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How he Took Advantage of Little-Used Precedent to win $34M in Divorce

By Celia Ampel |

A former oil executive must pay his ex-wife $34 million for a five-week delay in transferring company stock to her. West Palm attorney Jeff Fisher persuaded a judge to rely on a little-used precedent for damage calculations.

Judge Leslie Rothenberg

Rothenberg to Become 3rd DCA Chief Judge in 2017

By Julie Kay |

Judge Leslie Rothenberg will become chief judge of the Third District Court of Appeal when she succeeds Richard J. Suarez in 2017.

Robert C. Furr

Lawyer Compensation: Billing Rates Remain Firm With Limited Increases

By Story by Mary Welch Research by Richard Hallman Special to the Review |

An overview of law firm compensation may show that a lawyer in South Florida probably has less of a chance at a substantial raise than a fast-food worker.

Lincoln Road

One Day Late on Lincoln Road Rent, and You're Outta Here

By Samantha Joseph |

A South Beach landlord will double its rent after evicting a tenant to make room for Steve Madden's shoes.

4th DCA

4th DCA Affirms $10 Million Award Against Continental Tire

By Samantha Joseph |

Nine days after arguments, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the verdict for a Palm Beach Gardens woman whose car rolled over three times on Interstate 95.

Judge Rosa C. Figarola

Love for the Constitution Empowers Judge Figarola

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rosa Figarola spent 18 years in the public defender's office before being appointed to County Court in 2000 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.

 Gov. Rick Scott

Criticism of Governor Scott's Judicial Appointments Misplaced

By Levi G. Williams Jr. |

Criticism of Gov. Rick Scott for his alleged failure to make diverse appointments to the Miami-Dade bench fails when the full list of appointments is presented, writes attorney Levi G. Williams Jr.

Robert Gilbert

Gilbert Moves to Kopelowitz Ostrow From Grossman Roth

By Julie Kay |

Robert "Bobby" Gilbert, who led Grossman Roth's class action and complex business litigation practice, is joining Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert as a name partner.

Ann and John Bender

Ann Bender's Story has Been Told on CBS and CNN. Carlton Fields Attorneys Win Her Acquittal for Murdering Husband

By Celia Ampel |

Sonia Escobio O'Donnell of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt helped win an acquittal of an American woman accused of murdering her husband in Costa Rica.

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His Son is in Kindergarten, so why is he Suing the School District?

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami attorney Paul Kunz said a lawsuit was the only way he could get his child's kindergarten class down to 18 students.

Why Norman Braman is Giving up on SkyRise Lawsuit

By Celia Ampel |

Auto magnate Norman Braman withdraws as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the city of Miami over a $9 million subsidy for the planned SkyRise tower in downtown Miami.

Michael Higer

Berger Singerman Partner Running for Florida Bar President-Elect

By Julie Kay |

Miami litigator Michael Higer is getting a lot of questions about his view of reciprocity.

Uber iPhone app.

Hearing Officer: Uber Drivers Aren't Employees

By Celia Ampel |

Uber is on the road to defeating a state decision that its drivers should be considered employees, not independent contractors.

Appellate Ruling Protects Buyers of Homes Sold As Is

By Oscar R. Rivera |

A state appeals court rules sellers are obligated to disclose known hidden defects even when houses are sold as it, writes attorney Oscar R. Rivera.

IRS Is Providing More on Account Holders to Foreign Countries

By Eduardo Arista |

The Internal Revenue Service has a deadline this week to deliver more information on foreigners with U.S. bank accounts to their home countries, writes attorney Eduardo Arista.

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Schwartz is all smiles on election night

Suspension Set for Miami-Dade Judge Schwartz

By Celia Ampel |

County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz will be suspended without pay starting Nov. 6 for ethics violations.

Which Will Work? Court Chooses New York Version Over Argentina

By Celia Ampel |

The Third District Court of Appeal calls for better definitions in Florida probate law in a dispute over wills made in New York and Argentina.

Third District Court of Appeal

3rd DCA Slaps State With Fees for 'Deadbeat Dad' Label in Case of Mistaken Identity

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal sides with a man wrongly accused of being a deadbeat dad. The state Revenue Department was off by a middle initial.

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Eight South Florida Attorneys Disciplined for Ethics Violations

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disbarred two South Florida attorneys and imposed lesser punishment on six others.

9th Circuit Rejects Pay for Student-Athletes

By Marisa Kendall |

Judge Jay Bybee's decision says colleges can cover the full cost of attendance, but scraps compensation for use of players' names, images and likenesses.

Chartwell Law Offices to Acquire Florida Boutique

By Gina Passarella |

Chartwell Law Offices is set to acquire the 22-lawyer Florida law firm Wadsworth Huott, bringing Valley Forge-based Chartwell to more than 110 attorneys, including 40 in the Sunshine State. The merger is expected to go into effect Oct. 5.

Florida Plaintiffs Attorneys Oppose Reciprocity

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Justice Association is the latest legal group to come out in opposition to recirprocity proposals by the Florida Bar.

Sharon Bock, Clerk of Courts Palm Beach County

Better Have Patience: Palm Beach Clerk Cutting More Corners After Budget Cut

By Samantha Joseph |

Brace yourself for unpleasant surprises at courthouses in Palm Beach County, with the clerk's office projecting docketing delays of up to eight days.

Michael Schlesinger

Fight Over Big Estate Draws Fire for Running Up Legal Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal rules on a landmark guardianship case involving a doctor and his in-laws, and an estate of $12 million that allegedly has been drawn down to $6 million by legal fees.

Ex-TD Bank Exec Agrees to Plead Guilty in Rothstein Scandal

By Julie Kay |

Former TD Bank executive Frank Spinosa agrees to plead guilty to fraud conspiracy next month for his role in disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein's Ponzi case.

4 Ways Law Firms Can Get in Front of Insider Data Breaches

By Chris DiMarco |

While law firms are taking steps to improve their perception, not focusing on the data breach war at home is a huge misstep.

New State Law on Subpoenas Changes Financial Privacy Framework

By Daniel Stabile and Bryan Wells |

The new law carves out an exception to the general rule that a financial institution is obligated to fully comply with a properly issued subpoena.

Stephen F. Rosenthal

Judge Sends Bucs' Case Over MRSA Infection to State Court

By Celia Ampel |

A former Tampa Bay Buccaneer who claims he contracted a drug-resistant staph infection at the team's training camp wins the right to pursue his claim in state court.

Federico Moreno

Takata Air Bag MDL Judge Denies Stay, Sets Dismissal Hearing

By Julie Kay |

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno won't delay the air bag multidistrict litigation while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration looks into allegations of product defects, deaths and injuries.

Three Lauderdale Lawyers Open Aviation Firm

By Julie Kay |

The lawyers in the niche practice of business aviation have joined forces to open Lapayowker Burgess.

Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of Courts, Miami-Dade County

Clerks' Budget Cuts Extend Into New Budget Year

By Samantha Joseph |

There's no relief in sight for South Florida clerks of court, whose offices face multimillion-dollar budget shortfalls.

Laura M. Watson

Saga Continues: Ex-Judge Watson's Ethics Case Heads Back to Florida Bar for Disciplinary Action

By Julie Kay |

Bounced from the Broward circuit bench by the Florida Supreme Court, Laura Watson now faces Florida Bar disciplinary action that could result in the suspension or loss of her law license.

Chief Justice Ricky Polston at Bar luncheon

Florida Supreme Court Justices Strengthen Waiver Rule in Prenuptials

By Noreen Marcus |

A recent Florida Supreme Court ruling means that prenuptial contracts don’t need to be so carefully worded to include every possible situation.

Three Plaintiffs Attorneys Form Miami Law Firm

By Julie Kay |

Manuel Dobrinsky and Randy Rosenblum left their former firm and joined forces with Miami solo practitioner Dan Dolan to form Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum.

Dewey: 10 Lessons Lost

By Steven J. Harper |

National news organizations began working on stories about the verdicts in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case long before the jury’s deliberations ended. “What are the lessons?”

Miami Mortgage Lender Gets 11 Years for Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

The owner of a Miami mortgage company has been sentenced for running a $64 million mortgage fraud scheme.

Take Down: Attorneys Advising Clients to Clean Up Social Media Pages

By Brian M. Karpf |

A Florida Bar committee offers guidance to attorneys on what clients should do about their embarrassing and unflattering social media posts, writes attorney Brian M. Karpf.

Cornerstone of Justice: 50 Years of Legal Services

Marcia Cypen, executive director of Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc., recognizes 50 years of achievement by the legal aid group.

Five Companies Settle, One Left for Trial in Asbestos Case

By Celia Ampel |

Ford Motor Co., Honeywell International Inc. and three other companies have settled with the estate of a Florida woman who died of mesothelioma after alleged asbestos exposure.

Howard Forman

Contenders to Replace Retiring Broward Clerk Howard Forman Include His Wife

By Julie Kay |

Five candidates have filed to run for Broward clerk of the courts, including the incumbent's wife, the former Broward Democratic Party chair and the Broward public defender's administrator.

Miranda Soto, with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Sabrina Ferris, with Greenberg Traurig, and Alexandria Bach Lagos, honoree, with Shook, Hardy & Bacon. At DBR's 2015 Rising Stars event held at the Rusty Pelican.

After Hours: Rising Stars 2015

The Daily Business Review held its 2015 Rising Stars event at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne.

Alberto Milian being sworn in

Judicial Profile: Early Ordeals Forged Milian's Path to Bench

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Alberto Milian fled Cuba as a child and saw his dad overcome injuries in a bombing that ripped his father's legs off.

Carlisle's Co-Founder Wants Trial on Housing Fraud Charges

By Samantha Joseph |

Carlisle Development co-founder Lloyd Boggio, who is accused of misusing $26 million in federal tax credits and grants, wants his day in court on federal fraud charges.

Courts Weight Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction

By Ronald L. Kammer |

Two federal courts offer guidance on insurance coverage for defective construction claims, writes attorney Ronald L. Kammer.

Alan B. Levan is the former head of BankAtlantic

$5.8 Million in Fraud Penalties Ordered Against BBX, Alan Levan

By Celia Ampel |

BBX Capital and its chairman, Alan Levan, are ordered to pay a combined $5.85 million for fraud as bad loans brought down Fort Lauderdale-based BankAtlantic.

Eight Law Firms to be Honored for Top Litigation Work

By Review staff |

The Daily Business Review will recognize eight law firms in the third annual Litigation Department of the Year Awards at a ceremony Nov. 17 in Miami.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Wants to Ban Nonlawyer Referrals

By Samantha Joseph |

The court rejects a Florida Bar proposal that would have allowed lawyers to accept referrals from agencies not owned by attorneys.

Florida Bar Examiners Oppose Reciprocity

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners and the Palm Beach County Bar Association are the latest groups to come out against allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in the state without passing the bar exam.

Heated Romance Cools Quickly After Sheriff's Office Worker Accuses Sergeant of Giving her Herpes

By Samantha Joseph |

A co-worker sues a Palm Beach Sheriff's Office sergeant she claims infected her with herpes.


'Holy Copyright!' Batmobile Protected Against Replica Seller

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal appeals court has found that two famous versions of the Batmobile were protected under the copyright for the original Batman comic strip held by DC Comics.

George Sigalos

Boca Raton Company Wins Nearly $1 Million from Child Care Franchisee

By Celia Ampel |

A childcare franchisee has appealed a Fort Pierce federal judge's order awarding nearly $1 million to the franchisor, finding that the franchisee was responsible for the failure of a daycare center.

Miami Developer Pleads Guilty in $30 Million Affordable Housing Scam

By Samantha Joseph |

Matthew Greer, former CEO of Carlisle Development Group, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit theft of government money in a fraud involving 10 low-income housing developments.

4th DCA

Gay Student Allowed In-State Tuition After Marrying Florida Resident

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal sides with a gay student seeking in-state tuition based on marriage in Massachusetts to a Florida resident.

Carlos J. Martinez

Bill Would Expand Records Sealing

By Julie Kay |

Florida legislators, state attorneys and public defenders are working to get minor criminal records and juvenile records expunged so people can get jobs and housing.

Robert F. Kohlman

Attorney Seeks to Revive Defamation Suit Against Venezuela Company

By Celia Ampel |

Robert Kohlman wants to revive a defamation suit for his client, who he says was the target of an attempt "to muzzle a free press."

Lauderdale Firm Sues Volkswagen Over Emissions Test

By Celia Ampel |

The Schlesinger Law Firm sues on behalf of a Beetle owner over the growing scandal over emissions software.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff

Bankruptcy Judge Lifts Sanctions Against Duane Morris Partner Lida Rodriguez-Taseff

By Samantha Joseph |

Judge John Olson Tuesday lifts sanctions imposed on Miami attorney Lida Rodriguez-Taseff in a dispute between partners trying to redevelop Plantation's Fashion Mall.

Alex Acosta

FIU Leads State in Bar Passage Rate

By Julie Kay |

Florida International University College of Law has, for the third time, achieved the highest Florida Bar exam passage rate in the state, with a passage rate of 89 percent.

Ted Wells.

Ted Wells on the Other Side of the Microscope. Fired Miami Dolphins Coach Says NFL's Lawyer Defamed Him

By Julie Kay |

Fired Miami Dolphins offensive line coach James Turner blames the attorney commissioned by the NFL to write a report on Miami Dolphins bullying for making him a scapegoat.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

11th Circuit Revives Nursing Interns' Unpaid Wages Claim

By Noreen Marcus |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that claims for unpaid wages could be pursued by students who took part in a 16-month clinical program to work as a registered nurse anesthetist.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

FTC Consent Decrees Are Best Guide to Cybersecurity Policies

By Jon L. Mills and Pedro M. Allende |

The Federal Trade Commission lays out its cybersecurity expectations in consent decrees, attorneys Jon L. Mills and Pedro M. Allende write.

