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Six Carlton Fields Real Estate Lawyers Jump to Duane Morris in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six real estate lawyers have jumped to Duane Morris' rapidly growing Miami office following a down year at Carlton Fields, where real estate was one of the financial bright spots.

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

Bilzin Sumberg's Al Dotson Named DBR Attorney of the Year

By Catherine Wilson |

The Bilzin practice group leader is recognized at the Daily Business Review's Professional Excellence Awards event.

Federal Prosecutor, Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner Found Dead on Beach

By Brian Baxter |

No cause of death has been determined for Beranton Whisenant Jr., a major crimes prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The body of Whisenant, who left Foley & Mansfield for public service in January, was found this week on a beach in Hollywood, Florida.

James L. Ferraro

Q&A: Jim Ferraro Talks His New Book on Groundbreaking Birth Defect Trial

By Celia Ampel |

The book, "Blindsided," is out June 13.

Pro Bono Lawyer Caught in 14 Years of Divorce Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

Elizabeth Goings, the attorney representing former real estate lawyer Frank Amsalem's ex-wife, has been pulled in as a defendant in the former couple's 14-year custody battle.

Pam Bondi

Florida Judge Orders Halt to Alleged Debt Relief Scam

By Celia Ampel |

The defendants allegedly collected millions of dollars.

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New Twist in the Case of Marvel CEO's Secretly Collected DNA

By Celia Ampel |

A Florida attorney will defend himself against the accusation that he participated in fraud by deposing billionaire Ike Perlmutter as a way to collect his DNA.

Neal Roth.

Claims Bill Signed for Barahona Abuse Survivor

By Staff and wire reports |

The governor signs a bill to pay nearly $4 million to a boy and his late twin sister who suffered extreme abuse in their Miami-Dade foster home.

Florida-based Firms Rise and Fall in the 2017 Am Law 200

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two of the four Florida-based Am Law 200 firms moved up in the 2017 rankings, with gross revenue gains.

High Court Ruling May Give Voter Rights Groups a Strong Tool

By Jonathan Drew and Mark Sherman |

The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state.

Real Estate Agent Accused in Killing Prompts New Law

By Seanna Adcox |

People who sell or manage property in South Carolina will have to pass a background check to renew their license under a new law prompted by November's arrest of a real estate agent accused of killing seven people.

Florida Gets Nearly $1M in Target Data Breach Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Target agrees to pay more than $18 milliion nationally for the loss of customer information in a large-scale 2013 data breach.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Justices Reject Florida Appeal Over Death Penalty

The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court ruling that said imposing a death sentence in Florida requires a unanimous jury.

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.

Guardian Wins Breach of Contract Suit in Real Estate Spat

By Samantha Joseph |

An appellate panel sided with a court-appointed guardian who refused to turn over a Miami-Dade parcel designated for student housing.

Juan Azel.

Hunton & Williams Hires Financial and Regulatory Attorney To Boost Its Banking and Compliance Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Hunton & Williams has hired Standard Chartered Bank's former senior legal regulatory counsel Juan Azel to expand its global banking and regulatory compliance practice.

Left to right: Peter Abreu CIO and Jonathan Cohen,  partner and general counsel Shutts & Bowen

Shutts & Bowen's Cybersecurity Plan Protected It From Ransomware Attack

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Shutts has put into place a comprehensive cybersecurity to allay client fears about the confidentiality of their records.

Michael J. Higer, with Berger Singerman.

How Idols of His Youth Fueled Higer, Now Set to Lead the Florida Bar

By Celia Ampel |

Michael Higer knew from the moment he gave up his Batman cape and toy firetrucks that he would be a lawyer.

Daily Business Review's Annual Professional Excellence Awards

We are introducing lifetime achievement honors, distinguished leaders in law, legal departments of the year and litigation departments of the year.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Court Rejects North Florida Slot Machines

By Staff and wire reports |

The Florida Supreme Court rejects slot machines in Gadsden County in a decision hinging on charter-county status.

Porsche Design Tower.

Brazilian Probe Extends to Porsche, Dezer Development

By Carla Vianna |

Porsche and Dezer Development have been drawn into a Brazilian investigation targeting an alleged money laundering scheme led by a contractor building the first Porsche brand condo project in South America.

