EDUCATION

Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1991

New York University, B.A. , Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, 1988


BAR ADMISSIONS

Florida

New York

U.S. District Courts:

  • Southern District of Florida

  • Southern District of New York

MICHAEL S. POPOK

MANAGING PARTNER

NEW YORK | MIAMI

Ph: (212) 542-2564

mpopok@zplaw.com

 

Michael S. Popok is the Managing Partner of Zumpano Patricios & Popok, the New York Office of the firm. His national litigation, white collar and trial practice is based in New York and South Florida.   Michael has almost 30 years of experience as an accomplished trial attorney strategist, and business counselor, with a broad range of

experience including most recently serving as a Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of a Wall Street global financial services firm, responsible for all of  its litigation, trial, arbitration, investigatory and employment matters.

 

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Demonstrating the breadth of Mr. Popok’s trial experience, he has successfully tried more than 40 cases to verdict, judgment or award  throughout the country —a feat very few trial lawyers in Miami or New York have accomplished. His trial and appellate practice has taken him to courts and arbitration hearing rooms throughout the country, including in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Northern California, Delaware,  and Miami. His success record in FINRA arbitration matters in the last 5 years alone is remarkable.  Further demonstrating that his  counseling and risk assessment skills go beyond the courtroom and boardroom, he has also successfully negotiated settlements in 100s of cases to accomplish his client’s business objectives.

 

Mr. Popok began his career and litigation and white collar defense training at Skadden Arps and Sidley Austin in New York, and be continued his trial practice in South Florida where until 2015, he was a name partner at a well-known South Florida-based, 65+ attorney firm. During his career there, Michael managed the firm’s Miami office; chaired its litigation department, and served on its executive committee, and was one of the “go-to” litigators handling high-profile matters for the firm’s public sector/municipal and private sector clients.

LITIGATION, ARBITRATION (INCLUDING FINRA) AND TRIAL WORK

Mr. Popok focuses his national trial practice in the areas of high-stakes commercial/business dispute litigation (including those involving family offices and  partnerships, real estate, construction, and private equity and hedge funds); class action matters; health care litigation, business tort disputes, employment litigation and counseling (including discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and restrictive covenants); financial services litigation and arbitration (including in FINRA); real estate/construction litigation (including commission disputes); and “white collar”regulatory, enforcement and investigations. He has been regularly chosen by his peers as a Best Lawyer and Super Lawyer in the areas of litigation.

OUTSIDE GENERAL COUNSEL SERVICES

Mr. Popok, relying on his experience as former in-house counsel, offers

outside general counsel services, including litigation risk management, for companies without an in-house legal team, or in transition, including those in restructuring or in a start-up phase. In that role, he not only seamlessly serves as the real-time, as needed, law department for the company, but also proactively manage the company’s risk, and function as a key business advisor and tactician. His body of work allows him to provide guidance concerning corporate governance, compliance,  transactions, regulatory issues, investigations, labor and employment

issues, and litigation.

LOCAL COUNSEL SERVICES FOR NEW YORK FIRMS LITIGATING OR ARBITRATING IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Michael has a unique skill set that makes him a nice fit for New York firms looking for experienced, connected and successful local trial counsel in South Florida.  Having been a leader in the South Florida legal community before “going in house”, Michael continues to have deep roots in South Florida and is a respected addition to any litigation team that finds itself in the State or Federal courts of South Florida. 

KEY REPORTED DECISIONS

  • Gross v. GFI Group, 310 F. Supp.3d 384 (S.D.N.Y. 2018)

  • Findling v. Bisaria, 2012 WL 3835079 (S.D. Fla. Sep. 4, 2012)

  • City of Aventura v. Masone, 89 So. 3d 233 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2011)

  • City of Hollywood v. Witt, 863 So. 2d 1214 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)

  • Pernas v. TMM Lines, 980 So. 2d 506 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)

  • Perez-Gurri v. Village of Key Biscayne, 41 So. 2d 228 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010)

  • Addison v. City of Tampa, 33 So. 2d 742 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)

  • Bloch-Mullen v. Bal Harbour Village, 23 So. 2d 725 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009)

  • Mancini Enterp. v. American Express, 236 FRD 695 (S.D. Fla. 2006)

  • Redland Estates v. Lynn, 920 So. 2d 1218 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006)

  • City of Hollywood v. Diamond, 955 So. 2d 87 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004)

  • Reuter Recycling v. City of Pompano, 859 So. 2d 1271 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)

  • Sherman v. Bell Atlantic, 43 U.S. P.Q. 2d 1024 (S.D.N.Y. 1996)

  • Dean Witter v. Selectronics, 594 N.Y.S.2d 174 (NY 1st Dept. 1993)

AWARDS & PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Co-Dealmaker of the Year, Real Estate Litigation, Miami Daily Business Review (2015)

  • Best Lawyers, Commercial Litigation (2012-2015)

  • Leading Lawyers, Business Litigation, South Florida Business Journal (2009-2015)

  • Florida SuperLawyers, (2010-2015)

  • Best Article Award, Florida Bar Journal, “Managed Care 101,” with Daniel N. Burton, Vol. 72, No. 4, April 1998, p. 26.

 

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AFFILIATIONS

  • Dade County Bar Association (former member of the board)

  • Cuban American Bar Association

  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts