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Jerry M. Markowitz

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Jerry M. Markowitz

Jerry Markowitz is a founding shareholder of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog, P.A. He concentrates his practice in the areas of creditors’ and debtors’ rights, including workouts, bankruptcy, asset recovery, insolvency, receiverships, reorganization, restructuring and mediation.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to liquidating trustee in a confirmed chapter 11 case where creditors have been paid in full and equity will receive more than $25 million.
  • Counsel to chapter 11 debtors consisting of real estate holding company, skilled nursing facility, and a hospital where all of the assets were sold, which will result in plans providing payment in full to creditors and significant amounts payable to equity.
  • Co-counsel to a creditor in a large Ponzi-scheme bankruptcy case and recovered over $20 million for the creditor.
  • Counsel to a large real estate developer and successfully resolved $110 million in debt.
  • Mediated sale of all assets of a large regional law firm in a chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Reported Decisions

  • In re Saleh v. Triton Container Intern., Ltd., 175 B.R. 422 (Bankr.S.D.Fla. 1994)
  • In re Cascade Intern., Inc., 147 B.R. 1003 (S.D.Fla. 1992)
  • In re Jet Florida System, Inc., 841 F.2d 1082 (11th Cir. 1988)
  • In re Airlift Intern., Inc., 92 B.R. 550 (Bankr.S.D.Fla. 1988)
  • In re Century Mach. Tools, Inc., 37 B.R. 811 (Bankr.S.D.Fla. 1984)
  • In re Davidson Lumber Co., 19 B.R. 871, (Bankr.S.D.Fla. 1982)
  • In re Belize Airways Ltd., 7 B.R. 601, (Bankr.S.D.Fla. 1980)

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, 2015 – 2024
    • Senior Statespeople
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1999 – 2024
  • The Lawdragon 500, Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers, 2020 – 2024 
  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Daily Business Review, featured in “YouFit Health Clubs’ Bankruptcy Petition Is Another Hit to Mall Operators,” November 2020
  • Recipient, 2018 Mark G. Stingley Leadership Award, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2024
    • Top 100 Lawyers in Florida, 2015 – 2017, 2021 – 2022
    • Top 100 Lawyers in Miami, 2015 – 2024
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2019 – 2021
  • South Florida Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2016
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2022
    • Hall of Fame, 2016 – 2022
  • Lifestyle Media Group’s Leaders in Law 2015 Award, Winner


Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Prepping for Success: The Keys to Maximizing the Mediation Process,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2021
  • Speaker, “Hollywood Squares: Bankruptcy History & Trivia,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2021
  • Speaker, “WWJGD (What Would Judge Glenn Do)?,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2020
  • Speaker, “Leading Issues in Ethics and Civility In and Out of the Courtroom,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Annual Spring Meeting, 2019
  • Speaker, “Chapter 11 Pre-Confirmation Issues: Motions to Dismiss – Is Phoenix Piccadilly Still Alive?”, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2016
  • Speaker, “Somewhere Beyond the Sea, The Challenges of Mediation, Cross Border and in the Caribbean,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2016
  • Speaker, “Ethics Session: Say Hello to My Little Friend, LLC: Ethical Issues related to ‘Aggressive’ Asset-Protection Planning and Lying Client,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015
  • Speaker, “Disclosure? We Don’t Need No Stinking Disclosure! Rule 2014 and Ethical Conflicts of Interest,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2014
  • Speaker, “Mediation,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2014
  • Speaker, “Boris Badenough CSI? Ethical and Civility Issues in Cases Tainted by Crime,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2012
  • Speaker, “Referees Between Thieves?  In Pari Delicto and Insurance Coverage Issues,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2011
  • Speaker, “Making Money in a Downturn: Ponzi Schemes and Other Scams for Bilking Money, from Madoff to Consumer Rip-Offs,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2010
  • Panelist, Executory Contracts, American Bankruptcy Institute, Twentieth Annual Spring Meeting, 2002
  • Faculty, American Bankruptcy Institute/St. John’s University School of Law’s Mediation Training Program, 2013-2019
  • Speaker, “Be Financially Aware: How To Build and Protect Your Credit,” University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, February 2019
  • University of Miami Bankruptcy Skills Workshop
    • Faculty
    • Co-Chair Business Bankruptcy Committee and Continuing Education Committee

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
    • Vice President of Membership – 2021 – Present
    • Executive Committee – 2021 – Present
    • Board of Directors, 2015 – Present
    • Co-Chair, Mediation Committee & Regional Chair of the ABI Endowment
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop and Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, Past Advisory Board Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute/St. John’s University School of Law’s Mediation Training Program, Graduate
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Member and Past President
  • Certified Mediator in Florida
  • Commercial Bar Association, Honorary Member
  • Commercial Law League of America, Member
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Member
  • Florida Bar Mentor Pilot Program
  • Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee
    • Chairperson, 11th Judicial Circuit
  • Florida Fiduciary Forum, Founding Member
  • John W. Kozyak University of Miami Law School Mentoring Program, Mentor
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Member
  • St. Thomas University, Pro Bono Clinic, Mentor
  • University of Miami School of Law, Pro Bono Clinic, Mentor
  • University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association, Past President
  • University of Miami, Library Visiting Committee
  • Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, 11th Judicial Circuit, Chair