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Ex-Prosecutor Goes From Seeing Cases in Black and White to Adding Shades of Gray

By Samantha Joseph |

Andres Rivero was on a yearslong winning streak when he learned a personal lesson about "shades of gray" that made him walk away from gleaming prospects and a coveted job.

Business in Cuba: Tech, Compliance, Opportunity

Trump's policy, tech's innovation and an island of opportunity make for interesting times in Cuba.

Takata airbag components presented before a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing on Nov. 20, 2014.

'Edward Snowden of Honda' Should Testify in Takata Case, Special Master Recommends

By Celia Ampel |

A Honda engineer who was involved in a 1999 Takata air bag test and sent emails calling himself "a witness in the dark" to inflator problems should be compelled to testify, a special master recommended.

FordHarrison Names New Head of Jacksonville Office

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Management-side labor and employment law firm FordHarrison has named Amy R. Turci the managing partner of its Jacksonville office.

Frank Walker, Moises Melendez and Jonathan Kurry, GrayRobinson, Fort Lauderdale.

GrayRobinson Executes on Growth Strategy With Three New Hires

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

GrayRobinson's South Florida offices hired another three laterals with a mix of backgrounds as shareholders in the last month, moving forward on its stated plan to grow in lawyer head count in 2017.

G. Richard Strafer.

Miami Appellate Attorney Richard Strafer Dies at 66

By Celia Ampel |

Strafer contracted a mystery infection on a European cruise and told colleagues about his illness before going into a coma.

Doral Bank, 1451 F.D. Roosevelt Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fourth DCA: Foreclosure Initiation Not Enough to Show Irreparable Harm

By Samantha Joseph |

Initiation of foreclosure proceedings does not rise to the level of "irreparable harm" sufficent to justify a temporary injunction, the Fourth DCA ruled.

Rick Scott, governor of Florida.

Florida Governor Defends Right to Appoint Justices

By Brandon Larrabee |

Dismissing concerns of a constitutional crisis, lawyers for Gov. Rick Scott asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject a petition that seeks to bar Scott from appointing three new justices on his last day in office.

Fort Lauderdale Hotel Escapes $3.6 Million Verdict in Pregnant Woman's Death

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA found Riverside Hotel wasn't negligent in the death of a pregnant guest, killed when a drunk driver smashed a car into a poolside cabana.

Judge Lourdes Simon, left, and Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely, right.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Retires After Three Decades, Another Judge Moves Up

By Celia Ampel |

Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely is retiring July 31.

Accused Stalker Targets Broward Judges

By Samantha Joseph |

Todd Watson recorded himself leaving voicemails for several judges, whom he accused of criminal conduct.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.

Berkeley Law Grad Convicted of Multimillion-Dollar Fraud in Miami

By Celia Ampel |

The former Wall Street hedge fund employee stole his ex-coworkers' identities to get fraudulent loans, according to prosecutors.

Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen.

Lawyer's Ex-Wife Asks Court to Make New Wife Pay Her Legal Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

A Fort Lauderdale lawyer's ex-wife wanted to have his new spouse cover her court costs.

University of Miami School of Law.

UM Recognized for Music Law Programs

By Catherine Wilson |

Billboard magazine puts the University of Miami's School of Law on its list of the top 12 programs nationally.

Barry Mukamal and John Arrastia

How Attorneys Saved a Miami Gardens HOA — Before Getting It $11 Million

By Samantha Joseph |

Bankruptcy trustee Barry Mukamal "righted the ship" for a troubled homeowners' association before getting it an $11 million settlement.

How Unintended Consequences of a Federal Law Can Put Attorneys at Risk

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is designed to protect consumers, but it's doing the opposite for some attorneys.

Brian Pfeiffer.

White & Case Hires Financial Restructuring Partner from Schulte Roth

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

White & Case has lured away Schulte Roth & Zabel partner Brian Pfeiffer as part of an expansion of its global financial restructuring and insolvency practice.

James Grippando of Boies Schiller Flexner in Fort Lauderdale is a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Boies Schiller's James Grippando Wins Harper Lee Prize for Fiction

By Associated Press |

The Fort Lauderdale attorney is recognized for his 25th novel.

Akerman Continues Expansion of Labor and Employment Practice Group With Partners in New York, Denver, Miami, and Washington, DC

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

In the last 15 months, Florida-based Am Law 100 firm Akerman has added 17 labor and employment lawyers to that practice area across the U.S.

Another Partner Leaves Baker McKenzie in Miami, This One for Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A second Baker McKenzie Miami office leader has left in less than a month, this one headed for Holland & Knight. Baker McKenzie has appointed a new Miami managing partner and financial partner.

Florida East Coast Railway.

Jones Day and Skadden Advise Lenders on Mexican Railway Company's Purchase of Florida East Coast Railway

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mexico Transportes, the largest railroad company in Mexico, has completed its purchase of Florida East Coast Holdings Corp., the owner of the Florida East Coast Railway, paying more than $2 billion.

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis.

Florida Justice Calls Scott's Citrus Canker Veto 'Road to Unfettered Monarchy'

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis tells the governor he is treating homeowners in a 15-year legal battle like "yo-yos."

