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Leon Cosgrove LLP

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Managing Partners: Derek E León, Scott B Cosgrove
Number of partners: 13
Number of other attorneys: 4
Languages: English, Spanish

Firm Overview:
León Cosgrove is a boutique specializing in complex business litigation and comprised of former federal law clerks and top-tier trial lawyers from AmLaw 100 firms. Focused and trial-ready teams represent clients in highstakes matters across a wide range of practice areas, industries, and venues throughout the United States — often going up against, and defeating, established global legal brands. Recently the firm emerged from AAA arbitration with a $75 million award for defective wind turbine blades, and then secured the settlement of a related federal court action for damages under the Illinois consumer fraud law. The firm also obtained the early dismissal of a putative class action against a large public company for alleged violations of consumer protection law, and subsequently prevailed in the appeal of the dismissal. It also won a $93 million verdict for the State of Florida in a dispute that imperiled $30 million in perpetual annual revenues under its landmark 1997 tobacco settlement.

Main Areas of Practice:  

General Commercial Litigation
Banking & Financial Services
Class Action
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Intellectual Property
Insurance Recovery
Labor & Employment
Real Estate & ADA Accommodations
International Dispute Resolution
Internal Government Investigations

General Business Litigation:
9 partners; 18 fee earners based in Miami and Denver
■Represented the State of Florida to enforce its 1997 landmark tobacco settlement. The firm obtained a $93 million verdict and the enforcement of future payments (approximately $30 million annually). The verdict is presently on appeal
■Represented a clean energy company, winning $66 million through AAA arbitration for defective wind turbine blades, and settling a related Illinois federal court claim brought under the state’s consumer fraud law totalling $78 million
■Won an $8 million judgment for a plaintiff in a breach-of-contract action involving residual values of aircraft
■Representing an individual and related entities in a suit brought by the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. The complaint alleges a RICO conspiracy in connection with the construction of an international airport, in which the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago claims losses exceeding $105 million. The matter is scheduled to go to trial in the summer of 2020
■Representing a foreign judgment holder in the enforcement of a multi-million judgment against Mandredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio (one of the world’s richest men as reported by Forbes magazine)
■Represented a French government instrumentality in connection with a sophisticated international fraud. Obtained judgments exceeding $180 million, and was able to trace and collect approximately $120 million for its client
Key Clients: State of Florida, McDonalds, Airbnb, World Fuel Services, InterEnergy, and Volvo Financial Services.
Contact: Derek E León and Scott B Cosgrove

Banking & Financial Services:
6 partners; 16 fee earners based in Miami
■Florida litigation powerhouse for one of the world’s largest banks - JPMorgan Chase. Handles six-hundred matters pending heavily litigated wrongful foreclosure claims, TILA actions, TCPA cases, class actions, fraud cases, and evidentiary disputes
Key Clients: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Contact: Derek E León , Andrew Boese and Benjamin Weinberg

Class Actions:
6 partners; 15 fee earners based in Miami
■Defended McDonald’s USA LLC and McDonald’s Corporation in a putative nationwide class action alleging violations of consumer protection statutes, resulting in a nuisance value settlement for the client
■Representing a class of Florida consumers, the firm secured a $5 million settlement against a public company that was alleged to have engaged in deceptive conduct regarding the sale of insurance
■Defended client in connection with putative class action for alleged FACTA violations. After motion to dismiss was filed, settled case on an individual basis for nuisance value
■ Achieved early dismissal of putative class action against large public company for alleged violations of consumer protection statute, and successfully defended the appeal of the dismissal
Contact: Derek E León, Scott B Cosgrove and Alec Schultz

Bankruptcy & Insolvency:
1 partner, 3 fee earners
■Represent large financial institution in recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars in collateral in assignment proceeding of defunct default services law firm
■Achieved favorable settlement and bankruptcy court approval of a bar order in a multi-million dollar dispute against the U.S. government, and prevailed on an appeal of the propriety of the bar order
■Achieved nuisance value settlement for defendants in preference litigation alleging over $7 million in avoidable transfers
■Represent liquidating trustee in contentious post-confirmation litigation and achieved favorable outcome for estate’s creditors
■Represent lender in various chapter 11 real estate bankruptcies, achieving stay relief and dismissal for client
■Achieved chapter 11 plan confirmation for public company through successful sale of company assets
Contact: Andrew Zaron