Best Lawyers 2018 Recognition

On the heels of the recent Chambers USA recognition, Kluger Kaplan and many of its attorneys have been once again recognized among the best in their field by the international publication, Best Lawyers®. The attorneys were selected by votes from a peer group, based on an exhaustive evaluation. 83,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote (from around the world) every year.

Best Lawyers 2018

The specific attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers are:

    • Deborah S. Chames
      • Family Law
    • Abbey L. Kaplan
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television
      • Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Litigation – Real Estate
    • Bruce A. Katzen  
      • Securities / Capital Markets Law
    • Alan J. Kluger  
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation – Banking and Finance
      • Litigation – Real Estate
    • Todd A. Levine
      • Litigation – Real Estate
    • Philippe Lieberman
      • Commercial Litigation
    • Jason Marks
      • Family Law
    • Steve I. Silverman
      • Commercial Litigation

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  • Daniel N. Rosen
    • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law


Based entirely on peer review, the methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

Founding Member Alan Kluger said, “this recognition is yet another proud moment for the firm. The number of attorneys recognized again and again demonstrates the depth and expertise of our team, and the dedication to our clients.”

Emunah to recognize women who make a difference

The Jewish Journal




The organization Emunah of America will recognize women who make a difference in an upcoming dinner.

The Emunah South Florida Circle of Life Benefit Dinner takes place on Feb. 3 at The Young Israel Congregation, 9580 Abbott Ave. in Surfside, and will recognize Deborah S. Chames of Hollywood, Gita Galbut of Miami Beach, Dana Tangir of Aventura and student leader Ella Herman of Bal Harbour. Rhoda Dermer, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, will be the guest speaker.

Emunah is an organization that began through the efforts and vision of a few determined women in Israel in 1935. It has grown to a network of more than 250 programs that are there for Israel’s people each day. Each of the women being recognized in the upcoming dinner has accomplished acts of “chesed,”-Hebrew term demonstrating an act of loving and kindness – paralleling the type that the organization accomplishes daily in Israel.

Fran Hirmes, the organization’s past national president and current chairman of the board, said about the honorees: “They’re all exceptional women who have given their time and their energy to our organization and to many other organizations and we want to recognize them for that and for their leadership role they play in each of their respected communities.”

Chames, a partner at the law firm of Kluger, Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine, P.L. who heads up the Family Law Department at the firm, has been actively involved with local Torah institutions for more three decades. Through the foundation named in memory of her late husband and mentor in giving back, Dr. Abe Chames, she spearheads a project which provides Passover and various other needs for more than 50 South Florida Jewish educators and their families.

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Deborah S. Chames to be honored by Emunah of America

Emunah of America is excited to announce that the Emunah South Florida Circle of Life Benefit Dinner is recognizing Deborah S. Chames of Hollywood, Gita Galbut of Miami Beach, Dana Tangir of Aventura and student leader Ella Herman of Bal Harbour as Women Who Make A Difference, will be held on Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016Rhoda Dermer, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, will participate as Guest Speaker.

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, an organization that was born through the tireless efforts and vision of a few determined women in Israel in 1935, has grown to a network of over 250 programs which are there for Israel’s people each day, caring for the whole Circle of Life, offering love, care, comfort and hope to those who need it the most. To RSVP for the event click here.

Deborah S. Chames Named Partner at Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen and Levine

MIAMI, FL – Miami-based litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine announces Deborah S. Chames has been named partner at the firm.  She was previously of-counsel with the firm.

Deborah-Chames-PreferredChames is a seasoned family law attorney who represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, international custody proceedings, post judgment proceedings, enforcement proceedings, paternity actions, preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and mediation.

“Deborah is a zealous advocate for her clients’ best interests while also taking into account the sensitive and personal nature of the issues at hand,” said Alan Kluger founding member of the firm. “This winning combination makes Deborah a champion for both our firm and her clients in and out of the courtroom.”

Chames has been appointed by a number of Dade County Circuit Judges as Guardian-Ad-Litem in matrimonial matters involving children’s issues. She also frequently testifies as an expert on attorney’s fee issues in matrimonial matters and matters relating to prenuptial agreements. She has been involved in family cases before the Florida Supreme Court on multiple occasions.  She has recently been a moderator for the National Business Institute | Judicial Forum at a course entitled “What Family Court Judges Want You to Know.”

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Rainmaking the “Old-Fashioned” Way

By Deborah Chames

More and more firms in South Florida are investing time and money in their business development programs to encourage young attorneys to bring in new clients. With so much of the business development focus centering around social media and online communications, it is important not to underestimate the power of connecting with people offline. As a former solo practitioner, I grew a family law practice before the advent of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  These are some of the strategies I employed that are timeless and often overlooked in today’s social media-focused legal community.

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