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Peter Prieto of Podhurst Orseck.

Prieto Plays at Top of His Profession in High-Profile MDL Cases

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami attorney Peter Prieto rose high in law firm management before redirecting back to the courtroom.

Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola.

PwC Settles $5.6B Negligent Auditing Case Mid-Trial

By Celia Ampel |

PricewaterhouseCoopers on Friday settled a multibillion-dollar negligent accounting case for an undisclosed amount.

Appeals Court Ruling Raises Red Flags for Foreclosure Attorneys

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys warn a new appellate ruling on Florida's lis pendens statute could hurt investor interest in distressed properties.

Takata, Michelin Prevail in Highway Rollover Crash

By Samantha Joseph |

A jury returned a defense verdict for seatbelt manufacturer Takata Corp. and tire maker Michelin North America Inc. after attorneys for two disabled victims injured in a rollover crash asked for $80 million in damages.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered Hires New Partner For International Compliance Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Miller & Chevalier Chartered has hired Alejandra Montenegro Almonte as a new parter in its international practice.

Lawyers Adam Filthaut, left, and Robert Adams.

Two Tampa Lawyers Disbarred for Setting Up Opponent's Bust

By Noreen Marcus |

The attorneys are permanently disbarred for arranging their opponent's drunken-driving arrest during trial. The target lost his trial bag for hours before he was released from jail.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Judge Refuses to Halt Miami-Dade Judicial Primary Race

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch’s efforts to kick his election challenger Marcia Del Rey off the ballot are rebuffed by another judge.

Peter A. Quinter with GrayRobinson.

Lawyers to Importers: Think a Free Trade Agreement Means Duty Free? Think Again!

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Importers taking advantage of free trade agreement exemptions must be prepared to document whether every button and string on a dress qualifies under the agreement. They aren't always prepared.

Trump Asked Governor to Name Lawyer to Broward Circuit Bench

By Gary Fineout |

The appointment of Fort Lauderdale attorney Jose Izquierdo came through in May, 13 days after Trump's recommendation.

Florida Firms Among Top Recruiters in NYC This Year

By Christine Simmons |

Head count in the New York offices of Florida-founded firms have grown this year as firms look to hire corporate attorneys to help with real estate and finance work coming to Florida.

Jaret Davis of Greenberg Traurig in Miami.

Florida Law Firms Catch Startup Fever

By Nell Gluckman |

Greenberg Traurig is working with a European startup accelerator to give young health care companies in Miami a boost. Not to be outdone, Greenspoon Marder has launched its own partnership with an accelerator in South Florida, also with the intent of coaxing startup growth. 

Broward Judge Elijah Williams

From Public Housing to the Bench: The Rise of Judge Elijah Williams

By Samantha Joseph |

Defense attorneys say Judge Elijah Williams, the first black man appointed to the Broward Circuit bench in more than two decades, is changing the lives of minors appearing before him in juvenile court.

Judge Rules Miccosukees Must Pay Taxes to IRS

U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga rules against a member of the tribe in a case that should apply to all.

Scott N. Wagner is a partner in Bilzin Sumberg's litigation group and leads Bilzin Sumberg's e-discovery practice.

Antitrust Attorney Deals With Impact of Economic Theory on Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Scott Wagner got an undergraduate degree in political economy knowing he would be heading to law school.

Development Decisions Trigger Miami Initiative on Right to Sue

By Carla Vianna |

If passed, a question on the November ballot would grant citizens standing to sue the city of Miami if it violates its own charter.

Pam Bondi

Florida AG Goes After Alleged Foreclosure Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says in a new suit that a network of fake foreclosure defense firms duped homeowners and lawyers across South Florida.

 Angela Corey (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

State Attorney Who Charged Zimmerman Could Lose Election

By Gary Fineout |

State Attorney Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the losing case against Groge ZImmerman, faces two strong challengers in this month's primary.

Eric Aaronson, Matthew Coglianese, Neil Schiller

Arnstein & Lehr Expands in South Florida with Three Lawyers

By Roy Strom |

The West Palm Beach additions include Neil Schiller, a municipal and government partner, who joins the Chicago-based firm from Becker & Poliakoff.

Pulse nightclub mourners gather at a vigil held in front of the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando, Fla. Photo: Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via AP.

News Outlets Fight for Release of Mass Shooting 911 Calls

By Terrance Harris and Mike Schneider |

Attorneys for almost two dozen media groups argued in federal court in Florida that a lawsuit demanding the release of 911 calls involving the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando should be moved back to state court.

Reitred Fourth DCA Judge W. Matthew Stevenson

Fourth DCA Judge's Retirement Puts Spotlight on Judicial Diversity

By Celia Ampel |

The retirement of Fourth DCA Judge W. Matthew Stevenson leaves a spot open on a mostly white, male bench.

SEC: Company Duped Investors With Bogus News Releases

By Samantha Joseph |

A West Palm Beach company portraying itself as a high-powered arms manufacturer duped investors while operating out of a virtual office with about $509,000 in cash, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Donald Trump.

Trial Ends in Trump Club Membership Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

A $5 million trial against a Donald Trump-owned golf club in Jupiter ended Tuesday with the judge asking for proposed judgments by Sept. 16.

The panel included, from left to right, Al Dotson of Bilzin Sumberg, Maria Juncadella of Fairchild Partners, Mayanne Downs of GrayRobinson, Barbara Black of JLL and Florida Bar President Bill Schifino.

Panel Sees Gender Bias in Law, Real Estate Industries

By Carla Vianna |

Legal and real estate professionals discuss the issues surrounding the steep gender gap found in both industries.

High Court Tapped in Case of Mayoral Candidate Booted From Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to consider whether Miami Gardens legally disqualified a mayoral candidate whose filing fee check was returned.

John Timoney. YouTube

Former Miami Police Chief John Timoney Dies at 68

By Associated Press |

A former colleague credits Timoney with taking the department "leaps and bounds forward."

An miner shouts slogans during a protest on the outskirts of El Alto, Bolivia, where protestors have placed stones on the highway to block traffic, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Hundreds of independent miners have placed large stones on three principal highways blocking traffic that leads into Bolivia's capital city. Independent and state miners have been staging rival protests for months for control of the Colquiri tin mine, which is 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of La Paz. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Glencore Begins Arbitration Against Bolivia Over Mine Nationalization

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mining and commodities producer Glencore International has begun arbitration proceedings against Bolivia for its nationalization of properties since 2007.

 Florida A&M University College of Law.

New Vote Set After Florida A&M Law School Bungles Student Election

By Karen Sloan |

A would-be student government president at Florida A&M University has taken to the courts to stop a university-wide revote after the law school botched the initial election.

Daynard, Richard- President, Tobacco Control Resource Center, Inc., and Chair, Tobacco Products Liability Project, Northeastern University Law School, Boston Mass. Editor of the Tobacco Products Litigation Reporter.

Another Florida Court Scorns Stale Engle Tobacco Defense

By Noreen Marcus |

The Second District Court of Appeal lines up with others on a preemption issue heading for the Florida Supreme Court in November.

Hotels in 10 States, DC May Have Been Hacked

Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin hotels report malware may have been collecting data since March 2015.

Alan A. Lips,  partner, Gerson Preston Klein Lips Eisenberg Gelber.

Argentina's Tax Amnesty: A Q&A With Gerson Preston's Alan Lips

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Argentina's tax amnesty law is luring residents with unreported assets abroad to rethink their tax structures and consider joining the nation's formal economy.

Florida Referral Rule Change for the Avvo, LegalZoom Age

By Celia Ampel |

Proposed changes to the Florida Bar rule governing for-profit lawyer referral services went to the Florida Supreme Court on Monday.

Adrian Delancy.

Miami Native Survived Hurricane Trauma, Stumbled Into Bankruptcy Law

By Carlos Harrison |

After family trauma following Hurricane Andrew, Adrian Delancy kept going, finished law school and focused on corporate litigation.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Sitting Miami Judge Files Suit to Keep Election Challenger Off Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch has filed a lawsuit to keep his election opponent Marcia Del Rey off the ballot in the Aug. 30 judicial election.

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

Attorneys to Condo Associations: Zika Litigation Won't Bite

By Samantha Joseph |

What are condo associations, homeowners' associations and other multifamily boards to do as Zika spreads across South Florida? Not too much, say real estate attorneys, who caution against creating liability where none exists.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.

Real Estate Developer Latest to Be Sued Over Doomed Fashion Mall

By Samantha Joseph |

Bankruptcy trustee Ken Welt accused a real estate developer of fraud, self-dealing and usurpation of corporate opportunities.

David Craven and Saichang Xu.

Sandler Travis Hires Two Chicago Attorneys From Newly Shuttered Riggle & Craven

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Leading Chicago trade law firm Riggle & Craven is dissolving, and two attorneys including a founding partner have joined the Chicago office of global firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Court Rejects Citizens Appeal on Edie Laquer Claim

By News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case lets stand a lower court decision in favor of the high-powered real estate broker.

Still from the film

Sony Prevails on Appeal in Tortious Interference Case

By Celia Ampel |

Sony Pictures won an appeal against a Miami man who sued over a movie based partially on his life.

Hedge Fund That Fed Ponzi Scheme Scores on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA revived a malpractice suit against a firm representing a feeder fund in disbarred attorney's Scott Rothstein $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

Maria Elena Perez

Bar Referee Recommends Suspension for Ponzi Schemer's Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

A referee's report recommends 91 days' suspension for a Coral Gables attorney found guilty of multiple ethics violations.

Venezuelan Currency

Venezuela Central Bank Drops Appeal in Case Against Financial Website

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Venezuela's central bank has withdrawn its appeal of a lawsuit it filed against an online publication that publishes the Venezuelan black market exchange rate.

Beth Tanis of King & Spalding, left, writes notes as Steven Thomas of Thomas Alexander & Forrester gives his opening statement in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola, right.

As Trial Begins, PwC Claims Bank Fraud Was Well-Hidden

By Celia Ampel |

At opening statements in a $5.6 billion trial against PricewaterhouseCoopers, lawyers tussled over how hard a fraud at Colonial Bank would have been to catch.

Bill Carvalho, in-house counsel of Yahoo!

Latin America Spurs South Florida In-House Counsel Network

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida in-house counsel share international expertise, especially when dealing with Latin America.

Ryan Bailine, left, and Nancy Lash, right.

Public-Private Partnership Leads to Transit Land Lease

By Carla Vianna |

Greenberg Traurig attorneys Ryan Bailine and Nancy Lash negotiate a $40 million ground lease and development agreement for a major transit-oriented project in Miami-Dade County.

Judge Blake Honored With Chief Justice Award

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake has received the Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence.

Judge Adalberto Jordan.

Florida Supreme Court Gets Construction Defect Insurance Question

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal appeals court asks the Florida Supreme Court whether it's right for an insurance company to balk at paying legal costs on pre-suit construction defect claims.

Youtube screenshot of of Puppy Armour creator Silvio Schillen.

Under Armour Files Suit Over 'Puppy Armour' Dog Athletic Wear Line

By Samantha Joseph |

Sports apparel manufacturer Under Armour Inc. doesn't want its name going to the dogs—the company is suing the creators of Puppy Armour, a line of athletic wear for canines.

Gentile Made Switch From Special Ed to Construction Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Construction attorney Mindy Gentile couldn't wait to get out of Kansas City, Missouri, and she left for South Florida three days after her college graduation.

Opa-locka Officials Face Corruption Charges

By Samantha Joseph |

Two former public officials face bribery and extortion charges in Opa-locka, a city in northern Miami-Dade.

Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola.

PwC, Plaintiff Point Fingers Ahead of Opening Statements in Negligent Auditing Trial

By Celia Ampel |

Opening statements are set for Tuesday in a $5.5 billion case against accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Bank of New York Mellon headquarters

Foreclosure Case Tips to Borrower on Service of Process

By Samantha Joseph |

The Bank of New York Mellon came out on the losing side of a foreclosure case over its strategy after five failed attempts to serve court papers on a corporate borrower.

Suit Against Officer Who Shot Unarmed Autistic Teen Moves Toward Trial

By Celia Ampel |

A Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy is not protected from litigation after he fatally shot an unarmed teenager, an appellate court ruled Wednesday.

Thomas Julin, now of Gunster. Miami, Florida handout

First Amendment Lawyer Julin Decamps Hunton & Williams for Gunster

By Gina Passarella |

Longtime First Amendment attorney Thomas Julin has left Hunton & Williams after 16 years to join Florida-focused business law firm Gunster.

Florida A&M University entrance.

Florida A&M Faces Wave of Discrimination Claims

By Samantha Joseph |

A spate of whistleblower lawsuits accuse historically black university of discriminating against white and older employees in its police department.

Verdict Overturned on Appeal Based on Attorneys' Comments to Jury

By Samantha Joseph |

Closing arguments at trial led to an appellate court's reversal of an $11 million award in a drunken driving case.

Miami Attorney: FSU Law Professor's Ex-wife Played No Role in His Killing

By Curt Anderson |

Criminal defense attorney David O. Markus denies the family of professor and law blogger Dan Markel was involved in the murder-for-hire plot.

From left to right: Arthur J. Dichter, Partner; Grace C. Lopez, COO; Sarah B. Jacobson, Associate; Steven L. Cantor, Managing Partner; Kathryn von Matthiessen, Partner; Sharon Dresser, President High Street Retail ,USA; Paul J. D’Alessandro, Jr., Associate

Cantor Law Firm Moves Miami Office

By Carla Vianna |

The Cantor Group law firm has ditched Miami's Brickell Financial District for Coconut Grove.

Melanie May

Appeals Court Reverses $13K in Attorney Fees in Divorce Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Coral Springs attorney Jordan R. Jordan scored a $13,000 victory in his five-year divorce battle.

3621 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Judge Rules Against Beach Condo Board That Balked

By Carla Vianna |

The redevelopment of a rundown Miami Beach property caught in litigation for four years may finally come to fruition.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judges Jennifer Bailey, Scott M. Bernstein and Chief Judge Bertila Soto at the new lactation room at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.

New Addition to Miami-Dade Courthouse: A Lactation Lounge

By Celia Ampel |

The Miami-Dade County Courthouse designated a private room for breastfeeding moms to promote work-life balance for female attorneys.

Richard C. Wolfe, of Wolfe Law, with his client Genesis Davila.

Suit by Dethroned Beauty Queen Could Hinge on Proving Actual Harm

By Samantha Joseph |

The ugly turn at the Miss Florida USA pageant could mean a battle to show real damages for dethroned beauty queen Génesis Dávila, who filed a $15 million defamation suit against pageant organizers Monday.

Eleventh Circuit Judge Beverly Martin. Photo by Tony Benner/Omega Media Group

US Supreme Court Takes on Shotgun Sentencing Appeal

By Noreen Marcus |

The treatment of requests for resentencing by the Atlanta federal appeals court will reach the U.S. Supreme Court in its next term.

Bruce Rogow

Collector Suing Ferrari After Bid to Buy Rare Car Is Rejected

By Samantha Joseph |

A South Florida businessman seeking to buy a LaFerrari Spider convertible—a limited-edition luxury vehicle valued up to $2 million—has filed a defamation lawsuit against Ferrari North America after the automobile maker rejected his $1 million deposit for one of the most expensive cars in the world.

Karen Schapira, Lee F. Lasris and Jodi B. Laurence.

Greenspoon Marder Acquires Florida Health Law Boutique

By Gina Passarella |

Greenspoon Marder, which has grown by about 20 lawyers and several offices since the start of the year, has continued its expansion, this time with the addition of a South Florida health law boutique.

Carolyn Lamm, Partner, White & Case.

Panama Canal Dispute Heard in Miami, But Miami Attorneys Nowhere In Sight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A hearing by an international arbitral tribunal in Miami concluded Friday on the first claim in the billion-dollar Panama Canal expansion dispute. It's being handled by out-of-town attorneys.

1319 Fillmore St., Hollywood

Feds Move to Seize Home of Disbarred Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal foreclosure suit against ex-attorney Stephen Ziegler, who was convicted of participating in Mutual Benefits Corp.'s $1 billion Ponzi scheme.

Bankruptcy Partner Brian Gart Joins Akerman

The veteran bankruptcy attorney specializes in distressed financing and is a former chair of the Florida Bar business law section.

Genovese Stumbled on an Opportunity in Bankruptcy Law and Flourished

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami bankruptcy attorney John Genovese followed a mentor and wound up specializing in bankruptcy cases with fraud in the background.

Florida Supreme Court Disciplines 15 Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplined 15 South Florida attorneys, including five who were disbarred, the Florida Bar announced Friday.

NextEra logo

NextEra Agrees to Buy Texas Electric Giant Oncor for $18.4 Billion

By Will Weissert |

The parent of Florida Power & Light agrees to buy 80 percent of Texas' largest electric utility in a bankruptcy sale.

Miami Foreclosure Case Reversed, Remanded to New Judge by Appeals Court

By Samantha Joseph |

A judge's decision to strike years of pleadings by a witness suspected of lying during a foreclosure bench trial led to a reversal on appeal.

Obelisco de Buenos Aires

Argentina Continues Its Bond Binge

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

It is a robust time for bonds coming out of Argentina, where national and local governments have issued at least $20 billion in bonds over the past four months as the country looks to capital markets to improve its infrastructure and economy.

Pokemon Go

Suit Claims 'Pokemon Go' Terms of Service Are 'Deceptive'

By Samantha Joseph |

A new lawsuit claims the 'Pokemon Go' game sweeps users' private data while players chase virtual characters.

Greenspoon Marder, GrayRobinson Work Craft Brewery Deal

By Gina Passarella |

The law firm represented the two sides in Caribbean-based ANSA McAL's purchase of Indian River Beverage.

State, Seminoles in Dispute Over Banking Card Games

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

Judge Dismisses Manslaughter Charge Against Broward Deputy

By Curt Anderson |

Circuit Judge Michael Usan rules for a deputy asserting a stand-your-ground defense in the shooting death of a black man with an air rifle.

Detra P. Shaw-Wilder of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami.

Lawyers Who Struck Secret Fee Deal Can't Shield Their Income

By Samantha Joseph |

Two attorneys implicated in the case that brought down Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson lost a bid to stop garnishment.

Robin Rosenberg

Jupiter Solo Practitioner Faces Sentencing After Tax Troubles

By Samantha Joseph |

A trust and estate attorney pleads guilty to hiding revenue and filing false tax returns.

White & Case Advises on Solar Project in Chile that Will Power Subway System

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

White & Case advises SunPower in $200 million deal to build a solar power plant in Chile that will power Santiago's subway system.

Judge Thomas Logue, Third District Court of Appeal.

Noting District Split, Appellate Panel OKs Red Light Camera Programs

By Celia Ampel |

Red light camera programs secured approval from a Florida appellate court Wednesday, setting off a circuit split that could propel the issue to the state's high court.

Aymee Valdivia, with Holland & Knight.

Cuba-Trained Attorneys in US Help Navigate Deals as Relations Thaw

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cuban lawyers who have pursued additional U.S. law degrees say their legal experience in Cuba offers value to U.S. clients.

Thinking Ahead: Practical Considerations as Trade Between US, Cuba Evolves

By Commentary by Eduardo Palmer |

With business ties developing between the United States and Cuba, international arbitration is a good option for addressing potential legal disputes.

IRS Removes Some Restrictions on Income From Cuba

By Commentary by James W. Spencer |

A change in Internal Revenue Service rules means a lower effective short-term tax rate on income U.S. taxpayers earn in Cuba, writes James W. Spencer.

Even With Diplomatic Relations, A Tale of Two Cubas

By Commentary by Andrew C. Hall |

Even with normalization, there is no resolution for U.S. judgments and claims against Cuba, writes attorney Andrew C. Hall.

Dennis J. Olle.

What's the Future of Hospitality and Tourism in Cuba as US Embargo Loosens?

By Commentary by Dennis J. Olle and Jason P. Jones |

Tourism and hospitality are the early beneficiaries of warmer U.S. relations with Cuba, but the speed of change may be slow, write attorneys Dennis J. Olle and Jason P. Jones.

Stephen N. Zack.

Businesses Across the Florida Straits Dancing a New Dance

By Commentary by Stephen N. Zack |

Stephen Zack, a Cuban exile and former American Bar Association president, discusses the complicated dance for US businesses looking for trading partners in Cuba.

What's Up in Cuba a Year After Florida Bar Group Visit?

By Commentary by Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez |

Much has changed since the Florida Bar international law section visited Havana, but more changes are needed before U.S. investment becomes commonplace, writes attorney JEnnifer Olmedo-Rodriguez.

In this May 2, 2016, file photo, Carnival's Fathom cruise line ship Adonia arrives from Miami in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Cuba Special Report: Making Deals, Doing Business, Hitting the Beach

In the Daily Business Review’s Cuba special section, articles focus on dealmaking, taxes, diplomacy and other topics.

Steve Witten, left, and Still Hunter III, right, of Institutional Property Advisors.  Courtesy photo.

Marcus & Millichap Registers 350 Buyers for Multifamily Sales

By Mary Hladky |

A $77 million Boca Raton sale closes first in a multifamily portfolio deal.

Is Bitcoin Money? Judge's Ruling Reignites Regulation Questions

By Samantha Joseph |

New legislation on digital currency could soon follow a Miami-Dade judge's landmark ruling that Bitcoin isn't money.

Trump-Owned Golf Club Heading to Trial Over Membership Deposits

By Celia Ampel |

One of Donald Trump's golf clubs lost a summary judgment scuffle with former members. The case is set for trial next month.

Aaron Delgado, Daytona Beach Florida. Website Photo

Florida DUI Defense Lawyer Asks What About Pot?

By Noreen Marcus |

After the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on warrants in drunken-driving cases, the Florida Supreme Court is asked to remand a case on breath tests.

Miami Judge Rules Bitcoin Not Same as Money in Criminal Case

By Staff and wire reports |

Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ejects money laundering allegedly tied to bitcoin transactions.

Mike Colodny, Amy Koltnow and Wes Strickland.

Colodny Fass Plans for Next Generation, Creates Executive Team

By Roy Strom |

Shareholders Amy Koltnow and Wes Strickland join Colodny Fass' executive team.

Bernardo Roman III

Florida Bar Files Complaints in Miccosukee Tribe Saga

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar filed formal complaints against Bernardo Roman III and Jose "Pepe" Herrera for pursuing frivolous claims on behalf of the Miccosukee tribe.

Bruce Katzen, right, and Jamie Zuckerman, left, partners with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine.

Will Dispute Lead to Potential Prison Time for Multimillionaire's Widower?

By Celia Ampel |

The dispute between a Broward multimillionaire's sons and her husband over her estate has led to an international battle.

Genovese Joblove & Battista hired Dan Zabludowski, left, as Of Counsel, and John Arrastia, right, as partner.

Two Attorneys Join Genovese Joblove & Battista

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Genovese Joblove & Battista made two new hires in its international practice.

Driven Automobile Attorney Finds Road to Success

After losing his dealership to Hurricane Andrew, Robert Zinn decided to start over again as a lawyer representing automobile dealers.

Oil rigs.

Jones Day Plays Role in Latin American Loan Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Argentine subsidiary of a Chilean energy company has taken a $150 million loan to expand offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Argentina. The banks were advised by Jones Day.

Judge Mardi Levey Cohen

Appeals Court Further Slashes Workplace Bias Award

By Samantha Joseph |

A former municipal water treatment plant operator's $762,250 award was greatly reduced on appeal.

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

Court Reduces Standard for Lis Pendens Discharge

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal provided clarity in a decision Wednesday on discharging lis pendens in real estate disputes.

Gabriel Britti, Roee Ben-Moshe and Ronnie Issenberg of Marcus & Millichap in Miami.

'Wendy's Brokers' Find Niche With Fast Food Chain

By Carla Vianna |

A Marcus & Millichap team has found a sweet spot in today's retail market: Wendy's restaurants.

A shopkeeper displays two packs of cigarettes with newly-released warning labels against smoking in Montevideo, Uruguay. (AP Photo/Marcelo Hernandez)

Plain Packaging and Stricter Tobacco Labeling Expected to Spread in Latin America

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Latin American countries may be more emboldened to enact bolder anti-tobacco legislation after Uruguay succesfully defends itself against tobacco company investment lawsuit.

Bruce Rogow

Appellate Court Slashes $2M From Award to Former Firm Partner

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has wiped out most of a $2.3 million award that attorney Patrick J. Casey won from his former firm.

Multidistrict Denture Cream Dispute Unravels on Appeal

By Noreen Marcus |

Some product liability cases end with the parties collaborating on a resolution, while others grind on for years until one side falters and the other conquers. Multidistrict litigation over denture cream with zinc that allegedly hurt users is getting resolved both ways.

04/09/15- Miami- Circuit Judge Michael A. Genden, Circuit Probate Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Probate Court Critic Should Pay for Breaching Settlements, Estate Guardian Says

By Samantha Joseph |

Lubell Rosen partner Liz Consuegra Messianu petitioned for sanctions against an outspoken critic of the probate court's guardianship system amid an ongoing dispute over a multi-million dollar estate.

Look from above the street at a yellow taxis turning right at the old city of Cartagena. Credit: LSP1982/iStockphoto.com.

Holland & Knight Advises Colombian Bank on Road Project

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight advised Colombian infrastructure bank on $74 million loan enhancement for a, $850 million road project that will connect the cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla.

Miami-Dade Judge Jerald Bagley.

New Delay in Lengthy Dispute Over Legal Fees in 2 Trials

By Samantha Joseph |

A fight over attorneys' fees continues in a Miami-Dade courtroom in the case of a pregnant woman wrongly suspected of being a drug trafficker.

Suit Alleging Fraud in Crypt Sales Certifies as Class Action

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson certified a class alleging The Gardens of Boca Raton defrauded Jewish clients who purchased burial space.

Florida Officials Fight to Keep Lethal Drug Records Secret

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

Lawyers representing seven Arizona death row inmates want information about the drugs used in Florida's lethal-injection procedure, but corrections officials are asking a judge to keep the documents secret.

Law Firm Diversity 2016

In the Daily Business Review’s diversity special section, articles focus on race and sexuality in South Florida law firms.

Broward Courthouse Evacuated After Murder Suspect Escapes

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Courthouse evacuated after inmate's escape.

Governor's Ex-GC Joins Foley & Lardner

By Staff report |

Jesse Panuccio joins as a partner splitting his time between the Miami, Tallahassee and Washington offices.

Appeals Court Rules 'Unclean Hands' Don't Transfer to Successor Lender

By Samantha Joseph |

Wells Fargo Bank triumphs in a foreclosure appeal despite a predecessor lender's alleged fraudulent loan documents.

Carlos Loumiet

Miami Lawyer's Claims Against Government Can Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorney Carlos Loumiet won a D.C. Circuit Court appeal reinstating his $4 million in claims against the government for damaging his career.

Berger Singerman Forms Immigration Practice With Venezuelan Bar Head

By Gina Passarella |

Berger Singerman is making its first formal foray into business immigration work with the hire of the incoming president of the Venezuelan National American Bar Association.

Tammy Knight

Drive to Succeed Takes Knight to Big-Dollar M&A Deals

By Carlos Harrison |

Holland & Knight's Tammy Knight was driven from childhood to get a professional degree, but the courtroom wasn't for her.

Judge Cory Ciklin

Appeals Court Reverses on Breach of Contract for Arcade Owner

By Samantha Joseph |

Lucas Games spent years fighting its landlord after a legislative change forced it out of business.

Broward County Judge Robert Lee.

Broward Judge Honored With Chief Justice Award

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward County Judge Robert Lee has been given the Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence by Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Miami-Dade Judge Resigns Amid Ethics Probe

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz has resigned amid an ethics investigation.

Judge Thomas Logue, Third District Court of Appeal.

Insurance Question Heads to Supreme Court After Appellate Courts Differ

By Celia Ampel |

Florida appellate courts disagree on what insurance companies need to do to inform medical providers that they're planning to limit reimbursement of medical bills.

Robert Gilbert, with Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert.

Kopelowitz Ostrow Opens Gables Office

By Carla Vianna |

The Fort Lauderdale-based law firm leases a 5,000-square-foot space in the Regions Bank Tower for eight attorneys.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Challenge Against Palm Beach Sheriff Gun Seizure Policy Revived on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

Handing a win to gun rights advocates, a Florida appellate court breathed new life into a lawsuit challenging a sheriff's refusal to return a gun owner's firearms without court approval.

Alan Koslow attends Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Chairman's Awards Gala at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida on November 21, 2014. (Photo by JL/Sipa USA) (Newscom TagID: sipaphotosfive082296.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

Arrested Lawyer-Lobbyist Now Battling Addiction

By Samantha Joseph |

Weeks after his arrest on a federal money laundering conspiracy charge, attorney-lobbyist Alan Koslow battles cocaine addiction while on probation.

Attorney Michael J. Wrubel, of Michael Jay Wrubel, P.A.

'Unclean Hands' Key in Foreclosure Suit Over Inflated Premiums

By Samantha Joseph |

A defendant in a Palm Beach County foreclosure suit accused Bank of America of forcing her into foreclosure by inflating premiums on lender-placed insurance.

Alan Kluger, left, and Todd Levine, right.

Judge Sides With Sweetwater Mayor in Budget Fight

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Barbara Areces rejects the budget approved by the City Commission.

Cleary Gottlieb, Holland & Knight and Cabanellas Etchebarne Advise on Argentina's Latest Bond Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

U.S. and Argentine firms are representing the Argentine Province of Buenos Aires in another $1 billion bond issuance and a $300 million issuance from the Province of Salta.

Jeffery Lee Allen of the Law Office of Jeffery Allen & Associates.

Fourth District Reopens Negligent Security Case After High Court Ruling

By Noreen Marcus |

The former owner of a Plantation apartment complex where two siblings were killed persuaded the Fourth DCA to reconsider the case after an adverse ruling by the Florida Supreme Court.

Howard Srebnick.

Employing Sexy Women to Entice Bar Customers is Wicked — But Not That Wicked, Says Appeals Court

By Samantha Joseph |

Jury instructions took center stage in a case of European beauties reportedly hired to scam bar patrons into running up high tabs.

Broward County Judge Alan R. Marks

Finalists Named to Replace Retiring Broward County Judge

By Samantha Joseph |

Here are the six JNC-nominated candidates to replace Broward County Court Judge Alan Marks.

Litigator Baker-Egozi Moves to Greenspoon Marder

By Staff report |

Deborah Baker-Egozi, a member of the Florida Bar board of governors, shifts to a new law firm in Miami.

The Review 100: 'Exponential Interest' From Law Firms With Varied Focus

Our annual Review 100. Movement into and within the South Florida legal community has been picking up steam and law firm leaders say they are focusing on value, targeted practice areas, client demand and other factors to build revenue.

Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown

US Rep. Corrine Brown Indicted on Charity Fraud Charges

By Jason Dearen and Curt Anderson |

The Jacksonville Democrat is accused of fleecing a charity offering scholarships to poor students.

BMW Car Logo. Google Images

BMW Beats Back Fraud Suit Over Failed Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

New York and Florida lawyers helped luxury auto company BMW AG defeat a fraud and defamation lawsuit over a derailed German acquisition.

Attorney Ervin Gonzalez

Ervin Gonzalez Is Drawn to Cases That Generate Change

By Carlos Harrison |

The veteran of BP spill and Chinese drywall litigation focuses on cases with the potential to bring change to an industry, company or families.

Shutts & Bowen Beats Legal Malpractice Suit on Appeal

By Celia Ampel |

Shutts & Bowen prevailed on appeal in a legal malpractice case filed against the firm.

Gables Attorney Named to ABA Board of Elections

By Staff report |

Robert "Beau" Blumberg is named to the American Bar Association's Board of Elections.

Maria I. Sampedro-Iglesia

New Court Launched to Handle Human Trafficking Cases

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Court has created the first juvenile court in the country dedicated to human trafficking victims.

4th DCA

Appellate Court Denies Foreclosure Dismissal

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA declined to grant a writ of mandamus over allegations of a faulty foreclosure complaint and missing certification.

Kathleen M. Williams

Judge Rules Litigation Immunity Protects Lawyers in Suit

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami judge decided attorneys whose lawsuit included private medical information were protected by litigation privilege.

Attorney Suspended for 90 Days Over Comments

By Samantha Joseph |

Snide emails to fellow lawyers earned one attorney a 90-day suspension.

Greenberg attorneys Joel Maser (left) and Dan McCawley (right) play a game of ping pong in the Cafe.

South Florida Law Firms Hunt Urban Chic Makeover

By Carla Vianna |

A lobby bar. No offices. Lounges and cafes. Hoping to update their staid image and dodge pricey leases, South Florida's law firms are chasing a contemporary look.

Access to Justice Commission Seeks to Continue Work

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court will decide whether to approve a permanent access to civil justice commission for Florida, one of just a few states without a permanent commission.

Judge Nixes Motion to Erase Pleadings in Palm Beach Somerset Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen has declined a motion to wipe out four years' worth of court filings in a messy real estate business dispute.

Lawsuit: Maggots Found in Florida ICU Patient

By Associated Press |

The lawsuit filed by the late woman's children says medical records reported staff found maggots in her mouth and on a leg.

Split Court Certifies Question of Ward's Right to Marry

By Samantha Joseph |

A divided appellate court Wednesday certified to the Florida Supreme Court a novel question regarding a ward of the court's right to marry: If permission is required to wed, does marrying without that approval render the marriage void?

Warren R. Trazenfeld, of Warren R. Trazenfeld PA.

Fla. Railroad Entrepreneur Sues Greenberg Traurig for $10M

By Gina Passarella |

A railroad executive alleges Greenberg Traurig failed to protect him and his companies from future litigation liabilities when it drafted a stock purchase agreement.

06/30/16-- Nancy G. Abudu, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida, (ACLU)Miami, Fl.

With Abortion Laws in Flux, Federal and State Courts Review Limits

By Noreen Marcus |

Federal and state judges in Florida are hearing challenges to abortion restrictions and have a fresh U.S. Supreme Court decision to analyze.

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

US Judge Considers Fate of New Florida Abortion Law

By Associated Press |

A Tallahassee federal judge weighs a Planned Parenthood attempt to block the law set to take effect Friday.

Seth Miles, left, and David Buckner, of Buckner + Miles, Miami, Florida

$3M Settlement for Girl Injured at Birthday Party

By Celia Ampel |

The family of a 17-year-old girl who lost four inches of bone in her right leg after a utility task vehicle rolled over her received a $3 million settlement negotiated by Miami lawyers.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg.

Kenneth Feinberg Oversees Fund for Orlando Victims

By Commentary by Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

The Washington attorney gained fame administering compensation funds for victims of the 9/11 attacks and the BP oil spill.

Justices Express No Mercy for Lawyers in Tampa DUI Plot

By Noreen Marcus |

Two lawyers who plotted to ensnare an opposing counsel in a drunken-driving arrest ask the Florida Supreme Court for something less than permanent disbarment.

John Delionado of Hunton & Williams.

Special Master in Takata Case Recommends Broader Document Release

By Celia Ampel |

Honda and BMW should turn over documents related to Takata air bag problems other than explosions, a special master recommended in a small victory for the Takata litigation plaintiffs.

Computer Programming Led Espinosa to IP Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Intellectual property attorney Jorge Espinosa shifted to a legal career after writing software for the Bee Gees and gamblers looking for better odds.

Joe Ankus, founder of Ankus Consulting.

Florida Firms Aren't Jumping to Match Cravath Pay Scale

By Jennifer Henderson |

When it comes to matching Cravath, Swaine & Moore's base salary bump for associates — which will see first-years earn $180,000 and eighth-years rake in $315,000 — firms with big Florida bases are a mixed bag, with the definition of "top of market" becoming increasingly nuanced.

Rene Palomino Jr. of The Corona Law Firm.

Financial Crime Case May Hinge on Whether Bitcoin Is Money

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami-Dade circuit judge is expected to rule Monday on a case of first impression in Florida, linking Bitcoin to financial crimes.

