Kaye Bender Rembaum is proud of the personalized level of service provided to clients. Associates understand client needs and are dedicated to providing expert and practical legal advice.The attorneys at Kaye Bender Rembaum have more than 75 years of combined legal experience. A thorough understanding of community association law allows the firm to provide our clients with the best representation possible. Kaye Bender Rembaum attorneys and staff receive the highest level of training and continuously stay up-to-date with legal and technology advancements.In addition to the attorneys profiled, Kaye Bender Rembaum employs a highly qualified, bilingual support staff who provide prompt, accurate and courteous service at all times.To learn more about the attorneys at Kaye Bender Rembaum, please review the following profiles or contact the office today to schedule a meeting with a member of the legal team.
Robert L. Kaye, Esq.
Robert L. Kaye attended Michigan State University, graduating with a B.B.A. in General Business in 1976. In 1986, Mr. Kaye graduated from the Detroit College of Law, magna cum laude. Mr. Kaye initially practiced tax law for the firm of Raymond, Rupp, Weinberg, Stone & Zuckerman, P.C. in Troy, Michigan, before moving to South Florida in 1987, joining Becker & Poliakoff to concentrate in the area of community association representation. In 1991, Robert Kaye left that employ to start Kaye & Roger, P.A. He was the managing shareholder of that firm from its inception, directing all legal operations and overseeing its growth to represent over 700 Communities in South Florida at the time of its name change to Robert Kaye & Associates, P.A. on January 1, 2003. On January 1, 2009 Mr. Kaye joined with Michael Bender to form Kaye & Bender n/k/a Kaye Bender Rembaum. Mr. Kaye serves on the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee and has served on the Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law. He also lectures on Community Association law and is regularly published on the subject.
Michael S. Bender, Esq.
Michael S. Bender received his Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1993 and has been representing Community Associations since 1999. In 1994, he became a member of the Florida Bar and joined Kaye & Roger, P.A. in 2001. He continued with Robert Kaye & Associates until January 1, 2009 when he joined with Robert Kaye to form Kaye & Bender, P.L. He is active with the Community Associations Institute (CAI), serving on the Board of Directors of Southeast Florida Chapter since 2003 and as the Chapter representative to the Florida Legislative Alliance. Mr. Bender is also active with the Executive Managers Association, Community Association Management Professionals, Broward Coalition and Miramar Communities Council, and is an active member of the Condominium Committee of the Real Property Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Bender is a frequent lecturer on community association law, has been published in several business and legal periodicals and co-authored The Practical Approach to Property Management of Our Times. Mr. Bender recently completed a 3 year term on the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee.
Jeffrey A. Rembaum, Esq.
Jeffrey A. Rembaum has considerable experience representing countless community associations that include condominium, homeowner, commercial, cooperative associations, and mobile home parks. He regularly provides legal representation to new and established associations, developers, and their members. He has experience in a vast number of real estate and land use related matters such as site acquisition and reconfiguration, land entitlements, commercial and residential leasing, foreclosures, real estate closings, zoning, variances, code enforcement, civil litigation, eminent domain, and Division of Condominium arbitration. He is most adept at identification and implementation of creative strategies to accomplish his clients’ goals. Mr. Rembaum is a frequent lecturer to board members and fellow lawyers and regularly published in the area of community association law including Rembaum’s Association Roundup, a bi-weekly publication.
In 2015, Mr. Rembaum was one of 56 Florida real estate lawyers named to the “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine. Every year since 2012, Mr. Rembaum has been selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
After earning his law degree, Mr. Rembaum was an Assistant Public Defender for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County and, thereafter, he gained critical experience as a commercial litigator. Prior to joining Kaye Bender Rembaum, he worked with several prestigious community association law firms in Palm Beach County. Prior to earning his law degree, Mr. Rembaum worked for the Development Corporation for Israel selling Israel bonds and worked for General Mills Corporation.
Mr. Rembaum is active in a variety of civic, professional and political organizations in Palm Beach County. He is a member of the Real Property Section of the Florida Bar and is very active with its Condominium Planned Unit Development sub-committee. In addition, he was a member of the National Community Association Institute where he served on its Amicus Curie Brief Committee and is a member of the Community Association Institute, Gold Coast Chapter.
Mr. Rembaum received his Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University (B.A. 1987) and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University, Sheppard Broad Law Center (J.D. 1996).
Deborah Sugarman, Esq.
Senior Associate and Supervising Attorney
Deborah Sugarman graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She then relocated to South Florida where she received her Juris Doctor in 1993 at Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. In 1993, she also became a member of the Florida Bar and an associate of Kaye & Roger, P.A. and then Robert Kaye & Associates, P.A., where she had been the supervising attorney for collections and foreclosures for the Firm since 1996. Ms. Sugarman continues in this role at Kaye Bender Rembaum. Her other areas of emphasis include covenant enforcement, commercial litigation, probate, and guardianship matters.
Andrew B. Black, Esq.
Andrew B. Black obtained his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Miami in May of 2003. He then attended Nova Southeastern University where he received his Juris Doctor and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006. While in law school, Mr. Black was a Senior Staff Member of the Nova Law Review and was the recipient of the Nova Law Review Team Player Award for his contributions. He also was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert B. Carney in the 17th Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, as well as the Research and Teaching Assistant for the Lawyering Skills and Values Course. Mr. Black joined Robert Kaye & Associates, P.A. in 2007, and continues to work at Kaye Bender Rembaum, P.L., assisting the Firm’s Association clients on all aspects of Community Association operation. Mr. Black also has conducted many Board Member Certification seminars, as well as being a frequent speaker on various topics of interest to community association boards of directors, managers, and owners.
Gerard S. Collins , Esq.
After graduating from Boston College, Gerard Collins received his law degree from Western New England College School of Law in 1996, where he participated in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He practiced civil trial litigation for seven years in the Massachusetts and Connecticut State and Federal Courts before moving to Florida in 2004, where he continued his practice in insurance litigation and community association representation. Prior to joining Kaye Bender Rembaum, Mr. Collins practiced extensively in community association law, including covenant enforcement, foreclosure, commercial litigation and construction litigation.
Kerstin Henze, Esq.
Kerstin Henze attended the University of Miami, from where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2003. During her undergraduate studies, which included a double major in Political Science, she participated in the International Summer Program of the University of Vienna, in Strobl, Austria, with a focus on European studies. Ms. Henze then attended the Shepard Board Law Center at Nova Southeastern University from where she received her Juris Doctor in 2006. While in law school, she published a student paper titled Was the US Justified in Renewing Resolution 1487 in Light Of the Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal in the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, of which she became the Executive Editor in her third year of law school. Prior to joining Kaye and Bender, P.L., Ms Henze was associated with the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy and Associates, P.A., where her areas of practice included covenant enforcement, foreclosure, commercial litigation, and probate matters. Ms. Henze joined Kaye and Bender, P.L. in 2010 and continues to work at Kaye, Bender, Rembaum, P.L., assisting the Firm’s association clients on all aspects of community association operation. Ms. Henze also conducts Certification courses for association board members on various topics concerning association operations.
Evelyn Greenstone, Esq.
Evelyn Greenstone graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Legal Studies minor. At Trinity College, she was recognized as a distinguished scholar having been inducted into Pi Gamma Mu (the International Honor Society for Social Sciences) and Psi Chi (the National Honor Society for Psychology). She was also a member of the National Dean’s List. Ms. Greenstone continued her education at Stetson University College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2007. Thereafter, Ms. Greenstone became an Assistant State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit, in and for Broward County, as a prosecutor in the misdemeanor and felony trial units, trying numerous jury trials and countless non-jury trials. After leaving the Office of the State Attorney, Ms. Greenstone moved to civil litigation, handling matters involving property damage claims and consumer collections claims. Ms. Greenstone joined Kaye Bender Rembaum in November, 2011, where she focuses on community association litigation and covenant enforcement.
Jeffrey D. Green, Esq.
Jeffrey D. Green is a 2003 graduate of the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Minor in Classics. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2006. At the Levin College of Law, Mr. Green was awarded Honor’s and on Dean’s List. Mr. Green was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2007 and to the Southern Federal District of Florida in 2010. Prior to joining Kaye Bender Rembaum, Mr. Green was an associate at a large Florida law firm where he represented a variety of clients in construction disputes, business law, real property disputes, contracts, torts and other commercial litigation matters.
Emily E. Gannon, Esq.
Emily E. Gannon received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a member of the Dean’s List. She then continued her education at Wake Forest University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor in 2005. As a law student, she interned at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Following law school, Ms. Gannon practiced criminal law and gained experience handling personal injury, misdemeanors and felonies, including a murder case. She then transitioned to civil litigation and practiced bankruptcy law at one of the biggest mortgage foreclosure firms in Florida, focusing on chapter 7, chapter 11 and chapter 13 bankruptcies. Prior to joining Kaye Bender Rembaum, Ms. Gannon assisted community associations with their bankruptcy, collection and lien foreclosure matters. Ms. Gannon joined Kaye Bender Rembaum in April 2012 and focuses on collections and lien foreclosures for condominium and homeowners’ associations.
