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Stuart Sobel

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(305) 442-3334

201 Alhambra Cir, 11th Floor
Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Stuart Sobel is a member of the firm’s Construction Litigation Practice Group. He is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar.

Primary Focus and Experience

Mr. Sobel has been trying and arbitrating construction and commercial disputes all over the country for 40 years. His substantial experience in the construction sector derives from his representation, over the decades, of the full spectrum of construction professionals: from developers and construction managers to general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers. Understanding that construction disputes are often technical and complex, Mr. Sobel focuses on assisting clients with innovative problem-solving strategies to resolve disputes efficiently and has developed recognized expertise representing structural steel fabricators and erectors.

Mr. Sobel has tried and arbitrated scores of cases to verdict, judgment, and award, which, over the years have included tort claims, civil rights actions, and common law unfair competition. His broad trial experience, coupled with his more than ten years as a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and more than 30 years as an American Arbitration Association neutral arbitrator, enables him to counsel his clients at every stage of a dispute, guiding them toward the best possible resolution. Because he prepares to take disputes through trial or arbitration, he is often able to obtain favorable settlements of his clients’ claims, resulting in a cost efficient yet fair resolution

Though he specializes and limits his practice primarily to construction- related disputes, Mr. Sobel prides himself in serving the full range of his clients’ needs, including commercial disputes, which are often encountered in the context of complex construction projects. He has been privileged to participate in the resolution of disputes arising out of the most recognizable, most challenging construction projects in the United States.

Significant Results
  • Recovered favorable judgments for clients involving the Philadelphia Airport, Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Port of Miami Tunnel and US Courthouse in Islip, New York.
  • Obtained favorable settlements related to the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York and construction of Federal Courthouses in New York and Florida, coal burning electrification plant in Texas, Miami International Airport, Memphis Convention Center, Pittsburgh Convention Center, as well as for Miami Dade College in connection with the collapse, during construction, of its West Campus Parking Garage.
  • Recovered favorable judgments and settlements for several high rise condominiums for the repair of construction defects, including roofing, glazing, post tension systems, waterproofing, building envelope systems and fire safety systems.
  • Successfully defended claims against condominium developers and converters, recovering on pass-through claims of contractors and subcontractors.
  • Recovered favorable judgments, arbitration awards and settlements in favor of high end restaurant contractors, including recovery on construction liens and contract disputes.
  • Recovered favorable judgments and settlements in favor of electrical subcontractor, including recovery on construction liens and contract disputes.
  • Obtained an arbitration award in favor of his client, the builder of veterinary college in St. Kitts, including recovering all attorney fees, costs and expenses incurred by his client in prosecution of the claim.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for the full measure of his client’s losses in connection with the defective repair of his client’s yacht.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for the full measure of his client’s losses in connection with a boat built for his client’s commercial dive business in the Cayman Islands.
  • Obtained an arbitration award in favor of his client, a professional soccer league, in a dispute with one of the league’s franchised teams, including recovering all attorney fees, costs and expenses incurred by his client in defense of the claim.
  • Successfully defended bid protests in connection with public utility and wastewater projects.
Recognition & Involvement

Mr. Sobel is a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Lawyer and a Circuit/Civil Mediator, certified by the Florida Supreme Court. He is on the Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, qualified for Large and Complex Cases. He is a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and maintains an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in Chambers USA among America’s Leading Lawyers and in the South Florida Legal Guide as one of the top construction litigation lawyers. He is also recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” and as a “Super Lawyer.”

Publications
  • Expert Opinion Testimony in Florida – Navigating the Mine Field
  • The Electronic Courtroom and the Paperless Trial
  • Arbitration in the Construction Industry
  • §713.245 Conditional Payment Bonds-Panacea or Pandora?
  • A Comparative Analysis of the 1997 Changes to the AIA General Conditions to the Contract for Construction (A201)
  • Construction Work for the Government After Miorelli- Has Anything Really Changed?
  • Construction Law for Attorneys in Florida-Seminar Lecture Materials (with Gary Brown)
  • Balancing Competing Interests-How a Contractor Gets Paid for Tenant Improvements vs. How An Owner Avoids Getting Stuck When its Tenant Does Not Pay for its Contractor for Improving its Space
  • Drafting and Negotiating Construction Contracts for Leases-Protecting the Landlord or Tenant in their Dealings with Contractors and Architects
  • What to Do Before The Wheels Come Off (with Kim Rieck)
  • Selected Aspects of Construction Contracting
  • Betting the Farm? Three Rules in Construction Disputes
  • Entertainment Center Leases Theater, Restaurant and Other Idiosyncratic Issues
  • Anatomy of a Lease
  • Rent Operating Expenses, Marketing and Other Monetary Issues
  • Negotiating the New AIA - What Really Matters
Education

J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1978
Cum Laude

B.A., Economics, Brown University, 1975

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Florida
Georgia
United States District Court for Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
United States Circuit Courts for Third, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Federal Claims