Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&AResponsive Law
Offering top-notch legal services in South Florida for over 30 years.
- Personal Injury
- Civil Rights
- Consumer Law
- Business Law
- Employment Law
- Appeals & Appellate
- Criminal Law
- Animal & Dog Law
- Family Law
- Arbitration & Mediation
Additional Practice Areas
- Land Use & Zoning
- Car Accidents
- Slip & Fall
- Police Misconduct/False Arrest
- General Civil
- Condominium Law
- Handicap Rights
- Malicious Prosecution
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Contingent (percentage) fees offered in appropriate cases
- Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Free consultations for some types of cases; otherwise, reasonable consultation fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 11th Circuit
- Finnish: Spoken, Written
- German: Spoken, Written
- Swedish: Spoken, Written
- University of Florida
- J.D. (1984) | Law
- University of Florida
- B.A. (1981) | Political Science
- Broward County Bar Association
- Florida Dispute Resolution Center
- Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators
- National Lawyers Guild
- South Broward Bar Association
- Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- - Current
- Activities: Volunteer Lawyers Program
- Florida Bar # 509825
- - Current
- Activities: Federal District Court, Federal Appeals Court
- Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
- Florida Dispute Resolution Center
- Qualified Arbitrator
- Florida Supreme Court
163 Questions Answered
- Q. Can I sue to get my money back and give back the car?
- A: You need to consult an attorney handling consumer protection matters in person, in order to show the purchase agreement and go through the whole story. One issue is whether you signed an "AS IS" contract (an unwise thing to do). If you did, that would present an obstacle to recovery, though in limited circumstances, an obstacle that could be overcome. An attorney will analyze your situation to determine if there can be claims for breach of contract, fraud, and/or deceptive and unfair trade practices. Also, sometimes an attorney's demand letter will get the dealer to the negotiating table, with dealers sometimes offering to put the consumer into a different vehicle.
- Q. If I get hit in an accident and I have a claim. I get an estimate and the insurance that hit me agrees to pay but
- A: Once a claim is settled and the claimant signs and submits the release, there should be no reason the insurer would wish to renege.
- Q. a clothing store is accusing my niece of stealing some items what can she do?
- A: You niece definitely needs a lawyer, at least to consult, if not for full representation. She may or may not be eligible for a free attorney with the Public Defender's Office; she can contact that office for info on that. Yes, she is at risk of losing her work permit, and in any event, can fired from her job because of this, as well as end up with a permanent criminal record. No, an apology letter will not make this problem go away. For a private attorney, search for criminal defense attorneys on-line (such as on Justia) or tell your niece to call the Florida Bar Referral Service at 800-342-8011. In addition to the criminal charge, your niece might also receive a letter from the store's attorney demanding she pay the value of the "stolen" item or $200, whichever is greater (even if the "stolen" item was kept by the store). This kind of demand is authorized by law and should not be ignored.
- Q. Can the police and hotel security tell you to open your hotel door now and if you dont they arest you when you do leav
- A: If you were charged with trespass, it likely means somebody working for the hotel told the police that you were refusing their request to leave. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding/miscommunication between you and the hotel or between two different staff members, or another scenario is that someone with the hotel lied to police. In any event, best to hire an attorney.
- Q. Can my civil lawyer sue family members of the person who caused my daughters death? Like tale their assets.
- A: Why are you asking this question if you currently have a lawyer? Are you doubting something that your lawyer told you, and if so, why? If a family member of a driver owned the vehicle being negligently driven, that family member could be held liable. If found liable with a money judgment entered, then certain assets, in certain limited circumstances, may be taken.
- Q. Who is liable when an off duty LEO is injured, outside of their jurisdiction, acting in a LEO capacity?
- A: Workers comp insurance should cover on-the-job injuries. The insurance should be carried by whomever is hiring the officer for the particular job, unless his/her department's insurance happens to cover in that situation.
- Q. In Florida can you have a judge determine before trial if a defendant is in fact liable for my injuries?
- A: Yes, in Florida, you can have a judge determine before trial that a defendant is liable for your injuries, but only on a plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, which is rarely granted. If it is granted, you would then have a trial on the issue of damages only. If it's not granted, you go to trial on liability and damages. For a plaintiff to prevail on summary judgment, you must show there is no genuine dispute as to the material facts giving rise to liability, so that the only issue genuinely in dispute is damages. From the language of your questions, though, I'm guessing that the defendant has moved for summary judgment, which is asking the judge to rule that there is no genuine dispute as the material facts which lead to the conclusion that there is no liability. If so, you must timely oppose the motion with specific materials prescribed by the Fla. Rules of Civil Procedure, and if you don't, summary judgment will likely be granted to defendant simply because you did not file and serve those materials. Regarding your your final question, the judge will NOT determine percentages of liability. You are probably thinking of defendant being X percent responsible and plaintiff being Y percent responsible, which, if comparative negligence is an issue that is brought to trial, would be a jury decision. That issue has nothing to do with whether arbitration is an option. Either there is an arbitration clause in an agreement between the parties, or there isn't. If there isn't, the only way you can get a case arbitrated is for both sides to agree to do that.
- Q. Was hit by a hurricane. Insurance didn't give enough money. Hired public adjuster received more money.
- A: Schedule an in-person consultation with an attorney in your area who handles contract disputes. An attorney must review your contract and listen to all of the details in order to determine if you have a legal remedy, and if so, determine the best legal strategy to be pursued. You will probably have to pay a consultation fee in the range of $100 - $250.
- Q. I was at a retail chain grabbing a couple items and fell on a wet floor with no sign
- A: You did not ask a question, which is the purpose of this website. If you are wondering whether you can make a claim for money damages, including medical bills and for pain and suffering, yes, you certainly can. Seek a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in your general geographic area. The attorney will evaluate the facts of your accident and your injuries and determine if the claim is worthwhile for representation on a contingency fee basis (meaning fees and costs from recovery, rather than from you up front).
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