Jeff Gutchess leads the AXS Trial & Litigation Teams. He has 25 years of experience trying cases and advising businesses in all types of disputes. Over the past 10 years he has prosecuted a number of plaintiffs’ business to business cases recovering tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of millions in value for aggrieved business owners. Most recently Jeff led the team of lawyers seeking recovery from the Virgin Group for theft of a novel business idea and other trade secrets. Prior to that Jeff represented a Russian multinational company in an international arbitration for theft of corporate opportunities in the mining industry.
At all stages of litigation, Jeff seeks to resolve the matter — from a position of strength — strategically, efficiently, quickly, and decisively. Jeff has amicably resolved many difficult and complex matters before any litigation arises, including the termination of corporate acquisitions, numerous partnership and shareholder disputes and dissolutions, board, audit committee and government investigations, and a large variety of other contract disputes.
When clients are sued, Jeff has won dozens cases at the motion to dismiss, summary judgment, trial and appellate stages. These include the dismissal of major class actions in the hospitality, pharmaceutical and wireless industries as well as summary judgments based upon novel legal theories that have later been upheld by appellate courts.
In discovery, Jeff has on many occasions in depositions caught opposing parties in demonstrable and material lies thereby obtaining leverage to negotiate highly favorable settlements.
If trial is necessary, Jeff has tried more than 25 cases to verdict. At trial, Jeff has again exposed a number of witnesses lying under oath — including on one particularly startling occasion — an employee of his own client who was secretly assisting the adverse party.
Having counsel that demonstrates a high degree of professionalism and skill at all aspects of litigation – from pleading claims, cross examining witnesses, drafting legal briefs, arguing in court, and handling trials – leads to excellent results and in a very efficient manner.
After serving as an equity partner in two of Miami’s top firms – Bilzin Sumberg and Hunton & Williams – and working for large bureaucratic law firms for more than 25 years, Jeff decided to form AXS Law to pursue a practice that was more personally rewarding and enables him to pursue more creative endeavors with fewer restrictions. Jeff attended Cornell Law School where he won the Am Jur award in Advocacy and Syracuse University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, served as Class Marshall, and was a member of Phi Betta Kappa.