Peter Ticktin, Esq.Senior Partner
University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, LL.B.
Previously Ontario, Canada
Areas of Practice
Divorce & Family Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Personal Injury, Estates, Wills & Trusts, Business Litigation, Entertainment Law, Employment Law
Peter D. Ticktin received his first law degree in the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, where he had previously attended Medical School for one year, and where he was active as the Minister of Public Relations on the University’s Student Counsel and where he ran the Student Police Force as Chief. He began practicing law in Ontario, Canada, as a Barrister & Solicitor in 1972. Within his first year of practice, he defeated the Uniform Summons which caused every misdemeanor in the Province of Ontario that used the form to be dismissed.
While in active practice in Ontario, he tried numerous cases and appeared frequently before the Appellate Courts and on one occasion before the Supreme Court of Canada. In the mid-80s, Mr. Ticktin relocated to Florida and commenced his effort to obtain a second law degree which was required for admission to The Florida Bar. He graduated cum laude, was elected into the Order of the Coif (U.S. law school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa Key), received the Gold Scholarship, and ultimately scored sufficiently high on his Bar Exams that the course he took refer to him and his score in its advertising.
Since his admission to The Florida Bar in 1991, Mr. Ticktin has appeared in the Federal trial and appellate courts of the Southern District of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Western District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas and numerous state courts, including the trial and appeal courts, and Supreme Court of Florida, the trial, appellate, and the Supreme Court of California, as well as the trial courts of Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
In his general experience, Mr. Ticktin has been a farmer, a builder, and at one time owned and operated small heavy equipment. He was the CEO of a small public company, The Pony Express, and to this day, he puts the emphasis on “Business” in the category of Business Law for his clients.
In the practice of law, he was a leader in the area of HIV litigation and has received a good deal of media attention for his involvement in the odd cases that he handled from monkey bite cases to the intricacies of pharmaceutical products liability cases. He came more to public attention when he won a two-week trial that was televised on Court TV regarding organ transplants. Mr. Ticktin deals with litigation as a crisis management isue, and aims at relieving the CEO from intricate management of his or her legal issues so that he or she can return to running the business.
Mr. Ticktin’s practice is centered on representing businesses with creative approaches to achieve the most pragmatically sensible results. Mr. Ticktin is also instrumental in supervising and attending to other work of The Ticktin Law Group, P.A., including Divorce, Real Estate, Personal Injury, NASD and other Arbitrations, and Administrative and other areas of the practice of law.
Jamie A. Sasson, Esq.Managing Partner
Suffolk University School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Florida, B.S. in Political Science
Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida
Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida
Areas of Practice
Divorce & Family Law, Business & Contract Law, Estates, Wills & Trusts, Business Litigation, General Litigation, Real Estate Law
Jamie Alan Sasson, Esq. is a Florida licensed Attorney and the Managing Partner for The Ticktin Law Group. Jamie attended Suffolk University School of Law, JD and University of Florida Undergraduate, Political Science. Jamie’s practice area involves civil and commercial litigation. Jamie also represents businesses in the handling all of their legal needs. Moreover, Mr. Sasson is experienced in Family Law, Probate Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, and Personal Injury, among other areas.
Prior to joining The Ticktin Law Group, Jamie worked at a law firm handling real estate closings, litigation, as well as buyer and seller representation.
Jamie is a member of the Florida Bar, the Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Jamie has been a guest host on several radio programs, and has been featured in the local news regarding several of his higher profile cases, as well as commenting on the law in the State of Florida.
Michael Vater, Esq.Partner
University of Florida Law School, Juris Doctor
University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Political Science, Minor International Institute of Peace Studies
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Pro Hac Vice)
State of Ohio (Pro Hac Vice)
State of South Carolina (Pro Hac Vice)
State of California (Pro Hac Vice)
Areas of Practice
Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Business Litigation, Entertainment Law, Administrative Law
Michael R. Vater was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While attending North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania, Michael participated in Future Business Leaders of America and the National Forensics League earning State Champion and National Finalist distinction multiple times in extemporaneous and impromptu speaking. In High School, Michael clerked at the law offices of Houston-Harbaugh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the direction of Michael Turzai, now a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
In the summer of 2004, Michael was one of fifteen students across the country selected to participate in the prestigious Summer Communications Leadership Development Program at General Electric. In 2005, Michael was selected to attend the exclusive study abroad program hosted by the University of Notre Dame – Australia, located in Fremantle, Western Australia. Michael received the David T. Link Prize for highest GPA while studying abroad at the University of Notre Dame.
