Marty J. Solomon

Marty has been a real property and business litigator for over 20 years. He has handled commercial real property litigation, title insurance coverage and title curative matters, as well as defalcations and consumer class actions. He has also served as an expert witness and an educator. He has represented title insurers and insureds under their policies, as well as lenders, developers, and other businesses in courts throughout Florida and around the nation. His activities away from the office include sailing, bicycling, and photography.

EXPERIENCE 

President of Marty James Solomon PA - Present

Partner at Awerbach | Cohn in Clearwater - March 2020 to May 2023

One of four partners in a litigation boutique specializing in title insurance 

Shareholder at Carlton Fields in Tampa - 2008 to February 2020 

Chair of the Real Property Litigation and Title Insurance Practice Groups 

Associate at Carlton Fields in Tampa July 2001 to 2008 

Member of the Class Action and Complex Litigation Practice Group 

Student Associate at Martzel & Bickford in New Orleans - 1999-2001 

Handled plaintiff-side tort matters and environmental litigation 

Summer associate at Proskauer Rose in New York 2000 Summer 

Summer Associate at Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans - 1999 & 2000 

Admissions Officer, New College of USF - 1997-1998 

EDUCATION 

Tulane Law School - 2001, JD 

Law Review notes and comments editor, Order of the Coife 

New College of USF - 1998, BA 

Majored in Political Science and Sociology with an emphasis on social science research design, and a minor in philosophy 

DETAILS 

Florida Bar Member, Admitted to all Florida State Courts, Florida Federal District Courts, and Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit 

Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar: Member of the Executive Council (since 2016), Co-Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Journal Committee (present), Chair of the Real Property Litigation Committee (2018) 

Florida Land Title Association: President (2022), Vice President and Agent Section Chair (2021), Government Affairs Committee Chair (2020), Board of Directors (2020-present), Claims Prevention Committee Chair (2005-2013) 

Florida Land Title Association Charitable Foundation member of the founding Board of Trustees

American Bar Association Title Insurance Committee (2005-present) 

Sedona Conference (2015-2018) 

• AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell 

• Presenter of CLE programs on persuasive writing, the psychology of mediation, the law of attorney-client privilege, expert witness handling, billable timekeeping, case management, insurance coverage, corporate representative witnesses, class certification, Daubert motions, and title insurance claims handling 

University of Tampa, Adjunct Professor, teaching legal writing (2007) 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS 

SP Corner LLC v. 433 Fourth Street North, LLC, et al., Case No. 18-2228-CI (Fla. 6th Cir. Jan. 29, 2021) (bench trial victory in a commercial easement dispute) 

Stewart Title Guaranty Company v. Machado, 2018 WL 1877465 (M.D. Fla. April 19, 2018 (Summary judgment on title coverage); 2017 WL 3622006 (M.D. Fla. Aug 23, 2017 (staying bad faith claim pending coverage ruling) 

Downing v. Fidelity National Financial, No. 3:16-cv-00119 (11th Cir. April 12, 2018), affirming 2017 WL 352064 (N.D. Ga. Sept. 13, 2017) (dismissal of class action) 

Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, No. 4D14-4597 (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 25, 2017) (amicus for Florida Land Title Association) 

Kahama VI, LLC v. HJH, LLC, et al., 2016 WL 7104175 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 12, 2016) (expert witness for title insurer on title insurance claims litigation) 

Old Republic National Title Ins. Co. v. Guardian Title & Escrow, Inc., Case No. 2016-CA-285 (Fla. 5th Cir) (obtained ex parte injunction in title agent defalcation matter) 

Diaz v. Bank of America, N.A., et al., Case No. 9-15-cv-80224-KLR (S.D. Fla. July 15, 2015) (granting motion to dismiss putative class action alleging mishandling of tax payments by title insurance agency) 

Old Republic National Title Ins. Co. v. First American Title Ins. Co., 2015 WL 1530611 (M.D. Fla. April 6, 2015) (represented Old Republic in coverage action against First American); 2015 WL 1349817 (M.D. Fla. March 25, 2015) (denying First American's motion to dismiss). 

Higgins v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., Case No. 04-365-CA (Fla. 4th Cir. Nassau County, April 14, 2014 (slip op.) (summary judgment for title insurer against certified class of refinancing buyers alleging overcharges); 975 So. 2d 1169 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008) (granting certiorari to quash discovery order) 

Alberton v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., 2014 WL 1643705 (E.D. Pa. April 25, 2014) (decertifying class of refinancing borrowers alleging overcharges) 

McGee v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., 2013 WL 4850298 (11th Cir. Sept. 12, 2013), affirming 2012 WL 263000 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 30, 2012) (dismissal of coverage action by putative class action of buyers of condominium units) 

Lake Buena Vista Vacation Resort, LC v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., 95 So. 3d 244 (Table) (Fla. 5th DCA Aug. 21, 2012) (affirming summary judgment in favor of title insurer against defalcation claim) 

Lowe v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., Case No. 312009-CA-10974 (Fla. 19th Cir. July 23, 2012) (summary judgment in favor of title insurer against defalcation and negligence claims) 

Susser v. OptimumBank, 86 So. 3d 1137 (Table) (Fla. 4th DCA May 2, 2012) (affirming summary judgment in favor of insured lender on mortgage priority dispute) 

Brinker v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., 2012 WL 1081182 (M.D. Fla. March 30, 2012) (affirming report and recommendation of magistrate at 2012 WL 1081211) (M.D. Fla. Feb. 9, 2012 (denying class certification to buyers of condominium units); 8:10-cv-1199-JWD-AEP (M.D. Fla. Sept 9, 2011) (granting protective order against production of joint defense documents) • Corwin v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., 276 F.R.D. 484 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 1, 2011) (denial of certification of putative class of borrowers alleging overcharges) 

Partell v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., 2011 WL 4974730 (W.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2011 (dismissing putative class action) 

Macula v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., 272 F.R.D. 307 (N.D. Ohio 2009) (dismissing action on jurisdiction); 264 F.R.D. 307 (2009) (denial of class certification) 

Hoving v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., 256 F.R.D. 555 (E.D. Mich. 2009) (denial of class certification) 

Smith v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., No. 07-12124 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 2, 2009) (dismissal of putative RESPA class action) 

Lehman Bros. Holdings, Inc. v. Hirota, et al., 2007 WL 147690, No. 8:06- CV-2030 (M.D. Fla. May 21, 2007) (dismissal of closing protection letter negligence claim) 

Chicago Title Ins. Co. v. Alday-Donalson Title Co. of Florida, Inc., 832 So. 2d 810 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002) (affirming summary judgment in favor of client Stewart Title Guaranty Co.) 

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