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

 

Chambers USA 2019

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Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine is honored to announce that the firm has been recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, as among Florida’s best in the area of Commercial Litigation. In addition, two of its partners, Alan Kluger and Philippe Lieberman, were also recognized as leaders in the practice area.

Chambers USA is one of the most esteemed legal publications in the world. The guide annually ranks preeminence in key practice areas and achievements of law firms and lawyers throughout the country using Bands, which range from 1 through 6. Rankings are designated based on significant achievements in technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

 

Miami Herald: Trump loses appeal to Doral golf resort tenant whose rent he tried to raise 583 percent

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A Trump-owned company that operates the president’s Trump National Doral Miami golf resort has been ordered to pay the legal fees of a spa owner whose rent Trump attempted to raise fivefold during a lease dispute in 2013…

…Alan Kluger, a Pritikin attorney, said Trump had planned to “build a billionaire’s club” and the spa did not match his vision for the resort.

“He did everything he could to force him out,” Kluger said. “He and his team just tried to bully Pritikin. They took outrageous positions, they threatened him. It was really unconscionable.”

golfcourseThe trial judge sided with Pritikin, and on Wednesday Miami’s Third District Court of Appeal agreed.

Kluger and his colleagues are seeking $2.5 million in compensation for legal fees. The appeals court granted Pritikin’s motion for attorney fees — and added attorney fees for the appeal process as well. Pritikin attorneys are now working to set up a September hearing to determine an exact number.

A spokesperson for Trump Hotels did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“The overwhelming credible and substantial evidence reflects that Trump Endeavor undertook a series of pretextual maneuvers in an effort to force Pritikin to vacate the leased premises,” Circuit Court Judge Rodriguez wrote in his 2017 ruling siding with Pritikin. “The court finds that Pritikin is the prevailing party on the significant issues of the case and is entitled to an award of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.”

Kluger said Trump Endeavor has a right to file a petition with Florida’s Supreme Court but that it was unlikely to go through.

“For all intents and purposes, all their appellate rights are done,” said attorney Philippe Lieberman. “Now all that needs to be decided is the amount of legal fees that Trump needs to pay Pritikin, and that number is going to be substantial.”

Read the full story in the Miami Herald.

Super Lawyers Recognizes Kluger Kaplan

Florida Super Lawyers Magazine once again recognizes Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine for its top litigation expertise and experience.

Founding Member Alan J. Kluger was named one of the Top-100 attorneys in Miami by the publication. Also named as 2018 Florida Super Lawyers were attorneys Deborah S. Chames, Abbey L. Kaplan, Bruce A. Katzen, Todd A. Levine, Jason R. Marks and Steve I. Silverman. Additionally, attorneys Marko F. Cerenko, Lisa J. Jerles and Josh M. Ruben were named 2018 Florida Rising Stars.

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Florida Super Lawyers select attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations, combined with independent research, is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievements. These selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis with an objective to create a credible, inclusive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

2018 Florida Super Lawyers:

Business Litigation (Years Selected):

  • Abbey L. Kaplan (13 years)
  • Alan J. Kluger (13 years)
  • Todd A. Levine (11 years)
  • Steve I. Silverman (11 years)

Family Law (Years Selected):

  • Deborah S. Chames (5 years)
  • Jason R. Marks (3 years)

Estate & Trust Litigations (Years Selected):

  • Bruce A. Katzen (9 years)

2018 Florida Rising Stars:

  • Marko F. Cerenko (4 years)
  • Josh M. Rubens (4 years)
  • Lisa J. Jerles (2 years)

Law 360: Ruling Puts Banks On Hook For Fla. Real Estate Back Taxes

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Law360, Miami (October 27, 2017, 8:25 PM EDT) — When a mortgage company loaned money to a Miami buyer in 2007, the lender didn’t know the homeowner would improperly claim a homestead property tax exemption. It wasn’t until seven years later that the county would file a lien for the unpaid taxes, a lien that a Florida appeals court now says applies retroactively and takes priority over the mortgage.

The decision, issued Oct. 18, could cause headaches for lenders and title insurers who will now need to worry about priority liens popping up after closing and applying retroactively.

The biggest issue with the decision is its retroactive nature, which could, depending on the property and how long the homeowner wrongly claimed the exemption, lead to liabilities of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Farach. By law, a tax assessor can claim up to 10 years’ worth of back taxes for improper homestead exemptions.

“Florida has always been a first in time, first in right state, with one exception: that government liens are superior,” said Marko Cerenko, a partner at Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine PL. “But this means you can go back in time and prioritize a subsequent lien.”

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