Most Highly Regarded Firms: Florida 2007 - Business Crime Defence

There are 15 individuals from 10 firms featured in this chapter. The number of boutiques included reflects their high standing in the local market. In addition, several of the lawyers have a background in government at the US Department of Justice (DoJ), giving them an inside perspective and enhancing the service they provide for their clients.

Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf PA can boast of the inclusion of two partners, one of whom is the most nominated practitioner in this area. Roy Black received the “highest recommendation” from his peers and is well known as a “trial lawyer of the highest calibre”. Black served for five years as a public defender in Dade County and has taught a course in advanced criminal evidence at the University of Miami School of Law for over 30 years. He is experienced in defending securities fraud, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion cases and has an “enviable track record in the courtroom”. He is also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). Black’s partner Howard Srebnick also has public service experience, having spent three years as a trial and appellate attorney with the Federal Public Defender in Miami. Srebnick is known for his defence of a former DoJ attorney acquitted of racketeering in the Cali cartel case and has earned a reputation as “meticulous” and “extremely impressive”.

Husband-and-wife team Jane Moscowitz and Norman Moscowitz make up the “fantastic” Moscowitz & Moscowitz PA in Miami. Our sources noted that working with the firm is “always a very good experience” and they both received much positive comment during the research. Mr and Mrs Moscowitz served as federal prosecutors (both serving as assistant US attorney for the Southern District of Florida) with a focus on white-collar work. Their private practice involves internal investigations and the representation of company executives. Hogan Greer & Shapiro is a Miami law firm with two of its three named partners included in this chapter. James Jay Hogan is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and the ACTL and focuses on white-collar criminal defence. Hy Shapiro also shares this specialty and is active in the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

Lewis Tein PL is the final firm with two nominees in this chapter. Michael Tein is “a great litigator” and is recommended for his high-profile clients in state and federal court, before state and federal administrative agencies and in the US Court of Appeal. Tein is a former federal prosecutor with the US Attorney's Office in Miami and received a commendation from the US attorney general for his professionalism in the prosecution of a high-profile civil-rights matter. The “impressive” Guy Lewis also has a “glittering past” in government service, holding the position of director of the Executive Office for US Attorneys in Washington, DC, as well as serving as the US attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Lewis was described to researchers as “a consummate professional”.

Neal Sonnett is one of the most highly nominated professionals in this chapter. A former assistant US attorney and chief of the criminal division for the Southern District of Florida, Sonnett is an individual who “commands respect” for his “straightforward yet personable” manner. He has served as president of NACDL and as chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) criminal justice section. Daniel Small from Duane Morris LLP was also consistently nominated for his white-collar work. Small is the former vice-chair of the white-collar crime committee of the ABA. He was a prosecutor for the DoJ and was also general counsel for a publicly traded health-care management firm. In his practice, Small was lead defence attorney for former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and has been counsel in a high-profile SEC internet fraud case. Mark Schnapp is co-chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s white-collar criminal practice. He was chief of the criminal division at the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida and was described as “extremely competent”. Schnapp has represented a major engineering firm in an investigation into alleged illegal campaign contributions and government contracts issues, as well as representing an investment banking firm in an Attorney General investigation into securitisation of sub-prime loans. 

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP is a litigation firm with white-collar criminal defence among its core practices. Morris Weinberg came “very highly recommended” as “one of the best lawyers in town”. Prior to joining the firm Weinberg served as an assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he led the prosecution against international financier Marc Rich for tax fraud. Recently Weinberg has successfully defended a Tampa-based private security firm in both a federal criminal investigation and False Claims Act lawsuit, as well as leading the defence of Columbia HCA in its health care fraud investigation. Michael Pasano from Carlton Fields PA spent seven years in the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC and in the Southern District of Florida, where he was a member of the major crimes, public corruption, and fraud units. In 1983 Pasano became chief of the Miami fraud section, and later that year was named chief of the US Attorney’s Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices. It is therefore no surprise that the areas in which he has particular expertise include fraud and money laundering; tax issues; and FDA, FTC and SEC cases. Pasano was described to researchers as a “truly talented” and “skilled” trial lawyer.

Robert Josefsberg from Podhurst Orseck PA is a “supreme trial lawyer” and another former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Josefsberg also served as special counsel to the Dade County Grand Jury and was a member of the US Supreme Court advisory committee on criminal rules, as well as chairing the Florida Bar’s criminal law certification committee. He is in addition one of the noted few to be called to the ACTL. Jon Sale from Sale & Weintraub PA was consistently recommended as “just great”. Sale has an impressive CV, having served as assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, as well as in the District of Connecticut. He was an assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate special prosecution force and special assistant to the US attorney general from 1975 to 1976. Before going into private practice, Sale was also chief assistant US attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

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