Holland & Knight LLP

Litigation Department

Florida
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What the team is known for Possesses highly respected expertise across both civil and white-collar criminal disputes, with significant appellate expertise. Excels in significant financial fraud cases and investigations. Also highlighted for its strengths in product liability, IP and professional malpractice cases. Additionally recognized for its fine track record in First Amendment litigation in the media and entertainment space. Draws upon deep bench of national and international litigation experts.

Work highlights Represented Royal Caribbean in a proposed class action alleging violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act in relation to its travel insurance program.

Conducted an internal investigation for a large private equity firm under investigation for accounting fraud.

Notable practitioners

Adolfo Jimenez represents a variety of clients in disputes, with particular expertise in international arbitration. "He's a strong advocate," comments an interviewee, adding: "He's very business-oriented and really listens to what the client is saying and understands what they want."

Bill Shepherd is a highly experienced trial lawyer with notable expertise in a wide range of criminal cases. He also assists clients with internal investigations and is noted in the market for his former role as statewide prosecutor for Florida.

Joseph Varner is an experienced litigator with a varied practice, which includes securities disputes, professional negligence matters and personal injury claims. He also acts as a mediator.

Former federal prosecutor Latour Lafferty comes recommended for his strong white-collar practice. He offers significant expertise in cases concerning the healthcare sector and regularly handles qui tam lawsuits, as well as internal investigations.

The "incredibly talented" Sanford Bohrer maintains a varied practice, encompassing complex commercial disputes and large class actions. He also cochairs the firm's national media team and offers significant expertise in cases concerning media law.

Tracy Nichols leads the firm's securities litigation group and offers vast experience in large class actions. "She is a very efficient and effective lawyer," comments a market source, adding: "She is somebody who represents our profession very well."

Wifredo Ferrer brings his experience as US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida to bear in his impressive white-collar practice. He regularly represents both companies and individuals on matters including fraud cases, securities disputes and matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.