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.


One client notes that "the client service, wisdom and quality of advice, work and the billing practices are the best I have encountered."

Another interviewee states: "My experience is that their client service is excellent" and that they are "top tier - excellent value for money."

Work highlights

Represented the estate of Subway founder Frederick DeLuca in a complex litigation against Delray Beach developer Anthony Pugliese.

Represented Health First Health Plans in defense of a whistle-blower claim brought by a physician alleging that it had defrauded the federal government of over $600 million by providing kickbacks to physicians who referred patients to its facilities.

Notable practitioners

Bill Shepherd is a respected white-collar litigator who is based in the firm's West Palm Beach office. His areas of expertise include government and internal investigations, as well as the representation of individuals in complex fraud cases. One hugely impressed client attests: "Bill is among the very best lawyers with whom I have ever worked and I would strongly recommend him for any matter, even the most complex and challenging from legal, practical and public perspectives."

Joseph Varner represents clients in both state and federal courts and is proficient in handling a range of commercial disputes including medical malpractice cases and shareholder disputes. Sources state he is an "outstanding lawyer" and "very well respected." Varner heads the firm's Tampa litigation team.

Latour Lafferty is recognized for his abilities in the white-collar space, handling criminal defense litigation, internal investigations and FCA litigation, among other matters. Market observers are particularly complimentary of his work in the healthcare fraud space.

Sanford Bohrer is a noted media law and First Amendment litigator. Sources say that he is "incredibly knowledgeable and responsive" and note that "his success rate is extremely high in getting matters resolved in a positive way."

Tracy Nichols is recognized for her strength in the securities litigation arena, handling the full range of matters including securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits. She heads up the firm's securities litigation group and serves as cochair of its class action team.