Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Juris Doctor, 2002
State University of New York College at Geneseo, Bachelor of Science, 1999
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from University of South Florida Muma College of Business, 2021
Florida Bar, 2003
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2004
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2004
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2004
Jessica Kopas is a senior partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Ms. Kopas focuses her practice on commercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.
Over the course of her practice, Ms. Kopas has advocated the interests of her clients – including Fortune 500 companies – in a wide variety of disputes in and out of court. She has appeared before state, federal district and federal bankruptcy courts in Florida. She also has participated in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, including accomplishing complex settlement agreements as alternatives to trial.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kopas worked for several commercial litigation firms in South Florida, where she litigated large, complex commercial cases as well as adversarial bankruptcy proceedings.
Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, Member, 2004 to present
Broward County Bar Association, Member, 2003 to present
Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member commercial litigation committee and women in the law committee, 2014-present
Assisted in the representation of a diverse group of plaintiffs seeking recovery of over $225 million in investor losses resulting from a billion-dollar structured settlement Ponzi scheme. This nationally publicized case focused on Toronto Dominion Bank’s (TD Bank) role in facilitating this criminal enterprise asserting novel claims that the Bank willfully aided and abetted the Ponzi fraud. After months of litigation, the matter was resolved through settlement resulting in our clients receiving the highest percentage recovery for victims entangled in a Ponzi scheme.
Assisted with the representation of the wife and children of a well-known missing entrepreneur and philanthropist in a dispute with other family members. This Broward County Probate Court case involved legal issues of the highest complexity involving the absentee’s estate, including property rights related to the absentee’s extensive personal property and real estate holdings across the globe.
Selected as a “Top Lawyer” by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine for Business Litigation & Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2021
Featured in Las Olas Lifestyle Magazine Editorial Spread as the High-Stakes Litigation Go-To Law Firm, 2021
Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in Complex Commercial Litigation by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, 2020
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Moot Court Honor Society, 2000 – 2001