University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, LL.B.
Previously Ontario, Canada
Areas of Practice
Divorce & Family Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Personal Injury, Estates, Wills & Trusts, Business Litigation, Entertainment Law, Employment Law
Peter Ticktin attended New York Military Academy for high school. From there, he skipped his first and last years of college and was admitted to medical school after 2 years of college. After one year of medical school, Mr. Ticktin switched over to his true ambition, the law. To work his way through law school, he became a student police officer, the assistant chief, and finally chief of the Student Police Force.
Mr. Ticktin first practiced in Ontario, Canada, in 1972, where he practiced as a barrister primarily in the criminal courts. There, he appeared regularly in the trial courts, argued numerous appeals, and on one occasion, he changed the law regarding breaking and entering before the Supreme Court of Canada. His record in Ontario was impeccable.
In 1985, Mr. Ticktin relocated to Florida, where, in order to practice law, he was required to obtain a law degree from an ABA approved law school, so he attended at the University of Miami for 2 years, graduated cum laude, and was elected into the Order of the Coif, among other honors. His results in the bar exams led PMBR, a bar exam course, to use his name and score in its advertising.
When Mr. Ticktin began his practice, South Florida was wrapped in the anguish of the AIDS epidemic in its early stages. People were fearful. A community in one Florida city dealt with a hemophilic child who was diagnosed with AIDS by burning down his family’s house. Lawyers were afraid to meet with a client with AIDS, least have them come to their offices. Peter Ticktin leading the way in redressing wrongs perpetrated on AIDS victims. The movie Philadelphia, was initially going to be called Miami, except that Mr. Ticktin’s first AIDS client died just before his trial. The similar case in Philadelphia proceeded. Nevertheless, Mr. Ticktin changed the landscape. It was due to Mr. Ticktin’s efforts that hospitals and physicians changed their procedures to assure that HIV test results remained confidential.
In the years that followed, Mr. Ticktin was on the cutting edge of the law. He was lead counsel on the only organ donation case to ever get to trial, and he was able to prevail in a 2 week CourtTV trial over an organ procurement organization which harvested the organs of a 7 year old child who was not brain dead, on national television.
Mr. Ticktin was responsible for helping develop the law as to the doctrine of manifest injustice in Florida. See v. Hernandez v. Marsarm Corp., 613 So. 2d 914 (Fla. 3d DCA 1992); He developed the child support law with respect to a supporting spouse who earns less than he can in order to improve his ability to earn long term. See Ledbetter v. Bell, 658 So. 2d 1146 (Fla. 4 th DCA 1995); In Espino v. Anez, 665 So.2d 1080 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995), he was responsible for the seminal case on resulting trusts. In Ticktin v. Kearin, 807 So. 2d 659 (Fla. 4 th DCA 2001), Mr. Ticktin helped define the law of laches regarding child support; The law as to attorneys’ fees in Florida based on its laws pertaining to offers of judgment lead to a long line of cases defining permissible conditions. This line was started in Zalis v. MEJ Rich Corp., 797 So. 2d 1289 (Fla. 4 th DCA 2001). In Koll v. Koll, 812 So. 2d 529 (Fla. 4 th DCA 2002), the law as to contempt proceedings was better defined. In Norgart v. Upjohm Co. Mr. Ticktin develop the law in the State of California as to the method of conceding a final judgment as his ethics required, while preserving his client’s right to appeal. See Norgart v. Upjohn Co., 981 P. 2d 79 (Cal. 1999).
These are only a few of the appeals in which Mr. Ticktin was the lead attorney. Through the years, Mr. Ticktin has tried scores of cases. More recently, with the onset of the Great Recession, Mr. Ticktin was involved with cases regarding mortgage foreclosure defense, where he has helped in the development of the law in not only his own appeals, but by submitting amicus briefs. He was the one who unearthed the Robo-signers, and the evidence he accumulated was all the Attorney Generals of the 50 States needed to obtain a $30 Billion settlement from the big banks. For this work and other work and community involvement, the Daily Business Review in South Florida honored Mr. Ticktin with an award of being a “Distinguished Leader” in his profession.