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Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Defense Bar Opposes Terms Limits for Appellate Judges

The Dade County Defense Bar Association opposes a revived proposal to cap appellate service at 12 years in Florida courts.

Quicken Loans Faces Lawsuits Over Calls, Texts

By Samantha Joseph |

A class action litigated by South Florida attorney Marc Wites alleges national mortgage lender Quicken Loans Inc. violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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

How Takata's $1B Settlement Could Impact Civil Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

Takata's $1 billion settlement with the U.S. government over defective air bags will not affect the nationwide class action against the company and automakers, according to plaintiffs counsel in the civil case.

Rep. Richard Corcoran

Judicial Term Limits Eyed in House

By Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida |

A House subcommittee cautiously began a discussion of term limits for state appellate judges, hearing a presentation on the subject but no real details on what a proposal might look like.

House Looks to Slam Lobbying 'Revolving Door'

By Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida |

A House committee began debate on slowing down the "revolving door" that lets lawmakers become lobbyists two years after they leave office.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano.

Major Gambling Proposal Emerges in Florida Senate

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

A senator instrumental in the passage of the Legislature's last major gambling bill released a massive proposal that would allow slot machines in eight counties where voters have approved them, let South Florida pari-mutuels run blackjack games, and give tracks permission to do away with greyhound racing while keeping lucrative cardrooms and slots.

Francisco Gallegos, left, and Maria Cecilia Romoleroux, right, Corral & Rosales.

Ecuadorean IP Practice Joins with Quito-based IP Firm Corral & Rosales

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Corral & Rosales, a prominent intellectual property law firm in Ecuador, has merged with the Quito intellectual property boutique firm Estudio Juridico Gallegos. The merger creates one of the strongest intellectual property practice groups in Latin America.

Cuban refugees row a makeshift raft in the Florida straits, Aug. 25, 1994. The refugees were picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Gallatin and were then transferred to a Navy ship which would transport them to a refugee camp at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Obama Scrapping 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Policy for Cubans

By Alicia A. Caldwell, Julie Pace and Matthew Lee |

In its final days, the Obama administration announces it's scrapping a longtime policy protecting Cuban immigrants arriving in the United States without visas.

Manuel A. Fernandez, left, and Albert Delgado, right, of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

Kasowitz Benson Picks Up Two Akerman Real Estate Partners

By Staff report |

Manuel A. Fernandez and Albert J. Delgado make the crosstown move in Miami.

Attorney Ramon M. Rodriguez

Florida Bar Files Ethics Charges Against Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Bar Wednesday filed ethics charges against attorney Ramon Manuel Rodriguez, accused of knowingly filing and prosecuting a frivolous perjury case against opposing counsel at Lewis Tein.

David Boies, left, and Alan Dershowitz.

Lawyers Continue to Duke It Out in Dershowitz Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

The post-settlement litigation continues in the defamation case involving retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz.

Two Corporate Lawyers Switch to Holland & Knight From Akerman

By Staff report |

Bradley Houser and Shane Segarra join an expanding H&K corporate team in Miami.

Judge Julie Carnes.

Court: Infringement Case Fees Not Covered by Insurance

By Celia Ampel |

The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rules liability insurance does not cover legal fees when a policyholder waits — and waits — to notify the insurer of the litigation.

Nuanced Appellate Decision in Case Claiming Bankruptcy Judge Conflict

By Samantha Joseph |

In an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit examines whether circuit courts have jurisdiction to hear direct appeals from bankruptcy court.

New Commercial Arbitration Database Offers Analytics for Arbitration Attorneys

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Attorneys drafting international commercial arbitration clauses or preparing to advise clients on international disputes now have a potential reference point for projecting the likely outcome, cost and duration of international mediation and arbitration cases.

From Right to left: Brett Schneider, Marc Solomon, Anthony Soroka, Matthew Ramenda and Milton Collins.

Municipal Government Practice Firm Opens Third South Florida Office

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Florida municipal government practice firm Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman has opened a third South Florida office, this one in Boca Raton, where the firm plans to hire a handful of new attorneys. The firm may make replacement hires in the Fort Lauderdale as well.