(l-r) Lawrence Ingram, Jessica Kirkwood Alley, Jason Stearns, and Robert Stines, of Freeborn & Peters

Freeborn & Peters Opens Office in Tampa

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Freeborn & Peters has opened its first Florida office in Tampa with four attorneys from Phelps Dunbar.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

4 Automakers Agree to Pay $553M on Takata Air Bag Claims

By Celia Ampel |

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW agree to the settlement affecting more than 15 million consumers.

Steve Geller.

Supreme Court Holds Cards in Florida Gambling Debate

By Noreen Marcus |

The future of legalized gambling in Florida hinges on a case before the Florida Supreme Court brought by a small-town company near the Georgia border.

 Dennis J. Eisinger.

No Smoking Anywhere: This Attorney Wants Condo Associations to Completely Ban Cigarettes

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney-developer Dennis Eisinger wants to ban tobacco smoking in Florida condominiums.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

Bondi Gets Stay-Away Order Against Personal Stalker

A Tampa judge issued the order after the state attorney general reported two unwanted visits at her house.

Photo enforced sign warning of red light camera in Downtown Miami.

Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Red-Light Camera Programs

By Celia Ampel |

Some Floridians have been seeing red after receiving traffic tickets based on footage reviewed by private companies.

John Raymond of Broad & Cassel.

Broad and Cassel Opens Office in Palm Beach with Former Akerman Partner

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Broad and Cassel has opened an office in the Town of Palm Beach and hired former Akerman partner and veteran estate planning attorney John Raymond as a partner.

Supreme Court Backs Bids to Collect Outdated Debt in Bankruptcy

By Greg Stohr and Dawn McCarty |

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that debt collectors can use bankruptcy proceedings to try to collect liabilities that are so old the statute of limitations has expired.

Ronald P. Weil,

Miami Judge Cracks Down on Billionaire's Son for Skirting Legal Fees

By Celia Ampel |

The son of one of the richest people in the world was held in civil contempt for making no moves to pay his Miami lawyers.

Randall C. Berg Jr.

Randall Berg to Receive Bar Foundation Award

By Catherine Wilson |

The Miami civil rights attorney will be recognized for his pro bono work at the Florida Justice Institute and other organizations he founded.

(l-r) Timothy Gillis, Catrina Markwalter, Sue VanLeeuwen, Jason Campbell, and Morgan Foster, of Shutts & Bowen.

Shutts & Bowen Opens Office in Jacksonville

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

It has absorbed the Jacksonville firm Gillis Way & Campbell.

Jesse Diner of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Competitive Swimmer Wound Up as Florida Bar President

By Carlos Harrison |

Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney partner Jesse Diner has a long memory for broken promises, just ask his college swim coach.

Professional Excellence — On the Rise Awards

The Daily Business Review recognizes 28 up-and-coming legal industry leaders with On the Rise awards.

Kara L. MacCullough of Greenberg Traurig.

Attorney of the Year Finalist — Kara MacCullough

The Greenberg Traurig shareholder served as issuer's counsel on $3 billion in securities offerings in a banner year.

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

Attorney of the Year Finalist — Al Dotson

The Bilzin Sumberg land development and government relations group leader is known for his work on public-private partnerships.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Attorney of the Year Finalist — William Scherer

The Conrad & Scherer co-founder steered parties to a $14 million settlement for the state and other clients after special effects company Digital Domain Florida collapsed in bankruptcy.

Zayn al Abidin Muhammad Husayn, also known as Abu Zubaydah, at the detention center on the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Ex-CIA Captive Wants to Speak at Guantanamo Despite Risk

By Ben Fox |

The first CIA captive subjected to what the U.S. government called "enhanced interrogation techniques" after the Sept. 11 attacks is choosing to testify about conditions inside the Guantanamo Bay detention center even if it could create legal problems for him later.

Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., left, escorts Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown outside the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Jacksonville, Fla.  Brown was found guilty of taking money from a charity that was purported to be giving scholarships to poor students.

