Caitlin Clarke

Caitlin M. Clarke

Caitlin Clarke is a litigator and trial attorney. Prior to joining Devine Goodman, Caitlin served as an Assistant State Attorney at the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office, where she tried 11 jury trials and over 30 bench trials to verdict. Caitlin litigated extensive issues regarding expert testimony during her tenure at the State Attorney’s Office, resulting in successful pre-trial resolution of three cases. Caitlin has also handled appellate cases in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and has exposure to cases involving civil rights, fraud and white collar criminal matters, asset forfeiture, RICO, election and campaign law, and trademarks.

Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Caitlin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2009, and a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in 2013. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2013. Caitlin is an avid runner and is fluent in French.

Previous Experience

  • Assistant State Attorney, State Attorney’s office, Miami, August 2013-July 2015
  • Student Attorney, Federal Criminal Appellate Clinic, George Washington University Law School, Sept 2012 – May 2013
  • Law Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office, Washington, D.C., June 2012 – Aug 2012
  • Intern, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Sept 2011 – Dec 2011
  • New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Trenton, N.J., May 2011 – July 2011
  • Intern, Holland and Knight, LLP, Washington, D.C., Jan 2010 – May 2010

Published articles

  • Author, “Smoke and Mirrors: Primarily Geographically Deceptively Misdescriptive Marks And The TTAB’s Erroneous Reliance On The Heightened Goods-Place Association,” 22 Fed. Cir. B.J. 177 (2012)
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Guy A. Rasco

Guy Rasco is a trial attorney. He focuses 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. Guy’s clients include multi-national banks and corporations, closely held business entities, and individuals residing in the United States and abroad. Guy practiced for over 13 years with the national firm of Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP and was an equity shareholder with that firm. Guy has published articles and lectured on legal topics. He practices in both federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels in Florida and throughout the country. Guy received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor on the Law Review. After law school, Guy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas E. Scott, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Guy is active in the local community and a big supporter of the University of Miami, where he serves on its Citizens Board.

Representative Experience

  • Broad experience in complex civil and criminal litigation, including all manner of business torts.
  • Clients include multi-national banks, multi-national corporations, closely held business entities, and individuals residing in the United States and abroad.

Previous Experience

  • Fine, Rasco & Martinez, LLP, Shareholder, 2001 – 2003
  • Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP, Shareholder, 1988 – 2001
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Thomas E. Scott, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1987-1988

Published articles

  • Author, “Recent Rulings on Standing in Civil Forfeiture Cases Create A Tough Hurdle for Claimants,” Florida Defender, Fall 1999
  • Co-Author: “Civil Forfeiture & Double Jeopardy: Boon or Bust?” The Champion, July 1995
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Abigail C. Watts-FitzGerald

Abi represents public and private clients across a broad range of industries and serves as outside general counsel to various for profit and nonprofit entities.

Her practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; corporations; partnerships, joint ventures and LLCs; tax-exempt organizations (both public charities and private foundations); sports and entertainment law and sponsorships; naming rights; closely-held corporations, shareholders agreements, employment agreements and restrictive covenants; intellectual property matters; and distribution and licensing agreements.

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.

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.

Representative Experience

  • Represents public and private clients in the acquisition and divestiture of companies in such diverse industries and fields as the cement industry, cruise industry, temporary staffing companies, telecommunications, theater chains, radio stations, newspapers, perfume manufacturers and distributors.
  • Represents sports and entertainment clients such as The Orange Bowl Committee, Inc., assisting in all aspects of their business operations, including, without limitation, Title and other Sponsorships; Media and Broadcast Contracts (television and radio); Stadium and other venue Use Agreements; Team Agreements; Talent and other Entertainment Contracts; Hotel Agreements; Concessionaire Agreements; Licensing Agreements; Security Agreements; Naming Rights Agreements; Responding to Requests for Proposals to Host Olympic events; Governance Issues; Nonprofit Issues for the Nonprofit Sports Clients including avoidance of Unrelated Business Income Taxes and otherwise complying with IRS rules and regulations governing Nonprofit Sports Clients; Practice Site Facilities and Other Use Agreements.
  • Represented national temporary staffing company in the acquisition of more than 30 temporary staffing businesses throughout the United States.
  • Outside General Counsel to The Orange Bowl Committee, Inc. for over two decades, assisting in all aspects of the Discover Orange Bowl and BCS football games, basketball tournaments, junior tennis championships and other festival events.
  • Represents private companies in connection with business succession planning to the next generation.
  • Was lead counsel in the transition of Gulliver Schools, Inc. from a for profit to nonprofit corporation and continues to serve as outside counsel to Gulliver Schools, Inc.
  • Represented Rinker Materials in the acquisition or divestiture of more than thirty (30) entities throughout the United States.

Previous Experience

  • Arnold & Porter, LLP
  • Steel, Hector & Davis, LLP
  • Hunton & Williams, LLP

Published Articles

  • “Abigail Watts-FitzGerald: Building Lasting Relationships,” Featured as Distinguished Attorney in South Florida Legal Guide, 1/3/13
  • “Legal People,” Daily Business Review, 5/14/12
  • “People,” South Florida Business Journal, 5/11/12
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Robert J. Kuntz

Robert is an AV-rated (the highest possible peer rating for competence and character) litigation attorney who has represented commercial clients in a wide range of industries including aviation, shipping, private security, maritime carriage of cargo and passengers, firearms, design, garment, construction, lending, manufacturing, and gaming. He has successfully handled all manner of business disputes – including fraud, torts, contract claims, class actions, and product liability – at every stage, from pre-suit negotiations, through discovery, trials in state and federal trial courts, and to appeal.

Robert especially enjoys cases that turn on complex technical matters. He has worked with experts from such varied disciplines as aviation, the maritime trades, industrial manufacturing, the physical sciences, medicine and forensic accounting. He has deep experience working on both sides of very large fraud cases.

Robert practiced with the national firm of Holland & Knight LLP for six years before joining DGRW. He is admitted to practice in all courts of Florida, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before going to law school, Robert was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 12 years. His undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in biology, is from the University of Cincinnati. Robert graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he finished 6th in a class of 340, and was the Paul B. Anton Scholar, a three-semester Dean’s Fellow, and was a member of the University of Miami Law Review and the Order of Coif.

Robert is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law where he teaches attorney ethics and professional responsibility.

Robert maintains an extensive pro bono legal practice. His work has included children’s advocacy, immigration and family law matters. He now concentrates his pro bono practice on representing domestic violence petitioners seeking judicial protection from their abusers.

Robert is a Director of the Dade County Defense Bar Association and a member of the national Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Cuban American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Minister and Church Relations Committee of the South Florida Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America. He was General Counsel of Opsail Miami 2000, where he conducted all legal affairs for the largest-ever convocation of international tall ships, a festival attended by more than 500,000 people. For his work on the event, he was awarded a Public Service Commendation by the United States Coast Guard.

Robert is conversant in Spanish, blogs at suburbansheepdog.blogspot.com and is a competitive shooter.

Previous Experience

  • Newspaper reporter and editor at various publications, 1982-1993
  • Associate, Holland & Knight LLP, 1996-2002

Lectures

  • Moderator, “Doing Well While Doing Good: Ethics and the Business of Law,” Dade County Defense Bar Association CLE Luncheon, Miami, October 7, 2015
  • Principal Organizer and Moderator, “Real World Ethics: How to practice law, win cases, and make a living, all while keeping your license,” Dade County Defense Bar Association annual half-day ethics symposium, October 8, 2014
  • Panelist, “Hot Topics in International Litigation,” The Florida Bar International Law Section’s Annual International Litigation & Arbitration Conference, Miami, February 28, 2014
  • Panelist, Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s First Civility and Professionalism Action Summit, Miami, September 24, 2013
  • Panelist, “Recent Developments in Ethical Restrictions on International Practice: Where Are We and Where Should We Go?” 11th International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, Miami, March 1, 2013
  • Panelist, “Ethics Update for General Practice and Small Firm Lawyers,” CLE Session sponsored by Sabadell Bank and the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association, Miami, October 2, 2012
  • Speaker, “Successful Support: Keeping Clients Happy, and Making Lawyers Look Good, While Winning in Court,” South Florida Paralegal Association Fall Seminar, September 27, 2012
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Lawrence D. Goodman

Lawrence “Larry” Goodman has been litigating and trying complex business cases in federal and state courts since 1988. Because every litigation dispute is unique, Larry and his team evaluate the legal, strategic and practical implications of each matter, logically and creatively, focusing on the leverage points and what’s important. Larry understands that results matter, not a checklist of tasks that could be litigated. In 30 years of practice, Mr. Goodman has represented clients in wide ranging business disputes, from “corporate divorces” involving dissolution of closely-held entities, to complex real estate disputes concerning commercial properties, aviation matters, fraud and civil RICO cases. Larry has also litigated many class actions and has been appointed class counsel for nationwide and state certified classes. Larry is a Miami native, a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and a summa cum laude graduate of Florida International University with a B.A. in the Humanities. He currently serves as a Member of The Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee and previously was Chair of that Committee. He has also served on The Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Rules Committee. Larry is also active in Community Activities, currently serving as a Board Member of the Miami Music Association, an organization dedicated to bringing world class classical music to Miami, and was President of the B’Nai B’Rith Bench and Bar for Miami-Dade County.