In 2006, Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts & Letters. Michael majored in Political Science and received a minor in the world-renown Kroc International Institute of Peace Studies Program. Michael graduated with Cum Laude distinction. Michael was a Dean’s List Scholar multiple times and was invited into Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Fraternity. Michael attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While attending law school, Michael participated in a multi-year clerkship with Terrence Kann, P.A. in Gainesville, Florida. Michael received the Certificate of Excellence for his Pro Bono work with Community Legal Services, a legal clinic located in Ocala, Florida. Michael also received a Certificate of Distinction for his Community Service Participation in Law School. Michael was a member of the University of Florida Entertainment Law Review and Student Honor Committee. Michael was also a member of the International Law Society, the Association for Law & Business, and Sports & Entertainment Law Association. Additionally, Michael served as a two-time Representative to the John Marshall Bar Association. In the summer of 2008, Michael completed coursework in International Business Law in Paris and Montpellier, France through the Universite Montpellier II. After graduating law school in 2009, Michael participated in a post-graduate fellowship at the University of Florida General Counsel’s office.
In April 2010, Michael joined the Ticktin Law Group where he oversees the Entertainment Law Division, Administrative Law Division, as well as assists in Business Litigation Cases. Michael serves as an executive board member of Emerge Broward, and Petset, part of the Humane Society of Broward County. Michael also is active through his participation in the BNI Business Exchange Chapter in Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and as the Coordinator for the Ticktin Law Group’s participation in the American Heart Association Heartwalk.
Michael is admitted to practice in Federal Court as a member of the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Kendrick Almaguer, Esq.Partner
St. Thomas University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Florida International University, B.S. in Criminal Justice, Minor in Psychology
Areas of Practice
Divorce & Family Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Business Litigation
Kendrick Almaguer is a Miami-based attorney for The Ticktin Law Group. Kendrick was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was raised in the Miami area. He attended Florida International University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. He then earned his Juris Doctorate in Law from St. Thomas University School of Law. During his time at St. Thomas, Kendrick was a law clerk for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in the construction law division.
While at St. Thomas, Kendrick became involved in several honors organizations. He was an active member of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. Additionally, he was the Vice President of the International Moot Court Honor Society and represented the organization as an oralist and brief writer in the 2008 Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.
Kendrick was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2008. Prior to joining The Ticktin Law Group, he practiced general litigation, focusing in the areas of family law and business litigation. He currently practices in the areas of mortgage foreclosure defense and general civil litigation for both English and Spanish-speaking clients in our Miami office.
Chezare Palacios, Esq.Intellectual Property Attorney
University of Florida – Levin College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Florida Atlantic University, B.S. in Civil Engineering
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
New York (awaiting admission)
Chezare Palacios is an Intellectual Property Associate at the Ticktin Law Group, in Deerfield Beach, Florida primarily handling the trademark litigation cases and applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Chezare graduated cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2016 with a certificate in Intellectual Property law. During his time in law school, Chezare served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Law and Policy and won Book Awards in Cyber Law for a paper on copyrights in music licensing and his legal work with Gator TeamChild.
Outside the Ticktin Law Group, Chezare volunteers his time with the Hispanic National Bar Association. Chezare co-authored an article in the HNBA Journal of Law & Policy on the “genericide” risks for trademarks that become too famous. Chezare currently holds two positions in the HNBA, CLE Track Chair and CLE Committee Chair for the LGBT Division. Chezare has also prepared two continuing legal education seminars for HNBA Conferences focused on increasing diversity in the legal field.
Catalina Rodriguez, Esq.Associate Attorney
Barry University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Florida International University, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies specialized in Communications, Psychology, and the Law
Bar Admission: Florida
Court Admission: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Areas of Practice: Civil Litigation
Catalina Rodriguez is a Civil Litigation Associate at the Ticktin Law Group, in Orlando, Florida.
Catalina graduated from Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law and obtained an Honors Certificate in Environmental and Earth Law, Justice, and Jurisprudence. Catalina was a clinical student of the Environmental and Earth Law Clinic and was a Legal Fellow for the Center for Earth Jurisprudence. She also participated in numerous Moot Court Competitions and won a Best Advocate Award while participating in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition.
