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Florida Supreme Court Overturns Abortion Limit at Clinic

By Mike Schneider |

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

Judge Spencer Levine

Timing of Asbestos Injury Key for Court in Denying Widow Damages

By Celia Ampel |

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

Todd Ehrenreich (left) and Seth Alhadeff

Lewis Brisbois Adds Five Lawyers in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Justices Turn Down FPL in Power Line Dispute

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

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

Bill Would Lower Fire Prevention Costs for Condo Associations

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn of Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn: Attorney to Educator and Back Again

By Celia Ampel |

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

Appeals Court Tosses Out Major Tobacco Verdict

By News Service of Florida |

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

IP Lawyer Matthew Nelles Jumps to Berger Singerman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Robert Jarvis, left, and Philip Padovano, right.

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

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Harper Meyer Co-Founder George Harper Dies at 74

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

George Harper co-founded his firm in 2002.

Bertila Soto

Miami-Dade Circuit Chief Re-Elected

By Celia Ampel |

Circuit Judge Bertila Soto ran unopposed for a third term.

Judge OKs $1.35M Consent Judgment in Robocall Case

By Celia Ampel |

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

Fannie Mae Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dual Foreclosures Put Spotlight on Dangers of Investment

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Foley & Lardner office in Miami.

Foley & Lardner Hires Former Florida Chief Information Officer in Tallahassee

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Downtown Miami skyline.

Federal Luxury Real Estate Deal Oversight on Verge of Expiration

By Carla Vianna |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Holland & Knight Sees Strong Growth in Revenue and Income

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Bryan Avila.

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

By Jim Turner |

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

R. Alexander Acosta.

Five Things You Should Know About Alexander Acosta

By Karen Sloan |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Alex Acosta

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

By Melanie Waddell |

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

Alex Acosta

FIU Law Dean Acosta Tapped to Run US Labor Department

By Staff report |

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

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

Becker & Poliakoff Acquires Litigation Firm Polenberg Cooper

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Dissatisfied House Panel Takes Aim at North Florida Judge

By Dara Kam |

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

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

Ferrer Leaving as South Florida US Attorney

By Celia Ampel |

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

Commercial Litigator Tapped for Seat on Palm Beach Circuit Bench

By Celia Ampel |

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

Apalachicola River

Legal Careers and Billable Hours Flow From Water Wars

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

Tareck El Aissami. Carlos Becerra/ Bloomberg

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

By Joshua Goodman and Josh Lederman |

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

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

Injured Drivers Sue Florida DOT Over Express Lane Dividers

By Celia Ampel |

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

Shutts & Bowen's Revenue and Income Up in 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Medical marijuana

State Officials, Voters Clash Over Medical Marijuana Rules

By Joe Reedy |

Three months after Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment on medical marijuana, state health officials and prospective pot-seeking patients are at odds over proposed rules that would spell out who could get marijuana.

Verdict for Family of Subway Co-Founder Ends Long-Fought Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

The family of Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca won more than $10 million in damages after nearly a decade of litigation over a failed real estate project.

Judge Robert Lee.

Court Frowns on Contractor's Mediation Stand-In

By Samantha Joseph |

A Jupiter general contractor allegedly sent his father's caregiver to attend mediation on his behalf in a construction defect case.

Richard Lara of Spanish Broadcasting System Inc.

'Stars Aligned' for New General Counsel at Spanish Broadcasting

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A trial victory led to a meeting with the chairman of Miami-based Spanish broadcasting system and Richard Lara's appointment as the company's general counsel.

Mossack-Fonseca law firm’s website

Panama Pursues Law Firm Connected to Brazilian Bribery Case

By Associated Press |

Panama's Attorney General's Office ordered a search of offices belonging to a law firm it accuses of setting up offshore accounts that allowed a Brazilian construction company to funnel bribes to various countries.

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

17 Indicted in Florida Condo Mortgage Scam

By Samantha Joseph |

Prosecutors indicted 16 South Floridians among 17 people accused of operating a vertically integrated mortgage fraud.

