May 20, 2019

Most attorneys have broad practice areas. Some develop the expertise or have a commitment to drill down into specialty areas where few venture.

As part of the annual Professional Excellence Awards, the Daily Business Review recognizes three firms in South Florida with unusual pursuits. They may not fill a work week, but they can build reputations.

The firms will be recognized for their innovative practice areas along with other honorees at a May 23 event at the Rusty Pelican in Miami.

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Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll represents and advocates for sexual abuse survivors in criminal investigations and trials, civil litigation and the news media.

The team is led by Michael Dolce in the firm’s Palm Beach Gardens office, who helped repeal Florida’s criminal and civil statute of limitations for child rape victims. He is of counsel at the firm and a member of its complex tort litigation practice.

Dolce acknowledged being a sexual abuse victim as a young boy in 2004 testimony before the state Senate Criminal Justice Committee and crusaded for six years to change state laws restricting victims’ recovery rights. He also chaired the political committee Protect Our Kids First Inc. He has pushed institutions from schools to group homes to change policies and practices to improve child safety. Dolce is a frequent media commentator on sex crime investigations and survivors of child sexual abuse.

Takisha Richardson, former chief of the special victims unit in the Palm Beach state attorney’s office, joined the firm as an associate last year after overseeing human trafficking cases in Palm Beach County and handling 100 trials. She is an associate and is part of the abuse team and the complex tort litigation practice group.

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