The Team

Karel Suarez is the founding and managing partner of The Legal Team, PLLC.  Karel practices complex commercial and international litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  He also advises clients on international law with a focus on Cuba.

In the litigation arena, Karel primarily handles highly contested matters involving large sums of money and multiple parties in Florida’s state and federal courts.  He has successfully argued various cases in the Complex Business Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.  Karel has also conducted Oral Arguments at the Third District Court of Appeal.

Prior to founding The Legal Team, PLLC, Karel was an associate at a prominent Florida law firm, where he handled various types of cases in Federal court including commercial and bankruptcy litigation.  Karel has experience taking and defending depositions and has successfully mediated several cases on behalf of his clients.  He has extensive motion practice experience, not only drafting numerous motions but also arguing them in court and through Zoom.

Karel is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS).  He frequently advises individuals, as well as domestic and foreign companies, with respect to litigation and compliance issues related to conducting business in Cuba.

In this regard, he regularly counsels clients about OFAC regulations and the applicability of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.  Karel has travelled with representatives of U.S. and foreign companies to Cuba in order to negotiate business opportunities.

Karel has been recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch and Florida Super Lawyers: Rising Star.  He currently serves as Deputy Regional President and Member of the Board of Directors for Region VIII of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).  He was also recognized by the HNBA for his leadership and service as the National President of the HNBA Law Student Division back in 2015.  Karel is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) and the Cuba Committee of the International Law Section (ILS) of the Florida Bar.

Karel was born and raised in Cuba and attended his first year of law school at the University of Havana.  He was only 19 when he arrived to the United States by himself with the goal of becoming an attorney.  After ten years of serving tables in restaurants and attending college and law school, he became a lawyer in the United States.  Karel has had to work hard and persevere his whole life and is confident that as a litigator nobody is going to outwork him.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Deputy Regional President
  • The International Law Section of The Florida Bar
    • Member of the Cuba Committee
  • The Cuban American Bar Association
    • Member
Representative Matters
  • Secured significant settlement in a breach of contract dispute after obtaining summary judgment.
  • Favorably defended a construction company against state law claims for overtime and related benefits.
  • Advised and counseled the chief executive officer of an international cruise line as to commencing business operations in Cuba.
  • Represented the owner of a large Brazilian company regarding the exportation of food products to Cuba.
  • Negotiated an investment agreement between two companies relating to the Cuban logistics industry.
  • Successfully resolved intricate shareholders derivative claims involving deceptive trade practices and the breach of fiduciary duties in the Complex Business Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
  • Effectively represented a South Florida logistics company in a multi-party commercial dispute centered around claims for fraudulent inducement.
  • Successfully litigated and settled a bankruptcy case against one of the biggest American multinational technology company.
  • Successfully brought and litigated a Federal case for breach of contract and fraud at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Awards & Honors
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021)
  • Florida Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2020)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, recognized for contribution and dedication to the 2015-2016 HNBA Board of Governors (2016)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Florida Region acknowledged for leadership and service as the National President of the HNBA Law Student Division (2015)
Prior Affiliation
  • Berger Singerman, LLP
  • Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP

Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • International Law & Cuba Practice

Education

  • J.D., Florida International University
  • B.A., Florida International University

Admissions

  • Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish

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The Legal Team is a multi-practice business law firm that specializes in complex commercial litigation, corporate and business transactions, and international law with a focus on Cuba. The Legal Team serves domestic and international clients from startups to larger companies with the goal of becoming your go-to team when a legal issue arises so that you can continue to focus on growing your business. Calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes.

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