Latest Updates:

  • Andrew Kawel overturns first-degree murder conviction and life sentence on double-jeopardy grounds in Merchant v. State.
  • Andrew Kawel appointed to Board of Directors of South Miami–Kendall Bar Association.
  • Andrew Kawel appointed to Board of Directors of Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society.
  • Thomas Willis and Andrew Kawel prevail at trial in contest over beleaguered multimillion-dollar church property.
  • Andrew Kawel selected 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star in Appellate Practice.
  • After a trip to the Supreme Court of Florida, Kawel PLLC succeeds in obtaining dismissal of 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.