Joshua D. Lerner

Josh Lerner’s practice is as diverse as any in the law firm. He represents clients in commercial litigation, professional liability, insurance coverage and bad faith, appellate matters and general liability cases.  Dating back to the late 1980’s, Josh has represented portfolio and private lenders and, more recently, CMBS special servicers in commercial foreclosure litigation. He leads a firmwide team of lawyers that handles foreclosure and other real estate litigation matters from each of the firm’s five offices.

 Josh has also represented insurers and their insureds since his earliest years in private practice. He provides opinions and handles litigation in matters relating to coverage under commercial general liability, errors and omissions, garage liability and trucker’s liability policies. Working closely with SIU professionals, Josh prosecutes recovery actions arising from insurance fraud. And among the insureds Josh has represented are accountants, lawyers, securities broker-dealers, financial planners, IRA custodians and automobile dealers.

One of his core strengths is as a writer and editor. Josh received focused training in appellate practice while in law school and served as a law clerk on Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. He has been counsel of record in more than fifty appeals.

Josh currently serves on the firm’s executive committee. He received his law degree from the University of Miami and his under graduate degree from Colorado College.

  • Education

    University of Miami, School of Law - J.D. , 1984
    • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Book Award in Administrative Law
    Colorado College in Colorado Springs - B.A., History , 1980
  • Honors

    • Florida Trend Magazine Florida Legal Elite 2012
  • Bar Admissions

    • Florida (1984)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Middle, Southern)
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Notable Cases

    • Wilks v. Boston Whaler, Inc.  >>
    • Machinery Wholesalers Inc. v. Wolpe, Leibowitz & Brotman,  >>
    • Koziol v. Bombardier-Rotax GmbH, Motorenfabrik  >>
    • Country Manors Association, Inc. v. Master Antenna Systems, Inc.,  >>
    • Chambless v. Officers & Directors of Snapper Creek  >>
    • Aguilera v. Inservices, Inc.  >>
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
    • Dade County Bar Association
    • Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11A, Member (2001-2004)
    • American Bar Association
    • The Florida Bar
    • Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Articles & Presentations

    • Potential liability of workers’ compensation carriers and adjusters to claimants for claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress resulting from their conduct during the adjusting of workers’ compensation claims , Speaker
    • Topics related to accountant liability to the Management Advisory Services Committee of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants., Speaker
  • Community Involvement

    • President, Royal Palm Tennis Club
  • Ratings and Certifications

    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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