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.

  • JESSICA L. KOPAS
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    JESSICA L. KOPAS
    Partner
    JESSICA L. KOPAS
    EDUCATION
    • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Juris Doctor, 2002
    • State University of New York College at Geneseo, Bachelor of Science, 1999
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • 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
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    Jessica Kopas is a 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.
    Awards/Recognitions
    • 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 to 2001
  • RUSSELL R. O’BRIEN
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    RUSSELL R. O’BRIEN
    Partner
    RUSSELL R. O’BRIEN
    EDUCATION
    • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2010
    • University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, 2003
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • 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

     

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    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
    Awards/Recognitions
    • Recognized as a Best Lawyer: Ones To Watch in Commercial Litigation for The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
    • Selected as Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Star”, 2020
    • 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 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
  • FARHEEN JAHANGIR
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    FARHEEN JAHANGIR
    Senior Associate
    FARHEEN JAHANGIR
    EDUCATION
    • Florida A&M University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012
    • State University of New York at Purchase College, Bachelor of Arts, Economics, magna cum laude, 2009
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • Florida Bar, 2013
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2016
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    Farheen is a Senior Associate, at the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, who began her career focusing on Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation and assisting banks, creditors and lenders with regulatory, enforcement, transactional and litigation matters. Farheen obtained extensive experience in consumer finance, creditors’ rights and real estate litigation as both an Attorney and a litigation paralegal prior to joining Conrad & Scherer LLP.

    Over the years, Farheen has gained significant trial experience as both lead trial counsel and second chair. She currently holds a Board position with the South Asian Bar Association of Florida.

    Farheen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from State University of New York at Purchase College. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Florida A&M University College of Law. During law school, she was awarded the Best Overall Oral Advocate Award at the 8th Annual National Animal Law Moot Court Competition at Harvard Law.

    She also worked as a Law Clerk for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, and as an Intern for the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate, appearing as a Qualified Representative to prosecute license violations before the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) and Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board (FREAB).

    Farheen is fluent in Bengali, a Canadian citizen and barred in the Southern District of Florida, United States District Court.

    Community Involvement/Affiliations
    • Broward County Bar Association
    Awards/Recognitions
    • Recognized as a Best Lawyer: Ones To Watch in Commercial Litigation and Banking and Finance Litigation for The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
    • Selected as Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Star”, 2020
  • CANDACE A. MANCE
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    CANDACE A. MANCE
    Senior Associate
    CANDACE A. MANCE
    EDUCATION
    • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Law School, Juris Doctor, 2001
    • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts, 1998
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • Florida Bar, 2001
    • North Carolina Bar, 2012
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida,  2003
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida,  2003
    • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
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    Candace A. Mance is a senior associate in the firm’s Brevard office. Ms. Mance is an experienced litigator and focuses her practice on commercial litigation, class action litigation and business torts.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mance practiced in South Florida representing corporate clients and several Fortune 500 companies in a variety of commercial matters and insurance litigation in state and federal court as well as in administrative proceedings.

    Community Involvement/Affiliations
    • Asheville Chambers of Commerce – 2019 to present
    • Transylvania County Bar Member – 2015 to present
    • Member Transylvania County Homeless Coalition 2012-2015
    • Member of Western North Carolina Advanced Care Coalition 2013-2015
    • Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer – 2015 to 2018
    • Frequent Presenter to the Buncombe County Re-Entry Council
  • JOHN E. RODSTROM
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    JOHN E. RODSTROM
    Associate
    JOHN E. RODSTROM
    EDUCATION
    • 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.
    BAR ADMISSIONS

    Florida Bar, 2017

    BIOGRAPHY:
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    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/ASSOCIATIONS
    • Broward County Bar Association
    AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS
    • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up & Comer Under 40”,  2020
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