Anthony P. Strasius Partner

     

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Tony Strasius is the regional managing partner of the Miami and West Palm Beach offices. He is a civil litigator who has successfully tried numerous complex and high-exposure cases in federal and state courts in Florida. Tony handles a diverse array of cases in Florida and in many other state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States, including the defense of product liability, toxic tort, professional liability and commercial matters. He has been involved with bad faith, insurance and appellate issues in connection with all of his areas of concentration. Tony serves as panel and/or approved counsel for several Fortune 500 corporations and for insurance companies.

Clients often retain Tony for his extensive litigation and trial experience and for his practical, efficient and responsive approach to handling their cases. When retained on a matter, Tony becomes fully invested in efficiently and expediently solving his client’s problem with both legal and practical business goals in mind at all times. With nearly 20 years of litigation experience, Tony consistently is able to effectively and successfully accomplish his clients’ objectives.

Areas of Focus

Product Liability
In the product liability area, Tony practices extensively in defending manufacturers and distributors of medical devices and pharmaceuticals in device cases involving ventilators, endoscopy tools, catheters, rehab machines and hospital equipment, among many other products, and in pharmaceutical cases ranging from fen phen to herbal products such as ephedra. Tony frequently defends foreign manufacturers of medical devices, including companies based in Germany, France and England, that often are unfamiliar with U.S. litigation. He has represented several of these companies in class actions filed in the United States. Tony also defends manufacturers of heavy machinery, industrial machinery, engines (including recent litigation involving European consortium-built “pod” engines utilized for large ship propulsion, in the Queen Mary II and Crystal Serenity), boats, marine products, pool products, and electronics (including computers and computer components). Tony is a frequent speaker and panelist at various meetings and seminars relating to product liability defense.

Toxic Tort
Tony has extensive experience handling toxic tort matters, particularly toxic mold cases, asbestos matters and fertilizer run-off cases involving allegations that golf course fertilizers caused contamination and injuries. He has handled fuel contamination matters originating from the Miami-Dade County International Airport’s “fuel farm.” In addition, Tony has experience in complex litigation related to pharmaceuticals and non-FDA-approved herbal supplements, in which large groups of plaintiffs alleged various injuries from one medication or product.

Professional Liability
Tony’s professional liability practice includes the defense of attorneys and legal professionals, accountants, physicians and medical personnel, real estate brokers and appraisers, environmental assessors, consultants and remediation professionals, and architectural and engineering professionals throughout the State of Florida. In association with defense of these matters, Tony routinely handles issues before professional boards and agencies, representing individual professionals in disciplinary and licensing matters. He has appeared as a speaker and panelist on numerous occasions to present topics relating to professional liability in Florida.

Commercial and General Liability
Tony has extensive experience in commercial and other general liability matters. He represents commercial clients primarily in litigation matters. He also represents the interests of his clients in transactional matters with other commercial entities and in negotiations with local government authorities, including a recent significant “trams” contract with the Port of Miami.

He has obtained a number of favorable resolutions and jury verdicts in general liability matters, including defense verdicts for NHL and NBA franchises, as well as for resorts and properties located in South Florida and the Caribbean.

Employment
Tony has handled a variety of employments matters and cases, which include the defense of racial, age and sex discrimination matters, commercial non-compete and employment agreement disputes, and whistleblower and retaliation actions.  He has defended these from pre-suit to trial, and has tried commercial matters involving employment issues as well.

Representative Matters

Defended manufacturer in $6 million claim brought in state court in Miami-Dade County, FL, alleging that a defective man-lift caused permanent and severe injuries to plaintiff’s legs and back. Settled favorably for confidential amount in low six-figures.

Defended manufacturer in $18 million claim brought in state court in Miami-Dade County, FL, alleging that a defective loader at the Port of Miami caused plaintiff’s head to be crushed. Case settled favorably prior to jury selection for confidential amount in low six-figures.

Defended manufacturer in $12 million claim brought in state court in Broward County, FL, alleging that pharmaceutical product caused plaintiff to suffer stroke. Case settled favorably on eve of trial for confidential amount in low six-figures.

Defended manufacturer in $3 million claim brought in state court in Broward County, FL, alleging that defective electrical equipment destroyed a yacht. Case settled favorably on eve of trial for confidential amount less than six figures.

Defended manufacturer in $1.4 million claim brought in state court in Miami-Dade County, FL, alleging a defective ergometer caused permanent injuries to the plaintiff. Won defense verdict for client.

Defended manufacturer in $3 million claim brought in state court in Miami-Dade County, FL, alleging that a defective scooter lift was the proximate cause of an amputation of plaintiff’s leg. Won defense verdict for client.

Defended manufacturer in $600 million wrongful death, fraud and misrepresentation action brought by the family of a major league baseball player who died after taking pharmaceutical product ephedra. Case settled favorably on eve of trial for confidential amount in low seven figures.

Defended manufacturer in $1.35 million claim brought in state court in Miami-Dade County, FL, alleging that defective product caused plaintiff to sustain ear and facial injuries. Case settled favorably mid-trial for confidential amount in mid five-figures.

Defended NHL hockey team in $3 million claim brought in state court in Broward County, FL, by plaintiff who sustained injury while attending a hockey game. Won defense verdict for client.

Represented defendant in $5 million professional liability claim involving a commercial development. Case settled at trial for confidential amount in the six figures.

Represented architect in arbitration of malpractice claim brought in Miami-Dade County, FL, involving multitude of issues with respect to a luxury residential property. Won defense verdict for client.

Handled arbitration of commercial dispute brought in Palm Beach County, FL, involving alleged fraud by a real estate broker. Won confidential six-figure award for client.

Reached favorable settlement mid-trial for golf course operator in commercial matter seeking $1.35 million in damages.