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Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

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Founding Partners: John W Kozyak, Charles W Throckmorton, Harley S Tropin
Managing Partner: Corali Lopez-Castro
Number of partners: 8
Number of other attorneys: 16

Firm Overview:
For over thirty five years, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton has focused on two areas: high stakes complex litigation and business bankruptcies. The firm and its attorneys consistently rank among the most highly regarded in these practice areas, and their dedication has earned national recognition — from clients, judges, and opponents — for effectiveness in and out of the courtroom. Every case receives individual attention, with a focus on one thing: moving the client’s interests forward.

Main Areas of Practice:

Complex Litigation:

Harley Tropin and Javier Lopez lead the litigation department, which concentrates on complex business disputes and fraud litigation. Mr Tropin is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Mr Lopez is the former president of the Cuban American Bar Association. Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton represents corporations, entrepreneurs, and law firms in their most challenging cases. The firm has had lead roles in virtually every significant securities and Ponzi scheme case in the Southern District of Florida over the last thirty years. It acted as co-lead counsel in representing healthcare providers against the nation’s largest HMOs, resulting in structural changes and well over a billion dollars in reimbursements. The firm’s trial lawyers have a reputation for tenacity and efficiency in representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Commercial Bankruptcy:
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, creditors’ committees, equity holders, and asset purchasers in bankruptcy cases. The firm represents some of the nation’s largest companies, real estate developers, and lending institutions when they are involved in bankruptcy, restructurings and workouts in Florida and elsewhere. The firm’s lawyers are frequently called upon to serve as trustees or receivers of troubled companies, and also regularly prosecute and defend litigation arising out of corporate insolvencies. Cori Lopez-Castro leads the firm’s bankruptcy practice. She is a Fellow of the America College of Bankruptcy and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. John Kozyak, one of the founders of the firm, has the unique distinction of being a Fellow of both the American College of Bankruptcy and American College of Trial Lawyers.

Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Led by Gail McQuilkin and Charles Throckmorton, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s attorneys serve as mediators and arbitrators in commercial litigation matters, intellectual property disputes, and bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, and successfully assist litigants in achieving out-of-court resolutions of complex disputes.

Class Actions:
The firm serves as lead or co-lead counsel in major highprofile class action cases and group actions including In Re: Humana, Inc., Force Placed Insurance, Memory Metals, Razorback Funding, and In Re: US Oil and Gas. The firm received widespread recognition for its successful role representing medical associations and physicians in the largest class-action lawsuit on record against managed-care companies. Harley Tropin, Javier Lopez and Ben Widlanski hold key roles in many state and national class actions.

The firm represents a variety of healthcare providers, including health systems, hospitals and large group practices. Led by Ken Hartmann and Maria D. Garcia, the healthcare practice focuses on complex litigation and arbitration involving reimbursement disputes with managed care companies. The group has recovered over $150 million on behalf of its providers clients, including the negotiation of an eight figure settlement on behalf of its provider clients in 2018. The group also regularly counsels healthcare providers on a variety of legal issues, such as managed care contracting, practice formation and expansion and federal and state regulatory compliance.

Intellectual Property:
Since its inception, the firm has represented litigants in trademark, copyright, patent and related licensing disputes, as well as trade secret and unfair competition cases. The firm’s practice has evolved to encompass internet property rights and domain name disputes before federal courts and ICAAN arbitration panels. Additionally, our attorneys have handled intellectual property matters for multinational corporations such as Novartis, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. and Swiss Watch International.

International Work:
With its office located in Miami, Florida, the gateway to Latin America, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton represents a number of Central and South American clients. The firm also serves as co-lead counsel in several class action lawsuits brought in the US on behalf of Latin American citizens. Our lawyers recently prevailed in a Federal Jury trial representing Croatian-based production company, Adria MM Productions, in their trademark dispute against titan of electronic concerts, Ultra Music Festival. A verdict reached in the Southern District of Florida found Ultra Music tortuously interfered with Adria MM Production’s business relationships. The jury also found that Ultra Music breached its contract with Adria MM Productions.

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s clients include public and private companies of all sizes including many Fortune 500 companies, as well as governmental entities, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. Examples include: AC Pediatric Dentistry; Adria MM Productions; American Cyanamid Company; Baptist Healthcare South Florida; Blackrock Financial Management; Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; The CIT Group/ Equipment Financing; City of Coral Gables; Credit Suisse First Boston; Ecolab; Fidelity Management Trust Company; Flagler Development; Florida International University; General Growth Properties; Greenwich Capital Markets; Harch Capital Management; Heeling Sports, Ltd.; LNR Partners; Northern Trust Bank; Terranova; Marriott International; Mellon United National Bank; Miami-Dade County (Florida); Miami Dolphins, Ltd.; Novartis Animal Health, US; Pediatrix, Inc.; The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Sheridan Healthcare; Sony Computer Entertainment of America Siemens Dematic Corporation; Swiss Watch International; Total Bank; and University of Miami.