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Alexander "Alec" Heydemann

Partner

Alexander "Alec" Heydemann’s complex civil litigation practice involves high-stakes litigation including class actions, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, products liability, professional liability, and catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. Alec has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts across the country from the inception of litigation, through trial, and on appeal. 

Education

Cornell University, B.S., 2011

Instituto Empresa Law School, Madrid, Spain, International Business Law LLM Exchange Program, Spring 2013

University of Miami School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2014
Order of the Coif
University of Miami Law Review

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Representative Experience

Represent the country's largest provider of funeral goods and services in connection with litigation throughout the State of Florida.

Represent the world's leading sports and live entertainment company in connection litigation throughout the State of Florida.

Represent nationwide commercial supply company in connection with personal injury claims throughout the State of Florida. Obtained summary judgement in premises liability claim along with recovery of client's attorney's fees and costs from the plaintiff and co-defendant.

Represent global water management, construction, and drilling company in connection with litigation throughout the State of Florida. Obtained voluntary dismissal of a plaintiff's personal injury claim in response to a motion for summary judgement and recovered client's attorney's fees and costs.

Represent international firearms manufacturer and its national distributor in connection with product liability claims throughout the country. Successfully argued, as an issue of first impression in Florida, for the application of an affirmative defense under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in a wrongful death action before the Third District Court of Appeal. 

Obtained permanent injunctive relief on behalf of a drug discovery company involving misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of non-use and non-disclosure agreements, along with recovery of our client's attorney's fees. 

Assisted in the defense and resolution of a federal class-action lawsuit in North Carolina against a national restaurant chain in connection with food-borne illness claims.

Assisted in the defense and resolution of catastrophic injury claim arising out of trucking accident in South Carolina. 

Successfully pursued claims on behalf of a multinational beverage corporation in connection with franchise disputes in Florida through commercial arbitration. Obtained favorable settlement in favor of our client to include the full value of all damages sought along with reimbursement of our client's attorney's fees and costs. 

Obtained favorable resolution on behalf of assisted living facility through arbitration in connection with personal injury and wrongful death claim arising out of a motor vehicle accident. 

Obtained favorable resolution on behalf of senior center in connection with a premises liability claim brought by an amputee seeking damages for personal injuries and amended wrongful death claim. 

Represented marine generator manufacturer in connection with three separate lawsuits arising out of an explosion injuring several plaintiffs. Successfully petitioned to Florida's Second District Court of Appeal for certiorari review of a non-final order denying our client's motion to compel disassembly of a key piece of evidence. The Second District Court of Appeal unanimously granted the petition for a writ of certiorari and quashed the trial court's order denying the motion to compel. Westerbeke Corporation v. Michael Atheron et al. Case No. 2D16-5179 (Fla. 2d DCA Aug. 9, 2017).

Obtained summary judgement on behalf of national surety company for over $25 million in an action for indemnification following complex construction litigation resulting in a 28-day non-jury trial. Represented the surety company in an insurance coverage dispute against various commercial liability insurers. 

Awards & Recognitions

Super Lawyers Magazine, Florida Rising Stars List 2019, 2020, 2021

CALI Excellence for the Future Award | Dean's Certificate of Achievement (awarded to the top performing student in each law school class) in: Torts; Business Associations; Trust and Estates Essentials; Insurance Law and Policy; and Health Rights Clinic, Medical Legal Partnership

Dean’s Outstanding Merit Scholarship recipient (Top 2% of the class).

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association

Broward County Bar Association

Dade County Bar Association

Florida Defense Lawyers Association 

Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador