• Appellate Practice
  • Automobile and RV Litigation
  • Breach of Warranty / Lemon Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Consumer Finance Litigation and Foreclosure
  • Corporate
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Design Professional Lit
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Mobile Space Providers
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Residential Closing Services

Civil Appeals

Pearson Bitman LLP’s appellate group consists of attorneys who have handled numerous civil appeals and original proceedings in State and Federal Appellate Courts, including the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Several of our attorneys are admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Florida appellate practice possesses legal standards and procedures that differ from practice at the trial level. It is important to work with attorneys that have knowledge of those appellate standards and procedures, as well as a broad and working knowledge of the legal area applicable to the appellate issue. Our team understands that a comprehensive grasp of the underlying factual findings, the identification of legal issues, and the preservation of all pertinent appellate issues are critical to the appellate success of our clients.

Our attorneys handle litigation with an eye towards potential appeal, and work with other trial lawyers and corporate counsel to strategically manage litigation and an appeal, if necessary. Appellate procedure contains many legal traps and minefields for the inexperienced and unwary. Our services include the management and prosecution of the entire case, including the preparation of motions, appellate briefs, and presentation of oral argument.

Recognizing the potential for an appeal and a focus on those appellate issues are often an essential element in litigation. Our team understands this and has the experience to provide clients with the most cost-effective opportunity for appellate success.

Appellate Practice

Automobile And RV Franchise Litigation

We bring a wealth of experience and are well prepared to handle dealer/manufacturer franchise disputes including but not limited to issues such as:

  • Misrepresentations
  • Breach of dealer agreements
  • Termination of dealer agreements
  • Loss of income/future profits following termination
  • Repurchase of inventory after non-renewal, termination, etc.

In Florida, franchise termination and issues pertaining to dealer agreement disputes are governed by both Federal and State laws and their regulations, as well as the particular provisions of each unique dealer franchise agreement. We are well versed in the intricacies of those laws and regulations. With this knowledge, coupled with our meticulous and comprehensive analysis of the applicable agreements involved in each particular case, makes it clear that Pearson Bitman LLP is well positioned to resolve franchise disputes through informal negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and if necessary, through trial.

Automobile and RV Litigation

Breach Of Warranty And Lemon Law Defense

We have a track record of excellence in defending multi-national product manufacturers, distributors, and/or their authorized dealerships from claims brought pursuant to State and Federal consumer protection statutes. We have defended these entities in a myriad of settings, including informal dispute resolution proceedings, Florida Lemon Law Arbitration, and both state and federal litigation from the filing of the Complaint to trial, and in any necessary appeal.

Consumers who purchase an automobile, recreational vehicle, motor home, boat, or motorcycle often seek repairs, reimbursement, or a replacement vehicle when they allege the vehicle is defective. Consumers rely on various federal and/or Florida laws designed to protect those persons who have allegedly been sold a “lemon” – i.e. a vehicle possessing a defect which substantially impairs its use, value, or safety. Florida’s Lemon Law (Florida Statutes Chapter 681) and the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, as well as Florida’s Uniform Commercial Code, are a few of the laws available to consumer plaintiffs alleging that a defect exists in their vehicle and/or that the manufacturer, distributor, or dealership breached a written or implied warranty. Under the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, consumers who prevail are entitled to have the defendant pay their legal costs and attorneys’ fees.

We are authorities in the area of Magnuson-Moss defense, Uniform Commercial Code matters, Florida Lemon Law Arbitration, and general consumer protection litigation. Our attorneys have developed a database of consulting and expert witnesses, discovery requests and responses, and a broad knowledge base of critical and cost-effective strategies and the defenses necessary to the ultimate success of our clients. Our meticulous pretrial preparation is focused on effectuating early dismissal or the cost-effective settlement of matters under terms that are beneficial to our clients. To be clear, there are some cases that cannot and/or should not be settled. In those instances, our attorneys work diligently to clarify the important aspects of a case and our clients’ defenses in any state or federal court proceeding, arbitration, or informal dispute resolution process. Our comprehensive pretrial investigation often results in other entities assuming the defense of our clients and paying their cost of defense through litigation and trial.

Breach of Warranty / Lemon Law

Litigation, Litigation Support, And Alternative Dispute Resolution

Pearson Bitman LLP’s litigation department consists of attorneys with first chair trial experience, who regularly appear in State and Federal courts, arbitration panels, and in appellate forums. Our seasoned attorneys have tried many cases to verdict and have the legal and technological capabilities to efficiently handle large, complex matters, including class actions.

We understand that going to trial is often not in our client’s best interest and our attorneys’ meticulous pre-trial preparation is focused on effectuating early dismissal or the cost-effective settlement under terms most beneficial to our clients. Our team works closely and collaboratively with in-house counsel to develop strategies that best fit each particular case and each client’s unique needs and goals. Over the years, Pearson Bitman LLP has developed a database of consulting and expert witnesses, discovery requests and responses, as well as a broad knowledge base of critical strategies and defenses necessary for the ultimate and profitable success of our clients.

Our business litigation team includes not only trial attorneys, but experienced registered paralegals and other support professionals dedicated to assisting the attorneys with pretrial management, discovery and document control, and trial preparation. Our size, structure, and broad spectrum of litigation professionals enable us to strategically and practically handle the often burdensome electronic discovery and production of documents that invariably accompanies complex litigation.

Pearson Bitman LLP’s attorneys are well versed in all areas of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and settlement negotiations. Pearson Bitman LLP provides advice and advocacy throughout each process to achieve an efficient resolution suitable to our client’s needs. Our attorneys have represented clients in complex litigation at every level of the Federal and State court systems and pride themselves on achieving and maintaining a reputation of trust and cost-effective representation. We advise clients throughout the process, with a focus on protecting our clients’ business interests economically, strategically, and collaboratively.

Business Litigation

Corporate/Business Law

Pearson Bitman LLP represents corporate entities, developers, individuals, financial institutions, and governmental entities. Our corporate attorneys have many years of combined legal experience in counseling and representing growing businesses and corporations in transactional and litigation matters. We provide creative and cost-effective legal advice to our clients, integral for their commercial success.

Our corporate team counsels clients on the proper formation of operating entities, assists with all necessary corporate contract negotiations, prepares all appropriate documentation, and provides due diligence and practical advice on acquisition and other corporate transactions. In addition, we assist with organizational meetings including preparing notices, proxies and resolutions. We are able to assist with a wide variety of corporate issues, from helping to attain 501(c)(3) status and the necessary filings, securing mezzanine financing through the encumbrance of ownership rights, to providing closing services for business purchase and sale transactions.

Our attorneys take the time to study and understand each of our clients’ particular businesses, in order to provide them with the most creative and cost-effective services, narrowly tailored to their specific needs. Such breadth of knowledge allows Pearson Bitman LLP to provide practical and experienced counsel to all forms of business entities – ranging from day-to-day operations, the development and execution of long and short-term strategic business planning, to the securitization of company ownership units and business acquisitions.

Our corporate team has the background and experience permitting us to see beyond the immediate challenges of a particular deal, entity formation and/or complex business litigation. We understand that our clients have particular and diverse needs and budgets, and work diligently to provide client-focused and cost-effective advice.

Business Transactions

Commercial Litigation

Pearson Bitman LLP’s commercial litigation department is comprised of litigators and trial lawyers who regularly appear in State and Federal courts, in all appellate forums and in alternative dispute resolution scenarios. All of our commercial litigation attorneys have years of specialized experience and knowledge, which enables our firm to assist clients with almost any problem that may arise.

At Pearson Bitman LLP, we assist our clients, whether a multi-national corporation, individual or small business, in responding to challenges in all developing and established areas of the law. We take pride in working collaboratively with our clients, and understand that each has individual business goals requiring different and creative risk management, loss prevention, and litigation strategies and techniques.

