January 03, 2013 // Franchising.com // Roetzel is pleased to announce three partners, Jon May, Andrew B. Demers and Paul A. Giordano, and associate Robert Malani have joined the firm's Florida offices, greatly expanding the Business Litigation Group's white collar crime and creditors' rights services. Mr. May and Mr. Demers joined the Fort Lauderdale office, Mr. Giordano is based in Fort Myers and Mr. Malani is in Orlando.
"Jon's nationally recognized white collar criminal defense work, his deep senior-level expertise and his ability to manage complex prosecutions are quite an attractive fit for our White Collar and Government Regulatory Practice and will be invaluable to our clients," said Robert Menzies, Practice Group Co-Manager of Roetzel's Business Litigation Group. "Our Creditors' Rights services also just got a tremendous boost across the state with the additions of Drew, Paul and Bob - all very accomplished business and commercial litigators. We are delighted with the core strengths that these attorneys bring to our firm."
"Roetzel's Florida offices continue to be in an active period of growth, and we are attracting high profile and highly regarded attorneys," said Jeffrey Casto, Roetzel's Chairman and CEO. "We are excited by what this group offers our clients throughout the state, as well as in support of the rest of the firm on a national front. We look forward to the new year with promises of additional expansion."
Jon May has spent more than 30 years practicing as a trial and appellate lawyer in south Florida and across the country, and most recently was in private practice at his own firm of May & Cohen P.A. He defends individuals and institutions accused of serious violations of federal law, including allegations of health care fraud, money laundering, mail and telemarketing fraud, mortgage fraud, and racketeering. He has conducted internal investigations in cases involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, and telemarketing fraud. He has acted as counsel in high profile cases that have been covered by the national and international media. He also has been amicus counsel for both the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
A frequent published author and speaker at national and international seminars, Mr. May was previously Chair of the White Collar Crime Section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a past Co-Chair of the Defense Function Services Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. He earned his J.D. from University of Florida Levin College of Law, and his B.A. degree from Emory University.
Andrew B. Demers' practice focuses on representing banking and commercial clients in business litigation and commercial contract disputes. Among his many clients are Fortune 500 companies, state agencies, private lenders, energy companies and regional businesses. A former Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General's office, he also has experience representing clients in construction and franchise disputes. He previously was a partner with Fowler White Boggs, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale.
Named a "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, Mr. Demers earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.S. from the University of Florida. He is admitted to practice in Florida and Ohio.
Paul A. Giordano handles a variety of business and commercial litigation matters, with a special focus on bankruptcy - creditors' rights, partnership disputes, commercial foreclosures, contract and corporate disputes, and general and professional liability lawsuits. He also previously was a partner with Fowler White Boggs, P.A. in Fort Myers.
Mr. Giordano has been named a Florida Super Lawyers Magazine "Rising Star" for 2011 and 2012 and he holds a preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association, where he is an active member of the Business Law Section's UCC/Bankruptcy and the Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison Committees. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Robert Malani focuses his practice on creditors' rights and commercial bankruptcy. He represents both secured and unsecured creditors, including lending institutions, purchasers of assets, landlords and trade creditors, in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings. He most recently was in the Miami office of Strook & Strook & Lavan.
Mr. Malani received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.