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Becker Spotlight: Martin Cabalar on Developer Transition, Construction Defects, & New Jersey’s Structural Integrity and Reserve Funding Law

Recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers as a ‘Rising Star,’ if you spend a few minutes with Martin Cabalar, you’ll realize it’s true. Cabalar, a shareholder in Becker’s New Jersey office, is part of the firm’s community association and construction litigation practice groups. He wears several hats, from serving as General Counsel for community associations […]

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Becker Named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Companies to Work For” List

January 30, 2024 – Becker is proud to announce its inclusion in the inaugural list of The Best Companies to Work for Among U.S. Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report. The award reflects Becker’s commitment to employee well-being and job satisfaction across various critical factors. Guided by a panel of experts, U.S. News […]

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Becker’s Steven B. Lesser Quoted in ‘Daily Business Review’ Article about Construction Defect Litigation

Steven B. Lesser, Chair of Becker’s national Construction Law & Litigation practice group was recently quoted in an article about the increasing trend of construction litigation in South Florida, following a wave of demand for new buildings in recent years. The Daily Business Review article reveals many housing and residential projects were rushed, particularly in […]

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“Townhome, Condominium and New Construction Home Issues in Florida: Helping Homeowners Navigate the Legal Process” – Central Florida Times

Purchasing a new townhome, condominium or single-family home in Central Florida is an exciting milestone, but construction defects can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare. At Becker, our construction attorneys specialize in representing homeowners and homeowner’s associations facing construction defects, offering expert legal guidance and advocacy. In this article, we will discuss residential construction […]

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2024 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 34 Becker Attorneys

The 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most revered peer review publications, recognizes 34 Becker attorneys across the Firm’s practices. Our own Steven B. Lesser, was also recognized as Lawyer of the Year, a distinction based on the highest overall peer feedback for their specialty and location. Lesser […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Earns Coveted National First-Tier Rankings in the 2024 Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Guide

We are pleased to announce that Becker & Poliakoff ranked as a national first-tier law firm for Construction Law and Banking and Finance Litigation in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” guide. Becker was also nationally ranked in five other practice areas: Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, and […]

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Senior Attorney David Milton Earns Prestigious Board Certification in Construction Law, Strengthening Becker’s Renowned Legal Team

Becker is proud to announce that senior attorney David Milton has achieved board certification in Construction Law, making him the 19th member of our construction practice to earn this prestigious distinction. Board certification entails rigorous testing and signifies the highest standards of skill, specialized knowledge, proficiency, professionalism, and ethics in a particular area of law. […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Named Among South Florida’s Top 100 Private Companies by South Florida Business Journal

Becker & Poliakoff is proud to announce its recognition as one of South Florida’s Top 100 Private Companies by the South Florida Business Journal. This accolade reflects Becker & Poliakoff’s deep ties to Florida and unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and growth. The South Florida Business Journal’s annual list of the Top 100 Private Companies […]

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2022 Hurricane Nicole Permit Extension Opportunity Extended Further

Property owners, developers, construction industry professionals, and other permit- and authorization-holders may have even more opportunities for further extensions due to Hurricane Nicole in 2022. The following provides an overview of the permit extensions available under law, including what gives rise to the extensions, the types of permits and authorizations that are covered, and how […]

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Becker’s Coral Gables Office Profiled in Coral Gables Magazine

Becker’s Coral Gables office was recently profiled in Coral Gables Magazine’s ‘City Beautiful’ edition. The issue highlights the strength of Coral Gables as a hub for multinational companies and international business. Located at 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Becker’s Coral Gables office is a top-performing hub, managing a significant portion of the firm’s work with […]

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“Bar Program Designed to Resolve Fee Disputes Quickly” – Florida Bar News

A little research, and an updated fee agreement, could spare clients and attorneys a lot of time and expense, assures veteran Ft. Lauderdale attorney Steven B. Lesser. “One of the most uncomfortable issues we deal with as lawyers is when we have a fee dispute with a client,” Lesser said. Board certified in construction law, […]

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Becker Construction Law Shareholder Sanjay Kurian Contributes Chapter to ABA Technology in Construction Law Book

Construction Law Practice Group Shareholder and noted expert on technology and the law Sanjay Kurian contributed a chapter entitled, “Lawyer’s Duty of Technological Competence” to the recently published American Bar Association (ABA) legal guidebook, Technology in Construction Law.  According to Sanjay, “Lawyers need to know how to keep up with relevant technology to help their […]

