Attorneys

YANIV ADAR

YANIV ADAR

yadar@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5136

Practice Experience

Yaniv Adar is a commercial litigator with experience in federal and state court and various arbitral forums.  Mr. Adar has a diverse practice that involves representing clients in securities litigation, regulatory matters, internal investigations, consumer dispute resolution, shareholder and partner disputes, education law, and employment law.

Mr. Adar leverages his experience as a former federal clerk, advising his clients on a variety of matters that are commonly filed in federal court.  Mr. Adar specializes in defending lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection, 47 U.S.C. § 277, having handled matters in Florida, California, Maryland, Georgia, Texas, Michigan, and Indiana.  Mr. Adar also serves as local counsel to law firms for matters filed in the Southern District of Florida.

Mr. Adar serves as general counsel to numerous corporations, providing support on a variety of litigation and regulatory matters.  Mr. Adar counsels corporations on how to avoid litigation, recommending the implementation of policies focused on compliance with state, local, and federal regulations, and positioning the corporation to have a strong defense in the event of litigation.  If the corporation is ultimately sued, Mr. Adar works with the corporation to see the matter through until it is fully resolved.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Law School Liaison
  • South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Banker’s Club Committee Member

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York

Court Admissions 

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Background 

  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Kenneth A. Marra, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2011-2012)
  • Judicial Clerkship, Justice R. Fred Lewis, Supreme Court of Florida (2009-2011)

Education

  • Duke University of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
    • Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Executive Editor
    • Duke Law Moot Court Board, Member
    • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Executive Board Member
    • Jewish Law Student Association, President
  • University of Florida (B.A., cum laude, 2005)
    • University of Florida Speech and Debate Team, Member

Languages 

  • English
  • Hebrew (Conversational)
RAYDA ALEMÁN

RAYDA ALEMÁN

raleman@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5129

Practice Experience

Rayda Alemán represents corporate clients in regulatory enforcement proceedings, education law, and business and commercial litigation. She has defended various clients in enforcement actions brought by governmental agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Ms. Alemán has also represented various proprietary schools in dozens of matters litigated in state and federal courts and in arbitration.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2005)
    • Semi-Finalist, Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition (2004)
  • University of Florida (B.A., with honors, 2002)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Presentations

  • Be Prepared: Tips and Strategies for Handling Government Investigations, FAPSC Annual Conference – Aventura, Florida, July 25, 2013
  • Winning Strategies to Ensure Prospective Students Have Realistic Expectations, FAPSC Annual Conference – Aventura, Florida,  July 26, 2012
  • Student Complaints: How to Handle Them, Keep Them from Escalating, and Prevent Them in the Future, FAPSC Central Conference – Lake Mary, Florida, February 23, 2012
GEORGE BEFELER

GEORGE BEFELER

gbefeler@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5158

Practice Experience

George Befeler has over 30 years of experience representing private and public clients in transactions involving corporate mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, asset and equity purchases and sales, debt transactions, joint ventures and other finance transactions in the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Befeler also has extensive experience in counseling clients with business start-up matters, formation, maintenance and dissolution of domestic and offshore companies, employment, shareholder, partnership and membership agreements, and drafting complex transactional agreements including partnership, limited liability company and corporate governance agreements.

Mr. Befeler counsels private and institutional lenders, developers, investors, buyers and sellers in commercial real estate transactions including purchases, sales, development, conversions, debt structuring, restructuring and refinancing. He also has extensive experience counseling banks and other financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and closing real estate and other asset-based loans, as well as negotiating and implementing workout and forbearance agreements.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Expert Witness for The Florida Bar
  • Member in Grievance Committee for The Florida Bar
  • Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc.
  • Salvadoran-American Health Foundation, Inc.​

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 1984)
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1983)​
  • Florida International University (B.S., cum laude, 1980)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Affiliations

  • Director of Executive National Bank, a National Banking Association
  • Chairman of Loan Committee of Executive National Bank
  • Chairman of The Citadel Group, a real estate investment, management and development company
ARMANDO CORDOVES, JR.

