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Leon Cosgrove LLP

Firm Profile

Coral Gables

  • 255 Alhambra Circle Suite 800
  • Coral Gables
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33134

Firm profile submitted by Leon Cosgrove LLP

Managing Partners: Derek E León, Scott B Cosgrove
Number of partners: 8
Number of other attorneys: 9
Languages: English, Spanish

León Cosgrove is a complex business litigation boutique comprised of former federal law clerks and top-tier trial lawyers from AmLaw 100 firms. Highly focused and trial-ready teams represent clients in high-stakes plaintiff and defense matters across a wide range of practice areas, industries, and venues throughout the United States—often going up against and defeating, established global legal brands. León Cosgrove is the Florida litigation powerhouse for one of the world’s largest banks. Its lawyers have litigated for defrauded plaintiffs in the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme and for Bank of NY Mellon in a case brought by the Russian Federation. They recovered $120 million for CDR Creances (an instrumentality of the French government) after a French bank was defrauded in a sophisticated international scheme involving dozens of shell companies to hide the collateral for a defaulted bank loan. The firm is currently defense counsel on a $350 million fraud claim brought by the SEC and investors in the federal EB-5 Visa program. It is also representing the state of Florida in a dispute involving $30 million owed the state annually under its landmark 1997 tobacco settlement.

General Business Litigation:
7 partners; 17 fee earners based in Miami and Dallas
■ Obtained partial summary judgment for plaintiff in breach-of-contract state court case involving residual values of aircraft and aircraft parts due from early lease termination provisions. Also, obtained writ of replevin requiring the defendant to turn over several million dollars in aircraft equipment and defeated its motion for summary dismissal of claims, ensuring all the client’s claims would be heard at trial
■ In AAA arbitration, defeated in full a defense motion to dismiss the client’s estimated $70 million in faulty construction claims involving the installation of defective wind turbine blades at a $290 million wind farm in Panama
■ Pursued and settled a $30 million claim for copyright and trademark infringement involving the unauthorized use of TV psychic personality ‘Miss Cleo’
■ Within two months of being hired, and on the eve of trial, settled a years-old False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam action accusing a medical equipment supplier of overbilling Medicare by approximately $20 million
■ Defending Jay Peak real estate developer Ariel Quiros in an alleged $350 million fraud, including claims brought by the SEC and several classes of investors in the federal EB-5 Visa program
Key Clients: the State of Florida, McDonalds, Apple, World Fuel Services, Atos Origin, InterEnergy, MAPFRE Asistencia
Contact: Derek E León
Contact: Scott Cosgrove

Banking & Financial Services:
6 partners; 16 fee earners based in Miami
■ Successfully litigated for defrauded plaintiffs in the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme, for Bank of NY Mellon v. Russian Federation, and CDR Creances v. Leon Cohen
■ For French government instrumentality CDR, obtained constructive trust over six luxury Florida properties valued in excess of $120 million to recover for a $180 million bank loan fraud by convicted felons Maurice and Leon Cohen. The fraud employed dozens of shell companies and bank transactions to hide collateral for the loan
■ Florida litigation powerhouse for one of the world’s largest banks - JPMorgan Chase. Handles heavily litigated wrongful foreclosure claims, TILA actions, TCPA cases, class actions, fraud cases, and evidentiary disputes. By winning six crucial state court cases 2015-16, greatly curtailed actions by two plaintiffs’ litigation mills. Currently handling nine Florida state court mortgage statute of limitations appeals
■ Obtained a Fourth Florida District Court of Appeal affirmation of the firm’s successful defense of the mortgage lender in the foreclosure statute of limitations case Evergrene Partners, Inc. v. Citibank
■ Prevailed in Fourth Florida District Court of Appeal ‘unclean hands’ litigation against the successor lender in a mortgage foreclosure
Key Clients: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., CDR Creances (French government instrumentality charged with recovering assets of insolvent French banks)
Contact: Derek E León
Contact: Scott Cosgrove

Class Actions:
5 partners; 15 fee earners based in Miami
■ Brought and settled a $5 million novel consumer class action, on the eve of trial, against self-storage giant Public Storage while, along with class co-counsel, securing an upward fee adjustment from the presiding federal court judge who said ‘the level of advocacy really impressed me’
■ Proceeded to deploy the novel legal theory behind its Public Storage action (involving false pass-through charges for insurance) to bring bellwether deceptive and unfair trade practices consumer class actions (under FDUTPA) now pending against American Airlines and Cubesmart in federal district court
■ Defending McDonalds Corp. in a putative nationwide class action alleging violations of consumer protection statutes Contact: Scott Cosgrove Bankruptcy & Insolvency: 1 partner, 3 fee earners
■ Representing a secured lender in multiple related bankruptcies where $30 million is in dispute
■ Extensive experience counseling and representing a broad range of clients confronting the difficult choices imposed by financial distress
■ An astute, solutions-oriented practice representing virtually every party in interest in insolvency-related situations. Through aggressive representation of clients, León Cosgrove achieves favourable results in settlement or final court resolution
■ Representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official and ad hoc committees of creditors, trustees, vendors, state and federal court-appointed receivers, purchasers of distressed assets and directors and officers of troubled companies
■ Industries represented include real estate, construction, energy, telecommunications, retail, hospitality, health care and entertainment
■ Out-of-court restructurings, workouts, bankruptcy proceedings, statutory liquidations, assignments for the benefit of creditors, friendly and contested foreclosure proceedings, receivership proceedings, and asset sales under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code comprise the lion’s share of the practice
■ Also handling claims litigation, collections actions, actions to subordinate or set aside liens, clawback actions, and actions seeking recoveries for breaches of fiduciary duties, professional malpractice and negligence.
Contact: Andrew Zaron

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