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USA Guide

Litigation: General Commercial — Florida

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers clients a wide range of expertise across commercial litigation and appellate matters. Areas of particular expertise include insurance, securities and real estate litigation; the team also maintains a fine reputation for its class action defense work. Additionally excels in labor and employment disputes and environmental litigation. Its deep bench is augmented by the presence of four former appellate court judges.

Strengths One interviewee notes: "We are very pleased with their service. They spend a lot of time getting to know the client and the business. They understand our industry very well and have a lot of institutional knowledge, which is very helpful."

Another source adds: "There is a lot of really good talent at the firm. They are very professional and they get terrific results for their clients." 

Work highlights Acted for DIRECTV at the First District Court of Appeal on its challenge to the higher tax rate imposed on satellite services over cable services. Successfully secured a reversal of the decision.

Acted for Liberator Medical in a number of cases, following its $181 million merger with another company. The plaintiffs made a series of claims, which included allegations that the merger price was unfair and that the company's disclosures were inadequate.

Significant clients AT&T Mobility, TD Bank, OPKO Health, Samsung International, Raytheon.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Foster is a highly experienced trial lawyer recognized for his expertise in business disputes and real estate litigation. He is particularly highly regarded for his work in contentious matters affecting the financial services sector and chairs the firm's financial institutions commercial litigation practice.

"Very solid trial lawyer" William Heller comes recommended for his representation of originators, investors and servicers of mortgage loans in defense of consumer claims. He is noted for his strengths in matters relating to the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Established litigation boutique with significant trial and alternative dispute resolution experience. Handles a range of commercial work from contentious environmental matters to real estate and banking disputes. Also possesses notable strengths in financial fraud cases.

Strengths Commentators describe it as “a very good litigation firm” which is “very capable.”

Notable practitioners  

John DeVault is a seasoned litigator with a fine reputation in the market. He is noted for his adept counsel in complex commercial trials and appeals and is highly regarded for his expertise in professional malpractice claims.

Fellow lawyers have “a very high opinion of” Henry Coxe, who is considered to be “a good guy to work through thorny issues with.” Coxe has a wealth of experience defending clients in federal and state criminal cases.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers clients a depth of expertise across a range of commercial litigation. Possesses experience in high-stakes litigation relating to bankruptcy, international fraud and shareholder disputes, among other areas. Maintains a fine reputation for its work in real estate and environmental-related litigation. Also regularly called upon for its strengths in insurance and product liability suits.

Strengths A satisfied client says: “They're great. These are the people you'd go to war with. They go above and beyond, and are very consistent, very responsive and very conscientious.” 

One client explains: "They deal well with procedure and their client service is very good,” adding: “They're very professional, detailed and careful.”

Notable practitioners  

Mitchell Berger is “extremely experienced in court” and “a real strategist” who is “very articulate, calm and effective,” sources report. Berger has more than three decades of experience in complex commercial litigation and is noted for his strengths in cases concerning securities, bankruptcy, real estate and construction.

Market commentators describe James Gassenheimer as “very experienced, steady and effective.” Gassenheimer is highly regarded for his work in product liability, bankruptcy and insurance disputes and is also highlighted for his strengths in litigation in the aviation space.

Paul Steven Singerman is “a very consistent lawyer” who “excels at analysis of risks and settlements,” interviewees note. Singerman is particularly singled out for his adept counsel in bankruptcy litigation.

Donald Hayden draws praise for his excellent client service and "very dedicated" approach to matters. He is particularly noted for his strengths in cross-border commercial litigation and is also a strong choice of counsel for complex real estate disputes.

Charles Lichtman is “an excellent communicator” and “a quick study,” and is praised for his "empathetic, understanding and straightforward" approach. Lichtman is well versed in shareholder disputes and other high-stakes securities litigation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Active in both the state and federal court system with expertise in mortgage, healthcare and tax fraud issues. Possesses significant experience at the appellate level. Also frequently engaged to deal with compliance and investigatory matters. A standout practice for partnership and shareholder disputes and additionally noted for its strengths in antitrust, product liability, insurance and construction-related litigation.

Strengths “They have high-caliber attorneys who are very knowledgeable and very responsive," a satisfied client notes.

Another happy client comments: "They are very thoughtful and are always excellent in thinking things through – they leave no stone left unturned. We are very pleased!"

Work highlights Defended Honda of America and American Honda Motor in multidistrict class actions. The plaintiffs, alleging that automobiles produced by Honda were equipped with defective Takata airbags, seek damages totaling several billion dollars.

Acted for opt-out plaintiffs Tech Data and the bankruptcy estate of All American Semiconductor in antitrust allegations concerning LCD price-fixing. The claims were brought against TFT-LCD panel manufacturers in one of the largest ever US antitrust litigations.

Significant clients US Century Bank, Hovnanian Enterprises, JCI Jones Chemicals, Lennar, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Notable practitioners  

Mitchell Widom is described as “very articulate, persuasive and efficient” and praised for his “great skills in court." He is recognized for his strengths in partnership disputes and construction litigation and maintains an excellent track record in cases.

Michael Kreitzer is regarded as "an outstanding attorney” and praised for his "high level of attention to detail.” Kreitzer has a fine reputation in the market for his expertise in lender liability and financial institution disputes.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly respected litigation boutique with a strong reputation for handling significant commercial disputes. Enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for its expertise in product liability and securities disputes, and is also noted for its proficiency in complex antitrust and IP cases. Equally adept in its representation of plaintiffs and defendants.

Strengths One client notes: “I've always gotten top-quality legal service from them,” adding that “the firm has a national reach” and “they're able to tap those resources.”

“They are extraordinary,” sources remark, and “for a complex matter, they would clearly be a good choice for general counsel.”

Work highlights Acted for a class of Fairfield Funds investors in seeking settlements against a number of defendant organizations, including the Citco Group and the Fairfield Greenwich Group. The action was related to the highly publicized $18 billion Ponzi scheme run by Bernard Madoff.

Represented The Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in civil rights action against several state bodies. The plaintiffs achieved a settlement requiring improvements to the state's Medicaid program to meet national standards.

Significant clients Office Depot, ADT Security Services, Carnival Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, Fresh Del Monte Produce.

Notable practitioners  

Stuart Singer is known to his peers as “an excellent lawyer” and a “brilliant man.” His nationwide trial and appellate practice stretches back for more than three decades, and he is highlighted for his work on behalf of blue-chip clients in a broad range of cases, including antitrust, IP and professional liability disputes.

Carlos Sires is “easy to work with” and offers “very effective representation,” sources comment. Sires is well regarded for his work in complex securities and banking disputes, and is also regularly called upon for his counsel on real estate litigation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Handles both commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense work with particular expertise in healthcare, securities and real estate matters. Established and broad Florida presence with noteworthy strength in trusts and estate litigation and real estate disputes. 

Strengths “The firm has a very good reputation,” and its attorneys are “tremendously thorough and thoughtful,” peers assert.

Another source describes it as “an excellent commercial firm.” 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of GastroCare in an action against Blue Cross Blue Shield concerning the insurer's failure to make payments for lab analyses of tissue specimens removed during surgeries.

Successfully represented Paul and Katherine A. Chmielewski in a case against the City of St. Pete Beach, which was discovered to have encouraged individuals to trespass on the plaintiffs' property. Paul and Katherine A. Chmielewski were awarded $2.2 million in damages and compensation.

Significant clients Luxottica Group, Oakley, Newbridge Securities.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Raymond is “very savvy, very responsive and well connected” and “a problem solver” who “engenders confidence in his clients” and “helps guide businesses through their disputes,” commentators remark. Raymond is regularly called upon for his counsel in securities and real estate disputes and is also noted for his excellent work in class actions.

Sources say Jon Sale is “reassuring and always available,” and he is also singled out for his “strategic and organized” approach. Sale is particularly highly regarded for his expertise in criminal litigation and investigations.

Patricia Lebow is a highly experienced litigator who comes recommended for her work across estate and succession planning disputes, noncompetition and tortious interference litigation, and fraudulent conveyance cases.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers clients wide-ranging litigation expertise across both civil and white-collar crime issues. Held in high regard for its criminal defense and government investigations work and excels in an array of areas including healthcare, tax and securities fraud cases.

Strengths “Carlton Fields is a good Florida-based firm” that is “extremely competent” and “does very good work,” commentators report.

