Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A.

Miami firm Stearns Weaver has made its name in corporate and securities, litigation, real estate, labor and employment and bankruptcy law and has gained recent attention for its high-profile successes in class actions. The firm's clients include Japanese restaurant chain Benihana, NBA heavyweight team the Miami Heat, Verizon, the Ritz Carlton, Bluegreen, Johnson & Johnson and big banks Bank of America, UBS and Bank Atlantic Bancorp.

Miami Charmed

Stearns Weaver has emerged through multiple name changes and evolutions to become one of the most sought-after firms in Miami for over 30 years. With three additional offices in Florida, in Tampa, Tallahassee and Fort Lauderdale, its relatively small size of about 120 attorneys belies its influence. Stearns Weaver's reputation has been affirmed by Chambers, which ranks itsBankruptcy/Restructuring, Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity practices as leading, The National Law Journal, Best Lawyers, in which its Labor & Employment, Real Estate, General Commercial Litigation and Real Estate (Zoning & Land Use) attorneys are ranked, Benchmark Litigation, which names it a "Highly Recommended" firm and Florida Trend Magazine, which honored its attorneys as among its Florida Legal Elite. Heartening to those who would assume that all these awards would translate to a stiff, intense work environment, the firm is also acclaimed for being one of the"Best Places to Work," according to the South Florida Business Journal.  

Class Action Litigation Fighters

Stearns Weaver has been particularly active on both sides of the bench, litigating in areas of product liability, general commercial, securities, IP, antitrust, insurance, appellate, professional liability. However, the firm has drawn particular notice in class actions litigations, in no small part due to the efforts of renowned litigator, name partner of firm and chairman of the department Eugene Stearns. As plaintiff counsel in a 2011 class action suit against Exxon Mobil brought against the company by Exxon dealers, Stearns and a team of Stearns Weaver attorneys won a settlement of $500 million in damages for their clients. The settlement, which totaled $1 billion including prejudgment interest, broke the record for the largest ever awarded by a Florida jury.

Stearns Weaver made headlines again in July 2012 with its lead counsel defense of Bank Atlantic Bancorp, Inc., which resulted in a rare Eleventh Circuit reversal allowing the bank to escape the securities class action suit on appeal with a no sum settlement.

A Friend to Big Banks (and BigLaw)  

Stearns Weaver has proven itself a friend to big banks in more than just times of class actions. The firm served as co-counsel defense to UBS, alongside Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, no less, against an IRS action. Compliance with the action, which aimed to reveal the names of U.S. citizens with Swiss bank accounts, would have entailed committing a crime for UBS employees in Switzerland. Through expedited discovery and multiple briefings, UBS reached a settlement with the Swiss and U.S. governments.

Stearns Weaver's friend-in-need mentality extended to Peninsula Bank, for which the firm reversed a $14 million verdict in favor of a Ponzi scheme recipient and against the bank on appeal.

Dolphin Cyclers

But Stearns Weaver doesn't just fight for big banks. The firm was an Orange sponsor in the 2011 Dolphin Cycling Challenge, a fundraising effort for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The firm not only sponsored the challenge for the second year in a row, but also compiled a riding team made up of 26 members from its Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa offices. The team raised $38,000 in charity money and hosted a jeans day to spread awareness for the cause within the firm. The jeans day paid off, with lawyers volunteering to be a part of the Miami Dolphins, a "Special Teams" volunteer organization which assisted at the event and spread the word throughout the community.

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Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A.


150 West Flagler Street
Suite 2200
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: (305)789-3200
www.stearnsweaver.com

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  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Director: Rick Schatz
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 119

  • Employment Contact

    Mona Santacruz
    Legal Recruiter
    Phone: (305) 789-3230
    Email: legalrecruiting@stearnsweaver.com


  • Base Salary

    1st year: $130,000
    Summer associate: $2,400/week 


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Acquisitions and Dispositions
    Affordable Housing
    Appellate
    Banking and Financial Institutions
    Business Restructuring
    Commercial and Asset-Based Financing
    Commercial Real Estate
    Commercial Real Estate Lending
    Construction
    Corporate and Securities
    Development and Building
    Development and Construction
    E-Commerce and Technology
    E-Discovery and Information Management
    Employee Benefits
    Environmental
    Government Affairs
    Healthcare
    Hospitality and Leisure
    Immigration
    Insurance
    Intellectual Property
    International
    Labor and Employment
    Land Development
    Leasing
    Lending
    Litigation
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Municipal Law and Land Use
    Office and Commercial Leasing
    Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences
    Public Finance
    Real Estate
    Restructuring and Workouts
    Retail
    Sports and Entertainment
    Tax
    Telecommunications
    Transportation
    Trusts and Estates

Major Office Locations

  • Miami, FL (HQ)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL

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