Meet the Attorney Who Wrote the Book on Construction Law. Literally.

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney Steven M. Siegfried has a reputation for mentoring lawyers and advancing the practice of construction law.

Mitchell Berger of Berger Singerman.

Nova Southeastern's Law School to Open Legal Clinic Focusing on IP and Corporate Law

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Nova Southeastern University will open a legal clinic for nonprofits, students and entrepreneurs, thanks to a donation by Berger Singerman founder Mitchell W. Berger and his wife.

Robert Luck.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Named to Third DCA

By Celia Ampel |

Gov. Rick Scott elevated Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Robert Luck, 37, to the Third District Court of Appeal.

Florida Justices Object to Video Hearing in 'Baker Act' Cases

By Jim Saunders |

A skeptical Florida Supreme Court has moved to at least temporarily block Lee County judges from holding videoconference hearings in cases about whether mentally ill people should be involuntarily committed to treatment facilities.

Committee's Tie Vote Gives Green Light to Red-Light Cameras

By Lloyd Dunkelberger |

The annual effort to ban red-light cameras in Florida crashed when the Senate Transportation Committee rejected the idea in a tie vote.

Greenspoon Marder's Growth Surge Extended Into 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenspoon Marder's net income shot up 42.3 percent in 2016 and gross revenues increased 17.2 percent as the firm expands in both corporate work and in the national legalized marijuana sphere.

Genovese Joblove Hires Maxine Streeter

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Maxine K. Streeter, a former senior litigator for the Office of the Florida Attorney General, has joined Genovese Joblove & Battista as it prepares for three trials.

David Boies of Boies Schiller & Flexner.

Boies Schiller Files Suits Against Backpage.com for Aiding Child Sex Traffickers

By Celia Ampel |

Legal giant David Boies is going after Backpage.com for its alleged involvement in child sex trafficking.

Court Questions Student ‘Opt Out’ Arguments

By Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida |

An appeals court sounded skeptical of a Leon County judge's ruling that the state and the Hernando County School Board erred in their approach to students who "opted out" of a state standardized test.

Pulse Nightclub memorial in Orlando, Florida. August 9th 2016.

Some Patrons of Nightclub Massacre Upset at Not Getting Funds

By Mike Schneider |

Some Pulse nightclub patrons are upset that they aren't receiving money from a $29.5 million victims' compensation fund since they were outside the club when the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history began, newly released emails show.

Rep. W. Gregory Steube, R-Sarasota.

Public Records Fee Fight Re-emerges in State Senate

By Jim Saunders |

State Sen. Greg Steube filed a similar bill last year when he was a member of the state House, but versions of the bill died in both houses.

Judge Linda Ann Wells, Third District Court of Appeal.

Third DCA Judge to Retire Next Month

By Celia Ampel |

Third District Court of Appeal Judge Linda Ann Wells will retire March 31.

Bakehouse Brasserie, 808 First St., Miami Beach.

Late-Night Motion Marks Crescendo in Discord Over Miami Beach Noise Ordinance

By Samantha Joseph |

Residents of a high-end Miami Beach community filed a 1 a.m. motion to intervene in litigation on the city's behalf, reframing a business owner's constitutional challenge into a zoning matter.

Work Expands for Florida Law Firms on Medical Marijuana Bandwagon

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Big law is interested in Florida's medical marijuana industry as a new source of business.

Marcos Jimenez, with McDermott Will & Emery

White-Collar Crime May Shift to DOJ's Back Burner Under Trump, ABA Panelists Say

By Celia Ampel |

Criminal law experts foresee shifts in the Department of Justice's enforcement priorities during the Trump administration.

Akerman Partner to Lead Florida Bar Young Lawyers

By Staff report |

Jacksonville litigator Christian George has been elected to take over the young lawyers division in June 2018.

Judge John Patrick Contini

Judge Contini Gets Public Scolding From Justices

By Celia Ampel |

Broward Circuit Judge John Contini was publicly reprimanded Tuesday for actions he admitted "personified incivility."

