Edward R. McCarthy is counsel in Weil’s Miami office and a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice group. Mr. McCarthy is an experienced trial lawyer who has first- or second-chaired hearings and trials across the United States. His practice has focused on the defense of complex multi-district litigations and class actions, as well as matters related to securities and corporate governance, products, and commercial lending and collections. He also has extensive experience representing businesses in bankruptcy and receivership.
Mr. McCarthy has counseled clients in a broad range of industries, including banking and financial services, health care, real estate, research, and manufacturing. In 2017 and 2018, he was recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA for General Commercial Litigation in Florida, with commentators calling him an “outstanding litigator” and a “great tactician” who is “very responsive and practical at resolving disputes without perpetuating unnecessary litigation.” He is also recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers.
Examples of his recent work include:
- representing global energy company Repsol in environmental litigation involving claims of “alter ego” and fraudulent conveyance. The Weil team secured a victory on all claims involving over $1 billion dollars in damages while also succeeding on Repsol’s $65 million counterclaim;
- the ongoing continued representation of a multi-national consumer goods company, which has resulted in a series of favorable dismissals and legal opinions regarding the admission of expert witnesses; and
- serving as a lead litigator and trial counsel on behalf of clients seeking the recovery of over $1 billion of bond payments from the City of Detroit during a month-long trial that was part of the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.
Mr. McCarthy has spoken and written on varied topics, including basic skills seminars and lecture series for attorneys and law students regarding appellate practice, discovery and electronically stored information, and ethics and professionalism. He also has published articles on arbitration, commercial damages, and class actions.
Throughout his career, Mr. McCarthy has also provided volunteer assistance to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. This advocacy has related to multi-national efforts regarding international human rights and torture abroad, as well as local efforts in Florida regarding voting rights, prisoner abuse, and at-risk children. In 2007, Lawyers for Children America awarded Mr. McCarthy with the John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award for his pro bono work on behalf of abused and neglected children, and in 2008, Put Something Back, the joint project of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and the Dade County Bar Association, awarded Mr. McCarthy with its annual Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. McCarthy has also been awarded with recognition for his years of service as an elected member of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers’ Division Board of Governors.
Mr. McCarthy obtained a J.D. with high honors from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar, a Dean’s Fellow teaching assistant for Constitutional Law, and member of the Law Review and Moot Court Board.