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 Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor
    University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, LL.B.

    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 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.

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  • 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, Juris Doctor
    University of Florida, B.S. in 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, 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
    Michael Vater, Esq.
    Partner

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

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

    Education:
    University of Florida Law School, Juris Doctor
    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 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
    Kendrick Almaguer, Esq.
    Partner

    Office Location:
    Miami

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

    Education:
    St. Thomas University School of Law, Juris Doctor
    Florida International University, B.S. in Criminal Justice, Minor in Psychology

    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.

  • Michael McCormick, Esq
    Junior Partner
    Michael McCormick, Esq
    Junior Partner

    Office Location
    Deerfield Beach/West Palm Beach

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

    Education
    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

    Bar Admission
    Florida Bar

    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 earned 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.

  • Emily
    Emily B. Chatzky, Esq.
    Junior Partner
    Emily
    Emily B. Chatzky, Esq.
    Junior Partner

    Emily Benson Chatzky, Esq. is a Junior Partner 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!

  • Francis Mota, Esq
    Associate Attorney
    Francis Mota, Esq
    Associate Attorney

    Office Location:
    Deerfield Beach

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

    Education:
    St. Thomas University School of Law, Juris Doctor
    University of Missouri – Kansas City, B.A. in Liberal Arts

    Bar Admission:
    Florida Bar

    Areas of Practice
    Divorce & Family Law, Business & Contract Law, Estates, Wills & Trusts, Business Litigation, General Litigation, Real Estate Law

    Francis Jonathan Mota, Esq. is a Florida licensed Attorney and an Associate Attorney for The Ticktin Law Group. Francis attended St. Thomas University School of Law, JD, where he earned the “book award” for Advanced Criminal Procedure, and the University of Missouri Kansas City, Undergraduate, Liberal Arts. Mr. Mota’s practice area involves civil and commercial litigation. Francis also represents businesses in the handling all of their legal needs. Moreover, Mr. Mota is experienced in Family Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, and Business Litigation, among other areas.

    Prior to joining The Ticktin Law Group, Francis worked at a law firm handling corporate law, estate planning, as well as asset protection.

    Francis is a member of the Florida Bar.

  • Alexa Penalta, Esq.
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    Alexa Penalta, Esq.
    Intellectual Property Attorney

    Contact Information:
    APenalta@LegalBrains.com
    (954) 570-6757

    Bar Admission:
    Florida

    Court Admissions:
    United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
    United States District Court, Middle District of Florida


    Alexa Penalta, Esq. is the Intellectual Property Associate Attorney at The Ticktin Law Group. Alexa graduated from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law in Davie, Florida. In law school, Alexa served on the Moot Court Society and competed in the Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition in Brooklyn, NY. She also received the Second-Best Brief Award in Nova’s Upperclassman Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Alexa was President of Nova’s Animal Law club, Director of Public Relations for the Hispanic Student Bar Association, Community Service Co-Chair for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and a Law School Ambassador for the College of Law admissions. She received an Excellence in Pro Bono Award for completing more than 75 pro bono service hours while in law school.

    During law school, Alexa held summer internships with the Honorable Judge Robert Diaz, 17th Judicial Circuit, and the State of Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of General Counsel. Prior to law school, Alexa obtained her Bachelor of Science at the University of Florida, majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Innovation. She was in the inaugural class of the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida. The exclusive minor curriculum focused on ethics, creativity, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and leadership.

    Outside of work, Alexa enjoys spending time outdoors, with her family, or volunteering with animals.

  • Shaina Van Mehren, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Shaina Van Mehren, Esq.
    Associate Attorney

    Shaina Van Mehren is an Associate Attorney with The Ticktin Law Group in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

    Shaina received her J.D. from Florida International University College of Law, in Miami, Florida. Prior to Law School, Shaina received her B.A. in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. Shaina loves to be busy and tends to add as much to her schedule as possible. Before attending Law School, Shaina worked two full time jobs. In addition to her bartending/serving job, Shaina worked as a Head Teller for a bank. Shaina worked for the bank for 5 years and worked for them right up until she attended Law School. Shaina enjoyed the experience she gained from the professional setting and enjoyed being in a management role. Shaina also maintained her bartending/serving job throughout law school and believes developing customer service skills is essential to be able to succeed in a professional setting.

    Shaina was admitted to the Florida bar in 2020.

    Shaina has two sisters and is the oldest of the three. In her spare time Shaina enjoys spending time with her friends, family and loved ones. Shaina also enjoys reading and spending time with her dog Mack.

  • Adam Chess, Esq
    Attorney Of Counsel
    Adam Chess, Esq
    Attorney Of Counsel

    Education
    Appalachian School of Law, Juris Doctor
    Florida State University, B.S. in Political Science

    Bar Admission
    Florida Bar
    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.

  • Taylor Young, Esq
    Associate Attorney
    Taylor Young, Esq
    Associate Attorney

    Education
    Barry University School of Law, Juris Doctor
    University of South Florida, B.A. in English with a concentration on Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology

    Bar Admission
    Florida Bar

    Taylor Young, Esq. is an Associate Attorney for The Ticktin Law Group based out of the Orlando office. Taylor graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. degree in English with a concentration on Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology. After holding a position as an editorial writer for a local magazine, Taylor decided to pursue a career in law. Right after graduation from the University of South Florida, she began attendance at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. During her time at Barry, Taylor served as a member of the Young Lawyer’s Association, Bar Mentorship Program, and Phi Alpha Delta. Taylor was awarded the 2020 New Lawyer Training Program Scholarship from the Orange County Bar Association and was also a recipient of the Barry University School of Law Merit Scholarship and the Dean’s Award Grant. Throughout the course of law school, Taylor worked for Conti Moore Law and served as a Guardian Ad Litem for Osceola County in her free time. She is a present member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association.

  • Evan Turk, Esq
    Attorney of Counsel
    Evan Turk, Esq
    Attorney of Counsel

    Mr. Turk advises successful entrepreneurs and families about their personal wealth.

    He is the author of Asset Protection by Design, an entrepreneur himself, and is of-counsel with The Ticktin Law Group.

    His career started on Wall Street and is focused on his experience in finance, tax and the law.

    Before venturing into the field of law, Mr. Turk operated a successful financial company.

    He is licensed to practice law in Florida and New Jersey and is duly qualified and admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.

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