Sequor Law Empowers Women to Lead

Shareholder Leyza Blanco and Counsel Nyana Miller showed what it means to Be a Leadher while they attended the IWIRC Annual Fall Conference in Orlando, Florida. As a longtime supporter of this network, Sequor Law was an event sponsor, gifting all attendees with branded pouches empowering women to be leaders.

Sequor Law continues to grow, adding another attorney to the team

October 20, 2022, Miami, Florida – Sequor Law, a Miami-based international law firm working in the areas of asset recovery, financial fraud, insolvency, and financial services litigation, both domestically and across borders, announced today that attorney Joseph Rome has been added to the firm effective September 2022, joining an already impressive roster of talented, award-winning attorneys. The addition of Joseph Rome is part of the firm’s ongoing growth and confirms Sequor Law’s ongoing commitment to the development of new attorneys.

«We are delighted to have Joseph, a talented, multilingual attorney. He possesses just the sort of unique skills, high level of integrity, and strong commitment to justice that our clients expect,” said founding shareholder Gregory S. Grossman. “Our ongoing growth and careful recruitment directly supports our strategic plan for the firm.»

Joseph earned his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law. He was the co-chair of Outlaw and the vice-president of the Asia Law Society. In addition, he was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team and a top oralist of the 2013 International Round competition.

Prior to joining Sequor Law, Joseph was an “A” level prosecutor for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office focusing primarily on attempted murders, gun crimes, and serious sexual assaults from the investigation stage through trial. He was also a member of the Police Accountability and Integrity Task Force, Hate Crimes Unit, and Traffic Homicide Unit.

Joseph previously worked for two AmLaw 200 law firms in New York and Miami. He represented international corporations and high-net-worth individuals in a broad range of high-stakes litigation and arbitration matters. In addition, Joseph did externships with both the Orleans Public Defenders and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He also did a summer fellowship at the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva, where he drafted speeches and statements for the Japanese representative.

Joseph Rome focuses his practice on asset recovery, corruption and proceeds of crime, international commercial litigation, domestic and international judgment and arbitral award enforcement, and financial fraud. He represents individuals, governments, and other entities in domestic and international judgment collection matters; cross-border insolvency proceedings under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code; actions to collect evidence for use in foreign proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 1782; and other commercial disputes.

Joseph is admitted to practice Law in New York, Florida, S.D.N.Y and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 5th, 6th, 9th and 11th circuits. He is Fluent in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.

We look forward to working with Joseph to help him continue to develop his practice and consistently deliver comprehensive, top-tier service to our clients,” said founding shareholder Edward H. Davis, Jr.

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Sequor Law is a Miami-based international law firm representing financial institutions, sovereign governments and state-owned enterprises, public and non-public companies, insolvency practitioners, and individual clients in the areas of asset recovery, financial fraud, insolvency, and financial services litigation. More information is available at www.SequorLaw.com.

 

Attorney Spotlight: Get to Know Shareholder Gregory S. Grossman

You’ve been ranked Band 2 by Chambers & Partners multiple years; what did it take to get there?

An individual acknowledgment of me is really a reflection of being surrounded by a consistently great team, long term. It may seem cliché to say so, but I have been fortunate to, first, have had hard-working professional colleagues in my early days, and later, to have had a hand in building up a team of first-rate attorneys, paraprofessionals, and staffers to do high-level work.

As a subject-matter expert, you routinely deliver presentations on international insolvency matters, creditors’ rights, enforcement of judgments (both domestic and foreign), assorted bankruptcy topics, workouts and secured transactions. How do you prepare for these presentations?

I am admittedly a legal information junkie, so I am constantly consuming articles, advance sheets, webinars, and the like. If you stay on top of new developments it is far easier to prepare for a presentation. As far as the actual delivery of the information, I try to find a way to explain the material in a conversational way and give examples that are likely to occur.

Why do you think it is important for attorneys like yourself to get involved in public speaking related to their subject-matter expertise?

There are two benefits about speaking on topics you know well. Firstly, it is an opportunity to practice the methods of conveying that information to a captive audience. Today, you may present to a room of conference attendees, and tomorrow it might be the judge in your most important case. Secondly, for litigators, this kind of public speaking creates credibility both in the market for clients, as well as interactions with the other participants in the case.

When did you know you wanted to practice law? Was it something you always aspired to do?

I thought about law school and practicing law while in my undergraduate studies. I was working toward my finance degree, took a class in business law and it just made complete sense. I had no lawyers in my family, so the joke was that my struggles with calculus led me to the law.

