Monday, April 2, 2012

Powerhouse trial lawyers Marty Steinberg and Jeffrey Gutchess join Bilzin Sumberg

Jeffrey Gutchess
Marty Steinberg
Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg, one of Miami's leading commercial law firms, today announced that Marty Steinberg and Jeffrey Gutchess, two renowned trial lawyers, have joined the Firm. Steinberg and Gutchess, formerly of Hunton & Williams, are joined by several associates.

“We are delighted to have this superb group of litigators join us,” said John Sumberg, managing partner of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP. “They bring an extraordinary track record of success in representing clients in high-profile, complex litigation matters nationwide. The team will deepen the bench in a wide range of specialties such as class actions, international arbitration, patent litigation, corporate and securities litigation, government investigations, white collar defense, and health care.”

Mr. Steinberg, a former U.S. Senate Chief Counsel and Chief of U.S. Department of Justice Office in New York, is a Fellow of both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and American College of Trial Lawyers. He was recognized as Miami's “Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America 2012, in addition to being recognized as one of the Top 10 lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers. Mr. Steinberg will serve as co-chair of Bilzin Sumberg's Litigation Practicewith current chair Michael Kreitzer.

Mr. Steinberg and Mr. Gutchess represent Fortune 500 companies in litigation matters across a variety of practices and industries. Their clients include major multi-national corporations such as Bacardi, Carnival and Ryder. They are both former recipients of the Daily Business Review’s “Most Effective Lawyer” award for class action defense.

Mr. Steinberg's practice focuses on commercial litigation, including contract disputes, class actions, business torts, securities litigation, health care fraud and abuse investigations, intellectual property, antitrust and product liability matters.

Mr. Gutchess' practice focuses on complex litigation, class action defense, corporate governance and securities, internal investigations, and international arbitration. He has extensive experience in national and nationally publicized class actions, including actions in the pharmaceutical, insurance, vacation, alcohol beverage, and cellular service industries.

"We are pleased to welcome Marty, Jeff, and the associates" stated Michael Kreitzer, head of Bilzin Sumberg's Litigation Group. "Marty and Jeff's trial experience and track record throughout the country sets them apart from their peers. They are an extraordinary complement to our already strong litigation practice."

"Bilzin Sumberg’s sterling reputation, visionary management and collegial spirit make this a very exciting opportunity for us. We look forward to expanding even further the firm’s international practice and dominance in the Miami marketplace" said Marty Steinberg.

This acquisition continues the growth of Bilzin Sumberg's Litigation Practice. In June of 2011, David M. Gersten, former Judge in Florida's Third District Court of Appeals, joined as head of the firm's Appellate Practice. In 2010, the firm brought in Jose M. Ferrer, further expanding the firm's International Arbitration & Litigation practice.

Bilzin Sumberg's Litigation Group is consistently recognized as a leading litigation practice statewide by publications such as Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America, and its attorneys as top-tier practitioners. Additionally, the firm was selected as a finalist for Benchmark Litigation’s Firm of the Year 2012. National in scope, the firm's Litigation Group focuses on complex commercial matters spanning a multitude of industries.

About Bilzin Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP is a commercial law firm with extensive experience in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and securities, environmental law, land use and government relations, international, litigation, real estate, restructuring and bankruptcy, tax and wealth preservation planning. For more information, please visit


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