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Coffey Burlington: The Luckiest Law Firm in Town

By Catherine Wilson |

The office systems manager at the Miami litigation firm is a scratch-off lottery winner.

David Podein, partner at Haber Slade in Miami. Courtesy photo.

'Let the World Enjoy My Bald Head:' A Lawyer Fights Cancer

By Samantha Joseph |

Real estate attorney David Podein describes his law school-era bout with cancer.

Bilzin Sumberg Sets Its Own Standard for Success

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Bilzin Sumberg isn't on the list of the 200 top grossing U.S. law firms, or that of the firms with the most lawyers. But it regularly ranks among them in terms of profits per partner and revenue per lawyer.

Florida Supreme Court Justice C. Alan Lawson, left, speaks to Third District Court of Appeal Chief Judge Richard Suarez, right, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the University of Miami School of Law. The event was organized by the Rosemary Barkett Appellate Inn of Court.

Florida's Newest Justice on Life, Law and 'Serial'

By Celia Ampel |

Justice C. Alan Lawson, who joined the Florida Supreme Court at the beginning of this year, came to Miami to share stories about his career and insights into the state's judicial branch.

Lawmakers Target Local Requirements on Contractors

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, News Service of Florida |

Cities and counties would not be able to require contractors to provide certain benefits and wages to workers on state-funded public works projects under a bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Tesla Model X.

Tesla Autopilot, Updates Leave Driving a Challenge for Broward Owner

By Ben Hancock and Catherine Wilson |

A Davie attorney claims he got unpredictability instead of reliability when he paid extra for a Tesla sedan with an autopilot option.

Elissett Saenz, right, walks with members of the immigrant community with her son Emanuel as she holds a photograph of her husband Charlie Rodriguez outside of the office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Miami.

Groups Plead for Nicaraguan Asylum Seeker Not to Be Deported

By Adriana Gomez Licon |

Immigrant rights groups pleaded for federal officials to halt the deportation of a Nicaraguan man appealing for asylum and demanded an investigation into an alleged increase in detentions when immigrants show up for routine appointments in South Florida.

Pam Bondi

New Troubles for Embattled Loan Servicer Ocwen

By Samantha Joseph |

New troubles are brewing for embattled mortgage loan servicer Ocwen Financial Corp., hit Thursday with two high-profile lawsuits by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Cruise Ship Whistleblower Sails Off With Million-Dollar Reward

By Sue Reisinger |

Christopher Keays, a native of Scotland, was 27 years old and fresh out of the maritime academy in the summer of 2013 when he got "the chance of a lifetime" to work on a ship, as a junior engineer with the Caribbean Princess. Today he is a millionaire. A federal judge in Miami awarded Keays $1 million Wednesday for blowing the whistle on the Princess Cruise Lines' illegal dumping of oily waste into the ocean.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Court: Immigration Agenda Not Part of Child Dependency Review

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court decision should end the summary dismissal of dependency petitions from young immigrants seeking U.S. residency.

Xavier Franco of McArdle, Perez & Franco; Andres Fernandez of Berens, Fernandez & Associates; nightclub entrepreneur Andy Kostas; developer Ronald Bloomberg; Andrew Hall of Hall, Lamb, Hall & Leto; and George McArdle  of McArdle, Perez & Franco stand at the Wynwood property located at 55 NE 24th St.

Both Sides Claim Victory in Wynwood Real Estate Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

After years of litigation, a patient Miami developer acquired a prime parcel in Wynwood for about $400,000 below the purchase price in his lease.

Investors, Lenders More Optimistic About Real Estate

By Carla Vianna |

Results are in: Confidence is high in the commercial real estate sector, according to Akerman's eighth annual U.S. Real Estate Sector Report.

Prosecutors Move to Toss More Than 21,000 Tainted Drug Cases

By Bob Salsberg |

Prosecutors moved to throw out more than 21,000 drug convictions, five years after a chemist at the state drug lab was caught tampering with evidence and falsifying tests.

Robert Dunham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

Prosecutor Takes Anti-Death Penalty Fight to High Court

By Noreen Marcus |

Gov. Rick Scott and State Attorney Aramis Ayala will face off in the Florida Supreme Court over her authority to reject the death penalty in murder cases.

Fort Lauderdale Firm Adds a Name Partner, Drops an Ampersand

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Fort Lauderdale-based law firm Koch Parafinczuk & Wolf has promoted litigator Marcus Susen to name partner and joined the growing number of firms who have ditched their brand ampersand.

Miami Attorneys Win $33.8M Med-Mal Award Against Federal Government

By Celia Ampel |

A judge ruled a federally employed OB-GYN lied about offering a cesarean section to a teen whose baby was then born with severe brain damage.

Miami- Bruce Jacobs, with Jacobs Keeley, PLLC

HSBC Challenges Foreclosure Dismissal Amid Claims of 'Unclean Hands'

By Samantha Joseph |

Defeating a motion to dismiss, HSBC Bank USA N.A. can move ahead with its appeal of part of a circuit court ruling that left it facing sanctions for "unclean hands" in a foreclosure case.

DLA Piper Advises Putney Capital on Acquisition of Colombian Steel Mill

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper represented Putney Capital Management in its acquisition of a 50-percent interest in a Colombian steel mill owned by a major steel manufacturer based in Brazil.

