Javier Lopez is the firm’s Managing Partner and co-chair of complex and commercial litigation.  Javier has particular expertise in advising and representing international clients in matters brought in U.S. federal and state courts.  He has represented many high-profile corporations and individuals in contract and business disputes, commercial transactions, and intellectual property matters.  He has handled trials and appeals on both the state and federal levels.

Javier handles some of the firm’s largest and most complex litigation matters. He has particular expertise in filing claims involving financial institutions, accounting firms, individuals and others for participation in fraudulent schemes, individual and class actions involving deception and false advertising, and representing high net worth individuals and large companies in contract and shareholder disputes.  Javier frequently serves as an attorneys fee expert as he is certified by the National Association of Legal Fee Analysis (thenalfa.org).

Javier has a passion for civil rights and is frequently appointed by courts to represent the interests of the less fortunate against government entities and law enforcement.

From 2010-2018, he was named a “Rising Legal Star” by Florida Super Lawyer’s Magazine, a “Rising Star” by the Daily Business Review and a “Top 40 Under 40” by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  He was elected to the Cuban American Bar Association’s Board of Directors in 2009, and served as its President in 2017. Javier was honored as a Golden Angel for his support of the Jackson Memorial Foundation through JUNTOS, the philanthropic foundation he co-founded. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Harvard Alumni Association’s Interviewing Committee.

Prior to joining Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, Javier was a legal clerk in the White House Counsel’s Office for Alberto Gonzalez where he was very involved in the vetting process for the replacement of then Chief Justice William Renquist, which resulted in the appointment of now chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court. Javier also worked at the United States House of Representatives as part of the legal review team for new policy and legislation.

Javier is very active in the South Florida Cuban community and charitable organizations such as the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation) and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.  He is an avid baseball fan having been a four year letterman for Harvard University, and enjoys collecting fine art and international travel.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I became a lawyer because my parents came from a country where there was no rule of law.  My great uncle was the longest held political prisoner in the world (sentenced to 30 years after a 30 minute trial).  Being able to practice law in a society that respects law and the rule of law and help those through that process has been one of the biggest blessings of my life.