“smart, experienced, practical and connected.” – Chambers USA, 2012
Patricia Lebow is the Founding Partner of the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.
Lebow 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…..”
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.
The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward and White, recognized Lebow for multiple years in its leading legal guide as a “Bet the Company” litigator.
“expertise and commitment.” – Chambers USA, 2015
Lebow has held an AV Preeminent® rating with Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 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.
Lebow is best known for finding practical solutions to complex problems. Due to her expertise in multiple practice areas, 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.
“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. Lebow currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, as well as President of Kids’ Dreams, Inc.
“strategist and field general in litigation” – Chambers USA, 2016
Among many other honors, Lebow was awarded the Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award as Outstanding Business Leader of the Year and received the Award for Leadership in the Private Sector by the Executive Women of Palm Beach County.
Recent cases handled by Lebow include: 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 a defendant in a class action suit for damages and injunctive relief relating to the disposition of collateral after a borrower’s default under a motor vehicle retain installment sales contract; representation of a developer defending causes of action by a homeowners’ association for negligence, violation of Declaration of Covenants, breach of statutory and fiduciary duties and common law negligence; representation of beneficiaries in contested probate matters involving complexity with intra-family disputes and multiple tortious and contractual claims; representation of an employer in defense of an overtime and hostile work environment claim with potential class action ramifications; 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. In 2017, Lebow received a Professional Excellence “Lifetime Achievement” Award from the Daily Business Review.