Cohen | Ruiz has aggressively fought real estate fraud and tackled complex title issues long before the issues became “fashionable.” Retained to represent both title insurance underwriters and their insureds, the firm’s attorneys have participated in the development of title insurance law throughout the United States. For over 25 years the firm’s senior partner, Robert Cohen, has been a leading advocate on issues important to title insurance underwriters and helped set the industry standards. Our real estate litigation team continually refines those standards and specializes in handling title insurance policy and closing protection letter claims. In each case, title is examined with a critical eye. The law and equities are considered. An approach to the problem is created, reviewed with the client and implemented. We devise strategies for our clients that put practical solutions first and seek to avoid the delay and expense of litigation whenever possible.
Unfortunately, the title insurance industry is not immune to the effects of human greed. The firm is often retained on behalf of the industry to stop those individuals involved in real estate fraud and defalcation. We understand the goal of any representation is to preserve the funds or assets that remain and, perhaps more importantly, recover those funds or assets that may have been diverted. Considering the forces working against these goals, conventional lawyering is simply ineffective. We practice law outside the box and focus on obtaining extraordinary relief to stop fraud and defalcation before it results in claims.
These efforts begin with the collection of data. Banking and real estate data is extracted and processed through the firm’s own proprietary software. Over the years, the firm has developed an array of legal and equitable tools to address these problems in an efficient and effective manner, including our own team of forensic accounting and computer professionals to assist in doing so. These in-house resources allow us to expeditiously attack any situation with an integrated approach that enables us to learn more about our adversaries than they know about themselves.
In addition to their work in the courtroom, the firm’s lawyers have been called upon to lecture for many professional organizations including the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar and the Law Society of Canada. The firm has also been retained by national underwriters to teach loss mitigation skills and to assist agents and staff in recognizing and combating fraud.
In the title insurance industry, Cohen | Ruiz is simply the standard.