Peter ValoriManaging Partner

Mr. Valori is the Managing Partner of Damian & Valori LLP.  Mr. Valori focuses his practice on business litigation with a particular emphasis on complex corporate, contract, real estate, employment, professional negligence, and trademark litigation. Mr. Valori is a member of the Florida bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

He is Chair of the The Florida Bar Membership Committee, the Past Chair of The Florida Bar Communications Committee and the Past Chair of the Business Litigation Committee for The Florida Bar Business Law Section. He is the Liaison from The Florida Bar Business Law Section Business Litigation Committee to Florida Bar Business Law Section E-Discovery Rules Committee. He is also the Chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Dade County Bar.  And, he is the Co-Chair of the Business Torts Subcommittee and Former Chair of the Newsletter Subcommittee for The American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Business and Corporate Litigation Committee.  He is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of business torts and financial fraud litigation, non-compete agreements, injunctions and electronic discovery.

Mr. Valori has been named as a Superlawyer in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; a Legal Elite lawyer by Florida Trend Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and a Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide in 2015.

Mr. Valori is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting youth-in-need obtain higher education. Mr. Valori also represents abused and neglected children in dependency proceedings through Lawyers for Children America, Inc.

He graduated from Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1991) and the University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1994) where he was a member of the University of Miami Law Review.

Profile At A Glance

Business Litigation, Corporate Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Employment Litigation, Trademark Litigation, and Professional Negligence Litigation

  • The Florida Bar
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle & Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • The Florida Bar (Business Law Section): Chair of the Membership Committee; Past Chair of the  Communications and Business Litigation Committees
  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section): Business & Corporate Litigation Committee, Co-Chair of Business Torts Subcommittee and Former Chair of the Newsletter Subcommittee
  • Dade County Bar Association:  Chair of the Federal Courts Committee

Awards

    • Top Attorneys in Florida - Wall Street Journal & Miami Magazine (2012)
    • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (Since 2005)
    • Florida Super Lawyer (Business Litigation) (Since 2006)
    • South Florida Legal Guide Top Attorney (2012, 2013)
    • South Florida Legal Guide Top Up and Comer (2006, 2007) 

Recent Speaking Engagements 

Looking Ahead to Trial: Deposition Strategies, Presented at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Meeting the Chicago, Illinois, September 11, 2014.

Publications

Business Torts: A State-by-State Survey of the Economic Loss Doctrine, Chapter 11, Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (2014 ed. Vol I)

  • Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1991)
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1994)

Representative Cases (click + to view the list)

Community Association Litigation

Harvey Hunter, et al. v. Sabal Chase Homeowners Association, Inc., et al., Case No. 08-64790 CA 22, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida (representation of Homeowners Association against vicarious liability claims arising from conduct of association treasurer).

James Falin v. Condominium Association of La Mer Estates, Inc. et al., Case No. 11-61903-COHN, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Division (representation of condominium association and Property Manager in jury trial of alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act arising from prospective tenants' request for emotional support dog).

Aurora Lopez v. Buckley Towers Condominium, Inc., Case No. 10-30173 CA 10, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of condominium association against claims of tortuous interference and breach of lease agreement).

Buckley Joint Venture, LLC v. Buckley Towers Condominium, Inc., Case No. 10-57957 CA 09, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of condominium association in mortgage dispute).

Farris Property Management, Inc. v. Aqua Lofts Homeowners Association, Inc., Case No. COSA-11007992, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in and for Broward, County (representation of condominium association defending breach of contract claims).

James Falin v. Condominium Association of La Mer Estates, Inc., Case No. 11-CV-61903-Seltzer, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (representation of condominium association defending claims under Fair Housing Act).

Vasershteyn et al. v. Biscayne Cove Condominium Association, Inc., Case No. 11-CV-24603-DLG, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (defending claims under Fair Housing Act).

Moorings Real Estate, LLC v. Fifth Mooring Condominium, Inc., Case No. 11-09713 CA 06, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of condominium association defending claims for breach of recreational lease).

Herbert Rose v. Village of Kings Creek Condominium Association, et al., Case No. 98-10157 CA 13, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of current and former directors of a condominium association regarding claims brought by a condominium owner/former counsel for the association alleging breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, financial improprieties, and mismanagement. The representation included two interlocutory appeals, one of which resulted in a decision substantially limiting the liability of the condominium association’s current and former directors as a matter of law).

Employment Litigation

Comprehensive Care Corp. v. Jerry Katzman and Margaret “Peggy” Husted, Case No. 8:10-cv-942-T-27TGW, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division (representation of fiancée of co-founder of company in defending claims that stock was issued without consideration).

Matthew Beck et al. v. Boce Group, LLC et al., Case No. 04-20683-CIV, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (representation of defendant’s restaurant in wage and hour claim case).

Armando Sicard, vs. Aquasino, LLC, Case No. 08-20976-CIV, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (counsel for collective class action plaintiffs for WARN Act and Fair Labor Standards Act claims arising from shut down of casino cruise ship).

Nigel Neale, et al. v. Miami Star Casino, LLC, et al., Case No. 08-2078, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (counsel for collective class action plaintiffs for WARN Act and Fair Labor Standards Act claims arising from shut down of casino cruise ship).

Crawford v. LG Bal Harbour, LLC, d/b/a La Goulue Restaurant, Case No. 09-22239-CIV, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (representation of Plaintiff in Fair Labor Standards Act claims arising from tip pool).

Lopez et al v. SOBE Lincoln Road Holdings Corporation, et al., Case No. 1:08-cv-23047, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour defense representation).

Juan Oberto et al. v. Phoenix Upholstering & Refinishing, Inc. et al., Case No. 6:06-cv-471-Orl-31JGG, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division (Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour defense representation).

Carlos Ferro, et al., v. Phoenix Upholstering and Refinishing, Inc., et al., Case No. 07-60570-CIV, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division (Fair Labor Standards Act  wage and hour defense representation).

Eduardo Olivares v. Phoenix Upholstering and Oscar A. Flores, Case No. 6:07-CV-0448-ORL-31-DAB, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division (Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour defense representation).

Romeo Abad, et al., individually and on behalf of other similarly situated Employees, v. Miami Cruises, LLC, et al, Case No. 05-21979-CIV MORENO, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (counsel for collective class action plaintiffs for WARN Act and Fair Labor Standards Act claims arising from shut down of casino cruise ship).

Anthony Fioretto v. Du-All Sewer and Drain Services, Inc. and Keith Jeffrey, Case No. 07-1679-CA, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Martin County (representation of company in suit by former employee).

Action Bolt and Tool Co. v. Metallic Engineering Co., Inc. and Joy Fitzgerald, Case No.  50 2004 CA 008111 XXXX MB (AE), Fifthteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County (defense of claim for damages pursuant to guaranty agreement).

Walter Apuril et al. v. Raul Puig, Case No. 10-cv-23058-PCH, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour defense representation).

Saunders, et al. v. Homebridge Mortgage Bankers, Corp., Case No. 07-80442-CIV-KLR, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (counsel for collective class action plaintiffs in Fair Labor Standards Act claims).

Pereira v. Phoenix Upholstering & Refinishing Inc., Case No. 09-cv-839-Orl-31GJK, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division (Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour defense representation).

Andres Gonzalez v. Doudney Sheet Metal Works, Inc., Case No. 11-22823-CIV, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour defense representation).

Victoria Johnston v. Hospice by the Sea, Inc., Case No. 50 2010 CA 029887 XXXX MB (AE), Fifthteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County (counsel for plaintiff in Whistle Blower claim).

Injunctions

Jennifer Feinstein v. Eric Feinstein and Robert Feinstein, Case No. 07-CVD10408, In the General Court of Justice, Superior Court, County of Wake, North Carolina (representation of minority owner of temporary staffing services company seeking to enforce corporate split agreement and dissolve injunction in related divorce case).

Robert Feinstein v.  Eric Feinstein, Carroll Reynolds and EJ Services, Inc., Case No. 11-07712 CA 13, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami Dade County (representation of minority owner of temporary staffing services company seeking to enforce corporate split agreement).

Alejandro “Alex” Omes v. Ultra Enterprises, Inc. et al., Case No. 11-01775 CA 21, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami Dade County (representation of corporate entities in claims for document inspection and defense of motion for receivership).

Construct Corps, LLC v. Balance Staffing, Inc., et al., Case No. 08-23111, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County Florida (representation of temporary staffing service defending claims seeking injunction regarding employment of former employees of competitor).

Atlantic Biologicals Corp. v. Kenneth W. Hilton, Jr., Case No. 10-27005 CA 40, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade, County, Florida (representation of pharmaceutical sales company against former employee seeking enforcement of non-solicitation agreement).

McCullough v. Southfields of Palm Beach Polo and Country Club Homeowners Association, Inc. et al., Case No. 50 2010 CA 002967 XXXX MB (AO) (representation of condominium association in defending homeowners suit for emergency injunction).

Ingenicard US, Inc. v. Juan Valamana, Case No. 11-25195 CA 27, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of founder of cash card services company defending against claims of misappropriation).

John R. Dylewski, M.D., P.A. d/b/a Arrhythmia Management Institute of South Florida v. James D. Davenport, M.D., Case No. 07-18126, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami Dade County (representation of medical practice enforcing non-solicitation agreement).

Business Torts and Fraud

Casa Caribe Development Corp. v. R. Fulton McDonald, Laura Boswell, et al., Case No. 05-07189 CA 09, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of corporation against former officer and director who committed fraud and misappropriation).

Manuel Rivero v. Alfredo Garcia-Menocal, et al., Case No. 08-34136 CA 31, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade, County, Florida (representation of individual in claims for legal malpractice).

