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I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in the area of business litigation. My litigation experience has included contract disputes, business disputes, real property disputes, noncompete disputes, banking disputes, community association disputes, probate and trust disputes, creditor bankruptcy representation, and loan collection and foreclosure matters.

I have also served as a certified circuit court mediator since 1995.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    29 years
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    29 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    29 years

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    Mr. Schaaf is a well-respected Litigation / Lawsuits / Disputes / Real Estate attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a lawyer who truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and getting them the most favorable result possible. Mr. Schaaf is a terrific lawyer. I endorse Mr. Schaff to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.


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Contact info

Becker & Poliakoff, PA

1511 N. Westshore Blvd.
Suite 1000
Tampa, FL, 33607


FLMember in Good Standing198709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Business LitigationFlorida Bar2012
E. Austin White AwardBecker & Poliakoff, P.A.2007
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc.General Counsel2007 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2008
Philippine American Chamber of CommerceBoard Member and General Counsel2006 - Present
Florida BarGrievance Committee Member2005 - 2008
Largo Mid-Pinellas Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2005 - 2007
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1987 - 1992
Community Action Stops AbuseTrusteeN/A
St. Petersburg Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tropical Industria de Alimentos, Ltda. v. Polypack, Inc.Jury verdict for the Plaintiff on all counts.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Temple UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1983