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  • Represented several public bodies as special litigation counsel regarding inter-governmental funding disputes involving contractual, statutory or constitutional issues, and complex insurer disputes
    • Defended the School Board of Broward County against charter school funding lawsuit seeking $27 million and having statewide implications
    • Represented the School Board of Broward County against a third-party service provider, seeking reimbursement of monies not recovered in a prior settlement of federal court litigation against the School District, in which the service provider’s acts and omissions had exposed the District to economic risk. Assisted the School District in reaching a favorable, cost-effective settlement of the state court action and was also successful in crafting a favorable compromise of the prior federal litigation (valued at over $13 million) after having been engaged to defend those claims as that case was heading to a federal jury trial
    • Represented the Health Care District of Palm Beach County in actions relating to operation/control and budgeting of rural and urban hospitals, and associated creditor disputes in State and Bankruptcy courts
    • Represented the City of Pompano Beach in defense of inverse condemnation matters
  • Creative representation of major developers of residential and commercial properties throughout Florida, in relation to ongoing financial turmoil, including defenses/counterclaims in actions commenced by lenders, and assistance to borrowers/guarantors in recourse and non-recourse settings
  • Effective representation of lenders in contentious workout and foreclosure settings
  • Special litigation counsel to Chapter 11 debtors in possession, bankruptcy trustees and major lenders in large cases (Florida and elsewhere), including prosecution of major insurance claims, and major fraudulent transfer claims
  • Special litigation counsel to Liquidating Trust pursuing claims against former directors and officers of defunct international group of companies, including parallel participation in securities class action
  • Representation of entity fiduciaries, and directors and officers, regarding insurance coverage disputes
  • Adversarial proceedings at all levels of local government, representing aggrieved landowners/developers
  • Representation of clients in complex real estate litigation, including defense of joint venturer or partnership claims
  • International litigation involving $100 million bank fraud claims and including D&O exposure in related securities class action litigation
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guides, America’s Leading Business Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2016-2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2018
  • The South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2009-2018
  • South Florida Business Journal, Corporate Elite,1999
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ rated
  • Selected as co-chair of ABA Section of Litigation’s Committee on Corporate Counsel annual meeting, February 2010
  • Vice Chair, Financial Restructuring and Remedies Committee, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Board of Directors (Supreme Court of Florida appointee), The Florida Bar Foundation (2007-2013)
    • Executive Committee (2009-2010 and 2012-2013)
    • Administration of Justice Grant Committee (2007-2013)
    • Grant Program Committee (2011-2013)
    • Investment Committee (2009-2013)
    • Medal of Honor Awards Committee (2009-2010)
  • Appointed to The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services (2010)
  • Appointed to the Supreme Court of Florida’s Task Force on Management of Cases Involving Complex Litigation (2006-2008)
  • Fellow, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Member, The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section
  • Member, The Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter
  • Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member, American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation
  • Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • ABA Section of Litigation’s Business Torts and Unfair Competition Litigation Committee
    • Website and Social Media Co-Editor (2012-  )
    • Appointed to Host Committee for ABA Section of Litigation’s Midyear Meeting (April 2011) in Miami, FL
    • Co-Chair of Membership and Regional CLE Subcommittees
    • All-Circuit CaseNote Co-Chair
  • ABA Section of Litigation’s Committee on Corporate Counsel
    • Program Co-Chair, Joint meeting of ABA Section of Litigation’s Committee on Corporate Counsel and Business Torts Litigation Committee (Rancho Mirage, CA, February 2010)
    • Vice-Chair Subcommittee on Complex Torts
    • Chair, Litigation Management Subcommittee
  • Legal Aid Society of Broward County’s Executive Council (2005–2011); Chair, January 2006 – January 2008
  • Past Member, Valley Bank’s Community Bank Board
  • “Celebrity Waiter”, Broward Partnership for the Homeless’ annual “Breakfast for Champions of the Homeless”
  • Key supporter and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and a long-standing past member of its Broward County Governing Board
  • Past Member, Florida Bar’s Committee for Equal Opportunities in the Profession
  • Past Member, Florida Bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee, and Subcommittee Chairman
  • Volunteer for Florida Supreme Court’s “Justice Teaching” initiative — regularly instructed elementary school children on constitutional rights and the judicial branch of government
  • Merit Badge Counselor (Citizenship) for local Boy Scout Troop (and past Committee Chair)
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott - Fort Lauderdale
  • Fine Jacobson Schwartz Nash Block & England – Miami and Fort Lauderdale