business & commercial litigation
The Firm represents and defends self-insured companies and commercial, personal and surplus lines insured in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits and insurance companies in coverage disputes and bad faith litigation. The firm’s attorneys are members of the defense research institute, Florida Defense Lawyers Association and ABA tort insurance Law section. The partners are committed to a policy of aggressive and responsive claim handling and cost effective defense litigation which has resulted in discount settlements, claims dismissals and defense verdicts.
The firm also handles insurance coverage issues including evaluations, opinions and litigation in both federal and state jurisdictions. The firm’s coverage experience ranges from general commercial lines, homeowners, automobile, environmental and professional insurance programs as well as excess and surplus lines and reinsurance issues. The firm’s attorneys have participated in numerous national conventions on insurance coverage and first party litigation.
The firm’s partners have extensive experience in both Federal and State court in defending against policyholder/breach of contract actions related to Life, Health, Annuity, Long-Term care and Disability policies. The firm’s attorneys have participated in numerous national conventions on Life, Health, Disability and ERISA litigation and have been very successful in obtaining discount settlements, non-notice/non-certification class action settlements, claims dismissals and defense verdicts.
The Firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in defending professionals including lawyers, physicians, dentists, chiropractors, plastic surgeons, psychiatrists, social workers, church professionals, therapists, nurses, nursing homes, accountants, developers, general contractors, engineers, financial advisors, insurance agents, real estate agents and real estate appraisers in Federal and State courts.
Florida’s transient population and significant crime rate beckons the need for effective premises liability defense litigation. The firm aggressively defends premises liability claims based on slip and falls, false imprisonment, kidnapping, sexual and other assaults and wrongful death.
The firm’s partners have substantial experience in products liability defense litigation, having defended major motor vehicle manufacturers against products liability claims involving air bags, rollovers, seat belts, unintended acceleration and the crashworthiness doctrine. Additionally, the firm’s partners have defended other manufacturer’s products including electrical appliances, elevators, dental lasers, lawn mowers, forklifts, motorcycles, medical devises, spinal implants, paints and lacquers, pyrotechnics and gas tanks against breach of warranty claims and alleged defects in product design, manufacture or warnings.
The firm’s attorneys have significant experience in handling complex business and contractural disputes in Federal and State court.
A firm maintains a vigorous Federal court defense practice and continues to defend actions filed in Federal courts violations of Federal law, such as RICO, ERISE, FDA, ADA, FDCA (Medical Device Amendments), Sections 1983 and 1985, the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts, the 1933 Securities Act, the 1934 Securities Exchange Act (Rule 10b-5) and the Federal Telecommunications Act.