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Kendall Coffey Moderator at the ABA International Law Section Annual Meeting

Coffey Burlington partner Kendall Coffey will be moderating this year's ABA / International Law Section Annual Meeting - The Americas and Beyond: Navigating Legal Changes and Challenges on "The Battle of Home Court Advantage Strategies and Pitfalls."

For a full detailed look at conference and program click here.

Partner Fernando Tamayo Profiled on Cover of HolaLatinos Magazine

Partner Fernando Tamayo Profiled on Cover of HolaLatinos Magazine as elite international attorney. Click here for full article.

 

Partner Kevin Kaplan Profiled as Top Lawyer on Florida's Best Top 100 Lawyers

Partner Kevin Kaplan Profiled on Cover of Florida's Best Top 100 Lawyers as 2020 Top Lawyer. Click here for full article.

 

Coffey Burlington | Kevin Kaplan Client Gets $1.4 Million Attorney Fee Award

Kevin Kaplan obtained a $1.4 Million Attorney Fee Award for his client. U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams entered the order in the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday awarding engineering firm Pliteq Inc. more than $1.4 million in attorney fees and nearly $37,000 in costs.

A copy of the full Daily Business Review article can be found here.

 

Paul Schwiep Receives Miami Waterkeeper's Porter Prize Award

Paul Schwiep was presented with the "Porter Prize" Award by Miami Waterkeeper. The award was presented to Mr. Schwiep for going above and beyond in the service to and protection of the environment.

 

Fernando Tamayo Quoted in Article on Differences between US and Ecuadorian Criminal Law

The Miami Herald published article titled "Gaming the System - The U.S. keeps erecting immigration barriers. Rich elites can maneuver around them".

In the article, Coffey Burlington Partner Fernando Tamayo discussed how Ecuadorian criminal law differs from U.S. law, in that under Ecuadorian law, a defendant is presumed innocent until his or her criminal conviction has been upheld by all appellate courts.

A copy of the full Miami Herald article can be found here.

Kendall Coffey, Daniel Blonsky, and Paul Schwiep Presenters at Coronavirus Business Disruption: Opportunities Beyond Litigation

Coffey Burlington partners Kendall Coffey, Daniel Blonsky, and Paul Schwiep were speakers at a Webinar in conjuction with CPA and Advisors Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra titled "Coronavirus Business Disruption: Opportunities Beyond Litigation" discussing immediate issues, challenges, and opportunities arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak. They were joined by Marta Alfonso and Hernando Gomez of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra.

For a full detailed look at the webinar including literature and recording click here.

 

Kendall Coffey Presents at ABA / Russian Arbitration Association Conference of the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes

Coffey Burlington partner Kendall Coffey was a speaker this month at the ABA / Russian Arbitration Association Conference of the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes on "Seeking protection through interim relief: A multi-jurisdictional toolbox for CIS-related disputes -Library Hall" analyzing the use of attachments, injunctions and other remedies to freeze and secure assets. He was joined by Alexander Troller of Lalive, Peter Ferrer, and Artem Doujko of Osborne Clarke.

For a full detailed look at conference and program click here.

Kendall Coffey Quoted in Article on Hearsay Exceptions

The Daily Business Review published article titled "Florida Judge Warns Against Using Case Law, Not Statutes, to Support Hearsay Exceptions" analyzing arguments that overlook Florida Statutes governing hearsay in favor of focusing on broader case-law analysis.

The article reads "This issue crops up often, according to Kendall Coffey of Coffey Burlington, who teaches Florida constitutional law at the University of Miami. He said that’s because the many exceptions to the hearsay rule mean case law can develop a life of its own."

One of the cases cited in the Fourth DCA’s opinion, Moscatiello v. State, is pending before the Florida Supreme Court, as are others involving similar issues. That means things could get interesting, as Coffey sees it, because there are three new justices on the bench.

“In times past, Florida’s Supreme Court has, in significant respects, been more sensitive to the rights of the accused than the U.S. Supreme Court, because we have our own state Constitution,” Coffey said. “The Supreme Court of Florida has its own traditions with respect to the rights of the accused, and the new Supreme Court will be closely watched to see if it maintains those traditions or rolls back some of the rights of the accused.”

A copy of the full Daily Business Review article can be found here.

Fernando Tamayo presents at University of Miami School of Law Managing Compliance Across Borders Conference

On June 27, 2019, Partner Fernando Tamayo served as a panelist at the University of Miami School of Law’s inaugural Managing Compliance Across Borders conference, where he presented on the topic of “Corruption and Bribery: Cross-Border Comparisons” to a group of attendees that consisted mostly of domestic and international in-house counsel and compliance officers.

