About the Team

Our Florida trial lawyers combine over 34 years of experience helping clients win. We have counseled and successfully fought for clients in nearly every type of civil and business dispute that an individual or business can encounter.

Call 305-502-2062 to speak with an experienced Miami trial lawyer today.  

JEFFREY T. DONNER

(Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Real Estate, Bankruptcy)

jeff donnerThe firm’s senior partner, Jeff Donner, is a veteran of over 17 years counseling and successfully fighting for clients in Florida’s state and federal courts. Since graduating with honors from the University of Florida’s College of Law in 1999, Jeff has been associated with a diverse range of law firms and law practices. He has worked for one of Florida’s largest and oldest corporate law firms, one of Florida’s most prestigious plaintiffs class action law firms, and one of Florida’s most well known and respected regional business law firms. Jeff also served as Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami Beach. 

This wide array of positions has allowed Jeff the opportunity to gain experience helping clients solve a tremendously broad range of legal problems. During his 17 years as a Florida trial lawyer, Jeff has helped clients successfully resolve nearly every type of civil dispute that an individual or family-owned business can encounter, from commercial litigation to environmental permitting to divorce and family law to civil rights to class actions and mass torts.     

Jeff is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is also approved for filing — and practices regularly in — the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Professional Experience

Donner Law Firm, PLLC                                                                                                   

Commercial litigation; divorce; family law; bankruptcy; guardianship; estate planning; construction; civil rights; torts

  • Successfully tried numerous cases to verdict—construction contract (jury trial); contested divorce with minor child; six-day federal trial against United States under Federal Tort Claims Act.
  • Won default final judgment on behalf of plaintiff in breach-of-contract action based on defendant’s discovery violations; persuaded court to enter 16-page detailed final judgment.
  • Successfully settled several difficult cases at mediation using aggressive litigation techniques—one case settled only after filing of petition for writ of certiorari in Third District.
  • Successfully represented plaintiff in cutting-edge federal litigation involving federal Communications Decency Act and internet defamation law—obtained successful settlement after surviving summary judgment.
  • Successfully represented clients in numerous real property litigation matters, including foreclosure, breach-of-contract, preconstruction deposit litigation, landlord-tenant, construction contracts, and inverse condemnation/Harris Act claims with historic preservation and local government regulation issues.
  • Successfully represented corporate clients in multi-party commercial litigation concerning contract for creation and development of internet website.
  • Successfully represented both mothers and fathers in divorce and related family matters.
  • Counseled clients and drafted estate planning instruments (wills, trusts, special-needs trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance health care directives, living wills).
  • Successfully represented clients in incapacity and guardianship matters.
  • Successfully represented debtors in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy matters.

Podhurst Orseck, P.A.                                                                                                      

Commercial litigation; product liability; class actions; mass torts

  • Served as firm’s primary contact with Chinese drywall clients, from initial engagement through settlement.
  • Served as second chair and performed critical work that was instrumental in achieving the first Chinese drywall class action settlement in the country.
  • Key member of trial teams that successfully tried real property and securities fraud disputes.

City of Miami Beach, Office of the City Attorney    

Local government law; code enforcement prosecution; municipal and constitutional litigation; drafting of municipal ordinances and presentation of ordinances to City Commission

  • Counseled and advocated on behalf of City in numerous practice areas related to municipal and local government law, including administrative, code enforcement, construction, public works, environmental, land use, First Amendment, tort, tax, and contract law.
  • Served as principal code enforcement prosecutor, successfully prosecuting or resolving hundreds of code enforcement matters, including first matters brought pursuant to City’s new noise ordinance, operating without proper business licenses, littering, violation of land use regulations prohibiting commercial use of single-family homes, parking, and building violations.
  • Drafted municipal ordinances, including high-profile amendments to City’s regulation of commercial handbills and litter, and presented ordinances to City Commission.

Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Environmental litigation; real property litigation; commercial litigation; environmental transactional counseling

  • Member of litigation teams serving as outside special counsel to Miami-Dade County and American Airlines in environmental litigation matters involving Miami International Airport.
  • Member of litigation team representing United States Sugar Co. in high-profile federal litigation over the Florida Everglades involving issues concerning agriculture’s effect on the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee.
  • Represented Republic Services, Inc. and AutoNation, Inc. in environmental litigation and transactional matters.

Holland & Knight LLP                   

Commercial litigation; tort litigation, including products liability defense and insurance law; environmental litigation, including environmental permitting and contamination litigation; real property litigation; construction litigation; employment litigation; environmental corporate due diligence

  • Extensive experience in fields of employment, construction, environmental, and commercial litigation.
  • Regularly counseled and represented corporate clients (employers) in labor and employment matters.
  • Member of trial teams that tried numerous complex chapter 120 administrative hearings (trials that lasted between four and eight weeks) over contested environmental resource permits, representing IMC Phosphates Co.
  • Member of trial team that successfully represented Hillsborough County in four-week arbitration over complex interlocal agreement governing an above-ground regional water reservoir.

