Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP


  • MBE

Firm Size

  • 6-10

Willing to Act as Local Counsel

  • Yes

Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP (“KVL”) has extensive experience litigating matters effectively in general commercial litigation, employment litigation, class action defense, insurance defense and arbitration. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with both the state and federal courts of Florida and have practiced in courts in several jurisdictions across the country. While an amicable resolution before trial is always preferable, KVL has demonstrated its ability to successfully take significant cases to jury verdict, bench trial, or final arbitral hearing. In just the last three years, KVL has taken eight cases to trial and one case to a final arbitral hearing. 

We are a “go-to” firm for high stakes litigation, for matters that may impact the highest levels of any business organization, or for matters that require the utmost discretion and confidentiality. We are routinely retained in these instances because of our ability to analyze a problem, offer practical advice and work with our clients to achieve desired results through efficient and effective case management and advocacy.  The firm’s attorneys are highly regarded by their peers as demonstrated by their frequent mention in surveys of top Florida attorneys and in Chambers USA and Super Lawyers® . The firm is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating possible.

KVL is passionately committed to diversity, with minorities comprising more than ninety percent of the firm’s attorneys. Our lawyers share a deep commitment to the community as reflected in our extensive record of voluntary bar service, pro bono work, and community service.


Fort Lauderdale, FL

One Financial Plaza, Suite 2001, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394

Person of contact: Jay Kim, Robert Vaughan, Brian Lerner, Cherine Valbrun

Practice Areas

  • Insurance
    • Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
    • Drafting Employee Handbooks / Policies / Documents
    • Investigations - Internal/Agency
    • Litigation
  • Litigation/Trials
    • Employment (HR, Discrimination, ERISA, Labor, Workers Comp, etc.)

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Firm Bio

Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP was founded in 2005 with the objective of providing unparalleled legal services by bringing together attorneys that offer diversity, not only of legal experience, but also of social, ethnic, and cultural experience. In representing our clients, we are guided by the following principles:
1.  To provide highly competent and sophisticated legal representation characteristic of a large law firm, coupled with results-driven focus, flexibility, agility, and efficiency offered through customized legal services;
2.  To recognize, understand, and anticipate our clients’ legal needs and advance their goals;
3.  To identify practical, direct, and creative solutions to our clients’ legal issues through a combination of our own unique perspectives and aggressive problem-solving techniques; and
4.  To practice law with honor, integrity, and professionalism.

We broaden our capacity to adhere to these principles by our active involvement in our community through leadership roles or as pro bono advocates. Our attorneys are members or have held leadership roles in a number of local charities and organizations. Some of these organizations include Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Hands On Miami, United Way of Broward County, the Caribbean Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Mount Sinai Medical Foundation. We also are deeply committed to pro bono legal work. Our attorneys have been recognized for their pro bono efforts, including receiving the Lawyers for Children America John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award, Broward Lawyer Care‘s “Law Firm of the Year,” Legal Aid Service of Broward County‘s and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida‘s “Law Firm of the Year,” the Daily Business Review’s “Most Effective Lawyers Pro Bono Case of the Year,” and Lawyers to the Rescue’s “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month.”

As a result of our unyielding observance of these principles, our attorneys have been consistently recognized as “Top Lawyer,” “Legal Elite,” “Rising Star,” and “Top Up and Comer” by legal directories and publications, including Chambers USAFlorida Super LawyersFlorida Trend, and South Florida Legal Guide. Our attorneys are also referenced and quoted in local, state, and national publications, including The Wall Street JournalThe National Law JournalThe Miami HeraldThe South Florida Sun SentinelSouth Florida Business Journal, and Daily Business Review.


Recognized Legal Talent
* The majority of our attorneys have been recognized as a top attorney or top up and coming attorney by one or more of the following publications:
– Chambers USA
– Martindale Hubbell
– Super Lawyers
– Florida Trend Magazine
– South Florida Legal Guide
– South Florida Business Journal

Trial and Litigation Skills
* Our partners have handled numerous high-value trials on a variety of issues across a wide range of industries, including four trials within the last year alone.
* Members of our firm are instructors with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the majority of our attorneys have participated in NITA trial and litigation skills programs.
* We are panel counsel for several insurance companies in areas including employment law, aviation and aerospace, and general liability.
* We handle multi-million dollar breach of contract claims, and routinely represent corporations in litigation matters involving complex financial disputes, often through trial to a jury, bench, or arbitrator decision.
* We regularly represent large retailers, financial institutions, insurance companies, and numerous businesses in the hospitality industry.

Efficient and Effective Representation
* KVL retains all of the advantages of large law firm practice with the efficiency and adaptability of a small law firm.
* Our partners began practicing with a National Law Journal top 250 law firm.
* Our partners worked for several years as partners in AmLaw 200 law firms.