Prior to law school, Catalina was a Student Advisor at a state college. After being admitted to the Florida Bar, Catalina practiced transportation and insurance litigation. At the Ticktin Law Group, Catalina practices in the areas of mortgage foreclosure defense and general business litigation, for both English and Spanish-speaking clients in our Orlando office.
In her free time, Catalina enjoys hiking, reading, and watching 80s movies with her fiancé Derek and with her cat Milo.
Michael McCormickAssociate Attorney
Deerfield Beach/West Palm Beach
Florida International University College of Law, Juris Doctor
California State University, Long Beach, Triple Major: B.S. in Business Marketing, B.S. in Business Management, and B.S. in Operations Management
Areas of Practice
Divorce & Family Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Business Litigation, Personal Injury
Michael McCormick, Jr. is a Palm Beach County based attorney for The Ticktin Law Group. Michael was born and raised in Southern California. He attended California State University, Long Beach where he triple majored, earning degrees in Business Marketing, Business Management and Operations Management. After earning his undergraduate degrees Michael spent five years working and managing a bar and restaurant, earning the honor of a “Top 100 Bar and Restaurant” five times.
Michael then traded in the late nights in California for Law School in Florida where he earned his Juris Doctorate from Florida International University, College of Law (FIU). During his time at FIU, Michael was a part of the Negotiations Team and eared the “book award” in Education Law for achieving the top grade in the class. While at FIU, Michael also clerked for the Honorable Manno-Schurr in Miami.
Michael was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2017. Prior to joining The Ticktin Law Group, he focused his practice primarily on Family and Marital Law.
Outside of the practice of law, Michael enjoys spending time with his Wife, Megan, and their Bernedoodle, Doug.
Adam ChessAssociate Attorney
Appalachian School of Law, Juris Doctor
Florida State University, B.S. in Political Science
Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida
Areas of Practice
Business & Contract Law, Business Litigation, General Litigation, Collections, Automotive Law, Real Estate Law, Divorce & Family Law, Personal Injury
Adam Storm Chess, Esquire is a Florida licensed attorney and an associate with The Ticktin Law Group. Adam attended the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, where he was on the Law Review. He is a second-generation native South Floridian, and attended Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale before continuing his education at Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Florida. There, he studied political science and history. Prior to joining The Ticktin Law Group, Adam worked in the finance and automotive industry. Adam’s practice area involves civil and commercial litigation. He enjoys spending time fishing, diving, and traveling. Adam is a member of The Florida Bar and the Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida. Above all, Adam is one of those unique people who is inventive and his creativity adds greatly to advancing cases in unexpected ways. Please feel free to call the office to schedule an in-person meeting or teleconference to discuss your case with Adam.
Connor FurlongAssociate Attorney
Emily Benson Chatzky, Esq.Associate Attorney
Emily Benson Chatzky, Esq. is an Associate Attorney with The Ticktin Law Group in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Emily graduated from Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina. Emily was a Dean’s Scholar and an Advocacy Fellow at the law school. Emily served as Editor-in-Chief of The Elon Law Review and was published in May, 2020, for her article entitled “Almost Citizens: How the Medical Exception Continues to Limit Refugee Naturalization.” Emily was also a Board Member of the Moot Court team, competing in two competitions while in law school. Emily won an Excellence in Advocacy Award, Excellence in Legal Research & Writing Award, and an Excellence in Pro Bono Award for completing more than 75 pro bono service hours while in law school.
During law school, Emily worked for a local law firm practicing Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation plaintiff law. She also worked at the Elon Law Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic serving refugees with disabilities. Prior to law school, Emily obtained her MSW at Columbia University in New York City. During that time, she worked for the Court Appointed Special Advocates in Brooklyn, New York, representing youth in foster care. Emily also spent many summers working at the Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) in Boca Raton, Florida, working with adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and their goldendoodle, Wrigley, getting as much fresh air as possible!
Jonathan LevyAssociate Attorney
Jonathan Levy graduated Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law in 2019. His primary area of focus and passion includes Corporate and Real Estate Law. During his law-school career, Jonathan was on the Executive Board of the Jewish Law Society and participated in a graduate-student delegation to represent Shepard Broad College of Law at the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, in Washington D.C. On his spare time Jonathan volunteers for the Friends of the IDF, and is a steadfast activist for US-Israeli relations.
Prior to law school, Jonathan had extensive background working in the Music Industry and for International Technology Start-ups, in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
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