Ciklin Lubitz, once one of
Last month, the company filed a
The move came as the company stopped paying
Ciklin said the 36-year-old company’s fortunes were strong through 2021 but began to falter in recent months, thanks to the lingering effects of the pandemic on operations and personnel. When the firm disbanded in May, it was down to just a dozen lawyers.
The firm’s dissolution marks the end of an era in the legal community, said
“It was a great race,” Ciklin said. “I don’t know if COVID made it easier to say goodbye, but all the signs pointed to it being time to transition.”
Ciklin, a former Lubitz law firm
Ciklin said Lubitz’s breakup is a quiet end to a once mighty company that survived the imprisonment of its founding partner, numerous real estate booms and busts, and periodic internal financial wrangles.
What began as a partnership in 1978 between former
Boose, Casey continued to ride the real estate development waves of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
In the 1980s, he participated in the development of major projects, including PGA National in
More recently, the firm worked on the creation of the Palm Beaches Ballpark, where
“There is no doubt that they were the most dominant law firm, certainly countywide, for their work on government issues, land use planning and zoning,” said Coleman, a
In the mid-1980s, Boose was also instrumental in the construction of the company’s longtime office building, the black glass complex known as the “Darth Vader” building in
Government corruption probe brings down founding partner of law firm
But in 2007, Boose admitted to helping a former county commissioner hide profits from a land deal. The explosive scandal, part of a wide-ranging public corruption probe by federal investigators, led to the jailing of the former county commissioner
Boose’s law firm survived the scandal but changed its name to
In 2012, partner
Two years later, the company found itself the loser in a financial dispute with Casey, who received
Over the years, other lawyers have come and gone, not always amicably.
At the time of the firm
But it was the pandemic that ultimately ended the company’s fortunes, Ciklin said.
With attorneys at the firm working primarily from home for the past two years, some attorneys have struggled to continue generating revenue, Ciklin said. After some lawyers retired during the pandemic, the firm also struggled to find new lawyers to fill positions, he said.
With its shortlist of lawyers and income, the firm was left to grapple with a lease for the entire 20th floor as well as part of the 4th floor.
The company tried unsuccessfully to reach a deal with the landlord to take less space or buy out his lease for a lesser amount, Ciklin said.
“We did like anyone would do and went to the owner and said, ‘Hey, that’s not sustainable for us. Here’s a bunch of choices,” Ciklin said.
But efforts to negotiate with Vanderbilt failed, and Ciklin said the company decided to break up.
A lawyer for
Partners confiscate assets to close Ciklin Lubitz law firm
By filing the assignment of benefits action last month, the three remaining partners waived
The filing does not stop the lawsuits, but it does mean that the only money left to recover is in the hands of the company’s designated assignee, the attorney.
While O’Connell was disappointed when the company dissolved and dumped its assets, O’Neill said O’Connell was not surprised as he saw the company’s workforce dwindle over time. time.
Boykin said he filed a lawsuit to establish his claim for
“I will just be one of the creditors entitled to a proportionate share of the company’s assets if there isn’t enough money to pay all of the creditors,” Boykin said in an email. “Not a lot of money, but better than ‘a sharp stick in the eye!'”
On a more thoughtful note, Boykin added, “The firm has been a great place to work for over 36 years…but most law firms have a life cycle, and as we all age, the firm has also aged. So when the lawyers retired, so did the business.”
Some Ciklin Lubitz lawyers move on to larger firms, others
start your own shops
These days, former Ciklin Lubitz lawyers work in several law firms. Several, including Ciklin, went to the Jones Foster law firm in
Ciklin said he was busier than ever managing real estate matters at Jones Foster, and he said he appreciated not having to run a law firm.
“I can practice law and I don’t have to manage anyone or worry about finances,” he said.