Javier Lopez is a partner in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and focuses his expertise in complex litigation. Javier has particular expertise in advising and representing international clients in matters brought in U.S. federal and state courts. He has represented many high-profile internationals individuals in entertainment contract dispute, commercial transactions, and intellectual property matters.
Javier has a passion for civil rights and is frequently appointed by courts to represent the interests of the less fortunate against government entities and law enforcement.
From 2010-2017, he was named a “Rising Legal Star” by Florida Super Lawyer’s Magazine, a “Rising Star” by the Daily Business Review and a “Top 40 Under 40” by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was elected to the Cuban American Bar Association’s Board of Directors in 2009, and currently serves as its President. In 2007, Javier was honored as a Golden Angel for his support of the Jackson Memorial Foundation through JUNTOS, the philanthropic foundation he co-founded. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Harvard Alumni Association’s Interviewing Committee.
Prior to joining Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, Javier was a legal clerk in the White House Counsel’s Office for Alberto Gonzalez where he was very involved in the vetting process for the replacement of then Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Javier also worked at the United States House of Representatives for Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart serving as part of the legal review team for new policy and legislation.
Javier is very active in the South Florida Cuban community and charitable organizations such as the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. He is an avid baseball fan having been a four year letterman for Harvard University, and enjoys collecting fine art and international travel.
Javier successfully represented a real estate developer against a manufactured gas plant operator in a complicated environmental contamination case with damages estimated at over $140 million. The parties reached an amicable settlement after a five week bench trial. Javier also successfully represented a major sugar company defeating claims brought by 1700 individual sugar cane cutters that were former employees. He had to live in Jamaica for eight months where he took over 450 depositions during that span.
Javier obtained a favorable monetary settlement for a client who was victimized by City of Hollywood law enforcement and asserted claims under Section 1983 in Gozaloff v. City of Hollywood, No. 12-60138 (S.D. Fla.). The settlement was one of the highest settlements by the City of Hollywood in a Section 1983 case. The litigation was also critical in major compliance changes within the municipality’s police training on excessive force and police brutality.
Javier represents several internationally known recording artists with a variety a legal issues ranging from copyright infringement to breach of a royalty contract. His ability to be fluent in Spanish gives his clients a level of comfort when discussing their personal matters.
Javier litigated a high-profile case against Carnival Cruise Lines that resulted in an immediate, unprecedented policy change by the Cuban government in its treatment of Cuban-born U.S. citizens. He filed federal and state class action lawsuits against Carnival for honoring the Cuban government’s practice of denying ship passage to people born in Cuba. After seeking an emergency injunction the month before the first cruise line was scheduled to sail from the U.S. to Cuba, the Cuban government quickly rescinded its ban and now Cuban-born Americans can travel to Cuba on a cruise line.
Javier also first-chaired a trial in which he successfully pierced the corporate veil to hold a shareholder liable, winning a $15 million jury verdict for a Venezuelan lender. The verdict, which also involved fraudulent transfer issues, was affirmed by the Third District Court of Appeal in Quercia, et al. v. Curbelo, et al., Case Nos. 3D15-2392 and 3D16-1181 (Fla. 3d DCA Nov. 29, 2017).
Javier also served as a mediator for the 800 MHz Transition Administrator in connection with the movement of a major telecom to new frequency bands to eliminate interference to public safety and other licensees, the largest such realignment of radio spectrum in the history of the FCC.
Javier was on the E-Discovery Panel at FAWL’s Inaugural Corporate Counsel Summit in Coral Gables (February 24, 2017).