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Roger S. Kobert

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Overview

Roger Kobert is a trial attorney with more than 30 years’ experience representing foreign and domestic businesses, governments, and individuals in litigation and appeals. He also serves as a U.S. law expert witness in foreign court proceedings, advises foreign governments on matters of U.S. law, and leads cross-border, multinational, and domestic dispute resolution teams.

Roger handles matters involving banking, directors and officers liability, commercial disputes, foreign sovereign immunity, insurance, real estate, antitrust, § 1782, and labor and employment.

He has tried dozens of cases to verdict, argued appeals in federal and state courts across the United States, and arbitrated and mediated many more. Roger’s notable work includes serving as lead counsel in litigation against a former head of state for crimes against humanity; establishing a new standard for franchisor tort immunity in the Florida Supreme Court; securing the release of foreign governmental assets frozen by the Office of Foreign Assets Control; and representing military contractors in a high-profile, multinational partnership litigation trial.

Roger is board certified in International Litigation and Arbitration by The Florida Bar and serves on the bar committee writing the certification exam for aspiring candidates. He is also a past chairman of the International Law Section of the Federal Bar Association and active in the American Bar Association’s International Law and Litigation Sections.

Admitted in Florida and the District of Columbia (until admission in New York, any work on New York matters supervised in accordance with NYRPC Rule ­­5.5(c)(1)).

Experience

  • Emami v. Progressive Brands Inc., 225 So. 3d 983 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017).
  • Nuss v. Sabad, No. 7:10-cv-00279, 2016 WL 4098606 (N.D.N.Y. July 28, 2016); 976 F. Supp. 2d 231 (N.D.N.Y. 2013); 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 157287 (N.D.N.Y. 2011).
  • Doe v. De Leon, 555 F. App'x 84 (2d. Cir. 2014).
  • Ochoa v. Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V., No. 1:11-cv-23898, 2012 WL 3260324 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 8, 2012).
  • CareerFairs.com v. United Bus. Media LLC, 838 F. Supp. 2d 1316 (S.D. Fla. 2011).
  • De Vexelman v. Safra Nat'l Bank of N.Y., 61 So. 3d 1131 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011).
  • JMT Events, Inc. v. Azoulay Enters., Inc., No. 1:08-cv-22428, 2009 WL 1311189 (S.D. Fla. May 11, 2009).
  • In re Xavier, No. 05-12218, 2006 WL 858489 (11th Cir. Apr. 4, 2006).
  • Kahan Novoa v. Safra Nat'l Bank of N.Y., 313 F. Supp. 2d 1347 (S.D. Fla. 2003).
  • Lane v. Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co., 178 F. Supp. 2d 1281 (S.D. Fla. 2001).
  • Taran v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Fla., Inc., 685 So. 2d 1004 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997).
  • Lowe Inv. Corp. v. Clemente, 685 So. 2d 84 (Fla. 2d DCA 1996).
  • Mobil Oil Corp. v. Bransford, 648 So. 2d 119 (Fla. 1995).
  • PaineWebber Income Props. Three Ltd. P'ship v. Mobil Oil Corp., 902 F. Supp. 1514 (M.D. Fla. 1995).

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2017–2020)
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine (2009–present)
  • Top Commercial and Business Lawyers, The American Lawyer (2012–present)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    • International Law Section 
      • Chair (2018–2019)
      • Vice Chair (2017–2018)
      • Treasurer (2015–2017)
    • ​National Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion (2018–present)
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
    • Board Member, South Dade Branch
  • Village of Pinecrest 
    • US 1 Corridor Visioning Committee
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Phi Delta Theta Alumni Club of Miami

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1985)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

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