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Maurice Baumgarten

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Aviation Transactions
  • Aircraft Finance Transactions
  • General Commercial Transactions
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Corporate Practice


In more than 35 years of zealously representing his clients, Maurice has not been afraid to challenge conventional legal wisdom while operating well within the framework of accepted legal principles. Maurice is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell, reflecting the results of peer reviews, for the highest levels of legal ability and ethical standards.

Maurice is at home with novel matters that require diverse skills and experience, including matters involving employment discrimination, legal malpractice, aviation, complex real estate and commercial litigation, as well as both state and federal appeals. As a result, Maurice’s practice is varied and he has handled a wide range of matter either directly for business clientele or on retention by insurers in connection with the defense of claims.

Before entering private practice, Maurice served as the Senior Director of Legal Affairs for Eastern Airlines, where he supervised national litigation for the airline. His experience serving an in-house counsel has afforded him a client-centric perspective on the management of litigation claims, as well as a broad base of experience from which to discharge his functions as counsel.



  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. – 1981
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • M.S. – 1979
    • Major: Computer Science
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • B.S. – 1976
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Mathematics


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Bar Admission

  • Florida
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations

  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • The New York Bar, Member
  • Greater Miami Aviation Association, Member

Representative Cases

  • Successfully represented a real estate owner in an appeal from a trial court decision compelling the real estate owner to perform repairs on condominium units
  • Prevailed in representation of an aviation company in an international arbitration involving contract claims brought by a major foreign airline, ultimately recovering an award of several million dollars, along with attorney’s fees incurred in the arbitration proceedings
  • Obtained the dismissal of a major class action filed by insureds against a national automobile insurance company
  • Successfully defended South Florida aviation industry defendants in a Wyoming federal court action filed by the IRS for recovery of a significant claimed tax liabilities arising from the sale of an aviation fuel company
  • Successfully represented a major airline in federal district court and on appeal against claims brought by a pilot seeking to vacate an arbitration award in favor of the airline
  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of a construction engineering firm in an action for breach of contract brought by a condominium association arising from a multi-million dollar construction project
  • Represented an aviation company in a breach of contract claim, including a successful defense of a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction