- Commercial & Business Litigation
- Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
- Professional Liability & Services
- Architects & Engineers
- Employment & Labor
- Insurance Agents & Brokers
|Contact Info||Telephone: 561.515.4010|
|University ||Florida Atlantic University, B.A., with honors, 1999|
|Law School||University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, J.D., with honors, 2003 Assistant Editor-in-Chief, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2003|
|Admitted||2003, Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 2008, Texas; U.S. Supreme Court; New York; Michigan; West Virginia; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas|
Rodney Janis is the regional managing partner of the West Palm Beach office. He focuses his legal practice on complex construction defect matters, professional liability and commercial litigation, and insurance coverage and reinsurance matters. He maintains a diverse, wide-ranging, multistate practice and is the national trial counsel for a leading international insurance organization. In this position he serves as lead trial counsel on an array of insurance defense matters nationwide. Rod has taken cases to verdict in numerous states and is a nationally recognized Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.
The sheer number and variety of cases that Rod handles - from simple matters to cutting-edge, precedent-setting trials - allows him to stay ahead of the curve. His clients appreciate that wherever the venue for their most complex and difficult cases, Rod can move quickly and confidently to serve their interests.
Rod served in the U.S. Air Force Intelligence in 1996.
Areas of Focus
Rod has handled the spectrum of construction-related matters, from pre-suit Florida Statute 558 matters to complex construction defect trials. He has represented contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, suppliers and both domestic and foreign manufacturers. Rod has handled matters in Florida state courts, federal courts and arbitration. He also handles select matters across the country. Rod has been lead trial counsel in both jury trials and arbitration in connection with construction defect and construction product matters. Representative cases involve commercial, industrial and residential projects with a broad range of issues, such as EIFS failures, CPVC matters, HVAC design and manufacturing issues, concrete/structural design and construction issues, roof failures, window manufacturing and design matters, truss manufacturing and design issues, construction product liability and construction equipment failures.
Rod has in-depth experience in the areas of commercial litigation, and he has handled and tried business/contract disputes, insurance coverage analysis and litigation, and complex property matters.
Rod has handled a wide range of employment matters, including whistleblower violations, retaliation matters, violation of the Federal Polygraph Protection Act, race and age discrimination matters, and restrictive covenant, non-compete and employment agreement disputes throughout the litigation process from pre-suit through trial. Rod also has tried numerous matters relating to breach of employment agreements, violation of restrictive covenants and covenants not to compete.
Rod has handled a wide variety of products liability matters, including acting as lead counsel in state and MDL Chinese drywall matters. He also has handled products cases in the areas of agricultural equipment, household equipment, power tools and related equipment, pharmaceuticals products and consumer recreational products.
Memberships & Affiliations
The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
Indiana State University Department of Construction Risk Management, Advisory Committee Member
Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute, Trial Tactics and Construction Law Section
ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
Awards & Distinctions
Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Rising Star - Florida, 2009-2012
Florida Legal Elite, 2009-2011
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certification, Civil Trial Law, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal Holds Statute Establishing Standard of Proof in Slip-and-Fall Cases Is Retroactive
Nicholas D. Freeman,Ronnie Guillen,Rodney Janis,Spensyr Ann Mayfield,Anthony P. Strasius, May 24, 2013
In Kenz v. Miami-Dade County and Unicco Service Co., 2013 (Fla. 3d DCA April 24, 2013), Florida’s Third DCA ruled that § 768.0755, Fla. Stat. (2010) must be applied retroactively to incidents that occurred before the statute became effective. The statute requires plaintiffs in...
Florida Enacts Law to Protect Design Professionals
Alan Fiedel,Rodney Janis,Sean M. McDonough,Anthony P. Strasius, May 16, 2013
On April 24, 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 286, which provides the conditions under which a design professional (i.e., an architect, engineer, interior designer, landscape architect, surveyor, or geologist) may not be held individually liable for damages resulting...
Florida Poised to Scrap Frye and become a Daubert Jurisdiction
Christopher D. Brown,Rodney Janis,Sean M. McDonough, May 10, 2013
In cases involving scientific or novel evidence, defendants have long been at a disadvantage in Florida due to its very liberal application of the Frye standard. It appears this is about to change.
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