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Greg Snell

Greg Snell is an award-winning business law attorney, author, and speaker who has been trusted legal counsel to prominent (and not-so-prominent!) Daytona Beach area businesses for nearly 30 years. Mr. Snell spent about three years with one of the largest law firms in the country prior to resuming his Daytona Beach based practice.

He has handled complex commercial litigation across the country and obtained what was then the largest jury verdict in Volusia County history for a business client (nearly $19,000,000). Mr. Snell has achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar recoveries for business clients and has also prevailed at trial many times on behalf of business clients from whom millions of dollars, sometimes tens of millions, were sought. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.

Aside from business litigation Mr. Snell’s practice areas include business transactions (buying and selling businesses, employment agreements, and other business transactions) employer side employment law, intellectual property, representation of professionals (including physicians, chiropractors, judges, lawyers, dentists, CPAs, and more), construction law, and insurance coverage litigation. He has represented hospitals, colleges and universities, manufacturers, hotels and motels, automobile dealers, restaurants, contractors, community associations, professionals, service providers, web-based businesses, start-ups, airlines, insurance companies, professional athletes, artists, musicians, and virtually every type business imaginable.

Mr. Snell speaks and writes on a wide variety of business law topics and has appeared on television and radio shows with some regularity as a host, guest, and legal analyst. He has received many accolades for both professional accomplishment and community service. Mr. Snell has been Rated AV Preeminent in legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell® for more than 25 years. He has a rating of 5 on a scale of 5 with Martindale-Hubbell® and has an Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb, the highest possible rating. Twice Mr. Snell was a Lawdragon finalist as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Twice he was a Lawdragon Top 3000 Plaintiff Lawyer. Mr. Snell has been named to the list of Florida Super Lawyers® in business litigation numerous times including the most recent such listing.

In 2014, he was awarded the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce Marvin Samuels Award for making a real difference in the community. In 2011, Mr. Snell was the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year. He has served as the chair, or equivalent position, of more than a dozen organizations since coming to the Daytona Beach area and has served as a member of many more. Currently Mr. Snell is on the Daytona State College Foundation Board, the Halifax Health Foundation Board, the Volusia County Business Incubator Advisory Board, the Halifax Rowing Association Board, the University of Miami Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board and is active with the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Snell has an accounting degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. He also studied ocean and coastal law (including maritime law) in the LLM program at the University of Miami School of Law. He is a competitive rower and amateur photographer.

  • Daytona Regional Chamber Leadership Council’s Marvin Samuels Leadership Award, given “for continued service and making a real difference in the community” (2014)
  • Volusia Flagler Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year (2011)
  • Lawdragon finalist as one of 500 leading lawyers in America (2007 & 2009)
  • Lawdragon top 3000 plaintiff lawyer in the United States (2007 & 2009)
  • Florida Super Lawyers® list in business litigation, awarded to the top 5% of Florida lawyers (2006, 2020-2021)
  • Greater Daytona Beach Metro YMCA Leadership Award (2004)
  • Greater Daytona Beach Metro YMCA Award for outstanding service and dedication (2001)
  • Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system since 1995
  • Judiciary Rated as AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell (2017-2021)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell (2015)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment, Martindale-Hubbell (2015)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare, Martindale-Hubbell (2015)
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1% (2016-2021)
  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy Edwin S. Rollinson Award in Recognition of Outstanding Writing Ability
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb, the highest possible score

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Represented marketing company sued in Kentucky by competitor for alleged theft of intellectual property against insurer for failure to provide a defense under the advertising injury coverage of the policy. Obtained jury verdict of $18,787,500 for client, $18,500,000 of which was for lost profits.
  • Represented business service provider sued by competitor in federal court in Arizona for intellectual property infringement. Obtained dismissal of suit in Arizona and sued the competitor in federal court in Florida for unfair business practices, including trademark infringement and cybersquatting. A satisfactory settlement was achieved for client prior to trial.
  • Represented New York based major manufacturer of high end carpet, some of which has been used in the White House, in federal court in Florida against carpet business infringing on their trademarked name. A settlement including all of the relief sought by the client was obtained prior to trial.
  • Represented New Jersey based major new home interior finish design and installation company and employees sued by Georgia based competitor/former employer of employees in federal court in Virginia and Florida for trade secret theft under common law and state versions of Uniform Trade Secrets Act, breach of restrictive covenants, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, among other claims. Defeated attempt to obtain injunction and expedited discovery at evidentiary hearing. Defeated repeated attempts to inspect computers, cell phones and other devices. Obtained confidential settlement of both cases on terms satisfactory to clients.
  • Represented shoe retailer engaged in web based sales against Canadian competitor who hacked proprietary and confidential customer information from their server and used it to solicit customers of client. Suit was filed in federal court in Florida under the Florida Computer Crimes Act and the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The case quickly settled in an amount satisfactory to the client.
  • Represented Florida based airport shuttle company sued by competitor for trademark infringement under common law, state statutory law, and federal Lanham Act, state statutory trademark dilution, tortious interference with advantageous business relationships, and unfair competition, Brought countersuit on behalf of client for violation of Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, unfair competition and defamation and obtained confidential settlement on terms satisfactory to client.

UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES

  • Served as co-counsel to Colorado fixed base operation (“FBO”) consulting business in suit against subsidiary of publicly traded English company which owns FBOs for failure to pay 3% commission on a $72,500,000 acquisition of 3 FBOs facilitated by the client. The FBO owner contended the money wasn’t owed because the acquisition was made through a related entity and not the entity with which the client had the contract. Co-counsel tried the case before a jury, prevailed on every claim in the full measure of damages claimed, and obtained a total judgment of $4,089,000, inclusive of damages, prejudgment interest and fees.
  • Represented major international Czech Republic based manufacturer of aviation lighting products, New York based distributor of aviation lighting products and Czech Republic citizen in suit brought by individual in Illinois state court for fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment. Obtained dismissal of all claims against New York distributor and Czech Republic individual and obtained confidential settlement of claims brought against Czech Republic manufacturer on terms satisfactory to client.
  • Represented a major financial institution in suit against borrower who received in excess of $5,000,000 based on falsely represented inventory and accounts receivable. Sought emergency appointment of a receiver while concurrently keeping business premises of borrower under surveillance so that the collateral would not be further dissipated. Receiver was quickly appointed, business was sold, and client was able to recover a substantial amount of the money lent.
  • Represented large Illinois based publicly traded manufacturer of aluminum and other products against retailer of products who had failed to repay more than $600,000 in credit extended and then fraudulently conveyed assets to keep them from being taken to satisfy debt. Suit was brought against parties to whom assets were conveyed and client recovered $600,000 through settlement prior to trial.

EMPLOYMENT

Mr. Snell counsels employers on all variety of employment law issues. Some representative matters include:

  • Represented restaurant owned by NBA All-Star in arbitration initiated by former manager over salary and bonuses they claimed were due. Employee awarded approximately 25% of amount claimed.
  • Represented Nevada hotel cleaning services company in litigation brought by alleged employee in Massachusetts state court for overtime under the Massachusetts Wage Act. Contended fluctuating workweek method of compensation applied and damages were only roughly 25% of what was being sought. Obtained confidential settlement satisfactory to client prior to filing a response with the court.
  • Represented large telephone company when supervisor was threatened by a former subordinate employee known to have a gun. Obtained injunction for protection prohibiting the former employee from coming near the workplace or otherwise threatening the supervisor.
  • Represented prominent aviation university in suit brought by former employee under the Florida Whistle Blower Act. Post jury trial obtained settlement satisfactory to client.
  • Represented marketing company employer of approximately 700 in suit brought by former employee terminated by the client under Worker’s Compensation Anti-Retaliation statute. Obtained directed verdict at trial for client following presentation of former employee’s case.

HEALTH CARE

Mr. Snell regularly counsels individual physicians and physician practices on issues ranging from non-compete to medical malpractice, and other day to day operations issues, including:

  • Represented hospital owned, and three physicians employed, by major state university in malpractice action brought by estate of mother who died giving birth due to what was then termed an amniotic fluid embolism. Defense verdict obtained for all four clients following jury trial.
  • Served as co-counsel to emergency room physician sued for malpractice by Cuban refugee immigrant who claimed to have fallen from a gurney soon after arriving in the U.S. because the side rails weren’t raised. Defense verdict rendered following jury trial.
  • Represented physician specializing in pain management in suit brought by patient alleging nerve damage with significant consequences following injection by client. Defense verdict achieved following jury trial.
  • Represented emergency room physician who attended to legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt at the time of his fatal crash to recover expert fees due from publication who sought autopsy photographs and compelled his testimony to further their cause. Fees were recovered for client following hearing before presiding judge in Earnhardt autopsy photo litigation.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Represented client in federal court litigation against national moving company for breaking valuable glass art created by noted glass artist Dale Chihuly. Settlement satisfactory to client reached prior to trial.
  • Served as co-counsel for major grocery chain sued by multi-world record setting fisherman who claimed to have slipped and fallen on store premises and suffered serious brain injury. Defense verdict attained for client following jury trial.
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Florida Bar – Business Law, Health Law, Labor & Employment Law and Trial Law Sections
  • The Florida Bar – Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee (Chairman)
  • Florida Bar – All Bar Conference Committee
  • The Florida Bar – Young Lawyers Division (Member, Board of Governors)
  • Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Pro Bono Awards
  • Florida Supreme Court Select Committee on the Board of Bar Examiners
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (Chairman, Commercial Law Committee)
  • Volusia County Young Lawyers Association (President)
  • Volusia County Bar Association
  • Volusia/Flagler Family YMCA (Member, Chairman, Board of Directors and Executive Committee)
  • Greater Daytona Beach Area Metro YMCA (Chairman, Board of Directors)
  • YMCA Camp Winona (Chairman, Board of Management)
  • Volusia Literacy Council (Chairman, Board of Directors)
  • St. James Episcopal School (Chairman, Board of Directors)
  • University Club (President)
  • Daytona Beach Quarterback Club (Captain)
  • University of Miami Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Junior Achievement (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Daytona State College Foundation (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Daytona Beach Leadership Council (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Local Government Committee of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce (Chairman)
  • City of Daytona Beach-Civil Service Board Task Group (By appointment of City Commission)
  • City of Ormond Beach – Development Review Board (By appointment of Mayor)
  • City of Ormond Beach – Board of Adjustments and Appeals (By appointment of City Commissioner)
  • Florida Southern College Spivey Society Executive Committee
  • East Central Florida Cumberland Club (President)
  • Oceanside Country Club (Member, Board of Directors, Secretary)
  • Halifax Urban Ministries (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Volusia Civil Trial Attorneys Association (Member, Board of Directors, Vice President)
  • Halifax Hospice (Chairman, Board of Directors)
  • Halifax Health Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • Halifax Associates (Board of Directors)
  • Daytona Beach Opera (Chairman, Board of Directors)
  • Volusia County Business Incubator Powered by UCF Incubator Program (Advisory Board)
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Board of Visitors
  • Halifax Rowing Association (Member, Vice President)
  • Dunn Blount Inn of Court (Member)

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