The law firm of COVE & ASSOCIATES, P.A. practices business and corporate law, business and civil litigation, and trade regulation and licensing. Our practice emphasizes the representation of telemarketers, web marketers and other direct marketers, including sellers of franchises, business opportunities and travel services.
Our firm endeavors to prevent problems before they occur. We counsel clients and their staff on regulatory compliance, licensing and litigation. In those instances in which clients do face formal action, we can respond with thoughtful, aggressive and experienced lawyers. Experienced in both state and federal court. Experienced with complex trade practice cases. And experienced in dealing with regulators in a prudent manner.
ANDREW N. COVE, the principal of the firm, has been practicing since 1986 and is a former prosecutor with Florida’s Attorney General’s Office. Andrew oversees the professional staff of the firm and counsels clients on both regulatory matters and trade practice litigation in state and federal courts throughout the U.S.
TIFFANY J. EATON has been an attorney since 1999. Her practice primarily involves counseling clients on regulatory compliance and licensing. She also handles commercial transactions, contract matters, the purchase and sale of bars and restaurants, and regularly advises clients on alcoholic beverage licensing matters.
SCOTT A. ROBIN has been practicing since 1999. Scott recently joined the firm and has extensive experience in regulatory matters in a variety of industries. Scott will represent firm clients in civil enforcement actions by the FTC and state Attorney General's Offices, as well as other litigation in both state and federal courts.
MICHELE L. WATT has been an attorney since 2004. She has represented clients in governmental investigations and formal actions, as well as private matters, on both the state and federal level. Michele also has experience representing clients in more routine commercial disputes in all courts.
Advertising and marketing law
Business formation and organization
Corporate compliance and monitoring
Purchase and sale of business entities
Business fraud claims
Complex commercial litigation
Deceptive and unfair trade practices
General civil trial practice
White-collar defense / economic crime
Predictive dialer, faxing and voicemail rules
Franchise and sales of business opportunities
Seller of Travel law
Telemarketing Act registrations and licensing
TCPA, TSR and other telemarketing laws
Alcoholic beverage licensing
The firm was founded by Andrew Cove in 1995. Initially located in North Miami Beach, the new firm added its first associate in 1996, moved to new offices in Hollywood later that year, and in 2000, moved to its present location in downtown Hollywood.
Andrew served as an Assistant Attorney General for Florida from 1987 to 1989. The division he worked for was known at different times as the Consumer Fraud Division and Economic Crime Division, and Andrew’s position primarily involved investigating and prosecuting telemarketing fraud and other consumer litigation throughout the state.
During his time with the Attorney General’s Office, Andrew rose to the position of Senior Assistant Attorney General and drafted two bills proposing new state laws. One became Florida’s “Telemarketing Act”, which requires telemarketing companies and their salesmen to be licensed, and the other generally makes it illegal for marketers to “factor” credit card merchant accounts through the use of third parties.
Because of his past service as a prosecutor and draftsman of these new laws, Andrew has, since becoming a private attorney, been retained by telemarketers throughout the U.S., Canada and elsewhere on both licensing and litigation matters. Similarly, the firm as a whole specializes in representing telemarketers and other businesses related to the teleservices industry, such as product providers, list brokers, mail and printing companies, ACH and credit card processors, fax and internet marketers and other direct marketers.
The firm’s clientele is a diverse group of businesses, most of which are professional, ethical and concerned about strictly complying with the law. Whatever their intent, however, some find themselves inadvertently violating what are increasingly complex licensing requirements, reporting and bonding provisions, sales rules and other requirements that vary from state to state in a business that necessarily crosses state lines.
In the event of formal action by the state or federal authorities, company principals are usually personally targeted and the company’s survival is often at stake. At such times experienced counsel can make a significant difference in whether a matter is resolved quickly and successfully – or not. Often, when engaged early on, experienced counsel can prevent protracted litigation altogether.