Our Team

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Steven J. Arce is an associate in the firm’s Tampa office.

Arce, Steve

Associate

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Ms. Aronowitz joined our firm in September of 2017 upon concluding a clerkship.
Matthew Biondi is an associate in the firm’s New Jersey office and New York office. Mr. Biondi represents clients in litigation matters throughout the Northeast.
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Mr. Bloom is a Partner who focuses his practice on coverage analysis and bad faith litigation.
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Ailin C. Caballero is an associate in the firm’s Miami office. Ms. Caballero represents clients in litigation matters throughout Florida.
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Miguel J. Chamorro is a Partner in the firm’s Miami office.
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Katherine Chin is an associate in the firm’s Miami office.
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Kevin joined the firm as an Associate in February of 2016.
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Diana Beaz Cluff is a Partner in the firm’s Miami office who handles a wide array of cases in both state and federal court through trial, representing various businesses, municipalities, yacht clubs and marinas.
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Mr. Conto is an associate attorney at the firm’s Boca Raton Office.
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Meredyth S. Cooper is a litigation partner in the firm’s Miami office.
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Mr. de Zayas’ experience includes debtor-creditor law, bankruptcy, insurance insolvency, construction litigation, employment litigation, and appeals.
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Starkey DeSoto is an associate in the firm’s Miami office.
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A force in local, state and national politics for nearly three decades, Manny Diaz was first elected City of Miami Mayor in 2001, having never before held elective office.

Diaz, Manny

Senior Partner

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Mr. Diocares is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Miami office, practicing in the area of first party property insurance defense. Since joining the Florida Bar in 2012, Mr. Diocares has practiced in the area of insurance law with experience both representing insureds and defending insurers.

Diocares, Jonathan M.

Senior Associate

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Mrs. Diverio is partner at Lydeckder Diaz’s Miami office. Mrs. Diverio serves as coverage counsel for first and third party property claims, bad faith litigation, fire/theft/fraud investigation, and windstorm coverage and defense.
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Mark A. Emanuele is a native of Hartford, Connecticut and has resided in Florida since 1973. He earned his Juris Doctor at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 1985 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Thomas University in 1980.
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Jacob Even practices civil litigation, specializing in complex commercial matters.
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Brandon L. Fernandez is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is an associate in the firm’s Miami office.
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Ms. Franks is a partner in the firm’s Miami office.
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In his professional career Mr. Galimidi has handled a wide array of both complex litigation and transactional matters.
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Prior to joining Lydecker Diaz, Brett spent two years at a large insurer in Jersey City, New Jersey handling employment practices liability claims, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation matters.
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Robert joined the firm as an Associate in September of 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Robert clerked for the Honorable Travis L. Francis, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court, Middlesex County.
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Mr. Grindler focuses on construct defect litigation and real estate in the firm’s Orlando and Boca Raton offices. He is a member of the Land Use Law Section of the Florida bar. Ryan joined Lydecker Diaz in 2018.

Grindler, Ryan

Senior Associate

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Erik J. Gruber is a Partner at the firm’s Miami office. Mr. Gruber concentrates his practice in first-party property defense litigation, with an emphasis in bad faith litigation, fraud investigation, water damage claims, and windstorm coverage issues.
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Katie Gudaitis is an associate in the firm’s Miami office.
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Jeremy Harris is a civil litigator with extensive trial and appellate court experience. Mr. Harris represents clients in all phases of large scale construction defect litigation cases.
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Mr. Harutunian was born and raised in suburban Boston, Massachusetts. He practices in the areas of bankruptcy law, commercial litigation, and labor and employment law.
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Mr. Hendricks is the Managing Partner for Lydecker Diaz LLC. He practices out of the firm’s Miami and Boca Raton offices where he maintains an active trial and civil litigation practice in the Federal, State, and Appellate Courts throughout the State of Florida.

Hendricks, Mark A.

Managing Partner

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Mr. Hirsh is an associate in the firm’s Miami office. Mr. Hirsh focuses his practice in first-party property defense litigation, with an emphasis in bad faith litigation, fraud investigation, water damage claims, and windstorm coverage issues.

Hirsh, Kevin

Associate

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Ms. Hoskins joins Lydecker Diaz after concluding three clerkships within the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Hoskins, Erin

Associate

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Mr. Iacono has over 20 years of litigation experience. He began his litigation career as a prosecutor for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Lee County, Florida.
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Mr. Johnson has successfully litigated and tried matters throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Johnson specializes in the representation of insurers and corporations in a broad range of complex business and business tort matters.
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Shaun Robert Koby is a Shareholder with the Firm’s Orlando and Tampa offices. His practice focuses in the areas of complex commercial litigation, professional malpractice, insurance defense, and constitutional law.
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David B. Kowalski is an associate in the firm’s Orlando office. While earning his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Kowalski worked as a law clerk with Jacksonville area law firms where he focused on complex commercial litigation.
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Mr. Lacayo is an associate in the firm’s Miami office, practicing in the area of first party property insurance defense litigation with an emphasis on bad faith litigation, fraud investigation, and coverage issues.
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Jessica LaFaurie is an associate at the Firm’s Miami office. Ms. LaFaurie received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, which she attended on a merit scholarship.
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Ms. Leach is an associate at the Lydecker Diaz’s Orlando office. She represents insured, self-insured, and corporate clients in litigation matters, from their inception to resolution, throughout Florida.

Leach, Terry

Associate

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Mr. Llopiz has considerable experience defending government liability claims, and chairs the firm’s Government Liability Division.
The firm’s founding partner, Richard J. Lydecker, has a diverse and extensive background in the general practice of civil litigation, mainly concentrating in the areas of complex commercial litigation, professional liability, Bad Faith litigation, and insurance coverage.

Lydecker, Richard

Senior Partner

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Spencer Mallard is a Board Certified Construction Lawyer with a statewide practice in all facets of construction and oversees the Firm’s construction practice.
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Meliz Martin is an Associate in the firm’s Miami office. Ms.Martin’s practice involves all aspects of federal and state trial litigation with a focus on complex commercial and construction litigation.

Martin, Meliz

Associate

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Eric McAliley brings more than a decade of legal experience to his representation of professionals and the construction industry.
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Ms. Mevers is the Co-Chair of the Employment Practices Liability Division.
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Michael Arias - Operations Manager

Michael, Arias

Operations Manager

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Ms. Natelson has worked in the public and private sector, and has successfully litigated and resolved matters in state and federal court.
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Mr. Norris’s primary practice involves all aspects of civil litigation. In the past, Mr. Norris has extensively litigated matters involving labor and employment law, real estate, admiralty and maritime, wrongful death, and negligence.
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Robert J. Pariser was formerly an equity partner at an AMLaw100 law firm where he practiced in the areas of employment, real estate (co-op/condo) law, and professional liability defense.
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Prior to joining Lydecker | Diaz, Mr. Patten was a prosecutor for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office where he obtained extensive trial experience prosecuting criminal traffic, misdemeanor, and felony level charges.
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Peter R. Pidermann is an associate at the Firm’s Miami office. Mr. Pidermann practices general civil litigation with an emphasis in complex commercial litigation.
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Stephanie Pidermann’s practice involves all aspects of federal and state civil trial litigation, with a primary focus on professional liability, labor and employment litigation and government liability.
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Nicholas Ravinet is an associate with the Firm’s Orlando Office, where he litigates a wide range of civil matters throughout Central and North Florida.
Joseph Ross joined Lydecker Diaz as an Associate in March of 2017, after serving as an Attorney Regulatory Officer at a large New Jersey state agency.

Ross, Joseph

Associate

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Kielan Saborit is an associate in the firm’s Miami office. Ms. Saborit’s practice involves all aspects of federal and state civil trial litigation with a primary focus in personal injury, government liability, and civil rights litigation.
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Before joining Lydecker Diaz, Mr. Sari practiced at a commercial litigation firm, where he gained experience litigating cases related to business and real estate disputes.
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Stefan Segall is an associate at the Lydecker Diaz Miami office. His area of practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, while it also includes first-party insurance, products liability, and premises liability.
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Carrie E. Stricklin is of counsel to the firm and works out of the Boca Raton office. She practices general civil litigation.
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Mr. Wayne is an attorney with more than 30 years of practice with a focus on international and United States tax, corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and aviation law.
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J.W. Webb is a Litigation Partner in the firm’s Orlando office, where he maintains an active trial and civil litigation practice in Federal and State Courts throughout Florida.

Webb, J.W.

Partner

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Kirsten Wegel Freiheit is an associate in the firm’s Miami office. Ms. Wegel Freiheit practices general civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial litigation.
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Joan Carlos Wizel chairs the Appellate Practice Group. He is also a member of the Government Liability Division and General Litigation Practice Group in the Miami office of Lydecker | Diaz.