Felice Schonfeld
Special Counsel

Duane Morris LLP
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3400
Miami, FL 33131-2318
USA

Phone: +1 305 960 2274
Fax: +1 305 397 2492
Email: FKSchonfeld@duanemorris.com

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Felice K. Schonfeld practices in the area of complex business litigation and contract litigation including fiduciary obligations and corporate fraud, class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, insurance litigation, securities litigation, litigation under Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, injunction proceedings, arbitration and mediation proceedings, and whistleblower cases. Felice's clients are individuals and businesses in range of industries including healthcare, real property, owners of famous trademarks, and sports.

Ms. Schonfeld developed and leads the Trial Practice Group's Witness Preparation Program. In conjunction with any outside counsel, she employs an extensive witness preparation approach that provides the witness with mock examination experience and other skill sets that maximize the understanding of the case and optimally prepares him for his testimony. Ms. Schonfeld has provided for witnesses of all caliber including Fortune 500 top level executives, witnesses in highly contested litigation, and witnesses with physical or emotional disabilities. She is happy to share video of mock examination.

Ms. Schonfeld is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a Harvey Reid Scholar and was on the Law Review. She is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University, with a dual major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and economics. She is a member of the Florida Bar.

Representative Matters

    Arbitration Proceedings

  • Represented former President and Chief Operating Officer of company sold and merged into publicly traded health care company for breach of employment agreements and failure to pay $40 million due in contingent earn-out payments under merger agreement. The matter was arbitrated in lengthy trial proceedings before accountant arbitrators.
  • Represented managing member of limited liability company in arbitration proceeding (and multiple state court proceedings) relating to entitlement to and distribution of assets of entity.
  • Mediation Proceedings

  • Defended member of Board of Managers of parent limited liability company in billion dollar lawsuits by lenders on failed real estate project.
  • Represented auto manufacturers in mediation proceeding which settled trademark infringement litigation.
  • Represented insurance company in mediation proceeding which resulted in settlement of class action PIP litigation.
  • Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Defended member of Board of Managers of parent limited liability company in billion dollar lawsuits by lenders on failed real estate project in multiple state and bankruptcy court proceedings. Obtained successful dismissals of lawsuits in Florida and Nevada and dismissals of complaints in ongoing bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Represented managing members of limited liability company in multiple state court proceedings (and arbitration proceeding) relating to entitlement to and distribution of assets of entity to majority and minority members; obtained order permitting minority members to intervene in related lawsuit brought by majority member.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of a civil securities fraud action in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on behalf of five officers and directors of a California high-tech company. The suit was brought by investors from around the country against officers and directors of the company claiming misrepresentations and fraud in the course of a financing offering. We filed a series of motions based on the PSLRA and other grounds. The court agreed that the pleadings were insufficient and dismissed all claims against all our clients, with prejudice to prevent them from being refiled.
  • Defended financial wealth advisor in high profile Ponzi litigation.
  • Defended American multinational energy corporation in breach of contract suit by franchisee.
  • Class Action Litigation

  • Represented putative class action plaintiff in lawsuit and on appeal against billion dollar hedge fund for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence resulting in fund losses to investors.
  • Successfully defended class action against manufacturer of sports nutrition supplements against claims of false advertising and prevented certification of class.
  • Successfully defended national car rental company against multiple claims of false advertising and violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
  • Defense and settlement of PIP class action litigation for insurance company.
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Represented multiple U.S. automobile manufacturers in federal court trademark infringement litigation. Successfully achieved three-state simultaneous seizure by U.S. Marshals of counterfeit automotive products and permanent injunctive relief against infringer.
  • Represented foreign automobile and luxury goods manufacturer in long term protection of its famous brand marks. Multiple federal court trademark infringement cases and multiple seizures by U.S. Marshals of infringing products and obtaining permanent injunctive relief against infringers. Sting operation coordinated by private investigators included.
  • Represented famous brand perfume manufacturer in gray goods federal court litigation.
  • Represented national surgical supply manufacturer in federal court trademark infringement litigation including seizure by U.S. marshals of infringing goods.
  • Represented music catalogue owner in copyright infringement action.
  • Intellectual Property Transactional

  • Extensive years-long representation of South Florida university in registering and protecting its many trademarks and service marks.
  • Represented football bowl committee in registration and protection of its trademarks.
  • Represented famous Jamaican resort in protection of its trademarks.
  • Represented foreign automobile and luxury goods manufacturer in monitoring and protection of its famous brand marks including systematic program of cease and desist letters to multiple infringers.
  • Longtime representation of major South Florida real estate developer in clearing, and obtaining federal and state registration for its many trademarks and service marks for South Florida developments; including systematic program of cease and desist letters to multiple infringers.
  • Extensive years-long representation of major department store chain in registering and protecting its many trademarks and service marks and in identifying potential counterfeit merchandise.
  • Key Witness Preparation

  • Prepared officers of publicly traded company including chief executive officer prior to important deposition testimony.
  • Prepared lawyer charged with bar grievance, including video of mock deposition proceeding.
  • Provided multiday witness preparation and mock depositions to top executives of major Florida health care company prior to important deposition testimony in multi-million dollar breach of contract case. Damage exposure was over $300 million and case settled for a fraction of that based on strong deposition performances.
  • Provided multiple day witness preparation including video of mock deposition to three witnesses in out of state breach of contract litigation including remote training through video hook-up.
  • Provided witness preparation to multiple trusts and estates clients prior to their deposition testimony including 87 year old who was legally blind and hard of hearing client.
  • Pro Bono

  • Represent Honduran minors in immigration court removal proceedings and juvenile court dependency proceedings which will allow them to stay in the United States.
  • Represented Holocaust survivors seeking reparations from German government.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
    - Reid Scholar
  • Princeton University, B.A., cum laude

Professional Activities

  • Sports Law Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Selected Publications

  • Represent Honduran minors in immigration court removal proceedings and juvenile court dependency proceedings which will allow them to stay in the United States.
  • Represented Holocaust survivors seeking reparations from German government.