Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr.

Leaders in Law endorses Roland Sanchez-Medina as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Florida, USA. If you wish to get in touch with Roland please use the contact information provided above.

Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr. is a partner who focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring/restructuring, board governance, domestic and international commercial transactions, commercial and residential real estate transactions, tax and estate planning, and other general transactional services.

Prior to forming the Firm, Mr. Sanchez-Medina was a partner at the national law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, where he was a member of the Corporate Department, and was a senior associate at the national law firm of Holland & Knight.

Notable Client Work

  • Representation of Estate Investments Group to secure a $57.8 Million Construction Loan
  • Representation of electronics company in $32 million initial public offering
  • Representation of Miami Heat in $20 million revolving line of credit
  • Representation of real estate development company in $50 million profit sharing agreement with private equity fund
  • Representation of client in sale of copyright and other intangible assets to Televisa S.A. de C.V. for $20 million
  • Representation of a real estate developer in $45 million acquisition of real estate
  • Serve as outside general counsel to 8th largest equipment rental company in the United States, including the leasing of more than 70 retail branches across the United States
  • Serve as outside general counsel to major South Florida real estate developer
  • Representation of investor in $45 million investment in private equity fund
  • Representation of client in corporate break-up of major restaurant chain
  • Representation of municipality in ground lease of largest parcel of undeveloped land east of US 1 in Miami-Dade County

Professional & Civic Activities; Honors & Recognitions

  • Selected as Best Lawyer in America®
  • Selected as Legal EliteTM by Florida Trends Magazine
  • Selected as SuperLawyer® in Law & Politics Magazine
  • Selected as Top Transactional Attorney by South Florida Legal Guide
  • Selected as Finalist for Top Dealmaker Daily Business Review
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsTM, the highest rating possible indicating preeminent legal ability and professional ethics in Mr. Sanchez-Medina’s areas of practice
  • Board of Governors, The Florida Bar
  • Orange Bowl Committee, Member
  • Chairman, Budget & Audit Committee, Miami-Dade County School Board
  • Chairman, Business, Corporations and Financial Services Committee of Business Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • General Counsel, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Cuban American Bar Association, President
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents

Awards & Public Engagements

  • Southeastern Regional hearing of the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, May 2011
  • Golden Eagle Award, Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition, Inc., 2010
  • After School All Stars, Hispanic Heritage Honoree, 2009

Firm Description

Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Gomez & Machado LLP is an AV-Rated, South Florida-based law firm offering its clients expertise in a wide range of areas including corporate, securities and lending transactions, complex commercial and business litigation and trial practice, labor and employment, white-collar criminal defense, commercial and residential real estate transactions, with an emphasis in both lender and developer representation, tax, asset protection and estate planning, immigration and naturalization, government relations and entertainment, sports and art law.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling matters for key industries, including financial, banking and insurance services, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing and industrial, telecommunications and entertainment, having represented a number of Fortune 500, publicly traded and privately held businesses, as well as high-net worth individuals. Being located in a gateway city such as Miami, we represent clients in transactions and legal proceedings both domestically and abroad. The firm enjoys client relations throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Corporate and Securities Transactions

Our corporate and securities group counsels clients representing a broad array of industries, as well as high net worth individuals. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships and other entities, both publicly-traded and privately-held, in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, divestitures, joint ventures, finance, board governance, domestic and international commercial transactions, tax planning, and other general transactional services.

The Firm routinely negotiates and prepares asset and stock sale and purchase agreements; share exchange and merger agreements; securities offering documents; shareholder, operating and partnership agreements; stock option plans and agreements; and other documents affecting the issuance and transfer of debt and equity instruments, the rights of equity and debt holders and the overall management of the organization.


Dorothy F. Easley

Leaders in Law endorses Dorothy F. Easley as our exclusively recommended Appellate Law expert in the USA – Florida. If you wish to get in touch with Dorothy please use the contact information provided above.

Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Practice*

Admitted to all  U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court

Dorothy is Florida Bar Board Certified in appellate law. When it comes to appeals, Dorothy is a nationally recognized author who literally wrote the book on federal appeals: Successful Federal Appeals in All Circuit Courts: A Practical Guide for Busy Lawyers. Dorothy appreciates the value of hard work, perseverance and tenacity. She grew up on a farm, learned to drive a tractor, and worked on a forestry logging crew for room and board as an undergraduate in the mountains of North Carolina. Dorothy has a Master of Science, summa cum laude, in forest genetics from New York SUNY/ESF, where she also worked as a Research Fellow, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in law from University of Miami, where she served as the Inter-American Law Review Executive Editor after serving as a Research Assistant for work on Constitutional and Latin American law. Dorothy also interned at the Third District Court of Appeal, State of Florida.

Her diverse professional experience–as a published research scientist in Latin America, as a university law professor, as a board certified appellate specialist, and as a former “biglaw” partner–has positioned her as a recognized leader in the appellate community.  Dorothy is a former elected-Chair of the 1700-member Florida Appellate Practice Section, former Vice Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, and former heads of two “big firm” appellate departments. As the firm’s founder and board certified appellate specialist, Dorothy uses that experience to supervise intimately and works exhaustively with a team of appellate attorneys and appellate paralegals to efficiently and expertly advance your appeal to leave no stone unturned.

With hundreds of appeals, Easley Appellate is highly experienced and respected by appellate judges and the appellate community as an exceptional appellate advocate and writer, possessing the uncanny ability to turn complex legalese into understandable prose, and advance even the most complex appeals.

* Only seven percent of the more than 100,000 Florida Bar members are Board Certified. Board certification recognizes the attorney’s special knowledge, skills and proficiency in the law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

Appellate and Strategic Litigation Support Areas:

Federal & State Appeals in Civil, Administrative & Criminal

Business Law Appeals: Commercial, Contracts and Business Torts

ERISA, Civil RICO, FDUTPA, Antitrust, Consumer Protection Actions

Health Law & Medical Malpractice Law Defense

Constitutional, Entertainment & Employment Law

Family Law Appeals

Contract Law and Insurance Coverage Appeals

Appellate Biography:

President, Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court, 2015-2017.

Appellate Practice Certification Committee, 2012-15.

Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, 2007-2012

Immediate Past President, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2015-16.

President, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2014-15.

Officer, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2010-15.

Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section 20th Anniversary Committee, 2012-13.

Immediate Past Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section (“APS”), 2010-11.

Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2009-10.

Chair Elect, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2008-09.

Vice Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2007-08.

Delegate, Appellate Practice Section, Florida Bar Council of Sections, since 2007.

Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Special Subcomm on Appellate Board Recertification Standards, 2006-07.

Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Legislation and Public Education Committee. 2011-12.

Treasurer, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society. 2011-12.

Membership Director, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society. 2010-11.

Vice Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee (“ACRC”), 2008-09.

Chair, ACRC, General Practice Subcomm, 2008-09.

Chair, ACRC Orientations Subcomm, 2006-07.

Member, ACRC E-filing Subcomm, 2005-09.

Member, ACRC Rules Criminal Law Subcomm, 2007-08.

Member, ACRC Civil Rules Subcomm, 2005-08.

Member, ACRC Records on Appeal Subcomm, 2004-09.

Chair, APS Pro Se Appellate Handbook Committee, 2005-09.

Editor-in-Chief, The Record, Florida Journal of the Appellate Practice Section, 2004-05.

Elected Member, APS Executive Council, 2003-05.

Member, Florida Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee, 2005-09.

Member, Editorial Board,Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2005-09.

Executive Editor & Staff Member, Univ. Miami School of Law Inter-American Law Review, 1992-94.

Lillian R. Levy Award for Excellence, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. 1993-94.

American Jurisprudence Award, top award for excellence in the study of Contract Law, Fall, 1991.

Highest Mark, top award for excellence in the study of European Market Law, Fall, 1992.

Research Fellow, C. Eugene Farnsworth Memorial Fellowship, SUNY/CESF.

Research Fellow, Edna Bailey Sussman National Fellowship.

Professional Recognition:

Best Lawyers of America ® in Appellate Practice 2020.

Best Law Firms of America®  in Appellate Practice 2020.

Ranked Best Law Firms of America®, Rue Ratings since 2016

Ranked Best Attorneys of America®, Rue Ratings since 2015.

Ranked Top 100 Lawyers, South Florida, in Super Lawyer Magazine 2010.

Ranked AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

Ranked Top 100 Lawyers, South Florida, in Super Lawyer Magazine 2010.

Ranked Top 50 Women Lawyers in Super Lawyer Magazine 2009, and again in 2010.

Ranked Florida Super Lawyer (top 5 percent of Florida lawyers), Super Lawyer Magazine, annually since 2006.

Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Law as an Appellate Specialist since 2003.

Ranked in the Legal Elite (top 1.9 percent of all Florida Lawyers), Trend Magazine.

Florida Bar 2009 Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification.

Florida Super Lawyer (top 5 percent of Florida lawyers), Super Lawyer Magazine

Senior Counsel, American College of Barristers.

Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society.

Bar Admissions, Other Court Admissions & Professional Memberships:

Florida Supreme Court

All Florida District Courts of Appeal, First through Fifth Districts

U.S. Supreme Court and all U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, which are as follows:

U.S. Court of Appeals, First 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, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Trial Court Admissions:

All Florida state trial courts

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida

Bar Admissions:

Member, The Florida Bar Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section

Member, The Florida Bar Health Law Section

Member, The Florida Bar Business Law Section

Member, The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section

Member, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section

Member, American Bar Association (“ABA”) Council of Appellate Lawyers

Member, ABA Health Law-Torts Section

Member, ABA Litigation [Appellate) Section

Member, ABA Business Law Section



Spanish (worked in Mexico, Colombia and Puerto Rico; studied tropical biology in Costa Rica).


Lisa L. Daniels,Esq.

Attorney at Law

Daniels Law Group

September 1982 – Present (33 years 10 months)2000 Glades Road, suite 312, Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Solutions for your business is our business:

Daniels Law Group is a boutique law firm with offices in Florida, New York and Brazil.

We provide large firm expertise with small firm commitment to ensure personalized client service and cost-effective solutions to individuals as well as established and emerging businesses.  We assess the risks and mitigate liability, providing sustainable and cross border solutions, for our clients and their advisors.

Attorney Daniels’ experience includes:

She graduated from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY in 1978 with a B.A. dual degree in political science and psychology

Earned her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University School of Law

Has been practicing in South Florida and New York since 1983

Lisa is a member of the Bar in Florida, New York, and Washington D.C.

She was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida

She is the former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners and is an active member of the International Business Alliance, Women of Excellence, The Wealth Planning Council, Attorneys and Accountants Network of Florida, and Commercial Real Estate Women.


Harry A. Payton

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer • Board Certified Business Litigation Lawyer

Harry A. Payton, managing member of Payton & Associates LLC, represents domestic and international corporations and high net worth individuals in complex business litigation matters involving commercial real estate; construction; corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes; fine art; intra-family business disputes; estate litigation; and professional malpractice cases for plaintiff and defendant involving attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers.

Harry is one of 90 lawyers in the state of Florida with dual board certification* in civil trial and business litigation. He is included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for “Litigation- Real Estate.” His excellent legal skills have earned him inclusion in the South Florida Legal Guide’s list of Top Lawyers in Complex Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation since 2005, and recognition on the list of Florida Super Lawyers® since 2006. For over 30 years, he has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, which recognizes lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. He is recognized and respected by the legal community for his high standards of professionalism. In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Florida’s Committee on Professionalism for the 11th Judicial Circuit, and chairs the mentoring committee.

As Miami’s importance as a global gateway increases, the firm continues to expand its capability to render top-notch legal services to clients throughout the world through memberships in respected international professional organizations. Harry is proud to be member of IR Global for Commercial Litigation. He is on the steering committee of the IR Global “Private Client” group, and plays an influential role in its development. He hosted a session at the annual conference in London in September 2013-2015, in Amsterdam in 2016, and Berlin in 2017. In addition, he is president of the Miami chapter of the International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (INBLF), a group of highly credentialed boutique law firms in major commercial centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Central and South America. Harry is the Business Litigation member of INBLF, Miami.

*Only seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members, approximately 4,800 lawyers, are board certified. Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 26 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Areas of Practice:

Complex Commercial and Business Litigation
Commercial Real Estate Litigation
Commercial Foreclosure Litigation
Lender Liability
Construction Litigation
Professional Liability
Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
Business Torts
Probate and Estate Litigation
Intra-Family Business Disputes
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Art Law
International Business Law
Condominium Litigation


Payton & Associates, LLC represents domestic and international corporations and high net worth individuals in a broad spectrum of complex commercial litigation cases in Florida state and federal courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration.  As a boutique firm, we provide our clients with personal attention from senior level attorneys, and the highest quality legal representation available in firms of any size.  Our attorneys understand the intricacies of business and formulate innovative strategies to achieve each client’s litigation objectives. We offer advice and strategy to help our clients avoid disputes in the future.

The firm is handling an increasing number of cases involving intra-family business disputes for high-profile clients. Many clients have homes outside of the United States but have interests in Florida.  Whether the clients reside in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, France, Spain or the U.S., the attorneys at Payton & Associates want to protect clients against the risk of wrongdoing by family members in business with each other or sharing in financial estates.

We serve as counsel for plaintiff and defendant in the following types of cases:

  • Shareholder agreements and minority shareholder squeeze-outs
  • Partnership disputes involving accounting
  • Officer and director breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Interference with contractual relationships
  • Breach of contract
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Non-disturbance and non-circumvention agreements
  • Lender liability claims
  • Partnership disputes over valuable art
  • Professional liability

James N. Hurley

Jim represents domestic and international insurers, cargo carriers, major cruise lines, operators and charter companies, and marina and terminal owners and operators in negotiating and drafting various marine-related contracts essential to their business, including the purchase, construction and sale of vessels, financing and vessel registration, concessionaire contracts, contracts for charters, and storage contracts. Additionally, Jim regularly assists private clients with purchasing, financing, and registering multi-million dollar vessels for personal use.

Jim has significant experience trying maritime and admiralty cases in state and federal courts, and frequently represents clients in disputes including passenger and crew personal injury claims, first party coverage disputes, property damage claims, and commercial disputes. Jim also advises clients on regulatory compliances issues and defends civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement actions.

Jim is consistently recognized by esteemed legal publications Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend Legal Elite, and Best Lawyers in America, which recognized Jim as the “Miami Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer of the Year” in 2011 and 2015. Widely recognized for his professional expertise, Jim is a frequent author on various topics in domestic and international maritime law, and is called upon to share his experience at maritime seminars throughout the country.

Jim served on the Certification Committee of the Admiralty and Maritime Section of The Florida Bar and has assisted in drafting the certification exam. He is also a past Chair of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, where he currently serves on its Advisory Committee.

Fowler White Burnett, P.A.:

Fowler White Burnett is a full-service law firm providing client-focused, proven legal strategies and business solutions to domestic and international clients across a wide spectrum of industries. Over 70 years ago, we built our firm on shared traditional values that remain at the core of our principles. As a firm, we evolved to meet the diverse needs of our clients and to keep in step with dynamic legal and business environments. Today, Fowler White Burnett distinguishes itself by its unique blend of traditional values and innovative thinking. We act as trusted partners with our clients and deliver intelligent, creative and effective counsel.

Core Strengths

Fowler White Burnett offers clients a talented roster of seasoned legal professionals who practice in numerous disciplines, including aviation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, maritime, health care, labor and employment, insurance defense, real estate and white collar crime. The collaboration between litigators and transactional attorneys across diverse practice areas stands out as one of our most important assets. Combining this approach with our knowledge of substantive areas of law, technical proficiency and first-hand industry experience, enables us to resolve the complex legal and regulatory issues facing our clients.


Unwavering commitment to our values and core strengths has garnered us positive recognition by industry publications and an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Fowler White Burnett is the only Florida law firm selected as a member of ALFA International, a global network of leading, independent law firms. We are also members and officers of numerous professional organizations. Our attorneys have earned the position of industry leaders and respected commentators to local and national media outlets.

Additionally, we are committed to Florida. We encourage our attorneys to devote time and resources to the community in which we live and work. They express genuine concern for local issues, and actively participate in civic and charitable organizations that shape our community and drive positive change.

Steve T. Ball

Stephen T. Ball is a lawyer in the Orlando office who practices in the areas of employment discrimination and other employment/labor-related matters such as employment discrimination litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) matters, employment and severance agreements, non-competition agreements and litigation. He regularly represents employers in employment and labor-related lawsuits in state and federal courts and in investigations and charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations and related organizations. He also represents employers in such areas as unemployment compensation appeals and plant closings under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

Mr. Ball is a frequent speaker and commentator for television news stations on labor and employment law topics and is also an experienced trial attorney in the areas of labor and employment litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury defense litigation and appellate practice, in both state and federal courts. He has been awarded numerous honors and was recently recognized by Super Lawyers as a ten-year selectee.

Honors & Awards
  • Kids House of Seminole, Inc., Wayne Densch Children’s Advocacy Center, Outstanding Leadership Award, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2010-2019
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2009, 2010, 2012-2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2010, 2012-2018
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, November 2009
  • Best of the Bar, Orlando Business Journal, 2005
  • William Starr Moot Court Law Competition, National Champion, 1986
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

The Personal Injury Law Practice:

  • Holland & Knight’s labor law attorneys exclusively represent management in all union-management matters.
  • Our team defends clients against unfair labor practice charges and guides unionized employers in bargaining with their unions and in administering their collective bargaining agreements.
  • We provide legal advice to ensure that our clients’ policies comply with state and federal law, including the National Labor Relations Act, in order to avoid inadvertent but costly unfair labor practice proceedings.

Holland & Knight LLP:

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices throughout the world. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law.

Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

Henry G. “Chip” Bachara

There’s a reason for the row of hard hats hanging on the wall in Chip Bachara’s office. The founding partner of Bachara Construction Law group has spent his entire life in and around the construction industry.

Following in the footsteps of his father, a WWII veteran who returned from the Pacific and became a homebuilder in Jacksonville, Chip literally learned the business from the ground up. He worked as a laborer for his father’s company while in high school, then earned a degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida and obtained his certified general contractor’s license.

After working for two of Jacksonville’s largest commercial construction companies, Chip earned a law degree from Mercer University. Since that time, he has practiced exclusively in the area of construction litigation. He served as an associate with Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault & Pillans (now known as the Bedell Firm), and as an associate and partner with Baumer, Bradford & Walters, which later merged with Smith, Gambrell & Russell. He formed Bachara Construction Law group in 2007 to represent a full range of clients including government entities, private developers and owners, contractors, trade contractors, sureties and insurers in construction disputes, including construction defect claims.

Chip is Board Certified in Construction Law, serves an arbitrator for complex construction disputes, and is a Florida Supreme Court-Certified mediator. Committed to the highest standards of excellence, he has been AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1991 and named multiple times in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Florida Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America®, which recently named him Jacksonville’s “Construction Lawyer of the Year” for the third time. Chip was reappointed for a third term on the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission in 2018. Originally appointed in 2011, he served as chair from 2012-2014. In 2016, he was named to the inaugural class of Jacksonville’s “Ultimate Attorneys” by his peers and the Jacksonville Business Journal.

In addition to being active in professional organizations, including service as a former chair of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism and as a member of The Florida Bar’s Construction Law Institute Committee, Chip has served on the board of the Northeast Florida Homebuilders Association and is a former chair of the Florida Home Builders Association Legal Action Committee. A Trustee of JaxChamber (the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce) and a 2018 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, he has also served as a member of the St. John’s Cathedral Properties Committee since 2011.

Chip is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. He and his wife of more than 25 years, Carrie, are the proud parents of a daughter and a son.

Bachara Construction Law Group:

With decades of collective experience in all aspects of construction law, the team at Bachara Construction Law Group is qualified to handle every type of construction dispute.

In the courtroom or at the negotiating table, our goal is to handle your legal needs in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible, so you can get back to doing what you do best. We also provide mediation and arbitration services and regularly negotiate and draft contracts on behalf of our clients.

Named one of the Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in 2014 and 2018, BCLG’s commitment to construction law is based on experience and rooted in family tradition. Our founding partner, Chip Bachara, comes from a construction background and worked extensively in the industry before becoming a lawyer, and our team brings its “A” game to every case.

Although the Bachara Group is a relatively small firm, larger firms regularly refer their most complicated construction matters to us. We also partner with other firms and public entities, such as the City of Jacksonville’s Office of General Counsel, on large cases. As a result, we have been involved in nearly every major construction dispute in Northeast Florida – and others in South Florida and Georgia – since our founding in 2007.

Richard M. Blau

Richard is the chair of GrayRobinson’s Alcohol Beverage and Food Department, and presides over the firm’s Nationwide Alcohol Industry Team, as well as its Nationwide Food law Group. On the Alcohol Beverage side, Richard and his colleagues, including former regulators and licensing specialists as well as lawyers, focus on the federal, state and local rules, regulations, and business practices that govern the production, importation, marketing, sale, and consumption of distilled spirits, wine, beer and other licensed beverages within America’s “three-tier” system of alcohol regulation. 

On the Food side, GrayRobinson’s lawyers and consultants have extensive experience in all aspects of food law regulation, compliance and litigation; Richard and his colleagues specialize in providing producers, importers, processors, distributors and retailers with the comprehensive range of legal services needed to overcome the labeling, compliance and liability challenges they face in this increasingly-regulated industry.

As a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience, Richard has litigated jury and bench trials in state and federal courts. In the area of alcohol beverage regulation, he successfully litigated on behalf of manufacturers, setting important precedents for the industry in Geary Distributing Co. v. All Brand Importers, Inc. (imposing constitutional limits on the application of a state beer franchise law) and in Jim Taylor Corp. v. Guinness Import Co. (defining “brand extension” under Florida law).

Richard works with all three tiers of the alcohol beverage industry. He has represented international importers and domestic manufacturers, statewide wholesaler trade groups and regional distributors, and retailers (including multistate restaurant and hotel chains) across the United States. Richard and the firm’s Alcohol Industry Team service retail licensees in a variety of ways, including liquor, tobacco and lottery licensing; health and food service inspection compliance; responsible vendor and employee training; representation in administrative proceedings; and litigation/dispute resolution.

Richard also works closely with representatives of state and federal government, drafting administrative rules and proposed legislation – both on behalf of clients and at the request of regulators. For example, he prepared an administrative regulation and statutory amendment at the request of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, to codify the impact of a judicial decision that he successfully obtained on behalf of a client. 

He has testified before governmental bodies, such as the New York State Assembly, regarding alcohol laws and related issues. Richard counseled legislators of Hawaii on the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Granholm v. Heald and recently testified before legislative committees of both the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives regarding issues relating to the direct shipment of wine.

Richard served for six years as the Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Beverage Alcohol Practice.  He also is an Industry Member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) as well as the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) and the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA), and lectures on Twenty-First Amendment issues before regulators at annual meetings of all three organizations.

Richard annually compiles and edits the nationwide Survey of Reported Judicial Decisions Addressing the 21st Amendment and Related Alcohol Laws for the American Bar Association and the NCSLA.  From 1998 through 2006, he also authored the chapter “Beverage Alcohol Practice” for the annual Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice published by the American Bar Association.

Awarded the highest rating assigned by Martindale-Hubbell (AV), Richard devotes a substantial portion of his practice to trade regulation, litigation and dispute resolution involving the hospitality industry. 

He has industry-specific experience in the areas of administrative practice and regulatory compliance, advertising and promotional law, intellectual property rights, importation matters, supplier/distribution relations, and alcohol industry business practices. Richard’s proficiency has been recognized by Chambers and Partners (Richard is ranked “Band 1” for Food & Beverage Law), as well as listed repeatedly and currently in peer-ranking publications such as Super Lawyers and Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite.”

As a trial lawyer with over thirty years of experience, Richard has litigated jury and bench trials in state and federal courts.  In the area of food law, Richard recently defended Flava Puff LLC and CVS Pharmacy, Inc. against class action claims alleged by California consumer plaintiff Gregor Ghermezian that certain snack foods labeled as “natural,” which are produced by Flava Puff and sold at retail by CVS throughout the state, violated the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA).

Richard’s food law litigation experience also includes federal litigation; for example, he represented Hormel Foods Corporation in Kuenzig v. Kraft Foods, Inc. and Hormel Food Corporation (successful defense against a misleading labeling case brought in federal court by a plaintiff seeking class action status).

In the area of Alcohol Beverage regulation, Richard successfully litigated on behalf of manufacturers, setting important precedents for the industry in Geary Distributing Company v. All Brand Importers, Inc., (imposing constitutional limits on the application of a state beer franchise law) and in Jim Taylor Corporation v. Guinness Import Company (defining “brand extension” under state law).

Richard has achieved the following peer-related accolades for his legal work:

Chambers and Partners – nationally ranked as “Band 1” for Food and Beverage Law

Best Lawyers in America – listed for Food and Beverage Law

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – awarded the highest rating (AV)

The American Law Institute – elected member

The Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys – elected member

Super Lawyers – elected member

Practice Areas

Alcohol Beverage

Food Law




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Peter Wasung

Peter Wasung is an international transactional attorney and Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with over 15 years experience throughout Mexico, LATAM and the Caribbean. He draws his experience from working in key South Florida firms and has acted as counsel of multinational companies in the US and Mexico.

