News

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,[...]
29Aug

CSK OBTAINS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT IN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASE

CSK Partner Bob Swift and Associate Attorney Monica Walker obtained a complete defense verdict in Orlando, Florida this week.  Plaintiff was working at our client’s junk yard when he was struck in the head by a car part that resulted in him sustaining an uncontested traumatic brain injury and other orthopedic injuries.  Plaintiff had approximately $200,000 in past medical expenses and asked the jury for over $1.3 million during closing argument.  The jury returned a complete defense verdict.  Ms. Walker is in her fifth year practicing law and this was her first jury trial for the firm.
19Aug

CSK SUCCESSFULLY LITIGATES COMPLEX COMMERCIAL DISPUTE, OBTAINING $3.5M VERDICT FOR CLIENT

CSK Attorneys Barry Postman (Managing Partner of our West Palm Beach office) and Ilana Moskowitz prevailed in a multi-million dollar three week federal court jury trial.  In this case, CSK represented the plaintiff in a commercial litigation matter against his former business partners in the purchase of a hotel property in South Florida.  The lawsuit claimed fraud and conversion and sought both compensatory and punitive damages.  The defendants were represented by a well-known and respected national law firm.  After three days of deliberations, the jury came back with a verdict in favor of the CSK client finding both compensatory damages[...]
14Aug

CSK OBTAINS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT IN CONTENTIOUS PERSONAL INJURY ACTION SEEKING $10M PRIOR TO TRIAL

CSK Partners Michelle Bartels and Dan Shapiro in the Tampa office obtained a complete defense verdict in a liability only, truck versus bicycle accident. CSK's client driver allegedly failed to pay attention to Plaintiff biker as he crossed the crosswalk. Plaintiff’s expert claimed that our driver had 5-6 seconds to observe Plaintiff on his bicycle and stop, but that he failed to do so due to not paying attention. The Plaintiff had no recollection of the subject accident. The Judge granted a directed verdict and instructed the jury that Plaintiff entered the crosswalk on a “do not walk” signal. Plaintiff[...]