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In Memoriam Lawrence D. Goodman (APRIL 16, 1957 – JANUARY 1, 2019)

It is with great sadness that we share the untimely passing of our dear friend and partner, Larry Goodman. Larry, 61, passed away on January 1, 2019 after a short courageous battle with cancer.

Larry had many talents — jazz saxophone, flute, koi whisperer, orchid/palm landscape gardener, intellectual curiosity and fitness enthusiast. He had many roles — husband, father, Zayde, son, lawyer, Uncle, friend. He is survived by Linda (McAnelly), his wife of 39 years; his children Aisha (Corey Cherr), Graham, Eli and Kaija Goodman; his grandchildren, Nalina, Leon, Kyran and Auden Cherr; his mother Carol Goodman; his mother-in-law, Auldine McAnelly; his twin brother Don and sisters, Cheryl and Laila (Barry Moir); his brothers-in-law Jack and Ray McAnelly, and many loved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Alvin Goodman, step-father Theodore Goldberg and father-in-law Charles McAnelly.

Larry was a nexus of ideas, passions, and laughter. Larry and Linda’s house was a popular hangout spot and safe haven for their children and their friends. A night with Larry often included saxophone playing, a quiz on a particular piece of music, and a tour of his cultivated jungle while he cleaned dead palm leaves, hosed down the patio, and tended to his orchids. He was the master of the grill and the Big Green Egg smoker while often discussing Biblical criticism, politics, U of M football, and current arts and culture. Larry’s creative and inquisitive nature had a lasting impact on all who knew him.

Larry graduated from Hollywood Hills High School in 1975 and after a year stint at FSU, he enrolled at North Texas State University to study jazz. He met Linda, the love of his life, in Denton, Texas, just a few days before moving back to Miami. After many months of letter writing, he returned to Texas and Larry and Linda were married there in 1979.

Larry graduated from The University of Miami School of Law in 1987. He was a clerk for US District Court Judge James Lawrence King from 1987-1988. After several years, he created the Devine Goodman Rasco and Watts-FitzGerald law firm with life-long friend John Devine. Larry served many organizations including Temple Beth Or, The Florida Bar, Miami Music Association and the B’nei Brith Bench and Bar.

Larry Goodman was cut from the same cloth as our most sacred ancestors; the depth of his heart matched, if not exceeded, the breadth of his brilliant mind. He left an indelible footprint on all that he made contact with in his life.  He modeled for each of us how to live a life of depth and integrity, greatness and goodness flowed forth from this remarkable man.

Larry’s life was blessed with family, friends, success and much joy. We will carry his spirit with us.

Dignity Memorial: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/miami-fl/lawrence-goodman-8106142

 

 

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Devine Goodman ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”

Devine Goodman has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list and regionally in 5 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. A “Law Firm of the Year” is named in 74 of the 75 nationally ranked practice areas.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Devine Goodman & Rasco, LLP received the following rankings in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms“:

Regional Tier 1

  • Miami
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Non-Profit / Charities Law
    • Real Estate Law

Regional Tier 2

  • Miami
    • Corporate Law

Regional Tier 3

  • Miami
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
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Devine Goodman Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®

Devine Goodman is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized “Best Law Firm” in the 2018 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in the following tier rankings and practice areas:

  • Metropolitan Tier 1
    • Miami
      • Non-Profit / Charities Law
      • Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2
    • Miami
      • Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3
    • Miami
      • Corporate Law
      • Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism, and its integrity.

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Devine Goodman Partners Named to the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

Our firm is proud to announce that partners John W. Devine, Lawrence D. Goodman, and Guy A. Rasco have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 edition.

John W. Devine has been recognized in the fields of Real Estate and Corporate Law for the fifth consecutive year. John represents clients in matters ranging from the creation of business organizations to financings, including corporate governance issues and board and shareholder representation in corporate divorces. He also represents clients in commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing matters.

Lawrence D. Goodman has been selected for his work in Commercial Litigation. Larry has more than 25 years of experience as a business litigator and trial lawyer and handles cases involving complex business disputes in a wide variety of matters, including contract claims of all sorts, corporate divorces involving dissolution of closely-held entities, real estate litigation, aviation business disputes and civil RICO cases. Additionally, Larry has litigated many class action cases and has been class counsel in nationwide and state certified classes.

Guy A. Rasco has been honored for his Commercial Litigation work for the third year in a row. Guy focuses his practice on commercial litigation and business disputes, creditors’ rights, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, real estate litigation, intellectual property litigation, disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code, securities litigation, international litigation and arbitrations, matters involving allegations of fraud, including the defense of businesses and entities sued by governmental agencies such as the FDA, FTC, SEC, CFTC, and DOL, and white collar criminal issues, including grand jury matters, asset forfeiture, health care, and whistle blower suits.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.

