Jon L. Swergold

Jon L. Swergold

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Jon L. Swergold is a commercial litigator who represents local, national and international clients in jury and nonjury trials and arbitrations. Jon routinely litigates partnership and shareholder disputes, including business valuation disputes, factoring/UCC matters, business fraud, banking disputes, employment disputes, bankruptcy and technology matters, business torts, creditor rights and contract-related issues.

Jon’s broad range of experience includes representing national banks, manufacturers, factors, real estate developers, shopping mall owners, oil and gas companies, and others as both plaintiff’s and defendant’s counsel.

Concentrations

  • Creditor rights 
  • Commercial litigation
  • Workout/banking litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Factoring
  • Business fraud litigation
  • Real estate litigation
  • Contract litigation
  • Business torts
  • Shareholder/partnership disputes
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Litigated numerous matters pertaining to high-value art work.
  • Litigated numerous claims on behalf of factors against clients and account debtors.
  • Litigated numerous shareholder and partnership disputes, representing majority and minority shareholders.
  • Recovered two works of art valued at more than $25 million, which were hidden overseas, after owner was fraudulently induced to post art work as collateral.
  • Obtained defense verdict on all counts for real estate developer consortium in multimillion-dollar breach of contract/fraudulent transfer dispute.
  • Obtained final judgment for national hotel chain in multimillion-dollar patent infringement suit and award of attorney’s fees.
  • Defended glass manufacturer against multimillion-dollar construction defect claim for delaminated glass and obtained award of attorney’s fees.
  • Litigated Automated Clearing House (ACH) fraud claims on behalf of bank against depositor.
  • Prosecuted and defended numerous shareholder and partnership disputes.
  • Obtained and recovered multimillion-dollar judgment for defrauded investor in real estate investment scheme.
  • Prosecuted numerous claims against borrowers and defended counterclaims asserted against financial institutions.
  • Negotiated settlement of breach of contract, patent infringement and fraud claims allowing client (defendant) to share in proceeds of plaintiff's enterprise, rather than paying plaintiff.
  • Obtained multimillion-dollar settlement for client where partner secretly attempted to establish competing business.
  • Negotiated numerous financial workout agreements for financial institutions and factors.
  • Prosecuted numerous noncompete claims.
  • Defended preference actions in U.S. bankruptcy courts.
  • Defense Counsel, U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps, preparing and trying numerous felony jury and nonjury matters, including the Navy's first contested DNA trial, 1994-1997

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2015-2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Real Estate - Litigation, 2017
  • Awarded U.S. Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • 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.

  • Member, Board of Directors, ARC Broward's "The Traveling Plate" - A Culinary Experience, June 2012-2016
  • Board Member, Museum of Discovery and Science, Board of Trustees, 2011-Present
  • Member, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Ambassador Cabinet, 2011-Present
    • Chair, 2014-2017
  • Member, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, 2008-Present
    • Board Member, Board of Directors Nominating Committee, 2011-2013
    • Member, BRAVO Action Team, 2011-Present
  • Barrister, Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, 2010-2015
  • Founder/President, Alumni Association for Palm Beach and Broward Counties, Columbia University, 2003-2013
    • Member, 2013-Present
  • Member, Admissions Interviewing Committee, Columbia University, 1994-Present
  • Alumnus, Leadership Broward Class XXX
  • Member, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
  • Member, Campus of Jewish Learning, Fundraising Committee, Temple Torah of Boynton Beach, 2006-2007
  • Member, The Florida Bar, Business Law Section

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1994
    • Brooklyn Law School Brooklyn Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
    • Brooklyn Law School - Dean's Faculty Search Committee
  • A.B., Political Science, Columbia University, 1991
    • Dean's List
Admissions
  • Florida
  • New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • 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 Southern District of Florida