Ex-Congresswoman Guilty of Taking Money From Sham Charity

By Jason Dearen |

Former U.S. Rep. Corinne Brown is convicted of pocketing donations to a charity promoted for giving scholarships to poor students.

Hugh Culverhouse Jr. Pledges $1.5M to UF Levin College of Law

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

University of Florida Levin College of Law alumnus Hugh Culverhouse, Jr., has pledged to donate $1.5 million for incoming student scholarships if the school's law community raises an additional $1.5 million by the first day of classes Aug. 14.

Judge Thomas Logue, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

'Lazareth Fracis?' Faulty Summons Botches Foreclosure Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

Here's a cautionary tale about serving court documents: There's probably no one named "Lazareth Fracis."

Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig Accused of Trying to Invalidate the Same Patents It Prosecuted

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former client has sued Greenberg Traurig alleging the firm switched sides and used its knowledge of privileged intellectual property information from previous patent work to attempt to invalidate a patent for a new client's benefit.

John H. Genovese and Robert F. Elgidely.

Regions Bank Must Cough Up Attorney-Client Communications in Check-Kiting Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Bankruptcy trustees in Tampa won an order to obtain Regions Bank documents after the collapse of a 25-state temporary staffing company.

Prominent Real Estate Developer Dodges $423K Fraud Verdict

By Samantha Joseph |

Prominent real estate developer R. Donahue Peebles escaped a $423,100 judgment against him for a real estate broker who claimed he defrauded her of a six-figure commission.

Sanders Donors Press Case Against DNC Over Alleged Clinton Favoritism

By Celia Ampel |

A Fort Lauderdale federal judge has to decide whether the Democratic National Committee can be sued by donors who don't feel it met its promise to be "evenhanded and impartial."

Defendant Alleges Developer Used Prominent Fort Lauderdale Law Firm to Mislead Court

By Samantha Joseph |

A South Florida golf club operator wants sanctions against a Canadian developer who it claims used a high-profile law firm to lie in court about a derailed roughly $6 million land deal for 152 lots in Tamarac.

Federal Jury Clears Levan and BBX on All SEC Claims

By Celia Ampel |

The verdict ends the second trial between the SEC and BBX.

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

Condo Associations Take Note: Lawmakers Move to Criminalize Unethical Behavior

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida lawmakers approved a bill that would criminalize unethical behavior by condominium board members.

Drone Law Practices Taking Off — Again

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Work at drone law practices is shifting as drone-related startups have come of age.

This photo provided by Jake Strang shows tents and a portable toilet set up for attendees for the Fyre Festival, Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Exuma islands, Bahamas. Organizers of the much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel. A statement cited

Class Action Suit Filed Against Ill-Fated Fyre Festival

By Michael Booth |

A putative class action has been filed against the ill-fated Fyre Festival, an event in the Bahamas that was supposed to be an epic mixture of music, entertainment, food and adventure.

SEC and Fort Lauderdale Banker Sling Barbs as Trial Over Bad Loans Closes

By Celia Ampel |

The SEC argued BBX CEO Alan Levan lied, and the defense called the SEC "morally reprehensible."

Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate Settles Suit Over $9.7M Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, JPMorgan Chase Bank and plaintiff Pinwick Realty Partners settle their dispute over a derailed $9.7 million real estate trade involving a Burlington Coat Factory site.

Litigator Trains for Ironman Six Days a Week to Beat His Own Time

By Carla Vianna |

Heath Eskalyo goes by many titles: Lawyer, husband, father and Ironman.

Dadeland Station, 8312 S. Dixie Highway, Miami.

90-Year Lease? Still a Renter, Says Miami Developer Fighting Property Tax Bill

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami developer Dadeland Station Associates Ltd. successfully argued it was still a renter, and therefore not liable for property taxes, on a site where it holds a 90-year lease.

Eric Lundt, left, and Robert Weill, right, of GrayRobinson.

Two Sedgwick Lawyers Move to GrayRobinson, Driven by Commute

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two longtime Sedgwick lawyers started work at GrayRobinson's Fort Lauderdale office this week after tiring of the Miami commute they inherited when Sedgwick closed its Broward office last summer.

Jose Andres Monge Calderon, Fragomen’s associate general counsel for Latin America.

