‘Tis The Season To Avoid Workplace Legal Troubles, Part 1

Michael T. Landen and Lisa J. Jerles

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MIchael T. Landen

The holidays are among us, which means employees can look forward to company holiday parties to celebrate another successful year with their firm or companies. Unfortunately, the holiday season can also result in legal issues for both employers and employees, which may arise from seemingly harmless activities.

Holiday Parties

Holiday parties are a positive way to promote a healthy, collaborative and comfortable working environment. Many employers strive to create a family-friendly environment in the workplace, and the holiday party is an effective way for employees to get to know one another outside of the office. The goal, however, is that employees do not become too comfortable in their surroundings and forego company policies, potentially bringing unwarranted legal claims to the company.

Lisa Jerles

Lisa Jerles

According to a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, approximately 65 percent of companies are having a holiday party, of which 59 percent plan to serve alcohol. Alcohol can increase the chances of a legal issue arising from drunk driving, sexual harassment or worker’s compensation due to an injury. But by planning ahead, employers can take steps to mitigate issues that may arise from alcohol consumption at the office holiday party.

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Lawyers Represent Spa in ‘Bet-the-Company’ Case Against Donald Trump

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Alan Kluger, Philippe Lieberman and Richard Segal
Kluger Kaplan

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jose Rodriguez’s courtroom was packed with lawyers and reporters waiting to hear from the man on the witness stand: Celebrity developer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“He is a very smart guy,” said veteran Miami litigator Alan Kluger. “He knew the record. He knew the documents. He is the classic ‘not always right, but never in doubt’.”

At issue was whether Trump acted legally in trying to force Florida Pritikin Center LLC, which operates as Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa, out of 40,000 square feet of leased space at his Trump National Doral golf resort.

Kluger, a founding member of Kluger Kaplan, represented Pritikin, along with his law firm partners Philippe Lieberman and Richard Segal.

They contended that Trump National wrongfully tried to terminate Pritikin’s lease and refused to acknowledge that Pritikin properly exercised its first option to extend the term of the lease. They also argued that Trump National falsely asserted claims of lease defaults and violated a group room agreement between the resort and Pritikin when the resort tried to increase daily room rates by between 226 and 583 percent.

“It was a bet-the-company case,” Kluger said. “If Pritikin was found to either have not have properly extended or was in default, they would have been out of business just as the season was at its height. Hundreds of employees would have been out of work.”

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2016 “Best Law Firms”

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s  “Best Law Firms.”

NATIONAL TIER 2
Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions
Litigation – Real Estate

NATIONAL TIER 3
Commercial Litigation

METROPOLITAN TIER 1
Miami
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Real Estate

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Miami
Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures
Litigation – Merges & Acquisitions

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Miami
Family Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Securities / Capital Markets Law

Read more here: http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/profile/kluger-kaplan-silverman-katzen-levine-p-l/overview/9183

JUDICIAL STALWART RONALD C. DRESNICK STEPS DOWN FROM BENCH TO JOIN KLUGER KAPLAN

Accomplished Eleventh Judicial Circuit Justice prepares for active litigation career on the other side of the bench.

MIAMI ronald c. dresnick After nearly 20 years of deciding some of South Florida’s most notorious cases, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judge Ronald C. Dresnick left the bench to join the Miami-based law firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

Throughout his tenure on the bench, Judge Dresnick has heard some of the most significant cases impacting the South Florida judiciary and broader community. These have included the Major League Baseball steroid controversy involving South Florida clinic Biogenesis; litigation against Cuba for acts of terror tied to the Bay of Pigs; and a major wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Miccosukee Tribe.

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Seven Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine Attorneys Listed in “The Best Lawyers of America” 2015

Miami-based litigation law firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L., announces seven of its attorneys have been selected as top legal practitioners by The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Published by Woodward/White Inc., The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States, basing its listings on an exhaustive year-long survey of the legal profession in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2015), includes 52, 488 attorneys in 137 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and  based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Following are the Kluger Kaplan attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, along with their areas of concentration for which they were selected:

  • Deborah Chames / Of Counsel / Family Law
  • Abbey Kaplan / Member / Commercial Litigation / Entertainment Law / Litigation: Mergers & Acquisitions / Litigation: Real Estate
  • Alan Kluger / Member / Commercial Litigation / Litigation: Banking & Finance / Litigation: Real Estate
  • Philippe Lieberman / Member / Commercial Litigation
  • Steve Silverman / Member / Commercial Litigation
  • Bruce Katzen / Member / Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Terri Meyers / Partner / Intellectual Property