Timothy A. Kolaya

Associate
Miami,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone305.579.0811

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Law
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0811
Fax: 305.579.0717
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Timothy-A-Kolaya
 
University University of Miami, B.S., Civil Engineering, 2000 Chi Epsilon Honor Society; Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S., Civil Engineering, 2001 Construction Engineering/Management Program; President's 100; Henry King Stanford Scholarship; Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society; 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, Order of the Coif; 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
 
Memberships 

Professional & Community Involvement

•Participant, Leadership Miami, 2014-2015
•Board Member, University of Miami Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors
•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 Chapter
•Chair, Advisory Council
•Member, The Florida Bar, Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee
•Member, Urban Land Institute, Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council

 
BornNew Jersey, 1978
 
Biography

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

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

06.19.15 Greenberg Traurig Associate Timothy A. Kolaya's 'Leadership Miami' Team Recognized with 'Outstanding Project of the Year' Award by Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
03.11.15 Greenberg Traurig's Timothy A. Kolaya Named Advisory Council Chair of the National Parkinson Foundation's South Florida Chapter
09.17.14 Greenberg Traurig's Tim Kolaya Selected for 2014-15 Class of Leadership Miami
10.21.13 Greenberg Traurig's Timothy Kolaya Tapped by 3 Important Organizations
09.26.12 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Participate in Free Clinic for President Obama's New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

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

Other Experience

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

Internship

•Summer Associate, Greenberg Traurig

 
Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Real Estate and Construction Litigation: Represented several national and regional homebuilders in multiple state and federal court lawsuits involving allegedly defective Chinese-manufactured drywall, including In Re Chinese Manufactured Drywall Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2047.; 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.; Defended developer in lawsuit challenging zoning approvals and constitutionality of notice requirements under City of Miami's Zoning Code in connection with construction of municipal transportation facility; obtained final summary judgment in favor of developer.; Defended developer in lawsuit with municipality seeking to avoid obligations under land swap agreement; resolved through settlement that granted developer increase in development rights for related condominium project.; Defended developer in multiple lawsuits involving challenges to ballot question in special election to authorize development of a $400 million project on city-owned waterfront property; obtained final judgment rejecting challenges to ballot question in all cases.; Represented homeowner in construction defect lawsuit involving $30+ million renovation of historic Miami Beach residence.; Defended a national homebuilder and title company against various fraud-based claims asserted by the liquidating trustee of a failed mortgage company and the receiver of a failed bank arising from the sale of certain condominium units.; Represented private elementary school in lawsuit against neighboring property owner for damage resulting from excavation and sheet piling; resolved through settlement.; Represented REIT in claim against former tenant of large warehousing facility for surrender of property in state of disrepair.; Represented real estate investment company in emergency motion to set aside $1.25 million default judgment following jury trial involving personal injury that occurred on property prior to transfer of title to client; obtained order setting aside default judgment, which was affirmed on appeal.; Represented limited members of real estate investment company in four-day bench trial against managing members for breach of fiduciary duty.; Represented owner of home in Indian Creek Village in claim against roofing contractor for breach of contract; obtained summary judgment in favor of homeowner.; Class Action Litigation: 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.; Defended electronic health records software company in nationwide, putative class action lawsuit involving, among others, claims for breach of warranty, violation of state consumer protection laws, and unjust enrichment.; Other Business Litigation: Represented pharmaceutical company in ICC arbitration involving dispute with international manufacturer over product development and supply agreement.; 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 South American wine producer in contract dispute with U.S. distributor.; Represented distributor in lawsuit against former executive seeking to enforce restrictive covenant.; Defended medical care services company from wrongful termination and fraud claims by former executive; obtained order of dismissal of all claims with prejudice at the pleading stage.; Defended manufacturer from wrongful termination and breach of contract claim by former executive.; Represented purchaser of software company in litigation against seller for breach of representations and warranties in Business Sale Offer and Acceptance Agreement.
 
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Office Information

Timothy A. Kolaya

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131




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