News & Events

Gabriel Groisman and Fernando Tamayo Presented as Panelists on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

In September and October 2017, Coffey Burlington Partners Gabriel Groisman and Fernando Tamayo presented as panelists on CL EWebcasts presented by the Knowledge Group, LLC  on “The Foreign Corrupt Practice Act: Understanding the Key Issues and Ensuring Compliance in 2017.

The Webinars covered the following legal issues:

  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - An Overview
  • Key Regulatory Issues
  • Latest Enforcement Actions
  • Risk Mitigation Techniques
  • Best Compliance Practices Recent Trends and Developments

Coffey Burlington Recognized by US News & World Report

Coffey Burlington is proud to have been ranked amongst the Best Law Firms in the areas of commercial litigation, family law, first amendment, and mediation by U.S. News & World Report. Coffey Burlington is ranked both in the State of Florida and nationally in various categories.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.


Gabriel Groisman Named to Congressional Advisory Council

US Congressman, Ron DeSantis (FL), the Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, convened an Advisory Council for Israel and Middle East Security. Its membership of advisors from Florida and around the country will explore ways to repair U.S.–Israel relations and combat security threats facing Israel and the United States.

"With the pending relocation of our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the arrival of the Trump administration, we have entered a new era in American-Israeli relations and have a great opportunity to chart a productive course," DeSantis said. "My subcommittee conducts oversight over embassy issues and I have been active in highlighting the dangers of the BDS movement and the threat posed by militant Islam. I have no doubt that we will have a lot on our plate moving forward, and having an esteemed group of advisors willing to share their keen insights on these issues will be a great help to me. I thank them for their willingness to assist my efforts to support our friend and ally Israel."

Coffey Burlington partner Gabriel Groisman was named to this important Congressional Advisory Council.

The full press release can be found here.

Fernando Tamayo Named in "40 Under 40" by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

On November 5, 2016, Fernando Tamayo was honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at its “40 Under 40” event as one of South Florida’s 40 outstanding lawyers under the age of 40. The event was held at FIU’s Kovens Conference Center, and featured keynote speaker Stuart Z. Grossman. The event raised over $70,000 to fund research to combat cystic fibrosis.


Coffey Burlington congratulates Mr. Tamayo for this great achievement.

Gabriel Groisman Elected Mayor of Bal Harbour

Coffey Burlington congratulates Partner Gabriel Groisman, who was sworn into office today as Mayor of Bal Harbour Village, Florida. 


Bob Burlington Named one of America's Top 100 Attorneys

Coffey Burlington congratulates founding partner Robert Burlington on being named one of America's Top 100 Attorneys®.

Membership among America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Candidates for membership are initially identified through third-party research or peer nominations by other elite attorneys in the community. Once a candidate is identified, they are carefully screened through third-party research and analysis involving proprietary algorithms applying multi-criteria decision making methods to create a Pareto efficiency frontier.  Every attorney selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Attorneys® must pass through this multi-phase screening process.

Congratulations to Bob for this well-deserved recognition.

Gabriel Groisman Elected to National Board of Directors of the Children's Tumor Foundation

Gabriel Groisman was elected to the Children's Tumor Foundation's national board of directors.  The Children's Tumor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) which was founded in 1978 and is dedicated to finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis (NF).  NF is genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 individuals. It causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to deafness, blindness, disfigurement, bone abnormalities, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer.  NF occurs in all populations equally, and there is not YET a cure.




11 Coffey Burlington Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the following Coffey Burlington attorneys who were recognized by SuperLawyers magazine for their accomplishments in 2016.

According to the publication’s website, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Daniel Blonsky

Benjamin Brodsky

Robert Burlington

Albert Caruana

Kendall Coffey

Jeffrey Crockett

David Freedman

Gabriel Groisman

Kevin Kaplan

Andrew Marks

Paul Schwiep

Gabriel Groisman Presents at United Nations Summit

Gabriel Groisman was invited by Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, to discuss the legal aspects of combating the movement to boycott Israel at a summit held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on May 31, 2016.  The event was titled, "Ambassadors Against BDS. Building Bridges Not Boycotts."

In front of over one thousand people, Mr. Groisman discussed the scope of legislation which has been passed by states and municipalities nationwide, and how those laws can be utilized to put an end to the discrimination perpetrated by those behind the boycotts.

Kendall Coffey Quoted in Article About Surge of Russian and Ukrainian Clients

The Daily Business Review published an article titled "Russian-Speaking Attorneys Cater to Surge from Russian, Ukraine," which discussed the fact that instability in both Ukraine and Russian has created an up-tick of businesses from those countries establishing connections with South Florida.

"Because Ukraine's currency has devalued three times, the country's exports are now much cheaper than those of competitors, Krasnikov said. Business owners hope to find new Western partners, who will see the opportunities built into those low prices and want to profit supplying Ukrainian products to the U.S. and Latin America, he said. WalMart and Trader Joe's already are offering Ukrainian products.


With some 400,000 Russian-speaking immigrants, South Florida is already home to one of the largest Russian-speaking communities in the country, said Kendall Coffey, a founding partner of Coffey Burlington and a litigator who has a substantial amount of work with Russian and Russian-American clients. 'More often than not you see people building upon the business success they have had in their
own country,' Coffey said."

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

Jeff Crockett Named 2016 NOVO Awards Finalist

Coffey Burlington is proud to announce that Shareholder, Jeffrey Crockett has been selected by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Business Committee as one of three finalists for the 2016 NOVO Awards in the Outstanding Board Leader category.

The NOVO Awards are open to not-for-profit organizations and recognize programs and individuals that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve, produce outcomes that exemplify innovative excellence, and feature best practices of not-for-profit businesses. Awards are presented in three categories:

Coffey Burlington Hosts "Got Civility" CLE Panel

Coffey Burlington is proud to have hosted and sponsored the "Got Civility" panel and CLE for numerous organizations, including the Federal Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Over 100 attorneys heard from Chief Judge Bertila Soto, US District Court Judge Robert Scola, Judge Thomas Rebull, Judge Andrea Wolfson and Florida Bar President Ramon Abadin.

The event was also covered by the Daily Business Review.



Gabriel Groisman Recognized for Passing First Municipal Anti-Boycott Law in Role as Bal Harbour Councilman

The Sun Sentinel published an extensive article discussing the fact that Shareholder, and Councilman for Bal Harbour, Gabriel Groisman drafted and passed the first anti-boycott law. 

The article explains that "After two public readings, the Village Council of Bal Harbour unanimously voted 5-0 in support of this ordinance that prohibits the municipality from contracting with any business unless the contract includes a representation that the business is not currently engaged in, and will not engage in, the boycott of a person or an entity based in, or doing business with, a country or jurisdiction in which the United States has free trade or other agreements. It is aimed at ensuring open and non-discriminatory trade with partners, such as the State of Israel."

At the hearing, Mr. Groisman stated:

"Recently, we have seen the increase in efforts to boycott and otherwise discriminate on the basis of nationality and ethnicity. Leading this effort is a bigoted campaign to de-legitimize the democratic State of Israel through a movement called 'BDS,' which leads efforts to boycott, divest and sanction businesses, academics and persons from, or doing business in, the State of Israel.

Make no mistake about it. The BDS movement is a global propaganda campaign against Israel that serves as thin cover for anti-Semitism – the levels of which we have not seen in the Western World in over 60 years.

This ordinance will protect the economic and social interests of the citizens of Bal Harbour, who widely reject discriminatory business practices, especially when they are funded in any way by public taxpayer money. This ordinance will require any entity that enters into a contract with Bal Harbour to certify that they are not boycotting, and will not boycott, or divest from a legitimate, recognized U.S. trade partner.

A copy of the Sun Sentinel article, Municipality passes anti-BDS Ordinance, can be found here.