Unger, Swartwood, Latham & Whitaker, P.A. 

Medical malpractice defense (summer intern)                               

Office of the State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit                   

Criminal prosecution (summer intern)

Education

University of Florida (J.D., with honors, 1999; B.A., with honors, 1996)

  • Florida Law Review (Top 5% Grade-On Invitee)
  • Dan Bradley Memorial Scholarship
  • Florida Academic Scholarship

Community Service

  • Successfully represented clients on a pro bono basis in consumer contract, immigration, and family matters.
  • Served as one-on-one tutor for underprivileged elementary school children in Orlando, Florida (program similar to Big Brothers/Big Sisters).
  • Speaker and participant in mock trials as part of educational programs for elementary and middle school students.
  • Speaker at “Career Day” at Coral Gables Preparatory Academy
  • As solo practitioner, provided pro bono counseling and representation to dozens of clients.
  • Served as poll watcher for 2008 election.
  • Served as poll watcher for 2016 election.

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar (admitted 1999; Florida Bar No. 180122 — No Disciplinary History)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (admitted 2002)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar (admitted 2016)
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida (admitted 1999)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida (admitted 2002)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (admitted 2006)

  

MARK P. TERRY

(Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, IP Litigation)

mark terryMark Terry is of counsel to the firm. As a recognized expert in patent and trademark law, Mark is regularly featured in publications and journals. Click here to see some of the publications in which he’s been featured.

You can read Mark’s almost daily insights on patent and trademark law, especially current happenings at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Visit his acclaimed patent blog at http://www.floridapatentlawyerblog.com.

Last year, Mark was voted as a Rising Star in the field of Intellectual Property Law by the SuperLawyers legal publication.

Professional Experience

Mark started his career as a software engineer for the engineering firm of Trident Systems in the Washington D.C. area. For over five years, he researched and developed numerous software applications for the Army, Navy and Department of Defense in a wide variety of areas, including requirements engineering, traceability, situational awareness, neural networks, target recognition, trajectory paths and high fidelity simulations. He developed software on an assortment of platforms, including Windows, Unix and Linux and in a range of programming languages, including C++, Pascal, Fortran 77, and Visual Basic.

Mark continued his career as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He was a member of Technology Center 2700 and examined patent applications for a wide range of technologies including database access, data storage, database management systems and data display methods. As a Patent Examiner, Mark graduated from first year Examiner training at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Academy. While at the USPTO, he worked on multiple controversial and high profile cases, including patent applications related to Y2K solutions and Amazon patent applications.

Subsequent to his stint as a Patent Examiner, Mark worked as a patent associate for the D.C.-area intellectual property law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox, recognized to be among the top patent law firms in the United States. At Sterne Kessler, he represented multiple Fortune 500 companies, such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company, Silicon Graphics, Inc. and MIPS. Mark practiced patent preparation and prosecution, as well as litigation support.

Mark has also worked as a patent associate for the prestigious Florida law firm of Holland & Knight. With more than 1200 lawyers throughout the United States and abroad, Holland & Knight is among the 10 largest law firms in the world and the second largest law firm in Florida. At Holland & Knight, Mark continued representing large blue-chip corporations, such as IBM, Motorola and Dole USA in the areas of patent preparation and prosecution, trademark prosecution, and the like.

Mark’s client list is an impressive roster of U.S. and international clients, including Fortune 500 corporations, middle market companies, and small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Education

Mark Terry received a Bachelor of Science degree in the subjects of Physics and Mathematics at the American University in Washington DC. He also did graduate work in the Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program at Louisiana State University.

Mark was further a Physics Fellow at the University of Michigan Department of Astronomy in Ann Arbor, MI where he worked on rare star emissions and a Physics Visiting Fellow at the Stanford University Linear Accelerator Center in Palo Alto, CA where he worked on spin physics measuring projects.

Mark earned his Juris Doctor degree, with a concentration in the Intellectual Property Sequence, from George Mason University School of Law, in Arlington VA.

Memberships

Mark Terry is a member of the Florida Bar, thereby admitted to all state courts in Florida. Mark is a member of the 2007 inaugural class to be Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar. He is also currently a member of the Florida Bar Intellectual Property Certification Committee, which is the body charged with vetting applicants for board certification, as well as preparing the exam taken by the applicants.

Mark is further a member of the federal United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

He is also a member of the federal Patent Bar, thereby registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Mark is also a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida.

Languages

Mark Terry speaks fluent Spanish. Se habla Español.

Publications

Click here to see some of the publications in which he’s been featured. 

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