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Manuel "Manny" Garcia-Linares advises clients in the areas of complex commercial and business litigation, officer and director liability, real estate, probate and trust, professional malpractice (legal and accounting), and class action litigation. He also handles corporate, transactional and estate planning matters for the firm.
Manny is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. He has lectured and written articles on accounting malpractice and document retention policies.Manny was a judicial intern to the Honorable George Arceneaux, Jr., for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and a law clerk to the Honorable Juan Ramirez, Jr., at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami, Florida.
Successfully represented putative class members in an appeal of an order granting a motion to dismiss before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in matter alleging breach of agreements with customers and negligence for charging fees that were greater than the costs to execute a trade where defendant generated profits from these fees when it had agreed to charge no more than the costs of executing a trade; subsequently, plaintiffs' motion to certify the class action was granted for matter valued in excess of $15 million
Represents a Fortune 500 insurance exchange for United States military personnel and their families, defending against allegations by former legal service provider for inter alia, breach of contract, fraud in the inducement, negligent misrepresentation and quantum meruit for $20-30 million; also, represent client in counterclaims for legal malpractice in its handling of personal injury cases, breach of fiduciary duty based on its providing unethical and incorrect legal advice, fraudulent and negligent representation with respect to the billing of enhanced fees and unjust enrichment for work that was paid but never performed in a number of flat fee cases
Represents a U.S. direct broadcast satellite service provider in a class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 and damages in excess of $5 million; after briefing, the court entered an order granting client's Motion to Compel Arbitration
Represents leading international jewelry company in the defense of a lawsuit filed against the jeweler in Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, by a retail jewelry store alleging that the jeweler wrongfully terminated its rights to franchise and distribute the client's jewelry in South America; after a full evidentiary hearing, the court dismissed the plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Injunction to prevent client from terminating its franchise and distribution operations and subsequently, granted client's Motion to Compel Arbitration, entering an order finding that all claims asserted by the plaintiff are subject to arbitration to the Danish Institute of Arbitration
Represents an American multinational investment bank and financial services corporation in defense of a multi-plaintiff lawsuit filed by a group of investors and creditors of a bankrupt Mexican oil services company against the bank in the Southern District of Florida, alleging in a seven-count complaint violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), conspiracy to violate the same, and additional common law counts for fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and breach of fiduciary duty with regards to multiple, complex financial transactions and claiming $1.1 billion in losses; successfully moved to dismiss the suit on the basis of forum non conveniens, arguing that Mexico was the appropriate forum
Successfully represented U.S. direct broadcast satellite service provider in actions against various U.S. and Bahamian Companies for injunctive relief, civil conspiracy, conversion and violations of federal law for receiving and assisting others in receiving satellite signals in violation of 47 USC section 605(a) and unauthorized reception of communication services in violation of Florida Statute section 812.15Represents a professional baseball pitcher, currently with the New York Yankees, in various matters, including a matter pending before the trial court of the Massachusetts Superior Court for breach of contract, valued at $2-3 million; court entered an order of dismissal and no appeal was taken
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) as a leading general commercial litigation attorney in Florida, 2013-2020
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2017-2020
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Commercial Litigation, 2010-2020
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2011-2020
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Litigation - Construction, 2011-2020
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Litigation - Real Estate, 2011-2020
Selected to the list of Florida Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation, 2007-2018
Selected to list of South Florida’s Top Lawyers by the South Florida Legal Guide, 2001-2020
Chosen for inclusion on the list Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend (Trend Magazines Inc.), 2007-2018
Name a finalist for the list of "Most Effective Lawyers" in Class Actions category by Daily Business Review (ALM Media Properties, LLC), 2008
Selected as a Up & Comers Award Finalist by South Florida Business Journal (American City Business Journals), 2008
Union Planters Bank Young Hispanic Leadership Award for Distinguished Professional Accomplishments and Community Service, 2000
David L. Herman Award and the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Professionalism , Tulane Law School
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City of Coral Gables Retirement Board, Board Member and Former Chair
City of Coral Gables Partnership Committee, Board Member and Former Chair
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Board of Trustees, Chair
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Alumni Association, Board Member
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Board, Leadership Development Group, Former Board Member
Belen Alumni Lawyers Section, Board, Immediate Past Chair
St. Theresa School Board, Former Vice President