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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Pam Bondi

Attorney General's Office Looks for Clarity on Death Penalty

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

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

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh

Miami Judge Pushes for More Diversity in Coveted Court Appointments

By Celia Ampel |

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

Embraer facility at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Bar Foundation Hires Pro Bono Program Officer

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Starwood's Former Director of Compliance Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Eduardo Leite of Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie's Leite Stepping Down as Firm Chairman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Michael Goldberg, attorney with Akerman.

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

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

Attorneys in Nissan Class Action Seeking $1.6M in Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Amy Brigham Boulris

Following Family's Footsteps led Boulris to Property Rights Litigation

By Rebecca Cohen |

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady.

High Court Rules Settlements Need Not Mention Attorney Fees

By Celia Ampel |

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

Florida State Rep. Joe Negron

Lawmakers to Again Deal With Death Penalty Sentencing

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

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

Dr. Larry Kawa.

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

By Dune Lawrence, Bloomberg News |

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

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Supreme Court Asked to Weigh In-Person Baker Act Hearings

By News Service of Florida |

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

Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Gross.

Sanction of Expert Witness Who Used Flawed Data Tossed on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Miami-Dade Agrees to Improve Services for Deaf Inmates

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

Wells Fargo Loses Bid to Force Arbitration in Yearslong Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

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

Broward Judge Defeated in Election Resigns

By Samantha Joseph |

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

IP Boutique Rapacke Law Expands to South Florida

By Gina Passarella |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Ira Leesfield.

Lawyer in a Hurry Changes Definition of Success After Achieving it

By Carlos Harrison |

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

Florida Orders Unanimous Verdicts on Death Sentences

By Staff report |

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

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

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

By Carla Vianna |

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

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Albert Pujols.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Oakland Raiders Darryl Ashmore poses for 1999 team headshot.

Ex-Offensive Lineman Files Disability Claim Against NFL

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Appeals Court Reinstates Whistleblower Retaliation Case Against Miami

By Celia Ampel |

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

Brian Tannebaum Moves to Bast Amron

By Staff report |

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

Ford Explorer 2011 model.

Ford Agrees to Settle Over Explorer Exhaust Leaks

By Celia Ampel |

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

Matt Rieger, president and CEO of Housing Trust Group.

Miami-Dade Considers Mandatory Workforce Housing Ordinance

By Carla Vianna |

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

Florida voter registration application

Judge Extends Florida Voter Registration Deadline

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

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Miami-Dade Courts Get Grant for Veterans Court

By Celia Ampel |

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

Driscoll Ugarte, left, and Jonathan Lourie, right.

Licensing, Share Buy Arranged for Biopharma Firm

By Carla Vianna |

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

Young Berman Opens Boca Raton Office

By Gina Passarella |

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

Reversal Strikes New Blow Against Embattled Judge Destry

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Julie Kay

Celebration to Honor Journalist Julie Kay

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

Miami Redlining Case Goes to U.S. Supreme Court

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Youree Dell Harris as the psychic Miss Cleo.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

Ex-Prosecutor Joins Kobre & Kim in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

Hurricane Matthew Closes Courts Along Florida Peninsula

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Women Mediators Fight Stereotypes in Construction Disputes

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Manella Runs Real Estate Practice With Bilingual Bonus

By Carlos Harrison |

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

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

Attorneys Who Brokered Secret Settlement Disbarred Despite Referee Recommendation

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Suit Claims Developer Damaged, Abandoned High-End Office Rental

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Norma Lindsey.

Appeals Court Refuses Bid for New Trial Over Juror Tweets

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Florida Gaming Regulators Face Seminoles; Judge Holds Cards

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

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

Class Action Alleges Misleading Marketing by American Airlines

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Steven C. Marks of Podhurst Orseck.

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

By Carlos Harrison |

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

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

Courts in South Florida Close Ahead of Hurricane

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Ronald Meyer of Meyer, Brooks, Demma and Blohm

Florida School Voucher Foes Bank Heavily on 2006 Ruling

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

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

U.S. Supreme Court building.

