Attorneys

  • Peter Ticktin, Esq.
    Senior Partner
    Peter Ticktin, Esq.
    Senior Partner

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    pt@LegalBrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, LL.B.
    University of Miami School of Law, J.D.

    Bar Admission:
    Florida
    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 2 week trial that was televised on Court TV regarding organ transplants. Mr. Ticktin deals with litigation as a crisis management issue, 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
    Jamie A. Sasson, Esq.
    Managing Partner

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    jsasson@LegalBrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    Suffolk University School of Law, JD
    University of Florida Undergraduate, Political Science

    Bar Admission:
    Florida Bar
    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, foreclosure defense, and personal injury law, among other areas of law.

    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
    Michael Vater, Esq.
    Partner

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    mvater@LegalBrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    University of Florida Law School, J.D.
    University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Political Science, Minor International Institute of Peace Studies

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    Court Admissions
    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 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
    Kendrick Almaguer, Esq.
    Partner

    Office Location:
    Miami

    Contact Information:
    kalmaguer@LegalBrains.com
    (305) 676-6666

    Education:
    St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D.
    Florida International University, Undergraduate

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    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.

  • Grant J. Skolnick, Esq.
    Director of the Personal Injury Department
    Grant J. Skolnick, Esq.
    Director of the Personal Injury Department

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    gskolnick@legalbrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    University of Florida, B.A. in Telecommunications
    Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, J.D.

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    Areas of Practice
    Personal Injury


    Grant Skolnick, Esq. graduated with honors from the University of Florida for his undergraduate studies. For law school, Mr. Skolnick attended Nova Southeastern University, where he received the Insurance Law and Products Liability Book Awards and was chosen to be the graduation speaker. During his studies, Mr. Skolnick was a member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, as well as Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and Golden Key National Honorary Societies. Additionally, he was a recipient of the President’s Academic Achievement Award.

    Prior to joining the Ticktin Law Group in 2015 as the Director of Personal Injury, Mr. Skolnick had his own firm which specialized in Personal Injury Law. Mr. Skolnick also worked as a civil litigator for the Law Offices of Max Rudmann and as a Director for the Palm Beach County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller.

    Additionally, for the past twelve years, he has volunteered as the legal counsel for Palm Beach Recovery Coalition, Inc., a Florida Not-For-Profit charitable organization which he helped found and which is dedicated to providing support services and living accommodations for men suffering from substance abuse related disorders and homelessness.

    Mr. Skolnick was the host of TV 20’s Special Edition, was the master of ceremonies for the Palm Beach County Martin Luther King Day Celebration and was the ring announcer for the Junior Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.

    In his free time, Mr. Skolnick enjoys spending time with his wife Katharine, his daughter Kalena and his boxer Gemma.

  • Julius Adams, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Julius Adams, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Tampa

    Contact Information:
    jadams@legalbrains.com
    (813) 448-1129

    Education:
    Florida A&M University, College of Law, J.D.
    Florida State University, M.P.A.
    Florida State University, B.S.

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    Court Admissions:
    Federal District Court, Middle District of Florida

    Areas of Practice
    Divorce & Family Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Personal Injury, General Litigation


    Julius Adams is a licensed Florida attorney working out of our Tampa Office. His practice areas include personal injury, mortgage foreclosure defense, family law, and general civil litigation.

    Julius has always had a strong interest in helping people and in giving his attention to public service. Prior to working for The Ticktin Law Group, Julius worked as a staff attorney for the State of Florida’s Guardian Ad Litem Program. This is a state agency that advocates for the welfare and safety of children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their caregivers.

    Julius also worked as an associate attorney with a small law firm in Tampa that focused on personal injury and general civil litigation matters.

  • Chezare Palacios, Esq.
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    Chezare Palacios, Esq.
    Intellectual Property Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    cpalacios@legalbrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education
    Florida Atlantic University, B.S.
    University of Florida – Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude

    Bar Admission:
    Florida
    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, 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.