The firm has a “wide array of excellent lawyers” and is “a good choice for institutional clients,” sources comment.

Notable practitioners  

"Great lawyer" Michael Pasano has an outstanding reputation in the market for his strengths in highly complex criminal disputes, including cases concerning fraud and money laundering. He has a wealth of experience handling litigation at both state and federal level and is also respected for his capabilities in appellate matters.

The "excellent" Benjamine Reid is a seasoned trial lawyer particularly noted for his work in product liability disputes and has substantial experience in class actions. He is also recognized for his work on cases concerning the aviation industry.

Bruce Berman is a strong choice of counsel for complex commercial disputes and has extensive experience in cases relating to IP, securities, and real estate. He is also highlighted for his strengths in litigation arising out of M&A transactions. He is additionally noted for his expertise in domestic and cross-border arbitrations.

Joseph Ianno acts for a distinguished client base that includes leading financial institutions and manufacturers. His broad-ranging litigation practice takes in complex trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty disputes; he is also highly regarded for his strengths in class actions.

The “amazing” Adam Schwartz is recognized by one client as “very focused and responsive,” as well as “very proactive in organizing matters.” Schwartz possesses particular expertise in white-collar criminal defense, and maintains a fine reputation for his work in healthcare fraud and abuse cases and litigation concerning the False Claims Act.

Thomas Meeks is an experienced attorney frequently called upon for his expert counsel in high-stakes litigation and is a good choice for bet-the-company disputes. He is particularly noted for his strengths in trade secrets and complex securities litigation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Litigation boutique based in Miami which frequently represents clients in arbitrations and trials. Highly respected for its ability to handle large-scale and sophisticated litigation across a wide range of areas.

Notable practitioners  

The “outstanding” Kendall Coffey tackles complex trial and appellate cases across federal and state courts, and is considered "a quality commercial litigator” who is “very well known and well respected.”

Robert Burlington is “very well respected by the judges,” sources report, and is noted for his wealth of experience in litigation concerning real estate, commercial contracts and securities. He is also regularly engaged to represent clients in employment disputes.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for A premier practice for plaintiff representation, with a deep bench of attorneys with enormous trial experience. Possesses significant expertise in class action matters including personal injury and product liability cases. Additional strengths in professional malpractice and white-collar crime litigation.

Strengths Source report: “They do very good work in commercial litigation,” with one interviewee asserting: “There is no one better."

One individual enthuses: “They are the dream team of plaintiffs' lawyers.”

Notable practitioners  

Lewis Eidson is “fabulous in personal injury cases” and “very good in the courtroom,” one peer reports. Eidson possesses an impressive track record in personal injury work and is highly regarded for his strengths in mass torts and class actions. He is also highlighted for his counsel in medical malpractice, product liability and employee rights cases.

The "very respected” Roberto Martinez is “loved by judges,” interviewees assert. Martinez is highly adept in both complex commercial and white-collar criminal cases and is a strong choice of counsel for product liability suits.

"Great lawyer" Dean Colson is an experienced and well-known litigator who comes recommended for his strengths in professional malpractice and product liability disputes. He maintains a fine track record for his work in cases arising out of the aviation industry.

Curtis Miner is “a fabulous lawyer – easy to work with and a very creative guy,” reports one appreciative client. Miner is particularly highly esteemed for his work in high-value personal injury cases.

The "very competent" Joseph Matthews has a broad-ranging practice and is noted for his expertise in contract and insurance litigation and product liability disputes. He is also frequently called upon for his strengths in both domestic and cross-border arbitration work. .

The firm has recently mourned the passing of esteemed partner Ervin Gonzalez.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Acts for domestic and international clients in a range of disputes across both civil and white-collar issues. Held in high esteem for its experience dealing with cross-border disputes, it has a focus on Latin American matters and cases with parallel proceedings. Enjoys a fine reputation for its work in financial fraud cases, and also noted for its strengths in shareholder and contract disputes.

Strengths "It is an excellent firm" whose "lawyers are skilled, experienced and well organized" and "provide an excellent service," clients attest.

Interviewees also comment that "they are a problem-solving firm” that "inspires confidence” and is "truly superior in diligence and client care.”

Work highlights Acted for 30 American automobile dealerships in two parallel actions, seeking damages resulting from Mahindra and Mahindra USA’s failure to certify and import its light trucks and SUVs from India into the USA, which resulted in plaintiffs allegedly suffering substantial damages.

Represented eight class actions of bondholders in a long-running case against the Republic of Argentina for defaulting on the payment of government bonds.

Significant clients 

C.V.G. Ferrominera Orinoco, Core Co I Limited Partnership, Beneficio de Arroz Choloma, Raine Chacko, Naman Wakil.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Diaz is an "extraordinary attorney" who is "well prepared and experienced" and "cares about you as a person and not just as a client," reports one highly appreciative interviewee. Diaz is an experienced litigator who is particularly highlighted for his strengths in high-stakes cross-border disputes in Latin America.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers impressive bench strength and state coverage to a wide array of clients across a range of commercial disputes as well as white-collar matters. Noted for its highly adept counsel in product liability, banking and securities litigation, and also comes recommended for its strengths in insurance and real estate disputes. Maintains a fine track record in complex cross-border cases and also sought after for its extensive capabilities in appellate cases.

Strengths "Their strength is the bet-the-company type cases. The legal talent is extraordinary and they are outstanding litigators," reports one satisfied client.

Another source describes Greenberg Traurig as an "excellent firm with highly capable litigators."

Work highlights Assisted Citi in protecting its interests in the case of SEC v Quiros, in which Ariel Quiros and parties linked to him were charged with securities fraud, through misuse of investor funds. Citi provided banking services and a line of credit to Quiros, while unaware of any fraudulent activity on his part.

Defended Rheem Manufacturing in a putative class action concerning breach of warranty claims, statutory fraud claims and equitable claims relating to Rheem's HVAC units.

Significant clients Tracfone, WellCare Health Plans, Banca Mifel, Stiefel Laboratories, Lighting Science Group.

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe Hilarie Bass as “a trial specialist” who has “a very strong command of the facts and an excellent courtroom presence.” Bass is a seasoned litigator with more than three decades of experience in complex and high-stakes commercial disputes.

Gregory Kehoe is a highly regarded figure in the white-collar crime and government investigations arena and “a legend in the legal field,” according to commentators. He has an excellent track record in high-profile cases concerning racketeering and fraud allegations. A peer comments: "He's one of the finest trial lawyers I know – a consummate professional."

Jacqueline Becerra is regarded as “a standout name” in the market and comes recommended for her work in complex criminal cases and internal investigations. She is particularly noted for her expert counsel in FCPA matters.

The “very smart and diligent” David Coulson is an experienced trial lawyer and a go-to attorney for product liability disputes. Sources appreciate his business-oriented approach and "ability to think outside the box."

The "gifted and personable" David Weinstein is described as “very experienced and very insightful," and also singled out by sources for his excellent communication skills. Weinstein is a well-respected white-collar crime litigator and is particularly noted for his work in healthcare and environmental-related cases.

Barry Richard is a much-respected figure in the market, noted for his wealth of experience in complex commercial litigation, and is also sought after for his extensive knowledge in constitutional law issues. He is also highly esteemed for his work on appellate cases.

Mark Schnapp is a well-known and well-regarded figure with more than four decades of experience acting for both individuals and leading corporations in major white-collar crime investigations.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Broad commercial litigation practice, noted for its strengths in antitrust, IP, real estate and product liability disputes. Also enjoys a very strong reputation for professional malpractice defense work. Represents an array of clients including financial institutions and prominent accountancy and law firms.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" David Wells is regularly sought for his counsel in high-stakes litigation and is recognized for his strong abilities in professional negligence disputes and litigation arising out of the construction sector. He is also frequently called upon for his expertise in alternative dispute resolution.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Tampa-based team offering expertise across a wide range of commercial litigation, both statewide and beyond. Represents both individuals and corporations and is well known for its work in breach of contract, securities and IP disputes. Also possesses notable expertise in antitrust, trade secrets, product liability and professional negligence cases.

Strengths “They are excellent lawyers” who are “very practical and pragmatic, very efficient and results-oriented,” an interviewee notes.

