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Samuel Bookhardt IV focuses his practice on complex litigation matters involving businesses and individuals at both the trial court and appellate levels. He has litigated matters for clients in the financial services industry in federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations. Such clients include national banks, a loan servicer, a brokerage firm, an investment bank, and a gift card issuer.

He has argued and prevailed on motions to dismiss for clients, and drafted winning legal briefs.



  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for national bank in case concerning property deeds that were allegedly fraudulent.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of student loan servicer in case arising from allegations that client made misrepresentations to plaintiffs regarding their eligibility for the public service loan forgiveness program. The claims asserted included breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, unjust enrichment, and violations of certain state consumer protection acts, all of which failed as a matter of law. 
  • Defended investment bank against claims for breach of contract, professional negligence, and negligent misrepresentation stemming from an agreement to structure a tax-exempt bond financing. The Claimants calculated their damages to be in excess of $60 million. All claims were denied in their entirety after a 15 day arbitration hearing.°
  • Represented Registered Investment Advisor in investigation by the Securities & Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. The investigation concluded with no enforcement action being filed.°
  • Served as litigation counsel for the Indian River County, Florida Branch of the NAACP in a school desegregation case pending in federal court.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Bookhardt prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

  • Kellogg’s Law Fellow, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Summer 2015
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable R. Fred Lewis, Florida Supreme Court, Spring 2015
  • Extern, Office of Miami Beach City Attorney, Fall 2014
  • Intern, The Office of the Public Defender, 18th Judicial Circuit, Florida, Summer 2014

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, The Florida Bar


  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2016
    • Staff Editor, Race & Social Justice Law Review
  • B.S.B.A., Business Economics, with honors, University of Central Florida, 2013
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida