Practice Areas

At Turkel Cuva Barrios, we relentlessly advocate for our clients. We litigate disputes to a satisfactory result, either through obtaining a settlement or trying a case to verdict. While we are experienced in a broad range of practice areas, we have practiced regularly and have significant experience in the following.

Complex Civil Trial

Complex Civil Trial

Our lawyers regularly try cases in state and federal court, both before juries and judges. In 2021, despite the pandemic, our lawyers tried two jury trials—one representing the plaintiff in a misappropriation of trade secrets case and one representing defendants in an abuse of process case. Both were successful results for our clients. The trade secret case resulted in a $932,000 verdict for our client. Our business clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startups and local small businesses. We have helped high net worth individuals defend their reputations and have assisted classes and collections of consumers in righting corporate wrongs. Solving complex problems is our specialty.

Business Litigation

Business Litigation

Our business litigation lawyers represent clients in a broad range of business disputes, from high-stakes, complex, “bet the company litigation” to contentious disputes among members of closely held companies. Our clients include large, publicly traded corporations, medium-size regional businesses, small business owners and entrepreneurs. No matter the case, we work closely with our clients to understand their business goals and needs, and develop a litigation strategy with those goals and needs in mind. Whether that means attempting to negotiate a quick resolution or litigating the matter through trial, our attorneys are dedicated to pursuing the path that best serves our client’s interests.

Our lawyers have years of experience litigating and trying business cases before judges, juries, and in arbitration. We have litigated and tried cases in state and federal courts throughout Florida, and we have deep-rooted connections to the business, legal, and judicial communities in which we live and work. Our team is comprised of true trial lawyers who understand the strategy, complexities, and nuance of trial critical to developing a trial strategy that best positions our cases for success.

Reputation and Privacy​

Reputation and Privacy​

Our firm’s seasoned trial attorneys prosecute privacy, reputation, and intellectual property rights against media organizations and other infringers. We represent celebrities, professional athletes, and corporate and business clients in lawsuits to protect their privacy and publicity rights, intellectual property, reputations, and goodwill against invasion, infringement, defamation and other violations. This includes the protection of confidential information, trade secrets and corporate reputations, and brands. Our firm has also worked with some of the most prestigious and well-recognized media and entertainment lawyers across the country in several high-profile cases. Our lawyers have developed a reputation as some of the preeminent reputation and defamation trial attorneys in the country.

Admiralty and Maritime​

Admiralty and Maritime​

Our maritime attorneys have comprehensive experience in all aspects of the unique field of maritime law. The firm maintains an international client base that spans the entire spectrum of the shipping, maritime, transportation, and marine insurance industries. The firm’s practice includes representing shipowners in lawsuits filed by Jones Act and longshore workers, representing owners of all types and sizes of vessels regarding personal injury claims brought by seamen under the Jones Act, and General Maritime Law. In addition, the firm represents clients in litigation arising from scuba diving, recreational boating accidents, and jet-ski operation.

We have been engaged in numerous maritime casualty investigations, including work plan accidents, oil pollution, and collisions. We have experience in environmental, regulatory, and government-related issues, as well as maritime security and historical shipwreck recovery.

The firm is regularly engaged in matters involving cargo damage claims, hull and collision disputes, groundings, dock and pier damage, salvage, General Average, maritime liens, Limitation of Liability actions, and vessel arrests. Our attorneys also assist vessel interests with regulatory and agency issues, including appearances before the U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida State Board of Pilot Commissioners. The firm’s maritime clients include domestic and foreign shipowners, marine underwriters, and a variety of local maritime interests, including pier owners, ship repairers, stevedoring companies, steamship agents, and ship suppliers. The Firm’s maritime lawyers also litigate charter party, insurance coverage, and commercial disputes in a variety of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution settings.

Intellectual Property​

Intellectual Property​

Our firm litigates intellectual property cases in federal and state court. As plaintiffs, our clients have obtained preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, in addition to damages and favorable settlements. As defendants, our clients have defeated claims for injunctive relief and damages and have maintained their competitive places in the market. Our attorneys have experience litigating and advising on trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent matters. We also regularly litigate internet and advertising cases. We often share risk with our clients through contingency arrangements on intellectual property infringement cases.

Sports and Entertainment​

Sports and Entertainment​

Our firm has substantial experience in evaluating, resolving and litigating disputes in the sports and entertainment industries. This includes representing professional sports teams and organizations in disputes specific to their industry. We understand the nuances of sports and entertainment disputes, particularly the enhanced publicity those disputes may create. In that respect, we have partnered with marketing and public relations firms to manage the media side of such disputes when necessary. Additionally, we have a substantial background in representing professional athletes, including professional baseball players, football players, and Olympic athletes, in negotiating, reviewing, or preparing endorsement and licensing agreements, as well as their player contracts. We have attorneys with certified player agent licenses from the MLBPA and NFLPA, as well as appropriate state licenses.