Danielle M. Zilo, Esq.
Danielle M. Zilo joined Kaye Bender Rembaum as an Associate Attorney in the Firm’s community association department in the Palm Beach Gardens’ office in April 2013, and assists clients on all aspects of community association operations. She became a member of the Florida Bar in September 2012. In May 2012, Ms. Zilo graduated cum laude from Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University, receiving her Juris Doctor degree. During law school, Ms. Zilo received the “Book Award” in Corporate Finance, an award given to the student who achieved the highest score. She was a founding member of “Beyond the Game”, an organization developed in partnership with the Miami Dolphins Director in Youth and Community Programs and former NFL player, Twan Russell, that informs and educates high school student athletes on contemporary legal issues affecting youth today. Ms. Zilo served as a “Law Student Advisor” and is a member of the prestigious Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. She also achieved Gold Level Status in her law school’s Pro Bono Honor Program by donating over 300 hours of her time to the Office of the General Counsel of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 2009.
Michael J. Villarosa, Esq.
Michael J. Villarosa obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida in 2004 in Criminology. He subsequently attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center where he attained his Juris Doctor in May 2009. Mr. Villarosa was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2010 and has also been admitted to the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Villarosa initially began his practice focusing on all aspects of community association law. He has also handled discrimination suits, construction disputes, contract disputes, negligence claims and various other commercial litigation matters. Mr. Villarosa joined Kaye Bender Rembaum in October 2014, where he currently focuses on assisting the Firm’s clients with all aspects of collection and foreclosure matters.
Jonathon J. Rohacek, Esq.
Jonathon J. Rohacek attended Florida Atlantic University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2006. Mr. Rohacek then consulted for several political campaigns in Broward County until 2008. He attended the Charlotte School of Law from 2009 to 2011, where he made the Dean’s List. Mr. Rohacek completed his legal education at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in 2012, at which point he received his Juris Doctor. Thereafter, Mr. Rohacek was employed by the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida’s foreclosure division in a supervisory capacity. He joined Kaye Bender Rembaum, P.L. as an Associate Attorney in November of 2014 and practices in the firm’s diverse litigation department.
Kathryn A. Desire, Esq.
Kathryn A. Desire received a first Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2007 and a second Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008, both from Florida International University. Ms. Desire subsequently attended the University of Miami School of Law on a Dean’s Honor Scholarship (partial) where she earned a CALI Book Award in the Health & Elder Law Clinic, served as President of the Black Law Students Association, and was an editor on the Race and Social Justice Law Review. Ms. Desire earned her Juris Doctor in 2011 and later became a practicing member of the Florida Bar in 2014. Ms. Desire has experience in various areas of law, including insurance defense, contracts, and landlord/tenant disputes, and has recently joined Kaye Bender Rembaum, P.L. as an associate to assist clients with their collection and foreclosure matters.
Lisa A. Magill, Esq.
Lisa A. Magill has counseled condominium, cooperative, mobile home and homeowners’ associations throughout Florida since 1996. Her work includes advice relative to all facets of community association operations such as interpretation, amendment and enforcement of governing documents, rulemaking, contract negotiations and drafting, compliance with state and federal statutory and administrative requirements, representation before the Division of Florida Condominiums, Time Shares and Mobile Homes, collections and foreclosures, fair housing issues, handling insurance claims and disaster planning, condominium conversions from cooperatives, resolution of developer disputes, transition issues and code compliance issues. Ms. Magill is a member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar and is also a member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), having served on several Boards of Directors and President of the Southeast Florida Chapter in 2007 and 2008. She has been the co-legislative liaison for the Broward Coalition since 2012. The Broward Coalition is a not-for-profit organization representing the interests of more than 200 Broward County community associations. In 2015, she was appointed by the Southeast Florida Chapter of Community Associations Institute as a Florida Legislative Alliance (CAI-FLA) delegate. In addition, Ms. Magill has given seminars and presented educational offerings for thousands of community association board members and professional Community Association Managers (CAMs).
Ms. Magill is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), one of fewer than 150 attorneys nationwide to be admitted to the prestigious organization. CCAL members are attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution and practice of community association law. CCAL fellows are also recognized for committing themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct. Ms. Magill has been recognized for her legal accomplishments as well as for her community affiliations. She has been selected by Florida Trend as “Legal Elite;” honored by the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County as 100 Outstanding Women (2015); and rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading information services company to the legal profession. Prior to joining Kaye Bender Rembaum, Ms. Magill was a shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.