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Jonathan E. Kanov

100 Northeast 3rd Avenue
Suite 1100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 847-4943
(954) 627-6640 - Fax

Jonathan concentrates his practice in complex, high-exposure litigation and has litigated a wide array of professional liability and commercial cases in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration forums, throughout the country. He zealously defends professionals in tort and contract actions, including attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, directors and officers, brokers-dealers and fiduciaries. He has extensive experience with real estate actions, defending numerous parties, including real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, title and settlement agents, and lenders.

Jonathan devotes considerable time on behalf of parties in complex commercial, contract, construction, fraud, inland marine cargo and copyright/trademark infringement litigation, and he has tried many cases to verdict. He brings to the firm a unique combination of business and litigation skills developed during his career. This background is invaluable to his representation of various individuals, private and public companies, including Fortune 500 corporations, and non-profit entities in a broad range of business matters.

Jonathan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. He obtained his juris doctor in 1996 from the University of Miami School of Law, graduating cum laude. Jonathan is admitted to the Bar of the state of Florida. He is also admitted to practice before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for both the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended West Palm Beach lawyer and law firm in a malpractice claim stemming from a former client who was prevented from exercising option to purchase property worth in excess of $2 million.

  • Won complete defense verdict and affirmative damages in high-profile federal court trial in Southern District of Florida in defense of auditors/accountants of public real estate company. Plaintiff had sought approximately $7 million in damages for alleged botched audit and improper withdrawal from engagement.

  • Won complete defense verdict in legal malpractice case in Broward County concerning defendant's representation of borrowers in a secured loan transaction.

  • Won a directed verdict at trial in $650,000 litigation on behalf of a national engineering firm in a professional negligence action in Miami-Dade County.

  • Summary judgment secured in defense of claims against real estate broker and agent for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence in $500,000 case in Broward County.

  • Successfully defended law firm and lawyer as plaintiffs walked away with no damages from a heavily litigated case concerning lawyer's representation of one of the parties to the sale of a nurse staffing business in Orange County, Florida.

  • Victorious after trial in Miami-Dade County in a will contest brought by three children of decedent with estate over $10 million alleging undue influence, breach of fiduciary duty, and lack of capacity.

  • Successfully defended title agent against claims brought by title insurer. Tracked down and collected the ill-gotten gains from the beneficiary of an unrecorded mortgage so that client did not have to satisfy those losses.

  • Counsel for a leading provider of outpatient information systems in successful $12 million federal litigation in Northern District of California regarding development of software application for radiology facilities.

  • Counsel for partner in South Florida real estate conglomerate in successful action to terminate partnership agreement and buy out other partners in development deal for Miami-Dade County multi-use project.

  • Victorious after trial against one of largest U.S. spirits distributors, alleging breach of distribution agreement, business torts and copyright infringement causes of action.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • FDIC Actions Against Appraisers, 2012 - 2013

  • Trends in Florida Real Estate E&O Claims, 2010 – 2013

  • Subprime Lending Crisis and the Growing Litigation Claims Against Real Estate Professionals: Understanding How This Happened and Planning for Actionable Defense Strategies, 2008

  • Internet Research for Florida Legal Counsel and Staff, CLE Speaker Series, 2000-2008

  • Accounting Malpractice Pre- and Post Sarbanes-Oxley and When It Is Appropriate To Withdraw From A Public Audit, 2005-2006

Published Works

Media Commentary


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL (J.D., 1996)

    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Dean's Honor Academic Scholar
    Law Review: Entertainment and Sports Law Review, Articles and Comments Editor

  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (B.B.A., 1992)

    Honors: Golden Key Honor Society
    Major: Finance

Law Alerts July 19, 2016
Geico challenged the final judgment in an automobile insurance case holding it liable to pay the injured plaintiff’s attorney’s fees and costs. On behalf of its insured, Geico had rejected the plaintiff’s proposal for settlement..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2015
Effective January 1, 2015, the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (Revised Act) applies to all Florida limited liability companies, regardless of when they were formed, and the former Act (codified in Chapter 608 of the Florida Statutes)..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 1, 2014
In a slander of title action stemming from an alleged wrongful lis pendens, damages can include the inability to obtain a conventional loan on a property, thus incurring increased loan costs and a higher interest rate; the loss of a contract to sell..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2014
Law Alerts July 1, 2014
The plaintiff entered into a brokerage agreement with the defendants by which they would sell the plaintiff's gold to Florida customers. The parties had an oral contract governing their relationship. The plaintiff filed a three-count action for..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014
Law Alerts April 11, 2013
The broker secured windstorm coverage for the condominium association through an insurance company. The association's condominium was damaged by hurricanes. It proceeded with expensive remediation efforts after the broker assured it that the..., Case Law Alerts - 2nd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts April 1, 2012
Unlike res judicata, which applies to subsequent actions between the same parties on the same cause of action, the law of the case doctrine is triggered when successive appeals are taken in the same case. The law of the case doctrine holds that the..., Case Law Alert - 2nd Qtr 2012
Law Alerts April 1, 2010
In the state of Florida's first reverse foreclosure, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge has forced a bank to take title to a property from a homeowners association. A reverse foreclosure is a new tool that can force banks to pay association..., Case Law Alert - 2nd Qtr 2010
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2009
Florida -- Escrow Recovery , Across the country, and especially in South Florida, prices continue to plunge in the residential real estate market. The boom years resulted in a glut of condominiums being built, often high-end, luxury buildings. Buyers raced to plunk down escrow..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009
Dec 1, 2017
After seven years of litigation, we obtained a dismissal with prejudice in favor of our client, a prominent cardiologist, in a negligence and fraud case involving the operation of a Ponzi scheme. ​The 16 plaintiffs brought suit in 2010 against our...
Feb 16, 2015
Successfully defended a title/closing agent and his law firm in a South Florida real estate transaction after a week-long jury trial. The plaintiffs were private hard money lenders who contended that the title agent failed to advise them and failed...
November 4, 2015
Jonathan E. Kanov and Claudia A. Costa, professional liability attorneys at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will be featured presenters at the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) 2015 Annual Conference, to be held November 11-13 in Dallas, Texas.  Mr. Kanov and fellow...
Conference Nov 11, 2015
Two Marshall Dennehey attorneys will speak at the Professional Liability Underwriting Society's annual PLUS Conference this year. Claudia Costa from the firm's Roseland Office and Jonathan Kanov from the Fort Lauderdale office will present...


  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996)
  • University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1999

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Who's Who In American Law - Top Lawyers

Year Joined Organization: 2005

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