What We Do.

Once we understand your business objectives, we deliver tailored advice that helps achieve these objectives. Below is information by practice area that serves to generally 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.

Advertising & Marketing Law

CAN-SPAM, CIPA, COPPA, DNC, FDUTPA, FTC, MLM, TCPA, and more: These are just some of the acronyms referring to complex legal rubrics and multiple regulators in the advertising and marketing space. We decode the legal alphabet soup to help businesses comply with applicable laws and regulations and develop innovative, sophisticated, and effective advertising and marketing strategies. 

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.

Arts & Entertainment Law

We advise businesses, museums, artists, and collectors on the legal and business aspects of creative endeavors. Members of our team have represented clients in art acquisitions, sourcing, due diligence, intellectual property negotiations, dispute resolution, and insurance issues. When issues arise, we assist in dispute resolution and, when necessary, litigation, involving the purchase, sale, display, and licensure of artistic and creative works. 

In the entertainment industry we represent individuals and companies in motion picture-, television-, and music-related matters. We counsel clients on talent and performer agreements, shopping agreements, licensure and royalty agreements, sponsorship agreements, and other negotiated transactions.

Business Counseling

We are problem solvers operating at the intersection of business and law. Our firm offers practical solutions to complex business legal issues and excels in tackling Gordian knots. We leverage our collective expertise, experience, and creativity to help clients reach their business goals.

Clients engage us over the business lifecycle to collaborate on a wide range of activities. We are trusted advisors on entity formation, new business lines, acquisitions, operations, financing, restructuring, exit planning, negotiation, and sale of a business. We represent companies of various sizes ranging from second stage to Fortune 100.

Commercial Real Estate

Our commercial real estate practice is led by a Florida Bar-certified real estate attorney with over three decades of commercial real estate experience. We work on all asset classes including land, shopping centers, apartment buildings, office buildings, industrial sites, condominiums, hotels, churches, and residential developments.

We routinely represent clients in complex commercial sales and acquisitions, due diligence, leasing, financing, and development matters. We have significant experience with land use, zoning, and entitlements and have represented clients in the negotiation of Chapter 163 agreements, zoning hearings, and land use litigation.

We also represent clients in commercial real estate litigation. Representative experience includes commercial foreclosure litigation (including obtaining numerous receiver appointments over diverse asset classes); commercial landlord-tenant litigation; slander of title matters; and collateral commercial real estate litigation matters.

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.

Commercial Transactions

We are adept deal-makers who help our clients accomplish their business objectives. Our firm provides a broad range of complex commercial transactional expertise and counseling. We represent purchasers (as well as targets and sellers) in acquisitions, divestitures, and leveraged buyouts. Our practice also includes the representation of private equity companies in asset purchases, stock purchases, and related senior and mezzanine debt financing.

We further assist in corporate formation and reorganizations in a variety of industry sectors, with extensive experience in manufacturing and distribution, hospitality, health care, medical device, REIT, private investment fund, as well as finance and technology-related transactions.

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.

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 firm also represents companies in developing decision matrices, clause banks, form agreements and standardized addendums, and checklist-based structured negotiation processes, so that our clients can streamline and improve quality with their in-house processes associated with routine technology transactions.

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.

Cybersecurity

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.

On the preparation side, we consult on strategy, policy and procedure development, and training to minimize organizational and financial risk. In tandem with information technology professionals we conduct a risk management analysis to ensure that information security practices are manageable, cost-effective, and provide commercially-reasonable protections. We position clients for rapid triage in a breach incident and equip them to act on applicable legal remedies to mitigate harm and address breach-related workplace, privacy, business, and litigation issues. In the aftermath of a breach, we facilitate meetings with boards of directors and senior management to share lessons learned to assess the need for changes in company culture, policies, procedures, and personnel.

Our attorneys are on call 24/7 to assist clients in handling a breach. We have close working relationships with major forensic response investigators, public relations firms, credit monitoring vendors, and law enforcement agencies in the cybersecurity ecosystem. 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.

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.

Education Law
Our firm has experience addressing the legal, regulatory, and business issues faced by educational institutions and service providers operating in the educational ecosystem. Many of our attorneys have backgrounds in education and draw on a deep understanding of educational issues from business and operational perspectives. We represent universities, virtual school service providers, application developers, content providers, and others in the education sector.

We address 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. 

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.

