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Steven E.M. Hartz

Of Counsel 
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.982.5639
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

In a career spanning more than four decades, Steve Hartz has handled a wide variety of complex cases, principally in the area of finance and white collar crime. In his work as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, he prosecuted an array of fraud, tax and regulatory criminal cases. He has been with Akerman for approximately 25 years and has represented insurance companies, financial institutions and major corporations in government investigations and complex commercial, insurance, securities, and antitrust litigation.
 
Representative Experience
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Securities/Year 2000 disclosure issues - Ehlert v. Singer, 85 F. Supp. 2d 1269 (M.D. Fla. 1999), aff'd. and remanded, 245 F.3d 1313 (11th Cir. 2001)
 
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Consumer credit/class action - Courtesy Auto Group, Inc. v. Garcia, 778 So. 2d 1000 (Fla. App. 5th Dist., 2000)
 
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Stay pending foreign litigation - Ortega Trujillo v. Conover & Co. Communications, Inc. et al., 221 F. 3d 1262 (11th Cir. 2000)
 
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Auto insurance class action/diminished value/diversity jurisdiction - Morrison v. Allstate Indem. Co., 228 F.3d 1255 (11th Cir. 2000)
 
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Insurance class action/antitrust - Bristol Hotel Management Corp. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 20 F.Supp.2d 1345 (S.D.Fla. 1998)
 
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Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act - Ortega Trujillo v. Banco Cent. del Ecuador, 17 F.Supp.2d 1340 (S.D.Fla. 1998)
 
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Securities/valuation of REREMIC collateralized mortgage obligations - Ourinvest Capital Inc., v. Prudential Securities, Inc. (NASD)
 
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Construction/antitrust/lender liability - Carolyn Properties, Inc. v. The Mitsui Trust Company and Kajima International, Inc., Case No. 92-02113-Civ-WDF (S.D.Fla.), aff'd. 136 F. 3d 140, reh.denied, 140 F. 3d 1044 (11th Cir.) cert. denied, 525 U.S. 825, 119 S. Ct. 70 (1998)
 
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Auto insurance/long term lessor liability - Ady v. American Honda Finance Corp., 675 So.2d 577 (Fla.1996)
 
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Antitrust/landlord-tenant - Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. etc. v. Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority, 939 F. Supp. 855 (S.D. Fla. 1996)
 
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Insurance/environmental coverage - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Lone Star Industries, Inc., 648 So. 2d 114 (Fla. 1994), on remand, 661 So. 2d 1218 (Fla. App. 3d Dist. 1995)
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2007-2018, Listed in Florida for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar
 
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U.S. Department of Justice, Director's Award for Superior Performance
 
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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Presidential Commendation
 
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Who's Who in America
 
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Who's Who in American Law
 
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Fulbright Scholarship
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, Member
 
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Guardianship Program of Dade County, Director Emeritus 2006-Present; Director, 2001-2006
 
Related Professional Experience
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Assistant United States Attorney for Southern District of Florida, 1979-1982; Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section; Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office
 



Steven E.M. Hartz

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1974
A.B., Harvard University, 1970; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
Florida
New York
 
 
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