Paul Breitner

Partner

Representative Experience

Commercial Disputes – Co-counseled a high profile healthcare arbitration defense over 16 days resulting in a substantial reduction of liability for client; obtained a federal court jury verdict against a foreign bank for wrongful trespass to and invasion of safe deposit box leased by an individual currently in federal prison; six figure jury verdict against seller of commercial real property based on fraud and misrepresentation; successfully tried to a jury, a long-standing real estate easement dispute involving elements of fraudulent and negligent non-disclosure resulting in the extinguishment of a permanent easement burden upon the client’s commercial property; selected as counsel to court-appointed custodian of two affiliated corporations with multi-million dollar assets facing dissolution as a result of shareholder deadlock.

Construction – Successfully defended an engineering firm accused of professional negligence for providing inaccurate estimates to a municipality for a road construction project; defended an engineering firm against allegations that it had performed inadequate construction inspection and contract administration services on a public project for the erection of a highway overpass; handled the defense of an internationally known architecture firm accused of preparing defective design plans for a facility housing thoroughbred jockeys and groomers; obtained a zero verdict in a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim brought against a large, international engineering firm.

Community Associations – Lead defense counsel in multi-million dollar claim brought against association board for failure to adequately repair and maintain commercial facility, eventually negotiating a settlement on behalf of six involved insurance carriers; coordinated a city-mandated evacuation and subsequent move back of over 160 families at a high-rise condominium experiencing structural deficiencies in the building’s common elements; general governance counsel at numerous homeowner and condominium associations; negotiated successful developer turnovers on behalf of associations at luxury oceanfront condominiums; put in place effective collection techniques for many associations involving lien filings, foreclosures, creative repayment plans and enforcement of judgments; served as special collections counsel to state court receiver and subsequent bankruptcy trustee involving a luxury hotel condominium with serious delinquency problems; acted as special counsel to court-appointed receiver in turn-around of dysfunctional 300-unit condominium community experiencing serious financial problems resulting from large scale fraud, self-dealing and neglect, working to bring the community back to health and normalcy.

Publications, Presentations and Professional Activities

  • Speaker, “Use Restrictions – The Why and The How” – Florida Lawyers Network (2014)
  • Speaker, “Community Association Law – How to Ensure Peaceful and Harmonious Living” – Hammocks Citizens Advisory Committee – Miami Dade Police (2013)
  • Speaker, “Can’t We All Get Along? – The Challenge of Condominium Living” – Florida Lawyers Network (2013)
  • Co-authored the chapter entitled “Construction Defect Litigation”, Matthew Bender’s Florida’s Condominium Law and Practice
  • “Work Product and the Attorney’s Selection Process: Spoon-feeding the Opposition or Preserving the Adversary System,” Florida Bar Journal (January 2005)
  • Speaker, Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in Florida, Lorman Seminar (September 2002)

Recognition, Awards and Institutions

  • President, American Jewish Congress, Southeastern United States (2001-2005)
  • Chair, Commission on Law & Social Action (1996-2001)
  • Member, Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism (2000, 2001)
  • 1995 Dade County Bar Association, Pro-Bono Award for Civil Litigation (1995)
  • Member, Community Relations Council, Greater Miami Jewish Federation (1998-2001)
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
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