Sunday, July 10, 2011

Deborah S. Chames & Christina I. Echeverri Join Kluger, Kaplan’s family law practice

MIAMI – July 8, 2011 – Miami-based commercial litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. has expanded its family law practice with the addition of Deborah S.  Chames, formerly with Heller & Chames, P.A. in Miami. Ms. Chames will join the Firm as Of Counsel and will be joined by an associate, Christina I. Echeverri, and three other members of her staff. 

Bringing more than 30 years of experience to Kluger Kaplan, Deborah Chames’ practice will complement the Firm’s existing family law platform, whose notable clients include Alex “A-Rod Rodriguez; Karen Kozlowski, the ex-wife of former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski; Grammy-award winning artist Brian McKnight; and a number of other high profile individuals.

“At a time when most law firms are contracting, Kluger Kaplan is enjoying steady growth, said Alan Kluger, founding member of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. “Deborah is one of the most respected family lawyers in the region with an impressive client roster. Her addition will further solidify Kluger Kaplan’s standing as South Florida’s leading litigation boutique.”

Deborah S. Chames focuses her practice on family law, including all aspects of divorce, post judgment proceedings, enforcement proceedings, paternity actions, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and mediation. She was a partner at Heller & Chames, P.A. since its founding in 1989.

Ms. Chames is a member of The Florida Bar, Dade County Bar Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Jewish Domestic Abuse, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Tour College. She has been appointed by a number of Dade County Circuit Judges as Guardian-Ad-Litem in matrimonial matters involving children’s issues and has testified as an expert on attorney’s fee issues in matrimonial matters. She has been involved in family cases before the Florida Supreme Court on multiple occasions.

Ms. Chames has been listed as a Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide for the past six years and is regularly featured on the Registry for Women of Excellence.

About Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.
Miami-based Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. focuses its practice in complex, high-stakes disputes across a range of disciplines and industries,  including all aspects of business and corporate litigation; real estate related litigation; securities and financial fraud; corporate governance; bankruptcy related litigation and debtor and creditor’s rights; appeals in state and federal courts; professional liability; intellectual property disputes; class actions; and complex matrimonial litigation.  The firm’s veteran litigators have served as lead class counsel in federal multi-district litigation and trials in federal and state courts throughout the country.  For more information, please visit