E. Scott Golden is founder and managing partner of Golden & La Neve and has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer. He practices a unique blend of interdisciplinary law that allows him to wed his tax, corporate, and real estate background with commercial litigation experience in state and federal courts in order to design effective solutions for his clients' corporate, commercial, construction, and real estate development issues. After practicing at the largest tax law firm in the country; one of the largest commercial firms in Miami; and a boutique firm focusing on corporate, real estate, and banking in Broward County, Mr. Golden founded his own firm in 1988. He then added to the firm the component of commercial litigation, resulting in a broad-based commercial practice with a focus on property interests and property rights. As an adjunct to his tax background, Mr. Golden has always maintained a significant practice in estate planning, probate and estate administration, and church and charitable law.
Mr. Golden has prosecuted and defended jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the State of Florida; he has briefed and argued appeals to Florida's appellate courts, the Florida Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and he has briefed writs of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has received an "AV Preeminent Rating" by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating provided by Martindale-Hubbell-a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Golden has served as a contributing author to several professional journals and is a speaker on commercial real estate matters.
Represented a subcontractor in state court on a 30-story project in which the general contractor waited until the subcontractor had completed work on the first 20 stories to claim that all the work was defective and the client would not be paid the remainder owed on the project. We successfully showed that the general contractor was at fault, and, further, had intentionally hidden the evidence, resulting in a settlement payment to the client.
Represented an electronics and security contractor in a federal court case involving the construction of a federal building in which, despite the failure of our client to be paid and confusion on the job due to the government contractor's poor oversight of the project, the government architect claimed that our client's work was not performed timely and properly.
Negotiated a corporate solution between rival ownership factions of a privately-held U.S. construction company conducting business throughout the Western Hemisphere. The dispute stemmed from the parties' different views of their rights under poorly-drafted agreements initially prepared by a new investor.
Represented an only (adult) child by prevailing in a four-day trial in which the court invalidated (on grounds of mental incapacity) her father's trust amendment that essentially disinherited the child in favor of a former sister-in-law of the father.
Represented numerous businesses, churches, and individuals before municipal and county planning committees, zoning boards, and city and county commissions in order to obtain plat approvals, site plan approvals, special exceptions, and variances.
-J.D., Harvard Law School, 1981
-B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978
-Real Estate, Title, & Development Law
-Business & Corporate Law
-Tax & Estate Planning
-Church & Charitable Law
-U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1981
-U.S. Tax Court, 1982
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
-U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1993
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2003
-U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2005
-The Florida Bar (Member, Section on: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Construction Law Committee)
-Broward County Bar Association (Member, Bench/Bar Committee, 2005-present; Secretary, 2009-12; Member, Construction Law Committee)
-Broward County Christian Lawyers Association, President
-Educational Counselor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-Judge, Nova Southeastern University School of Law, various competitions
-Member, Christian Legal Society