ARMANDO CORDOVES, JR.

acordoves@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5185

Practice Experience

Armando Cordoves, Jr. litigates complex commercial and regulatory matters, including securities cases. He is a native of Miami and a graduate of Florida International University and Notre Dame Law School. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cordoves clerked for the Office of International Affairs at the United States Department of Justice, focusing on international criminal law, securities fraud litigation, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Cuban American Bar Association

Bar Admission

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2014)
  • Florida International University (B.A., cum laude, 2011)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
LUIS DELGADO

LUIS DELGADO

ldelgado@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5130

Practice Experience

Luis Delgado oversees the Firm’s international litigation group and is a leading member of the business law and litigation practice, focusing his practice in Florida and Latin America.

Mr. Delgado represents individuals and corporations in the public and private sectors in various business transactions and complex commercial litigation cases in federal and state court. Clients include public and private corporations, banks and other financial institutions, governments, independent business owners, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Mr. Delgado counsels individuals and companies in the Caribbean, South and Central America. He has handled complex international arbitration and general litigation matters on behalf of clients in countries including Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Ecuador.

Mr. Delgado has developed a distinct reputation for effective, high-stakes litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases involving breach of contract, intellectual property and general business disputes.

Mr. Delgado has significant experience handling claims under federal and state securities laws, Racketeer Influences and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), corporate governance contests, franchise disputes, asset tracing and cross-border interim relief.

Mr. Delgado has prosecuted and defended class action lawsuits involving multi-million dollar fraudulent investment operations on behalf of investors in the U.S. and abroad.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida State and Appellate Courts
  • Florida Federal Courts
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1984)
  • University of Miami School of Business (B.A., 1981)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
HOWARD GOLDFARB

HOWARD GOLDFARB

hgoldfarb@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5115

Practice Experience

Howard Goldfarb represents a diverse clientele in a variety of business and commercial litigation.

A large focus of Howard’s practice involves white collar defense, including representing defendants in enforcement actions brought by government agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and state Attorney Generals.  Howard also has experience conducting and assisting internal corporate investigations.

Howard regularly advises clients on consumer protection issues, including reviewing advertising and promotional materials for compliance with state and federal regulations, and defending and counseling clients concerning allegations of unfair and deceptive trade practices and false advertising claims.

Howard is experienced in securities and commodities disputes, including litigation in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings before the National Futures Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and has represented futures commission merchants, brokerage firms, and their principals and employees in reparations proceedings before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Howard’s practice also includes employment litigation and related disputes, including litigation brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and state and federal discrimination acts, as well as the defense of consumer-oriented class actions and arbitrations, including proceedings before the American Arbitration Association.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar

Professional Recognition

  • Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars (2011-2016)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Background

  • Judicial Intern, Florida Supreme Court, Central Staff (2004)
  • Judicial Intern, General Master H. Stephen Pennypacker, Eight Judicial Circuit Court in and for Alachua County (2003)

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, (J.D., cum laude, 2005)
    • Law Journal: University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy (2004-2005)
    • Law Journal: Journal of Technology Law & Policy (2003–2005)
  •  University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (B.S., 2002)

Languages

  • English

Publications

  • The Undocumented Worker: Fuller, Holmes, and the Bush Proposal Within Immigration and Labor Law Jurisprudence, 16 U. Fla. J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 179 (2005)
  • Standard-Setting Organizations: Determining a Duty to Disclose Among Industry Competitors, 8 J. Tech. L. & Pol’y 207 (2003)
CARA J. GRAND

CARA J. GRAND

cgrand@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5157

Cara Grand is a South Florida native and a graduate of the University of Miami and Duke University School of Law. In law school, she was a writer and staff editor for the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, as well as a member of the Duke Law Innocence Project. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Grand interned for the Honorable William P. Dimitrouleas in the Southern District of Florida, where she dealt with matters of insurance, banking, immigration, and labor law. She has also developed internship experience in such areas as commercial litigation, commercial landlord and tenant law, intellectual property law, and trust and estate law.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar

Bar Admission

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Background 

  • Judicial Internship, Honorable William P. Dimitrouleas, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2014)

Education

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2016)
    • Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Writer and Staff Editor
    • Duke Law Innocence Project, Member
    • Women’s Law Student Association, Member
    • Duke Bar Association Mentor
  • University of Miami (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 2013)
    • General Honors Program
    • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity

Languages 

  • English
GREGORY W. HOMER

GREGORY W. HOMER

Practice Experience

Gregory W. Homer litigates labor and employment, commercial and class action matters. He has worked extensively with experts in statistics and labor economics in the preparation and execution of defense strategies and case analyses in complex class action and multi-plaintiff employment litigation, including several nationwide class actions.

In addition to defending numerous individual discrimination and employment tort actions in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, Greg has both defended and prosecuted breach of contract claims, particularly in the context of injunction proceedings and enforcement of covenants not to compete. He also has defended actions brought under ERISA involving denials of welfare benefits and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

Greg regularly counsels clients on compliance issues involving the full range of federal and state laws concerning discrimination, wage and hour, and leave issues, with a focus on the additional obligations placed on federal and state contractors in the areas of affirmative action, prevailing wages, and reporting obligations.

Greg co-authored Defending and Preventing Employment Litigation, an authoritative guide to help minimize employment lawsuits, published by Aspen Publishers, and The Model Employer, a comprehensive text on employment law, published by George Washington Law School. He frequently speaker on employment law topics for CLE providers, including National Employment Law Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and Northwestern School of Law.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions 

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1979)
  • Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1976)

Languages 

  • English
PETER W. HOMER

PETER W. HOMER

phomer@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5139

Practice Experience

Peter W. Homer is one of the firm’s founders. He has a diverse and extensive business law and litigation practice at both the trial and appellate levels, and in various arbitral forums.

Mr. Homer represents private and public companies, including banking institutions, in all manner of litigation, arbitration, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and investigations by governmental agencies or self-regulatory organizations. He also counsels clients on compliance issues and laws, rules and regulations at the federal and state levels of various regulatory organizations that pertain to all exchanges and over-the-counter products.

Mr. Homer has significant experience representing organizations and individuals who have become subjects of investigations or enforcement proceedings by federal and state governmental agencies, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Education, Florida Attorney General, as well as other state regulators or industry self-regulatory organizations like the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Clients include securities broker-dealers, investment advisors, investment companies, hedge funds, publicly-held companies, banks, insurance companies, for-profit schools, accounting firms, commodities firms, futures commission merchants, precious metals dealers, as well as the officers, directors, partners and employees of these companies. Mr. Homer has aggressively litigated against most governmental agencies on various issues, including temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and limiting the scope of or overturning orders involving asset freezes.

Mr. Homer’s education law practice is one of the most extensive in the nation. He represents universities, colleges and career schools in a variety of litigated and regulatory matters. He counsels these clients on compliance with accrediting standards of public and private primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, as well as on state and federal regulations.

Mr. Homer provides counseling and litigation services to banks and other financial institutions in all phases of consumer and commercial litigation, which includes drafting and interpreting contracts, leases, promissory notes and security agreements. Clients include large national banks, local commercial and private banks, national commercial credit companies, and national commercial leasing companies, as well as foreign banking institutions. He is knowledgeable about the intricacies of FDIC and other federal and state banking regulations. He also provides representation in pre-litigation loan workouts and reorganizations through bankruptcy.

