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Michael Cotzen

Foreclosure Attorney at Aventura, FL

5.0   52 reviews

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Michael Cotzen is an AV rated lawyer on Martindale Hubbell and began practicing law in 1999. Prior to forming Cotzen Law, P.A., Mr. Cotzen practiced at four premiere South Florida law firms - - Hall, David and Joseph, P.A.; Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, P.L.; and as a partner at Schlesinger and Cotzen, P.A. and at Mansfield Bronstein, PA. Michael has significant experience in real estate litigation and foreclosure defense, general business and commercial litigation, probate litigation, employment law, business and partnership disputes, and representing beneficiaries of life insurance policies. Mr. Cotzen has also written dozens of appellate briefs in Florida’s appellate courts, in the Eleventh Circuit and elsewhere. In addition, Mr. Cotzen presented a continuing education seminar for several years on Fraudulent Transfers.

 

Michael Cotzen has worked on many complex litigation matters in which millions of dollars were in dispute. He has also practiced in sports and entertainment law, representing athletes such as a top ten women’s tennis player, a major championship winning golfer, and an Indy race car driver. 

 

Mr. Cotzen has twice won the Daily Business Review's Most Effective South Florida Lawyer Award. He first won in 2011 in the probate category for the work that he did in Brigham v. Brigham, where he was part of a trial team that obtained a $9 million judgment, including $1 million in punitive damages, on behalf of his clients. He won the same award in 2013 by leading a team of lawyers on behalf of the Peninsula Condominium Association who invalidated a note in a mortgage foreclosure case, paving the way for the association to assume ownership of a luxury condominium worth more than a million dollars without an enforceable note.

 

Mr. Cotzen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in business administration and insurance, and completed his legal education at the University of Florida College of Law, graduating in 1998. While there, Mr. Cotzen received a book award in Legal Drafting and served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing. In addition, Mr. Cotzen was a member of Florida Blue Key, was elected to the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 1998, and was the chairman of Accent, the nation’s largest student run speaker’s bureau.  He is also a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

 

Mr. Cotzen is admitted to practice in the State of Florida, in the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Eleventh Circuit.

 

Mr. Cotzen has served on the executive board of Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, currently as its Secretary At Large Vice President. He and his wife were recently awarded the synagogue's Young Leadership Award for the service commitment they have made to the synagogue. He lives in North Miami with his wife, Marla, who is an emergency room physician at Miami Children’s Hospital, and their two sons.  He has loved coaching his son's baseball team in the North Miami Beach Little League for the last six years.

Licensed for 23 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Cotzen Law, PA
20700 West Dixie Highway.
Aventura, FL, 33180

