Practice Areas

An Alternative to Large Law Firms

Weissman & Dervishi handles a broad range of complex commercial litigation. We practice in state and federal courts and agencies, in both trial and appellate litigation, and in domestic and international arbitration. We move cases to conclusion efficiently and expeditiously through summary proceedings, bench trials, jury trials, appeals, execution of judgments, bankruptcy, and settlement negotiations at every stage of litigation.

Large-Firm Credentials Paired With Small-Firm Service

We strive to advance our clients' business goals and objectives in the most creative, cost-effective, and expedient manner possible. We advise clients on strategies to avoid protracted litigation by using negotiation, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution practices to resolve business and commercial disputes.

A Small Firm that Successfully Resolves Big Cases

As a small efficiency-driven law firm, we don't shuffle clients between paralegals or inexperienced attorneys. Instead, our experienced attorneys work closely with clients — handling complex cases from start to finish while offering responsive, personalized services in the following areas:

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Defense of false or unsubstantiated advertising cases including FTC enforcement actions
  • Copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property disputes
  • Enforcement of loan agreements and personal guaranties
  • Workouts, litigation related to distressed assets, and commercial loan foreclosures
  • UCC litigation and asset recovery
  • Real estate and land use litigation
  • Representation of receivers, trustees, and other fiduciaries
  • Business and economic tort and fraud litigation
  • Distribution agreements
  • Director and officer liability litigation
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Trademark and copyright infringement
  • Trade secrets, covenants not to compete, not to disclose, and not to solicit, unfair competition, and tortious interference with business or contract
  • Unfair and deceptive trade and business practices
  • Fraudulent transfers and other piercing-the-corporate-veil matters
  • Investor fraud and stockbroker liability disputes
  • Ponzi scheme cases
  • Lender liability cases
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Title disputes and title insurance claims
  • Litigation with contractors and subcontractors
  • Construction lien law

When it comes to handling complex litigation, there is no substitute for the experience that only comes from taking cases to trial and appeal. The firm you choose could have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Weissman & Dervishi combines the intelligence and skill of a large firm with the values and attention of a small law office, offering our clients the best of both worlds. We invite you to review some of our Representative Clients and Cases.

Creditors' Rights, Insolvency, and Bankruptcy Litigation

Weissman & Dervishi represents creditors in commercial loan foreclosures and debt restructuring, syndicated commercial loan workouts, enforcement of a wide variety of debt instruments, and general secured and unsecured collections litigation. As commercial and consumer bankruptcy filings increase, creditors require the services of a litigation firm that understands how to quickly and effectively protect their rights.

With years of experience handling commercial cases, we understand the importance of preparation and discovery when building a case. Our attorneys work closely with clients when raising objections to the discharge of debts, filing and litigating claims against the debtor's estate, defending against preference actions and adversary actions, and obtaining relief from the automatic bankruptcy stay to pursue state law claims in state court.

Appellate Proceedings

Appellate litigation is a unique practice within the litigation process oftentimes requiring attorneys to employ a scholarly treatment of complex legal issues. Through advanced planning and research, careful and creative analysis, staying abreast of changes in the law, and creative and clear writing, our attorneys prosecute and defend interlocutory appeals while the case is pending in the trial court and plenary appeals after the case has been adjudicated in the trial court.

The success of an appeal often depends upon a lawyer's ability to draft and present effective and compelling briefs. Our attorneys possess degrees from some of the world's most well-respected institutions and have had their works published — it's these personal and professional experiences that inform our ability to write concise, elegant, and persuasive briefs.

International Litigation

Weissman & Dervishi has represented businesses throughout the world regarding disputes that arise in the course of conducting international business.

From our offices in South Florida, our firm has represented international clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, in bankruptcy courts, and in the International Court of Arbitration.

Complex international litigation may include:

  • Breach of business contracts
  • Disputes regarding partnership and joint venture agreements
  • Distribution agreement disputes
  • Violations of confidentiality agreements

Each of our lawyers possesses experience in these and other complex, document-intensive litigation matters, such as choice of law, forum non conveniens, and the application of foreign law. We encourage you to review our Representative Clients and Cases to learn more about our practice.

Probate and Trust Litigation

We have experience resolving disputes about the admission of wills to probate and the administration of an estate representing personal representatives, trustees, beneficiaries, and estate creditors.

Whether your loved one passed with or without a will, or you believe that there has been a mistake in the execution of the will, undue influence in the creation of the estate plan, or that there was a lack of testamentary capacity at the time of the will's signing, we provide clear counsel and representation to protect your interests.

Many of our cases involve large estates, complicated estate planning arrangements, and complex choice-of-law issues. Whether handling adversary proceedings, the application of foreign laws in Florida jurisdictions, the domestication of foreign wills, or probate appeals, our team of attorneys provides advice that assists clients in navigating complex proceedings. We help our clients assert their rights during will contests and other probate disputes.

Arbitration and Mediation

For some businesses engaged in commercial disputes, engaging in costly litigation proceedings is an option often best avoided. Weissman & Dervishi's commitment to efficient and cost-effective litigation practices means that we explore opportunities to resolve disputes in a cost-effective manner. We have considerable experience in procedures, strategy, and structuring agreed resolutions of disputes, and, as litigation attorneys, we understand the importance of saving our clients time and money through alternative dispute resolution.