Daily News: January 3, 2013

Roetzel Expands Creditors’ Rights Practice in Florida


Law firm Roetzel announced two partners, Andrew B. Demers and Paul A. Giordano, and associate Robert Malani have joined the firm’s Florida offices, greatly expanding the Business Litigation Group’s creditors’ rights services. Demers joined the Fort Lauderdale office, Giordano is based in Fort Myers and Malani is in Orlando.

Robert Menzies, Practice Group co-manager of Roetzel’s Business Litigation Group, said, “Our Creditors’ Rights services just got a tremendous boost across the state with the additions of Drew, Paul and Bob – all very accomplished business and commercial litigators. We are delighted with the core strengths that these attorneys bring to our firm.”

Demers’ practice focuses on representing banking and commercial clients in business litigation and commercial contract disputes. Among his many clients are Fortune 500 companies, state agencies, private lenders, energy companies and regional businesses. A former Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General’s office, he also has experience representing clients in construction and franchise disputes. He previously was a partner with Fowler White Boggs, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale.

Named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, Demers earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.S. from the University of Florida. He is admitted to practice in Florida and Ohio.

Giordano handles a variety of business and commercial litigation matters, with a special focus on bankruptcy – creditors’ rights, partnership disputes, commercial foreclosures, contract and corporate disputes, and general and professional liability lawsuits. He also previously was a partner with Fowler White Boggs, P.A. in Fort Myers.

Giordano has been named a Florida Super Lawyers Magazine “Rising Star” for 2011 and 2012 and he holds a preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association, where he is an active member of the Business Law Section’s UCC/Bankruptcy and the Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison Committees. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Malani focuses his practice on creditors’ rights and commercial bankruptcy. He represents both secured and unsecured creditors, including lending institutions, purchasers of assets, landlords and trade creditors, in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings. He most recently was in the Miami office of Strook & Strook & Lavan.

Malani received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.