Austin D Thacker

Leaders in Law endorses Austin D. Thacker as our exclusively recommended Finance Law expert in the USA – Florida. If you wish to get in touch with Austin please use the contact information provided above.

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.

Firm Overview:

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.

Tiffany Payne Geyer

Tiffany Payne Geyer practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Tiffany represents corporate and individual debtors in Chapter 11 cases, and individuals in Chapter 7 cases. Her clients include healthcare and hospitality businesses, medical professionals, investment bankers and financial advisors. Tiffany also has experience representing debtors in the energy sectors. Tiffany has negotiated settlements of guarantor liability, resolved numerous business disputes out of court, and has experience with assignments for the benefit of creditors. She has represented Chapter 11 trustees, examiners, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, landlords and panel trustees.


  • U.S Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2002
  • Florida


  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2000; Book Award for Legal Drafting; Member of Trial Competition Team
  • B.A., Political Science and Public Administration, University of Central Florida, 1998, with honors

Firm Description:

BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, our more than 1,000 attorneys litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.

We have six core practice groups: Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Our attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality.

We distinguish ourselves through our commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, we are determined to surpass our clients’ expectations.

Our firm was founded on three core principles: to develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and high quality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where we work. We have consistently nurtured a collegial approach among our lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide.


Edward H Davis Jr

Leaders in Law endorses Edward H Davis as our exclusively recommended Litigation Law expert in the USA – Florida. If you wish to get in touch with Edward please use the contact information provided above.

Edward H Davis, Jr is a founding shareholder of the international law firm Astigarraga Davis in Miami. He heads the firm’s asset recovery and financial fraud group which represents victims of serious fraud and grand corruption including governments, corporations, insolvency practitioners and individuals by investigating and prosecuting civil fraud and asset recovery actions. The group has pursued assets in the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Latin America and in North America, including numerous secrecy havens. He and his firm have helped develop and expand various creative discovery and asset seizure methodologies to obtain recoveries for clients of the firm.  He has both led and worked collaboratively on various asset recovery teams – another concept he helped pioneer – on cross-border asset recovery engagements of all types. He has long championed combined and coordinated asset recovery efforts between civil and criminal systems as a means to penetrate and defeat complex opaque asset hiding structures used by fraudsters.

Included by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America (2014) and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Ed Davis is also a certified fraud examiner and has lectured before the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. Other memberships include the anti-corruption, international litigation and inter-American law committees of the international law section of the American Bar Association; and under his leadership, Astigarraga Davis is also a leading member of the London-based ICC Commercial Crimes Services FraudNet Network. In addition, he currently served as the inaugural chair of the asset recovery sub-committee of the International Bar Association anti-corruption committee. He sits on the advisory boards of Offshore Alert and Global Investigations Review and assisted in drafting the certified specialist in asset recovery (CSAR) examination.

Admitted to practice in Florida and before the US District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Davis is also a member of the Florida Bar’s international law section for which he has served as the chair, chair-elect, secretary and treasurer as well as on the executive council. He is the founding chair of its international litigation and arbitration committee. Davis is also a member of the Bankruptcy Bar of the Southern District of Florida, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Edward Davis was also the recipient of the Florida Bar G Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award for organizing aid to Haitian victims of the 2010 earthquake. In 2013, he was recognised as the global Lawyer of the Year for asset recovery by Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery, its first ever award in that field (and again in 2014 and 2015). The firm also won the Who’s Who Legal Firm of the Year Award for this practice area in 2015. Ed also serves as the co-general counsel to the Custodian of Bancafe International Barbados and to the joint co-liquidators of Stanford International Bank. He has also represented the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda in grand corruption asset recovery cases.

In 2015, Edward Davis was honoured by the University of Miami School of Law’s Inter-American Law Review for having made significant contributions in the field of international law in the Americas, as the 33rd recipient of the Lawyer of the America Awards.