Harley Tropin is President of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. Mr. Tropin concentrates his practice on high stakes business litigation.
Harley was recognized by the American Jewish Committee for his outstanding legal work and community contributions with the 2016 Learned Hand award. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 1989 and is in the top-tier litigation category, “Bet-The-Company Litigators.” He has been awarded “Lawyer of the Year” for Miami Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions for 2014 – 2019. Chambers USA places him in its top “Tier 1” ranking and describes Harley as “one of the deans of the Florida Bar” and “a tremendous oral advocate – he’s a very savvy and smart lawyer who knows which buttons to push and when.” He is also listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite,” and one of fifty Florida Lawyers named to the Legal Elite Hall of Fame. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a member of its Board of Directors. Harley is also a member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.
While the majority of Harley’s practice now focuses on representing plaintiffs, he regularly represents businesses and law firms in their most serious and challenging commercial cases.
Harley lectures on a variety of issues in commercial litigation, including the management of complex litigation, the presentation of damages in commercial litigation, trial advocacy techniques, and fraud prosecution. He has chaired the NITA/Federal Court Program on trial advocacy, lectures at the annual University of Miami Class Action Forum, and regularly speaks at seminars and programs concerning the judicial appointment process.
Harley authored Florida Business Torts, a Lexis Nexis book published in March 2006, and the injunction chapter for Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, a standard Florida litigation text. He teaches trial advocacy at the University of Miami School of Law, and has served on the boards of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Temple Beth Am, and the American Jewish Committee.
Harley is a passionate advocate for greater access to mental health services. He chaired the University of Miami Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board from 2014 – 2018, has helped raise funds for a Day Treatment Medical Center for mental health patients, and represents the department on a pro bono basis on legal issues involving mental health concerns.
Harley also has served on the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Gender Bias and Diversity and is an integral part of the KTT commitment to diversity in the workplace and community.
FRAUD AND PONZI SCHEMES
Harley 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 fictitious structured settlements. Typical recoveries in these cases range from 10-30%. Harley and his team recovered over 95% of losses, and are now seeking attorney’s fees, the reminder of the damages and positive damages.
Harley successfully represented a New York investor, and his closely held corporation, in a $2.5 billion dispute with his CEO (and nephew) over entitlement to the proceeds of the sale of his oil and gas venture. After the sale, the CEO sued in multiple courts, arguing entitlement to half the proceeds, on the theory that he was a general partner of the venture. Harley and his team defeated the claims entirely, while obtaining sanctions against the CEO for discovery abuses, and recovering a favorable monetary settlement of the counterclaim.
LEGAL MALPRACTICE DEFENSE
Harley successfully represented a large Florida law firm, which was sued for malpractice relating to a resort development. He successfully argued that the claim was legally defective, resulting in a resolution of the claim, which included a public statement by the plaintiff admitting the law firm had done nothing wrong and affirming that the legal services rendered by the law firm were excellent.
On behalf of 700,000 physicians, and their medical societies, including Texas Medical Association, the California Medical Association and others, Harley acted as co-lead counsel in a national class action against the major HMOs including Aetna, Cigna, Humana and others for systematically denying doctors reimbursement for services provided to patients by down coding medical services through the use of their computerized reimbursement procedure. The case resulted in the recovery of billions of dollars both in actual cash payments to the doctors, and improved reimbursement procedures and dispute resolution methods.
What's trending with Harley
Investors have slapped Bank of America with a proposed class action accusing the banking giant of knowingly helping five investment advisers perpetuate a $102 million Ponzi scheme by allowing them to transfer the funds through the bank.
Afederal judge has given initial approval to a nearly $150 million settlement with an investment firm over its alleged role in a “Ponzi-like” scheme to defraud investors in EB-5 funded developments projects at Jay Peak, Burke Mountain and in the city of Newport.
LOOKING BACK ON A LONG and distinguished career, Harley Tropin is loath to toot his own horn. “I’m a bit shy,” he confesses. But after 25 years as a top-flight commercial litigator and champion of diversity, the founding partner of Miami-based Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton discussed with us his success in getting results, and doing it an honorable way.
Harley S. Tropin of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami received the American Jewish Committee’s 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award.
Our lawyers have been recognized in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
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.
For the second consecutive year, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton is the only firm in Florida to achieve the highest Band 1 rankings for both its commercial litigation and bankruptcy practice groups.
The front lines of the mental health crisis unfolding in Miami-Dade County — home to the nation’s largest ratio of people living with a serious mental illness in an urban community — are not in the psychiatric hospitals and behavioral counseling centers where patients seek help.
Harley S. Tropin, president of the law firm KozyakTropin& Throckmorton in Coral Gables, will be honored with AJC’s 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award.
Lawyer Harley S. Tropin of Pinecrest will receive American Committee's 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award.
More than 150 community leaders attended Shatter the Stigma, an inaugural mental health awareness fundraiser addressing the stigma surrounding mental illness and the lack of resources available for treatment in South Florida.
Harley S. Tropin, president of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, received American Jewish Committee’s 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award at a gala dinner at Jungle Island.
Harley S. Tropin and his partners left the big firm nest at a relatively early age, founding their own Miami-based law firm. But in Miami, that type of entrepreneurship is rewarded.
Harley S. Tropin and his partners left the big firm nest at a relatively early age, founding their own Miami-Based law firm.
The recipients of this award are people considered to embody much of what the judge represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.
Harley S. Tropin, president of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, will receive American Jewish Committee's (AJC) 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award, which is the highest honor given by AJC within the legal profession.
Lopez-Castro was selected to join the national group of 500 fellows based on her proven skill and ability in jury trials, trials before bankruptcy courts, and appellate practice. She was selected through a comprehensive screening process that identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of peer and judicial review.
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.
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 anti-trust. 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.
The event was hosted by the de la Cruz family and underwritten by Harley and Sherry Tropin. During the event, Tropin, president of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton and honorary chair of the event, spoke about the need to remove the stigma to make it easier for people to seek help, and to obtain funding for mental health research.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton is a complex commercial litigation firm founded in 1982 that focuses its practice on bet-the-company commercial cases, class actions, healthcare and bankruptcy matters.