Mr. Homer provides businesses with a full-range of employment-related legal services and has handled lawsuits involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, breach of contracts, severance, employee benefits, non-competition, confidentiality, trade secrets, whistle-blower, invasion of privacy, and defamation claims. Clients include a broad range of domestic and foreign corporations.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Securities Dealers Association

Professional Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America – Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions in Miami, FL (2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America – Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Securities in Miami, FL (2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2016)
  • Super Lawyers (2006-2016)
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2004-2006, 2008, 2013)
  • Client Choice Award Winner for Litigation in Florida (2013)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • Maryland State Courts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Background

  • Founding Member of HomerBonner
  • Local Rules Committee, The Florida Bar
  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (1979-1980)
  • Judicial Clerkship, Chief Judge Robert Murphy, Maryland Court of Appeals, (1978–1979)

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D./M.B.A., 1978)
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A., magna cum laude, 1974)

Languages

  • English
KEVIN P. JACOBS

KEVIN P. JACOBS

kjacobs@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5143

Practice Experience

Kevin P. Jacobs is the firm’s managing member.  Mr. Jacobs has broad experience litigating in both federal and state court and various arbitral forums, including FINRA, JAMS, and the American Arbitration Association. His diverse litigation and trial practice includes class action defense, securities arbitrations, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, consumer fraud defense, and general corporate defense work.

Mr. Jacobs has also conducted dozens of internal investigations related to SOX compliance, insider trading, whistleblower allegations, False Claims Act claims, and Title IV compliance.

Mr. Jacobs has nationwide education law practice. He regularly advises on regulatory matters, conducts investigations, and represents proprietary educational institutions in connection with student litigation matters, employment disputes, and regulatory agency actions across the country.

Mr. Jacobs has been Homer Bonner Jacobs’s managing member since 2013.

Professional and Civil Activities and Memberships

  • Board President, Legal Services of Greater Miami Foundation (2015-2017)
  • Board, Executive Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, Strategic Planning, and Investment Committee Member, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (2011-2017)​
  • Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2010-2014)
  • Director, Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter (2010-2014)
  • Tocqueville Society Member, United Way of Miami-Dade (2015)

Professional Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine (2012-2016)
  • South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyer” (2008-2017)
  • Florida’s Legal Elites (2008, 2012 & 2016)
  • Numerous commendations earned while serving in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps (1988-1992)​

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Florida State Courts

​Education

  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1998)
  • University of South Florida (B.A., Philosophy 1995)

Languages

  • English
PRISCILLA JIMENEZ

PRISCILLA JIMENEZ

pjimenez@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5154

Practice Experience

Priscilla Jimenez’s practice focuses on representing corporate clients in litigation, regulatory, and investigatory matters.

Ms. Jimenez has experience handling significant matters involving financial regulation, banking, commercial torts, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, and consumer claims in federal and state court and in arbitration.

Ms. Jimenez advises and represents banking and financial institutions in connection with issues related to financial regulations, contract disputes, consumer disputes, and commercial foreclosure actions.

Ms. Jimenez has devoted substantial time to advising proprietary postsecondary schools in regulatory matters, representing them in student and employment litigation, and conducting investigations in response to internal complaints and inquiries by accreditors, the United States Department of Education, various state education agencies, and numerous state attorneys general.

Ms. Jimenez also provides legal services to lead generation companies, including contract drafting and negotiation, review of advertising materials for compliance with state and federal regulations, and representation in legal disputes.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association

Bar Admission

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007)
  • Florida State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2003)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Presentations

  • Be Prepared: Tips and Strategies for Handling Government Investigations, FAPSC Annual Conference – Aventura, Florida, July 25, 2013
  • Employee Wage and Hour Claims – An Introduction to the Fair Labor Standards Act: How to Investigate, File, and Prove FLSA Claims, Legal Services of Greater Miami – Miami, Florida, September 26, 2012
  • Winning Strategies to Ensure Prospective Students Have Realistic Expectations, FAPSC Annual Conference – Aventura, Florida, July 26, 2012
  • Student Complaints: How to Handle Them, Keep Them from Escalating, and Prevent Them in the Future, FAPSC Central Conference – Lake Mary, Florida, February 23, 2012
CHRISTOPHER KING

