The attorneys of Cohen | Ruiz join the Miami office of McDonald Hopkins



MIAMI (June 28, 2017) The partners of Cohen | Ruiz and their entire legal team are joining the Miami office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm with a more than 85-year history, effective July 10, 2017.  

Robert A. Cohen and Mario M. Ruiz, who have extensive experience in real estate, banking and financial frauds, will be members at McDonald Hopkins. Joelle H. Dvir and Regen Shanzer will be joining as associates. The Cohen | Ruiz firm focused on real estate transactions and appellate law as well as many areas of litigation including business, banking, real estate, title insurance and  construction.  

“We are so pleased that the talented attorneys of Cohen | Ruiz will join our firm and will further strengthen our national litigation team and our commitment to South Florida,” said Shawn M. Riley, president of McDonald Hopkins. McDonald Hopkins has 20 attorneys in its Miami and West Palm Beach offices. With additional offices in Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus and Detroit, McDonald Hopkins has more than 140 attorneys.  

“The move to McDonald Hopkins is a perfect fit,” said Cohen. “Their expertise in the area of data privacy and cybersecurity complements our forensic efforts responding to financial frauds. In addition, the nature of our practice often requires that we seek extraordinary relief from courts throughout the United States and as part of McDonald Hopkins, we will have the added expertise of a larger firm with exceptional resources and capabilities.”

Cohen and Ruiz have more than 60 years of experience and have participated in the development of title insurance law throughout the United States. Cohen has been an advocate on issues important to title insurance underwriters and helped set the industry standards. In the area of appellate law, the attorneys of Cohen | Ruiz have appeared in both state and federal courts where their efforts have set precedent in Florida affecting business, real estate and title insurance law. 

Both Cohen and Ruiz lecture for many professional organizations on various topics, including real estate law, trust accounting and the challenges of litigation. Ruiz is board certified in business litigation law.

The Miami office of McDonald Hopkins is led by Raquel (Rocky) Rodriguez, who worked on some of the most complex and urgent issues facing the state of Florida when she served as general counsel to former Governor Jeb Bush. John T. Metzger, managing member of the firm’s West Palm Beach office, has more than 30 years of experience assisting clients in complex real estate transactions and business litigation matters.           


Deborah W. Kelm
Phone: 216.348.5733

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