Lawrence A. Farese

239.213.1973

Experience

Lawrence Farese currently heads Robins Kaplan’s Florida litigation practice and serves as managing partner of the firm’s Naples office. Larry is certified by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Board Certified Business Litigation Lawyer. Over the past 40-plus years, he has tried a wide variety of complex business and probate cases to verdict, including product liability, business tort, employment, contract, partnership, construction, healthcare, will and trust contests, constructive trust, and breach of fiduciary duty cases.

In 2001, Larry became certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator. Since that time, Larry has been called upon by private parties and the judiciary to serve as a mediator of complex business and trust and estate disputes.  His experience and performance as a mediator has earned him an invitation and admission to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.  He now concentrates his professional practice solely on mediation.

Larry is a Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of its Board of Directors. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in Business Litigation and Bet the Company Litigation, and has been named a “Florida Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation each year since 2006.  He was named by Best Lawyers as the “Fort Myers Area Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year” for 2010.  In 2012, he was honored with The Donald E. Van Koughnet “Lion of the Law” Award for Professionalism presented by the Collier County Judiciary.

Larry is the Past President of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association, Past President of the Collier County Chapter of The American Inns of Court, and Past Chairman of the Grievance Committee of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

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Achieved a $4.5 million settlement for the plaintiff in an intentional infliction of emotional distress case.

Obtained several multi-million dollar settlements for clients in will and trust contests.

Court awarded a $4.8 million judgment based on a jury verdict, to our firm’s clients, based on the negligent representation of the absence of mold in connection with the sale of a residence.

Obtained jury verdict for plaintiffs in mold property damage action.

Represented Plaintiffs in Will Contest resulting in $4.2 million settlement.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained $5 million verdict for Plaintiff in partnership dispute.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Assisted in obtaining jury verdict for defendant in $17 million asbestos property damage claim.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained several summary judgments in favor of defendant manufacturer in asbestos property damage litigation.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Defended and settled several wrongful death actions involving product liability, negligence, and premises liability claims.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained defense verdict for bank as personal representative of an estate in breach of fiduciary duty claim. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Years of trial and appellate experience in a variety of commercial and probate litigation.

Reported Decisions:

Collier HMA Physician Mgmt., LLC v. Menichello, 223 So. 3d 334 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017) (Covenant not to compete litigation).

The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. v. Step by Step Early Childhood Education and Therapy Center, Inc., 29 So. 3d 1221 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010).  (Trust litigation).

TRG Night Hawk v. Registry Dev. Corp., 17 So. 3d 782 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009).  (Negligent misrepresentation and Florida Deceptive and Unfair Practices Act claim).

Naples Community Hospital, Inc. v. Hussey, 918 So. 2d 323 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005).  Defense of hospital against claim of breach of medical staff bylaws and antitrust violations.

Bell South Communications, Inc. v. W.R. Grace & Co., 77 F. 3d 603 (2d Cir. 1996). Defense of property damage product liability action against manufacturer of asbestos fire proofing material. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Banyan Corporation v. Schucklat Realty, Inc.,611 So. 2d 1281 (Fla. 2d DCA 1992).  Represented plaintiff in breach of contract litigation.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Buerki v. Lochner, 570 So. 2d 1061 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1990).  Probate Litigation.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

W.P. Verhaegen v. Montigny, 553 So. 2d 756 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989).  Defense of partnership dispute concerning intellectual property.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Shultz v. Sun Bank / Naples, N.A., 553 So. 2d 202 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989).  Interpleader action concerning failed securities offering.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Sharondale Realty, Inc. v. Anglers Motel & Boat Docks, Inc., 545 So. 2d 917 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989). Defense of claim for commission by commercial real estate broker.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

In Re Estate of Cleeves, 509 So. 2d 1256 (Fla. 2d DCA 1987).  Probate litigation.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Goldwater v. Alston & Bird, 664 F. Supp. 403 (S.D. Ill. 1986).  Defense of action alleging securities fraud.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

J.N. Ledbetter v. United States of America, 792 F. 2d 1015 (11th Cir. 1986).  Tax appeal.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Tellina Properties & Associates v. Naples-Nashville Partnership, 481 So. 2d 1223 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985). Represented real estate developer in breach of contract dispute.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

In Re Estate of McClenahen, 476 So. 2d 1289 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985).  Defense of will contest.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

The Glades, Inc. v. Colding, 422 So. 2d 349 (Fla. 2d DCA 1982).  Represented property owner in appeal from denial of agricultural tax classification.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Super Lawyers 2017
The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Recipient of The Donald E. Van Koughnet “Lion of the Law ” Award for Professionalism presented by the Collier County Judiciary (2012)
  • Named "Fort Myers Area Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year," Best Lawyers (2010)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2008-2020 editions)
  • Selected as one of "The Lawdragon 3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America," by Lawdragon (2007)
  • Named a “Florida Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (2006-2018)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1977); Inducted into the Society of the Wig and Robe; Editorial Board of the University of Miami Law Review, Member Fairleigh
  • Dickinson University, B.A., cum laude (1974)
Professional Associations
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (Florida Justice Association)
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Florida Chapter
  • Trial Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association, Past President
  • The Michael R.N. McDonnell American Inn of Court (formerly The Thomas Biggs American Inns of Court), Past President
  • Grievance Committee of the Twentieth Judicial Court, Past Chairman
Certifications
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board Certified Business Litigation Lawyer, Florida Bar Certified Circuit Court Mediator, Florida Supreme Court

  • Ten Tips for a Successful Mediation
    Collier County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Naples, Florida (June 4, 2019)
  • Lions of the Law Panel
    Young Lawyers Section of Collier County Bar Association, Naples, Florida (March 15, 2019)
  • Can You be a Litigator and a Mediator?
    Collier County Women’s Bar Association, Naples, Florida (January 24, 2018)
  • Preparing You and Your Expert for Deposition and Trial
    Collier County Bar Association, Naples, Florida (July 31, 2013)
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