Practice/Industry Group Overview
GrayRobinson's litigation department is committed to providing powerful representation throughout the state of Florida, from the Panhandle to the Keys and all points in between.
GrayRobinson's attorneys are experienced at every level of the court system, including all Florida state courts and all federal courts up through, and including, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Claims. At GrayRobinson, we seek innovative solutions for our clients. As part of our client-centered approach we evaluate all available options to resolve disputes, including negotiation, arbitration, mediation and other creative yet less obvious solutions. GrayRobinson has built its reputation on efficient, cost-effective, persistent and determined representation of its clients.
When necessary, and with client approval, attorneys from other practices within the firm are consulted regarding specific issues with which they have experience, such as tax and securities matters or environmental and land use issues. Over the years, our attorneys have developed relationships with experts in Florida and throughout the nation to provide added depth and perspective to our legal services. Realizing the importance of controlling litigation expenses, such as the costs of expert consulting, we have developed detailed policies for managing our relationship with experts while working closely with our clients to ensure that the appropriate consultant is chosen to meet their needs.
GrayRobinson's litigation department has the resources and personnel to handle the most complex disputes. Our client service includes a computerized document control system that we developed to efficiently manage complex litigation. Our attorneys frequently utilize demonstrative graphs, charts, models and the latest cutting-edge technology, when appropriate, to persuasively present our clients' cases and to facilitate comprehension of complicated and technical matters. Our litigation department also employs the latest communication and legal research technology designed to save our clients time and money in research through online document sharing and other information exchange. Our advanced computer system, powered by our highly skilled IT department, works in realtime with our clients and staff to promote a secure extranet sharing of case material.
GrayRobinson's litigation department has the depth and capability to tailor a team to handle any type of civil dispute. Over the years, GrayRobinson's litigators have developed such a strong reputation in certain practice areas that we have formed them into practice-specific teams.
Our administrative litigators are experienced in every phase and type of Chapter 120 proceedings on behalf of both governmental agencies and petitioners. Our representation has included rule challenges, bid protests, administrative hearings, contested disciplinary matters and licensing issues. Our litigators have appeared before the Department of Administrative Hearings, the Florida Real Estate Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, as well as the counties of Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Brevard and Marion and, among others, the school boards of Orange, Lake and Volusia counties.
Admiralty & Maritime
GrayRobinson's litigation attorneys are experienced in virtually all marine matters, including personal injury and wrongful death, hull and machinery claims, cargo disputes, charter party disputes, pollution incidents, groundings, collisions, explosions, fires and regulatory matters.
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
GrayRobinson's litigation department also provides important antitrust representation to help clients through antitrust litigation. Our extensive experience with complex commercial litigation, including such matters as securities, health care, intellectual property and class-action litigation provides the basis and support for the firm's strong commitment to and extensive resources in the antitrust and trade regulation field.
GrayRobinson represents appellate clients in all state and federal courts, including the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts. Our appellate practice team includes a former Florida Supreme Court Justice and offers GrayRobinson's service, capability, and experience at the appellate level to litigators and legal departments outside of the firm that may need assistance in taking a case to the next level.
Banking & Finance
GrayRobinson represents lending clients in commercial litigation, including banking software litigation, collections, mortgage and securities agreements, foreclosures, lender liability, title insurance claims defense prosecution of fraud, forgery and other matters involving deposit accounts, letters as well as in credit and wire transfers governed by the Uniform Commercial Code. We also assist our lending clients with litigation and defense of defamation suits involving both federal and state fair debt collection and reporting practices. We have defended financial institutions and other businesses from lender liability litigation, including class action litigation, usury claims, and "truth in lending" claims in both state and federal courts.
GrayRobinson's litigators have both the technical know-how and the advocacy skills to handle commercial disputes of all types, including claims involving bank and lender liability; commercial electronic fund transfers; investment securities; landlord/tenant disputes; letters of credit; negotiable instruments; partnerships; replevin; commercial sales, leases and warranty claims (enforceability, priority and default); shareholder actions; ERISA matters; franchising issues; security interests; transportation law; and warehouse receipts, bills of lading and documents of title.
GrayRobinson also represents clients in numerous mass tort cases involving products such as tobacco, breast implants, latex gloves, medical devices, pesticides and pharmaceutical products.
Our construction litigation team brings together the considerable talents of individuals whose collective construction litigation experience spans more than a century. Our construction litigators represent architects, engineers and contractors in all phases and types of disputes, ranging from residential matters to the largest power plants, infrastructure and industrial facilities. GrayRobinson's construction litigators have the experience to advise and support your team before, during and after your project.
GrayRobinson's litigation department has represented political candidates, Legislators, members of Congress, the Florida Secretary of State, the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and the Republican Party of Florida in election contests, election litigation and other election-related matters. The firm also served as Special Counsel to the Governor of Florida and represented the Florida House of Representatives as Redistricting Counsel.
GrayRobinson offers its eminent domain clients the personal attention of a small boutique firm but has the resources of a large law firm that can handle almost any legal issue that might arise in an eminent domain case, including real estate, local government, land use, environmental permitting and tax planning.
Employment & Labor Law
GrayRobinson has extensive experience in management labor and employment law, including discrimination claims under Title VII (race, sex, color, creed, national origin); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act: the Americans with Disabilities Act, related state law and local ordinances; equal pay; age, and hour matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other related government contractor matters and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
The team defends clients against equal employment opportunity charges in the investigation and litigation stages at the federal, state and local levels and handles, employment at-will and related contractual and tort claims in federal and state courts. In addition, our management labor and employment litigation team represents employers in unemployment compensation claims, misconduct issues and the appeal process before the agency and in state courts.
The firm's Sports and Entertainment Law practice offers comprehensive legal services for high-profile individuals and businesses, including contract, royalty, copyright, trademark and general litigation matters. GrayRobinson has also represented major state universities and coaches in matters such as NCAA proceedings.
GrayRobinson's litigation department has broad experience handling environmental claims, including environmental mass tort claims. Our environmental litigators have handled trials and appeals throughout Florida and the southeastern United States.
Some of our past work includes resource recovery (RECRA and CERCLA); Federal Fish and Wildlife Services matters, including endangered species; surface water pollution; stormwater pollution and air pollution.
Estates & Probate
GrayRobinson's litigators are experienced with probate matters if issues with trusts, estate plans, and wills arise.
GrayRobinson's litigators have extensive trial experience in complex marital and family law matters, including adoptions and stepparent adoptions, alimony, annulments, appeals, child custody, child support, child visitation, collaborative law, contempt and enforcement, declaratory relief/clarification (family law), dissolution of marriage, domestic violence injunctions, marital estate valuation, marital settlement agreements, modifications of child custody and visitation, modifications of child support and alimony, partition, paternity, pre-and postnuptial agreements, property distribution, qualified domestic relief orders, qualified medical child support orders, separate maintenance actions (legal separations), termination of parental rights, and time share and parenting plans.
We serve as litigation counsel and/or special counsel to numerous cities, counties and public agencies.
In an era when health care providers can incur millions of dollars in fines resulting from regulatory noncompliance and whistleblower lawsuits, it's important to work with a law firm that understands the complex issues facing the industry. GrayRobinson has assembled a team of litigators who understand the unique legal considerations of physicians, hospitals and other medical providers and stand ready to advocate on their behalf.
Insurance, Subrogation & Insurance Defense
We handle a full range of insurance defense issues, including commercial general liability; automobile casualty; professional malpractice, including medical, dental, legal, architect and engineers; coverage opinion letters; coverage declaratory actions and admiralty and maritime claims. Additionally, GrayRobinson has a Florida statewide practice in insurance subrogation litigation.
Land Use & Real Estate
The firm actively litigates real estate matters, including mortgage and mechanic's lien foreclosures, boundary disputes, property rights, real estate commissions and condominium problems. GrayRobinson has a long history of representing water, wastewater, solid waste, telecommunications, gas and electric utilities throughout the state of Florida, including representing operational utilities in rate cases before the Florida Public Service Commission.
The firm also handles matters involving disputes about the use, planning, zoning, and permitting of real property, whether those disputes occur between the landowner and the government, or between neighboring (or otherwise affected) landowners. GrayRobinson handles and has experience with petitions for writs of certiorari and Chapter 163 Comprehensive Plan challenges.
Medical Malpractice Defense
GrayRobinson's medical malpractice defense litigators have significant experience defending health care providers in a wide range of cases. From presuit screening through trial on the merits, we provide health care practitioners with advice that draws upon our years of experience.
We have represented manufacturers, distributors and retailers in personal injury litigation and large class actions, and we have worked with national counsel to coordinate defense strategy. In limited circumstances, and when doing so does not create either a technical or a business conflict with our existing clients, we represent businesses and individuals who have suffered injury, physical or otherwise, stemming from negligence, intentional torts and/or business torts.
Product Liability & Toxic Tort Defense
GrayRobinson's Product Liability attorneys have extensive experience representing clients throughout the supply chain at all levels of litigation, both directly and on behalf of insurers. Our firm has provided trial counsel in a broad range of product liability cases.
GrayRobinson represents insureds such as doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers and accountants. We emphasize early and aggressive intervention in an attempt to resolve claims as quickly as possible. Our attorneys also recognize their duty to the insured and the value of the commercial relationship between the insured and the insurance carrier.
Our firm's lawyers have extensive experience in securities industry litigation and arbitration. Over the years, we have represented public and private companies, underwriters, accounting firms, investment banks, broker-dealers, insurers, financial planning consultants, investment advisors, mutual fund companies and their officers and directors in cases involving federal and state securities law issues.