Benjamin A. Taormina

Associate

Overview

Benjamin A. Taormina is an attorney in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office and member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. He focuses his practice in the area of commercial litigation and has significant experience in conducting jury trials. Mr. Taormina also has represented clients with internal investigations, antitrust violations, money laundering, trust and estates litigation, commercial landlord-tenant litigation and financial services litigation.

Mr. Taormina's notable representative matters include:

  • represented a large franchisor and its chief executive involving claims of fraud, civil theft and breach of contract in a five-week jury trial
  • defended a major cruise line against claims of defamation, fraud and breach of contract brought by a former chief executive in a one-week jury trial
  • defended a foreign national in a criminal prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice for antitrust violations related to the Marine Hose cartel
  • defended a major financial institution against numerous claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty asserted by several investors related to a Ponzi scheme

Mr. Taormina also maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented clients in matters involving financial elder abuse and fraud, as well as child abduction cases pursuant to the Hague Convention.

While in law school at the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. Taormina was an active member of both the University of Miami Law Review and the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board. Also, Mr. Taormina worked as a certified legal intern at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Economic and Environmental Crimes Section, and was an intern for the Honorable Milton Hirsch of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Prior to law school, Mr. Taormina worked at a Big Four accounting firm.

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Michigan State University, B.A., Accounting, with honor
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Memberships
  • Dubai Legal Scholars, 2013
  • Leadership Fort Lauderdale, Class XXIII
  • Dade County Legal Aid Leadership Academy, Class IV
Honors & Awards
  • Litigation Skills Faculty Donor Scholarship
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship, University of Miami School of Law
  • Dean's Certificate of Achievement, Legal Communications and Research II, University of Miami School of Law
  • Dean's Certificate of Achievement, Legal Writing Skills, University of Miami School of Law
  • Dean's Certificate of Achievement, Federal Motion Practice, University of Miami School of Law
  • Dean's Certificate of Achievement, Criminal Procedure, University of Miami School of Law

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