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Six Coffey Burlington Attorneys Named 2023 Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to the following Coffey Burlington attorneys who were recognized by U.S. News & World Report The Best Lawyers in America for their accomplishments.

According to the publication's website, The Best Lawyers in America highlights the top 5% of practicing attorneys in the US, and is based on more than 7.4 million evaluations. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

 

Robert Burlington, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action - Defendants - Best Lawyer and Lawyer of the Year for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Kendall Coffey, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Albert Caruana, Family Law

Kevin Kaplan, Commercial Litigation

Andrew Marks, Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - First Amendment

 

 Paul Schwiep, Litigation - Environmental

Partner Fernando Tamayo presents on a panel at the International Bar Association’s annual Transnational Crime Conference in London

Partner Fernando Tamayo, an Officer with the International Bar Association’s Business Crime Committee, presented at the IBA’s annual Transnational Crime Conference in London as a panelist on the topic of ‘Companies, Individuals and Legal Fees Relevant to a White Collar Practice’. Mr. Tamayo and the panel addressed issues and questions regarding the management and regulation of legal fees in white-collar cases, and explored joint defense arrangements, cooperation and coordination with ongoing Directors & Officers (D&O) policies, conflicts of interests, and more.

 

Kendall Coffey and David Freedman's Article "Florida’s New Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act A Roadmap For Judges And Practitioners" Published in the Florida Bar Journal

The Florida Bar Journal published the article titled "Florida’s New Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act A Roadmap For Judges And Practitioners" written by Kendall Coffey and David Freedman.

In the article Coffey Burlington Partners Kendall Coffey and David Freedman discuss and analyze Florida's adaptation of the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act.

A full copy of the Florida Bar Journal's article can be found here.

 

 

David Freedman serves as a Panelist t the American Inns of Court Bench and Bar Conference

Partner David Freedman presented as a Panelist at the American Inns of Court Bench and Bar Conference held in Miami on February 18, 2022 in “Business Claims: A Conversation With the Legends."

Fernando Tamayo Serves as Panelist at Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting: Emerging Frontiers on INTERPOL Abuse

On September 23, 2021, Partner Fernando Tamayo was a speaker at the Federal Bar Association's annual meeting on a CLE-approved panel titled "Emerging Frontiers of INTERPOL Abuse". Mr. Tamayo discussed recent trends of Interpol member nations' abuses of the Interpol Red Notice system, including discussions of ethical issues regarding Interpol Red Notices and the impact that Red Notices can have on an individual's liberties. Mr. Tamayo also provided advice to attorneys in attendance on how to properly represent clients dealing with Red Notice issues. Mr. Tamayo and Coffey Burlington have an active Interpol Red Notice removal practice, having recently achieved success removing Red Notices improperly issued by foreign nations against Coffey Burlington clients.

Mr. Tamayo was joinded by Evelyn Sheehan, Theodore Bromund, Michelle Estlund, and Sandra Grossman.

Kendall Coffey Guest Speaker at International Section of ABA and Russian Arbitration Association's Annual Conference

Partner Kendall Coffey was a guest speaker at the Annual Conference of International Section of American Bar Association and Russian Arbitration Association on a hybrid panel titled “Anti-Suit Injunctions: A Comparative Law Perspective, Including Russia, With Practical Tips”.

 

7 Coffey Burlington Attorneys Named 2021 Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to the following Coffey Burlington attorneys who were recognized by U.S. News & World Report The Best Lawyers in America for their accomplishments.

According to the publication's website, The Best Lawyers in America highlights the top 5% of practicing attorneys in the US, and is based on more than 7.4 million evaluations. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

Kendall Coffey

Robert Burlington

Susan Raffanello

Daniel Blonsky

Kevin Kaplan

Albert Caruana

Andrew Marks

 

Kendall Coffey Guest Speaker at St. Petersburg International Legal Forum

Partner Kendall Coffey was a guest speaker at the Kendall Coffey Guest Speaker at St. Petersburg International Legal Forum on Panel: “Criminal Risks of Business, its Owners and Management.”

The St. Petersburg International Legal Forum has emerged as a foremost international platform for discussing a broad range of urgent questions confronting the contemporary international community of legal professionals

 

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.