Founding and Managing Partner: Aaron S. Podhurst
Number of partners: 8
Number of other lawyers: 3
Of Counsel: 2
Firm Overview: Podhurst Orseck continues a legal practice, established nearly four decades ago, concentrating exclusively in trial and appellate litigation. The firm is dedicated to offering the highest caliber legal representation in both federal and state trial and appellate courts. The firm’s commercial practice focuses on complex civil litigation of all types. The firm serves as general litigation counsel to several major corporations, as well as representing individual companies and individuals in substantial matters of commercial litigation. The firm's general tort practice places a major emphasis upon aviation, automobile, products liability and medical malpractice litigation. From its inception, the firm also has cultivated an appellate practice, handling appeals of not only the firm's own trial lawyers, but also of other lawyers throughout the nation, in the various state and federal appellate courts. The firm's practice serves clients and corporations throughout the United States, and in several foreign countries.
Recognition: Firm members are annually recognized by their peers in regional rankings of top trial and appellate lawyers, including Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine and Top Lawyers in South Florida and by numerous publications both nationally and internationally. Five of the firm’s eight partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. Three of the firm’s partners were also selected to be included in the Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation by Litigation 2005, a supplement to American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel. The firm has also been recognized for overall excellence by The Miami Herald, The National Law Journal, South Florida CEO and the South Florida Business Journal.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Nearly fifty percent of this firm's trial and appellate litigation involves the resolution of corporate and commercial disputes. Our practice varies from the most complex commercial cases to simple contract disputes. The firm's commercial clientele includes Fortune 500 companies, small and middle-sized companies, and private individuals. Regular litigation clients include: Alienware Corp., Codina Construction Corp., Mellon United National Bank; Lennar Corporation and Florida East Coast Properties, Inc.
General Tort Practice Concentrating in Automobile Negligence, Product Liability and Medical Malpractice Litigation
Since its inception, a significant portion of the firm's trial practice has been general tort law. Our experience runs the gamut of such cases, from automobile liability to complex products liability, to business-related torts. Literally thousands of general negligence and product liability cases of all sorts have been prepared, negotiated, and either settled or tried by the members of this firm. An abbreviated listing of the types of cases handled would include all types of general negligence cases (from automobile and slip and fall accidents to boating and diving accidents), product liability cases (involving cranes, automobiles, rollover and tire tread separation, trenchers, food-processing equipment, marine engines, pharmaceuticals, hand-tools and ladders, to name a few) and complex medical, legal, accounting, architectural and engineering malpractice claims.
The firm has played a prominent role in class action and multi-district litigation proceedings. Several partners have been court appointed lead or liaison counsel in numerous major class actions, ranging from securities litigation, investor fraud cases, pharmaceutical, health care and insurance litigation. In addition, firm lawyers have chaired and served on the steering committee of many national multi-district litigation proceedings involving products defects, major commercial aviation crashes and other mass tort cases. Significant firm resources and a sizeable support staff have been devoted to this practice area.
A major emphasis within the firm's general tort practice is aviation litigation. The firm is recognized as one of the premier plaintiffs' aviation law firms in the nation. We believe that the firm has handled more plaintiffs' aviation cases than any other firm in the southeastern United States and more foreign air crashes than almost any other firm in the country. The firm has represented multiple victims of over 40 major air disasters in the past twenty years. In addition, the firm has handled in excess of 100 small or light plane crashes involving private, non-commercial airplanes.
Two of the firm’s attorneys devote their practice exclusively to appellate litigation and complex trial-level motions, handling all in-house matters and referrals from attorneys and clients all over the United States. They practice primarily in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Florida Supreme Court, and the intermediate Florida District Courts of Appeal. The head of our Appellate Litigation Division, Joel Eaton, also has handled appellate litigation elsewhere in the United States and has argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and is recognized as one of the premier appellate practitioners in the state of Florida. Our appellate practice mirrors the substantive diversity of the firm as a whole, and includes plaintiffs' personal-injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful-death cases, including aviation-related matters and commercial matters of all types.
Probate and Matrimonial Litigation
For many years, the firm has represented clients in the field of probate and matrimonial litigation. The firm has engaged in the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements, and in litigation involving marital dissolution, child custody and property settlement agreements. The firm also has represented clients in claims challenging pre-nuptial agreements. Further, the firm has had substantial experience in litigation involving post-dissolution of marriage proceedings pertaining to modifications, as well as will contests and complex probate litigation.
The firm has a special interest and concentration in the areas of white collar crime and commercial fraud. The focus of these practices is the representation of individuals, corporate executives and corporations, in both Florida and federal proceedings, ranging from grand jury investigations to criminal prosecutions and appeals. The firm has handled litigation involving environmental matters, bank fraud, tax fraud, mail and wire fraud, RICO violations, securities fraud, anti-trust price fixing, bar grievances, official corruption, and various other economic crimes. The firm has also handled quasi-criminal forfeitures and seizures of assets.