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Jason Patrick Kairalla

Jason Patrick Kairalla

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Overview

Jason Kairalla handles financial services litigation, commercial disputes, and issues of First Amendment and intellectual property law before trial and appellate courts across the country. He recognizes that effective advocacy requires an understanding of the clients’ business and the unique industry issues they face. For this reason, Jason has augmented his legal knowledge with significant business education and experience, including study and practice in finance, management, and information technology. This combination results in legal strategies that address business realities.

Jason has found that technological innovations can help with early case assessment, reduce litigation expense, and improve the quality (and consistency) of legal outcomes in complex individual and class-action cases. He employs computer-aided project management techniques, technology-assisted review tools, and client-focused case management platforms to deliver value to clients and transform the lawyer-client relationship. In addition to his work for the firm, he is committed to representing abused and neglected children in dependency proceedings. He also advocates for type 1 diabetes research and education.

Prior to joining the firm, Jason was a law clerk to the Honorable Paul C. Huck, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Florida. He received the 2006 and 2016 John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award from Lawyers for Children America. He is also a subcommittee chair for the American Bar Association's Appellate Practice Committee, a member of the Florida Bar's Federal Court Practice Committee, and Vice President of the University of Miami's Law Alumni Association. His J.D. degree is from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was a member of the University of Miami Law Review, the Society of Bar and Gavel, the Iron Arrow Society, and the Center for Ethics and Public Service.

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Experience

  • Direct General v. Houston Casualty Insurance Company, 2015 WL 6160361 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 30, 2015). Granting final summary judgment in favor of professional liability insurance carriers based on broad interpretation of “related claims” provision.
  • Club Madonna, Inc. v. City of Miami Beach, 2015 WL 5559894 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 22, 2015), awarding attorneys’ fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1988 in the amount of $102,460,660; No. 13-23762, DE 45 slip op. (S.D. Fla. June 19, 2014), granting dismissal with prejudice in civil rights action.
  • Eisenberg Development Corporation v. City of Miami Beach, 95 F. Supp. 3d 1376 (S.D. Fla. June 23, 2015), finding entitlement to attorney’s fees and costs pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1988, 28 U.S.C. § 1927, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, and the court’s inherent authority; No. 13-23620, DE 172 slip op. (S.D. Fla. December 16, 2014), granting final summary judgment in favor of defendant; 54 F. Supp. 3d 1312 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 19, 2014), granting in part motion for judgment on the pleadings; 1 F. Supp. 3d 1327 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 3, 2014), granting in part motion to dismiss.
  • Mann v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, 129 So. 3d 895 (table) (Fla. 2d DCA 2014). Affirming entry of order of dismissal with prejudice in favor of defendant in statewide class action regarding long-term care insurance rate setting.
  • Asseff v. Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, 2014 WL 1577516 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Oct. 8, 2015). Granting dismissal with prejudice in statewide putative class action brought on behalf of windstorm property policyholders related to windstorm mitigation program. Affirmed on appeal, 159 So. 3d 327 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015).
  • Allianz Life Ins. Co. of North America v. Cain, 2013 WL 3880217 (W.D.N.C. July 26, 2013). Granting motion for entry of temporary restraining order.
  • Sherman v. Transamerica Life Insurance Company, 475 F. App’x 733 (11th Cir. May 25, 2012). Affirming order of dismissal with prejudice regarding meaning of the definition of “home” in limited benefits home-care only insurance policy.
  • Hunter v. Transamerica Life Ins. Co., 2011 WL 4621111 (S.D. Tex. Sept. 27, 2011); 498 F. App’x 430 (5th Cir. 2012). Affirming dismissal of national class action collaterally attacking prior class action settlement.
  • Transamerica Life Ins. Co. v. Moore, 274 F.R.D. 602 (E.D. Ky. 2011).
  • Hunter v. Runyan, 2011 Ark. 43 (Feb. 9, 2011); Crager v. Runyan, 132 S. Ct. 243 (U.S. Oct. 3, 2011). Affirming orders denying intervention by objecting class members to national class action settlement of contract and tort claims and dismissing appeal of objector who failed to successfully intervene.
  • Sawyer v. Transamerica Life Insurance Company, 2010 WL 1372447 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 31, 2010). Granting final summary judgment in statewide long-term care insurance class action.
  • Wright v. Life Investors Ins. Co. of Am., 2010 WL 481003 (N.D. Miss. Feb. 4, 2010).
  • In re Life Investors Ins. Co. of Am., 589 F.3d 319 (6th Cir. 2009). Reversing district court’s order enjoining defendants from pursuing approval of national class action settlement in parallel state court litigation.
  • Pipes v. Life Investors Ins. Co. of Am., 254 F.R.D. 544 (E.D. Ark. 2008); 711 F. Supp. 2d 964 (E.D. Ark. 2009). Class certification denied in case alleging breach of contract and bad faith; denying motion to intervene and to enjoin state court class action settlement filed by absent class member from parallel national class action.
  • Smith v. Life Investors Ins. Co. of Am., 2009 WL 3756913 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 6, 2009). Class certification denied in case alleging breach of contract, bad faith, and declaratory relief in relation to claims practices.
  • Sierra Club v. Van Antwerp, 526 F.3d 1353 (11th Cir. 2008). Reversing summary judgment against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and intervening limestone products companies related to dredge-and-fill permits for operation of mining activities in Florida’s Lake Belt.
  • Adams v. Southern Farm Bureau Life Ins. Co., 493 F.3d 1276 (11th Cir. 2007). Affirmed district court finding that claims alleging, inter alia, fraud and breach of contract were barred by earlier class action settlement and release.
  • Buell v. Direct General Insurance Agency, Inc., 488 F. Supp. 2d 1215 (M.D. Fla. 2007). Dismissing with prejudice putative Florida class action alleging violation of unfair insurance trade practices and licensing statutes. Affirmed, 267 F. App’x 907 (11th Cir. Mar. 6, 2008).
  • In re Friedman's, Inc., 363 B.R. 629 (Bankr. S.D. Ga. 2007). Decertifying under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure a class action originally certified by West Virginia state court, following removal to federal district court and transfer to bankruptcy court.
  • Stone v. Jackson National Life Insurance Company, 934 So. 2d 532 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006). Affirming entry of dismissal with prejudice in putative class action of life insurance policyholders.
  • London v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 340 F. 3d 1246 (11th Cir. 2003). Reversing certification of statewide class action alleging violations of the Florida Insurance Code.
  • Hammett v. American Bankers Ins. Co., 203 F.R.D. 690 (S.D. Fla. 2001). Denial of certification in putative national class action alleging federal RICO and state common-law claims with regard to credit insurance.