Representative Experience

  • Corporate Divorce (shareholder and partner disputes) – Representation of partners and shareholders in corporate divorce proceedings, partnership and shareholder disputes.
  • Aviation business disputes– Representation of owners and lessees of commercial aircraft.
  • Anti-Trust – Representation of a Putative Nationwide Class of merchants against the four-major credit card payment networks alleging violations of the Sherman Act for allegedly conspiring to shift the fraud liability date regarding chargebacks to the merchants over EMV certification.
  • Civil RICO – Representation of victims and persons sued civilly under state and federal RICO statutes.
  • Representation of Receivers.
  • Representation of commercial property owners in wide ranging commercial disputes including fraud claims, specific performance, partition.
  • Failed Financial Institution Litigation – Representation of senior officers and directors of failed financial institution. Representation of FDIC as Receiver in wide variety of claims, including repudiation of a $10 million plus escrow fund; a fraudulent conveyance action to recover millions of dollars from income stream of lease portfolio diverted to insiders, and numerous cases involving general business disputes.
  • Representation of closely held corporations in commercial disputes.

Among other successes, Larry has achieved:

  • Recently concluded litigation between partners and shareholders of a real estate brokerage and development companies;
  • Successfully represented clients alleged to have been charged with conspiring to commit antitrust violations in an attempt to purchase commercial real estate resulting in complete dismissal of the case;
  • Dismissal of case brought against seller of a private aircraft alleging multi-million dollars in damages;
  • Multi-million dollar verdict tried in federal court on behalf of a foreign airline in an aircraft engine lease dispute;
  • Multi-million arbitration award on behalf of sellers of a real estate information business who were owed a significant earn-out under the terms of the sale of the business;
  • Jury verdict on behalf of investor in complex international dispute involving foreign bonds;
  • Resolution of civil-RICO claims brought by foreign government against foreign entities in state court;
  • Civil-RICO freeze of millions of dollars in domestic bank accounts relating to the international fraud of a Brazilian subsidiary of multi-national agro-chemical company;
  • Resolution of 150 individual suits against the owner of a large trailer park; and
  • Successful resolution for a homeowner who was a victim of an equity-stripping scheme.

Clerking Experience

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable James Lawrence King, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, August 1987 – August 1988
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John W. Devine

John focuses his practice on the corporate, commercial, real estate, construction and environmental areas. In the corporate area, John represents clients in matters ranging from the creation of business organizations to private placements and recapitalizations, 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. John’s construction practice is centered on the representation of owners and developers in construction projects nationwide, and includes design and construction contract drafting and negotiation as well as project administration and claims management.

In the environmental area, John has represented industrial, commercial, financial, and agricultural clients in a wide range of matters including petroleum, pesticide, and hazardous waste cleanups, asbestos management and abatement, corporate compliance and transaction-related issues.

John practiced with Steel Hector & Davis LLP for 11 years prior to forming DGR&W. Prior to attending law school, John worked as a commercial banker at Southeast Bank, N.A. in Miami.

Representative Experience

  • Represented buyer in its acquisition of a 6.8-acre, 2-parcel equestrian facility in Wellington, Florida.  Worked with buyer’s outside general counsel on related financing and corporate matters.
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of 101,000+/- square foot distribution facility and related $10,500,000 taxable bond issue by Miami-Dade County Industrial Development Authority.
  • Represented seller of assets in seafood distributor in transaction with private equity firm.
  • Represented tenant in commercial lease for 175,000+/- square foot warehouse.
  • Represented educational institution in $19,250,000 tax-free bond issue by Miami-Dade County Industrial Development Authority to refinance existing indebtedness.
  • Represented bank mortgagee before local and state governments in cleanup of contaminated real property collateral.
  • Represented landowner that contributed real property to venture with developer and investor for construction and operation of 249-unit multifamily rental project.
  • Represented developer in $10,240,000 short-sale of 63-unit residential condominium project.
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of 61,000+/- square foot distribution facility and related $5,375,000 taxable bond issue by Miami-Dade County Industrial Development Authority.
  • Represented developer in $7,822,000 short-sale of 47 units within a multi-family residential community.
  • Represented tenant in negotiation of commercial office lease for 25,000 square feet in Class-A office building.
  • Represented grocer in negotiation of sublease for 40,000 square foot retail space with publicly traded tenant.
  • Represented landlord in negotiation of lease for downtown executive office and banking lobby space with publicly-traded bank.
  • Represented owner of manufacturing facility in renovation and expansion of the facility and related $6,000,000 tax-free bond issue by Miami-Dade Industrial Development Authority.
  • Represented receiver for closely-held real estate holding company in management, leasing, and disposition of numerous shopping centers in eastern United States.
  • Represented owner of office building in leasing matters.

Previous Experience

  • Steel Hector & Davis LLP
    • Partner (1993 – 1998)
    • Associate (1987 – 1992)
  • Southeast Bank, N.A.; Assistant Vice President, 1980-1984