FORT LAUDERDALE and JACKSONVILLE – McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
has added of counsel Allen S. Katz and associates Shannon M. Arsenault and Gina
L. Bulecza to its Commercial Litigation practice group in Florida.
Katz and Arsenault will work out of the firm’s Fort
Lauderdale office and Bulecza out of the Jacksonville office.
“Allen, Shannon, and Gina strengthen our presence in
Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale, adding depth and an expanded range of skills
to our commercial litigation practice and helping us better serve clients doing
business in Florida,” Michael Ferachi, a member and team leader of the firm’s
Commercial Litigation practice group, told the Florida Record.
Ferachi said the three litigators were brought to McGlinchey
Stafford because they are skilled, experienced and respected among their peers.
“We also provide attorneys with outstanding opportunities to
grow their individual client bases and practices, and we seek talent with diverse
backgrounds and skill sets,” Ferachi said.
Katz has an extensive background in complex litigation,
commercial litigation, consumer financial services litigation, creditors’
rights, real estate litigation, insurance disputes, taxation, licensing and
Ferachi said Katz has extensive jury trial experience in
cases involving complex consumer and commercial finance litigation, including
those involving counterclaims or non-routine matters, such as quiet title
claims, alleged violations of consumer protection statutes, and state and
Additionally, Katz has acted as arbitrator in more than 75
alternative dispute proceedings on behalf of the National Arbitration Forum.
"His experience in accounting, business and regulatory
matters assists in his representation of clients in all phases of the litigation
process,” Ferachi said.
Katz received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of
Miami School of Law in 1996. He has completed master's-level accounting courses
at Long Island University, and earned his B.B.A. from The George Washington
Arsenault represents clients in commercial litigation
matters, focusing on contested residential mortgage foreclosures. Before
entering private practice, she served as assistant attorney general in the Fort
Lauderdale office of the Florida attorney general.
Arsenault received her J.D., cum laude, from the St. Thomas
University School of Law in 2007, and served as the managing editor of the St.
Thomas University Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. She is also a graduate
of The George Washington University, where she received her M.A. in education policy,
as well as a graduate of Florida State University, where she received her B.S.
in mathematics education.
Bulecza represents clients in commercial and consumer
financial services litigation. She has more than seven years of experience
representing financial institutions and servicing companies in litigation
involving contested mortgage foreclosures, real estate transactions, title
issues and bankruptcy. Bulecza earned her J.D. from the Florida Coastal School
of Law in 2008, and her B.S. in criminology and sociology, cum laude, from
Florida State University.
Ferachi said the firm includes seasoned trial attorneys,
former federal prosecutors and in-house attorneys from varied backgrounds. In
Florida specifically, he said the McGlinchey Stafford team has experience
working in-house for some of the largest financial services companies in the
world, as well as seasoned trial experience handling complex commercial
litigation; bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights; consumer financial
services; and real estate.
“The tremendous growth of McGlinchey Stafford’s two offices
in Florida is a result of the confidence our clients have placed in us to
handle all manner of their legal needs in the state as well as countrywide,”
Since opening its first office in Florida in 2010, the firm
has grown to 28 attorneys in the state, with 15 attorneys in its Fort
Lauderdale office and 13 attorneys in its Jacksonville office.