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Month 01, 2022

Miami commercial litigators and bankruptcy lawyers Isaac Marcushamer and Daniel Gielchinsky have merged their practices to form DGIM Law, a new Aventura law firm that opened this month.

Located on NE 191st Street in Aventura, DGIM Law focuses on complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and insolvency matters. The firm represents developers, investors, debtors, creditors, financial institutions, fiduciaries, landlords and companies of varying sizes, in matters such as shareholder disputes, insolvencies and workouts, small business reorganizations, bankruptcies, and representation of debtors, creditors, and committees.

In an interview, Marcushamer said the pair met while working on opposite sides of a case during which Marcushamer worked at Berger Singerman and Gielchinsky at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod.

“Dan and I remained in touch,” Marcushamer said. “We realized our practices had a lot of really good synergies, so we started talking seriously about that.”

Gielchinsky said those synergies include both attorneys’ commercial litigation and bankruptcy experience, which can be complimentary on matters such as distressed real estate.

“We both have the wider skills you need to start the process in state court and see it through to foreclosure,” Gielchinsky said. “When it ends up in bankruptcy court, we know the issues and how to handle that process. You don’t often find lawyers who can do both well.”

That combination of litigation and transactional experience—with Marcushamer having worked in-house at the developer and Gielchinsky being the former Surfside vice mayor and commissioner from March 2016 to March 2016—allows the pair to identify multiple solutions for client problems, said Marcushamer.
“If you have lawyers that are hyper-specialized, a litigator is more often than not going to find a solution using their toolbox. If you go to a transactional lawyer, they’re going to do a transactional solution,” Marcushamer said. “Given our training and even non-legal experience, that’s a potent recipe to create a law firm that has, at its core, an ethos of problem-solving the right way, not just finding the solution you’re trained to find.”

The duo has already hired an employee who doubles as an office manager and paralegal, and said they look to add a midlevel associate, an 8- to 12-year partner, and an experienced paralegal.