Holland & Knight LLP

Litigation Department

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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.

Strengths A client remarks: "All have been consummate professionals and have achieved my desired outcomes."

Another interviewee describes the team as "well organized and supervised."

Work highlights Defended Norwegian Cruise Line in a defamation and breach of contract lawsuit worth $90 million, in which a former CEO of the cruise line alleged that the current CEO had made defamatory statements about him in two publications.

Notable practitioners

Bill Shepherd represents a broad client roster in a range of white-collar criminal defense matters and government investigations. Peers describe him as "a very accomplished lawyer." Shepherd's credentials in the white collar space are enhanced by his prior history as statewide prosecutor for Florida.

Joseph Varner handles a broad spectrum of high-stakes commercial disputes, as well as medical malpractice cases and personal injury claims. Market sources acknowledge him as "an excellent trial lawyer."

Latour Lafferty assists clients in a range of white-collar and governmental issues, including qui tam litigation and internal investigations. He regularly acts on behalf of clients in the healthcare space.

Sanford Bohrer is lauded by interviewees for his "intellect and quality" and, most particularly, for his "expertise in the First Amendment." He is recognized as a media law expert, frequently representing press organizations in high-profile disputes, and also acts for clients in major commercial litigation.

Tracy Nichols is an expert in securities disputes, including class actions and M&A litigation. Interviewees agree that she has "a fabulous reputation as a securities litigator" and is "excellent in the shareholder litigation space."

Wilfredo Ferrer , a former US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, focuses his practice on white-collar criminal matters and government investigations. Interviewees agree "he's really excellent; a very trusted adviser with top credentials."