"They're smart and dedicated, their written work is excellent, and at hearings they are very prepared and articulate," says one satisfied client, who adds: "They are very professional, thorough and they do an excellent job!"

Work highlights Acted for AAMP of America in patent infringement cases against Audonics System and Automotive Data Solutions, regarding a stereo interface device that allows factory-installed steering stereo controls to be compatible with aftermarket replacement stereos.

Defended Koppers in a putative class action brought by homeowners within two miles of a former wood treating plant, which is alleged to have chemically contaminated the area.

Significant clients OSI Restaurant Partners, Palo Alto Networks, Richman Group, SJ Collins Enterprises and Brightwork Real Estate, FCA US.

Notable practitioners  

"Great litigator" Benjamin Hill has a fantastic reputation in the market and is regularly engaged for his expert counsel in complex product liability cases. He is also noted for his strengths in insurance and professional liability litigation.

"Excellent lawyer" David Knight is a “well thought of” figure recognized for his counsel in high-stakes business disputes. He is particularly highly regarded for his work in antitrust, IP and securities litigation and is also frequently called upon for his expertise in arbitrations.

Dennis Waggoner has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation and is highlighted for his representation of clients in securities, breach of contract and trade secrets disputes. He is also sought after for his counsel in corporate and partnership suits and draws particular praise for his “very detail-oriented and committed” approach.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Excellent litigation group, offering expertise at trial and appellate level across a range of areas including construction, professional liability and labor and employment disputes. Also excels in complex IP and antitrust litigation and maintains a strong reputation for international arbitration work.

Strengths One appreciative client says: "They've been invaluable and they couldn't have delivered more. They're great trial lawyers. They write with clarity and have an extremely high level of advocacy. They brought the creativity that the case required."

"I'm delighted with the firm – they're very responsive and knowledgeable. It's been wonderful working with them," adds another satisfied client.

Work highlights Acted for IBM México in a case concerning alleged wrongful termination and bad faith relating to a decade-long services agreement between the client and Iusacell.

Counseled MasTec in a critical internal investigation into SEC allegations concerning revenue recognition improprieties and other concerns. The investigation was followed by a securities class action brought by MasTec shareholders, which the firm also defended.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Lancer Group Hedge Fund Receivership, Amgen, Centrais Electricas Brasileiras, Government of Panama.

Notable practitioners  

"Top-flight litigator" Marty Steinberg is an excellent choice of counsel for high-profile litigation and is routinely called upon for his robust counsel in securities, antitrust, IP and product liability disputes. "He's a preeminent litigator - he's top-notch and has the ability to handle very complex cases," reports one impressed source.

“Outstanding lawyer” Carol Licko is singled out for being “extremely effective at solving clients' problems,” interviewees note. Licko is recognized for her work in highly sophisticated commercial litigation and is a go-to attorney for high-profile disputes in the healthcare, life sciences and financial services sectors.

The “phenomenal” Daniel González is particularly noted for his counsel in disputes in the construction and infrastructure sector and is highly regarded for his international arbitration work. One impressed client comments: "He's a fantastic attorney. He's an expert in his field and is up to date on the trends and precedents. When you get him you know you are getting someone who can present the case in clear way."

John O'Sullivan is “a good commercial litigator” noted for his “dynamic and focused" approach. He is particularly highlighted for his strengths in IP disputes and is also regularly engaged on complex antitrust, securities and breach of contract litigation.

Parker Thomson is of counsel at the firm and is regarded as "a hall-of-famer" in the Florida market for his wealth of experience and excellent track record in commercial litigation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Possesses highly respected expertise across both civil and white-collar criminal disputes, with significant appellate expertise. Excels in significant financial fraud cases and investigations. Also highlighted for its strengths in product liability, IP and professional malpractice cases. Additionally recognized for its fine track record in First Amendment litigation in the media and entertainment space.

Strengths One impressed client comments: "They're terrific – they're very proactive, and do a great job in preparation and in advocating."

Commentators also praise the firm's lawyers as "very hard-working and very responsive" and as "really great people to work with," with one interviewee also commenting: "The work product is outstanding."

Work highlights Defended Agadir in a suit alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition relating to haircare products.

Assisted the Puerto Rico Health Administration in investigating and auditing its contractual health service provider Molina Healthcare, following performance complaints. Following the investigation's findings it helped ASES to impose sanctions of $4 million on Molina.

Significant clients AIG, Citibank, Harris Corporation, Mako Surgical, SunTrust Bank.

Notable practitioners  

John Hogan is highly experienced in white-collar crime and government and internal investigations work, and is particularly noted for his adept counsel in cases concerning healthcare fraud and FCPA issues.

"Excellent litigator" Sanford Bohrer is sought after for his expertise in IP and product liability disputes and has an excellent reputation for his work in First Amendment litigation. He is also noted for his assured representation in class action cases. He leads the firm's class action practice.

Latour Lafferty draws particular praise for his effective client handling skills. He is a strong choice of counsel for white-collar crime litigation and is noted for his expertise in False Claims Act disputes.

Tracy Nichols elicits strong acclaim for her work in complex securities disputes and is highly regarded for her expertise in class actions. Sources describe her as "a fabulous lawyer to work with." Nichols leads the firm's securities litigation practice.

Interviewees single out Bill Shepherd as "a quick study" and also praise his "very reasonable and calm demeanor" in disputes. He is regularly called upon for assured counsel in white-collar crime and investigations work. "He has a keen insight into local law enforcement and prosecutorial perspectives that is highly valuable," reports one impressed source.

The "excellent" Joseph Varner is recognized for his adroit representation of clients in professional malpractice, personal injury and securities litigation. Sources say he is "great on strategy" and "great with the jury."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Miami-based litigation team positioned within a global law firm with significant international resources. Excels in cross-border litigation, particularly with regard to Latin America and the Caribbean. Noted for its adept counsel in financial services disputes, as well as cases concerning product liability, IP, antitrust and real estate. Excellent choice of firm for class action defense work and particularly noted for its work on behalf of government clients.

Strengths One impressed client describes the firm as “resourceful, quick to react and knowledgeable” and praises its “personalized approach and depth to handle large cases.”

Another satisfied client comments: "I think they were great and they managed everything in a professional manner. The way they handled it was outstanding!"

Work highlights Defended Diageo North America, Diageo Latin America & Caribbean, Diageo Brands and R&A Bailey & Co, in common law and statutory claims brought by Alpacific. The plaintiff sought damages of more than $33 million for the termination of its Ecuador distribution agreement.

Acted on behalf of GreenTech Automotive in a libel claim which it had filed against the Franklin Center for Public and Government Responsibility. The claim was brought on the grounds that the center had made false and defamatory fraud allegations against GreenTech and its founder.

Significant clients Hess Oil, Johnson & Johnson.

Notable practitioners  

Barry Davidson is a highly experienced litigator with a fine reputation in complex antitrust, IP and product liability disputes. He maintains an excellent track record for his counsel in class action litigation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Distinguished litigation boutique with significant expertise in a range of dispute areas, including professional liability and securities fraud. Also regularly sought after for its expert counsel on antitrust, IP and D&O liability cases.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Richard Critchlow is a strong choice of counsel for highly complex and significant commercial cases. He is an experienced trial lawyer who excels in securities disputes and is also regularly engaged to represent lawyers and accountants in professional liability litigation.

Stanley Wakshlag provides counsel to clients in complex securities and professional malpractice suits and is highly regarded for his skill in class actions. An impressed market commentator says: "He is a personable, gentlemanly and seasoned trial lawyer. He's absolutely no-nonsense and a pleasure to work with."

Michael Nachwalter is a well-known and highly esteemed figure in the market, highlighted for his wealth of experience in antitrust, securities and legal malpractice cases. He is also noted for his work in alternative dispute resolution.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Well-respected litigation boutique covering a wide range of litigation. Maintains particular strengths in professional malpractice suits. Acts for both plaintiffs and defendants, and represents a broad array of clients – including private individuals, public companies and governmental entities – enjoying a fine reputation in the nonprofit, healthcare and education sectors.

Strengths Sources praise the firm for both its professionalism and prominent reputation in the market. One interviewee notes: "They are lawyers' lawyers. They are very highly respected with regard to their insights and analytical skills, and they command deep respect from the bench."

"They're very impressive," reports another impressed source, who adds: "They are very good strategists and work extremely hard." 

Notable practitioners  

David King is recognized for his adept counsel in complex commercial litigation and legal malpractice defense. One client enthuses: "He did a brilliant job on cross-examining the witnesses – it was frightfully devastating, which is what you want, of course." Another interviewee asserts: "He can be very forceful on behalf of his client but is extremely professional. Both the judges and opposing counsel like him."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Litigation boutique with extensive trial experience, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. Particularly renowned for its prowess in real estate and construction disputes. Also noted for its strengths in trade secrets and IP cases, as well as shareholder and partnership conflicts.

Strengths The firm wins plaudits for its impressive work product. Clients declare: "They are dedicated, tenacious and lucid. Their arguments are clear and persuasive."

Another source highlights: "We have come back to them again and again because they are smart, efficient and experienced. They are very responsive and thoughtful." 

Work highlights Represented Florida Pritikin Center in a breach of contract dispute with Trump Endeavor 12, relating to the condition of premises leased by Trump to the client.

Acted for Whitesell Corporation in a dispute with Electrolux and Husqvarna concerning the breach of a supply purchase agreement valued at more than $140 million.

Significant clients Dollar Tree Stores, Garda Global, Huff Alternative Fund, Lennar Corporation, RK Centers.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Kluger is an experienced trial lawyer, particularly well versed in complex real estate disputes. One appreciative client avers: "He's an extremely strong advocate on your behalf. He doesn't shy away from taking positions. He is shoulder to shoulder with you, fighting side by side."

Steve Silverman handles a broad range of disputes, including real estate litigation and lender liability claims, and enjoys a fine track record in class action cases. In a recent work highlight, he advised Dollar Tree Stores on a dispute with Winn Dixie Stores regarding an alleged breach of restrictive lease covenants, in a case valued at approximately $25 million.

Philippe Lieberman handles complex business disputes pertaining to joint ventures, financial fraud and lender liability, among others. One satisfied client comments: "He's very responsive and professional. He understands our business very well and goes above and beyond."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in significant commercial litigation. Engaged by a wide range of clients from entrepreneurs to public companies and law firms. Experience includes securities fraud, antitrust, IP and partnership disputes. Go-to practice for large-scale class actions and also noted for its expert counsel in litigation concerning Ponzi schemes.

Strengths One impressed interviewee comments: "They are creative, diligent and determined. They are resourceful and successful. They always exceed my expectations."

Another draws attention to the team's standout reputation, declaring: "I find them to be exemplary. They are leaders in their field and at the top of their profession. They are a pleasure to work with." 

Work highlights Acted for Amparo Sanchez and Francisco Marty in a class action lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line regarding the company's decision to refuse the clients tickets for a cruise to Cuba, based on Cuba's policy that Cuban-born people cannot enter the country by boat. Successfully secured an explicit change of policy by both the company and Cuba.

Represented Alexandre Daccache in a dispute with Raymond James & Associates concerning a $150 million Ponzi scheme. 

Notable practitioners  

Harley Tropin is considered by peers to be "extremely wise and very knowledgeable. He is extraordinarily gifted at bet-the-company litigation." His core areas of expertise also include legal malpractice defense, shareholder and partnerships disputes, and Ponzi scheme litigation.

Adam Moskowitz is acclaimed for his work in class action litigation, particularly in relation to insurance issues. One impressed source singles Moskowitz out as "a tireless advocate and a fabulous strategist."

"Extraordinarily gifted trial lawyer" Thomas Tucker Ronzetti handles an array of disputes, contract and shareholder litigation, legal malpractice cases and class actions concerning antitrust issues. Sources reserve particular praise for his "tenacious and assertive advocacy."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Flourishing practice offering expertise in high-stakes commercial litigation, particularly in the financial services space. Maintains a fine reputation for its work in real estate disputes and skilled in cases concerning lender liability and bankruptcy. Also excels in IP and labor and employment litigation.

Strengths Sources admire the firm's commitment and dedication to cases, noting: "They zealously represent their clients. They are relentless, measured and effective and they act very collegially as a team."

Work highlights Acted for Volvo Financial Services in a dispute with VAS Aero Services and HIG Capital regarding the sale of aircraft and aircraft parts, including advice on tortious interference and aiding and abetting a civil theft.

Represented Ariel Quiros in disputes relating to his alleged involvement in the Jay Peak Ponzi scheme fraud.

Significant clients Apple, Atos Origin, CDR Creances, Costa Farms, JPMorgan Chase Bank.

Notable practitioners  

"Very good trial lawyer" Derek León is a highly skilled commercial litigator, noted for his work in banking and financial services disputes. He is also recognized for his experienced counsel on insurance and IP litigation, and is a strong choice of advocate for class action cases.

Scott Cosgrove wins plaudits for his work in IP infringement cases and real estate disputes, among others. One client raves: "He was excellent in his preparation and questioning of the witnesses and defendants in the case. He was focused and precise in his approach, and he clearly outshone the opponent’s counsel on every level."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Possesses a broad range of litigation expertise and is noted for its outstanding reputation in disputes concerning the healthcare sector. Also excels in complex product liability and financial services litigation. Recognized for its highly adept counsel in mass tort litigation and maintains wide-ranging industry sector strength, including in telecommunications, tobacco and financial services.

Work highlights Acted for TD Bank on two cases relating to its alleged aiding and abetting of fraudulent activities by its customers.

Represented Honeywell in a negligence and strict liability dispute with Reydel Muniz concerning claims that the plaintiff's peritoneal mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos in products manufactured by the company.

Significant clients CDR Créances, ExxonMobil, Monsanto, Telemundo, Verizon Communications.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Upshaw is a key contact.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers clients expertise in a range of commercial litigation areas. Frequently handles class action defense on behalf of a variety of clients including financial institutions. Additional areas of expertise include IP and real estate contractual disputes. Retains a standout client base among the energy, transportation and technology sectors.

Work highlights Represented Toyota Motor Sales in a putative class action regarding negligence, implied warranty and a violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act in connection with the dashboard of vehicles which started to melt in humidity or high heat.

Acted for AeroMexico on a RICO putative class action pertaining to an alleged fraudulent scheme to charge Mexican nationals a tourism tax. Successfully secured a dismissal of the case.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase Bank, MERSCORP Holdings, Patheon, Microsoft.

Notable practitioners  

"Terrific lawyer" Robert Brochin is an experienced litigator who comes recommended for his counsel in complex financial services litigation and real estate disputes. He is a fine choice for class action work and is particularly sought after for his broad-ranging sector knowledge that includes technology and transportation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Outstanding practice acting for plaintiffs across complex and high-profile commercial, white-collar crime and appellate litigation. Possesses notable expertise in aviation disaster cases, and is also active in the healthcare, financial services and automotive arenas. Highly regarded for its strengths in product liability and medical malpractice disputes and represents a go-to firm for high-value multidistrict class action litigation.

Strengths Clients value the firm's dedication and creativity. One client explains: "One of the things that makes them stand out is their willingness and ability to take on a tough case that isn't easy to win. It needs a lot of effort and creativity and a lot of insight. They are willing to do it. They are knowledgeable in every aspect of litigation."

Other sources highlight its outstanding reputation, with one interviewee noting: "They are consistently involved in the biggest, most high-profile cases and class actions in Florida."

Work highlights Represented the product liability claimants in a class action pertaining to defective drywall made in China. Secured a large number of favorable settlements for their clients.

Acted for the plaintiffs in a class action brought against Takata in relation to defective airbags installed in the defendant's vehicles. 

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely strategic and thoughtful" Peter Prieto maintains a top-notch reputation in both commercial litigation and white-collar crime cases, and is particularly skilled in class actions. He attracts praise from sources for being "highly skilled, practical, timely and terrific in court."

The "extremely well regarded" Aaron Podhurst has more than five decades of experience in litigation and is regarded as a go-to attorney for complex class action cases, particularly in the aviation space. 

Steven Marks maintains an excellent reputation for his work in aviation litigation, including aircraft accidents and airport liability cases. "He's the gold standard in aviation law," reports one impressed peer.

"Excellent, high-quality lawyer" Ricardo Martinez-Cid handles a variety of cases, including product liability and personal injury, and is particularly noted for his representation of clients in mass torts.

