Annette C. Escobar
Annette C. Escobar, a shareholder at Sequor Law, where she has practiced since the firm’s inception, focuses her practice in financial fraud and asset recovery, representing corporate and institutional victims of fraud, including international insolvencies and judgment collection, throughout the world. She has extensive experience in representing international banks, government institutions, and individuals, as well as corporate institutions in international business disputes arising from Latin American operations, as well as from other business transactions, including claims under RICO and other Federal and State statutes in both state and federal courts.
Escobar, a Certified Financial Crime Specialist, ACFCS, is a leader in her field in Asset Recovery, as recognized by Who’s Who Legal for four years running. Recognized as a “top up-and-coming attorney” by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers, and “Top Lawyers” by South Florida Legal Guide, she has experience in representing individuals and corporate entities in financial fraud matters, insolvencies under the UNCITRAL model law, and international business disputes arising from Latin American and Caribbean operations, as well as enforcement of foreign judgments.
She often speaks on financial fraud, international bankruptcy, and asset recovery in several jurisdictions, including the 2012 and 2016 INSOL International conference in Colombia and the upcoming conference in the British Virgin Islands; on a panel entitled ‘How to trace and recover assets across national borders’ and ‘Demystifying corporate structures’’; at the AIJA conference, in Santa Margherita, Italy, in September 2014, entitled “Where is the money? Chasing and protecting the assets before and after insolvency in the international arena”; at the New York Chapter for Certified Fraud Examiners, on a panel entitled International Investigations – Legal and Forensic Accounting Perspectives’; and at Offshore Alert in Miami, on a panel entitled ‘Snake in the Grass.’ Escobar also has spoken on issues as to international litigation and arbitration, including at the ABA Scottsdale, Arizona spring meeting in 2014, on a panel entitled “Your First International Arbitration: Do’s and Don’ts” and the ABA Section of International Law, Fall Meeting, Miami, Florida in 2009, on a panel entitled “Should we Stay or Should we Go?”
As well as having been a chair of the board of The Florida Bar Journal for the Florida Bar, Escobar also is the author of OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!, Forum shopping and filing insolvency proceedings in a global legal world, receiving the award for the best national report at AIJA’s 53rd Annual Congress, co-author of Enforcement of Foreign Country Judgments in the United States, Asset Tracing and Recovery, the FraudNet World Compendium (B. Klose 2nd ed.), co-author with Edward H. Davis, Jr. (pending publication); A Practitioner’s Guide to Enforcement of Foreign Country Money Judgments in the United States, (co-author), in American Bar Association International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series: International Litigation Strategies and Practice, 2d ed. (Barton Legum, et al. eds., 2014), as well as previous editions of both issued in 2009 and 2005 respectively. Escobar, together with Edward H. Davis, Jr., is also the co-author of a monthly asset recovery column in the Global Restructuring Review, now going on its fourth piece.
Among her recent exemplary published cases in which Escobar has participated before both Florida federal district and state appellate courts are: In re Consorcio Ecuadorian Telecommunicaciones S.A., 2014 WL 104132 (11th Cir. 2014), vacating 685 F.3d 987 (11th Cir. 2012) (successfully obtained affirmance in appeal of order permitting 28 U.S.C. § 1782 action to obtain discovery in support of reasonably contemplated foreign litigation); In re Application of Mesa Power Group, LLC, 878 F. Supp.2d 1296 (S.D. Fla. 2012) (granting motion for assistance under 28 U.S.C. 1782 for use in NAFTA proceedings commenced in Canada); In re Application of Alves Braga, 272 F.R.D. 621 (S.D. Fla. 2011) (granting motion for assistance under 28 U.S.C. 1782 for use in foreign liquidation pending in Brazil); and In re Application of DVLP LLC, 2010 WL 3781567 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 23, 2010) (granting application for judicial assistance in favor of foreign proceeding pending in Anguila). She also has appeared as counsel for the prevailing party before the United States Supreme Court. See Lozman v. City of Rivera Beach, 133 S. Ct. 735, 184 L.Ed.2d 604, 81 (U.S. 2013) (successfully obtained reversal in U.S. Supreme Court, 7-2, of an 11th Circuit opinion finding that floating structures were vessels for admiralty purposes, in which a new definition of “vessel” was established).
Escobar is a cum laude graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, Salutatorian equivalent. As the Senior Articles Editor for the St. Thomas Law Review, she authored Aggravating the Immigration Paradox: The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act’s Effect on U.S. Immigration Policy, 11 St. Thomas L. Rev. 445 (1999). She graduated from the University of Miami with honors, where she double majored in International Finance and Marketing and Business Management and Organizations, as well as a minor in Computer Information Systems. Escobar co-authors the Monthly Column on Asset Recovery, in the Global Restructuring Review (2016), on the uses of Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code in asset recovery. In April of 2016, Escobar was featured in an NPR article and NPR live radio, to discuss Sunset Mansions vs. Sunshine Laws: Do Shell Companies Darken Florida’s Image 2016, on the implications of the Panama Papers.
Escobar is admitted to all Florida state courts, the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.
Annette C. Escobar
Education and Admissions
– J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, 2000; Senior Articles Editor, St. Thomas Law Review
– B.A., University of Miami, 1997
Annette C. Escobar
Escobar, a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (ACFCS) is a leader in her field in Asset Recovery, as recognized by Who’s Who Legal for four years running. Latinvex has named her as one of “Latin America’s Top 100 Female Attorneys,” and she has been recognized as a “Top Up-and-Coming Attorney” by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers, and a “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide. She has experience in representing individuals and corporate entities in financial fraud matters, insolvencies under the UNCITRAL model law and international business disputes arising from Latin American and Caribbean operations, as well as enforcement of foreign judgments.