Real Estate Litigation/Foreclosure Defense
When disputes arise in the real estate context, successful solutions require both strong litigation capabilities and a nuanced understanding of the industry’s inner workings. Michael Cotzen has represented clients in a large variety of real estate disputes. Mr. Cotzen frequently represents clients in foreclosure litigation, and has represented borrowers, lenders and condominium/homeowner associations in these disputes. Mr. Cotzen specifically has significant experience in representing borrowers and associations in cases where there is a dispute as to whether the statute of limitations has expired which may bar the lender from prevailing a foreclosure action. Mr. Cotzen’s successful representation of an association in a statute of limitations case which resulted in the association owning an expensive condominium without an enforceable note culminated in his being recognized by the Daily Business Review as the Most Effective Lawyer in South Florida in 2013 In the Distressed Real Estate Category.
Civil litigation cases can include various types of disagreements which may involve your business. These cases often require a skillful attorney to analyze and focus on adducing evidence from corporate documents, interviews, employees and other witnesses. As an experienced trial attorney, Michael Cotzen understands how to develop a legal strategy designed to achieve his client’s objectives, work diligently to prepare for trial, and present the case clearly and convincingly to the court. Michael Cotzen has handled a wide variety of high-stakes civil litigation cases over the past 15 years involving business disagreements, breaches of contract, appellate disputes, high level collection matters, personal injuries, securities losses, employment related issues, insurance disputes, and a multitude of other matters.
Probate Litigation consists of legal disputes about issues related to aging, disability and death. It involves court battles over those still alive, such as guardianships and conservatorships, as well as legal fights over powers of attorney and living wills. It generally involves legal challenges when someone has passed away, including cases involving wills, trusts, estates, asset disputes, joint bank accounts, gifts, and anything else that families can fight about when a loved one dies. Michael Cotzen has significant experience in probate litigation, which includes the recognition by the Daily Business Review as the Most Effective Lawyer in South Florida in 2011 in the Probate category.
Employment litigation is where an employee sues an employer or an employer is sued because of an employment-related issue. At issue may be claims of discrimination or harassment. Other types of employment litigation may involve pay, overtime, or scheduling. Employment litigation can also include an employee’s claim of action illegal under whistle blower protections, violations of workplace safety, or issues related to benefits such as insurance, workers compensation, or pension. Employment litigation may also be brought by a non-employee who applied for a job and believes (s)he was wrongly denied. Though many employees are considered to have employment on an at-will basis, much employment litigation results from terminated positions. If the employer was found to have taken the action because of the employee’s race, gender, or other protected class, the action was illegal. Michael Cotzen has experience in a variety of employment related disputes, both in representing the employee and employer.
Cotzen Law is a full service litigation firm with fifteen years of litigation experience in both federal and state court. Our firm effectively and aggressively represents its clients' interests, both in and out of court.