

Florida Supreme Court justices. Back row: Justices Ricky Polston, Peggy A. Quince, Charles T. Canady, James E. C. Perry. Front Row: Barbara J. Pariente, Jorge Labarga, R. Fred Lewis

Attorneys Who Brokered Secret Settlement Disbarred Despite Referee Recommendation

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred three attorneys involved in a secret settlement that also led to the removal of a Broward judge.

Office building at 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, Fla.

Suit Claims Developer Damaged, Abandoned High-End Office Rental

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami Beach developer turned out to be a nightmare tenant, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Staying on Right Side of Florida Bar's Rules on Trust Accounts

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami accountant who audits law firms shares his tips for keeping client trust account management in line with Florida Bar rules.

Judge Norma Lindsey.

Appeals Court Refuses Bid for New Trial Over Juror Tweets

By Samantha Joseph |

A juror's Twitter rants weren't enough to secure a new trial for a plaintiff in a personal injury case.

Florida Gaming Regulators Face Seminoles; Judge Holds Cards

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

A federal trial that could shape the future of gambling in Florida has begun as attorneys for the state and the Seminole Tribe accused the other side of reneging on its promises.

Class Action Alleges Misleading Marketing by American Airlines

By Samantha Joseph |

A multimillion-dollar class action in Miami federal court accuses American Airlines of misleading passengers about profits from travel insurance sold on its website.

Steven C. Marks of Podhurst Orseck.

Test-Pilot Father Provided Early Lessons in Aviation for Attorney-to-Be

By Carlos Harrison |

Podhurst Orseck aviation litigation expert Steven Marks plays a role in everything from a jet crash in the Alps to the NFL concussion settlement.

Hurricane Matthew 5 day forecast map, 11 a.m. Oct. 7.

Courts in South Florida Close Ahead of Hurricane

By Samantha Joseph |

Most South Florida courts will close early Wednesday as a safety precaution for the approaching hurricane.

Ex-Concert Promoter Gets 18 Years in Prison for $200M Fraud

A Miami federal judge sentences Worldwide Entertainment's Jack Utsick in fraud touching nearly 3,000 investors.

John H. (Jack) Hickey and Bjorg Eikeland of the Hickey Law Firm

Jury Sides With Family of Woman With Crash-Related Brain Injury

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade jury awarded $4.5 million to the family of a woman who allegedly spent the last years of her life in pain from a car crash.

Ronald Meyer of Meyer, Brooks, Demma and Blohm

Florida School Voucher Foes Bank Heavily on 2006 Ruling

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

Slightly more than a decade after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a controversial school-vouchers program, voucher opponents hope for a repeat.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

Justices Won't Hear Appeal Over Florida Man's Death Sentence

The decision rejects an appeal by the state attorney general's office after a federal court ruled the death row inmate had ineffective counsel.

The USS Cole bombing was a terrorist attack against the United States Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) on 12 October 2000, while it was harbored and being refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden.

Ruling in USS Cole Case Shares Spirit of 9/11 Families Law

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal appeals court refused to reconsider a judgment putting Sudan on the hook for USS Cole bombing damages days before Congress opened the door to 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia.

For Court-Appointed Receiver, Digital Forensics is Key

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney Daniel Stermer of Development Specialists Inc. discusses how he tracks digital information in financial fraud cases.

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

Justices Urged to End Dispute Over Escaped Patient's Death

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

The lawsuit started with an unusual set of circumstances: A patient escaped from Shands Vista psychiatric hospital in Alachua County and went onto Interstate 75, where she was killed by a truck. Eventually, the case made it to the Florida Supreme Court. But before justices could rule, the estate of patient Ashley Lawson and Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics Inc., reached a settlement. But the court rejected the settlement. .

Florida Supreme Court

10 Florida Lawyers Disciplined by Bar

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Supreme Court disbarred one attorney, suspended seven others and revoked the licenses of two South Florida lawyers.

Festival Flea Market, 2900 W. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach, Fla.

Broward Deputies Implicated in Real Estate Row

By Samantha Joseph |

Allegations against Broward sheriff's deputies feature prominently in a real estate dispute involving principals and the former CFO of the Festival Flea Market.

R. Fred Lewis

Florida Supreme Court Says Insurer Required to Foot Legal Fees

By Jim Saunders |

The Florida Supreme Court said a property insurer must pay the attorney fees of a homeowner who successfully challenged the company's contention that her home was not damaged by a sinkhole.

Jed L. Frankel, partner at Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet in Hollywood, Fla.

Homeowner Associations Need to Review HUD Policy on Arrest, Criminal Records

By Carla Vianna |

Attorney Jed Frankel discusses federal guidance for associations and landlords using criminal background checks before making decisions on new residents.

Matthew J. Feeley of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Facing Compliance Investigations Abroad? Better Know the Rules!

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Matthew Feeley discusses in a Q&A some differences attorneys from the U.S. should be aware of when conducting corporate internal investigations that reach into Latin America.

San Matero condo association's Jackie Durham holds an image of the the condition of the walls at a building there with attorney David Haber.

Kolter Reaches Settlement in Case So Big It Couldn't Fit in Courtroom

By Samantha Joseph |

A Palm Beach Gardens condo association reached a $22.5 million settlement with Kolter Signature Homes in a construction-defect case that grew so large it required court administration to build a new venue.

Miami city attorney Victoria Mendez inspect paperwork during a commission meeting.

City Attorney Hangs Onto Miami Post

By Carla Vianna |

City Attorney Victoria Mendez keeps her job after push by City Commissioner Ken Russell to remove her flops.

Gas pump display

Skimmer, Trafficking, Corruption Laws Hit Books Saturday

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

County elections supervisors are up for pay raises, while penalties increase for trafficking in the modern version of food stamps and for stealing credit-card information at gas pumps, under new laws that go into effect Saturday.

U.S. 11th Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson

Finding Against SEC, 11th Circuit Throws Out $5.8M Penalty Against Fort Lauderdale Bank

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The Eleventh Circuit has thrown out $5.8 million in civil penalties against BBX Capital Corp. and its CEO stemming from fraud charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Matthew I. Destry

Broward Judge Destry Facing Formal Ethics Charges

By Samantha Joseph |

Embattled Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry is now facing formal ethics charges from the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

(l-r) Ed Arista, partner with Arista Law, Aliette Del Pozo Rodz, chairwoman of Shutts & Bowen Cuba Task Force, Aymee D. Valdivia, Holland & Knight associate and a licensed attorney in Cuba, and Antonio Rodiles, Cuban dissident and founder of Estado de Sat.

Cuban American Bar Association Discusses Doing Business in Cuba

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Cuban American Bar Association held its first conference addressing doing business in Cuba.

(Clockwise, from top left) Lila Jaber, Derek Bruce, Bill Adams and Allison Turnbull

Gunster Expands Leadership Beyond South Florida

By Gina Passarella |

Florida-focused Gunster has expanded its leadership ranks in recognition of its growing footprint across the state and desire to more formally expand its offices outside of South Florida.

Tom Feeney, CEO of Associated Industries of Florida

Workers' Compensation Rates Pegged to Go Up 14.5 Percent

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

Pointing to a major Florida Supreme Court ruling on attorney fees, state regulators issued an order that said workers' compensation insurance rates should increase 14.5 percent starting later this year.

Judge Burton C. Conner

Scott Quietly Shifts Appellate Courts Rightward

By Brandon Larrabee |

With Gov. Rick Scott getting his first chance to name a Florida Supreme Court justice, an analysis shows Florida's district courts are now dominated by Republican appointees.

John Yanchunis

Yahoo Cyber Breach Sets Stage for Lawsuits, Probes, Even Insurance Sales

By Noreen Marcus |

Following a sixth lawsuit, attorneys with expertise in cybersecurity review the potential legal blowback from the Yahoo cybersecurity breach.

Allstate Corp., Northbrook, Ill.

Appeals Court Declines to Weigh In on Insurance Question

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third DCA deferrred to the high court on an insurance payment question.

Herman J. Russomano III, of Russomanno & Borrello

New Trial for Plaintiff After Juror Lies About Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

A juror's failure to reveal her litigation history led to a new trial for a plaintiff in a $12 million real estate dispute.

4141 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Lawsuit Claims Seller Hid Pending Historic Designation for Miami Church

By Carla Vianna |

Everything pointed to a great deal--until Remy Jacobson's purchase received a historic designation for its Miami Modern style.

Florida Supreme Court.

Does Nurse Leaving Tube in Patient Equal Negligence?

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in a patient's medical malpratice case against a Boynton Beach hospital nurse who left a 4-inch section of tubing in a patient after colon surgery.

One Biscayne Tower at 2 S. Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami.

Zarco Einhorn Books Floor at One Biscayne Tower

By Carla Vianna |

The Miami law firm signs an $18 million lease for the 34th floor of the downtown tower.

Felipe Arias and his family

Colombian Politician Fighting Extradition Seeks Release on Bail

By Samantha Joseph |

Former Colombian presidential candidate and former Minister of Agriculture Andres Felipe Arias is fighting extradition in Miami.