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Jason Ward Johnson

Litigation Attorney at Winter Park, FL

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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
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About Jason

Learn Jason’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    70%
    I litigate sophisticated business disputes in state and federal courts in Florida and throughout the country.

    25 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    20%
    Board certified in business bankruptcy law, I represent creditors of all kinds in bankruptcy cases.

    25 years

  3. Mediation
    10%
    I am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator. While I mediate disputes in a wide array of litigation areas, I specialize in mediating complex commercial cases, commercial foreclosure cases and bankruptcy disputes, including preference, fraudulent transfer and other avoidance actions.

    13 years

“It’s a phase.” That was my Dad’s response when I told him I was going to law school—perhaps due to my having taken the LSAT, applied to law school, secured financial aid and secured acceptance to law school before I ever actually told him of this desire. I got my undergraduate degree in Animal Science (pre-veterinary medicine), so this seismic shift certainly must’ve seemed “out of left field.” Regardless, now more than 25 years later, my father has long-since come around to the idea that I was meant to be a lawyer.

My personality lends very well to litigation, but I also possess the deal skills inherent in transactional lawyers that are also very important in my areas of practice–especially as Outside General Counsel.

I have always believed that there are two types of litigators: “Problem Creators” and “Problem Solvers.” Problem Creators do just that—they create problems—usually with the aim of keeping their own plates full. Problem Solvers, however, look for ways to achieve their clients’ goals in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible. Being a Problem Solver may not be very “sexy,” but I’ve found that clients always prefer “getting to the finish line” efficiently over “let’s blow the litigation budget.” There’s an inherent tension in being a litigator, as often, the better you are at your job, the better you are at taking work off your own plate. I often joke with my clients that “While I’m all about the ‘Jason Johnson Full-Employment Program,’ it may not be in your best interests to implement that program.” And it’s always the client’s interests that must control. The creativity required to be a Problem Solver, though, is one of the reasons I most enjoy litigation. While it happens rarely, opponents who mistake my professionalism and reasonableness for weakness, do so at their clients’ peril. Being a Problem Solver and a zealous advocate are not mutually exclusive.

Crucial to my creditors’ rights practice, I have been board-certified in Business Bankruptcy for a number of years. I have consistently made the Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers lists in commercial litigation and bankruptcy litigation, and have been named “Lawyer of the Year” for bankruptcy litigation.

Feel free to ask me sometime about the shift from vet school to the law, and about some of my more “interesting” Animal Science experiences—just don’t ask about the latter while we are dining.

Representative Cases:

 - Lead counsel for Freddie Mac—one of largest secondary mortgage lenders in the United States—in the largest independent mortgage seller/servicer failure in United States history. Protected Freddie Mac’s $50 Billion in directly-involved assets and maximized return on Freddie Mac’s ~$1.78 Billion claim.

 - Lead counsel for commercial bank in $350MM Ponzi scheme case of Lou Perlman. Client was the only creditor to recover any collateral prior to bankruptcy. Defended client in ~$10MM fraudulent transfer action, with litigation resulting in no monetary exposure to client.

 - Lead counsel for major nationwide provider of short-term post-acute and long-term health care in multi-million-dollar corporate embezzlement and fraud action. Obtained final judgment in favor of client and against defendants in excess of $16.8MM.

Location

Byrd Campbell, P.A.
180 Park Avenue North
Suite 2A
Winter Park, FL, 32789

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Commercial Trial Lawyer
  • Byrd Campbell, P.A.
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner/Shareholder
  • Roetzel & Andress, LPA
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Partner/Shareholder
  • Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
  • 2004 - 2020
  • Associate Attorney
  • Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson, P.A.
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Arthur B. Briskman
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • Cumberland Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp.
  • Louis J. Pearlman
  • After 4 years of litigation with the Trustee of the bankruptcy estate of one of Florida's largest Ponzi schemers, the cases were settled, with my client paying $0 to the Chapter 7 Trustee and the cases being dismissed against my client, with prejudice.

Associations

  • Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida
  • Past President
  • 2004 - Present
  • Orange County Legal Aid Society
  • 2004 - Present
  • Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - Present
  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association
  • Past President
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1999 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 1999 - Present
  • Cumberland Club
  • Past President
  • 1999 - Present
  • Central Florida Gator Club
  • Past President
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • 1999 - Present
  • Orlando Ballet
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Special Olympics Florida
  • JITP Host Committee
  • 2007 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law
  • American Board of Certification
  • 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Legal Trend
  • 2017
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Magazine
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Magazine
  • 2012
  • Florida Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Florida Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • President's Merit Award
  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association
  • 2001
  • Medal of Excellence
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Florida Bar Journal
  • Discharge of Condominium and Homeowners’ Assessments in Bankruptcy
  • 2018
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Journal
  • The Discharge of Post-Petition Debts in Chapter 11
  • 2018
  • National Law Review
  • IRS Decision on Florida CDD: Commercial Is Out; Residential May Be In
  • 2013
  • The Fine Print
  • Major Impacts of Revisions to Bankruptcy Code Under BAPCPA to Institutional Lenders, Commercial Lessors and Avoidance Action Targets
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Meeting
  • Subchapter V Best Practices
  • 2021
  • CFBLA 2019 Annual Seminar and State of the District
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • 2019
  • CFBLA 2018 Annual Seminar and State of the District
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • 2018
  • CFBLA 2017 Annual Seminar and State of the District
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • 2017
  • CFBLA Meeting
  • Mediation in Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • "Come Together"; Corporate Collaboration, Transactions and Dispositions
  • Distressed M&A and Investment Opportunities/Mitigating Risks; Acquisitions in Bankruptcy Under Section 363
  • 2010
  • Living Through Troubled Deals
  • Effect of New Bankruptcy Law (BAPCPA), Preferential and Fraudulent Transfers, Claims Administration in Bankruptcy, Objections to Discharge/Dischargeability of Debt, Lease/Contract Rejection in Chapter 11
  • 2008
  • Bankruptcy in Florida
  • Property of the Estate and Exemptions; Creditor's Remedies in Chapter 7 Cases
  • 2003
  • Bankruptcy in Florida
  • Property of the Estate and Exemptions; Creditor's Remedies in Chapter 7 Cases; Proposed Amendments to Bankruptco Code/Recent Developments
  • 2002
  • Bankruptcy in Florida
  • Property of the Estate and Exemptions; Creditor's Remedies in Chapter 7 Cases; Avoiding Pitfalls and Maximizing Recovery in Chapter 13
  • 2001
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Winter Park Litigation Lawyer Jason Ward Johnson
Jason Ward Johnson
Litigation Attorney
Winter Park, FL
Licensed for 24 years