Recognition

  • Listed as an “Up & Comer” in South Florida Legal Guide (2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2010-2011, 2014-2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Daily Business Review's Rising Stars (2014)
  • Recipient of the John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award (2006, 2016)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Director, Law Alumni Association Board of Directors
    • University of Miami School of Law
  • Member, Florida Bar Standing Committee, Federal Court Practice
  •  American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Membership and Diversity Subcommittee
    • Appellate Practice Committee
  • Member, Regional Leadership Counsel, Lawyers for Children America
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee
  • Member, South Florida Chapter, Federal Bar Association
  • ABA Section of Litigation's Appellate Practice Committee
    • Website "Circuit Notes" editor for United States District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • Florida Chapter of the Libel Defense Resource Center
    • Contributor, 50 State Survey and Open Government Manual for the Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press

Speaking Engagements

  • “Cost Savings, Efficiency, and Early Resolution in Complex Litigation,” American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Annual Conference, Chicago (October 12, 2015)
  • Partnership for Professionalism Luncheon, University of Miami School of Law (August 14, 2015)
  • Federal Judicial Roundtable, Federal Court Practice Committee, Annual Florida Bar Convention (June 25, 2015)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2002)
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Miami (MBA, with high honors, 2002)
  • University of Miami (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1998)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts
Clerkships
  • Honorable Paul C. Huck, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Background

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul C. Huck, United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida (2002-2003)
  • Judicial Intern to the Honorable James Lawrence King, Senior United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida (2000)

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