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Harley S. Tropin of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami received the American Jewish Committee’s 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award.

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Bilingual Trials

By KTT’s Javier A. Lopez

Volume 31, Number 5

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Stephanie Moncada Gomez Recognition Plaque

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Kozyak Tropin Throckmortons Stephanie Moncada Gomez elected Secretary of Federal Bar Associations International Law Section

MIAMI – July 19, 2016 – Miami law firm Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton today announced that attorney Stephanie Moncada Gomez has been elected as secretary of the national Federal Bar Association’s International Law Section. She has served as secretary since May; her new term begins on October 1 and concludes in October of 2017.

According to its website, the FBA’s mission is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve. Its International Law Section provides educational programs on international legal topics, assists people in other nations with United States legal talent to further the cause of peace and democracy and also furthers the development of human rights principles and the enforcement of such principles.

As Secretary, Gomez will record and disseminate minutes of all meetings of the Section’s officers, Board and membership. She will work with FBA National to send announcements to the International Law Section’s members and keep the website up to date. Most importantly, Gomez will work with her fellow Executive Board members to organize and sponsor continuing legal education and social events in the Miami area.

At Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, Gomez serves in the firm’s complex litigation department and international practice, focusing her practice on representing international clients in matters brought in U.S. federal and state courts. Gomez also has an active pro bono practice focused on representation of juveniles in immigration and dependency proceedings. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Miami and her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

About Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton is a complex commercial litigation firm founded in 1982 that focuses its practice on bet-the-company commercial cases, bankruptcy matters and class actions. For more information, visit


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7 Do’s and Don’ts for Litigators in Bilingual Trials, Javier A. Lopez

Commentary By Javier A. Lopez and Maia Aron

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KTT Lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2016 Edition)

Our lawyers have been recognized in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

  • Banking and Finance Litigation: John W. Kozyak
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law:  Corali Lopez-Castro, David A. Samole and Charles W. Throckmorton
  • Bankruptcy Litigation:  John W. Kozyak, David L. Rosendorf and Charles W. Throckmorton
  • Bet-The-Company Litigation:  John W. Kozyak and Harley S. Tropin
  • Commercial Litigation:  Kenneth R. Hartmann, Corali Lopez-Castro, Gail A. McQuilkin, Tucker Ronzetti, David L. Rosendorf and Harley S. Tropin
  • Copyright Law:  Gail A. McQuilkin and Kenneth R. Hartmann
  • Intellectual Property Litigation:  Gail A. McQuilkin, Kenneth R. Hartmann and Harley S. Tropin
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants:  Harley S. Tropin
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action Plaintiffs:  Harley S. Tropin
  • Patent Law:  Kenneth R. Hartmann
  • Patent Litigation: Gail A. McQuilkin
  • Securities Litigation:  Harley S. Tropin

Tropin wins Learned Hand Award

Harley S. Tropin, president of KozyakTropin& Throckmorton, received the American Jewish Committee’s 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award.

Nearly 400 legal, business, and community leaders attended the gala dinner at Jungle Island. AJC established the annual award in 1964 to recognize leaders in the legal profession for their excellence and contributions to the practice of law and the community at large.

“Harley has set a high standard for passion for the practice of law, along with commitment to service to the community,” said Brian Siegal, director of AJC’s Greater Miami and Broward Regional Office. “We are honored to recognize Harley’s contributions to the profession and the improvement of our community, adding his name to an illustrious roster of legal luminaries whose professional and personal achievements greatly enhance our society.”

The highest honor given by AJC within the legal profession, the Judge Learned Hand Award recognizes the memory of Judge Learned Hand, noted for his significant decisions in constitutional law and antitrust. The recipients of this award are people who embody much of what the judge represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society. This philosophy also sums up a major thrust of AJC’s work and the programs it has promoted since its inception in 1906.

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Sheryl Magerer Tropin appointed Chair of 
MCCJ Board of Directors

MIAMI – June 22, 2016 – MCCJ today announced the appointment of Sheryl “Sherry” Magerer Tropin as chair of its board of directors. MCCJ was founded in 1935 as the Miami branch of the National Conference of Christians and Jews to promote creating safe havens for dialog, training inclusive leaders, and highlighting the benefits of diversity through education, advocacy, dialog and conflict resolution.

Tropin, an avid community advocate and philanthropist who has been deeply involved with the organization for several years, began her one-year term on June 2. As chair, Tropin plans to focus the efforts of the board on this year’s capital campaign which will grow the organization’s programming and events outreach, as well as increase awareness of the organization and its mission in the community.

“Although Miami is an incredibly diverse city, there is a clear need to bring together people from all walks of life to stimulate dialogues in schools, religious organizations and the community to show that despite our differences, our concerns and needs are the same,” Tropin said. “Our mission is to create these dialogues and address the issues that all of us face, together as a community.”

Tropin’s active community involvement also includes serving on the external advisory board for the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, assisting with raising funds for the Department and conducting outreach to combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

“We are delighted to welcome Sherry Tropin as our new chair of our board of directors, said Roberta Shevin, executive director of MCCJ. “Her dedication to our mission and to our community – all indicative of her drive towards inclusiveness in the community – makes her a perfect leader for MCCJ.”

This year’s board of directors is comprised of a cross-section of Miami community leaders, philanthropists and clergy, including:

  • Nelson Adams, M.D.
  • Alejandro Aguirre
  • Johann Ali
  • Georgina A. Angones
  • Olivia Benson
  • Donald Bierman
  • Brian Dervishi
  • Edward Gannon
  • Michael Goldner
  • Kenneth C. Hoffman
  • Sumner Hutcheson III
  • Shirlyon J. McWhorter
  • Gepsie Metellus
  • Rev. Dr. Patrick O’Neill
  • Michelle Ramirez Patricios
  • Iman Khalid Salahuddin
  • Wali Salahuddin
  • Rabbi Solomon Schiff
  • Patricia A. Thorp
  • Sheryl Magerer Tropin
  • Khurrum B. Wahid
  • Reverend Priscilla Felisky Whitehead

About MCCJ
MCCJ was founded in Miami in 1935 as the Miami Coalition of Christians & Jews.  It creates a safe haven for dialogue, trains inclusive leaders and promotes understanding for all faiths, races and cultures through education, advocacy and conflict resolution. It hosts the oldest interfaith clergy dialog in the United States and presents prejudice reducing programs in local high schools, among other activities.  For more information, please visit


Travel Between the United States and the Republic of Cuba: Lesson Learned from Carnival Cruise Lines

By Stephanie Moncada Gomez

In the last four months, two historic trips marked a step toward normalizing relations between the United States and the Republic of Cuba. On May 1, 2016, the first cruise traveled to Cuba in nearly 40 years. On Aug. 31, 2016, the first regularly scheduled flight flew from the United States to Cuba in more than 50 years.

As the relations between the United States and the Republic of Cuba continue to develop, American companies must not ignore the laws of this nation that apply to them. For instance, federal law prohibits discrimination and segregation in places of accommodation. Regardless of an American company’s relationship or dealings with a foreign country, “[a]ll persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation…without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion or national origin.”2

A recent example of the application of American law that binds an American company doing business with Cuba are the recent class action lawsuits against Carnival Corporation (“Carnival”) and Fathom Travel Ltd. Corporation (“Fathom”). Earlier this year, Carnival began to market itself as the first cruise that would travel to Cuba in nearly 40 years. At first glance, this was a great accomplishment in the eyes of frequent Carnival travelers, especially those residing in Miami, Florida, where Carnival’s headquarters are located.

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