Research for this chapter has identified eight leading practitioners in Florida from six different firms. A number of these lawyers practise at specialised firms.
Twenty-eight management, labour and employment specialists from 17 firms make up this chapter, mirroring the current buoyancy of the labour market and reflecting the prosperity of this practice area in Florida. The inclusion of a number of individuals from boutique firms highlights the weight such outfits carry within the market. The lawyers in this chapter have extensive experience in a range of areas, including litigation matters involving class actions, employment discrimination laws, sexual harassment, employee loyalty, wrongful discharge, whistle-blower actions, individual employment contracts and work-related tort claims.
Florida benefits from the high levels of M&A activity in the US in general, and also acts as a hub for cross-border transactions in Latin America. This results in raised levels of corporate activity and transactional work, and as such local commercial firms are particularly strong in this area. Our research has identified 24 practitioners, from 12 leading outfits, who stand out in this field.
This chapter identifies 20 lawyers, from 11 firms, with a proven track record representing clients on a wide variety of issues relating to insurance and reinsurance law. The majority practise in Tallahassee, the state capital and centre for regulatory and lobbying activity. A number of these practitioners also concentrate on insurance defence and dispute resolution. They are similar, however, in the regard in which they are held by clients and competitors alike.
Florida’s leading commercial law firms are home to many leading experts in bankruptcy and restructuring. Both general commercial and boutique firms made an impact in the research, and this chapter identifies 24 outstanding lawyers from 15 firms. Many are fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy, and all are recognised for their representation of creditors, debtors and the full range of other related parties.
The strength of Florida’s economy and growth of international franchising activity is reflected in the quality of the counsel found in the following pages. These figures are recognised as the leading lights of Florida’s franchise bar, representing franchisors, franchisees and companies of all sizes, in diverse industries.
The research for this chapter identifies 36 highly rated environment experts from 17 firms. The practice of environmental law is diverse, the individuals featured offering advice on transactional, litigation and regulatory matters. Almost half of the 36 practise out of state capital Tallahassee, a centre for regulatory and lobbying activity. A number of the firms also focus on transactions, advising on environmental risks associated with M&A, the structuring of deals to allocate risk, environmental due diligence and parent successor liability. There is also a sizeable contingent that covers litigation involving toxic tort defence, Superfund cases, defence of enforcement actions, as well as claims against insurance carriers and government investigations. Land use is another prominent theme, a number of the leading practitioners spending significant time in that field. No matter the speciality, however, it is evident that Florida is home to some of the US’s leading environmental attorneys.
Employee benefits and related fields of law such as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) are areas of major concern to US companies, with potential liability in this area stretching to millions of dollars. As such, clients rely on outside counsel to provide drafting skills, advice and, when necessary, representation in this area. This chapter lists 17 individuals who should be considered the leaders in the field, drawn from 13 firms.
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