Judith M. Korchin has more than 30 years
experience as a civil trial lawyer and represents both plaintiffs and defendants
in complex bet the company cases before state and federal trial and appellate
courts and in arbitration. Ms. Korchin practices in litigation with an emphasis
in complex commercial litigation and arbitration; defense of class actions;
construction litigation and state and local tax litigation. She also serves as
the firm's National Alternative Dispute Resolution Team Leader.
Korchin's clients have included charitable organizations (e.g., foundation which
funds translational research in universities with the goal of accelerating new
technologies into patient care, non-profit medical research organization that
funds biological and medical research), domestic and multi-national corporations
(e.g. multi-national and national engineering and construction firms,
corporation that develops and manufactures products that simplify and innovate
biomedical testing, national boat manufacturer, four national airlines,
multi-national airplane manufacturer, several financial institutions, national
sporting goods retailer, national fast food restaurant chains and national
broadcasting corporation), high-net-worth individuals and foreign
Ms. Korchin was an Executive Editor of the University of
Florida Law Review and member of Order of the Coif. She served as a federal
law clerk to deceased United States Chief Judge of the Southern District of
Florida, C. Clyde Atkins.
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION: Ms.
Korchin has both defended and asserted contract claims and business torts in
complex business disputes and real property title disputes involving voluminous
document discovery and financial analysis. She has often been adverse to state
and local governments. She handles intellectual property litigation, including
copyright and license rights to computer software and trademark law.
CLASS ACTION DEFENSE: Ms. Korchin has defended class
actions involving antitrust issues, construction defects, consumer trade
practices and state tax issues.
LITIGATION: Ms. Korchin represents owners, developers, contractors and
engineers in design, defect, and delay litigation.
LOCAL TAX LITIGATION: Ms. Korchin has been taxpayers' counsel in ad
valorem real and personal property tax litigation resulting in exemptions of
millions per year and reductions in value. She has been taxpayers' counsel for a
Florida sales tax exemption of approximately $50 million for an electric power
plant's pollution control devices mandated by federal and state law and defended
consumer class actions involving Florida sales tax issues.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE: Arbitration
panelist in a $155 million dispute between multibillion dollar company in the
medical laboratory field and one of the premier information service companies
which had contracted to design, develop and operate a computer software system.
Chair of Arbitration Panel in $65 million dispute between national hospital
chain and health maintenance organization regarding interpretations of contracts
governing scope of coverage and amounts allowed. Arbitration panelist in eight
figure dispute between multibillion dollar company in the jet manufacturing
business and supplier of jet interiors as to interpretation of contracts
governing what was included in contract price for each jet's interior. Advocate
in $25 million dollar pre-suit mediation between sellers of aviation defense
manufacturing company and multinational corporate purchase who asserted sellers
failed to disclose laboratory quality assurance violations which subsequent to
the sale of the company resulted in a Department of Justice investigation. Both
a sole arbitrator and member of arbitration panels in numerous employment law
disputes, including FLSA cases where collective actions are sought and
international disputes involving Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America.
An advocate in both mediations and arbitrations.