About Devine Goodman
Devine Goodman, based in Coral Gables, Florida, is a leading litigation and transactional business law firm. The firm is known for its business-like approach to problem solving and has a history of success contending with the largest legal firms in the state – firms where the partners practiced before forming Devine Goodman. Clients encounter a positive, responsive and professional culture, where each specialized area is partner-led. The result is highly personalized service, supported by coordinated teams of versatile and talented people who get results.

 

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South Florida Legal Guide Recognizes Four Devine Goodman Attorneys and Firm to Top Law Firm Listing in 2017

Devine Goodman & Rasco, LLP is proud to announce that four lawyers from the firm were named “Top Lawyers” in the South Florida Legal Guide’s 2017 edition. In addition, the firm was recognized as a “Top Law Firm” for its commitment to excellence in the legal field.

John W. Devine – Corporate and Business, Real Estate

Lawrence D. Goodman – Commercial and Business Litigation

Robert J. Kuntz, Jr.  – Aviation, Admiralty and Maritime

Guy A. Rasco – Commercial and Business Litigation

The South Florida Legal Guide continues to be recognized as an invaluable source of information for both the business and legal communities. The “Top Lawyers” list is a compilation of top attorneys across Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Top Lawyers are selected based on a peer nomination procedure. Lawyers chosen are well regarded in the legal profession, have many years of experience and have a distinguished record of achievement.

 

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Devine Goodman ranked among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®

Devine Goodman has been recognized “Best Law Firm” in the following tier rankings and practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2016:

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings

  • Miami
    • Real Estate Law

Metropolitan Tier 2 Rankings

  • Miami
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Corporate Law
    • Metropolitan Tier 3 Rankings
  • Miami
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.

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Devine Goodman Brings First-in-the-Nation Class Action Suit Against Credit Card Giants

Devine Goodman, in partnership with California antitrust law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, has brought the first-in-the-nation federal class action lawsuit against the four largest U.S. credit card companies and some of the country’s biggest banks for conspiring to shift the responsibility for billions of dollars in fraudulent credit card charges away from those financial giants and onto merchants.

Lead by Miami merchants Milam’s Markets and Grove Liquors, this lawsuit aims to hold the credit card giants accountable for imposing on millions of American merchants a so-called “Liability Shift.” Before October 1 of last year – a date that the Defendants arbitrarily selected – chargebacks for fraudulent charges were borne by the banks and card companies. But after October 1 of last year, many of those chargebacks are now being imposed on American merchants, and there wasn’t a thing they could do to stop it, even when they bought the expensive equipment needed to process the new so-called “EMV chip cards,” which contain an embedded microprocessor chip.

Merchants haven’t been able to avoid the huge impact of the Liability Shift because the new processing equipment isn’t any good until it’s “certified” by the Defendants. But the Defendants aren’t getting the job done, and aren’t in any hurry to do so, since they are the very people who benefit from a delay in certifying the system. Worse than that, the lawsuit alleges, Defendants knew that most merchants couldn’t be ready on time and went ahead with the Liability Shift anyway.

You can learn more about the suit, read news articles about it, and find out how you can be involved at www.chipcardlitigation.com.

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Devine Goodman Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

Devine Goodman is proud to announce that partners John W. Devine and Lawrence D. Goodman have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 edition.

John W. Devine, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department, has been recognized in the fields of Real Estate and Corporate Law for the fourth consecutive year. John represents clients in matters ranging from the creation of business organizations to financings, including corporate governance issues and board and shareholder representation in corporate divorces. He also represents clients in commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing matters.

Lawrence D. Goodman, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice, has been selected for his work in Commercial Litigation. Larry has more than 25 years of experience as a business litigator and trial lawyer and handles cases involving complex business disputes in a wide variety of matters, including contract claims of all sorts, “corporate divorces” involving dissolution of closely-held entities, real estate litigation, aviation business disputes and civil RICO cases. Additionally, Larry has litigated many class action cases and has been class counsel in nationwide and state certified classes.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Devine Goodman
Devine Goodman, based in Coral Gables, Florida, is a leading litigation and transactional business law firm. The firm is known for its business-like approach to problem solving and has a history of success contending with the largest legal firms in the state – firms where the partners practiced before forming Devine Goodman. Clients encounter a positive, responsive and professional culture, where each specialized area is partner-led. The result is highly personalized service, supported by coordinated teams of versatile and talented people who get results.