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L. Joseph Shaheen, Jr.

Partner 
401 East Jackson Street
Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602
 
Tel:
813.223.7333
Fax:
813.223.2837
 
 

Joe Shaheen represents a wide variety of businesses in complex litigation matters and regulatory investigations. He has served clients in the financial institution, medical device, publishing, telecommunications, distribution, manufacturing, media, entertainment, equipment rental, real estate, and construction sectors.

Litigating disputes across subject matters, Joe's experience includes real estate disputes, class actions, construction, and litigation involving banks and lending institutions. Clients value his skill in assessing cases early and creating a strategy to guide resolution expeditiously and economically, understanding the disruption and expense litigation can have on a business and its principals.

Joe's cross disciplinary practice has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers Magazine, among others.
 
Representative Experience
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Commercial Litigation: Represented a direct response television network in an action involving tort and contract claims arising out of an alleged agreement to produce and broadcast live television events and for the mass marketing of products relating to those events.
 
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Financial and Banking Litigation: Represented a national bank in defending RICO, breach of contracts and a wide variety of tort claims arising out of a complex series of loans to an insurance company debtor and the subsequent receivership of that insurance company.
 
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Class Action Defense: Represented a large equipment rental company in defending potential nationwide class actions brought in multiple jurisdictions throughout the United States contesting the manner in which the company charged its customers for fuel and transportation of rental equipment.
 
 
General Commercial Litigation
 
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Represented a national television shopping network in disputes and litigation relating to contract disputes.
 
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Represented a national publishing company in defending claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) arising out of collection efforts for magazine subscriptions.
 
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Represented partners, members, or shareholders of both large and small partnerships and companies in litigation and disputes involving matters such as buy-sell agreements, the ownership of corporate or partnership assets, and the operation of the businesses.
 
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Represented institutional and individual clients in real estate disputes regarding ownership and use of property and contract disputes regarding proposed sales transactions.
 
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Represented international distribution center in litigation and threatened litigation regarding computer software contracts.
 
 
Class Action Litigation
 
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Represented a national equipment rental company in defending class actions for breach of contract and under a number of state statutory torts challenging certain billing activities.
 
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Represented magazine publishers in defending class action claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and similar state statutes arising out of collection activities in multiple states.
 
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Represented a magazine publishing company in a class action under several states' Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice Acts related to advertising for magazine sales.
 
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Represented a medical device manufacturer in false advertising and trademark infringement claims brought by competitors and in a class action.
 
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Represented several different publishers with respect to defending class actions based upon their sweepstakes promotions in Florida and in several other states, including cases before the Judicial Panel of Multi-District Litigation.
 
 
Construction Litigation
 
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Represented the general contractor in a dispute relating to the construction of a large advanced waste treatment facility in asserting claims for damages for delay and additional costs resulting from unforeseen site conditions, design defects and changes during the course of construction. We were also required to defend claims asserted by the owner municipality for alleged delays in construction, defective installation and equipment and for loss of use of the facility. In addition, we were required to defend claims asserted by certain subcontractors and suppliers.
 
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Represented an alleged class of property owners in a suit against national builder arising out of the alleged improper installation of stucco on thousands of homes; the claims asserted related to the alleged failure to comply with local building codes and involved the use of several experts on issues of ASTM standards and compliance.
 
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Represented the manufacturer of large industrial pumps in a dispute with a local municipality arising out of alleged defectively designed and/or installed pumps in a force main system.
 
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Represented the manufacturer of exterior doors and windows in a suit by a condominium association alleging defective design and manufacture of exterior windows and doors in a large condominium building in Sarasota County, Florida.
 
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Represented the manufacturer of a flat roofing system in a dispute regarding commercial application of a roof on a large warehouse; the claims related to the alleged improper manufacturer and design of the roofing product as well as issues of installation.
 
 
Regulatory Investigations
 
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Represented magazine publishers in negotiating a multi-state Assurance of Voluntary Compliance related to alleged deceptive advertising and magazine subscriptions and renewals.
 
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Represented a motion picture production company in negotiating an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance resolving claims of deceptive marketing regarding a prominent movie production.
 
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Represented a major owner of radio stations throughout the United States in negotiating an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with the State of Florida regarding on air contests.
 
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Represented sweepstakes promoters in negotiating a multi-state Assurance of Voluntary Compliance regarding alleged deceptive advertising claims.
 
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Represented the manufacturers of medical devices in negotiating Assurances of Voluntary Compliance in several states regarding different alleged false advertising claims for various medical devices.
 
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Represented a major recording company in resolving multi-state Assurances of Voluntary Compliance in a dispute regarding the company's use of copy protection software on CDs.
 
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Represented an alleged seller of health supplements in a suit by the Federal Trade Commission alleging claims of false advertising.
 
 
Foreclosure Litigation
 
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Represented clients in foreclosures involving the appointment of receivers, the taking of emergency action to secure the collection of rents, and for hotels and other commercial properties or businesses, the collection of income or accounts receivable. These cases frequently require aggressive and timely action under the loan documents and/or the UCC to avoid dissipation of secured assets. Regarding commercial foreclosures of partially completed and completed subdivisions, issues involved include dealing with the claims of potential homeowners, local governmental issues, various lien issues, title issues, and potential successor developer issues.
 
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Represented agricultural properties in workouts and foreclosures, addressing unique issues, including the treatment of crops, trees, and timber.
 
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Represented lenders defending a variety of claims arising out of the lender's alleged administration of loans, extensions, renewals, or additional loans or loan applications. These cases have involved motion practice and both jury and non-jury trials.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2007-2018, Listed in Florida for Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2008-2015, Listed in Florida for Business Litigation
 
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"Have a Heart" Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2005
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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State of Georgia, Assistant Attorney General, 1977-1979
 
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United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Law Clerk, 1975-1977
 

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L. Joseph  Shaheen, Jr.

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1975; cum laude, Georgia Law Review, Editorial Board, 1973-74
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1972
Bar Admissions
Florida
Georgia
 
 
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