Paul B. Ranis: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Paul B. Ranis

Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 954.768.8239
Fax: 954.765.1477
University Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude, 1991
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1995
AdmittedFlorida; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, Broward County Bar Association
•Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern University School of Law
•Lecturer, NITA Deposition Seminars (2000-Present)
•Past Board Member, The Starting Place, Inc.

BornNew York, N.Y., 1969

Since 1995, Paul B. Ranis has concentrated his broad litigation practice in employment-related matters and commercial litigation. Mr. Ranis has conducted over 25 trials in state and federal courts and has handled over 350 depositions in his career. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Ranis was named a Legal Elite by Florida Trend, which recognizes the top 1.8 % of Florida's lawyers. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers magazine as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2013.

As an employment litigator, Mr. Ranis has represented local and national clients, in numerous jury and non-jury trials involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, restrictive covenants, as well as nationwide class and collective wage and hour issues. Mr. Ranis has obtained significant summary judgment rulings and defense verdicts in defending lawsuits under Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

As a commercial litigator, Mr. Ranis has a broad range of experience representing real estate developers, commercial landlords, telecommunication companies, and aviation-related organizations in a wide range of contract and complex business disputes, including class action defense.

Areas of Concentration

•Employment litigation
•Non-competition/restrictive covenant agreements
•Wage and hour issues (including collective/class actions)
•Sexual harassment/hostile work environment
•Landlord-tenant issues
•Complex commercial litigation
•Fair Credit Reporting Act
•Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
•Unfair and deceptive trade practices
•Class action defense
•Insurance litigation

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 & 2013
•Listed, Florida Trend magazine, Legal Elite, Employment Law, 2011-2012
•Listed, Legal Leaders, South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, 2012
•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

06.12.15 22 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
01.21.15 51 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by South Florida Legal Guide
07.03.14 20 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers
07.02.14 96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers
06.04.13 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Paul B. Ranis Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar Among Alumni from Brandeis University
07.20.12 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed as Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine
12.23.11 Greenberg Traurig's Labor and Employment Practice Recognized Among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year
06.30.11 Five Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Selected Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame by Florida Trend

Published Articles

07.28.14 My emotional return to Israel

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Speaker, Human Resources & Employment Matters, Legal Clinic, Goldman Sachs/10,000 Small Businesses, Miami, FL, April 2014
•Lecturer and Panel Moderator, Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Program, 2014
•Lecturer, Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Program, 2012
•Featured Speaker, Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Seminar, Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, February 2012
•Panel Speaker, Big Firm Basics, Young Lawyers Section, Broward County Bar Association, March 2011
•Featured Speaker, Sexual Harassment Prevention and Training, Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, July 2008
•Featured Speaker, Restrictive Covenants, Employment Law Series
•Featured Speaker, Workplace in an Era of Terrorism, Employment Law Series


•Quoted, Relationships That Can Lead to Business Can Be Forged Anywhere, The Miami Herald, May 19, 2015
•Author, My Emotional Return to Israel, Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal, July 28, 2014
•Quoted, 10 Workplace Trends That Affect the Way We Work, The Miami Herald, October 29, 2013
•Quoted, When There's No Raise, is It Really a Promotion? The Miami Herald, October 16, 2013

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Represented South Florida medical practice and office manager in non-compete lawsuit filed by manager's former employer. Obtained dismissal with prejudice after deposition of the plaintiff's representative.; Represented a South Florida distributor and grower of fruits and vegetables in the enforcement of a non-compete agreement against a former sales executive, resulting in entry of a Final Judgment for Injunctive Relief in favor of client. See Pero Vegetable Company, LLC v. Dale Chase, Case no: 502014CA011484XXXXMB (AI) in the 15th judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, FL.; Lead trial counsel in 6-day jury trial involving claim of corporate defamation, resulting in verdict in favor of South Florida client.; Represented South Florida employer on alleged marital status discrimination case resulting in dismissal of lawsuit. See Industrial Affiliates, Ltd. v. Fish, 25 So. 3d 629 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009).; Represented international technology company in non-compete lawsuit filed in federal court, resulting in entry of injunction against former account executive.; Represented national retailer in nationwide collective action under the FLSA, resulting in dismissal of the lawsuit.; Represented national real estate company in Florida whistleblower action, resulting in dismissal of lawsuit.; Represented national calling card company in enforcement of non-compete agreement against former sales executives, resulting in permanent injunction and lost profit award of $1.35 million.; Represented national car dealership in non-compete and non-solicitation lawsuit filed by competitor, resulting in denial of temporary injunction.; The matters below were handled by Paul prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig: Represented national movie theatre chain in multi-count discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, resulting in summary judgment in favor of client.; Represented international tire company in multiple employment related actions.; Represented national telecommunications company in multiple actions, including employment-related matters, breach of contract claims, and brokerage commission cases.; Represented national storage company in whistle blower lawsuit, resulting in defense verdict in federal jury trial.; Represented national gas station client in collective action overtime lawsuit filed in federal court under the FLSA, resulting in a final judgment for the defense.; Represented multiple commercial landlords in tenant eviction actions.; Represented aviation supply corporation in enforcement of restrictive covenant against former sales manager, resulting in an injunction prohibiting sales manager from working with a rival competitor.

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Paul B. Ranis

401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2000
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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