Florida – 2011
District of Columbia – 2018
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida -2012
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida - 2012
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit - 2021
Henny Lawrence Shomar, an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell®, practices in high stakes and complex business litigation, including forensic, valuation, shareholder dispute issues, and business dissolution matters. Henny advocates for firm clients in in state and federal court and provides representation for clients dealing with situations in a number of areas of law. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters, as a “Rising Star” naming him as one of the top 2.5% of lawyers eight years in a row.
Henny's approach to litigation matters for clients is guided by a sensible approach to find solutions in a cost effective matter guiding a client through the complexities of high stakes litigation. A well-rounded litigator, Henny has a broad scope of experience in handling many different aspects of litigation and general representation. Henny offers a wide range of representation in litigation matters for individuals and businesses, including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, business dissolution cases, fiduciary issues, real estate litigation, trade secrets, and other general business matters. Henny's provides guidance and representation on business disputes involving valuation and forensic matters, including forensic litigation and valuation of business interests in a number of areas and including many different types of interests, including corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.
Henny provides representation for parties in the realm of family law disputes, including dissolution of marriages and other related matters, where business/corporate dissolution and valuation matters occur frequently, in addition to general family law representation. In probate, Henny has represented individuals, both as beneficiaries, creditors, personal representatives, trustee/co-trustee, as well as businesses in probate, guardianship, and trust related matters. He has also handled over five-hundred non-jury trials on behalf of commercial and consumer lenders across the State of Florida in the field of creditor’s rights, and represents creditors enforcing their rights in collection matters, including garnishment proceedings, bankruptcy, and post-judgment enforcement/collection, including enforcement of foreign judgments successfully for clients from other states here in Florida.
Henny's notable representations include, but are not limited to:
• Represented a client whom was a property owner with an estranged significant other for several years which resulted in a complicated partition action and forensic analysis as to the contribution into the property resulting in a favorable conclusion for the client.
• Represented an international businesswomen in a complicated long-term divorce action involving businesses and international transactions in which the opposing party fought disclosure of documentation resulting in substantial litigation in multiple jurisdictions, numerous evidentiary hearings including obtaining injunctive relief in favor of the client, and domesticating a monetary judgment in Germany. The litigation ultimately resulted in a judgment in favor of the client at trial after proving the opposing side had hide assets and income from the client and the Court. Henny, and the litigation team at Tripp Scott, further successfully defended the appeal.
• Represented the purchaser of a multi-million dollar aircraft against a manufacturer that fought in both Florida and Texas state court proceedings their obligations as to warranties and dangerous design flaws in the aircraft's hull. Through the court process, was successful in obtaining a dismissal of the action in Texas for lack of jurisdiction and forum non conveniens and obtaining an amicable result in Florida thereafter
• Represented a professor in an action against an academic institution for breach of an endowment in state court. The matter, which was litigated over four years, included substantial briefing on issues relating to the issue of interpretation of intent on the thirty plus year old endowment letter, purpose for use of funds, and handling of the funds by the institution. After numerous court hearings, substantive depositions of key players, and extensive
• Represented a doctor in a complex litigation matter resulting from a deadlock in the partnership over a medical practice and ownership in their building resulting in a business valuation dispute. Ultimately after examination of the information and proving the methodologies used by our client were correct, a favorable result was obtained for the client in the purchase of his interests in the business.
• Represented a veterinarian animal hospital in federal court litigation after being sued by its former partner based on breach of contract and specific performance to buy his interests out of their practice. The case involved substantial legal and factual issues ranging from jurisdictional problems as well as incorrect business valuation methods in substantiating the alleged claims owed. After numerous Court hearings and engaging in forensic analysis and valuation of their assets, a favorable result was obtained for the client.
• Represented an out-of-state plaintiff whom obtained a judgment in New York against a defendant that moved to Florida. Henny domesticated the judgment and engaged in substantial litigation and collection efforts in Florida against a defendant whom hid assets, including attempts to move assets outside the United States, however ultimately prevailed by collecting all monies including attorney's fees for the client.
• Represented a condominium owner who suffered a flooding incident in his multi-million dollar unit from a neighbor's water leak stemming from renovation work. The water leak caused substantial damage to the unit, including exacerbating a common element problem with building plumbing which created a mold situation in the unit. After extensive litigation with the property owner, association, and insurance carriers which rejected the claim and initially offered pennies on the dollar, which included extensive motion practice, depositions, and ultimately Court intervention, Henny obtained a favorable result for the client.
• Represented a law firm defending a lawsuit claiming breach of contract by a client which involved novel issues of law which included extensive briefing and factual analysis based on numerous lawsuits in the prior representations. Through the defense, Henny and the litigation team at Tripp Scott were able to demonstrate the client had no basis for liability, and the case was brought to an amicable resolution.
• Represented a business partner in a business partnership dispute with his former partner over numerous assets and prior multi-family real estate development projects throughout the country, including obtaining a favorable ruling in Florida.
• Foshee v Banks, 2022 WL 17547200 (11th Circuit 2022)
• Foshee v Banks, 2021 WL 1688977 (S.D. Fla. 2021)
• Sardinas v. Miami Veterinary Specialists, P.A., 2020 WL 7241364 (S.D. Fla. 2020)
• Isan v. Isan, 209 So.3d 40 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016)
Representing individuals and businesses ranging from startup/small businesses to multi-national corporate organizations, Henny advises clients on a broad range of issues and utilizes his litigation experience to advise clients on their general corporate issues and needs taking the same approach to efficiently and effectively solving problems in combination with Tripp Scott's group of skilled lawyers teaming up to find solutions for clients.
Outside his practice, Henny is active in the community including board membership on numerous non-profit organizations and an active role in both State and Local Bar organizations.
Henny holds a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to law school, Henny graduated from the University at Buffalo and holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in political science and a minor in history. During his undergraduate studies, Henny received National Honors in Political Science from Pi Sigma Alpha, was a University Scholar, and was appointed associate justice to the Student Wide Judiciary of the University at Buffalo Student Government.
• Author – Shareholders Clauses Strengthen Business, Avoid Litigation – published by Florida Trend (February 2021)
• Author – Businesses and Partnerships: Your Rights in Protecting Your Interests for the Possibility of a Dispute – published by the Daily Business Review (November 13, 2020)
• Author – The Legal Industry After Covid-19: What Has Changed and What May Change? – published by the Daily Business Review (May 19, 2020)
• Co-Author – Preparing for Business with Unforeseen Partners – published by Florida Trend (October 2019)
• Co-Author - Real Estate Investments: In Today’s Hot Market, Matters to Consider for Buyers – published by the Daily Business Review (August 8, 2019)
• Co-Author - The Florida Supreme Court Expands Rights of Biological Parents – published by the Daily Business Review (July 20, 2018)
• Co-Author - Tax Cuts and Job Act: A Game Changer for Alimony and Tax Planning – published by the Daily Business Review (December 22, 2017)
• Co-Author – Your New Business Partner Is Your Partner’s Ex-Spouse – published by the Daily Business Review (September 27, 2017)
• Author - A View from the Bench: Professionalism in Court: What does that mean to a Judge? The Florida Bar Family Law Section Commentator, Volume XXIX No. 3, Spring 2016
Major: Political Science