Alaina B. Karsten Tel: (561) 293-2530 Email: akarsten@athertonlg.com
Practice Summary

Alaina has a national commercial litigation and trial practice. She regularly represents corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and equity holders in high stakes officer and director disputes, Lanham Act litigation, employment law matters, and complex contract cases. Alaina also has substantial litigation and transactional experience representing large institutional franchisee clients in the restaurant, retail, automotive, pharmaceutical, and health industries, among others.

Although Alaina's practice is centered in South Florida, she has appeared in courts and arbitration proceedings across the country, including in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Missouri, New York, and Texas.

Areas of Practice
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Claims
  • Contract Actions
  • Franchisee Disputes
  • Noncompete and Trade Secret Cases
  • Lanham Act Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
Representative Experience
Business Litigation

Trial counsel for minority interest holder of closely held corporation in a twelve-day trial on claims and counterclaims arising from the ownership and operation of a substantial commercial real estate holding venture. See Schmitz Development Company et al v. Dorothy Joan Schmitz et al, Case No. 2018-000931-CA-01 (Fla. 11th Jud. Cir. 2018)

Employment Claims

Defended numerous retailers, service providers, and other institutional clients in wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation cases.

Contract Actions

Trial counsel for restaurant franchisee in five-day federal trial arising from disputes over the sale of five franchise units. See Picktown Foods, LLC et al v. Tim Hortons USA, Inc., 1:17-cv-21072-CMA (S.D. Fla. 2017).

Franchisee Disputes

Represented pharmaceutical franchisee in federal court, arbitration and federal appellate proceedings relating to breach of franchise agreement claims and secured rulings allowing the franchisee to de-identify from the franchise brand prior to expiration of the franchise agreement.

Noncompete and Trade Secret Cases

Trial counsel for Olympusat, Inc. and Ocean Communications in eight-day jury trial based on breach of employment agreement and noncomplete claims.

Lanham Act Litigation

Represented national retail company in connection trademark infringement and unfair completion claims against competing business and secured partial summary judgement on liability. See Peterbrooke Franchising of Am., LLC v. Miami Chocolates, LLC, 312 F. Supp. 3d 1325, 1329 (S.D. Fla. 2018).

Insurance Coverage Disputes

Represented national franchisor in insurance coverage litigation arising from commercial advertising injury coverage policy.

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