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Lawrence P. Rochefort

Partner 
Chair, Litigation Practice Group
777 South Flagler Drive
Suite 1100 West Tower
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 
Tel:
561.671.3603
Fax:
561.653.5333
 
 

Lawrence Rochefort is the Akerman Litigation Practice Group Chair. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation. With over 20 years of experience litigating business disputes in state and federal court and in arbitration, he has represented retailers, financial institutions, originators, servicers, investors, title companies, developers, property owners, and landlords in a wide variety of commercial and real estate litigation. Such litigation has focused on business disputes, contract actions, commercial and residential foreclosures, distressed property issues (receiverships and enforcement of assignments of rent), title claims, lender liability claims, landlord tenant matters, and creditors' rights issues.
 
Representative Experience
 
Specific Client Experience
 
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Woodfield Country Club - Represented developer at trial in a claim brought by homeowner concerning sales office.
 
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Chicago Title Insurance Company/Ticor Title - Represented insured in multi-million dollar policy claim.
 
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Peninsula Bank - Represented bank in multi-million dollar lender liability case.
 
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Publix Supermarkets, Inc. - Represented client in various business disputes.
 
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EE&G - Represented client in numerous lien foreclosures for work arising out of 2004 hurricane season.
 
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Regions Bank - Represented client in secured property litigation.
 
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Wachovia Bank and Wells Fargo - Represented client in large commercial foreclosures and workouts.
 
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Home Dynamics Corporation - Represented client in many contract disputes, including contract and mortgage disputes, and ILSA claims.
 
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Sovereign Bank - Represented client in foreclosure of income producing commercial property and in lender liability claims.
 
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Fifth Third Bank - Represented client in numerous contested commercial foreclosures and lender liability claims.
 
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TD Bank - Represented client in numerous foreclosures and collection actions and lender liability claims.
 
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Sun Life Assurance Company - Represented client in commercial property foreclosures involving receivership issues.
 
 
Leasing/Land Use Litigation
 
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Publix Supermarkets, Inc. - Represented client in various real estate litigation matters concerning leased or owned property.
 
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Bass Pro Outdoor World - Represented client in landlord tenant matter.
 
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Tommy Bahama West Palm - Represented client in leasehold dispute.
 
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Represented numerous property owners in restrictive covenant cases.
 
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Represented numerous property owners in landlord tenant disputes.
 
 
Foreclosure and Receivership Litigation/Workouts and Restructuring/Lender Litigation
 
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Substantial experience in litigating mortgage foreclosures and accompanying receiverships in a variety of state courts throughout Florida.
 
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Handled real estate litigation involving golf courses, shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, agricultural land, residential and business condominium projects, apartment complexes, and residential developments.
 
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Handled CMBS foreclosures and receiverships, some including bad boy guaranty claims, and works with special servicers in such foreclosures.
 
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Involved in a variety of distressed loan purchases and sales, foreclosure judgment purchases and sales, and foreclosure bid assignments.
 
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Represent numerous financial institutions in the negotiation and enforcement of workouts, forbearance agreements, soft notes, and short sales.
 
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Handled reforeclosures.
 
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Represent financial institutions in various types of non-foreclosure litigation, including replevins, judgment collection matters, proceedings supplementary, lender liability defense, class action defense, Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation, breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty litigation.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2010-2018, Listed for Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, and Litigation - Real Estate
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2012-2017, Listed in Florida for Business Litigation, 2012-2014, Listed in Florida for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
 
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Benchmark Litigation 2014-2016, Listed as a Florida local litigation star for General Commercial Litigation
 
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University of Miami School of Law, Law Alumni Achievement Award, 2015
 
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Board Certified in Business Litigation, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Litigation Management in a New York Minute, Speaker, "Ethics: Business Ethics vs. Legal Ethics," August 5, 2016
 
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Aspatore (Thomson Reuters), Co-Author, "Real Estate Litigation Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Navigating the Discovery Process, Building a Case, and Responding to Current Developments (Inside the Minds)," 2012
 
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17 National Law Journal, B5, No. 32, Co-Author, "Fear of Aids Lawsuits"
 
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4 University of Miami Entertainment and Sports Law Review, 257, No. 2, Author, "A Course of Action for Florida Courts to Follow When Injured Sports Participants Assert Causes of Action"
 
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12 The Banking Law Journal, 534, No. 6, Consultant, "Government Forfeiture of Collateral: Mortgages and the Innocent Lien Holder Defense"
 

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Lawrence P. Rochefort

Practice
Litigation
Representative Clients
Aurora Loan Services
Citibank
Clark Construction, Inc.
CompUSA
Countrywide Home Loans
Deutsche Bank
Evans Environmental and Geological Science and Management, LLC ("EE&G")
Fifth Third Bank
First American Title Insurance Company
GMAC
Home Dynamics Corporation
Peninsula Bank
PNC Bank
Publix Supermarkets, Inc.
Regions Bank
Sovereign Bank
Sun Life Assurance Company
TD Bank
Wachovia Bank
Wells Fargo Bank
Education
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1988; Order of the Coif
B.A., Florida Atlantic University, 1985; with high honors
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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