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Barbara J. Riesberg

Barbara J. Riesberg

Barbara J. Riesberg is an experienced litigation lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience. Ms. Riesberg focuses her practice primarily on complex commercial litigation in State and Federal Courts, including trials and appeals. She also arbitrates before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Her past and present clients are corporations, public entities, and individuals.

Areas of Concentration
• Complex commercial litigation
• Contract Disputes
• Enforcement of noncompete agreements
• Business Torts
• Employment Issues
• Property Development Disputes
• First Amendment Issues
• Municipal Law
• Mortgage Foreclosure/Lender Liability

Significant Representation
• $16 million commercial litigation involving simultaneous multi-party Florida and New York actions
• Multimillion-dollar complex commercial litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including related Louisiana state court action as well as significant settlement negotiations at national level in multi-district litigation
• Post-trial litigation of sanctions for improper jury contact after $37 million verdict
• Multimillion-dollar commercial litigation on behalf of national chemical products manufacturer involving claims of fraudulent inducement of settlement agreement with primary responsibility for drafting and filing various motions
• Drafted and argued successful appeal of indemnity issue to appellate court resulting in award of attorneys’ fees
• Second-chaired complex construction contract trial resulting in judgment for Miami-Dade County School Board
• Drafted pleadings and motions in multimillion-dollar Section 1983 land use litigation for largest developer in Sarasota County resulting in favorable settlement
• Drafted and argued administrative appeal of impact fee credit issues on behalf of major national hotel chain
• Noncompete enforcement litigation including preliminary injunctions, depositions, written discovery, drafting and arguing motions, and successful mediation
• Conducted evidentiary hearings on behalf of South Florida Impact Task Force
• Section 1983 litigation on behalf of the City of Coral Gables, including depositions, written discovery, research and drafting of motions
• Second-chaired land use §120.57 administrative hearing on behalf of the Village of Key Biscayne in opposition to attempted expansion of the Seaquarium
• Fair Labor Standards Act class action litigation, including depositions, written discovery, extensive legal and factual research, extensive drafting of motions and memoranda, preparation of successful dispositive motion and successful appellate brief to the Eleventh Circuit
• Drafted and argued zoning appeals to the Appellate Division of the Circuit Court of Dade County
• Lead counsel on various labor and employment cases
• Drafted opinion letters for municipal clients on a variety of issues, including occupational licensing, labor and employment issues and resort taxes

Reported Opinions
General Star Indemnity v. Cheminova America Corp., 218 F.3d 748 (11th Cir. 2000)
Davis v. City of Hollywood, 120 F.3d 1178 (11th Cir. 1997)
Catsimatidis v. Fleming Supermarkets of Florida, Inc., 706 So.2d 16 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997)
Dade County Police Benev. Ass’n v. City of Homestead, 642 So.2d 24 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994).

Professional and Community Involvement
• President, Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County, 2011
• Vice-Chair, Business Litigation Committee, Florida Bar Business Law Section
• Vice-Chair, Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2009 – Present
• IvyLife – Miami, Chapter Director, 2010 – Present
• Legislation Committee, Florida Bar Business Law Section
• Fundraising efforts on behalf of Educate Tomorrow (www.educatetomorrow.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and mentoring of disadvantaged children aging out of the foster care system.
• Pro bono guardian ad litem on behalf of children involved in custody disputes
• Board of Directors for the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 1996 – 1997
• Produced an acclaimed 12-part cable television series examining various perspectives on legal issues affecting adolescents on WLRN in 1995.

Previous Employment
• Shook Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
• Tew Cardenas Rebak Kellogg Lehman Demaria & Tague L.L.P.
• Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson P.A.
• Weiss Serota & Helfman, P.A.
• Dade County Public Defender’s Office

• Cornell Law School, Juris Doctor, May 1992
      Moot Court Finalist
• University of Pittsburgh, B. A. Business/Political Science, magna cum laude, June 1989
• Clemson University, August 1985 to May 1987
      Deans List 1986
      Presidents List 1987

• State of Florida
• United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
• United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.