Edward “Ed” M. Mullins, a founding shareholder, focuses his trial, arbitration, and appellate commercial litigation practice on international commercial litigation and arbitration, intellectual property litigation, and class actions. He brings to this practice broad experience as a commercial litigator, having handled an array of commercial disputes over the years, including contract, business tort, media, intellectual property, shareholder, and class action disputes. He also serves an arbitrator and a mediator, and is a member of the commercial panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. He has served as arbitration counsel and trial counsel in international and trial disputes throughout the country.
He is the Vice-Chair of the International Litigation and International Arbitration Committees of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), former Co-Chair of the International Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees of the Section of Litigation of the ABA, and former Co-Editor of the International Litigation Quarterly. He is former Chair of the Florida Bar International Law Section and the former Co-Editor of the Florida Bar International Law Quarterly. Mr. Mullins also is the former Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar, which drafts the state appellate rules for the Florida Supreme Court approval. He also has served as Chair of the International and Appellate Courts Committees of the Dade County Bar.
Selected by The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration and the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for International Commercial Arbitration, Mr. Mullins has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (where he has been listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Miami), Florida Trend's “Florida Legal Elite,” South Florida Legal Guide, and in numerous editions of Marquis' Who's Who. Mr. Mullins was finalist for “Most Effective Lawyer” award by the Daily Business Review for 2012 (appellate and public service) and 2013 (appellate). He also was named a “Key Partner” by the South Florida Business Journal in 2012 and a “Prominent Lawyer, International Litigation” in Revista Abogados 2013. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.®
Mr. Mullins has served as appellate counsel, having appeared to close to 100 appeals and appellate proceedings in federal and state courts including the United States Supreme Court, see Lozman v. City of Rivera Beach, 133 S. Ct. 735, 184 L.Ed.2d 604, 81 (U.S. 2013) (creating new test for “vessel” in admiralty law), and the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Mullins has appeared as counsel in almost 150 published decisions in federal and state court at the trial and appellate court levels spanning all areas of practice noted above.
The former editor in chief of the Florida Law Review of the University of Florida School of Law, where he graduated valedictorian, Mr. Mullins frequently speaks and writes on international litigation and arbitration issues for the ABA and the Florida Bar. Some of his publications include Cross Examination, Florida Civil Trial Practice (2010-15), Special Report: ABA Wants to Protect International Arbitration in Bill Before, Congress, Daily Bus. Review (Oct. 6, 2009); Franchisees Sued for Violation of Athlete's Foot Trademark, The Judicial View (Winter 2009); Contractual Waiver of Personal Jurisdiction Under F.S. §685.102: The Long-Arm Statute's Little-Known Cousin, 80 Fla. Bar J. 5 (May 2006); Waiver, Preemption, and Permissive Clauses, 7 ABA, Comm. & Bus. Litig. J. No. 2. at 1 (Winter 2006); The Hunt for Federal Court: Removing International Cases, 22 ABA, Int'l Litig. Q. 1 (Fall 2005); Staying a Money Judgment in Federal Court Without Posting a Supersedeas Bond, 57 Fla. Bar J. 45 (Dec. 2003); You Better Shop Around: Appellate Forum Shopping, 25 ABA, Litigation 32 (Summer 1999), which was republished in the Litigation Manual.
He has spoken frequently on international litigation and arbitration issues for numerous organizations, including the ABA, the Florida Bar, and the American Society of International Law, and has spoken in conferences in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. He has chaired and served on the steering committee for the Florida Bar International and Arbitration and Litigation Conference for years.
His broad experience includes litigating media, defamation, privacy, and intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark and copyright actions. He has served as co-counsel in numerous patent actions regarding patents from numerous different sectors. A former Chair of the Florida Bar's Media and Communications Committee, Mullins often speaks on such subjects at conferences, including the Entertainment and Sports Law Section Conference and the Media Law Conference of the Florida Bar, the Practicing Law Institute, and the Inter-American Press Association.
Mullins also has substantial experience in class actions, including actions involving financial institutions, insurers, manufacturers, and other corporate entities in class action cases on federal and state claims across the country ranging from claims under Truth-in-Lending Act, other federal consumer protection statutes, state insurance code claims, common-law claims, and claims pursuant to consumer protection statutes.