Who has had the biggest influence on your law career?

In both my legal career and my life, I have been most influenced by my wife. She is a brilliant health care lawyer and she is the best sounding board for me.

What advice would you give to young lawyers who are deciding what type of law they want to practice?

My first piece of advice is to be brutally honest with yourself. I mean your real self, not the person you want to be or the person your friends or family think you are or want you to be. For instance, if you detest confrontation, it will be a hard lift to be a successful trial lawyer. A process of elimination can also come in handy, such as litigation versus transactional. Even within litigation, can you project yourself working in an area dominated by statutes and regulations (think tax, health care, bankruptcy, environmental), or would you be better suited for a more fact-intensive litigation area (think negligence, injury, and other torts)?

Arnoldo “Arnie” Lacayo and Juan Mendoza Attend 60th Annual AIJA Congress in Singapore

See photos from Juan Mendoza and AIJA Litigation Commission President Arnoldo «Arnie» Lacayo’s recent trip to attend the 60th Annual AIJA Congress in Singapore where they reconnected with old and new contacts.

Sequor Law continues to grow adding another Attorney to the Team

August 29, 2022, Miami, Florida-   Sequor Law is pleased to announce that Mr. Steven Valdes has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney effective July 2022.  Steven joins an already impressive roster of talented, hard-working award-winning attorneys.   The addition of Steven confirms the firm’s ongoing dedication to growth and its commitment to the development of new attorneys.

«Steven brings years of success as a bi-lingual attorney who has represented victims in a variety of specialized cases. We look forward to seeing how he will strengthen our firm and join the high caliber of skill and integrity we have at Sequor Law,” said founding shareholder Gregory S. Grossman.

Steven earned his Juris Doctorate from the Florida International University College of Law, graduating cum laude. He was the recipient of the C.A.L.I Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional Law. During Law school, Steven was an active member of the FIU Moot Court Board of Advocates as well as a teaching assistant for the Legal Skills and Values II course. While excelling in his courses, Steven also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jose M. Rodriguez for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Steven graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology along with a minor in philosophy.

Prior to joining Sequor Law, Steven worked at one of the top five asbestos and mesothelioma law firms in the nation and represented victims in cases involving products liability, environmental toxic torts, asbestos-related diseases, and wrongful death. Additionally, Steven served as second chair trial counsel in the first in-person mesothelioma trial in Florida since the pandemic began resulting in a $14,000,000 jury verdict.

Steven is fluent in English and Spanish and is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.

Steven Valdes focuses his practice on asset recovery and financial fraud. He represents individuals, governments, and other entities in domestic and international judgment collection matters; cross-border insolvency proceedings under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code; actions to collect evidence for use in foreign proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 1782; and other commercial disputes.

“With the addition of Steven, we are continuing our commitment to the development of new attorneys, and I look forward to working with him to progress his practice and deliver comprehensive, top-tier service to our clients,” said founding Shareholder Edward H. Davis, Jr.

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Sequor Law is a Miami-based international law firm representing financial institutions, sovereign governments and state-owned enterprises, public and non-public companies, insolvency practitioners and individual clients in the areas of asset recovery, financial fraud, insolvency, and financial services litigation. More information is available at www.SequorLaw.com.

Art for Fraud’s Sake – Fraud Intelligence Article by Christopher A. Noel

The glamorous, uber-wealthy, largely unregulated and opaque world of art dealing and collecting has intrinsic features that make it vulnerable to fraud. Christopher A Noel of Sequor Law sketches recent cases and legislative steps toward combating the problem.

Andy Warhol is famously quoted as saying, “Art is what you can get away with.” Since the explosion of the contemporary art market during the past two decades, artists, collectors and fraudsters alike have embraced Warhol’s precarious perspective. The modern art market no longer exists in wood-panelled galleries lining the streets of London, Hong Kong and New York. Today’s collectors are mobile, purchasing artworks at all price points, sight unseen, during their commutes and while on holiday. These new business practices have had positive impact – UBS estimates that global art and antiquities sales in 2021 reached an estimated US$65.1 billion, surpassing even the peak sales figures seen in 2019.

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Leyza Blanco Featured as IWIRC Florida Member Spotlight

Sequor Law Shareholder Leyza Blanco, and IWIRC International’s Immediate Past Chair was this month’s IWIRC Florida’s member spotlight. Did you know Leyza started her career as a public school teacher?