Two Fragomen Employees Accused of Stealing $500,000 from Law Firm 

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Investigation still underway.

Judge William Dimitrouleas

After Supreme Court Win, Miami Has Tough Task in Proving Housing Bias Case by Banks

By Noreen Marcus |

The U.S. Supreme Court allows Miami to pursue damages against Bank of America and Wells Fargo for alleged redlining before the housing crash, but proving it won't be easy.

Letter to the Editor: HOA Turnover Article Mischaracterizes David-and-Goliath Battle

Robinette Signature Homes attorney William Sklar says an article distorted the facts, law and an analogy in a dispute over control of a Plantation homeowner association.

Bankruptcy judge Erik P. Kimball.

Two South Florida Firms Face Allegations of Wrongdoing in Bankruptcy of Property Owners' Group

By Samantha Joseph |

Two South Florida law firms face allegations of professional negligence in their representation of a property association.

Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Photographer: Diego Giudice/Bloomberg News

Justices Side With Venezuela in Dispute Over Seized Oil Rigs

By Sam Hananel |

A unanimous Supreme Court gave the government of Venezuela another chance to fend off a lawsuit alleging the country illegally seized 11 oil drilling rigs from an Oklahoma-based company in 2010.

Rasco Klock to Open Office in New York, Hires Litigation Attorney Read McCaffrey

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Miami firm Rasco Klock Perez & Nieto has hired international arbitor and complex litigation expert Read McCaffrey to head its international litigation group and plans to open a New York office in June.

Miami Beach Attorney Arrested on Stalking and Cyberstalking Charges

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Miami Beach estate planning attorney Grant Griffith Sarbinoff was arrested Tuesday on a variety of charges relating to stalking, cyberstalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend.

Attorney Jose Baez.

Jose Baez: Hernandez Acquittal Burnishes Lawyer’s Reputation

By Denise Lavoie |

During Aaron Hernandez's double murder trial, the former NFL star's lawyer wanted to drive home his point that the prosecution's star witness was a "three-legged pony" whose testimony could not be believed. So he galloped like a horse in front of the jury.

Christopher Riley, CEO and founder of TIKD.

The Ticket Clinic, Ticket-Fighting App Locked in Legal Battle

By Celia Ampel |

A new startup and a 30-year-old law firm are duking it out over business practices.

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

How a Miami Suit Grew So Contentious, No One Knew Who Won

By Samantha Joseph |

It was up to a state appellate court to determine who'd won attorneys' fees in a contentious Miami condo association fight that cycled through three judges and multiple receivers.

Three Florida Firms in Am Law 100 Post Revenue Gains

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The three Florida Am Law 100 firms — Greenberg Traurig, Holland & Knight and Akerman — together last year brought in $126.7 million more,added 138 lawyers and one of them moved up a spot in the rankings.

Years of Upheaval Shaped Jackson Before Business Law Career

By Carlos Harrison |

The Mariel boatlift and the heavy influx of Haitians to South Florida marked Linda Jackson's early years.

Former Circuit Judge Laura M. Watson.

Former Broward Judge Laura Watson Disbarred; Five Attorneys Suspended

By Celia Ampel |

Watson was disbarred for a secret settlement she helped negotiate as an insurance litigator.

Prominent Lawyers Back Prosecutor Over Governor in Death Penalty Decisions

By Noreen Marcus |

Three former U.S. solicitors general, current and former district attorneys and two former American Bar Association presidents have their names on a brief challenging the removal by Gov. Rick Scott.

Former Minor League Pitcher's Suit Revived Against Miami Beach Condo Association

By Samantha Joseph |

Two courts have now weighed in on multiple tort claims arising from a parking dispute involving former minor league pitcher Neiman Nix and a Miami Beach condominium association in a case spotlighting potential legal pitfalls for associations and the tenants who lease from their unit owners.

Eviction notice

Judge Must Pay $5,400 for Helping Owner Evict Tenant

By Associated Press |

A Mississippi judge must pay $5,400 for improperly intervening in a landlord-tenant dispute by encouraging the property owner to seek the maximum penalty and evict a woman whose rent check bounced.

Aram Bloom and Gavin White.

Bloom, White Join Miami Office of Wilson Elser

By Catherine Wilson |

Aram Bloom joins as a partner and Gavin White as of counsel.

Facade of the United States Court House of the Southern District of New York in Lower Manhattan.

Federal Judge Admonishes IP Attorneys in Dismissing Copyright Case

By Celia Ampel |

Miami defense attorneys were thrilled when a copyright infringement case was tossed mid-trial by a furious federal judge.

The Wells Fargo Center at 333 SE Second Ave. in downtown Miami.

Wells Fargo Faces Shareholders, Protesters at Annual Board Meeting

By Ken Sweet |

Even after apologies, Wells Fargo leaders face protests at its first major shareholder meeting since a scandal broke over the creation of unauthorized accounts.

Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-North Fort Myers (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

House Seeks to Make Changes to Florida Forever Program

By Jim Turner |

More money would be set aside for land conservation under a House bill rolled out Monday, with some environmentalists contending the proposal could hinder Senate President Joe Negron's push to speed construction of a water-cleaning reservoir in the Everglades.

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

Miami Attorney Gets $12.6M Payout for USS Cole Bombing Victims

By Celia Ampel |

Andrew C. Hall helped change the law to make it possible to sue a state sponsor of terrorism in U.S. federal court.

240 S.E. 14th St., Miami

Property Owner Fights City of Miami in Quest to Demolish Its Own Building

By Samantha Joseph |

When Miami ordered Babylon International Inc. to repair a run-down building or face its demolition, the property owner took it up on the offer.

The $10 Million World Class Cash game ticket.

Coffey Burlington: The Luckiest Law Firm in Town

By Catherine Wilson |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Bilzin Sumberg Sets Its Own Standard for Success

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Lawmakers Target Local Requirements on Contractors

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, News Service of Florida |

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

Tesla Model X.

Tesla Autopilot, Updates Leave Driving a Challenge for Broward Owner

By Ben Hancock and Catherine Wilson |

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

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

Groups Plead for Nicaraguan Asylum Seeker Not to Be Deported

By Adriana Gomez Licon |

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

Pam Bondi

New Troubles for Embattled Loan Servicer Ocwen

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Cruise Ship Whistleblower Sails Off With Million-Dollar Reward

By Sue Reisinger |

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

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

Both Sides Claim Victory in Wynwood Real Estate Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Court: Immigration Agenda Not Part of Child Dependency Review

By Celia Ampel |

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

Investors, Lenders More Optimistic About Real Estate

By Carla Vianna |

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

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

By Bob Salsberg |

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

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

Prosecutor Takes Anti-Death Penalty Fight to High Court

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Fort Lauderdale Firm Adds a Name Partner, Drops an Ampersand

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Miami- Bruce Jacobs, with Jacobs Keeley, PLLC

HSBC Challenges Foreclosure Dismissal Amid Claims of 'Unclean Hands'

By Samantha Joseph |

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

DLA Piper Advises Putney Capital on Acquisition of Colombian Steel Mill

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Thomas M. Messana

$17.4M Judgment Caps Long-Fought Ponzi Scheme Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

House or Boat? Supreme Court Rejects Floating Home Appeal

By Curt Anderson |

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

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

Junk Faxes Lead to $1.5M Class Action Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

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

Robert Luck.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

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

Triathlete-Lawyer Looks Back on His Path to Law

By Carlos Harrison |

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

Kluger Kaplan Expands into the Midwest With Office in Minneapolis

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Tobacco plantation.

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Pay $35 Million

By News Service of Florida |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Jason Dimitris Elevated to Miami-Dade Circuit Bench

By Celia Ampel |

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

Thomas Julin of Gunster in Miami.

Former Norwegian CEO Sues Cruise Line for Defamation — Again

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Shutts Partner Nordby Named Governor's GC

By Staff report |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Meredith Hobbs |

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

University of Miami School of Law.

UM, FIU Lead Florida in Bar Exam Passage Rates

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.

Good News For Lenders Overcoming Hearsay Objections

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Pam Bondi

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

By Gary Fineout |

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

Nominees Announced for Broward Judgeship

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Constitution Revision Commission Hears Its Constituents' Concerns

By Celia Ampel |

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

Question of Insurer's Duty Hinges on Dictionary Definition

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

State Tobacco Litigation Not Subject to Federal Preemption

By Celia Ampel |

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

John Ruiz, left, and Frank Quesada, right.

