Jorge L. Cruz-Bustillo Attorney Profile | Kelley Kronenberg

Jorge L. Cruz-Bustillo

Partner, Miami /

Jorge Cruz-Bustillo is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Miami office, focusing his practice on Insurance Defense Litigation and Complex Commercial and Construction Disputes. He represents numerous insurance carriers in Property and Casualty matters involving First Party and Third Party claims.

During his career, Jorge successfully represented insurance companies, commercial businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes.

Jorge received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. He then earned his law degree from Stetson University in 1992. 

 

Insurance Defense

  • Represent numerous insurance carriers in first party property and third party litigation.
  • Successfully represented a national insurance carrier challenging a $1.2 million dollar umpire’s award, addressing issues of the insureds’ misrepresentation and concealment.

Construction

  • Successfully defended an electrical engineer sued for allegedly providing defective design plans on a $23 million dollar, design-build, bio solid waste facility project in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Assisted a general contractor seeking a substantial recovery from a school board for additional work required to be performed in order to timely complete a $14 million dollar high school.
  • On behalf of a municipal client, negotiated and drafted a guaranteed maximum price construction contract for a multi-million dollar public project.
  • Represented a well-known national developer defending dozens of supplier lawsuits related to the completion of a new luxury hotel on Miami Beach, saving the developer millions of dollars in the process.

Commercial Disputes

  • Successfully represented a national insurance company challenging a $1.2 million dollar award issued by an umpire, addressing issues of the insureds’ misrepresentation, concealment and failure to cooperate.
  • Defended an employee of an insurance agency alleged to have breached his non-compete agreement with a prior employer.
  • Advised a member-owner of an international telecommunications company in multi-million dollar shareholder dispute.
  • Successfully defended a well-known national retailer alleged to have breached a non-compete agreement, including claims that the non-competition restrictions were a covenant running with the land and applicable to all subsequent tenants in the same strip mall.
  • Successfully defended a well-known international bank against a lawsuit seeking a multi-million dollar recovery, with the plaintiff receiving nothing while having to reimburse the bank its fees and costs.

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

  • Successfully represented an elected municipal official charged with campaign finance violations, resisting suspension and removal from office.
  • Represented a client being investigated by the public corruption unit of the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office for alleged campaign finance related violations.
  • Candidate representation including formation and advice regarding political committees, 527 organizations, electioneering communications organizations, advertising, and all aspects of Florida’s election law.
  • Represented client in multiple administrative proceedings before the Florida Building Commission resisting newly proposed roof-coating regulations.
  • Successfully defended a Florida Keys municipal government in a rule challenge ensuring that it could proceed with new construction as permitted by rules promulgated by the Florida cabinet.
  • First Party Statutory Bad Faith, March 2016
  • Assignment of Benefits – The Trends, The Law, and Tips on Handling Claims, January 2016
  • Emerging Developments and Case Law Effecting Construction Contracts on Public Projects, 34th Annual Local Government Law in Florida,  May 2011
  • Chairman, Florida Elections Commission, appointed by Governor Charlie Crist (2007 – 2011)
  • Commissioner, Florida Elections Commission, appointed by Governor Jeb Bush (2005 – 2007)
  • Latin Builders Association (LBA)
  • “A” List of top construction lawyers in South Florida, Latin Builders Association, 2009

Contact Information

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • Florida
  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1992
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1989