Below is information by practice area that serves to illustrate our subject matter expertise and breadth of industry experience. If you have questions or would like to request a statement of qualifications, please contact us.
Our practice includes adversarial regulatory and litigation proceedings, as well as corporate and transactional matters. We routinely advise clients on regulatory and compliance requirements for promotional materials and vendor contracts, as well as advising on advertising and marketing campaigns. We guide companies in the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and checklists to ensure that in-house and affiliate promotions are legally compliant. This helps marketing and public relations teams spot compliance issues early and can eliminate the need for legal review in the first stage of a project.
Our collective experience includes work in a range of diverse industry sectors. We have represented companies in evaluating multi-level marketing strategies and compliance risks related to new marketing campaigns undertaken by a major shared-ownership company and several health care technology companies. We have counseled companies developing innovative communications protocols involving interplays with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
We have also represented an international publicly-traded company in the successful resolution of a dispute with a competitor pertaining to the use in marketing materials of the term "industry-leading." On behalf of an international technology services company, we successfully negotiated resolution of a dispute with a state consumer protection agency regarding allegations of unlawful and deceptive trade practices associated with online marketing materials.
We have represented a lead generation company in dozens of individual contractual arrangements involving the collection and use of information for advertising and marketing purposes; we achieved successful resolution of disputes regarding the contracts at issue. We routinely act as outside general counsel for a global public relations agency to address a wide range of advertising and marketing issues.
Our approach to client engagement enables us to be particularly effective in advertising- and marketing-related matters. We learn our clients' business objectives and tailor advice to fit these objectives — partnering with our clients to build effective and compliant advertising and marketing strategies.
Our collective experience includes the negotiation and closing of an $86 million contract of sale by a REIT of 80 multi-state convenience store and gas station sites as well as serving as general counsel for the developer of a 2,000-acre industrial, office, and mixed-use project.
We have represented an international shared-ownership company in large-scale acquisitions and land development for phased projects, including numerous side agreements for construction of roadway and drainage improvements, sales center leases, roadway easements, and options for purchase of other parcels.
Our collective experience further includes the representation of a prominent developer in the planning, development, and marketing of a 350-acre mixed-use development in Orange County, Florida, including all aspects of development and sales, and performing real estate due diligence and lease review for 36 leasehold or fee simple interests in aggregate distribution terminals. We further have extensive experience representing health care entities in the negotiation, due diligence, and closing of commercial real estate transactions, including purchases, sales, and commercial leasing for medical facilities.
Our attorneys have negotiated thousands of commercial lease agreements; assisted with the negotiation and closing of sales of office and industrial properties; provided counsel on development, platting, land use, and utility issues; and addressed property owner association, brokerage, and infrastructure construction issues. We have represented land owners in land use matters, including the negotiation of Chapter 163 agreements and amendments. We have provided assistance in DRI matters, including analysis of abandonment, negotiation of donations to local government, and negotiations involving the purchase and sale of water and sewer capacity and entitlements.
Our commercial real estate litigation experience includes the successful prosecution of numerous hotly-contested foreclosure proceedings for a Fortune 20 company (involving receivership proceedings in many cases) and obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in aggregate in judgments over several years.
We have prosecuted commercial litigation proceedings for multiple servicers and special asset groups involving complex issues of law and fact, including a no-liability defense trial in a Florida-based litigation with counterclaims seeking approximately $20 million in damages (subsequently upheld on appeal) relating to allegations of signature-page swapping and premature defaults.
We have successfully represented institutional landlords in commercial landlord-tenant eviction proceedings and a national mobile home park owner in litigation over slander of title issues.
Our attorneys provide effective representation based on in-depth knowledge of the real estate market and real estate law. We are ready to partner with clients in navigating complex commercial real estate matters and to help them achieve a broad range of business goals.