Meet the Attorneys and Others Who Will Help Pick Federal Judges in Florida

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson announced their picks for Florida's federal judicial nominating commission.

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Republicans Say They'll Move to Halt Consumer Watchdog Rule

By Kevin Freking |

Republican lawmakers have overturned more than a dozen regulations issued under President Barack Obama. Now, they're looking to do the same to a rule that would let consumers band together to sue their banks or credit card companies rather than use a mediator to resolve a dispute.

Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico

Board Seeks Supreme Court Review of Suit Against Energy Industry

By Kevin McGill |

A Louisiana flood protection board has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive its lawsuit seeking to make oil, gas and pipeline companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands, hoping to reverse losses in the lower federal courts.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred conducts his annual #ASG Town Hall at #FanFest. 12 July 2016. Photo: Arturo Pardavila III via Wikimedia Commons

Umpire Set to Work MLB All-Star Game After Filing Bias Claim

By Todd Cunningham |

At tonight's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Miami, umpire Angel Hernandez will work at first base. Hernandez recently sued MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred for racial discrimination.

Sealed Lawsuit Against Ex-Miccosukee Lawyer Raises Questions

By Celia Ampel |

Florida courts have detailed rules requiring openness in litigation.

Andy Pincus of Mayer Brown.

Latest TCPA Decision Eases Path to Court for Consumers, Deepens Circuit Split

By Amanda Bronstad |

Solidifying a growing circuit split in the wake of "Spokeo v. Robins," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held on Monday that a single unsolicited call to a woman's cellphone was enough harm for her to sue under the U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Judge Carroll Kelly Recognized for Domestic Violence Education

By Catherine Wilson |

The Miami-Dade County Court judge since 1999 is recognized by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Deployed Takata airbag.

Man Dies When Air Bag Inflator Ruptures During Auto Repair

By Tom Krisher |

Another person has been killed in the U.S. by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but this death wasn't the result of a crash.

Donald Trump.

ACLU Sues Trump Voting Commission in Miami

Civil rights activists are challenging President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud in Miami federal court.

US Prosecutors Says Illegal Gold Used in Money-Laundering Scheme

By Marcos Martinez |

A man who considered himself the Pablo Escobar of gold smuggling and two other former workers at a Miami-area refinery imported more than $1 billion in illegally mined gold from South America in a vast money-laundering scheme from 2013 to 2016, U.S. prosecutors say.

Judge Janice Rogers Brown.

Brown to Step Down, Handing Trump Another High Profile Judicial Vacancy

By Jenna Greene |

Judge Janice Rogers Brown is retiring—and won’t take senior status--giving President Trump the opportunity to fill a vacancy on what is often called the second-most powerful court in the nation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Jay Cohen.

Letter to the Editor: Justice System, Legal Profession Need to Focus More on Depression

The legal profession must do a better job of addressing and accomodating mental illness, writes Fort Lauderdale litigator Jay Cohen, a member of the Florida Bar board of governors.

Michael Pike and Talina Bidwell.

Should Have Skipped Leg Day: Gym Records Crush Defendant's Protection Against $2.2M Judgment

By Samantha Joseph |

A California dentist's gym records foiled his alleged plans to avoid paying a $2.2 million judgment against him by claiming Florida homestead protection.

Miami-Dade Adds Circuit Appeal eFilings

By Catherine Wilson |

The rollout of eFilings in Miami-Dade Circuit Court expands to the circuit appellate division.

Bernardo Roman III

'He's Unrepentant': Tensions Bubble at Bar Discipline Hearing for Ex-Miccosukee Lawyer Roman

By Celia Ampel |

Bernardo Roman presented almost no defense as the Florida Bar recommended his disbarment.

Lewis S.

Car Safety Litigation Legend Mike Eidson on His Drive to Succeed

By Celia Ampel |

The Colson Hicks Eidson president explains why he has no plans to slow down.

Brian Spector

Florida Mediators in Fiery Debate Over Credentialing

By Celia Ampel |

Proposed rule changes would require all mediators for cases filed in Florida state courts to be certified.

Have You Examined Your Cyber Insurance Policy Lately?

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Now that global law firm DLA Piper is for the most part back up and running after days without phones and email following a massive cyberattack, the financial and business threat of ransomware to law firms is laid clear—as is the need for good cyber insurance.

AXS Law partners Anthony Narula, left, and Brandon Rose

AXS Law Group Continues to Expand; Hires 2 More Bilzin Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two more former Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod litigators — Brandon Rose and Anthony Narula — have joined former colleagues at AXS Law Group, a full-service boutique firm that opened last year.

Review 100

Here are the results of this year's Review 100 survey of law firms, with data and analysis.


In the Daily Business Review’s diversity special section, articles focus on an anecdotal increase in the number of women rising in firm leadership and a Florida Bar training program lauded by participants for having helped diversity.

David C. Silver of Silver Law Group, Coral Springs.

Banking on Bitcoin: An Attorney's Big Stake in Cryptocurrency Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

A South Florida firm is entering into largely uncharted territory, building a litigation practice around crypto-currencies such as bitcoin.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

Miami-Dade County Sued Over Immigration Policy

By Celia Ampel |

The county's policy under the Trump administration of holding people in jail to await immigration authorities is unconstitutional, the lawsuit claims.

McDermott Nabs Longtime Baker McKenzie Partner in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Roy Larson, Baker McKenzie's Miami office managing partner, has left his firm of 18 years to join McDermott Will & Emery.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Dan Marino, Other Investors in Line for $23 Million in Interest

By Samantha Joseph |

Retired Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and other high-profile investors win $23 million in interest to pile on top of a $44 million verdict over a failed real estate deal.

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This Florida Adult Club Is Being Sued for Refusing to Hire a Male Bartender

By Mike Scarcella |

An adult entertainment club in the Florida panhandle is being sued by the EEOC for allegedly refusing to hire a male bartender. The club, Sammy's, subsequently hired at least two female bartenders at the club's Fort Walton Beach location, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency said in a statement that "employers must realize that no person, male or female, can be denied employment based on sex." A representative for Sammy's wasn't immediately reached for comment.

Judge Darrin P. Gayles

Jay Peak Investors' Settlement With Raymond James Approved

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles approved a $150 million settlement to benefit immigrant investors.

Nick Grabar and Francesca Odell of Cleary Gottlieb

Latin American Dealmaking Feeds Workload for Transactional Attorneys

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cross-border transaction attorneys are seeing an uptick in initial public offerings and other deal work in Latin America as windows of opportunity align.

Bernardo Roman III

Former Miccosukee Lawyer Roman Broke 14 Bar Rules, Referee Finds

By Celia Ampel |

A referee found Bernardo Roman guilty on nearly all counts brought by the Florida Bar.

Thomas Lehman and Jason Kellogg.

How A Miami Lawyer Collected a $3.2 Million Judgment From a Defunct Defendant

By Samantha Joseph |

He won a $3.2 million judgment from a defunct defendant. The trick was in collecting.

Award Named for Goren Cherof Partner

By Catherine Wilson |

The Broward League of Cities names its presidential award for Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol partner Samuel Goren.

Stephen N. Zack.

Stephen Zack's Life Turned Out Lucky Even With Loads of Bad Luck

By Carlos Harrison |

The Boies Schiller Flexner partner and former president of the American Bar Association and Florida Bar has turned bad luck to his advantage.

Nancy Linnan of Carlton Fields.

Female Lawyers Seeing Rise in Leadership Positions

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Lawyers are noticing an anecdotal increase in the number of women rising in firm leadership.

Left to right: Jay Kim , Eugene Pettis and Leora Freire.

Florida Bar Training Program Shrinks to 31 Participants

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A Florida Bar training program lauded by participants for having helped diversify the pool of applicants that become active in bar committees and leadership has shrunk this year to half its original size.

Florida Senate President Returns to Akerman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Florida State Senate President Joe Negron has rejoined Akerman's litigation practice group as of counsel after leaving Gunster six months ago to avoid appearance of conflict with his legislative duties.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

8 South Florida Attorneys Disciplined

By Celia Ampel |

Five of the attorneys were disbarred over allegations of fraud, misuse of client funds and one case of grand theft auto.

Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, director of the anti-corruption office for Colombia's chief prosecutor.

Top Colombian Official Charged in US With Money Laundering

By Curt Anderson |

A top Colombian anti-corruption official and a lawyer are facing U.S. money-laundering-conspiracy charges in an alleged foreign bribery scheme, federal authorities said.

The attorneys of Cohen | Ruiz join the Miami office of McDonald Hopkins.  Photo: From left to right: Regen Shanzer (associate), Joelle H. Dvir (associate), Mario M. Ruiz (member), and Robert A. Cohen (member).

Miami's Cohen Ruiz Closes Shop, Joins Midwestern Firm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Business advisory firm Cohen Ruiz is winding down operations after 17 years in practice and will join the Miami office of Cleveland-based McDonald Hopkins on July 10.

Former Judge Cynthia Imperato.

'I'm Done': Appellate Decision Shows Broward Judge Walked off Bench

By Samantha Joseph |

New fallout from old rulings by Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato, who resigned last year after a 2013 DUI arrest: A state appellate court found the judge "made several significant errors" in adjudicating a business dispute, including "walking off the bench mid-hearing."

Adolfo Henriques.

Regulators Lift Consent Order at Gibraltar Private

By Catherine Wilson |

The Coral Gables-based bank gets out from under special federal regulatory oversight after serving as a conduit in disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme.

Florida Justices Weigh Power of Prosecutors and Governor in Ayala Case

By Celia Ampel |

The court is set to decide whether Gov. Rick Scott overstepped his authority by reassigning cases of a state attorney who said she won't seek the death penalty.

Fourth DCA Chief Judge Cory Ciklin.

Court Empowers Lawyers in Claims Bill Fee Disputes

By Noreen Marcus |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal sides with attorneys seeking fees even if a legislative claims bill restricts them.

