Gail A. McQuilkin

Gail McQuilkin is a partner of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in the complex litigation department.  Her litigation practice encompasses fraud, insurance cases, intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation), Internet technology litigation, executive compensation and employment law disputes, entertainment law, construction litigation, class actions, antitrust matters, and torts.  Gail is experienced in trial work on both the federal and state level and handles related appellate matters, multi-party case management and all forms of alternate dispute resolution proceedings. Gail also has extensive experience in drafting complex settlement agreements, intellectual property licensing agreements, executive employment contracts and restrictive covenants, severance agreements, operating agreements, shareholder agreements,  and development of trademark and trade secrets policies, and procedures for public and private companies.

In addition to her experience in the practice of law, as the firm’s managing partner from 2002-2004 and 2013-2014, and her graduate degree in business administration, she has extensive knowledge and experience in the business of law. Gail is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for her work in Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, and Litigation – Patent. Gail is also frequently recognized in Florida Legal Elite, High Risk Litigators, and is a Fellow of the America Bar Foundation, and active member of the American Bar Association.

RESULTS

FRAUD AND PONZI SCHEMES

Gail was part of the firm’s team that represented more than seventy investors, who collectively lost $190 million investing with Ft Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein, who ran a Ponzi scheme, based on selling investments into structured settlements. The team recovered over 95% of losses, interest, and attorney fees, an unprecedented result. We did this by suing Rothstein’s co-conspirators, including multiple banks, accounting firms, and a host of others who aided and abetted the fraud.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MATTERS

Gail has successfully represented corporations in intellectual property disputes that involve complicated patent issues, trademark, copyright and trade secret disputes between industry leaders.  She also serves as general counsel for intellectual property matters for many companies and institutions.   Gail has also represented high-profile individuals in intellectual property disputes in the entertainment industry, including disputes over publishing rights and royalty payments.  She also successfully represented the second largest provider of medical concierge services in a claim for theft of trade secrets which settled in favor of her client.

DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES

Gail has a lead counsel role in a mass plaintiff case brought on behalf of investors in a large real estate project.  She was instrumental in negotiating a settlement agreement that provided full relief from the investment, and restitution of the investment proceeds.   She was also lead counsel in a certified class action of residents of a large national chain of assisted living facilities seeking monetary relief for services not provided, and successfully negotiated a large settlement that provided refunds to the class members.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Gail regularly represents high level senior corporate  executives in employment contract and severance agreement disputes, including executives ousted from large companies as well as individuals involved in shareholder and partnership disputes.  Gail recently successfully recovered fraudulently withheld capital investments for a departed partner in an international real estate development project.

Corali Lopez-Castro

Corali Lopez-Castro

Corali Lopez-Castro concentrates her practice on bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. Cori’s practice reflects her extensive experience and expertise with bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations, receiverships, debt restructuring, and creditors’ rights. She has been involved with the liquidation of four significant bank holding companies in bankruptcy courts around the country and state court.   Cori served on the panel of Trustees for the Southern District of Florida between 1998 and 2002, during which she was responsible for the liquidation of assets in bankruptcy cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Cori has been a partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton since 1998.  She was Managing Partner of the firm from 2011 through 2012 and again from 2018 through 2019.  In 2014, Cori was inducted as a Fellow into the 25th Class of the American College of Bankruptcy. The College recognizes individuals for their professional excellence and contributions to the field of restructuring and insolvency.  In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

In 2006 Cori was elected the second woman president of the Cuban American Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in Florida.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I love being a lawyer.  I have been involved with the Cuban American Bar Association for over twenty years.  I applaud the continuing efforts of the organization to provide pro bono legal services to the Hispanic community.  Helping create The Florida Bar’s “ONE” campaign to encourage lawyer participation in pro bono efforts is one of the projects of which I am most proud.

RESULTS

BANKRUPTCY

Cori led the team that confirmed the Chapter 11 plan of one of the largest distributors of smart phones, tablets and accessories to Latin America.  The confirmation of the plan occurred within eight months of filing the petition. Cori also led the team that represented the owner of a luxury hotel in Bal Harbour, Florida.  She was able to confirm a plan a year after filing the Chapter 11 case.  The case had been preceded by years of litigation among the various associations with an interest in the property.  She also represented the corporate owner-operator of a prestigious golf facility on the west coast of Florida.  The company required a debt restructuring in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the accompanying downturn in Florida real estate values.  She was instrumental in bringing about a consensual Chapter 11 plan that enabled the company to continue operations and emerge with a healthy balance sheet.

CREDITORS’ RIGHTS

Many of Cori’s more successful cases/clients never see a courtroom.  She has negotiated numerous workouts for corporations and high net worth individuals. She measures success by the control maintained by her clients over their businesses and the amount of the debt restructured as a result of finding consensual solutions to problems.

RECEIVERSHIPS

Cori has been appointed receiver and represented receivers in several cases pending in state court. She was recently appointed Special Magistrate in a partition action. As Special Magistrate, she is tasked with conducting the sale of a prominent Miami Beach hotel/condominium hybrid in a manner designed to maximize sale proceeds so that the interests of all owners are protected.