Paul J. Schwiep is a shareholder with the law firm of Coffey Burlington in Miami, where his practice focuses on business litigation in federal and state court, including professional malpractice, insurance, environmental, class actions, employment and shareholder disputes. After graduating first in his class from law school, Mr. Schwiep served as law clerk for the Honorable H. Theodore Milburn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As an attorney, Mr. Schwiep has tried to verdict business contract and tort disputes, including cases involving malpractice, contracts, class actions, insurance disputes and business and real estate contracts. Mr. Schwiep has authored several major articles on various business litigation topics and is a frequent lecturer on commercial litigation.
Mr. Schwiep has also represented environmental organizations on impact environmental cases. Most recently, he represented the Tropical Audubon Society in a challenge to Miami-Dade County’s attempt to extend SR 836 fourteen miles into the Everglades. In 2008 he was awarded the Everglades Coalition George M. Barley award as conservationist of the year. In 2019 he was awarded the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Defender of the Everglades award by the Friends of the Everglades.
Mr. Schwiep is currently serving as the mayoral appointee to the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust. Mr. Schwiep is also a past Chairperson of the Transportation Trust. Mr. Schwiep has been active in the community for several years having served as a member of the Charter Commission for The Village of Palmetto Bay, the Miami-Dade Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Miami-Dade Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee. In November 2000, he was appointed by The Florida Supreme Court to serve on Florida’s Board of Bar Examiners, which regulates admission to The Florida Bar. He was reappointed by the Supreme Court to the Board in 2019. He was also a board member of the Florida Bar Foundation.