About Us

Steven N. Lippman


2012-present        mediator, consultant, paralegal
                          National Companies LLC


I utilize my expertise, knowledge, real world experience and proven capabilities to provide additional insight, skill and depth of understanding working cooperatively with you to expand your operation’s potential and find creative solutions for the challenges you face. I examine your issues from a different perspective; seeking to foresee problems and address them before they even arise. When problems do arise, I work collaboratively with your team and integrate my unique background to develop quick and cost efficient solutions. 


Consulting assignments have included:

            ● assisting management with day-to-day operations
            ● formulating acquisition proposals
            ● appeals of Medicare and insurance claim denials
            ● acquisition of insurance coverage
            ● assisting in hiring employees
            ● joint ventures to represent products of foreign manufacturers
            ● formulating strategies and creating partnership relationships for the

               development of a multi-use project on a Caribbean island
            ● creating collections strategies
            ● implementing a web-platform for a retail clothing & accessories

            ● negotiation and prepare a construction agreement with a major cruise

            ● review and evaluation of possible transactions/ventures


While the ultimate decision to settle is yours to make; my vast experience being in the trenches provides me with extensive knowledge and insight which will help the parties’ place their dispute in perspective, understand the challenges they face, and gain a practical understanding of the realities of litigation which will assist them in making a prudent determination and drive the best deal possible.

I know what you are going through; I’ve been there as counsel and party. I appreciate what it takes to try a case. I understand the risks involved and the costs; not just monetary but the time taken from your business and the aggravation. I will use this expertise to help you find an acceptable resolution. 

1987-2012    commercial attorney handling matters in state and federal courts  

                 (including bankruptcy court) throughout the country.
                      Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; associate
                      Tescher Lippman & Valinsky: partner, chair of commercial litigation
                      Rice Pugatch Robinson & Schiller; partner, chair of commercial 


      Among the matters I successfully handled were representation of:

            ● a consignee of millions of commercial aircraft parts in fraud based claims

               nursing homes in action against their pharmaceutical provider
            ● a manufacturer of tool dies in an action against a licensee for

                unauthorized use
            ● a primary tenant in a major office building acquired by a county whose

                occupation held up its refurbishment for government use
            ● a nationwide group of car rental companies in a dispute with their fleet

            ● franchisees in an action against their franchisor for failing to provide

                support and services
            ● contract actions
            ● fraud
            ● proceedings supplementary
            ● fraudulent and preferential transfers
            ● accounting malpractice
            ● legal malpractice
            ● corporate dissolutions
            ● officer and director liability
            ● partner and shareholder separations
            ● sales tax and documentary stamp tax audits
            ● an equipment lessor in nationwide fraud actions consolidated under the

                federal multidistrict litigation procedures
            ● an equipment lessor in a nationwide class action
            ● a licensee of cell phones in Europe, franchisees in actions against their

            ● companys and workers over the enforceability of non-compete

            ● lenders (including many national money-center banks) and lessors to

                enforce loan or lease documents
            ● sales and acquisitions of businesses and assets

I was the “first chair” in numerous trials in state and federal courts lasting from one day to multiple months, including several jury trials, as well as countless evidentiary hearings. I defended class actions and mass actions including some consolidated under the federal multidistrict litigation procedures. I wrote all briefs and conducted oral argument at numerous appeals in state and federal courts.

1986  judicial intern, Honorable William M. Hoeveler, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.


●  University of Florida
●  University of Miami School of Law cum laude
            ●  Associate Editor, University of Miami Law Review


●  Best Lawyers in America
●  South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers”
● AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, its highest rating

Professional affiliations:

● Equipment Leasing and Finance Association legal committee
● Equipment Leasing and Finance Association service provider’s business council steering committee
● Board of Editors, Leader’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter


● “Operating Leases”, Chapter 25, Equipment Leasing, Matthew Bender
●  “Prejudgment Relief”, Chapter 6, American Inns of Court Civil Procedure Series, Lawyers Cooperative
● “Removal and Remand”, Chapter 15, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, The Florida Bar
●“McClesky v Kemp, Constitutional Tolerance for Racially Disparate Capital Sentencing,” University of Miami Law Review
● “Kelly v R.G. Industries, Gun Control Fires Back,” Tort and Insurance Law Journal
● “Proceedings Supplementary and Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, Dual Remedies to Execute Against a Judgment Debtor’s Transferred Assets,” Florida Bar Journal:
●  “Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act Claims in Florida Need Not Be Stayed Until Judgment,” Equipment Leasing Newsletter
●  “New Rules on Perfecting Judgment Liens in Florida,” Equipment Leasing Today
●  “Close Connection Doctrine: How Close is Too Close?”, Equipment Leasing Today
●  “Are you really settled?”, Equipment Leasing Today
● “Insufficient Language Precludes Ability to Recover Fees,” Equipment Leasing Newsletter
● “Lessor’s Procedure Creates State Tax Liability,” Equipment Leasing Newsletter