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Bruce Katzen, right, and Jamie Zuckerman, left, partners with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. in Miami. Bruce Katzen and Jamie Zuckerman are representing two brothers in a probate case in which their stepfather has stolen millions of dollars of property and fled the country. July 18, 2016.

Will Dispute Lead to Potential Prison Time for Multimillionaire's Widower?

By Celia Ampel |

The dispute between a Broward multimillionaire's sons and her husband over her estate has led to an international battle.

Genovese Joblove & Battista hired Dan Zabludowski, left, as Of Counsel, and John Arrastia, right, as partner.

Two Attorneys Join Genovese Joblove & Battista

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Genovese Joblove & Battista made two new hires in its international practice.

Driven Automobile Attorney Finds Road to Success

After losing his dealership to Hurricane Andrew, Robert Zinn decided to start over again as a lawyer representing automobile dealers.

Oil rigs.

Jones Day Plays Role in Latin American Loan Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Argentine subsidiary of a Chilean energy company has taken a $150 million loan to expand offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Argentina. The banks were advised by Jones Day.

Judge Mardi Levey Cohen

Appeals Court Further Slashes Workplace Bias Award

By Samantha Joseph |

A former municipal water treatment plant operator's $762,250 award was greatly reduced on appeal.

Judge Richard J. Suarez, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

Court Reduces Standard for Lis Pendens Discharge

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal provided clarity in a decision Wednesday on discharging lis pendens in real estate disputes.

Gabriel Britti, Roee Ben-Moshe and Ronnie Issenberg of Marcus & Millichap in Miami.

'Wendy's Brokers' Find Niche With Fast Food Chain

By Carla Vianna |

A Marcus & Millichap team has found a sweet spot in today's retail market: Wendy's restaurants.

A shopkeeper displays two packs of cigarettes with newly-released warning labels against smoking in Montevideo, Uruguay. (AP Photo/Marcelo Hernandez)

Plain Packaging and Stricter Tobacco Labeling Expected to Spread in Latin America

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Latin American countries may be more emboldened to enact bolder anti-tobacco legislation after Uruguay succesfully defends itself against tobacco company investment lawsuit.

Bruce Rogow

Appellate Court Slashes $2M From Award to Former Firm Partner

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has wiped out most of a $2.3 million award that attorney Patrick J. Casey won from his former firm.

Multidistrict Denture Cream Dispute Unravels on Appeal

By Noreen Marcus |

Some product liability cases end with the parties collaborating on a resolution, while others grind on for years until one side falters and the other conquers. Multidistrict litigation over denture cream with zinc that allegedly hurt users is getting resolved both ways.

04/09/15- Miami- Circuit Judge Michael A. Genden, Circuit Probate Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Probate Court Critic Should Pay for Breaching Settlements, Estate Guardian Says

By Samantha Joseph |

Lubell Rosen partner Liz Consuegra Messianu petitioned for sanctions against an outspoken critic of the probate court's guardianship system amid an ongoing dispute over a multi-million dollar estate.

Look from above the street at a yellow taxis turning right at the old city of Cartagena. Credit: LSP1982/iStockphoto.com.

Holland & Knight Advises Colombian Bank on Road Project

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight advised Colombian infrastructure bank on $74 million loan enhancement for a, $850 million road project that will connect the cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla.

Miami-Dade Judge Jerald Bagley.

New Delay in Lengthy Dispute Over Legal Fees in 2 Trials

By Samantha Joseph |

A fight over attorneys' fees continues in a Miami-Dade courtroom in the case of a pregnant woman wrongly suspected of being a drug trafficker.

Suit Alleging Fraud in Crypt Sales Certifies as Class Action

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson certified a class alleging The Gardens of Boca Raton defrauded Jewish clients who purchased burial space.

Florida Officials Fight to Keep Lethal Drug Records Secret

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

Lawyers representing seven Arizona death row inmates want information about the drugs used in Florida's lethal-injection procedure, but corrections officials are asking a judge to keep the documents secret.

Law Firm Diversity 2016

In the Daily Business Review’s diversity special section, articles focus on race and sexuality in South Florida law firms.

Broward Courthouse Evacuated After Murder Suspect Escapes

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Courthouse evacuated after inmate's escape.

Governor's Ex-GC Joins Foley & Lardner

By Staff report |

Jesse Panuccio joins as a partner splitting his time between the Miami, Tallahassee and Washington offices.

Appeals Court Rules 'Unclean Hands' Don't Transfer to Successor Lender

By Samantha Joseph |

Wells Fargo Bank triumphs in a foreclosure appeal despite a predecessor lender's alleged fraudulent loan documents.

Carlos Loumiet

Miami Lawyer's Claims Against Government Can Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorney Carlos Loumiet won a D.C. Circuit Court appeal reinstating his $4 million in claims against the government for damaging his career.

Berger Singerman Forms Immigration Practice With Venezuelan Bar Head

By Gina Passarella |

Berger Singerman is making its first formal foray into business immigration work with the hire of the incoming president of the Venezuelan National American Bar Association.

Judge Cory Ciklin

Appeals Court Reverses on Breach of Contract for Arcade Owner

By Samantha Joseph |

Lucas Games spent years fighting its landlord after a legislative change forced it out of business.

Tammy Knight

Drive to Succeed Takes Knight to Big-Dollar M&A Deals

By Carlos Harrison |

Holland & Knight's Tammy Knight was driven from childhood to get a professional degree, but the courtroom wasn't for her.

Broward County Judge Robert Lee.

Broward Judge Honored With Chief Justice Award

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward County Judge Robert Lee has been given the Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence by Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Miami-Dade Judge Resigns Amid Ethics Probe

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz has resigned amid an ethics investigation.

Judge Thomas Logue, Third District Court of Appeal.

Insurance Question Heads to Supreme Court After Appellate Courts Differ

By Celia Ampel |

Florida appellate courts disagree on what insurance companies need to do to inform medical providers that they're planning to limit reimbursement of medical bills.

Robert Gilbert, with Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert.

Kopelowitz Ostrow Opens Gables Office

By Carla Vianna |

The Fort Lauderdale-based law firm leases a 5,000-square-foot space in the Regions Bank Tower for eight attorneys.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Challenge Against Palm Beach Sheriff Gun Seizure Policy Revived on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

Handing a win to gun rights advocates, a Florida appellate court breathed new life into a lawsuit challenging a sheriff's refusal to return a gun owner's firearms without court approval.

Alan Koslow attends Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Chairman's Awards Gala at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida on November 21, 2014. (Photo by JL/Sipa USA) (Newscom TagID: sipaphotosfive082296.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

Arrested Lawyer-Lobbyist Now Battling Addiction

By Samantha Joseph |

Weeks after his arrest on a federal money laundering conspiracy charge, attorney-lobbyist Alan Koslow battles cocaine addiction while on probation.

Attorney Michael J. Wrubel, of Michael Jay Wrubel, P.A.

'Unclean Hands' Key in Foreclosure Suit Over Inflated Premiums

By Samantha Joseph |

A defendant in a Palm Beach County foreclosure suit accused Bank of America of forcing her into foreclosure by inflating premiums on lender-placed insurance.

Alan Kluger, left, and Todd Levine, right.

Judge Sides With Sweetwater Mayor in Budget Fight

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Barbara Areces rejects the budget approved by the City Commission.

Cleary Gottlieb, Holland & Knight and Cabanellas Etchebarne Advise on Argentina's Latest Bond Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

U.S. and Argentine firms are representing the Argentine Province of Buenos Aires in another $1 billion bond issuance and a $300 million issuance from the Province of Salta.

Jeffery Lee Allen of the Law Office of Jeffery Allen & Associates.

Fourth District Reopens Negligent Security Case After High Court Ruling

By Noreen Marcus |

The former owner of a Plantation apartment complex where two siblings were killed persuaded the Fourth DCA to reconsider the case after an adverse ruling by the Florida Supreme Court.

Howard Srebnick.

Employing Sexy Women to Entice Bar Customers is Wicked — But Not That Wicked, Says Appeals Court

By Samantha Joseph |

Jury instructions took center stage in a case of European beauties reportedly hired to scam bar patrons into running up high tabs.

Broward County Judge Alan R. Marks

Finalists Named to Replace Retiring Broward County Judge

By Samantha Joseph |

Here are the six JNC-nominated candidates to replace Broward County Court Judge Alan Marks.

Litigator Baker-Egozi Moves to Greenspoon Marder

By Staff report |

Deborah Baker-Egozi, a member of the Florida Bar board of governors, shifts to a new law firm in Miami.

The Review 100: 'Exponential Interest' From Law Firms With Varied Focus

Our annual Review 100. Movement into and within the South Florida legal community has been picking up steam and law firm leaders say they are focusing on value, targeted practice areas, client demand and other factors to build revenue.

Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown

US Rep. Corrine Brown Indicted on Charity Fraud Charges

By Jason Dearen and Curt Anderson |

The Jacksonville Democrat is accused of fleecing a charity offering scholarships to poor students.

BMW Car Logo. Google Images

BMW Beats Back Fraud Suit Over Failed Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

New York and Florida lawyers helped luxury auto company BMW AG defeat a fraud and defamation lawsuit over a derailed German acquisition.

Attorney Ervin Gonzalez

Ervin Gonzalez Is Drawn to Cases That Generate Change

By Carlos Harrison |

The veteran of BP spill and Chinese drywall litigation focuses on cases with the potential to bring change to an industry, company or families.

Shutts & Bowen Beats Legal Malpractice Suit on Appeal

By Celia Ampel |

Shutts & Bowen prevailed on appeal in a legal malpractice case filed against the firm.

Gables Attorney Named to ABA Board of Elections

By Staff report |

Robert "Beau" Blumberg is named to the American Bar Association's Board of Elections.

Maria I. Sampedro-Iglesia

New Court Launched to Handle Human Trafficking Cases

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Court has created the first juvenile court in the country dedicated to human trafficking victims.

4th DCA

Appellate Court Denies Foreclosure Dismissal

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA declined to grant a writ of mandamus over allegations of a faulty foreclosure complaint and missing certification.

Kathleen M. Williams

Judge Rules Litigation Immunity Protects Lawyers in Suit

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami judge decided attorneys whose lawsuit included private medical information were protected by litigation privilege.

Attorney Suspended for 90 Days Over Comments

By Samantha Joseph |

Snide emails to fellow lawyers earned one attorney a 90-day suspension.

Greenberg attorneys Joel Maser (left) and Dan McCawley (right) play a game of ping pong in the Cafe.

South Florida Law Firms Hunt Urban Chic Makeover

By Carla Vianna |

A lobby bar. No offices. Lounges and cafes. Hoping to update their staid image and dodge pricey leases, South Florida's law firms are chasing a contemporary look.

Access to Justice Commission Seeks to Continue Work

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court will decide whether to approve a permanent access to civil justice commission for Florida, one of just a few states without a permanent commission.

Judge Nixes Motion to Erase Pleadings in Palm Beach Somerset Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen has declined a motion to wipe out four years' worth of court filings in a messy real estate business dispute.

Lawsuit: Maggots Found in Florida ICU Patient

By Associated Press |

The lawsuit filed by the late woman's children says medical records reported staff found maggots in her mouth and on a leg.

Warren R. Trazenfeld, of Warren R. Trazenfeld PA.

Fla. Railroad Entrepreneur Sues Greenberg Traurig for $10M

By Gina Passarella |

A railroad executive alleges Greenberg Traurig failed to protect him and his companies from future litigation liabilities when it drafted a stock purchase agreement.

Split Court Certifies Question of Ward's Right to Marry

By Samantha Joseph |

A divided appellate court Wednesday certified to the Florida Supreme Court a novel question regarding a ward of the court's right to marry: If permission is required to wed, does marrying without that approval render the marriage void?

06/30/16-- Nancy G. Abudu, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida, (ACLU)Miami, Fl.

With Abortion Laws in Flux, Federal and State Courts Review Limits

By Noreen Marcus |

Federal and state judges in Florida are hearing challenges to abortion restrictions and have a fresh U.S. Supreme Court decision to analyze.

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

US Judge Considers Fate of New Florida Abortion Law

By Associated Press |

A Tallahassee federal judge weighs a Planned Parenthood attempt to block the law set to take effect Friday.

Seth Miles, left, and David Buckner, of Buckner + Miles, Miami, Florida

$3M Settlement for Girl Injured at Birthday Party

By Celia Ampel |

The family of a 17-year-old girl who lost four inches of bone in her right leg after a utility task vehicle rolled over her received a $3 million settlement negotiated by Miami lawyers.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg.

Kenneth Feinberg Oversees Fund for Orlando Victims

By Commentary by Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

The Washington attorney gained fame administering compensation funds for victims of the 9/11 attacks and the BP oil spill.

Justices Express No Mercy for Lawyers in Tampa DUI Plot

By Noreen Marcus |

Two lawyers who plotted to ensnare an opposing counsel in a drunken-driving arrest ask the Florida Supreme Court for something less than permanent disbarment.

John Delionado of Hunton & Williams.

Special Master in Takata Case Recommends Broader Document Release

By Celia Ampel |

Honda and BMW should turn over documents related to Takata air bag problems other than explosions, a special master recommended in a small victory for the Takata litigation plaintiffs.

Computer Programming Led Espinosa to IP Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Intellectual property attorney Jorge Espinosa shifted to a legal career after writing software for the Bee Gees and gamblers looking for better odds.

Joe Ankus, founder of Ankus Consulting.

Florida Firms Aren't Jumping to Match Cravath Pay Scale

By Jennifer Henderson |

When it comes to matching Cravath, Swaine & Moore's base salary bump for associates — which will see first-years earn $180,000 and eighth-years rake in $315,000 — firms with big Florida bases are a mixed bag, with the definition of "top of market" becoming increasingly nuanced.

Could Brexit Be Boon or Bust for South Florida Real Estate Market?

By Carla Vianna |

When it's Miami versus London, the South Florida city is now the safer option for deep-pocketed real estate investors. While the Brexit may deter Europeans from purchasing Miami real estate, international investors may fill that gap.

Adam M. Moskowitz of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton.

New Class Action Filed Over 'Exploding' Refrigerators

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida firms filed an exploding-refrigerator class action against a Pompano Beach company, following on the heels of similar litigation that ended in a $36 million settlement.

Rene Palomino Jr. of The Corona Law Firm.

Financial Crime Case May Hinge on Whether Bitcoin Is Money

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami-Dade circuit judge is expected to rule Monday on a case of first impression in Florida, linking Bitcoin to financial crimes.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia, FARC Rebels Near Closure on Peace Deal

By Mike Weissenstein and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press |

Colombia moved closer than ever to ending a half-century of bloodshed when its president joined leftist rebels in celebrating a cease-fire and disarmament agreement at a dignitary-studded signing ceremony in Cuba.

04/23/15- Miami- Richard E. Gersten Justice Building at 1351 NW 12th St.

Bomb Threat Closes Miami-Dade Courthouse

By Celia Ampel |

For the second time in two weeks, the Miami-Dade criminal courthouse was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

Bid to Force Defendant Class Is Rejected in Medical Records Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA wipes out a ruling creating a defendant class in a suit over charges for medical records for insurance claims.

 Marko F. Cerenko, Bruce H. Katzen, and James Diamond, with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine.

Nursing Home Sued After Alleged $2.5M Theft by Aides

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida law firm Kluger Kaplan filed a complaint against an Aventura nursing home for allegedly allowing workers to steal $2.5 million from a patient.

Howard Finkelstein, Broward Public Defender

Florida Falls Short in 'Gavel Gap' Rankings

By Samantha Joseph |

The state landed in the bottom third for how closely its judges reflect the race and ethnicity of the population.

Nobody Knows Whether Your Landlord Can Stop You From Smoking Pot

By Patrick Clark Bloomberg News |

In recent years, tenant demand for smoke-free living environments has led property managers to extend bans on cigarette smoking to cover marijuana. But some landlords worry that forbidding the use of medical marijuana might put them on the wrong side of fair housing law.

Court Declines to Disqualify Judge in Boat Show Case

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court denied the city of Miami's petition to disqualify a Miami-Dade Circuit judge from hearing litigation over the Miami International Boat Show.

Florida GOP Candidate to Give Away Semi-Automatic Rifle

By Joe Reedy, Associated Press |

A Republican candidate for Congress in Florida has launched a contest on his Facebook campaign page to give away a semi-automatic rifle on Independence Day.

Miami-Dade Hospitals Battle Over Revamped Trauma Care

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

In a hospital industry battle, the Florida Department of Health faces legal challenges about decisions that could revamp trauma care in Miami-Dade County.

Doug Hallward-Driemeier.

Eleventh Circuit Seems Skeptical of Florida Gun Rights Law

It was a rough ride at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday for the attorney defending a Florida law that bars doctors from asking their patients about guns in the home.

Federico A. Moreno

Certain Claims in Takata Air Bag Costs Case Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge moved claims forward against Subaru in the Takata air bag economic loss litigation.

Late retired Judge Marcia Beach

Memorial Set Thursday for Late Broward Judge Marcia Beach

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward's drug court program plans a memorial for the retired judge, former Broward County Commission chair, Holland & Knight attorney and lobbyist.

Sanctions Motion Filed Against Lawyers in Bitter Guardianship Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Three attorneys face sanctions in a messy probate case, while one is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Tractor spraying a field on farm

Seasonal Farmworkers Face Uphill Battle for Health Insurance

By Alejandra Cancino, Associated Press |

In the United States legally through the H-2A visa program, these farmworkers, like most American citizens and legal residents, must be insured. But reaching them is an uphill battle.

The U.S. Supreme Court

Racketeering Law Applies Outside the U.S., With Limits, Justices Rule

The nation's chief law against racketeering applies to some activities outside of the United States, but private plaintiffs must claim a domestic injury, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in a closely watched business case involving a major American cigarette and food producer.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Turns Back Challenge to Post-Sandy Hook Gun Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Connecticut’s assault weapons ban, which was enacted after the mass shooting of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school.

Mark G. DiCowden

Man Whose Life Was 'Ruined' Wins New Trial for Bank's False Alarm

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court orders a new trial for a bank customer whose life changed for the worse when a Bank of America teller frantically pushed a silent alarm, thinking he might be a robber.

George Haj Becomes ALM Editorial Director

By Staff report |

The regional editor-in-chief for the South has been promoted to ALM editorial director.

Clint J. Gage

Dickinson Wright Breaks Into South Florida Market

By Roy Strom |

Big Law's push into the South Florida market has continued with news Monday that Am Law 200 firm Dickinson Wright has set up shop in Fort Lauderdale.

Judge Darrin P. Gayles

Palmetto Bay Police Sued for Fatally Shooting Man With Asperger's Syndrome

By Celia Ampel |

The Village of Palmetto Bay is facing an excessive force lawsuit after police shot a 25-year-old accused of vandalizing cars with a pickax.

Judge David C. Miller

Fees in Bitter Family Dispute Prompt Judge's Call for a Litigation Budget

By Samantha Joseph |

A family law judge is recommending a litigation budget to detail all costs in an acrimonious family dispute, pitting a millionaire's adult children against his third wife, that's on track to rack up more than a million dollars in attorney fees and costs.

Hulk Hogan.

Gawker, Hulk Hogan Attorneys Discuss Case at Law Conference

By Celia Ampel |

Gawker Media Group and Hulk Hogan's temporary litigation cease-fire didn't stop lawyers for the two parties from duking it out at a Friday media law conference in Orlando.

Broward Circuit Judge Alberto Ribas

Judge Ribas Has Twin Passions: Legal and Running

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward Circuit Judge Alberto Ribas Jr. is a veteran prosecutor, triathlete and CrossFit games participant.

 Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga swears in William Schifino Jr., a Tampa partner with Burr & Forman, as Florida Bar president on Friday, June 17, 2016 during the Florida Bar Convention at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

Gay Orlando Lawyer: 'Our Pulse Is Stronger Than Ever'

By Celia Ampel |

Standing ovation for lawyer receiving Florida Bar's humanitarian award.

Countrywide

Countrywide's Mozilo Off the Hook as US Declines to Sue

By Keri Geiger, Greg Farrell and Tom Schoenberg Bloomberg News |

Thye Justice Department has decided not to pursue a civil suit against Countrywide Financial co-founder Angelo Mozilo, who became a poster child for suibprime mortgages after the housing crash.

Insurer Expands Coverage for Breakthrough Hepatitis Med

By Celia Ampel |

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc. agreed to expand coverage of a breakthrough cure for Hepatitis C to about 2,000 policyholders as part of a settlement negotiated by Miami lawyers.

Zelle Opens Miami Office With Three Attorneys

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Zelle insurance and antitrust law firm is opening an office led by a former Cozen O'Connor partner.

Cuba Hopes Detente Will Finally Break Curse on Investment

By Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press |

Twenty years ago a Canadian developer won the right to build golf courses and condominiums across 2.5 miles of lush green ridgeline and crescent beaches lapped by the emerald waters of the Florida Straits just 40 miles from Havana.

Family Lawyer Starts Service to Help Newly Single Women Post-Divorce

By Meredith Hobbs |

Claudia Willis is taking her 25 years of experience in family law to a new business, helping newly single women organize their lives after a divorce or the death of their spouse.

Gill Freeman

Former Judge Gill Freeman Honored by Florida Bar Young Lawyers

By Celia Ampel |

Retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gill Freeman is among the honorees recognized by the Florida Bar's young lawyers division.

 Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga speaks about access to civil justice and court security at the Florida Bar Convention’s annual judicial luncheon Thursday, June 16 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Sitting,  Michael Higer, left,   president-elect of the bar, and incoming Florida Bar President William Schifino.

Labarga: Judges Must Act to Protect the Courts

By Celia Ampel |

Warding off threats to Florida's justice system requires that the public understands the importance of the courts, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga told 600 judges and lawyers at the Florida Bar Convention's annual judicial luncheon Thursday.

Phang to Become President of Miami-Dade FAWL

By Samantha Joseph |

Berger Singerman partner Katie Phang is the new president-elect of FAWL's Miami-Dade chapter.

K&L Gates Continues Miami Expansion With Baker & McKenzie Hire

By Lizzy McLellan |

Former prosecutor and longtime Baker & McKenzie partner Lee Stapleton has joined K&L Gates in Miami, becoming the fifth lawyer to join the office since May.

Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks.

Prison for Woman Who Hid Business in Bankruptcy

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami woman who peddled designer knockoffs from her home showroom will spend two years in prison for bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and trafficking in counterfeit merchandise.

Lance Harke, Sarah Clasby Engel, Howard Bushman, with Harke Clasby & Bushman LLP

Sea-Doo Maker Bombardier Ordered to Pay $46.7M in Patent Infringement Case

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge entered a $46.7 million judgment in a patent infringement case against Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. over its Sea-Doo personal watercraft.

Judge Dismisses Some Claims in Takata Air Bag Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno dismissed some claims against Mazda in the Takata air bag economic loss multidistrict litigation.

Major Twist in Case of Woman Who Allegedly Stole From Ex-Lover

By Samantha Joseph |

A woman who overturned a $1.2 million judgment a former chief judge helped secure against her in a civil theft suit pleaded guilty to grand theft in a related criminal case.

Promoter Wins $8.5M Award Against Champion Boxer

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade jury found boxer Canelo Alvarez liable for $8.5 million in damages on an unjust enrichment claim filed by his former promoter.

Ex-Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty in $207M Ponzi Scheme

By Celia Ampel |

A former Miami Beach resident who staged tours for the Rolling Stones, Elton John and other big acts pleads guilty to defrauding investors in his concert promotion businesses.

Florida Bar president elect William Schifino

Dollars, Diversity, Free Speech: Florida Bar to Address Weighty Topics in Orlando at Annual Convention

By Celia Ampel |

The annual Florida Bar convention starting Wednesday highlights technology, diversity and other issues.

Jones Day firm office in Miami

Jones Day in Mexico Advises on Sale of Ennis Division

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A Jones Day Mexico City team advised publicly traded Ennis on the $109.4 million cash sale of an apparel division to Gildan.

Florida State Close to New, More Detailed Policy on Sexual Assault

By Joe Reedy, Associated Press |

Florida State University has almost completed a more detailed policy on sexual conduct and sexual harassment while coming into compliance with federal Title IX standards.

‘Weapons of War’ And Other Thoughts from Judges About AR-15 Rifles

To some judges, the military-style weapon used in the Orlando mass shootings is a “lethal weapon of war,” but to others, it is a “common self-defense weapon.” Regardless of the description, courts increasingly are being asked how far governments can go to regulate them.

Four Firms Connect on Microsoft’s Big LinkedIn Buy

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Davis Polk & Wardwell and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft are advising on Microsoft Corp.’s $26.2 billion buy of professional networking service LinkedIn Corp.

Peggy Quince

Uneasy Florida Justices Weigh Gun Control

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court considers issues with both open carry and concealed weapons.

John Contini.

Court Considers Penalties for Broward Judge Contini

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Supreme Court issues a show-cause order to hear from Circuit Judge John Contini about his recommended punlishment for misconduct.

04/23/15- Miami- Richard E. Gersten Justice Building at 1351 NW 12th St.

Bomb Threat Briefly Closes Miami-Dade Courthouse

By Celia Ampel |

The Richard E. Gerstein criminal courthouse was closed briefly while the police investigated a bomb threat.

Jones Day firm office in Miami

Jones Day Represents Atlas Holdings in Acquisition of NCR Division

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jones Day represents Atlas Holdings in its purchase of NCR's private paper products division.

Members of the Florida Highway Patrol continue to block Orange Avenue as other law enforcement officials confer near the Pulse Orlando nightclub Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Pulse Orlando was the scene of a mass fatal shooting early Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Orlando Shooting Spawns Negligent-Security Queries

By Samantha Joseph |

Early reports of the nightclub's off-duty police officer firing at the gunman could favor the club in litigation, lawyers suggest.

Members of the Florida Highway Patrol continue to block Orange Avenue as other law enforcement officials confer near the Pulse Orlando nightclub Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Pulse Orlando was the scene of a mass fatal shooting early Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Florida Lawyers Organize Help Following Orlando Shooting

By Lizzy McLellan |

Lawyers across Florida are organizing efforts to assist the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and their families.

High Court Rejects Seminole Utility Tax Appeal

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear an appeal by the Seminole Tribe of Florida challenging payment of state utility taxes.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff

Duane Morris Attorney Gets Letter From Bar Committee for Bungled Order

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Bar has closed its investigation of Duane Morris partner Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.

Orlando police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Post-Sandy Hook Gun Laws to Reach Justices Days After Orlando Shooting

With the worst mass shooting in American history in the background, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 16 will take its first look at a challenge to Connecticut's ban on military-style firearms. But as past actions show, the justices may have little interest in revisiting Second Amendment disputes, including the regulation of the AR-15-style weapon reportedly used in the Orlando shootings that killed at least 50 people at a night club.

Amit Agarwal

US Appellate Attorney Named Florida's Solicitor General

By Staff report |

Amit Agarwal takes over for Allen Winsor, who became a judge on the First District Court of Appeal.

Florida Supreme Justices Eye Constitutionality of Malpractice Caps

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

More than a dozen years after a fierce political fight about the state's medical-malpractice laws, the Florida Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of limits on damages in malpractice lawsuits.

John Roberts Jr.

Chief Justice Roberts Putts Golf Reference Into Supreme Court Ruling

By Tony Mauro |

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., an avid golfer, could not resist mingling golf with law in a recent decision that did not get much attention.

Judge Lopez's Path to Law Inspired by Dad

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Lopez's dream growing up was to work side by side with his dad, but it didn't work out that way.

John Bautista, Orrick

The 2016 Innovation Awards: Client Service Innovator of the Year, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Orrick contributed guidance for Stripe's new startup toolkit, Stripe Atlas, which provides entrepreneurs with a host of resources.

Juan Ramirez Jr.

Sanctioned Lawyer says Former Judge Abused Prior Post

By Samantha Joseph |

A former chief judge is accused of abusing his prior position to secure inappropriate sanctions against opposing counsel.

Gun Rights Group Wants New Hearing, Judge in FSU Lawsuit

By Jim Turner News Service of Florida |

A gun rights group wants a new hearing, with a new judge, in a lawsuit over firearm-related information in Florida State University's 2015 football "game day" guide.

Four Tips To Get Over That “Dirty” Feeling When Networking

By Vivia Chen |

Who knew lawyers have such moral scruples? According to research lawyers approach networking with absolute dread because they feel guilty that they’re doing it for purely selfish reasons.

Have Global Compliance Problems? You're Not Alone

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Companies operating in Brazil, India and Russia face heightened ethics and compliance risks, according to a global survey of 13 countries.

Jonathan Feldman with Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli & Albright.

Jay Peak Lawsuit Explores Fraudulent Transfer Theory

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami lawyer is suing investment firm Raymond James Financial Inc. over the Jay Peak scandal, using a legal theory he says hasn't been tested in Florida state court.

State Senator Retiring After Four Decades in Public Service

By Associated Press |

State Sen. Gwen Margolis pulled out of her re-election race after dismissing her opponents in language that sparked demands for an apology.

Fort Lauderdale attorney Chad Van Horn with Van Horn Law Group, P.A.

Lawyer Sues Student Loan Servicer Over Bar Prep Debt Discharged in Bankruptcy

By Samantha Joseph |

A new case from a recent law school graduate will test how bankruptcy courts treat student debt.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Justices Reject Another Part of Workers' Comp System

By Jim Saunders |

A workers' compensation law that left a disabled St. Petersburg firefighter without benefits after two years is unconstitutional, the Florida Supreme Court rules.

 Attorney Jose Baez.

Aaron Hernandez Hires Casey Anthony Attorney Baez

By Associated Press |

Coral Gables attorney Jose Baez is joining the defense team for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez in a double-murder case.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Court: Woman Who Killed Rival Deserves New Sentence

By Associated Press |

The Florida Supreme Court orders a new sentencing hearing for a woman sentenced to life without parole for a vicious hammer attack when she was 16.

Pam Bondi

Trump Money Complaints Mount Against Florida AG Bondi

By Associated Press |

Attorney General Pam Bondi faces ethics and bar complaints for asking Donald Trump for money in 2013 and receiving $25,000 around the time her office was reviewing a New York probe into his allegedly fraudulent Trump University.

Florida Supreme Court Justices Weigh Challenge to Open-Carry Ban

By Jim Turner News Service of Florida |

Law-abiding Floridians should be allowed to openly carry firearms in public, a gun-rights groups argued to the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of a man arrested four years ago while strolling with a visibly holstered weapon in Fort Pierce.

Millennials Have Their Say on Law Firms’ Future

Steering the direction of law firms is no longer the exclusive province of upper-echelon partners. Cushman & Wakefield’s latest survey of the legal sector finds that law firms increasingly are including the younger generation in decision-making, especially when those decisions revolve around real estate. The survey of 1,100 US law firms is conducted in partnership with ALM Legal Intelligence, sister organization to GlobeSt.com.

 Antonio 'Tony' Martinez Jr.

Five Decades Later, Real Estate Attorney Assesses Miami and the Law

By Carla Vianna |

Antonio "Tony" Martinez retires from Shutts & Bowen after 52 years. He speaks about the changes he's witnessed since his first day at the firm.

Broward County Court Judge John Hurley

Colorful Broward Bond Court Judge Hurley Moving On

By Associated Press |

Court Rejects Ex-Attorney's Defamation Suit Against Bar

By Samantha Joseph |

A lawyer with a revoked license failed in a defamation suit against the Florida Bar, which described him as "disbarred."

Appeals Court Gets Exasperated About Foreclosure Standing

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal is tired of talking about standing in foreclosure cases after doing it more than 80 times since the housing crash.

Gill Freeman

Retired Miami-Dade Judge Joins JAMS

By Staff report |

Former Judge Gill Freeman will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in a range of litigation.

Woman Wins $3M Award Against Hospital Treating Her for Botched Outpatient Surgery

By Celia Ampel |

A Palm Beach jury found Bethesda Memorial Hospital liable for mistreating a woman after botched plastic surgery.

Nicole “Nikki” Fried is starting a new practice, Igniting Florida LLC.

Colodny Fass Partner Forms Lobbying Firm

By Staff Report |

Nikki Fried is branching out after successfully lobbying for medical marijuana and foster child education bills.

Court Asked to Consider Future of Slots Outside South Florida

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a controversial gambling case that could expand the use of slot machines statewide.

Indicted Lawmaker Argues Elections Office Not a 'Victim'

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

Facing wire-fraud and tax charges, state Rep. Reggie Fullwood is asking a federal judge to block prosecutors from arguing that the Florida Division of Elections is a victim of an alleged scheme to divert campaign funds to personal use.

Florida, Seminoles Press Arguments in Gambling Dispute

By Dara Kam and Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

Accusing the state of essentially reneging on a 2010 deal, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking a federal judge to declare that tribal casinos have permission to keep operating banked card games, including blackjack, for 15 more years.

4th DCA Judge W. Matthew Stevenson

Court to Judges: Don't Send Message With Long Sentences

By Samantha Joseph |

An appellate court returns a case for sentencing before a new judge after one handed down a 66-year prison term to "send a message" to the community.

Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio De Janeiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Sewage-Stained Rio Olympics Revive Brazil's Privatization Dreams

By Blake Schmidt and David Biller, Bloomberg News |

Two months before the Olympics, the world is eyeing the sewage off Rio de Janeiro with both alarm and black humor: marathon swimmers say they are afraid of getting sick while Saturday Night Live has depicted President Dilma Rousseff saying blithely that Brazil just needs to "take 1 million poo-poos out of the river."

Greenspoon Marder, Am Law 200 Firms Grow National Pot Practices

By Nell Gluckman and Rebecca Cohen |

As some states pass increasingly pot-friendly laws, Am Law 200 firms are building out national marijuana practices to capitalize on the growing industry, but to do so they’re embracing fairly different strategies.

Tracey Goo, Ike Ojala, Hermen Rodriguez and Jorge Portela, HFF Miami.

HFF Dealt With Select Group of Miami Tower Prospects

By Mary Hladky, Special to the Review |

And a U.S. arm of Sumitomo came up the winner in a $220 million cash deal for the Miami landmark.

State to Pay Nearly $500K in Same-Sex Marriage Legal Fees

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

New Marijuana Law Won't Help Losing Nursery Get License

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A new law won't help a nursery whose score was a fraction of a percent less than the winner of a highly sought-after medical marijuana license in Central Florida, an administrative law judge ruled.

Mayanne Downs

GrayRobinson Makes Rare Leadership Transition With Female Managing Partner

By Julie Kay |

Meet the new head of GrayRobinson and the highest-ranking female law firm leader in the state: Mayanne Downs, who is taking over for retiring Byrd "Biff" Marshall.

Jorge Labarga

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Tax on Internet Flower Sales

By Noreen Marcus |

The court requires sales tax no matter where an online florist's customers are and no matter where the flowers are delivered.

10/26/12-- Miami-- Chief Judge Linda Ann Wells, Third District Court of Appeal.

Third DCA Reverses Dismissal in Wells Fargo Foreclosure Case

By Samantha Joseph |

An investor insists it spent years litigating because Wells Fargo Bank N.A. wouldn't let it pay off the multimillion-dollar mortgage on a disbarred lawyer's house.

Convicting Florida Officer in Slaying May Prove Difficult

By Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson Associated Press |

Convicting a police officer for an on-duty killing hasn't happened in Florida in nearly three decades, in part because officers are given wide latitude to protect themselves from perceived danger.

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight Advises Bank on Colombian Road Financing

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight represents Colombia's infrastructure development bank on financing for a $1.1 billion road construction project.

Judge Nicholas Lopane

Parents, Grandfather Pushed Judge Lopane Into Public Service

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward Circuit Judge Nicholas Lopane's parents ran a plant nursery but wanted an indoor life for him, and his grandfather stressed the need for public service.

 Gov. Rick Scott

Planned Parenthood Asks Court to Block Florida Abortion Bill

By Associated Press |

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit asking a federal district court to block restrictions on abortions signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Rick Scott.

District Judge Kenneth A. Marra

Judge Allows Colombians to Pursue Torture Claims Against Chiquita

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A federal judge in West Palm Beach allows Colombian families to pursue torture claims against Chiquita Brands International Inc., which is blamed for funding a violant right-wing paramilitary group.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Palm Beach Judgeship Going to Election, Not Appointment

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court rejects the governor's legal logic and orders an electrion for a Palm Beach County Court opening.

Greenspoon Marder Launches Marijuana Practice, 3 Offices

By Celia Ampel |

Fort Lauderdale-based Greenspoon Marder is opening offices in Denver, Las Vegas and San Diego to support its new marijuana practice group.

Locke Lord Names New South Florida Managing Partner

By Staff writer |

Thomas Cunningham takes charge of the West Palm Beach and Miami offices, which have 14 attorneys.

Regulator: 'Shame on Us' If We Approved Illegal Card Games

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Even if state regulators signed off on a popular type of card game years ago, that doesn't make the games legal, a Department of Business and Professional Regulation attorney told an administrative law judge.

James A. Gale and Jeffrey D. Feldman, of Feldman Gale.

Miami-Based Feldman Gale Joining Cozen O'Connor

By Celia Ampel |

Cozen O'Connor acquires the intellectual property boutique Feldman Gale. The founders and 13 other attorneys are making the move.

Venezuela Blasts OAS as Diplomats Try to Defuse Conflict

By Fabiola Sanchez and Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press |

Thousands of Venezuelans rallied in support of President Nicolas Maduro as regional governments seemed to back away from a threat to punish his socialist administration for violating its commitment to democracy.

Larry Klayman.

Appeals Court Rejects Attorney's Defamation Suit Against Newspapers

By Celia Ampel |

A federal appellate court tosses prominent Washington lawyer Larry Klayman's defamation suit against alternative weekly newspapers in Minneapolis and Phoenix.

Miami Attorney Recognized as a Top Federal Prosecutor

By Celia Ampel |

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amit Agarwal wins national recognition for a successful Fourth Amendment appeal.

Rodney Barreto

Ex-Bank Director Sued for Defaults on $16M in Mortgages

By Samantha Joseph |

Rodney Barreto, head of the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, is at the center of a new foreclosure suit by the Doral-based U.S. Century Bank.

George Andrews, attorney with Loan Lawyers.

Shutts Partner Steps out of Big Law, Into Consumer Law

By Samantha Joseph |

George Andrews leaves Shutts & Bowen to take on consumer protection litigation.

George Steven Fender and Beth-Ann Krimsky with Greenspoon Marder

Defense Faces Small Award on Failed Fort Lauderdale Hotel Venture

By Celia Ampel |

Greenspoon Marder attorneys defended a more than $12 million lawsuit from investors in a Fort Lauderdale hotel project that never got off the ground after the recession.

OAS Chief Calls for Emergency Meeting to Evaluate Venezuela

By Fabiola Sanchez and Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press |

The head of the Organization of American States called for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body. President Nicolas Maduro responded by saying he would take action against his country's opposition-controlled Congress.

The Statue of Liberty

Report: Children's Asylum Approvals Vary by US Region

By Amy Taxin, Associated Press |

For unaccompanied immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S., where they apply seems to make a world of difference.

Atlanta, Chicago Foreclosure Law Firms Merge

By Meredith Hobbs |

McCalla Raymer, with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, is merging with Chicago-bsed Pierce & Associates.

Banks Get New Ownership Disclosure Rule in 2018

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

U.S. financial institutions will be required to list beneficial ownership on all accounts in two years. While calls for beneficial ownership are gaining steam, some are calling for balance with confidentiality needs.

Disbarred Miami Lawyer Skips Restitution, Jailed

By Noreen Marcus |

A judge orders 77-year-old Guy Bailey to be taken into custody for funding family trips but not paying restitution in a grand theft case.

Mauricio Macri

Argentina's Macri to Repatriate $1.3 Million From Bahamas

By Associated Press |

President Mauricio Macri said he will repatriate $1.3 million in savings from the Bahamas and use the money to buy Argentine treasury bonds because he is confident the struggling economy will recover and thrive.

Workers' Compensation Rates Could Jump After Court Ruling

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

After a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a limit on attorney fees, workers' compensation insurance rates could go up 17.1 percent, according to a proposal submitted to state regulators.

Group Targets DNC Chairman With TV Ad Over Payday Lending Bill

By Sergio Bustos, Associated Press |

A liberal group is spending $100,000 in television ads in South Florida to call out embattled Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for not cracking down harder on what many call the predatory practices of the payday lending industry.

Thomas Ice

Banks Come Up Empty in Probe of Ocwen's Mortgage Servicing

By Samantha Joseph |

Ocwen says it's been vindicated by a third-party investigation into allegations from institutional investors led by Wells Fargo.

12 South Florida Lawyers Disciplined by Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplines 12 South Florida attorneys, including three who were disbarred.

Miami criminal defense attorney Edward Carhart passed away 5/27/16.

Criminal Defender Edward Carhart Dies at 78

By Julie Kay |

The Miami criminal defense attorney died after a brief illness, and his colleagues heralded him for his exceptional career despite physical limitations.

Jonathan Adams, partner at Baker & McKenzie in Mexico City.

4 Tips for Responding to Bribery Pitches in International Business

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Requests for bribes is common in some countries, but experts offer four tips for avoiding and responding to illegal solicitations.

Eric Isicoff of Isicoff, Ragatz & Koenigsberg and  Ruben Socarras of Marshall Socarras Grant.

Auction Error Ends With $1.5M Tab for Nonbuyer

By Samantha Joseph |

The winning bidder who thought he purchased one waterfront mansion found out he was on the hook for two at double his $6.2 million offer. It didn't end well.

Richard Segal of Kluger Kaplan.

"Born in Brazil" Vita Coco Sued Over its Source

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorneys are suing the makers of Vita Coco coconut water for using the phrase "Born in Brazil" on its packaging when the drink may be manufactured elsewhere.

Chase Bank Sued in Miami for Currency Ponzi Losses

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami receiver in a $14 million Ponzi scheme is suing JP Morgan Chase Bank, claiming it negligently allowed tainted cash to flow through its accounts.

Howard Forman

Suit by Broward Clerk Claims State Is Cheapskate

By Julie Kay |

Outgoing Broward Clerk of the Courts Howard Forman is suing the state, claiming it's skimming millions of dollars of filing fees from clerks.

Jerry Brodsky of Peckar & Abramson.

Infrastructure Deals Show Legal Quirks in Latin American Construction

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

U.S. contractors face different legal challenges in Latin America, but there are strategies that can help.

Michael Knoerzer, New York Managing partner, Clyde & Co..

London Law Firm Merging With Miami's Thornton Davis

By Julie Kay |

The 1,800-lawyer Clyde & Co. plans to open its sixth U.S. office in Miami, merging with insurance defense firm Thornton Davis & Fein.

Luck Turns for Brazilian Tourist Suing Security Guards

By Celia Ampel |

A Brazilian tourist's case against Miami Beach security guards is reinstated after he shows he made a good-faith effort to return to the U.S. for the civil assault trial.

Hunton & Williams Eying Transatlantic Tie-Up with UK’s Addleshaws

By James Booth |

Hunton & Williams is in merger talks with midmarket U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard, Legal Week has learned, with Addleshaw managing partner John Joyce expected to discuss the negotiations with partners Tuesday evening.

Florida Bar Members Target of Malware Attack

By Celia Ampel |

Lawyers are receiving emails disguised as official Florida Bar communications telling them they are targets of bar complaints or owe dues. Attorneys who respond reach a malware link.

Engagement Letters Should Be Off Limits in Air Bag MDL Discovery

By Celia Ampel |

Automaker defendants in the Takata air bag case did not sway a special master with their effort to obtain engagement letters for plaintiffs class representatives.

Florida Supreme Court Takes On Open-Carry Case

By Noreen Marcus |

The case of a man walking down the street with a holstered .38-caliber pistol raises all kinds of gun-rights issues.

Bowman Brown is Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Financial Services Practice Group of Shutts & Bowen LLP.

Four Florida Law Firms Bump Up Am Law 200 List

By Julie Kay |

Florida law firms, in contrast to the national average, pushed up revenue to climb in the Am Law 200 rankings.

 Gray Robinson shareholder Stephen Tilbrook.

Lauderdale Floods Changing Seawall Height Regulations

By Samantha Joseph |

City officials are considering new rules for waterfront development following repeated tide-driven flooding.

Walter M. “Marty” Cummins Jr., president of Florida EB-5 Investments; Reid Thomas, executive vice president of California-based NES Financial; and H. Ronald Klasko of Klasko Immigration Law Partners in Philadelphia.

Bill Would Tighten EB-5 Visa Controls, Could Add to Backlog

By Carla Vianna |

A panel of EB-5 experts discusses the legislative hurdles faced by the cash-for-visa program amid heightened federal scrutiny.

Ronald R. Fieldstone of Arnstein & Lehr.

SEC Case Pushes EB-5 Focus to Oversight, Compliance

By Celia Ampel |

Experts weigh in on how the Jay Peak ski resort scandal in Vermont might lead to EB-5 reform.

Dale Ross

Jury Awards $1.6M in Bagel Shop Crash

By Celia Ampel |

The award goes to a man injured in a Pompano Beach bagel shop when a car crashed through the window.

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight, Linklaters Advise on Argentine Notes

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight and Linklaters advised on an Argentinian province on a $500 million offering in one of the first sovereign issues since the country returned to international credit markets.

Kelley Kronenberg Grows in Miami With More Space, Attorneys

By Julie Kay |

Fort Lauderdale-based Kelley Kronenberg adds attorneys and space in a new Miami office.

Midwesterner Acclimates to Miami, Gravitates to Bench

By Carlos Harrison |

Seeking a judgeship was a given in Miami-Dade County Court Judge Patricia Marino-Pedraza's family.

received 5/20/16- Private investigator Robert Crispin seized $48,385 in cash from Alonso Escobar, accused of participating in a $2 million fraud.

Bail Bondsmen Accused of Fleecing Their Company

By Samantha Joseph |

Investigators say a duffle bag stuffed with cash was one of the first clues in unraveling an alleged $2 million fraud by Fort Lauderdale bail bondsmen.

received 5/20/16- Zach Shelomith, Partner, Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla.

Two Bankruptcy Firms Merging in South Florida

By Julie Kay jkay@alm.com |

Two small bankruptcy law firms with offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale are merging and keeping both offices.

Court: Florida Ratepayers Don't Owe for Oklahoma Drilling

By Associated Press |

The Florida Supreme Court rejects a state Public Service Commission decision putting Florida Power & Light customers on the hook for Oklahoma natural gas drilling.

Insurers Tell Florida: Don't Make Us Look for Beneficiaries

By Gary Fineout Associated Press |

Four companies that sell life insurance in Florida are trying to get a judge to block a new law that requires them to annually check to see if policyholders have died and then try to find beneficiaries when they have.

Ex-Securities Lawyer Gets 2 Years for Tax Evasion

By Samantha Joseph |

A former Boca Raton securities lawyer gets 30 months in federal prison for tax evasion on $1.5 million in hidden income.

Whitney Untiedt is a partner in the Miami office and Akerman's Director of Pro Bono Initiatives

Akerman Partner Whitney Untiedt is DBR's Attorney of the Year

By Celia Ampel |

Akerman partner Whitney Untiedt was recognized for leading pro bono work for juveniles seeking resentencing based on a Florida Supreme Court decision.

New Labor Department Overtime Rules to Have Widespread Impact

By Commentary by Brian L. Lerner |

The new overtime salary threshold issued by the Obama administration will require employers to analyze salaries and overtime hours before deciding how to respond, writes attorney Brian L. Lerner.

Judge Sides With FSU in 'Game Day' Gun Dispute, Won't Pay Damages

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

Florida State University won't have to pay damages to a gun-rights group for incorrect information about firearms published in a 2015 football "game day" guide.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Fallout Coming from Florida Supreme Court Workers' Comp Fee Case

By Commentary by Beth J. Leahy |

A Florida Supreme Court decision on workers' compensation attorney fees is expected to generate higher awards and more claims, writes attorney Beth J. Leahy.

retrieved 5/18/16-- Sebastian crabmeat cans.

Trade Secrets: Crab Company Smells Something Fishy After Employee Leaves

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A Doral seafood company may have filed the first federal trade secrets suit in South Florida under a new trade secrets law against a former employee and a nearby competitor.

Attorneys for Smoker's Family Receive Record $29M Award

By Celia Ampel |

A three-member legal team won the largest tobacco verdict in Palm Beach County history.

Uruguay Is Betting Size Doesn't Matter in Global Caviar Market

By Ken Parks Bloomberg News |

Beef and wine producer Uruguay is branching out into a product not normally associated with the pampas of South America: caviar. And it isn't just any caviar, it's premium ossetra caviar, and give it another few years, the even more expensive beluga caviar.

P3 Community Applauds Decision Limiting Application of Davis-Bacon Act

By Commentary by Neal I. Sklar |

Public-private partnership boosters welcome a federal appellate decision rejecting a federal law requiring payment of prevailing wages to construction workers, writes attorney Neal I. Sklar.

No Award to Deaf Patient for Lack of Interpreter

A physician has been cleared of liability in a disability discrimination case.

Bill Cosby

West Palm Attorney Takes on Sexual Battery Case Against Bill Cosby, Hugh Hefner

By Samantha Joseph |

A West Palm Beach lawyer is at the center of a new sexual battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby and Hugh Hefner.

People Openly Sell Votes for $20 in the Dominican Republic

By Ezra Fieser Bloomberg News |

Jayson was a first-time voter in the Dominican Republic, or would have been, if he'd had any intention of voting. Instead he was figuring out how to turn his ballot card into cash.

Naples-based Goede Adamczyk Adds Boca Raton Office With Merger

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross has absorbed the Boca Raton firm McClosky, D'Anna & Dieterle and opened a new location in Boca Raton.

Judge Reverses Ship Seizure, Awards $1.2 Million in Damages

By Celia Ampel |

A Dania Beach lawyer wins a defense judgment and $1.2 million in damages for a Hollywood company whose ship was seized in Panama at the behest of an Orlando shipping company.

Florida Man Running for US Senate Calls Obama 'Animal'

By Gary Fineout Associated Press |

A Florida businessman seeking to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate is standing by comments where he called President Barack Obama an "animal."

Legislative Lobbying Firm Fees Top $35M in First Quarter

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

Lobbying firms pulled in more than $35 million during the first three months of the year for their work in the Legislature, with five firms each earning at least $1 million, according to newly filed reports.

Feds Charge $3 Million Hidden in Personal Bankruptcies

By Celia Ampel |

Eight Floridians are charged with bankruptcy fraud for hiding $3 million in assets including homes, furs, jewelry and luxury cars.

2015-  Biscayne Bank, at 3121 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, Fl..

Biscayne Bank Named in Panama Papers as Intermediary

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Miami-based Biscayne Bank turns up in the Panama Papers linked to a Colombian sold waste company owner, but the bank calls the listing a mistake.

A Day With the Buy-and-Flip Hustlers Who Rule in Venezuela

By Andrew Rosati Bloomberg News |

They are called bachaqueros and they start their day at 2 a.m. They line up and sell everything, even their place in line.

Mitchell S. Fuerst

Fuerst Ittleman Managing Partner Mitchell Fuerst Dies at 63

By Julie Kay |

International tax attorney Mitchell Fuerst, managing partner of Miami's Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, dies of complications from chemotherapy.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor (2009)

Sotomayor Urges Mandatory Pro Bono for All Lawyers

'I believe in forced labor' when it comes to improving access to justice for the poor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said.

High Court Sides With Ohio in Debt Collection Dispute

By Sam Hananel |

Law firms did not act illegally when they sent debt collection letters on stationery bearing the name of the Ohio attorney general, the U.S. Supreme Court rules.

Barry Mukamal

Accountant Files Fraud Suit Against Former Firm, Partner

By Julie Kay |

Prominent Miami accountant and bankruptcy trustee Barry Mukamal has filed a $5 million fraud suit against former firm, Marcum, and its New York-based managing partner.

Casino Finances Revealed, Seminole Tribe Ends Court Fight

By Gary Fineout Associated Press |

The Seminole Tribe of Florida dropped its legal fight to try to block the disclosure of financial information about its casinos, saying that the issue became "moot" after details were published by Politico.

5/12/16-  Jonathan Mann with The Law Offices of Robin Bresky, West Palm Beach

Florida Supreme Court Sides With Silent Suspects

By Noreen Marcus |

A woman's silence before she was arrested in her ex-husband's shooting death cannot be used against her as evidence of guilt, the Florida Supreme Court rules.

Becker & Poliakoff Faces Malpractice Suit Over Bankrupt Mall

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fort Lauderdale law firm and one of its former attorneys are being sued by a Chinese company that claims millions in losses on bad contracts.

Seminoles Try to Stop Publication of Gambling-Trial Document

By Gary Fineout Associated Press |

The Seminole Tribe of Florida, owner of Florida's largest casinos, is trying to get a federal judge to block the publication of information related to a trial that could upend their businesses and seal a key deposition until it can be redacted.

Despite Brazilian Political Turmoil, Olympic Organizers Push On

By Stephen Wade Associated Press |

The venues are, in the words of organizers, 99 percent ready. The torch is winding its way around the country in a three-month relay ending at the opening ceremony. Even if the country is preoccupied with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, organizers insist the Olympics won't be touched by the ongoing political turmoil.

Florida Justices Give Green Light to Stops Over License Plates

By Jim Saunders New Service of Florida |

In a case that started with a dangling tag light, the Florida Supreme Court made clear that police officers have broad authority to pull over motorists whose license plates are not fully visible.

Neighbors Get $150,000 Insurance Recovery for Grow House Blast

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami jury sided with homeowners suing Citizens Property Insurance after a marijuana grow house exploded on their street and damaged their home.

Transamerica Sued by Policyholders Over Hikes

By Celia Ampel |

Class action plaintiffs are asking a Miami federal judge to stop Transamerica Life Insurance from "drastically increasing" cost-of-insurance charges on policyholders entering their later years.

Joseph J. Pappacoda, Law Offices of Joseph J. Pappacoda & Associates

US Payment Processor Sues Visa, Belize Banks

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A Palm Coast company claims its Visa payment processing business was cut off after the disclosure that three banks in Belize lacked the proper licensing to handle its online transactions.