Carol A. Licko

Carol A. Licko

Senior Counsel

Email carol.licko@​

Phone +1 305 459 6612

Fax +1 305 459 6550

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"She's very responsive and smart, she knows her area well and she's very practical. She's great at formulating the issues and finding resolutions."

Chambers USA 2018

Known for her legal acumen, tenacity, and problem-solving skills, Carol Licko brings deep experience and judgment to the most difficult client problems ranging from winning multi-jurisdictional complex litigation matters to successfully establishing new internationally renowned scientific research centers. She finds client-based solutions to cutting-edge issues involving public-private partnerships, public financing, licensing, and intellectual property matters.

As a partner in our Litigation group, Carol focuses on complex commercial and health care litigation at all levels from trials through appeals, the life sciences, health care (including hospitals and medical research institutes), financial institutions, business and educational law. She has represented clients in state and federal trial courts throughout Florida and has argued appeals in the Florida Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit, and various Florida District Courts of Appeals.

Her service as general counsel to former Governor Jeb Bush has given her considerable experience in Florida governmental affairs, including health care, educational reform, and governmental relations.

Carol was recently named among the 20 Most Influential Women Lawyers in South Florida by the Daily Business Review (DBR), was recognized as a DBR Top Dealmaker for 2013 in Public Finance, was named a South Florida Distinguished Attorney for 2015, and received the DBR's Lifetime Achievement Award for her legal achievements and community service.

Prior to becoming a member of the Florida Bar, Carol was a teacher and administrator for the Miami-Dade County Public School System, where she was named Dade County's Teacher of the Year and runner-up for the state of Florida's Teacher of the Year.

Awards and recognitions


Litigation: General Commercial (Florida), Senior Statesperson
Chambers USA


Litigation: General Commercial (Florida)
Chambers USA


Hall of Fame
Florida Trend's Legal Elite

2006-2011, 2018

Top Lawyer in South Florida
South Florida Legal Guide


Corporate Counsel, Business Litigation
Super Lawyers


Business Litigation, Appellate, Health Care
Florida Super Lawyers


Top Lawyer in South Florida
Florida Trend's Legal Elite

2006-2011, 2019-2020

Commercial Litigation
The Best Lawyers in America

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Miami School of Law, cum laude; Order of the Coif, 1984

M.Ed., University of Miami, 1974

B.A., University of Miami, magna cum laude, 1971


Commissioner, State of Florida Ethics Commission

Member, American Bar Association

Vice-chairman, Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

Supreme Court of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Representative experience

Representation of financial institution in litigation brought by Florida cities seeking damages for alleged lost tax revenue on foreclosed properties.

Representation of large healthcare provider in federal qui tam action involving alleged false claims.

Representation of two major scientific research institutes in their establishment of new research institutes in South Florida and Connecticut.

Representation of one of the largest community colleges in the United States, including its medical education campus.

Representation of a major university and its medical school in efforts to reduce costs of medical malpractice cases.

Represented a lab testing services provider in putative class action against claims for alleged violations of Fair & Accurate Credit Transaction Act.

Represented major lender in litigation brought by estates of nursing home residents on claims for fraudulent conveyance and breach of fiduciary duty.

Represented major nonprofit hospital system in putative class action and other litigation involving hospital charges to insured and uninsured patients.

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