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Paul Breitner

Partner

About Paul Breitner

With more than 40 years of civil litigation experience, Paul has successfully tried a number of large dollar cases before both judges and juries in South Florida. His trial experience runs the gamut of commercial and construction litigation, condominium and association law, personal injury and the defense of premises liability and negligent security claims.

Paul holds the highest recommendation provided by Martindale Hubbell and is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, and Florida's state courts where he has engaged in an extensive and wide ranging trial practice. Paul obtained his B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1971 and his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1974. His professional associations have included the American Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, Dade County Bar Association (where he was a recipient of the 1995 Pro Bono Award), the Coral Gables Bar Association (where he was a Director and Treasurer), and the Florida Bar's Standing Committee on Professionalism. He has also served as president of the American Jewish Congress for the Southeastern United States.

Background

Education

  • B.A., 1971, University of Maryland
  • J.D., 1974, University of Florida

Admissions

  • Florida’s state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended an engineering firm accused of professional negligence for providing inaccurate estimates to a municipality for a road construction project over several weeks and two juries;
  • 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 the defense of a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim brought against a large, international engineering firm;
  • Co-counseled a high profile 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;
  • Successfully defended a number of premises liability and negligent security cases where clients were facing 7 figure payments.

    Recognition, Awards And Certifications

    • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • 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)
    • Member, Community Relations Council, Greater Miami Jewish Federation (1998-2001)
    • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
    • 1995 Dade County Bar Association, Pro-Bono Award for Civil Litigation (1995)

    Publications, Presentations And Professional Activities

    • Use Restrictions - The Why and The How, Florida Lawyers Network (2014)
    • Can't We All Get Along? - The Challenge of Condominium Living, Florida Lawyers Network (2013)
    • Community Association Law - How to Ensure Peaceful and Harmonious Living, Hammocks Citizens Advisory Committee - Miami Dade Police (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 (2005)
    • Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in Florida, Lorman Education Services (2002)