Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell Receives Tier One Rankings on 2015 U.S. News–Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" List

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Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell has been named to the “Best Law Firms” 2015 list by U.S. News. The firm received Tier 1 West Palm Beach rankings for construction, construction litigation and real estate law. Three of the firm’s partners were also specifically recognized for work in their practice areas: Alan Ciklin and Robert Crane (real estate law) and Bruce Alexander (construction law.)

“Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell is honored to be recognized for our professional accomplishments by U.S. News,” Managing Partner Alan Ciklin said. “We are gratified that our balanced approach to the law has earned respect and trust."

Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell ( is pleased to announce that the firm received three Tier 1 Metropolitan Rankings in U.S. News–Best Lawyers 2015 “Best Law Firms” edition. Additionally, three attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in their respective areas of practice.

Within the metropolitan area of West Palm Beach, Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell has been ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in three practice areas: Construction Law, Litigation–Construction, and Real Estate Law.

Managing partner Alan Ciklin and partner Robert (“Bob”) Crane are both recognized by Best Lawyers in the Real Estate category. Partner Bruce Alexander is recognized for his work in Construction Law.

“We are honored to be recognized for our professional accomplishments by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers,” Managing Partner Alan Ciklin said. “As a law firm that takes a balanced approach to solving legal problems, Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell appreciates the respect and trust we have earned from our clients and peers throughout Florida.”

To compile the list of Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers together ranked more than 12,000 U.S. law firms in 74 national practice areas and 120 metro practice areas. The rankings were based on a rigorous evaluation process that included a collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and a review of additional information provided by law firms as part of their formal submission process.

Managing Partner Alan Ciklin chairs the firm’s land use and governmental department. He represents clients in land use, zoning, comprehensive planning, development agreements, permitting, and related issues. Earlier in his career he served as deputy Palm Beach County attorney and director of the Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning and Building Department. He was also active in the development of Palm Beach County's land use and zoning codes, and Comprehensive Plan. Mr. Ciklin is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent 5 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell.

Partner Robert Crane chairs the firm’s real estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in real estate, corporate, and business matters, with an emphasis on the negotiation, structuring, and documentation of large and complex transactions. Mr. Crane represents clients in real estate purchasing, selling, lending, borrowing and leasing associated with residential properties, office and industrial buildings, condominium and master planned communities, medical-related properties and agricultural properties. He is also an approved title agent. Mr. Crane is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent 5 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell.

Partner Bruce Alexander is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law. His practice is exclusively dedicated to the handling of Alternative Dispute Resolution for construction-related claims. Mr. Alexander serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and third-party neutral in the areas of construction contracts, construction insurance coverage, lien law, delay damages, and construction litigation. He is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent 5 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell ( is a 29-attorney law firm which is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Founded in Palm Beach County in 1985, the firm is celebrating 30 years of legal service to local, statewide and Fortune 100 clients.

The firm believes in establishing long term partnerships with clients by striving to prevent legal problems before they occur, negotiate solutions wherever possible, create reliable budgets, and provide early case evaluations so clients can make informed decisions.

Building on this underlying philosophy, Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell draws on the combined strengths of its professionals to provide a balanced approach to solving legal problems in the areas of business law, tax, real estate, construction law, estate planning, probate, commercial litigation, securities litigation, employment law, family law, appeals, land use, and zoning.

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