Patricia Lebow is the Founding and Managing Partner of the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel and serves on the Firm's Executive Committee. She is a member of the Firm's Complex Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Estate Planning and Trusts and Tort Law Practice Groups.
Mrs. Lebow has been named in the prestigious Chambers USA for many years as a Leading Commercial Litigator with client remarks describing Mrs. Lebow as "smart, experienced, practical and connected....." and having a "deep psychological understanding of human motivation....."
Mrs. Lebow has been honored year after year for her expertise and integrity as a Florida Super Lawyer, Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, Leading Lawyer by South Florida Business Journal, Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide (including being named as one of the Top 100 Florida Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers), South Florida Power Player, Top Attorney in Florida and one of Florida's 50 most successful women leaders.
The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward and White, recognized Mrs. Lebow for multiple years in its leading legal guide as a "Bet the Company" litigator.
Mrs. Lebow holds an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a rating achieved by only five percent of all attorneys. The rating indicates that the attorney "has reached the height of professional excellence" and is "recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity."
The American Bar Association named Mrs. Lebow a "Fellow" in recognition of her dedication to the profession.
Mrs. Lebow is best known for finding practical solutions to complex problems. Due to her expertise in multiple practice areas, client goals are achieved cost effectively, often with “outside the box” resolutions. Most recently, her role on behalf of clients is that of outside general counsel in risk management, family business succession planning, strategizing and litigating issues involving tortious interference with business relationships and non-competition clauses, contractual disputes of all types, real estate title issues, foreclosure priorities, fraudulent conveyances, trust and estate litigation, construction litigation, personal injury litigation, labor and employment matters, stalking and injunctive relief actions, among other matters on which clients seek her advice.
Joining Broad and Cassel in 1976, when the Firm had one office in Miami and a total of ten lawyers, Mrs. Lebow has been on the forefront of growth not only for Broad and Cassel, but for the South Florida legal community. She has distinguished herself by years of hard work and tireless dedication to her clients, who know that they can count on her for problem-solving and protecting their interests both inside and outside the courtroom.
The list of Boards on which Mrs. Lebow has previously served is too numerous to mention, but her high energy and interest in many diverse areas always result in her imprint being left on an organization. The most significant of those roles were her services as the first female Chair of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County; a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond; and the co-founder, with her late husband, of a 501(c)(3) public charity, Kids' Dreams, Inc., which provides financially underprivileged students with the opportunity to participate in the cultural amenities of the community. In the years since its formation in 2007, Kids' Dreams, Inc. has provided thousands of Title 1 school children with cultural, scholastic and athletic opportunities. Most notably, among other honors, Mrs. Lebow was awarded the Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award as Outstanding Business Leader of the Year and received the Award for Leadership in the Private Sector by the Executive Women of Palm Beach County.
Recent cases handled by Mrs. Lebow include: representation of a plaintiff to establish boundaries by acquiescence, to quiet title and for adverse possession due to a discrepancy in a legal description of real property resulting in the seller’s (client’s) inability to convey marketable title; representation of a defendant in a class action suit for damages and injunctive relief relating to the disposition of collateral after a borrower’s default under a motor vehicle retain installment sales contract; representation of a developer defending causes of action by a homeowners’ association for negligence, violation of Declaration of Covenants, breach of statutory and fiduciary duties and common law negligence; representation of beneficiaries in contested probate matters involving complexity with intra-family disputes and multiple tortious and contractual claims; representation of an employer in defense of an overtime and hostile work environment claim with potential class action ramifications; representation of the victim of a stalker involving civil and criminal law issues; representation of employee and new employer in defense of a claim alleging breach of a non-compete agreement.
Estate Dispute — Mrs. Lebow successfully represented her client in a dispute with siblings regarding settlement of their late mother’s estate. The value of the estate was in excess of $10 million. There was complexity in this matter as a result of disagreement as to the disposition of diverse assets owned by the Estate. Ultimate resolution was achieved after months of negotiation resulting in a settlement agreement providing for a non-judicial modification of trust. Some of the complex issues were: resolution of claims of multiple siblings; disputes over personal property; objections to accountings; objections to distribution of estate; internal modifications to a charitable foundation; access to and sale of real property.
Property Dispute — Mrs. Lebow filed a lawsuit on behalf of her client, the plaintiff, to establish boundaries by acquiescence, to quiet title and for adverse possession due to a discrepancy in a legal description of real property resulting in the seller’s (client’s) inability to convey marketable title. Upon investigation, it was determined that the discrepancy impacted multiple other parcels in the surrounding neighborhood thereby creating a complicated title defect for multiple owners. As a result of Mrs. Lebow’s expertise in multiple areas of law, including trusts and estates, real estate and litigation, she was successful in resolving the dispute by obtaining corrective instruments from the original grantor’s successors, as well as the adjoining property owners. This involved significant research on estates and the laws of intestacy, as well as locating heirs, and convincing all parties involved that their best interests would be served by execution of instruments instead of continued litigation.
Employment Claim — Mrs. Lebow successfully represented a national, multi-million dollar company with an employment claim. The EEOC claim had complexity that required the expertise of a senior lawyer in careful negotiations with opposing counsel to reach resolution confidentially and expediently due to business and legal issues in a national company.
Pre-Litigation Mediation — Mrs. Lebow represented her client, a developer, in connection with litigation threatened by a Homeowners Association for negligence, violation of Declaration of Covenants, breach of statutory and fiduciary duties, and common law negligence. As an option to avoid the litigation process, Mrs. Lebow was able to convince counsel for the plaintiff to enter into pre-litigation mediation. That process continued until a settlement was eventually negotiated by Mrs. Lebow on behalf of her client. The client was extremely grateful due to the cost-effective manner in which this potentially explosive matter was handled for the best interest of the client.