Coca-Cola, ABA Accused of Tobacco-Like Deception in Lawsuit

By Matthew Campbell and Jennifer Kaplan, Bloomberg News |

Coca-Cola Co. was sued by activists who compare the beverage giant's advertising tactics to the tobacco industry's past efforts in minimizing the health effects of its products and targeting children to replenish the ranks of its customers.

Bondi Stays Mum on Trump Administration Post

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi won't "discuss anything confidential" in response to a report she is getting a Trump administration post.

Joe Dewey: Real Estate Lawyer Who Codes on the Side

By Carla Vianna |

The Holland & Knight partner has written software for tracking transactions and is pushing into the legal tech front.

Marcos Carrasco Menchaca, left, and Alejandro Nemo Gomez Strozzi, right, of Gardere’s Mexico City office.

Gardere Expands in Mexico City with Addition of Five International Trade Attorneys

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Gardere's Mexico City office has hired five international trade attorneys from local firms. Mexican trade attorneys expect Trump administration will mean more work for lawyers.

Judge Bronwyn C. Miller

Attorney at Center of Contract Breach Case Faces Rare Sanction

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami attorney destroyed evidence then spent two years derailing a former client's efforts to recover those documents, according to a ruling by Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Bronwyn Miller.

Attorneys Holly Tabernilla, Brett Barfield and Richard Hussey.

Florida Bar to Honor Pro Bono Efforts

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar will recognize three South Florida attorneys for their pro bono work.

Apalachicola River

Florida-Georgia Water Case Official Orders Settlement Talks

By Kathleen Foody |

A court official ordered attorneys for Florida and Georgia to try again to settle a yearslong dispute over water use in the region.

President-elect Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump Organization Cancels Business Talks in 3 Countries

By Bernard Condon |

The Trump Organization has canceled talks over possible projects in Brazil, Argentina and India as the president-elect pulls back from dealmaking less than three weeks before taking office.

Source: Florida AG Pam Bondi Has Job Under Trump

By Jennifer Jacobs |

A person familiar with the decision says Bondi has landed an undisclosed job with the Trump administration.

'El Popular' Publisher Among Those Charged in $10M Mortgage Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

A former newspaper publisher is among four South Florida businessmen charged in a $10 million mortgage fraud.

Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Sessions Attorney General Nomination Opposed by 29 South Florida Law Professors

By Celia Ampel |

About 30 South Florida law professors were among those who signed a letter opposing Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be U.S. Attorney General in the Trump administration.

No ‘Saint': Appeals Court Says Criminal Can Change Name to TV Character

By Samantha Joseph |

A criminal history is not enough to stop a name change for a Florida man looking to pay homage to a Robin Hood-type figure from a 1960s television series.

Mark Nordlicht, co-founder of Platinum Partners, exits federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Nordlicht and six associates were charged with fraud. They're accused of inflating the book value of unprofitable oil projects to make the fund's performance look better in what the government called a $1 billion fraud and a

No One Questioned Platinum Partners Hedge Fund’s Madoff-Like Returns

By Zeke Faux |

In the years before Mark Nordlicht was arrested for what's alleged to be one of the biggest investment frauds since Bernie Madoff's, U.S. authorities had plenty of reasons to suspect something might have been fishy about his hedge fund, Platinum Partners.

The Road to Recovery: How a Law Firm Tracked Down Ponzi Schemer's Lost Funds

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorneys tell the story of how they recovered millions of dollars for victims of a Ponzi scheme whose mastermind squandered all but $28,000.

Florida High Court Mulls Judicial Video Conferencing for Baker Act Hearings

By Samantha Joseph |

A case pending before the Florida Supreme Court could change the way courts handle Baker Act hearings.

Verdict for Restaurant in Overtime Case Clarifies Exempt Employee Criteria

By Samantha Joseph |

A verdict for a restaurant in a labor and employment case is being hailed as a victory for opponents of an Obama administration proposal to increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay.

Alan Koslow.

Six South Florida Attorneys Disciplined, Three Disbarred

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disbarred three South Florida attorneys and ordered lighter discipline for three others.

Appeals Court Tosses Real Estate Investor's Suit Over Missed Deadline

By Samantha Joseph |

A deadline missed by one business day put a Miami real estate investor on the losing end of a yearlong foreclosure battle.

Halliburton $100M Settlement Would End 14 Years of Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

Halliburton Co. agreed to a $100 million securities fraud settlement in a case brought by Boies Schiller & Flexner.

Judge Vance E. Salter of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Court Turns Down Request From Undocumented Children

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

A divided South Florida appeals court rejected a legal-dependency request from four undocumented-immigrant children who entered the United States after their parents died in El Salvador.

The military creates a perimeter at a government-subsidized food market in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 14, 2004. The late President Hugo Chavez began handing the military control over food, and the wider economy, following opposition attempts to overthrow him in 2002.

Venezuela Military Trafficking Food As Country Goes Hungry

By Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman |

When hunger drew tens of thousands of Venezuelans to the streets last summer in protest, President Nicolas Maduro turned to the military to manage the country's diminished food supply, putting generals in charge of everything from butter to rice.

Cough Medicine Law Takes Effect With New Year

By Jim Turner News Service of Florida |

A statewide prohibition on people under 18 buying certain over-the-counter cough suppressants is one of three new laws that will hit the books with the arrival of the new year.

Joseph J. Luzinski.

Ruden McClosky’s Chapter 11 Comes to a Close

By Lizzy McLellan |

The story of Ruden McClosky’s bankruptcy and unique restructuring has finally come to an end, as the dissolved law firm’s unsecured creditors have received their final distribution payments.

The Strangest Stories Out of South Florida Courtrooms

By Samantha Joseph |

A slew of bizarre events unfolded in South Florida courtrooms in 2016.

Kluger Kaplan’s Abbey Kaplan, left, and Marko Cerenko, right.

In Contentious Fight, Court Rules Miami Juice Bar Can Stay

By Carla Vianna |

A healthy juice shop in Sunny Isles Beach prevailed in a legal dispute that could've resulted in the shop's eviction.

Made in Space products created with Braskem materials, as seen from the International Space Station.

How a Team of Fla. Lawyers Launched 3-D Printing in Space

By Gina Passarella |

Several months ago, Felipe Berer's longtime plastics manufacturing client came to him with a rough draft of a marketing plan for what turned out to be the most fascinating—and geographically far-flung—deal Berer has worked on in his 15-year career.

12/15/16- Miami- standing left, Manuel L. Dobrinsky, of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum. sitting, from left, Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz, Michael Olin, of Michael S. Olin PA. Ian G. Osur, of Law Offices of Ian G. Osur.

Lawyers Pursues Bad-Faith Claim After Geico Delay

By Celia Ampel |

Geico acted in bad faith by failing to settle a claim against a policyholder quickly enough to avoid litigation, a Miami federal jury found.

Eugene Pollingue, partner in the West Palm Beach office of Arnstein & Lehr.

Trump Plan for Elimination of Estate Tax Changes Focus of Estate Planning

By Commentary by Eugene Pollingue |

The adoption of Trump's tax plan would require wills and estates in larger estates to be rewritten, writes attorney Eugene Pollingue.

Eugene Pettis, of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, in Fort Lauderdale.

Fired Broward Health Interim CEO Claims Sunshine Law Violations

By Celia Ampel |

A former Florida Bar president is representing the ousted CEO of Broward Health in a lawsuit against the hospital system.

Judge Carole Taylor

Court Rules County Cannot Force Municipal Funding of Agency

By Celia Ampel |

Palm Beach County cannot force municipalities to help fund a countywide corruption-busting program, an appellate court ruled Wednesday.

Donald Trump.

Judgment in Lease Dispute Against Trump's Doral Golf Resort Reversed

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court revived a lease dispute over Trump National Doral Miami because the trial judge did not explain his decision.

Judge Donald Hafele.

Court Declines to Disqualify Judge Over Comment About Italians

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court ruled a Palm Beach Circuit judge should not be disqualified from a case for making a comment about "Italian folks" that developer Anthony Pugliese said he found offensive.

Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson.

Six South Florida Judges Whose Behavior Raised Eyebrows in 2016

By Celia Ampel |

Several judges drew negative attention for their conduct in 2016, often leading to resignation or forced removal from the bench.

University of Miami School of Law.

Ex-University of Miami Law Dean Mary Doyle Dies at 73

By Staff report |

The former property, land use and water law professor played a key role in the early years of Everglades restoration.

5 Florida Lawyers You Might Find on Santa's 'Naughty' List

By Samantha Joseph |

Lawyers convicted of tax evasion, money laundering, fraud and other crimes likely to put them on Santa's naughty list in 2016.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

State Wants Judge to Reconsider Seminole Gambling Ruling

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

The state asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision that Florida violated a $1 billion gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe.

C. Alan Lawson.

Florida Governor Taps Conservative Judge C. Alan Lawson for High Court

By Celia Ampel |

The newest Florida Supreme Court justice will be Fifth District Court of Appeal Chief Judge C. Alan Lawson.

Larissa Zagustin, general counsel of Americas for Viacom.

From Venezuela to Viacom: An Attorney's Path from Caracas to General Counsel for the Americas

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Viacom Americas general counsel Larissa Zagustin, a lawyer in the U.S. and Venezuela, as well as a UK solicitor, discovered work-life balance is a choice.

Jameis Winston.

'Strings Attached' for Both Parties in Jameis Winston Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

Jameis Winston and a former Florida State classmate have reached a confidential settlement on her rape claim against him.

Juan Picon, left, and Roger Meltzer, right.

DLA Piper Expands to Chile

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper has established a cooperation agreement with the Chilean law firm Bahamondez, Alvarez and Zegers, which will now operate under the name BAZ/DLA Piper.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Supreme Court Calls for More Judges Due to Workloads

By Staff report |

In an annual report, the Florida Supreme Court asks the Legislature to fund six new judicial slots — but hasn't gotten any new ones for 10 years.

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin of the University of Miami School of Law

Liberal Law Profs 'Lay Down a Marker' on Trump

By Tony Mauro |

More than 40 liberal law professors sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, voicing “great concern” with his commitment to the nation’s constitutional system and opposing the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, to be the next attorney general.

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.

Appeals Court Reverses Award to Miami Beach for Alleged Park Defects

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court reversed findings in favor of Miami Beach on playground and landscaping defects in South Pointe Park.

Award Named for Reno Recognizes Work for Kids

By Celia Ampel |

An award named in memory of U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno will recognize lawyers' work on behalf of children.

Roy Altman of Podhurst Orseck.

Wells Fargo Sued for Alleged Role in Film Financing Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami state court lawsuit filed Monday alleges Wells Fargo and its employees helped swindle film production financiers out of millions of dollars.

Armando Perez, the rapper known as Pitbull.

Sexy Beaches? Florida Lawmaker in Suit Over Pitbull Contract

By Gary Fineout |

Saying taxpayers have a right to know how much Pitbull has been paid to promote Florida tourism with the help of his song "Sexy Beaches," a top state lawmaker filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the famed rapper's production company.

Matt Weissing of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman.

Class Certified for Hilton Owners Over Shared Maintenance Fees

By Carla Vianna |

Hundreds of unit owners at the Fort Lauderdale beach condo-hotel are suing the property owner for allegedly overcharging them millions of dollars.

Seven Sentenced in $36 Million Miami Low-Income Housing Fraud

By Carla Vianna |

Seven defendants are sentenced for their roles in a scheme to misuse federal tax credits for construction of 10 developments in Miami-Dade County.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Finalists Named for Miami Appeals Court

By Celia Ampel |

Six nominees for an open spot on Florida's Third District Court of Appeal were announced Tuesday.


Shearman and DLA Piper Advise on Viacom's Purchase of Argentine Broadcaster Telefe

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Shearman & Sterling and DLA Piper represent parties in $345 million Viacom-Telefonica sale of leading Argentine broadcaster and content producer Telefe. It's likely the first major media investment under Argentina's new government.

Congressional Aide Jodi Davidson Joins Colodny Fass

By Staff report |

The former aide to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be a government consultant with the law firm.

Thomas Lynch IV

Analysis Shows Wide Racial Disparity in Florida Sentences

Statistics show newly retired Broward Circuit Judge Thomas Lynch IV was one of the biggest outliers, sentencing blacks to much longer terms than whites.

Bill Clinton, Lynch lead memorial for late AG Janet Reno

By Curt Anderson |

The former president remembers Reno for making decisions and taking responsibility for them.

Judge Names New Special Master In Takata Air Bag Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

A replacement was named for the court-appointed special master for the Takata air bag multidistrict litigation.

Aviation Transaction Attorney Patrice Robinet Joins Akerman

By Staff report |

He comes from the general counsel's post at Apollo Aviation Group.

Kelly Mathis

Attorney General Takes Internet Cafe Case to Supreme Court

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case involving a prominent Jacksonville lawyer who was charged with racketeering and gambling-related crimes because of his ties to the Internet cafe industry.

Mindy Mora and Jeff Snyder.

Lawyers' Deft Deal Creates Holiday Miracle for Charity

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida lawyers donated hundreds of hours to complete the sale of Switchboard of Miami Inc., a financially struggling nonprofit that provides crisis counseling.

Fla. Firm Leaders Bullish on 2017; Eyes on Real Estate, Corporate Work

By Scott Flaherty |

Following a year marked by a contentious presidential election and likely changes to come in U.S. policy prescriptions, law firm leaders in Florida are largely optimistic about their firms going into 2017 and expect to see growth in Miami, according to a recent survey of firm leaders and administrators in the region.

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

FIU Law School Ranks High on Underrated List

By Vivia Chen |

The Miami public university gets no respect from U.S. News & World Report, but its law graduates are good at landing law jobs.

Attorney's MBA a Boon to His Law Firm Business

By Samantha Joseph |

Coral Gables attorney Edward Dabdoud's business acumen increased his firm's revenue 17 percent in 2014, 12 percent the following year, and put it on track for another 17 percent spike in 2016.

Network Access Point of the Americas

Jones Day and Davis Polk Advise on Verizon-Equinix Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jones Day and Davis Polk & Wardwell are representing parties in the $3.6 billion cash sale of 29 U.S. and Latin American data centers — including Miami's Network Access Point of the Americas.

Emilio J. Alvarez-Farre of Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig Advises on 2 Mexico Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg Traurig has been working on a couple of major deals in Mexico: a $409 million two-currency credit facility for a paper producer, and a joint venture that will have to be approved by Mexican regulators.

Dalia Dippolito talks with her attorney on the first day of her murder-for-hire retrial. (Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post via AP, Pool)

Wife On Video: ‘5,000 Percent Sure’ She Wanted Husband Dead

By Terry Spencer |

The 34-year-old Dalia Dippolito has testified at her previous trial and in court hearings that she was only acting the part of a murderous wife in hopes of getting her own reality TV show.

State Supreme Court Mulls Fairness of Law Specific to Med-Mal Suits

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday that a medical malpractice law violates plaintiffs' constitutional right to privacy.

Oil rigs.

Cleary Gottlieb Advises on Pemex Debt Securities Offering

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cleary Gottlieb represents Mexican state oil company Pemex in a $5.5 billion debt securities offering in U.S. dollars

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Judge William Pryor Jr. Photo by Zoe Tillman/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL

Court Rules Against Lake Schools on Gay-Straight Alliance

By News Service of Florida |

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court's ruling that barred a group of students from establishing a gay-straight alliance at a Lake County middle school.

Jose Ferrer, left, and Andrew Hall, right.

Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism To Begin Receiving Payouts in Early 2017

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A fund for Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism will pay part of court judgements, including against Cuba and Iran, and turn the paid debt into a U.S. government negotiation bargaining chip, possibly easing a trade obstacle.

Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in New York.

Florida Lawyer Latest to Push for Presidential Election Recount

By Celia Ampel |

An attorney who says he knows firsthand that voting machines can be hacked sued for a recount of Florida's presidential election results.

Appeals Court Trims $2M From Award to Restaurant Evicted From Hotel

By Samantha Joseph |

An appellate court Wednesday shaved $2 million from an award for a restaurant evicted from an Embassy Suites hotel.

Corali Lopez-Castro of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton.

Judge Reverses Self, Allows Alter Ego to Be Pursued in Bankruptcy

By Samantha Joseph |

A new ruling from a bankruptcy judge in Miami allows a trustee of an individual estate to pursue corporate alter egos.

Judge Orders $15K Penalty for Former Miami Budget Director

By Celia Ampel |

A federal judge ruled a former Miami city budget director should not have to pay nearly half a million dollars after a jury found him liable for securities law violations.

