Harley Tropin is Founding Partner of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and concentrates his practice on high stakes business litigation.
Harley is co-chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the matter of In Re: Champlain Towers South Collapse Litigation, where he directed a team of lawyers responsible for recovering over $1 billion dollars in settlements arising from the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium project. He has been at the forefront of most complex financial fraud matters in the Southern District of Florida for the last three decades.
He was recognized by the University of Miami Law School as their most outstanding alumnus, and is a three time winner of the “Most Effective Lawyer” award given by the Daily Business Review. The American Jewish Committee recognized Harley for his outstanding legal work and community contributions with the 2016 Learned Hand award. Best Lawyers in America has selected Harley for the top-tier litigation category, “Bet-the-Company Litigators.” He has been awarded “Lawyer of the Year” for Miami Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions (2014-2020); and “Lawyer of the Year” for Miami Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions for Plaintiffs and Defendants (2023). Chambers USA has ranked him one of two Florida lawyers to receive its “Star” rating. Prior to that, it placed 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 has also served as a member of the Federal and State 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 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, and lectures at the annual University of Miami Class Action Forum which he co-chairs.
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 and negotiation techniques 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 their attorney’s fees.
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.
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Miami -- The nearly $1 billion in settlements in the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse litigation resolved what could have been a messy, emotionally charged dispute pitting neighbor against neighbor and was an outcome that left Judge Michael Hanzman, who took pains to expedite the complicated case, speechless.
In a surprisingly swift resolution of the Champlain Towers South class-action lawsuit, relatives of the victims and survivors of the Surfside condo collapse have reached a settlement that will pay them nearly $1 billion, a state court judge was told Wednesday.
The families of victims and survivors of the Champlain Towers South condo collapse, which killed 98 people, are set to receive a nearly $1 billion settlement.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A nearly $1 billion tentative settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit brought by families of victims and survivors of last June’s condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, an attorney said Wednesday.
The pool of funds intended to compensate victims of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium will increase to more than $1 billion, attorneys Wednesday told the judge overseeing the resulting class action lawsuit.
Attorneys representing the victims of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, announced Wednesday that they had secured $997 million in proposed settlements, ending the consolidated claims against all but one defendant.
Survivors of the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, have reached an almost $1 billion tentative settlement, attorneys confirmed to CBS News Wednesday. The settlement is still subject to court approval but was made in record time due to an expedited schedule, attorneys added.
Survivors and families of people who died in last year's collapse of a beachfront condo building near Miami have reached a settlement of at least $997 million, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said Wednesday.
The collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South building fuelled anxieties about the safety of other apartment buildings.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Founder and Partner Harley Tropin and X-Dispute Mediator David Ichel quizzed Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman about Surfside’s Champlain Towers South litigation at the University of Miami’s Class Action and Complex Litigation Forum.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Founder and Partner Harley Tropin joined Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman, X-Dispute LLC Mediator and Arbitrator David Ichel, and other legal experts at the recent University of Miami’s Class Action and Complex Litigation Forum.
A class action lawsuit has been filed over the deadly collapse at Surfside. The lawsuit alleges that new construction next door damaged Champlain Towers South and contributed to the tragedy that killed nearly 100 people.
Brooke Shafer reports the lawsuit claims the construction of a luxury condo near the Champlain Towers South led to its deadly collapse.
The construction of the luxury Eighty Seven Park highrise next door to the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla., led to the condominium building’s deadly collapse in June, a class-action lawsuit filed late Tuesday alleges.
The Eighty Seven Park development team ignored warnings about the damage the tower’s construction was causing to the Champlain Towers South feet away, leading to the deadly Surfside condominium collapse, a new lawsuit alleges.
The construction of a new luxury condo tower just feet away from Champlain Towers South caused severe damage to the fragile, poorly designed building in Surfside, eventually leading to the collapse that killed nearly 100 people, according to a civil complaint filed late Tuesday in a class-action case.
The catastrophic structural failure that led to the collapse of the Champlain Towers condominium outside Miami in June was linked to construction of a luxury high-rise development next door, according to a lawsuit filed by families of people killed in the disaster.
Construction of a luxury building next door triggered the collapse of an already fragile Florida condominium that killed 98 people in June, according to a new lawsuit.
"The case, without a doubt, will be the most challenging of my career legally and emotionally," said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman.
As leaders of the team representing victims of the Surfside, Florida, condominium collapse, Harley Tropin of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton and Rachel Furst of Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen PA will have their hands full trying to maximize recovery for the victims and balancing what will sometimes be competing interests between those who lost their apartments and the 97 who lost their lives.
Attorneys from Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton, Podhurst Orseck PA, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen PA and The Moskowitz Law Firm will oversee the economic loss, wrongful death and personal injury claims arising from the Surfside condominium collapse under an attorney leadership structure approved by a Florida judge Friday.
The judge overseeing litigation over the condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, told attorneys Wednesday that he intends to move forward quickly with a sale of the property where the building once stood in order to maximize recovery for victims.
Hundreds of victims of the deadly collapse of a Surfside condo building could expect to see compensation in the near future, as a Miami-Dade Circuit judge Wednesday approved the planned sale of the oceanfront property, valued at more than $100 million, as well as the disbursement of millions more in insurance payments for property and personal damages.
Harley S. Tropin of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and other top litigators in South Florida have their eyes on several issues and opportunities, and are wondering if current conditions portend the new normal, as they transition into the New Year.
The multimillion-dollar suit against Hyatt Corp. and its subsidiaries is part of a larger trend of hotels facing litigation over gratuity or service charges in violation of deceptive trade practice statutes.
South Florida attorneys are against a majority viewpoint by a federal appeals court, which disallowed incentive fees for class-action representatives. Harley S. Tropin, the president of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Coral Gables, said the ruling would not change class-action lawsuits where the class representative has the main motivation of reforming a practice.
Florida restaurants, El Novillo Restaurant Group are fighting underwriters over business interruption coverage which began from the COVID-19 pandemic. "Our client has the facts and the law on its side, as do all the other businesses with similar policies, "Benjamin Widlanski of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton LLP, representing El Novillo, told Law360 on Tuesday. "We look forward to Lloyd's of London being forced to honor its contractual obligations."
Florida restaurants, El Novillo Restaurant Group proposed a class action focusing on entities suffering COVID-19 related losses in the non-essential hospitality sector.
A Miami-Dade Circuit judge has vacated a sanctions order against Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP and partner Jose M. Ferrer. Bilzin Sumberg and Ferrer are represented by Harley Tropin of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and Raoul Cantero of White & Case LLP.
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, senior partner at KozyakTropin& Throckmorton, received the 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award from AJC Miami and Broward on April 13, 2016. Established in 1964, the award cites legal professionals for excellence and contributions to the legal community.
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.
Last month, the fourth annual Miami Law Class Action and Complex Litigation Forum brought together some of the country’s most distinguished judges, attorneys, and academics to discuss current topics and issues associated with multi-district litigation and class actions.
Our firm is delighted to have once again received ten recognitions in "Best Lawyers in America," as chosen by our peers in the profession. In addition, we wish to congratulate Harley S. Tropin and Charles W. Throckmortion for their selection as "Lawyer of the Year" in the fields of Litigation - Securities, and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, respectively.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers covering more than 70 practice areas. Attorneys awarded the recognition have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Now in its fourth year, the annual Miami Law Class Action and Complex Litigation Forum is an all-day event that gathers leading judges and attorneys from around the U.S. to discuss the latest topics and issues associated with multi-district litigation and complex class actions.
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.