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Alan recently defended a leading national banking institution, who served as the trustee of a trust for several decades, in a multi-count breach of fiduciary lawsuit in which the beneficiaries of that trust sought claims against the firm's client of in excess of 17 million dollars. During this multi-year court proceeding, Alan was able to obtain summary judgment against most of the claims sought against the client and upon conclusion of the trial, all of the surviving claims were dismissed.

After a three-day trial, Alan B. Taylor successfully defended a lawsuit in which the firm's client was accused of fraud, misrepresentation, breaches of fiduciary duty, and violations of contractual non-competition and non-disclosure provisions arising from certain sales of stock in several corporations. Alan also successfully recovered on the client's claims for a money judgment for all sums owed the client arising from those transactions. After trial, the opposing party paid and satisfied the judgment in full, rather than attempting an appeal.

In a derivative lawsuit filed by the firm on behalf of several clients who were victimized by management abuses and usurpations of authority, Alan B. Taylor, after an evidentiary hearing before the Court, successfully obtained a temporary injunction against several individuals and companies, including a major global manufacturer and television promoter of consumer products, that removed all key management personnel from the holding company and placed the firm's clients in complete control of its operations.

Alan B. Taylor and Hutch Hicken successfully defended its client hotel owners and operators against claims by an international lender based upon violations of the Federal Truth In Lending Act and breaches of contract. The trial judge also granted the firm's motion to tax attorneys fees and costs against the lender.

In yet another derivative lawsuit, Alan B. Taylor and Hutch Hicken successfully defended against allegations of corporate theft, self-dealing, and breaches of fiduciary duty leveled against several of the firm's clients. In this suit, and before trial was set, Alan and Hutch filed several motions attacking the case-resulting in the Court's dismissal of the entire lawsuit with prejudice.

Alan recently obtained a favorable monetary settlement for the client in a Federal District Court case filed on behalf of a building owner in an upscale shopping district against a major national women's clothing retailer. The case was filed because the retailer, who was a major tenant in the building for over 20 years, had vacated the premises upon lease expiration without restoring the entire building and its operating systems to its prior condition.

In yet another case, Alan successfully recovered ownership and control from the Developer of a multi-million dollar clubhouse, retail and exercise facility, pool complex and other parcels of land in favor of the Community Association. The case was initiated by the firm on behalf of the Association and against the Developer entities as a result of the Developer's repeated violations of the community's governing documents and Florida law.

In a complex, multi-million dollar probate dispute, Alan successfully obtained Probate Court rulings that resulted in the proper structuring of the farms and lands that were subject to Probate. In the process, the estate reaped tax and expense savings in excess of one million dollars.

Alan was recently appointed as a special guardian ad litem by the Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit to investigate and report his findings and recommendations on behalf of the Court with respect to missing funds, totaling in excess of one million dollars, arising from dozens of transactions spanning nine years, in connection with two related guardianship proceedings.

 
 
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