Holland & Knight Hires New Partner

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Javier Fernandez, a former policy aide and later chief of staff to former City of Miami Mayor Manuel A. Diaz, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm's South Florida government advocacy and development group.

R. Fred Lewis

Subpoena Power of Miami Police Probe Panel Faces Challenge

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court hears arguments about whether a Miami civilian police review board should be stripped of subpoena powers.

American Bar Association President Linda Klein at the ABA midyear meeting at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

ABA President Rails Against Trump Tweets Attacking Judge Who Blocked Ban

By Celia Ampel |

American Bar Association President Linda Klein had strong words Monday for President Donald Trump.

Roberto Martinez.

Coral Gables Lawyer to Serve on Constitutional Revision Commission

By Celia Ampel |

Coral Gables attorney Bob Martinez was among three lawyers selected Monday for the Constitution Revision Commission.

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

Appeals Court Reverses Self in Real Estate Case That Spawned 8 Amicus Briefs

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court reversed itself on the application of Florida's lis pendens statute after a rehearing supported by several amicus briefs.

Real Estate Partner Stresses Value of Networking, On-Time Performance

By Carla Vianna |

Lori Hartglass, an equity partner with Arnstein & Lehr, dove deep into the community to establish her client roster, including the company planning to build the largest mall in America.

Judges Pin Down Plan for State Courts to Save Civil Litigation Time, Cost

By Celia Ampel |

State courts are overloaded with small contract cases filed by debt collectors and landlords — but change is possible, according to a recent study.

Christopher Jarvinen, left, and Joshua Dobin, right.

'It Really Worked': Opposing Firms Join Forces to Save a Business From Bankruptcy

By Samantha Joseph |

Berger Singerman partner Christopher Jarvinen and Meland Russin & Budwick partner Joshua Dobin helped a Florida shoe chain reorganize in bankruptcy as several retailers folded.

Former SCOTUS Nominee: 'Brutal' Media Coverage Can Deter Good Judge Candidates

By Celia Ampel |

Former U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers and other courtwatchers gave their perspective on the nomination and confirmation process.

50 Cent

50 Cent Goes After Reed Smith for $35 Million in Sex Tape Trial Loss

By Robert Storace |

The rap star is suing his former law firm over a $7 million loss to a Miami legal team representing a Pembroke Pines woman.

Shutts & Bowen Poaches Real Estate Partner from Jones Day

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A Jones Day partner and former national co-chairman of Akerman's Latin America and Caribbean practice has joined Shutts & Bowen as a partner in its real estate practice group.

Foreclosure Attorney's Suit to Boot Dem. Party Leader Can Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

Foreclosure defense attorney Bruce Jacobs is taking on a new role in a Miami-Dade courtroom: political maneuverer.

GrayRobinson Revenue Up 3.4 Percent, PPP Down 2.2 Percent

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Florida law firm GrayRobinson added seven partners and saw total revenue increase by 3.4 percent in 2016.

Bar Leaders Promote Economic Impact of Civil Legal Aid

By Celia Ampel |

A Florida Bar Foundation study shows civil legal services provide $7 in economic impact for every dollar in funding.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

New Trial Order for Lawyer Convicted in Gambling Ring

A new trial order stands after the Florida Supreme Court refuses to hear a state appeal against an attorney whose case helped bring down a state lieutenant governor.

Roberto Martinez.

Ex-US Prosecutors Protest Immigration Ban as Unlawful

By Samantha Joseph |

Dozens of former prosecutors in South Florida write an open letter opposing President Donald Trump's immigration executive order.

Moderator Harvey Sepler (left) listens to former federal appellate judge Timothy Lewis during a panel discussion at the University of Miami School of Law.

Legal Experts See New Precedent in Trump's SCOTUS Approach

By Celia Ampel |

Legal experts worry about the precedent being set by the politically contentious process to fill the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Jack Tuter.

New Chief Judge Tuter Elected in Broward

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward judges Wednesday elected Jack Tuter as the next chief judge, effective July 1, according to the court administrator's office.

