Joe joined the firm in 2009 after practicing at a national law firm and became a partner in 2015. He practices in the areas of commercial, banking, business, and privacy litigation as well as government representation.
His litigation experience includes representing small and large businesses, banks and financial institutions, governmental entities, and individuals in disputes involving fraud (e.g., check kiting, Ponzi schemes, wire fraud, check fraud, lending fraud, tax fraud, asset tracing, and fraudulent transfers and restructuring), regulatory and sanctions compliance, privacy issues, contracts, corporate issues, real estate, the Uniform Commercial Code (especially articles governing negotiable instruments, bank deposits and collections, funds transfers, secured transactions, and letters of credit), banking, insurance, class actions, and business torts (e.g., defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, malicious prosecution, and fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation).
His governmental experience includes advising local, State, federal, and foreign governments in issues ranging from eminent domain, procedure, investigations, employment law, and treaty implementation as well as representing governments in litigation.
Regions Bank v. Marvin I. Kaplan et al., Case No. 8:16-cv-02867-SDM-AAS (M.D. Fla.). Co-chaired fraud trial and prepared proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law that the Court adopted in full (order here). Case involved claims that while underlying litigation was pending, defendants fraudulently transferred assets and fraudulently restructured to remove assets.
Banyan Invest, Ltd. v. Eastern National Bank et al., Case No. 11-07517 CA 06 (Fla. 11th Jud. Cir. (order here). Successfully briefed and argued the first impression issue in the United States under Revised Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code of whether a cashier’s check issuer’s recovery for breach of presentment warranty would enable the issuer to enjoy a windfall where the issuer received consideration from its customer at the time of issuance; court entered order holding that such recovery would not result in a windfall.
Regions Bank v. Prime Enterprises, LLC et al., Case No. 10-CA-057197 (Fla. 20th Jud. Cir.). Successfully brief, argued, and obtained the first order of its kind in Florida providing that it was appropriate for the Court to use its inherent authority to order an e-mail subscriber to execute a consent permitting subscriber’s e-mail service provider to release e-mail communications pursuant to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
Wrote the appellate brief in Everest Re Group, Ltd. v. Dept. of Fin. Serv., 10 So. 3d 1120 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009) (order here), in which the court held, inter alia, that where the Florida Department of Financial Services, as receiver for defunct insurance companies, is merely investigating a foreign entity, as opposed to seeking relief against the entity, the question of whether a basis for the exercise of long-arm jurisdiction exists is immaterial.
In 2018, Joe was a candidate for Circuit Judge in Miami-Dade County. He received 118,501 votes and was narrowly defeated at the polls by a margin of approximately 2% of voters. Joe received broad support throughout our community and was endorsed by, among others, the Dade Police Benevolent Association, the Dade Firefighters Association, the United Teachers of Dade, the Hispanic Police Officers Association, SEIU Florida, the Fraternal Order of Police, the South Florida AFL-CIO, the National Organization for Women, and the United Faculty of Miami-Dade College. The Miami Herald recognized Joe as being “well versed in the law and . . . energetic and passionate about the prospect of serving the community from the bench.”
Before and throughout his legal career, Joe has placed a high value on serving our community. As a lawyer, he has continued to volunteer his time and has provided legal services free of charge to underprivileged members of our community in need.
Joe earned his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Boston University School of Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree in only three years, graduating cum laude with a degree in International Area Studies from Drexel University and with distinct honors from Pennoni Honors College.
Joe grew up in the Philadelphia, PA area and has been married to his lovely wife, Fernanda, for over fifteen years. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish and Japanese.
Business Litigation and Transactions
Representation of Governmental Entities and Sovereigns
Regulatory and Sanctions Compliance
Lender Liability Litigation Defense
Uniform Commercial Code
Real Estate Litigation and Transactions
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2008
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 2009
United States Supreme Court, 2013
Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
Juris Doctor - 2007
Honors: Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar
Drexel University, Philadelphia PA
Bachelor of Arts, International Area Studies cum laude - 2004
Honors: Graduated with Distinction From Pennoni Honors College
Honors: Golden Key Honors Society
President, Biddle Law Society
Honors and Awards
Identified as Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers (recognition given to up to 2.5% of Florida lawyers)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundations 40 Outstanding Lawyers Under 40
Pro Bono / Volunteer Activities
Member, Volunteer Lawyers Project, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
Volunteer Judge, Legal Eagle Closing Argument Competition
Volunteer, Miami Children’s Initiative
Volunteer, Children of Inmates
Volunteer, 100 Black Men of South Florida
Volunteer, Coconut Grove