Benchmark Litigation's Top Designation in Florida

Press Release
November 07, 2017

Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg is pleased to announce the Firm has received Benchmark Litigation's 2018 top designation as "Highly Recommended" in Florida. Additionally, several of the Firm's Litigation attorneys have been recognized as Florida State Litigation Stars and Future Stars.

Benchmark Litigation, a leading legal review publication, conducts a comprehensive review process comprised of extensive interviews with law firm clients, preeminent private practitioners, and in-house counsel to compile a list of the nation's leading law firms and attorneys.

Clients commended the Firm's Litigation Practice Group for possessing “industry [knowledge], accuracy, efficiency, and responsiveness," while peers praised the team as “one of the better-known legal shops in the South Florida market [with] one of the more varied commercial dockets.”

Sources from past Benchmark Litigation publications commended the team's "competence, loyalty, meaningful aggressiveness, knowledge of the business, and knowledge of the particular area of inquiry."

Attorneys recognized by Benchmark Litigation as Florida State Litigation Stars and Future Stars include:

- José M. Ferrer, Litigation Partner
- Michael N. Kreitzer, Litigation Partner & Group Chair
- Melissa Pallett-Vasquez, Litigation Partner (Future Star)
- Robert W. Turken, Litigation Partner
- Scott N. Wagner, Litigation Partner
- Mitchell E. Widom, Litigation Partner & Practice Group Leader

In its assessment, Benchmark Litigation cites several high-stakes cases handled by the Firm's Litigation Group which showcase matters ranging in complexity. Highlighted for its precedent-setting result is an LCD price-fixing antitrust litigation case, one of the largest antitrust cases in United States history. The team's work resulted in an award for damages exceeding $300 million.

The Firm's representation of a major automobile manufacturer in the Takata air bag class action case was also recognized for its skillful defense strategy and seamless advice on local rules and procedural compliance. This case was also one of the largest multi-district litigation (MDL) class actions in the country.

In addition to this years' recognition, Benchmark Litigation has regularly named the Firm as “Florida Litigation Firm of the Year” and the team is recognized by a number of other reputable publications. The Group was named 2017 Litigation Department of the Year - in the Antitrust category by The Daily Business Review and 2016 Antitrust Finalist in the National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers report. Consistently recognized for high-level work, Bilzin Sumberg has one of the most dynamic and successful litigation departments in Florida and the country.

About Bilzin Sumberg
Bilzin Sumberg is a commercial law firm based in Florida. The Firm’s core practices include Business Finance & Restructuring, Corporate, Environmental, International, Land Development & Government Relations, Litigation, Real Estate, and Tax. For more information, please visit

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