Special Reports (Legal)

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.

Daily Business Review's Annual Professional Excellence Awards

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

Fla. Firm Leaders Bullish on 2017; Eyes on Real Estate, Corporate Work

By Scott Flaherty |

Following a year marked by a contentious presidential election and likely changes to come in U.S. policy prescriptions, law firm leaders in Florida are largely optimistic about their firms going into 2017 and expect to see growth in Miami, according to a recent survey of firm leaders and administrators in the region.

Daily Business Review's 12th Annual Most Effective Lawyers

The 12th annual Most Effective Lawyers special report recognizes the impressive work performed by South Florida lawyers in the past year.

Daily Business Review Best of 2016

Welcome to the Daily Business Review's annual Best of Reader Rankings in which our loyal readers cast their votes for their favorite vendors. The companies ranked in this magazine are the firms that readers said are the best of the best covering all aspects of business, from technology to banking to client services.

Boutique and Practice Specific Law Firm Guide 2016

The guide is designed to be useful to in-house counsel, legal professionals and business executives who are searching for legal advice in a specific area.

Arbitration and Mediation Special Report: It's All in the Details

In the Daily Business Review’s Arbitration and Mediation Special Report, articles focus on drafting agreements, what to expect out of mediation and other topics.

Angelika Hunnefeld and Ricardo A. Gonzalez.

A Clause Worth Fighting For: Tips for Drafting an Effective Arbitration Agreement

By Commentary by Angelika Hunnefeld and Ricardo A. Gonzalez |

Leaving a court to fill in the unspecified blanks in an arbitration clause may put a company in a bad position, write attorneys Angelika Hunnefeld and Ricardo A. Gonzalez.

Reassess Expectations: Finding Value in Mediation

By Commentary by Christopher Marlowe |

Court-ordered mediation forces the parties to focus on the desired result, whether or not it's attainble, writes attorney Christopher Marlowe.

How a Great Trial Lawyer Can Become a Great Mediation Lawyer

By Commentary by Oscar A. Sanchez |

A trial lawyer's argumentative style can hurt in mediation, so curbing that impulse is necessary to succeed, writes attorney Oscar A. Sanchez.

Read the Fine Print: Arbitration Agreement May Have Benefits for Consumers

By Commentary by Laura M. Reich |

Terms favorable to consumers may make arbitration a better option than class actions, writes attorney Laura M. Reich.

Forced Arbitration of Consumer Claims Equals Justice Denied

By Commentary by Robert C. Gilbert |

Robert C. Gilbert, plaintiffs coordinating counsel in multidistrict litigation against some of the nation's biggest banks, insists forced consumer arbitration should be banned.

The Mediation Toolbox: What's at Your Disposal at Every Step?

By Commentary by Stephanie Reed Traband |

Explore prospects for mediation early and often because it's not all about getting to the next stage, writes attorneey Stephanie Reed Traband.

Do Arbitrators Have Sanctions Authority in Domestic Arbitrations?

By Commentary by John M. Barkett |

The short answer is yes, writes attorney John M. Barkett. Many domestic arbitration clauses provide for sanctions and have been upheld on appeal.

Last Call for Settlement — Appellate Mediation

By Commentary by Mary April |

Federal and state appellate courts make provisions for mediation, just when you thought the chance of amicable resolution was over, writes attorney Mary April.

Construction Mediation Presents Unique Challenges and Opportunities

By Commentary by William J. Cea |

Information sharing and full preparation are imperative to improve the chances of mediation success, writes attorney William J. Cea.

GC Compensation: $1 Million—and Wanting More

In the Daily Business Review’s general counsel compensation special section, articles look at how much Florida GCs pull in—and how much they think they should.

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.

Law Firm Diversity 2016

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

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.