Thomas M. Messana

$17.4M Judgment Caps Long-Fought Ponzi Scheme Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

After a confidential settlement with Wells Fargo, plaintiffs attorneys secured a $17.4 million judgment against a company founder who admitted to fraud.

Fane Lozeman and his dog Lady, with his new houseboat that he's towing to his property off Singer Island.

House or Boat? Supreme Court Rejects Floating Home Appeal

By Curt Anderson |

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Florida man's latest appeal in a landmark case involving the seizure and destruction of his floating home.

Robert Luck.

'Sequestering' Condo Rental Income Improper Without Pleading, Appeals Court Rules

By Samantha Joseph |

Deutsche Bank National Trust went too far when it "sequestered" rental income from a condominium in foreclosure, Florida's Third District Court of Appeal found.

Eric Hernandez, left, and Arturo Martinez of Wallen Hernandez Lee Martinez

Junk Faxes Lead to $1.5M Class Action Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

The lawsuit came under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which has seen dramatic increases in litigation in recent years.

Zillow Loses Bid for Insurance Coverage of $8.3 Million Judgment Stemming from Online Photo Infringement Suit

By Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq., Director, FC&S Legal |

Zillow, Inc., was not entitled to insurance coverage for an $8.3 million judgment against it because it had not timely notified its insurer of the claim, a federal district court in Washington has ruled.

Triathlete-Lawyer Looks Back on His Path to Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Space shuttle disaster and Wall Street crash played key roles for commercial litigator.

Kluger Kaplan Expands into the Midwest With Office in Minneapolis

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Firm hopes to capture some of the legal market in Minnesota, which is home to several Fortune 500 companies.

Arguing Lack of Standing to Foreclose? Don't Expect Attorneys' Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

Borrowers seeking attorneys' fees on appeal can't have it both ways when it comes to lenders' legal standing to foreclose.

Tucker Ronzetti and Harley Tropin, partners at Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton in Coral Gables, were lead class counsel in the case against Raymond James.

Raymond James to Pay $150M to Settle Jay Peak Investor Claims

By Celia Ampel |

The settlement fund will help complete construction projects to secure investors' immigration status.

Tobacco plantation.

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Pay $35 Million

By News Service of Florida |

Pointing to "intentional" wrongdoing in the past by the tobacco industry, a state appeals court ordered two cigarette makers to pay a full $35 million jury award in a case involving a man who had to undergo two double-lung transplants.

Players tee off from the ninth hole during the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament at Trump National Doral.

Trump Company Faces $400k in Legal Fees to Fight $32K Lien

By Samantha Joseph |

A Trump company fighting a roughly $32,500 bill could end up paying more than 10 times as much in litigation costs.

Rebecca Kibbe, left, and Russel Pfeifer, right, of Manion Gaynor & Manning’s new Miami office.

Manion Gaynor Opens Miami Office, Hires K&L Gates Partner Rebecca Kibbe

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

National litigation firm Manion Gaynor & Manning has opened a Miami office led by Rebecca Kibbe, the former head of K&L Gates' Florida asbestos litigation practice.

Jason Dimitris Elevated to Miami-Dade Circuit Bench

By Celia Ampel |

The county court judge was a government lawyer for many years.

Thomas Julin of Gunster in Miami.

Former Norwegian CEO Sues Cruise Line for Defamation — Again

By Celia Ampel |

Colin Veitch claims Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' response to his first defamation lawsuit was also defamatory.

Shutts & Bowen partner Daniel Nordby has been named General Counsel to Gov. Rick Scott

Shutts Partner Nordby Named Governor's GC

By Staff report |

Tallahassee partner Daniel Nordby has already held two posts serving Gov. Rick Scott.

'Unsafe' Stem-Cell Eye Injections Draw Rebuke, Prompt Settlements

By Celia Ampel |

A Coral Gables firm obtained settlements for two women who were blinded by a procedure they believed was a clinical trial for stem-cell therapy.

Adams and Reese Raids Baker Donelson to Launch Offices in Lauderdale, Atlanta

By Meredith Hobbs |

Adams and Reese has landed a 10-lawyer financial services team from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz to open offices in Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.

University of Miami School of Law.

UM, FIU Lead Florida in Bar Exam Passage Rates

By Celia Ampel |

The February exam results broke Florida International University College of Law's streak of boasting the top passage rate in the state.

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.

Good News For Lenders Overcoming Hearsay Objections

By Samantha Joseph |

A ruling from the Fourth District Court of Appeal clarifies that a witness authenticating business records doesn't have to have prepared those documents in order to survive defense efforts to characterize the evidence as inadmissible hearsay.

Pam Bondi

Not Enough Evidence to Move Forward on Trump-Bondi Bribery Complaint

By Gary Fineout |

A special prosecutor is ending an investigation into a complaint questioning funds given to Attorney General Pam Bondi after her office failed to act on consumer complaints about Trump University.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former State Sen. Chris Smith listen to public input at a Miami meeting of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Thursday. The meeting was livestreamed on the Florida Channel.

Constitution Revision Commission Hears Its Constituents' Concerns

By Celia Ampel |

The group convened Thursday in Miami as part of a yearlong tour of public hearings.

Nominees Announced for Broward Judgeship

By Celia Ampel |

The group includes three prosecutors, one judge, one general magistrate and one litigator.

Question of Insurer's Duty Hinges on Dictionary Definition

By Samantha Joseph |

A dictionary's definition of "proceeding" featured prominently in arguments before the Florida Supreme Court in a construction contractor's suit against its insurer.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

State Tobacco Litigation Not Subject to Federal Preemption

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court rejects a tobacco company's argument that federal law preempts state law claims in smoker lawsuits.

John Ruiz, left, and Frank Quesada, right.

How a Miami Law Firm Plans to Recover Billions for Medicare

By Celia Ampel |

An appeals court ruling and the first-ever class certification decision under the Medicare Secondary Payer law paves the way for potentially huge recoveries.

Gorson Went From Towel Boy to Law Firm Executive in Fast-Growing Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg Traurig senior chairman Matt Gorson played a significant role in the development of Miami's skyline as a real estate shareholder.

Attorney Joel S. Perwin of Joel S. Perwin P.A.

It's Boies vs. Dershowitz in Fourth District Appeal

By Noreen Marcus |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has a case involving high-profile legal warriors — David Boies and Alan Dershowitz.


US-China Summit at Trump’s Resort Polishes Mar-a-Lago Brand

By Julie Bykowicz and Terry Spencer |

Even before this week's summit, Trump and his aides had begun referring to Mar-a-Lago as the "Winter White House," a marketing coup for a man who has made millions selling his personal brand.

General Contractor Moss Gives $10 Million to FIU

By Carla Vianna |

Florida International University receives the donation from South Florida construction executive and alum Chad Moss.

Florida Supreme Court Justice C. Alan Lawson sits with his family at his investiture Wednesday as his colleagues share humorous tributes to his character.

Florida Judges Fete New Supreme Court Justice Lawson, 'A Model of Restraint'

By Celia Ampel |

Justice C. Alan Lawson was formally sworn in in the Florida Supreme Court chambers.

Judge 'Incorrect On All Counts' in Foreclosure Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Circuit Judge Carlos A. Rodriguez's ruling was "incorrect on all counts" in a spat over a deficiency judgment, according to a state appellate court.

Cleary Advises on Latin America Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

In one of the deals, the firm advised two Chilean companies. In the other, it advised the Mexican government.

Sharon Bock, Clerk of Courts Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Clerk's Office Gets Financial Literacy Award

By Staff report |

Harvard's School of Goverment recognizes the Clerk & Comptroller's office program recruiting high school students for sessions on financial literacy and public service.

Fort Lauderdale Water Park Hinges on City's Reaction to Forced Bidding

By Samantha Joseph |

Premier Parks LLC won its legal battle over a proposed Fort Lauderdale water park. Now comes the wait.

Fake Florida driver’s license that was used to take a fradulent $550,000 mortgage loan on a Miami Beach vacant lot.

How a New Kind of Fraud Puts South Florida Real Estate Owners, Lenders at Risk

By Samantha Joseph |

A loophole on the Sunbiz website is allowing scammers to steal corporate identities for real estate fraud.

Logo in the reception area of Greenspoon Marder in the Miami, Florida, office

Greenspoon Marder Expands in San Diego With IP Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The firm is taking on three attorneys, including the name partner, from Handal & Associates.

Angel A. Cortinas of Gunster.

Son of Political Prisoner, Factory Worker Soars to Legal Heights

By Carlos Harrison |

Angel Cortiñas, son of a political prisoner who died in a Cuban jail, became an Ivy Leaguer and appellate judge before returning to private practice.

5 South Florida Attorneys Disciplined by Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

A suspended Plantation attorney had more than 50 open Florida Bar investigations against him.

David Silver, left, and Steven Katz

Whose Referral Fee Is It Anyway? Lawyer and Former Firm Duke It Out

By Celia Ampel |

A solo attorney and his former firm are fighting in court over a $1.2 million referral fee in a whistleblower case.

Left to right: Laurie A. Thompson, Shareholder at Fowler White Burnett and Michael Weiner, Sachs, Sax Caplan

Delray Beach Law Firm Dissolved

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Delray Beach law firm Weiner & Thompson has dissolved and its two name partners are going their separate ways.

South Florida Man Sentenced in Real Estate ID Theft Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

Kesner Joaseus did brisk real estate rental business across South Florida, except federal prosecutors say the properties weren't his to rent.

Alex Rodriguez.

Cole Schotz and Greenberg Traurig Advise on A-Rod Gym Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez has bought a Kendall gym franchise and rights to develop additional gyms for the UFC GYM chain in Miami-Dade County.

Donald Trump.

Trump Adviser Bannon Won't Be Charged in Miami Vote Probe

By Curt Anderson |

The Miami-Dade state attorney's office rules out criminal charges after presidential adviser Steve Bannon registered to vote in Miami but never voted in the city.

Nicole Rekant

Businesses Seek $35M Property Tax Exemption from Miami

By Samantha Joseph |

Businesses in Miami enterprise zones will pursue more than $30 million in property tax exemptions from the city.

Porter Wright Sued for Legal Malpractice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two Russian brothers have filed a legal malpractice suit against Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur and its Naples managing partner alleging they should have disclosed the existence of millions of dollars in real estate judgments against another client before the brothers invested $5 million with him.

Alex Acosta

Acosta, Trump's Choice for Labor, Advances to Full Senate

By Laurie Kellman |

Florida International University law school dean Alexander Acosta has moved a step closer to becoming President Donald Trump's secretary of labor.

Florida House Approves Judicial Term Limits

By Brandon Larrabee |

The Florida House narrowly approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit Supreme Court justices and appeals-court judges to two consecutive terms in office, sending a major priority of Speaker Richard Corcoran to an uncertain fate in the Senate.

Plaintiffs lawyer Evan Fray-Witzer attached a photo of his cat in the court filing.

OMG! Lawyers Suing Buzzfeed Get Creative With Clickbait Court Filing

By Celia Ampel and Amanda Bronstad |

You won't believe what lawyers suing BuzzFeed in Miami court attached to a recent filing.

Judge William Haury

In Win for Deutsche Bank, Appeals Court Reverses 'Confused' Judge, Revives Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

Foreclosure standing, the sticking point that derailed hundreds of lender lawsuits, tripped up a trial judge who dismissed a foreclosure action against two homeowners, the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled.


South Florida's Billing Rates Remain Flat As Small Firms Get More Than Half the Work

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Lawyer billing rates in the South Florida market grew more slowly than in most large markets through 2015 and a larger percentage of the work went to smaller law firms than it did in larger cities

New Ford Class Action Adds to Miami Docket of High-Profile Auto Cases

By Celia Ampel |

The nationwide lawsuit claims a pricey car marketed for racing instead dangerously overheats at high speeds.

Florida East Coast Railway.

Florida East Coast Railway Selling to Mexican Group for $2.1 Billion

By Associated Press |

The Jacksonville-based railroad with its roots in pioneer days makes a deal with Grupo Mexico.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala

Judge Backs Governor's Removal of Prosecutor

By Dara Kam |

A judge handling the murder case of an accused cop killer refuses to reinstate a state attorney after the governor replaced her for ruling out the death penalty.

Fourth DCA Chief Judge Cory Ciklin.

Get Your New Appeals Court Websites Here — for Less than $7,000

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida's five mid-level appellate courts are bringing their websites into the new millennium, starting with a pilot program in the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Liar Loans? SEC Charges Banker Misled Investors Before Housing Crash

By Celia Ampel |

Barbs were thrown between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Miami attorney Eugene Stearns as civil trial began over a Florida bank's 2007 disclosures.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Scott Takes Aim At Corcoran Over Legal Work

By Jim Turner |

Gov. Rick Scott has upped his personal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the future of the state's business-recruitment agency.

State Rep. George Moraitis

PIP Repeal Starts Moving Again In House

By Jim Saunders |

An effort to ditch Florida's no-fault auto insurance system is again on the move in the Legislature as reforms championed in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scott and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater haven't held.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute

By Sam Hananel |

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to struggle over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers.

DBR Recognizes Top Law Firm Litigation Departments

The Daily Business Review will give Professional Excellence awards May 24 to nine firms that performed noteworthy work in 2016.

Michael Gelfand, attorney with Gelfand & Arpe in West Palm Beach.

Florida Supreme Court May Give Clarity on Municipal Liens After Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

The underlying case involves a foreclosed property that also has $328,000 in outstanding code enforcement liens.

Dale Noll, with Akerman, Miami

National LGBT Bar Association President Says Group Has 'a Lot of Work to Do'

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman associate Dale Noll assumed the helm as president of the National LGBT Bar Association this month.

Undone: DBR Investigates Circuit Judge Reversals Before The Fourth DCA

By Samantha Joseph |

Who's the most reversed circuit judge before the Fourth District Court of Appeal? Despite what lawyers have whispered for years about controversial judges, no one really knew. A Daily Business Review investigation reveals the answer.

DBR Recognizes 6 Legal Departments With Professional Excellence Awards

By Staff report |

The in-house departments will receive awards May 24 for work that made their companies stand out.

The Most Reversed Judge Before the Fourth DCA May Surprise You

By Samantha Joseph |

Who's the most reversed circuit judge before the Fourth District Court of Appeal? It's not who you might think.

The Dissenters: Fourth DCA Judges Who Stood Alone in 2016

By Samantha Joseph |

Disagreements about evidence suppression, legislative intents, judicial immunity and interpretation of statutes divided the Fourth District Court of Appeal, opening the door for challenges before the Florida Supreme Court.

Brad Edwards on Surviving Rothstein, Battling Epstein and Keeping His Cool

By Celia Ampel |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Brad Edwards shares how two high-profile scandals made him a better advocate for crime victims.

Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger poses for a portrait in his office at Trump Tower in New York, on Feb. 17, 2017.

Trumps Plot Big Hotel Expansion, But Political Problems Loom

By Bernard Condon and David Koenig |

The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.

Three Attorneys to Receive DBR Lifetime Achievement Awards

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review recognizes Jesse Diner, Robert Josefsberg and Patricia Lebow for decades of legal service.

Cozen Hires White & Case Litigators as Miami Growth Continues

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cozen O'Connor's expanding Miami office has hired three additional litigators: two long-time White & Case lawyers and a third who is a law school classmate of one of the hires, and the son of the other.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Seminole Beef With Retail Tenant Goes to Mediation

By Samantha Joseph |

A landlord-tenant standoff at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is headed into mediation.

Banker Facing Retrial Accuses SEC of 'Intellectual Dishonesty'

By Celia Ampel |

Former BankAtlantic CEO Alan Levan says he's ready to confront a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit that's headed to a retrial after appeal.

Michelle Suskauer Wins Florida Bar Presidency

By Celia Ampel |

The West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney is elected to lead the Florida Bar in 2018-19.

Judge Enters Sanctuary Battle on Immigration Cooperation

By Noreen Marcus |

Miami-Dade County is appealing an order by Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch to release a Haitian immigrant after the county revoked its sanctuary status.

Wendy Kelley, the deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Accelerated Executions: Arkansas Plans 8 Over 10-Day Period

By Andrew DeMillo |

After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period, an unprecedented timetable the state says is necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire.

Barbara J. Jordan, Miami-Dade County Commissioner.

Builders: New Miami-Dade Workforce Housing Program Needs Work

By Catherine Wilson |

Developers aren't convinced to join a program aimed at building more for people on the lowest rung of private housing.

Israel Practice Leader Moves to Holland & Knight from Greenberg Traurig

By Staff report |

Meital Stavinsky joins Holland & Knight as co-chair of its Israel practice.

Alex D. Zylberglait

Real Estate Bills Focus on Taxes, Fees, Sprinklers and Those Pesky Condo Boards

By Carla Vianna |

Here are a few of the real estate community's legislative priorities for the 2017 session.

Miami Developer in Hot Seat Over Low-Income Housing Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

Prosecutors are cracking down on fraud among developers using government credits to fund low-income housing ventures.

State Farm

Appeals Court Backs State Farm Florida on Policy Information

By Jim Saunders |

An appeals court sided with State Farm Florida in a dispute about whether policy information submitted to state regulators is a "trade secret" and should be shielded from public disclosure.

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.

Fourth DCA Ruling Clarifies Statutes for Foreclosing on Municipal Liens

By Samantha Joseph |

New case law clarifies the statute of limitations for foreclosure of municipal liens on real estate.

Glen Waldman and Dan Heller

Heller Waldman Name Partners Go Their Separate Ways, Form Two New Firms

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The law firm Heller Waldman has split along practice and geographic lines so each name partner's office can focus on its own core practices – litigation and estate planning.

Paul Hancock of K&L Gates.

Attorney's Toledo Homecoming Repeatedly Delayed — by Major Events

By Carlos Harrison |

Paul Hancock finally made it home to Ohio, but only after extended career detours in Washington and Florida.

Appellate Court Allows Foreclosure of Equitable Lien on Homestead

By Samantha Joseph |

The issue of foreclosing on equitable liens on homesteads to prevent unjust enrichment takes center stage in a case of siblings battling over their dead parents' real estate.

Christopher Riley, CEO and founder of TIKD.

Who You Gonna Call? Developer Hopes It's TIKD Traffic Ticket App

By Celia Ampel |

An app that promises quick and hassle-free traffic ticket defense is getting South Florida ticket lawyers talking.

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Barbara McCarthy

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Jeffrey R. Levenson

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge John J. Murphy III

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge William L. Roby

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Matthew I. Destry

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Michael L. Gates

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Timothy Bailey

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Joel T. Lazarus

By Samantha Joseph |
The Arte by Antonio Citterio condominium tower is planned for an oceanfront lot at 8955 Collins Ave., in between the two towers pictured.

Bank Leumi Lends $90M for Surfside Oceanfront Condo

By Carla Vianna |

An ultra-luxury condominium tower in Surfside lands a $90 million construction loan with help from Hunton & Williams.

ExxonMobil world headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Exxon Mobil Lawyers Ask Court to Enforce $188M Venezuela Award

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Exxon Mobil asked for a judge to order Venezuela to pay the more than $188.3 million the company says it is still owed related to the 2007 expropriation of the company's oil assets, after a tribunal recently annulled most of $1.4 billion award.

Dexter W. Lehtinen.

Palmetto Bay School Loses Expansion Appeal

By Staff report |

The Third District Court of Appeal rejects a constitutional challenge to Palmetto Bay's charter in a growth dispute with the private Alexeander School.

DBR Announces Three Finalists for Attorney of the Year

By Staff report |

Three industry veterans from different fields of law are in the running for the Daily Business Review's Attorney of the Year award to be presented May 24.

House Subcommittee Keeps Chipping Away at 'Liquor Wall'

By Jim Turner |

A heavily lobbied measure intended to knock down a decades-old prohibition on selling liquor in grocery and large retail stores narrowly continued to advance in the House.

Judgment Against Mortgage Company for Defrauding Clients Overturned

By Samantha Joseph |

An $8.3 million judgment against Margate-based mortgage company Outreach Housing LLC for allegedly defrauding clients facing foreclosure after the housing market collapse has been overturned.

Julianna Thomas McCabe of Carlton Fields.

Class Action Spending on the Rise, Survey Says

By Celia Ampel |

Companies are changing their class action defense strategies as the cases they face become riskier.

UF Law School Leaps to No. 41 in U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

How did Florida law schools fare in U.S. News' annual rankings?

Stuart N. Ratzan and Stuart J. Weissman of the Ratzan Law Group.

Florida Lawyers Win $46.5M Verdict for Baby's Bilirubin Brain Damage

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida attorneys won a $46.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case.

DBR Recognizes Young Lawyers On the Rise

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review is recognizing 20 young lawyers at its annual Professional Excellence awards event.

Denise Kelly Johnson, Chief of Child Support Enforcement Division for State Attorney's Office, Dies at 61

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Longtime State Attorney's Office Child Support Enforcement Division Chief Denise Kelly Johnson died Friday, two weeks after suffering a stroke as she and co-workers prepared to leave the office to attend their scheduled investiture.

Under Radar, Florida spent $240M on Lawyers

By Gary Fineout |

Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Florida State Capitol.

Tell Us Why You Haven’t Ruled, Florida House Tells Court

By Associated Press |

The Florida Supreme Court would be forced to explain to the governor, attorney general and legislative leaders why it's taking so long to rule on certain cases under a bill approved by the Florida House.

DBR Recognizes Distinguished Leaders in Law

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review is honoring distinguished leaders in law at its annual Professional Excellence awards event May 24 at the Rusty Pelican in Miami.

Florida Judge Denies ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense in Shooting

By Tamara Lush |

A Florida judge on Friday denied a "stand your ground" defense for a retired Florida police officer who fatally shot a man in a movie theater over texting, which means the 74-year-old could stand trial on second-degree murder charges.

Race Car Driver's Swerve Around Service for $7M Judgment Could Mean a Pit Stop in Jail

By Celia Ampel |

A Brazilian former race car driver is ignoring a lawsuit filed against him in Miami — forcing the judge and opposing counsel to take unusual steps.

Jaret Davis and Yosbel Ibarra.

Greenberg Traurig Names New Co-Managing Shareholder in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Yosbel Ibarra, co-chairman of the Latin American and Iberian practice at Greenberg Traurig, has been named co-managing shareholder of Greenburg Traurig's Miami office.

Michael L. Hyman of Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel.

Attorney's Stumble Into Law Is Just His First Stroke of Luck

By Samantha Joseph |

Michael Hyman, a pioneer in condo association representation, spent two decades battling developers over the fine print in 99-year recreational leases.

IRS Strikes Back as Agents Make Big Dent in Identity Theft

By Stephen Ohlemacher |

The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

Steven Katzman, attorney with Katzman Wasserman Bennardini & Rubinstein.

Greenberg Traurig Settles Malpractice Suit At Close of Trial

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg is last of four law firms to settle a legal malpractice suit filed in 2009 by Dyadic International.

Michael Hanzman

Trial by Fire: Lawyer's Pants Ignite During Arson Case

By Associated Press |

Don't go down the liar-liar road. But criminal defense attorney Stephen Gutierrez's pants burst into flames in front of jurors during an arson trial.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court Backs Gun Control in Norman Case

By Noreen Marcus |

While other states have been passing open-carry laws, the Florida Supreme Court has upheld a 30-year-old ban on gun displays.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch meets with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Gorsuch: A High Court Pick Whose Writing Is Down to Earth

By Mark Sherman |

When Justice Antonin Scalia backed out of a book project with writing partner Bryan Garner, the justice recommended who might take his place. Neil Gorsuch was first on this list.

David Haber.

Real Estate Finance Company Embroiled in Lawsuit Lauds Denial of Class Certification

By Samantha Joseph |

A specialty finance company is hailing a federal judge's denial of class certification in a lawsuit against it as a victory for condo and homeowners' associations looking to have new buyers cover delinquent assessments.

No Need for Honda to Produce Defense Agreement, Says Takata Special Master

By Celia Ampel |

Honda won a small victory in the heated dispute over documents in the Takata air bag litigation.

Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine

Oscars Debacle Hovers Over Trial Between PwC and MF Global

By Ken Sweet |

Jury selection in the trial between MF Global, the brokerage house run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and the lauded accounting firm PwC began Monday.

New Broad and Cassel partners Frank P. Terzo, left, and Michael D. Lessne, right, at the Fort Lauderdale office.

Two GrayRobinson Bankruptcy Partners Jump to Broad and Cassel

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two GrayRobinson bankruptcy partners have jumped to Broad and Cassel to expand a national practice in health care business insolvency.

Sherri Simpson.

Meet the Florida Lawyer Trying to Block Trump U Settlement

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy attorney who appeared in political ads opposing Donald Trump wants the right to opt out of the settlement deal.

John Moore, left, and Peter Meltzer of Pathman Lewis.

Judge Finds Brokerage Unfairly Cut Out of Multimillion-Dollar Key West Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Eric Hendon found it "incredulous" that the buyer and seller of a $39 million property "forgot" the real estate brokerage that introduced the deal.

Dana Marie Santino.

Palm Beach Judge Faces Ethics Charges for Attack Ads

By Celia Ampel |

Judge Dana Santino defended campaign materials that tarred her 2016 opponent for his work as a criminal defense lawyer.

Fort Lauderdale Litigator Set to Take Office as Broward Judge

By Celia Ampel |

Gunster litigator Fabienne Fahnestock was appointed to the Broward Circuit bench.

Mike Pouncey, left, and Maurkice Pouncey, right.

Pounceys, NFL Twins, Agree to Settle Lawsuit Over Brawl

By Celia Ampel |

Twin NFL players Maurkice and Mike Pouncey settled a lawsuit alleging they beat up a gay man in a Miami Beach nightclub.

Greenberg Traurig Makes Steady Gains in 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The firm plans to concentrate on efficiency and profitability in 2017.

Recently retired Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judge Frank A. Shepherd has joined GrayRobinson as a shareholder in its Miami office.

Retired Judge Frank Shepherd Joins GrayRobinson in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Recently retired Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judge Frank A. Shepherd has joined GrayRobinson's Miami office as a shareholder.

100 NE First Ave., Boca Raton.

Synagogue Plan Sinking After Benefactor's Death

By Steve Plunkett |

The death of a congregant who agreed to donate valuable Boca Raton land for a synagogue produces a lawsuit saying his son is pushing the city to lease the land for a parking lot.

Kelley Wins Major Verdicts When Fighting 'The Good Fight'

By Carlos Harrison |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Bob Kelley has succeeded against General Motors, Phillip Morris and, for his late father, the Broward General Medical Center in litigation "to make a difference in the world."

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

'Keeping It Simple' Led to Quick $44M Verdict for Investors Suing Mortgage Banker

By Samantha Joseph |

Plaintiffs attorneys describe the strategy behind a nearly $44 million verdict for former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and other prominent investors against Wachovia Mortgage Corp.

Andrew Smulian, chairman and CEO of Akerman.

Akerman Reports Continued Growth in Revenue and Adds Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman, one of Florida's largest law firms, added 33 lawyers to its national total last year and lifted revenues to an all-time high of $349 million.

Ervin Gonzalez, left, and Patrick Montoya of Colson Hicks Eidson.

Colson Hicks Team Wins $52M Jury Verdict in Car Crash

By Celia Ampel |

The verdict reached Monday is the largest jury award ever for the city of Ocala and plaintiffs lawyers are confident they'll collect.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Jury Sides With Big Name Investors in Case Against Wachovia

By Samantha Joseph |

A Fort Lauderdale jury has returned a nearly $44 million verdict for former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and a group of prominent investors who accused Wachovia Mortgage Corp. of costing them millions on a failed real estate project.

4th DCA

Failure to Settle on Arbitration Rules Restarts Agent's Suit Over $27M Sale

By Samantha Joseph |

The arbitration provision in a broker-salesperson agreement is a threshold issue in a fight over a six-figure commission from a $27 million sale.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

Miami Judge Aims to Advance Air Bag Litigation in Wake of Takata's Guilty Plea

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge wants to move civil claims against Takata toward a swift resolution now that the manufacturer has pleaded guilty to concealing a defect in its air bags.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

US Attorney Ferrer Jumps to Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Wifredo Ferrer is switching sides in the war on crime, leaving the U.S. attorney's office to join the law firm's white-collar defense practice.

Cold Stone Creamery.

Defamation Claim by Franchisee Against Ice Cream Chain Is Back On

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court reinstated a franchisee's defamation claim against Arizona-based Cold Stone Creamery Inc. in a spat over a CNBC exposé.

Are Florida Billing Rates on the Rise? It Depends

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six large firms plan to raise billing rates in 2017 like they did last year, but rates for bankruptcy attorneys in 2016 appear to have remained about the same.

Petros & Elegant's Justin Elegant Jumps to Berger Singerman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Petros & Elegant name partner and civil litigator Justin Elegant has jumped to Berger Singerman to become a partner in the firm's dispute resolution team in Miami.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Marino, Other Investors, Fault Wachovia for Botched $44M Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

A nearly $44 million investor suit by billionaire Wayne Huizenga, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and others accuses Wachovia Mortgage Corp of fumbling a luxe condo development.

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Supreme Court Disciplines Eight South Florida Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

The disciplinary action includes two disbarments.

Linda Worton Jackson Leaves Salazar Jackson to Join Pardo Gainsburg as Name Partner

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

At her new firm, which will be called Pardo Jackson Gainsburg, Worton Jackson will lead the corporate, financial services and bankruptcy departments.

Gary Sasso, President & CEO of Carlton Fields.

Carlton Fields Reports Decline in Revenue and Income

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Carlton Fields' net income dropped by nearly 20 percent, and profit per equity partner fell 16 percent.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Real Estate, Abortion Issues Collide in Dispute Over Deed

By Samantha Joseph |

Real estate and abortion have intersected in Florida's highest court, as a neighbor in a medical complex has attempted to use a restriction in the property's deed to block Planned Parenthood from performing outpatient surgeries.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Overturns Abortion Limit at Clinic

By Mike Schneider |

A Planned Parenthood affiliate has won a battle over whether doctors can perform abortions and sonograms at a Florida health center.

Judge Spencer Levine

Timing of Asbestos Injury Key for Court in Denying Widow Damages

By Celia Ampel |

A first-in-the-nation decision from a Florida appellate court may have a wide-reaching impact on plaintiffs whose spouses died years after exposure to harmful products.

Todd Ehrenreich (left) and Seth Alhadeff

Lewis Brisbois Adds Five Lawyers in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Lewis Brisbois' new office in Coral Gables has added five lawyers, four of them from the managing partner's old office, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Justices Turn Down FPL in Power Line Dispute

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

The state Supreme Court on Friday turned down an appeal by Florida Power & Light in a case about whether the utility could be required to install underground transmission lines as part of a nuclear-power project in Miami-Dade County.

Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn of Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn: Attorney to Educator and Back Again

By Celia Ampel |

Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn strives to balance fatherhood with serving as a commercial transactions associate at Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Bill Would Lower Fire Prevention Costs for Condo Associations

By Samantha Joseph |

A bill working its way through the Florida legislature could reduce the cost of doing business for condominium associations, but critics raise safety concerns.

Appeals Court Tosses Out Major Tobacco Verdict

By News Service of Florida |

In a sharply worded ruling, a state appeals court Friday ordered a new trial in the death of a smoker whose estate initially won a more than $23 billion verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

IP Lawyer Matthew Nelles Jumps to Berger Singerman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Nelles leaves Broad and Cassel, where he specialized in commercial litigation and intellectual property.

