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Elizabeth Ynigo Davies

Associate

 

Elizabeth Y. Davies is an associate with Henkel & Cohen. During her career, she has acquired a wealth of experience practicing at large international firms as well as mid-sized and boutique firms. This diverse background has allowed her to represent individuals, businesses, and financial institutions in a wide range of litigation, corporate, and transactional matters. Not only is Elizabeth a zealous advocate in court, but she also is an advisor and counselor who finds and implements pragmatic solutions to business disputes.

Her practice areas include commercial litigation, business law, real estate litigation, employment law, and family law.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2001. Prior to that, she graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University, where she received her Bachelor of Science.

Elizabeth is the proud mother of a young son and daughter with whom she enjoys spending time. During her personal time, she also enjoys traveling, salsa dancing, gastronomy, live music, and reading.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Family
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Employment Law

Commercial Litigation

With over 15 years of litigation experience, Elizabeth has represented clients in all types of complex commercial litigation in Florida state and federal courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration. As a result, Elizabeth is very familiar with the process of commercial disputes in federal, state, and local jurisdictions and the varying business and corporate laws. Elizabeth has represented clients in complex commercial litigation matters including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Contract disputes
  • Business torts
  • Violations of non-compete agreements
  • Breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Financial and investment litigation
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Negligence claims
  • Injunctions
  • Fraud/Misrepresentation claims
  • Property and land disputes
  • Lender liability claims

Family Law

Elizabeth also represents clients in family law matters involving a multitude of issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Divorce
  • Property division
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Modifications

While some cases will require litigation, Elizabeth first explores alternative forms of dispute resolution to obtain the client’s objectives in a more timely and efficient manner. She is committed to zealously advocate for her clients and provide the highest level of legal representation in a personal manner.

Business Law

The form of business chosen for a business entity potentially affects every aspect of its operations. Our firm assists our clients in formation and business planning in deciding whether they want to operate as a closely held business, limited liability company, partnership, or corporation. Elizabeth advises the firm’s clients in the following areas:

  • Directors' and officers' liability
  • Shareholders' rights
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating business contracts
  • Making sure businesses comply with legal formalities
  • Purchasing/selling businesses and/or real estate
  • Litigating business disputes
  • Negotiating favorable business transactions

Real Estate Litigation

Real estate litigation includes a variety of disputes and issues arising among individuals and businesses regarding real property. Elizabeth has extensive experience in real estate litigation and is accomplished at advising buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, developers, contractors, landlords, tenants, and other parties in complex real estate matters. Elizabeth represents clients in the following types of real estate litigation cases:

  • Contract disputes
  • Title disputes
  • Quiet title actions
  • Partition (division) of real property
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Mortgage and lien foreclosures
  • Landlord-Tenant disputes
  • Condominium and homeowner association disputes
  • Drafting, revising, and negotiating commercial lease agreements

Employment Law

Elizabeth represents clients in all aspects of employment law including litigation, advising, training, and investigations. She represents parties in litigation brought under federal, state, and local labor and employment laws involving the following claims:

  • Discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other protected classes
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Non-compete violations
  • Negligent hiring/retention/supervision
  • Defamation
  • Trade secret violations

In addition to employment related litigation, Elizabeth conducts employer advising, training, and investigations to minimize the risk of litigation. These preventative measures include:

  • Review and draft employment policies and manuals
  • Review and draft employment and termination/severance agreements
  • Review and draft non-compete agreements
  • Perform internal investigations
  • Develop sound personnel policies that limit liability
  • Assist in the resolution of individual workplace problems
  • Train staff to ensure proper enforcement of personnel policies

Court Admissions

  • State of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2001
  • B.S., Florida International University, magna cum laude, 1998

Languages

  • English and Spanish (fluent)

Activities and Memberships

  • Florida Lawyers Network (FLN)
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL)
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • South Miami Kendall Bar Association
  • Cutler Bay Business Association