Tod Aronovitz is a nationally recognized trail lawyer specializing in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases and has practiced for more than 25 years. Mr. Aronovitz has handled large class action cases and has also represented individuals in complex civil jury trials involving personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, inadequate medical treatment, product liability, unfair or deceptive business practices, or corporate misconduct as well as whistleblowers who come forward to expose corporate or government fraud and misdeeds. Many of his cases have set legal precedents in the State of Florida in the fields of defective products cases, medial malpractice issues, aviation negligence and class action litigation. Mr. Aronovitz is the former president of the Florida Bar and received is J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. At Miami Law Mr. Aronovitz teaches Professional Responsibility.
Gerald Backman is a retired partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP., where he spent his entire career starting in 1961 when he served as the firm's first summer associate. Backman received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959 and his LL.B. from Harvard University Law School three years later. Backman is a recognized authority on federal securities laws. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, he has also taught courses at Fordham Law School in New York. Backman is co-author of Audit Committees: Regulation and Practice, along with Anne Marie Salan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Backman teaches Introduction to the Deal Workshop, a practice skills course that introduces students to business and legal issues common to commercial transactions.
John M. Barkett has been a partner with Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. since 2000. Prior to that, Barkett spent 25 years as a litigator with two other firms. In that time, Barkett served many different roles, including commercial litigator, independent investigator, environmental litigator, environmental counselor, arbitrator and mediator. Barkett has been named to the National Law Journal's Best Lawyer's in America list since 2005. He has received numerous awards and has given speeches on topics such as e-discovery, e-disclosure, environmental law, terrorism, ethics and arbitration. In addition, Barkett has been published more than 35 times, most recently on his work in e-discovery. Barkett received his J.D. from Yale University in 1975 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, Barkett has also served as a pro bono hearing officer for the Dade County School Board for 18 years. Barkett teaches Electronic Discovery, a workshop that focuses on e-discovery rules and cases as well as Environmental Litigation and Policy.
David Barkus is a shareholder at Greenberg Trarig. Mr. Barkus concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. His industry experience includes aviation and aerospace, computer software and information technology, construction, consumer products, education, energy, food and beverage, franchising, gaming, health care and restaurants. Mr. Barkus teaches Externship Program/Transactional Law.
Melissa Barnhardt is SVP & Senior Trust Fiduciary Specialist at Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to that she was First Vice President and Trust Consultant for SunTrust Bank. She is an expert in the areas of guardianships and trusts, special needs trusts, estate planning, disability planning and probate administration. She received the 2001 Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award from the Chicago Bar Foundation and Chicago Bar Association and has published "The Use of Special Needs Trusts and the Management of Risks." She attended John Marshall Law School and received her LL.M. in Health Law from DePaul Law School. At Miami Law she teaches Aging and Special Needs Law.
Alan Becker is a founding shareholder of the Law Firm of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. He previously served as the Firm's Managing Shareholder. Mr. Becker plays an active role in the firm including working closely with the firm's litigation, government law and lobbying, construction and international practice areas. His practice areas include: public private partnerships, government law and lobbying, and litigation. Mr. Becker's areas of focus are state legislative lobbying and procurement of goods and services from governments. Mr. Becker is a member of the Bar of the Czech Republic—the first practicing attorney in Florida to be licensed there. At Miami Law he teaches Business of Law.
Ralph Bekkevold has been a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. in Miami since 2004. Prior to entering the legal profession, Bekkevold served as vice president of corporate banking with a major national bank. Bekkevold's practice areas include real estate, finance, banking and general corporate transactions. In addition to his legal work, Bekkevold is a Section Chair at the United Way and a Trustee Member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteers at various schools and organizations across South Florida. Bekkevold is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. He also holds an M.B.A. with distinction from Adelphi University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University. He has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Bekkevold teaches Real Estate Transactions, a course that covers basic real estate purchase and sale transactions.
Roy Black is a partner at Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, P.A. With more than 35 years of trial experience, he has handled hundreds of cases throughout the United States in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. Prior to his private practice, Black served five years as a public defender in Miami-Dade County representing hundreds of indigent defendants in felony and capital cases. Black has taught advanced criminal evidence at the University of Miami School of Law for more than 30 years. Black has been awarded the Dade County Bar Association's Criminal Justice Award and has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list since 1987. He holds Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Miami. Black teaches Criminal Evidence, a workshop that uses mock trials to teach tactics and strategies of the rules of evidence.
David Chase is the principal of David R. Chase, P.A., and has extensive background in securities litigation. His firm focuses on securities fraud investigations and litigation. Prior to opening his own firm, Mr. Chase formerly held the position of Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where he investigated and prosecuted numerous complex, multi-million dollar securities frauds. He started his career at Greenberg Traurig, a national law firm, defending large brokerage houses in securities matters and also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Economic Crimes Division of the United States Attorney's Office. He has also served as Chairman of the Securities Litigation Committee of the Dade County Bar Association, and as Co-Chair of the Securities Enforcement Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. At Miami Law Mr. Chase teaches Securities Enforcement Litigation.
