Hugo V. Alvarez

Professional Experience

Hugo V. Alvarez is a shareholder in the firm’s Business Litigation practice group where he focuses on complex civil and commercial litigation involving business disputes, real estate and insurance-related claims.

Hugo has successfully litigated a large volume of cases with significant financial exposure, defending Fortune 500 companies, prominent real estate developers, insurance companies, municipalities, financial institutions, condominium/homeowner’s associations and general contractors. Among his more high profile matters was a trial representing the Miami Dolphins. Hugo has also conducted State-of-Florida-accredited seminars discussing the implications of fraud in litigation and the recourse litigants have to combat fraud. He has been published in the Miami-Daily Business Review, appeared on CNN and is often quoted in leading business periodicals such as the South Florida Business Journal.

Mr. Alvarez is a former law clerk for the Hon. William H. Byrnes of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana. He also served as a law clerk and Appellate Case Manager for the Appellate Division of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he worked closely with current Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga.

Honors and Awards

He was named a Florida Super Lawyer in 2017, a recognition he has received every year since 2011. He won the 2017 Legal Luminary Award in the Insurance category from the Dade County Bar Association.

Florida Trend magazine named him among its “Legal Elite” in 2010-13 and again in 2015 as one of the top litigation attorneys in Florida. Florida Trend also named him as a “Top Up and Coming Attorney” from 2005-2009. The South Florida Business Journal honored him as a finalist for the Key Partners Award in 2006 and 2007 and named him one of the region’s brightest “Up and Comers” as part of its 2007 awards edition. Mr. Alvarez was also honored by Business Leader Media with its 2009 Movers & Shakers Award.

Hugo received his law degree from the Tulane University School of Law. While attending law school he was a member of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law and served as the Student Body Vice President. He was also a member of Tulane’s National Hispanic Bar Association Appellate Moot Court Team and was named to “Who’s Who: American Law Students.” Mr. Alvarez was the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for academic achievement in Financial Institutions, and a prize recipient from the Louisiana State Bar Association for an essay he prepared analyzing employment discrimination in the workplace. Mr. Alvarez received his B.A., with distinction, with a double major in Political Science and Public Management from the University of Maine. Mr. Alvarez attended the University of Maine on an athletic scholarship, was a two-time recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award, recipient of the Frederick C. Mosher Award from the University’s Public Management Department for outstanding academic achievement, elected to serve as a Student Senator by the student body, and a member of the University’s football team. He is also a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society and was inducted into the Christopher Columbus Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Alvarez previously served as the Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

Activities and Memberships

Director, Coral Gables Bar Association

Director, Latin Builders Association

Former Director, Builders Association of South Florida

Board of Governors, Churchill Society of South Florida

Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Tulane University, J.D.
  • University of Maine, B.A.
Education & Networking
August 29, 2017