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Laura Wendell and Susan Trevarthen Get Attention of U.S. Supreme Court in Scenic America v. U.S. Department of Transportation

On behalf of Scenic America, Inc., Partner Laura Wendell and Member Susan Trevarthen presented a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in December, 2016.   The Court was intrigued.  In unusual moves, the Court called for responses from the government, called for Scenic America to file a reply and all told, distributed the petition for conference a total of four times.  In the end, on October 16, 2017, the Court denied the petition.  In announcing the denial, the Court issued a rare statement, authored by Justice Gorsuch and joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.  Although ultimately persuaded that certiorari should be denied because the case itself came with "difficult and close" jurisdictional questions that would complicate the Court's efforts to reach "the heart of the matter," Justice Gorsuch wrote to address the importance of the legal issue presented in the petition. [link to statement]

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: South Florida Appellate Law Attorneys

Matthew Mandel & Edward Guedes Obtain Written Ruling from Eleventh Circuit Affirming Dismissal

Congratulations to Members Matthew Mandel & Edward Guedes on obtaining a written ruling from the Eleventh Circuit affirming the dismissal of a facial constitutional challenge of a Lauderhill city ordinance that mandated inspections in order to be able to rent residential properties.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeMunicipal Litigation
Tags: Municipal Government

WSH Earns Significant Appellate Victory Establishing Legality of City's Red Light Camera Program

Edward Guedes (Chair of the Firm’s Appellate Practice group and lead appellate attorney for the City of Aventura in this case), Matthew Mandel, Samuel Zeskind, and Adam Schwartzbaum all ­­­­­­­­­­­­­obtained a significant appellate victory in the Third District Court of Appeal, which held that the City of Aventura’s Red Light Camera program is legal.

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: Miami Appellate Law Attorneys

Ed Guedes Secures Appellate Win for Publix Supermarkets

Member & Chair of the Firm's Appellate Practice group Edward Guedes was retained by Publix Supermarkets after it had been found liable by a jury in a premises liability case. 

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: Edward G. Guedes

Laura Wendell Serves as Moderator for the Dade County Bar Association’s Fall Seminar

On October 29, 2015,  Partner Laura K. Wendell served as moderator for the Dade County Bar Association’s Fall Seminar at the Third District Court of Appeal, entitled “Best Practices for Oral Argument.”

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: Laura K. Wendell

Florida Supreme Court affirms the circuit court’s decision to validate the Clean Energy Coastal Corridor

On October 1, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s decision to validate the Clean Energy Coastal Corridor (the “Coastal Corridor”) bonds, which are to be issued in order to fund energy efficient, renewable energy and wind resistant improvements (the “Qualifying Improvements”) pursuant to Section 163.08, F.S. (the “PACE Statute”). 

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: Jeffrey DeCarloChad S. FriedmanEdward G. Guedes

Miami-Dade School Board Win

On April 8, 2015, the Firm achieved a significant victory on behalf of the Miami-Dade County School Board in a case that stood to reshape a school district’s legal duty to supervise children at school. 

 

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Edward G. GuedesMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Ed Guedes

Florida Supreme Court Ruling

On November 13, the Florida Supreme Court in Special v. West Boca Medical Center announced a new harmless error rule applicable in all civil cases. 

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: Edward G. Guedes

Real Estate Brokers Can Now Protect Their Commissions in Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Ed Guedes, the Chair of the WSH Appellate Practice Group, reviews the recent appellate case on the ability for real estate brokers to protect their commercial real estate commissions.

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: Edward G. Guedes

Nine Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2015

It is a great source of pride to have so many of the firm’s attorneys recognized for the superior skills by their peers and this well regarded publication. 

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanGilberto PastorizaMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay Weiss