Kendall Coffey Panelist and Presenter at St. Petersburg Legal Forum

Former US Attorney and Coffey Burlington partner Kendall Coffey spoke at the St. Petersburg Legal Forum on two different topics. He spoke on the "Reasonableness as a Principle of Civil Law" (analyzing duties of good faith and reasonable care in the contractual framework) as well as "Law as the Art of War" analyzing legal strategies in litigation that seek to  move issues quickly, more aggressively and creatively to obtain the best results.


The Legal Forum is one of the world’s biggest international law conferences and brings together some 4500 participants from 75 different countries. Click here.

Fernando Tamayo Obtains Removal of Interpol Red Notice for Client

Fernando Tamayo obtained an 8-page opinion from Interpol, ruling in favor of client, Dr. Carlos Polit, removing the red notice that was improperly requested by the country of Ecuador, and deleting all reference to Dr. Carlos Polit in Interpol’s database and its member nation’s national databases.  Carolina Goncalves and Justin King assisted with the drafting of petitions to Interpol, which involved an in-depth analysis of the improper criminal proceedings brought by Ecuador against Dr. Polit.

In its “Decision of the Commission”, Interpol agreed with all three of Coffey Burlington’s arguments advocating for the removal of the red notice: (1) that Ecuador’s criminal proceedings against Dr. Polit violated his right to due process of law (which Interpol considers to be a violation of human rights); (2) that Ecuador’s prosecution of Dr. Polit was politically motived; and (3) that Ecuador’s basis for requesting the Interpol red notice violated Interpol’s rules.

Paul Schwiep Receives Defender of the Everglades Award

Paul Schwiep was presented with the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas Defender of the Everglades" Award by the Friends of the Everglades. The award was presented to Mr. Schwiep for his dedication to protecting the Everglades.

Kendall Coffey Quoted in Article on Robert Mueller's Report

The Washington Times published article titled "Mueller Report Finds 14 Other Cases for Prosecutors to Pursue" analyzing the Mueller Report and the criminal referrals that follow.

Mr. Coffey said he expects the cases will move to the top of local prosecutors’ to-do lists.

"Because these are referrals from a highly seasoned and talented team of prosecutors and investigators, they will not be ignored by others and, at a minimum, will likely result in significant follow-up investigative processes,” Mr. Coffey stated.

A copy of the full Daily Business Review article can be found here.

 

 

Susan Raffanello and Scott Hiaasen Get Big Win for Client Edgardo DeFortuna

Susan Raffanello and Scott Hiaasen obtained an important win for client Edgardo DeFortuna when the Miami-Dade Circuit Court summarilly dismissed the lawsuit against him arising out of the Jade Ocean luxury condominium tower.

Judge William Thomas ruled that the plaintiffs had no evidence to support their claims that Mr. Defortuna and his company Fortune International Group misled them about their investment in the project.

“All the allegations of any fraud or misconduct have been established as false,” said Susan Raffanello, partner at the Coffey Burlington law firm who represents Defortuna. “Fortune will be seeking its attorneys’ fees and costs for having to fight this six-year meritless litigation.”

A copy of the full article can be found here.


Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article223211695.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article223211695.html#storylink=cpy

Kendall Coffey Quoted in Article on Michael Cohen's Latest Guilty Plea

ABC News published article titled "Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress: Sources" discussing Cohen's latest admission of misstatements made to Congress in closed-door testimony last year about his contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign.

“The potential significance of Cohen’s cooperation is immense,” said Kendall Coffey. He continued, “it cannot be determined if Cohen’s cooperation will lead to other criminal allegations,”  “but for most high-powered business people with complex business interests, having one’s personal attorney become a star witness for the prosecution is the worst possible legal nightmare.” Coffey concluded Cohen's “cooperation has already created the most serious federal allegations to date concerning President Trump, and more may be coming."

To read the full article click here.

Kendall Coffey Quoted in Article on Paul Manafort and Robert Mueller

USA Today published article titled "Robert Mueller: Probe dumps Paul Manafort as a witness for lying, but about what?" analyzing the unusual collapse of Paul Manafort's plea agreement with special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

"He will face a markedly harsher sentencing outcome,' said Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Miami. "One can only speculate if in the back of Manafort's mind he still holds out hope for a pardon."

A copy of the full Daily Business Review article can be found here.

 

Best Lawyers - Coffey Burlington - A Winning Reputation

Coffey Burlington is featured in Best Lawyers' article.



When Kendall Coffey and Robert Burlington long ago formed Coffey Burlington, they had a specific vision for the law firm they wanted to establish: “One of the dynamics that makes us different from most law firms is that we have a non-traditional business model,” says Burlington, who serves as the firm’s managing partner.

Equity partner Dan Blonsky added:  “Typically, law firms have more associates than partners, with the work being brought in by the senior level attorneys and then pushed down to younger lawyers to pull the laboring oar throughout the litigation. But we recognized early on that clients are more comfortable with seasoned lawyers, especially in high-stakes complex litigation. And in almost all instances, clients want to work directly with the lawyer who is going to be trying their case.”

At Coffey Burlington, the majority of the firm’s lawyers are partners, including several who have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, along with Burlington: Kendall Coffey (2019 Miami “Lawyer of the Year”, Professional Malpractice – Defense); Albert Caruana (2015 and 2018 Miami “Lawyer of the Year”, Family Law); and Andrew Marks (2018 Miami “Lawyer of the Year”, First Amendment Litigation). The firm as a whole has also been ranked Tier 1 in Miami in several practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

“The success obtained for our clients over the past 30 years is the direct result of our focus on deploying a high degree of experience in bet-the-business litigation,” note equity partners Paul Schwiep and Susan Raffanello.  “For us, growth hasn’t been defined by expansion, but by the depth of talent we’ve been able to develop as a litigation boutique. And that experience is what has attracted such a variety of businesses, institutional clients, and referring lawyers to our firm,” adds Kevin Kaplan, equity partner.

Coffey Burlington serves clients in state and federal courts throughout Florida and elsewhere, including Fortune 500 companies, law and accounting firms, financial institutions, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, homeowners, and condominium associations. In addition to its business, commercial litigation, and federal white-collar criminal defense practices, the firm has a high net worth divorce and family law practice, which is led by two time Miami Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” winner Albert Caruana, together with Melissa Jacobs and Fernando Tamayo.

Coffey Burlington is also known for its support of charitable organizations throughout the community.

To read the full article click here.

 

Paul Schwiep Quoted in Bloomberg Article regarding Florida's Algae Epidemic

Bloomberg published an article titled "Florida’s Algae Blame Sticks to ‘Red-Tide Rick’ in Senate Race" regarding two Florida algae epidemics: Reddish clusters along the beaches and a blue-green stew that spread east and west from Lake Okeechobee, threatening beaches from Miami to near Orlando.

"It is the Cuyahoga River lighting on fire," said Paul Schwiep, who has represented environmental groups, referring to the polluted river in Ohio whose 1969 combustion pressured Congress to pass sweeping environmental-protection laws. "At least, it should be."

The full Bloomberg article can be found here.

 

 

 

Paul Schwiep on BBC News Regarding Return of Nazi-era Stolen Art To its Rightful Owners

BBC Business Daily's Manuela Sarasoga delves into the hunt for Stolen painting "The Woman in a Garden" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir to the heirs of the rightful owners

 

To listen to the broadcast click here.

Paul Schwiep Quoted in New York Times Regarding Return of Nazi-era Stolen Art To its Rightful Owners

The New York Times published article titled "Nazis Stole His Renoir. His Granddaughter Finally Got It Back" regarding the efforts undertaken to return the painting "The Woman in a Garden" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir to the heirs of the rightful owners.

A copy of the full New York Times article can be found here.

 
 

Kendall Coffey Presents at ACLU of Florida 2018 Lawyers Conference

Former US Attorney and Coffey Burlington partner Kendall Coffey spoke this month at the ACLU of Florida 2018 Lawyers Conference on the topic of Immigration and America’s Evolving Immigration Policy and its Impact on
Asylum Seekers.

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Paul Schwiep quoted in Miami Herald Article on Litigation Related to Proposed 836 Extension

The Miami Herald published article titled "Toll money is funding the campaign to win Miami-Dade approval of the 836 extension" regarding the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority approach in trying to approve a new toll road into West Kendall.

A copy of the full Miami Herald article can be found here.

 

Kendall Coffey Interviewed by The Hill regarding the Manafort Trial

Kendall Coffey's Interview with The Hill's Rising with Krystal & Buck analyzing jury deliberations and the Manafort Trial.

 See full interview here.

Kendall Coffey Quoted in Article on Omarosa-Trump Tapes

The Daily Business Review published article titled "Omarosa-Trump Tapes Could Mean 'Open Season on Privacy Rights' in the Workplace, Attorneys Say" analyzing the current state of the law on recordings. "In one-party consent states, where only one person in a conversation needs to know a recording is being made, it’s important to tread carefully" Mr. Coffey urged.

“It can be open season on privacy rights, because the law allows a single party to unilaterally determine whether a conversation is going to be captured on tape . . . . there’s precious little that can be done to prevent that tape from being posted on YouTube.”

“While Florida does protect phone conversations and face-to-face conversations, what’s less clear is the extent of protection when you go outside the home,” Mr. Coffey continued, “There is some important decisional language suggesting that you have to look at the specific circumstances of conversations in an office or work environment.” 

On some states' wiretapping statutes and how the setting matters Mr. Coffey expanded, “If you’re going to have a candid conversation, you need to be in an environment that strongly signals privacy . . . . You need to be aware of the fact that people you think you trust might be recording your comments. If you’re talking to someone that you think is a friend, and are making unfiltered comments, they could come back to haunt you.”

A copy of the full Daily Business Review article can be found here.