2016 Third District Court of Appeal Fall Seminar materials

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Latest Updates:

  • On September 23, 2016, Andrew Kawel will be a panelist at the Third District Court of Appeal Fall Seminar. He will discuss circuit-court review of county-court orders. For more information on attendance or to obtain a copy of his comments and presentation, contact the Dade County Bar Association.
  • Andrew Kawel has obtained a reversal on double-jeopardy grounds of his client's first-degree murder conviction and mandatory life sentence in Merchant v. State.
  • Andrew Kawel has been appointed as a Director of the South Miami–Kendall Bar Association. He will also serve on SMKBA's Pro Bono Committee.
  • Andrew Kawel has been appointed as a Director and Technology Committee Chair of the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society.
  • Andrew Kawel has been appointed as Assistant Programs Chair of the Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court.
  • Thomas Willis and Andrew Kawel have prevailed at trial in a contest over a beleaguered multimillion-dollar church property on Biscayne Boulevard.
  • Andrew Kawel has been selected as a 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star in Appellate Practice.
  • After a trip to the Supreme Court of Florida, Kawel PLLC has succeeded in obtaining the dismissal of the government's appeal in McEnany v. City of Hallandale Beach.

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Kawel PLLC is a boutique appellate law firm with local focus.

Our paramount concern is the proper development of the law in favor of deserving people. We accept fewer cases than some other firms, and we believe that the quality of our briefs and argument reflects that choice. 

We regularly handle both civil and criminal matters. Our clientele has ranged from international players, like the Government of the Republic of Nicaragua, to hometown people with basic landlord–tenant disputes. Whether sovereign or citizen, each sought our advice in navigating the state and federal court systems.

In Miami, when it comes time to appeal—or to resist an appeal—call Kawel PLLC.

Recent Published Opinions

  • Merchant v. State of Florida, ___ So. 3d ___, 41 Fla. L. Weekly D862 (Fla. 3d DCA Apr. 6, 2016) (reversing conviction for first-degree murder and vacating life sentence on double-jeopardy grounds).
  • Sepúlveda v. Westport Recovery Corp., 145 So. 3d 162 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014) (granting petition for second-tier certiorari).

Noteworthy Current Matters

  • JAWHBS, LLC v. Arevalo, defense of federal litigation involving a multimillion-dollar claim over properties related to the Brickell CityCentre project.
  • State of Florida v. Merchant, State's attempt to seek discretionary review in Supreme Court of Florida following reversal of first-degree murder conviction. Main issue: double jeopardy.
  • Villa Lyan, Inc. v. Perez, a response to a petition for certiorari in a wage-theft case under the Miami–Dade county ordinance.
  • South Florida Pain & Rehabilitation of West Broward LLC v. GEICO, a PIP appeal. Main issue: confession of judgment.
  • Southern Title Insurance Corp. v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, a federal case over approximately $1.8 million in bad checks and wire transfers.
  • McClung et al. v. Estevez, a series of almost ten appellate matters in defense of a landlord–tenant victory in Miami.
  • Various trial-level matters: real-estate disputes; personal injury claims; commercial litigation.

Noteworthy Past Matters

  • Assisted the Government of the Republic of Nicaragua in defeating a multimillion-dollar federal claim.
  • Represented Florida Justice Association as amicus curiæ in support of a multimillion-dollar verdict.
  • Represented National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as amicus curiæ in a bellwether confidential-informant case, helping to vacate the drug conviction and obtain a new trial.
  • Helped several criminal defendants obtain below-guidelines or bottom-of-guidelines sentences in United States district courts.