Michael N. Kreitzer

Michael N. Kreitzer

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Michael N. Kreitzer, a trial lawyer for more than three decades, represents many national and international businesses and prominent individuals in their most consequential disputes. He has tried many jury and non-jury trials to final verdict and/or judgment in both federal and state courts throughout Florida and nationally. He also represents clients in arbitration proceedings and other alternative dispute resolution forums. His practice focuses on a wide range of business related disputes in the areas of contracts, real estate and real property law, business partnerships, and shareholder conflicts, including liability claims brought against directors and officers. Michael also has a very active practice in the areas of construction litigation, commercial real estate development litigation, trademark disputes and the representation of financial institutions and special servicers. He also appears regularly in both state and federal appellate courts.

Michael’s aggressive style coupled with his highly-focused pretrial and trial strategies have earned him many accolades in peer reviewed publications, such as Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation and Florida Super Lawyers. He is Board Certified in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar since 1997.

Concentrations

  • Business litigation
  • Financial institution litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes

Capabilities

Experience

  • Defended a construction chemicals manufacturer in a $200 million breach of contract suit brought by a Mexican marketing company. Obtained a zero verdict at trial.°
  • Defended one of the world's largest chemical research and manufacturing companies in refuting a $100 million claim regarding an alleged oral joint venture in which a Florida jury ultimately returned a defense verdict.°
  • Represented a major Miami High-Rise Development Company in a lawsuit against their former lawyer after the lawyer sought to share in the profits of the real estate venture.°
  • Represented commercial mortgage broker in defense of a claim for breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligence, and negligent misrepresentation. Obtained a dismissal of the lawsuit.°
  • Represented a prominent business owner regarding indemnification claims arising out of an equity purchase agreement.°
  • Represented one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, in a rare and complex case in which $1.5 million of trust assets had been diverted from their intended purpose and misused by the trustees. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the foundation after a one-week trial, creating new law with respect to the obligations owed by a grantee to a charitable grantor.°
  • Represented a worldwide manufacturer of computer hardware in a claim against a distributor for breach of manufacturing and distribution agreement.°
  • Represented a worldwide manufacturer of construction chemicals in a week-long jury trial regarding allegations that a product defect affected thousands of homes nationally.°
  • In a highly publicized case, represented a prominent Miami Heat basketball player against claims that he breached a business partnership to license the use of his name for the development of a restaurant chain and for-profit charter schools.°
  • Represented a national developer in a construction defect claim related to the redevelopment of the One Hotel on Miami Beach. Obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict following a two-week jury trial.°
  • Represented a famous professional golf star in connection with multiple legal disputes.°
  • Represented several large medical practices in disputes between management and the employed medical staff over partnership formations and dissolutions.°
  • Represented national chemical manufacturer in product defect case tried before a federal jury related to its national sale of cement hardening additives.°
  • Represented Luxury Brand Partners and Oribe Hair Care (OHC), manufacturers and distributors of luxury hair care products in a variety of corporate matters.°
  • Represented agricultural developer and produce distributor LLC, as well as its president and majority owner, in corporate governance dispute with the minority owner. At trial court, opposed the minority owner's motion for temporary injunction.°
  • Represented Eller and Company, a large maritime company, in the defense of a hostile takeover bid by a minority shareholder. After almost a year of aggressive litigation and the production of hundreds of thousands of documents, the shareholder, on the eve of a risky pretrial hearing, agreed to settle the case by dismissing her actions and surrendering her remaining ownership interest in the company in exchange for certain discounted payments to be made by Eller.°
  • Defended publicly traded health care company in a federal securities fraud case brought by corporate shareholders and officers. Plaintiffs sought in excess of $50 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The case was settled without requiring the client or its insurer to pay any monies to the plaintiffs.°
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for a cigar manufacturer in a federal derivative action against the officers and directors of the company for breach of fiduciary duties.°
  • Represented former officers and directors of Florida Career Colleges (FCC) in defense of charges brought by a trustee in bankruptcy which is representing the creditors of the failed college. FCC owned and operated 41 for-profit schools in 14 states and, as such, was one of the largest operators of for-profit colleges in the country. The lawsuit, seeking $150 million, alleged mismanagement on the part of the officers and directors.°
  • Represented U.S. subsidiary of global agricultural, commodity trading, and mining company in lawsuit against minority partner. The minority partner sought $40 million in damages, alleging breach of contract, defamation, and breach of fiduciary duty. The case settled for less than five percent of the originally-sought damages.°
  • Represented general contractor in administrative hearings arising from county government's violation of state procurement procedures.°
  • Represented a large university in claims against general contractor for construction defects following an extended jury trial.°
  • Represented Fontainebleau Florida Hotel, LLC, in more than thirty construction claims. The lawsuits stem from the $1 billion redevelopment of a Miami Beach hotel, and were brought by subcontractors and sub-subcontractors involved in the construction.°
  • Represented the owners and developers of a major Miami Beach, Florida hotel in a construction defect case that predates the clients' ownership of the property. Clients filed claims against two contractors for defective stucco and water proofing. The claims were settled, resulting in a payout to the client.°
  • Represented Florida real estate development, sales, and marketing firm in complaint against prominent real estate developer who repudiated a joint venture agreement, seeking damages in excess of $10 million.°
  • Represented the owners and developers of a major Miami Beach, Florida hotel in complex construction defect and lien claim litigation. After litigation, the jury returned a verdict of $3.7 million in damages. The court thereafter awarded the client $2.5 million in attorneys' fees and costs. The case was the third-largest breach of contract verdict in Florida in 2017.°
  • Represented a Florida real estate development, sales, and marketing firm in a lawsuit against a prominent real estate developer who repudiated the parties' joint venture agreement. The original complaint sought $10 million in damages, and the matter is currently on appeal before the Florida Supreme Court.°
  • Represented property owner in a $12 million construction defect claim dispute involving defective concrete and stucco installation that occurred during the construction phase of a luxury hotel located in Miami Beach, Florida. Client sued for breach of contract, breach of performance bond, negligence, breach of statutory warranty, building code violations, and strict liability.°
  • Represented property owner in lawsuit involving various claims by subcontractor and general contractor completing work at a luxury residential development. Owner's claims and defenses centered on construction defects at the site caused by shoddy workmanship.°
  • Represented high-rise luxury condominium in downtown Miami, Florida, in a multimillion-dollar claim against the defunct general contractor and performance bond surety for damages caused by delayed construction. Despite the 13-month delay, surety counterclaimed, demanding $20 million in damages due to completion costs. After five years of litigation, and on the eve of an expected six-week trial, the case settled.°
  • Represented Tallahassee condominium complex in disputes regarding construction delays and defects, including defense of claims filed by trade subcontractors for increased scope of work and extended general conditions.°
  • Represented the owner of a regional shopping center in a multimillion-dollar claim against the buyer following a two-week jury trial. The claim related to a breach by a Chicago-based real estate investment trust (REIT) of the earn-out provisions of a purchase and sale agreement.°
  • Represented real estate developer BCOM in defense of an eminent domain proceeding brought by Miami-Dade County seeking to acquire the now famous Miami Circle, a Tequesta Indian site that dates back hundreds of years. The ensuing litigation was settled out of court when the county agreed to pay BCOM's affiliate $28.5 million for the taking, resulting in a substantial profit for the client.°
  • Represented Lennar Corporation in a two-week arbitration proceeding where, despite the U.S. Attorney's conclusion of insufficient evidence to prosecute, proved that the seller of 1,219 acres of land in Palm Beach County had obtained the governmental development permits through bribery. The arbitrator ruled that such illegal conduct warranted rescission of the contract, return of Lennar's $70 million deposit, and payment of an additional $6 million to cover all of the company’s legal and related expenses.°
  • Represented a national real estate developer and Fortune 200 company in a suit against a real estate broker alleging trademark infringement, trademark dilution, tortious interference, defamation, and unfair competition. Obtained preliminary relief, ordering the real estate broker to cease and desist from defaming client's name and marks; the parties then settled the dispute.°
  • Represented law firm with respect to all of the construction work for the buildout of its office space at 1450 Brickell, a new Class-A, LEED certified building. Handled the preparation and negotiation of the construction contract, construction manager agreement, architect contract, surety bonds and all other contracts related to the build-out, including those related to cabling, technology, and moving. Oversaw the construction process and addressed all related items, claims, and issues.°
  • Represented a prominent architect in the drafting and negotiation of a $1.35 million contract for the design and development of an 89-unit residential condominium tower and parking garage in Miami's MiMo District. Representation included development of a contract form for the client to use with subcontractor agreements.°
  • Represented LNR Properties, one of the nation’s largest Special Servicers in multiple high profile aggressively contested foreclosure cases including the famous Sagamore Hotel and Shore Club hotel and many other large commercial properties.°
  • Represented Leon Medical Center in drafting and negotiating construction contracts for the ground-up construction of two large parking garages as part of Leon Medical Center's new medical complex.°
  • Represented the owners of two historic boutique art deco hotels in drafting and negotiating a construction contract for the interior and exterior renovation of the properties in Miami Beach.°
  • Negotiated and drafted a construction contract for 400+ unit twin residential towers in Broward County, Florida, and handled all preconstruction legal issues and post contract legal matters.°
  • Drafted and negotiated the construction contracts for the 1111 Lincoln Road mixed-use parking structure located on Miami Beach. Drafted and negotiated payment and performance bonds, assisted with the preparation and negotiation of all contract exhibits, and tackled all preconstruction legal issues.°
  • Represented the University of Miami in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts for the development of a community composed of 30 single family homes, a club house, and a guard house located in Smathers Four Fillies Farm in Pinecrest, Florida.°
  • Represented Robert Wennett in negotiating the contract for 1111 Lincoln Road mixed-use parking structure on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Designed by world-renowned architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, the project included approximately 107,000 square feet of office space and approximately 40,000 square feet of retail space and restaurants. Drafted and negotiated payment and performance bonds, assisted with preparation and negotiation of contract exhibits and tackled all preconstruction legal issues.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Kreitzer prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Selected, Chambers USA, “Litigation: General Commercial,” 2006-Present
  • Selected, Benchmark Litigation, “Local Litigation Star,” 2008- Present
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America, “Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate,” 2012-Present
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, “Florida Super Lawyers,” 2006-Present
    • Top 100 Miami Super Lawyers, 2012-2013, 2015-2016
  • Listed, Florida Trend magazine, “Legal Elite,” 2008-2011, 2013-2018
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers,” 2003-Present
  • Winner, Daily Business Review, “Most Effective Lawyers, Complex/Business Litigation,” 2007
  • Winner, Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers, Construction/Real Estate, 2007
  • Martindale Hubbell, Rated AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, American Bar Association, 1987-Present
    • Member, Construction Law Section
    • Member, Litigation Pretrial Practice & Discovery Section, 1987-Present
    • Member, Federal Rules Revision Subcommittee
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association, 1987-Present
  • Member, The Florida Bar, 1987
  • Member, Board of Directors, Friends of WLRN- TV and Radio [the National Public Radio affiliate for South Florida], 2005-2015
    • Chair, Board of Directors, 2010-2015
    • Chairman Emeritus, 2015-Present
  • Member, Wolfsonian-FIU Advisory Board, 2011-2018
    • Chairman, 2011-2015
    • Chairman Emeritus, 2015-Present
  • Member, United Way of Miami-Dade, 2012-Present
    • Executive Cabinet Member of the Tocqueville Society, 2017-Present

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University Law School, 1987
  • B.S., Business Administration and Computer and Information Sciences, magna cum laude, University of Florida, 1984
Admissions
  • Florida