In Re: Capitol Investments, USA, Inc., Case No: 09-36408-LMI, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (representation of debtor in involuntary bankruptcy arising from alleged ponzi scheme).

Velez, et al. v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., et al., Case No. 09-66822 CA 10, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade, County (representation of group of investors defrauded by ponzi scheme and claimed related conspiracy).

HRB Capital, LLC v. George G. Levin, Case No. 10-009971 (07), Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in and for Broward, County (representation of investor in ponzi scheme against guarantor).

Finishing Touches Distribution, Inc. v. Kellwood Company, Case No. 08-62397 CA 05, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida (representation of business regarding wrongful termination of business relationships).

Pablo Horn, et al. v. Argent Trading International, LLC et al., Case No. 08-05162 CA 40, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of individual claiming to be defrauded by entity offering “trade credits”).

Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property Litigation

Kraft Foods Global, Inc. and Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc. v. Global Beverage Enterprises, Inc., Case No. 07-cv-60206 (FAM), United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division (representation of drink manufacturer in trademark and injunction and damages claims).

Love Life v. Love Life Collection, Case No. 09-11280 CA 40, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami Dade County (representation of licensor of intellectual property relating to dress patterns against licensee to enforce license agreement).

Dippin’ Dots, Inc. v. Concessions a La Mode, Inc., Frosty Bites Distributor of Florida, Inc., Frosty Bites Retail of Florida, Inc. and F. Robert Esty, Jr., Case No. 00-1981-CIV-HUCK, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (representation of former retail seller in claims brought against him by a distributor alleging violation a non-compete agreement, trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets).

Lindburgers, Inc. v. L.A. Foods, Inc., Case No. 03-80176-CIV-RYSKAMP, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (representation of restaurant owner and his company in defending claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and breach of contract).

Fairytale Fragrances v. The Walt Disney Company, Case No. 97-4376-CIV-Graham, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (representation of The Walt Disney Company and related Disney entities in defending trademark infringement and related claims brought by entrepreneur using fairy tale names as trademarks).

Real Property Litigation

Ron Whittle and Bill Frye v. Michael Blanchard, et al., Case No. 05-17068 CA 01, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of individuals defrauded by building owner and licensed realtor in connection with sale of apartment building).

PD Real Estate Holdings LLC v. William C. Haber, Case No. 08-113 AP, Appellate Division, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Case No. 06-1394 CC 24, County Court in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida (representation of landlord in landlord-tenant dispute over habitability of leased premises).

Adolfo Perez, et al. v. Metropolitan Miami-Dade County, Case No. 3D07-2890, Third District Court of Appeal, Trial Court Case No. 07-1888 CA 02, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of a group of homeowners against County’s claims to title of property).

Eric Girardin, B&G Group, LLC et al. v. TRG Harbour House, LTD., Case No. 07-08601 CA 40, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami Dade County (representation of condominium purchasers in claims to enjoin sale of units or seek return of deposits).

Pentium Construction, Inc. v. Carpet Creations/Textile Assoc. Inc., Case No. 09-53844 CA 25, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of general contractor in foreclosing on construction lien).

Casa Grove Properties, LLC v. Pentium Construction, Inc., Case No. 09-21661 CA 23, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of general contractor in dispute over home construction contracts and warranties).

Knut Guenther v. Waterhouse International Development Corp., Case No. 06-13187 CA 04, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (litigation and related arbitration related to breach of construction contract).

New Riviera Realty, Inc. v. South Beach Ocean Parcel, Case No. 02-17981 CA 01, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of developer in defending a claim seeking a real estate brokerage commission under the “procuring cause” doctrine).

Doral Common Corp. v. Shoma Development Corp., et al., Case No. 01-25436 CA 05, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County  (representation of homeowners association in proceeding to enforce a covenant running with the land against a developer).

In re the Arbitration Between Nicole Nicoletti and Antonio and Rozani Battiato (representation buyer in an arbitration action to recover her deposit regarding a real estate purchase and sale agreement where the buyer was unable to obtain financing).

Boca II Associates, Ltd. v. Opsis Technologies International, Inc., 15th Judicial Circuit, Case No. CA 02-005582-AJ (representation of landlord in prosecuting a commercial tenant eviction action).

Corporate and Securities Litigation

CNV, L.L.C. v. Edward L. Hibshman, Case No. 00-06283 CA 22, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County (representation of corporation in a declaratory judgment action seeking declaration that the dilution of a minority shareholder’s interest in a multi-million dollar real estate development investment entity was appropriate where the shareholder failed to attend meetings or participate in the decision-making process).

Andrew I. Telsey and Cynthia Telsey v. Joseph Lents, et al., Case No. 02-CV2390, District Court, Arapahoe County, Colorado (representation of former officers and directors of a publicly held company in an action by investors for alleged fraud in connection with the sale of securities pursuant to a subscription agreement).