Carlos J. Chardon is a partner in the firm’s Miami office. Mr. Chardon has extensive litigation experience in state and federal court, including managing multi-million dollar complex claims, from pre-suit to trial and arbitration He represents hotels, physicians and medical providers, major cruise lines, product manufacturers and distributors, international businesses, transportation companies, and underwriters, including major marine domestic and international underwriters. He focuses his practice on the areas of personal injury defense, medical malpractice defense, hospitality law, admiralty and maritime claims, product liability, and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Chardon is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and regularly advises and represents Latin American and other foreign based entities and individuals. He is often called to represent our clients in matters brought in Puerto Rico.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Chardon earned a BSM degree from the A.B. Freedman School of Business at Tulane University, where he concentrated in Finance and Economics. Mr. Chardon earned his JD degree from Tulane Law School, where he obtained a Certificate of Specialization in International and Comparative Law and a World Arbitration and Mediation Report Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration. He also completed trial advocacy and mediation programs, represented detainees at INS hearings, and competed in appellate moot court competitions.
J.D., Tulane University
B.A., Tulane University
BSM, Finance & Economics, Universidad Pontifica Comillas, ICADE, Madrid, Spain, Semester Abroad (Finance & Economics)
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Notable Experience, Verdicts and Published Opinions
- Full defense verdict in Arbitration involving Jones Act seaman who asserted claims for medical malpractice, unseaworthiness and maintenance and cure alleging, in part, that the physicians her employer selected failed to timely diagnose and properly treat her scleroderma, a rare rheumatic disorder. Claimant sought damages in the seven figures.
- Secured dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of numerous corporate and individual clients. Several of the decisions, which include two affirmances by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, are frequently cited by courts and litigants:
Carmouche v. Tamborlee Mgmt., Inc., 789 F.3d 120 (11th Cir. 2015)
Wolf v. Original Canopy Tour, et.al., 2017 WL 1149092(11th Cir. Mar. 28, 2017)
Bechard v. Hollister, et. al., case no. 17-cv-01004, D.E. 49 (D. P.R. June 9, 2017)
Chimene v. MC Tours, et. al. 2017 WL 1536055 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 5, 2017)
Brown v. Windfeather Charters NV., et al., 202 F. Supp. 3d 1332 (S.D. Fla. 2016)
Thompson v. Delisle Walwyn & Co. Ltd. et.al., 174 F.Supp.3d 1327 (S.D. Fla. 2016)
Ree v. Out Island Charters, et al., case no. 15-cv-21842, D.E. 57 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 11, 2016)
Una Hickey v. Out Island, et. al., case No. 13-cv-20587 (S.D. Fla. July 2, 2014)
Farrell v. Zinhle Msali. et.al, 2013 WL 178367 (S.D. Fla. 2013)
- De La Flor v. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., 2013 WL 1874618 (S.D. Fla. May 1, 2013)(Huck, J), aff’d, 556 F. App’x 938 (11th Cir. 2014) (secured dismissal with prejudice of entire claim, later affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in case were hotel guest alleged negligent response to a cardiac arrest, which he further alleged led to permanent brain injury. Plaintiff, a successful trial attorney, claimed damages in the eight figures).
- De La Flor v. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., L.L.C, 2013 WL 148401 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 14, 2013) (Huck, J)(successfully removed claim to federal court after establishing that the two local defendants named in the lawsuit were fraudulently joined).
- Amaran v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. et.al., 107 So. 3d 417 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2012)(Bagley, J) (secured summary judgment and affirmance from Third District Court of Appeal in favor of ship owner in case where the Plaintiff, a 27 year-old medical doctor, alleged the Defendants negligently responded to her cardiac arrest, which lead to permanent brain injury. During the pendency of case in the lower court, which involved highly complex medical issues, the parties examined over 80 witnesses, including more than 20 experts in fields such as neurology, neuroradiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, and maritime safety. Plaintiff claimed damages in the eight figures. The Court also awarded Defendants the majority of the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the case, pursuant to Florida’s Offer of Judgment Statute).
- Estate of Hua Liu v. Tarpoon Lagoon, Inc. et. al., case no. 14-11254 CA 01 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2016) (Schlesinger, J) (secured partial summary judgment in wrongful death claim after convincing court that Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) applied to death that occurred within Florida territorial waters but just outside the three nautical mile mark from shore. Faced with no binding authorities, the court followed a line of cases from other jurisdictions that favored DOHSA’s application, rather than competing cases that Plaintiff cited).
- Vollman v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., 2011 WL 10636189 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 16, 2011)(Brown, J) ( secured summary judgment in favor of cruise line in claim where passenger sought considerable damages for injuries sustained while participating in a cruise sponsored audience participation game).
- Freedman v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, case no. 06-28172-CA-20 ( Fla. Cir. Ct. 2009) (Dresnick, J) (secured summary judgment, later affirmed on appeal, in favor of cruise line in claim where passenger sought considerable damages for injuries sustained while participating in cruise sponsored audience participation game. The Court also awarded Defendants the majority of the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the case, pursuant to Florida’s Offer of Judgment Statute).
