Founded in 1981, Weil's Miami office has diverse, sophisticated practices in real estate, business finance and restructuring, municipal bond financing and commercial litigation
More than 25 lawyers practice in our Miami office
The Firm’s victory on behalf of UnitedHealth Group resolved one of the largest multi-district litigations in the country, lasting seven years.
The firm's Miami lawyers practice under three main department-level headings: Corporate, Litigation and Business Finance & Restructuring. The Miami Corporate Department has 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 U.S. and abroad. The department has also 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 US. 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 US Bankruptcy Code. We also provide counseling on creditors' rights and on the restructuring and renegotiation of complex lending and finance arrangements.
Our Miami Litigation department represents 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. The practice litigates cases in federal and state courts across the country including handling cases before arbitration tribunals in numerous jurisdictions. The department also conducts internal investigations for clients and counsels them on litigation-avoidance and crisis management.
Achievements, Community Service and Pro Bono
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.
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.
Miami partner Edward Soto recently led a team of trial lawyers to a victory of one of the largest multi-district litigations, lasting seven years. Allegations on behalf of a class of more than 600,000 physicians claiming that the largest companies in the managed care industries had conspired and engaged in industry-wide fraud concerning reimbursements owed to them. The class initially sought more than $10 billion in damages, and eight of the ten defendants settled for several billion dollars in cash and non-cash remedies. Weil stood firm with its client UnitedHealth Group, prepared to try the case if necessary, and achieved dismissal of the claims.
The class alleged that the industry had conspired to deprive them of full payment for medical services rendered by using claims-reimbursement software systems that often reduced the physicians’ bills. UnitedHealth denied engaging in any such conspiracy, and argued that the claims were paid properly and were based solely on the company’s own proprietary software system. The litigation was heard at the district and appellate court levels, and UnitedHealth also successfully obtained U.S. Supreme Court reversal of both lower courts on one aspect of the case pertaining to the scope of arbitration clauses in the operative contracts. PacifiCare Health Sys. v. Book, 538 U.S. 401 (U.S. 2003).
The enormous complexities and scale of the case not only required Weil’s team to have a deep understanding of UnitedHealth’s business in the context of the physicians’ claims but also to distill those issues to show the absence of any genuine issue of material fact on summary judgment, and otherwise be prepared for trial alone. We prevailed in the first instance. The action culminated with the district court granting the motion for summary judgment, finding that the physicians could not demonstrate any wrongdoing, dismissing all claims against UnitedHealth, and vindicating Weil’s advice that UnitedHealth should stand on its principles and business integrity. On June 13, 2007, the 11th Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment.