Alen H. Hsu
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Alen Hsu is a member of the commercial and corporate litigation group and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, employment, business, and general commercial disputes. Mr. Hsu also regularly represents clients in a variety of complex cases involving bankruptcy claims, products liability disputes, and consumer class actions. Mr. Hsu has served as counsel on a number of multimillion dollar litigation matters and represents institutional property owners, business owners, and developers in state court, federal court, and arbitration. He is also experienced with motion practice, oral argument, appellate, and trial practice.
In addition to his primary practice, a portion of Mr. Hsu’s practice is devoted to providing general legal advice to business owners, including analyzing and drafting formation documents, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, contracts for the sale/purchase of a business, and commercial lease agreements.
Mr. Hsu is proficient in spoken Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.
- Represented the owner of a multimillion dollar condominium against a claim of fraudulent inducement for damages in the amount of six million dollars; the case was dismissed on summary judgment.
- Represented a marketing company against three putative class actions under the claims of TCPA, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, common law fraud, and Illinois and Michigan Consumer Protection Acts.
- Represented an international yacht company against claims of common law fraud, FDUPTA, Magnusson-Moss Act, and Florida’s UCC breach of warranty.
- Represented a commercial property manager in a landlord tenant action for damages; successfully obtained a $110,000 settlement based upon accelerated rent.
- Represented the co-owner of an international energy drink company seeking dissolution under the Florida Business Corporations Act; served as second chair and successfully obtained a final judgment of dissolution and an award of attorneys’ fees and costs.
- Represented the owner of a roofing company against counter-claims of common law fraud, assault and battery, and breach of oral and written contract over a $1.8 million dollar home; served as second chair in a seven-day jury trial where the counter-defendant sought three million dollars in damages and the jury returned a verdict of $70,000 and ejected the counter-defendant from the home.
- Served as a liaison to the lead counsel of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in a mass torts litigation.
- Represented a physician against a medical practice group’s claim for breach of a non-compete agreement. After an evidentiary hearing on its motion for injunctive relief, the medical practice group voluntarily dismissed the case. The trial court granted the physician entitlement to his attorney’s fees and costs as the prevailing party.
- Represented an aviation company against a prospective purchaser’s claims of breach of contract and temporary injunction. The prospective purchaser alleged that the aviation company breached a contract after he was the successful bidder of an aircraft on an online auction. After an evidentiary hearing, the trial court denied the plaintiff’s motion for temporary injunction, and the case was voluntarily dismissed.
- Represented an international telephone card company against claims of violation of Florida’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, conspiracy to misappropriate trade secrets, tortious interference with a business relationship, and injunctive relief. Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement after the fourth amended complaint was dismissed.
- Represented a staffing company against an employee for non-payment of wages. The staffing company moved to compel arbitration under an employment contract. The employee argued that the arbitration agreement was unconscionable as the employee only received the signature page of the contract. The trial court disagreed with the employee’s arguments, and compelled arbitration.
- Represented a consumer against an automotive dealership under the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act for selling an automobile with a tampered odometer.
- Represented multiple restaurants against overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and public accommodation claims under Title III of the Americans with Disability Act.
- Defended a large financial institution in a federal qui tam whistleblower lawsuit. The financial institution was dropped as a party after filing a motion to dismiss.
- Fla. 2d DCA 2014—Represented a financial institution in an appeal by a borrower. The borrower argued that the documentary tax owed on taxable future advances was never paid, and therefore the trial court lacked jurisdiction to enforce the promissory note. The appellate court disagreed with the borrower and affirmed the trial court’s final judgment.
- Fla. 2d DCA 2014—Represented a financial institution in an appeal by a borrower. The borrower argued, amongst other things, that the trial court erred in admitting the payment history and breach letter into evidence, and that the breach letter did not comply with the notice requirements under the mortgage. The appellate court disagreed and affirmed the trial court’s final judgment.
- Fla. 4th DCA 2011—Represented a financial services company in an appeal of a trial court’s final judgment. The appellate court reversed the trial court’s final judgment on the grounds that the trial court adjudicated the rights of the financial services company without allowing them the opportunity to defend their interests.
Fla. 4th DCA 2015—Represented a financial institution in an appeal of a trial court’s final judgment awarding a permanent loan modification to the borrower. The appellate court agreed with the financial institution’s arguments, reversed the final judgment, and ordered a new trial.
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Mr. Hsu currently serves on the Board of Supervisory of the North Springs Improvement District and as the Alternate Southeast Regional Governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is also Past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida.
- 2016 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers
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