Our collective experience includes representation of two publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) formed to acquire and operate a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate assets and real estate-related assets on a global basis, with a total of $3 billion in offerings, representation of a leading shared ownership company in a $400 million senior note offering, the representation of a senior housing developer in multiple bond offerings for over $6 million to develop various senior housing projects, representation of a public lighting solutions manufacturer in a $20 million secondary public offering, work on a $550 million sale of a professional sports team, representation of a large outpatient medical services provider in multiple asset purchases across the country associated with national expansion efforts, and advising several publicly traded companies on securities exchange (NYSE, NASDAQ and OTC) compliance.
We further have expertise in a wide range of technology-focused transactions, having negotiated and documented a multitude of technology-focused agreements in the shared ownership, manufacturing, solar energy, automotive, financial services, health care, aviation, hospitality, technology, public relations, and lead-generation industry sectors. We regularly assist in negotiating and documenting SaaS agreements, master services agreements and statements of work, technology systems procurement agreements, domain name purchase and sale agreements, cloud services agreements, and other collateral technology related transactional agreements.
Our team also provides counseling on securities exchange (NYSE, NASDAQ, and OTC) compliance issues, advising public companies with respect to periodic SEC reporting, corporate governance, director fiduciary duties, and general securities and corporate matters, as well as assisting in private offerings with accompanying private placement memoranda.
Our firm's experience additionally includes assisting companies and high net worth individuals in the negotiation, documentation, and consummation of commercial transactions associated with the formation of a wide range of juridical entities and joint ventures- as well as collateral capital-raising transactions, and routine transactional work associated with ongoing business operations.
No matter the transaction, our depth of legal expertise and multi-industry expertise makes our firm well-suited in a wide range of transactional matters.
Major cybersecurity incidents can grind business operations to a halt. We assist clients in preventing and mitigating the effects of breaches, as well as addressing legal issues associated with unauthorized access to data. We combine deep expertise and enthusiasm in cybersecurity with our strengths in workplace law, commercial litigation, privacy, and business legal matters to deliver comprehensive solutions that reduce business risks.
We have served as breach coach and litigation counsel in high-profile and large-scale matters across the United States, including the management of required notification to affected individuals and regulatory authorities. We represented a public body corporate in a high-profile breach involving unauthorized access to the personal information of several hundred thousand children; we coordinated with law enforcement, regulatory authorities, and media during the breach. We represented a major hospital in a series of information security incidents; after a lengthy investigation and regulatory process, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR HHS) found that no fines were applicable. The OCR HHS also issued a no-fine finding in connection with our representation of a major pharmaceutical services company whose information systems were alleged to have been compromised by a foreign governmental entity.
Our firm represented a children’s hospital in connection with an OCR HHS investigation of unsecured medical pager devices and the compromise of patient information. For a Florida-based hospital system we advised in revising and drafting information security policies and procedures, addressed minor data security issues associated with lost physical copies of patient data, and addressed information systems breaches.
We represented a prominent not-for-profit in a cyber intrusion seeking to redirect approximately $7 million by hacking the CFO email account; the attempt was thwarted. We represented a home medical equipment provider in a large-scale incident involving employee information; we provided incident response and law enforcement notification services.
Our collective experience includes acting as breach coach for three law firms in addressing all aspects of investigation, incident response, and notification associated with data breaches. We acted as breach coach for a national mortgage lender and counseled in addressing, classifying, and responding to a variety of compromises on a regular basis associated with the company’s business operations.
We acted as breach coach for an international data services provider for the unauthorized access to voluminous employee information; we handled the notification tasks associated with the breach and troubleshooting collateral business issues. We represented a major Florida hospital system in addressing numerous small-scale breach issues associated with information security incidents; we also created corresponding information security policies and breach notification rubrics. Our collective experience also includes representation of a nationwide academic medical center with thousands of physicians nationwide in addressing information security and privacy issues on a regular basis.
We have represented a number of entities in the real estate, gaming, publishing, health care, and legal services industries in matters involving fraudulent wire transfers associated with cybersecurity incidents, as well as accompanying litigation associated with the fraudulent transfers.
We represented a national health care provider headquartered in Florida in a phishing scam resulting in the disclosure of all W2 information of U.S. and Canadian employees. We represented a national outpatient radiological service provider in addressing numerous small-scale breach issues; we created corresponding information security policies and breach notification rubrics for the client.