Paul Schwiep Interviewed by SPBT About His Efforts to Improve Public Transportation in Miami-Dade County

Paul Schwiep, who serves as the Chairman of The Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust of Miami-Dade County, was interviewed by South Florida Public Television, WPBT2, about the Trust's continued efforts to “reaffirm the original intent of the People's Transportation Plan” and to expand public transportation in Miami-Dade County. 


Robert Burlington Quoted in Miami Today Article About His Representation of Firm's Client at City of Miami's Off-Street Parking Board Meeting

Founding Partner, Bob Burlington, was featured in a Miami Today article regarding the firm's representation of Grand Station Partners for the redevelopment of a key Miami-Dade County parcel.  It its November 18, 2015 article, titled "Authority Lease to Add Parking After Challenge," Miami Today explained that the redevelopment proposal "includes a new 8-story parking facility for more than 350 vehicles, and a 33-story tower identified as multi-family with about 258 apartments...[and] retail space." After one group opposed the deal, Mr. Burlington appeared before the Off-Street Parking Board on behalf of Grand Station Partners. The article reports,

Robert Burlington, an attorney representing Grand Station Partners, said much work went into crafting the lease and every “i” is dotted, every “t” is crossed.

“There are no improprieties,” he told the board, saying the lease is “properly before you for approval today.”

Mr. Burlington also pointed out that the time for competing parties to appeal was back in early May, when the board authorized Mr. Noriega to begin negotiations with his client.

Mr. Mana’s representatives did not appeal, said Mr. Burlington. Authority staff confirmed this to the board.

To read the Miami Today article in its entirety, click here.

Paul Schwiep Featured in Miami Today for his Role as Chairman of Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust

Partner Paul Schwiep, who serves as the Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust was featured in a story in Miami Today about the Trust's vote to stop funding Miami-Dade public bus system. The full story can be found at:

Chairman Paul Schwiep spoke in favor of a slow unwinding, saying the trust would be in better shape after five years.

“If we just un-unified the budgeting system, so that all the surtax funds were segregated and were used only for PTP projects, capital and operations and maintenance of PTP projects, the amount that would be attributable to those expenses would exceed the amount that the county administration is proposing in its pro-forma over a five-year period” to take from the trust to operate the transportation department.

Because so many of the county’s transportation projects are interwoven – fee-free Metromover service, the Golden Passport discount program for seniors, the Metrorail Orange Line to Miami International Airport, and news cars for both Metrorail and Metromover were all PTP projects – separating the funding would result in a net loss for the trust, so it makes more sense to do it gradually, Mr. Schweip explained after the meeting.

“It’s not just that we’re returning funds to the trust; we’ll end up with more funds in the trust,” he told trust members. “My view was, and remains, that we got into this unification situation over a long period of time, because transit needed to access surtax funds, and we’re not going be able to unwind it overnight – that kind of a meat-cleaver approach will end up doing more harm than good,” said Mr. Schwiep, who is an attorney with the Coffey Burlington firm.


“It’s been a long time coming and it’s not perfect, but it sets us on a path to unwinding unification,” Mr. Schwiep said. “I think there’s a lot of good faith on the part of administration to try and accomplish this and have the surtax funds be dedicated to new projects.”


Jeff Crockett Installed as President of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

Congratulations to partner Jeff Crockett who was installed as the President of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.  Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is the largest provider of broad-based civil legal services for the poor in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, and is recognized in the state and in the nation as a model legal services program.

Jeff is a long standing member of the Legal Services Board, and has served as Treasurer and First Vice President. He is also an active pro bono volunteer, most recently handling an appeal to the Third District Court of Appeal in a mobile home park case.




Kendall Coffey Presents at Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) on "Demystifying the Federal Judicial Nominating Process"

Partner Kendall Coffey, who also serves as the Chair of the Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, presented today at Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) event on "Demystifying the Federal Judicial Nominating Process."  The event, which was held at Hogan Lovells, was well attended by members of FAWL and members of the judiciary.

Coffey Burlington Hosts CLE for Transactional Attorneys

Coffey Burlington hosted a group of transactional attorneys and real estate professionals for a CLE program titled "Working Together to Weather the Storm: What Transactional Lawyers Need to Hear From Trial Lawyers When It Matters Most." The event was put together by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Attorneys' Division. 

The program was moderated by Partner Benjamin Brodksy, and featured the following panelists: Olga de los Santos, General Counsel for Fortune International Group, Ben Gerber, VP of Finance for The Related Group, Nancy Lash, Greenberg Traurig, and Susan Raffanello, Partner at Coffey Burlington.

12 Firm Attorneys Recognized by SuperLawyers

Congratulations to the following Coffey Burlington attorneys who were recognized by SuperLawyers magazine for their accomplishments in 2015.


Daniel Blonsky

Benjamin Brodsky

Robert Burlington

Albert Caruana

Kendall Coffey

Jeffrey Crockett

David Freedman

Kimberly Freedman

Gabriel Groisman

Kevin Kaplan

Andrew Marks

Paul Schwiep



Albert Caruana Named as one of the Nation's Top One Percent Attorneys

Partner Albert Caruana was named as part of the Nation's Top One Percent of attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel National Association (NADC). The NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. The mission of the NADC is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. By virtue of the incredible selectivity of our research process, only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Coffey Burlington congratulates Mr. Caruana on this huge honor.

Paul Schwiep Presents at The Beacon Council Forum

Coffey Burlington Partner, Paul Schwiep, presented at The Beacon Council's Access Breakfast regarding Miami's Next Big Idea, The Underline. Mr. Schwiep serves as the Chair of the Miami-Dade Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust. The Transportation Trust is the 15-member independent organization comprised of citizens who serve as volunteers with the mission to oversee expenditure of Charter County Transportation Surtax Funds and implementation of the People's Transportation Plan.

Coffey Burlington Hosts Event Honoring Sculptor Jerzy Kerdiora With Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado

Coffey Burlington had the pleasure of hosting over 100 guests in its offices on Friday night February 27th to honor the work of sculptor Jerzy Kedziora.  Kedziora's balancing scultures were hanging throughout the offices for this spectacular event.  The group heard from Partner David Freedman, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, and the Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski.  Below are some pictures of this wonderful event.

Coffey Burlington Voted One of South Florida's Top Law Firms

Coffey Burlington was named as one of South Florida's Top Law Firms by the South Florida Legal Guide in its 2015 edition.  The South Florida Legal Guide publishes an annual listing of top lawyers and law firms selected by the local bar.

Additionally, the following Coffey Burlington attorneys were individually honored in the 2015 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide. 

  • Robert K. Burlington (corporate and business litigation and labor and employment litigation);
  • Albert G. Caruana (corporate and business litigation, and family and marital);
  • Kendall Coffey (corporate and business litigation);
  • Melissa J. Jacobs (family and marital); and
  • Paul J. Schwiep (trial practice). 

Congrats to those honored and to the entire Coffey Burlington team.

Below is a link to magazine:

Paul Schwiep Featured in The Miami Herald for his Presentation at 2015 Transportation Summit

As reported by The Miami Herald, Miami Dade College hosted the "Transportation Summit 2015 Advancing the community’s vision for Public Transportation," yesterday.  One of the speakers at the event was Coffey Burlington partner Paul Schwiep who also serves as the chairman of the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust. The article states:

Paul Schwiep, chairman of the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust, the 15-member body created to oversee the People’s Transportation Plan funded with a half-penny sales tax, is hosting the event.

He told the Editorial Board that he hopes to “bring to reality a transit plan that works for Miami-Dade, giving voice to what taxpayers had in mind when they approved the sales tax 12 years ago.’’

It’s refreshing to hear that what was promised to voters with much fanfare is back on the front burner.

Mr. Schwiep believes a generational change will add tremendous momentum to redoing the way we get around, largely because younger people are more apt to use public transit, ride a bike or walk as part of their commute. They are not fixated on cars. Their needs should be better accommodated, and fewer cars on the road should be a priority.

Read more here: