Law Practice Areas


Business Litigation and Appeals

  • Contract and corporate litigation and appeals
  • Business torts litigation and appeals
  • Real estate litigation and appeals
  • Condominium, HOA, POA and Club litigation and appeals
  • Banking litigation and appeals
  • Employment litigation and appeals
  • Construction litigation and appeals
  • Bid protests
  • Securities litigation and appeals
  • Eminent domain litigation and appeals
  • Probate, Trusts and Estates Litigation and Appeals

Trustee actions

  • Beneficiary actions
  • Guardianship proceedings
  • Removal of trustees
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Mismanagement
  • Breach of trust
  • Undue influence

Utility Litigation and Appeals

  • Public utility litigation and appeals
  • Service territory disputes and appeals
  • Utility consultation, dispute resolution, legislation and acquisitions
  • Annexations and appeals
  • Rate litigation and appeals

Significant Business Litigation Representations

  • Represent manufacturers, marketers, not-for-profit corporations, financial institutions, governmental entities and numerous other business entities and individuals in matters involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, employment discrimination, conversion, civil theft, ILSA, tortious interference, eminent domain, and other corporate, contractual, real estate and business tort claims.
  • Defended service provider under multi-million dollar contract with developer corporations and obtained $7 million judgment on counterclaim, which judgment was upheld on appeal and collected in full.
  • Defended innovative technology inventors and investors against multi-million dollar claims of fraud and punitive damages, resulting in judgment on same for defendants.
  • Defended developer against class action claim of fraudulent trade practices in connection with its reservation agreements, resulting in judgment of dismissal, which judgment was affirmed on appeal and attorney’s fees awarded.
  • Enjoined former executives of various client corporations from competing with and using trade secrets of the companies.
  • Defended employer against claims of race, age and disability discrimination, resulting in dismissal of action.
  • Defended not-for-profit corporation in real estate and contract dispute involving multi-million dollar golf courses and club properties, resulting in settlement by which corporation retained all disputed monies.
  • Defended corporation in defeating class action certification.
  • Defended not-for-profit corporation in class action contract dispute, resulting in summary judgments against class members.
  • Prosecuted bid protest, resulting in reversal of agency’s adverse bid decision for award of $43 million construction project.
  • Prosecuted wrongful termination claim for chief executive officer, resulting in award for officer.
  • Defended bank against multi-million dollar claims arising from losses in investment accounts, resulting in dismissal of action on final summary judgment, which judgment was upheld on appeal.
  • Defended country club against claims challenging capital charges and structure, resulting in judgment for defendant.
  • Defeated attempt to enjoin vote on club’s equity conversion plan.
  • Defended ILSA and real estate contract actions, obtaining summary judgments.
  • Litigated property owners’ eminent domain claims and governmental entities’ inverse condemnation and eminent domain proceedings.
  • Defended individual in contractual and property dispute involving multi-million dollar land trust, resulting in denial of claim.

Significant Probate, Trusts and Estates Litigation

  • Prosecuted and defended multi-jurisdiction actions for trustee removal, undue influence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and breach of contract for high-profile, nine-figure estate, including media and crisis management, with summary judgments entered for client.
  • Prosecuted beneficiary’s breach of fiduciary action against trustees involving $5 million marital and testamentary trusts, resulting in settlement by which beneficiary obtained trust funds.
  • Prosecuted removal of co-trustee action involving family residuary trust, resulting in temporary and then permanent removal of trustee and judgments, affirmed on appeal, including awards of attorney’s fees for trial and appeals.
  • Prosecuted and defended petitions to determine incapacity; guardianship proceedings.
  • Represented primary beneficiary against personal representatives and professionals for claims of undue influence and improper trust and estate administration, resulting in settlement by which funds were paid over to beneficiary.
  • Represented individuals in commercial and dissolution proceedings to interpret various trust instruments.

Significant Utility Litigation

  • Defended and upheld many public utilities’ contracts, rate and fee structures, and recouped millions of dollars in unpaid and underpaid utility charges.
  • Defended municipal annexation against service territory challenge, upholding annexation.
  • Defended municipality’s reclaimed water system expansion and service territory, resulting in judgment for defendant defeating challenge.
  • Prosecuted and obtained judgment permitting municipal utility to surcharge utility customers.
  • Defeated challenge to and appeal of municipal annexation.
  • Negotiated and structured more than $250 million in utility acquisitions.
  • Represented governmental entities, utilities, and developers in service territory disputes.
  • Represented clients and appeared before the Florida Public Service Commission.
  • Consulted with and assisted utilities on legislation, operations and finances.

Awards and Recognition

  • Ranked, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5*
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation, 2013- 2017
  • Tier 1 Ranking, U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” 2014-2017
  • Member, IRON ARROW Honor Society® (The Highest Honor Attained at the University of Miami), tapped in 2015
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2016
  • Selected as one of the “Top 100” Lawyers in Florida, 2015-2016
  • Selected as one of the “Top 100” Lawyers in South Florida, 2014-2016
  • Selected as one of the “Top 50 Women” Lawyers in Florida, 2007, 2009-2016
  • Selected as Top Solo Law Firm in Florida, Litigation, 2013-2014
  • Selected as one of the “Top 25 Women” Lawyers in South Florida, 2010-2011
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer in Florida, 2006-2016
  • Inductee, The “Florida Legal Elite” Hall of Fame, Florida Trend magazine, inducted in 2015
  • Listed, “Florida Legal Elite,” Florida Trend magazine, 2004-2012, 2014-2016
  • Recipient, Law Alumni Achievement Award, University of Miami School of Law, 2015
  • Recipient, 5th M. Minnette Massey Award, University of Miami School of Law, 2013 (presented to distinguished alumni for outstanding personal and professional service to the University of Miami School of Law Moot Court Board and legal community, and for bringing honor and recognition to the University of Miami School of Law)
  • Listed, “Top Lawyers,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2009-2012
  • Recipient, “Power Players” Award, Business Leader magazine, 2011
  • Team Member, Law 360 “Employment Practice Group of the Year,” 2011
  • Recipient, “Key Partners” Award (25 for Law and 25 for Accounting), South Florida Business Journal, 2010
  • Recipient, “Impact Law Leaders” Award, Business Leader magazine, 2010
  • Listed, “Top Up and Comers,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2005
  • Listed, “Best of the Bar,” South Florida Business Journal, 2003-2004
  • Listed, Who’s Who in America, 57th and 58th editions
  • Listed, Who’s Who in American Law, 14th edition
  • Listed, Who’s Who of American Women, 21st and 25th editions
  • Recipient, Florida Bar Certificates of Meritorious Public Service, 1998-2004
  • Order of Barristers
  • Recipient, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Scholarship
  • State Moot Court Champion, The Florida Bar
*AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed-Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chair, Georgetown University Scholarship Program (South Florida), 2011-present
  • Admissions Interviewer, Georgetown University, 1999-present
  • Chair, University of Miami School of Law Moot Court Alumni Advisory Board, 2013-present
  • Member, Georgetown University Loyalty Society
  • Member, University of Miami Ibis Society
  • Member, University of Miami Heritage Society
  • Member, James W. McLamore Society, University of Miami
  • Appointed Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures for the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, appointed by orders of Chief Judge Moreno, 2007-present
  • Board of Directors, Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation, 1997-2012
  • Independent Living Court for Juveniles, Legal Aid, Palm Beach County, 2010-2012
  • Pro Bono Clinics, Palm Beach County, German Ghetto Reparations Program applications for area residents, 2008-2010
  • Lawyer-Delegate, U.S. Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference, 2006

  • University of Miami Law Alumni Association:
    • Director, 2003-2006
      Secretary, 2005-2006

  • The Florida Bar:
    • Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee, 2004-2006
        Vice Chair, 2005-2006
      Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1998-2004 Fee Arbitration Committee, 1998-2004
        Vice Chair, 2003-2004

Even More

Published Legal Decisions

  • Developer Reservation Agreements: Zlotnick v. Premier Sales Group, Inc. et al., 431 F.Supp.2d 1290 (S.D. Fla. 2006), affirmed on appeal, 480 F.3d 1281 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • Utility Service Areas: City of Auburndale v. Town of Polk City, 898 So. 2d 1101 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005)

Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Education

  • JD, cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1990
  • BA (Economics & English), Georgetown University, 1987

Articles

  • Co-author, “Expansion of a Trustee’s Authority May Not Relax the Standard of Care,” Estate Planning magazine, Vol. 29, No.7, July 2002