How a Miami Law Firm Plans to Recover Billions for Medicare

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

It's Boies vs. Dershowitz in Fourth District Appeal

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Mar-a-Lago.

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

By Julie Bykowicz and Terry Spencer |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

General Contractor Moss Gives $10 Million to FIU

By Carla Vianna |

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

Judge 'Incorrect On All Counts' in Foreclosure Case

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Cleary Advises on Latin America Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Sharon Bock, Clerk of Courts Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Clerk's Office Gets Financial Literacy Award

By Staff report |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Greenspoon Marder Expands in San Diego With IP Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Angel A. Cortinas of Gunster.

Son of Political Prisoner, Factory Worker Soars to Legal Heights

By Carlos Harrison |

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

5 South Florida Attorneys Disciplined by Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

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

David Silver, left, and Steven Katz

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Delray Beach Law Firm Dissolved

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

South Florida Man Sentenced in Real Estate ID Theft Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Alex Rodriguez.

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Donald Trump.

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

By Curt Anderson |

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

Nicole Rekant

Businesses Seek $35M Property Tax Exemption from Miami

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Porter Wright Sued for Legal Malpractice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Alex Acosta

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

By Laurie Kellman |

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

Florida House Approves Judicial Term Limits

By Brandon Larrabee |

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

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

OMG! Lawyers Suing Buzzfeed Get Creative With Clickbait Court Filing

By Celia Ampel and Amanda Bronstad |

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

Judge William Haury

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Miami.

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Florida East Coast Railway.

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

By Associated Press |

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

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala

Judge Backs Governor's Removal of Prosecutor

By Dara Kam |

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

Fourth DCA Chief Judge Cory Ciklin.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Liar Loans? SEC Charges Banker Misled Investors Before Housing Crash

By Celia Ampel |

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

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Scott Takes Aim At Corcoran Over Legal Work

By Jim Turner |

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

State Rep. George Moraitis

PIP Repeal Starts Moving Again In House

By Jim Saunders |

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

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute

By Sam Hananel |

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

DBR Recognizes Top Law Firm Litigation Departments

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

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

Florida Supreme Court May Give Clarity on Municipal Liens After Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Dale Noll, with Akerman, Miami

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Undone: DBR Investigates Circuit Judge Reversals Before The Fourth DCA

By Samantha Joseph |

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

DBR Recognizes 6 Legal Departments With Professional Excellence Awards

By Staff report |

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

The Dissenters: Fourth DCA Judges Who Stood Alone in 2016

By Samantha Joseph |

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

The Most Reversed Judge Before the Fourth DCA May Surprise You

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Trumps Plot Big Hotel Expansion, But Political Problems Loom

By Bernard Condon and David Koenig |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Three Attorneys to Receive DBR Lifetime Achievement Awards

By Staff report |

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

Cozen Hires White & Case Litigators as Miami Growth Continues

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Seminole Beef With Retail Tenant Goes to Mediation

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Banker Facing Retrial Accuses SEC of 'Intellectual Dishonesty'

By Celia Ampel |

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

Michelle Suskauer Wins Florida Bar Presidency

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Enters Sanctuary Battle on Immigration Cooperation

By Noreen Marcus |

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

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

Accelerated Executions: Arkansas Plans 8 Over 10-Day Period

By Andrew DeMillo |

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

Barbara J. Jordan, Miami-Dade County Commissioner.

Builders: New Miami-Dade Workforce Housing Program Needs Work

By Catherine Wilson |

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

Israel Practice Leader Moves to Holland & Knight from Greenberg Traurig

By Staff report |

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

Alex D. Zylberglait

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

By Carla Vianna |

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

Miami Developer in Hot Seat Over Low-Income Housing Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

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

State Farm

Appeals Court Backs State Farm Florida on Policy Information

By Jim Saunders |

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

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.

Fourth DCA Ruling Clarifies Statutes for Foreclosing on Municipal Liens

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Glen Waldman and Dan Heller

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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