Manuel Miranda is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice.
Mr. Miranda focuses on complex commercial litigation and international disputes, particularly in arbitration and investigations, and has successfully represented plaintiffs and claimants in business-to-business disputes, breaches of representations and warranties, and other claims related to mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Mr. Miranda also has significant experience in the areas of securities fraud class actions (Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Act of 1934) and shareholder derivative litigation, and assists in consumer class actions, cross-border litigation and breach of contract disputes. He is well versed in advising corporate clients in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings.
Mr. Miranda also focuses a significant portion of his practice on internal corporate investigations and counseling and defending corporations on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), complex fraud, financial improprieties, tax evasion, private bribery and public corruption.
Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Miranda worked for a leading class-action law firm, where he litigated numerous complex, high-profile securities matters.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Miranda served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Daniel R. Domínguez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
During law school, Mr. Miranda served as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Justice's National Courts Section, where he assisted in defending the U.S. government in breach of contract actions.
- Post-mergers and acquisitions (M&A) breach of representations and warranties dispute in Delaware: Acting for global insurance provider in a dispute arising out of a representations and warranties policy and underlying breaches, in defense of alleged damages approaching $50 million
- Negligence and Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act dispute: Obtained dismissal on behalf of a global technology and engineering services company that provides support to critical programs of national significance in the defense, security, energy and intelligence industries in $12 million dispute arising from the alleged failure to properly dispose of property seized by the U.S. government
- Failed accounting software implementation dispute: For a multibillion-dollar financial services firm, sued a global software provider; minutes before opening statements to the jury, the matter resolved for more than seven times the defendant's highest previous offer
- High-value products liability and consumer fraud claims: For one of the largest manufacturers of ink, pursued claims against international and domestic defendants for consumer fraud, misrepresentations and products liability valued at about $20 million
- International post-deal dispute: Defended a listed Spanish global telecommunications and infrastructure business against post-M&A claims arising from alleged breaches of representations, warranties and covenants, valued at nearly $10 million
- Multijurisdictional fiduciary duty and conspiracy litigation: For the U.S. subsidiary of a global Spanish conglomerate, pursued claims for breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, and aiding and abetting; after seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of full liability
- Conducted an internal investigation into allegations of public corruption and malfeasance for a Florida municipality regarding the construction of a public park; findings were presented publicly at a city council meeting
- Co-led an internal investigation of a bribery allegation by an executive in Latin America for a multinational corporation; employee interviews largely were conducted in Spanish
- Co-led an internal investigation in Latin America focused on whether a subsidiary's accounting practices and payments to certain vendors complied with applicable law
- Conducted an internal investigation into potential FCPA offenses by South American employees of a global corporation as part of an investigation involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Conducted a pre-M&A internal investigation of a healthcare company concerning alleged trade secrets violations and breaches of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
- Conducted an internal investigation into alleged breaches of fiduciary duties by an executive of a financial institution
- Represented pension funds in a securities fraud class action against a real estate investment trust accused of falsely representing its net operating income in quarterly filings; litigation ultimately settled for $28 million
- Part of team that prosecuted a securities fraud class action against a provider of kidney dialysis services accused of steering patients enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid away from government insurance and into high-cost commercial insurance plans to obtain higher dialysis reimbursement rates; case ultimately settled for $135 million
- Represented pension funds in a securities fraud class action against one of the nation's largest providers of hospital and healthcare services in multimillion-dollar dispute arising from unsustainable and predatory business practices that led to artificially inflated revenues
- Acting for multiple Florida-based pension funds, investigated and litigated a securities fraud class action against one of the largest commercial distributors in North America accused of misrepresenting growth and operational leverage targets and hiding operational deficiencies in one of its three business segments; case ultimately settled for $50 million
- American Arbitration Association (AAA) representations and warranties insurance arbitration: Acting for a global insurance provider in a dispute arising out of a representations and warranties policy and underlying breaches, in defense of alleged damages approaching $10 million
- Streamlined a Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) private-equity arbitration: For a leading private equity firm, recovered nearly 50 percent of a portfolio company's purchase price for breached representations and warranties about a single lost customer, plus legal fees, after a four-day final hearing
- American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude
- Bentley University, B.S.
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- Mock Trial Honor Society, American University, Washington College of Law, 2011-2013
- Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, Securities Litigation, 2018-2023
- Dean's List, Bentley University