Mr. Gutierrez was in-house counsel to an important international investment group before joining the firm. He is admitted to the Nicaragua Bar Association. He is a Commissioner of the East Everglades Acquisition Project; and a panel member under ICDR International Commercial Arbitration and of the ICSID (World Bank).
Kathleen M. Sales, (Duke University, B.A., 1989, and New York Law School, J.D., 1997), born in Newton, Massachusetts, June 15, 1967; admitted to Bar: Florida, 1998. Practice area: General Civil Litigation; Product Liability Litigation. Ms. Sales became an associate in April 1999
Lourdes N. Gutierrez, (Florida International University, B.A., 1989, and St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., 2008), born in Managua, Nicaragua, October 23, 1975; admitted to Bar: Florida, 2008. Practice area: Real Estate; Corporate Law; and Commercial Transactions. Ms. Gutierrez became an associate in October 2008.
Robert J. Schaffer, (Indiana University, J.D., cum laude, 1971). Practice Areas: General Civil and Trial Practice; Appellate Practice in all Courts; Commercial Litigation; Collections; Corporate Law; Business Law.
Daniel H. Forman, (Antioch School of Law, Washington D.C., J.D. 1976). Practice Areas: Criminal Litigation. Appellate Practice in all Courts.
Primary Areas of Practice
The firm has extensive experience in litigation relating to insurance defense, product liability defense, collections, construction, and civil litigation, in general. Likewise, its attorneys have substantial experience in business and corporate law, real estate acquisitions and development. The firm is an approved title agent for Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund.
Insurance defense and product liability defense are at the core of the Firm’s litigation practice. The Firm has expertise in handling complex corporate and commercial litigation. The Firm’s transactional practice, including corporate, real estate and financing, is broad. Financing is handled both for borrowers and lenders.
The Firm has worked on a variety of transactional matters involving corporations engaged in business throughout the world. The representation has been of private as well as publicly held corporations including Fortune 500 companies, involving review and/or preparation of international contracts and the resolution of administrative and disputed matters before the courts or arbitral tribunals.
Leading clients include American Airlines, Borden, Inc., California Insurance Commissioner, United States Tobacco International, Ford Motor Company, The Philip Morris Companies, Florida Department of Insurance, Emerson Electric Co., E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, and the U.S. Education Finance Corporation.
A representative sample of the type of matters which have been handled by members of the Firm include:
Litigation counsel to major automobile manufacturer in South Florida in cases involving product liability defense.
Special counsel to a foreign lender group in multimillion-dollar “Portfolio Debt” loans, for real estate development and credit facilities.
Representation of Fortune 500 company in preparation of loan documents and closing of credit facility.
Litigation counsel to a major insurance company for automobile related personal injury cases.
Representation of firms engaged in worldwide sale and distribution of computer, air conditioning, refrigeration and aircraft-related products;
Representation of large closely-held companies in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and liquidations;
Representation of corporate firms, partnerships, trusts and individuals in multi-million dollar real estate transactions including land acquisition, construction, development and financing involving projects ranging from shopping centers and condominiums to office buildings and single family residential developments;
Representation of foreign nationals in connection with direct investments in U.S. real estate, and of United States corporations in the penetration of foreign markets, their start-up operations and subsequent legal matters.
Representation of lenders in the privatization by an affiliate of the Government of Mexico.
Acquisition of and foreign investment in Latin American companies and enterprises.