Mark NeJame

Trial Attorney and Legal Analyst

Mark NeJame received both his Bachelor's Degree and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida. He graduated from UF’s, College of Law, in 1980. He is based primarily in Central Florida with his main office in Orlando. His firm has other satellite offices in Central Florida. He has routinely handled both state and federal cases and clients throughout Florida, having practiced in numerous counties throughout the state as well as in all of Florida’s federal district courts; the Middle, Northern and Southern U.S. Districts. In addition to Florida, he has represented clients and handled cases in numerous other states and districts throughout the United States and the Caribbean including Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, California, New York, Virgin Islands, New Jersey, Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia.

For the first 25 years of his 32-year career, Mark NeJame primarily devoted his practice to criminal defense. His state and national reputation was achieved by passionately representing thousands of clients charged with essentially every type of criminal offense. Today, NeJame Law, has the largest criminal defense team in Central Florida, and possibly in Florida. Because of the demand for him and his firm to provide additional legal services, NeJame Law expanded its practice areas several years ago and now includes strong and equally well-respected personal injury, immigration, family law and civil/commercial litigation divisions.

Utilizing the same reputation, ethical approach and negotiating and trial skills for which he and his firm have become renowned, NeJame Law's extraordinary Personal Injury Division helps and represents individuals and families who have been injured or killed in everything from vehicle accidents to negligent security injuries to excessive use of force by law enforcement cases.

The Immigration, Family Law, Immigration and Commercial Litigation Divisions, are similarly dedicated to the same measure of excellence NeJame Law demands. Being the Founder and Senior Partner, Mark is driven in making certain that his Firm and its team of trial attorneys provide creative, aggressive, ethical and compassionate representation in seeking the best results on behalf of its clients. Although most of Mark's cases involve regular people dealing with extraordinary events in their lives, Mark has handled numerous high-profile cases involving judges, professionals, media celebrities, athletes, lawyers, politicians, law enforcement officials and renowned business people. The vast majority of such cases need to be kept off the public radar and to be resolved quietly. A small number of others either necessitate public exposure or proper handling of the press when they come calling. With his vast media experience, as well as his substantial legal background and experience, Mark and his team to know how to properly navigate a case through such issues, landmines and considerations.

Among the many awards and accolades, Mark NeJame is honored that NeJame Law has been voted in the Orlando Business Journal’s Annual Reader's Poll as The Best Law Firm in Orlando Central Florida for each of the last three consecutive years; 2012, 2013 and 2014. Mark is also recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, which acknowledges but a small number of the leading lawyers in the United States. He is also AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest-ranking given by the organization, which is the premier nationally-recognized attorney rating service. This ranking is the top ranking for both legal skills and ethics.

Mark NeJame has been named among Orlando's 50 Most Powerful People for many consecutive years in Orlando Magazine's Most Powerful annual list. Orlando Leisure Magazine also identifies Mark NeJame among Orlando's Best Lawyers. He has been further recognized in the esteemed Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite as one of the best attorneys in Florida. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, being referred to as "Orlando's Own Johnny Cochran", " The Power Worthy", "Defender is a Contender", "Orlando Power Couple", and the "Voice for the Voiceless".

Dedicated to service to others, Mark has been very active in a variety of civil, charity and political functions, having hosted multiple charitable and political events. He is co-founder and intimately involved, along with his wife, with Runway to Hope, a charity that provides assistance, research, help and support to children with pediatric cancer and their families. In only its first four years, Runway to Hope has been voted or recognized as The Best Charity Event in Central Florida a staggering 9 times. He has been honored to receive the Award for Excellence in Fundraising by a Nonprofit, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He and his wife, Josie, have also been named Philanthropist of the Year for 2014 by the same organization. Mark is a member of the board of directors of the International Prostate Cancer Foundation, has served as co-chair for the Heart Fund Ball and chaired or been in a leadership role in many other charities.

