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Overview

Abby Corbett is a Shareholder in the Litigation Department. Her national legal practice encompasses a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including defending and prosecuting class actions in both federal and state court. Abby also regularly advises local governments, as well as other public and private entities, on constitutional law and other government affairs issues, including the legal considerations and policy options associated with efforts to adapt to the effects of climate change.

In her commercial litigation practice, Abby has extensive experience in antitrust class actions, complex contract disputes, deceptive and unfair trade practice cases, defamation and libel lawsuits, RICO actions, and False Claims Act cases. She has also served as primary defense counsel in class actions involving the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. And she has experience successfully litigating appeals in federal and state appellate courts.

Before joining the Firm, Abby served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul C. Huck of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Prior to her clerkship, she was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm.

Representative Experience

  • Serves as the City of Coral Gables’ Special Counsel on First Amendment matters.
  • Obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice on all counts, which was affirmed on appeal, for a large national bank in a class action lawsuit alleging tens of millions of dollars in allegedly improperly charged overdraft fees.
  • As lead counsel in a set of related federal class action lawsuits, obtained a favorable settlement for the largest commercial bank based in Florida.
  • Obtained a $151,250,000 recovery on behalf of a class of indirect purchasers in antitrust litigation against the country’s leading manufacturers of polyurethane foam involving a cross-border price fixing and market allocation conspiracy. The amount represents the fourth largest antitrust recovery ever on behalf of an indirect purchaser class.
  • Obtained multimillion dollar recovery for a class of 33 Florida counties in an action to recover unpaid Tourist Development Taxes from various online travel companies (Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, Orbitz, etc).
  • Obtained favorable settlement, and complete summary judgment on all of Defendant’s counterclaims, on behalf of multinational petroleum coke and energy trading company in litigation against two of the company’s former executives and their co-conspirators arising out of international embezzlement and product diversion scheme.
  • Drafted successful memoranda of law leading to permanent injunction in trade dress action on behalf of internationally renowned manufacturer of high-end men’s shirts against infringing competitor.
  • Assisted with negotiating and drafting of the NFL-NBC Sunday Night Football contract.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of First Amendment-barred contract case against historic Washington, DC church.

Judicial Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Paul C. Huck, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

  • SAVE Dade
    • Board of Directors and Treasurer, 2009-2013 and 2020
    • SAVE Action PAC, Endorsement Committee, 2017-Present
      • Endorsement Committee Chair, 2020
  • The Florida Bar, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member, 2015-2018
  • Chattahoochee Hills Charter School, Board of Directors, 2016-2018
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Georgetown Co-President, 2004-2006
  • Human Rights Campaign, McCleary Law Fellow, 2005-2006

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, “40 & Under Hot List,” 2018-2020
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, United States District & Bankruptcy Courts of the Southern District of Florida, 2016

Publications & Presentations

Events: Virtual Webinar - Land Use: Climate Adaptation Measures
International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Mid-Year Seminar|April 2020

Events: Climate Change: Legal Impacts and Opportunities
Meritas Annual Meeting|May 2018

Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing? | Winter 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2018

Events: Analyzing Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies at the City of Coral Gables
Resilient Utility Coalition - Operationalizing Resilience Summit|January 2018

Events: How Local Government is Shaping Climate Resiliency in SE Florida
UM Environmental Law Society; UM Office of Sustainability |January 2018

Publications: Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Funding Sources
The Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar Reporter |August 2017

Events: Ground Zero: Miami
University of Miami Law Review’s Symposium: Climate Wrongs and Human Rights |February 2017

Events: Tech Issues Invading Local Governments: A look at AirBnB and Uber/Lyft
Florida Association of County Attorneys 2016 Midyear CLE Seminar Program|December 2016

Land Development News Update, Publications: Legal Issues Raised by Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Coastal Resilience
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2016

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