Michael Ciaccio, Special Gaming Counsel in the Boca Raton office of Proskauer Rose LLP., has represented commercial and Native American owned enterprises in the acquisition, development and operation of commercial and Native American owned casinos. Ciaccio also has experience in real estate and hospitality, representing sellers, purchasers, lenders, landlords and tenants in various transactions. Ciaccio formerly served as Vice President and General Counsel of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority in Uncasville, Connecticut. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as the Associate Editor of the Inter-American Law Review. Ciaccio also holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University. Ciaccio teaches Gaming Law, a course on the legal issues associated with state, commercial and Indian gaming enterprises.
Kendall Coffey is currently a partner at Coffey Burlington in Miami, concentrating on complex litigation at trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts. He has authored numerous legal works and has been a guest Legal Analyst on national news networks such as CNBC, CNN, FOX, Headline News, MSNBC and Telemundo. Since graduating first in his class at the University of Florida School of Law, Coffey has served in several roles, including founding member of Coffey, Aragon, Martin & Burlington and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. He has taken part in several high-profile cases, including the Elian Gonzalez case and the 2000 presidential recount litigation.
Jonathan D. Colan
Jonathan D. Colan is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Previously, he was an associate at Adorno & Zeder, P.A. in Miami and also served as a judicial intern for Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff. Colan is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami Law Review. He also holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University. Mr. Colan teaches Issues in Appellate Law, a seminar that explores the standards of review and concepts of finality underlying appellate law and examine how these doctrines impact the practice of appellate law and the evolving role of appellate courts.
Terrence Connor serves as co-head of the labor and employment practice in Hunton & Williams’ Miami office. Over more than three decades of trial and litigation experience, Mr. Connor has established a strong record of success representing clients in complex labor and employment and employee benefits litigation—including collective and class actions—in state and federal courts across the country. He has also handled numerous appeals and, when appropriate, settles matters on favorable terms before they come to trial. He has defended employers in a wide range of industries, with particular emphasis in the transportation and biotechnology sectors. Mr. Connor represents clients in cases involving virtually every form of labor and employment dispute, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wage-and-hour matters, reductions in force, non-competition agreements, trade secrets and employment contracts. At Miami Law he teaches Employment Law.
Hon. A. Jay Cristol is Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami. He spent 18 years as a Naval aviator before joining the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, where he graduated with distinction from Naval Justice School. Judge Cristol then served as a lawyer for another twenty years, with duties that included teaching law of war and serving as the administrative officer for the summer Naval Reserve law courses. In civilian life, Judge Cristol became a lawyer and practiced civil law. He served as Special Assistant Attorney General of Florida and, after 25 years of law practice, he left his position as senior partner in a firm he founded to accept an appointment to the federal bench. Judge Cristol earned a Ph.D. from the University of Miami Graduate School of International Studies through his research of the Liberty Incident – an attack on the USS Liberty that occurred during the Six Day War in 1967. Judge Cristol's research later led to a book about the incident. Judge Cristol teaches Reorganization in Bankruptcy, a seminar that studies principal issues raised by Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Jeffrey B. Crockett is a partner at Coffey Burlington. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has tried more than fifty cases and arbitrations to verdict and completed more than fifty appellate matters. In addition, Mr. Crockett has been involved in a wide range of litigation, arbitration and appeal matters, including breach of contract and various commercial torts, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty (including "partnership divorce"), civil rights violations, defamation, and various constitutional law issues. At Miami Law he teaches Florida Constitutional Law.
Josias "Joe" Dewey practices in the area of real estate finance, commercial leasing and the acquisition and sale of real estate assets. He regularly represents commercial banks, life insurance companies and other financial institutions in commercial lending and restructuring transactions, including construction and permanent financing of office buildings, mixed-use developments, hotels and condominiums. Dewey has substantial experience in syndicated and A/B note structured construction lending, representing both lead lenders and participant lenders. Dewey also has extensive experience representing landlords and tenants in Florida and nationally for a variety of purposes; including general office, retail and industrial space. Dewey regularly represents developers in the acquisition, sale and development of commercial properties. Dewey teaches Real Estate Transactions, a course that covers basic real estate purchase and sale transactions from broker agreements and the negotiation and drafting of contracts through closing the transaction.
Judge Ronald Dresnick is a Circuit Court Judge in Miami-Dade County. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1966. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from American University. Judge Dresnick was formerly an Assistant Miami-Dade County Public Defender and is also a founding partner of Baily, Gerstein, Rashkind & Dresnick, P.A. Judge Dresnick teaches Advanced Evidence, a workshop designed to build on the foundation acquired in the basic Evidence course and to facilitate thinking about evidence in a trial setting.
Shahrzad Emami serves as Affordable Housing Project Director at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. in the Community Economic Development Practice Group. Ms. Emami primarily focuses her practice on the representation of non-profit developers and organizations that are developing or preserving affordable housing and community based facilities. She provides counsel on non-profit corporate governance and business development, transactional legal drafting and document review pertaining to the real estate development process from site acquisition through closing which includes representation of eligible organizations involved in litigation, including pre-foreclosure and foreclosure workouts in order to preserve affordable housing. As Project Director for the Florida Bar Foundation Preservation of Affordable Housing Grant Project, Ms. Emami represented organizations and non-profit affordable housing developers whose primary mission is to increase and preserve affordable housing in Miami-Dade County. She received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. and LL.M in Real Property Development from the University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Emami is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Housing Coalition, and the American Bar Association's Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. At Miami Law she teaches Mortgage Law.
Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz practices at the civil trial firm Michael S. Olin P.A.. Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz focuses her practice on commercial and personal injury trials and dispute resolution. Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz served as a law clerk to the Honorable William P. Dimitrouleas, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz obtained her J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. There she worked with the Voting Rights Initiative to create a research report in favor of the reauthorization of portions of the Voting Rights Act in 2007. Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Oberlin College, where she also captained the varsity women's tennis team. Ms. Fotiu-Wojtowicz teaches Elements with Dean White and also teaches Voting Rights and Election Law.
James Gailey has been a criminal defense lawyer and civil trial lawyer for 30 years. He practices in the areas of narcotics, white collar crime, money laundering, mortgage fraud, and healthcare fraud. Gailey is a former federal prosecutor and former federal public defender in the Southern District of Florida. As a prosecutor, Mr. Gailey received an Attorney General's Commendation as well as a Department of Justice Special Achievement Award. He has also been recognized internationally for his trial skills and has been involved in training programs for criminal defense lawyers in Europe who are involved in criminal defense of war crimes before the international tribunal. Mr. Gailey teaches Trial Competition Workshop with Terrence Anderson.
Jeff Hearne is Senior Attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. and is currently the Advocacy Director of the Tenants' Rights Project there. LSGMI is the largest provider of civil legal services for the low-income community. Mr. Hearne represents low-income tenants, with a focus on those tenants living in subsidized housing, mobile homes, and foreclosed properties. In 2011 he was names among Florida's Legal Elite - a high honor given to only the top 2 percent of government and non-profit attorneys in the state. Mr. Hearne is also a Director of Miami Law's Tenants' Rights Clinic. He attended the University of Texas School of Law. At Miami Law Mr. Hearne teaches the Tenants' Rights Clinic.
Hon. Milton Hirsch
Milton Hirsch is a judge of the Eleventh Circuit of Florida. Formerly he was a Florida Criminal Defense Attorney with Milton Hirsch, P.L.L.C. Prior to that he was with the Office of the State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, where he rose to assistant chief of narcotics prosecution. Hirsch has a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami chapter, and was named in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2004, Hirsch's novel, The Shadow of Justice, won the first-place award presented by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association in the mystery/suspense category. Hirsch teaches Florida Criminal Procedure and the Law of Exoneration of the Innocent.
Mark R. Houck is the managing shareholder of Houck and Anderson. He received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1976 and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1979. Houck specializes in maritime and admiralty law. He is an active member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, the American Boat and Yacht Council, the Maritime Industries Association of South Florida, the Defense Research Institute and he serves on the board of directors of the Seafarers House. Houck teaches Maritime Insurance Seminar and Workshop.
Paul Huck is a partner at Hunton & Williams. His practice focuses on business litigation, regulatory advice, and government investigations. He has an extensive legal career in both the private and public sectors, including serving as the General Counsel to Florida Governor Charlie Crist and as the Deputy Attorney General for the State of Florida. In private practice, Mr. Huck has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases arising out of contract disputes and business torts, shareholder disputes, and violations of the federal securities and antitrust laws. As the Governor’s General Counsel, Mr. Huck served as the Governor's principal legal advisor on the host of constitutional, legislative, and statutory issues affecting the executive branch, supervised the major litigation being prosecuted or defended by the Governor's executive agencies, engaged in extensive sovereign-to-sovereign negotiations, and advised the Governor regarding judicial appointments. At the Attorney General's office, Mr. Huck was involved in the prosecution of a wide variety of civil enforcement and criminal matters in the healthcare, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical industries, among others. At Miami Law Mr. Huck co-teaches Professional Responsibility.
Derek Jackson is Vice President and General Counsel for the Miami Marlins. His responsibilities include drafting all business and baseball related contracts, overseeing any litigation involving the Club, and providing general legal support for the Club's broadcast, sponsorship, sales and marketing departments. Jackson also handles the Club's salary arbitration cases, many of its stadium-related matters and all other daily legal matters. He previously worked for Major League Baseball in the Office of the Commissioner as Counsel, Labor Relations, where he began his baseball career in September 1999. At Miami Law he teaches Sports Law.
Hon. Adalberto Jordan
Judge Adalberto Jordan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in February 2012 to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Prior to that, he was a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida since 1999, and before that, Judge Jordan was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. While at the U.S. Attorney's office he was the Chief of the Appellate Division and Counsel on Legal Policy from 1998-1999. From 1988-1989, Judge Jordan was a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor for the United States Supreme Court. Judge Jordan received his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Miami in 1987 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Politics and Public Affairs. Judge Jordan teaches Federal Courts, a course that will examine the role of federal courts in the American governmental structure.