Robert Josefsberg retains a standout reputation in both white-collar and commercial litigation. "Bob is one of the living legends in the legal community and someone that I've looked up to as a mentor," explains one peer.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Litigation boutique that handles a wide range of disputes including antitrust, real estate and professional malpractice cases. Possesses significant experience in handling consumer class actions on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Also highly regarded for its accomplished work in product liability, IP and employment disputes, and maintains a fine track record for its work on behalf of clients in the healthcare and financial services sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its pragmatic advice and timeliness. One states: "They are very committed to their work. They are always on schedule, always helping us and very professional. They understand the way you are thinking and try to help you with all the possibilities. They give us the most realistic answers."

Another adds: "They are extraordinarily diligent. They are bright, thoughtful, conscientious and very, very good at their jobs." 

Work highlights Represented DIRECTV in a class action relating to alleged violations of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Acted for Credit Suisse Securities and Annick Iwanowski in a dispute with SunTrust Bank regarding alleged trade secrets misappropriation, breaches of nonsolicitation and confidentiality and tortious interference.

Significant clients American Care, AT&T, Citi, Selene Finance, Sunshine Bottling.

Notable practitioners  

Manuel Garcia Linares is well versed in a broad variety of disputes, including professional malpractice and complex real estate litigation, and maintains a strong track record in class actions. One client comments: "Manny is very knowledgeable and one of his greatest strengths is his ability to communicate his ideas effectively. He can take a thousand pages of complex documents, digest them and explain them using common, everyday language and examples to illustrate his explanation."

Alan Greer is regarded as a standout name in the commercial litigation space, and comes recommended for his counsel in IP and professional malpractice disputes. "Alan has a reputation that is second to none in the community – the respect he commands is very valuable to our business," explains one client.

Gerald Richman brings to bear more than 30 years of experience in the space when assisting clients in disputes. He is particularly highly esteemed in antitrust, banking, construction and land use litigation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Experienced business litigators well versed in complex disputes covering a range of matters, including securities, bankruptcy, IP and antitrust. Possesses notable expertise in significant insurance coverage disputes. Also highlighted for its strengths in cross-border litigation and arbitration, particularly in cases relating to Latin America.

Strengths The firm wins plaudits for the intellectual rigor of its attorneys. One source notes: "This firm is full of extremely bright people. They understand, analyze and can get to the heart of a dispute involving complex factual matters and legal issues. The sign of an extraordinary lawyer is to make the complex simple and understandable. They have the ability to do that."

Clients also appreciate the firm's dedication to matters, with one interviewee observing: "They are creative, innovative, aggressive and leave no stone unturned in defending their clients. I think they do a great job!" 

Work highlights Acted for the former CEO of Eurobank of Puerto Rico, Rafael Arrillaga-Torréns Jr, in a $55 million case brought by the FDIC relating to alleged breach of fiduciary duty following the closure of the bank in 2010.

Represented Neff Rental in a dispute with a former employee concerning the violation of a noncompete agreement.  

Significant clients Avia Support International, Carlos Loumiet, Chevron, R-G Premier Bank of Puerto Rico, SpaceX.

Notable practitioners  

Andrés Rivero possesses a wealth of experience as a trial lawyer. He offers expertise on cross-border mandates in Latin America and is particularly well versed in securities fraud and gross negligence cases. One commentator raves: "Andrés is one of a kind: he's one of the most charismatic, smart and pleasant attorneys I know – a really special person."

Jorge Mestre is head of the firm's cross-border litigation practice. He comes particularly well regarded for his work on environmental damage litigation. He also handles fraud and professional negligence cases. According to one impressed source, "the two things that stand out about Jorge are his attention to detail and his aggression in moving cases forward."

The "fabulous" Amanda McGovern is highly regarded for her expertise in bankruptcy disputes, shareholder derivative actions and hedge fund litigation, among other areas. "She is a powerful presence in negotiations, and makes arguments forcefully while also looking for common ground," says one satisfied client.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its extensive expertise in product liability class action litigation. Maintains a fine track record for its work in disputes concerning tobacco, pharmaceutical and medical device products. Also well regarded for its counsel in complex IP and employment litigation.

Strengths A satisfied client reports: "The lawyers are all extraordinarily competent; they have great judgment, outstanding common sense and they are decent human beings. Juries can relate to them, that's their success."

Another impressed source says: "They are incredibly high-quality. The team is outstanding and they are stellar trial attorneys!"

Work highlights Acted for Boston Scientific in a medical malpractice and product liability case relating to its Zero Tip Nitinol Stone Retrieval Basket. 

Represented Allergan USA in a case brought by Sasha Dixon alleging that the LAP-BAND implant eroded into her stomach and caused it to rupture. Successfully secured the dismissal of the case.

Significant clients Philip Morris USA, Stryker.

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Reilly is highly regarded for his expertise in defending cigarette manufacturers in class action lawsuits; in a recent highlight, he represented Philip Morris USA in the high-profile Engle progeny litigation.

William Geraghty has particular prowess in legal malpractice and product liability cases. One appreciative client comments: "He has an excellent ability to interact and bond with the jury, in terms of presentation of the evidence."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its representation of pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers in significant litigation. Also possesses notable strength in insurance and securities cases. Go-to practice for class action and multidistrict litigation, and also recommended for its expertise in large-scale cross-border disputes. 

Notable practitioners  

Alvin Davis enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market and is acclaimed for his work in product liability disputes. He maintains an excellent track record in class action lawsuits and is singled out by one peer as "as good a trial lawyer as it gets – a brilliant commercial trial lawyer."

Patricia Lowry is recognized for her wealth of experience acting for pharmaceutical companies in high-value product liability litigation. "She has a very interesting and successful practice with a national reputation for pharmaceutical liability cases. She really has a very vibrant practice," a market commentator asserts.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Excellent group offering clients a wide range of expertise across real estate, IP, antitrust and construction disputes. Experienced in significant trial work and class actions. Also routinely called upon for its strengths in securities, product liability and professional malpractice cases. Additionally recognized as a good choice of firm for municipalities and local government entities.

Strengths One impressed commentator notes: "The litigation group is a well-oiled machine, nothing slips through the cracks. They out-work and out-think the other side. They live the case and the results speak for themselves."

Another interviewee adds: "They never take their assignments as commodities – they are passionate about their client. They are very comfortable in their client relations and have a very interactive style."

Work highlights Secured a $151 million settlement for the class of indirect purchasers of polyurethane foam, in an antitrust class action against nine US and Canadian manufacturers.

Represented Cleveland Clinic Florida in a medical malpractice dispute with a former American Airlines pilot. Secured a result in favor of the client.

Significant clients BFC Financial, MDM.

Notable practitioners  

Eugene Stearns is a highly regarded figure in the market who has a wealth of experience across securities, IP and insurance disputes, among many other areas of litigation. "He enjoys a phenomenal reputation and it is extremely well deserved. He's brilliant!" one source notes. Another interviewee adds: "He is unquestionably one of the leading lawyers in the market – a legal powerhouse."

Jay Shapiro is highlighted for his expert counsel in securities, IP and unfair trade practices litigation. "He's very well known in the legal community and is a real weapon," reports one impressed commentator. 

David Pollack has more than four decades of experience as a trial lawyer and is highly regarded for his work in antitrust and product liability litigation. An interviewee notes: "David is a fabulous writer, known for his preparation of briefs. He is an excellent lawyer and is very strategic and creative."

The "very smart and very composed" Mary Barzee Flores is noted for her capabilities in breach of contract, product liability and medical malpractice disputes; in the words of one interviewee, she is "a superb trial master – nothing short of a trial master."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Provides representation to high-profile clients across a range of complex disputes and is esteemed for its strengths in product liability, securities, contract and bankruptcy litigation, among other matters. Maintains particular expertise in class action and multidistrict litigation and possesses broad-ranging sector experience, including energy, manufacturing and life sciences. 

Work highlights Represented Procter & Gamble in a product liability dispute concerning its denture cream product Fixodent, which allegedly caused neurological injuries. The firm secured a successful result for the client at the appellate court.

Acted for Dometic Corporation on a putative class action relating to gas absorption refrigerators made by the client which were allegedly defectively designed and manufactured.

Significant clients American Traffic Solutions, Financial Guaranty Insurance, Nortek, Repsol, Vantage Drilling Company.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Soto comes recommended for his assured counsel in product liability, insurance, employment and antitrust litigation. Peers highlight that "he has an excellent reputation and is a first-rate lawyer." Soto is global co-head of the firm's complex commercial litigation practice.

"Outstanding litigator" Edward McCarthy is an experienced trial lawyer who is recognized for his strengths in product liability and bankruptcy disputes. He is noted for excellent counsel in complex multidistrict cases and class litigation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Miami base of international firm with a strong reputation for national and cross-border work. Handles a wide range of issues with an emphasis on commercial litigation at both trial and appellate level and notable expertise in white-collar issues. Particularly sought after for its expertise in product liability cases and disputes in the financial services sector.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's "amazing client skills" and also single out its "very fine litigators."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of UCB in a patent infringement dispute with Apotex regarding the process of making stable pharmaceutical compositions of the drug Moexipril.

Represented United Property & Casualty Insurance at the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal against a group of residential property insurance holders. The firm secured the denial of the plaintiffs' motion to certify a class action.

Significant clients American Home Assurance, Comcast Cable Communications, Consumers for Smart Solar, Florida Development Finance, Ocean Bank.

Notable practitioners  

White-collar crime practice head Daniel Fridman attracts particular praise for his "excellent judgment and great writing skills." Fridman is particularly skilled in handling investigations into companies with business interests in Latin America and is also well versed in healthcare fraud mandates.

Jaime Bianchi maintains a strong track record in consumer class actions and acts for a distinguished client base of companies drawn from telecommunications, transportation and financial services, among other sectors. "He's a really smart strategist and produces consistently high-quality written work," one impressed interviewee asserts. 

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Colson Hicks Eidson

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great lawyer" Dean Colson is an experienced and well-known litigator who comes recommended for his strengths in professional malpractice and product liability disputes. He maintains a fine track record for his work in cases arising out of the aviation industry.

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Hunton & Williams LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Davidson is a highly experienced litigator with a fine reputation in complex antitrust, IP and product liability disputes. He maintains an excellent track record for his counsel in class action litigation.

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Richman Greer PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Greer is regarded as a standout name in the commercial litigation space, and comes recommended for his counsel in IP and professional malpractice disputes. "Alan has a reputation that is second to none in the community – the respect he commands is very valuable to our business," explains one client.

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Podhurst Orseck P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Josefsberg retains a standout reputation in both white-collar and commercial litigation. "Bob is one of the living legends in the legal community and someone that I've looked up to as a mentor," explains one peer.

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Liles, Gavin, Costantino & George

From the Chambers USA guide

Rutledge Liles of Liles, Gavin, Costantino & George brings to bear over 50 years' experience as a trial lawyer in his counsel to clients on professional malpractice, IP and insurance disputes. He also handles construction litigation and premises liability matters.

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Kenny Nachwalter PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Nachwalter is a well-known and highly esteemed figure in the market, highlighted for his wealth of experience in antitrust, securities and legal malpractice cases. He is also noted for his work in alternative dispute resolution.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Richard is a much-respected figure in the market, noted for his wealth of experience in complex commercial litigation, and is also sought after for his extensive knowledge in constitutional law issues. He is also highly esteemed for his work on appellate cases.

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Richman Greer, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Richman brings to bear more than 30 years of experience in the space when assisting clients in disputes. He is particularly highly esteemed in antitrust, banking, construction and land use litigation.

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Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Sidney Stubbs of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. is a well-respected and senior figure in the commercial litigation space. He possesses particular skill in bet-the-company litigation and legal malpractice disputes.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Parker Thomson is of counsel at the firm and is regarded as "a hall-of-famer" in the Florida market for his wealth of experience and excellent track record in commercial litigation.

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Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Eugene Stearns is a highly regarded figure in the market who has a wealth of experience across securities, IP and insurance disputes, among many other areas of litigation. "He enjoys a phenomenal reputation and it is extremely well deserved. He's brilliant!" one source notes. Another interviewee adds: "He is unquestionably one of the leading lawyers in the market – a legal powerhouse."

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Hilarie Bass as “a trial specialist” who has “a very strong command of the facts and an excellent courtroom presence.” Bass is a seasoned litigator with more than three decades of experience in complex and high-stakes commercial disputes.

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Kenny Nachwalter PA

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Richard Critchlow is a strong choice of counsel for highly complex and significant commercial cases. He is an experienced trial lawyer who excels in securities disputes and is also regularly engaged to represent lawyers and accountants in professional liability litigation.

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Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers USA guide

Alvin Davis enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market and is acclaimed for his work in product liability disputes. He maintains an excellent track record in class action lawsuits and is singled out by one peer as "as good a trial lawyer as it gets – a brilliant commercial trial lawyer."

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Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans & Coxe

From the Chambers USA guide

John DeVault is a seasoned litigator with a fine reputation in the market. He is noted for his adept counsel in complex commercial trials and appeals and is highly regarded for his expertise in professional malpractice claims.

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Colson Hicks Eidson

From the Chambers USA guide

Lewis Eidson is “fabulous in personal injury cases” and “very good in the courtroom,” one peer reports. Eidson possesses an impressive track record in personal injury work and is highly regarded for his strengths in mass torts and class actions. He is also highlighted for his counsel in medical malpractice, product liability and employee rights cases.

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Hill Ward Henderson

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great litigator" Benjamin Hill has a fantastic reputation in the market and is regularly engaged for his expert counsel in complex product liability cases. He is also noted for his strengths in insurance and professional liability litigation.

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King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

David King is recognized for his adept counsel in complex commercial litigation and legal malpractice defense. One client enthuses: "He did a brilliant job on cross-examining the witnesses – it was frightfully devastating, which is what you want, of course." Another interviewee asserts: "He can be very forceful on behalf of his client but is extremely professional. Both the judges and opposing counsel like him."

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Colson Hicks Eidson

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very respected” Roberto Martinez is “loved by judges,” interviewees assert. Martinez is highly adept in both complex commercial and white-collar criminal cases and is a strong choice of counsel for product liability suits.

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Podhurst Orseck P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely well regarded" Aaron Podhurst has more than five decades of experience in litigation and is regarded as a go-to attorney for complex class action cases, particularly in the aviation space. 

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Podhurst Orseck P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely strategic and thoughtful" Peter Prieto maintains a top-notch reputation in both commercial litigation and white-collar crime cases, and is particularly skilled in class actions. He attracts praise from sources for being "highly skilled, practical, timely and terrific in court."

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Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Singer is known to his peers as “an excellent lawyer” and a “brilliant man.” His nationwide trial and appellate practice stretches back for more than three decades, and he is highlighted for his work on behalf of blue-chip clients in a broad range of cases, including antitrust, IP and professional liability disputes.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Soto comes recommended for his assured counsel in product liability, insurance, employment and antitrust litigation. Peers highlight that "he has an excellent reputation and is a first-rate lawyer." Soto is global co-head of the firm's complex commercial litigation practice.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top-flight litigator" Marty Steinberg is an excellent choice of counsel for high-profile litigation and is routinely called upon for his robust counsel in securities, antitrust, IP and product liability disputes. "He's a preeminent litigator - he's top-notch and has the ability to handle very complex cases," reports one impressed source.

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Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

From the Chambers USA guide

Harley Tropin is considered by peers to be "extremely wise and very knowledgeable. He is extraordinarily gifted at bet-the-company litigation." His core areas of expertise also include legal malpractice defense, shareholder and partnerships disputes, and Ponzi scheme litigation.

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Kenny Nachwalter PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Stanley Wakshlag provides counsel to clients in complex securities and professional malpractice suits and is highly regarded for his skill in class actions. An impressed market commentator says: "He is a personable, gentlemanly and seasoned trial lawyer. He's absolutely no-nonsense and a pleasure to work with."

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Berger Singerman

From the Chambers USA guide

Mitchell Berger is “extremely experienced in court” and “a real strategist” who is “very articulate, calm and effective,” sources report. Berger has more than three decades of experience in complex commercial litigation and is noted for his strengths in cases concerning securities, bankruptcy, real estate and construction.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Terrific lawyer" Robert Brochin is an experienced litigator who comes recommended for his counsel in complex financial services litigation and real estate disputes. He is a fine choice for class action work and is particularly sought after for his broad-ranging sector knowledge that includes technology and transportation.

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Coffey Burlington

From the Chambers USA guide

The “outstanding” Kendall Coffey tackles complex trial and appellate cases across federal and state courts, and is considered "a quality commercial litigator” who is “very well known and well respected.”

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V M Diaz & Partners

From the Chambers USA guide

Victor Diaz of V M Diaz & Partners has an excellent reputation in the market and is highlighted for his assured representation of clients in complex product liability disputes. He maintains a fine track in class actions and mass tort cases.

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Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Kluger is an experienced trial lawyer, particularly well versed in complex real estate disputes. One appreciative client avers: "He's an extremely strong advocate on your behalf. He doesn't shy away from taking positions. He is shoulder to shoulder with you, fighting side by side."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

“Outstanding lawyer” Carol Licko is singled out for being “extremely effective at solving clients' problems,” interviewees note. Licko is recognized for her work in highly sophisticated commercial litigation and is a go-to attorney for high-profile disputes in the healthcare, life sciences and financial services sectors.

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Podhurst Orseck P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Marks maintains an excellent reputation for his work in aviation litigation, including aircraft accidents and airport liability cases. "He's the gold standard in aviation law," reports one impressed peer.

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Colson Hicks Eidson

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very competent" Joseph Matthews has a broad-ranging practice and is noted for his expertise in contract and insurance litigation and product liability disputes. He is also frequently called upon for his strengths in both domestic and cross-border arbitration work. .

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Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Moskowitz is acclaimed for his work in class action litigation, particularly in relation to insurance issues. One impressed source singles Moskowitz out as "a tireless advocate and a fabulous strategist."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tracy Nichols elicits strong acclaim for her work in complex securities disputes and is highly regarded for her expertise in class actions. Sources describe her as "a fabulous lawyer to work with." Nichols leads the firm's securities litigation practice.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Pace of Jones Day is an excellent choice of counsel for complex IP disputes and maintains a fine track record in class action cases. One client raves: "Chris is one of the best lawyers any of us will ever know. He's brilliant, as diligent as they come. He thinks of things that others don't think of and has a wealth of experience. He's very responsive, works until the job gets done and provides a very quick turnaround time."

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Broad and Cassel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Raymond is “very savvy, very responsive and well connected” and “a problem solver” who “engenders confidence in his clients” and “helps guide businesses through their disputes,” commentators remark. Raymond is regularly called upon for his counsel in securities and real estate disputes and is also noted for his excellent work in class actions.

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Carlton Fields

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Benjamine Reid is a seasoned trial lawyer particularly noted for his work in product liability disputes and has substantial experience in class actions. He is also recognized for his work on cases concerning the aviation industry.

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Reilly is highly regarded for his expertise in defending cigarette manufacturers in class action lawsuits; in a recent highlight, he represented Philip Morris USA in the high-profile Engle progeny litigation.

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Sivyer Barlow & Watson, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Mahlon Barlow of Sivyer Barlow & Watson, P.A. is recognized for his broad expertise across an array of commercial disputes. He is particularly skilled in IP infringement, professional malpractice, business tort and shareholder derivative actions.

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Carlton Fields

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Berman is a strong choice of counsel for complex commercial disputes and has extensive experience in cases relating to IP, securities, and real estate. He is also highlighted for his strengths in litigation arising out of M&A transactions. He is additionally noted for his expertise in domestic and cross-border arbitrations.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent litigator" Sanford Bohrer is sought after for his expertise in IP and product liability disputes and has an excellent reputation for his work in First Amendment litigation. He is also noted for his assured representation in class action cases. He leads the firm's class action practice.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

The “very smart and diligent” David Coulson is an experienced trial lawyer and a go-to attorney for product liability disputes. Sources appreciate his business-oriented approach and "ability to think outside the box."

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Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Foster is a highly experienced trial lawyer recognized for his expertise in business disputes and real estate litigation. He is particularly highly regarded for his work in contentious matters affecting the financial services sector and chairs the firm's financial institutions commercial litigation practice.

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Berger Singerman

From the Chambers USA guide

Market commentators describe James Gassenheimer as “very experienced, steady and effective.” Gassenheimer is highly regarded for his work in product liability, bankruptcy and insurance disputes and is also highlighted for his strengths in litigation in the aviation space.

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Geraghty has particular prowess in legal malpractice and product liability cases. One appreciative client comments: "He has an excellent ability to interact and bond with the jury, in terms of presentation of the evidence."

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Carlton Fields

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Ianno acts for a distinguished client base that includes leading financial institutions and manufacturers. His broad-ranging litigation practice takes in complex trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty disputes; he is also highly regarded for his strengths in class actions.

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Hill Ward Henderson

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent lawyer" David Knight is a “well thought of” figure recognized for his counsel in high-stakes business disputes. He is particularly highly regarded for his work in antitrust, IP and securities litigation and is also frequently called upon for his expertise in arbitrations.

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Bilzin Sumberg

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kreitzer is regarded as "an outstanding attorney” and praised for his "high level of attention to detail.” Kreitzer has a fine reputation in the market for his expertise in lender liability and financial institution disputes.

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Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Lowry is recognized for her wealth of experience acting for pharmaceutical companies in high-value product liability litigation. "She has a very interesting and successful practice with a national reputation for pharmaceutical liability cases. She really has a very vibrant practice," a market commentator asserts.

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Mandel & Mandel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Mandel of Mandel & Mandel LLP is an established figure in the market, equally adept in both white-collar criminal defense and complex commercial disputes. He is particularly well versed in cases pertaining to money laundering, antitrust and securities issues.

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Colson Hicks Eidson

From the Chambers USA guide

Curtis Miner is “a fabulous lawyer – easy to work with and a very creative guy,” reports one appreciative client. Miner is particularly highly esteemed for his work in high-value personal injury cases.

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Mrachek, Fitzgerald, Rose, Konopka, Thomas & Weiss PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Louis Mrachek of Mrachek, Fitzgerald, Rose, Konopka, Thomas & Weiss PA is singled out by one impressed source as "a very tough litigator and a go-to for very complex commercial cases." Mrachek has a wealth of experience in bankruptcy litigation and maintains a fine track record for his work in class actions. 

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Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lewis Murphy of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a strong choice of counsel for bet-the-company disputes and Ponzi scheme litigation. One appreciative client comments: "Lewis strikes that very fine balance between being aggressive enough but not overly aggressive. He knows and understands the law and is very successful in front of the court."

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Rivero Mestre LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrés Rivero possesses a wealth of experience as a trial lawyer. He offers expertise on cross-border mandates in Latin America and is particularly well versed in securities fraud and gross negligence cases. One commentator raves: "Andrés is one of a kind: he's one of the most charismatic, smart and pleasant attorneys I know – a really special person."

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Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jay Shapiro is highlighted for his expert counsel in securities, IP and unfair trade practices litigation. "He's very well known in the legal community and is a real weapon," reports one impressed commentator. 

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Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

From the Chambers USA guide

Steve Silverman handles a broad range of disputes, including real estate litigation and lender liability claims, and enjoys a fine track record in class action cases. In a recent work highlight, he advised Dollar Tree Stores on a dispute with Winn Dixie Stores regarding an alleged breach of restrictive lease covenants, in a case valued at approximately $25 million.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicolas Swerdloff of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is well versed in a range of disputes, including product liability, professional malpractice and securities litigation. He has a wealth of experience in cross-border disputes and comes recommended for his counsel in foreign sovereign litigation. 

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Joseph Varner is recognized for his adroit representation of clients in professional malpractice, personal injury and securities litigation. Sources say he is "great on strategy" and "great with the jury."

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Hill Ward Henderson

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis Waggoner has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation and is highlighted for his representation of clients in securities, breach of contract and trade secrets disputes. He is also sought after for his counsel in corporate and partnership suits and draws particular praise for his “very detail-oriented and committed” approach.

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Waldman Barnett, P.L.

From the Chambers USA guide

Glen Waldman of Waldman Barnett, P.L. handles real estate, shareholder and insurance litigation, among other disputes. "He has great attention to detail, and is innovative and very thorough. He is an excellent litigator who does not let anything slip by him in a proceeding," a satisfied client asserts. 

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Gunster

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" David Wells is regularly sought for his counsel in high-stakes litigation and is recognized for his strong abilities in professional negligence disputes and litigation arising out of the construction sector. He is also frequently called upon for his expertise in alternative dispute resolution.

