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Clarke Silverglate

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Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

The Appellate Practice Area of the firm handles civil appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. We represent Fortune 500 companies from across the United States.

Aviation Law

The Aviation Practice Area of the firm provides representation, including litigation defense, to aviation-related companies and underwriters located in the United States and overseas. The firm represents clients in the leasing, purchase, and sale of aircraft, both domestically and internationally.


The Banking Practice Area of the firm offers experienced and cost-effective representation in a broad spectrum of areas in its banking litigation practice, including:

  • Commercial collateral foreclosures
  • Commercial leases
  • Creditors’ rights
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Environmental law
  • Insurance coverage
  • Lender liability
  • Letters of credit disputes
  • Loan workouts
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Negotiable instrument disputes
  • Professional liability
  • Regulatory matters
  • Repossessions

Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights

The Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights Practice Area of the firm includes attorneys with extensive experience in retail, manufacturing, commercial, and real estate bankruptcy matters. The firm’s lawyers are experienced in all aspects of bankruptcy practice. Our bankruptcy client representation includes:

  • Asset sales
  • Assignments for the benefit of creditor proceedings
  • Automatic stay litigation
  • Bankruptcy appeals
  • Buyers of Assets
  • Cash collateral stipulations
  • Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings
  • Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings
  • Chapter 13 adjustments of debts of individuals
  • Cram-down litigation
  • Creditors
  • Creditors’ committees in court proceedings
  • Debtor-in-possession financing
  • Debtors
  • Financial institutions
  • Formulation and confirmation of plans of reorganization and liquidation
  • Going out-of-business sales
  • Investors
  • Involuntary petitions
  • Litigation involving unexpired leases and executory contracts
  • Out-of-court workouts
  • Pre-packaged plans
  • Purchases from distressed situations
  • Receivers
  • Risk planning analysis and management
  • State court corporate liquidations
  • Trustees
  • Unofficial creditors’ committees in out-of-court situations
  • Valuation proceedings

Certified Mediator

Our Partner Frank Ramos is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit and County Court Mediator. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Although the firm believes in vigorous advocacy in litigated matters, we also recognize that mediation, arbitration and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution frequently prove effective and economical in resolving disputes. Our lawyers have skill and experience in presenting evidence informally and negotiating favorable settlements utilizing these methods.

Class Actions

The Class Action Practice Area of the firm represents corporations and individuals involved in class actions alleging violations of laws protecting investors, consumers and employees.

Commercial Litigation

The Commercial Litigation Practice Area of the firm handles complex disputes. Our commercial trial experience in commercial litigation is extensive, including:

  • Antitrust
  • Antitrust and trade regulation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Breach of contract
  • Business fraud
  • Complex business disputes
  • Contracts
  • Corporate governance
  • Debt collection matters
  • Derivative actions
  • Entertainment litigation
  • Environmental litigation and regulation
  • Fiduciary breach
  • Franchise
  • Intellectual property
  • International and domestic arbitration and ADR
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Real estate litigation
  • Securities litigation
  • Shareholder rights
  • Technology law

Construction Litigation

Attorneys in the Construction Litigation Practice Area of the firm have considerable experience as both advisors and advocates in representing developers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers and sureties in such diverse areas as:

  • Bid protests
  • Contract disputes
  • Defective construction
  • Enforcement of bond, lien and indemnity claims
  • Non-performance

Employment Law

The Employment Law Practice Area of the firm includes attorneys who have a wealth of experience handling an array of employment litigation matters. We represent employers in a wide variety of proceedings before federal and state administrative agencies and in federal and state courts throughout Florida. Specifically, we have achieved successful litigation outcomes in the following substantive areas:

  • Age discrimination
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Breach of employment
  • Contract
  • Civil rights
  • Class actions
  • Defamation
  • Disability discrimination
  • Distributor disputes
  • Employment-related tort claims
  • Equal pay
  • False arrest
  • Fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation
  • Gender discrimination/harassment
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Interference with business relations distress
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Malicious prosecution
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • National origin discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Unfair competition
  • Whistle-blower claims

Insurance Coverage

The Insurance Coverage Practice Area of the firm provides coverage opinions and litigates insurance disputes involving every facet of commercial, personal, professional and excess liability insurance, as well as reinsurance matters. Our firm has substantial expertise in handling all aspects of insurance coverage analysis and disputes, both first party and third party. We recognize that when a coverage opinion is sought, accuracy and timeliness in providing our response are absolutely essential.

Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Practice Group of the firm has substantial experience in litigating intellectual property cases. The firm has handled litigation involving all aspects of intellectual property disputes, including:

  • Copyright infringement
  • Counterfeiting
  • Diversion or “grey market” cases
  • Infringements of trademarks
  • Service marks and trade dress
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Unfair competition

Medical Malpractice/Professional Liability

The Medical Malpractice Practice Area of the firm devotes itself to the defense of physicians, hospitals, managed care entities, clinical laboratories, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Our firm has represented individuals across a wide array of professions for claims arising out of alleged professional errors, such as breach of duty, neglect, misstatement, as well as errors and omissions in performing or failing to perform professional services. The firm has handled disputes involving the following professionals:

  • Accountants
  • Doctors
  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Bankers
  • Laboratory personnel
  • Clergy
  • Real estate appraisers
  • Contractors
  • Securities brokers
  • Directors and Officers

Personal Injury

The Personal Injury Practice Area of the firm has substantial experience in handling the full spectrum of general liability, product liability, casualty and automobile claims. We have defended numerous catastrophic injury cases

Product Liability

The Product Liability Practice Area of the firm has represented manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the defense of product liability claims. This representation includes mass tort and class action litigation, as well as individual cases. The firm also offers particular experience in complex cases involving issues such as biomechanics, accident reconstruction, human factors, occupant kinematics and restraint systems. Our firm has extensive experience in representing product manufacturers, designers, distributors and retailers in connection with claims of wrongful death and severe and catastrophic injury. Our representation and experience in this field includes class actions and individual claims in the following areas:

  • Asbestos
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cosmetics
  • Medical devices
  • Heavy equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Household items
  • Tobacco
  • Product design
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Crashworthiness of vehicles
  • Forensic pathology
  • Warnings
  • Fires
  • Metallurgy
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Toxicology


The Securities Practice Area of the firm counsels and defends broker-dealers and their employees in all aspects of securities law. Clarke Silverglate has experience in representing issuers, officers, directors and broker-dealers in the defense of class action litigation and individual claims.

White Collar Criminal Defense

  • Accounting Fraud
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Conspiracy Charges
  • Embezzlement
  • FCPA Violations
  • Grand Jury Representation
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Illegal Gambling
  • Insider Trading
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Public Corruption
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Wire and Mail Fraud

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