Glen Waldman, co-managing partner of Waldman Barnett, has been tapped as lead Miami trial counsel for a $100 million commercial lawsuit involving the Savoy Hotel on Miami Beach, which has been ongoing since 2019. The case is scheduled for a September trial in the complex business litigation division of Miami-Dade Circuit Court. The New York-based law firm Brown Rudnick brought Waldman into the case because of his national profile as a powerhouse Miami trial attorney.
The case stems from 2017 hurricane damage to the historic hotel on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. After being sued by the General Contractor for non-payment, the Savoy came roaring back with a 100-page counterclaim against the general contractor and others. The counterclaim, Waldman will argue at trial and as alleged in the pleading, is all about “classic construction fraud,” in which parties brought in to renovate the Art Deco gem instead “vandalized and looted, inflating costs for work already completed, manufacturing new work and pocketing money from stolen materials”.
“Much worse, defendants’ ultimate objective was to sufficiently dismantle and destroy the property so that SHP [Savoy Hotel Partners] would be forced to accelerate a future plan to completely redevelop the property at enormous expense, which defendants believed would allow them to reap even greater ill-gotten gains,” the counterclaim states.