Joel L. Tabas founded the firm in 1988. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy and restructuring, complex business litigation, creditors’ rights, collection defense for judgment debtors, director, officer, manager and member liability litigation, and fraud litigation. Joel has been a Chapter 7 panel trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida since 1992 and regularly serves as a Chapter 11 Trustee, court-appointed examiner and as a receiver in state and federal courts. He has reorganized and operated manufacturing facilities, commercial airlines, real estate developers, hotels, restaurants and retailers. Joel also served as the Chapter 7 trustee in the Nevin Shapiro/Capitol Investments Ponzi scheme bankruptcy cases.
In conjunction with his work as a receiver and an examiner, he has been called upon to prepare feasibility studies on the effectiveness of manufacturing and cost accounting controls and determine the viability of going concerns. The report he prepared in one such appointment resulted in one of the only successful bankruptcy criminal prosecutions in the Southern District of Florida. Joel has also served as both counsel and as an expert consultant in complex malpractice cases involving allegations of professional malfeasance in bankruptcy against attorneys and accountants.
Joel is certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification (ABC), which for over twenty years has certified lawyers in business bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and consumer bankruptcy. ABC, the nation’s premier legal specialty certification organization, is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, and all three ABC certification programs are accredited by the American Bar Association. ABC’s business bankruptcy certification has not been accredited by the Florida Bar, which does not offer a certification in business bankruptcy.
In his free time, Joel is a musician and a marathon runner. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
University of Rochester, B.A., 1979
University of Rochester, M.B.A., Finance and Management for the Non-Profit Sector, 1980
University of Miami, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985
- Member of the Order of the Coif
- Editor-in-Chief of the Inter-American Law Review, 1984-1985
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
AV rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyer, 2007-2013
Florida Trend Magazine, Legal Elite 1999-2007
The §1111(b) Election: A Decision-making Framework, ABI Journal, Vol. XXII, No. 10, December/January 2004.
In re Ponce Trust, LLC – effectively reorganized condominium development in Coral Gables, Florida during the South Florida real estate crisis.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Member and former President, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Complex Business Litigation
Collection Defense for Judgment Debtors
Director, Officer, Manager and Member Liability Litigation