Peter Michael Hoogerwoerd, Esq.
Equity Partner at Remer & Georges-Pierre PLLC
Peter Michael Hoogerwoerd is an accomplished litigator in both state and
federal courts with fifteen years of experience in a broad array of civil
litigation, criminal defense, transactional, and appellate matters.
Mr. Hoogerwoerd graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Minor in Economics in
1993. During his undergraduate coursework, Mr. Hoogerwoerd was a member
of a national championship intercollegiate debate team, for which he was
awarded an academic scholarship.
He earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees
from the University of Miami Schools of Law and Business in 1998, where
he received The University of Miami Alumni Association Award for Student
Background & Interests
Mr. Hoogerwoerd was born in Redondo Beach, California, and raised in San
Juan, Puerto Rico and Chicago, Illinois. He is fluent in Spanish and is
a member of the National Association of Underwater Instructors for scuba-diving.
Labor and employment litigation: In addition to successfully representing both plaintiffs and defendants
in his core areas of commercial, insurance, and labor and employment related claims, (see Giakoumakis et al. v. Maronda Homes, Inc., 2010 WL 557750 (M.D.Fla.) and
Kozma v. Hunter Scott Financial, LLC, 2010 WL 724498 (S.D.Fla.), Mr. Hoogerwoerd has a proven record of success
in a wide variety of litigated matters.
Civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act): Mr. Hoogerwoerd co-chaired a federal jury trial in a Civil RICO case in
the United States Court for the Southern District of Florida winning a
$13.8 million jury verdict for a business owner against former business
partners alleging bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy, and theft of business profits.
See, Farese v. Scherer, Case No. 9:00-cv-08950-DMM (S.D. Fla.)(D.E. 995).
See also, "Reputed Mobster Wins $13.8 Million Jury Verdict,"
Miami Daily Business Review, Page 1, June 2, 2005.
Appellate litigation: Mr. Hoogerwoerd has appeared as appellate counsel in a variety of matters
and is the Attorney of Record for two reported appellate decisions,
Elite Protection v. Florida Insurance Guaranty Association, 874 So. 2d 615 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004), and
Cartan Tours v. ESA Services, Inc., 833 So. 2d 873 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003).
Professional malpractice, securities, and financial services litigation: Mr. Hoogerwoerd successfully defended an accounting firm in shareholders'
federal class action lawsuit in the United States Court for the Southern
District of Florida alleging violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities
Exchange Act, 15 U.S.C. §78j(b) and Rule 10b-5 17 C.F.R., §240.10b-5,
and section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act, 15 U.S.C., §78t(a),
obtaining a dismissal with prejudice on all fraud counts alleged against
the accounting firm.
Chiarenza, et al. v. IBSG International, Inc. et al., Case No. 1:09-cv-22736-PAS (S.D. Fla.)(D.E. 82).
Insurance coverage: Mr. Hoogerwoerd has successfully prosecuted actions for declaratory relief
against insurance carriers where the insurance carriers failed to meet
their obligations under the insurance policies. Through vigorous litigation,
Mr. Hoogerwoerd has obtained attorneys' fees for defending the underlying
actions, as well as for the actions for declaratory relief.
Mid-Continent Casualty Company v. Florida Contracting Construction Services,
Donald Pliner and Lisa Pliner, Case No. 07-cv-21168-JLK, consolidated withFlorida Contracting Construction Services v. Colony Ins. Co., General Security
Indemnity Co. of Arizona and Mid-Continent Casualty Company, Case No. 07-cv-22821-JLK (S.D. Fla.)(D.E. 32).
Construction defect litigation: Mr. Hoogerwoerd has authored several briefs in federal court on significant
issues related to the ever-developing specialty of construction defect
litigation, which have led to several important decisions related to surety
bond issues and the indemnification of the parties to a construction contract.
See, CC Aventura, Inc. v. The Weitz Company, LLC, et al., Case No. 1:06-cv-21598-PCH (2008 WL 1994807, 2008 WL 2699506, and 2008
WL 2699577 (S.D. Fla.)).
Areas of Practice:
- Labor and employment
- Corporate law
- Personal injury law
- United States District Court Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court Middle District of Florida
- United States District Court Northern District of Florida
- Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Arts
- University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctorate
- University of Miami School of Business, Master of Business Administration
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