Paul B. Ranis

Paul B. Ranis

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Since 1995, Paul B. Ranis has concentrated his broad litigation practice on employment and commercial matters. He has conducted more than 25 state and federal trials and handled more than 350 depositions. Mr. Ranis has been named a Legal Elite by Florida Trend, which recognizes the top 1.8 percent of Florida lawyers. He also has been listed in Super Lawyers magazine in the category of Florida Super Lawyer.

As an employment law litigator, Mr. Ranis represents local and national clients in jury and nonjury trials involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, restrictive covenants, nationwide class actions and collective wage-and-hour issues. He defends lawsuits under Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As a commercial litigator, he represents real estate developers, restaurant companies, commercial landlords, telecommunication companies, and aviation-related organizations in contract and complex business disputes, including class action defense. 

Concentrations

  • Employment litigation
  • Noncompete and restrictive covenant agreements
  • Wage-and-hour issues, including collective and class actions
  • Sexual harassment and hostile work environment
  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
  • Unfair and deceptive trade practices
  • Class action defense
  • Insurance litigation
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Capabilities

Experience

 

  • Represented South Florida medical practice and office manager in noncompete lawsuit filed by manager's former employer. Obtained dismissal with prejudice after deposition of the plaintiff's representative.
  • Represented a South Florida distributor and grower of fruits and vegetables in the enforcement of a non-compete agreement against a former sales executive, resulting in entry of a final judgment for injunctive relief in favor of client. See Pero Vegetable Company, LLC v. Dale Chase, Case no: 502014CA011484XXXXMB (AI) in the 15th judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, FL.
  • Represented international technology company in non-compete lawsuit in federal court, resulting in entry of injunction against former account executive. 
  • Represented national calling-card company in enforcement of non-compete agreement against former sales executives, resulting in permanent injunction and lost profit award of $1.35 million. 
  • Represented national car dealership in noncompete and nonsolicitation lawsuit filed by competitor, resulting in denial of temporary injunction. 
  • Represented national telecommunications company in multiple actions, including employment-related matters, breach of contract claims and brokerage commission cases.°
  • Represented aviation supply corporation in enforcement of restrictive covenant against former sales manager, resulting in an injunction prohibiting sales manager from working with a competitor.°
  • Defended South Florida mobile home park in discrimination lawsuit filed under the Fair Housing Act, resulting in dismissal of all claims, with prejudice, and an award of substantial monetary sanctions against the plaintiffs and their counsel (Summer 2019). 
  • Lead trial counsel for Fortune 500 company, its former General Counsel, and its former Vice President of Human Resources in three-week jury trial for alleged disability discrimination and defamation, which resulted in complete defense verdict on all claims where plaintiff had sought in excess of $8 million in damages (April 2019).
  • Represented South Florida employer in alleged marital status discrimination, resulting in dismissal of lawsuit. See Industrial Affiliates, Ltd. v. Fish, 25 So. 3d 629 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009).
  • Represented national movie theatre chain in multicount discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, resulting in summary judgment in favor of client.°
  • Represented national retailer in nationwide collective action under the FLSA, resulting in dismissal of the lawsuit. 
  • Represented international tire company in multiple employment-related and overtime actions.°
  • Represented national gas station client in FLSA collective action overtime lawsuit in federal court, resulting in a final judgment for the defense.°
  • Represented national real estate company in Florida whistleblower action, resulting in dismissal of lawsuit.
  • Represented national storage company in whistleblower lawsuit, resulting in defense verdict in federal jury trial.°
  • Represented Florida real estate developer and executive in a tort action where the plaintiff sought injunctive relief and $22 million in damages. After discovery, obtained final summary judgment on all claims in favor of the clients. See July 7, 2016 final summary judgment for the defendants in JS Partners Grace vs. The St. Joe Company and Patrick Murphy, Case No. 15-210-CA, in the 1st Judicial Circuit in Walton County, Florida.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in jury trial involving claim of corporate defamation, resulting in verdict in favor of South Florida client.

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

  • Represented Centre Partners in connection with its sale of Stonewall Kitchen, a leading manufacturer of premium branded specialty food and gift products, including jams, olive oils, bottled sauces, crackers and pancake mixes. 
  • Represented Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC in connection with its acquisition of RHA Health Services, a leading provider of community-based health services focused on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health needs and substance use challenges.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, 2020 
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2014-2019
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Real Estate - Litigation, 2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Intellectual Property - Trade Secrets, 2016-2017
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2015-2016
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°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.

  • Member, Broward County Bar Association
  • Adjunct professor, Nova Southeastern University School of Law
  • Lecturer, NITA Deposition Seminars  (2000-present)

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., cum laude, Brandeis University, 1991
Admissions
  • 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