Eric S. Kay

Eric S. Kay is an attorney at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. His practice focuses on complex litigation and class actions.

Prior to joining the firm, Eric served as a law clerk to Judge D. Michael Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to Judge James I. Cohn of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Eric also practiced appellate litigation at a south Florida law firm, where he briefed numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Florida Supreme Court, and Florida’s district courts of appeal.

Eric received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He graduated with a B.A. in History and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I enjoy the practice of law because it presents endless opportunities to learn, to challenge oneself, and to strive to become a better attorney. I approach each and every day—and each and every case—as such an opportunity. And I always seek to apply my ever-developing skills toward providing the best possible representation for my clients.

Michael R. Lorigas

Michael R. Lorigas is an attorney at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and class actions.

Michael has extensive experience prosecuting and defending claims involving fraud and Ponzi schemes, unfair and deceptive trade practices, corporate and partnership disputes, business torts, professional malpractice and noncompete matters. Michael regularly litigates before state and federal courts and has handled multiple arbitration proceedings.

Michael received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. He then earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, and a Masters of Law in International Arbitration from the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, Michael was a member of both the International Moot Court Board and the Charles C. Papy Jr. Moot Court Board. He was also a three-time Dean’s Fellow, working in constitutional law and assisting foreign students with American legal writing.

Michael previously worked at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton during and after law school. Prior to re-joining the firm, Michael was an associate at a Broward law firm where he primarily represented individuals and companies in the healthcare industry in a wide variety of matters, including antitrust issues, upstream corporate liability, disputes over billing practices, and challenges to patient-referral arrangements.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Legal issues can be some of the most difficult and stressful challenges that people face in their lives. And the majority of people struggle through those challenges alone because they feel left behind by the system. Being in a position to lend my voice to family, friends, or whoever calls on me during those times gives me the greatest sense of pride and motivates me everyday to stand up for what is right.

Frank A. Florio

Frank Florio is an attorney at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, and focuses his practice on complex litigation.

Frank received his Bachelor of Arts  from Tulane University where he majored in Political Science and minored in Religious Studies.  He later received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from University of Miami School of Law where he was the Articles Editor for International and Comparative Law Review and Vice President of the Student Bar Association.

Prior to joining Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, Frank was an associate at a Miami law firm, served as a judicial intern for United States Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres and clerked in the Major Crimes Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.

Frank  played collegiate baseball at Stetson University and Tulane University, followed by professional baseball with the Trinidad Triggers in Trinidad, Colorado and for the Frontier Greys in Highland, Illinois. He continues to be a devoted baseball fan.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I’ve always viewed the legal profession as a service profession. A lawyer’s duty is to assist those seeking advice and direction. There is no greater joy than to serve others. That is why I became a lawyer and that is why I joined Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. My goal is to help others while using the team I work with to give the highest quality legal service possible to our clients.

Evan Stroman

Evan Stroman

Evan Stroman is an attorney in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s litigation department.

Evan graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Miami University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.

Prior to law school, Evan earned his CPA while working for Crowe Horwath as an external auditor in the banking industry. As an auditor, he analyzed estimated future losses on his clients’ loan portfolios and performed due diligence for banks seeking to grow through horizontal mergers.

While in law school, Evan worked as both a trusts & estates and bankruptcy legal research assistant, and was involved in writing a trust & estates textbook. He also interned for the United States Trustee’s Office, and through the University of Miami Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic, represented clients throughout the entire Chapter 7 process.

Evan is an avid distance runner, soccer, and volleyball player, and is passionate about combining running with community outreach.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win. That philosophy helped me excel during my first career as a Certified Public Accountant, and continues to do so in my second as an attorney.  When a client calls they usually have a goal in mind, and I strive to create a comprehensive plan to make their goal a reality.  The actual trial or motion or argument is just the end of a long process of getting ready, where the outcome was really determined.  Running over 1,000 miles in each of the past three years exemplifies my dedication to preparation.

Robert Neary

Robert Neary

Robert Neary is an attorney in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s complex litigation and class action practice groups.  Robert’s practice includes various areas of complex commercial litigation as well as class actions and multi-district litigation, representing plaintiffs in fraud and deceptive trade practices, tort, and product liability claims. Robert has litigated actions in both Federal and State courts and has also litigated matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Robert works on the firm’s largest and most complex class actions, including a leading role on over twenty nationwide class actions against major mortgage servicers and lenders involving their force-placed insurance practices that have resulted in settlements making available over $1 billion dollars in relief and compensation for class members.

Robert has worked on various other complex matters including a class action representing physicians who in a dispute over an electronic health records software product, various product liability class actions, represented a former NFL player in an action against various broker-dealers before the FINRA arbitration panel, represented a prominent surgeon in an employment contract dispute with a hospital, and has represented plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property litigation matters.

Tal J. Lifshitz

Tal J. Lifshitz

Tal J. Lifshitz is an attorney in Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton’s complex litigation department.

He handles some of the firm’s most complex cases, including:

  • representing victims of corrupt Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein’s billion dollar Ponzi scheme;
  • defending a foreign public utility in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute;
  • representing consumers in a pair of class action lawsuits against one of the nation’s largest beverage and brewing companies for deceptive and unfair trade practices;
  • prosecuting force-placed insurance cases in nationwide class actions against national banks and insurers;
  • representing an international private banking group in a complex commercial breach of contract action;
  • defending an online document preparation and filing service company from a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit involving claims of deceptive trade practices;
  • defending an international commercial real estate group in a multi-million dollar breach of contract action;
  • representing victims of the Jay Peak EB-5 investment scheme in a multimillion dollar class action lawsuit against a pair of national banks and financial services firm;
  • representing a federal equity receiver in connection with a multimillion dollar Chilean Ponzi scheme; and representing victims of William Wise’s Millennium Bank investment scheme in a multimillion dollar class action lawsuit against a national bank.

Tal received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Central Florida, where he majored in Legal Studies. He earned his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Charles C. Papy Jr. Moot Court Board and served as the Eleventh Circuit Editor of the University of Miami Law Review. He also was a four-time Dean’s Fellow, working with property and criminal procedure courses as well as with the writing center.

During law school, Tal received the Soia Mentschikoff Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing for his publication, “Arguable Probable Cause”: An Unwarranted Approach to Qualified Immunity, 65 U. Miami. L. Rev. 1159 (2011). He also served as a Project Leader for the University of Miami’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and was a Legal Intern for the Federal Public Defender’s Office.

After law school, Tal served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth A. Marra from September 2012 to September 2013.

Tal is also on the Executive Board for the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and will assume the role of President of the organization in 2022. He also serves as Co-Chair of the FBA CLE Committee as well as the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Committee, and serves on the FBA National Younger Lawyers in Court Task Force. He has served as a Faculty Member for NITA, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, since 2019, teaching multi-day trial and deposition technique programs using NITA’s hands-on, “learn-by-doing” method for advocacy seminars.

In a recent pro bono civil rights matter in federal court, Tal and his team obtained a substantial monetary award for an individual who was a victim of police brutality and asserted claims under Section 1983. For his work on the matter, Tal was invited to speak on a panel hosted by two United States District Judges, providing pro bono training for lawyers on litigating civil rights actions in federal court. Tal continues to handle pro bono civil rights actions under Section 1983, and has also provided pro bono assistance to the Miami community through Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Small Claims Court Clinic.

Among his many talents, Tal is fluent in Hebrew.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I’m driven by the challenge of constantly striving for greatness. There are many good lawyers. There are few great ones. That’s why I teach advocacy and mentor younger lawyers. It keeps me sharp, and forces me to think critically about my own techniques and litigation strategies. Being a part of the FBA gives me the same benefits. I’m surrounded by greatness – the elite lawyers and judges of our community. That’s where I want to be.

Mindy Y. Kubs

Mindy Y. Kubs

Mindy Kubs is an attorney in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s bankruptcy department. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of bankruptcy matters and related commercial litigation.  Her practice has included the representation of commercial and consumer debtors in all aspects of the bankruptcy process and related litigation, including pre-bankruptcy workouts; local Chapter 7 trustees in the administration of debtor estates; and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.  Mindy also has considerable experience drafting appellate briefs for submission in both state and federal court, including the United States Supreme Court.

Mindy joined KT&T in 1994; however, she left to serve as a Judicial Law Clerk to United States Bankruptcy Judge Raymond B. Ray for five years before returning to the firm. Mindy also briefly relocated to Birmingham, Alabama where she practiced law with Maynard, Cooper and Gale, PC.

She earned her J.D. degree in 1994 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In law school, Mindy interned for the Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1991.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Although I was not excited about  writing assignments as a student, legal writing became my passion.  I first found my love for writing as a law clerk for a federal bankruptcy judge, and  I have written countless pleadings, briefs and articles throughout my career.  I am passionate about the cases and issues, especially the difficult ones. When I am not writing, you can probably find me experimenting with acrylic paint and other art media.

Latasha G. Hines

Latasha G. Hines

Latasha G. Hines is an attorney in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s complex litigation department, and concentrates her practice in healthcare, complex commercial litigation, and real estate disputes.

Prior to joining KTT, Latasha served as a judicial Law Clerk to the United States Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley and practiced complex commercial litigation, representing large corporations in business disputes in state and federal courts.

Early in her career, South Florida Legal Guide recognized Ms. Hines as an “Up and Coming Lawyer.” She has been a presenter at the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section’s Mid-Winter Program and the Healthcare Financial Management Association Florida Chapter Education Session.

Latasha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida where she was inducted into the Student Hall of Fame in 1994. She earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law.

Latasha has served as chair of the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I love connecting with people and empowering them to overcome obstacles. This gift translates naturally into the practice of law where I help clients navigate complex issues impacting a variety of businesses. Particularly, I enjoy assisting hospital systems with managed care legal issues that ultimately benefit the community.

John I. Cristi, Jr.

John I. Criste, Jr.

John Criste is an attorney at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, and focuses his practice on complex litigation.

John received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University where he majored in Comparing Political Systems and minored in International Relations.  He later received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from University of Miami School of Law.

Prior to joining Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, John was an associate at a local firm where he focused on construction litigation.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Before becoming a lawyer, I was an athlete. The practice of law is a lot like sports. Both require dedication to the craft and an ability to enjoy the “process.” As an athlete, I enjoyed the process of perfecting my craft in preparation for competition. It was exciting. Now, as a lawyer, I find the process of developing and litigating a case in preparation for trial even more exciting.