Greenspoon Marder Beats Back $12M Claim Client Duped Investors

By Samantha Joseph |

Greenspoon Marder attorneys beat back a fraudulent inducement lawsuit against developers accused of duping investors out of $12 million on a failed Fort Lauderdale project.

James Grippando of Boies Schiller Flexner in Fort Lauderdale is a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Q&A: James Grippando, Lawyer-Turned-Novelist, On His Thriving Dual Career

By Celia Ampel |

The Boies Schiller Flexner lawyer is up for the prestigious Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Margaret Rosenbaum, Salmon Dulberg.

Ex-Miami-Dade Magistrate Rosenbaum Joins Salmon & Dulberg

By Catherine Wilson |

Margaret Rosenbaum retired this year after serving 12 years as a magistrate handling complex cases in the family division.

Prominent Lawyer Burton Landy Leaves Akerman, Joins Harper Meyer in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

International arbitrator Burton Landy has joined Harper Meyer after 20 years at Akerman.

Airbnb to Collect Room Tax in Puerto Rico for Government

Puerto Rico signed a deal with Airbnb under which the company will collect the room tax from hosts on the island and turn the revenue over to the U.S. territory's government, which is mired in a financial crisis.

Judge Discharges Miami Businessman's $600 Million Debt

By Samantha Joseph |

Good news for wealthy Miami businessman Leonidas Ortega Trujillo: A U.S. bankruptcy judge discharged a $600 million judgment against him, but the ruling is likely to be appealed.

Estate Asks Court to Disqualify Holland & Knight From Representing Wilmington Trust

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight is accused of violating three professional conduct rules in a motion filed last week to disqualify the firm from representing one of the nation's largest financial institutions in cases related to the estate of a deceased Coral Gables man.

Takata airbag components presented before a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing on Nov. 20, 2014.

Takata MDL Lives On Without Marquee Defendant

By Catherine Wilson |

Consumer litigation against major automakers moves forward after Takata seeks bankruptcy protection.

Tough Call: Attorney Fighting Criminal Contempt Charge after Firm Put Judge on Hold

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court found Judge William Roby should have recused himself from a hearing in which he imposed criminal contempt order against a foreclosure attorney.

Rosemary Barkett.

Barkett: 'We Should Keep That Promise' to Protect Immigrants

By Celia Ampel |

Rosemary Barkett, a judge of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, offers a rallying cry on immigration at the annual Florida Bar convention.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

Federal Authorities Launch Probe Into City of Tallahassee

By Gary Fineout |

In a move that could shake up next year's race for Florida governor, the FBI has launched an investigation into redevelopment deals involving prominent business owners and developers in the state capital.

 Michael J. Higer.

New Florida Bar President Promises to Focus on Mental Health

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Michael Higer took his oath of office Friday and outlined five priorities — including lawyer mental health — for the Bar's coming year.

Should Florida Change How It Picks Supreme Court Justices?

By Celia Ampel |

This year's constitution revision process is a chance to shake things up, professors suggested at the Florida Bar Convention.

Two Lawyers Honored at Florida Bar's Convention

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Outgoing Florida Bar President William Schifino Jr. honored two South Florida attorneys Friday at the Florida Bar's annual convention in Boca Raton.

Vivian C. de las Cuevas-Diaz of Holland & Knight.

Holland & Knight Real Estate Attorney Lives for the Deal

By Carla Vianna |

Holland & Knight partner Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz makes her mark in a male-dominated legal sector.

Rocking Out: Judge Quotes R.E.M. Lyrics in Noise Ordinance Ruling

By Samantha Joseph |

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman cited rock 'n' roll and country lyrics in his ruling on a noise ordinance dispute in Miami Beach.

Ashlee Pouncy, Assistant County Attorney.Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office

South Florida Lawyers Pouncy, Blitman Win Statewide Awards

By Celia Ampel |

The attorneys were recognized for their efforts to teach kids and teens about the legal system.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga during his “State of the Judiciary” address during the Florida Bar’s annual convention in Boca Raton.

Chief Justice Lauds Political Leaders for Florida Judiciary's First Pay Boost in a Decade

By Celia Ampel |

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga thanked legislators and the governor for implementing a pay raise for judges.

Court: No Subpoena Power for Miami Civilian Review Panel

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court says home rule doesn't overcome protections in state law for police officers accused of misconduct.

Gov. Rick Scott

Citrus Canker Plaintiffs Firms Take Case to Florida Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

The law firms are asking the justices to rule Gov. Scott acted unconstitutionally when he vetoed $37 million in citrus tree compensation.

Judge Robert Scola.

How a Miami Court Ruling Could Affect ADA Compliance Nationwide

By Celia Ampel |

A blind customer's lawsuit against Winn-Dixie Stores over website accessibility was the first case of its kind tried in the U.S.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – (Screenshot of ACLU video) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) have filed a lawsuit on behalf of 16 people whose personal property was destroyed when Fort Lauderdale police raided an encampment of homeless persons in a downtown park.

