Best Lawyers, U.S. News & World Reports Ranks Kluger Kaplan Among Best Law Firms in 2019 Edition

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Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report have once again recognized Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine for its professionalism and integrity as a “Best Law Firm” for 2019.

Firms included in the 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. It also honors firms who have made their mark on the legal profession and deliver high-quality legal services. Kluger Kaplan was ranked nationally in three practice areas and regionally in eight practice areas.

Below are the practice areas for which Kluger Kaplan was named a “Best Law Firm”:

National Tier 2

* Litigation- Mergers & Acquisitions

* Litigation- Real Estate

National Tier 3

* Commercial Litigation

Regional Tier 1

Miami

* Commercial Litigation

* Family Law

* Litigation- Real Estate

Minneapolis

* Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Regional Tier 2

Miami

* Litigation- Mergers & Acquisitions

Regional Tier 3

Miami

* Entertainment Law- Motion Pictures & Television

* Litigation- Banking & Finance

* Securities/Capital Markets Law

The Best Lawyers- U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and assessment of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

For full details on our rankings, please visit Best Law Firms 2019.

The Collateral Source Rule in Landlord/Tenant Disputes

By Philippe Lieberman

Florida’s Collateral Source Rule is often overlooked in landlord-tenant disputes.  Under the rule, an injured party may recover full damages from a tortfeasor even if the injured party recovers money from an independent third-party such as an insurer.  This rule is often overlooked by litigators but can lead to a significant recovery for a client.  I deal with a lot of commercial landlord-tenant disputes where the property is damaged as a result of the tenant’s negligence or intentional misconduct.  Oftentimes my clients will make a claim with their insurance company and also sue the tenant for negligence.  The Collateral Source Rule allows landlords to collect from both the insurance company and the tortfeasor.

While opponents of the Collateral Source Rule complain that it allows for double recovery, the rule serves two practical functions.  First, it rewards the landlord for obtaining insurance.  Recovery from both the insurer and the tortfeasor should not be looked at as “double recovery” but rather recovery of the insurance premiums that the landlord pays for the benefit of the tenants.  A tenant that commits bad acts – intentionally or negligently – should be required to bear some of the cost to insure the premises.

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