Proposed Fashion Mall Redevelopment.

Shuttered Plantation Mall Moves Closer to Redevelopment

By Samantha Joseph |

Plantation's shuttered Fashion Mall moves closer to redevelopment after years of litigation.

One Thousand Museum Nabs $225M Loan

By Carla Vianna |

One Thousand Museum — a $450 million condominium rising in downtown Miami — nabbed a $225 million construction loan with the help of two Miami lawyers.

Former DBR Reporter Julie Kay to be Honored Posthumously by Women Lawyers Group

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Late Daily Business Review Reporter Julie Kay will be honored with a posthumous award in March on International Women's Day.

John Contini.

Broward Judge to Appear Before Florida High Court for Public Reprimand

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Circuit Judge John Contini faces public reprimand Feb. 7.

Bonnie Navin, Robert Kelley and Kimberly Wald.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Medical Malpractice

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

Stephen Sandiford and Steven Lear.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Corporate Securities

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

Adam Foslid and David Coulson.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Class Action

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

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

2016 Most Effective Lawyers — Complex/Business Litigation

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

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

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Public Interest

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

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

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Products Liability

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

Norberto Quintana.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: International

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

Iris Escarra and Carlos R. Lago.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Government Relations and Regulation

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

Joshua Rittenberg and Ryan Patch.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: IP

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

Scott Srebnick, Howard Srebnick and Joshua Shore.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Appellate

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

Eric Singer and Albert E. Dotson.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Real Estate

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

Charles M. Tatelbaum.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Bankruptcy

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

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Criminal

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

Todd Michaels and Alan Goldfarb.

2016 Most Effective Lawyers: Personal Injury

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

Daily Business Review's 12th Annual Most Effective Lawyers

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

Daily Business Review Best of 2016

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

Ed Pozzuoli.

Tripp Scott Forms Governmental Consulting Affiliate

By Meghan Tribe |

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

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

Georgia-Florida Water Fight Now in Hands of Special Master

By David Sharp |

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

Judge Allows Police Officer's Whistleblower Suit to Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

10 Attorneys Disciplined by Florida Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

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

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

Appeals Court Reverses in Favor of Homeowner in Insurance Claim Case

By Celia Ampel |

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

4th DCA Judge Melanie May.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Luxury cruise ship Caribbean Princess at Stavanger.

Princess Cruise Lines Agrees to $40M Pollution Penalty

By Celia Ampel |

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

Murder-for-hire Plot Heads to Second Trial

By Terry Spencer |

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Doberman dog

Appeals Court Reverses in Favor of Woman Bitten by Dog

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Appeals Court Backs Notifying Minor's Parents Before Abortion

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

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

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

3 Names Sent to Governor for State Supreme Court Opening

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

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

Boutique and Practice Specific Law Firm Guide 2016

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

Attorney Wins Suit Forestalling Hike in Florida Workers' Comp Premiums

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Pro Bono Attorneys Negotiate 50-Year YMCA Lease

By Carla Vianna |

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

Jeremy Alters

Referee Recommends No Discipline for Lawyer Jeremy Alters

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Rules for Residents in Aventura Condo Fight

By Carla Vianna |

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

Cuba-Focused Lawyers Weigh Implications of Castro's Death

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Judge Halts Workers’ Comp Rate Hike Over Sunshine Issues

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

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

High Court Hopefuls Pitch Conservative Credentials

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

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

Paul Hastings Advises on Caribbean Bond

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Cory Ciklin

New Panel Sides with Homeowner as Judicial and Civil Rules Collide

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Raoul G. Cantero.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Jose Astigarraga: From Bailiff to Banking Law to Arbitration

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Florida Supreme Court Approves, Rejects Death Sentences

By News Service of Florida |

The court split on two appeals challenging death sentences.

Third District Court of Appeal

Court: Verizon Owes FPL $2.6M on Pole Leases

By News Service of Florida |

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

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

Holdout Family Sues Over Timeshare Tower Construction

By Mike Schneider |

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

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga of the Florida Supreme Court.