Homeless Plaintiffs Living in Park Sue Fort Lauderdale Over Trashed Personal Items

By Samantha Joseph |

Sixteen homeless plaintiffs filed suit in federal court against Fort Lauderdale, claiming the city violated their constitutional rights by trashing their possessions.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Paul G. Hyman. Photo by

Lawsuit Against GE Capital Over Petters Ponzi Scheme Heads to Trial

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A case spawned by the nearly $4 billion Tom Petters Ponzi scheme is gearing up for a bankruptcy court trial in West Palm Beach.

Carlos Loumiet, partner in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel.

Miami Lawyer Wins Fight to Sue 'Despicable' Bank Regulators for Malicious Prosecution

By Samantha Joseph |

A federal judge in D.C. has cleared the way for Miami attorney Carlos Loumiet to bring Bivens and FTCA claims against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and investigators.

Michael J. Higer.

Tech, Constitution Revision to Top Florida Bar Convention Agenda

By Celia Ampel |

The convention starts Wednesday in Boca Raton.

Cunningham Receives Plaintiffs Bar Award

By Catherine Wilson |

Fred Cunningham is recognized by the Florida Justice Association.

Kendrick Meek.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek Joins King & Spalding

By Catherine Wilson |

The eight-year congressman and Miami Democrat joins the law firm's government advocacy and public policy practice.

Miami Developers Fight Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit by Israeli Firm Over Fiber Optics

By Samantha Joseph |

Plaintiffs claim Miami developers David and Michael Adler squeezed an Israeli company out of royalties and licensing fees for a technology converting coaxial cable to fiber optics.

Eleventh Circuit Green Lights Red Light Camera Class Action

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A federal appeals court allows a class action to move forward in Alabama state court while Florida plaintiffs pursue similar litigation in federal and state courts.

Howard Talenfeld.

Job Misfire Leads to Different Legal Career Path for Talenfeld

By Carlos Harrison |

Attorney Howard Talenfeld has made a name for himself in child advocacy after some career twists.

'Test Case': How Attorneys Defeated a $10 Million Class Action Over Condo Costs

By Samantha Joseph |

Q Club Hotel LLC appeared cornered when condominium owners won class certification in a suit over soaring maintenance fees.

Attorney Mitchel Chusid and his wife, Robin.

Broward Attorney Files Class Action Against Blue Cross for Denying Wife Cancer Drug

By Samantha Joseph |

Coral Springs attorney Mitchel Chusid filed a class action lawsuit to force Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to cover his wife's $15,600-per-month cancer medication.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Voters Challenge Scott's Plan to Replace Justices on His Last Day

By Celia Ampel |

Three justices' terms expire the day after the governor is set to leave office.

Ex-Lawyer Gets 10 Years for Stealing From Clients

By Staff and wire reports |

An attorney is sentenced in federal court for a string of bounced checks written after she was disbarred.

Supreme Court Takes Case About Judges v. Juries in Civil Actions

By Noreen Marcus |

The court is asked to review a Geico bad faith insurance case that ended with an award for the plaintiff and a judge's directed verdict.

Timothy Ferguson, Laura Ross and Nera Shefer, with Fowler White.

Fowler White Burnett Adds Three Lawyers in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Fowler White Burnett has hired three lawyers to different groups within its Miami office.

3890 NW 132 St., Opa-locka.

Businessman Hits Opa-locka Officials With $1M Suit for Bribery

By Samantha Joseph |

A business owner looking to occupy space in two commercial buildings in Opa-locka said he paid thousands extra to city officials seeking bribes.

Howard Finkelstein

Race for Broward Public Defender Heats Up — Three Years Ahead of Time

By Celia Ampel |

Two candidates have announced they're running to replace Howard Finkelstein, who will retire in 2020.

Judge Lanier Anderson.

Court: No Overtime for Parking Valets

By Catherine Wilson |

A federal appeals court rules out overtime pay in the case of a Miami Beach valet who averaged about 100 hours a week of work.

Robin Bresky, appellate attorney with the Law offices of Robin Bresky.

Bresky Carries Race for Seat on Bar Board of Governors

By Catherine Wilson |

Boca Raton appellate attorney Robin Bresky will fill the balance of a term for a seat being vacated by Florida Bar president-elect Michelle Suskauer.

Burger King Grilled Over Claims It Misled Business Partners

By Samantha Joseph |

A new lawsuit filed in federal court in Miami accuses Burger King Corp. of deceiving lenders.

Jones Day.

Jones Day Advises on $300M Costa Rican Bond Offering

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jones Day represented a Costa Rica-based subsidiary of Global Via Infraestructuras S.A. in a more than $300 million bond offering that is one of the largest Central American project bonds in recent history.

Thomas Julin of Gunster in Miami.

`Docs vs. Glocks’ Legal Battle Ends

By Dara Kam |

Six years after Florida lawmakers tried to stop doctors from asking patients about guns, health care providers have emerged victorious in a legal battle as the state did not appeal a federal court ruling striking down major parts of the 2011 law.

U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.

