Weil’s Miami lawyers practice under three main department-level headings: Corporate, Litigation, and Business Finance & Restructuring. Our corporate lawyers have extensive experience advising and representing financial institutions, investment banks, and other institutional clients in all areas of corporate and real estate finance, syndication, and loan restructuring, including construction, asset-based, mezzanine, bond, and bridge equity financing. The practice includes counseling clients in connection with the acquisition, development and disposition of mixed-use condominium, multifamily, office, hospitality, industrial and retail properties throughout the United States and abroad. We also have established a national reputation in the field of public finance, with a broad range of experience in the issuance and sale of municipal bonds, and the financing and restructuring of projects financed with municipal debt.
Our Business Finance & Restructuring practice in Miami brings Weil's international reputation for representation of debtors' and creditors' rights to the Southeast United States. In this capacity, we counsel debtors and creditors, as well as parties interested in acquiring assets or in controlling equity positions in financially troubled businesses. The practice includes out-of-court restructuring as well as the representation of clients in proceedings under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. We also provide counseling on creditors' rights and on the restructuring and renegotiation of complex lending and finance arrangements.
Our Miami Litigation lawyers represent clients on a wide range of issues, including alleged fraud and unfair practices class actions, product liability, antitrust, securities, real estate, intellectual property, corporate, and general business transactions. We litigate cases in federal and state courts across the country, including handling cases before arbitration tribunals in numerous jurisdictions. We also conduct internal investigations for clients and counsel them on litigation avoidance and crisis management.
In one recent matter, Miami partner and co-head of the Firm's Complex Commercial Litigation practice Edward Soto led a team of trial lawyers to a victory for our client UnitedHealth Group in one of the largest multi-district litigations in the United States. The class of more than 600,000 physicians initially sought more than $10 billion in damages, claiming that the largest companies in the managed care industries had conspired and engaged in industry-wide fraud concerning reimbursements owed to them. Eight of the ten defendants settled for several billion dollars in cash and non-cash remedies. Weil stood firm with our client and achieved dismissal of the claims. In the course of the litigation, UnitedHealth obtained U.S. Supreme Court reversal of district and appellate court rulings on one aspect of the case.
Awards and Recognition
- The Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms ranked Weil as one of the best law firms in Miami for the past six consecutive years.
- Edward Soto named a "Best Lawyer" in the specialties of Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation
– The Best Lawyers in America 2014
- Edward Soto ranked Band 1 for Litigation: General Commercial: Florida
– Chambers USA 2013
- Richard Morrison named a "Best Lawyer" in the specialty of Corporate Law
– The Best Lawyers in America 2014
- Beatriz Azcuy-Diaz named a "Best Lawyer" in the specialty of Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers in America 2014 and "Recommended" Lawyer for Real Estate in the US by The Legal 500 USA 2013
Pro Bono Initiatives and Community Service
Weil was honored by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association with the 2012 South/Southwest Region Thomas L. Sager Award. The Sager Award, the gold standard for the legal industry, is presented to law firms that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys.