Reppas Law

The Law Office of Michael J. Reppas, P.A., provides the corporate and courtroom experience needed to solve the complex legal issues faced by our clients today.

CIVIL LITIGATION

We are seasoned trial attorneys handling a wide variety of litigation matters on the State, Federal and International level, such as:

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Personal Injury
  • DUI Accident Victims
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Defense and Coverage Disputes
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law

BUSINESS LAW

The only rule when it comes to business is to have a great attorney. At The Law Office of Michael J. Reppas, P.A., we are your experienced business and legal partners. We understand the realities of business disputes and we are here to represent small and large businesses when there is a problem and, whenever possible, before there ever is a problem. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Assistance with forming new businesses: partnerships, corporations, and LLCs
  • Representation for the purchase and/or sale of existing businesses
  • Operating Agreements
  • Shareholder’s Agreements
  • Employee Agreements
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Trade Secret Agreements
  • Compensation and Benefits Agreements
  • Severance Packages
  • Executive Employee Retirement Packages: “Golden Parachute Agreements”
  • Representation for the negotiation of any business contract
    (leases, purchase agreements, buy-sell agreements, etc.)
  • Any type of litigation involving business and/or partnership disputes

DISCRIMINATION &
WRONGFUL TERMINATION

We are in the 21st Century; in an age where employees deserve the attention and respect of their employers and employers deserve honest, hard-working employees that they can depend upon. Our firm regularly represents both employers and employees in disputes such as:

  • Any type of litigation involving business and/or partnership disputes
  • Age Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination and Employment Contract Disputes
  • Wage-and-Hour Claims
  • Workers Compensation Claims
  • Sexual Harassment, Hostile Work Environment and Gender Discrimination
  • Race, Gender, Religion and National Origin Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination and FMLA Claims
  • Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
  • Allegations of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Disciplinary actions against Professionals, Educators, Administrators,
    Managers and Corporate Executives
  • Executive Employee Retirement Packages: “Golden Parachute Agreements”
  • Defense of DBPR actions

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ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Understanding the mind of an artist and knowing what it takes to represent them is an integral part of our success. We live and breathe the joys, pains and fears of an artist, so we understand first-hand how important it is to protect your work, to promote your work, and to profit from your work. We have represented writers, photographers, sculptors, illustrators, painters and mural artists, musicians, publishers, art galleries and museums in a variety of matters. Some of the services we provide our clients in these areas include:

Art Law

  • Representation of Fine Artists, Photographers, Illustrators, Museums, and Art Galleries
  • Private Collector Purchase and Sales Agreements
  • Confidential Purchase and Sales Agreements
  • Research and Provenance for Antiquity Purchases and Sales
  • Copyright Registration
  • Collection/Piece Loan Agreements
  • Commissioned Artwork Agreements

Literary Law

  • Representation of Writers
  • Publishing Agreements
  • Literary Agency Contracts
  • Copyright Registration
  • Copyright Assignment
  • Commissioned Works Agreements
  • Work Made-For-Hire Agreements
  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Photograph Releases
  • Editor Agreements 

Music Law

  • Copyright and Trademark Infringement Litigation
  • Representation of Songwriters, Producers, Record Labels, Publishers, Managers, Agents, Dancers, Singers and Musicians
  • Copyright Registration (Music and/or Lyrics)
  • Collaboration and Co-Publishing Agreements
  • Songwriter Agreements
  • Registering Songs with Performing Rights Societies (ASCAP and BMI)
  • Record Label Contracts
  • Record Label Royalty Accounting Demand Letters
  • Production Company Contracts
  • Music Agent/Booking Agent Contracts
  • Music Management Agreements
  • Album/Website Artwork Contracts
  • Band Partnership Agreements
  • Music Business Formations (Corporation, LLC, Partnership, Joint Venture, Holding Company)
    • Record Company
    • Production Company
    • Management Company
    • Music Agency
    • Entertainment Booking Company
    • Talent Agency
  • Studio Musician/Vocalist Work-For-Hire Agreements
  • Merchandising Agreements
  • Product Placement Agreements 

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Defending our clients is more than just a business for our firm. It is a philosophy that favors discretion and timely resolution of criminal accusations brought against our clients, and also one that demands a vigorous defense of our clients rights through trial. Some of the criminal matters we defend for our clients include:

  • White Collar Economic Offenses
  • Fraud Offenses
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Drug Possession/Dealing Offenses
  • Assault & Battery
  • Felony DUI & DUI Manslaughter
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (LSA)
  • Petit & Grand Theft Offenses
  • Robbery & Burglary
  • Violations of Probation
  • Weapons & Firearms Offenses
  • Driver’s License Suspensions
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Juvenile Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Record Sealing & Expunging
  • Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

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Michael Reppas II

Only painters and lawyers can change white to black.Ancient Chinese Proverb

History is replete with Renaissance Men whose diverse passions have compelled them to become masters of independent specialties. Philosopher/warriors, politician/theologians, entrepreneur/philanthropists and a few lawyer/artists have all inspired me immensely. Personally, these greats have moved me and taught me to be a more complete man (“a gentleman and a scholar,” as my mother would say), and their examples have shaped my professional career for more than two decades. Their influence explains why my passions and accomplishments are so very diverse; I am a fierce business litigator, a respected author, a vocal activist, and a proficient musician and songwriter. I am, in short, a man with many hats.

As a trial attorney, I have handled and resolved multi-million dollar claims involving complex business litigation, commercial breaches of contract, and international disputes. I have represented domestic and international corporations and individuals in drafting, negotiating and enforcing contracts and countless other civil matters, both small and large.

As an artist, I am proud of my creative achievements. I have published historical fiction and numerous academic articles that have been cited by hundreds of students and competing authors. As a lyricist and bass guitarist, I have been fortunate to have recorded, collaborated and worked with many talented musicians, engineers and producers. I am also a strong advocate for the recovery of looted antiquities and cultural artifacts and am the founder of a not-for-profit organization devoted to returning stolen art and artifacts to their rightful owners.

Over the years, my practice has expanded to combine my business, antiquities and art law knowledge with my personal involvement in the world of art and entertainment. My practice affords me the opportunity to focus on the business and creative endeavors of my clients, because I understand the needs of businesses and institutions as well as the needs of the artists (the creators). I am thankful that my practice allows me to connect both worlds.

Whatever your plans, whatever the dispute, whatever the issue, I’ve likely seen it, I’ve likely dealt with it, and I’ve likely resolved it. Whether you are a business owner, a museum or an artist, author or musician negotiating a deal here or abroad, whatever your needs, I am happy to represent you.

Education:

University of Miami School of Law, Miami, Florida
LL.M. in International Law (1998)
Dean’s Certificate of Achievement: International Human Rights
3.8 g.p.a.

St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
Juris Doctor (1997)
Law Review
Dean’s List
Book Award: Advanced Legal Writing & Research
Book Award: Trial Advocacy & Practice
Immigration Clinic
International Moot Court

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts (1991)
Double-major: Modern Greek Studies and Political Science
Recipient of several merit and academic scholarships

Admitted to practice:

Florida
Washington D.C.
New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Book Publications:

Why Don’t We Just Sue The British Museum? A Litigator’s Perspective on the Elgin-Parthenon Marbles Debate

Evolve Book Publishers (June 2012). paperback copy Available for purchase at amazon.com and at select retail bookstores

Ateni Samjak (a novella)

Evolve Book Publishers (December 2013). paperback book copies available for purchase at amazon.com and at select retail bookstores also available for download at amazon.com, iTunes, Kindle, and in other e-reader platforms

Academic Publications & Articles:

Mr. Reppas’ academic publications have been cited hundreds of times in leading law journals and books throughout the United States and abroad, and his published theories continue to be referenced by academics and legal scholars throughout the world. Mr. Reppas’ works of historical fiction (“Why Don’t We Just Sue The British Museum?” and “Ateni Samjak”) have fused his trial lawyer skills and knowledge of antiquities together with his skill as a story teller to paint a picture of the past that heretofore has never been shown. In addition to writing, Mr. Reppas regularly lectures and consults on the subject of Antiquities Law and the Parthenon Marbles throughout the world.

The Lawfulness of Humanitarian Intervention – St. Thomas Law Review (1997)

The Deflowering of the Parthenon: A Legal and Moral Analysis on Why the ‘Elgin Marbles’ Must Be Returned To Greece – Fordham’s Intellectual Property, Media & Ent. Law Journal (1999)

Legal Issues Regarding the ‘Elgin Marbles’ and Other Stolen Antiquities– Florida Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Publication (Litigation and International Law) (2005)

Emerging Global Trends to Challenge International Museums’ Ownership of Looted Art and Artifacts – Florida Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Publication (Litigation and International Law) (2007)

Empty International Museums’ Trophy Cases of their Looted Treasurers – Denver Journal of Int’l. Law & Policy (2007)

The Shortcomings of International Law: Why the World’s Symbol of Justice Cannot Find Justice Itself – Florida Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Publication (Litigation and International Law) (2009)

Is Litigation the Only Way to Empty International Museums’ Trophy Cases of Their Looted Treasures? – Mannheim University (Germany) Classical Archaeological Institute “THETIS” (2010)

New Ways of Conducting Business for Greek Museums – article from the book titled: “The Protection of Archaeological Heritage in Times of Economic Crisis,” ICOMOS (International Counsel on Monuments & Sites) and ICAHM (International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management) – Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2014)

Mr. Reppas is also the Founder and President of The American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, Inc. (“ACRPS”), an IRS § 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, focused on the repatriation of looted cultural property to source nations throughout the world. For more information about ACRPS, please visit: www.ParthenonMarblesUSA.org.

