Ira Marcus PA - Law Offices - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Ira Marcus Profile - Trial Attorney

Ira Marcus has 40 years experience as an aggressive business and complex commercial litigation trial attorney, who has achieved extraordinary success and results for individuals, small corporations and publicly owned business clients. Ira Marcus has consistently been rated an AV pre-eminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell®, and has also been nationally recognized by his peers and included in publications "Best Lawyers in America", "Top Lawyers in Florida" in commercial litigation, and "Best Lawyers in Florida" in commercial litigation.

Mr. Marcus has represented thousands of business clients in State and Federal Court and arbitration panels in cases involving multi-million dollar claims.

Mr. Marcus is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, achieving significant victories with appellate decisions for his clients, as well as favorable pre-trial settlements, avoiding the expense of trial.
(see Representative Cases).

Mr. Marcus is known as a "Lawyer's Lawyer" and is frequently retained to represent lawyers, law firms, or to take over cases from other lawyers. For example: Mr. Marcus represented a New York divorce lawyer who was sued in Florida for professional malpractice. After the trial court denied a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, Mr. Marcus successfully appealed that ruling, wherein the appellate court reversed the decision of the trial court, and instructed the trial court to grant the motion to dismiss, thereby ending the litigation.

Mr. Marcus, together with co-counsel, has represented many adult entertainment night club owners and successfully challenged City and County Ordinances on First Amendment grounds, thereby allowing these clubs to continue to legally operate.

Mr. Marcus has also acted as counsel in all types of corporate and business disputes, including shareholder actions, derivative actions, financial misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of confidentiality, trade secrets, corporate and Limited Liability Company dissolutions and shareholder and business valuations issues.

Mr. Marcus received his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970. He attended New England School of Law in Boston graduating in 1973 Magna Cum Laude and Top of his Class, where he also served as an Editor of the Law Review.

Mr. Marcus, in addition to practicing commercial litigation in Boston, was selected as one of the youngest lecturers-in-law at the New England School of Law where he taught legal methods and writing and commercial law.

Mr. Marcus moved from Boston to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he established Ira Marcus, P.A., in 1979. While establishing his practice, Mr. Marcus taught Business Law at Florida Atlantic University.

Mr. Marcus' Firm has consistently provided pro bono legal services as a service to the community.

In 2004, Mr. Marcus acquired the Historic Frank Croissant House in Fort Lauderdale, built in 1925, to serve as the office of Ira Marcus, P.A.. Mr. Marcus orchestrated and supervised the full renovation and restoration of the building, such that it has been recognized as an iconic, local historic landmark.

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A. 1970)
  • New England School of Law
    (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1973)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts 1973
  • New Jersey 1974
  • Florida 1974
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida 1974
  • U.S. District Court New Jersey 1974
  • U.S. District Court Massachusetts 1973
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida 1983
  • U.S. District Court New Hampshire 1976
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals 5th Circuit 1980
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit 1974
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court 1981

Honors and Awards

  • Citizen of the Year Awarded by the Ft Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2013, 2014 and 2015 (selected by peers)
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" for 2014 and 2015
  • Top Florida Lawyers Commercial Litigation 2013 (selected by Peers)
  • Martindale Hubbell A.V. Rated "Preeminent"
  • Million Dollar Advocate

Appellate Cases

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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • The Florida Bar Association
  • The Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Committee on Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association Committee on Business Torts and Commercial Litigation
  • Past Member the Florida Bar Committee on Media and Entertainment Law
  • Member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee 2002-2003
  • Chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 2003

Dispute Resolution

  • State and Federal Court Certified Mediator
  • State and Federal Court Certified Arbitrator
  • Served as a Mediator for Complex Commercial and Business Dispute Litigation in over 200 cases

Professional Appointments

  • Counsel for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department 1982-1986
  • Special Master for the Complex Commercial Division, 17th Judicial Circuit.
  • New England School of Law, Lecturer-in-Law Legal Methods
  • New England School of Law, Lecturer-in-Law Commercial Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Advanced Legal Studies, Florida Atlantic University

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1313 S Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316