Overview

Anthony J. Palermo is a Tampa litigation attorney who represents clients in commercial litigation matters and advises on regulatory compliance issues. His experience includes counseling clients and litigating issues involving corporate governance and shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, healthcare laws, consumer and commercial banking laws, transportation regulations, and real estate disputes.

Among his recent representations, Mr. Palermo has litigated on behalf of banks and other financial services institutions, business brokers and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firms, insurance brokers, transportation and logistics companies, telecommunications companies, and healthcare providers. He has been engaged in state and federal court class actions, complex business disputes, and governmental investigations. These matters have involved trade secrets, non-compete and other restrictive covenants, security interests, indemnity actions and insurance coverage disputes, cybersecurity and data breach claims, and various business torts.

As part of his regulatory practice, Mr. Palermo has been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General. In this capacity, he advised a state-run lending institution on compliance with various consumer protection and lending laws, including the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Mr. Palermo has twice received the President's Award from The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar. In June 2019, he earned the honor for "outstanding service to the young lawyers of Florida and his contributions to the betterment of the legal profession." In June 2018, Mr. Palermo received it for distinguished leadership, service and contributions to the legal profession for coordinating a statewide response to Hurricane Irma between numerous organizations and individuals, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Bar Association (ABA), The Florida Bar, legal aid providers and volunteer attorneys, among others. As a result, more than 460 attorney volunteers provided free legal assistance to more than 2,000 Floridians who could not afford to retain an attorney to address legal issues resulting from the storm.

While attending law school, Mr. Palermo was a teaching fellow in the government department and received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.

Prior to law school, Mr. Palermo worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., where he assisted in the production and exchange of intelligence products.

Experience

  • Represented a national bank in a three-day trial in an action for a breach of loan agreement and promissory note, breach of guaranty, and declaratory judgment and obtained a settlement during trial with one defendant and final declaratory judgment after trial that the client had a top priority security interest in fees payable to the borrower 
  • Defended former officers and directors of multiple community banks in three separate actions brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) based upon claims of negligence, gross negligence, and breach of fiduciary
  • Represented a business broker and a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm in multistate litigation and obtained a publicly filed stipulation from the opposing party that the contract was valid and enforceable, acknowledging liability under the contract, and withdrawing all prior allegations against the client

  • Obtained final judgment in favor of individual clients in probate litigation after full evidentiary hearing

  • Represented a surgery center in a putative class action in federal court arising from a data breach and obtained an order dismissing multiple claims against the client based on a "novel" issue for which "circuit courts have reached conflicting conclusions" and that had "not been addressed by the Eleventh Circuit"
  • Represented health care facility in binding, two-day arbitration regarding joint venture buy-out dispute with minority owner that implicated Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute 
  • Obtained temporary injunction, then a permanent injunction and final judgment in favor of assisted living facility allowing facility to terminate contract after full evidentiary hearing

  • Represented client selected for award of public contract in its response to request for proposal and ensuing evaluation process by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

  • Defended a leading company in the hospitality industry in an investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), resulting in the government's closing of its investigation, withdrawal of its civil investigative demand and document-retention obligations, and a decision not to take enforcement action 
  • Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General and advised state-run housing and lending authority regarding compliance with rules implemented by the CFPB under the Dodd-Frank Act
  • Advised publicly-traded retailer regarding regulatory compliance risks involved in acquisition of financial services company

  • Defended a multifamily acquisitions, renovation, and development company and obtained dismissal with prejudice of multiple claims against it, including a claim for civil theft

  • Defended a hauling company and obtained an order denying a claim for punitive damages after multiple evidentiary hearings based upon, among other things, compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) standards, despite the court allowing the claim of punitive damages to proceed against the driver after the trucking accident
  • Represented multiple transportation and logistics companies in various disputes related to noncompetition, nondisclosure, and nonsolicitation provisions in agreements with subcontractors
  • Represented a transportation and logistics company in an indemnity action against a sub-hauler stemming from a prior personal injury action
  • Representing a transportation and logistics company in a dispute with a former customer arising from a multiyear business relationship governed by tariffs and multiple contractual arrangements
  • Defending a transportation and logistics company in a dispute with a shipping agency regarding invoices arising under an intermodal interchange and facilities access agreement

  • Represented a telecommunications company in an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court in a constructive fraudulent transfer action 
  • Represented a telecommunications company in a tax controversy and obtained summary judgment defeating the IRS's claim of a superior creditor interest in the client's real property 
  • Representing a telecommunications company in a multimillion-dollar, international dispute relating to multiple breach of contract claims and business torts

  • Represented corporation in administrative appeal of stop-work order and order of penalty assessment regarding alleged violations of workers' compensation laws and obtained order significantly reducing assessed penalty

Credentials

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Political Science, minor in Philosophy, with highest distinction
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. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Memberships
  • The Florida Bar, Consumer Protection Law Committee, Vice Chair, 2019-Present; CLE Subcommittee Chair, 2018-2019
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD), Board of Governors, 2017-Present
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD), District Representative for Florida, 2017-Present
  • The Florida Bar, Leadership Academy, Fellow, 2015-2016
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD), Corporate Counsel Committee, Co-Chair, 2017-Present; Vice Chair, 2015-2017
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD), Litigation Committee, Vice Chair, 2014-2015
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Leadership Institute, Chair, 2014-2015
  • Harvard College, Admissions Office, Interviewer
  • Harvard Club of Tampa Bay, President, 2015-2017
  • Best Buddies Tampa Bay, Advisory Board, 2012-2014
  • Tampa Bay Carolina Club, President
  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Consumer Protection Rising Star, Law360, 2018
  • Top Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Transactions Law, Tampa Magazine, 2017-2018
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2019
  • Up & Comer, Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2016-2019
  • Star of the Quarter, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD), Fall 2017
  • Public and Charitable Service All-Star, Holland & Knight, 2018; Pro Bono All-Star, 2017-2018
  • Proven Pro Bono Producer Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2016-2019
  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award, 2018
  • Up & Comer, Under 30 Category, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2015
  • Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University
  • Order of the Bell Tower, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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