  • Lanzce A. Francis, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Lanzce A. Francis, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    lfrancis@legalbrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    Jacksonville University
    Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D.

    Bar Admission:
    Florida


    The Ticktin Law Group welcomed Lanzce A. Francis to the firm in May 2018. His areas of practice include Family Law, Personal Injury, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, and General Litigation.

    Attorney Francis earned a Business Administration and Business Management degree from Jacksonville University before receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law.

    Before joining The Ticktin Law Group, Attorney Francis worked as a law clerk for an aggressive personal injury firm in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL. He also possesses extensive experience in the mortgage servicing industry.

    Attorney Francis is a classical musician. He is passionate about human rights, public policy, and LGBTQ issues.

  • Robert B.H. Phaneuf, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Robert B.H. Phaneuf, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    rphaneuf@legalbrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education
    North Carolina State University;
    St. Thomas University School of Law

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    Court Admission:
    Federal Court Southern District of Florida

    Areas of Practice
    Civil Litigation


    The Ticktin Law Group welcomed Robert B.H. Phaneuf to the firm in May 2018. He brings years of legal experience as a former clerk for Palm Beach State Attorney White Collar Crime Division, Plaintiff Personal Injury Protection, and Insurance Defense.

    Mr. Phaneuf is graduate of the St. Thomas University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Naval Science and played lacrosse for The Wolfpack.

    The Fort Myers native was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2016. Prior to graduating law school, Mr. Phaneuf was a clerk for attorneys representing Bank of America in residential mortgage foreclosure cases.

    Mr. Phaneuf is a Military Veteran and nature lover. He enjoys tennis and being outdoors.

  • Emmanuel N. Charles, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Emmanuel N. Charles, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    echarles@LegalBrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    University of Oklahoma, J.D.
    Florida State University

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    Areas of Practice:
    Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Business Litigation


    The Ticktin Law Group in expanded in June of 2018 with the addition of Attorney Emmanuel N. Charles. His areas of practice include Mortgage Foreclosure Defense and Business Litigation.

    Mr. Charles received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. As an undergraduate, he earned a triple major in Economics, Political Science, and Social Science from Florida State University.

    At law school, Mr. Charles was the Vice President of the National Black Law Student Association. His chapter won the National Small Chapter of the Year award in 2015-16. Mr. Charles was also the Vice Justice of Phi Alpha Delta and a competitor in a Nelson Mandela International Negotiation Competition.

    In 2015, Mr. Charles worked in the Complex Business Litigation Division for Judge Thornton in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami, FL. His other previous legal experience includes Criminal Defense and Family Law for a small law firm.

    Mr. Charles was born in Brooklyn, NY and calls Miramar, FL his hometown. He is passionate about charity work and enjoys reading in his free time. Mr. Charles is a huge fan of the Oklahoma Sooners and, of course, South Florida’s sports teams.

  • Taylor Claudon, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Taylor Claudon, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach Office

    Contact Information:
    tclaudon@LegalBrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    Marquette University
    Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D.

    Bar Admission:
    Florida


    Taylor M. Claudon joined The Ticktin Law Group in July 2018. Her areas of practice include Family Law, Employment Law, General Litigation and Personal Injury.

    Taylor Claudon is an alumnus of the Florida Coastal School of Law. Prior to receiving her Juris Doctor in 2017, Ms. Claudon was a Writing-Intensive English Major at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

    Taylor Claudon brings previous legal experience as an attorney for a Family Law firm, a law clerk in a Personal Injury firm, and an intern at a Family Law clinic.

    In her free time, Taylor Claudon enjoys running, reading, being outdoors and playing sand volleyball. She is from Macomb, IL.

  • Kerri L. Merrick, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Kerri L. Merrick, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach Office

    Contact Information:
    Email: kmerrick@LegalBrains.com
    Phone: (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    The College at Brockport, State University of New York
    Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, J.D.

    Bar Admission:
    Florida


    The Ticktin Law Group welcomed Attorney Kerri L. Merrick to the firm in August 2018. She handles Civil Litigation cases for the firm.

    Kerri Merrick is an alumnus of the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, graduating cum laude in 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. In 2015, she earned both the Advanced Legal Research Award and the Silver Level Award for Nova’s Pro Bono Honor Program.

    During school, Kerri Merrick studied abroad in Berlin, Vienna, Beijing, and Seoul. While in Berlin, she earned accredited hours in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, as well as completed a class in international commercial arbitration.

    In addition to Civil Litigation, Kerri Merrick is experienced in Condominium Law, and Evictions. She has also a Criminal Defense intern at a public defender’s office.

    Kerri Merrick grew up in Rochester, NY. Her interests include horses, the beach, and going out to eat.

  • Christian C. Romaguera, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Christian C. Romaguera, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

    Contact Information:
    cromaguera@LegalBrains.com
    (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    Stetson University College of Law, J.D.
    Florida State University, B.S.

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    Areas of Practice:
    Usury, Business Law, Personal Injury, Estate Planning


    Christian Romaguera is the newest attorney at The Ticktin Law Group, having been admitted to the Florida Bar in November 2018.

    Christian earned bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and International Affairs from Florida State University. He graduated from Stetson University College of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 2017.

    While at college, Christian was champion at the AAJ Regional Trial Competition in 2017. He was also President of the Federalist Society at Stetson and a member of the Entertainment Sports Law Society; Calvin A. Kuenzel Student Bar Association Diversity Committee; Second Amendment Society; Hispanic Bar Association; Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy; American Association for Justice; and the Stetson Trial Team. Christian was also a teaching assistant for trial advocacy and evidence.

    Born and raised in West Palm Beach, Christian is a fan of our hometown Dolphins, Heat, and Marlins. He enjoys golfing, all things FSU, studying history and philosophy, and spending quality time with his boxer, Mango. Christian is a talented piano player, but you’ll regret asking him to sing…

  • Mysha F. Browning, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Mysha F. Browning, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach Office

    Contact Information:
    Email: mbrowning@legalbrains.com
    Phone: (561) 232-2222

    Education:
    The University of Miami, B.A., Psychology and Anthropology
    The University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    Court Admission:
    Florida Supreme Court


    Attorney Mysha F. Browning became a member of The Ticktin Law Group in November 2018. Her areas of practice include Immigration, Family Law, and General Civil Litigation.

    Ms. Browning is an alumnus of the University of Miami. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology before receiving her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 2015. Ms. Browning was recognized with a HOPE Pro Bono Award and is a two-time recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence, in both Immigration Law and Professional Responsibility.

    Ms. Browning worked with foster youth in the dependency court system at the University of Miami Children and Youth Law Clinic. She also focused on juvenile justice and asylum law at the University of Miami Human Rights Clinic. Upon completing law school, Ms. Browning opened a general civil practice in Key West, FL.

    Ms. Browning’s parents are lawyers, while her brother and sister also study law. Mysha’s middle name, “Finch,” was inspired by the lawyer Atticus Finch, the protagonist of the classic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Ms. Browning grew up in Key West, FL and now resides in Delray Beach. She enjoys yoga, cycling, going to the beach, and spending time with her dog, Berkeley.

  • Gregory F. Tucker, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Gregory F. Tucker, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Orlando

    Contact Information:
    Email: gtucker@legalbrains.com
    Phone: (407) 749-0303

    Education:
    University of Central Florida, B.S.
    Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, J.D.

    Bar Admission:
    Florida


    Attorney Gregory F. Tucker joined The Ticktin Law Group in November 2018. He is a licensed Florida attorney practicing Civil Litigation out of our Orlando office.

    Mr. Tucker received his Juris Doctor from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Central Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.

    In his free time, Mr. Tucker likes being outdoors, helping others, and spending time with family. He is an advanced open water certified scuba diver and enjoys offshore fishing, mountain biking, cooking, and hiking with his two Rottweilers, Abby and Emma.

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