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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.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Hancock of K&L Gates.

Attorney's Toledo Homecoming Repeatedly Delayed — by Major Events

By Carlos Harrison |

Paul Hancock finally made it home to Ohio, but only after extended career detours in Washington and Florida.

Appellate Court Allows Foreclosure of Equitable Lien on Homestead

By Samantha Joseph |

The issue of foreclosing on equitable liens on homesteads to prevent unjust enrichment takes center stage in a case of siblings battling over their dead parents' real estate.

Christopher Riley, CEO and founder of TIKD.

Who You Gonna Call? Developer Hopes It's TIKD Traffic Ticket App

By Celia Ampel |

An app that promises quick and hassle-free traffic ticket defense is getting South Florida ticket lawyers talking.

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Barbara McCarthy

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Jeffrey R. Levenson

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Timothy Bailey

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge John J. Murphy III

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge William L. Roby

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Matthew I. Destry

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Michael L. Gates

By Samantha Joseph |

Fourth DCA Reversals of Judge Joel T. Lazarus

By Samantha Joseph |
ExxonMobil world headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Exxon Mobil Lawyers Ask Court to Enforce $188M Venezuela Award

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Exxon Mobil asked for a judge to order Venezuela to pay the more than $188.3 million the company says it is still owed related to the 2007 expropriation of the company's oil assets, after a tribunal recently annulled most of $1.4 billion award.

The Arte by Antonio Citterio condominium tower is planned for an oceanfront lot at 8955 Collins Ave., in between the two towers pictured.

Bank Leumi Lends $90M for Surfside Oceanfront Condo

By Carla Vianna |

An ultra-luxury condominium tower in Surfside lands a $90 million construction loan with help from Hunton & Williams.

Dexter W. Lehtinen.

Palmetto Bay School Loses Expansion Appeal

By Staff report |

The Third District Court of Appeal rejects a constitutional challenge to Palmetto Bay's charter in a growth dispute with the private Alexeander School.

DBR Announces Three Finalists for Attorney of the Year

By Staff report |

Three industry veterans from different fields of law are in the running for the Daily Business Review's Attorney of the Year award to be presented May 24.

House Subcommittee Keeps Chipping Away at 'Liquor Wall'

By Jim Turner |

A heavily lobbied measure intended to knock down a decades-old prohibition on selling liquor in grocery and large retail stores narrowly continued to advance in the House.

Judgment Against Mortgage Company for Defrauding Clients Overturned

By Samantha Joseph |

An $8.3 million judgment against Margate-based mortgage company Outreach Housing LLC for allegedly defrauding clients facing foreclosure after the housing market collapse has been overturned.

Julianna Thomas McCabe of Carlton Fields.

Class Action Spending on the Rise, Survey Says

By Celia Ampel |

Companies are changing their class action defense strategies as the cases they face become riskier.

UF Law School Leaps to No. 41 in U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

How did Florida law schools fare in U.S. News' annual rankings?

DBR Recognizes Young Lawyers On the Rise

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review is recognizing 20 young lawyers at its annual Professional Excellence awards event.

Stuart N. Ratzan and Stuart J. Weissman of the Ratzan Law Group.

Florida Lawyers Win $46.5M Verdict for Baby's Bilirubin Brain Damage

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida attorneys won a $46.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case.

Under Radar, Florida spent $240M on Lawyers

By Gary Fineout |

Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Denise Kelly Johnson, Chief of Child Support Enforcement Division for State Attorney's Office, Dies at 61

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Longtime State Attorney's Office Child Support Enforcement Division Chief Denise Kelly Johnson died Friday, two weeks after suffering a stroke as she and co-workers prepared to leave the office to attend their scheduled investiture.

Florida State Capitol.

Tell Us Why You Haven’t Ruled, Florida House Tells Court

By Associated Press |

The Florida Supreme Court would be forced to explain to the governor, attorney general and legislative leaders why it's taking so long to rule on certain cases under a bill approved by the Florida House.

DBR Recognizes Distinguished Leaders in Law

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review is honoring distinguished leaders in law at its annual Professional Excellence awards event May 24 at the Rusty Pelican in Miami.

Florida Judge Denies ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense in Shooting

By Tamara Lush |

A Florida judge on Friday denied a "stand your ground" defense for a retired Florida police officer who fatally shot a man in a movie theater over texting, which means the 74-year-old could stand trial on second-degree murder charges.

Jaret Davis and Yosbel Ibarra.

Greenberg Traurig Names New Co-Managing Shareholder in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Yosbel Ibarra, co-chairman of the Latin American and Iberian practice at Greenberg Traurig, has been named co-managing shareholder of Greenburg Traurig's Miami office.

Michael L. Hyman of Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel.

Attorney's Stumble Into Law Is Just His First Stroke of Luck

By Samantha Joseph |

Michael Hyman, a pioneer in condo association representation, spent two decades battling developers over the fine print in 99-year recreational leases.

Race Car Driver's Swerve Around Service for $7M Judgment Could Mean a Pit Stop in Jail

By Celia Ampel |

A Brazilian former race car driver is ignoring a lawsuit filed against him in Miami — forcing the judge and opposing counsel to take unusual steps.

IRS Strikes Back as Agents Make Big Dent in Identity Theft

By Stephen Ohlemacher |

The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

Steven Katzman, attorney with Katzman Wasserman Bennardini & Rubinstein.

Greenberg Traurig Settles Malpractice Suit At Close of Trial

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg is last of four law firms to settle a legal malpractice suit filed in 2009 by Dyadic International.

Michael Hanzman

Trial by Fire: Lawyer's Pants Ignite During Arson Case

By Associated Press |

Don't go down the liar-liar road. But criminal defense attorney Stephen Gutierrez's pants burst into flames in front of jurors during an arson trial.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court Backs Gun Control in Norman Case

By Noreen Marcus |

While other states have been passing open-carry laws, the Florida Supreme Court has upheld a 30-year-old ban on gun displays.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch meets with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Gorsuch: A High Court Pick Whose Writing Is Down to Earth

By Mark Sherman |

When Justice Antonin Scalia backed out of a book project with writing partner Bryan Garner, the justice recommended who might take his place. Neil Gorsuch was first on this list.

David Haber.

Real Estate Finance Company Embroiled in Lawsuit Lauds Denial of Class Certification

By Samantha Joseph |

A specialty finance company is hailing a federal judge's denial of class certification in a lawsuit against it as a victory for condo and homeowners' associations looking to have new buyers cover delinquent assessments.

No Need for Honda to Produce Defense Agreement, Says Takata Special Master

By Celia Ampel |

Honda won a small victory in the heated dispute over documents in the Takata air bag litigation.

Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine

Oscars Debacle Hovers Over Trial Between PwC and MF Global

By Ken Sweet |

Jury selection in the trial between MF Global, the brokerage house run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and the lauded accounting firm PwC began Monday.

New Broad and Cassel partners Frank P. Terzo, left, and Michael D. Lessne, right, at the Fort Lauderdale office.

Two GrayRobinson Bankruptcy Partners Jump to Broad and Cassel

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two GrayRobinson bankruptcy partners have jumped to Broad and Cassel to expand a national practice in health care business insolvency.

Sherri Simpson.

Meet the Florida Lawyer Trying to Block Trump U Settlement

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy attorney who appeared in political ads opposing Donald Trump wants the right to opt out of the settlement deal.

John Moore, left, and Peter Meltzer of Pathman Lewis.

Judge Finds Brokerage Unfairly Cut Out of Multimillion-Dollar Key West Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Eric Hendon found it "incredulous" that the buyer and seller of a $39 million property "forgot" the real estate brokerage that introduced the deal.

Dana Marie Santino.

Palm Beach Judge Faces Ethics Charges for Attack Ads

By Celia Ampel |

Judge Dana Santino defended campaign materials that tarred her 2016 opponent for his work as a criminal defense lawyer.

Fort Lauderdale Litigator Set to Take Office as Broward Judge

By Celia Ampel |

Gunster litigator Fabienne Fahnestock was appointed to the Broward Circuit bench.

Mike Pouncey, left, and Maurkice Pouncey, right.

Pounceys, NFL Twins, Agree to Settle Lawsuit Over Brawl

By Celia Ampel |

Twin NFL players Maurkice and Mike Pouncey settled a lawsuit alleging they beat up a gay man in a Miami Beach nightclub.

Greenberg Traurig Makes Steady Gains in 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The firm plans to concentrate on efficiency and profitability in 2017.

Recently retired Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judge Frank A. Shepherd has joined GrayRobinson as a shareholder in its Miami office.

Retired Judge Frank Shepherd Joins GrayRobinson in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Recently retired Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judge Frank A. Shepherd has joined GrayRobinson's Miami office as a shareholder.

100 NE First Ave., Boca Raton.

Synagogue Plan Sinking After Benefactor's Death

By Steve Plunkett |

The death of a congregant who agreed to donate valuable Boca Raton land for a synagogue produces a lawsuit saying his son is pushing the city to lease the land for a parking lot.

Kelley Wins Major Verdicts When Fighting 'The Good Fight'

By Carlos Harrison |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Bob Kelley has succeeded against General Motors, Phillip Morris and, for his late father, the Broward General Medical Center in litigation "to make a difference in the world."

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

'Keeping It Simple' Led to Quick $44M Verdict for Investors Suing Mortgage Banker

By Samantha Joseph |

Plaintiffs attorneys describe the strategy behind a nearly $44 million verdict for former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and other prominent investors against Wachovia Mortgage Corp.

Andrew Smulian, chairman and CEO of Akerman.

Akerman Reports Continued Growth in Revenue and Adds Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman, one of Florida's largest law firms, added 33 lawyers to its national total last year and lifted revenues to an all-time high of $349 million.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Jury Sides With Big Name Investors in Case Against Wachovia

By Samantha Joseph |

A Fort Lauderdale jury has returned a nearly $44 million verdict for former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and a group of prominent investors who accused Wachovia Mortgage Corp. of costing them millions on a failed real estate project.

Ervin Gonzalez, left, and Patrick Montoya of Colson Hicks Eidson.

Colson Hicks Team Wins $52M Jury Verdict in Car Crash

By Celia Ampel |

The verdict reached Monday is the largest jury award ever for the city of Ocala and plaintiffs lawyers are confident they'll collect.

4th DCA

Failure to Settle on Arbitration Rules Restarts Agent's Suit Over $27M Sale

By Samantha Joseph |

The arbitration provision in a broker-salesperson agreement is a threshold issue in a fight over a six-figure commission from a $27 million sale.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

Miami Judge Aims to Advance Air Bag Litigation in Wake of Takata's Guilty Plea

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge wants to move civil claims against Takata toward a swift resolution now that the manufacturer has pleaded guilty to concealing a defect in its air bags.

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

US Attorney Ferrer Jumps to Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Wifredo Ferrer is switching sides in the war on crime, leaving the U.S. attorney's office to join the law firm's white-collar defense practice.

Cold Stone Creamery.

Defamation Claim by Franchisee Against Ice Cream Chain Is Back On

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court reinstated a franchisee's defamation claim against Arizona-based Cold Stone Creamery Inc. in a spat over a CNBC exposé.

Are Florida Billing Rates on the Rise? It Depends

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six large firms plan to raise billing rates in 2017 like they did last year, but rates for bankruptcy attorneys in 2016 appear to have remained about the same.

Petros & Elegant's Justin Elegant Jumps to Berger Singerman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Petros & Elegant name partner and civil litigator Justin Elegant has jumped to Berger Singerman to become a partner in the firm's dispute resolution team in Miami.

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Supreme Court Disciplines Eight South Florida Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

The disciplinary action includes two disbarments.

Linda Worton Jackson Leaves Salazar Jackson to Join Pardo Gainsburg as Name Partner

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

At her new firm, which will be called Pardo Jackson Gainsburg, Worton Jackson will lead the corporate, financial services and bankruptcy departments.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Marino, Other Investors, Fault Wachovia for Botched $44M Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

A nearly $44 million investor suit by billionaire Wayne Huizenga, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and others accuses Wachovia Mortgage Corp of fumbling a luxe condo development.

Gary Sasso, President & CEO of Carlton Fields.

Carlton Fields Reports Decline in Revenue and Income

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Carlton Fields' net income dropped by nearly 20 percent, and profit per equity partner fell 16 percent.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Real Estate, Abortion Issues Collide in Dispute Over Deed

By Samantha Joseph |

Real estate and abortion have intersected in Florida's highest court, as a neighbor in a medical complex has attempted to use a restriction in the property's deed to block Planned Parenthood from performing outpatient surgeries.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 for Aiding Child Sex Traffickers

By Celia Ampel |

Legal giant David Boies is going after 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Attorney Twice Held at Gunpoint Now Helps Nonprofits

By Samantha Joseph |

An attorney held at gunpoint now helps nonprofits.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.