Choosing a Commercial Landlord-Tenant Lawyer
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You know how important it is to pick a lawyer who is best suited to help you navigate the legal complexities of a commercial landlord-tenant dispute. Chances are you’ve found our firm through a recommendation or after researching several firms and you’re now trying to figure out who to contact first.
Before you pick up the phone or send an email – and especially before you decide who to hire – consider the following questions and answers when consider Rosenthal Law Group.
Do the attorneys at the law firm you are considering have more than 40 combined years of experience handling commercial landlord-tenant matters?
The Florida commercial landlord-tenant attorneys at Rosenthal Law Group do.
Does the law firm you are considering regularly represent commercial landlords in eviction and damage lawsuits?
The attorneys at Rosenthal Law Group do. We have represented parties in commercial landlord-tenant matters in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County, Florida. While a majority of our practice is representing landlords, we also represent commercial tenants.
Are the attorneys at the law firm you are considering highly credentialed and looked at as authorities on the subject of landlord-tenant law?
The attorneys at Rosenthal Law Group are. Alex Rosenthal has lectured at several seminars attended by attorneys and professional on a variety of landlord-tenant matters. The Firm has not only handled hundreds of commercial landlord tenant disputes at the trial level, but the Firm’s attorneys represented commercial landlords and tenants on appeal.
In addition, Alex Rosenthal's litigation practice extends statewide in both state and federal courts. He is a member of the Florida Bar, United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Rosenthal is a certified arbitrator in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Broward County, Florida. Mr. Rosenthal is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by in "The Best Lawyers in America" list every year from 2010 through 2021 in the field of Commercial Litigation and every year from 2016-2021 in the Construction Litigation category. In 2019, he was named to Florida Trend Magazine's "Legal Elite," and in 2017 Mr. Rosenthal was the recipient of both the Finance Monthly Global Award and the Lawyer Monthly of Legal Award. Mr. Rosenthal has also been recognized in the Miami Herald as one of South Florida's Top Lawyers for 2011 and 2012.
He is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America® which is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Attorney Rosenthal is also distinguished with a 10.0 Superb rating by Avvo®, the highest rating that can be achieved under their guidelines.
Is your matter going to be handled by attorneys from start to finish, or will paralegals and secretaries be responsible for processing your paperwork?
At Rosenthal Law Group we do not utilize non-attorneys to provide non-clerical services. Because you have an important legal problem, your matter is handled by attorneys.
When you ask questions of the attorneys you are considering hiring, do they confidently provide you with the information about which you inquired?
Rosenthal Law Group has the experience handling such a wide variety of commercial landlord-tenant matters that it is able to provide you a wealth of experience enabling the attorneys to promptly and confidently answer your questions with the information you are seeking.
Can the law firm you are considering promptly take action on your behalf to file suit for eviction and damages?
We know that when it comes to commercial landlord-tenant disputes, by the time a client calls an attorney, the tenant has typically not paid for some time, or a landlord has already filed suit, and time is of the essence. Typically, we can be ready to file suit, or answer a lawsuit, the very same day that we are retained.
Does the law firm you are considering also represent parties in the preparation and negotiation of leases?
Rosenthal Law Group actively represents parties in all aspects of lease drafting and negotiations. This is important because better way is there to know and understand landlord-tenant law and the issues it presents than to have extensive experience in all aspects of the commercial landlord-tenant relationship?
Does the law firm you are considering also represent commercial landlords in other aspects of their litigation?
Rosenthal Law Group represents commercial landlords and property owners in Florida in a variety of commercial matters and litigation from insurance disputes, premises liability, negligent security, easement litigation, enforcement of lien rights, vendor disputes, and many other day-to-day litigation matters relating to the ownership and operation of real property.
Consider the fact that owning commercial property brings with it a variety of problems that can lead to litigation, only some of which may involve tenant disputes. Having an attorney who has vast experience representing commercial landlords with their litigation is both convenient and useful in order to timely and effectively deal with issues even before they escalate into full blown litigation.
Does the law firm you are considering also represent commercial landlords with non-litigation legal matters?
Rosenthal Law Group represents commercial landlords and property owners in a variety of commercial matters not involving litigation such as contract drafting and review, employment matters, and general legal representation. The best way to minimize litigation costs is to anticipate potential problems and utilize experienced counsel to assist in the negotiations and drafting of effective contracts and assist in providing advice on your rights and obligations to third parties and your employees.
Is the law firm you are considering promising a flat fee or other bargain rate to handle your commercial landlord-tenant matter?
If so, we caution you to beware and ask questions. When considering an attorney for an important legal matter such as litigation, ask yourself the following question: "Is my case being handled by an attorney who I trust will provide me professional and competent service?"
Hiring an attorney for commercial landlord-tenant litigation is not the same as buying a product. You are placing your trust in a professional to represent your interest to regain possession of your property and to recover damages or, if you are a tenant, to prevent losing possession of your property and avoiding a loss of your business. This is not the time to hire someone solely because they quote you the best price.
Ask questions about the so-called flat fee. Any attorney who offers a flat fee to handle an eviction will tell you that if the tenant contests the eviction, then the attorney will charge you a different fee (typically hourly) for the representation. Uncontested commercial evictions are very rare so you should anticipate in advance that the matter will not be handled on a flat fee basis. And, if that is the case, then consider who is going to be handling the matter on your behalf once it is contested. In other words, if your matter is heading to court, do you have confidence in the attorney who will be representing you?
Consider whether you would hire a surgeon based on who quoted you the best price without considering who you trust with the important procedure. Even worse, consider hiring a surgeon based on a flat fee with the assumption being that here will be no complications but a different fee if there are complications. Would you hire a surgeon who you don't trust to deal with a complicated surgery merely because she is less expensive hoping that there will be no complications?
After you considered everything, do you feel your matter is being handled by the right attorney?
The only way to know this is to speak with the attorney who is actually going to represent you. Alex Rosenthal is available to speak with you to discuss your matter and help you decide whether Rosenthal Law Group is the right attorneys to handle your commercial landlord-tenant matter.
Reach out to him and our other attorneys by contacting us online or calling (954) 384-9200 for help.