State Chief Justice Ordered Probe of Death Penalty Lawyer

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

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

Charles M. Tatelbaum.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Court Finds Law for Selling Entire Condominium Projects is Not Retroactive

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Shutts & Bowen Lawyer Tapped for Top Military Role

By Celia Ampel |

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

DBR Recognizes 2016 Most Effective Lawyers

By Staff report |

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

Miami Partner Tapped to Grow McDermott's Corporate Practice

By Gina Passarella |

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

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

Colombian Politician Fighting Extradition Free on $1M Bond

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

The Trump Presidency and Societal Views of the LGBTQ Community

By Commentary by Richard Bec |

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

How Yolly Roberson Rose From Outsider to Representative

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

Passengers of Plane That Caught Fire to File Florida Suit

By Celia Ampel |

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

Alan Dimond of Greenberg Traurig.

Flagstone Free to Continue Watson Island Development Following Appellate Victory

By Carla Vianna |

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

4th DCA

Lawyer Whose Bathroom Break Caused Case to Be Tossed Wins Reversal

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Reassess Expectations: Finding Value in Mediation

By Commentary by Christopher Marlowe |

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

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

By Commentary by Stephanie Reed Traband |

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

How a Great Trial Lawyer Can Become a Great Mediation Lawyer

By Commentary by Oscar A. Sanchez |

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

Angelika Hunnefeld and Ricardo A. Gonzalez.

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

By Commentary by Angelika Hunnefeld and Ricardo A. Gonzalez |

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

Forced Arbitration of Consumer Claims Equals Justice Denied

By Commentary by Robert C. Gilbert |

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

Do Arbitrators Have Sanctions Authority in Domestic Arbitrations?

By Commentary by John M. Barkett |

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

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

By Commentary by Laura M. Reich |

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

Last Call for Settlement — Appellate Mediation

By Commentary by Mary April |

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

Construction Mediation Presents Unique Challenges and Opportunities

By Commentary by William J. Cea |

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

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Video Hearings Challenged in Mental Health Cases

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

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

Judge Vacates Sanctions Against Boies, Schiller & Flexner Attorney

By Celia Ampel |

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

Vizcayne condo tower, at 253 NE 2nd St.

More Litigation in Store for Vizcayne Condos

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Legal Academia Pioneer M. Minnette Massey Dies at 89

By Meghan Tribe |

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

Cozen O'Connor Doubles Office Size After Acquisition

By Carla Vianna |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Reince Priebus.

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

By Meredith Hobbs |

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

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

All 11 Applicants Get Interviews for Florida Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

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

Glen Waldman, Heller Waldman, Coconut Grove

Fiercely Fought Condo Fight Postponed Until Next Spring

By Carla Vianna |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Former Miami-Dade Judge Joins Bryan Cave

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Carla Vianna |

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

Pam Bondi

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins Trump Transition Team

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

U.S. Attorney General Recognizes South Florida Prosecutors

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Alan Koslow.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

JNC Seeks Applications to Replace 3rd DCA Judge Shepherd

By Staff Report |

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

John Contini.

Broward Judge Contini Gets Reprimand in Ethics Case

By Carla Vianna |

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

Legal and Litigation Departments of the Year

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

Broward County Judge Nina Di Pietro

Some Narrow Victories for Newly Elected South Florida Judges

By Celia Ampel |

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

Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in New York.

How President Trump Could Change the Face of Florida Courts

By Celia Ampel |

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

Miami Voters Authorize Lawsuits Against City

By Carla Vianna |

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

Cassie Sadowitz and Megha Parekh.

Rising Star: Jacksonville Jaguars

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

Outside Counsel Management: Memorial Healthcare System

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

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

Technology: Vertical Bridge Holdings

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

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

In-House Small Department: Moss & Associates

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

Meredith Delcamp and Joshua Smith.

Real Estate: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

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

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

Insurance: Carlton Fields

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

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

Small Litigation Department: Hall, Lamb and Hall

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

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

Labor and Employment: Greenberg Traurig

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

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

Intellectual Property: Akerman

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

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

General Litigation, Large Department: Shutts & Bowen

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

David Johnson, Hildy Sastre and William Geraghty.

Products Liability: Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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

Community Service, Large Department: Marriott Vacations Worldwide

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

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

In-House, Large Department: Interval Leisure Group

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

In-House, Small Department: Main Street America Group

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

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

Stockbroker Pleads Guilty in $131M Securities Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

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