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  • Successfully represented a multi-billion dollar U.S. pharmaceutical company post judgment by securing an eight figure settlement.  This was an action to collect an $18.5 million attorney fees and costs award under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act against a former joint venture partner in Colombia.

  • Representing a former all-star professional athlete and related parties in a FINRA action to recover considerable money damages against an international broker dealer, financial advisor and registered investment advisor for gross mismanagement of several financial accounts spanning roughly a decade.
  • Successfully represented corporations and individual plaintiffs, at jury trial and on appeal, in an action arising out of breach of joint venture agreement for an extensive condo conversion of a Miami Beach hotel.
  • Completely defended a multimillion dollar claim in arbitration (obtained a decision for the defense with an award of attorney's fees and costs) brought pursuant to St. Lucian law by an entity against an international hotel corporation involving a resort in the Caribbean.
  • Successfully represented three companies, including a large publicly traded entity, at jury trial and on appeal, in a multi-count action which involved several legal and equitable claims. Claimant unsuccessfully sought millions of dollars in damages, including punitive damages, for the alleged denial of valuable tag along rights from the sale of proceeds of an asset purchase agreement.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice—following a mistrial in a civil fraud case seeking several million dollars—due to witness tampering in the courtroom during a sidebar conference on the third day of trial.  In the first reported incident of its type in the United States, Plaintiff’s CEO and COO were texting each other about the COO’s testimony while he was on the witness stand. The trial court ruled this was a fraud on the court.
  • Defended several parties in a four-count equitable action brought by an instrumentality of a foreign government which sought to preclude these and other defendants—which it asserted were all guilty of defrauding a foreign bank out of approximately $92 million dollars—from fraudulently transferring assets and property located in Miami-Dade County.
  • Received expedited discovery, despite strong opposition, in the Southern District of Florida for British Virgin Islands corporation under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 as to its high-stakes commercial action involving its oil business in Guatemala.  The underlying claims were pending in the United Kingdom before the High Court of Justice.
  • Notably defended, at bench trial in federal court, admiralty and maritime claim arising out of the wrongful arrest of 90-foot custom made motor vessel.
  • Effectively defended a luxury vessel owner against a yacht broker's breach of contract claim for a substantial commission on the sale of a $360 million-dollar yacht.
  • Representing the owner and developer of a roughly $40 million office center in Coral Gables, Florida in construction litigation. This projected LEED Platinum projected landmark was designed in classical French style, inspired by the Musee De Orsay and the Musee du Louvre. The project is about four years late for completion and deficiencies relating to the precast cornice, windows, roof and cooling tower will warrant construction defect, delay and related litigation.
  • Representing the world’s largest lessor of intermodal containers and chassis in an action for damages arising from the theft and unlawful sale of 274 marine shipping containers from a Miami depot. During the pending criminal investigation, Claimants are pursuing claims for conversion, civil theft, tortious interference with a business relationship and contract and civil conspiracy.
  • Successfully represented an international bank to collect on a domesticated New York Judgment. The case was originally brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida—West Palm Beach Division. Following the debtor’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, the action was moved to the United States Bankruptcy Court. During discovery, we exposed several fraudulent transfers and similar dishonestly which forced the debtor into a partial settlement with the balance of the Bank’s debt forever non-dischargeable.
  • Successfully prosecuted an action in aid of execution on behalf of a large Delaware healthcare corporation to collect on a domesticated Texas judgment in Alachua County, Florida.
  • Effectively prosecuted an action in aid of execution on behalf of a real estate developer to collect on a domesticated Napa County, California judgment in Broward County, Florida.
  • Completely defended a California corporation, which is a worldwide leading provider of cloud contact center solutions, against claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227. A co-defendant paid the entire monetary settlement amount.
  • Notably defended a corporation and an individual against a trademark infringement lawsuit for millions of dollars involving the international sale of cellular phones and related items brought under the Lanham Act as well as associated federal and state law claims.
  • Obtained significant settlement in a legal malpractice claim against a large Florida law firm based on their negligent failure to prove damages in the underlying action for conversion and tortuous interference with an expected inheritance.