Mark has been contracted on two occasions as a Legal Analyst and Commentator for both CNN and HLN (HeadLine News), speaking frequently to a national and international audience on the major national cases of the day. He has also been a contributor to CNN.com. Mark is currently contracted as a Legal Analyst and Commentator with Central Florida News 13, providing regular legal commentary on legal matters occurring throughout Central Florida several days a week.

Mark NeJame is frequently sought out as a legal speaker, lecturer and commentator and has been recognized and given awards by numerous organizations. He has been a featured speaker for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Association of Black Narcotics Officers, innumerable other law enforcement groups, the Florida Private Investigators Association and multiple other associations.

In addition to the appearances on CNN and HLN, he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Piers Morgan Show, The Canadian News Network (CBC), Nancy Grace Show, The Dr. Phil Show, Dr. Drew Show, American Greed, MSNBC, FOX News, Joy Behar Show, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Geraldo Rivera, Studio B with Shepard Smith, Inside Edition, Greta van Susteren, Court TV, TruTv, as well other shows and a variety of ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox national and local news segments and outlets. Mark was a 2012 Emmy nominee, along with the rest of the WKMG news team, where he provided ongoing legal analysis and commentary on the Casey Anthony trial.

Gregory D. Smith

Gregory D. Smith is a part-time judge/justice on six (6) different Native American Tribal Supreme Courts in six (6) different states (AZ, CA, MI, NE, OK, and WI). He is also the Chief Judge of the U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Court of Indian Appeals (Miami Agency). Judge Smith is also a municipal judge in Tennessee and as a lawyer, he presented over 500 appeals in multiple states and most of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. Smith has participated in several cases that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Smith has multiple law review articles in print and was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Tennessee Municipal Judge by the Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference. In 2001, he was selected as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association. Smith is listed in the 2020 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers for his appellate work and holds an A/V rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In 1994, Smith spoke at the United Nations in New York. The ABA Journal did a feature article on Smith's role in tribal courts in November 2019. A recent law review article Smith wrote garnered praise from a former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs (who is now a law school dean). Smith practices law in Clarksville, TN. {J.D. Cumberland School of Law, 1988}.

Steven V. Walkowiak

Steven V. Walkowiak is a Co-Chair of the Video Games and Esports Group and a Litigation shareholder. Steve advises clients in the esports and video gaming space, both with respect to regulatory matters and privacy issues raised in this emerging and evolving market. He is involved in esports regulation and advises clients regarding video game disciplinary decisions, league training, employment, and anti-corruption policies. He has served as a consultant and esports legal advisor, working with parties throughout sports, media, and entertainment to navigate the complex and evolving esports legal landscape in issues as diverse as antitrust and employment, through media content licensing and intellectual property. He is also a member of both the Esports Bar Association and Video Game Bar Association.

Steve additionally represents a wide range of businesses and individuals from trial through appeal. He focuses on complex commercial litigation, product liability, and consumer fraud litigation representing clients in both state and federal court, and before FINRA arbitration panels. Steve has defended numerous medical device and industrial product claims as well as defended against class certification on behalf of numerous products. Steve has advised on various oil and gas matters. This includes the acquisition and development of a major, urban gas pipeline through Dallas/Ft. Worth, including the acquisition through eminent domain and condemnation proceedings land necessary to complete the development project. In addition, Steve routinely assists in defending antitrust and complex business litigation disputes, and has deep experience with respect to franchise terminations, franchise litigation, and securing emergency relief for franchisors. He has sought and obtained emergency orders on behalf of franchisors in both state and federal courts in order to protect the franchisor’s brand, and secure smooth reacquisition of products and premises.

Furthermore, Steve advises clients on critical issues pertaining to attorney-client privilege, with an emphasis on cross border privacy and privilege ramifications in the litigation and compliance spheres. He has been involved in international Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) internal investigations on behalf of clients, and developed compliance and privacy strategies for clients facing unique compliance and regulatory challenges. Steve advises clients with respect to eDiscovery and eRetention policies, and counsels clients relating to best practices with respect to electronic document retention and security, and electronic discovery.

