Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
Chairman: Eugene Stearns
Managing Partner: Rick Schatz
Number of partners/shareholders: 113
Number of other lawyers: 33
Stearns Weaver Miller is a full-service, multidisciplinary law firm with offices throughout Florida.
The firm is complemented by a full-range of resources, including a state-of-the-art courtroom, a proprietary system for the efficient, electronic presentation of evidence, and an in-house multimedia department dedicated to producing high-level presentation materials and audiovisual aids.
The firm believes in giving back and strives to better the communities in which it practices. The firm provides financial and leadership support to a myriad of not-for-profit organizations impacting the arts, children and families, community service, education, the environment, health and wellness, and legal services.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The firm represents domestic and international commercial banks, finance companies, investment banks, REITs, borrowers, guarantors and other credit enhancers on matters including commercial and asset-based financing, commercial real estate lending, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and regulation issues. It assists clients in structuring, negotiating, documenting, closing and managing credit transactions, including asset-based and leveraged lending, multi-borrower and single-borrower secured and unsecured lending, cash flow lending, syndicated lending and acquisition lending.
The firm represents parties in the extension, restructuring and working out of secured and unsecured credit facilities and handles financings secured by assets, including commercial real estate. Experience also includes representing debtors, creditors, trustees, receivers, landlords, asset purchasers, and other parties in bankruptcies, court receiverships, assignment for the benefit of creditors proceedings, and out-of-court workouts. The team handles the defense and prosecution of director and officer liability cases and has litigated complex insolvency-related cases in federal and state courts.
Corporate & Securities:
The firm provides counsel to clients in virtually all areas of business transactions, including formation, day-to-day commercial operations, corporate governance, public and private securities offerings, acquisitions, mergers, sales and liquidations. It quickly identifies business and legal issues and offers clear, practical advice to achieve optimal solutions.
Labor & Employment:
The firm provides employers with practical, business-oriented counseling and works closely with clients to educate and train their managers and employees on workplace issues, audit employment practices, comply with wage-and-hour laws, draft employment agreements, protect trade secrets, realign workforces, and comply with EEO and affirmative action requirements and plans. The firm counsels employers on employee benefits and executive compensation and provides representation in ERISA litigation and before the IRS and DOL on plan audits. Services also include representation at mediation and trial.
Land Development, Zoning & Environmental:
The firm represents clients at federal, state, regional, and local levels on issues involving wetlands, coastal development, greenfields, comprehensive plan amendments, protected species and habitat, property rights, water quality, brownfields, rezoning, contaminated sites, sovereign submerged lands, marinas/docking facilities, due diligence reviews, water use, developments of regional impact, mining, toxic torts, utilities, stormwater management, beach nourishment, variances, platting, development rights transfers, and climate change/coastal resilience. It also provides legal and planning services, related litigation and government affairs representation.
The firm represents Fortune 500 companies, multinational financial institutions, healthcare institutions/practitioners, pharmaceutical companies, professional firms, media and entertainment companies, insurance companies, and other business enterprises, municipalities, and individuals in a variety of matters in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. It has tried class actions for plaintiffs and defendants, cases involving antitrust, patent issues, securities fraud, product, professional and lender liability, medical malpractice, construction defects, commercial foreclosure, breach of contract, business torts, and insurance, and the appeals from those cases, including presenting oral argument to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The firm has extensive experience representing buyers, sellers, lenders, investors and developers across commercial and residential real estate transactions, including contract preparation and negotiation, acquisition, financing, project planning and development, construction, leasing, and disposition of real estate and corporate assets. It assists clients with sale-leaseback transactions, 1031 exchanges, loan defeasances, restructurings, and foreclosures, and dispositions of non-performing and distressed loans.
The firm represents clients seeking to form, acquire, reorganize, and liquidate public and private business entities and is experienced in guiding clients through tax issues that confront corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, individuals, trusts, and estates. The firm handles tax litigation, representing clients in controversies with the IRS and Florida Department of Revenue.
CORAL GABLES: 2020 Salzedo Street, 6th Floor, FL 33134
FORT LAUDERDALE: 200 East Las Olas Boulevard, 21st Floor, FL 33301
MIAMI (Headquarters): 150 West Flagler Street, Suite 2200, FL 33130
TALLAHASSEE: 106 East College Avenue, Suite 700, FL 32301
TAMPA: 401 East Jackson Street, Suite 2100, FL 33602
Provided by Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
- Fort LauderdaleNew River Center, 200 East Las Olas Boulevard, 21st Floor (Penthouse A), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, FL 33301View ranked officeTallahasseeHighpoint Center, 106 East College Avenue, Suite 700, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, FL 32301View ranked officeTampaSunTrust Financial Centre, 401 East Jackson Street, Suite 2200, Tampa, Florida, USA, FL 33602View ranked office