OUR PRACTICE AREAS

ARBITRATION

Arbitration is where parties to a dispute agree to resolve it outside of court. The parties hire a third person, usually a retired judge, and their agreement determines the rules of how the arbitrator makes his or her decision. Our lawyers have prevailed in numerous arbitration proceedings in a broad range of disputes such as contracts, business dissolutions, employment, civil rights, and construction.

Business

We provide skilled representation and zealous advocacy in all business and commercial law matters. From negotiating and drafting contracts to complex litigation, our commitment to our client's success is our ultimate driving force. Representing corporate clients and small businesses in integrating legal planning into their business strategy. We are able to provide a roadmap by which the business person can understand key aspects of the legal system, including corporate formation, contracts, insurance coverage, regulatory compliance and liability. Armed with this knowledge, clients can make decisions that reduce their liability, increase their competitive advantage, and most importantly, maximize their profits. We perform transactional work that includes entity selection and establishment, acquisitions and sales, employment contracts and agreements such as noncompete agreements and non-disclosure agreements, commercial leasing, identifying and obtaining financing, and drafting employment and operational policies. We also provide advice and counsel in matters involving regulatory compliance and corporate succession.

Civil Litigation

We handle a diverse array of civil litigation. At the outset of each case, we meet with our client to assess strategy and develop a plan focused on the most cost effective steps to achieve the client’s goal. We provide superior service by working closely with all of our clients to keep them informed throughout the process. We develop litigation plans that analyze the costs, benefits and risks of various strategies, provide an accurate assessment of likely results and outline specific milestones. Furthermore, our regular communication ensures timely updates on new developments and keeps the clients “in the loop” on refinement of strategy as changes occur in their cases. We will not just tell you what you would like to hear, we will tell you what you need to know!

Commercial Litigation

Our litigation group advocates for clients in all types of commercial disputes, including contract disputes, employment matters, real estate disputes and construction disputes. We handle such matters in state and federal courts throughout South Florida, appearing at both the trial and appellate level. We also provide representation and counsel during alternative dispute resolution sessions and agency hearings. Our goal, wherever we appear, is to achieve a resolution that fits our client's needs and circumstances. We represent organizations of all sizes, from closely held family businesses to large corporations. Our goal is to provide our clients with timely and cost-effective representation and advocacy that helps them achieve their business goals in matters involving:

  • Contract disputes
  • Tortous interference with contracts or business relationships
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
  • Corporate governance and regulatory compliance
  • Shareholder oppression and disputes
  • Shareholder actions and conflicts
  • Misappropriation of assets and corporate theft
  • Officer and Director Liability and self-dealing
  • Negligent management
  • Neglect of duties
  • Partnership disputes
  • Breach of fiduciary duty cases
  • Disputes over corporate management and control
  • Business dissolutions
  • Breach of non-compete, non-solicit, and trade secret agreements
  • Franchise disputes
  • Equitable actions
  • Debt collection actions

Construction Litigation

Construction defect claims revolve around many different and interrelated areas of the law, such as insurance coverage, product and professional liability. We leverage our specialized experience in all of these areas to successfully resolve claims stemming from allegations of defective construction. Attorneys in this practice area have represented insurers, contractors, owners, architects/design professionals, product suppliers, and remediators in cases involving construction delay and property damage as a result of construction.

Contracts

Business contracts and legal agreements are the basis of all business operations. From the moment you start your new business until the day you sell it, the details worked out in your business contracts will either smooth the path toward business success or expose your company to financial losses and possible litigation. Carefully drafted contracts are critical to your company's profitability, growth, and ultimately your retirement.

Debtor / Creditor

We advise both debtors and creditors in collection matters and other disputes. We offer experienced representation to protect our client's interests and will work hard toward reaching a favorable resolution, whether through mediation, arbitration or litigation. Services we provide creditors include:

  • Assisting with repossessions and foreclosures
  • Filing of liens
  • Negotiating debt workouts
  • Challenging Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plans
  • Securing a money judgment
  • Enforcing judgment compliance
  • Filing a lawsuit

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence affects everyone in the family. The outcome of a child or spousal abuse case can affect your living situation, your divorce agreements and even your life outside of the home. We offer experienced legal advocacy in the area of domestic abuse having successfully represented both victims and respondents.

Family / Divorce / Child Custody And Support

We represent our clients in marital dissolution, complex property division, child custody and relocation, paternity, marital settlement agreements, and domestic violence (restraining orders). Our clients include individuals from all public and private professions, including: men and women from the medical field, the legal field, the entertainment industry, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.
Our practice includes:

  • Divorce and dissolution
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Paternity
  • Domestic violence and restraining orders
  • Judgment modifications
  • Out of state custody proceedings
  • Premarital agreements
  • Legal separation and annulment
  • Divorce mediation

Labor Law

We advise and represent clients in all areas of employment and labor litigation, such as wage and overtime claims, regulatory enforcement, wrongful termination, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, discrimination and civil rights claims. Our experience in these areas allows us to provide our clients with sound legal advice enabling clients to reach informed decisions leading to positive results. We focus on applying innovative and creative strategies to streamline disputes to our client’s best interests.

Landlord Tenant

We help landlords and tenants resolve difficult legal disputes involving evictions, litigation and leases. An example of the kinds of landlord-tenant matters we have extensive experience in handling include:

  • Evictions/unlawful detainers
  • Landlord-tenant litigation on behalf of both landlords and tenants
  • Foreclosure evictions and defense

Mortgage And Forclosure

Our attorneys have the experience, legal acumen and skills to represent clients in all aspects of mortgage issues. We have successfully represented numerous lenders in complicated mortgage foreclosure actions, resulting in the recovery of properties or satisfactions of mortgages representing millions of dollars in value. Likewise, we have assisted clients in defense of foreclosure actions, applying our knowledge of the law with courtroom “savvy” to obtain favorable results for the client.

Real Estate

Litigation in the often-challenging world of South Florida real estate can be challenging. We are proud of the results we have achieved in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Where appropriate we team with experienced real estate attorneys to quickly and efficiently identify issues with leases, contracts, titles and all other types of real estate documents so that we understand the nuances associated with any real estate matter. We build on that knowledge to protect our client's interests at every stage of a particular clients matter.

We have prevailed in all types of litigation, including matters involving:

  • Land Sales Disputes
  • Titles issues
  • Foreclosure
  • Eviction
  • Partition
  • Appeals to local planning boards
  • Zoning violation charges
  • Zoning variance petitions
  • Noise and light decisions
  • Adverse possession

Receivership Law

Receiverships have drawn attention in these challenging economic times as one of the legal alternatives for creditors or victims of financial wrongdoing. Receivership is taking a business and having a court put it into the hands of a person (a “receiver”) to administer, conserve, rehabilitate, or liquidate the assets of the business for the benefit of creditors. Receivers are judicially-appointed managers. They completely displace a company management sued by creditors. Once appointed, receivers make all business decisions—negotiating contracts, spending corporate funds, controlling hiring and firing, and other commercial actions.

Having worked with numerous business owners and mortgage lenders our firm’s expertise in business and mortgage law has allowed us to successfully represent clients in various high profile receiverships. Our lawyers are familiar with the written law regarding receiverships, the unique procedural rules, and how to preserve the interests of all parties in a cost effective manner.