About Us

Jeff Weissman founded the firm in December 1988 as Jeffrey M. Weissman, P.A., having previously been a litigation partner at Sparber, Shevin, a prominent Florida firm led by legendary trial lawyer Robert L. Shevin. Bob Shevin was one of the few Floridians to serve in all three branches of the state government, first in the Florida House of Representatives, then the Florida Senate, followed by two terms as the Attorney General of the State of Florida, and finally as Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida. Brian Dervishi started his career at Sparber, Shevin, and received his first legal assignment from Jeff Weissman. He went on to work closely with Jeff and Bob Shevin for the first six years of his practice. After Sparber, Shevin disbanded in 1988, and a two and half-year stint at the Miami office of Baker & McKenzie, Brian joined Jeff in 1990. John Borgo joined the firm in 1996, having worked with Brian at Baker & McKenzie. Peter Tappert started with Weissman & Dervishi as a law clerk in 2005 while in law school, then as a lawyer in 2006, and he became a shareholder in 2013. Among the lawyers who have worked at Weissman & Dervishi are Jack Britton, one of the deans of the Miami bankruptcy bar; Frank Shepherd, who currently sits as the Chief Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal; and Charles Lichtman, a prominent Fort Lauderdale litigator.

Significant Representation

Weissman & Dervishi's practice covers a broad range of litigation. These are some representative cases:

  • We represented a dietary supplement company and its owner in an enforcement action regarding the substantiation of advertisements brought by the Federal Trade Commission seeking $1,400,000 and injunctive relief. The case settled shortly before trial. The company remains in business selling its products as originally formulated.
  • We obtained a dismissal in federal court of a lawsuit against our client, one of the largest providers of Internet website hosting and support services in the world. The lawsuit sought disclosure of the IP addresses of anonymous commenters on various political blogs, and the dismissal vindicated important privacy and First Amendment rights.
  • We represented a court-appointed receiver in state and bankruptcy court proceedings concerning eight partially developed residential subdivisions located in five different counties in Florida that secured a $125,000,000 loan to a bankrupt national homebuilder. The receiver sold one subdivision and 13 individual homes, and distributed the proceeds of over $8,000,000 to the bank. The bank obtained title to the remaining property through foreclosure.
  • We have represented court-appointed receivers in dozens of proceedings concerning shopping centers, office buildings, marinas, apartment buildings, and warehouse units.
  • We represented a national bank in federal court litigation to enforce an $84,250,000 note and defend multiple state and federal law counterclaims in the same case. The case included extensive e-discovery and pretrial proceedings, and depositions across the country. It settled before trial with the bank’s dispositive motion pending.
  • We defended a former chief technology officer against a large pharmaceutical company attempting to enforce a non-compete/non-disclosure agreement. We represented both the officer and his new company, and we successfully resisted discovery of the new company’s confidential information, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • We have represented financial institutions and other clients in hundreds of cases involving the enforcement of commercial loan documents secured by real estate located throughout the State of Florida. We have appeared in nearly every county throughout the State during these proceedings.
  • We have won appeals in state and federal courts. In one of those appeals, we obtained clarification of an important provision of Florida's Condominium Act, and recovered an attorneys' fees award for our client.
  • We obtained a $15,000,000 judgment on behalf of an Asian computer manufacturer in a month-long jury trial in federal court. We then successfully defended the judgment on appeal, represented the same client in the judgment debtor's bankruptcy case, and then assumed control of the debtor in those proceedings.
  • We obtained the dismissal of two federal court class actions against a financial institution.
  • We advised a professional sports league in a contract arbitration proceeding.
  • We represented a Latin American company in the International Court of Arbitration.
  • We gave expert testimony in a Grand Cayman proceeding on Florida probate law.
  • We obtained an extremely favorable settlement of a lawsuit brought by our client, a national commercial roofing company, against its principal competitor.

The following is a list of selected cases (in reverse chronological order) that our attorneys have litigated: