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Year founded: 1992
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Our corporate defense firm is known throughout Florida and Puerto Rico for its aggressive protection of America's most well-known companies. Founded in 1992 by one of the state's most experienced and successful defense attorneys, our firm quickly became known as the "go-to" firm for companies frustrated by conventional approaches used by the huge insurance defense firms in Florida and Puerto Rico. Ever wonder what market leaders like 7-Eleven, Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company, Chipotle, eMaxx, Gallagher Bassett, Home Depot, Liberty Mutual, Markel Insurance Marriott, Waste Management, amongst others, know that you don’t?

It’s that our system is the most informative and effective way to manage litigation from beginning to end. Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor has been a leader in the defense of Florida and Puerto Rican businesses for over 30 years.

Our teams of experienced attorneys and paralegals in Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando and Tampa Bay have zealously represented corporate America in over 15,000 personal injury, property damage, and workers’ compensation cases over the years. From conducting thorough investigations to providing aggressive advocacy in the courtroom, our attorneys are recognized as among the most talented legal practitioners in Florida and Puerto Rico. The skilled attorneys at our firm work diligently to provide business partners with practical and advanced solutions to reach their business and legal goals. Our experience, cost-effective litigation practices, and great reputation among attorneys and judges across the state, consistently produce favorable and prompt results for our business partners. We have been recognized by our peers as a "Preeminent Law Firm" in the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register. Our firm’s AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell over THE PAST THREE DECADES indicate we have achieved the highest rank for ethical standards and legal ability;

The AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world’s most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell. South Florida Legal Guide has named many of the firm's partners and attorneys Florida Super Lawyers©, SuperLawyers© Rising Stars and "Top Lawyers in the State" 14 years in a row. Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor is pleased to announce its inclusion in the 2024 Edition of BEST LAW FIRMS® and THE Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants.


Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor is metro ranked in 2 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 3 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 3 for Insurance Law

About Our Clients

With offices across Florida, the attorneys at Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor have established a strong list of business partners with which we are proud to be associated. We value our relationships with clients, just as they value the professional yet personal way we approach each case. Whether the issue deals with a claim of employment discrimination, personal injury, products liability, or breach of contract, our corporate and insurance defense lawyers have the skills and background to provide high-quality professional legal services. Contact Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor today to see the difference our client-focused approach to every case can make for you.


Regional Rankings

Tier 3 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 3 for Insurance Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Insurance Law
  • Leisure and Hospitality Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Transportation Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor has 6 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Client Comments

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Male: 11
Black / African American: 1
Hispanic / Latinx: 2
White / Caucasian: 8
Male: 7
Female: 13
Asian: 1
Black / African American: 1
Hispanic / Latinx: 5
White / Caucasian: 12
Multi-Racial: 2
Attorney Management / Department Heads
Male: 2
Female: 1
Hispanic / Latinx: 1
Male: 1
Female: 17
Black / African American: 2
Hispanic / Latinx: 9
White / Caucasian: 8
Non-Legal Employees
Male: 3
Female: 5
Asian: 1
Hispanic / Latinx: 8

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Office Locations

Management and Personnel

Founding Partner
Dale Hightower


Associate - Miami
Mylena O. Chin-See
Associate - Miami
Sergio Torres
Associate - Palm Beach
Gabriela Abreu
Associate - Palm Beach
Abdias J. Montelus
Associate - Palm Beach
Azul Rosales
Associate - Palm Beach
Jean Strickland
Associate - Palm Beach
Sacha N. Baychoo
Associate - Palm Beach
Diane N. Suarez
Associate - Palm Beach
Carlos A. Flores
Associate - Palm Beach
Joshua J. Arbogast
Associate - Palm Beach
Ryan O'Leary
Partner - Miami
Marc S. Buschman
Associate - Orlando
Aaron A. Hussaini
Associate - Miami
Sophia E.D. Philor
Associate - Tampa
Gabriele A. Bodanza
Associate - Miami
Nixon J. Alcantara
Associate - Orlando
Hope G.M. Pawlowski
Associate - Palm Beach
Ryan P. Denish
Partner - Miami
Charles S. Thompson
Partner - Orlando
Michael Greene
Partner - Palm Beach
Herb Uzzi
Managing Partner - Orlando
Michael Costello
Managing Partner - Tampa
Scott Plankey
Managing Partner - Palm Beach
Lee Kantor
Managing Partner -Miami
Daniel Novigrod
Senior Partner -Palm Beach
Christopher Stratton
Founding Partner
Dale Hightower
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