LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
Carlos A. Zumpano , Esq.
Manager / Partner
Integrity, leadership, wisdom – it is those qualities that distinguish our Chair and Co-Founder, Carlos Zumpano. And it’s those qualities that have helped Carlos become a trusted advisor to some of the most successful companies and businesspeople in Florida. A true “business lawyer”, Carlos effectively counsels clients on business disputes, employment and labor matters, construction matters and litigation and makes transactions happen.
Carlos’ advice is sought after by entrepreneurs and their start-up companies, whom he counsels on investment structuring, financing, litigation, and employment and labor issues. Even as he led firm’s growth into one of the largest certified minority owned law firms in the country in the face of the devastating economic downturn, he forged long-term partnerships with promising local companies, helping take them from start-ups to established middle-market companies. He is known for delivering business-savvy solutions to the challenges faced by emerging companies. He is experienced in forming corporations, limited liability companies, simple and complex commercial and corporate transactions, construction matters, litigation and more. Likewise, he is experienced in equity, private placement, asset-based, and unsecured capital transactions. Carlos is a go-to lawyer for businesses.
Moreover, established businesses, CEOs, corporate staffs, and boards of directors seek Carlos’ counsel on governance matters and board dynamics, labor and employment related matters, the structuring and negotiation of commercial transactions involving different forms of business organizations and industries, domestic and international transactions, and debt finance arrangements. Known for his thoughtful and measured approach, Carlos has also advised clients on high-value litigation and internal investigations.
One of Carlos’ proudest moments in his profession is being selected at the age of 27 by a foreign country to represent it in significant federal court litigation. Carlos was also retained by a major international bank to prosecute its greater than $160 million claim in a United States Bankruptcy matter.
Carlos has been selected for and sits as a member of the Legal Advisory Council to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO). Carlos also is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Florida After-School All-Stars and a member of the Cuban Studies Program Advisory Group to the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University.
Carlos is also AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer-review rating provided to an attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. Carlos was selected as a 2018 Super Lawyer® in South Florida by Super Lawyers® and has previously been honored by Super Lawyers®.
Carlos has also been appointed to serve on the Advisory Group to the Cuban Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. As a student at Harvard College, Carlos co-founded the Cuban-American Undergraduate Students Association (CAUSA) at Harvard, an organization that still exists today at Harvard and has numerous alumni.
J.D., University of Miami, 1999
B.A., Harvard College, 1996
Admitted to Practice
Florida: all State trial and appellate courts
United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Business Law Review
Author, Published Article: “Inter-Collegiate Athletics, Disability and Rehabilitation Act: Where Does The Issue Lie?” – 2002 Spring/Summer, Miami
At age 27, was hired by a foreign country to represent it in significant Federal Court litigation. Went on to represent the country and its agencies in specific matters throughout the years, being chosen over other major national and/or international law firms.
Successfully represented major Dominican Republic bank in a United States Bankruptcy matter in the resolution of its initial claim of over $160,000,000.
Successfully represented domestically known and internationally known on-air artists/personalities in the negotiation of their media contracts and resolution of lawsuits concerning entertainment related matters.
Several representations of Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) and PEO clients in connection with employment and labor related matters.
Representation of large scale institutions in their various labor and employments dispute resolution matters and labor and employment consulting needs.
Numerous commercial transactions and construction related representations including multi-million dollar construction contract representation.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board of Directors, South Florida After School All Stars
Firm representative to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Member of the Legal Advisory Council to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Member of the American Bar Association
Member of the Dade County Bar Association
Member of the Cuban-American Bar