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Design Professional Liability

We aggressively pursue claims against design professionals for defect and deficiency claims due to negligence, building code violations and other violations of professional responsibility. We have also defended such claims on behalf of architects such as AECOM. Our Firm through its Chair Steven B. Lesser spearheaded the change in the law in a 1999 landmark decision which was successfully argued before the Florida Supreme Court to make design professionals accountable to those that have sustained damage due to design errors in the absence of contractual privity (Moransais v Heathman).

Representative Cases
Moransais v. Heathman, 749 So.2d 973 (Fla. Supreme Court): This Florida Supreme Court overturned it's previously held view of the Economic Loss Doctrine providing that any aggrieved party may recover damages from a design professional based on negligence, without the economic loss rule acting as a bar to such claims. This historic case reversed a trend in the courts that prohibited those not in privity with homeowners, including condominium associations, from suing design professionals for damages resulting from their negligent conduct.

Name Title Phone V-Card Email Office
Perry M. Adair Office Managing Shareholder, Miami 305.260.1016 Miami
William J. Cea Shareholder 561.655.5444 West Palm Beach
Claramargaret H. Groover Of Counsel 407.875.0955 Orlando
Scott Kiernan Shareholder 407.875.0955 Orlando
Sanjay Kurian Shareholder 239.433.7707 Ft. Myers
Conrad J. Lazo Shareholder 813.527.3900 Tampa Bay
Steven B. Lesser Shareholder 954.985.4137 Ft. Lauderdale
Neil H. Levinson Shareholder 954.364.6034 Ft. Lauderdale