The following are a sampling of the variety of cases William Petros Law has successfully handled since its inception.

Commercial Litigation

  • Robobar – Notably defended at trial (obtained a defense verdict) a multimillion dollar breach of contract and related civil tort claims which involved hotels throughout Europe and North America brought by a manufacturer of in-room bars against an international hotel corporation.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 93-15059 CA 24)

  • M Group – Successfully defended a multimillion dollar claim in arbitration (obtained a decision for the defense with an award of attorney's fees and costs) brought pursuant to St. Lucian law by an entity against an international hotel corporation involving a resort in the Caribbean.  (American Arb. Assoc. No. 50 T 168)

  • Bone & Joint – Successfully represented three companies, including a large publicly traded entity, at jury trial and on appeal, in a multi-count action which involved several legal and equitable claims. Claimant unsuccessfully sought millions of dollars in damages, including punitive damages, for the alleged denial of valuable tag along rights from the sale of proceeds of an asset purchase agreement. (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 0607593 CA 25; Third Dist. Case No. 3D12-82 (Consolidated with 3D12-52)

  • CDR II – Defended several parties in a four count equitable action brought by an instrumentality of a foreign government which sought to preclude these and other defendants (which it asserted were all guilty of defrauding a foreign bank out of approximately $92 million dollars) from fraudulently transferring assets and property located in Miami-Dade County.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 08-50688 CA 32)

  • Blue Oil – Received expedited discovery, despite strong opposition, in the Southern District of Florida for British Virgin Islands corporation – under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 – as to its multi-party, multimillion dollar commercial action involving its oil business in Guatemala.  The underlying claims were pending in the United Kingdom before the High Court of Justice.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 09-22549-mc-ALTONAGA/BROWN)

  • Sky – Obtained dismissal with prejudice – following a mistrial in a civil fraud case seeking several million dollars – due to witness tampering in the courtroom during a sidebar conference on the third day of trial.  In the first reported incident of its type in the United States, Plaintiff’s chief executive and Plaintiff’s chief operating officer, while he was on the witness stand, were texting each other as to the witness’s testimony.  The trial court ruled this was a fraud on the court.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No.  07‑32308 CA 06) (Third Dist. Case No. 3D09-2843)

  • A.G. Gladstone – Successfully represented corporations and individual plaintiffs, at jury trial and on appeal, in action arising out of breach of joint venture agreement entered into for purposes of multimillion dollar condo conversion of Miami Beach hotel. (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 99-05100 CA 03) (Third Dist. Case No. 3D 04-781)

  • Randall Reached confidential settlement following the entry of an order granting summary judgment against an internationally known condominium developer in a breach of contract claim for failure to pay a substantial performance bonus to a former officer of the subject company.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 08-50077CA 21)

  • Cedar Obtained a substantial settlement in an action brought  to recover a fraudulently obtained defeasance fee – a prepayment penalty on a loan – based on a false promissory note against a Tennessee based federal savings bank. The case arose out of a $12 million dollar real estate sale in central Florida.  (Ninth  Jud. Cir., Complex Bus. Div., Case No. 09-CA-31594-Div. 32)

  • Sae Obtained significant settlement in a legal malpractice claim against a large Florida law firm based on their negligent failure to prove damages in the underlying action for conversion and tortuous interference with an expected inheritance.  (Settled pre-suit)

  • Nokia Notably defended a corporation and an individual against trademark infringement lawsuit for millions of dollars involving the international sale of cellular phones and related items brought under the Lanham Act as well as related federal and state law claims.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 03-22631-CIV-SEITZ/BANDSTRA)

  • Fern Settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving numerous parties arising out of a joint venture to purchase and develop a commercial building and an adjacent lot in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.  This intricate financial dispute contained allegations of improper use of funds, self-dealing, secret profits, concealment, dilution of interest and related wrongdoing.  Our client’s claims, including legal malpractice, breaches of fiduciary duties, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, judicial dissolution and declaratory judgment were favorably resolved.   (Eleventh Jud. Cir., Complex Bus. Lit. Sect.  Case No. 10-29526 CA 40)

  • Vox Successfully defended a California corporation, which is a worldwide leading provider of cloud contact center solutions, against claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227.  A co-defendant paid the entire monetary settlement amount to resolve the case.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 11-23222-Civ-Lenard/O’Sullivan)  

  • CR   Representing an international bank to collect on a domesticated New York Judgment (under 28 U.S.C.A. § 1963).  The case was originally brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida—West Palm Beach Division.  Following the debtor’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, the action was moved to the United States Bankruptcy Court where we have initiated adversary proceedings in opposition to claimed exemptions and to block any discharge.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 9:14-mc-80392-DMM; S.D. Fla. Case No. 15-29961-PGH)