Our attorneys have tried many cases to verdict. However, we understand that trial is often not in the best interests of our clients or the most cost-effective resolution. We have extensive experience in working closely with in-house/corporate counsel and senior level management to formulate the appropriate approach to each dispute. Although early and cost-effective resolution is our primary goal, some cases cannot, and should not, be settled. It is at this point that the attorneys at Pearson Bitman LLP work at deciphering the complexities of our clients’ cases for the court, the jury, the mediator/arbitrator, or the appellate panel.

Pearson Bitman LLP implements a team approach to litigation and trial, which ensures that tasks are handled by personnel with the appropriate knowledge base and experience level. What distinguishes Pearson Bitman LLP from other law firms is that our size and structure allow us to keep in step with each client’s unique business and litigation needs. We carefully manage overhead so that we can offer competitive hourly rates and commensurate cost savings to our clients.

With the devoted attention we provide, our clients are confident that their needs will be met and their expectations exceeded. We want to be our clients’ law firm 20 years from now… not just for today or next week. Everything we do fosters that goal. We believe longstanding client relationships are the true measure of a law firm’s success and we take pride in developing and maintaining those client relationships through cost effective, strategic, and collaborative representation.

Commercial Litigation

Design, Engineering And Construction

Pearson Bitman LLP’s design, engineering and construction group works with our clients from bid proposal to contract drafting to project delivery and, when necessary, through dispute resolution. Our attorneys have decades of experience working strategically and collaboratively with in-house/corporate counsel. We understand that addressing design and construction disputes are time sensitive, and our size and structure affords our team the flexibility to handle such disputes expeditiously and cost-effectively. First and foremost, we are dedicated to protecting our client’s business interests.

We offer practical advice to our clients at every stage of the process. Our team includes Board Certified Construction Law Attorneys, construction professionals, and other experienced attorneys whose ultimate goal is to proactively provide the legal analysis and practical insight required to make necessary and informed decisions. We want our clients to avoid legal disputes whenever possible, and if necessary, cost effectively and advantageously resolve them.

At Pearson Bitman LLP, we aggressively represent our clients in design, engineering, and construction matters in all forms of dispute resolution including early mediation, arbitration, and at all levels of the State and Federal court systems and administrative agencies.

We represent design professionals, engineers, architects, construction managers, subcontractors, general engineering consultants, and general contractors throughout all phases of the design, engineering, and construction process. Several of the core services we provide include the handling of:

  • Design Defect Claims
  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Architect/Engineer/Design Professional liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract Review And Preparation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Preparation Of Liens And Other Project Documents
  • Mechanic’s Liens And Related Remedies
  • Project Support
  • Project Delivery
  • Toxic Mold Issues/Litigation

Our experienced team takes pride in meticulous review and preparation, handling all matters collaboratively and with the personal attention, creativity and cost efficiency that we would demand of our own counsel. We ensure that our attorneys are valuable advocates and cost-effective resources to our design professional/construction clients, so they are able to focus on their core business.

Construction

Consumer Finance Litigation And Foreclosures

The lawyers at Pearson Bitman LLP pride themselves on their in-depth knowledge of the consumer finance industry. Our team of attorneys and legal assistants have earned the reputation of handling and resolving contested and uncontested residential foreclosure actions and other financial litigation with equal parts care and expediency. The quality of our work, attention to great detail, and our cost-effective results are a matter of great pride.

Our team has significant experience in consumer finance litigation, having represented lenders and servicing clients for many years. We monitor all Florida foreclosure cases on a daily basis, in order to stay abreast of all the current legal decisions, statutory interpretations, and trends affecting our financial clients.

Pearson Bitman LLP’s attorneys have cost-effectively prosecuted and successfully resolved thousands of residential foreclosure actions. The firm handles counter-claims relating to consumer finance such as those involving the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and various other state consumer fraud and anti-predatory lending laws.

Our team is well versed in all aspects of consumer finance litigation, from handling judicial sales, the negotiation of mortgage modifications, to the litigation of contested and uncontested foreclosures, and appeals.

We believe long-standing client relationships are the true measure of a law firm’s success and take pride in developing and maintaining those client relationships through cost-effective, strategic, and collaborative representation. With devoted attention, our consumer finance clients are confident that their needs will be met and their expectations exceeded.

Consumer Finance Litigation and Foreclosure

Corporate/Business Law

Pearson Bitman LLP represents corporate entities, developers, individuals, financial institutions, and governmental entities. Our corporate attorneys have many years of combined legal experience in counseling and representing growing businesses and corporations in transactional and litigation matters. We provide creative and cost-effective legal advice to our clients, integral to their commercial success.

Our corporate team counsels clients on the proper formation of operating entities, assists with all necessary corporate contract negotiations, prepares all appropriate documentation, and provides due diligence and practical advice on acquisition and other corporate transactions. In addition, we assist with organizational meetings including preparing notices, proxies and resolutions. We are able to assist with a wide variety of corporate issues, from helping to attain 501(c)(3) status and the necessary filings, securing mezzanine financing through the encumbrance of ownership rights, to providing closing services for business purchase and sale transactions.

Our attorneys take time to study and understand each of our clients’ particular businesses, in order to provide them with the most creative and cost-effective services, narrowly tailored to their specific needs. Such breadth of knowledge allows Pearson Bitman LLP to provide practical and experienced counsel to all forms of business entities – ranging from day-to-day operations, the development and execution of long and short-term strategic business planning, to the securitization of company ownership units and business acquisitions.

Our corporate team has the background and experience permitting us to see beyond the immediate challenges of a particular deal, entity formation and/or complex business litigation. We understand that our clients have particular and diverse needs and budgets, and work diligently to provide client-focused and cost-effective advice.

Corporate

Deceptive And Unfair Trade Practices Act Litigation

Florida’s Deceptive Unfair Trade Practices Act (“FDUTPA”) presents unique challenges in consumer litigation. Our manufacturer and dealer clients frequently encounter FDUTPA claims in cases involving alleged breaches of warranty, which arise in various industries, including the automotive and recreational vehicle industries.

We have a proven track record of success in defending product manufacturers, distributors, and dealerships against claims alleging that our clients acted in a deceptive and unfair manner when conducting commerce.

FDUTPA allows prevailing plaintiffs to recover “actual damages” and attorney’s fees and costs for even a single act or practice which is “deceptive,” “unfair,” and/or “unconscionable”…. terms which are subject to varying definitions, creating more difficulty in formulating a defensive strategy. FDUTPA does not restrict itself to consumer claims, but applies to nearly all commercial relationships. Many, if not most FDUTPA actions involve what is actually a contractual dispute, where creative litigants attempt to avoid clear contractual terms by alleging ambiguous claims of deception or unfairness.

Considering our intimate familiarity with FDUTPA and its interpretive decisions, as well as our extensive experience in defending contract/warranty matters, we are well-positioned to aggressively and cost-effectively defend our clients when facing such actions. If appropriate, we offer practical recommendations, such as contract modification or the alteration of certain business practices, and attempt to present possible resolutions that do not adversely affect our clients’ legitimate business practices.

We have had great success in minimizing FDUTPA damage claims to the “diminished value” amount of the applicable goods or services, which, in those cases, provides more certainty to the client’s litigation decision making. We have extensive experience in defending FDUTPA claims, including every imaginable type of claim or lawsuit in which such a claim might arise.

Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices

Design Professional Liability Defense And Construction Law

Pearson Bitman LLP’s design, engineering and construction group works with our clients from bid proposal to contract drafting to project delivery and, when necessary, through dispute resolution. Our attorneys have decades of experience working strategically and collaboratively with in-house/corporate counsel. We understand that addressing design and construction disputes are time sensitive, and our size and structure affords our team the flexibility to handle such disputes expeditiously and cost-effectively. First and foremost, we are dedicated to protecting our client’s business interests.

We offer practical advice to our clients at every stage of the process. Our team includes Board Certified Construction Law Attorneys, construction professionals, and other experienced attorneys whose ultimate goal is to proactively provide the legal analysis and practical insight required to make necessary and informed decisions. We want our clients to avoid legal disputes whenever possible, and if necessary, cost effectively and advantageously resolve them.

At Pearson Bitman LLP, we aggressively represent our clients in design, engineering, and construction matters in all forms of dispute resolution including early mediation, arbitration, and at all levels of the State and Federal court systems and administrative agencies.

We represent design professionals, engineers, architects, construction managers, subcontractors, general engineering consultants, and general contractors throughout all phases of the design, engineering, and construction process. Several of the core services we provide include the handling of:

  • Design Defect Claims
  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Architect/Engineer/Design Professional Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract Review and Preparation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Preparation of Liens and Other Project Documents
  • Mechanic’s Liens and Related Remedies
  • Project Support
  • Project Delivery
  • Toxic Mold Issues/Litigation

Our experienced team takes pride in meticulous review and preparation, handling all matters collaboratively and with the personal attention, creativity and cost efficiency that we would demand of our own counsel. We ensure that our attorneys are valuable advocates and cost-effective resources to our design professional/construction clients, so they are able to focus on their core business.

Design Professional Lit

Employment Litigation

In spite of the proactive and preventative steps that many corporate entities take in regard to their employees and employment policies, litigation is often unavoidable. Pearson Bitman LLP provides cost-effective, comprehensive, and well-reasoned counsel to employers in wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination, contract, tort and other employment-related claims in alternative dispute resolution forums, State and Federal courts, in administrative proceedings, and in an appellate setting, if necessary.

With our size and structure, we are able to staff cases in the most appropriate manner, frequently leading to cost-effective pre-suit settlements or excellent litigation results. The types of employment actions our team litigates include:

  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants
  • Defamation
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Disability Discrimination
  • “Whistleblower” Matters
  • Enforcement of Trade Secrets Violations

Our attorneys have extensive experience working strategically and collaboratively with in-house/corporate counsel, and are committed to forming lasting partnerships with our client’s executives and general counsels. We understand that addressing employment disputes is a time sensitive endeavor, and the firm’s structure affords us the flexibility to handle such disputes expeditiously and cost-effectively.

Employment Litigation

Insurance Defense

At Pearson Bitman, we provide insurers and insured parties with strategic and cost-effective legal counsel and coverage analysis in matters often involving significant alleged exposure, multiple lines of coverage, and sophisticated legal issues. Our team has litigated complex claims under commercial general liability policies, director and officer policies, errors and omissions policies, and employment policies. Our team also routinely defends litigation brought against insurers for breach of contract regarding property insurance claims and other types of claims. We also handle litigation involving actions for declaratory relief and assist in pre-litigation investigations with respect to coverage issues.

We serve as defense counsel for the insureds of all types of professional liability, errors and omissions, general liability, and product liability matters. Our attorneys have served for decades as counsel on issues of bad faith, indemnification, the separate and distinct duty to defend, reservation of rights, and Coblentz agreements. With our broad expertise, we are able to strategically and cost-effectively handle claims brought against commercial professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and other design professionals in all types of construction related claims, as well as manufacturers and distributors in product related claims. We also routinely defend professional liability claims brought against hospitals, surgery centers, long term care facilities, as well as physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Our firm often provides counsel to clients prior to an insurance related dispute becoming a lawsuit. We work diligently at litigation avoidance, to the extent possible, which saves our clients’ hard earned dollars. If, however, litigation becomes necessary, we handle such disputes collaboratively and cost-effectively, allowing our clients to focus on their core businesses.

Insurance Defense

Medical Liability Defense

Pearson Bitman LLP’s attorneys have the privilege of representing hospitals, physicians and nurses in medical malpractice litigation throughout the State of Florida. We proudly count some of Florida’s largest health care systems as longstanding Clients. Our medical liability department strives to exceed expectations through high-quality service, consistent Client involvement and results-oriented, cost-effective litigation. Our attorneys understand that the best results will only be achieved when counsel, the Client/Insured and claim specialist and Client work together towards a common litigation objective. Our attorneys emphasize early and aggressive intervention in an attempt to resolve claims as quickly as possible; however, when a case must be litigated and tried, we have the experience and capability to effectively and zealously advocate for our Clients in the courtroom. We are familiar with and abide by defense counsel guidelines and ensure that Clients remain advised of the status of their cases through regular reporting.

