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Overview

Our litigation teams are well-equipped to handle the most complex business trials, arbitrations, and appeals. We have developed especially deep experience in the defense of class actions and mass actions, white collar representation, high-stakes business litigation, and government investigations. We have tried more than 1,500 cases to judgment or verdict and defended several hundred class actions across the country. We are one of only a handful of firms that have actually tried major class action cases. In the life insurance and financial product liability areas alone, we have represented life and annuity companies in well over 200 class actions in more than 30 states. 

The cases we handle cut across every subject area, including consumer and business fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act enforcement, contracts, shareholder disputes, antitrust, insurance, securities, product liability, construction, real estate, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, labor and employment, intellectual property, health care, telecommunications, energy, constitutional claims, international and domestic arbitration, and federal and state governmental disputes. 

Our firm and our trial attorneys receive frequent recognition for their professional excellence and accomplishments. In U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2020, we earned national rankings in several practices including commercial litigation.

Experience

  • Counsel for national construction contractor in connection with more than $100 million in claims relating to central Florida convention center project
  • Counsel for subcontractor defending $85 million claim for failure of phosphate reservoir
  • Represent international airport authority on construction and insurance issues for multibillion-dollar airport expansion
  • Counsel for homebuilder in class action relating to $200 million in hurricane claims involving more than 8,000 homeowners
  • Counsel for homebuilder in class action, involving site-related claims by 118 homeowners seeking more than $10 million in damages
  • Represented contractors and homebuilders in connection with Chinese drywall claims exceeding $300 million
  • Represented contractor in connection with $120 million in claims arising from luxury hotel construction
  • Represented contractor in connection with claims relating to a $200 million-plus resort in Dade County, Florida
  • Defended lead designer of space shuttle launching facility at Cape Canaveral
  • Represented lead designer of $70 million highway expansion project in central Florida
  • Defended class action alleging underground storage tanks leaked due to construction defects; Class certification denied
  • Represented government entity on a $75 million claim arising from termination of a contractor on a waste water treatment plant; Matter involved untimely performance of defective work/delay, latent defects, bid irregularities, design defects, 255 bonds, interpretation of bid documents, plans and specifications, and errors and omissions
  • Represented government entity on a delay and construction defects claim against a paving contractor on a multimillion-dollar road construction project
  • Represented government entity on a multimillion-dollar claim against a general contractor for defective construction and delays arising from the construction of a water treatment plant
  • Represented regional airport authority on multiple matters, including advice during construction and representation in litigation
  • Represented county on multimillion-dollar claim against design professional for defective design and contract administration arising from the construction of a water treatment plant
  • Represented county school district on a delay and defective construction claim against a general contractor arising from the multimillion-dollar high school renovation.
  • Represented construction company against numerous subcontractors involving numerous related cases arising out of hotel construction for major Orlando theme park
  • Represented construction company suing for wrongful termination of a subcontract on a construction project for a public university
  • Defended two separate lawsuits by a general contractor against subcontractor payment and performance bond sureties for defective construction, latent defects, and delay damages arising out of a luxury condominium
  • Defended a suit against a subcontractor's performance bond for latent water damage in a condominium project
  • Defended an architect against allegations of negligent design and project administration involving a commercial office and warehouse
  • Defended numerous payment and performance bond claims by community schools involving school construction
  • Defended general contractor's performance bond surety for mold and water damage to a county sheriff’s building
  • Represented bleacher designer, manufacturer, and installer in dispute where claims exceeded $14 million and involved a 75,000-seat super motor speedway; Action also involved suing engineer and foundation designer for design defects
  • Represented general contractor for breach of contract and delay damages, involving a claim that exceeded $2 million
  • Represented national heavy highway contractor against an engineering firm regarding supply of inaccurate soil data
  • Represented site contractor against developer for delay damages
  • Represented subcontractor against delay claim alleged by major theme park and general contractor
  • Represented county on multiple construction matters arising from defective construction, design, or delay
  • Represented numerous condominium associations on claims against developers, contractors, and designers arising from defective construction

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In this podcast, Carlton Fields attorneys Ryan Cobbs and Ashley Drumm discuss the idiosyncrasies of mass tort litigation and share tips and strategies to help you maximize efficiency and direct resources toward winning — not just defending — your next mass tort engagement.

Resolving When Fla. Consumer Statute Gives Cos. Standing

Resolving When Fla. Consumer Statute Gives Cos. Standing

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As we will discuss in this article, courts in Florida have struggled with where to draw the line over the last 20 years. And — spoiler alert — there is a significant argument that the courts have not yet considered — but which could dispose of the whole dispute.

You Have a Judgment, Now What? Mastering the Art of Judgment Collection

You Have a Judgment, Now What? Mastering the Art of Judgment Collection

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Judgment enforcement requires a combination of strategy, creativity, diligence, and patience. With a valid judgment in hand, what do you do next?

A Confusing Split Over 'Reasonable Consumer' In Fla. Courts

A Confusing Split Over 'Reasonable Consumer' In Fla. Courts

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In this column, we look at different issues under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, or FDUTPA, and particularly highlight areas in which courts are split.

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