Jeffrey Sonn focuses his practice principally on securities litigation and arbitration matters, as well as business litigation, and class actions. Mr. Sonn is the managing partner of Sonn & Erez, and has handled over 1,000 of securities cases in his career. Mr. Sonn is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for ethics and legal ability available by this independent ratings organization.
Mr. Sonn regularly lectures on the topic of securities litigation and securities fraud. Presently, Mr. Sonn is a lecturer at the Miami Dade County Police College on the subject of financial advisor fraud. Mr. Sonn has also served as a guest lecturer on securities fraud at the University of Miami Securities Law Clinic.
Mr. Sonn serves as a Director of the Public Investor Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA). Mr. Sonn is the author of many securities related articles, including Top Ten Things to Do During a Final Hearing (PIABA), Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid in a Final Hearing (PIABA), Elder Abuse and the Securities Industry (PIABA), Ponzi Schemes, Picking up the Pieces from a Fallen House of Cards (“Securities Arbitration in the Meltdown Era” Practicing Law Institute, 2009 ), The ABC’s of Mortgage Backed Securities (PIABA), The Broker Went Bankrupt—Now What?(PIABA), Survey of Arbitrator Misconduct, Group Arbitration Techniques (PIABA), How CPAs Can Detect Stockbroker Fraud, and Top Ten Mistakes To Avoid In an Arbitration Hearing, as well as other securities-related publications.
During his career, Mr. Sonn has litigated numerous cases to successful resolution, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of investment fraud. He won a $50 million final judgment in Katz v. MRT Holdings, one of the few cases under Private Securities Litigation Reform Act passed in 1995 to yield a final judgment on the merits. Mr. Sonn also served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that successfully negotiated a $70 million dollar settlement for hundreds of investors who were the victims of the Medical Capital and Provident Shale Royalties Ponzi Schemes.
Mr. Sonn has acted as trial counsel to verdict in a number of successful cases, including First Union vs. the FDIC and Hollywood Associates (a $16 million dollar verdict), Madhany v. Citgroup ($11.1 million verdict), Regas v. Painewebber (a $2.2 million dollar verdict), and Tartell v. Krieger Financial ($1.7 million dollar verdict).
Mr. Sonn has also represented United States Bankruptcy Trustees and Court appointed receivers as counsel in securities fraud and Ponzi scheme cases. Mr. Sonn has also served as an expert witness in securities fraud cases on issues involving attorneys fees.
Prior to founding the Firm in 1995, Mr. Sonn was associated with the Miami-based securities-litigation firm Gilbride Heller & Brown; and the bankruptcy law firm of Mishan, Sloto, Hoffman and Greenberg.
Mr. Sonn has served as a legal correspondent and commentator on securities fraud and Ponzi schemes for CNBC, CBS, BBC Radio, ABC and MSNBC. Mr. Sonn served as a CNBC legal contributor on the Bernard Madoff Ponzi Scheme for the CNBC shows “On the Money” and the documentary “Scam of the Century, Bernie Madoff and the $50 Billion Dollar Heist.”
Mr. Sonn also appeared in the television show “American Greed” on CNBC, about representing victims of the $1 Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme by convicted Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein. Sonn & Erez represented victims in the Rothstein case and pushed the Rothstein law firm into bankruptcy when the fraud was discovered.
Mr. Sonn graduated from the University of Florida in 1984 and from University of Miami Law School in 1988. Mr. Sonn was an Associate Editor of the University of Miami InterAmerican Law Review.
Mr. Sonn is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.