Bot's Texts to Real Estate Professionals at Core of New Class Action

By Samantha Joseph |

A class action lawsuit filed in Fort Lauderdale alleges a company used lead-scraping software to send unsolicited text messages to real estate professionals.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Law Shifts Burden of Proof in ‘Stand Your Ground’

By Brendan Farrington |

Florida became the first state with a law that spells out that prosecutors, and not defendants, have the burden of proof in pretrial "stand your ground" hearings when Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday.

Richard Cole of Cole, Scott & Kissane.

The 2017 Review 100 Shows Head Counts at Most Florida Firms Holding Steady

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Many firms, including top ones, moved up or down one or two slots on the Review 100, which ranks Florida's largest law firms by number of lawyers, but a handful made bigger moves.

Mark F. Raymond of Broad and Cassel.

Florida Midsize Firms Seek Differentiation

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Quality mid-sized firms that offer a rainbow of services at reasonable rates will always be around. But across the country, some of those firms face competitive pressures.

Among Florida's Am Law 200 Firms, Only Two Saw 2016 Increase in Revenue Per Lawyer

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

For most of Florida's seven Am Law firms, 2016 brought growth in revenue but patchwork results in other key metrics.

Ervin A. Gonzalez.

Mental Illness Becomes Major Issue in Legal Community

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The death by suicide of prominent Miami trial attorney Ervin Gonzalez has brought into focus the issue of mental illness in the legal community.

Ervin A. Gonzalez.

Remembrances of Ervin Gonzalez

Attorneys recall moments with the late mass torts and class action litigator.

Ervin A. Gonzalez, with Colson Hicks Eidson, Coral Gables, Fla.

Noted South Florida Litigator Ervin Gonzalez Dies at 57

By Celia Ampel |

The Colson Hicks Eidson partner played lead roles in the BP oil spill and Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation and won more than 30 verdicts in excess of $1 million.

South Florida Investor Facing Fraud Claims Can't Hide Behind Arbitration Provision, Court Rules

By Samantha Joseph |

Bad news for a real estate investor who assumed an enforceable arbitration clause compelled a trial court to dismiss fraud claims against him.

Former Prosecutor Follows Civil Rights Path to Become Deputy Director of the Florida ACLU

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Veteran Miami-Dade prosecutor Melba Pearson is the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida's new deputy director.

New Greenberg Traurig shareholder Marina Ross

Greenberg Traurig Expands Its Real Estate Practice With Hire of 3 Florida Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Marina Ross, James Carenza and Eric Fischer join the real estate practice of the Am Law 100 firm.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Med Mal Damages Caps for Pain and Suffering

By Celia Ampel |

The 4-3 decision finds the cap violates the Florida Constitution's equal protection clause, but dissenters attack the majority for stepping on the Legislature's toes.

Brinkley Morgan Adds Partner, Expands with New Palm Beach County Office

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Fort Lauderdale-based Brinkley Morgan will merge with the Palm Beach County office of matrimony and family lawyer Martin "Guy" Hanes.

Tomas Regalado

Miami Mayor and City Manager Directed to Testify In Sidewalk Cafe Injury Case

By Celia Ampel |

A car plowed into the outdoor dining area of Lemoni Cafe after the sidewalk eatery had been cited twice for operating illegally.

Chinese Drywall Companies Don't Have to Share Settlement Details, Appeals Court Rules

By Samantha Joseph |

Chinese drywall manufacturer and distributor Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co. Ltd. and Knauf GIPS KG won't have to disclose to current plaintiffs how much punitive damages they paid in a post-judgment settlement with Coconut Grove homeowners.

Eugene Pettis and James Haliczer, Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm

Insurance Defense Firm Haliczer Pettis Switches Sides, Becoming a Medical Malpractice Firm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The switch takes place at a time when changes are sweeping through the insurance defense market in South Florida.

Citrus canker.

Citrus Canker Plaintiffs Headed Back to Court After Governor's Veto

By Celia Ampel |

A plaintiffs attorney called Gov. Rick Scott's reason for vetoing a $37 million appropriation "fake news."

FBI Agent to Become Florida Bar's Top Administrator

By Catherine Wilson |

Special agent Joshua Doyle replaces Jack Harkness Jr. as executive director.

Hillsborough Judge Ashley Moody in Tampa.

Ex-Judge Running for Bondi's Seat

Former Hillsborough Circuit Judge and federal prosecutor Ashley Moody joins the Republican primary race for Florida attorney general.

Judge Lenard to Take Senior Status, Leaving Fourth Vacancy on Federal Bench

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard was appointed in 1995.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Broward Homicide Prosecutor Tapped for Judgeship

By Celia Ampel |

Tom Coleman has been with the Broward State Attorney's Office since 1998.

Gunster Partner Completes Daily Marathons for Legal Aid Funding

Jacksonville shareholder Mike Freed ran the equivalent of six daily marathons to raise more than $50,000 for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.

Akerman Aids Housing Nonprofit in Dispute of Federal Proportions

By Samantha Joseph |

Firm attorneys and staff say they spent more than 2,000 pro bono hours on a zoning dispute that settled late last month.

 Stuart Singer, with Boies Schiller Flexner.

Golf or Debate? Stuart Singer Opted for Words, But Putting With Byron White Was Fun

By Carlos Harrison |

The Boies Schiller Flexner partner transitioned from debate team coaching to a litigation career that has touched millions of people.

BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Judge OKs Sales Tax Class Action Against BJ's Wholesale Club

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami judge has already ruled the retailer is overtaxing customers on discounted merchandise.

Douglas Stanford of K&L Gates.

Clients Balking at Attorney Fees? K&L Gates Has an Algorithm for It

By Samantha Joseph |

The law firm created a formula to respond to cost-conscious clients' requests for fee controls.

Office Mogul Franklin Haney Gets New Chance to Fight Mansion Tax

By Samantha Joseph |

The real estate mogul who grew wealthy building federal offices is fighting the Palm Beach County property appraiser over taxes on a $24 million Manalapan mansion.

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner.

Creative Kushner Mapping Underscores Holes in Visa Program

By Bernard Condon |

The Kushner Cos. engaged in a bit of creative mapmaking to qualify one of its buildings in a booming New Jersey waterfront neighborhood across from Manhattan for a federal visa-for-investment program targeting struggling areas.

Will SCOTUS Arbitration Ruling Change Florida Law?

By Noreen Marcus |

A Florida Supreme Court decision supporting litigation in a Miami case proceeds after the U.S. Supreme Court rules for arbitration in a different nursing home case.

Deauville Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Deauville Resort Must Pay for 'Ruined' Wedding, But Less Than Jury Allowed

By Celia Ampel |

The Miami Beach hotel didn't tell the couple their reserved ballroom was shut down for safety violations until hours before their wedding.

Jamie Lewis Keith.

University of Florida GC Quits While Under Investigation

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Suspended UF vice president and general counsel Jamie Keith resigns months into an internal investigation.

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.

Deal Didn't Close? Court Rules Broker Still Entitled to Commission

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court awards commissions to a broker that secured 100 pre-construction contracts — even though 79 of them didn't close.

Miami Health Care Litigation Partner Leaves DLA Piper, Rejoins McDermott

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former head of health care litigation practice at DLA Piper in Miami has jumped back to McDermott Will & Emery's Miami office.

Judge Norma Lindsey.

Scott Names Miami-Dade Judge to Third DCA

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Norma Lindsey has been appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal. Lindsey will replace Judge Linda Ann Wells, who retired March 31.


Meet 'Joe Dirt,' the Real Estate Lawyer Behind South Florida's Biggest Deals

By Samantha Joseph |

Meet Jose "Joe" Rodriguez, the dirt lawyer who helped visionary developers create some of Miami's trendiest neighborhoods.

Left to right: Neisen Kasdin, Joe Hernandez and Ira Teicher

What Slowdown? Real Estate Lawyers Say They're Still Busy Despite Market Cooling

By Samantha Joseph |

South Florida real estate lawyers are taking the chill in the condo market in stride and focusing on other business.

Receiver Digs Into Alleged $50M Debt Relief Scam

By Celia Ampel |

Jonathan Perlman of Genovese Joblove & Battista reported that a Pompano Beach complex contained 80 businesses but a "complete commingling of monies."

Jon May and Frank Rubino

Defending Noriega: Two South Florida Lawyers Remember a Client Who Blew the 'Perfect Exit Strategy'

By Catherine Wilson |

Frank Rubino and Jon May recall time spent with the ousted dictator and the legal lessons learned from it.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

State Supreme Court Disciplines 7 South Florida Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

One attorney was suspended for mixing law firm funds with his yacht business' money.

Six Carlton Fields Real Estate Lawyers Jump to Duane Morris in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six real estate lawyers have jumped to Duane Morris' rapidly growing Miami office following a down year at Carlton Fields, where real estate was one of the financial bright spots.

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

Bilzin Sumberg's Al Dotson Named DBR Attorney of the Year

By Catherine Wilson |

The Bilzin practice group leader is recognized at the Daily Business Review's Professional Excellence Awards event.

Federal Prosecutor, Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner Found Dead on Beach

By Brian Baxter |

No cause of death has been determined for Beranton Whisenant Jr., a major crimes prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The body of Whisenant, who left Foley & Mansfield for public service in January, was found this week on a beach in Hollywood, Florida.

James L. Ferraro

Q&A: Jim Ferraro Talks His New Book on Groundbreaking Birth Defect Trial

By Celia Ampel |

The book, "Blindsided," is out June 13.

Pam Bondi

Florida Judge Orders Halt to Alleged Debt Relief Scam

By Celia Ampel |

The defendants allegedly collected millions of dollars.

Pro Bono Lawyer Caught in 14 Years of Divorce Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

Elizabeth Goings, the attorney representing former real estate lawyer Frank Amsalem's ex-wife, has been pulled in as a defendant in the former couple's 14-year custody battle.


New Twist in the Case of Marvel CEO's Secretly Collected DNA

By Celia Ampel |

A Florida attorney will defend himself against the accusation that he participated in fraud by deposing billionaire Ike Perlmutter as a way to collect his DNA.

Neal Roth.

Claims Bill Signed for Barahona Abuse Survivor

By Staff and wire reports |

The governor signs a bill to pay nearly $4 million to a boy and his late twin sister who suffered extreme abuse in their Miami-Dade foster home.

Florida-based Firms Rise and Fall in the 2017 Am Law 200

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two of the four Florida-based Am Law 200 firms moved up in the 2017 rankings, with gross revenue gains.

Real Estate Agent Accused in Killing Prompts New Law

By Seanna Adcox |

People who sell or manage property in South Carolina will have to pass a background check to renew their license under a new law prompted by November's arrest of a real estate agent accused of killing seven people.

High Court Ruling May Give Voter Rights Groups a Strong Tool

By Jonathan Drew and Mark Sherman |

The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state.

Florida Gets Nearly $1M in Target Data Breach Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Target agrees to pay more than $18 milliion nationally for the loss of customer information in a large-scale 2013 data breach.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Justices Reject Florida Appeal Over Death Penalty

The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court ruling that said imposing a death sentence in Florida requires a unanimous jury.

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.

Guardian Wins Breach of Contract Suit in Real Estate Spat

By Samantha Joseph |

An appellate panel sided with a court-appointed guardian who refused to turn over a Miami-Dade parcel designated for student housing.

Juan Azel.

Hunton & Williams Hires Financial and Regulatory Attorney To Boost Its Banking and Compliance Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Hunton & Williams has hired Standard Chartered Bank's former senior legal regulatory counsel Juan Azel to expand its global banking and regulatory compliance practice.

Left to right: Peter Abreu CIO and Jonathan Cohen,  partner and general counsel Shutts & Bowen

Shutts & Bowen's Cybersecurity Plan Protected It From Ransomware Attack

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Shutts has put into place a comprehensive cybersecurity to allay client fears about the confidentiality of their records.

Michael J. Higer, with Berger Singerman.

How Idols of His Youth Fueled Higer, Now Set to Lead the Florida Bar

By Celia Ampel |

Michael Higer knew from the moment he gave up his Batman cape and toy firetrucks that he would be a lawyer.

Daily Business Review's Annual Professional Excellence Awards

We are introducing lifetime achievement honors, distinguished leaders in law, legal departments of the year and litigation departments of the year.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Court Rejects North Florida Slot Machines

By Staff and wire reports |

The Florida Supreme Court rejects slot machines in Gadsden County in a decision hinging on charter-county status.

Porsche Design Tower.

Brazilian Probe Extends to Porsche, Dezer Development

By Carla Vianna |

Porsche and Dezer Development have been drawn into a Brazilian investigation targeting an alleged money laundering scheme led by a contractor building the first Porsche brand condo project in South America.

(l-r) Lawrence Ingram, Jessica Kirkwood Alley, Jason Stearns, and Robert Stines, of Freeborn & Peters

Freeborn & Peters Opens Office in Tampa

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Freeborn & Peters has opened its first Florida office in Tampa with four attorneys from Phelps Dunbar.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

4 Automakers Agree to Pay $553M on Takata Air Bag Claims

By Celia Ampel |

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW agree to the settlement affecting more than 15 million consumers.

Steve Geller.

Supreme Court Holds Cards in Florida Gambling Debate

By Noreen Marcus |

The future of legalized gambling in Florida hinges on a case before the Florida Supreme Court brought by a small-town company near the Georgia border.

 Dennis J. Eisinger.

No Smoking Anywhere: This Attorney Wants Condo Associations to Completely Ban Cigarettes

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney-developer Dennis Eisinger wants to ban tobacco smoking in Florida condominiums.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

Bondi Gets Stay-Away Order Against Personal Stalker

A Tampa judge issued the order after the state attorney general reported two unwanted visits at her house.

Photo enforced sign warning of red light camera in Downtown Miami.

Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Red-Light Camera Programs

By Celia Ampel |

Some Floridians have been seeing red after receiving traffic tickets based on footage reviewed by private companies.

John Raymond of Broad & Cassel.

Broad and Cassel Opens Office in Palm Beach with Former Akerman Partner

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Broad and Cassel has opened an office in the Town of Palm Beach and hired former Akerman partner and veteran estate planning attorney John Raymond as a partner.

Supreme Court Backs Bids to Collect Outdated Debt in Bankruptcy

By Greg Stohr and Dawn McCarty |

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that debt collectors can use bankruptcy proceedings to try to collect liabilities that are so old the statute of limitations has expired.

Ronald P. Weil,

Miami Judge Cracks Down on Billionaire's Son for Skirting Legal Fees

By Celia Ampel |

The son of one of the richest people in the world was held in civil contempt for making no moves to pay his Miami lawyers.

Randall C. Berg Jr.

Randall Berg to Receive Bar Foundation Award

By Catherine Wilson |

The Miami civil rights attorney will be recognized for his pro bono work at the Florida Justice Institute and other organizations he founded.

(l-r) Timothy Gillis, Catrina Markwalter, Sue VanLeeuwen, Jason Campbell, and Morgan Foster, of Shutts & Bowen.

Shutts & Bowen Opens Office in Jacksonville

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

It has absorbed the Jacksonville firm Gillis Way & Campbell.