Barbara J. Pariente

Florida Justices Rule Medical Documents Must Be Disclosed

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

In a ruling that could have implications for medical malpractice cases across the state, the Florida Supreme Court said a Jacksonville hospital system was required to provide records to a patient's family because of a 2004 constitutional amendment.

Judge Thomas Logue, Third District Court of Appeal.

Appeals Court: Uber Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees

By Celia Ampel |

The Third District Court of Appeal rejects the employment question on a request for unemployment benefits.

Donald Trump.

Judge Rules Trump Organization-Owned Golf Club Breached Contract

By Samantha Joseph |

A Florida golf club linked to President Donald Trump must pay $5.7 million to patrons who wanted their membership dues refunded.

Fourth DCA Judge Melanie May.

Appeals Court Sides With Woman Serving Lengthy Sentence for Hitman Plot

By Samantha Joseph |

Theresa Batson wanted it done correctly so she did it herself, appearing pro se on appeal and blaming ineffective counsel for her sentence in a murder-for-hire case.

Judge Neil Gorsuch shakes hands with President Donald Trump as he is announced as Trump's choice for Supreme Court Justice during a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Gorsuch, Drawing Scalia Comparisons, Comes Under Microscope

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch triggered a range of responses across the legal and political spectrum Tuesday as lawyers and advocacy groups touted—and criticized—his positions on regulatory matters and civil rights.

Carlton Fields Faces Lawsuit Over Failed Lauderdale Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

The law firm and two shareholders are being sued by a former client after a $25 million land deal collapsed.

Christian Searcy.

Legislative Attorney Fee Cap in Claims Bill Struck Down

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court rules attorney fees may not be limited by a claims bill if the limitation impairs the contract between the law firm and client.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Four South Florida Lawyers Disciplined by Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplines four Broward County attorneys.

People demonstrate against President Trumps's new immmigration policy at Miami International Airport Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Trump’s immigration order sowed more confusion and outrage across the country Sunday, with travelers detained at airports, panicked families searching for relatives and protesters registering their opposition to the sweeping measure.

Traveler Detentions and Court Clogs Flow From Trump Immigration Order

By Samantha Joseph, Celia Ampel and Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Attorneys respond to calls from travelers who were held up trying to return to the United States after President Donald Trump orders a crackdown on immigrants.

John Gillespie of San Sebastian Catholic Church in St. Augustine, Fla., reads a letter written by his slain colleague, Father Rene Robert, on Dec. 15, 2016. Last summer, after a multi-state manhunt that started in Florida and stretched to South Carolina, police arrested Steven Murray in connection with the 71-year-old Robert's killing. Murray led authorities into the Georgia woods, where Robert's body lay. Police said Murray had asked Father Rene for a ride, then kidnapped and fatally shot him. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty, a decision that Catholic officials from Georgia and Florida plan to protest on the courthouse steps.

Plea in Murder Case From Unlikely Spot: the Victim, a Priest

By Kate Brumback And Jason Dearen |

The Rev. Rene Robert devoted his life to helping society's most troubled, working with drug addicts and criminals and even signing a "Declaration of Life" that called for his killer to be spared execution in the event of his murder.

Shopping cart in a grocery store.

State Lawmakers Look at Tearing Down 'Liquor Wall'

By Jim Turner |

A measure that would allow Floridians to mix vodka and veggies in their shopping carts, something prohibited for more than eight decades, sailed through a Senate committee.

Divided Supreme Court Backs Insurer on 'PIP' Medical Fees

By Jim Saunders |

In a defeat for medical providers, a divided Florida Supreme Court sided with Allstate Insurance Co. in a dispute about fees paid to care for auto-accident victims.

Hector Velasco Perroni, Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office as senior counsel

Greenberg Traurig Environmental Law Expert in Mexico Joins Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The senior associate who was at the head of Greenberg Traurig's Mexico City office's environmental practice has moved to Holland & Knight to begin the environmental practice there.

