He has tried numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal courts and has been appellate counsel in many reported appellate decisions in the commercial litigation, insolvency, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy areas. Mr. De Zayas also has significant experience representing clients in civil antitrust, competition and restraint of trade litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. de Zayas has served as general counsel for the Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association since 2004. He heads the Bankruptcy and Insurance Receivership Practice Group at Lydecker Diaz
Significant Representations and Experience
Mr. de Zayas also has substantial experience representing both commercial debtors and institutional creditors in connection with commercial claims, collections; in documentation and perfection of security interests in all types of collateral; in protection of, and realization on, various types of collateral upon default; in enforcement of judgments; in commercial foreclosure of mortgages and other security interests; in contract litigation; in preference and fraudulent conveyance actions, in insurance company and other commercial receiverships, and in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations. This varied experience with “both sides” of typical commercial litigation disputes benefits the Firm’s clients in developing successful and efficient strategies for the protection of their interests.
Professional & Community Involvement
Mr. de Zayas has been a frequent speaker in continuing legal education seminars on creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law. He has served on the Business Litigation and U.C.C./Bankruptcy Law Committees of the Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, and is an active member of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Mr. de Zayas is admitted to practice in all courts of Florida and New Jersey, and before the following federal courts: The Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts of the Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the District of Colorado, and the District of New Jersey. He regularly practices, in association with local counsel, in federal and bankruptcy courts throughout the United States.
Mr. de Zayas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University, and his Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law (Newark).
Awards & Recognitions
Mr. de Zayas has served on the Board of Directors for the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture and the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. He is also a licensed amateur radio operator.