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Posted by Monica | June 3, 2022
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Wonderful Attorney
Michael is so very informative and takes his time to do his research all explain all of your options, and he ensures his clients the very best results. He helped us settle our case and he even refunded funds in our retainer after all was completed. He’s a phenomenal attorney. He also seems like a very honest and helpful human being overall, and that is a rare find in any field. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
Michael helped us navigate a tough family dispute, he was thoughtful and understanding with the decisions that we chose, and we never felt pressured to do something that didn't feel right. Michael is thoughtful, knowledgeable, professional, honest, and kind. He is an ethical and principled attorney. Without hesitation, I would recommend Michael to friends, and family, in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
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Superb Attorney
Michael Cotzen is a broadly knowledgeable, highly skilled, and super smart attorney. He has advocated effectively for me in a non-litigation but contentious, complicated and delicate family estate matter. Mr. Cotzen has excellent listening and communications skills, and has been reliably responsive to my questions and concerns in a timely way. He is ethical and principled. He also has a sense of humor, and is a caring and trustworthy person. I would recommend him without reservation to my best friends.
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Posted by Bob | March 22, 2022
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Very Satisfied Client
A friend/real estate attorney who does not do litigation recommended Michael. Michael worked quickly and efficiently to negotiate a settlement agreement with a condo association. Among a host of items, the association had many ridiculous repair and demand requests that were not even part of the lawsuit they brought. Michael got them to drop these requests. He knows his business and knows when to advise his client against taking steps that could waste time and money even when he would benefit financially through billed hours. However, he will listen to your ideas and if they make sense he will discuss them with you and let you know if they should be used. Michael replaced another attorney who was literally unable to get anything at all accomplished after a year of completely wasting my time. The replaced attorney refunded a portion of his fee. I found it extremely helpful that Michael was very responsive and honest throughout the entire ordeal. I highly recommend Michael for any real estate litigation or condo association disputes. If I end up in a situation where I need to hire an attorney for any area that Michael handles, I would gladly hire him again.
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Posted by Vanessa | March 21, 2022
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Professional, communicative, efficient and kind representation
I am very grateful that Michael Cotzen took on my case and helped me get the desired results. Many other attorneys refused my case because they thought they could not get me the desired results. Michael is thoughtful, knowledgeable, professional, honest, efficient, and communicative. I would recommend Michael to friends, family and clients in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2021
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lawsuit over a property I owned
I felt he was honest with my situation and thoroughly explained which ever decision I chose, how the outcome can turn out realistically, good or bad. Was able to convince the other party to settle instead of having to continue this for another year or two in court. Which would have cost me more money out of pocket and also would have hurt the other party because the lawsuit was ridiculous to begin with.
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Posted by Estrella | October 19, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer
Michael Cotzen is a very capable lawyer and is always available to give advice and answer questions. Having him by my side was always reassuring and helped me cope with the stress of a difficult case. I highly recommend him.
Posted by M. | August 10, 2021
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The Best!
My family could not have asked for a better attorney. We were being personally sued by a giant insurance company (at least they have very funny "progressive" commercials), after the way smaller company we were insured with, denied to pay out an accident claim. But, you get what you pay for. Well, not only did Michael work with us during our time of financial hardship, he negotiated the settlement down to just a fraction of the initial demanded amount. We couldn't have done it without him. Thank you so much for all your help!
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Posted by Horacio | August 8, 2021
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Excellent lawyer!!!
We worked with Mr Cotzen for a real estate dispute and it was a great pleasure to work with him. He is always available, we always got a quick response to all our questions, and he gave us the best advice to guide us through the process. Mr. Cotzen is very knowledgeable in his field and has many years of experience. During every interaction we had with him he was very patient, took the time to hear and to clearly explain everything, and gave us the best advice to succeed at our case. We, without a doubt, would recommend and use Mr. Cotzen if needed in the future
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Posted by Efraim | May 1, 2021
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recommendation
I want to thank you again for the good job performed for Maria Camejo. All my attorney friends advised me against wasting my time and money on a bank POD dispute. But you see that it was not wasted time.
Posted by Debra | January 1, 2021
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Consummate Professional
Our LLC hired attorney Michael Cotzen to handle a matter that involved one LLC member selling certain real estate property without the consent of the other LLC members. Mr. Cotzen promptly familiarized himself with the details of our case and proceeded immediately once we engaged him. Mr. Cotzen was very responsive to all of our inquiries and always kept us apprised of any filings made on our behalf or by the defendant and of the outcomes of all court hearings and rulings. Mr. Cotzen worked very well with us as we were quite involved with the strategy of our case. It was a pleasure working with Mr. Cotzen and his representation of our LLC, especially throughout the changing times with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2020
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Fast, Efficient Closer
Mr. Cotzen was a pleasure to work with. He was fast and efficient, answered all my questions in a way someone with no legal experience can understand.
Posted by Alvaro Inthamoussu | December 14, 2020
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First timers
We were referred to Michael by our Title Agency when we asked them for help after receiving a claim for the party we did business with. Being first timers in a situation like that, we were really glad we hired Michael to help us. He was always very kind and guided us through the process always understanding that although business as usual for him, for us was a great inconvenience that was putting us in a very uncomfortable position that was affecting our personal lives. We recommend him due to the way he conducts his business, his way of managing things, and the solution reached under the specific circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2020
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Nailed it!
My family had a tricky estate situation that needed the help of an expert/litigation attorney. Michael stepped in and guided our family through a complex process. He did a great job taking the time and explaining all our options and related risks. In addition, the cost side of the equation (our fees) were managed in a very transparent and efficient manner. I would certainly be back, if the need were ever to arise.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2020
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Professional, calmed and peaceful litigation
As for everyone, litigation it’s always somehow intimidating. Michael made the path incredibly easy. Even when I was very stressed and busy, he really made me feel worry-free. Hw told me from the very beginning, DO NOT WORRY, I’m the one doing the work, and he really did. I would recommend him to everyone would need effective legal advice..
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Posted by Pat | July 11, 2020
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HOA fee dispute
The management company for my mother’s condominium sent her account to collections. This action happened despite regular payments and my mother being in contact with a representative for the HOA to provide proof of payments. The collection agency would not deal fairly with anyone other than an attorney. Mr. Cotzen negotiated a fair settlement that included an even HOA balance - no small feat since the association was claiming arrears for seven years (a timeframe, for which, banks no longer keep records).
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Posted by Dawn | December 7, 2019
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Lawyer
Me Cotzen was excellent during the time of a settlement. He was very responsive, listened to what I was wanting, gave me great advice and very patient.
Posted by Salomon | November 19, 2019
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Trust him
Hiring Michael could have been the best decision in my life. He is intelligent and knowledgeable so you can trust him. If I could give him 10 stars I would. He is the best. He is patient, talented and transparent. Simply the best.
Posted by Tamara | September 6, 2019
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Resolution
Michael was very fast to reply and even thought my interaction with him was short, I would use him again.
Posted by Maria Diaz | May 28, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
We retained Mr. Cotzen for a foreclosure in my mother’s property, his professionalism and his integrity in his work were amazing. Mr. Cotzen went above and. beyond our expectations and we are totally pleased for his service, patience and understanding.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Cotzen Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Mansfield Bronstein
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Schlesinger and Cotzen
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Kluger Peretz Kaplan & Berlin
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Hall, David and Joseph
  • 1999 - 2003
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD
  • 1998

Associations

  • North Dade Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • 1998 - Present
  • Beth Torah
  • Executive Vice President
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Beth Torah Executive Board
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • President's Young Leadership Award
  • Beth Torah
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Most Effective Lawyer - Distressed Real Estate
  • Daily Business Review
  • 2013
  • Most Effective Lawyer - Probate
  • Daily Business Review
  • 2011
  • University Hall of Fame
  • University of Florida
  • 1998
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Publications

  • Daily Business Review
  • Case misapplied to foreclosure statute of limitations
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Miami-Dade County
  • Fraudulent Transfers
  • 2009
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Fraudulent Transfers
  • 2008
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Fraudulent Transfers
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Litigation Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a “pro’s pro.” He is responsive, efficient, analytical, effective and very reliable. His work ethic is superb and thinks “outside of the box.” I trust him."
Probate Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Very experienced and detailed in his work and clients loved working with him. Great combination."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is an exceptional attorney, rich in experience and intellect. He brings a level of thought to an issue that is rarely matched. A client would be fortunate to have Michael's skills in their corner."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically endorse Michael Cotzen. He is smart, professional, effective, and honest. Any client would be in very good hands with Michael."
Foreclosure Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a highly experienced foreclosure lawyer in the community. He has the respect of his peers and achieves great results for his clients. I am proud to endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Cotzen is an experienced and thorough attorney. He is known for getting great results for his clients. I am proud to endorse him."
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