Kayla Pragid is a West Palm Beach trial and litigation attorney who focuses her practice on complex federal litigation. Her primary practice involves complicated business disputes, the investigation and litigation of sophisticated fraud schemes, and healthcare and Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)-related litigation. Ms. Pragid is incredibly organized, strategic, and efficient with both time and resources. She assists clients in achieving successful, cost-effective results. Ms. Pragid represents her clients in nationwide matters through all levels of the litigation process. She has significant experience successfully litigating cases to settlement, summary judgment, and verdict.
Ms. Pragid also has an expertise in a wide spectrum of electronic discovery (e-discovery) practices from preparing for anticipated e-discovery to the managed review and ultimate production of electronically stored information (ESI). She ensures the review and production of documents is consistent with applicable federal procedural rules and privacy regulations. Her focus is on streamlining and cost-saving measures, given the often large-scale data involved.
Ms. Pragid prides herself on her commitment to pro bono legal work for those who are so often underserved by the community. In this regard, she frequently represents pro bono clients in domestic violence and stalking cases.
While in law school, Ms. Pragid was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable A. Jay Cristol of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Florida.
- After being retained by the plaintiff property and casualty insurer just weeks before trial, Ms. Pragid successfully settled a contentious multimillion-dollar federal dispute brought under Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA). The settlement allowed the insurer to avoid an unnecessary and costly trial with terms extremely favorable to the insurer.
- Represented a property and casualty insurance company in a favorable settlement against a group of medical providers who were uniformly treating auto-accident patients and improperly overbilling the patients for their treatment to maximize their profits by exhausting the patients' personal injury protection (PIP) insurance.
- Represented a national health insurance company in a multimillion-dollar settlement involving allegations of inflated billing for surgical assistants in the operating room. The settlement saved the insurance company from paying for tens of millions of dollars of overpriced services being provided by an out-of-network provider.
- Obtained the complete dismissal of a lawsuit filed against a national insurance company after successfully arguing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) preempted the state law claims. The dismissal saved the company millions of dollars because (after some negotiation) the provider ultimately agreed to go in-network and forgo all litigation and arbitration options.
- Successfully removed several cases from state court to federal court on the grounds of ERISA preemption (and other related preemptions) and resolved the cases shortly thereafter.
- On the verge of protracted and costly litigation, Ms. Pragid advised a national restaurant brand in negotiating new terms for the limited liability agreements controlling the various companies and avoided litigation between the five business partners.
- Represented several international manufacturers in dozens of matters involving product liability, breaches of warranties, breaches of contract, construction defects and complaints of nuisance.
- Represented an international products manufacturer in a matter relating to the enforceability of a complicated Coblentz agreement and successfully obtained a summary judgment in federal court for her client.
- Obtained sanctions against opposing counsel for e-discovery improprieties. This allowed Ms. Pragid's client to shift the cost-burden of the production to the opposing party.
- Ms. Pragid routinely counsels clients on designing, implementing and maintaining litigation holds, which require an in-depth understanding of the company's software, document storage systems, document retention policies, applicable laws and local practices. Litigation holds are essential for preserving electronically stored information (ESI) that may need to be produced in the litigation.
- E-discovery is often the most expensive "cost" in litigation. Ms. Pragid is highly sophisticated in negotiating the parameters and limitations of e-discovery with opposing counsel to minimize the exorbitant costs while still providing the necessary discovery.
- Ms. Pragid has spent thousands of hours effectively managing e-discovery review teams and project managers to ensure a streamlined and cost-effective process for clients. She routinely works with internal, as well as third party project managers and review teams.
- Obtained a temporary and permanent injunction (restraining orders) for a victim who had been cyber-stalked for more than five years. After the respondent repeatedly violated the restraining orders, Ms. Pragid assisted her client in seeking criminal contempt. Thereafter, the Palm Beach County Sherriff's office arrested the respondent and incarcerated him for several months.
- Obtained a permanent injunction (restraining order) for a victim of domestic violence who had been repeatedly physically abused by an ex-boyfriend.
- University of Miami School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
- Boston University, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Committee Member
- Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches
- Palm Beach County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2020
- Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
- Dean's List, University of Miami School of Law
- CALI Excellence Award, Property and Health & Elder Law Clinic
- Dean's Certificate of Achievement, University of Miami School of Law
- Duberstein Moot Court Competition, Octofinalist 2011, 2012
- Khan, Cristol, Paskay Moot Court Competition, Semifinalist
- Moot Court Competition, Quarterfinalist and Best Brief
- 1L Moot Court Competition, Semifinalist