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For more than 10 years, I have focused my practice on assisting clients with business litigation and bankruptcy litigation issues. In hyper-technical terms, that means I’ve witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly of just about every imaginable litigation issue a business might face – ownership and employee disputes, corporate dissolutions, fraud claims, fiduciary claims, contractual disputes, and bankruptcy contested matters and adversarial proceedings. I am primarily called upon by my clients to tackle complex disputes in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts throughout the USA.

While I am a litigator at heart (assuming lawyers have hearts – which, as far as I know, is not yet proven), business disputes are not always best resolved through the scorched earth litigation process. I’ve had the privilege of working with big (Fortune 100) companies, solo entrepreneurs, and just about everyone in-between. This may come as a surprise, but not too many of them are thrilled with the prospect of multi-year litigation that does nothing but eat away at their bottom line. For this reason, I am always committed to obtaining practical, creative, and efficient solutions for my clients in both litigation and well before litigation ever arises. Litigation is not always in my clients’ best interest, and I regularly counsel clients regarding strategies for the avoidance of litigation, risk management, and litigation cost reduction.

Prior to establishing DeSouza Law, I was a senior attorney with a leading Florida law firm (Becker & Poliakoff, PA) and, in a prior life, an attorney in Washington, DC with a top multinational firm (Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP). I’ve handled high stakes litigation with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, and I’ve had the honor of going toe-to-toe with some of the country’s brightest attorneys. My philosophy is a simple one – small firm attention, big firm expertise. My clients certainly deserve both. I am committed to providing practical, real-world advice to clients in a language they can understand (no ‘lawyer-ese’) and obtaining favorable results for them whenever possible.

I am also well-known in the South Florida legal community for areas such as litigation avoidance, e-discovery, and disputes involving discovery of electronically stored information. I frequently write on these subjects and speak at conferences and continuing legal education courses presented to clients, judges, in-house counsel, and practicing attorneys.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
    12 years
  2. Corporate: 20%
    12 years



Hourly ($300-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

DeSouza Law, PA

101 NE Third Avenue
Suite 1500
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301


FLMember in Good Standing200606/19/2016
NYCurrently registered 200503/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerDeSouza Law, PA2014 - Present
Senior AttorneyBecker & Poliakoff2010 - 2014
AssociateMilbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP2004 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
ESI RoundtableN/A2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Smith Enterprise, Inc. v. Jason HammondsMotion to dismiss granted.
Tangshan Ganglu Iron & Steel Company, Ltd. v. Wei Chen et alMotion to dismiss granted.
Bremer Bank, NA v. John Hancock Life Ins., et alSummary judgment granted, appeal denied.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Aviation BusinessDon’t Sue Me Bro: Three Steps to Guarantee a Litigation Free Future2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ESI RoundtableFederal and Florida E-Discovery Amendments2013
ESI RoundtableSocial Media in E-Discovery2013
Broward County JudiciaryThe E-ssentials of E-Discovery: A Practical Guide to Managing E-Discovery Disputes in Your Courtroom2013
WebinarE-Ethics for E-Discovery: Considerations and Solutions for the E-Practitioner2012
Legal Learning SeriesJust When You Thought E-Discovery Was Only a Federal Court Issue: Proposed ESI Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure2012
eDiscovery Leadership ConferenceE-Discovery: A Byte of Planning Can Save You a Gigabyte of Trouble2012
Coral Gables Bar AssociationE-Discovery and You2012
Construction Financial Management AssociationToday’s E-Mail is Tomorrow’s Evidence: Legal Implications of the Move to an E-World2012