Michael S. Popok

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Michael is the Partner-in-Charge of our Miami-Dade Office, the Chair of our Strategic Development Committee and the former Chair of the Litigation Division. His business complex litigation and trial practice emphasizes commercial, municipal/governmental, copyright and trademark infringement, construction, and real estate law before Federal and State courts in Florida, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.

His commercial litigation experience has involved the successful representation of: Cantor Fitzgerald in a multimillion dollar suit involving its purchase of a life settlements firm; Life Settlements International (a Cantor subsidiary) concerning a $10 million action concerning the attempt to broker the sale of life insurance policies in the secondary market, United Central Bank in $50 Million Dollars worth of commercial foreclosures of a Detroit and Boca Raton Florida hotel properties. CP Ships/Hapag Lloyd in a $5 million arbitration claim against a former shipping agent; Cornerstone Group in its efforts to develop a $50 million condominium project; Visible Changes Inc. in its million-dollar dispute with the parent company of the Atlantis Resort; Redland Estates in its multi-million-dollar dispute with the seller over the transfer of land for development; the City of Hollywood in its $10 million dollar dispute concerning the termination of a development agreement for a city-owned beach-front parcel; the City of Aventura in a dispute over the development of a high-rise residential tower developed by Turnberry Associates;  the City of Coral Gables in its dispute concerning the operation of its maintenance facility; Mancini Enterprises in its multi-million dollar dispute against American Express; and United Central Bank in a series of multi-million dollar foreclosure cases involving hotels around the country.

His construction litigation experience is primarily owner-side and he has recently represented: the City of Boca Raton in a construction dispute over its new library resulting in an almost $5 million dollar settlement in its favor; the Village of Islamorada in its multi-million dollar dispute concerning its amphitheatre; the Town of Golden Beach in its $2 million dollar dispute concerning its storm water system contractor; the City of Homestead in its million dollar dispute over the construction of electric substations; Gables Condominium in its multi-million dollar dispute with its developer; Kiewit Southern Corporation in its multi-million dollar dispute with a subcontractor concerning the jet fuel farm at the Miami International Airport’s Southern Terminal; and the Town of Surfside in its $1.7 Million dollar construction dispute concerning the new Town Hall.

Michael's recent governmental/municipal experience includes representing: the Village of Bal Harbour in an election law dispute involving one of its councilpersons resulting in a judgment in favor of the Village affirmed on appeal; the Village of Key Biscayne in  successfully opposing a competitive bid challenge concerning its stormwater system; seven cities in an appeal challenging each city’s occupancy license fee charged to attorneys; the Town of Surfside concerning constitutional freedom of religion claims; the Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach in an auditor malpractice case; the Housing Authority of the City of Lauderhill Lakes in its dispute with Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the City of Hallandale Beach in its multi-million dollar dispute against Waste Management arising out of a recycling and composting contract which resulted in a favorable arbitration award.

Michael is also part of our local government practice and is the former assistant city attorney for North Bay Village.

A skilled appellate advocate, Michael’s successful advocacy on behalf of his clients for 20 years has also resulted in a number of reported appellate decisions in both Federal and State courts.

Awards and Recognitions

  • AV Rated
  • "Best Lawyers, Municipal Litigation," BestLawyers, 2012, 2013
  • "Florida Super Lawyer," Florida SuperLawyers, 2010 - Present
  • "Leading Lawyer, Business Litigation," South Florida Business Journal, 2009-present

Reported Cases

  • Findling v. Bisaria, 2012 WL 3835079 (S.D. Fla. Sep. 4, 2012)
  • City of Aventura v. Masone, 89 So. 3d 233 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2011)
  • City of Hollywood v. Witt, 863 So. 2d 1214 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)
  • Pernas v. TMM Lines, 980 So. 2d 506 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Perez-Gurri v. Village of Key Biscayne, 41 So. 2d 228 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010)
  • Addison v. City of Tampa, 33 So. 2d 742 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)
  • Bloch-Mullen v. Bal Harbour Village, 23 So. 2d 725 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009)
  • Mancini Enterp. v. American Express, 236 FRD 695 (S.D. Fla. 2006)
  • Redland Estates v. Lynn, 920 So. 2d 1218 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006)
  • City of Hollywood v. Diamond, 955 So. 2d 87 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004)
  • Reuter Recycling v. City of Pompano, 859 So. 2d 1271 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)
  • Sherman v. Bell Atlantic, 43 U.S. P.Q. 2d 1024 (S.D.N.Y. 1996);
  • Dean Witter v. Selectronics, 594 N.Y.S.2d 174 (NY 1st Dept. 1993).

Publications

  • "Managed Care 101," The Florida Bar Journal, May 1997 (Winner, Barbara Sanders Memorial Writing Award)
  • "Kermit May Be Right: It's Not Easy Being Green, Today's Green Building Might Be Tomorrow's Lawsuit," Florida Real Estate Journal, January 2008

Press Mentions

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dade County Bar Association, Diversity Advisory Committee, 2009-2011 Chair
  • Dade County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2008-2011
  • Dade County Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2009-2011
  • Duke University Alumni Association of South Florida, Treasurer, 2006-2010
  • Association of the Bar of New York City
  • American Bar Association, White Collar Defense Section
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section