Bank Fraud Litigation

Fort Lauderdale Bank Fraud Litigation
Bank fraud can have serious consequences for anyone who has lost money or assets due to fraudulent means used by unscrupulous individuals.

Individuals and businesses that have been a victim of bank fraud should seek sound legal counsel from an experienced Fort Lauderdale bank fraud attorney at a firm with a proven track record of success. At Conrad & Scherer, our dedicated team of bank fraud litigators has decades of combined experience, giving us unparalleled insight and expertise in the practice areas of bank fraud and financial fraud. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in recovering damages for victims of bank fraud and other white-collar criminal cases in South Florida and beyond for more than 45 years.

Conrad & Scherer—Bank Fraud Attorneys
At Conrad & Scherer, our experienced team of Fort Lauderdale bank fraud attorneys has tried a wide variety of cases in differing types of bank fraud. Whether your case is tried in federal or state court, your Conrad & Scherer bank fraud attorney can help you evaluate your circumstances, navigate the trial, and also help handle any necessary appeals processes in the appropriate court.

Our team of Ft Lauderdale bank fraud attorneys will work closely with you to ensure our strategy is custom-tailored to your case’s individual details. Our attorneys can practice in all State and Federal courts in Florida and in other jurisdictions, as well.

Navigating the Legal Landscape—Bank Fraud
Many victims of bank fraud are unaware of how to successfully navigate the justice system. Claims relating to bank fraud can be complex, and the stakes may be quite high.

Understanding and enforcing your rights is essential to achieving a favorable outcome, so it is critical to have proper legal counsel during this process. At Conrad & Scherer, our team of Fort Lauderdale bank fraud litigators represents individuals and businesses that have been victims of bank fraud. Our years of experience and understanding of the law and procedural nuances in this area help us devise the necessary strategy to achieve the most favorable outcome for your specific case.

Trust Conrad & Scherer’s Experienced Bank Fraud Attorney Team
Conrad & Scherer’s attorneys have been fighting for commercial and individual clients for more than 45 years. Our diverse team has a wealth of experience litigating large, small, complex, and bank fraud and financial fraud cases in the greater South Florida area and beyond. We also have offices in other states, including New York and North Carolina, and our firm also operates an office in Quito, Ecuador. If you, a close relative, or friend needs legal advice or representation for an appellate or trial matter regarding any type of bank fraud, call the professionals at Conrad and Scherer today. Our team of experienced attorneys will guide you and help find the most favorable outcome for your unique set of circumstances.

    Senior Partner
    • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Juris Doctor, 2002
    • State University of New York College at Geneseo, Bachelor of Science, 1999
    • 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.

    Community Involvement/Affiliations
    • 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
    Significant Matters/Cases
    • 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, 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
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, 2021
      University of South Florida Muma College of Business


    • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2010
    • University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, 2003
    • Florida Bar, 2010
    • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida



    Russell O’Brien is a Partner in the Firm’s Fort Lauderdale office and concentrates his practice on contract disputes, securities litigation, fraud (misrepresentation, inducement, transfers, aiding and abetting and conspiracy), fiduciary relationships and business torts, shareholder disputes (direct and derivative), and class action defense. He also has experience in admiralty law, including vessel acquisitions and sales, vessel refurbishment and repair, vessel charter, and foreclosing and defending against necessaries liens and first preferred ship mortgages.

    Russell is the Firm’s Administrative Partner and manages the Firm’s eDiscovery department. He regularly advises corporate clients regarding eDiscovery planning and protocols, e-Retention, and litigation concerning eDiscovery disputes.

    Russell has represented Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individuals in both jury and bench trials, and has wide-ranging courtroom experience in both state and federal court. Prior to joining Conrad & Scherer, Mr. O’Brien practiced at an AM 100 law firm, primarily representing financial institutions in class action litigation.

    Community Involvement/Affiliations
    • Broward County Bar Association
    • 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee Member, since 2018
    • Recognized as a Best Lawyer: Ones To Watch in Commercial Litigation for The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
    • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up & Comer”, 2021
    • Selected as Florida Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star”, 2020
    • Listed in Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, “Top Lawyer”, 2020 for Admiralty & Maritime Law
    • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in Complex Commercial Litigation by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, 2020
    • Listed in Attorney At Law Magazine, “Rising Star”, 2018
    Notable Experience
    • Represented fortune 500 insurance company against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for aiding and abetting fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with multi-million dollar insurance fraud scheme.
    • Represented jet engine manufacturer in breach of lease claim and obtained prejudgment writ of attachment on commercial aircraft
    • Appeared before SEC for extensive attorney proffers and client interview in connection with violations of Rule 10b of the Exchange Act
    • Represented company in jury trial for breach of yacht charter management agreement and fines incurred while yacht was in French waters
    • Represented South American business and individuals in cross-border dispute, including challenges to personal jurisdiction and service of process issues under Peruvian law
    • Defended multiple insurance companies in class actions in connection with Florida’s No-Fault insurance statute, including negotiating settlement, final fairness hearings, and issues regarding notice to class members
    • Stetson University College of Law, JD, 2017
    • Stetson University School of Business Administration, M.B.A., 2017
    • University of Florida Heavener School of Business, BSBA – Finance with a minor in Entrepreneurship, 2014.

    Florida Bar, 2017


    John Rodstrom is an associate in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, where he assists partners and senior associates in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters.

    While in law school, Mr. Rodstrom worked as a Summer Associate for the firm and earned his Master of Business Administration through a joint degree program at Stetson University. This gives Mr. Rodstrom a unique background and perspective when it comes to business and securities-related litigation.

    During his time at the University of Florida, Mr. Rodstrom was extensively engaged in local affairs. In particular, he worked as the Campaign Manager for a Gainesville City Commission Candidate, and he was the youngest person ever to sit on a non-student city advisory board while serving a six-year term on the Gainesville Enterprise Zone Development Agency.

    Mr. Rodstrom also has an extensive background in the technology sector where he has owned his own business since 2007, working primarily as a graphic designer, web developer and network administrator.

    • Broward County Bar Association
    • Board of Advisors with the Salvation Army Broward County – Fort Lauderdale Chapter
    • Selected as a Florida Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star”, 2021
    • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up & Comer”,  2020-2021