The cornerstone of Schoeppl Law, P.A. is its securities litigation practice. The firm’s securities litigation practice group is led by Carl F. Schoeppl, Esq., a former senior federal prosecutor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) with substantial experience in the securities laws arena. The unique blend of securities experience of Mr. Schoeppl enables him to provide clients with comprehensive representation in all facets of securities litigation ranging from SEC enforcement actions, federal and state criminal securities fraud prosecutions, derivative securities actions, adversary proceedings in federal bankruptcy actions, receivership proceedings in federal and state court, SIPC liquidation proceedings in federal court, FINRA enforcement proceedings, securities regulatory proceedings by state and self regulatory organizations, foreign securities private and governmental securities litigation, federal securities appellate litigation, broker-dealer defense, investment adviser defense, to customer securities arbitration proceedings before the FINRA, AAA, and other arbitral forums.
Mr. Schoeppl has also developed a unique niche for the firm in the receivership litigation arena both as a court-appointed receiver, and as counsel for businesses in receivership in complex federal securities and franchise litigation proceedings. Over the past several years, Mr. Schoeppl has been appointed by numerous federal district judges to act as a receiver in complex fraud cases initiated by the SEC and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) including: SEC v. Schaefer, et al., Case No. 98-343-CIV-ORL-22A (M.D. Fla.)(a $3.5 million Ponzi scheme case involving in the fraudulent offer and sale of promissory notes), FTC v. Transworld Enterprises, Inc., et al., Case No. 00-8126-CIV-GRAHAM (S.D. Fla.)($3 million nationwide franchise fraud case involving the sale of ATM business opportunities), SEC v. First Capital Services, Inc., U.S. Capital Funding, Inc., Larry Schwartz, and Raphael “Ray” Levy, Case No. 00-8445-CIV-MIDDLEBROOKS (S.D. Fla.)($48 million securities fraud case involving over 600 investors), FTC v. America’s Shopping Network, Inc., et al., Case No. 02-80540-CIV-HURLEY (S.D. Fla.)(a multi-million dollar fraudulent work-at-home scheme), and FTC v. Fidelity ATM, Inc., et al., Case No. 06-81101-CIV-HURLEY-HOPKINS (S.D. Fla.)($4.2 million franchise fraud case involving the deceptive sale of ATM business opportunities to more than 100 consumers across the United States). In addition, the firm has served as counsel to Receivers in complex fraud cases, including, but not limited to, Otto G. Obermaier, Esq., the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Collectively, Mr. Schoeppl and the firm have been instrumental in recovering millions of dollars for aggrieved investors and consumers in receivership litigation proceedings.
The firm’s appellate practice is well-established in Florida and various federal circuit courts of appeal. Mr. Schoeppl has represented a diverse array of clients ranging from the Republic of Ecuador in a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Aquamar, S.A. v. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc., 179 F.3d 1279 (11th Cir. 1999), to a death row inmate before the Florida Supreme Court in Williamson v. State, 681 So. 2d 688 (Fla. 1996), and appears regularly on behalf of clients in appellate matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and other federal circuit courts, and before the Florida Supreme Court and Florida District Courts of Appeal. Due to the complex nature of certain appellate matters, the firm is often faced with briefing significant legal questions, issues of first impression, and even novel legal theories.
Schoeppl Law, P.A. is committed to excellence, and welcomes the opportunity to serve clients in challenging litigation matters.