Trial Lawyer Anthony J. Titone has over 44 years of trial experience as Lead Trial Counsel. A list of cases presented in the trial court is too extensive to list. However, Mr. Titone also represented clients on appeal, wherein he was the Trial Lawyer in the court below. His name is listed as counsel for one of the parties within the following reported cases:
1. In the Interest of C.G. & C.B. minor children, 570 So. 2d 1136 (Fla 4th DCA 1990).
This celebrated case was the subject of a “60 Minutes” segment and a Sunshine magazine article titled “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” Mr. Titone was trial counsel for the family in the trial court. The trial court erroneously ordered the children removed from the home on the basis of parental neglect. The appellate court reversed, agreeing with Mr. Titone’s argument that there was no neglect and that the evidence demonstrated “bureaucratic overkill.” Mr. Titone assisted CBS producers of the segment, before it was aired. State law was changed as a result of this case.
2. City of Sunrise v. West Broward Utilities, Inc. 311 So. 2d 175 (Fla 4th DCA 1975); this case involved the validation of revenue bonds and a sunshine law violation. Mr. Titone represented the City.
3. City of Sunrise v. Park City Home Owners Assoc. 312 So. 2d 478 (Fla 4th DCA 1975); this case involved the annexation of unincorporated land into the City. Mr. Titone represented the City.
4. Thompson v. Ramsdell & the City of Lauderhill 342 So. 2d 82 (Fla 4th DCA1976); this case involved the firing of a police officer. An interpretation of the policeman’s bill of rights was at issue. Mr. Titone represented the City.
5. Mercede v. Mercede Park Italian Restaurant Inc. 392 So. 2d 997 (Fla 4th DCA 1981); this case was a landlord tenant dispute and pertained to a landlord’s right to evict without notice. Mr. Titone represented the tenant.
6. Migliore v. City of Lauderhill 415 So. 2d 62 (Fla 4th DCA 1982) and 431 So. 2d 986 (Fla Supreme Court 1983); this case set the standard throughout the State for a policeman’s right to a complaint review board hearing. It also re-defined the remedies available under a writ of mandamus. Mr. Titone represented the City and prevailed throughout the entire case.
7. King v. City of Lauderhill 415 So. 2d 91 (Fla 4th DCA 1982); this was a companion case to Migliore, above.
8. Hellman v. Hellman 451 So. 2d 861 (Fla. 4th DCA 1984); this was a divorce proceeding; Mr. Titone represented the wife; the issue on appeal pertained to equitable distribution, the appeal taken by the husband; the lower court decision was affirmed.
9. Hando v. Woodlake Villas Inc. 458 So. 2d 1228 (Fla. 4th DCA 1984); this was a breach of contract dispute. Mr. Titone’s client prevailed in the lower court and on appeal, setting a clear standard on how the lower court should measure damages.
10. Martin v. Hoover 458 So. 2d 763 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985); this dispute involved the rights of shareholders in a closely held corporation.
11. Brice v. City of Lauderhill 479 So. 2d 125 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985); this case involved negligence; Mr. Titone represented the City.
12. Borriello v. D’Alto fourth district court of appeal, 1986. This case involved a landlord tenant dispute.
13. Moran v. Moran 511 So. 2d 1006 (Fla 4th DCA 1987); this was a domestic relations matter involving equitable distribution, alimony and child support.
14. Wespac Investors Trust III v. Lakes Mall Market Inc. 514 So. 2d 367 (Fla 4th DCA 1987); this case involved injunctive relief; Mr. Titone represented a tenant in a dispute with the owner of a shopping mall.
15. Dattoma v. Turiano 536 So. 2d 1037 (Fla 4th DCA 1989); Mr. Titone represented two minor children who were being deprived of their inheritance by adult relatives in charge of their deceased father’s estate. Mr. Titone’s clients prevailed throughout.
16. Beacon Acquisition Inc. v. Titone 534 So. 2d 410 (Fla 4th DCA 1988); Mr.Titone represented a partnership wherein he was a general partner. The case involved a deposit made on a real estate transaction. Mr. Titone and his partners prevailed in the circuit court and on appeal.
17. Campbell v. City of Coral Springs 538 So. 2d 1373 (Fla 4th DCA 1989); in this case, Mr. Titone’s client sued the City for malicous prosecution and false arrest. He represented his clients in the criminal court proceedings and obtained not guilty verdicts. The civil case was ultimately settled.
18. Federal Property Management Corp. v. Richmond Healthcare, Inc. 541 So. 2d 757 (Fla 4th DCA 1989); this was a breach of contract case regarding the sale of certificates of use for a nursing home.
19. City of Ft. Lauderdale v. Canary Enterprises 546 So. 2d 1114 (Fla 4th DCA 1989); in this case, Mr. Titone represented a group of companies that challenged the constitutionality of a City ordinance. The appellate court’s ruling set a new standard in determining the construction and constitutionality of a municipal ordinance.
20. Frangesh v. Schwartz 548 So. 2d 299 (Fla 4th DCA 1989); this ruling involved a domestic matter, dealing with child support and visitation.
21. City of Plantation v. Vermut 583 So. 2d 393 (Fla 4th DCA 1991); Mr. Titone represented the Vermuts in their continuing dispute with the City regarding code enforcement violations. The decision was a partial victory for his clients.
22. Joseph Titone v. Marcon Builders Inc. 618 So. 2d 247 (Fla 4th DCA 1993); this case involved a breach of contract and mechanic’s lien.
23. Brown v. City of Lauderhill 654 So. 2d 302 (Fla 4th DCA 1995); in this case Mr. Titone represented a citizen of the City regarding ethics violations by a City official.
24. Kaminsky v. City of Lauderhill 675 So. 2d 261 (Fla 4th DCA 1996); this was a campanion case with the Brown case above; it also involved ethics violations by a City official.
25. Mulato v. Mulato 705 So. 2d 57 (Fla 4th DCA 1997); this was a landmark case that revisited and clarified the law as it applies to joint accounts; conversion and gifts.
26. Vermut v. City of Plantation 727 So. 2d 944 (Fla 4th DCA 1998); this was the second appeal in the continuing dispute between the City and the Vermuts regarding code enforcement violations.
27. City of Coral Springs v. Rippe 743 So. 2d 61 (Fla 4th DCA 1999); Mr. Titone’s client sued the City for negligence after getting hit by a baseball while watching a little league game. His client prevailed in the circuit court and on appeal. The appellate court decision spoke to the City’s immunity, helping to clarify prior rulings.
28. Hubert v. 1st United Bank 765 So. 2d 63 (Fla 4th DCA 2000); this case involved a claim for invasion of privacy. The appellate court also ruled on the issue of fees and costs.
29. Migliore v. City of Lauderhill 431 So. 2d 986 (Fla Supreme Court 1983); this decision affirmed the decision of the 4th District as reported above; the court took jurisdiction on the basis of conflict with a decision from another District. The court’s ruling was a landmark decision that defined the rights of policeman to a complaint review board, under the policeman’s bill of rights.
30. Bruce Stein v. David Howell, 4thDCA No.4D06-3586, decided September 19, 2007. Mr. Titone represented Mr. Stein in the trial court on this real estate contract dispute pertaining to a contract contingency that allowed the buyer (Mr. Stein) to recover his deposit money. The trial judge ruled in favor of the defendant Howell and the appellate court reversed in favor plaintiff Bruce Stein based upon the argument made by Mr. Titone in the trial court.
31. Fred J. Popper v. Jane Doe 12 So. 3d 930 (Fla 4th DCA decided July 22, 2009 under case # 4D08-2968). This was a repeat violence case. Mr. Titone represented the victim Jane Doe alleging repeat violence against her person by Mr. Popper. The trial judge granted the injunctive relief requested after a full evidentiary hearing. An appeal was taken and again Mr. Titone represented the victim and the Appellate Court affirmed the lower court’s decision. Mr. Titone’s representation
was “pro bono.”
In addition to the aforesaid reported cases, Anthony J. Titone represented many other clients in the appellate courts, which cases were not reported. Over the years, Mr. Titone has represented clients as Trial Counsel in hundreds of cases in both the Circuit and County Courts throughout the State of Florida and in other jurisdictions as well.