Steven Appelbaum

Steven Appelbaum

Counsel

Contact Info

Phone: (305) 428-4519
Fax: (305) 374-4744

Primary Office

Miami
Southeast Financial Center
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 3600
Miami, FL 33131

Secondary Office

Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale
200 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Suite 1000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Steven Appelbaum

Counsel

Steven Appelbaum represents individuals and businesses in complex disputes ranging from matters involving real estate, commercial contracts and landlord-tenant issues to business fraud, the Uniform Commercial Code and banking. He also advises on corporate dissolutions and shareholder disputes, construction matters, and products liability.  Steven has experience representing clients in arbitration and defending companies facing national and state-wide class actions. Outside of the courtroom, Steven assists clients with risk avoidance counseling, negotiating and drafting commercial leases (single, double, and triple net) and negotiating vendor contracts. He also advises on compliance with federal and state laws governing accommodations for emotional support and service animals.

Experience

Real Estate

Steven represents property owners, property managers, developers, lenders, borrowers, title companies, tenants and guarantors in litigation. Steven regularly represents commercial real estate funds in the due diligence, acquisition, and disposition of underperforming or distressed real estate assets, often requiring foreclosure, eviction, appointments of receivers, and pursuit of deficiency judgments. Steven also has appeared before administrative agencies to obtain tax exemptions, including homestead and disability, and to obtain a reduction in tax assessments. 

Other select representations include:

A real estate developer in a partnership dispute involving a 180-acre undeveloped parcel planned for a large-scale residential complex
A condominium converter and principals in action for fraudulent concealment, resulting in a judgment on their behalf following a bench trial in U.S. Bankruptcy Court
A property owner in an action brought by subsequent owner alleging claims for negligent misrepresentation and nondisclosure
Construction

Steven has defended part manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers as well as general contractors against claims involving construction defects and negligent installation.  He has also prosecuted and defended against construction lien foreclosure actions.

Other select representations include:

A general contractor in a dispute involving alleged shoddy workmanship, the use of unlicensed contractors, and construction delays
A manufacturer and distributor of fire sprinkler products in a dispute alleging failure to warn of incompatibility and installation error
Shareholder derivative actions

Steven represents companies and their principals in shareholder derivative actions and contentious business divorces.

Select representations include:

A minority owner, employee, and officer of limited liability company in the prosecution of a derivative action and suit for wrongful termination
A developer and principal in action alleging fraud and misrepresentations
A partner and management company in partnership dispute involving the ownership of a commercial office building

Thought Leadership

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Rated "AV" Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Listed as a "Top Up and Comer" in the 2020 South Florida Legal Guide

Named to the Rising Star list by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 to present

 

Memberships and Affiliations

Greater Miami Jewish Federation

  • Board Member, The Network (Young Professionals Division)
  • Co-Chair, Emerging Jewish Advocates Committee
  • Board Member, Agency Support Committee
  • Chair, Jewish Community Services Committee

AIPAC Miami Club (Young Professional Division), Board Member

University of Maryland South Florida Alumni Network, Board Member

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 2009

  • Inter-American Law Review, Articles and Comments Editor
  • Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board, Vice President
  • 1L Moot Court Competition, Winning Team
  • Cali Excellence for the Future Award (Top Grade), Law and Medicine

B.A., University of Maryland, 2006

  • Greek Life Leader of the Year Award

Bar Admissions

Florida

Firm Management Positions

Hiring Committee

Steven Appelbaum represents individuals and businesses in complex disputes ranging from matters involving real estate, commercial contracts and landlord-tenant issues to business fraud, the Uniform Commercial Code and banking. He also advises on corporate dissolutions and shareholder disputes, construction matters, and products liability.  Steven has experience representing clients in arbitration and defending companies facing national and state-wide class actions. Outside of the courtroom, Steven assists clients with risk avoidance counseling, negotiating and drafting commercial leases (single, double, and triple net) and negotiating vendor contracts. He also advises on compliance with federal and state laws governing accommodations for emotional support and service animals.