Toxic Chemical Exposure

Michelle D. Cofiño

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Michelle D. Cofiño, a partner in the Miami office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., upheld a summary judgment victory in a benzene case after Oral Argument before the Fourth District Court of Appeal.  The plaintiff has a rare form of cancer that could be caused by exposure to benzene, a chemical contained in the mineral spirits allegedly sold by our client, a leading Florida fuel and bulk oil distributor.   Most of the other defendants settled their claims. We urged client to stay strong and won on summary judgment argued by Reginald J. Clyne, drafted by Kimare S. Dyer, both whom are partners in the Miami office, on the issue there was insufficient evidence to establish causation against our client. The plaintiff appealed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal where the defense fully briefed the issues and prevailed on oral argument by Michelle D. Cofiño. The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s orders granting the defense’s Summary Judgment.


Michelle D. Cofiño, practices in state and federal courts on a wide range of complex litigation matters.  Her practice encompasses commercial disputes, construction defect claims, mechanic’s liens, professional liability, general real estate matters, insurance defense, suspected fraud claims and appeals. Her practice also includes business entity formation, corporate contracts, and IRS tax controversies.  She represents clients in matters involving wills, trusts and estate planning, asset protection, wealth preservation, probate and guardianship administration and litigation, and elder law. She is recognized in Super Lawyers® Florida list of “Rising Stars” as a top rated attorney in general litigation. She received her law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2006. She is fluent in Spanish.


Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., is the largest minority and women owned law firm in the nation with over 380 lawyers serving clients from 27 offices in the United States and abroad. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law.

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