Stephen A. Mendelsohn: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Stephen A. Mendelsohn

Boca Raton,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government Litigation
  • Education
Contact InfoTelephone: 561.955.7629
Fax: 561.659.9119
University Colgate University, B.A., cum laude, 1980
Law SchoolHofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1983 Articles Editor, Labor Law Journal
Admitted1984, New York; 1990, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, Board of Directors
•Member, Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work, Advisory Committee
•Member, The Florida Bar Association
•Vice Chair, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Florida
•Vice President, B'nai Torah Congregation

LanguagesFrench; Spanish
BornNew York, N.Y., December 30, 1958

Stephen A. Mendelsohn concentrates his practice on all aspects of commercial litigation through trial and appeals with an emphasis on financial institutions, securities and real estate. He counsels employers on all facets of employment law, and practices all aspects of education law for private and public universities and schools, including Title IX, collective bargaining and labor law, state and federal regulation, student rights and affiliation agreements. Stephen represents a number of private equity funds in their securities litigation matters. Previously, Stephen served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York.

Areas of Concentration

•Commercial litigation
•Securities litigation
•Employment and Education law
•Construction law

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Co-Author, New York State Requires Parents' Bill of Rights, GT Client Advisory, August 6, 2014
•Co-Author, New York's Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 Changes the Governance of Private Colleges, Universities and Schools, GT Alert, July 18, 2014
•Author, Excessive Use of Force: Seeking Redress For Constitutional Violations, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LXVI, No. 1, The Florida Bar, January 1992

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

10.20.14 Greenberg Traurig Celebrates National Pro Bono Week, Holds Week Long Schedule of Events
08.20.14 18 Greenberg Traurig Boca Raton and West Palm Beach Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers In America 2015
08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
08.15.13 12 Attorneys in West Palm Beach and 7 Attorneys in Boca Raton from Greenberg Traurig Named Among 'Best Lawyers in America' 2014
01.27.03 Litigator Stephen A. Mendelsohn Joins Greenberg Traurig LLP


08.06.14 New York State Requires Parents' Bill of Rights
07.18.14 New York's Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 Changes the Governance of Private Colleges, Universities and Schools
10.03.12 So You Want to Open a Charter School in Florida?
07.06.12 U.S. Department of Education's Gainful Employment Rules Affecting For-Profit Colleges Are Struck Down
06.11.12 Colleges and Universities Need to Formulate Policies for the Housing of Transgender Students
12.27.11 U.S. Department of Education Amends its FERPA Regulations to Allow for Certain Additional Student Disclosures
11.29.11 Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: What Must a School Do?
10.24.11 Florida Condominium Developers' Potential Liabilities for Construction Defects Upon Association Turnover

Other Experience

•Assistant Attorney General, State of New York
•Former Special Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
•Former Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Connecticut (Also at West Palm Beach Office)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Represented banks and officers in FDIC, merger and acquisition litigation.; Reviewed and drafted affiliation agreements between schools, leases, licensing agreements, foreign student recruitment agreements, contractor agreements and independent contractor agreements.; Defended public and private employers in numerous Title VII, ADA, Title IX Rehabilitation Act and other employment cases.; Advised colleges and universities concerning the United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Rules, FERPA, Clery Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.; Advised school districts, colleges and universities in connection with collective bargaining, tenure, leaves of absence, termination, student aid, student discipline, and state and federal regulatory compliance.; Advised colleges and universities concerning their legal obligations concerning transgender students, allergies and disabilities, discipline (both academic and other), housing, grading, student travel and research, and financial aid.; Defended private equity funds and managers in multi-million dollar securities litigations alleging state, federal and common law violations.; Defended numerous securities broker-dealers and registered representatives before SEC and FINRA.; Defended State of New York in landmark class action case concerning the care of the mentally retarded.; Represented Yonkers, N.Y. Teachers Union in class action school desegregation case.; Defended State of New York in class action cases concerning state-wide prison conditions.; Commercial Litigation; Wegweiser v. Wegweiser, 205 AD.2d 616, 614 N.Y.S.2d 287 (2d Dept. 1994); First Transcapital Corp. v. King Umberto Inc., 214 AD. 2d 699, 625 N.Y.S.2d 294 (2d Dept. 1995); Continental National Bank of Miami v. Sanchez, 170 F.3d 1340 (11th Cir. 1999); Binner v. Morris, 741 So.2d 590 (Fla. 3d DCA 1999); Keller v. Newman Sons Inc., 756 So.2d 120 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000); Powersports, Inc. v. Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance, CO., 307 F. Supp. 2d 1355 (SD Fl. 2004); Marquez v. Pan American Bank, 943 So.2d 284 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006); Sierra Equity Group, Inc. v. White Oak Equity Partners, 2009 US Dist. Lexis 26553 (SD Fl. 2009); Estate and Trust Litigation; Brown v. Miller, 2 So.3d 321 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009); Employment, Education and Labor Law; Monroe-Woodbury CSD v. Monroe-Woodbury TA, 105 AD. 2d 786, 481 N.Y.S. 2d 731 (2d Dept. 1984); Rippe v. Board of Education, 64 N.Y.2d 281, 486 NYS2d 713 (1985); Winston v. City of New York, 759 F2.d 242 (2d Cir. 1985); Moore v. Board of Education, 116 AD. 2d 273, 500 N.Y.S.2d 710 (2d Dept. 1986); Faculty Association v. PERB, 125 AD. 2d 307, 508 N.Y.S.2d 591 (2d Dept.1987); Board of Education v. Yonkers Fed. of Teachers, 133 AD.2d 402, 519 N.Y.S.2d 395 (2d Dept. 1987); Margolin v. Newman, 130 AD.2d 312, 520 N.Y.S.2d 226 (2d Dept. 1987); Zeumer v. Fire Burglary Instruments, Inc., 210 AD. 2d 318, 619 N.Y.S.2d 782 (2d Dept. 1994); Civil Rights and Defamation; Langley v. Coughlin, 888 F.2d 252 (2d Cir. 1989); Society for Good Will to Retarded Children v. Cuomo, 902 F.2d 1085 (2d Cir. 1990); Day v. Morgenthau, 909 F.2d 75 (2d Cir. 1990); Samuels v. Berger, 191 AD. 2d 627, 595 N.Y.S.2d 231 (2d Dept. 1993).; The above matters dated before 2003 were handled by Stephen prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig.

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Stephen A. Mendelsohn

5100 Town Center Circle, Suite 400
Boca RatonFL 33486


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