Litigation

With over 80 litigators across five offices, Shumaker is able to successfully represent clients in many different types of litigation matters.  We bring a business emphasis to litigation to accomplish client goals both inside and outside the courtroom.  Our clients include Fortune 1000 companies, mid-market and family businesses, officers and individuals in a wide range of disputes throughout the United States.

What Makes Us Different

We define "winning" as reaching the best result for our clients as efficiently as possible, and we are particularly sensitive to the economic realities of the adversarial process.  Developing the right strategy from the beginning to achieve our clients goals is key.  Our lawyers help clients analyze the risks and benefits of litigation and implement a strategy which may include all aspects of trial preparation, mediation, arbitration, negotiation and other forms of dispute resolution.  Developing the right strategy for each given situation to achieve client objectives is our first priority.

Shumaker litigators use sophisticated trial management, litigation support, database and presentation technology, but never as a substitute for the hard work, strategic approach and commitment needed to resolve disputes.  Our  skills as a trial team are illustrated by the selection of several of our litigators as fellows in the Litigation Counsel of America (an invitation-only honor accorded to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers) and by team members with Board Certification in such areas as Appellate, Bankruptcy, Business Litigation, Civil Trial and Construction law.

We continually look for new ways to add value to the litigation equation, such as our unique Business Backstopsm program, with a menu of streamlined and effective solutions to help businesses deal with uncertainties in challenging economic times.  These programs help our clients avoid disputes by providing them with solid business procedures that become a part of their day-to-day operating procedures.

Our Clients

  • Large, middle-size and small business clients
  • Companies with industry-specific litigation needs, from construction to healthcare
  • Manufacturers and distributors of commercial and consumer products
  • Medical, legal and financial professionals

Why You Benefit

Clients receive the benefits of a skilled and experienced litigation group which offers a variety of litigation services that are typified by these key strengths:

  • Experienced litigators, prepared for court room trial, with access to scalable resources needed to successfully represent our clients in a wide range of disputes.
  • Recognizing that not all matters require pursuit of formal trial proceedings, Shumaker litigators are also skilled at all forms of dispute resolution including:  negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
  • With each dispute, our commercial litigators sit down with the client and discuss goals and expectations.  Then, working together, we develop a strategic plan that has the best chance of maximizing results to achieve your goals. 
  • We are equally effective in the complex issues that require hearing in federal, state or appellate courts, providing lawyers who have pursued significant issues and established new law.

Core Services

  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate compliance and investigation
  • Federal court litigation
  • Fidelity, surety and specialty bonds
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability

Additional Services

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appellate practice

What You Can Expect from Shumaker

When clients ask Shumaker to represent their interests, we take the time to understand how their business works, know the issues and create a clear and comprehensive strategy.  We work quickly to assess the merits of opposing claims, balance the strength of the allegations against the potential damages and advise clients on the best approach to resolve the dispute.

If trial is the best option, our seasoned trial teams can quickly identify the issues and develop a strategy which affords our clients the best chance of victory in the courtroom. 

More detailed descriptions of our litigation practices and strengths are linked to this description.  Together they illustrate the varied skills Shumaker offers to deal with your litigation needs.