Robert Jarvis, left, and Philip Padovano, right.

Can Scott Tilt the Florida Supreme Court on His Way Out the Door?

By Noreen Marcus |

Gov. Rick Scott insists he can do that on his final day in office in 2019, but doubters point to a 2006 advisory opinion tilting the other way.

Harper Meyer Co-Founder George Harper Dies at 74

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

George Harper co-founded his firm in 2002.

Bertila Soto

Miami-Dade Circuit Chief Re-Elected

By Celia Ampel |

Circuit Judge Bertila Soto ran unopposed for a third term.

Fannie Mae Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dual Foreclosures Put Spotlight on Dangers of Investment

By Samantha Joseph |

A complex web of litigation involving national mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and CitiMortgage Inc. squeezed a real estate investor out of what initially seemed like a lucrative deal.

Judge OKs $1.35M Consent Judgment in Robocall Case

By Celia Ampel |

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on companies who allegedly aid illegal telemarketing.

Foley & Lardner office in Miami.

Foley & Lardner Hires Former Florida Chief Information Officer in Tallahassee

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Foley & Lardner has hired former State of Florida chief information Jason Allison was responsible for the management and direction of technology programs, services and policies during his time as chief information officer.

Downtown Miami skyline.

Federal Luxury Real Estate Deal Oversight on Verge of Expiration

By Carla Vianna |

A Treasury Department program aimed at tracking dirty money in South Florida's luxury housing market is set to expire Thursday.

Flurry of Filings in Bias Suit Against Financial Firm JLL May Delay Trial

By Samantha Joseph |

JLL faces a former executive's age-discrimination lawsuit.

Steven Sonberg, managing partner of Holland & Knight in Miami.

Holland & Knight Sees Strong Growth in Revenue and Income

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight continued to show strong growth in 2016, with an 8 percent gross revenue increase that resulted in a higher-than-projected net income of $238.5 million.

Year's Suspension for Attorney Who Used Client's $500 to Pay Bills

By Samantha Joseph |

Mishandling $500 in a landlord-tenant dispute led to a one-year suspension for attorney Michael E. Wynn.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Mandatory 24-Hour Abortion Delay Violates Privacy Rights, High Court Rules

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday imposed a temporary injunction on a law that mandates a 24-hour delay for women seeking abortions.

Bryan Avila.

Bill Sponsor Vows Changes in Store for 'Liquor Wall' Plan

By Jim Turner |

A controversial proposal that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores was nearly capped in its first House committee as lawmakers expressed concerns about who could handle the bottles.

R. Alexander Acosta.

Five Things You Should Know About Alexander Acosta

By Karen Sloan |

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated the Florida International University College of Law dean to become labor secretary.

Grand Jury Calls for Criminal Charges to Rein in 'Wild West' of Condo Boards

By Samantha Joseph |

Criminal charges could soon be in store for misbehaving condominium board members and managers.

Alex Acosta

FIU Law Dean Acosta Seen as 'Safer Choice' at Labor

By Melanie Waddell |

Veteran public servant Alex Acosta is the replacement nominee for U.S. labor secretary.

Alex Acosta

FIU Law Dean Acosta Tapped to Run US Labor Department

By Staff report |

President Donald Trump chose Florida International University law dean R. Alexander Acosta on Thursday as his replacement nominee for secretary of labor.

(l-r) Jon Polenberg, Jude Cooper, Yasin Daneshfar, and Andrew Polenberg.

Becker & Poliakoff Acquires Litigation Firm Polenberg Cooper

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Becker & Poliakoff has acquired the Fort Lauderdale litigation firm Polenberg Cooper to accommodate its litigation workload.

Dissatisfied House Panel Takes Aim at North Florida Judge

By Dara Kam |

A key House panel used a judge accused of once throwing his law firm's clients "under the bus," and whose case has awaited action from the Florida Supreme Court for more than a year, to highlight the chamber's dissatisfaction with how judicial wrongdoing is handled.

Commercial Litigator Tapped for Seat on Palm Beach Circuit Bench

By Celia Ampel |

A Boca Raton litigator was selected for a Palm Beach Circuit Court judgeship, and other judicial vacancies will be filled soon.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Ferrer Leaving as South Florida US Attorney

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer has overseen 11,000 cases since 2010.

Apalachicola River

Legal Careers and Billable Hours Flow From Water Wars

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Outside counsel for Florida and Georgia have racked up millions of dollars in legal bills, and some of the attorneys have become judges since the longrunning water fight began.

Tareck El Aissami. Carlos Becerra/ Bloomberg

Venezuela's VP Shrugs Off Drug Sanctions as US Weighs Policy

By Joshua Goodman and Josh Lederman |

Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami calls Trump administration sanctions against him "miserable and defamatory aggression."

Left to right: Mike Eidson and Ervin A. Gonzalez, with Colson Hicks Eidson.

Injured Drivers Sue Florida DOT Over Express Lane Dividers

By Celia Ampel |

A Coral Gables firm is suing the Florida Department of Transportation for failing to properly maintain the orange express lane poles on I-95.

Shutts & Bowen's Revenue and Income Up in 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Shutts & Bowen's gross revenue rose by $4 million to $151 million in 2016, and had a whopping 97 percent realization rate.