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“Ranking Organizations Should Consider Board Certification as a Factor When Rating Lawyers in Practice Areas” – The Florida Bar News & Journal

For decades, established organizations such as Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, Avvo, and others have ranked lawyers in specialty areas after performing research, soliciting peer review, interviewing with potential lawyer candidates and in some instances speaking to their clients. At the same time, other organizations provide lawyer rankings but not necessarily based […]

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Townhome, Condominium, and New Construction Home Issues in Central Florida: Helping Homeowners Navigate the Legal Process

Purchasing a new townhome, condominium, or single-family home in Central Florida is an exciting milestone, but construction defects can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare. At Becker, our construction attorneys specialize in representing homeowners and homeowners’ associations facing construction defects, offering expert legal guidance and advocacy. In this article, we will discuss residential construction […]

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Steven B. Lesser Appointed as American Bar Association’s Special Advisor of the Standing Committee on Specialization

Becker is pleased to announce that Steven B. Lesser, Chair of the firm’s national Construction Law & Litigation practice group, has been appointed as Special Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Specialization, which approves accreditation of lawyers nationally. Steven has a deep history with board certification. He is Board Certified in Construction Law, […]

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Becker Attorneys in Florida, New Jersey, and New York Recognized as 2022-2023 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Becker is thrilled to announce that several attorneys in the firm’s Florida, New Jersey, and New York offices have been named as 2022-2023 Super Lawyers, an honor that recognizes the top 5% of the total lawyers in any given state. Additionally, Becker attorneys recognized as Rising Stars represent the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 […]

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Becker Named a Top 50 Construction Law Firm by Construction Executive Magazine 2023

Becker’s Construction Law & Litigation practice once again pushed the firm to the upper ranks of Construction Executive Magazine’s annual Top 50 Construction Law Firms. This national rating system measures and weighs the following: 2022 revenues from the firm’s construction practice; the number of attorneys in the firm’s construction practice; the percentage of firm’s total […]

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Chambers USA Recognizes Becker’s Construction and Litigation Practices; Six Attorneys in 2023 Edition

Becker is thrilled to announce that the firm and its attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, a prestigious annual guide of leading law firms and attorneys. Chambers’ sources describe the firm as having a “diverse knowledge base” and a “strong presence across the state.” This year, Becker once again received […]

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Webinar: New Law Puts Communities at Risk – How to Protect Your HOA or Condo

 This program is not eligible for CEU credit or certificate of completion.   Governor DeSantis recently signed Senate Bill 360 into law. This law’s stated purpose is to curtail frivolous construction defect lawsuits by significantly reducing the amount of time parties have to bring such lawsuits. However, the practical effect of this bill is […]

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Florida Further Restricts Community Association’s Ability to Bring Design and Construction Defect Lawsuits

Several laws have been passed during Florida’s recent legislative session, and one in particular will have a significant impact for community associations. On April 13, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 360 (“SB 360”) into law. This new law shortens the time period for bringing lawsuits based on design and construction defect claims […]

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Florida Supreme Court Justice John D. Couriel Speaks at Becker Legacy Speaker Series

April 19, 2023 – Miami, FL — Becker & Poliakoff, in partnership with the University of Miami School of Law, recently welcomed Florida Supreme Court Justice John D. Couriel as the keynote speaker of the Alan S. Becker and Gary A. Poliakoff Preeminent Leaders in Law Speaker Series. The educational forum, established in honor of the […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Celebrates 50th Anniversary: 50 Years of Outstanding Client Service and Dedication to Communities

April 18, 2023 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  The firm is proud of its beginnings and contribution to the creation of laws governing shared ownership housing in Florida. With 11 offices throughout Florida and additional locations in New York, New […]

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“Associations May Now Have Broader Standing to Pursue Construction Defects Claims” – CAI Central Florida Times

When your community needs to pursue a claim for construction defects, your community must have a stake in the outcome of the litigation – known as standing – to pursue that claim. Because both Section 718.111 and 720.303 empower an association to pursue claims for matters of common interest, an association usually has standing to […]

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“Uncertainty Remains as Lawyers See Rising Demand from Final Wave of Hurricane Claims Under Old Law” – Daily Business Review

Becker’s Ft. Myers Office Managing Shareholder Sanjay Kurian was quoted in the Daily Business Review article titled, “Uncertainty Remains as Lawyers See Rising Demand from Final Wave of Hurricane Claims Under Old Law.” To read the full article, please click here. Sanjay Kurian is Florida Bar Board Certified in Construction Law and is recognized by leading legal publication Chambers […]

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