He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami and is a Member of the Florida Bar, admitted to practice in state and federal courts. He also holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, of Mexico City and complemented his formal education with a Masters Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Moreover, he holds a CAMS certification issued by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

While working in the corporate banking department of Rabobank International in Mexico City he supervised the opening of long term and revolving lines of credit for multiple corporate clients. Televisa, in Mexico City, advantaged with his counsel and supervisory skills, as he led a team of attorneys overseeing financial and administrative operations within the group of companies. He also provided legal support to the Regional Counsel for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at MasterCard Worldwide in Miami, which included drafting various types of agreements throughout LAC, preparing legal opinions concerning local regulatory requirements, and resolving compliance matters. He also served as Manager of Regional Compliance for the Caribbean at MoneyGram International, where he became a subject matter expert in the region. In South Florida, Peter Wasung worked for Pomerantz, LLP and Rivero Mestre, LLP, firms dealing with white-collar crime multinational and multilingual cases. In Mexico City, he worked for Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C., one of the oldest and largest law firms in the country where he mainly practiced corporate law.

Peter Wasung is also fully fluent in English and Spanish and has working knowledge of Portuguese and French.

Peter Wasung es un abogado transaccional internacional y Especialista Certificado en Prevención de Lavado de Dinero (CAMS) con más de 15 años de experiencia en México, LATAM y el Caribe. Ha obtenido su experiencia trabajando en firmas líderes en el Sur del la Florida y ha asesorado a compañías multinacionales en Estados Unidos y México.

Obtuvo su Doctorado en Leyes de la Universidad de Miami y es miembro de la Barra de Abogados del Estado de Florida, estando admitido para practicar en cortes estatales y federales. También tiene un título de Leyes de la Universidad Iberoamericana en la Ciudad de México y complementó su educación formal con una Maestría en Estrategia Internacional y Economía, de la Universidad de St. Andrews en Escocia. Además, posee un certificado CAMS emitido por la Asociación de Especialistas en Prevención de Lavado de Dinero.

Mientras trabajó en Rabobank International en Ciudad de México, estuvo encargado de supervisar la apertura de líneas de crédito de largo plazo y recurrentes. Televisa en México, aprovechó sus habilidades de supervisión y asesoría, mientras lideró un grupo de abogados encargados de la operación financiera y administrativa del grupo de compañías. También prestó asistencia legal al Director Jurídico para América Latina y el Caribe (LAC) en MasterCard Worldwide en Miami, tarea que incluyó la preparación de varios contratos en LAC, al igual que la emisión de opiniones legales sobre aspectos regulatorios locales y cuestiones de cumplimiento. También ocupó el cargo de Gerente Regional de Cumplimiento para el Caribe en MoneyGram International donde se convirtió en experto de materia en dicha región.

En el Sur de la Florida Peter Wasung trabajó para Pomerantz, LLP y Rivero Mestre, LLP, firmas especializadas en casos involucrando crímenes de cuello blanco, multinacionales y multilingües. En México trabajó para Basham, Ringe y Correa S.C., una de las firmas más antiguas y grandes del país, en donde principalmente se dedicó a atender asuntos corporativos. Peter Wasung, habla con fluidez el Inglés y el Español, y tiene dominio técnico en Portugués y Francés.

Austin D Thacker

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Austin D. Thacker is an attorney in Holland & Knight’s Orlando office and a member of the firm’s Construction Industry Practice Group. Mr. Thacker focuses on serving general contractors, homebuilders, owners and manufacturers in a range of industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects, as well as the drafting and negotiation of construction contract documents. He also represents public and private entities in roadway design and construction projects, and commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. Mr. Thacker has experience handling claims for construction defects, inefficiency/delay damages, water intrusion, construction-related product defects, lien foreclosure and contract disputes. Mr. Thacker’s experience also includes working with local governments to address the needs of clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, developments of regional impact, procurement issues, due diligence and property rights.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Thacker clerked at the United States Department of Justice. In addition to this experience, he has a background in banking, finance and insurance from prior roles with international financial institutions.

In the community, Mr. Thacker is active in volunteering for local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, the Association of Christian Youth Sports and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He also currently serves as a guardian ad litem for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and Forum on Construction Law.

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For nearly 100 years, Holland & Knight has been active in the Orlando area, bringing dynamic legal assistance to vital industries such as construction, financial services, healthcare, hospitality and timeshares, private equity and venture capital, retail and consumer products, technology, and telecommunications and media. Our Orlando attorneys focus their practice on commercial litigation, corporate law, real estate and land use, mergers and acquisitions, tax, environmental law, labour and employment, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

In 2016 and 2017, Holland & Knight’s Orlando office was named one of the Winners of the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies, which notes the best workplaces in Central Florida.