New Report Highlights Special Interest Pressure on Florida Judiciary

By Samantha Joseph |

A new report issued Thursday by the Florida Access to Justice Project spotlights a flood of special interest money and lack of diversity in the state court system.

Stephen Zack Gets ABA Excellence Award

By Karen Sloan |

The Boies Schiller Flexner partner receives the award at the American Bar Association's midyear meeting next month.

Cleary Gottlieb Advises on Recent Latin America-Related Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Within the last month and a half, Cleary Gottlieb has represented parties in $3 billion in M&As and $5 billion in securities offerings.

Attorney Twice Held at Gunpoint Now Helps Nonprofits

By Samantha Joseph |

An attorney held at gunpoint now helps nonprofits.

Eliquis.

Defendants in Litigation Over Drug Push for MDL Consolidation in New York

By Celia Ampel |

Federal court claims of uncontrollable bleeding caused by the blood thinner Eliquis are headed toward consolidation — but a panel must choose whether the case will be heard in New York.

Attorneys Fees Mounting in $21M Broward Citrus Standoff

By Samantha Joseph |

Can the legislature prevent judicial enforcement of the Constitution? That's the question at the center of Florida's long-running citrus canker dispute.

Proposal Could Resolve Key Florida Death Penalty Issue

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

Lawmakers are inching toward getting Florida's death penalty back on the books after a series of court rulings left the state without a way to condemn to death defendants convicted of capital crimes.

Alice Sum, Stephanie Chaissan and Ronald Rosengarten.

Judicial Switch-Up Prompts Appeal in Dismissed $10M Condo Hotel Case

By Celia Ampel |

A lawsuit filed by unit owners of a condo hotel over fees for renovations was dismissed by a judge who came into the case just before trial.

Judge Carole Taylor

Fourth DCA OKs Legal Malpractice Case Against Foreclosure Attorney, Firms

By Samantha Joseph |

A legal malpractice suit against foreclosure defense attorney Robert Lithman and two associated firms has new life after the Fourth District Court of Appeal allowed one of the plaintiffs to move forward with the litigation.

Real Estate broker Edie Laquer

Miami Legal Services Gets $1 Million Gift From Edie Laquer

By Carla Vianna |

Edie Laquer's $1 million donation to Legal Services of Greater Miami will ensure representation for more of the community's women and children.

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

Senior Appellate Judge Rails Against 'Chevron' Deference

By Celia Ampel |

A Florida appellate judge who just reached retirement age took an opportunity Wednesday to rail against courts' deference to administrative agency decisions.

LeClairRyan Opens Office in Boca Raton

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

LeClairRyan has opened an office in Boca Raton and plans to expand the office within the next year to include several more attorneys.

 Michael Genden.

Retired Miami-Dade Judge Joins Firm as Mediator

By Celia Ampel |

Recently retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Genden is taking on a new role as a mediator.

E. Cole FitzGerald III, left, and James A. Burnham, right, of FitzGerald Mayans & Cook.

Real Estate Agent's Lawsuit Revived on Industry Definition

By Samantha Joseph |

An industry nuance tipped the scales for a real estate agent looking to collect an $80,000 sales commission.

Northbridge Centre, 515 N Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

Lytal Reiter Renews Lease at Northbridge Centre

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

West Palm Beach law firm Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has signed a long-term renewal of its existing space at Northbridge Centre, a lease valued at more than $5 million.

George Karavetsos, litigation practice partner in the DLA Piper Miami office.

Ex-FDA Director of Criminal Investigations Joins DLA Piper as New Partner in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper has hired George Karavetsos, the former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations, as a partner in its Miami office.

Deutsche Bank

Broward Attorney Accuses Deutsche Bank of Purloining Jewish Assets

By Samantha Joseph |

Dania Beach attorney Yechezkel "Chezky" Rodal is following a paper trail to Nazi Germany in a $3 billion suit against Deutsche Bank.

Lea P. Valdivia and Ricardo M. Martinez-Cid of Podhurst Orseck

Podhurst Orseck Secures $10.6M Settlement in Cycling Accident

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorneys obtained the presuit settlement for a scientist and financial adviser who was hit by a car while cycling.

