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Robert C. L. Vaughan, P.A.
 
 
   
   
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Robert C. L. Vaughan focuses his practice on commercial and international litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He represents clients in US state and federal courts, and in matters pending before Caribbean courts. Mr. Vaughan is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell - its highest rating for professional excellence. He has successfully tried civil and criminal cases, both bench and jury, in state and federal court in Florida. He has handled successful multimillion-dollar jury trials, class action litigation and multidistrict litigation, and represented numerous domestic and international clients through verdict and pre-trial dispositive hearings.

As lead trial counsel, Mr. Vaughan has successfully obtained preliminary injunctive relief for clients engaged in non-compete and trade secret litigation and shareholder disputes. He also has represented clients in trial and appellate courts in a wide variety of areas including insurance defense, shareholder litigation, business torts, “ponzi” fraud, attorneys’ fees litigation, and general contract disputes. Mr. Vaughan has represented clients in many industries including insurance, hospitality, agriculture, manufacturing, investments, information technology, aviation, and finance.
 
Honors & Recognition
   
AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell
Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Florida, 2014
Super Lawyers Business Edition (National), Litigation, 2012
Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, Litigation, Appellate, 2014
ICABA, Top 100 Blacks in Healthcare and Law (inaugural directory), 2009
Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite, 2007-2010, 2012, 2014
South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up and Comer, 2005-2012
Revistas Abogados, Abogados Destacados del Sur de la Florida, 2013
South Florida Business Journal, Up & Comer Finalist, 2006
Florida Trend, Florida Top Up & Comer, 2006
 

 

The Florida Bar & Community Service
   
Member, National Bar Association
Member, International Bar Association, Business Law Section
Former Member, Past Chair, The Florida Bar Grievance Committee
Former Board Member, Dade County Bar Association
Board Member, NYU Law Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni
Past President, Caribbean Bar Association
Former Board Member, Hands on Miami, 2007 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his service to Hands on Miami
Member, Dean's Advisory Board, FIU School of Law
Member, Florida Supreme Court Committee on Fairness & Diversity
   
Education
   
New York University, J.D., 1997   
UWI Norman Manley School of Law – Legal Education Certificate, 1999
State University of New York - Stony Brook, B.A., cum laude, 1994
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus – (transferred), 1991-1992
   
Bar Admissions
   
All Florida Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida 
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
The Supreme Court of Jamaica, West Indies
   
Professional Background
   
Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2010–present, Partner
Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP, Miami, Florida, 2005-2010, Partner
Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Miami, Florida, 1997-2005, Partner
   
Teaching Experience
   
NITA Trial Skills Programs
 
National Session (Louisville, CO)
Florida Regional Trial Skills Program
NITA Teacher Training Programs
 
Advocacy Teacher Training (San Francisco, CA, and Louisville, CO)
In House Training Programs
 
Allstate Trial Skills Program
State Farm Trial Skills Program
International Teaching Experience
 
Advocacy Teacher Training, Pristina, Kosovo (U.S. Dept. of Justice), January 2010
Advocacy Teacher Training, Pristina, Kosovo (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Consultant), October, 2010
Legal Services of Greater Miami
 
Using Documents at Depositions, August 2013

 
 
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