Twelve Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. Attorneys Named 2019 Florida Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers (002)Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine is excited to announce that 12 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers, which annually recognizes the top practicing attorneys in the state. The firm’s highly experienced attorneys specialize 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, appeals in state and federal court, professional liability, intellectual property disputes, class actions and complex matrimonial litigation.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented, multi-phase selection process, according to the publication’s website. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognitions and professional achievement.

The following Kluger Kaplan attorneys were recognized as Florida Super Lawyers in the specified offices and areas of practice:

Erin E. Bohannon
Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts, Class Action/Mass Torts, Appellate

Ryan G. Bollman
Business/Corporate, Estate & Trust Litigation

Marko F. Cerenko
Business Litigation, Real Estate, General Litigation

Deborah S. Chames
Family Law

Lindsay B. Haber
Family Law

Abbey L. Kaplan
Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, General Litigation

Bruce A. Katzen
Estate & Trust Litigation, Business Litigation, Securities Litigation

Alan J. Kluger
Business Litigation, Family Law, Professional Liability

Todd A. Levine
Business Litigation, Real Estate, Class Action/Mass Torts, Construction Litigation, Entertainment & Sports

Jason R. Marks
Family Law

Josh M. Rubens
Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation

Steve I. Silverman
Business Litigation

 

Daily Business Review: South Florida Midsize Law Firms Find Room for Fee Options

Daily Business Review

 

By Catherine Wilson

The buzz about alternative fee arrangements has gotten louder in recent years, and many midsize law firms in South Florida have carved out space for something other than the straight billable hour.

AJK High Resolution“It’s becoming more and more of a topic, especially in big commercial cases, where it really wasn’t before,” said Miami commercial litigator Alan Kluger, co-founder of the 32-attorney Kluger Kaplan. “Clients are more receptive than they used to be.

The field of possibilities is open on the client side.

“Every single client, with the exception of maybe the Fortune 50, are potential clients to do alternative fee agreements, and the main thing they tell you is the shifting of the risk solely from the client to the client and the lawyers makes them happy,” he said.

But opinion is split on the willingness of clients to switch away from billable hours to AFAs.

Gary Rosen, managing shareholder of the 92-attorney Becker & Poliakoff, said he attends a lot of professional conferences, and “there’s been a lot of talk about AFAs in the past 10 years generally.”

“In reality, AFAs have not grown as dramatically and have not become as significant a component of the overall legal landscape as many have predicted, and the reason is it’s not that lawyers are uncomfortable with it. For the most part, it’s clients who are uncomfortable with it,” he said. “Clients have shown a reticence to move much more significantly into the AFA environment.”

Clients like the idea of predictable legal fees, and alternative arrangements are keyed more to specific clients than practice areas, said real estate litigator Ryan Gesten of the 21-attorney Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann in Boca Raton.

“I’ve been practicing 17 years. I’ve handled 1,000 matters on contingency,” he said. When considering a request for alternative fees, “it’s almost like we know it when we see it.”

Attorneys at South Florida midsize firms said alternative fees represent as little as 10 percent of total revenue and as high as 80 percent of cases, with litigation being a common practice area for AFAs.

The types of cases most likely to foster alternative fees at Kluger’s litigation firm are third-party and bad faith insurance claims, legal malpractice claims and breach of warranty claims.

“Those cases get resolved because it’s money. It’s just money,” he said.

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