Victoria Mesa-Estrada, Mesa & Coe Law in Lake Worth.

Farmworkers Who Say Bosses Raped Them Get $17M Award

By Celia Ampel |

A federal jury awards damages to five women who said they were raped and sexually harassed by their supervisors at Miami-based Moreno Farms.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Espinosa Dennis, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Debate Teacher Guided Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Espinosa Dennis into Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Espinosa Dennis was on course to be a doctor until a college professor asked her to consider law.


This Florida Supreme Court Ruling is a Setback for Mortgage Lenders in Foreclosure Cases

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Supreme Court rules the Bank of New York Mellon waited too long to challenge a judgment favoring a Hallandale Beach condo association in a foreclosure case.

$17M Awarded in Farm Sexual Harassment Case

By Celia Ampel |

A federal jury awards damages to five women who said they were sexually harassed by their supervisors at Miami-based Moreno Farms.

It's Not Good When Your Accountant Is Not an Accountant

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade Circuit judge entered a $4.9 million default judgment against an imprisoned fraudster who pretended to be an accountant and allegedly stole his clients' tax money.

Crossfit uses a silhouetted athlete doing a headstand on a kettle ball, at right. Nike claims Crossfit ripped off its famous silhouetted “jumping man” image featuring Michael Jordan.

Is This Logo a Rip-Off of Iconic Michael Jordan 'Jumping Man?' Nike Thinks So

By Samantha Joseph |

Lawyers for a West Palm Beach Crossfit gym owner say their client won't be outmuscled by Nike in a trademark dispute over its jumping man image of basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Why It Pays to Know Risks Before Texting Prospective Clients

By George Andrews |

Court rulings call into question the legality of newly approved client solicitation texts by Florida lawyers, writes attorney George Andrews.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Asked to Review Limit on Attorney Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

The court is being asked to decided the constitutionality of a legislative claims bill with a $100,000 cap on legal fees for Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in a medical malpractice case litigated since 1999.

Power Restored at Coral Gables Courthouse

By Celia Ampel |

The Coral Gables Branch Courthouse will reopen Wednesday for normal operations following a power outage.

Ramon A. Abadin

Tampa Forum Taking Lawyers' Opinions Concerning Reciprocity

By Julie Kay |

Florida lawyers will voice their concerns about allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in Florida without passing the bar exam at a Florida Bar forum Friday in Tampa.

Tonya Meister

Doctors With Class: Appeals Court Allows Group Case Against Celebrity Cruises

By Celia Ampel |

A state appeals court sides with doctors suing Celebrity Cruises in a class action over pay.

Skyrise Miami Tower Challenge Killed by Florida Supreme Court

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida Justices refuse to review an activist's challenge to the proposed 1,000-foot observation tower on Biscayne Bay at Bayside Marketplace.

Grab the Drano! New Mortgage Disclosure Rules Could Clog Real Estate Pipeline

By Samantha Joseph |

Some real estate attorneys and brokers fear the new federal mortgage disclosure rules taking effect Oct. 3 could hobble the rebounding housing sector.

Greenberg Traurig

Stiles GC O'Shea Joins Greenberg Traurig

By Julie Kay |

Denny O'Shea, general counsel and former head of development at Stiles Development, is joining Greenberg Traurig as chair of the firm's real estate development and land use practice in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Practical Tips: The Legalities of 'Hiring' Interns

By Larry S. Perlman |

When it comes to unpaid interns, supervisors and co-workers shouldn't treat them the same as employees, says attorney Larry S. Perlman.

Robert Oesterlund and Azadeh Banai

Did Becker & Poliakoff Help Entrepreneur, Going Through Messy Divorce, Hide $400M?

By Julie Kay |

Becker & Poliakoff is accused of helping Robert Oesterlund move assets offshore while he was the target of a state fraud investigation.

Miami-Dade Offers Toll Violation Relief

By Celia Ampel |

Florida drivers who owe for toll violations will be able to have their fines reduced under a new Miami-Dade Circuit Court program.

2015 Rising Stars: Leveraging Their Upbringing

By Noreen Marcus |

The 22 women and 18 men selected as Daily Business Review Rising Stars are mostly civil practitioners and law firm partners who've worked at more than one address since law school. They generally hold leadership or mentoring positions within their firms; if they're government lawyers, they shoulder supervisory duties.

Chubby Checker files trademark law suit over the Knotz, Chubby Checker cufflinks.

An 8-Figure Twist? Chubby Checker Sues Over Cufflinks

By Celia Ampel |

"The Twist" singer Chubby Checker is suing Amazon, Macy's and Nordstrom for allegedly selling cufflinks using his name.

Pope Francis

As Pope Set to Visit, Church Has Boosted Social Work in Cuba

When Pope Francis arrives in Havana on Sept. 19, he'll find his church ministering to more Cubans than at any time since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.

Puerto Rico Is Still in Hot Water With $72 Billion in Debt

By Charles M. Tatelbaum |

A proposal to address Puerto Rico's debt burden lacks one big thing -- authority to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, writes attorney Charles M. Tatelbaum.

Greg Coleman

Florida Considers Automation to Keep Legal Aid Costs Lower

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice will soon roll out its first reforms aimed at reducing inefficiencies and costs of civil litigation.

Jackson Lewis Partner Torres-Diaz Is President-Elect of HNBA

By Julie Kay |

Pedro Jaime Torres-Diaz, managing partner of Jackson Lewis's Puerto Rico office and a shareholder in the firm's Miami office, is president-elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Attorney's 12-Year Custody Case Gets Another New Judge

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Valerie Manno Schurr is the latest in a slew of judges to be bounced off a bitter custody suit involving former Miami attorney Frank Amsalem.

Got $32 Million to Spend? Ex-Foreclosure King David Stern's House Listed

By Samantha Joseph |

Disbarred attorney David Stern assembled three lots in Fort Lauderdale to build a two-wing estate with six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, five fireplaces, a tennis court and a movie theater.

Hunton & Williams Adds Six Associates in Miami

By Julie Kay |

The law firm expands to 31 attorneys in its Miami office, adding two attorneys returning from judicial clerkships.

ABA Seeks En Banc Review of 'Docs Vs. Glocks'

By Noreen Marcus |

The American Bar Association is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to review a panel decision concerning the 2011 law nicknamed "Docs vs. Glocks" that penalizes doctors who discuss firearm safety with patients.

Pro Bono Naturalization Session Set Saturday

By Julie Kay |

The South Florida chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association is holding a pro bono Citizenship Day Workshop in Miami Saturday.

Akerman Donating $1 Million to Foster Youth Nonprofit

By Samantha Joseph |

The law firm's six-year pledge will fund work with foster children and guardian ad litem programs.

Ray Lewis

NFL Players, BB&T Settle Claims Over $53 Million in Lost Deposits

By Celia Ampel |

Six current and former NFL players and BB&T reached a settlement in a suit claiming the bank's predecessor accepted improper documents that cost the players $53 million.

Jeff Feldman

Newly Hired Attorney Facing Trade Secrets Trial Wins Default

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami attorney persuaded a circuit judge to enter default judgment against a man accused of stealing trade secrets from his former employer.

Law Firms Help Clients, but did This One Help it Defraud a Tech Company of $2M?

By Samantha Joseph |

A legal malpractice suit accuses a Fort Lauderdale law firm of helping a client defraud a cleaning technology company of $2 million.

Judge Daryl E. Trawick, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

McDuffie Riots Spurred Judge Trawick to Bench

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Daryl Trawick worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office for nearly eight years before he was appointed to the county court bench.

Facebook Fires Back on Bikini App Suit

By Marisa Kendall |

Facebook Inc. and its lawyers at Perkins Coie are attempting to stamp out a suit that accuses the social networking site of wrongfully blocking an app developer's access to users' photos.

Reciprocity a Bad Idea Without Legitimate Support

By Adam G. Rabinowitz |

Reciprocity is not the cure for what ails our profession, writes Adam G. Rabinowitz of Broad and Cassel.

Jury Awards $8.6 Million in Deaths of Two UM Engineering Students

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade jury awards $8.56 million to the families of the two Chinese students who were killed by a distracted driver while walking across a Pinecrest street.

Jury Awards $8.7M in Fatal School Bus Crash

By Celia Ampel |

Two West Palm Beach attorneys won a the verdict for the family of a boy who was killed in a school bus accident in St. Lucie County.

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Schwartz is all smiles on election night

Tougher Sanctions Issued for Miami-Dade Judge Schwartz's Freakin' Profanity

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Supreme Court orders a suspension, fine and reprimand for Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz for ethics violations.

Drink It Up! Greenspoon Marder Adds Beverage Industry Law Firm

By Julie Kay |

Greernspoon Marder snaps up a four-lawyer alcohol beverage boutique firm and opens a Miami Beach office with the new lawyers.