Michael R. Karcher is a member of the law firm of Karcher, Canning & Karcher in Fort Lauderdale. He practices in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, specializing in recreational yachts, marine environmental law and insurance issues. Karcher is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Florida Department of Natural Resources. He is the current chairman of the Miami Marine Arbitration Council, the past President of the Marine Council, and continues as the Program and Seminar Chairman. He has lectured at seminars for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and various boating groups in South Florida. Karcher teaches Admiralty, a course that studies the problems of the maritime industry, including admiralty jurisdiction in the federal system and rights of seamen and maritime workers. He also teaches a course on Maritime Personal Injury and a seminar on Marine Ecology and Law.
David Klingsberg is a trial and appellate lawyer with particular experience in mass litigation. He has been national coordinating counsel and trial and appellate counsel in multi-district product liability and antitrust litigations. His experience includes: (1) defending multi-district product liability litigations involving individual and class suits concerning pharmaceutical and chemical products and medical devices (2) representing plaintiffs in a trial involving the Three Mile Island nuclear accident; (3) defending multi-district antitrust litigation involving individual and class suits by retail pharmacies against pharmaceutical manufacturers; (4) representing plaintiffs in multi-district antitrust and patent litigation. He has briefed and argued cases before the Judicial Panel for Multi-district Litigation and before numerous state and federal courts including mass litigation related issues such as exclusion of expert testimony, class action certification and punitive damages. At Miami Law he teaches Complex Litigation.
Tom Korge is a partner of Korge & Korge in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Korge represents clients in domestic and international transactions, including complex real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and in related state and federal tax and estate planning and tax controversies. Mr. Korge also represents individuals, businesses, and government in complex litigation and related appeals. Mr. Korge is a former attorney-advisor at the United States Tax Court and has practiced law for over 30 years, the last 20 years in South Florida. He received his J.D. in 1974 and L.L.M. (Taxation) in 1976 from the University of Florida after graduating with a B.B.A. from the University of Florida in 1971. Mr. Korge teaches Federal Income Tax I.
Robert Kuntz is an attorney with Devine Goodman Rasco & Wells, P.A. He has represented commercial clients in a wide range of industries including aviation, shipping, trucking, construction, lending, manufacturing, and gaming. Mr. Kuntz also has experience in representing and counseling corporate and individual clients in the full range of white-collar criminal defense and compliance matters. He also practiced with the national firm of Holland & Knight LLP for six years and is admitted to practice in all courts of Florida, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Kuntz is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and teaches Professional Responsibility.
Stefanie Kürpick's research interests are cybercrime and informational technology (IT) law. She is a member of the German Bar Association and worked as a lawyer in Germany before coming to Miami to work and get her LL.M. In Miami she worked as a legal intern with the Public Defender's Office in Miami and has also done research in the area of cybercrime, including child pornography, internet crimes and jurisdiction problems and the comparison between the American and the German criminal systems. At Miami Law she teaches a course in Cybercrimes.
Ira Kurzban received his J.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Kurzban is a partner in the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., of Miami, Florida. He is a past-national President and former General Counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the top twenty immigration lawyers in the United States, by Human Resource Executive as one of the 10 most powerful employment attorneys in the U.S, and has been listed for two decades in the Best Lawyers In America for his work in immigration law. In 1986 Mr. Kurzban was selected by Newsweek Magazine in their commemorative issue on the hundredth anniversary of the Statue of Liberty as one of 100 American heroes for his work on behalf of immigrants. Mr. Kurzban teaches Advanced Immigration Seminar.
Jairo E. Lanao is in-house counsel for Nationwide Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in Plantation, Florida, where he works as a trial attorney in personal injury. He has an LL.B. from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia as well as a J.D. and an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University of Miami School of Law. He was formerly employed as an assistant public defender at the Office of the Public Defender of Miami Dade County and as in-house counsel for the Inter American Press Association advocating freedom of the press throughout the Americas. Lanao teaches a seminar in the Spanish language geared to providing a competitive edge to students in the area of writing and preparing contracts in Latin America. He has taught Press Freedom in the Americas, a seminar that studied some of the most current legal issues relating to the freedom of the press in the Western Hemisphere and applicable solutions by various national and local laws.
Peter Lederer’s career has spanned more than six decades of sophisticated work in law and the business world. He served many years as a partner of Baker & McKenzie, the global law firm, having joined the firm as its 17th partner. After seven years in Zurich, where he opened the Firm’s office, he returned to New York, serving as the Senior Partner of that office until 1994. He also served for many years as a member of the Firm’s top global management bodies. For some 25 years Peter served as general counsel to the electric utility owned insurance company, Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited. He also acted as counsel for the establishment of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the international accounting firm, then serving as its general counsel from 1989 to 1994. At Miami Law he teaches in the LawWithoutWalls program.
Craig E. Leen serves as the City Attorney and chief legal officer for the City of Coral Gables, where he is legal counsel to the City Commission and City Officials, as well as City departments, boards, and committees. In this capacity, Leen devotes substantial time to matters involving local government law, including land use, zoning, real estate, code enforcement, litigation, and transactional matters. Leen also serves as Chair of the General Practice Subcommittee of the Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee, and as a member of the Executive Council of the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar. He was a lecturer for six years at the University of Miami School of Law for Legal Research & Writing and is also on the adjunct faculty at Florida International University College of Law, where he teaches Legal Skills & Values, and has also taught Evidence. Prior to being City Attorney, Leen was an Assistant County Attorney at the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office, where he served as Chief of the Federal Litigation Section, and previously as Chief of the Appeals Section. He was also an associate at several international law firms prior to working for Miami-Dade County, namely Morgan Lewis LLP, Skadden Arps LLP, and Cleary Gottlieb LLP. In addition, Leen served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
He graduated from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in 2000. Leen is admitted to practice in Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. At Miami Law he teaches Real Property & Government.
Dexter Lehtinen is a partner at Tew Cardenas LLP focusing his practice on representing clients in local, state and federal civil and criminal investigations with an emphasis on commercial, financial and accounting fraud investigations and litigation, including criminal investigations arising out of corporate and bank failures, securities, RICO, money laundering and customs violations. Mr. Lehtinen also handles environmental and land-use matters, having won a leading Clean Water Act case in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Lehtinen is a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, former Organized Crime Strike Force prosecutor in Miami and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. He is also a former State Senator in the Florida Senate and State Representative of the Florida House of Representatives, during which time he authored four major Florida Constitutional Amendments. He earned an M.B.A. and an M.A. from Columbia University and was a Nathan Abbott Scholar at Stanford University Law School. Lehtinen teaches Florida Constitutional Law.
Howard B. Lenard
Howard B. Lenard served as the city attorney of North Miami Beach since 1980 and is currently the general counsel for the Miami-Dade County League of Cities. In 2003, Lenard was honored for his contribution to the cause of equitable treatment for Haitian immigrants. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Paul S. Buchman Award by the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, which recognizes a city attorney who has done outstanding legal work and made a lasting contribution to his or her field at the municipal level. Two years later, he was granted the status of City Attorney Emeritus, a role that allows him to act as senior legal advisor and good will ambassador for the City of North Miami Beach. Lenard has 30 years of municipal law practice experience. His public service includes his role as president of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association and appointment by late-Gov. Lawton Chiles to the governor's statewide Commission on Local Government. He has also served as compliance officer in numerous high-profile countywide and statewide campaigns and as litigation counsel in a number of contested election issues.
Barbara Martinez is the Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section for the U.S. Department of Justice, Miami U.S. Attorney's Office, Criminal Division. In this role she supervises a group that specializes in prosecuting child exploitation, human trafficking and violent crimes cases such as bank robberies, home invasions, extortion, and organized gang-related activities. In 2011 she received the Outstanding Overall Partnership Coalition Group Aware from the Department of Justice for her contributions on child exploitation matters. Prior to this position Ms. Martinez worked as a Deputy Chief in the Special Prosecutions and Major Crimes and as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Economic Crimes. She has also worked for the Department of Justice in D.C. and as an attorney in Texas. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. At Miami Law she teaches Human Trafficking.
Adam M. Moskowitz is the managing partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. He concentrates his practice on class action matters and complex litigation. Mr. Moskowitz has been an adjunct professor in Class Action Litigation at the University of Miami School of Law for almost ten years and is experienced in all forms of class action claims, including RICO, antitrust, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and breach of contracts. He frequently leads Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton's participation in multi-state class action litigation that involves teams of law firms from around the nation.
William "Toby" Muir has been with Dunwody White & Landon, P.A. since 1994. Previously he was with the firm Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole from 1993-1994, and prior to that worked for Steel Hector & Davis from 1981-1993. Muir received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida in 1969. Muir then served in the United States Army from 1969-1972. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1981. Muir practices Estate Planning, and Estate and Trust Administration, and is a member of the Florida Bar. He also serves on the Real Property and Trust Law Section Executive Council, the Power of Attorney and Advance Directives Committee, and the Miami-Dade County Bar Association Probate and Guardianship Law Committee. Muir teaches Trusts and Estates.
Luis M. O'Naghten is a shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt LLP. His primary area of practice is international complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented parties in disputes before United States courts and before international arbitration panels (under ICC, AAA/ICDR, and UNCITRAL rules) in a wide range of disputes, including matters in several countries in Latin America and Spain. Mr. O'Naghten has provided advice to major international banks, United States and foreign multinational corporations, energy companies, foreign sovereigns and parties adverse to foreign sovereigns. His practice focuses on international financial frauds, energy disputes, and corporate commercial disputes. He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC Task Force for the Revision of the ICC Rules, Chair of the USCIB's Arbitration Florida Sub-committee, and is a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. At Miami Law Mr. O'Naghten teaches a seminar in Federal and State Arbitration.
Linda Osberg-Braun is a partner and co-founder of Bernstein Osberg-Braun, a firm focused on providing immigration solutions and comprehensive long term strategies. Ms. Osberg is Board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law and the immediate past-president of the American Immigration Law Association, South Florida Chapter. She frequently speaks before immigration attorneys and corporate international attorneys regarding widespread changes in policy and the shifting national attention to immigration issues and foreign investment considerations. She lectures throughout the nation regarding the ongoing security and enforcement changes within the Department of Homeland Security. At Miami Law she teaches Immigration Strategy and Removal Defense.
