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.
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.”
Accomplished Eleventh Judicial Circuit Justice prepares for active litigation career on the other side of the bench.
MIAMI – 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.
Industry insiders may be tempted to think litigation is in recession now that South Florida’s economy is on the rebound but as Alan Kluger states in the Daily Business Review, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In this new economic cycle, he’s seeing less litigation between business partners fighting for leftover scraps from failed business ventures and more disputes among partners and joint venturers fighting over the fruits of the bounty of success.
He points out that many real estate projects that were previously faltering are now flourishing. So parties that were trying to restructure deal terms to mitigate their losses now want to restore the original deal terms to reap the benefits of the rebound economy.