Overview

Jason H. Baruch is an attorney in the Tampa office of Holland & Knight. Mr. Baruch is a Florida Bar Board Certified Business Litigation attorney.

Mr. Baruch focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. Mr. Baruch's practice also includes creditors' rights, disputes in the maritime and transportation industry, and disputes involving low-income housing tax credits. He represents large institutional clients in a wide range of complex litigation at the federal and state level. Mr. Baruch has experience advising clients on business disputes, contract disputes and analysis, lender disputes, healthcare litigation, business tort disputes, government contract litigation, shareholder and noncompete agreements, intellectual property misappropriation, commercial maritime matters, creditors' rights and bankruptcy matters, data privacy litigation, and securities cases. In the appellate area, he has handled complex appeals at the state and federal level, including the Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. Mr. Baruch's matters include a number of published opinions in the area of complex business litigation.

Experience

  • Obtained a defense verdict and award of legal expenses for a radiology practice in a multimillion-dollar shareholder and noncompete litigation
  • Obtained a summary judgment in partnership dispute on a multimillion-dollar contractual claim
  • Obtained a defense summary judgment for a marine manufacturer against a claimant alleging breach of contract and unpaid wages
  • Obtained a federal court dismissal with prejudice for large lender in federal district court on multimillion-dollar business tort claims
  • Obtained a final federal court dismissal on behalf of surgery center of claims of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breaches and breach of fiduciary duty and confidentiality resulting from data breach
  • Obtained a $2.3 million trial award in a fraudulent transfer case involving an offshore trust
  • Obtained a final summary judgment in federal court against Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on behalf of company claiming superior creditor's lien on real property
  • Obtained a final summary judgment for business broker on contract claims in federal court
  • Obtained a final judgment for commercial plaintiff, after trial, on claims for breach of fiduciary duty
  • Defended a surgery center and obtained a final summary judgment on all counts on claims alleging failure to submit patient bills to the insurance company
  • Obtained a judgment in trademark case enjoining use of unfairly similar real estate brokerage sign
  • Obtained a judgment for a marine manufacturer plaintiff for the assignment of patent rights and a permanent injunction against a company that sought to misappropriate intellectual property rights relating to complex industrial machinery
  • Defended a medical practice in a multimillion-dollar contract and lease dispute, resulting in a successful verdict at arbitration
  • Represented a marine manufacturer plaintiff in an intellectual property misappropriation case and obtained an injunction against the defendants ordering compliance with a commercial confidentiality agreement
  • Obtained a defense verdict after trial for a publisher in a commissions lawsuit by a former employee
  • Obtained a defense ruling for a private equity firm against an injunction claim by a disgruntled former manager
  • Represented a securities broker in a trial regarding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and securities issues, resulting in no liability for the broker
  • Obtained a plaintiff's verdict in action to recover on a contract and lien
  • Defended a medical device company in a patent action in federal court injunction proceeding and damages claims, resulting in a denial of injunction and favorable settlement
  • Obtained a restraining order in favor of a children's home to prevent imminent harm in an internal governance dispute
  • Obtained a plaintiff's summary judgment on shareholder and fraudulent transfer claims against a retail facility and managing director
  • Obtained a permanent dismissal of a complaint for lack of jurisdiction in a bankruptcy trustee lawsuit alleging fraudulent transfers, preferences and breach of contract
  • Obtained a summary judgment order for a defendant medical facility on claims for breach of contract, unfair trade practices and declaratory judgment for a former patient
  • Obtained an injunction for a marine manufacturer against a competitor to prohibit acts of unfair competition and deceptive trade practices
  • Obtained an injunction and attorneys' fees award against a real estate broker who infringed a trademark
  • Obtained a judgment against Chapter 13 bankruptcy debtor for non-discharge of commercial debts
  • Obtained a non-discharge judgment after a trial against a bankruptcy debtor for misrepresentations on a commercial loan application
  • Obtained a non-discharge judgment after trial in a Chapter 7 commercial bankruptcy case
  • Obtained a dismissal after trial of Chapter 13 bankruptcy case
  • Represented a port facility land owner in an admiralty case involving the destruction of a ship pier piling
  • Hired frequently as an expert witness in attorneys' fee disputes in various kinds of commercial matters

  • Obtained a reversal by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on complex bankruptcy stay relief issue
  • Obtained an appellate reversal for a telecommunications company in a federal court litigation involving contract and fraudulent transfer
  • Prevailed in an appeal for a fuel company in the U.S. District Court of Appeals involving a contract dispute
  • Prevailed in an appeal for a real estate business in a federal appeal in an action involving contract and usury claims
  • Prevailed in an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on contract claims and settlement agreements
  • Prevailed in an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on contract claims and federal arbitration issues
  • Prevailed in an appeal before the Eleventh Circuit on claims of arbitrability of contract and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) claims
  • Obtained a reversal on appeal of a trial order denying a creditor's claim for non-discharge of bankruptcy debt in a Chapter 7 case

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Florida, B.S.
  • University of Florida, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Memberships
  • The Florida Bar 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Florida Law Review, Editor
  • Propeller Club of Tampa Bay
Honors & Awards
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2018, 2019
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite Up & Comer, 2012-2015, 2017
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2009 
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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