Financial Services

We have significant experience representing financial institutions and money services businesses in regulatory, operational, and litigation matters. Members of our team have been recognized by Chambers USA for Banking and Finance in Florida and by Best Lawyers in America© for Banking Law. Our financial services practice is led by a 30-year industry veteran and former General Counsel of the Florida Bankers Association.

Our representative experience includes counseling depository and non-depository financial institutions and financial services providers in regulatory, legal, and operational matters relating to cryptocurrency and blockchain; licensure and charters; acquisitions; safety and soundness; state and federal regulatory compliance; funds transfers; operational procedures and liability avoidance; USA PATRIOT Act, including Know Your Customer Rules; federal and state Anti-Money Laundering statutes and regulations; information security and privacy; and online banking and electronic signature and transactions.

We assist in litigation matters involving issues of fact and law peculiar to financial institutions in state and federal courts across the United States, ranging from the litigation of consumer protection statutes to nuanced issues of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

Our financial services practice attorneys have worked on significant regulatory, operational, and litigation matters for financial institutions and money services clients. We look forward to deploying some of Florida’s best on your behalf.

Health Care

Our deep understanding of the legal and business dynamics of health care enables us to effectively represent hospitals, healthcare systems, outpatient service providers, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers in a wide range of matters.

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.

Members of our team have provided representation in compliance, restructuring, litigation, financing, telemedicine, information technology, privacy, cybersecurity, labor, employment, commercial real estate, and transactions and matters associated with the day-to-day operations of health care entities and institutions.

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. 

Intellectual Property

Our firm provides legal services designed to ensure that our clients understand, protect, and appropriately monetize their intellectual property. We consider the entire intellectual property portfolio to ensure our clients maximize the value of their intellectual property assets. We help our clients position for growth by first providing a comprehensive overview of available intellectual property protection strategies, and then providing legal advice in helping to select and implement the strategy that best suits our client’s business objectives.

Our practice services include the protection and evaluation of copyright, trademark, trade secret, hull and decking features for vessel protection filings, and other protections associated with intellectual property. Our firm also routinely represents clients in resolving bet-the-company intellectual property disputes associated with patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (VHDPA) litigation.

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.

Internet Law

We deploy our deep understanding of digital infrastructure and vernacular when representing clients in internet, social media, and technology-related legal issues and transactions. Our team has been acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal® and Best Lawyers in America© for information management law and other technology-focused practice areas.

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.

If there is any legal issue at the crossroads of the internet, technology, and law, then it is likely in our wheelhouse.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our experience runs the gamut from litigation before the United States Supreme Court to class-action litigations in state and federal courts to numerous JAMS and AAA arbitral proceedings. We are frequently retained by businesses confronted with lawsuits or appeals involving complex issues of law and fact. Our litigation team includes top-ranked practitioners who have been acknowledged by Best Lawyers in America©, Who's Who Legal®, Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review and Client Ratings, and Florida Trend's Legal Elite.

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.

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.

Marital & Family Law

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.

We also represent clients in the collaborative family law process of marriage dissolution, which is an alternative to litigation. In the collaborative process, each party has his or her own attorney, and a neutral financial professional and counselor is also involved. Participants are guided in a protocol to develop resolution options.

Privacy

We guide businesses through the complex landscape of national and international privacy laws. We counsel clients on privacy solutions and work with regulators when issues arise. Across industry sectors we provide privacy counsel that is pragmatic and consistent with reasonable commercial standards.

We represent clients in compliance, transactional, and litigation matters associated with internet and workplace privacy, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Communications Decency Act (CDA), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (CADRA), the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Mail Act (CAN-SPAM), telephone call monitoring and recording, financial privacy under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), health care privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as matters under the Federal Trade Commission Act subject to enforcement actions.

Private Office Services

We represent affluent individuals and family offices in addressing the unique opportunities and challenges related to significant wealth. Serving in a fiduciary advisory role, we provide guidance and assistance to private office clients and work cooperatively with their other professional and financial advisors.  Our broad range of practice areas delivers comprehensive resources for the diverse needs of affluent individuals and family offices.

Workplace Law

Our firm represents businesses and management in a range of workplace labor and employment matters. Based on our understanding of client business goals, operations, and culture, we advise on policies and procedures necessary to maintain steady footing in the dynamic workplace legal landscape.

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.

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.

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