Donald M. Papy is Chief Deputy City Attorney in Miami Beach. Prior to joining the City Attorney's Office in 1992, Papy was in private practice specializing in employment law and civil rights. He was also a trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Papy has extensive teaching experience as an adjunct law professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he has taught courses in Employment Discrimination, Employment Litigation, and Law and the Media. He has also been a lecturer for organizations including The Florida Bar. Papy earned his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Papy teaches Employment Discrimination, a course that focuses on the federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin (including language), handicap and other bases. He also teaches a seminar on Law & the Media.
Jill Pilgrim's career includes decades serving as an attorney, arbitrator, and international consultant. As the founder and managing attorney of Pilgrim & Associates, Ms. Pilgrim has built a national reputation as a prominent sports and entertainment lawyer having served as the general counsel at two major sports organizations (USA Track & Field [USATF], Ladies Professional Golf Association [LPGA],) and worked within the Olympic Movement for decades. She has substantial dispute resolution credentials as panel chair and arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA and ahs practiced successfully before the Court for Arbitration for Sport. She was also general counsel for the Ladies Professional Golf Association and USA Track & Field. Ms. Pilgrim received her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law and her B.A. from Princeton University. At Miami Law she teaches The Olympic Games and the Law.
Judge Juan Ramirez, Jr. is the Chief Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal. He has served as a district court judge since 2000, having previously served as a circuit court judge (1990-99) and as a county court judge (1988-90). He is the author of "Florida Civil Procedure" and a three-volume set entitled "Florida Evidence Manual." He writes yearly updates for both treatises. As a trial judge, he served in the Criminal, Family and General Jurisdiction Divisions and, during his last year, was the Administrative Judge of the Appellate Division of the Circuit Court. He was elected as the Third District representative to the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, and also served as Civil Section Chair and Education Program Chair. At Miami Law he teaches Florida Civil Procedure.
Timothy M. Ravich is a Florida Bar Board Certified Aviation Lawyer. He represents individuals and corporations in the prosecution and defense of civil lawsuits in state and federal court in the areas of aviation law, business disputes and products liability. Ravich focuses his practice on all facets of aviation litigation, federal aviation regulations and FAA enforcement actions, international treaties and conventions, airline labor law, space law, aircraft finance and registration, and airport operations and land use. Ravich is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami Business Law Review and a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society. He also earned an M.B.A. in Aviation Policy and Planning from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ravich teaches Aviation Law, a workshop that examines post-9/11 national aviation policy and key administrative, antitrust, business, constitutional and legislative issues that confront the civil airline industry.
Ronald Ravikoff is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS. He has over 35 years of experience in mediation, arbitration, complex litigation, and dispute counseling. His litigation dispute resolution practice focuses on complex commercial matters with a particular emphasis on matters involving parallel civil and criminal proceedings including antitrust and trade regulation, class actions, financial institution litigation, securities litigation and regulatory proceedings, healthcare litigation, and trade secrets matters. He is a retired senior litigation partner of Akerman Senterfitt. Prior to Akerman, he was the Managing Partner of the Miami office of Zuckerman Spaeder for over 25 years. Ravikoff is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami Law Review. He also holds an M.R.P. and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. Ravikoff teaches Business Litigation, a workshop instructing students in the strategies and judgment required in complex business litigation. He is also a participant in the Law Without Walls program.
Patricia Ann Redmond is a shareholder in the Business Restructuring Department of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. in Miami. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy with concentration in creditors' rights and insolvency counseling in bankruptcy court and in out-of-court workouts. Redmond earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Miami School of Law. She has been recognized on numerous lists, including Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and was the recipient of the Dade County Bar Association's Pro Bono Award. Redmond teaches Bankruptcy and Reorganization in Bankruptcy, a seminar that studies principal issues raised by Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Redmond is also the director of the Bankruptcy Clinic.
John H. Rooney, Jr. is presently a sole practitioner in Miami, having been a partner at Shutts and Bowen LLP, Miami. He has spent more than twenty years advising clients on international business. Rooney has experience in transactions, litigation and arbitration and is an International Neutral Arbitrator, certified by the American Arbitration Association. Rooney is the former vice president and general counsel of two insurance corporations. He also served as Managing Partner of the Miami Office of Fowler, Rodriguez, Kingsmill, Flint & Gray, LLP. His early legal experience includes a clerkship with Associate Justice Watson and Associate Justice Stone of the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana. Rooney now focuses on reinsurance issues, which primarily involves contracts, international disputes and arbitration and the qualification of foreign reinsurers. Rooney teaches International Business Transactions and a seminar in International Commercial Arbitration, a survey of the law and regulation of international commercial arbitration as seen from the perspective of the United States courts.
Hon. Robin S. Rosenbaum
Judge Rosenbaum was confirmed for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on May 12, 2014. Prior to this, she was a federal magistrate judge and before that Judge Rosenbaum served as the Chief of Economic Crimes at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Magistrate Judge Rosenbaum served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stanley Marcus, United States Circuit Court Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, worked in private practice for Holland & Knight LLP, and served as staff counsel to Independent Counsel Daniel S. Pearson in the investigation of former United States Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown. Magistrate Judge Rosenbaum began her legal career in the United States Attorney General's Honor Program, where she worked as a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. As a practicing attorney, Ms. Rosenbaum received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was listed by the South Florida Legal Guide as a "top government attorney." In addition to her duties on the bench, Magistrate Judge Rosenbaum has served in the past as the president of the Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Magistrate Judge Rosenbaum earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and her law degree magna cum laude at the University of Miami. Judge Rosenbaum teaches Writing Weapons in the Litigator's Arsenal: Motions to Dismiss Under 12(b)(6).
David P. Rowe is a criminal defense and constitutional law litigator who has been teaching at UM Law since 1988. His areas of focus include criminal defense litigation, Title VII civil rights litigation, business torts, expert witness litigation, extradition litigation, family litigation and state court sex crimes litigation. For nearly 20 years, Rowe has devoted himself to the practice of law. He was employed by the firm of Greenberg Traurig in Miami and remained there for nearly two years. From there, he was hired as an associate with Holland & Knight, LLP where he moved on to become a non-capital partner. Rowe earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Rowe teaches Introduction to Caribbean Law (Caribbean Law I) and Caribbean Law II. These cover the colonial form of government for the English speaking Caribbean countries including the manner in which they became a part of the British Empire, by settlement, discovery, capture or exchange.
Melvin A. Rubin is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Family, and Federal Mediator as well as a practicing civil, family and collaborative lawyer with 35 years of experience. Rubin has personally mediated and arbitrated several thousand diverse ADR cases, including space satellite disputes, cigar band infringements, intergenerational family business disputes and class actions. He and his firm, Mediation Services, Inc., have also trained more than 6,000 professionals throughout the world in mediation and ADR. Rubin is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law in Berkeley, California. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Miami and attended American University's School of International Politics in Washington, D.C. He received his initial ADR training at Harvard University and the American Bar Association's program and later at the University of Florida with the American Arbitration Association. Rubin teaches Mediation, a workshop that examines mediation practice and theory. He also teaches a workshop in Alternative Dispute Resolution Design System where students will have the opportunity to explore the framework of designing a system for conflict resolution.
James Sallah practices in the area of Securities Regulation and Enforcement, Broker-Dealer Compliance and Defense, Receivership Litigation, Securities Arbitration, and Business Litigation. He has represented national and regional brokerage firms, as well as publicly traded companies and individuals, in a variety of matters, including SEC, FINRA, stock exchange, and state regulatory investigations, internal investigations, federal and state lawsuits, administrative actions, and arbitrations. Mr. Sallah's main focus in the broker-dealer area involves retail and institutional business, compliance and supervision, anti-money laundering, and employment issues. Before entering private practice, he was a Senior Counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division in Miami, Florida. Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Sallah was Assistant Corporate Counsel for Raymond James Financial, Inc., the largest brokerage institution in the Southeastern United States. While at Raymond James, he represented its broker-dealer subsidiaries and their associated persons in a variety of matters, including litigation and arbitration. At Miami Law Mr. Sallah teaches Securities Enforcement Litigation.
Philip Sandon earned his J.D. from Florida State and his B.A. from Harvard College. In addition to having practiced law with Bryant, Miller & Olive, P.A., he has taught at Stetson University College of Law and Florida State University College of Law and been actively involved in various legal academic support capacities throughout the state. At Miami Law he teaches Topics in Florida Practice.
Michael Schiff has been teaching Consumer Law for seventeen years and also maintains a practice in this area as well as one in eminent domain. He is a UM Law graduate. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Dade Community Foundation Professional Advisory Committee, Florida Bar Eminent Domain committee, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and the Miami Planning Zoning & Appeals Board. At Miami Law he teaches Consumer Law.
Janet S. Seitlin is certified as a Circuit Civil, County and Family mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida and she is certified as a Victim Offender Mediator by the State of Florida. She is an attorney in Miami with Salmon & Dulberg, a firm which specializes in dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration. Previously, she served as a staff attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami as well as Chief Counsel of the Haitian Refugee Project in America, Interim Director of the City of Miami Commission on the Status of Women, and faculty member at the U.S. Department of Justice Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Seitlin earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami in 1979. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UM. Seitlin teaches Mediation, a course designed to teach students the principles of conflict, its underlying causes and how to deal with it through negotiation.
Harvey J. Sepler is Assistant Public Defender for Miami-Dade County as well as the coach of the University of Miami School of Law's Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court teams. He has served as Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar. Sepler is a 1984 graduate of UM Law. He has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer and, in 2008, received the University of Miami School of Law's First Annual M. Minnette Massey Award in recognition of his work with the school's Charles C. Papy, Jr., Moot Court Board. Sepler teaches Advanced Moot Court, an instructional program open to any second-year student desiring to further develop both oral and written advocacy skills.
Steven M. Siegfried has practiced construction law for more than 30 years. He received an "AV" rating (the highest available for an individual) from Martindale-Hubbell, the national legal directory. He is listed among the International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers (2005). In the South Florida Legal Guide he is listed as one of the top lawyers in his field, a "Super Lawyer", and is recognized as a "Best Lawyer in America" in the area of construction litigation. Mr. Siegfried is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator. He is also a founding Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. In addition, Siegfried has published numerous books and articles on construction law. At Miami Law Mr. Siegfried teaches Construction Law.
Nikki Lewis Simon is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. She has broad experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters that span the full panoply of issues targeting businesses’ corporate character and brand, like claims for defamation, fraud and misrepresentation, professional negligence and malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, securities law violations and wrongful death. She also has wide-ranging experience prosecuting matters with less-than-stellar facts and identifying creative, unique tactical options. Her areas of concentration include: Labor & Employment, Securities Litigation/Financial Services, Real Estate, Professional Malpractice and Negligence, Wrongful Death Defense/Premises Liability, Defamation, False Light, Right to Privacy, Public Records/Public Access, and Complex Commercial Litigation. At Miami Law she teaches Externship Program/Litigation.
Howard Srebnick has almost 20 years of experience litigating in the state and federal courts. As a name partner of Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, Mr. Srebnick made front page news for his successful defenses in some of the highest profile criminal cases in the nation, including the acquittal of 3-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves on tax evasion charges and the not guilty verdict for Super Bowl / Pro Bowl wide receiver Tony Martin of the Miami Dolphins. Before entering private practice, Howard clerked for federal judges on the United States District Court (S.D. Fla.) and the United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit), then served as a trial and appellate attorney with the Federal Public Defender in Miami. Howard holds a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania (1985), an M.B.A. from University of Miami (1987) and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center (1989), where he served as an associate editor of the American Criminal Law Review and earned the award for the best combined scholastic record in criminal justice courses. At Miami Law he co-teaches a workshop in Criminal Prosecution & Defense Lawyering.
Scott A. Srebnick is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on federal criminal cases, including cases involving fraud, money laundering, public corruption, and racketeering. Mr. Srebnick also represents individuals in extradition proceedings, forfeiture actions, Florida Bar matters, and civil rights cases. Mr. Srebnick graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1987 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990. Chambers USA, a publication that rates lawyers, notes that Mr. Srebnick "has built a national practice consisting of criminal trials and appellate cases" and praises his ability to "stand up to much larger teams of lawyers and come out head and shoulders above in terms of research, writing, and presentation." Since 2001, Mr. Srebnick has maintained an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell. From 2006 through 2010, Mr. Srebnick was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in the State of Florida in all combined categories. At Miami Law he co-teaches a workshop in Criminal Prosecution & Defense Lawyering.
Susan Tarbe has been practicing law for over 25 years, with 13 years of experience in the areas of commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig as Assistant General Counsel, Susan was a Partner with Colson Hicks Eidson from 2001-2009. She was Of Counsel in the Litigation Department in Greenberg Traurig's Miami office from 1999-2001 and she held the position of General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for a publicly traded health care corporation from 1996-1999.
Her experience includes more than 11 years of federal trial and grand jury practice as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office where she was Chief of the Economic Crimes Division, which included the supervision and coordination of all health care fraud, money laundering and financial investigations and prosecutions. Ms. Tarbe's private practice focuses on litigation, white collar crime, health care and corporate compliance. Tarbe teaches Professional Responsibility.
Judge Ellen Sue Venzer is a Circuit Court Judge in the Criminal Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Venzer worked as a commercial litigator specializing in banking litigation, director and officer liability, contractual disputes and other business torts. Judge Venzer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from UM.
Jaime Rich Vining is a partner with Friedland Vining in Coral Gables. Her practice focuses primarily on trademark, copyright, entertainment and internet law. Specifically, she counsels clients on the acquisition of new trademarks, conducts clearance investigations and renders availability and infringement opinions, and provides legal advice regarding trademarks and related unfair competition issues. Since 2009, she has been named a "Top Up and Comer" and "Rising Star" by Florida Trend's Legal Elite, the South Florida Legal Guide and Florida's Super Lawyer Magazine. Ms. Vining earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2006 and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida. She is a Florida Bar-certified Intellectual Property Attorney. Ms. Vining teaches a course in Trademark Law.
Alison Weinger is a solo practitioner, working as a mediator. Ms. Weinger's practice includes family, civil and federal cases. She previously worked at as a Miami-Dade County Mediator where she was responsible for family and circuit court mediation and training new mediators. Ms. Weinger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1977 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami in 1980. Ms. Weinger was previously the President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers in Miami Dade County. She has also been selected as the top 500 Judges/Mediators in America by LAWDRAGON in 2006. Ms. Weinger teaches Family Mediation Workshop, a workshop that introduces students to the theory and practice of family mediation. In addition, the course provides exposure to cutting edge areas of family law including collaborative family law, assisted reproductive technology cases, cultural competency, and international family law.
Kira Willig is an attorney with Robert J. Hanreck, P.A., a civil and family litigation firm, and is of counsel to Elizabeth F. Schwartz P.A., a South Beach-based firm focused on modern family formation and dissolution. She also works with Richard J. Preira & Associates, P.A., a boutique law firm that handles complex matrimonial litigation. Ms. Willig also assists parties in amicably resolving their family law issues as a Supreme Court of Florida Certified Family Mediator and member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute. She is frequently court-appointed to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for children whose parents are in divorce or domestic violence proceedings. Kira Willig graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University and attended the University of Miami School of Law. Upon graduating magna cum laude in 2000, she was named to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society that recognizes outstanding academic achievement in the study of the law. At Miami Law Ms. Willig teaches Family Law.