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Harsh Arora

Partner

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Harsh Arora Attorney Profile | Kelley Kronenberg

Overview

Harsh Arora is a Partner and Business Unit Leader at Kelley Kronenberg where he heads the Business Law Practice and maintains his primary office in Fort Lauderdale. Harsh concentrates in the areas of business litigation and complex domestic and international corporate transaction matters. He has experience in various industries both in domestic and international markets with a focus on healthcare, hospitality, leisure, real estate, retail, technology, transportation, and finance sectors.

Harsh has the unique ability to approach issues as a talented boardroom advocate and a seasoned business litigation attorney. He represents clients in business litigation matters in federal and state courts. He assists clients in the resolution of their business disputes through mediations and arbitrations. As a certified county mediator in Florida, Harsh has had previous experience mediating business disputes as a neutral and he now focuses his practice as an advocate for his clients in mediations. Harsh is respected among his peers for his zealous representation of his clients’ position in a way that helps people come together and make a deal. Clients also have deep respect for Harsh’s intellect, creativity, and exceptional oral advocacy.

Harsh is accustomed to handling complex cases such as parallel civil and administrative proceedings, and multidistrict litigation. Additionally, he has represented and counseled clients in cases involving contract disputes, commercial torts, labor disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, commercial leasing matters, construction liens, non-competition agreements, intellectual property litigation, tax controversies, administrative investigations, regulatory due diligence and compliance, false advertising, unfair competition, defamation, right of publicity, fraud, trade secret misappropriation, negative media coverage, and other high-stakes business matters. Harsh also has extensive experience in handling a wide range of complex controversies  and related insurance matters; including claims against directors & officers, mismanagement by fiduciaries, and disputes resulting from errors & omissions. His experience consists of providing comprehensive legal representation and services to both insurance carriers and policyholders.

Building on his broad-based dispute resolution experience, Harsh serves as general counsel for businesses with a prominent national or international presence.  His robust general counsel practice focuses on preventative counseling and solid business structuring. Harsh and his team are uniquely qualified to perform complicated business transactions as well as industry-focused due diligence and regulatory aspects of proposed deals. For these and other clients, his goal is focused and simple – to protect and strengthen their businesses. At the same time, clients rely on Harsh for strategic advice and counsel with any legal need to protect their businesses.  As a trusted advisor, he has helped clients proactively avoid, overcome, and achieve success in a variety of challenges. This unique combination of first-rate business litigation experience and top-tier business transactions experience provides businesses and executives a distinct advantage by maintaining Harsh’s team for dispute resolution and restructuring, as opposed to bifurcating these two critical legal components between different attorneys or firms. In his approach to cases, Harsh takes pride in being a problem solver by identifying the clients’ specific goals and then incorporating those goals into the objectives of the litigation or alternate dispute resolution proceedings or business transactions. He routinely represents clients who are in the midst of high-profile, sensitive cases that demand a deft approach and swift resolution.  Harsh and his team are particularly adept at establishing and executing upon effective and customized strategies to resolve legal problems faced by businesses and executives so that they are able to continue their operations and mitigate risks.

In his prior positions as a corporate transactions attorney, Harsh has extensive experience advising privately-held businesses on mergers, acquisitions, conversions, and domestications. In addition to corporate restructuring, Harsh has handled a wide range of business closings, negotiations, corporate governance and complex business tax matters in connection with audits by the Internal Revenue Service, Florida Department of Revenue and New York Department of Taxation and Finance. He has assisted clients in several cross-border business transactions, federal chartering of credit unions and related finance matters. He has also handled domestic trademark applications, office actions and appeals before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and international trademark applications before the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Harsh has an international background and diverse work experience in business industries in Asia, Europe and the United States of America. Born in India, he later attended International Management Institute, Switzerland majoring in Hotel Operational Management and graduated with first-class honors. He then attended Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida majoring in Hospitality Management and graduated as class valedictorian receiving an honor medallion and magna cum laude honors. Harsh received his Juris Doctorate from the Florida A&M University College of Law, where he was selected as a law student ambassador and research assistant for the dean. He also attended the Boston University School of Law and holds a Masters in Law in Taxation and has completed the Program on Negotiations and Leadership at the Harvard Law School.

