Aaron Jay Horowitz is a Shareholder in Gunster’s Fort Lauderdale office. He is a litigator and serves as Chair of the firm’s statewide Dispute Resolution Practice Group and Chair of the firm's Associate Development Committee.

Aaron advises businesses and individuals on resolving complex disputes. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, estate and trust litigation, intellectual property litigation and real property litigation. In addition to litigating at the trial court level, Aaron has also represented clients in appellate proceedings before state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Appellate Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator, and serves on the Executive Council that oversees the Florida Bar’s 1,100-member Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar Association.

Aaron’s clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups across diverse industries, and include national and local banks, land developers, pharmaceutical companies, defense contractors, automobile manufacturers, construction and engineering firms, accounting firms, wealth management firms, universities, luxury goods manufacturers, software developers, cloud computing service providers, internet marketers, agricultural and food producers, gaming and entertainment companies, hotels, beach resorts and consumer product manufacturers. Moreover, in his estate and trust litigation practice, Aaron represents trustees, personal representatives, curators and beneficiaries in high-asset fiduciary disputes.

Aaron was selected as a “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers and a “Legal Elite Up & Comer” by Florida Trend magazine. He was also named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and was recognized as a "40 Under 40" by the South Florida Business Journal.

Aaron earned his B.S.B.A. in Decision and Information Sciences, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida. Following his undergraduate studies, he obtained his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. A South Florida native, Aaron is active in the community and serves in leadership roles for local professional and nonprofit organizations.

  • Defended Fortune 100 national bank in federal district court, federal appellate court and the United States Supreme Court in class action lawsuit seeking to prohibit charging of check-cashing fees to non-accountholder customers
  • Defended agricultural producer against shareholder class action lawsuit alleging violation of ERISA and breach of fiduciary duty regarding a purported $575 million buyout offer
  • Represented government agency in $135 million real property dispute with energy company
  • Represented Fortune 500 construction and engineering services company in a contractual dispute concerning three water and wastewater treatment facilities valued at over $60 million
  • Defended Fortune 1000 gaming company in $80 million contractual dispute with attempted purchaser of 30-acre pari-mutuel facility
  • Represented international entertainment company in $129 million bid to acquire multiple pari-mutuel facilities involved in litigation with lenders
  • Represented boutique hotel in arbitration against co-tenant in real property partition action seeking $23 million in unjust enrichment damages
  • Defended commercial property owner in accounting, appraisal and breach of fiduciary duty action brought by shareholder seeking $14 million in damages
  • Represented shareholder in litigation against publicly-traded energy drink manufacturer for violations of the securities exchange act, injurious falsehood, fraudulent inducement and breach of contract
  • Defended land owner in comprehensive plan consistency challenge concerning 7,600-acre parcel
  • Represented land developer in litigation against 101-acre community development district concerning assessments relating to $27 million construction and maintenance bonds
  • Represented surviving spouse in obtaining pretermitted spousal share of an estate with over $84 million in assets
  • Represented beneficiary in trustee removal and breach of fiduciary duty litigation concerning trusts with over $20 million in assets
  • Represented court-appointed fiduciary in disgorgement and surcharge litigation against prior trustees and personal representatives
  • Defended 900-acre beach resort in dispute with assignee of developer concerning entitlement to club membership rights
  • Represented cruise line stevedoring operation in breach of fiduciary duty litigation relating to sale of assets
  • Represented mortgage lender in multi-million dollar litigation against former branch manager concerning claims of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations, civil conspiracy, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference
  • Defended regional bank in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) litigation brought by dozens of former employees who sought over $8 million in damages
  • Defended database software company in multi-million dollar breach of contract disputes with customers in several states
  • Represented manufacturer of environmentally sensitive products in patent infringement and false advertising litigation with competitor
  • Represented international luxury sink and faucet manufacturer in trademark and unfair competition dispute against Florida competitor
  • Defended state-chartered bank in patent infringement action relating to online banking and account management services
  • Represented boat builder in replevin and conversion action concerning transfer of design rights for proprietary boat molds
  • Represented former shareholder in action against explosion mitigation corporation for securities fraud, fraud in the inducement, breach of statutory duties and negligent misrepresentation concerning sale of shares
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up and Comer,” “Business Litigation, Trust and Estate Litigation,” 2018
  • South Florida Business Journal, "40 Under 40", 2017
  • Florida Trend, “Up & Comer,” 2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2017
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2014
  • University of Florida Presidential Recognition for Outstanding Achievement and Contributions
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law Dean’s List
  • Book Award recipient for Criminal Procedure
  • Honors in Legal Research and Writing; Appellate Advocacy; Virgil Hawkins Civil Law Full Representation Clinic
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Fraternity
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honorary
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Alpha Iota Delta International Decision Sciences Honorary
  • The Florida Journal of International Law, elected as articles editor and winner of the Outstanding Note Writing Competition
  • The Journal of Technology Law & Policy, elected as articles editor
  • The Entertainment Law Review at the University of Florida
  • Moderator, A View From the Bench: Professionalism and the Transition to the Civil Side, Broward County Bar Association, 2018
  • Speaker, Traps for the Unwary: a Litigator’s Perspective on Business Formation, Succession and Dissolution, Estate Planning Council of Broward County, 2017
  • Panel Member, The Art of Arbitration, Bench & Bar Convention, Broward County Bar Association, 2017
  • Moderator, Mediation: Breaking the Impasse, Bench & Bar Convention, Broward County Bar Association, 2017
  • Moderator, Mediator Ethical Pitfalls Seminar, Broward County Bar Association, 2016
  • Panel Member, Florida Bar Practicing with Professionalism Seminar, 2013
  • “United States Jurisdictional Monopolization of International Cybersquatting Disputes: A Review of Current Inequities and Future Consequences,” The Journal of Technology Law & Policy, December, 2006
  • Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, member of the Executive Council
  • B’nai B’rith Justice Unit, member of the Board of Directors
  • Broward County Bar Association
    • Member of the Board of Directors
    • Chair of the Business Law Section
    • Member of the Bench & Bar Committee
    • Member of the Trial Lawyers Section, Commercial Law Section, Corporate Counsel Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Appellate Practice Section, Real Property Section, Probate & Trust Law Section and Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Past member of the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Section
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ghost Light Society
    • Past Chair of the Support Committee
  • Jewish Family Service of Broward County, past member of the Leadership Board
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, past member of the Six Degrees Executive Council
  • American Bar Association, member
  • As a certified rescue diver and certified Handicapped Scuba Association buddy diver, Aaron teaches individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities to scuba dive
  • Aaron volunteers and advocates for ARC Broward, which provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities

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