AFFILIATIONS:

The American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, Inc.
International Law Society
Hellenic Bar Association
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
American Hellenic Institute
BMI
The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons

Music Albums:

“Fifteen Stories” – scheduled for release: fall 2015

PRESENTATIONS:

April 14, 2007 Frosene Education Center, Washington, D.C.
December 5, 2007 Florida International University, Davie, Florida
March 2, 2008 Maliotis Cultural Center, Brookline, Massachusetts
April 10, 2008 The Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C.
July 5, 2008 International Conference on the Parthenon, New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
Oct. 17, 2009 The Hellenic Center, Norfolk, Virginia
Nov. 19, 2009 North Dade Bar Association, CLE Presentation, Miami, Florida
Feb. 27, 2010 American Committee Gala with the Embassy of Greece, Westin Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida
May 7, 2010 Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, Florida
May 23, 2010 University of Michigan sponsored lecture at the St. George Cultural Center, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Nov. 5, 2010 St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine, St. Augustine, Florida
Jan. 29, 2011 Maliotis Cultural Center, Brookline, Massachusetts
Feb. 6, 2011 Keynote Speaker at the 29th Annual Pilgrimage, St. Photios Foundation, St. Augustine, Florida
Feb. 13, 2011 St.George Greek Orthodox Church Hall, Hollywood, Florida
April 2, 2011 Hellenic Lawyers Association, CLE Presentation, Atlantic City, New Jersey
July 19, 2011 New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
Feb. 9, 2012 Leadership 11 National Conference, Palm Beach, Florida
April 27, 2012 National Hellenic Society, Baltimore, Maryland
May 23-24, 2012 International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management Conference, Athens, Greece
June 3, 2012 Hellenic Heritage Foundation, Columbus, Ohio
June 19-20, 2012 International Colloquy on the Parthenon, London, England
Nov. 15-17, 2013 International Colloquy on the Parthenon, Sydney, Australia
Nov. 23, 2013 American Hellenic Institute’s Conference on the Future of Hellenism in America, Miami, Florida
April 5, 2014 Books & Books, Miami Beach, Florida

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George C. Palaidis
Partner

Perseverance is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. To persevere requires the ability to adapt, to learn new methods and to try new techniques as obstacles and challenges arise. Born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Florida, my father taught me the meaning and value of perseverance; knowledge that I have applied in everything that I have done including my service to the community, to academics and sports, and most importantly to my professional career.

As a trial attorney, I began my career at the nationally recognized Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. While there I represented thousands of clients from arraignment to trial that were accused of crimes ranging from misdemeanors, like DUI and battery, to serious felonies, such as organized fraud, drug trafficking, robbery and attempted homicide. During the course of my time at the Public Defender’s Office, I litigated more than 35 jury and non-jury trials, along with many other substantive evidentiary hearings ranging from sentencing to Stand Your Ground Immunity to the suppression of evidence illegally obtained. Upon leaving the Public Defender’s Office, I began to take on a wider spectrum of cases ranging from complex business litigation to wrongful death actions, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. I have also represented clients on appellate cases before the Appellate Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit and the Third District Court of Appeal.

In all areas, one thing has held constant: everything is fluid. Every day a development appears offering a new challenge or obstacle. Regardless of what will arise, my training and experience in the criminal, civil and appellate courts allows me to persevere in achieving success for my clients. Perseverance is what defines me.

EDUCATION:

St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
Juris Doctor (2007)

The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Bachelor of Science in Political Science (2004)

ACADEMIC PUBLICATION:

You are the Last Lawyer They Will Ever See Before Exile: Padilla v. Kentucky and One Indigent Defender Office’s Account of Creating a Systematic Approach to Providing Immigration Advice in Times of Tight Budgets and High Caseloads, Carlos J. Martinez, George C. Palaidis and Sarah Wood Borak – Fordham Urban Law Journal (2011)

PRESENTATIONS:

“Defending Indigents from Exile: Core Concepts in Criminal Immigration Law,” Florida Public Defender Association Winter Training Conference, December 2011

AFFILIATIONS:

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Hellenic Institute
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:

Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

CONTACT:

The Law Office of Michael J. Reppas, P.A.

100 South Pine Island Road, Suite 202
Plantation, Florida 33324
email: info@reppaslaw.com
Tel: 305.822.8422

Traveling from the north on I-95/Turnpike:
Take I-95/Turnpike south to I-595 West
Go west to Exit 5 Pine Island Road
Turn right onto South Pine Island Road
Drive north on South Pine Island Road for 1.4 miles
Our office is on the right at S. Pine Island Road and Broward Blvd

Traveling from the south on I-95/Turnpike:
Take I-95/Turnpike north to I-595 West
Go west to Exit 5 Pine Island Road
Turn right onto South Pine Island Road
Drive north on South Pine Island Road for 1.4 miles
Our office is on the right at S. Pine Island Road and Broward Blvd

Traveling from the south on I-75:
Take I-75 North to I-595 East
Go east to Exit 5 Pine Island Road
Turn left onto South Pine Island Road
Drive north on South Pine Island Road for 1.4 miles
Our office is on the right at S. Pine Island Road and Broward Blvd

Traveling from the north on the Sawgrass Expressway:
Take the Sawgrass Expressway south to I-595 East
Go east to Exit 5 Pine Island Road
Turn left onto South Pine Island Road
Drive north on South Pine Island Road for 1.4 miles
Our office is on the right at S. Pine Island Road and Broward Blvd