Samuel I. Zeskind


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  • Super Lawyers

Sam is a Partner with the Firm and a member of our Litigation Division.  His trial practice focuses on construction, commercial, complex business, municipal/governmental and community association law before Federal and State Courts as well as mediation and arbitration.  Sam’s appellate practice includes cases before the Florida District Courts of Appeal, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Sam's governmental/municipal practice litigation experience is broad and often involves diverse and complex issues.  His recent government litigation experience includes the representation of dozens of local government entities across the state in defending their respective red light camera programs in both Federal and State court; the representation of numerous municipalities defending public records claims, as well as tort and contract claims.

Sam's construction litigation experience includes the representation of owners, contractors and engineers and has involved the successful representation of government entities in multi-million dollar claims concerning the defective design and construction of an amphitheater and the defective construction of a stormwater system, the representation of contractors in defense of construction defect claims, including the construction of a jet fuel farm at an airport terminal and the construction of an agricultural research center; the representation of engineers in negligence and contract disputes; as well as the representation of homeowners in the prosecution of construction defect claims.

Sam’s community association litigation experience includes the representation of condominium and homeowner’s associations in claims to enforce restrictive covenants and abate nuisances and the defense of breach of contract and wrongful eviction claims.

Sam is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for St. Thomas Law School.


Awards and Recognitions

  • "Florida Rising Star," Florida SuperLawyers, 2012-present
  • Best Student Award in Contracts II (Law School)
  • Best Student Award in Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Best Student Award in Appellate Advocacy
  • Best Student Award in Wills & Trusts
  • Best Student Award in Legal Thought
  • Best Student Award in Sales
  • Law Review: St. Thomas Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor

Press Mentions

Reported Decisions

  • Jimenez v. State, et. al., 246 So. 3d 219 (Fla. 2018)
  • City of Homestead v. McDonough, 232 So. 3d 1069 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017)
  • State ex rel. City of Aventura v. Jimenez, 211 So. 3d 158 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016)
  • City of Oldsmar v. Trinh, 210 So. 3d 191 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016)
  •  Florida Atty. Gen v. Jimenez, 180 So. 3d 248 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)
  •  City of Hollywood v. Arem, 154 So. 3d 359 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)
  •  American Engineering and Development Corp. v. Town of Highland Beach, 20 So. 3d 1000 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)