Timothy A. Kolaya

Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0811
Fax: 305.579.0717
University University of Miami, B.S., Civil Engineering, 2000 Chi Epsilon Honor Society; President's 100; Henry King Stanford Scholarship; Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S., Civil Engineering, 2001 Construction Engineering and Management Program; Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society; Order of the Coif; Honors Designation, Litigation Skills Program - Pretrial, Trial, and Advanced Business Litigation sections; Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar Scholarship, 2006-2007, 2007-2008; Lawrence B. Rodgers - M. Minnette Massey Scholarship; Thomas E. and Dorothy Bartshe McDougall Scholarship; Dan Bradley Memorial Scholarship
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2008; University of Miami Law Review; Book Awards: Contracts, Property, Construction Law, Legal Research & Writing, Business Associations; University of Miami School of Law Deans Merit Scholarship
Admitted2008, Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Participant, Leadership Miami, 2014-2015

•Board of Directors, University of Miami Law Alumni Association

•Engineer Intern, Florida Board of Professional Engineers

•Member, American Bar Association - Construction Industry Forum, Litigation Section

•Member, American Inns of Court, Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter

•Member, National Parkinson Foundation - South Florida Advisory Council

•Member, The Florida Bar - Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee

•Member, Urban Land Institute, Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council

BornNew Jersey, 1978

Timothy A. Kolaya concentrates his practice on commercial litigation in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration panels, with a primary focus on construction and real estate matters. Tim has experience representing clients in a wide array of disputes involving commercial transactions, contract disputes, construction defects, real estate transactions, business torts, fraud, deceptive and unfair trade practices, fiduciary relationships, insurance, products liability, and claims of personal injury and wrongful death. Before beginning his law career, Tim served as project manager for two national general contracting and construction management firms.

Areas of Concentration
•Complex commercial litigation
•Construction and real estate litigation
•Business torts
•Class actions
•Mass tort and product liability litigation
•Personal injury and wrongful death

•Summer Associate, Greenberg Traurig

Other Experience
•Law Clerk, national construction litigation firm
•Project Manager, The Weitz Company
•Assistant Project Manager, The Haskell Company

Articles, Publications, & Lectures
Articles•Mentioned, How They Won It: Greenberg Sticks It to Chinese Drywall Co., Law360, October 23, 2012
Publications•Co-Author, Chapter 16 - Disputes, Construction Subcontracting, American Bar Association, First Edition, 2014

Associated News & Events
Press Releases
Greenberg Traurig's Kristen Corpion and Tim Kolaya Selected for 2014-15 Class of Leadership Miami
Greenberg Traurig's Timothy Kolaya Tapped by 3 Important Organizations
Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Participate in Free Clinic for President Obama's New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Currently representing a number of national and regional homebuilders in multiple state and federal court lawsuits involving allegedly defective Chinese-manufactured drywall, including in In Re Chinese Manufactured Drywall Product Liability Litigation , MDL No. 2047. (Pending); Defended national homebuilders and developers in various pre-suit claims and lawsuits involving, among other things, allegations of mortgage fraud, alleged construction defects, and disputes over purchase and sale agreements. Represented REIT in claim against former tenant of large warehousing facility for surrender of property in state of disrepair. Defended investment fund and its managers in a putative class action from feeder fund investors, seeking more than $500 million in damages in connection with claims for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence; obtained an order of dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage from the federal district court. Defended five movie studios in a putative nationwide class action challenging the marketing of Blu-ray and DVD movies; obtained an order of dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage from the federal district court. Represented buyer of software company in litigation against seller for breach of representations and warranties in Business Sale Offer and Acceptance Agreement. Represented limited members of real estate investment company in four-day bench trial against managing members for breach of fiduciary duty. Defended banking institution accused of fraud and violating Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act in equity stripping case; obtained dismissal of all claims. Defended investors in evidentiary hearing for determination of reasonable attorneys' fee, resulting in award of less than fifty percent of amount demanded. Represented property owner in claim against roofing contractor for breach of contract. Represented South American wine producer in contract dispute with U.S. distributor. Defended manufacturer from wrongful termination and breach of contract claim by former executive.
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Timothy A. Kolaya

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131


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