Ed Shohat is a partner at Jones Walker LLP, one of the South’s top commercial, litigation and white collar defense firms.
How long has the firm been serving South Florida clients? “Since 2001.”
How many attorneys work for the firm? “351.”
What are the firm’s legal specialties? “Jones Walker LLP is among the 120 largest law firms in the United States, serving local, regional, national and international business interests with offices across the southeast, New York and the District of Columbia. The firm is committed to providing a comprehensive range of legal services, including litigation, banking, corporate, intellectual property, international trade, labor & employment, real estate, and tax to its clients in the United States and abroad.”
What is the best part about practicing law in South Florida? “Miami has been the epicenter for cutting-edge criminal cases my entire career, and I have been extremely fortunate to practice among some of the finest prosecutors and defense lawyers in the country. Nothing could be better than living and working in this paradise where my wife, Maria, and I have built successful law practices while also raising two wonderful young adults, Lauren and Kevin — both of whom are now also practicing law!”
Is there a particular case you can mention that exemplifies the firm’s work and success? “In United States v. Michael Pizzi in which I served as lead trial counsel in the defense of the Mayor of Miami Lakes accused of bribery and money laundering in connection with obtaining federal grant money for the town. Mr. Pizzi was acquitted of all charges after a jury trial. During 2016-’17, I also won a substantial monetary verdict in civil legal malpractice trial as well as an appellate-affirmed summary judgment for a partner in a major South Florida law firm who had been sued for fraud in connection with a bank loan for a client.”
What is something people may not know about your firm that you would like them to know? “In addition to a stellar white collar crime team, we recently added a highly ranked national Construction practice. In Florida, we have a strong Government Relations team that represents clients in Gaming, Health Care, Agriculture, and Education.”
Does the firm have any major plans for 2018-’19? “The firm just completed a new strategic plan and will be looking to expand in several of its existing markets, including Miami.”
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