Laura K. Wendell

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Laura is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in the field of Appellate Practice, and concentrates her practice in the areas of appeals and litigation in State and Federal courts.

She has achieved multiple appellate victories for both private and municipal clients in the areas of commercial disputes, tort litigation, land use, zoning, code enforcement and eminent domain proceedings.

In addition to appellate victories, Laura has participated in a wide-variety of litigation matters on behalf of private and municipal clients. Among her accomplishments, she has obtained successful results for her clients in zoning and land use disputes, construction disputes, contract disputes, and constitutional law challenges, and has successfully represented private clients in a variety of administrative law proceedings. She also has significant experience in a wide-variety of insurance coverage disputes, securing favorable coverage determinations for municipal as well as private clients.

Laura is a former President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and currently serves on the Dade County Bar Association as a Director.

Published Works

  • "Milestones and Statistics Women Leadership in The Florida Bar," FAWL Journal, Fall Edition, 2009
  • "Women Making History, Janet Reno," FAWL Journal, Spring Edition, 2010
  • "Mistakes Happen: Fixing Them Through Curative Legislation," Stetson Law Review, Volume 37, Number 2, Winter, 2008
  • "Florida Law Concerning Local Government Construction Contracts: Overview of Procurement Methods and Project Delivery Systems," The Real Estate Finance Journal, Fall, 2008
  • "The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act: Overview and Recent Developments in Florida," Real Estate Finance, Volume 24, Number 6, April, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dade County Bar Association, Director, Division 4, 2015-2018

  • Appellate Court Committee Liaison, 2015-2016

  • Gala Sponsor Oversight Committee, 2016

  • Third District Historical Society

  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

  • Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar

  • Appellate Court Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, 2008 - 2011, 2011-2014
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)
    • President, 2012-2013
    • President Elect, 2011-2012
    • Treasurer, 2010-2011
    • Journal Editor, 2009-2010
  • Development Director, 2008-2009
  • Miami-Dade Chapter ofFloridaAssociationfor Women Lawyers
    • Board of Directors, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009
    • Recipient of President's Award, 2008-2009

Presentations

  • "Alternative Fee Arrangements", Miami-Dade FAWL Corporate Counsel Summit
  • " Judicial Review of Quasi-Judicial Actions of Local Governments in Circuit Court, First-Tier Certiorari Review", Third District Court of Appeals Fall Seminar & Reception

Press Mentions

Reported and Unreported Decisions

  • Galaviz v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 2016 WL 72886 (Fla. 4th DCA, Jan. 7, 2016)
  • Publix Super Markets v. Hernandez, 176 So. 3d 350 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)
  • Key Biscayne Gateway Partners, Ltd. v. Village of Key Biscayne, 172 So. 3d 499 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)
  • Castilla v. Publix Super Markets, Inc, 169 So. 3d 1187 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015)
  • Torres v. Publix Super Markets, 166 So. 3d 785 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)
  • Homestead Land Group, LLC v. City of Homestead, 165 So. 3d 62 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)
  • City of Boca Raton v. Huisman, 162 So. 3d 1025 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015)
  • Bates v. Islamorada, Village of Islands, 160 So. 3d 435 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)
  • Gallego v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 160 So. 3d 428 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)
  • Taxi USA Palm Beach, LLC v. City of Boca Raton, 162 So. 2d 119 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)
  • Nalepa v. City of North Bay Village, 152 So. 3d 869 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
  • Barnet v. City of Coral Gables, 151 So. 3d 564 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
  • Lally v. City of Homestead, 151 So. 3d 564 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
  • Miami Neighborhoods United, Inc. v. Miami City Com’n, 140 So. 3d 593 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)
  • Pembroke Lake Mall Ltd. v. McGruder, 137 So. 3d 418 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)
  • Gregg v. City of Miramar, 90 So. 3d 277 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012)
  • Milanese v. City of Boca Raton, 84 So. 3d 339 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • CMI, Inc. v. Ulloa, 73 So. 3d 787 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011)
  • City of Boca Raton v. Stratford, 73 So. 3d 777 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • Beizer v. City of Boca Raton, 73 So. 3d 777 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • Jones v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 68 So. 3d 422 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • East Coast Karate Studies, Inc. v. Lifestyle Martial Arts, 65 So. 3d 1127 (2011)
  • Duvall v. Property & Casualty Ins. Co. of Hartford, 56 So.3d 14 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • Atlantic USA, Inc. v. Lopez, 47 So. 3d 933 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010)
  • Marion v. City of Boca Raton, 47 So. 3d 334 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)
  • Shubh Hotels Boca, LLC v. FDIC, 46 So. 3d 163 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)
  • Jones v. City of Sunrise, 44 So. 3d 1185 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)
  • City of Sunrise v. Zavala, 34 So. 3d 14 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)
  • United Real Estate Ventures, Inc. v. Village of Key Biscayne, 26 So. 3d 48 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
  • Renaissance Charter School, Inc. v. Dep’t of Comty. Affairs, 25 So. 3d 1228 (Fla. 1st DCA 2010)
  • City of Marco Island v. Dumas, 13 So. 3d 108 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
  • Gil Erikson Properties, LLC v. Pompano Beach Cmty Redev. Agency, 997 So. 2d 522 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)
  • Reuter Recycling of Florida, Inc. v. City of Hallandale, 993 So. 2d 1178 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008)
  • Smith v. Islamorada, 990 So. 2d 1080 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Hames v. City of Miami Firefighters’ and Police Officers’ Trust, 980 So. 2d 1112 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Swerdlow et al. v. Islamorada, Village of Islands, 3 So. 3d 335 (Fla 3d DCA 2009)
  • Pernas v. TMM Lines Ltd., LLC, 980 So. 2d 406 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Pompano Beach Comty. Redev. Agenc v. Phillipsy, 981 So. 2d 1218 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008)
  • Skeel v. Dep’t of Comty. Affairs, 979 So. 2d 224 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008)
  • Collections USA, Inc. v. City of Homestead, 953 So. 2d 536 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
  • Garcia v. Federal Ins. Co., 508 F. 3d 1331 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • Garcia v. Federal Ins. Co., 473 F. 3d 1131 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • We’re Associates VI, Ltd. P’ship v. Curzon Dev. Corp., 738 So. 2d 440 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999)
  • FDIC v. Stahl, 89 F. 3d 1510 (11th Cir. 1996)
  • Providence Journal Co. v. Clerk of Family Court, 643 A. 2d 210 (R.I. 1994)
  • Unreported Decisions
  • Gretzner v. Islamorada, Village of Islands, Monroe County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 13-CA-972-P (May 12, 2015)

  • Morris Miramar Associates v. City of Miramar, Broward County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 14-013153 CACE (April 28, 2015)

  • Oceantime, LLC v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Broward County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 13-027301 CACE (March 5, 2015)

  • Walgreen Co. v. City of Dania Beach, Broward County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. CACE 13019586 (May 16, 2014)

  • The Realty Associates Fund IX, L.P. v. Town of Cutler Bay, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 13-250 AP (Sept. 24, 2014)

  • WPG I, LLC v. Islamorada, Village of Islands, Monroe County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 10-CA-427-P (Nov. 22, 2013)

  • Red Dragon Sands, Ltd. v. Village of Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 11-568 AP (July 18, 2012)

  • Torres v. Dania Beach Housing Authority, Broward County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 08-61031(11) (July 9, 2009)

  • City of Boca Raton v. Palm Beach County, Florida Supreme Court, Case No. SC09-202 (May 6, 2009)

  • Machado Investments, Inc. v. City of Homestead, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 08-145, Case No. 09-145 AP (January 23, 2009)

  • United Real Estate Ventures v. Village of Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 09-210 AP (April 3, 2009)

  • Las Balmeras, Inc. v. Town of Golden Beach, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 08-149- AP, Case No. 04-04-12 (July 16, 2009)

  • Gibbs v. Homestead Housing Authority, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 07-570 AP (October 28, 2008)

  • Cirilo v. City of Hallendale Beach, Broward County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 07-26078 (08) (November 29, 2007)

  • Spetsiosis v. Town of Miami Lakes, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 07-332 AP (November 6, 2008)

  • Padilla v. Village of Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 07-259 AP (January 15, 2008)

  • Swerdlow v. Islamorada, Village of Islands, Monroe County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 06-CA-345-AP (April 30, 2008)

  • Two Martini’s LLC v. Islamorada, Village of Islands, Monroe County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 2007-CA-69-P (August 14, 2007)

  • Oli Development, LLC v. Islamorada, Village of Islands, Monroe County Circuit Court, Appellate Division, Case No. 2007-CA-510-P (June 27, 2007)