Edward Soto is Managing Partner of Weil’s Miami office and Co-Head of the Firm’s global Complex Commercial Litigation practice.
A senior trial partner, Mr. Soto concentrates his practice on the trial and supervision of complex commercial civil litigation, and has substantial experience in cases involving: antitrust, business torts, class actions, contracts, employment, fraud, insurance coverage, lender liability, products liability, professional liability, and securities litigation. He has also handled numerous internal investigations in these areas.
During more than 35 years of trial practice, Mr. Soto has established a consistent record of successful results in major complex cases in both state and federal courts and before arbitration panels. He has achieved successful outcomes for his clients at every phase of the litigation process – through case dispositive motions, trials, appeals, and settlements. During the past few years, he has achieved significant victories on behalf of American Airlines, Inc., Citicorp Services, Inc., ESPN, Inc., ExxonMobil, Financial Guaranty Insurance Corp., Fiserv, Inc., General Electric Company, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Procter & Gamble, Repsol, and UnitedHealth Group.
Mr. Soto’s notable representations include:
- Serving as lead counsel to Procter & Gamble in the high-profile multi-district litigation, In re Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation, in which more than 150 plaintiffs alleged that they were injured through their use of the popular denture cream, Fixodent. In this action, Mr. Soto successfully won three separate motions to exclude plaintiffs’ general causation experts, including an affirmation on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in the lead case, which led to all of the plaintiffs stipulating to a dismissal with prejudice.
- Successfully representing Nortek Global HVAC, LLC, a leading manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, in several putative class actions in Florida and Tennessee federal courts alleging that Nortek failed to disclose defects in its air conditioning equipment. Obtained denial of plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in the Florida case, as well as the dismissal of all claims, with prejudice, in the Tennessee case.
- Serving as co-lead trial counsel to Financial Guaranty Insurance Corp. in connection with a six-week, contested trial in the Chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed by the City of Detroit regarding the City’s proposed plan of adjustment.
- Representing Repsol in a litigation brought by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that allegedly involved billions of dollars of liabilities in connection with pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey.
- Leading a team of trial lawyers to victory on behalf of Fiserv/Texas Data Control in a litigation brought by the Justice Department in a matter that was selected by the National Law Journal as the “Top Defense Victory of the Year.”
- Serving as lead counsel for UnitedHealth Group in the successful defense of multi-billion dollar RICO and related conspiracy claims brought by a nationwide class of 700,000 doctors.
- Representing ExxonMobil in the successful defense of a putative nationwide class action brought by dealers alleging violations of the UCC and breach of contract with respect to gasoline pricing.
- Securing summary judgment for ESPN, Inc. in a litigation brought by boxing promoter Don King in connection with a documentary television program for which Mr. King sought $2.5 billion in damages.
Mr. Soto has received numerous accolades throughout his career. He has been recognized in Chambers USA as a Band 1 Leading Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in Florida, where clients praised his “unlimited capacity for absorbing details” and “creative approach to legal issues,” and described him as a “gifted advocate” and “a top, top litigator.” In addition, he has been recognized by Legal 500 as one of the top-ranked Leading Lawyers nationwide for Commercial Litigation, with commentators calling him “one of the most renowned trial lawyers in Florida.” He has also been named a “Litigation Star” for General Commercial Litigation and a “local star” in the State of Florida by Benchmark Litigation, as well as a “Best Lawyer” for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and International Arbitration - Commercial by Best Lawyers in America. Since 2006, Mr. Soto has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer, most recently in the areas of Securities Litigation and Civil Defense Litigation.
He also serves in leadership roles of various public service organizations. He is on the Executive Committee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Board of Directors of the Human Services Coalition, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Catalyst Miami. Mr. Soto has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ransom Everglades School, a member of the Board of Directors of Child Hope, Inc., and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Zoological Society of Florida.
Mr. Soto is currently a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee, Recruiting Committee, National Litigation Steering Committee, Computer Litigation Committee, National Associates Training Committee and E-Discovery Task Force.
Mr. Soto received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1978, and a B.A. from Florida State University in 1974.