In addition to our medical malpractice experience, our attorneys regularly assist health care Clients with peer review, credentialing and risk management issues. We utilize our network of nationally-renowned physicians and nurses to assist our hospital Clients with peer review matters. Our attorneys are also frequently called upon to assist our Clients in navigating complex risk management issues, including patient complaints, consent to treat, and guardianship.

Additionally, we regularly defend physicians and nurses involved in Department of Health (DOH) proceedings. Receiving a letter from the DOH regarding a complaint is often devastating to health care providers who go to work each day with the sole objective of doing everything possible to heal their patients. We work with our Clients to thoroughly investigate the complaint and provide a cogent and comprehensive response to the Department in an effort to have the complaint dismissed without any further proceedings. When necessary, we have the expertise and experience to guide our Clients through the process up to and including an Administrative Hearing.

Medical Malpractice Defense

Representation Of Mobile Space Providers

For over twenty years, Pearson Bitman LLP has represented modular space providers in virtually every legal aspect of their business. From that extensive experience, our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the industry, its business, and its unique legal challenges. Our knowledge ranges from leasing and sales of mobile offices, construction trailers, and containers, to vertical construction utilizing modular components. We are able to provide mobile space clients – both advice in daily business transactions, as well as adept representation in complex litigation.

Our attorneys regularly advise upon and prepare written contract documents in support of business leadership and legal departments within the industry. They have an in-depth insight into mobile space products as well as value-added accessories, coupled with applicable federal, state, and local laws which affect their lease, sale, or installation. Several of the core services we provide include the handling of:

  • Collections Claims
  • Asset Recovery And Replevin
  • Self-Help Repossession
  • Indoor Air Quality And Mold-Related Claims
  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Contract Disputes
  • Construction Lien And Bond Claims
  • Contract Review And Drafting
  • Local Ordinance And Building Code Enforcement
  • Environmental And Hazardous Substances
  • Bankruptcy Preference Claims
  • Warranty Litigation
  • Administrative Proceedings
Mobile Space Providers

Personal Injury And Wrongful Death Defense

At Pearson Bitman LLP, we understand that living in a highly litigious society almost guarantees that your company will be sued by those who claim they have suffered damages while using your products, because of your professional negligence, while driving your vehicles, and/or while on your premises. Our attorneys have vast experience defending all professional liability, premises liability, automobile accident, and product liability claims that involve injury or wrongful death, and possess the skill, resources, and tenacity to handle such claims cost-effectively.

Our team can be counted on to use the latest investigatory, surveillance, and discovery techniques to gain an edge for you or your employees in every case. With our “outside the box” strategic thinking, extensive planning, and diligence, our attorneys will give you the upper hand to cost-effectively resolve such disputes or succeed at trial if the adversary is unreasonable.

Our seasoned attorneys possess the experience, dedication, and determination, as well as the strategic business judgment to assist with the early and appropriate analysis of each case, from the claims stage through to trial or other form of dispute resolution. We engage in the meticulous review and analysis of every matter we handle, and work collaboratively with in-house/corporate counsel or insurers with personal attention and creativity. Pearson Bitman LLP works diligently to ensure that our attorneys are valuable advocates and cost-effective resources to our clients, looking beyond the immediate dispute to protect our clients’ business interests.

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Defense

Product Liability

The experienced trial lawyers at Pearson Bitman LLP have a long and successful history of defending product manufacturers and distributors when faced with alleged defect claims. Although based in Florida, the firm’s practice is national in scope. Its attorneys are admitted not only in Florida, but in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and California. The attorneys at Pearson Bitman LLP have the specialized forensic and technical investigation expertise, and the ability to manage extensive document production and electronic discovery, that is required of product liability disputes.

Our product liability team has vast experience working with highly qualified experts in a wide variety of disciplines. Our attorneys collaborate with those experts when investigating causation liability issues and in formulating our client’s ultimate defense. Our team is skilled at developing factual and legal defenses for complex, scientific, and technical issues, and are fortunate to have attorneys with degrees in nursing and other technical genres that promote that development. This is essential to how we approach pleadings, discovery responses, and our comprehensive preparation of corporate witnesses.

