Robert J. Cousins is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Mr. Cousins specializes in civil trials and has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1994. Mr. Cousins’ experience as a trial lawyer in Florida spans over 40 years. His practice is focused in the areas of medical malpractice defense, professional liability, legal malpractice, insurance defense and general liability including catastrophic injury matters and wrongful death cases. Mr. Cousins has an extensive practice in construction defect litigation. He has tried numerous construction defect cases involving a variety of commercial and residential matters and understands the complexities that can arise out of construction projects. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, suppliers and design professional in both the public and private sectors of the construction industry in state and federal courts on variety of actions pertaining to structural deficiencies, deficiencies in design and materials, delay damages, among other related defect disputes.
Mr. Cousins was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1980, he is also admitted in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Cousins served on the Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar from 1993-94. He has been very active throughout his career in bar associations and claims industry organizations, particularly in the area of medical malpractice defense. His professional memberships also include the Broward County Bar Association, Florida Defense Lawyers Association (President 1997); Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council (President 2002-03); Defense Research Institute (recipient of the Exceptional Performance Citation award); Florida Liability Claims Institute (Chairman, inaugural program); and Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Mr. Cousins was nominated and elected as a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, where he served on the Medical Malpractice Committee and the Legal Malpractice Committee; he is also recognized in Florida Super Lawyers magazine and has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ethics and legal ability.
Mr. Cousins has written extensively on a wide range of litigation topics, and is the author of a book chapter in The Defense Speaks: A Litigation Manual for Defense Attorneys. He is a frequent lecturer to industry professionals, trade associations, physicians and clients on topics relating to litigation, medical liability, risk management, and trends in the law. Mr. Cousins has been a longstanding lecturer at Florida Bar continuing legal education seminars on many subjects including the prevention of legal malpractice claims and risk management.
Mr. Cousins received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1980 and his Bachelor of Arts from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York in 1972, where he was a member of the National Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu.
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2400 E. Commercial Blvd., Suite 520
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
Telephone: (954) 523-7008
Facsimile: (954) 523-7009
West Palm Beach Office
1475 Centrepark Blvd., Suite 130
West Palm Beach Florida 33401
Telephone: (561) 686-1880
Facsimile: (561) 686-1886
Areas of Practice:
- Construction Claims
- General Litigation
- Insurance and Insurers
- Medical Malpractice Defense
- Professional Malpractice Defense
- Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D. (1980)
- LeMoyne College, B.A. (1972)