Lance August Harke
Lance August Harke, a Founding Partner of Harke Law, concentrates his practice in the areas of multi-state consumer class action litigation, insurance litigation, employment matters, professional malpractice, products liability defense, and general and complex commercial litigation.
He has served as Lead Class Counsel or as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in a wide variety of national multi-district mass tort and class action litigations, including some of the largest and most significant cases in United States history.
His experience includes serving as Co-Lead Counsel in 16 of the largest settlements obtained in the United States on behalf of borrowers against banks over their forced-placed insurance practices. These actions have led to regulatory and structural changes in the forced-placed insurance industry nationwide yielding more than $5.1 billion in monetary relief for more than 4.1 million class members.
His experience also includes serving as Co-Lead Counsel in In Re: Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, Civil Action No. H-09-MD-2046, (pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas). Distinguished as the largest data breach multidistrict litigation in United States history, the action consisted of hundreds of millions of class members, including consumers and financial institutions, and resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of the consumer class.
Beyond Florida, Mr. Harke has tried matters to verdict in numerous states and federal venues, including Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Illinois, and New York.
As part of the firm’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, Mr. Harke is actively involved in numerous legal, business and community organizations. His current involvement includes serving as President for the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, as Vice-President and Treasurer of Temple Israel of Greater Miami, and as an officer in the Miami Shores Bar Association. He is a past President of Legal Services of Greater Miami.
Throughout his career, Mr. Harke has received numerous awards and accolades for his legal work and contributions to the field of law and the general community.
Education and Admissions
- Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, with honors, University of Florida (1987)
- Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law (1990)
- Editor-in-Chief, University of Miami Law Review
- Recipient, Soia Mentschikoff Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing
- United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Listed, “Most Effective Lawyer” in complex business litigation, Daily Business Review
- Listed, Super Lawyer, Florida Super Lawyers
- Listed, “Top Lawyer” in corporate and business litigation, South Florida Legal Guide
- Listed, Florida’s Legal Leaders, Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite
- Rated, “AV” by Martindale Hubbell
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Member, Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- The Scope of Discovery in the Federal Courts: A Survey of Published, Post-1980 Cases From the Federal Courts Regarding the Scope of Permissible Discovery in Civil Litigation, Editor, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
- Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty State Compendium, Contributing Author, Aspen Law and Business
- Positive business climate requires well-funded court system, Contributing Author, The Miami Herald
- Board of Contributors: Proposed legal services funding cuts would hit the less fortunate hardest, Contributing Author, Daily Business Review
- Judge Joan A. Lenard’s order for state to provide services to autistic children an important one, Contributing Author, Daily Business Review
- Civil Litigation
- Class Action Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Insurance Litigation
Tammi A. Calarco
Trial Lawyer / Real Estate
Tammi A. Calarco focuses on matters, including real estate, landlord tenant, condominiums, and litigation matters. She is also a Title Agent / Closing Agent for real estate purchases and refinancing through The Fund.
Tammi has successfully argued cases in both county and circuit courts in the State of Florida and is admitted to the United States District Court Southern District of Florida. She pays attention to the details and facts of each case and applies the law accordingly. When discussing cases, Tammi’s passion for law and justice is immediately noticed in both her voice and her body language. She gives each case her personal attention and is sure to make each client comfortable in the decision-making process.
Prior to law school, Tammi was a paralegal and legal assistant for over 16 years. She worked on cases concerning labor and employment, litigation, corporate, contracts, healthcare corporate, real estate, and other areas of law. Tammi also served on a board of directors of a condominium association, giving her experience in handling homeowner matters with condominiums.
Tammi gives back to the community as a child advocate by volunteering her time with the State of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program as a Certified Guardian ad Litem that looks out for the best interest of the child in dependency cases. During law school, she served as a Guardian ad Litem for Kids’ Voice of Indiana in family law cases. She has also contributed her time to pro bono work with Dade Legal Aid’s Put Something Back Program. Prior to law school, Tammi volunteered her time with numerous organizations including Miami Children’s Home Society, Family Resource Center, Wildlife Care Center, and the American Red Cross.
In addition to practicing law and volunteering for various organizations, she is also an active member in many voluntary bar associations and serves on the board of or is a committee chairperson for other legal associations. Tammi takes pride in serving the law community and in the local community of North Miami, Florida.
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Juris Doctorate Degree
Cali Award 2014: Juvenile Law Essay: Selfies & Child Pornography: The Punishment Does Not Fit The Crime When Juveniles Expose Themselves To Other Juveniles
Florida International University
Honors: Class Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List, Beta Gamma Sigma