“smart, experienced, practical and connected.” – Chambers USA, 2012
Patricia Lebow founded the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel in 1983 and served as its Managing Partner.
She has been named in the prestigious Chambers USA for many years as a Leading Commercial Litigator with client remarks describing Lebow as “smart, experienced, practical and connected…” and having a “deep psychological understanding of human motivation….”
The Best Lawyers in America also recognized Lebow for many years in its leading legal guide as a “Bet the Company” litigator. Most recently, she was honored by the Daily Business Review with its Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Excalibur Award from the Sun-Sentinel and the Women in Leadership Award for the private sector from Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.
Lebow has been repeatedly honored year after year for her expertise and integrity as a Florida Super Lawyer, Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, Leading Lawyer by South Florida Business Journal, Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide (including being named as one of the Top 100 Florida Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers), Power Leader in Law, South Florida Power Player, Top Attorney in Florida and one of Florida’s 50 most successful women leaders.
“expertise and commitment.” – Chambers USA, 2015
Lebow has held an AV Preeminent® rating with Martindale-Hubbell for more than 30 years. This rating indicates that the attorney “has reached the height of professional excellence” and is “recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.”
The American Bar Association named Lebow a “Fellow” in recognition of her dedication to the profession. She was also tapped for induction to the Litigation Counsel of America.
Lebow is best known for finding practical solutions to complex problems. Due to her experience in estate planning and trusts, as well as litigation, client goals are achieved cost effectively, often with “outside the box” resolutions. Most recently, her role on behalf of clients is that of outside general counsel in risk management, family business succession planning, strategizing and litigating issues involving tortious interference with business relationships and non-competition clauses, contractual disputes of all types, real estate title issues, foreclosure priorities, fraudulent conveyances, trust and estate litigation, construction litigation, personal injury litigation, labor and employment matters, stalking and injunctive relief actions, among other matters on which clients seek her advice. She is also certified by The Florida Bar as a circuit-civil mediator.
“approachable and well liked by judges and juries.” – Chambers USA, 2015
Joining Broad and Cassel in 1976, when the Firm had one office in Miami and a total of ten lawyers, Lebow has been on the forefront of growth not only for Broad and Cassel, but for the South Florida legal community. She has distinguished herself by years of hard work and tireless dedication to her clients, who know that they can count on her for problem-solving and protecting their interests both inside and outside the courtroom.
The list of Boards on which Lebow has previously served is too numerous to mention, but her high energy and interest in many diverse areas always result in her imprint being left on an organization. The most significant of those roles were her services as the first female Chair of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County; a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond; and the co-founder, with her late husband, of a 501(c)(3) public charity, Kids’ Dreams, Inc., which provides financially underprivileged students with scholastic, athletic and cultural opportunities. In the years since its formation in 2007, Kids’ Dreams, Inc. has provided financial support to thousands of Title 1 school children.
“strategist and field general in litigation” – Chambers USA, 2016
In October 2017, Lebow received a public recognition from the Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County for her achievement in building a law office and a public charity that raised in excess of $1,000,000 for the economically underserved children of Palm Beach County. Lebow currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, and as President of Kids’ Dreams, Inc. She is a founding member of Impact 100 and a primary member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide.
Mrs. Lebow was publicly lauded during a presentation of a prestigious Certificate of Recognition by The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners on October 3 2017 for her “decades of influential legal work, outstanding community leadership and successful philanthropic endeavors, including Kids’ Dreams, that have made a profound difference in the lives of Palm Beach County’s residents.”
Recent matters handled by Lebow include: representation of beneficiaries in contested probate matters involving complexity with intra-family disputes and multiple tortious and contractual claims; representation of ultra high-net-worth family members in intra-family resolutions; representation of a plaintiff to establish boundaries by acquiescence, to quiet title and for adverse possession due to a discrepancy in a legal description of real property resulting in the seller’s (client’s) inability to convey marketable title; representation of the victim of a stalker involving civil and criminal law issues; representation of employee and new employer in defense of a claim alleging breach of a non-compete agreement.
“We totally rely on her experience, intelligence and steady hand.” – Chambers USA, 2016
Lebow was included in Florida Trend magazine’s Palm Beach County Business Portrait as a leader and “Must Know” contact for the region. She was also recently featured as a “Legal Legend” in the Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale edition of Attorney at Law magazine. Lebow is a long-time resident of the Town of Palm Beach. Her daughter lives in Los Angeles where she is an agent with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).