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

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

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

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

By Noreen Marcus |

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

For Court-Appointed Receiver, Digital Forensics is Key

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Florida Supreme Court

10 Florida Lawyers Disciplined by Bar

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Carla Vianna |

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

R. Fred Lewis

Florida Supreme Court Says Insurer Required to Foot Legal Fees

By Jim Saunders |

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

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

Broward Deputies Implicated in Real Estate Row

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Matthew J. Feeley of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Facing Compliance Investigations Abroad? Better Know the Rules!

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

Justices Urged to End Dispute Over Escaped Patient's Death

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

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

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

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

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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

Gas pump display

Skimmer, Trafficking, Corruption Laws Hit Books Saturday

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

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

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

City Attorney Hangs Onto Miami Post

By Carla Vianna |

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

Matthew I. Destry

Broward Judge Destry Facing Formal Ethics Charges

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Tom Feeney, CEO of Associated Industries of Florida

Workers' Compensation Rates Pegged to Go Up 14.5 Percent

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

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

Allstate Corp., Northbrook, Ill.

Appeals Court Declines to Weigh In on Insurance Question

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Cuban American Bar Association Discusses Doing Business in Cuba

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

Gunster Expands Leadership Beyond South Florida

By Gina Passarella |

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

Judge Burton C. Conner

Scott Quietly Shifts Appellate Courts Rightward

By Brandon Larrabee |

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

John Yanchunis

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

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Herman J. Russomano III, of Russomanno & Borrello

New Trial for Plaintiff After Juror Lies About Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

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

4141 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Lawsuit Claims Seller Hid Pending Historic Designation for Miami Church

By Carla Vianna |

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

Florida Supreme Court.

Does Nurse Leaving Tube in Patient Equal Negligence?

By Noreen Marcus |

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

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

Zarco Einhorn Books Floor at One Biscayne Tower

By Carla Vianna |

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

Felipe Arias and his family

Colombian Politician Fighting Extradition Seeks Release on Bail

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Andrew C. Hall of Hall, Lamb and Hall.

'Polish Jewish Don Quixote' Has Plenty of Litigation Causes

By Carlos Harrison |

Veteran Miami litigator Andrew C. Hall is a Holocaust survivor who is known for taking on the cases of terrorism victims.

Karen Hollihan, public relations committee for the Interamerican Institute for Democracy.

Miami Woman Sues TeleSur for Defamation After Documentary Links Her to CIA

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

TeleSUR, a global television network supported by six left-of-center Latin American countries, is being sued for defamation by a Miami woman who says the network aired a fake documentary that called her a CIA agent out to destabilize democracy in Ecuador.

Judge Finds Feds Lack Standing in ADA Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

A federal judge dismissed a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against Florida in what the state's counsel called a test case of the DOJ's authority to bring discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Man's Murder in High-Crime Complex

By Celia Ampel |

The former owners of a Tampa apartment complex agreed to pay $1.8 million to the family of a visitor who was shot and killed.

Seven Law Firms Recognized for Litigation Achievements

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review recognizes Florida law firms for legal achievements in the past year.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

Economic Claims by Toyota Owners With Takata Air Bags Allowed to Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

Toyota owners with Takata air bags saw most of their economic loss claims against the automaker go forward Thursday.

 8989 Okeechobee Blvd.

Appeals Court Rules Against Publix, Town in Zoning Case

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court ruled against Publix and Cutler Bay in a zoning dispute that began as a landlord-tenant spat.

Broward Judge Told to Step Aside in Sentencing Row

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court said Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry should have recused when a defendant sought to challenge his sentence as overly harsh.

Sharon Bock, Clerk of Courts Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Clerk's Office Honored for Guardianship Fraud Program

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach County's Clerk & Comptroller office uncovered more than $5.1 million in unsubstantiated disbursements, missing assets and fraud in the probate court's guardianship program, earning it recognition at the 4th World Congress on Adult Guardianship held Sept. 14-17 in Berlin.

Jeffrey Bartel of Berger Singerman.