Ryan Roman, partner with Akerman.

Shellfish and Securities a Winning Recipe for Miami Attorney

By Celia Ampel |

One Akerman partner has a lot on his plate: He co-owns two Miami oyster bars while running a complex commercial litigation practice.

Carlos F. Gonzalez and Ignacio Alvarez of Rimon Law.

Rimon Law Opens Office in Miami With Addition of Florida Partners

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The two name partners of Alvarez Gonzalez, a year-old international litigation and white collar defense law firm, have joined Rimon Law to establish the national firm's Miami practice.

'Not Concerned with Press:' Saxena White Quietly Wins Big

By Samantha Joseph |

Its cases draw broad media coverage, but Boca Raton-based Saxena White prefers to stay out of the spotlight.

Pam Bondi

Tobacco Companies Face Enforcement Action Over Unpaid Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an enforcement action against two tobacco companies that have allegedly failed to pay millions of dollars required by a 1997 settlement.

Roberta Stanley of Brinkley Morgan

Brinkley Morgan Names Woman Managing Partner

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Brinkley Morgan marital and family law attorney Roberta G. Stanley has secured a title that has remained elusive for women at many established law firms: managing partner.

Eleventh Circuit Nixes Fraudster's Sentence, but Bolsters Prosecutors' Case

By Samantha Joseph |

A ruling for from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provides new guidance for handling circumstantial evidence in securities fraud cases.

Ringling Brothers Circus.

Ringling Bros. Demise Gives Final Chapter to Long-Fought Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys reflect on the court battles that played a role in ending the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Bernstein Osberg-Braun Name Partner Jumps to Arnstein & Lehr with Practice Group

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The employment-based-immigration practice — and one of the founding partners — of Miami immigration firm Bernstein Osberg-Braun has moved to Arnstein & Lehr to expand that firm's EB-5 practice.

JPMorgan Settles Mortgage Discrimination Lawsuit

By Ken Sweet and Larry Neumeister Associated Press |

JPMorgan Chase will pay $55 million to settle federal charges that independent brokers working for the bank discriminated against minorities seeking home mortgages during the housing crisis.

Boca Raton Firm Named Co-Lead Counsel on Wells Fargo Shareholder Class Action

By Ben Hancock |

Saxena White is helping lead securities cases filed after the disclosure that bank employees created 2 million unauthorized accounts to meet goals.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Justices Turn Down School Voucher Challenge

By News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court rejects a constitutional challenge to a law paying for thousands of low-income students to attend private schools.

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

Shutts & Bowen Reports Record Growth in 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Florida law firm Shutts & Bowen reported $69.25 million in total profits in fiscal year 2016, a record 11 percent increase, and is considering opening an eighth office in Jacksonville.

Judge Waxes Cosmetic in Nixing Kardashian Sisters' Arbitration Bid

By Celia Ampel |

The Kardashian sisters lost an appeal Wednesday that a punny federal circuit judge powdered with makeup puns.

Effie D. Silva.

Effie Silva Joins Duane Morris From McDermott Will

By Staff report |

The commercial litigator and arbitration attorney has been recognized for pro bono work on behalf of children.

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

Indian Creek Country Club Prevails in Appeal Over Municipal Taxes

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court ruled in favor of an exclusive country club on a private island in a tax fight with the island village's government.

Marlon A. Hill, partner, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel.

Grant to Miami Firm Will Fund Legal Program at Middle School

By Celia Ampel |

Miami law firm Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel won a $100,000 grant to build a mock courtroom and develop a law curriculum at Brownsville Middle School.

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.

Reciprocity, Voted Down, Still a Factor in Race for Florida Bar President

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Bar presidential candidates Lanse Scriven and Michelle Suskauer outline the differences in their priorities and experiences.

Ron Lowy of Lowy & Cook.

Sax at Jazz Brunch in Upscale Miami Beach Neighborhood Sparks Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

Litigation is brewing between a Miami Beach cafe and the city over a noise ordinance injunction.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.