- Kendall Walker Danderson v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Case No. 10-5933-CA-13 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2017) (Rebull, J) (secured summary judgment in favor of cruise line on seaman’s brain injury claim and obtained final judgment on behalf of Jones Act employer/cruise line).
- Black v. Kerzner Int’l Holdings Ltd., 2013 WL 3989064 (S.D. Fla. July 30, 2013) (Dimitrouleaus, J) (secured summary judgment on Plaintiff’s punitive damages claim on behalf of the owner/operators of a popular resort in the Bahamas. The court found that Plaintiff, who claimed that gross negligence resulted in serious injuries, failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence that the resort operator’s policies and procedures were grossly negligent).
- Le Tran v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc. & Steiner Transocean Limited, 2013 WL 2285546 (S.D. Fla. May 23, 2013) (Moreno, J) (secured dismissal of Plaintiff’s/seafarer’s Jones Act negligence claims against the shipowner after establishing that Plaintiff failed to show she was the shipowner’s borrowed servant. The court also dismissed the unseaworthiness claims against the Jones Act employer, a ship’s concessionaire, finding Plaintiff failed to establish the concessionaire was a demise charterer, exercising possession and control over the ship).
- Ceithaml v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., 207 F. Supp. 3d 1345 (S.D. Fla. 2016) (Williams, J) (secured dismissal of all claims in the complaint against the ship owner including negligence, negligence hiring and selection, joint venture, apparent agency and negligent misrepresentation. Plaintiff alleged serious injuries following a cruise sponsored zip line shore excursion).
- Flaherty v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., 2015 WL 8227674, at *1 (S.D. Fla. 2015) (Lenard, J) (secured dismissal of all claims in the complaint against the ship owner including negligent failure to warn, misleading advertising, negligent hiring or retention, actual and apparent agency. Plaintiff alleged serious injuries following a cruise sponsored hiking shore excursion).
- Ree v. Out Island Charters, et al., case no. 15-cv-21842, D.E. 57 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 11, 2016) (Cooke, J) (secured dismissal of all claims in the complaint against the shipowner, several with prejudice. Plaintiff alleged serious injuries during cruise sponsored boating shore excursion).
- Zapata v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., 2013 WL 1296298 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 27, 2013) (Cooke, J) (Court dismissed all five counts in the Plaintiff’s Complaint against the ship owner and struck all requests for non-pecuniary damages, finding that the Death on the High Seas Act applied in case where cruise passenger passed away after participating in a helmet diving shore excursion in Bermuda. The Court dismissed with prejudice claims premised on theories of joint venture and third-party beneficiary contract, and found that Plaintiff failed to state a cause of action for negligence and negligent hiring and retention of the tour operator. The Court also dismissed with prejudice all allegations that the ship owner failed to provide adequate medical care).
- Gayou v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., 2012 WL 2049431 (S.D. Fla. June 5, 2012) (Scola, J) (Court dismissed in favor of cruise line all but one count in Plaintiff’s Complaint, including counts of negligence, actual agency, misleading advertising, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of third party beneficiary contract. Plaintiff was the managing attorney of a successful law firm, who claimed serious ankle injuries requiring surgery while participating in a zip line shore excursion in Costa Rica).
- Farrell v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., 2013 WL 178242 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 2, 2013) (Lenard, J) (Court dismissed with prejudice all six counts in the Complaint asserted against the ship owner in case were Plaintiff alleged medical malpractice and that the ship owner failed to warn her of dangers in and around the port of Grand Cayman, where she allegedly sustained injuries that required surgery).
- Flueras v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., 69 So. 3d 1101 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2011) (secured partial affirmance of summary judgment in favor of cruise line in Jones Act wrongful death claim).
Recognition & Memberships
- Top Lawyer, 2017, South Florida Legal Guide
- America’s Most Honored Professionals, Top 10% 2016, 2017, American Registry
- Top Up & Comer 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 South Florida Legal Guide
- Florida Super Lawyer, Rising Star, Law & Politics, 2010
- Miami-Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Past-Director
- Section’s Judicial Outreach and Pro-Bono/Community Service Committees, Past Co-chair
- Founding Member and Past-Director of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida
- Puerto Ricans Making the Difference, Past Board Member and Vice President of Legal Affairs
January 28, 2016, Speaker & Panelist
American Conference Institute’s 5th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation “Cruise Ship Industry: Liability and Regulatory Issues; Issues Associated with a Shipowner’s Duty to Provide Medical Care; Passenger and Crew Claims.” Houston, TX
April 5, 2016, Speaker & Panelist
St. Thomas University School of Law, Maritime Law Society ” Careers in Maritime Law: The personal experience of industry leaders; building your resume; and making yourself marketable,” Miami Gardens, FL
November 10, 2015, Seminar Instructor
AIG, International Casualty Claims Home Office, “Medical Emergencies at Your Hotel, Restaurant or Business: An Analysis of Duty, Risk and Liability,” New York, NY
February 10, 2012, Speaker
Hospitality Lawyer Annual Conference “Medical Emergencies at Your Hotel, Restaurant or Business: An Analysis of Duty, Risk and Liability,” Houston, TX