News Releases

10.11.2017Meghan O. Serrano Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
10.05.2017Hayley H. Salem Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.26.2017James E. Fanto Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.26.2017Justin P. Senior Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.21.2017Brett M. Henson Appointed to Downtown Sarasota Alliance Board of Directors
08.23.2017Julia May Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.16.2017April Zinober Joins Board of Directors of PACE Center for Girls, Hillsborough
08.10.2017Meghan Serrano Receives Board Certification in Business Litigation
07.26.2017Christian Staples Named Honoree for the 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Awards
07.17.2017Steele B. ("Al") Windle, III Joins Construction Society of America
07.11.2017Walmart Ordered to Pay $1.69 Million In Attorneys' Fees In "Exceptional" Trademark Case
07.10.2017Andrew J. Oppenheim Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
07.07.2017Mandi Ballard Clay Appointed to Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood
07.06.2017Mandi Ballard Clay Appointed to Florida Bar's Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee
07.06.2017Karen Stiles and Beth Stanfield Named to Positions With North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
07.05.2017Mandi Ballard Clay Elected Treasurer of HAWL
06.15.2017Kevin Braig Named Speaker at NCLGS Summer Meeting
06.09.2017Rebecca E. Shope Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Toledo “Woman of the Year"
06.07.2017Mark Wagoner Appointed to Bipartisan Judicial Advisory Commission to Recommend Federal Judge Nominees
06.06.2017Adria Maria Jensen and Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Sarasota County Bar Association
05.25.2017Michele Leo Hintson Program Chair of 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
04.18.2017Scott Stevenson Inducted Into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
04.04.2017Beth A. Stanfield Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
03.29.2017Michele Leo Hintson and Timothy C. Garding Spoke at Tampa Chapter of Professional Association of Health Care Office Management Monthly Meeting
03.09.2017Raydal Hospitality Announces Newest Sabor Latin Street Grill Location
03.08.2017Steven Bimbo Appointed to Charlotte Business Inclusion Advisory Council
02.13.2017Brian C. Willis Spoke at American Bar Association Mid-Year Conference
01.26.2017Peter R. Silverman Inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
01.02.2017Christopher Cavaliere Elected to Board of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts
12.13.2016Axelrod Presents at 33rd Annual American Bar Association Tax Conference
11.16.2016Shumaker Earns National and Regional Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017
11.10.2016Lisa M Hoffman Honored at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 2016 STANDOUT Awards Banquet
11.09.2016Ernie Marquart Appointed to Board of Trustees of The Academy of the Holy Names
11.08.2016Michele Leo Hintson Panelist for The Winning Edge Professionalism Event
09.19.2016April L. Zinober Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.07.2016Robert H. Eddy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.10.2016Tivoli Homes of Sarasota Prevails in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against Medallion Homes Gulf Coast
08.03.2016Hunter G. Norton Earns Florida Bar Board Certification
07.15.2016Peter Silverman Featured in Restaurant Finance Monitor
06.27.2016Peter R. Silverman Appointed to CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
05.26.2016Christian H. Staples Elected to Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors
04.01.2016Sarasota Associate Featured in "Millennial Speak" in the Business Observer
03.03.2016Robert R. Warchola Elected to Board of Governors of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
01.28.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and North Carolina Rising Stars
12.30.2015Christopher Cavaliere Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.12.2015Shumaker Earns “Best Law Firm” Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016
11.12.2015Christina Davidson Trimmer Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.30.2015Brooke Loucks Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.15.2015Yuliya V. Swaim Joins Sarasota Office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.14.2015Thomas M. Wood Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for MacDonald Training Center
10.13.2015Brian C. Willis Discusses Small Town Urbanism at Pecha Kucha Night Tampa Bay
10.09.2015Megan M. Stacy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.09.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Prevails in Ohio Supreme Court
10.08.2015Brian C. Willis Guest Speaker at Tampa's Urban Core Board Member Roundtable
10.05.2015Daniel J. DeLeo Elected to Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County Board of Directors
10.05.2015Matthew C. Spaulding Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.25.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Prevails in 6th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
10.31.2014Brian Coulter Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.15.2014Thomas F. McDonnell, Jr. Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick,LLP
10.07.2014G. Thomas Curran, Jr. Accepted to HCBA Leadership Institute Class of 2014-2015
09.22.2014Rebecca E. Shope Appointed to Advisory Group for U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
09.16.2014Jamie Colner Appointed Treasurer of the American Board of Trial Advocates Ohio Chapter
09.02.2014Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments
08.27.2014Jamie Colner to Present at Ohio Masters in Trial
08.22.2014Matthew T. Kemp Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.21.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Named Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year”
07.30.2014Michele Leo Hintson Named Chair of Community Advisory Board of the Leadership Council of Junior League of Tampa
07.24.2014Shumaker Attorney Sits on Florida Bar Panel
06.26.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Significant Addition to the Firm
06.20.2014Kathleen G. Reres and Brian C. Willis Spoke to Leto High School Students
06.19.2014Michele Leo Hintson Named Vice-Chair of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee
05.13.2014Kevin Braig Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
05.13.2014Brian C. Willis Panelist at 83 Degrees Media Not Your Average Speaker Series
04.18.2014G. Thomas Curran, Jr. Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
01.28.2014Brian C. Willis Selected as NLC Fellow
11.14.2013John C. Barron Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
06.27.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite and Up & Comers
11.05.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® Guide
08.23.2012Shumaker Attorney Mark Wagoner Wins Landmark Victory in Beer Distributorship Case
11.02.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2011 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers
10.13.2010Rachel B. Goodman Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.27.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives First Tier Rankings in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 “Best Law Firms” Inaugural List
08.02.2010Daniel J. DeLeo Receives Board Certification in Business Litigation
03.01.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition

Blogs

Publications

09.20.2017Client Alert: FTC Gives Guidance in Slaying the Data Breach Dragon
08.22.2017Client Alert: North Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Important Opinion on Commercial Lease Guaranties
07.26.2017"Proposition 65 Amendments Require Re-evaluation of Products and Warnings"
07.26.2017"Mitigating Regulatory Risks Affecting the Wood and Furniture Industries: The Lacey Act"
July/August 2017"Resolving Disputes by Expert Determination: What Happens When Parties Select Appraisers, Accountants, or Other Technical Experts to Decide Disputes," The Florida Bar Journal (Vol. 91, No. 7)
July/August 2017"Holdover Tenants: Managing End of Lease Liability," HCBA Lawyer magazine
06.09.2017"Attorney Claims PASPA Has Loophole," GamblingCompliance
06.07.2017Client Alert: Top Ten Urban Legends of Intellectual Property
04.14.2017Client Alert: Federal Court Orders CAFOs to Report Air Emissions
04.13.2017Client Alert: Eleventh Circuit Denies Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim, but Is This the Final Word?
03.17.2017Client Alert: Construction Liens in Florida – The Timing and Manner of Perfection are Critical
02.13.2017Client Alert:  Fourth DCA Reverses Itself in Ober, Restores Certainty with Foreclosures
12.29.2016"Disabled Users' Access to your Website: A New Litigation Threat"
12.22.2016Client Alert: New TTAB Rule Changes Take Effect in 2017
08.30.2016Client Alert: Foreclosing Subsequently Accruing Liens no Longer a Certainty under the Lis Pendens Statute
07.31.2016"Winning Commercial Litigation: Terms and Conditions, Strategy and Execution"
07.15.2016"Early Dispute Resolution Turns Legal Decisions Into Business Decisions" – Peter Silverman Featured in Restaurant Finance Monitor, 24 June 2016
July 2016"High Stakes Privacy Breaches – The First Business Associate Settlement Brings HIPAA Compliance Into Sharper Focus for Law Firms," The Resource, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
06.29.2016"(Really) Early Dispute Resolution"
05.16.2016Co-Author: "Faster, Cheaper, Better: The New Standard For Dispute Resolution," International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
04.19.2016"(Really) early dispute resolution"
04.13.2016"Are the New Emergency Relief Rules in Arbitration the Death Knell for Court-Ordered Injunctions Pending Arbitration?"
12.01.2014"A Derivative Suit by any other Name:  Challenging Manager Actions in Alternative Entities"
05.01.2014"Navigating Foreclosure in States with 'One-Action Rules'"
Spring 2014"Party-Appointed Arbitrators:  Ethical Concerns," The Franchise Lawyer,  Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring 2014
05.23.2013"A Rock and a Hard Place:  Don't Become a Client's Surrogate in Communicating with the Government," insights Newsletter
05.23.2013"E-Discovery Amendments to Florida Civil Rules Now in Effect," insights Newsletter
09.06.2012"E-Discovery Amendments to Florida Civil Rules Now in Effect," Sarasota County Bar Association's The Docket
Winter 2011"What Employers Need to Know About the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act," HR Florida Review
January 2011"The Case of Burlington Northern and the Future of Retaliation Claims: A Look From the HR Perspective," HR Magazine
September/October 2010"Health Care Reform and the Pay or Play Employer Mandate," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer magazine
09.01.2009"Judge Nelly Khouzam Elevated to the Second District Court of Appeal"
04.30.2009"Reclamation and §503(B)(9): Issues in the Aftermath of Phar-Mor v. McKesson"
02.11.2008"Amended FTC Franchise Rule Affects Franchisees: Right of Franchise Association Disclosure Takes Effect in '08"
10.09.2007"Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee: The Lure of Floating Forum Selection Clauses"
10.01.2005"47 Litigation Writing Rules"
01.01.2005"43 Litigation Writing Rules"

Newsletters

Events and Presentations

09.14.2017Presenter, "Ethical Issues in Suretyship: Staying Out of Jeopardy," Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey
04.20-21/2017Co-Presenter: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN
12.08.2016"The Next Wave: The Government’s Focus on US Investments to Evade Foreign Taxes," American Bar Association Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the Sixth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy
05.16.2016"Faster, Cheaper, Better: The New Standard For Dispute Resolution," International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
06.05.2015"Litigation Management for In-House Counsel"
05.30.2013"Cost Effective Compliance"
10.15.2012“How to Obtain Good Title in Real Estate Transactions”
09.02.2012"Masters in Trial - Direct Examination of Experts"
February 2012"The Hunters Become the Hunted (Tips on Managing Social Media While Job Hunting)," Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lamda Division, Polk State College, Lakeland, FL
October 2011"TMI: Everything You (Never) Wanted to Know About Social Media & the Workplace," Tampa, FL
September 2011"TMI-Social Media: Whether You Want to Know or Not!," Polk Works Round Table Presentation, Lakeland, FL
May 2011"TMI-Social Media: Whether You Want to Know or Not!," West Central Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association Meeting, Tampa, FL
November 2010"I Dream of GINA: The EEOC's Newly Issued Final Regulations for Complying with the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act," Tampa, FL
October 2010"Social Networking Sites-Treasure Trove or Liability Trap?," Tampa, FL
October 2010"Portable Devices Freeze Employers in Their Tracks," Tampa, FL
May 2010"Historic Health Care Overhaul: What it Means for Employers," Association of Corporate Counsel, Orlando, FL


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