Susan Aprill's practice encompasses the full range of commercial litigation matters with particular emphasis today on business disputes and employment matters, including claims against employers and by independent contractors under the ADA, the FMLA, the FLSA and Title VII and related state statutes. Susan is called upon by clients to craft arguments and develop strategies that benefit both legal and business interests.
Susan has practiced civil litigation since 1982, including employment, consumer and probate litigation. In recent years, she has served as court-appointed receiver for a medical billing service, a mobile home park and a luxury rental property in foreclosure. She has also served as a court- appointed arbitrator on a panel deciding a medical practice dispute and has been appointed a special master and mediator in various matters. Susan has and continues to represent limousine and for-hire service companies in employment matters; reporters, broadcasters and publishers in First Amendment, libel and public access cases; officers and directors of condominium and homeowner associations; financial institutions and private lenders in foreclosure and intra-institutional litigation, real estate developers and owners; doctors and other health care providers, and a variety of domestic and foreign businesses across multiple industries in commercial matters often of a complex nature.
She has also represented debt collectors and debt buyers, and cases arising out of insurance premium audits for a major carrier. She has represented the local government agencies such as the City of Pompano Beach and the Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency in the City of Miami.
Susan successfully represented a major airline in a whistleblower and discrimination suit both at the trial level and in the federal court of appeal. See Robert Malfara v. United Airlines, 181 F. 3d 109 (11th Cir. 2002).
While an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Susan tried a variety of tort cases ranging from slip and falls to the defense of medical negligence claims, as well as money laundering and forfeiture cases and defense of employment discrimination claims.
Representative Legal Matters
- Ordziejeski v. Freudenberg, 8 So. 3d 1189 (FL 4th DCA 2009)
- Robert Malfara v. United Airlines, 181 F. 3d 109 (11th Cir. 2002).
- Hillcrest Pacific Corp. v. Yamamura, 727 So. 2d 1053 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999).
- Primeco Personal Communications v. Commonwealth Distributors., Inc., 740 So. 2d 585 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999).
- Cypress v. Tamiami Partners, Ltd., 662 So. 2d 1292 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995).
- Tamiami Partners v. Miccosukee Tribe, 898 F. Supp. 1549 (S.D. Fla. 1994).
- Tamiami Partners v. Miccosukee Tribe, 999 F. 2d 502 (11th Cir. 1993).
- Combined Professional Resources, Inc. v. Limeco, 801 F. Supp.664 (S.D. Fla. 1992).
- Iden v. Kasden, 609 So. 2d 54 (Fla. 3d DCA 1992).
In the News
- Quoted, “Miami-Dade Schools: Union Sues Over Closed Talks,” The Miami Herald,February 6, 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Florida Bar, Media & Communications Law Committee
- 4th DCA Judicial Nominating Commission, 2016-2020
- Federalist Society, Miami Lawyers Division
- Author, “Defamation,” Reporter's Handbook, The Florida Bar, 1993–2002
- Co-Author, “Reporters Qualified Privilege,” Reporter's Handbook, The Florida Bar, 1993–2015
- Editor, “Legal Issues Related to Public Access and The Press,” Annual Education Program, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges,1994–2001
- Contributor, “Florida Law Section,” 50-State Survey: Media Libel Law, Media Privacy and Related Law, Employment Libel and Privacy Law, Media Law Resource Center, 1995–1997
- Co-Author, “Punitive Damages,” Florida Torts, Matthew Bender, 1988