Jay Solowsky is Of Counsel to Solowsky & Allen after serving as Managing Partner for over 30 years. Mr. Solowsky is an “AV” rated lawyer who has been practicing law in Miami for more than 40 years. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of South Florida's premiere litigators by The South Florida Legal Guide, Florida Trend Magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, Florida's Legal Elite, and South Florida Business Journal. His practice primarily focuses on matters involving complex commercial litigation and contract-based class actions. Mr. Solowsky is a highly skilled trial attorney.
In 2001, after 10 years of hard-fought litigation, Mr. Solowsky and other lawyers at the Firm helped obtain a jury verdict of over $500 Million against Exxon Corporation in a federal class action on behalf of over 10,000 present and former Exxon service station dealers nationwide. The National Law Journal recognized the Firm as the third "winningest" law firm in the country for the year 2001 based upon that jury verdict. That verdict was affirmed on appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and then by the Supreme Court of the United States. Exxon ultimately paid in excess of $1 billion.
In 2013, Mr. Solowsky, representing the Mayor of Miami and the Chair of the Miami City Commission, filed a class action lawsuit against the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on behalf of the residents of Miami, seeking to stop a last-minute bait and switch by FDOT regarding the construction of a signature bridge updating I-395. Mr. Solowsky successfully negotiated a settlement, which included the formation of a community Steering Committee configured to provide the local community with a voice in the ultimate approval of the design and concept of the Signature Bridge Project.
In 2015, Mr. Solowsky received the Amicus Service Award given by the International Municipal Lawyers Association for his efforts in filing a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in connection with an SEC enforcement action against the City of Miami.
In addition, Mr. Solowsky serves in numerous capacities to contribute to the growth of the City of Miami. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority from 2013-2017. He has been the Miami City Manager’s Permanent Designee to the Board of Directors of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust since 2013. He served on the City of Miami’s Charter Review and Reform Committee from 2014-2016. He served for many years as pro bono General Counsel and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Miami.
Mr. Solowsky served as pro bono mediator in several matters, including in 2016, as to a dispute between the Village of Key Biscayne and the City of Miami in connection with the Miami International Boat Show located at the Miami Marine Stadium Park on Virginia Key, and in 2012-2013, as to a dispute among the residents of Curtis Lane in Coconut Grove. Mr. Solowsky has also appeared before the Banking Committee of the United States Senate.
In 2015, the City of Miami declared October 8 as “Jay Solowsky Day” in recognition of his various professional and civic contributions to the City of Miami.