Glen M. Lindsay

Leaders in Law endorses Glen M. Lindsay as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Litigation Law expert in Florida, USA. If you wish to get in touch with Glen, please use the contact information provided above.

Born in Houston, Texas, Glen M. Lindsay earned his B.S. in Communication Studies and Philosophy from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he was a four-year recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship and a joint JD/MBA (Finance) from the University of Miami where he was a Graduate Assistant to Prof. Ann M. Olazabal, Esq. researching issues related to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Glen’s practice concentrates primarily on business, regulatory and real estate litigation with an emphasis on matters involving fraud and/or deceptive business practices as well as matters at the intersection of commercial litigation and government regulatory compliance.

In 2019, Glen secured an order of dismissal in federal court in a matter of first impression successfully arguing that when attempting to secure a maritime lien on a vessel that designated as a “blocked asset” by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”), the party seeking imposition of the maritime lien must obtain licensure from OFAC prior to bringing an admiralty action. Versilia Supply Service SRL et al. v. M/Y Waku, 0:18-cv-62975-Cohn/Seltzer (Apr. 16, 2019).

Prior to joining Saavedra-Goodwin in 2016, Glen was an attorney with two NLJ 350 law firms where he represented numerous Fortune 500 companies focusing primarily on consumer finance and federal regulatory compliance matters.

Glen has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been selected as a Rising Star since 2018 by Florida Super Lawyers, a distinction earned by only 2.5% of lawyers. Glen is a member of the Broward County and American Bar associations.

Glen is admitted to the bar in Florida, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice Areas

  • Business
  • Regulatory
  • Real Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • AV Rating From Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected To Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2018 – 2021
  • “Top Lawyers” South Florida Legal Guide 2021


  • University of Miami School Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D. – 2008
  • University of Miami School of Business
    • M.B.A. – 2008
    • Honors: Graduate Assistant to Prof. Ann M. Olazabal, Esq.
    • Major: Finance
  • Northwestern University
    • B.S. – 2004
    • Honors: Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship
    • Major: Communication Studies
    • Major: Philosophy

Classes & Seminars

  • OFAC Sanctions and Corporate Compliance: Mitigating Risks, Optimizing Opportunities in 2020 (with Adrienne Goins, Esq. and Kevin Petrasic, Esq.) – The Knowledge Group February 5, 2020 (webinar)
  • OFAC Sanctions and Corporate Compliance: Mitigating Risks, Optimizing Opportunities (with Tyler Grove, Esq.) – The Knowledge Group November 14, 2019 (webinar)
  • Foreclosure Offense: Litigation Under RESPA and the FDCPA – ProLaw CLE August 29, 2018 (webinar)
  • Is Your Corporate Website a Litigation Risk? (with Andrew Wyman, Esq.) – Boca Raton Rotary Club February 8, 2018

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Northwestern University Alumni Admissions Council
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Nuisance Abatement Board, 2020-present

Published Works

  • Another Threat to Business Websites – This Time Through the ADA – Miami Herald November 19, 2017

Professional Associations

  • Broward County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Firm Description:

Established in 1988, Saavedra-Goodwin provides the experienced, high-quality representation typical of a large law firm, in the warm and personal atmosphere normally only found in a boutique law firm. We counsel local, national and international clientele and offer a broad spectrum of Florida legal representation to our corporate and individual clients.

Saavedra-Goodwin handles both very simple and complex corporate and real estate transactions, as well as business litigation. We have extensive experience in Florida real estate law, business disputes and litigation, as well as a wide variety of aviation-related matters. We are proud to be a State of Florida Certified Minority-Owned Business.

Representing Florida Businesses For Over 30 Years

As an established firm with a focus on personal service, we offer a wide variety of services and solutions. From the simple to the complex, on land, in the air or near the sea, we have both the transactional and the litigation experience you need to resolve your legal matter. We work hard to prioritize the issues which are important to your business and deals, to achieve superior results. We have been helping Florida businesses succeed since 1988.

Florida Counsel

Saavedra-Goodwin routinely acts as Florida counsel for out-of-state law firms and businesses seeking Florida lawyers experienced in the nuances of Florida law for litigation, business and real estate transactions. Whether the client is an entrepreneurial startup or a multinational company, our mission is to understand our client’s business in order to offer clear and practical advice. Our role can be as extensive or as limited as the circumstances of your case or issue require. Whatever our role, the solutions which we offer to our client’s challenges will always ensure that our client can continue to thrive and grow their business.

An Established Firm For Aviation Services

Saavedra-Goodwin provides a wide variety of aviation-related services, including experienced representation in aircraft transactions, aircraft financing, aircraft registration, aircraft titles and liens, state and federal tax planning concerning aircraft ownership and use, FAA Certification and Enforcement representation, aircraft title work and aviation-related litigation representation.

Attorney Owned And Operated Title Company

Lawyers Land Title Company is the in-house title company of Saavedra-Goodwin, representing Chicago Title, Fidelity Title and Attorneys Title Insurance Fund/Old Republic Title Insurance Companies. We are proud to announce that Lawyers Land Title Company has been awarded the Exceptional Achievement Award from the Chicago Title Insurance Company every year since 2011 based upon the level of service we provide and the volume of our transactions. Saavedra-Goodwin and Lawyers Land Title Company have written billions in title coverage for fee simple, leasehold, owner and lender policies in both commercial and residential settings. Please visit our attorney-owned and operated title company at

We Develop Strong Co-Counsel Relationships

Saavedra-Goodwin, has established co-counsel relationships with other Florida specialty firms, as well as national law firms, in order to ensure that we serve all of our clients’ legal needs, in all jurisdictions.


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.


  • L.L.M. in Taxation, New York University (1992)
  • J.D., Boston College Law School (1991), with Honors
  • B.B.A., University of Miami (1988), cum laude


  • Florida


  • Fluent in Spanish

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.

Practice 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


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

Firm Description:

Florida Appellate Practice. Federal Appellate Practice.  Our axiom is straightforward.  Despite the rapidly changing law, our appellate firm consistently employs five core principles for our clients: be leaders in outstanding service, substantial experience, continued study, commitment to excellence in what we produce and how we work efficiently. The successful results of our five-core approach speak for themselves. Most recently, the firm’s founder headed the appellate groups with several health care litigation firms representing national clients. The firm’s attorneys know appellate practice. They are board certified appellate specialists by The Florida Bar.

Clients entrust their complex and high stakes appeals to EAP PLLC for four fundamental reasons. We are board certified in appellate, highly experienced and innovative specialists, while not yielding to over-confidence. We provide outstanding customer service, with the highest Avvo customer ratings of 10  out of 10, and 5 stars. And we are well-respected, well-known and even feared by some as aggressive, rigorous appellate advocates. ​We are a select group of lawyers (less than 200 out of roughly100,000 lawyers in Florida) certified by The Florida Bar as having real appellate expertise.

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Leander Shaw explained why appellate expertise are so important:

“[T]here is a difference between the skills needed in litigating a case before trial and appellate courts. Trial litigation – focusing on jury trials – requires jury arguments that are generally structured to lead ordinary people to decide something based on compelling emotional arguments. . . . In appellate advocacy, however, the emphasis switches and the attorney must stress the application of law to facts – keeping in mind the appellate court’s concern for uniformity of the law and doing justice.”

Hon. Leander Shaw, Supreme Court of Florida, quoted in Appellate Specialization and the Art of Appellate Advocacy by J. S. Carroll, 74-June Fla. B.J. 107 (2000) (quoting letter to author).

“Most lawyers. . .are not aware of the practical and doctrinal factors that shape appellate review. They do not realize that a judge approaches the appeal in a way that is very different from a lawyer.”

Paul R. Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Effective Appellate Advocacy 24 No. 4 Litigation 19 (Summer 1998).


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

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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.