DIRECTOR


Angie T. Puentes-Leon

Shareholder, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Angie Puentes-Leon has extensive experience litigating individual and mass tort matters in state and federal courts in Florida and throughout the United States, including presenting opening statements and conducting direct examinations and cross examinations in multiple jury trials. She represents domestic and foreign clients in products liability litigation and complex commercial litigation matters. Her practice focuses on the defense of clients in personal injury and wrongful death actions involving products and consumer goods, including automotive, aviation, pharmaceutical, medical device litigation and food litigation. She has extensive experience litigating individual and mass tort matters in state and federal courts in Florida and throughout the United States.

Representative Experience
Trial Experience
  • 2010 – Green v. Dang, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Represented plaintiff in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against several police officers for injuries sustained during an arrest.
  • 2007 – Felipe v. Ford Motor Company, Broward County, Florida. Five-week trial representing Ford Motor Company in a rollover products liability action. Plaintiff alleged enhanced injuries as a result of roof crush.
  • 2005 – Zocaras v. Castro, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Represented plaintiff in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against several police officers for injuries sustained during an arrest.

Representative Matters
  • 2012 – Dorsch v. Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd., et al., No. 8:11–CV–441–T–17MAP, 2011 WL 5459716 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 10, 2011), reconsideration denied, 2012 WL 1565447 (M.D. Fla. May 2, 2012). Removed an aviation products-liability suit to federal district court based on the doctrine of fraudulent joinder and defended against the plaintiffs’ attempts to remand to state court.
  • 2011 – Fitzpatrick v. General Mills, Inc., 635 F.3d 1279 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 25, 2011). Represented General Mills, Inc., in a class action against the manufacturer of specifically-formulated yogurt. Consumers alleged that manufacturer's claims about yogurt violated Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) and the manufacturer breached express warranty.
  • 2007 – Beale v. Biomet, 492 F. Supp. 2d 1360. Summary judgment on behalf of medical device manufacturer on the basis that the learned intermediary doctrine barred deceptive advertising claims and over promotion exception to learned intermediary doctrine was inapplicable.
  • 2006 – Reyes, et al. v. Juan Evangelista Lopez Grijalba, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Represented plaintiffs in a suit brought for compensatory and punitive damages under the Alien Tort Statute and the Torture Victim Protection Act against a Colonel in the Honduran army on behalf of victims of torture, abduction and extra-judicial killing by death squads in the early 1980s in Honduras.

Publications

  • "FDA Denies Petition to Ban BPA in Food and Beverage Packaging,” ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee Newsletter (April 12, 2012).
  • “Set Yourself Apart from the Masses, and Grow Your Practice, By Getting Involved in Your Community,” Vol. VII, No. 9, Across the Bar (a publication of the Florida Bar Board of Governors- Young Lawyers Division) (2009).
  • “The Politics of Music and Film: The Validity of a Local Government’s Cultural Embargo on Cuba,” 31 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 253 (2000).

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Jumping the Gun: Giving Young Lawyers a Head Start on Success," Winning Secrets Revealed: How to Advocate Like a Veteran Trial Lawyer, Dade County Defense Bar Association Fall 2013 Seminar (2013)
  • Panelist, Florida International University's College of Law Professionalism and Ethics Panel (2005, 2006, and 2010)

Professional Recognition
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Volunteer Lawyer’s Project (pro bono project of the
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida)
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2010)
  • Thomas A. Snow Community Service Award (awarded to an attorney at Carlton Fields who provides exemplary service to charitable or civic organizations within their community)
  • Pro Bono Publico Award (in recognition of tireless dedication to pro bono service and exemplary pro bono representation in Oscar Reyes, et al. v. Grijalba)
  • Dean’s Honor Scholarship
  • Marco A. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship (Litigation)
  • Conrad B. Duberstein National Moot Court Competition, Quarter-Finalist
  • Phi Delta Phi – Honorary International Legal Fraternity
  • Omicron Delta Kappa – Leadership Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi – Academic Honor Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha – Political Science Honor Society
  • Mortar Board – Service Honor Society
  • Golden Key National Honor Society – Interdisciplinary Honor Society

Professional and Civic Activities
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Product Liability Committee
  • Member, Food & Supplements Subcommittee
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association
  • Advisory Board (2010-present)
  • President (2008-2010)
  • Secretary (2006-2008)
  • Florida International University
  • President’s Council (f/k/a Council of 100) (2003-present)
  • Mentor (2010-present)
  • Worlds Ahead Faculty Award Committee (2011)
  • SSJ Health Foundation
  • Secretary (2011-present)
  • Chairperson, By-Laws Committee (2012-present)
  • Chairperson, St. John Bosco Clinic Christmas Food Drive (2011-2012)
  • Chairperson, St. John Bosco Clinic Easter Food Drive (2013-present)
  • Miami Catholic Lawyer's Guild
  • Florida International University Alumni Association Lifetime Member
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Mercy Hospital Foundation’s “Angels of Mercy”
  • President (2008-2011)
  • Chairperson, St. John Bosco Clinic Christmas Food Drive (2008-2011)

Background
  • The Honorable Melvia B. Green, 3rd District Court of Appeal, Judicial Intern
  • The Honorable Ellen Leesfield, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Judicial Intern, Criminal Division
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