Former NextEra Exec Joins Berger Singerman in Miami

By Gina Passarella |

Jeffrey Bartel will continue in his role as chairman of investment advisory of Hamptons Group while taking his land use, real estate and government affairs-focused law practice to Berger Singerman.

Walker Tower

'Willful' Fraud by Lawyer Results in Sanctions Against Client

By Celia Ampel |

A Coral Gables lawyer falsified documents and disobeyed an asset injunction, a judge found.

Trustee Tests New Tactic in Construction Bankruptcy

By Samantha Joseph |

The debtor, construction executive Donald Kipnis, is challenging the trustee's bid to invoke the IRS' power to pursue assets outside the state's statute of limitations.

ABA Pro Bono Award Going to Baker's Vigil

By Staff report |

Baker & McKenzie executive director Angela Vigil in Miami has been named the recipient of an American Bar Association award for her pro bono work.

Pam Bondi, Florida attorney general. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Bondi Breaks Silence on Trump Donation, Cites Misreporting

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

The attorney general says her office received only one complaint about Trump University that she didn't know about before getting a $25,000 political donation from Donald Trump.

City Attorney Victoria Mendez.

Five-Home Miami Development Puts City Attorney on Hot Seat

By Carla Vianna |

Miami city commissioners are set to vote on hiring a private attorney to investigate accusations against City Attorney Victoria Mendez over a planning issue.

The Green Library at Florida International University's Modesto A. Maidique campus

FIU Leads on Florida Bar Passage Rates

By Celia Ampel |

Florida International University had the highest Florida Bar exam passage rate for the third time in a row.

Late DBR Reporter Julie Kay Honored by Florida Bar

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Florida Bar posthumously honors the veteran Daily Business Review reporter with the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding legal journalism.

Latin America

How Latin America's Legal Markets Are Evolving

By Nicholas Bruch, Senior Analyst ALM Legal Intelligence |

ALM Intelligence’s Latin American 50 Report shows that independent domestic firms hold more than two-thirds of market share, measured by headcount, in every Latin American legal market.

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

How Justice James E.C. Perry Will Be Remembered

By Noreen Marcus |

His eloquent concurrence in a redistricting case reminded readers of a time when Americans "had to fight and die for the privilege" of voting.

NSU Names Associate Law Dean for Diversity

By Staff report |

Law professor Elena Maria Marty-Nelson becomes the first dean for diversity, inclusion and public impact at Nova Southeastern's Shepard Broad College of Law.

One-Firm Career Takes Hilarie Bass to Greenberg Traurig, ABA Leadership

By Carlos Harrison |

The Miami attorney has spent 35 years with a single law firm but kept moving up, now serving as co-president.

Ira J. Coleman.

New McDermott Chairman on Miami and the Pursuit of Happiness

By Susan Beck |

A look at the personal side of McDermott's new Miami-based chairman Ira Coleman.

Logo at the new Shutts & Bowen office located at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Shutts & Bowen, Partner Move to Dismiss Investors' Antitrust Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

Shutts & Bowen and partner Kevin Cowan are fighting an antitrust lawsuit with a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. They are among 14 defendants in a suit by investors alleging they rigged bids in a real estate deal.

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

Fla. City Prevails in Land Rights Challenge to Rezoning

By Celia Ampel |

A murky constitutional question about property owners' rights during rezoning led to strong dissent within a Florida appellate court Wednesday.

Judge Martha Warner.

$8M Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds Reversed on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court reversed an $8 million verdict in an asbestos case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and industrial manufacturer Crane Co.

Chris Altenbernd, former judge in Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, now with  Carlton Fields.

Court Dumps Negligent Security Case After Agreeing to Review

By Noreen Marcus |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal decided to reconsider a case after the Florida Supreme Court issued instructions, then backed off. That restores a $1.8 million award in a double murder at a Plantation apartment complex.

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis

Fla. Supreme Court Strikes Down Law That Disqualified Mayoral Candidate

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court invalidated a state elections law that kept a Miami Gardens mayoral candidate off the ballot because of a bank error.

Will Election End Florida's Judicial Emergency?

By Celia Ampel |

As the election looms, partisan plays keep seats empty on Florida bench. One nominee has waited more than 18 months for a confirmation hearing.