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Bilzin Sumberg

From the Chambers USA guide

Mitchell Widom is described as “very articulate, persuasive and efficient” and praised for his “great skills in court." He is recognized for his strengths in partnership disputes and construction litigation and maintains an excellent track record in cases.

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Ackerman, Link & Sartory

From the Chambers USA guide

David Ackerman of Ackerman, Link & Sartory is an experienced litigator who is much sought after for his counsel in professional malpractice, securities and employment litigation. "His professionalism and attention to detail make him stand out," one source reports, while another comments: "David is an even-keeled, thoughtful and smart attorney – I have great respect for him."

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Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very smart and very composed" Mary Barzee Flores is noted for her capabilities in breach of contract, product liability and medical malpractice disputes; in the words of one interviewee, she is "a superb trial master – nothing short of a trial master."

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jaime Bianchi maintains a strong track record in consumer class actions and acts for a distinguished client base of companies drawn from telecommunications, transportation and financial services, among other sectors. "He's a really smart strategist and produces consistently high-quality written work," one impressed interviewee asserts. 

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Coffey Burlington

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Burlington is “very well respected by the judges,” sources report, and is noted for his wealth of experience in litigation concerning real estate, commercial contracts and securities. He is also regularly engaged to represent clients in employment disputes.

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Sequor Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Davis is particularly sought after for his strengths in Chapter 15 bankruptcy litigation, and acts for an impressive roster of cross-border clients. Sources value his “tenacity and understanding" and also single him out as “a champion of asset recovery.” He recently joined Sequor Law from the former Astigarraga Davis firm.

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Diaz Reus & Targ LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Diaz is an "extraordinary attorney" who is "well prepared and experienced" and "cares about you as a person and not just as a client," reports one highly appreciative interviewee. Diaz is an experienced litigator who is particularly highlighted for his strengths in high-stakes cross-border disputes in Latin America.

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Richman Greer PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Manuel Garcia Linares is well versed in a broad variety of disputes, including professional malpractice and complex real estate litigation, and maintains a strong track record in class actions. One client comments: "Manny is very knowledgeable and one of his greatest strengths is his ability to communicate his ideas effectively. He can take a thousand pages of complex documents, digest them and explain them using common, everyday language and examples to illustrate his explanation."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The “phenomenal” Daniel González is particularly noted for his counsel in disputes in the construction and infrastructure sector and is highly regarded for his international arbitration work. One impressed client comments: "He's a fantastic attorney. He's an expert in his field and is up to date on the trends and precedents. When you get him you know you are getting someone who can present the case in clear way."

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Berger Singerman

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Hayden draws praise for his excellent client service and "very dedicated" approach to matters. He is particularly noted for his strengths in cross-border commercial litigation and is also a strong choice of counsel for complex real estate disputes.

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Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very solid trial lawyer" William Heller comes recommended for his representation of originators, investors and servicers of mortgage loans in defense of consumer claims. He is noted for his strengths in matters relating to the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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Broad and Cassel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Lebow is a highly experienced litigator who comes recommended for her work across estate and succession planning disputes, noncompetition and tortious interference litigation, and fraudulent conveyance cases.

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Leon Cosgrove LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very good trial lawyer" Derek León is a highly skilled commercial litigator, noted for his work in banking and financial services disputes. He is also recognized for his experienced counsel on insurance and IP litigation, and is a strong choice of advocate for class action cases.

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Berger Singerman

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Lichtman is “an excellent communicator” and “a quick study,” and is praised for his "empathetic, understanding and straightforward" approach. Lichtman is well versed in shareholder disputes and other high-stakes securities litigation.

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Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

From the Chambers USA guide

Philippe Lieberman handles complex business disputes pertaining to joint ventures, financial fraud and lender liability, among others. One satisfied client comments: "He's very responsive and professional. He understands our business very well and goes above and beyond."

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Ackerman, Link & Sartory

From the Chambers USA guide

"Brilliant lawyer" Scott Link of Ackerman, Link & Sartory is an established trial attorney noted for his capabilities in securities, professional liability and complex business disputes. A source comments: "He's a very logical thinker and presents his case in a crystal-clear manner and in a way that leaves everyone very, very impressed."

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Rivero Mestre LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fabulous" Amanda McGovern is highly regarded for her expertise in bankruptcy disputes, shareholder derivative actions and hedge fund litigation, among other areas. "She is a powerful presence in negotiations, and makes arguments forcefully while also looking for common ground," says one satisfied client.

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Carlton Fields

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Meeks is an experienced attorney frequently called upon for his expert counsel in high-stakes litigation and is a good choice for bet-the-company disputes. He is particularly noted for his strengths in trade secrets and complex securities litigation.

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Rivero Mestre LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jorge Mestre is head of the firm's cross-border litigation practice. He comes particularly well regarded for his work on environmental damage litigation. He also handles fraud and professional negligence cases. According to one impressed source, "the two things that stand out about Jorge are his attention to detail and his aggression in moving cases forward."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Mullins is a “very, very experienced and thorough litigator���� who is praised by sources for his “rock-solid legal representation.” He is highly regarded for his expert counsel in shareholder and IP disputes and is also noted for his fine reputation in arbitration and appellate work. He recently joined Reed Smith LLP from the former Astigarraga Davis firm.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John O'Sullivan is “a good commercial litigator” noted for his “dynamic and focused" approach. He is particularly highlighted for his strengths in IP disputes and is also regularly engaged on complex antitrust, securities and breach of contract litigation.

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Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

David Pollack has more than four decades of experience as a trial lawyer and is highly regarded for his work in antitrust and product liability litigation. An interviewee notes: "David is a fabulous writer, known for his preparation of briefs. He is an excellent lawyer and is very strategic and creative."

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McDonald Hopkins LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Raquel Rodriguez is managing partner of McDonald Hopkins LLC's Miami office and is regularly called upon for her expertise in real estate disputes and complex banking litigation. She is also noted for her strengths in cases pertaining to constitutional and election law.

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Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

From the Chambers USA guide

"Extraordinarily gifted trial lawyer" Thomas Tucker Ronzetti handles an array of disputes, contract and shareholder litigation, legal malpractice cases and class actions concerning antitrust issues. Sources reserve particular praise for his "tenacious and assertive advocacy."

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Burr & Forman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Schifino of Burr & Forman LLP maintains a strong reputation for his work in IP, securities and professional malpractice litigation. An interviewee describes him as "very practical and very well respected by other law firms and by the judges."

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Berger Singerman

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Steven Singerman is “a very consistent lawyer” who “excels at analysis of risks and settlements,” interviewees note. Singerman is particularly singled out for his adept counsel in bankruptcy litigation.

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Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carlos Sires is “easy to work with” and offers “very effective representation,” sources comment. Sires is well regarded for his work in complex securities and banking disputes, and is also regularly called upon for his counsel on real estate litigation.

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Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "phenomenal" Robert Vaughan of Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP comes recommended for his robust counsel on behalf of clients in tobacco product liability cases. He is also well regarded for his work in complex bankruptcy litigation.

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Leon Cosgrove LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Cosgrove wins plaudits for his work in IP infringement cases and real estate disputes, among others. One client raves: "He was excellent in his preparation and questioning of the witnesses and defendants in the case. He was focused and precise in his approach, and he clearly outshone the opponent’s counsel on every level."

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Podhurst Orseck P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent, high-quality lawyer" Ricardo Martinez-Cid handles a variety of cases, including product liability and personal injury, and is particularly noted for his representation of clients in mass torts.

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Meland Russin & Budwick PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Ostroff of Meland Russin & Budwick PA is a rising star in the market and is developing a fine reputation for his work in trade secrets disputes. Sources describe him as "very professional, diligent and a true expert."

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Tenzer PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Laura Reich of Tenzer PLLC is highly regarded for her counsel in IP cases and litigation arising out of bankruptcy. One impressed peer raves: "She tackles every case with a zeal and enthusiasm that sets her apart, and is a pleasure to work with. She is very much guided by an intellectual honesty and a desire to reach the right result – she is a strong and professional advocate."

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Associates to watch

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Outstanding litigator" Edward McCarthy is an experienced trial lawyer who is recognized for his strengths in product liability and bankruptcy disputes. He is noted for excellent counsel in complex multidistrict cases and class litigation.

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