Concentrations

P. William Stark

William (Bill) Stark is a leader of the Video Games and Esports Group and a Litigation shareholder. Bill advises clients in the esports and video gaming industry with respect to digital content development, distribution, regulation, entertainment, and consumption. He assists and counsels clients regarding esports regulation, training, anti-corruption, compliance, and litigation issues. Bill assists clients in understanding and navigating the complex and rapidly evolving esports legal and regulatory landscape to proactively navigate the opportunities and challenges that arise on a daily basis.

Bill also advises clients regarding commercial and complex disputes. He is experienced trying cases in court and in a wide variety of arbitrations, including international commercial disputes, partnership disputes, real estate litigation, securities litigation, energy litigation, construction contracts, commercial arbitrations, labor and employment disputes and intellectual property. He represents individuals and businesses as both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, as well as in national and international bodies, such as the American Arbitration Association, the ICC Court of Arbitration, and the London Court of International Arbitration.

Concentrations

Jeremy S. Schneider

Jeremy Schneider is a principal in the Washington, DC Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  He helps employers reduce workplace risk and manage legal costs by preventing and resolving disputes with their employees.

When litigation is unavoidable, Jeremy vigorously defends employers in state and federal court, arbitrations, and before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, DOL, and OSHA. Jeremy has a proven track record of successfully defending employers, obtaining summary judgment and defense verdicts in cases arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and state law torts.

Jeremy also has significant experience litigating whistleblower cases brought under the False Claims Act, Dodd-Frank, and Sarbanes-Oxley. Prior to joining the firm, Jeremy represented qui tam relators in FCA actions, building relationships with Department of Justice officials and assisting the federal government in investigating and prosecuting FCA violations. At Jackson Lewis, Jeremy leverages this experience by representing companies, their boards, executives, and individual employees in all aspects of whistleblower litigation.

Jeremy has also successfully defended companies involved in complex class and collective actions brought under the WARN Act, COBRA, and the FLSA, defeating multiple motions for class and collective certification, and negotiating settlements in cases involving millions of dollars in potential exposure.

Jeremy also helps clients protect their competitive interests through enforcing covenants not to compete and litigating breaches of duty of loyalty and theft of trade secrets claims.

Jeremy is a frequent speaker before human resource organizations, industry and bar associations, and conferences on employment and whistleblower issues. Jeremy sits on the Board of Loudoun SHRM and serves as the organization’s Legislative Liaison.

A New Jersey native, Jeremy has been in the DC area since undergrad. He lives in Leesburg with his wife and their three children. The Schneiders are active in the community through their church and their children’s school. Jeremy also provides pro-bono legal services, and is actively involved in outreach, for the Loudoun Free Clinic. Outside of his family and the law, Jeremy enjoys playing chess, reading science fiction, and re-watching The Office on a continual loop.

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Dallas Hammer

Dallas Hammer is Principal of Zuckerman Law and represents whistleblowers in whistleblower retaliation claims. His practice focuses on representing senior executives and senior professionals in high-stakes whistleblower retaliation cases, including cybersecurity whistleblower claims. Hammer leads his firm’s cybersecurity whistleblower practice and Virginia employment practice, and he has spoken and written extensively about protections for cybersecurity whistleblowers.

Before joining Zuckerman Law, Mr. Hammer litigated discrimination and whistleblower retaliation claims on behalf of private and public employees at two boutique employment-law firms with national practices. Mr. Hammer received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s in journalism from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Hammer is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.

Leila A. Amineddoleh

As an internationally known art lawyer, Leila A. Amineddoleh represents major art collectors, museums, galleries, dealers, non-profits, artists, estates, foundations and foreign governments. She has been involved in matters related to multi-million dollar contractual disputes, international cultural heritage law violations, the recovery of stolen art and antiquities, authentication disputes, art-backed loans, and the purchase and sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of art and collectibles. As a specialist in art authentication and title disputes, Leila advises clients on the acquisition and sale of fine arts and cultural heritage works, and she has been involved in the return of valuable stolen fine art and looted antiquities. She has successfully represented clients in a number of high-profile matters, including her representation of the Greek government in Barnet et al. v. Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Hellenic Republic.