CHRISTOPHER KING

cking@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5192

Practice Experience

Christopher King is a leading member of the firm’s Arbitration, Securities and Commodities Litigation, and Regulatory Enforcement practice groups. He has represented numerous clients both in arbitration and in court proceedings to confirm or vacate arbitration awards, and was on the front lines of many of the early disputes over class-based arbitration, including the successful vacatur of a clause construction award in the Fifth Circuit decision, Reed v. Florida Metropolitan University, Inc., 681 F.3d 630 (5th Cir.2012).

Mr. King has also defended enforcement actions around the country at both the trial and appellate levels. As lead counsel, he argued Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Wilshire Inv. Mgmt. Corp., 531 F.3d 1339, 1345 (11th Cir.2008), which limited the regulator’s ability to recover restitution for customer losses in the Eleventh Circuit, and has defended several actions seeking to regulate the foreign currency spot and precious metal markets.

Mr. King also leads the firm’s appellate practice, having represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits, as well as at the State level in Florida, California, and Illinois.

Mr. King has represented international clients from Switzerland, Panama, and Venezuela, and has extensive experience in securities litigation and in commercial and civil disputes both large and small.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • The Supreme Court of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Background

  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Norman C. Roettger, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (1997-2000)

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida (J.D., honors, 1997)
    • Journal of Law and Public Policy, Editor
    • Intern for Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen H. Grimes
  • Florida State University (B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa,1994)

Languages

  • English
ADAM SCHWARTZ

ADAM SCHWARTZ

aschwartz@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5116

Practice Experience

Adam Schwartz represents clients in white collar criminal litigation; securities, health care, banking, education, class actions, and other complex civil litigation; government regulatory enforcement matters; and internal investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schwartz served as Senior Trial Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. In this role, Mr. Schwartz served as lead counsel for the Commission in cases alleging violations of the federal securities laws against, among others, bank holding companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, public companies, and their respective executives.

Mr. Schwartz also has extensive criminal litigation experience having served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. During his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Schwartz represented the United States in numerous criminal jury trials and investigations involving allegations of health care fraud, mail and wire fraud, major fraud against the United States, bribery, extortion, money laundering, identity theft, and alien smuggling. Mr. Schwartz also served as a member of the Department of Justice’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force, a unit that has prosecuted hundreds of health care fraud cases. Mr. Schwartz also represented the United States in appellate matters before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition, Mr. Schwartz has significant experience representing private clients in state and federal law enforcement investigations.

Professional and Civil Activities and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Committee Member, Federal Bench & Bar Conference Planning Committee, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (present)​

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2013)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Inspector General’s Integrity Award (2012)
  • U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General’s Exceptional Public Service Award (2011)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Recognition Award for Contributions to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (2008)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York​

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • New York State Courts
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Southern District of New York​

Background

  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2006-2007)

Education

  • Stanford Law School, (J.D., 2004)
  • Cornell University, (B.S., summa cum laude, distinction in research, 2001)​

Languages

  • English

Publications

  • James C. Goodale, John S. Kiernan, Jeremy Feigelson, Nicole Soffin, James Pastore, Jr., & Adam Schwartz, REPORTER’S PRIVILEGE (PLI Nov. 2003) Practicing Law Institute. PLI Order No G0 00UI, Dept. BAV5, Vol. III, Nov. 2003 Communications Law.
  • Jury Convicts Miami Man in $300M Ammo Fraud Case, CBS4, Dec, 18, 2010, http://miami.cbslocal.com/2010/12/18/jury-convicts-miami-man-in-300m-ammo-fraud-case.
  • Jay Weaver, Feds Convict Former Medicare Contract Employee In First-Ever Case In Country, MIAMI HERALD, Sept. 25, 2011, at B1.
  • Brian Bandell, BankAtlantic Bancorp, Levan Fail to Dismiss SEC Complaint, SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL, May 29, 2012.
GREGORY TRASK

GREGORY TRASK

gtrask@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5155

Practice Experience

Gregory Trask focuses his practice on complex commercial and general business disputes and litigation, including banking litigation and disputes involving Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) matters. Mr. Trask has represented plaintiffs and defendants and has appeared in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and in various arbitral forums.

Mr. Trask has represented various institutional and corporate clients, as well as individuals, in a wide variety of complex commercial and general business disputes and transactions, including those involving commercial litigation, banking and finance, securities, employment, education, insurance coverage, corporate transactions, landlord and tenant, real estate, class actions, regulatory matters, international disputes, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships

  • Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyer” (2016)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • Florida State and Appellate Courts
  • Florida Federal Courts
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1995)
  • University of Miami (B.A., cum laude, 1992)

Languages

  • English

Representative Matters

Representative matters handled by Mr. Trask resulting in published decisions include:

  • Successful representation of a real estate brokerage firm sued for alleged breach of contract involving splitting of fees from large commercial real estate development.
  • Successful representation of a parent entity in obtaining a stay of litigation in favor of international arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act based upon an arbitration clause in a subsidiary’s consortium agreement.
  • Successful representation of a leading national bank sued for alleged liability in connection with its issuance of a letter of credit for an international transaction.
  • Successful representation of a leading national provider of athletic and personal development programs sued in a mass action for alleged purported partner liability after the developer failed to complete real estate conversion project, leading to settlement.
  • Successful representation of a leading national bank and securities firm in compelling arbitration pursuant to arbitration clause incorporated by reference into account application.
  • Successful representation of a leading legal publisher sued in a putative class action for alleged liability under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.
  • Successful representation of a former officer and director of a large Venezuelan bank sued for alleged fraud, RICO, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts.
  • Successful representation of a prominent officer and director of a public company sued for alleged short-swing profits.
  • Successful representation of a public company sued for alleged violations of SEC Act regulations.
  • Successful representation of a South American telephone company to recover damages for unpaid international long distance services.
  • Successful representation of an enterprise hosting corporation sued by entertainment company for alleged unpaid commissions.
  • Successful representation of a leading European bank sued for alleged False Claim Act violations.
  • Successful representation of a leading national bank sued for alleged garnishment liability involving official checks.
  • Successful representation of a party to a commercial settlement in obtaining judicial enforcement of the settlement and imposition of default remedies.
ANDREW VITALI, III

ANDREW VITALI, III

avitali@homerbonner.com
(305) 350-5146

Practice Experience

Mr. Vitali represents clients in business and commercial litigation, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, employment law, securities and commodities arbitrations, intellectual property law, shareholder and partner disputes, sports law and education law, in state and federal court as well as in various arbitral forums.

Mr. Vitali counsels clients on compliance with laws, rules and regulations in their particular industry, and has experience representing organizations and individuals who have become subjects of investigations or enforcement proceedings by federal and state governmental agencies, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as well as other state regulators or industry self-regulatory organizations like the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Vitali advises businesses on labor and employment issues, and has handled litigation involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, breach of contract, severance, employee benefits, non-competition, and whistle-blower claims.

Mr. Vitali counsels clients on intellectual property issues, including registering trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Mr. Vitali also represents these clients in enforcing their trademark rights against infringers.

Mr. Vitali’s sports law practice focuses on the representation of professional athletes and sports agents.

Professional and Civic Activities and Memberships 

  • The Florida Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2016)

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar​

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Education

  • The University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
    • Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board Member
    • Dean’s Certificate of Excellence in Civil Procedure II
    • Dean’s Certificate of Excellence in Legal Writing and Research
    • Intern with The Center for Ethics and Public Service-Children Youth Law Clinic
  • The College of William & Mary (B.A., 2004)
    • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Languages

  • English