Real Estate

  • Victorious at bench trial and on appeal in a complicated boundary dispute between adjacent residential land owners on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida. We used extensive documentary evidence spanning 90 years (including sketches, surveys, field notes, encroachments, hedge lines and consistent occupation) to confirm the Original Surveyor of Star Island’s proration and apportioned boundaries (circa 1920 during the initial layout of the lot lines) to establish ownership of the disputed land.
  • Won bench trial in a complicated boundary dispute between neighboring residential landowners on Sunset Island No. 3 on Miami Beach, Florida. We prevailed by utilizing evidence of an agreed boundary set by the Original Surveyor in 1991, coupled with significant corroborating evidence of use and occupation spanning more than 20 years.
  • Quashed trial court order, by certiorari, denying lis pendens bonds on South Florida properties collectively valued in excess of $50 million dollars.
  • Received a substantial settlement in an action brought to recover a fraudulently obtained defeasance fee—a prepayment penalty on a loan—based on a false promissory note against a Tennessee based federal savings bank. The case arose out of a $12 million-dollar real estate sale in central Florida.
  • Settled a multimillion dollar lawsuit involving numerous parties arising out of a joint venture to purchase and develop a commercial building and an adjacent lot in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. This intricate financial dispute contained allegations of improper use of funds, self-dealing, secret profits, concealment, dilution of interest and related wrongdoing. Our client’s claims, including legal malpractice, breaches of fiduciary duties, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, judicial dissolution and declaratory judgment were favorably resolved.
  • Obtained advantageous settlement in defense of a trespass action seeking punitive damages between bordering landowners on Star Island, Miami Beach, Florida. The matter involved the alleged destruction of extensive landscaping and associated property and an invasion of privacy.
  • Wholly defended a real estate company and seven of its principals in litigation claiming the unlawful purchase of commercial properties valued at roughly $6 million in Memphis, Tennessee.  After  securing a transfer from Tennessee to Maryland federal court (based on an applicable forum selection clause), we obtained a complete dismissal for our clients without their paying any money to the plaintiff.   

  • Prevailed in an action for eviction and unpaid rent against very prominent local restaurant and secured an award of attorney’s fees and costs under the lease agreement.

Insurance

  • Favorably settled declaratory judgment action in federal court under marine insurance policy where insurer—in a case of first impression in the United States—wrongfully denied coverage for extensive property damages to a performance catamaran powerboat incurred in a tragic accident. Obtained summary judgment establishing coverage under state law and the case was thereafter settled on appeal.
  • Received multimillion dollar settlement in first party property insurance case involving broad damages to roofing structures throughout multi-building warehouse complex damaged by Hurricane Wilma.
  • Prevailed on behalf of homeowner, including recovery of attorney’s fees, in first party property insurance case involving extensive damage to large oceanfront home in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
  • Settled several million dollar first party insurance vandalism claim on behalf of warehouse owners.
  • Notably defended three commonly owned corporations involved in the shipping industry on the Miami River in declaratory judgment action arising out of a fatal accident involving stevedoring activities.
  • Settled federal court action to recover substantial life insurance proceeds. 

Appellate

  • Final Judgment affirmed in a complicated boundary dispute between adjacent residential land owners on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida in which documentary evidence spanning 90 years was used to confirm ownership of the disputed land.
  • Quashed trial court order, by certiorari, denying lis pendens bonds on South Florida properties collectively valued in excess of $50 million dollars.
  • Final judgment affirmed in favor of three companies, including large publicly traded entity in a complex commercial case where claimant sought millions of dollars in damages, including punitive damages, for the alleged denial of valuable tag along rights from the sale of proceeds of an asset purchase agreement.
  • Significant jury verdict affirmed in action arising out of breach of joint venture agreement for high value condo conversion of a Miami Beach hotel.
  • Summary Judgment affirmed in fraud case arising from ownership and operation of the Betsy Ross Hotel on Miami Beach.
  • Summary judgment affirmed denying insurance coverage in high stakes negligent entrustment case based on liquor liability exclusions.
  • South Florida Business Journal, Up & Comers Award Finalist
  • Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyer of the Year
  • The Florida Bar-Chair, Grievance Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association For Justice
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Dade County Bar Association, YLS eMentoring Program, Founder and Director
  • Advisory Board to Miami Senior High Legal Magnet Program
  • Committee of 100 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami
  • Temple Beth Sholom: Open Tent, Founding Board Member; Mitzvah Day Captain
  • Hugs & Kisses for Miami Children’s Hospital, Founding Board Member
  • Miami Rescue Mission, Volunteer
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Mock Trial Judge
  • Petros & Elegant, P.A.
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
  • Anderson, Moss, Sherouse & Petros, P.A.
  • Honorable Shelby Highsmith, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida