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Abigail Watts-FitzGerald listed in Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” Business Edition

Best Lawyers recently released its Spring 2017 Business edition highlighting “Women in the Law” across the country. DGRW is pleased to announce that partner Abigail Watts-FitzGerald was honored in this issue with a listing in Mergers and Acquisitions law.

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. The lists are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in, or be included on, the lists.

For more information on Best Lawyers Business Edition featuring Women in the Law, visit: http://www.bestlawyers.com/publications/83/spring-business-edition/.

 

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

Devine Goodman Rasco & Watts-FitzGerald, LLP is proud to announce that five 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

Abigail Watts-FitzGerald – Corporate and Business, Securities

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 Rasco & Watts-FitzGerald 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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DGRW Brings First-in-the-Nation Class Action Suit Against Credit Card Giants

DGRW, 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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Abigail Watts-FitzGerald recognized for her work for nonprofit organizations

Abi was recently recognized for her 36 years of experience providing legal advice to nonprofit organizations and their boards of directors by Corporate America Legal Elite, being designated the Best for Nonprofit Entities in the State of Florida. She has also been recognized again in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine in the areas of Business/Corporate, Nonprofit Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, which ranking is based on a multi-phased selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, “Super Lawyers” identifies outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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

DGRW is proud to announce that John W. Devine, Lawrence D. Goodman, and Abigail C. Watts-FitzGerald 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.

Abigail C. Watts-FitzGerald, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department, has been honored for her work in Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Abi was selected for the eleventh consecutive year for inclusion in 2017 Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions Law. This year, she was also recognized in the newly-created category of Non-Profit/Charities Law for her 36 years of experience providing legal advice to nonprofit organizations and their boards of directors. Over the years, Abi has represented a variety of nonprofit organizations and their boards as outside general counsel, such as The Orange Bowl Committee, Inc., Gulliver Schools, Inc., Norton Museum of Art, Inc., The Collins Center for Public Policy, Inc., the South Florida Golf Foundation, Inc., Hands on Miami, Inc., and Broward Bulldog, Inc.

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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Robert Kuntz Honored

On May 6, at the Twenty-seventh Annual Dade County Bar Association and Put Something Back Recognition Luncheon, Robert Kuntz was honored for his outstanding pro bono advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

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Six Devine Goodman Attorneys Recognized in the 2016 Edition of Florida Super Lawyers

Six of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. “Super Lawyers”  lists outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. Based on a multi-phased selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, “Super Lawyers” identifies outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The attorneys listed in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers include:

John W. Devine – Real Estate, Closely Held Business, Business/Corporate
Lawrence D. Goodman – Business Litigation, Closely Held Business, Class Action/Mass Torts
Robert J. Kuntz – Business Litigation
Guy A. Rasco – Business Litigation, General Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense
Abigail C. Watts-FitzGerald – Business/Corporate, Nonprofit Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions

In addition, Leonard C. Atkins has been named a “Rising Star” for his achievements in the areas of Business Litigation and General Litigation.