Banking & Finance Practice

Litigation

GrayRobinson attorneys represent our lending clients in all manner of commercial litigation, including banking software litigation, collections, mortgage and securities agreements, foreclosures, lender liability, title insurance claims defense and prosecution of fraud, forgery, and other matters involving deposit accounts, letters of credit, wire transfers that are governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, and litigation and defense of defamation suits involving both federal and state fair debt collection acts and collection reporting acts. We offer an experienced and tenacious trial team with an impressive record of resolving cases to our clients' satisfaction.

GrayRobinson attorneys have vast experience in deposit litigation and frequently engage in litigation involving defenses arising under Articles 3, 4 and 4A, 5, and 8 of the UCC as well as deposit disclosure agreements.

We also have significant experience representing financial institutions in putative class actions matters, and our attorneys are aggressive in attempting to dispose of the merits of the case prior to a certification hearing and in attempting to stay class merits discovery until after certification.

Our banking litigation team has extensive experience in matters involving the Bank Secrecy Act, U.S. Patriot Act, OFAC sanctions programs and regulations. In addition we have experience with matters involving consumer regulations under the Truth in Lending Act (“Regulation Z”), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“Regulation B”), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Savings Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Privacy Act (“GLBA”) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). 

Our litigators routinely assist our banking clients not only with respect to subpoena compliance but also in the review of documents being produced in response to subpoenas for compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and the U.S. Patriot Act

The firm actively litigates all real estate matters including mortgage and mechanics lien foreclosures, boundary disputes, property rights, real estate commissions, and condominium problems. GrayRobinson also has a long history of representing financial institutions in highly specialized areas including representation of lenders in ship/vessel mortgage foreclosure.

Sometimes, obtaining a "money judgment" is the easiest part of litigation for a creditor. In addition to our impressive trial record, our team has collected millions of dollars for our clients using Florida's full range of collection remedies. In particular, we have experience in successfully utilizing Florida's enactment of the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts.

  

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Lender Liability

We successfully defend financial institutions and other businesses in lender liability litigation, including class action litigation, usury claims, and "truth in lending" claims, in both state and federal courts. Our team also successfully prosecutes multi-million dollar usury and other lender liability claims. These experiences enable us to better represent both lenders and borrowers, not only in the courtroom but also in the boardroom while analyzing legal rights and business options.

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is not only an area of concentration within the practice of law; bankruptcy is also a forum uniquely suited to resolve many complex business disputes in a fast, efficient, and fair manner. Disputes pertaining to corporate governance, misappropriation of business assets, landlord-tenant disputes, insurance coverage, and other forms of sophisticated litigation can often be resolved most rapidly in bankruptcy court. While our litigators are experienced in all courts in the State of Florida, we litigate complex disputes in every Florida division of the United States Bankruptcy Court, as well as many bankruptcy courts throughout the country.

We represent creditors in bankruptcy issues including business workouts, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 reorganizations, commercial collections, insolvency and loan workouts in all of Florida's state and federal courts. Our Bankrupcty litigators focus on representing credit card issuers in bankruptcy matters including non-dischargeability proceedings, relief from stay proceedings and objections to confirmation in Chapter 13 cases.

Collection Activities

Sometimes, obtaining a "money judgment" is the easiest part of litigation for a creditor. In addition to our impressive trial record, our team has collected millions of dollars for our clients using Florida's full range of collection remedies. In particular, we have experience in successfully utilizing Florida's enactment of the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts.

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