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Overview

Johnathan Ayers is an Associate in the Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on representing owners and developers in disputes arising from real estate projects and construction agreements, including construction defect and delay claims, surety bonds, easements, insurance coverage, construction liens and warranty claims. Johnathan also litigates product liability and commercial law cases.

Prior to joining the Firm, Johnathan was a summer associate for an international firm as well as an intern for both The Honorable Gill S. Freeman of the Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, Florida and The Honorable Virginia M. Hernandez Covington of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He was a legal intern at the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, Department of International Affairs.

While in law school, Johnathan was a student attorney with the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic, where he represented adolescents in delinquency matters before the D.C. Superior Court. He also clerked for an arbitrator in Washington D.C. who specialized in labor and commercial law.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained $10.5 million judgment on behalf of international clients arising from counter-party’s failure to pay for aircraft, flight crews and maintenance personnel relating to non-military air transportation services to Afghanistan.
  • Represented general contractor in obtaining a multimillion dollar verdict on its counterclaims for breach of contract, foreclosure of construction lien, and fraud in the inducement and in its favor on the claims of the plaintiff, a condominium association, following month-long jury trial.
  • Obtained summary judgment enforcing exculpatory clauses and precluding consequential damages in condominium declaration and purchase and sale contract.
  • Obtained dismissal of commercial property owner’s claim to establish permanent easement over developer’s $70 million multi-family construction project.
  • Favorably resolved action by agricultural concern against international fungicide manufacturer and distributor on claims of strict product liability, negligence, fraud, and violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
  • Assisted trial team in three-week jury trial for damages arising out of alleged defects in drywall manufactured in China, resulting in favorable verdict with nominal damages against client.
  • Represented international property owner in obtaining favorable settlements involving contract and negligence claims.
  • Represented individual in vacating default judgment entered several years prior for alleged credit card debt and obtaining dismissal of lawsuit with prejudice.
  • Obtained final judgment against unlicensed subcontractor who contracted to perform residential interior remodeling work.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Dance NOW! Miami, Board of Trustees
  • Volunteer attorney at Cannonball (formerly LegalArt) providing pro bono legal assistance for artists and art organizations in adversarial matters
  • Dade Legal Aid, Put Something Back Pro Bono Volunteer
  • The Florida Bar, Member

Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017-2018

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