The Daily Business Review recognized Alan Kluger as part of it’s 2018 Distinguished Leaders awards program. The award is given to noteworthy South Florida attorneys for their valuable leadership.
Firm and Three Founding Members Ranked for General Commercial Litigation
We are honored that three of our Founding Members have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, one of the most esteemed legal publications in the world.
Kluger Kaplan Silverman & Levine as a firm received a Band 3 ranking in the category of General Commercial Litigation. Additionally, founding members, Alan J. Kluger (Band 2), Steve I. Silverman (Band 4) and Philippe Lieberman (Band 4) were recognized for their commercial litigation work.
The Chambers USA guide annually ranks preeminence in key practice areas, and achievements of law firms and lawyers throughout the country based on complexity of the work, firm growth and client service.
The recognition by Chambers USA is the latest in a long list of accolades received by Kluger Kaplan. The firm in 2017 was named a Top Litigation Firm by the Daily Business Review, an ALM-affiliate and sister publication to the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and National Law Journal. The firm has also been named Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report, one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and one of Florida’s Top 100 law firms by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine.
Attorney rankings by Chambers USA:
Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
- Alan J. Kluger (Band 2)
- Philippe Lieberman (Band 4)
- Steve I. Silverman (Band 4)
For full details on our rankings in Chambers USA 2018, please visit Chambers & Partners.
Levine plays guitar, a bit of bass guitar and some keyboards, and also has a propensity and a gift for math and science. These skills have proven helpful in the courtroom and in mediation.
By Lidia Dinkova
May 4, 2018
Litigator Todd Levine has all the professional background common among successful litigators: A law degree, years of experience, mentors who guided him when he embarked on his career and a dedication to the job.
But Levine has skills outside the legal field that he credits for his success as well.
Levine is an avid musician who has played guitar since he was about 10 years old, he said. He also draws, plays a bit bass guitar and some keyboards, and has a penchant for math and science.
This combination of creativity and a gift for exact sciences have allowed him a more “out-of-the-box” approach to litigation, he said.
Take as an example that time he was in a mediation, and the mediator walked in holding new evidence just presented by the other side that at first appeared to hurt Levine’s case.
But Levine turned things around, he said.
“I had never seen those documents before but I pulled the documents and, frankly I don’t remember what I saw in them but in a matter of five minutes … I found something in one of the documents. I was able to point to this particular aspect of the documents, and I said, ‘This is the reason I will win this case.’ And the mediator’s jaw dropped. He couldn’t believe that I came up with such a quick response that turned the tables on the other side so quickly. It was because I was able to see something the other side did not see,” Levine recalled.
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Last April, Kluger Kaplan opened its newest office in Minneapolis and welcomed is Partner-in-Charge Daniel N. Rosen to the firm to spearhead this expansion. Nearly one year later, we caught up with Dan to learn more about his experience since joining Kluger Kaplan and his path to becoming one of the top complex commercial litigators in the Midwest.
A: Kluger Kaplan has a depth of resources that I have rarely seen in my career. Previously, I was a principal at a small law firm. Our firm performed at a very high level, but my practice outgrew the limitations of a small firm. At Kluger Kaplan I am supported by everything a trial lawyer could want—most importantly, a team on which every associate and every partner is smart, experienced and hard-charging. Being backed up by those resources and skills gives me the confidence any advocate needs going into litigation.
Q: How did you decide to enter the legal profession?
A: You might say it’s in my genes. My father was a great trial lawyer with a unique enthusiasm for advocacy. He’d teach me the skills of being a trial lawyer even when I was still a kid (seriously). So, when the time came to choose my career, it was a natural decision. My father died only five years into my career as a lawyer, but I was gratified that two weeks before he died, he was able to see me win my first million-dollar jury verdict.
Q: How did your experiences as a US Navy officer during the Gulf War help prepare you for your legal career?
A: A young naval officer is given huge responsibility. I was in command of 35 people. Half of them were older than I was, and most had been in the Navy far longer than I. They were of course obligated to follow my orders, but to draw out the highest level of performance, the trick was to get them to want to follow my orders. So I had to learn the art of persuasion. It’s the same with a jury. If you want to win, it’s not enough to have statutes and cases on your side; you need to make them want to find for you.
My Navy experience also taught me the need for fast reactions and attention to detail, which is drilled into young officers. Both are critical disciplines for a trial lawyer.
Q: You were recently appointed to a second four-year term on the Minnesota Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board. Why are you honored to serve on this board?
A: The board is bipartisan, and I was honored that when Minnesota’s Democratic governor needed a Republican he could count on for fairness, he appointed me. In my recent tenure as chairman of the board, I worked hard to build consensus in addressing matters that were naturally charged with partisanship. I believe we were successful and I am glad about that because the integrity of our elections and our democracy depends upon bipartisan cooperation in ensuring that our campaign finance system is clean and transparent.
Serving on the Minnesota Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board has put me in a very strong position to help elected officials and donors –– state or federal –– who find themselves under the gun for violation of campaign finance law. The knowledge base and expertise that I have developed in the field is not commonly found in the legal profession but is a critical one.