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 Ticktin attended New York Military Academy for high school. From there, he skipped his first and last years of college and was admitted to medical school after 2 years of college. After one year of medical school, Mr. Ticktin switched over to his true ambition, the law. To work his way through law school, he became a student police officer, the assistant chief, and finally chief of the Student Police Force.
Mr. Ticktin first practiced in Ontario, Canada, in 1972, where he practiced as a barrister primarily in the criminal courts. There, he appeared regularly in the trial courts, argued numerous appeals, and on one occasion, he changed the law regarding breaking and entering before the Supreme Court of Canada. His record in Ontario was impeccable.
In 1985, Mr. Ticktin relocated to Florida, where, in order to practice law, he was required to obtain a law degree from an ABA approved law school, so he attended at the University of Miami for 2 years, graduated cum laude, and was elected into the Order of the Coif, among other honors. His results in the bar exams led PMBR, a bar exam course, to use his name and score in its advertising.
When Mr. Ticktin began his practice, South Florida was wrapped in the anguish of the AIDS epidemic in its early stages. People were fearful. A community in one Florida city dealt with a hemophilic child who was diagnosed with AIDS by burning down his family’s house. Lawyers were afraid to meet with a client with AIDS, least have them come to their offices. Peter Ticktin leading the way in redressing wrongs perpetrated on AIDS victims. The movie Philadelphia, was initially going to be called Miami, except that Mr. Ticktin’s first AIDS client died just before his trial. The similar case in Philadelphia proceeded. Nevertheless, Mr. Ticktin changed the landscape. It was due to Mr. Ticktin’s efforts that hospitals and physicians changed their procedures to assure that HIV test results remained confidential.
In the years that followed, Mr. Ticktin was on the cutting edge of the law. He was lead counsel on the only organ donation case to ever get to trial, and he was able to prevail in a 2 week CourtTV trial over an organ procurement organization which harvested the organs of a 7 year old child who was not brain dead, on national television.
Mr. Ticktin was responsible for helping develop the law as to the doctrine of manifest injustice in Florida. See v. Hernandez v. Marsarm Corp., 613 So. 2d 914 (Fla. 3d DCA 1992); He developed the child support law with respect to a supporting spouse who earns less than he can in order to improve his ability to earn long term. See Ledbetter v. Bell, 658 So. 2d 1146 (Fla. 4 th DCA 1995); In Espino v. Anez, 665 So.2d 1080 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995), he was responsible for the seminal case on resulting trusts. In Ticktin v. Kearin, 807 So. 2d 659 (Fla. 4 th DCA 2001), Mr. Ticktin helped define the law of laches regarding child support; The law as to attorneys’ fees in Florida based on its laws pertaining to offers of judgment lead to a long line of cases defining permissible conditions. This line was started in Zalis v. MEJ Rich Corp., 797 So. 2d 1289 (Fla. 4 th DCA 2001). In Koll v. Koll, 812 So. 2d 529 (Fla. 4 th DCA 2002), the law as to contempt proceedings was better defined. In Norgart v. Upjohm Co. Mr. Ticktin develop the law in the State of California as to the method of conceding a final judgment as his ethics required, while preserving his client’s right to appeal. See Norgart v. Upjohn Co., 981 P. 2d 79 (Cal. 1999).
These are only a few of the appeals in which Mr. Ticktin was the lead attorney. Through the years, Mr. Ticktin has tried scores of cases. More recently, with the onset of the Great Recession, Mr. Ticktin was involved with cases regarding mortgage foreclosure defense, where he has helped in the development of the law in not only his own appeals, but by submitting amicus briefs. He was the one who unearthed the Robo-signers, and the evidence he accumulated was all the Attorney Generals of the 50 States needed to obtain a $30 Billion settlement from the big banks. For this work and other work and community involvement, the Daily Business Review in South Florida honored Mr. Ticktin with an award of being a “Distinguished Leader” in his profession.
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!
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