  • Markel - Favorably settled declaratory judgment action in federal court under marine insurance policy where insurer—in a case of first impression in the United States—wrongfully denied coverage for extensive property damages to a high performance motor vessel incurred in a tragic accident.  Obtained summary judgment establishing coverage under state law and the case was thereafter settled on appeal.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 11-CV-22116-TEB; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Cir. Appeal No. 12-15119)

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Insurance Coverage

  • Efthimou – Settled first party insurance case on behalf of warehouse owners pursuant to vandalism claim.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 00-04494 CA 23)

  • Tobin – Prevailed on behalf of homeowner, including recovery of attorney’s fees, in first party property insurance case involving extensive damage to large oceanfront home in Deerfield Beach, Florida against Citizens Insurance Company.  (Seventeenth Jud. Cir. Case No. 07-17835 CACE 25)

  • Echevarria/Bernuth – Notably defended three commonly owned corporations involved in the shipping industry on the Miami River in declaratory judgment action arising out of an accident in which a longshoreman was killed while performing stevedoring activities brought by American Home Assurance Company based upon the subject liability policy.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 01-972 CIV-HUCK)

  • Industrial Affiliates – Obtained confidential settlement in first party property insurance case involving extensive damage to roofing structures throughout multi-building warehouse complex severely damaged by Hurricane Wilma.  (Settled pre-suit)

  • Ceper – Favorably settled action in federal court to recover proceeds of life insurance policy.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 02-20412-CIV-HUCK)

  • Mutiny – Settled first party property insurance claim by obtaining coverage for significant structural damages to condominium parking garage.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 01-1059 CA 25)

  • Markel – Favorably settled declaratory judgment action in federal court under marine insurance policy where insurer—in a case of first impression in the United States—wrongfully denied coverage for extensive property damages to a high performance motor vessel incurred in a tragic accident.  Obtained summary judgment establishing coverage under state law and the case was thereafter settled on appeal.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 11-CV-22116-TEB; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Cir. Appeal No. 12-15119)
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Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

  • Zuber – Obtained confidential settlement in wrongful death action against automobile dealer and its employee arising out of an accident in which a twelve year old boy was killed while crossing a roadway on his bicycle in Broward County.  (Seventeenth Jud. Cir. Case No. 97-14052 CACE 05)

  • Federl – Received multimillion dollar judgment following bench trial in federal court in maritime action for wrongful death brought by adult children whose parents drown following a boating accident caused by the negligence of a boat chartering company. (S.D. Fla. Case No. 97-6834-CIV-FERGUSON)

  • Charafardin – Settled trucking accident case in which teenage boy suffered extensive facial and bodily scarring due to the negligent operation of an eighteen wheeler.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 05-05349 CA 04)

  • Echevarria/Bernuth – Notably defended three commonly owned corporations involved in the shipping industry on the Miami River in a wrongful death action brought by widow of longshoreman killed while performing stevedoring activities.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 96-25772 CA 27)

  • Toombs  Favorably settled wrongful death action against multiple defendants brought on behalf of the mother of two children who was killed in a violent automobile accident in Osceola County, Florida.  (Ninth Jud. Cir. Case No. CI 97-AN-1620)

  • LeitgebObtained favorable settlement in negligence action brought against multiple defendants by a mother, individually and on behalf of her minor daughter, to recover for their extensive injuries sustained in a head on automobile collision in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Twentieth Jud. Cir. Case No. 00-625 CA LG)  

  • AlmReceived confidential policy limits settlement in a negligent security case brought on behalf of a critically injured postal worker attacked at gunpoint at an apartment complex in Hialeah, Florida.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir.Case No. 12-43445 CA 15
     
  • KochPrevailed at jury trial against multiple defendants, including a Miami Beach hotel and its general  contractor, where a negligently installed vertical sliding window forcefully closed causing permanently disfiguring injuries to our client’s right hand and fingers.   (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 13-19497 CA 08)
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Medical Malpractice

  • Orlando – Obtained a multimillion dollar verdict (following two week jury trial) in medical negligence action brought on behalf of minor twins against several defendants, including a major local hospital and an obstetrician, where the medical providers failed to properly assess and treat post-operative complications following a cesarean section. This negligence resulted in the death of the twins' mother.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 02-32509 CA 21)

  • GonzalezNegotiated substantial settlement in a medical negligence case against a major South Florida hospital on behalf of a man who was left in a persistent vegetative state due to substandard care.  (State of FL Div. of Admin. Hearings Case No. 09-2729MA)

  • Alvarez – Settled wrongful death action based upon medical negligence brought by migrant worker against local clinic and an internist.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 06‑13292 CA 23)

  • Noriega Received significant settlement in nursing home negligence action against two defendants on behalf of widow of decedent who suffered from very advanced stage decubitus ulcers which ultimately caused his death.  (Seventeenth Jud. Cir. Case No. 00-004103 CA 14)

  • Thomas – Obtained confidential settlement on behalf of a developmentally disabled adult beaten into a coma by fellow resident of intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled located in Miami, Florida.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 01-24491 CA 20)

