Angel A. Cortiñas is a shareholder, serves on Gunster’s board of directors, and is co-chair of the firm’s Appellate practice group. He is also a member of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum. Angel served as an appellate judge on Florida’s 3rd District Court of Appeal for more than 8 years. He reviewed civil and criminal appeals from trial courts, authoring over 500 appellate opinions. He also served as a trial judge, by Florida Supreme Court appointment, on civil and criminal jury trials.
Prior to his judicial tenure, Angel worked for 13 years as a federal prosecutor and was the lead trial attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s investigation and successful prosecution of Columbia HCA and Olsten Corporation, which was the largest fraud case in U.S. history and the most comprehensive health care fraud investigation ever undertaken by the federal government.
As the former chief of the Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, he supervised twenty prosecutors and oversaw all criminal fraud investigations and prosecutions involving corporate and securities fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, computer crimes, tax fraud and other white collar offenses. He also worked in and oversaw the Health Care Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami for many years, working closely with hospitals, as well as with state and federal regulators.
Angel has tried over 30 jury trials to verdict in federal court and coordinated over 100 complex grand jury investigations. He has also authored numerous appellate briefs and argued before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Civil & White Collar Crime
Angel’s practice includes the representation of individuals and companies in civil business litigation, including legal malpractice defense, as well as white collar criminal matters. He represents clients in both state and federal courts. He also represents clients in FCPA, False Claims Act and other anti-fraud matters; designs and implements compliance programs tailored to the particular needs of the client; conducts internal investigations; and advises clients on post-violation remediation. His extensive grand jury and trial experience allow him to effectively represent business entities and individuals in responding to government investigations and prosecutions.
Angel’s recent appellate experience includes successfully representing a beneficiary of an Estate and Trust in an appeal by another beneficiary to invalidate a Trust and Will, representing an insured and insurance administrator in a pending federal court appeal, successfully representing an investment company in a state court appeal, successfully representing a developer in a challenge brought by a neighborhood association, and successfully representing a client in responding to a petition for a writ of certiorari pertaining to a discovery issue.
Mediation, Arbitration & Private Judging
Angel regularly handles mediations and has successfully mediated many complex cases and disputes. Because Angel is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he is able to conduct mediations in those languages. Angel treats each mediation as a unique matter and, after studying the particularities of a dispute, seeks to craft novel settlement solutions.
Angel is also engaged for private judging matters, moot judging of appellate oral arguments and arbitrations.