Lorence Jon Bielby

Lorence Jon Bielby

Shareholder

Lo Bielby is a Shareholder resident in Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee, Florida office. With more than 30 years of experience, trial lawyer Lo Bielby aggressively represents public and private corporations, business leaders and government entities in both jury and non-jury litigation. He regularly serves as first chair, managing trial teams, and has obtained verdicts in more than 100 jury, bench and appellate trials and administrative final hearings. Lo is listed in Best Lawyers in America and holds the highest rating (AV Preeminent) for ethical standards and professional ability. He is a former Assistant State Attorney and Special Assistant State Attorney, Florida Second Judicial Circuit and he is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society limited to one-half of one percent of all North American lawyers, judges and scholars.

Key clients include iAnthus Capital Holdings, a leading publicly traded U.S. Cannabis entity concerning Florida regulatory law (Florida operations d/b/a GrowHealthy); Lorillard Tobacco Company (now owned by Reynolds American, Inc.); Exactech, Inc.; Chico’s FAS (brands Chico’s, White House Black Market, Soma Intimates, Boston Proper); and VZ Grips, Inc. Lo also mediates business disputes throughout Florida.

Concentrations

  • Complex commercial litigation and business disputes, including class actions
  • Florida administrative disputes, including bid challenges, procurement, and DOAH proceedings (Administrative Procedures Act)
  • Products liability, including pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation
  • Labor and employment matters, including discrimination and statutory claims
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and global anti-corruption laws and regulations
  • Trademark, tradename, trade secret and non-compete litigation
  • Criminal
  • Public Records, Sunshine Law. Freedom of Information Act
  • Florida Cannabis Regulatory Law
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Competenze

Esperienze Professionali

  • Acted as lead counsel in the formation and development of a now national top 100 franchisor, with multiple franchise units in all 50 states.
  • Represents a Fortune 500 retail client in a national class action.
  • Served as member of lead legal team representing the George W. Bush for President campaign in the 2000 election challenges in multiple Florida state court litigations.
  • Regularly represents business clients before all Florida regulatory administrative authorities, as well as in administrative challenges before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH).
  • Served as counsel to Lorillard Tobacco Company in defense of individual smoking and health cases throughout Florida, defending 1,000’s of Engle class action progeny cases (Florida and Federal).
  • Acted as lead counsel in multiple product liability litigations involving orthopedic medical implant products.
  • Acted as lead counsel to a public company in reviewing and structuring global compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), the UK Bribery Act, and other anticorruption laws and regulations worldwide.
  • Acted as lead counsel for a national retail chain in defending and resolving a class action under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA").
  • Represented major employers in all types of employee disputes, including discrimination, ADA, FLSA claims in federal and state courts throughout Florida, as well as in EEOC investigations.
  • Represents an international OEM handgun and tactical weapons accessories manufacturer, pursuing intellectual property protections, globally.
  • Regularly appears as a featured speaker on constitutional issues, including open government, Sunshine Law, Freedom of Information Act and Public Records.
  • Represents multiple Florida based medical cannabis licensees through regulatory approval and continuing variances.
  • Represents hemp applicants and Florida and hemp product suppliers nationally.
  • Assistant State Attorney, Florida Second Judicial District
  • Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (Florida Supreme Court Certification)

Riconoscimenti e Premi

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Technology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2008-2019
    • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Labor and Employment, Tallahassee, 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Product Liability Practice Group of the Year," 2011 & 2013
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Appellate Practice Group of the Year," 2010
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (Florida Supreme Court Certification), 2012-Present
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Special Appointment by President of the Florida Bar:
    • Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 2016-Present
    • Civil Procedure Rules Committee, 1993-1999, 2004-2016
    • Former Member, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2000-2003
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • (Senior Alumni), William Stafford American Inn of Court
    • Founding member
    • Senior Alumni
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2015-Present
    • Treasurer, 2019-Present 
    • Secretary, 2017-2018
    • Board of Directors, 2016-Present
    • Speaker's Bureau Chair
  • Member, Economic Club of Florida, 2015-Present
    • Board of Directors, 2018-Present 
    • Membership Chair, 2017-2018
  • Leadership Tallahassee
    • Alumni Member
    • 35th Year Anniversary Committee
  • Adjunct Law Professor - “Class Actions and Multi-Party Litigation,” Florida State University College of Law, Fall 2017, Fall 2018
  • National Alumni President, Cumberland School of Law, 1999-2003
  • Former Member, Rotary International, 1999-2009
  • Member, University Center Club, 2006-Present
  • Member, Governor's Club, 1995-Present
  • Member, Florida Bar Civil Litigation Committee, 1986-Present
  • Vestry, St. John's Episcopal Church, 1997-2000
  • Member, Florida State University Seminoles Boosters

Formazione

Formazione
  • Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
    • National Moot Court
    • Order of the Barrister
    • American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Law Review
  • B.S., University of Florida
Abilitazioni
  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 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
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