Attorney John L. Urban
John L. Urban

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Biography

John L. Urban is a founding shareholder of Urban Thier & Federer, P.A., and managing shareholder of the law firm's Orlando office. He is based in Orlando and also works out of the offices in Atlanta, New York and London. Mr. Urban focuses his practice on civil litigation in business and contract disputes, commercial law, debt collection, recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions, international law, real estate law, wills/probate law, significant personal injury and wrongful death matters.  He has handled all manner of litigation cases including trials, appellate cases and arbitration proceedings. He has served as the lead attorney for over 500 federal court lawsuits and over 100 state court lawsuits, as well as numerous appeals in federal and state appellate courts, throughout the United States.  These appearances include appearing as lead attorney in the Supreme Court of the United States, in multiple federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, in multiple state courts of appeal, in trial courts throughout the United States, and arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and other arbitration organizations.

Mr. Urban is a member of the State Bars of Florida, New York, and Georgia, the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida, and the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida.  He is also a licensed foreign lawyer with the United Kingdom's Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).  Additionally, he has appeared pro hac vice (temporary admission) as lead attorney in multiple other jurisdictions, including Texas, California, Washington and others.

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. (Juris Doctor) - 05/1999
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
    • Honors: Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: International Moot Court Board
  • University of West Florida, College of Business, Pensacola, Florida
    • M.B.A. (Master in Business Administration) - 12/1994
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Graduate Fellowship
  • Ithaca College School of Business, Ithaca, New York
    • B.S. (Bachelor of Science in International Business) - 05/1991

Past Positions

  • Stack Fernandez Anderson & Harris, P.A., Miami, Florida, Associate Attorney, 2002 to 2005
  • Stephens Lynn Klein La Cava Hoffman & Puya, P.A. (Formerly/Merged With Martens Dunaj Marlowe Davis & Marlowe, P.A.) Miami, Florida, Associate Attorney, 1999 to 2002
  • Barry S. Franklin & Associates, P.A. Miami, Florida, Law Clerk, 1998 to 1999
  • The Honorable Sandy S. Karlan, Circuit Court Judge Miami, Florida, Law Clerk, 1998 to 1998
  • Otto Versand (German Multinational Corporation) Hamburg, Germany, Intern, International Marketing Department, 1991 to 1991
  • Deutsche Shell AG (Shell Oil Germany) Hamburg, Germany, Intern, Marketing And Production Department, 1997 to 1997
  • United States Air Force, Captain, Elgin Air Force Base, Florida, 1991 to 1996
  • United States Air Force, Squadron Section Commander, 40th Flight Test Squadron, 1993 to 1996
  • United States Air Force, Squadron Executive Officer, 46th Component Repair Squadron, 1992 to 1993
  • United States Air Force, Commander’s Action Group, 3200th Support Wing, 1991 to 1992

Current Employment Position

  • Founding Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Business, Commercial and Civil Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • International Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Personal Injury
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Debt Collection

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1999
  • Georgia, 2000
  • New York, 2017
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • International Court of Claims
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • United Kingdom

Representative Cases

  • In re Estate of Policastro, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Florida, Case Number 13-CP-2788 (2013)
  • Scooter Attack, GmbH, Plaintiff, v. Martin Racing Performance, Inc., and Joel Martin, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, Case Number 1:13-cv-22015-CMA (2013).
  • D.C.F., Natural Father, as Personal Representative of the Estate of C.C.H., deceased, Plaintiff, v. M.B., Defendant, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division, Case Number 4:12-cv-00179-MW-CAS (2012), and Wurttembergische Gemeinde-Versicherung, Plaintiff, v. M.B., individually, and the Estate of C.C.H., deceased, Defendants, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division, Case Number 4:13-cv-00313-MW-CAS (2013)
  • Britelyt, Inc., et al. v. Pelam International, Ltd., et al., Case No. 8:10-cv-822-T-23AEP (M. D. Fla. 2013)
  • In re Estate of R.K., Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida, Case Number 502003-CP-5436 (2003), and In re Estate of F.K., Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida, Case Number 502007-CP-4158 (2007)
  • In re Engler, 490 B.R. 622, 2013 WL 1460054 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2013)
  • Actify, Inc., v. 3D View Software Distribution GmbH, International Court of Arbitration, Case No. 18464/VRO (2012)
  • Thomas Cook UK Ltd. v. Maesbury Homes, Inc., 280 F.R.D. 649 (M.D. Fla. 2012)
  • In re KA and KM Development, Inc., Bankruptcy Case No. 6:09-bk-06245-KSJ; Hollander et al. v. KA and KM Development, Inc., Titleconcepts, LLC, SunTrust Bank, and Kalidas, Adversary Proceeding Case Nos. 6:09-ap-0772-KSJ and 6:09-ap-0927-KSJ; and Federal District Court Case Nos. 6:08-cv-(2132-2155)-ACC-DAB and 6:09-cv-(0050-0055, 0185-0186, 0189-0192, 0194-0199, 0282-0285, 0287-0288, 0290-0292, 0330-0337, 0411-0412, 0414, 0419-0422, 0693)-ACC-DAB
  • Kiersz v. Seymour International, Inc., Case No. 6:08-cv-1664-Orl-22GJK (M. D. Fla. 2010); 201 DPH LLC, v. Seymour International, Inc., Case No. 6:08-cv-1665-Orl-22GJK (M. D. Fla. 2010); HAA 505 LLC, v. Seymour International, Inc., Case No. 6:08-cv-1666-Orl-22GJK (M. D. Fla. 2010); 211 VBH LLC, v. Seymour International, Inc., Case No. 6:08-cv-1667-Orl-22GJK (M. D. Fla. 2010); and Harari v. Seymour International,Inc., Case No. 6:09-cv-1277-Orl-22GJK (M. D. Fla. 2010)
  • Hemachandra v. Lake Buena Vista Resort, L.L.C., Case No. 6:08-cv-1516-Orl-35KRS (M. D. Fla.2009); Nguyen v. Lake Buena Vista Resort, L.L.C., Case No. 6:08-cv-1658-Orl-35KRS (M. D. Fla. 2009);and Tran v. Lake Buena Vista Resort, L.L.C., Case No. 6:08-cv-1516-Orl-35KRS (M. D. Fla. 2009)
  • Harvey v. Lake Buena Vista Resort, L.L.C., 568 F.Supp.2d 1354 (M. D. Fla. 2007) affirmed Harvey v. Lake Buena Vista Resort, L.L.C., 306 Fed. Appx. 471 (11th Cir. 2009)
  • Baker v. Plaza Court, L.P., Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida, Case Number 2007-CA-13562 affirmed Plaza Court, L.P., v. Baker-Chaput and O’Brien, 17 So.3d 720 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009), Case Numbers 5D08-899 and 5D08-1188 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009)
  • Pistner v. SBI Consult GmbH, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida, Case Number 2007-CA-06791
  • Ruiz v. Mercedes Homes, Inc., Construction Arbitration Services, Inc., Case No. 07-224 (2007)
  • Intralogistics Corp v. DotShop Wireless LLC, American Arbitration Association, Case No.32 181 00805 05 (2005)
  • Zwebner, Universal Communication Systems, Inc., & Airwater Corporation v. Coughlin, Case No. 05-20168-CIV-COOKE (S. D. Fla. 2005)
  • Daghofer v. Daghofer (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)
  • Bio-Med Plus, Inc. v. Shea, 827 So.2d 260 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002)
  • Armindo v. Padlocker, Inc., 209 F.3d 1319 (11th Cir. 2000)
  • McKesson Corporation v.Wells Fargo Alarm Services, Inc. and Securtek Plus, Inc., Fourth Judicial Circuit, Duval County, Florida, Case Number 1998-CA-006753
  • Wills v. Chadwick, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Brevard County, Florida, Case Number 2006-CA-11046
  • Chenevert v. Pappas, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida, Case Number 2007-CA-150
  • Youssef v. Abbas, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida, Case Number 2006-CA-00842
  • Devoogel v. Petit, County Court in and for Orange County, Florida, Case Number 2005-SC-9561
  • Zimmerman v. Sunset Rugs & Antiques, Inc. and Amini, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County, Florida, Case Number 2003-12762-CA-01
  • Cushman Wakefield v. Paper et al., Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County, Florida, Case Number 1998-29051-CA-01
  • American Express v. Alvarez, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County, Florida, Case Number 2000-18482-CA-01
  • Parish v. Wells Fargo Armored Services Corp., Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County, Florida, Case Number 1998-23750-CA-01
  • Frankl v. Burke, County Court in and for Dade County, Florida, 2000
  • Hatzenbuehler V. Essig, —S.W.3d—(Tex: App.-Houston [1st Dist] 2017, Pet.Denied)
  • Vos V. Luckmann, 146 So.3d 1204 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014)
  • In Re Mona Lisa At Celebration, LLC, 495 B.R. 535 (M.D. Fla. 2013)
  • In Re Engler, 490 B.R. 622, 2013 WL 1460054 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2013)
  • In Re Mona Lisa At Celebration, LLC, 472 B.R. 582 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2012)
  • Thomas Cook UK Ltd. V. Maesbury Homes, Inc., 280 F.R.D. 649 (M.D. Fla 2012)
  • Fidelity Bank Of Florida V. Nguyen, 44 So.3d 1238 (Fla. 5th DCA 2010)
  • Rodriguez V. BA Eola, LLC, 404 Fed. Appx. 418 (11th Cir. 2010)
  • In Re Mona Lisa At Celebration, LLC, 436 B.R. 179 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2010)
  • In Re Mona Lisa At Celebration, LLC, 410 B.R. 710 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2009)
  • Plaza Court, L.P. V. Baker-Chaput, 17 So.3d 720 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009)
  • Harvey V. Lake Buena Vista Resort, L.L.C., 306 Fed.Appx. 471 (11th Cir. 2009)
  • In Re Engler And Private Commercial Office, Inc., 394 B.R. 598 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2008)
  • Harvey V. Lake Buena Vista Resort, L.L.C., 568 F.Supp.2d 1354 (M. D. Fla. 2007)
  • Bio-Med Plus, Inc. V. Shea, 827 So. 2d 260 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002)
  • Prestige Protective Corporation V. Burns International Security Services Corp., 776 So. 2d 311 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001)
  • Armindo V. Padlocker, Inc., 209 F.3d 1319 (11th Cir. 2000)