We have worked on scores of small matters involving O365 compromises, phishing attempts, wire redirections, and other matters involving coordination with law enforcement, public relations and crisis communications firms, forensic vendors, and credit monitoring and identity protection services vendors.
Our firm stands ready to guide our clients in times of crisis, and in calmer moments, we ensure that our clients are in the best possible cybersecurity posture.
Representative examples of our experience include addressing a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing matters; First Amendment litigation associated with speech on campus; and numerous dispute resolution and litigation matters for public and private educational institutions. We have conducted internal investigations and advised in disciplinary proceedings. We provide guidance on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); public records issues; the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); campus firearms policies; and information security and privacy issues.
Members of our team have provided representation in disciplinary matters involving allegations of plagiarism by faculty members and represented a virtual school provider in a data breach matter involving information of several hundred thousand children.
We have advised on FERPA and public records issues associated with children’s educational records and biometric data and wrote policies and procedures for a private Florida university on information security and privacy issues. We have guided campus leadership on legal issues associated with firearms on campus and assisted in drafting and implementing appropriate policies.
Our collective experience includes drafting terms and collateral agreements for mobile application developers in the education arena and addressing issues relating to FERPA and COPPA. On behalf of an educational services content provider we have negotiated and successfully consummated a major transaction with a large governmental entity for the provision of multilingual educational content. We counseled a national private educational institution on information security and privacy matters in daily operations and student records maintenance.
We routinely represent educational institutions and education services companies in litigation and dispute resolution matters. Our attorneys have represented a U.S. News & World Report Top 10 public university in First Amendment litigation and a private for-profit entertainment and media university in numerous dispute resolution matters. In the Northern District of Florida our firm represented an educational services provider in the successful resolution of two related litigations involving complex copyright and trade secret issues. Our experience also includes the successful representation of a for-profit university in various litigation in the Southern District of Florida.
With our collective backgrounds in education and extensive related legal experience, we look forward to helping educational institutions and service providers address any legal, regulatory, or business issue they may face.
We have extensive collective experience positioning health care institutions, entities, and practices to better serve the health care needs of patient populations. Many of our attorneys served in general counsel roles in the pharmaceutical, outpatient services, telemedicine, and health care technology space ‒ so we understand the unique issues and business challenges providers and businesses face.
Examples of matters our practice attorneys have handled include representation of several hospital systems and outpatient service providers in California, Arizona, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Florida in various regulatory, compliance, litigation, information security, privacy, commercial litigation, commercial real estate, and labor and employment matters. We have handled numerous purchase-side transactions of individual and group health care practices, including negotiation, due diligence, and transaction documentation. We have developed comprehensive documentation and compliance policies for several telemedicine and online medical service provider platforms. We have assisted in providing advice and counseling on a wide variety of matters ranging from the filming of reality television series within a functioning hospital setting, to life-and-death issues associated with conflicts of law in the application of advanced directives.
One of our attorneys represented a children’s hospital in a series of information security incidents; after a lengthy investigation and regulatory process, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR HHS) found that no fines were applicable. The OCR HHS also issued a no-fine finding in connection with representation of a pharmaceutical services company whose information systems were alleged to have been compromised by a foreign governmental entity.
Our attorneys have represented group practices and health care entities in corporate formation, governance, and reorganization. We have counseled physicians and business owners in negotiating and entering into partnerships, ownership arrangements with juridical entities, and executive compensation arrangements. We have assisted publicly-traded health care companies with SEC reporting, corporate governance, director fiduciary duties, and general securities and corporate matters.
Members of our team have extensive health care litigation experience including the successful representation of a leading air ambulance service provider in payor litigation; representation of hospitals in payor litigation related to routine and systematic underpayment for services; and representation of health care providers in labor and employment-related matters involving allegations of misclassification and underpayment. We have also litigated numerous matters involving non-compete and non-solicitation issues in the health care context.
We are pleased to provide counseling and representation for participants across the health care sector that helps them meet objectives, address challenges, and continue the important work of improving people’s quality of life.
We manage intellectual property portfolios for clients in various industry sectors. Collectively we have obtained a multitude of trademark, copyright, and VHDPA registrations and trade secret protections for clients in a wide range of industry sectors.
Examples of our intellectual property litigation experience include representation of a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in a patent litigation in the Middle District of Florida; representation of a semiconductor manufacturer in patent litigation in the Central District of California; representation of a manufacturer in patent litigation in the District of Arizona; and representation of a technology services company in a patent litigation in the Middle District of Florida. We have also negotiated favorable resolutions in numerous pre-litigation disputes involving allegations of patent infringement.
As another representative example, our firm represented an educational service provider in two related litigations in the Northern District of Florida involving several complex copyright and trade secret issues. We represented a real estate company in copyright litigation in the Middle District of Florida involving allegations of infringing use of a developer's source code. We represented a shared ownership company in litigation in the Middle District of Florida involving the theft and resale of corporate trade secrets by a former employee. We also represented a manufacturer in a trademark dispute in the Southern District of New York.
We pride ourselves on providing practical advice across a diverse range of industry sectors on protecting intellectual property- and when disputes arise, we have the ability to achieve successful resolution of all types of intellectual property disputes.
Our practice handles bringing bills of discovery to identify anonymous online posters; social media defamation and online reputation management; cybersquatting; takedowns for trademark and copyright infringement; matters involving electronic transactions and electronic signatures; and domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP).
We draft website terms of service, privacy policies, loyalty program and payment processing agreements, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown policies, designations of copyright agents, domain name acquisition agreements, licensing agreements, and software as a service (SaaS) agreements.
We advise clients on compliance with the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), as well as with website compliance issues associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We represent clients in the defense of consumer protection and regulatory matters and work with the FBI and other law enforcement entities in addressing internet-related issues. Members of our team have litigated a broad range of internet-related claims.
We have handled the brokering and sale of domain names valued in aggregate at several million dollars. We have provided opinion memoranda on the legal and regulatory aspects of internet operations on new lines of business and in gray areas at the intersection of technology and law.
Our firm also has deep experience in electronic signature and electronic transactions law. We regularly assist companies in transitioning from pen-and-ink documentation and processes to electronic equivalents. We have extensive knowledge of the practical and legal considerations associated with this transition across a wide range of regulated industry sectors.
Members of our team have represented mobile application developers in the education arena. We have drafted a multitude of terms and collateral agreements and addressed issues relating to FERPA and COPPA. We represented a national game developer and publisher in developing strategies and responses to large-scale denial of service (DoS) attacks and a leading solar manufacturer against allegations of deceptive advertising practices associated with the use and operation of the manufacturer’s website.
Our experience includes acting as outside general counsel for a New York-based social media company in addressing all operations, preparing and submitting thousands of DMCA takedown requests, and handling potential violations of terms of service on various publicly-available websites and social media platforms. We have represented clients in information security and privacy issues related to internet operations. We regularly interface with the FBI on internet-related legal issues.
We have extensive experience in tracking the identities of individuals and entities who post online content. We represented an automobile dealer in Florida-based bill of discovery proceedings and successfully identified an individual posting unlawful and defamatory content on social media platforms. We represented an individual in proceedings leading to the successful identification of someone who created a false online profile impersonating the client. We represented an international company in 28 U.S. Code Section 1782 proceedings in the Northern District of California leading to the successful identification of an individual associated with Hong Kong-based judicial proceedings.
If there is any legal issue at the crossroads of the internet, technology, and law, then it is likely in our wheelhouse.
Our attorneys have achieved notable results in cases of import, such as obtaining over $15 million in judgments for a Fortune 20 corporate plaintiff in nine related litigations across the state of Florida, obtaining a no-liability defense trial verdict for a major financial institution in a Florida-based litigation seeking approximately $20 million in damages that was upheld on appeal, and representation of the State of Florida in an equitable apportionment action before the United States Supreme Court.
Other examples of our experience include securing a $1 million JAMS arbitral award against a software developer and a Tax Court trial victory for an innocent-spouse defendant against the Internal Revenue Service. It further includes the successful representation of an air ambulance service provider in a multimillion-dollar litigation with a major payor involving payment for several years worth of services associated with rotary-wing air ambulance airlifts.
Our team also has experience representing business clients in over two dozen matters across the United States involving death or serious injury associated with catastrophic events. We are cognizant of the need to balance assertive representation with the unique business issues associated with litigating matters involving death and serious injury.
We have represented clients in a range of intellectual property disputes. Examples include representation of a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in a patent litigation in the Middle District of Florida; representation of a semiconductor manufacturer in patent litigation in the Central District of California; representation of a manufacturer in patent litigation in the District of Arizona; and representation of a technology services company in a patent litigation in the Middle District of Florida. We have negotiated favorable resolutions in numerous pre-litigation disputes involving allegations of patent infringement.
Our firm represented an educational services provider in two related litigations in the Northern District of Florida involving several complex copyright and trade secret issues. We represented a real estate company in copyright litigation in the Middle District of Florida involving allegations of infringing use of a developer's source code. We represented a shared ownership company in litigation in the Middle District of Florida involving the theft and resale of corporate trade secrets by a former employee. We also represented a manufacturer in a trademark dispute in the Southern District of New York.
We regularly represent clients in labor and employment disputes and litigation, as well as matters pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our attorneys’ experience in adversarial workplace proceedings includes representation of companies across industry sectors before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and state regulatory entities. We have represented clients in collective and class action wage and hour litigation involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws, including representation of a national merchandiser in class-action litigation in the Northern District of California. We represented a Fortune 10 company in matters involving claims of harassment and discrimination across the country.
We have extensive experience in financial services litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, including the representation of a national bank in the defense of a putative class action based on an alleged violation of Florida's "at par" statute. Other examples include representation of a consumer banking company in the defense of a class-action suit against a deferred presentment provider involving challenges to personal jurisdiction; efforts to enforce arbitration agreement; opposition to class certification; and application of statutory safe harbor for agency-approved activities.
Our collective experience includes representation of a bank and financial services company in a matter involving an attempt by plaintiffs to impose securities regulatory obligations on a bank account relationship with its business account holder who allegedly engaged in securities fraud. We provided representation at trial and on appeal for a national bank in litigation concerning liability for late return of a multimillion-dollar check through domestic and international clearance channels and application of Article 4 of the UCC. We represented a national bank in various Florida-based collections proceedings.
Select financial services appellate experience includes representation of a Florida consumer financial services company in reinstatement of appeal from an order denying arbitration. Our team has also handled an appeal from a district court order upholding a bankruptcy court's dismissal with prejudice of claims of fraud on the court with approximately $26 million at issue.
Our collective commercial real estate litigation experience includes the successful prosecution of numerous hotly-contested foreclosure proceedings for a Fortune 20 company (involving receivership proceedings in many cases) and obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in aggregate in judgments over several years.
We managed commercial litigation proceedings for multiple servicers involving complex issues of law and fact, including a no-liability defense trial in a Florida-based litigation (subsequently upheld on appeal) relating to allegations of signature-page swapping. We have successfully represented institutional landlords in commercial landlord-tenant eviction proceedings and a national mobile home park owner in litigation over slander of title issues.
Our attorneys have deep and varied litigation experience resulting in favorable outcomes for our clients. If you are a business confronted with a dispute involving complex issues of law and fact, our litigation team is ready to assist.
We represent clients in a wide range of marital and family law matters. Our practice handles dissolution of marriage actions; alimony determination; asset and liability distribution; attorneys' fees actions; establishment of paternity or parentage; enforcement and contempt proceedings; modification actions; child support and child support enforcement actions; child custody litigation; and visitation and timesharing arrangements. We also prepare pre- and post-nuptial agreements and obtain injunctions.
Members of our team have successfully represented numerous clients in Florida in obtaining cyberstalking and domestic violence injunctions. We obtained several million dollars’ worth of assets for a spouse in a heavily-litigated dissolution of marriage action; we also successfully negotiated agreed resolutions in numerous dissolution of marriage actions.
Representative privacy experience includes counseling educational application developers on COPPA compliance matters and drafting hundreds of privacy policies for client websites and mobile applications. We have advised companies on Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, including the preparation of GDPR policies, procedures, and opinion letters.
We advise companies on issues involving the CFAA and CADRA in situations ranging from monitoring employee communications to privacy litigation. We have designed and assisted in the implementation of telephone monitoring and recording protocols and video surveillance policies and procedures for clients in a wide range of industries.
Our firm advised a privately-held company on privacy protection issues and disclosure requirements related to CEO health information. We advised a prominent not-for-profit in privacy issues in connection with internal investigations into potential misconduct involving personal devices in the workplace. We have advised several companies on issues of workplace waiver of the attorney-client privilege. Our experience also includes serving as privacy due diligence counsel for buyers on several major transactions, including two with over $500 million at issue.
We provide guidance to companies seeking to ensure that marketing and advertising campaigns are compliant with CAN-SPAM and other state and federal laws. We advise on state and federal laws governing the use and disclosure of consumer information. We have worked with financial services companies in the preparation and implementation of GLBA-compliant policies and notifications.
Our firm stands ready to guide your company safely through the complex privacy landscape.
Members of our team have assisted in the resolution of a variety of confidential disputes and matters of personal privacy. We have acted as counsel in social media and reputation management matters. We successfully represented two high-net-worth families in disputes with financial institutions about the management of family assets. We represented the owner of a closely-held company in resolving familial disputes associated with corporate structure. We have assisted in evaluating a range of business and philanthropic pursuits being considered by our private office clients.
Our broad range of practice areas delivers comprehensive resources for the diverse needs of affluent individuals and family offices.
We represent companies in workplace-related class actions and complex litigation as well as in charges of discrimination or wrongdoing brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and other federal and state agencies. We provide representation in addressing corporate governance and investigations; disability and accommodation issues; reductions in force; non-compete and unfair competition issues; wage and hour claims; and workplace safety.
Representative experience includes developing comprehensive policies, handbooks, and operating procedures for a multistate health care system, an international manufacturer, staffing companies operating nationwide and internationally, financial services companies, banks, and a private educational institution with facilities in the U.S. and abroad.
Our collective experience in adversarial workplace proceedings includes representation of companies across industry sectors before the EEOC, the NLRB, and state regulatory entities. We have represented clients in collective and class action wage and hour litigation involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws. Our experience also includes the repeated representation of a Fortune 10 company in a variety of matters involving claims of harassment and discrimination.
We represented an international public relations company in non-compete litigation in Florida; a Florida-based investment firm in litigation in New York and Florida regarding non-compete and employment issues; and several medical practices in a wide range of non-compete and discrimination claims.
We drafted employment contracts and arbitration agreements for a national staffing company and executive employment agreements for an international public relations firm. We have investigated suspected employee misconduct, including suspected violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). For numerous corporate clients we have drafted severance and release agreements for senior-level employees and advised on difficult terminations and disciplinary actions for entry-level to executive employees. We have further assisted in nationwide reductions in force associated with business right-sizing.
Our firm has counseled clients across industry sectors on enforcement of non-compete agreements, including the filing of injunctive relief, and advised on compliance for various state and federal employment laws, leave policies, and accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
We have drafted and implemented workplace concealed-carry policies for a national commercial real estate operations company and a large for-profit educational institution. We advise clients on workplace violence issues.
Using a "train the trainer" model we provide workplace training materials and develop and teach courses on discrimination, harassment prevention, workplace safety, compliance, information security, and privacy.
Based on a comprehensive review of business goals, operations, and culture, we advise on workplace policies and procedures and employee agreements and provide effective representation to clients involved in labor and employment disputes. We stand ready to serve businesses and management in addressing workplace legal issues.