News

22Nov

CSK OBTAINS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT IN $5.2M LEGAL MALPRACTICE ACTION

CSK Partners Barry Postman, Jonathan Vine and Justin Levine of the firm’s West Palm Beach office obtained a complete defense verdict in a two week jury trial held in Federal Court today.  CSK represented two lawyers and their law firm in defense of a multi-million dollar claim for legal malpractice and fraud stemming from the lawyers representation of real estate developers in a complicated commercial development.   It was alleged that the CSK clients failed to keep their clients (the Plaintiffs) informed of their representation, agreed to the entry of a final judgment without consent, and then concealed their efforts by[...]
31Oct

CSK SUCCESSFULLY OBTAINS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT ON BEHALF OF NURSING HOME IN $25M - $50M SURVIVAL ACTION

CSK Partners Dan Shapiro and Mary Elizabeth (“Liz”) Lanier of the Firm’s Tampa Office obtained a complete defense verdict in a survival action in Pinellas County, Florida after a 7-day trial.  Plaintiff, by and through the Estate of the former nursing home resident, alleged nursing home negligence where the resident suffered a stroke which went unrecognized by the facility’s staff, causing a delay in treatment, catastrophic injuries, and lingering disabilities for the remainder of the resident’s life (four years).  During closing arguments, Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award between $25M and $50M for the resident’s disability, medical expenses, and[...]
22Oct

CSK Obtains Complete Defense Verdict in $1M Auto Negligence Action

CSK Partners Michelle Bartels and Daniel Shapiro of the firm’s Tampa Office obtained a complete defense verdict at trial in an auto negligence claim. The plaintiff alleged that our client, who was driving a tractor across the road, was negligent in crossing into her path of travel, causing an accident and serious injury. The plaintiff had over $400,000 in medical specials and asked the jury for an award in excess of $2,000,000.  The jury deliberated for a few hours before returning a complete defense verdict.
14Oct

CSK Expands its London Presence

Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. (CSK) is pleased to announce that Ed Gooda has joined us as an Executive Consultant, assisting with CSK’s London-based insurance business.  Mr. Gooda lives and works in London and will serve as a liaison between the United States and London by cultivating and helping to support CSK’s relationships with its clients throughout the London insurance market. Mr. Gooda has worked in the insurance industry since 1988 and has held senior management roles for a number of composite insurers and reinsurers, a managed general agency, a Lloyd’s managing agency and a firm of chartered loss adjusters.[...]
11Oct

CSK Obtains Complete Defense Verdict in a $1.2M Trip and Fall in Miami-Dade

CSK Partners Ben Fernandez and David Herrero of the Miami Office obtained a complete defense verdict in a trip and fall case in Miami-Dade. Plaintiff was a very likeable, middle-aged female attorney who tripped and fell over a parking wheelstop inside our client’s retail parking garage. Plaintiff argued through their expert that the wheelstop was a concealed danger due to insufficient lighting and insufficient contrast from the garage floor, and that it was considered an obstruction within a foreseeable means of egress.  Plaintiff sustained complex fractures to her foot and ankle which required surgery and left her with only 25%[...]
19Sep

CSK Partners Scott Shelton and Mike Merrill of the Firm’s Orlando office obtained a complete defense verdict in a trip and fall case this week in Orlando, Florida.  Plaintiff was a likeable, middle-age female resident of a HOA who was out walking with her husband when she tripped and fell over an uneven sidewalk on our property.  It was determined that the defendant had notice of the condition.  Plaintiff fractured her arm and, due to complications, had 3 surgeries and over $120,000 in past medicals.  At trial, she alleged CRPS as well as additional nerve damage.  The primary defense was[...]
18Sep

CSK's Newest Florida Bar Members

Cole, Scott & Kissane congratulates its newest Florida Bar members.  Read more >>>  
09Sep

Daily Business Review: CSK Tops the List of Most Diverse Florida Firms

Cole, Scott & Kissane is the most diverse of Florida's eight largest firms and the sixth most diverse firm in the country, according to data from The American Lawyer's 2019 Diversity Scorecard.  Read more >>>  
05Sep

CSK OBTAINS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT IN WRONGFUL DEATH MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE SEEKING $4.6 MILLION

CSK Partners Dan Shapiro and Matt Mudano in Tampa obtained a complete defense verdict in a 7-day medical malpractice trial.  CSK represented an orthopedic surgeon who was accused of failing to diagnose an open/compound fracture that was argued to have led to the development of infections and sepsis, and ultimately, the patient’s death untimely death 4 weeks after his visit to our client.  CSK successfully argued that the fracture was closed on presentation and subsequently opened two days after the visit to our doctor through unrelated events.  CSK also argued that any subsequent infections were timely diagnosed and treated, and[...]
30Aug

CSK SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED ADMITTED LIABILITY CASE SEEKING MILLIONS, AWARDED $30,000

CSK Partners Michael Brand and David Herrero of the Firm’s Miami Office successfully defended at trial in Miami-Dade County an admitted liability case, resulting in an award less than the defendant’s suggested verdict.  The defense admitted liability after a rear-end accident which totaled plaintiff’s car.  To date, plaintiff has had one knee surgery with a recommendation for future surgery on both his shoulder and other knee.  Plaintiff requested $4-6 million dollars from the jury.  Mr. Herrero gave closing argument.  The jury deliberated and awarded plaintiff $30,000 – far less than the defendant’s suggested verdict.  Defendant’s filed a proposal for settlement,[...]