Jon L. Swergold: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jon L. Swergold

Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.

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  • Litigation
    Contact InfoTelephone: 954.768.5201
    Fax: 954.759.5501
    University Columbia University, A.B., Political Science, 1991 Dean's List
    Law SchoolBrooklyn Law School, J.D., 1994 Brooklyn Law School Brooklyn Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor, Brooklyn Law School - Dean's Faculty Search Committee
    AdmittedFlorida; Georgia (inactive); New York; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida

    Professional & Community Involvement

    •Member, Board of Directors, ARC Broward's The Traveling Plate - A Culinary Experience, June 2012-Present
    •Board Member, Museum of Discovery and Science, Board of Trustees, 2011-Present
    •Chair, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Ambassador Cabinet, 2011-Present
    •Member, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, 2011-Present
    •Board Member, Board of Directors Nominating Committee, 2011-Present
    •Member, BRAVO Action Team, 2011-Present
    •Barrister, Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, 2010-Present
    •Member, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Business Development Committee, 2008-Present
    •Founder/President, Alumni Association for Palm Beach and Broward Counties, Columbia University, 2003-Present
    •Member, Admissions Interviewing Committee, Columbia University, 1994-Present
    •Founding Member, ARC Broward's The Traveling Plate - A Culinary Experience, 2011
    •Member, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Ambassador Cabinet, 2010-2011
    •Alumni, Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2005
    •Board Member, Make a Wish Foundation of South Florida, 2001-2004
    •Alumni, Leadership Broward Class XXX
    •Member, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
    •Member, Campus of Jewish Learning, Fundraising Committee, Temple Torah of Boynton Beach
    •Member, The Florida Bar, Business Law Section

    BornQueens, New York, September 26, 1969

    Jon L. Swergold is a Shareholder in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office and is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice.

    As a commercial litigator, Jon has represented local, national and international clients in numerous jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations. Jon routinely litigates partnership and shareholder disputes, including business valuation disputes, business fraud, banking disputes, employment disputes, bankruptcy and technology matters, business torts, creditor rights and contract related issues.

    Jon's broad range of experience includes representing national banks, manufacturers, factors, real estate developers, shopping mall owners, oil and gas companies, and others in a wide range of business disputes as both plaintiff's and defendant's counsel.

    As a member of the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps, Jon served as Defense Counsel preparing and trying numerous felony jury and non-jury matters, including the Navy's first contested DNA trial. Jon was formerly a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

    Areas of Concentration

    •Shareholder/partnership disputes
    •Commercial litigation
    •Workout/banking litigation
    •Employment litigation
    •Real estate litigation
    •Business fraud litigation
    •Creditor rights
    •Contract litigation
    •Business torts

    Awards & Recognition

    •Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2016
    •Finalist, Leadership Palm Beach Excellence Award, 2006
    •Awarded U.S. Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal
    •Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

    AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

    Associated News & Events

    Press Releases

    08.25.15 25 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
    08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
    02.03.12 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Jon L. Swergold has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Discovery and Science
    01.06.09 Greenberg Traurig Names New Shareholders: Class of 2009 Reflects Firm's Diversified Platform
    06.14.07 Greenberg Traurig Expands Ft. Lauderdale Litigation Practice

    Articles, Publications, & Lectures


    •Author, Military Members and the Bankruptcy Code: A Lesson in Patience, The Compleat Lawyer, Spring 1998 (reprinted Spring 2000)


    •Featured Speaker, Statutory Fair Value and the Florida Valuation Expert, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Section Conference, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Morrison Valuations and Greenberg Traurig, January 2013
    •Featured Speaker, Statutory Fair Value? Florida Bar Business Law Section Retreat, Morrison Valuations and Greenberg Traurig, September 2012
    •Panelist, Managing the Complex Business Case in ADR - What Lawyers Want From Neutrals: What Neutrals Want from Lawyers, Florida Bar Business Law Section Retreat, JAMS, September 2012
    •Featured Speaker, Plan Your Exit From Business Ownership, AB Bernstein, Bankers Advocate and Greenberg Traurig, May 2010
    •Moderator and Program Chair, Zapped! The New and Complex World of eDiscovery, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 2008
    •Speaker, Using Mediation as a Sword in Arbitration, The Network of Trial Law Firms Securities and Arbitration Litigation Seminar, August 2004

    Previous Employment

    •Partner, Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster & Russell, P.A., 2003-2007
    •Associate, Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster & Russell, P.A., 2001-2003
    •Associate, Smith Hulsey & Busey, 1998-2001
    •Associate, Coll Davidson Carter Smith Salter & Barkett, P.A., 1997-1998
    •Defense Counsel, U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps., 1994-1997

    Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Litigated numerous matters pertaining to high value art work. Litigated numerous shareholder and partnership disputes, representing both majority and minority shareholders in various matters. Recovered two works of art valued at over $25 million, which were hidden overseas, after owner was fraudulently induced to post art work as collateral. Obtained defense verdict on all counts for real estate developer consortium in multimillion-dollar breach of contract/fraudulent transfer dispute. Obtained final judgment for national hotel chain in multimillion-dollar patent infringement suit and award of attorneys' fees. Defended glass manufacturer against multimillion-dollar construction defect claim for delaminated glass and obtained award of attorneys' fees. Litigated Automated Clearing House (ACH) fraud claims on behalf of bank against depositor. Prosecuted and defended numerous shareholder and partnership disputes. Obtained and recovered multimillion-dollar judgment for defrauded investor in real estate investment scheme. Prosecuted numerous claims against borrowers and defended various counterclaims asserted against banks. Negotiated settlement of breach of contract, patent infringement and fraud claims allowing client (defendant) to share in proceeds of plaintiff's enterprise rather than paying plaintiff. Obtained multimillion-dollar settlement for client where partner secretly attempted to establish competing business. Negotiated numerous workout agreements. Prosecuted numerous non-compete claims. Defended preference actions in various U.S. bankruptcy courts.

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    Office Information

    Jon L. Swergold

    401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2000
    Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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