With three decades of both transactional and litigation experience, including as outside general counsel for a savings and loan association, Manny approaches his clients' legal challenges with a perspective that combines legal knowledge with a practical understanding of the financial services industry. Manny focuses on transactional matters (with an emphasis on real estate), business litigation, debtor-creditor law, creditor representation in bankruptcy, and appellate law. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in both Real Estate Law and Business Litigation.
Throughout his career, Manny has counseled businesses in numerous industries and of varying sizes, including lenders and government agencies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC), as well as numerous borrowers in complex transactions. Manny has also provided counsel in corporate mergers and acquisitions; financial and debtor-creditor matters to creditors and lenders (including bankruptcy and complex foreclosure litigation); landlord/tenant disputes; Internet law; and construction and real estate development matters.
For more than 20 years, Manny has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, has significant FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, formerly NASDR) arbitration experience, and is certified as a Florida Supreme Court approved mediator. He also previously served as a Foreclosure Commissioner for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Manny served as a law clerk for the Honorable C. McFerrin Smith of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida while in law school and to Judges James T. Downey and Bobbi Gunther of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal following law school.
Court Admissions — U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- Acted as trustee and counsel in representing a purchaser of significant real property in Palm Beach County that stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway in a fashion in which the privacy of the purchaser was protected.
- Handled merger and collapse of multiple operating companies into Delaware holding company with representation across all levels of parent and subsidiary.
- Represented airplane leasing company in the sale of its assets and transfer of its licenses to the purchaser.
- Represented an out-of-state medical practice contesting long-arm jurisdiction over the proceeds of a defined benefits pension plan and trust.