Chambers USA Ranks Kluger Kaplan in 2017 Edition

Firm and Three Founding Members Ranked for General Commercial Litigation

Prominent-boutique litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized as a leading general commercial litigation firm in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, one of the most esteemed legal publications in the world.

Kluger Kaplan received a Band 3 ranking in the category of General Commercial. Additionally, three of the firm’s founding members, Alan J. Kluger (Band 2), Steve I. Silverman (Band 3) and Philippe Lieberman (Band 4) were recognized by the publication.

 

AJK High Resolution Philippe Lieberman Steve Silverman

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.

“It is an honor to have the firm’s work again recognized by one of the most prestigious legal publications in the world,” said Alan J. Kluger, founding member of Kluger Kaplan. “This recognition spotlights Kluger Kaplan’s dedication to being zealous advocates for our clients.”

The recognition by Chambers USA is the latest in a long list of accolades received by Kluger Kaplan. The firm was recently 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 and World Report, one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and one of Florida’s Top 100 law firms by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine.

With a growing national litigation practice, Kluger Kaplan announced in April that it was opening a new office in Minneapolis—the first of its physical footprint outside of South Florida. The firm anticipates opening subsequent locations across the Midwest, such as Chicago and St. Louis.

Attorney rankings by Chambers USA:

Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)

  • Alan J. Kluger (Band 2)
  • Philippe Lieberman (Band 4)
  • Steve I. Silverman (Band 3)

For full details on Kluger Kaplan’s rankings in Chambers USA 2017, please visit Chambers & Partners.

Practice Tips: Building Your Personal Brand

Building your brand in a law firm as a young associate is no easy feat. Not to mention, trying to build a book of business at the same time. Richard Segal, however, has proven in his time at Kluger Kaplan, that he knows how to climb the ladder. Rich’s path has been influenced by the firm’s mentorship program, where founding partners mentor new partners and associates to provide them the tools to build and market their practices—something he hopes to pay forward. So, we asked Rich for his advice on building a successful career trajectory.

Networking

  1. What did you learn early on in your career that helped guide you on your path to success?
    I learned early on to give more than I take when it comes to climbing the ladder. Join industry and charitable organizations, and attend networking events. In these organizations and within your firm, lend your time with the goal of obtaining a leadership position. Those around you will be impressed that you devote your time for the benefit of an organization and moreover, will perceive you in an authoritative and professional role. Every fruitful marketing relationship starts off by giving—and the return will inevitably come.
    If you happen to find yourself in a networking situation where you know other colleagues in the room, always speak highly of them and praise their accomplishments. Remember, what goes around comes around.
  2. You now work side by side with veteran litigators, handle major class action suits, counsel high profile clients – what have you learned so far from those experiences?
    Walk the walk and talk the talk. It may be easier said than done, but confidence can go a long way. If you doubt yourself, it is easy for others to do the same. Some of the most successful, veteran litigators I’ve worked with have an air of confidence that makes you want to work with them. Be confident, not cocky.
  3. What can a young associate/lawyer do to promote themselves in and outside of the firm? Why is this important?
    Do what comes naturally to you and be authentic with your choices. It’s important to find your strength and stay true to that. If public speaking doesn’t come naturally to you, write articles. If you’ve developed a deep connection to an organization, dive in headfirst. Begin within your personal comfort zone, but don’t be afraid to push your boundaries when opportunity presents itself. Learn to understand your weaknesses and turn them into an active pursuit towards personal growth. When opportunity arises, you want to be ready for it.
  4. As a young partner yourself, how are you helping the firm’s young associates learn the skills you’ve learned?
    I like to encourage associates to do more than just attend charity events or networking events. Take ownership and organize the events yourself. Differentiate yourself. And make yourself seen by demonstrating the qualities of a leader.
  5. Is there anything you learned the hard way? Any missteps you’ve made that an associate eyeing your success could learn from?
    I joined the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce early in my career and quite frankly did not know how to “work a room.” I left many networking events feeling defeated—as if I missed an opportunity to appeal to colleagues and peers more authentically. I eventually realized my story was the key to working a room. My grandparents moved to Miami Beach in 1948, my father was born in Miami Beach, I was born at Mount Sinai, and my son was born at Mount Sinai. Starting to see my connection? While I didn’t know at first how to work the room, if I could do nothing more than just tell people my story, about my roots in Miami Beach, I was connecting. Your authentic story is what will bring you to success.

 

Richard SegalRichard Ian Segal is a partner and practices in Kluger Kaplan’s commercial litigation and family law groups, assisting clients in a range of business and corporate litigation matters, and matrimonial disputes.

Law360: Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Kluger Kaplan’s Steve Silverman

Steve Silverman

Steve I. Silverman is a founding member of Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine PL in Miami. He represents individuals and businesses in all aspects of complex commercial and business disputes, including lender liability issues, claims relating to membership interest rights, all aspects of real property litigation, and complex class action cases.

Silverman has experience litigating multiparty cases in federal and state courts in Florida and nationwide. In addition to his complex litigation practice, he is also an experienced appellate lawyer, having handled dozens of appeals in both state and federal courts, both crafting briefs and delivering oral arguments.

Prior to co-founding Kluger Kaplan, Silverman served as chairman of the litigation and dispute resolution department, and as co-founder of the distressed asset group at Kluger Peretz Kaplan and Berlin. He also heads Kluger Kaplan’s electronic discovery group, following the latest trends and case law in electronic discovery issues at both the state and federal levels.

Q: What’s the most rewarding aspect of working as a plaintiffs attorney?

A: One of the most rewarding aspects of representing a plaintiff is hearing from my client at the end of the case that his or her goals have been met, that my client walks away from the litigation feeling fully and adequately compensated, and that they feel no stone was left unturned in their representation. Plaintiffs often come to us feeling significantly wronged and harmed. Being able to work through a case with clients to make sure that they feel satisfied at the end of the day after an often difficult experience is very gratifying.

Click to read more at Law360.com.

Daily Business Review: Litigation Department of the Year

Daily Business Review

Kluger Kaplan Litigation Department of Year

Alan Kluger, Marko Cerenko, Todd Levine, Steve Silverman and Abbey Kaplan, of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine. Photo via DBR.

Litigation Department of the Year

General Litigation – Midsize

Kluger Kaplan

The 31-attorney litigation boutique is known nationally for taking on complex, high-stakes disputes across a range of disciplines and industries.

Kluger Kaplan’s trial lawyers have earned national recognition as determined and effective client advocates. Their expertise is in business and corporate litigation, real estate litigation, securities and financial fraud, corporate governance, probate and estate, bankruptcy litigation and debtor and creditor’s rights, federal and state appeals, professional liability, intellectual property, class actions and complex matrimonial litigation.

The firm is called upon by general counsel from companies across the country to litigate big matters.

Its cases include litigation against Donald Trump’s company, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez’s divorce, the Fontainebleau Las Vegas director and officer liability case, litigation against developer Art Falcone and his Miami Worldcenter project, the Victor Posner estate battle, Claudio Osorio’s investment fraud litigation and the Dollar Tree restrictive covenant cases.

Click to read more at DailyBusinessReview.com.

Kluger Kaplan Announces Midwest Expansion Plan, Opens Minneapolis Office

Dan Rosen

Miami-based litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine announces its plans to expand into the Midwest market, with prominent litigator Daniel Rosen joining the firm on May 1 and serving as partner-in-charge of its new Minneapolis office.  The move marks the firm’s first physical footprint outside of the South Florida market and is designed to support the litigation powerhouse’s existing national practice, while creating a deeper platform across the Midwest.

With more than 30 attorneys in South Florida, Kluger Kaplan has built a national reputation for handling high-stakes business and commercial litigation disputes, including securities and financial fraud, probate, class actions, complex matrimonial, probate and trust litigation.   The firm’s attorneys serve as lead counsel in trials in federal and state courts across the country, and are consistently recognized by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.  The firm was recently 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. 

“Minneapolis is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in the country, with roughly 3.5 million people, major corporate headquarters, and a diverse economic base,” said Alan Kluger.  “This move will allow us to tap into the region’s unlimited growth potential, while better aligning our geographic footprint with our clients’ interests.”

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2015, Minnesota’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $328.3 billion, ranking 17th in the U.S.  Additionally, 17 of the Fortune 500 companies are based in Minnesota, including General Mills, Target, Land O’Lakes, Hormel Foods, Best Buy and 3M. Yet despite the city’s robust economy, Mr. Kluger says that most law firms have traditionally eschewed the market in favor of major ‘power’ centers such as New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.

“Minneapolis is well-regarded for its sophisticated court system, highly experienced bench and bevy of major national corporations – but continues to be overlooked by the big litigation firms,” said Abbey Kaplan, founding partner of Kluger Kaplan. “Dan’s esteemed reputation, coupled with our resources, will bring immediate value to our existing clients and fill a need in this underserved market.”

Mr. Rosen previously served as partner of Parker Rosen, where he established his reputation as a veteran trial lawyer and advocate for some of Minnesota’s largest businesses and national corporations.  With 23 years of courtroom experience, Mr. Rosen focuses his practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy.

As the leading Minnesota lawyer representing property owners in eminent domain takings, he successfully represented international developer, Hines Interests, in the largest eminent domain case in the state’s history.  Additionally, he has garnered a reputation for representing major national corporations with interests in the Midwest, including Exxon Mobil, Walgreens, Sears Holdings and Kmart.

“Coming to Kluger Kaplan is a natural fit and aligns seamlessly with my clients’ needs and interests,” said Mr. Rosen. “By combining forces, we can deliver exceptional legal counsel while creating a platform for additional growth across the Midwest.”

Mr. Rosen is a recognized force in the Minnesota business and civic communities.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, which is a governor-appointed position tasked with regulating campaign finance and lobbyist activities in state campaign. Additionally, he is the past chairman of the Minnesota Council of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and is a member of the organization’s National Council.

Kluger Kaplan’s Minneapolis office will be temporarily located at 80 South 8th Street, before moving to a permanent location in the city’s downtown district. The firm also anticipates opening subsequent locations across the Midwest, such as Chicago and St. Louis.