FitzGerald Mayans & Cook, P.A.

FitzGerald Mayans & Cook, P.A.

FitzGerald Mayans & Cook, P.A. is an AV rated (highest designation for legal ability and professionalism awarded by MARTINDALE-HUBBELL) law firm practicing in commercial litigation.

Firm Overview

Firm History
FitzGerald Mayans & Cook (FM&C) was formed in 1996 by a group of business litigators who had worked together for years at a full-service law firm. Their goal was to establish a small, quality law firm that focused on commercial litigation. FM&C attorneys are graduates of elite law schools. Its principals are all AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and experienced in this legal field. FM&C is committed to providing innovative, results-oriented representation to clients involved in contract, business, and real estate disputes.

Flexible Approaches
Where appropriate, solutions may include aggressive prosecution of clients' goals in federal and state courts (and administrative agencies), where firm lawyers regularly appear. When a client's objectives favor non-judicial resolution, FM&C lawyers are skilled in settlement negotiations and experienced in alternative dispute resolution procedures.

Cost-Effective
The firm works closely with clients to develop strategies at every step of the trial and appellate process and recognizes that, while high quality is essential, legal services must also be cost-effective. FM&C lawyers strive to balance the value of their work, the costs of the recommended solutions, and the benefits to the client.

Maximum Value
As part of its commitment to provide maximum value to its clients, FM&C lawyers employ the latest office technology. Unlike many law firms, FM&C clients are not charged for:
-long distance telephone
-computer research
-in-house copying
-facsimiles
-overnight courier services
-local hand deliveries
-The Right Choice

Innovative approaches, quality legal representation, and cost-effective services distinguish the lawyers and legal services of FM&C.

Community Involvement
FM&C lawyers are active in the local community, having served executive positions, committee chairs, or board members in the Palm Beach County Chapters of the following organizations:
-American Red Cross
-American Heart Association
Main Office
Main Office
515 North Flagler Drive, Northbridge Centre, Suite 900
West Palm Beach  FL  33401
Phone
  • 561-832-8655
Fax
Websites
Employment
The law office of will FitzGerald Mayans & Cook, P.A. represent your employment legal matters.
Practice Areas & Legal Services
-Appellate Law
-Business Disputes
-Construction Litigation
-Contract Disputes
-Executive Compensation and Benefits Disputes
-Labor and Employment
-Probate, Guardianship and Fiduciary Litigation
-Real Estate Litigation

Michelle L. Azar

Of Counsel
Ms. Azar practices litigation in the areas of business, real estate, entertainment and general civil.

Peer Review Rating: AV Rated.

Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1988, University of Florida; Newcomb College of Tulane University, B.A., magna cum laude, with departmental honors, 1985

Admitted: 1988, Florida; 1990, Colorado; 1996, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida including Trial Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; United States Supreme Court.

Memberships: Palm Beach County Bar Association; The Florida Bar; American Inns of Court, Newsletter Editor and Board member, the Colorado Bar.

Languages:French and Spanish

Born:Miami, Florida, 1963

Biography:Phi Beta Kappa.
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    Juris Doctorate

James A. Burnham

Mr. Burnham focuses his practice in commercial litigation with primarily complex contract, real estate, business, and intellectual property disputes, including trade dress matters. Mr. Burnham is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Florida, Illinois, and California. He has worked as a freelance writer, editor and feature screenwriter.

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Complex Litigation; Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law; Trial Practice; Real Estate Law

Education: Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1992, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., magna cum laude, 1989

Admitted:1992, California; 1993, Illinois; 1997, Florida

Memberships: Palm Beach County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California; The Florida Bar.

Born:Glen Falls, New York, November 27, 1967

Biography:Formerly with: Andrews & Kurth, Los Angeles; Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Perlman, Chicago. Member: Los Angeles Bar Association, 1992-1993; Chicago Bar Association, 1993-1996.
Education
  • Duke University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Gregory D. Cook

Mr. Cook practices complex commercial litigation, including the representation of commercial property landlords, banking interests, and small businesses. Mr. Cook served as editor of his law school's law review, Law & Policy in International Business. He worked for four years as a Congressional staff assistant in Washington, D.C. and Colorado.

Practice Areas: Civil and Commercial Litigation

Peer Review Rating: AV Rated.

Education: Georgetown University, J.D., cum laude, 1984, University of Illinois; University of Colorado, B.A., with distinction, 1977

Admitted: 1985, Maryland, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Columbia and District of Maryland; 1987, Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits; 1988, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 2007, U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships: Palm Beach County and Martin County Bar Associations; The Florida Bar; The District of Columbia Bar.

Born: San Diego, California, 1954

Biography: Editor, Law and Policy in International Business, 1982-1983. Graduate, Leadership Martin County, 1992.
Education
  • Georgetown University
    Juris Doctorate

Lynn Gilleland Hawkins

Of Counsel

Ms. Hawkins restricts her practice to the representation of employers. She has appeared in federal and state courts, as well as before governmental agencies. Ms. Hawkins also counsels clients in making decisions to achieve business goals while minimizing litigation exposure, a topic on which she has written and lectured.

Practice Areas: Labor and Employment Law; Discrimination; Sexual Harassment; Civil Rights Defense

Peer Review Rating: AV Rated.

Education: Duke University, J.D., 1985, Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1982

Admitted: 1985, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1990, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida including Trial Bar; 2007, Michigan

Memberships: The Florida Bar (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law).

Born: Bronxville, New York, July 17, 1960

Biography: President, Center for Family Services, 1993-1994. Past Member: Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches; Board of Directors, Drug-Free Workplace Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc.; Palm Beach Gardens Charter Revision Committee; Executive Women of the Palm Beaches; Leadership, Palm Beach County, Class of 1994.
Education
  • Duke University
    Juris Doctorate

Steven A. Mayans

Mr. Mayans is a commercial litigator (complex contract, real estate, and business tort litigation), with a growing percentage of his practice devoted to alternative dispute resolution (as a federal and state court certified mediator and member of the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Neutrals). In addition, Mr. Mayans has served in volunteer leadership positions with community and governmental entities, including the American Red Cross (chapter chairman for one of the nation's 30 biggest chapters); the largest festival/arts event in Florida (executive committee member and legal counsel); a county-wide chamber of commerce (board member and ethics task force chair); a city planning board (chair); a city zoning board (vice chair); three city committees (all mayoral appointments with commission approval); and a neighborhood association (president).

Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation; Mediation

Peer Review Rating: AV Rated.

Education: Duke University, J.D., 1981, Vanderbilt University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978

Admitted: 1981, Ohio (inactive); 1984, U.S. Supreme Court; 1985, Florida; 1986, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida including Trial Bar and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Memberships: Palm Beach County (Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994-1997) and American (Member, Dispute Resolution Section) Bar Associations;
The Florida Bar; Association of Conflict Resolution; Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (Diplomat)

Certifications:
International Mediation Institute Certified Mediator (2009)
American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals (Commercial Arbitration Panel 2003; Commercial Mediation Panel 2006)
Certified Mediator, U.S. District Court (Southern District of Florida, 1999)
Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator (1994)
Florida Certified County Court Mediator (1994)
Florida Department of Financial Services Mediator (1995)
Approved Florida Arbitrator (1995)

Born: New York, N.Y., July 6, 1956

Biography: Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Epsilon. Board of Directors: Honorary Director, 2008-2009, Member, 1997-2008, 2009 , and Chapter Chairman, 2003-2005, American Red Cross, Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter. Board of Directors: Member, 2006-2009 and Chair of Ethics Task Force (2007-2008), Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Executive Committee Member and Legal Counsel, 1993, SunFest of Palm Beach County. City of West Palm Beach Planning Board, 2009 Chair 2010 . Downtown Development Authority, 1998-2001. Vice-Chair: Downtown Action Committee, 1997-2000. West Palm Beach City Hall Selection Committee, 1999; City of West Palm Beach Charter Review Committee, 2011 and 1998; West Palm Beach Waterfront Steering Committee, 1998. Legal Aid Society Cultural Arts Award Winner, 1997; Leadership Palm Beach County, 1993.
Education
  • Duke University
    Juris Doctorate

E. Cole FitzGerald, III

A former prosecutor (felonies, capital crimes, and head of an economic crime unit), Mr. FitzGerald is a seasoned trial attorney with extensive experience in the state and federal courts on behalf of publicly-traded corporations, financial institutions, and Florida businesses. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Appointed in 1996 by Governor Chiles, Mr. FitzGerald served on the Judicial Nominating Commission of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida until 2000. In 1999 and 2000, he chaired the commission.

Practice Areas: Civil and Commercial Litigation

Peer Review Rating: AV Rated.

Education: Duke University, J.D., 1973, College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1969

Admitted: 1974, Florida; 1976, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida including Trial Bar; 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1992, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Memberships: Palm Beach County Bar Association; The Florida Bar; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.

Born: Newburyport, Massachusetts, July 27, 1947

Biography: Assistant State Attorney, 1973-1976. Member, 1996-2000 and Chairman, 1999-2000, Judicial Nominating Committee, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Education
  • Duke University
    Juris Doctorate
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