Could Brexit Be Boon or Bust for South Florida Real Estate Market?

By Carla Vianna |

When it's Miami versus London, the South Florida city is now the safer option for deep-pocketed real estate investors. While the Brexit may deter Europeans from purchasing Miami real estate, international investors may fill that gap.

Adam M. Moskowitz of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton.

New Class Action Filed Over 'Exploding' Refrigerators

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida firms filed an exploding-refrigerator class action against a Pompano Beach company, following on the heels of similar litigation that ended in a $36 million settlement.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia, FARC Rebels Near Closure on Peace Deal

By Mike Weissenstein and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press |

Colombia moved closer than ever to ending a half-century of bloodshed when its president joined leftist rebels in celebrating a cease-fire and disarmament agreement at a dignitary-studded signing ceremony in Cuba.

04/23/15- Miami- Richard E. Gersten Justice Building at 1351 NW 12th St.

Bomb Threat Closes Miami-Dade Courthouse

By Celia Ampel |

For the second time in two weeks, the Miami-Dade criminal courthouse was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

Bid to Force Defendant Class Is Rejected in Medical Records Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA wipes out a ruling creating a defendant class in a suit over charges for medical records for insurance claims.

 Marko F. Cerenko, Bruce H. Katzen, and James Diamond, with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine.

Nursing Home Sued After Alleged $2.5M Theft by Aides

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida law firm Kluger Kaplan filed a complaint against an Aventura nursing home for allegedly allowing workers to steal $2.5 million from a patient.

Howard Finkelstein, Broward Public Defender

Florida Falls Short in 'Gavel Gap' Rankings

By Samantha Joseph |

The state landed in the bottom third for how closely its judges reflect the race and ethnicity of the population.

Nobody Knows Whether Your Landlord Can Stop You From Smoking Pot

By Patrick Clark Bloomberg News |

In recent years, tenant demand for smoke-free living environments has led property managers to extend bans on cigarette smoking to cover marijuana. But some landlords worry that forbidding the use of medical marijuana might put them on the wrong side of fair housing law.

Court Declines to Disqualify Judge in Boat Show Case

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court denied the city of Miami's petition to disqualify a Miami-Dade Circuit judge from hearing litigation over the Miami International Boat Show.

Florida GOP Candidate to Give Away Semi-Automatic Rifle

By Joe Reedy, Associated Press |

A Republican candidate for Congress in Florida has launched a contest on his Facebook campaign page to give away a semi-automatic rifle on Independence Day.

Miami-Dade Hospitals Battle Over Revamped Trauma Care

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

In a hospital industry battle, the Florida Department of Health faces legal challenges about decisions that could revamp trauma care in Miami-Dade County.

Doug Hallward-Driemeier.

Eleventh Circuit Seems Skeptical of Florida Gun Rights Law

It was a rough ride at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday for the attorney defending a Florida law that bars doctors from asking their patients about guns in the home.

Federico A. Moreno

Certain Claims in Takata Air Bag Costs Case Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge moved claims forward against Subaru in the Takata air bag economic loss litigation.

Late retired Judge Marcia Beach

Memorial Set Thursday for Late Broward Judge Marcia Beach

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward's drug court program plans a memorial for the retired judge, former Broward County Commission chair, Holland & Knight attorney and lobbyist.

Sanctions Motion Filed Against Lawyers in Bitter Guardianship Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Three attorneys face sanctions in a messy probate case, while one is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Tractor spraying a field on farm

Seasonal Farmworkers Face Uphill Battle for Health Insurance

By Alejandra Cancino, Associated Press |

In the United States legally through the H-2A visa program, these farmworkers, like most American citizens and legal residents, must be insured. But reaching them is an uphill battle.

The U.S. Supreme Court

Racketeering Law Applies Outside the U.S., With Limits, Justices Rule

The nation's chief law against racketeering applies to some activities outside of the United States, but private plaintiffs must claim a domestic injury, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in a closely watched business case involving a major American cigarette and food producer.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Turns Back Challenge to Post-Sandy Hook Gun Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Connecticut’s assault weapons ban, which was enacted after the mass shooting of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school.

Mark G. DiCowden

Man Whose Life Was 'Ruined' Wins New Trial for Bank's False Alarm

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court orders a new trial for a bank customer whose life changed for the worse when a Bank of America teller frantically pushed a silent alarm, thinking he might be a robber.

George Haj Becomes ALM Editorial Director

By Staff report |

The regional editor-in-chief for the South has been promoted to ALM editorial director.

Clint J. Gage

Dickinson Wright Breaks Into South Florida Market

By Roy Strom |

Big Law's push into the South Florida market has continued with news Monday that Am Law 200 firm Dickinson Wright has set up shop in Fort Lauderdale.

Judge David C. Miller

Fees in Bitter Family Dispute Prompt Judge's Call for a Litigation Budget

By Samantha Joseph |

A family law judge is recommending a litigation budget to detail all costs in an acrimonious family dispute, pitting a millionaire's adult children against his third wife, that's on track to rack up more than a million dollars in attorney fees and costs.

Judge Darrin P. Gayles

Palmetto Bay Police Sued for Fatally Shooting Man With Asperger's Syndrome

By Celia Ampel |

The Village of Palmetto Bay is facing an excessive force lawsuit after police shot a 25-year-old accused of vandalizing cars with a pickax.