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Leon Cosgrove LLP

Firm Profile

Coral Gables

  • Profile
  • 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: 11 Number of other attorneys: 7
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. It also represented the state of Florida and won a dispute involving $30 million owed the state annually under its landmark 1997 tobacco settlement.

PRACTICE AREASGeneral Commercial Litigation Banking & Financial Services Class Action Bankruptcy & Insolvency Intellectual Property Insurance Recovery Energy Labor & Employment Real Estate & ADA AccommodationsAppellate International Dispute Resolution

General Business Litigation:
9 partners; 18 fee earners based in Miami and Dallas
■Working on behalf of the State of Florida, prevailed on the enforcement of payments to the state in the amount of $30 million annually and in perpetuity to satisfy the 1997 landmark tobacco settlement against RJ Reynolds
■Obtained, through arbitration, a $66 million judgment for the claimant, a clean energy company, arising from a breach of warranty claim on defective wind turbine parts
■Won an $8 million judgment for a plaintiff in a breachof- contract action involving residual values of aircraft
■Settled a $30 million claim for copyright and trademark infringement involving the unauthorized use of TV psychic personality ‘Miss Cleo.’
■Defended and settled a $20 million False Claims Act Qui Tam action against a medical equipment supplier
Key Clients: the State of Florida, McDonalds, 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
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:
6 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 McDonald’s USA LLC and McDonald’s Corporation in a putative nationwide class action alleging violations of consumer protection statutes
■Defending putative nationwide class action in federal court against Gulf World Marine Park alleging FACTA violations
■Defending putative nationwide class action for Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. in federal court for alleged violations of consumer protection statute
Contact: Derek E León
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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