 Tania Galloni.

Earthjustice Hires Public Interest Veteran to Head Florida Operations

By Meredith Hobbs |

Earthjustice has hired Tania Galloni as its new managing attorney for Florida, succeeding David Guest, who retired in June after 12 years in the role.

Fior Pichardo de Veloz.

Woman Files Suit After Being Misidentified as Male in Jail

By Samantha Joseph |

A 50-year-old woman from the Dominican Republic is suing the Miami-Dade Corrections Department, claiming jail staff examined and photographed her genitals before misidentifying her as male and incarcerating her with more than 40 men.

Stephen F. Rosenthal

Court Defers Sovereign Immunity Question in Red-Light Camera Case

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal appeals court didn't jump at a chance to decide a Florida red-light camera case with litigation pending in federal and state courts.

Rivero Mestre attorneys Andres Rivero, left, and Charlie Whorton.

United Health Expands Hepatitis C Drug Coverage to Settle National Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

United Healthcare agreed to expand its coverage of hepatitis C drugs as part of a nationwide class action settlement valued at more than $300 million.

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

Justice Perry Leaving Florida Supreme Court

By Samantha Joseph |

Justice James E.C. Perry, the Florida Supreme Court's fourth black judge who grew up under Jim Crow laws in North Carolina, has announced his retirement.

David Spector, left, will succeed Andrew Smulian as chairman and CEO of Akerman.

Akerman CEO Smulian to Hand Over Reins in 2018

By Roy Strom and Samantha Joseph |

Andrew Smulian is set to be replaced by David Spector, a 45-year-old partner whose swift rise inside the firm mirrors its performance in the market.

Holland & Knight Names New Leader of West Palm Beach Office

By Gina Passarella |

The 1,200-lawyer law firm tapped a former statewide prosecutor to lead the West Palm Beach office, one of three for the firm in South Florida.

Bernard Shapiro

Court Upholds Ruling Finding Millionaire in Guardianship Fight Competent

By Samantha Joseph |

An expensive guardianship fight involving a wealthy real estate developer has ended after a failed appeal.

Courvoisier Courts condominium at 701 Brickell Key Blvd, Miami.

Miami Condo Manager Claims Retaliatory Firing

By Carla Vianna |

KW Property Management — one of the largest property management companies in the state — is facing a Miami whistleblower lawsuit and disgruntled residents in another tower it manages.

DBR Recognizes Top In-House Attorneys

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review will recognize eight legal departments at a Nov. 10 event in Miami.

Howard Forman

Coworkers Remember Late Clerk's Office Employee

By Samantha Joseph |

Colleagues pay tribute to longtime Broward clerk's office employee Lisa L. Foreman, who was found dead with her family at her Lauderhill home.

Stephen Shiver

Fired Manager Claims Opa-locka Public Corruption

By Samantha Joseph |

Fired City Manager Roy Stephen Shiver is suing Opa-locka alleging wrongful termination, discrimination and violation of Florida's Whistleblower's Act.

State's Elder Affairs Department Shielded From Lawsuit

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is shielded from a lawsuit filed by a former state ombudsman for long-term care residents who was fired after she made critical comments about the operation of the program, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

U.S. Signs On To Hague Child Support Treaty

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The U.S. has formally ratified a convention that is expected to make it harder for a parent who owes child support to hide abroad.

Elio F. Martinez of Espinosa Trueba Martinez.

Mix of 'Perry Mason,' Baseball Blends Into IP Lawyer

By Carlos Harrison |

Intellectual property attorney Elio Martinez is a man with a mission — visit every major league ballpark. He's well on his way, ticking off 24 of 30 venues.

Brad Edwards

Negligent Security Suit Filed in Home Invasion Slaying of Halliburton Heir

By Celia Ampel |

The victim's widower is suing security companies at a Davie gated community in the home invasion slaying of a Halliburton heir. The suspect made a daring courtroom escape weeks earlier.