Leila began her career as an intellectual property law litigator, and she continues to work with artists and entrepreneurs to develop their intellectual property portfolios and protect their works and artistic rights.

Leila has lectured at esteemed institutions, including the Frick Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Neue Galerie, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Leila has appeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times, ABC News, LA Times, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been published in legal journals, and arts publications, and she has had scholarly contributions published in books, including Nazi Law: From Nuremberg to Nuremberg and The Provenance Research Handbook.

Leila teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to Art Crime and the Law at New York University. She served as the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation from 2013 through 2015.

Joshua Bonnici

In looking towards his future, he decided in high school that becoming an attorney was his life’s choice. Josh then attended the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in Political Science and took advanced law courses prior to law school. From there, he attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law and worked for a local Plaintiff’s personal injury firm during and after his schooling. While at TJSL, he worked as a professor’s assistant, coached an award-winning alternative dispute team and took part in a volunteer teaching program, teaching homeless high school students at the Toussaint Academy in San Diego.

  “My personal promise to clients is responsiveness and information sharing – if you have a question, you will be fully informed in the quickest time possible, usually within 24 hours.” Josh

Drawing from all of his experiences and education, Josh decided to open his own practice where he could focus on helping people with some of their most life-altering situations. Josh understands that navigating the legal waters in a law suit can be daunting, but is dedicated to making sure each client has their case seen through from beginning to end. Josh’s philosophy has always been that truly helping a client isn’t just through representation – but through personal attention, zealous advocacy, and transparency.

Kenneth M. Abell

Ken is a seasoned litigator, tireless advocate and trusted advisor to his clients. His practice focuses on government investigations and enforcement matters, qui tam defense and False Claims Act litigation, white collar criminal defense, healthcare regulatory and compliance counseling, and complex commercial litigation.

Until 2018, Ken served as Chief of Healthcare Fraud for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Civil Division. In his ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Ken litigated and resolved some of the Eastern District’s most significant fraud matters, successfully tried several cases and argued numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ken supervised more than twenty AUSAs handling healthcare fraud matters and oversaw a diverse practice group that included cases against pharmaceutical companies, laboratories, hospital systems, home health agencies, physician practice groups, medical device companies, billing entities and individual physicians. In investigating and prosecuting these actions, Ken worked closely with federal agents from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Food & Drug Administration. Ken also worked in close partnership with attorneys from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit within the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

During his time as an AUSA, Ken also handled some of the nation’s largest mortgage fraud cases. In 2012, after years of intensive investigation, he successfully resolved a mortgage fraud case against Countrywide Financial for $1 billion, which was at the time the single largest mortgage fraud recovery under the False Claims Act. In 2015, Mr. Abell’s investigation against Bank of America was incorporated into the $16.65 billion National Mortgage Settlement, which remains the United States’ largest recovery ever against a single entity.

Immediately prior to founding Abell Eskew Landau (AEL), Ken was a partner and the Chair of the Healthcare Fraud and White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group at one of the largest law firms on Long Island. In that capacity, Ken helped scores of clients navigate high-stakes government investigations and successfully resolved several civil and criminal matters.

Ken is a frequent speaker on healthcare issues, having spoken at conferences and symposiums more than three dozen times on issues such as Medicare and Medicaid fraud, drug diversion, qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, matters under the Anti-Kickback Statute and government enforcement priorities.

Ken began his legal career as a commercial litigator at a prominent litigation boutique in Chicago. Thereafter, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore H. Katz in the Southern District of New York, before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 2008.

Steven R. Dolson

Steven Dolson is an attorney based in Syracuse New York. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from LeMoyne College and earned his Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York in Buffalo. He is practice primarily consists of representing claimants for Social Security Disability, SSI claims, and consumer bankruptcy. He is a Past President of the Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association and a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. He currently serves as a Chapter 7 Trustee within the Northern District of New York.