  • Anselmetti – Settled wrongful death action on behalf of developmentally disabled adult who was suffocated and killed during restraint at a local residential facility.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 06‑18794 CA 06)

  • Guerra – Secured significant settlement in a nursing home negligence action where defendant failed to properly secure a resident’s wheelchair during transport which caused a complex tibiofibular fracture and related injuries.  (Settled pre-suit)

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Products Liability

  • Miethe – Received significant verdict against the Hertz Corporation on behalf of woman severely injured in automobile accident where tire failed. (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 94-13609 CA 15)

  • Lam – Obtained confidential settlement for the parents of the deceased in wrongful death action brought in St. Lucie County, Florida following a single sports utility vehicle rollover accident. The accident occurred due to a defective rear tire. (S.D. Fla.)

  • Underwood – Secured large settlement on behalf of elderly woman who suffered a severely comminuted hip fracture in a fall caused by a defective walker. (Fifth Jud. Cir. Case No. 2010 CA 002404)


Appeals

  • A.G. Gladstone – Significant verdict affirmed in action arising out of breach of joint venture agreement entered into for purposes of multimillion dollar condo conversion of Miami Beach hotel.  (Third Dist. Case No. 3D 04-781)

  • Robobar – Defense verdict affirmed in multimillion dollar breach of contract and related civil tort action brought by a manufacturer of in-room bars against international hotel corporation.  (Third Dist. Case No. 3D03-1641)

  • Penabad – Summary Judgment affirmed in case of fraud arising from ownership and operation of the Betsy Ross Hotel on Miami Beach.  (Third Dist. Case No. 3D08-1337, consolid. 3D08-1116)

  • Emp – Quashed trial court order, by certiorari, denying lis pendens bonds on South Florida properties collectively valued in excess of $50 million dollars.  (Third Dist. Case No. 3D09-3183)

  • Bone & Joint – Secured final judgment on appeal in favor of three companies, including large publicly traded entity in a complex commercial case where claimant sought millions of dollars in damages, including punitive damages, for the alleged denial of valuable tag along rights from the sale of proceeds of an asset purchase agreement.  (Third Dist. Case No. 3D12-82 (Consolidated with 3D12-52))

  • Kos Final Judgment affirmed on appeal in a complicated boundary dispute between adjacent residential land owners on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida.  Documentary evidence spanning 90 years was used to confirm the Original Surveyor’s proration and apportioned boundaries to establish ownership of the disputed land.   (Third Dist. Case No. 3d14-767)


Real Estate

  • Kos – Prevailed at bench trial and on appeal in a complicated boundary dispute between adjacent residential land owners on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida.  We used extensive documentary evidence spanning 90 years (including sketches, surveys, field notes, encroachments, hedge lines and consistent occupation) to confirm the Original Surveyor of Star Island’s proration and apportioned boundaries (circa 1920 during the initial layout of the lot lines) to establish ownership of the disputed land.   (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 11-31309 CA 09; Third Dist. Case No. 3d14-767)

  • Frank – Received advantageous settlementin defense of a trespass action seeking punitive damages between bordering landowners on Star Island, Miami Beach, Florida.  The matter involved the alleged destruction of extensive landscaping and associated property and an invasion of privacy.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 14-20401 CA 24)

  • Bien – Won bench trial in a complicated boundary dispute between neighboring residential landowners on Sunset Island No. 3 on Miami Beach, Florida.  We prevailed by utilizing evidence of an agreed boundary set by the Original Surveyor in 1991, coupled with significant corroborating evidence of use and occupation spanning more than 20 years.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 13-028693 CA 09, consolidated with 13-30013 CA 09)
     
  • City Hall – Succeeded in an action for eviction and unpaid rent against local  restaurant.  The Court also ruled that our client is entitled to its reasonable attorney’s fees and costs under the lease agreement.  (Eleventh Jud. Cir. Case No. 15-6261-CA-01)

Judgment Enforcement/Collection

  • Endo – Prosecuting an action in aid of execution on behalf of a large Delaware healthcare corporation to collect on a domesticated Texas judgment in Alachua County, Florida under the Florida Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, §55.501, et seq., Florida Statutes (2014).   (Eighth Jud. Cir. Case No. 2014 CA 002305, Div. J)

  • CR – Representing an international bank to collect on a domesticated New York Judgment (under 28 U.S.C.A. § 1963).  The case was originally brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida—West Palm Beach Division.  Following the debtor’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, the action was moved to the United States Bankruptcy Court where we have initiated adversary proceedings in opposition to claimed exemptions and to block any discharge.  (S.D. Fla. Case No. 9:14-mc-80392-DMM; S.D. Fla. Case No. 15-29961-PGH)
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Commercial Litigation
Insurance Coverage
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice
Products Liabilty
Appeals