Pearson Bitman LLP’s product liability attorneys take pride in developing collaborative partnerships with our institutional clients’ in-house/corporate counsel so they can concentrate on their core businesses. Our team engages in the early assessment of potential risks and develops creative strategies to mitigate those risks, efficiently resolve issues and avoid the cost and stress of trial. If necessary, our attorneys prepare litigation strategies early in the dispute and analyze trial readiness, in an effort to ensure favorable results for our clients.

Pearson Bitman LLP maintains up-to-date knowledge on the legal developments that impact our client’s businesses, and we counsel those clients on risk management and loss prevention. Our ultimate goal is to be a valuable and cost-effective resource for our product liability clients.

Product Liability

Real Estate Transactions

The attorneys in our real estate group have extensive experience in all areas of real estate, including contract negotiation, commercial real estate acquisition, commercial loan transactions, mezzanine financing, commercial leasing, and land development representation. Pearson Bitman LLP’s real estate attorneys have served as a Special Magistrate for various Florida counties on issues pertaining to homestead determination of substantial completion, affordable housing exemptions, and all types of classification and exemption disputes.

Pearson Bitman LLP’s real estate group handles a wide array of complex real estate and transactional issues that inevitably arise in this area. When representing developers, companies, individuals, financial institutions, or government entities in negotiating and properly documenting agreements for real estate acquisitions, commercial loan transactions, leases, condominium development, and/or the drafting of declarations of restrictive covenants, we provide a sophisticated, experienced team able to provide “out of the box” and cost-effective representation and counsel.

With Pearson Bitman LLP’s wide range of knowledge and the focus on our clients’ particular real estate needs, we are confident our team will exceed expectations.

Real Estate Transactions

RESIDENTIAL CLOSING SERVICES

Buying and Selling a house is the biggest transaction that most people experience in their lives, and most often, the scariest. The agents in the Closing Department at Pearson Bitman have a combined total of over 60 years of residential real estate experience and are dedicated to making your closing experience as easy and stress-free as possible. Pearson Bitman’s closing team has extensive real estate experience and handles all aspects of the closing, including, ordering title; clearing commitment requirements and resolving title issues; obtaining payoffs; obtaining estoppel letters; ordering and reviewing surveys; preparing closing documents; preparing closing disclosures and settlement statements; and conducting the closings.

Chris Dugan – Escrow Agent
Chris moved from Kentucky 30 years ago and started working part time at a title company as a policy typist. She rose through the ranks to become a licensed closing agent. Chris has worked every aspect of the business from receptionist to senior closing officer. She obtained her Florida Insurance License in 2003 and then opened her own title company, Plaza Title Services. Chris was successful in operating her business even through the downturn of economy and in 2011 she merge her company with a small, local law firm. In February, 2016, Chris joined Pearson Bitman and handles the firm’s residential real estate closings.

Shaunna Dugan – Escrow Agent
Shaunna graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine with a degree in Psychology in 2000. After graduation, she started working for a bank as a loan officer gained valuable knowledge of real estate mortgages and the process involved. In 2001, Shaunna began working for a title company handling closings of home equity lines of credit and second mortgages. In 2004, Shaunna became a real estate processor at large credit union, which gave her the knowledge of how lenders work in real estate transactions. Shaunna joined her co-worker and mother, Chris Dugan, at Plaza Title Services in 2006. Shaunna followed Chris when she merged her company with a small law firm, handling all the residential closings from A-Z. In February, 2016, Shaunna joined Pearson Bitman and handles the firm’s residential real estate closings.

Pearson Bitman is an agent for Chicago Title, Alliant National Title Company and WFG National Title Company. We are compliant with all TRID, CFPB, and ALTA’s Best Practices requirements.

Residential Closing Services
Pearson Bitman LLP
485 N. Keller Road, Suite 401 Maitland, FL 32751
407-647-0090 kpearson@pearsonbitman.com