Mr. Patel has been intimately involved in and led the defense of numerous nationwide and multi-state putative class actions, and he is directly involved in all aspects of these and other cases, ranging from discovery and dispositive motions to settlement and case resolution. He has assisted with the representation of clients across various industries, including consumer products, investment banking, healthcare, insurance, media and entertainment, oil and gas, and energy. Mr. Patel has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” since 2016 and as a “Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Miami, FL” since 2018.
Some of Mr. Patel’s recent notable experience includes serving on Weil teams representing:
- Dometic, a major manufacturer of gas absorption refrigerators, in securing summary judgment and defeating class certification, as well as transfer and consolidation victories prior to those case dispositive rulings, in numerous putative nationwide consumer class actions in Florida and California federal courts alleging that the cooling units in several models of Dometic’s refrigerators purportedly contained a latent defect.
- Repsol, a global energy company, in complex environmental litigation concerning liabilities associated with the pollution and clean-up of the Passaic River in New Jersey, which involved, amongst a host of others, claims of “alter ego” and fraudulent conveyance. Mr. Patel and the Weil team first secured a victory defeating all claims involving more than $1 billion in damages, and then won summary judgment upholding Repsol’s $65 million counterclaim.
- Nortek, a global manufacturer of HVAC systems, in multiple putative class actions in Florida and Tennessee federal courts alleging that Nortek failed to disclose defects in its air conditioning equipment. Mr. Patel and the Weil team obtained the 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.
- UnitedHealth Group in the successful defense of multi-billion dollar RICO and related conspiracy claims brought by a nationwide class of 700,000 doctors.
- Various creditors and debtors in significant chapter 11 bankruptcies and related litigation, including Claire’s Stores, Westinghouse Electric, and Lehman Brothers Holdings.
Mr. Patel also is actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono initiatives and in the local community, and has achieved nationally recognized results in these engagements. Notable among these are: his representation of members of the Humane Society of the United States in a nationwide putative class action challenging the sales of puppies from “puppy mills”; and his representation of members of the Florida Immigrant Coalition and WeCount!, amongst others, in a putative class action challenging the constitutionality of Miami-Dade County’s practice of compliance with voluntary detainer requests by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to hold individuals for up to 48 hours after they are entitled to lawful release. Mr. Patel also dedicates his time as the Director of Children and Youth Activities for B.A.P.S. In this role, he leads and oversees a team of individuals from across North America that organizes and prepares, amongst a multitude of other materials, projects and events, weekly education curriculum, national and regional summer camps, and parenting education curriculum used in the over 85 B.A.P.S. centers across North America. These materials, projects, and events provide youths and parents with leadership, diversity, and academic training and assistance, as well as educate them about topics such as healthy living and avoiding destructive decisions.
Mr. Patel is a Co-Chair of the Discovery Strategies subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Mass Torts Committee, and also is a member of the Florida Bar and the Dade County Bar Association. Mr. Patel received his B.A. from the University of Miami, where he majored in political science and graduated summa cum laude in 2009. He was also tapped into Iron Arrow while at the University. Mr. Patel received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2012, where he was an Edith Lowenstein Scholar and a Caplan Fellow.