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Community Association Litigation & Covenant Enforcement

The Firm's Community Association Litigation Practice is dedicated to providing strategic, innovative, and aggressive representation for our clients in all litigation matters. Becker & Poliakoff’s reputation as a pioneer and leader in Community Association law is well-known throughout the legal community. Judges, arbitrators, and other attorneys are aware that Becker & Poliakoff clients not only have the benefit of decades of experience but also, the largest team of dedicated community association lawyers to represent clients. With over 4,000 Community Association clients, there is almost no issue the Firm’s attorneys have not dealt with before.

Community Association litigation is specialized and the attorneys practicing Community Association litigation must be familiar with the nuances of this area of law. Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowner Associations are each governed by a separate section of the Florida Statutes. Therefore, each Community Association dispute requires a distinct analysis of the governing substantive and procedural law. It is the Firm's job to efficiently and successfully guide our clients through the entire litigation process, from the beginning of the dispute, until the final disposition of the matter.

In addition, the firm is very active in representing community associations in multi-million dollar casualty claims against their insurance carriers, such as hurricane damage claims. Our representation has included giving general insurance advice, representing associations in casualty insurance policy defense issues, representing association in the claims adjustments and appraisal process as well as representation in litigation, both in the state and federal courts through out Florida. The attorneys who practice in this area are highly-skilled and experienced attorneys who are able to guide and counsel our association clients from the inception of the disaster to the final resolution of the insurance claim.

The Firm's Community Association Litigation Practice routinely provides our clients with the following services:

  • Initial analysis of the dispute, including a thorough investigation of the facts. 
  • Determination of the proper causes of action or defenses, and Anticipation of possible defenses or counterclaims. 
  • Determination of the appropriate jurisdiction and venue (i.e. Mandatory, Non-binding Arbitration; County or Circuit Court; or Mediation). 
  • Determination and opinion on the likelihood of success in consideration of the remedies sought. 
  • Fact finding through the discovery process specified to the forum that the action lies. 
  • Thorough representation in hearings, arbitrations, mediations, non-jury and jury trials.
  • Aggressive pursuit of the recovery of attorney fees for our clients, if provided by law.
  • Representation of our clients throughout any appellate actions.
Name Title Phone V-Card Email Office
Keith E. Broll Senior Attorney 407.875.0955 St. Augustine
JoAnn Nesta Burnett Senior Attorney 954.985.4192 Ft. Lauderdale
Harry W. Carls Office Co-Managing Shareholder, Orlando 407.875.0955 Orlando
James Robert "Rob" Caves , III Shareholder 239.552.3200 Ft. Myers
Adam Cervera Senior Attorney 305.262.4433 Miami
Douglas G. Christy Senior Attorney 813.527.3900 Tampa Bay
In Memoriam - John Cottle, (1952 - 2018) Office Managing Shareholder, Ft. Walton Beach 850.664.2229
Steven M. Davis Shareholder 305.262.4433 Miami
Michael O. Dermody Senior Attorney 772.286.2990 Stuart
Jamie B. Dokovna Shareholder 561.820.2890 West Palm Beach
Lilliana M. Farinas-Sabogal Shareholder 305.351.1077 Miami
Michael C. Góngora Shareholder 305.260.1014 Miami
Howard E. "Buddy" Googe Shareholder 772.286.2990 Stuart
Astrid Guardado Senior Attorney 813.527.3900 Tampa Bay
Patrick C. Howell Senior Attorney 407.875.0955 Orlando
K. Joy Mattingly Shareholder 954.987.7550
J. Kevin Miller Shareholder 239.433.7707 Ft. Myers
Angela Morisco Attorney 732.842.1662 Morristown
David G. Muller Shareholder 239.552.3200 Naples
Marilyn Perez-Martinez Senior Attorney 561.655.5444 Miami
Howard J. Perl Shareholder 954.364.6054 Ft. Lauderdale
David H. Rogel Shareholder 305.260.1015 Miami
Leslie Sheekley Senior Attorney 850.664.2229 Ft. Walton Beach
Candace C. Solis Attorney 954.985.4102
Mark J. Stempler Shareholder 561.655.5444 West Palm Beach
John P. Townsend Senior Attorney 850.664.2229 Ft. Walton Beach
Esther A. Zuccaro Attorney 239.433.7707 Ft. Myers