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Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2007 - Shipping & Maritime

Shipping and maritime law is, by its very nature, a broad practice. In essence it is a collection of legal matters that only occur at sea, or involve the maritime industry or those using its services. Our research uncovers 20 individuals from nine firms, all extolled for their work on a variety of matters of shipping and maritime law. They work on issues relating to charter-parties, contracts for carriage of goods and cargo claims to collisions, salvage, products liability and personal injury cases. A number of shipping lawyers, who specialise in non-contentious work, also appear, acting for financiers, shipyards and owners on complex financial arrangements.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2007 – Real Estate

Florida boasts a huge real estate market, with new developments in constant demand. Even in the throes of a general market slowdown Florida’s combination of mild climate and natural beauty continues to attract businesses, both domestic and international, interested in buying and developing properties. Twenty-seven practitioners from 12 firms are included here, many of the firms originated in the state and exert a healthy presence in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2007 – Project Finance

Eight individuals from six firms make up our project finance chapter. These eight lawyers have a proven track record in representing sponsors and lenders in project financing and refinancing transactions, many with regard to matters in South America.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2007 - Product Liability Defence

Product liability lawsuits are as frequent as ever in Florida and the state’s lawyers have an international reputation for excellence. The recent RJ Reynolds litigation, in which a $145 billion verdict was overturned, has brought Florida tobacco litigation into the limelight and many of the state’s lawyers are particularly well known for their work in this area.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2008 - Patents

Research for this chapter has identified eight leading practitioners in Florida from six different firms. A number of these lawyers practise at specialised firms.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2007 - Management Labour & Employment

Twenty-eight management, labour and employment specialists from 17 firms make up this chapter, mirroring the current buoyancy of the labour market and reflecting the prosperity of this practice area in Florida. The inclusion of a number of individuals from boutique firms highlights the weight such outfits carry within the market. The lawyers in this chapter have extensive experience in a range of areas, including litigation matters involving class actions, employment discrimination laws, sexual harassment, employee loyalty, wrongful discharge, whistle-blower actions, individual employment contracts and work-related tort claims.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2008 - Mergers & Acquistions

Florida benefits from the high levels of M&A activity in the US in general, and also acts as a hub for cross-border transactions in Latin America. This results in raised levels of corporate activity and transactional work, and as such local commercial firms are particularly strong in this area. Our research has identified 24 practitioners, from 12 leading outfits, who stand out in this field.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2007 - Insurance & Reinsurance

This chapter identifies 20 lawyers, from 11 firms, with a proven track record representing clients on a wide variety of issues relating to insurance and reinsurance law. The majority practise in Tallahassee, the state capital and centre for regulatory and lobbying activity. A number of these practitioners also concentrate on insurance defence and dispute resolution. They are similar, however, in the regard in which they are held by clients and competitors alike.

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