Maria Elena Perez

Court Orders 91-Day Bar Suspension for Nevin Shapiro's Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

Coral Gables attorney Maria Elena Perez has temporarily lost her law license for ethics violations in her representation of University of Miami scandal figure Nevin Shapiro and another client.

UM Law Clinic Gains Class Action Settlement Funds

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The University of Miami School of Law's investor rights clinic receives $107,282 from the settlement of a class action lawsuit against Regions Bank related to U.S. Pension Trust's fraudulent sale of unregistered securities in the 1990s.

Murder Conviction Overturned In 1986 Killing

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

More than 30 years after the body of a woman was found partially clad with 36 stab wounds, a state appeals court Wednesday ordered a new trial for a man convicted of first-degree murder and sexual battery.

Receiver Reaches $13.3 Million Settlement With Citibank

By Lisa Rathke |

A receiver overseeing two ski resorts at the center of a fraud investigation says a $13.3 million settlement with Citibank will subsidize operations at one of the resorts and a newly opened hotel at the other and pay contractors and vendors.

Rachel Siler and attorney Matthew Dietz.

Beach Condo Sued by Woman in Wheelchair for FHA Discrimination

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami Beach condo association is accused of trying to turn away a tenant on moving day and retaliating against her afterward because of her disability.

Partner Joins Law Firm Expanding in Colombia

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Carlos Padilla moves from Bogota's Castro Leiva Rendon Criales to growing global firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria.

Richard Edlin, Patricia Menendez-Cambo and Paul Maher, with Greenberg Traurig.

Greenberg Traurig Names 3 Vice Chairs, Including Miami Partner

By Gina Passarella |

Patricia Menendez-Cambo is among the vice chairs named by the law firm as it expands its leadership.

Ruben Diaz Jr.

Grupo Pellas GC Moves Back to Hughes Hubbard

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Ruben Diaz Jr. leaves the Nicaragua-based conglomerate to take a new post as co-chairman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed's Latin America practice in Miami.

Pam Bondi

Trump Seeks Distance From Donation Supporting Florida AG

By Michael Biesecker |

Donald Trump spoke to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before his charity cut a 2013 check to support her re-election effort, but his campaign said Tuesday the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University.

Meenu Sasser

Judge Becomes Finalist for Bench Same Day Appellate Court Reverses Her

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser had two notable achievements in one day — she became a finalist for an appeals court opening and was reversed by the same court.

Judge Cory Ciklin

Law Firm Fights Off Malpractice Suit, But It May Reappear

By Samantha Joseph |

Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel successfully argues improper venue on appeal to defeat a legal malpractice suit tied to a bank's collapse.

Judge Linda Ann Wells, Third District Court of Appeal.

Court: Probate Claim Is Too Late to Establish Paternity

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court rules against a 51-year-old man who never established who his father was until he wanted a cut of his estate.

Thomas Sabatino Jr.

Most Top Florida GCs Make $1 Million-Plus a Year

By Michael Seemuth |

A review of compensation for 30 general counsel at publicly traded Florida companies shows 23 earning seven figures a year.

GC Compensation Chart

The best-paid general counsel are ranked according to total based on salary, bonus, stock awards, options awards, non-equity incentive plan compensation, change in pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings, and all other compensation.

GC Compensation: $1 Million—and Wanting More

In the Daily Business Review’s general counsel compensation special section, articles look at how much Florida GCs pull in—and how much they think they should.

The Ins and Outs of Online Data Collection in Latin America

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Attorney Luis Salazar offers tips for pinning down contracts when online data is collected in Latin America.

Gary D. Fox

Florida Supreme Court Extends MedMal Law to Suicide

By Noreen Marcus |

The court rules a jury should decide the foreseeability of suicide in the case of a depressed woman who died the day after getting new medication.

Kenneth Welt, senior trustee, United States Bankruptcy Court

Panasonic Among Defendants in Antitrust Suit Over Capacitors

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami lawsuit by trustee Kenneth Welt accuses Panasonic Corp. and Sanyo of price rigging.

Tropical Storm Hermine

Gulf Storm Shutting Down Florida Courts

By Staff Report |

Tropical Storm Hermine is closing courts from the Tampa Bay area to the Florida Panhandle.

