Anthony J. Palermo is a Tampa litigation attorney who represents clients in complex commercial disputes, governmental investigations, enforcement actions, and administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and state and federal court litigation, including through trial and appeal. Mr. Palermo also advises clients on regulatory compliance and corporate governance issues with a particular focus on consumer protection and financial services laws and regulations. He has significant experience in the financial services, transportation, healthcare, and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Palermo has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in Tampa for commercial litigation by Tampa Magazine, one of the "Rising Stars" in the state of Florida by Super Lawyers, and as a "Legal Elite Up & Comer" for commercial litigation by Florida Trend magazine. In addition, he was previously recognized nationally as one of only five consumer protection attorneys to be honored as a Law360 Rising Star and named to its list of top attorneys "whose legal accomplishments transcend their age."
As part of his litigation practice, Mr. Palermo has represented multiple professional sports teams in Florida, including Major League Baseball and National Hockey League franchises, in various business disputes. As part of his regulatory practice, Mr. Palermo has been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General to advise a state-run lending institution on compliance with consumer protection and banking laws.
In addition, Mr. Palermo has held various positions of bar leadership and is currently the Vice Chair of The Florida Bar's Consumer Protection Law Committee. He is a frequent speaker for The Florida Bar, and has presented at continuing legal education courses with state and federal judges on a range of substantive and procedural aspects of commercial litigation, consumer protection laws, and professionalism. He also has authored articles for multiple legal publications in these areas, and his published work has been quoted in law review articles, cited as support in appellate briefs by other lawyers before courts throughout Florida, and cited with approval in a recent decision by Florida's Second District Court of Appeal, which has appellate jurisdiction over the state courts in Hillsborough County, Florida, including Tampa.
Mr. Palermo's recent representative matters include:
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 the recognition for distinguished leadership, service and contributions to the legal profession for coordinating a statewide response to Hurricane Irma between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Bar Association (ABA), The Florida Bar, and legal aid providers and volunteer attorneys. As a result, more than 460 attorney volunteers provided free legal assistance to over 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 at Harvard 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, a combat support agency for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he held Top Secret/SCI level security clearance and traveled internationally as part of a U.S. delegation to the Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technology conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
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