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Gary Schaaf

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Business Law

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Clearwater, FL 33759
United States

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27

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Businesses and individuals who need assistance with commercial or real estate related legal issues or disputes.

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I am a Florida Bar board certified business litigator, the Managing Shareholder of the Tampa Bay Regional Office of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., and superviser of the litigation practice in that office. I have been a business litigator in the Tampa Bay Area since moving from Philadelphia in 1987. I have received Board Certification in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar, which is the highest level of recognition of an attorney’s competency and expertise in one or more of the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. I am also rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 (the highest level attainable) by Martindale Hubbell, based upon the endorsement of my colleagues in the areas of professional conduct, ethics and ability, and have been selected by Florida Trend magazine as a member of the Legal Elite, which recognizes the top tier of attorneys practicing in Florida as chosen by their colleagues. I have extensive experience litigating business disputes, real property disputes, contract litigation, probate and trust litigation, condominium and homeowners association litigation, mortgage foreclosure litigation, injunction actions, representation of creditors in bankruptcy, and banking litigation. My clients have included national and local financial institutions, multi-national, national and local businesses, governments, and individuals. During the course of my career, I have:  Represented the FDIC, RTC and FSLIC in numerous complex litigation matters, including several federal court jury trials.  Obtained a jury defense verdict for a national financial institution accused of fraud, malicious prosecution, and negligence.  Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a Brazilian manufacturing company, in a suit concerning defective packaging machinery.  Obtained a favorable opinion from the federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of a distributorship client, reversing a lower court ruling, and leading to a multi-million dollar settlement.  Represented a national financial institution in its statewide trust business litigation, including favorable resolution of numerous contested causes of action.  Provided ongoing representation to a quasi-public utility company as a creditor in multiple bankruptcies, including various adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court. I have significant trial experience in the state and federal courts as well as appellate practice experience before Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and am admitted to the United States Supreme Court. I have presented on various subjects, including collections and foreclosures in the community association context, annual developments in community association law, mediation considerations in business litigation, discovery issues in business litigation, and parties’ rights to seek attorneys’ fees in business litigation. I have also blogged on personal jurisdiction in the Internet context (http://www.businesslitigationperspectives.com/2011/08/), e-discovery (http://www.businesslitigationperspectives.com/2011/05/), attorneys’ fee awards (http://www.businesslitigationperspectives.com/2011/04/), Florida’s economic loss rule (http://businesslitigationperspectives.com/), and other topics pertinent to business litigation. I also have extensive experience as a Certified Circuit and Federal Court Mediator and training in arbitration by the Florida Bar. Activities & Memberships I have been a member of the Hillsborough County and Clearwater Bar Associations; am a past director of the Largo Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce; served on the Board of Trustees of Community Action Stops Abuse, in St. Petersburg, Florida; and serve as General Counsel to the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. and Bacchus Events Solutions, Inc. I am also a licensed real estate sales associate in the State of Florida. Bar Admissions • Florida, 1987 • New Jersey, 1986 • Pennsylvania, 1986 Court Admissions • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit • Supreme Court of the United States Education • Temple University, J.D. cum laude 1986, B.B.A. 1983

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