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Hugo V. Alvarez is one of the founders and Managing Partner of Alvarez & Barbara, LLP. He concentrates his practice on complex civil and commercial litigation including contractual disputes, insurance coverage, real estate litigation, closings and transactions, condominium law, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, and premises liability.  He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Mr. Alvarez has been selected as a "Top Up and Coming Attorney" in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 edition of Florida Trend’s annual publication on top attorneys in the entire State of Florida.  He was also honored by Business Leader Media with their 2009 Movers & Shakers Award.  Mr. Alvarez was also recognized as one of South Florida's top litigation attorneys and honored as a finalist for the 2006 and 2007 Key Partners Award presented by the South Florida Business Journal. He was also named as one of South Florida’s brightest "Up and Comers" by the South Florida Business Journal as part of its 2007 "Up and Comers" awards edition.

Mr. Alvarez is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the Supreme Court of Florida and all local courts within the State of Florida.


Over the course of his career, Mr. Alvarez has worked on such high profile cases such as the 1995 American Airlines plane crash in Cali, Colombia that involved the unfortunate death of over 100 passengers, while also representing such high profile clients like the Miami Dolphins at trial. Before founding and opening Alvarez, Almazan Barbara, LLP, Mr. Alvarez worked at Cole, Scott & Kissane. While at Cole, Scott & Kissane, Mr. Alvarez supervised a team of attorneys on a wide range of cases, and was instrumental in the firm’s growth from 20 attorneys to over 70 attorneys in less than five years. Mr. Alvarez has also conducted State of Florida accredited seminars discussing the implications of fraud in litigation and the recourse litigants have to combat fraud in litigation. Mr. Alvarez has also had numerous articles published in the CSK Litigation Quarterly discussing such topics as nursing home abuse, premises liability claims, and bad faith litigation. He has also had his opinions published in the USA Today.

Mr. Alvarez is a Miami native and a graduate from Christopher Columbus High School. He received his law degree from the Tulane University School of Law. While attending law school he was a member of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law and served as the Student Body Vice President. He was also a member of Tulane’s National Hispanic Bar Association Appellate Moot Court Team and was named to "Who's Who: American Law Students." Mr. Alvarez was the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for academic achievement in Financial Institutions, and a prize recipient from the Louisiana State Bar Association for an essay he prepared analyzing employment discrimination in the workplace. Mr. Alvarez received his B.A., with distinction, with a double major in Political Science and Public Management from the University of Maine. Mr. Alvarez attended the University of Maine on an athletic scholarship, was a two time recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award, recipient of the Frederick C. Mosher Award from the University’s Public Management Department for outstanding academic achievement, elected to serve as a Student Senator by the student body, and a member of the University’s football team. He is also a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society.

Mr. Alvarez is a former law clerk of the Hon. William H. Byrnes of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals of Louisiana. He also previously served as a law clerk and Appellate Case Manager for the Appellate Division of the Fifteenth Circuit in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Mr. Alvarez is a former board member of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida’s Young Professional Division. As a former board member, Mr. Alvarez was charged with the responsibility of bringing awareness and promoting South Florida’s unique history and culture.  Among other projects, he was instrumental in ensuring that the last Flamingo Stakes horse race held at the historic Hialeah Racetrack was broadcast live on national TV by ABC, while also ensuring the sucess of the annual "Limo Rally."  He is a current member of the Dade County Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association, and Latin Builders Association.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases



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FLMember in Good Standing199909/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Florida Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Florida Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2010
2009 Up and Comers AwardSouth Florida CEO2009
Florida Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Florida Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2008
Florida Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2007
Up and Comers AwardSouth Florida Business Journal2007
Key Partners AwardSouth Florida Business Journal2007
Florida Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2006
Key Partners AwardSouth Florida Business Journal2006
Florida Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerAlvarez & Barbara, LLP2006 - Present
N/ACole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.2001 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Grievance CommitteeMember2010 - 2011
Churchill Society of South FloridaBoard of Governors2009 - Present
Florida Bar, Consumer Protection Law CommitteeMember2009 - 2011
Builders Association of South FloridaBoard of Directors2008 - Present
Cuban American Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2008
Historical Museum of Southern Florida’s Young Professional DivisionBoard Member2000 - 2001
Dade County Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hi Rise vs. Menada, Inc.Defense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Litigation QuarterlyPremises Liability Issues: Who to Blame - the Landowner or the Lessee2006
Litigation QuarterlyFlorida's Supreme Court Curtails the Rights of Survivors to Sue Over the Death of Nursing Home Residents2005
Litigation QuarterlyFlorida's Claim Administration Statute2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of MainePublic Mangement & Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Corporate Counsel SeminarExpansion into Latin America:Challenges of Operation2012
Insurance Public AdjustersPost Loss Obligations2011
Florida's Bar Foreclosure ClinicForeclosures2010
Risk ManagementFraud in Litigation and the Tools Litigants Have to Combat Fraud in Litigation2005