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Mitchell E. Widom

Area of Focus: Litigation
"One of the best trial lawyers in the country; he has terrific strategic vision, uncompromising preparation and is brilliant in presentation" - Chambers USA source

A seasoned trial attorney, Mitch has extensive expertise on class action and complex product liability, and he also helps clients untangle and solve complex partnership disputes. He is a member of the prestigious American College of Trial Attorneys, the pinnacle of achievement for trial lawyers earned by peer nomination and support from opposing counsel and judges from past cases. This accolade affirms Mitch's dedication to the highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality. 

Q & A
What distinguishes you from other litigation attorneys?

As an experienced trial attorney routinely called upon to litigate high-profile cases, my approach is to do everything necessary to be fully prepared for trial- to be ready to pick the jury or try the case to the Judge, and the other side knows it.  In class actions, I have had great success using discovery to prevent a class from being certified whether due to lack of commonality, adequate class representative or another fatal flaw.

What do you like most about your practice?

I truly enjoy working with brilliant lawyers, even when they are opposite of me, because it ignites out-of-the-box thinking. Yes, sometimes it can be adversarial, but there is a level of civility and tremendous respect for even the most formidable foes. It is also gratifying to mentor young lawyers and help them learn how to try a case and making sure that our junior lawyers love their career here at Bilzin Sumberg. 

What is your proudest accomplishment outside of the courtroom?

Since 2004, my family, firm, friends and colleagues have helped raise close to $8 million for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation through The Iberia Bank Keymorada Invitational Tournament -- one of the most successful fishing fundraisers. I am especially proud of the incredible generosity of my fellow lawyers whose law firms (200+) participate each year. Together, we helped build the Crohn’s Center in South Florida, a treatment facility for hundreds, if not thousands, of patients including my daughter, brother and nephew, each of whom had to travel in the past for such specialized medical care. 

Obtained a full victory at trial on behalf of Lennar Corporation, one of the nation's leading homebuilders, turning a $30 million fraud and misrepresentation claim against our client into a $14 million victory in our client's favor. Olivia's Savannah, LLC, and its private lender, sued Lennar claimin...
Representation of real estate lender, the seller, in a dispute relating to the sale of a pool of 298 loans for $22 million to a bank. A miscalculation by the seller at the closing caused the creation of a closing statement containing the wrong purchase price. At trial, the Judge determined there was...
Obtained a defense jury verdict in a four-week, highly-publicized trial for former legislative aides sued by a former member of the House of Representatives.
Defense of a major automobile manufacturer in the Takata air bag class action, one of the largest multi-district litigation (MDL) class action cases in the country. Our client, along with numerous others, are defendants in two class actions for personal injury and economic loss arising out of allega...
Representation of the current and former officers and directors of a regional bank in a shareholder derivative and class action suit based on allegations of self-dealing, with claims of over $100 million. Numerous insurance-related issues were also part of the representation. Successfully argued for...
Representation of the beneficiary of a $43 million estate in a dispute alleging claims of undue influence brought by the beneficiary's siblings. Our team successfully settled the case, and our client was awarded the entire estate less defense costs.
  • University of Florida, J.D., Levin College of Law, with honors, 1984
    University of Florida, B.S., Accounting, with honors, 1981
  • American Association for Justice
    American Bar Association
    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
    Board Member
    Dade County Bar Association
    Young Lawyers Section, Moot Court Committee
    Dade County Trial Lawyers Association
    Leadership Florida
    Class XXXII
    Sabadell United Keymorada Fly-Spin Invitational Tournament to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
    Temple Beth Am
    General Counsel
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Fellow, The American College of Trial Lawyers 

    The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2009 - present

    Band 2, Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, 2013 - present

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Real Estate winner, 2013; Business/Complex Litigation finalist, 2013, 2016

    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Fundraiser of the Year award, 2008; Modell Business Leadership Award, 2011

    Florida Super Lawyers, Top 100 Miami Florida Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2013, 2016, 2018

    Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2009 - present

    Dorothy Shula Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, United Way of Miami-Dade, Finalist, 2008

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - present

    Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2005 - 2014, 2016, 2019

    Martindale-Hubbell , AV® Peer Review Rated, Top Rated Lawyers®, 2012 - present