Marlene Gordon of Bacardi.

Self-Determination and Drive Take Gordon to Top Legal Post at Bacardi

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Growing up in rural Jamaica, Bacardi North America Vice President and General Counsel Marlene Gordon found inspiration in her overachieving mother.

Ryan O'Quinn of with DLA Piper.

Miami Ex-Prosecutor Joins DLA Piper's White-Collar Group

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper is expanding its white-collar practice in anticipation of increased federal regulatory scrutiny of the health care and securities industries and foreign corruption.

Tim Canova.

With Canova Loss, Two Law Profs Left in Bid for Congressional Seats

By Karen Sloan |

The trio of law professors hoping for a seat in Congress is now a duo.

Attorneys Guy Lewis and Michael Tein,

Lewis Tein Sues Miccosukee Tribe in New Turn in Legal Saga

By Celia Ampel |

Miami firm Lewis Tein is striking back against the Miccosukee Tribe after years of what judges have ruled frivolous litigation.

Former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo.

Court Sides With Ex-Miami Mayor in Doral Whistleblower Case

By Noreen Marcus |

South Florida political legend Joe Carollo comes out ahead in his beef with Doral city officials about his corruption claims against them while he was serving as city manager.

South Florida Lawyer Given Prison Sentence for Child Porn

By Brian Baxter |

David Rothenberg, a former lawyer at Conroy Simberg and Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer was sentenced Friday to 17.5 years in prison after pleading guilty in June to child pornography charges.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

Despite Indictment, US Rep. Brown Trying to Stay in Office

By Gary Fineout |

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who more than two decades ago became one of the first blacks elected to Congress from Florida since reconstruction, is battling to stay in office amid a criminal indictment and a revamped district that includes thousands of new voters.

Havana, Cuba.

Hispanic Bar Forms Cuba Task Force

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Hispanic National Bar Association wants a greater voice in U.S.-Cuba rapprochement and is launching a task force to review the countries' changing relationships.

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

Investors Suing Cryptsy CEO Certified as Class

By Samantha Joseph |

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra certified a class in a lawsuit against digital currency exchange, Cryptsy, and CEO Paul Vernon.

Peter Prieto of Podhurst Orseck.

Prieto Plays at Top of His Profession in High-Profile MDL Cases

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami attorney Peter Prieto rose high in law firm management before redirecting back to the courtroom.

Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola.

PwC Settles $5.6B Negligent Auditing Case Mid-Trial

By Celia Ampel |

PricewaterhouseCoopers on Friday settled a multibillion-dollar negligent accounting case for an undisclosed amount.

Appeals Court Ruling Raises Red Flags for Foreclosure Attorneys

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys warn a new appellate ruling on Florida's lis pendens statute could hurt investor interest in distressed properties.

Takata, Michelin Prevail in Highway Rollover Crash

By Samantha Joseph |

A jury returned a defense verdict for seatbelt manufacturer Takata Corp. and tire maker Michelin North America Inc. after attorneys for two disabled victims injured in a rollover crash asked for $80 million in damages.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered Hires New Partner For International Compliance Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Miller & Chevalier Chartered has hired Alejandra Montenegro Almonte as a new parter in its international practice.

Lawyers Adam Filthaut, left, and Robert Adams.

Two Tampa Lawyers Disbarred for Setting Up Opponent's Bust

By Noreen Marcus |

The attorneys are permanently disbarred for arranging their opponent's drunken-driving arrest during trial. The target lost his trial bag for hours before he was released from jail.

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

Judge Refuses to Halt Miami-Dade Judicial Primary Race

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch’s efforts to kick his election challenger Marcia Del Rey off the ballot are rebuffed by another judge.

Trump Asked Governor to Name Lawyer to Broward Circuit Bench

By Gary Fineout |

The appointment of Fort Lauderdale attorney Jose Izquierdo came through in May, 13 days after Trump's recommendation.

Peter A. Quinter with GrayRobinson.

Lawyers to Importers: Think a Free Trade Agreement Means Duty Free? Think Again!

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Importers taking advantage of free trade agreement exemptions must be prepared to document whether every button and string on a dress qualifies under the agreement. They aren't always prepared.

Florida Firms Among Top Recruiters in NYC This Year

By Christine Simmons |

Head count in the New York offices of Florida-founded firms have grown this year as firms look to hire corporate attorneys to help with real estate and finance work coming to Florida.

Jaret Davis of Greenberg Traurig in Miami.

Florida Law Firms Catch Startup Fever

By Nell Gluckman |

Greenberg Traurig is working with a European startup accelerator to give young health care companies in Miami a boost. Not to be outdone, Greenspoon Marder has launched its own partnership with an accelerator in South Florida, also with the intent of coaxing startup growth. 

Broward Judge Elijah Williams

From Public Housing to the Bench: The Rise of Judge Elijah Williams

By Samantha Joseph |

Defense attorneys say Judge Elijah Williams, the first black man appointed to the Broward Circuit bench in more than two decades, is changing the lives of minors appearing before him in juvenile court.

Judge Rules Miccosukees Must Pay Taxes to IRS

U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga rules against a member of the tribe in a case that should apply to all.

Development Decisions Trigger Miami Initiative on Right to Sue

By Carla Vianna |

If passed, a question on the November ballot would grant citizens standing to sue the city of Miami if it violates its own charter.

Scott N. Wagner is a partner in Bilzin Sumberg's litigation group and leads Bilzin Sumberg's e-discovery practice.

Antitrust Attorney Deals With Impact of Economic Theory on Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Scott Wagner got an undergraduate degree in political economy knowing he would be heading to law school.

Pam Bondi

Florida AG Goes After Alleged Foreclosure Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says in a new suit that a network of fake foreclosure defense firms duped homeowners and lawyers across South Florida.

 Angela Corey (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

State Attorney Who Charged Zimmerman Could Lose Election

By Gary Fineout |

State Attorney Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the losing case against Groge ZImmerman, faces two strong challengers in this month's primary.

Eric Aaronson, Matthew Coglianese, Neil Schiller

Arnstein & Lehr Expands in South Florida with Three Lawyers

By Roy Strom |

The West Palm Beach additions include Neil Schiller, a municipal and government partner, who joins the Chicago-based firm from Becker & Poliakoff.

Pulse nightclub mourners gather at a vigil held in front of the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando, Fla. Photo: Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via AP.

News Outlets Fight for Release of Mass Shooting 911 Calls

By Terrance Harris and Mike Schneider |

Attorneys for almost two dozen media groups argued in federal court in Florida that a lawsuit demanding the release of 911 calls involving the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando should be moved back to state court.

Reitred Fourth DCA Judge W. Matthew Stevenson

Fourth DCA Judge's Retirement Puts Spotlight on Judicial Diversity

By Celia Ampel |

The retirement of Fourth DCA Judge W. Matthew Stevenson leaves a spot open on a mostly white, male bench.

SEC: Company Duped Investors With Bogus News Releases

By Samantha Joseph |

A West Palm Beach company portraying itself as a high-powered arms manufacturer duped investors while operating out of a virtual office with about $509,000 in cash, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Donald Trump.

Trial Ends in Trump Club Membership Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

A $5 million trial against a Donald Trump-owned golf club in Jupiter ended Tuesday with the judge asking for proposed judgments by Sept. 16.

The panel included, from left to right, Al Dotson of Bilzin Sumberg, Maria Juncadella of Fairchild Partners, Mayanne Downs of GrayRobinson, Barbara Black of JLL and Florida Bar President Bill Schifino.

Panel Sees Gender Bias in Law, Real Estate Industries

By Carla Vianna |

Legal and real estate professionals discuss the issues surrounding the steep gender gap found in both industries.

High Court Tapped in Case of Mayoral Candidate Booted From Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to consider whether Miami Gardens legally disqualified a mayoral candidate whose filing fee check was returned.

John Timoney. YouTube

Former Miami Police Chief John Timoney Dies at 68

By Associated Press |

A former colleague credits Timoney with taking the department "leaps and bounds forward."