The firm was established in 2000 after Mr. Eckard went into private practice after leaving the State Attorney’s Office, 6th Judicial Circuit, where he prosecuted both felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. He has tried over 30 jury trials and over 100 bench trials.
Mr. Eckard has been a member of the US/Cuba Legal Forum, a not for profit organization designed to foster ties with Cuban Lawyers in Cuba, to normalize trade relations between the United States and Cuba and to explore legal issues effecting U.S. entities doing or wishing to do business there. Mr. Eckard has written several articles including "Doing Business in Cuba, Now and Post-Embargo" and "Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in Developing Countries with a Special Comparative Study on Cuban Intellectual Property Laws." Mr. Eckard has represented various entities against the United States Treasury Department, Office Foreign Asset Controls, in regards to travel to Cuba, pursuant to 31 CFR 515 .
Mr. Eckard has served on the Board of Directors for the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association and the Barney Masterson Inns of Court.
In 2004, Mr. Eckard was part of a delegation of lawyers, federal court judges and law professors that participated in a joint-cooperation agreement with the City of St. Petersburg, Russia and its legal community. The Honorable Elizabeth Kovachavich, Chief Judge, Middle District of Florida, headed the delegation. The delegation traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia and participated in a weeklong legal and judicial exchange of information and ideas to help promote and assist in Russia’s legal system reforms.
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