Harsh is a sought after author and speaker on issues relating to domestic business litigation, cross-border business transactions, and tax controversies and has been published in prestigious publications in the United States, Australia and in Europe. He remains active in legal and community organizations. He is the past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Florida and currently serves on the board of directors. Harsh was also a member of the board and past vice president of The India US Chamber of Commerce of South Florida. He is a member of the Business, Health, and International Law Sections of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, and the Broward County Bar Association.

Harsh is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Swiss German.

  • Florida
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Harvard Law School, Cert., Program on Negotiations, Executive Education, 2020
  • Boston University, School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2016
  • Florida A&M University, College of Law J.D., 2006
  • University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management B.S., 2002
  • International Management Institute, Switzerland, D.P., 1999


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Accolades, Associations & News

  • Finance Monthly Legal Awards, “Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year – USA,” 2021
  • Best Lawyers®, “The Best Lawyers in America©”, Commercial Litigation, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent ™
  • South Florida Business Journal, “Diverse VoiceHonoree, Diversity and Inclusion Awards, 2021
  • Finance Monthly, “Tax Controversies Advisor of the Year”, USA, 2021 
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal, “Asian Leaders Worth Watching”, 2021
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Legal Elite”, 2020-2021
  • Fort Lauderdale Magazine, “Best Lawyer, Third Place, The Best of Fort Lauderdale Winners”, 2020
  • Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, “Top Lawyer”, Business Litigation; Business/Corporate, 2020 – 2021
  • South Asian Bar Association of Florida, “Past President Award”, 2013
  • Kelley Kronenberg’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Member, 2020; Co-Chair, 2021
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow, 2021
  • Global Business Lawyers League, Member
  • South Asian Bar Association of Florida, Inc., Past President; Director
  • The India-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Inc., South Florida, Past Vice President; Past Director
  • Florida Bar
    • Health Law Section, Member
    • Business Law Section, Inclusion/Mentoring/Fellowships Committee Member
    • Business Law Section, Business Litigation Committee Member
    • Business Law Section, Civil Rules Task Force Member
    • International Law Section, Asia Committee Member
  • Broward County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Corporate Council, Member, 2021
  • New England Law, Fellowship Supervisor, 2020-2021
  • Speaker, “Diversity and Inclusion in Corporate and Securities Law’, Nova Southeastern University Corporate and Securities Law Society CLE Seminar, March 2021
  • Moderator, “Doing the Righteous Work: Minority Attorney Pro Bono Service Award Recipients”, South Asian Bar Association of Florida, Kelley Kronenberg D&I Committee, and TJ Reddick Bar Association, March 2021
  • Moderator, “Meet The Reality TV Stars from Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking and Bravo’s Family Karma”, South Asian Bar Association of Florida and Kelley Kronenberg D&I Committee, December 2020
  • Faculty, “UCC Battle of the Forms: Resolving Conflicting Terms in Orders, Invoices, and Related Documents”, Strafford, September 2020
  • Speaker, “M&A Bootcamp: Concept of Materiality in Acquisition Agreements”, Nova Southern University Shepard Broad College of Law, July 2020
  • Faculty, “Advising Online Businesses: Privacy, Domain Issues, Liability, Tax, Contractual and E-Commerce Compliance”, Strafford, April 2020
  • Moderator, “Mitigating Business Impacts Caused by COVID-19”, Kelley Kronenberg, March 2020
  • Moderator, Chindia Summit 2017, India China America Institute at the Kennesaw State University, Division of Global Affairs, March 2017
  • Speaker, “Investment Opportunities and Legal Pitfalls”, August 2016
  • Speaker, “India: Jewel of Emerging Market”, HSBC Global Connection, June 2014
  • Moderator, “Diversity Leadership Forum”, University of Miami School of Law, December 2011
  • Moderator, “General Strategies for Preparing for the Florida Bar Exam with Practical Advice for Minority Law Students”, June 2009

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