Representative Matters

  • Represented a Swiss citizen and private equity group in litigation arising from management of American distributor of European industrial paint products incorporating nanotechnology.
  • Represented private equity fund and social media startup in ongoing litigation with former CEO. Case settled on favorable terms only weeks after appearance in case, with permanent injunction against former CEO’s use of client’s trademarks.
  • Represented a major commercial landlord in various real estate and commercial litigation, including a lawsuit arising from the breach of a long-term lease. Obtained dismissal of former tenant’s claims for fraud in the inducement, breach of contract and tortious interference. Tried case to successful verdict, obtaining $325,000 judgment against former tenant, representing nearly three years of rent.
  • Successfully briefed novel issues involving commercial free speech, “public figure” status of a publicly traded corporation, and defamation claims by a sovereign entity in SLAPP suit against federal qui tam relator who sued designers and manufacturers of defective railguard systems used on interstate highways. Motions practice resulted in dismissal of all claims against qui tam relator client, and the federal district judge ordered that corporation reimburse client’s attorneys’ fees and costs. (Corporation ultimately avoided fee award by promising to never again file such claims.)  Client subsequently pursued qui tam and obtained $500,000,000 judgment against publicly traded corporation.
  • ­Drafted dispositive motions regarding theft of high-frequency trading source code by a rogue employee of a major Wall St. bank. The head of litigation for that bank stated in writing that Attorney Beltran’s work was the best he had seen to date from Attorney Beltran’s then-employer, a major litigation powerhouse.
  • ­Handled litigation of trade secret, tortious interference, and unfair competition claims on behalf of internet and television retailers.
  • Handled fact discovery and motion practice in Ultimed v. Becton Dickinson. Client maintained 90% market share in the hypodermic needle market and a nine figure civil antitrust claim was settled for only $700,000 at the close of fact discovery.
  • Assisted with appeal in lawsuit alleging fraud against major Wall St. bank in connection with $7 billion sale of music business. Second Circuit granted client a new trial.
  • ­Assisted with discovery in lawsuit by former college athletes suing NCAA over use of their names and likenesses in video games and sportswear sales without compensation.
  • Served as principal author of pleadings and briefs in Brancheau v. OSHA, the litigation over the SeaWorld death tapes. After filing client’s initial brief in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the government defendants settled the litigation on terms favorable to the Brancheau family.
  • Handled litigation over pharmaceutical transaction raising novel tax, bankruptcy, IP, and securities law issues.
  • Handled litigation by auction house against former auctioneer and department manager who accepted kickbacks from a supplier, stole customer lists and trade secrets, and then established competing auction business in violation of their noncompete agreements.  Obtained first known ruling that laches is not a defense to a civil RICO claim. Obtained favorable settlement at close of fact discovery.
  • Consulted on securities litigation involving Madoff “feeder fund.”
  • Represented an international hotel operator in various controversies and litigation with hotel guests and vendors.
  • Represented retailer in action to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry stolen by former employee.  Successfully briefed appeal contesting retailer’s entitlement to financial discovery regarding former employee, paving the way for a “net worth audit” of the former employee.
  • Consulted on appeal by television star involved in international custody dispute.
  • Retained by a bankruptcy trustee to pursue a charging lien against a prominent Tampa attorney.
  • Represented a prisoner injured in atrocious gang rape at North Florida prison facility.  Obtained $700,000 settlement at the close of fact discovery, one of the largest settlements ever obtained against the Florida Department of Corrections.
  • Appointed by a federal judge to represent individual accused of distributing kilogram quantities of methamphetamine from an out-of-state supplier.
  • Appointed by a federal judge to represent individual accused of illegal reentry into the United States after multiple deportations.  Negotiated recommendation that defendant receive sentence concurrent to other charges.
  • Appointed by a federal judge to represent individual accused of participating in a conspiracy to ship kilogram quantities of cocaine from an out-of-state supplier.  Obtained multiple sentence reductions, resulting in prison sentence of approximately half of defendant’s guidelines range.
  • Appointed by a federal judge to represent individual accused of tax fraud, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft in scheme which netted over $600,000 of proceeds.  Obtained dismissal of identity theft charge, which carried a mandatory two year consecutive sentence, and obtained overall sentence of less than three years, approximately half of defendant’s guideline range.
  • Appointed by a federal judge to represent a foreign national apprehended for smuggling cocaine in international waters.  Obtained a sentence near the mandatory minimum.
  • Appointed by a federal judge to represent individual caught with nearly $40,000 worth of stolen checks. Obtained sentence of probation.
  • Appointed by a federal judge to represent a defendant charged with distribution of crack cocaine and felon in possession of ammunition.  Obtained dismissal of ammunition charge and downward adjustments to achieve overall sentence of approximately half of defendant’s guideline range.
  • Represented an investor in collection effort against white collar criminal.
  • Represented individual asserting fraud, breach of contract, and conversion arising out of transaction involving valuable antique automobile. Obtained favorable settlement despite bankruptcy of both corporate and individual defendants.
  • Represented a television auction company in various commercial litigation, employee theft, supplier fraud, employment defense, and consumer law matters.
  • Represented a major residential landlord in commercial litigation, employment defense, and premises liability matters.  Resolved each matter without any significant payment by client.
  • Represented a consumer in action against car dealership arising out of fraud in sale of automobile.  Obtained favorable settlement substantially exceeding sales price of automobile.
  • Represented a large automobile service business in employment litigation.
  • Successfully resolved several matters involving sales, financings, or refurbishments of new, used, and antique automobiles on behalf of several automotive industry clients.  Pursued and defended matters in federal, state, and bankruptcy court, as well as various ADR fora.
  • Appointed by a federal judge to represent a defendant charged with Hobbes Act Robbery and firearms violations.  Obtained plea offer to drop firearm charge carrying ten year mandatory minimum consecutive sentence.
  • Appointed by a federal district judge as lead trial counsel for indigent prisoner alleging claims under 42 U.S.C. 1983 arising from “fight club” at Orange County Jail.
  • Counseled hedge fund and private equity group on parallel investigations by Department of Justice, New York Attorney General, and Securities and Exchange Commission into “pay to play” allegations regarding allocation of public pension fund investments.
  • Counseled large banks, auditing firms, and financial institutions on the “subprime mortgage meltdown.”
  • Advised foreign national on collateral consequences of securities fraud convictions for ongoing investment activities in the United States.
  • Member of AIG v. Starr International Co., trial team, a civil action to recover securities worth $4 billion based upon an “oral trust” established by the former CEO.
  • Assisted with trial and post-verdict briefing of successful Rule 29 motion for acquittal in United States v. Kang, the WebMD accounting fraud prosecution. Trial judge ruled, on an issue undecided in the Fourth Circuit, that acts allegedly in furtherance of the conspiracy did not occur within the statute of limitations.
  • Assisted with investigation and pre-indictment proffers in SEC v. Wellcare and United States v. Farha. Represented CFO of insurer accused of defrauding Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
  • Member of McCain 2008 Pennsylvania Litigation Team. Led team of on-the-ground investigators who reported various incidents of voter fraud.  Served as liaison to state and local authorities and assisted with emergency litigation. Voter fraud and intimidation in Philadelphia by, among others, the Black Panthers, was reported by various national media outlets and investigated by the Department of Justice.
  • Successfully persuaded New York City Human Rights Commission to initiate enforcement action against disabled client’s landlord, resulting in construction of ramp to facilitate wheelchair access to apartment building.  Successfully rebutted claims that (1) video evidence showed client’s mobility, and (2) wheelchair access was not technically feasible in the pre-war apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Handled additional issues relating to landlord harassment based upon client’s disability and ethnicity.
  • Handled fact discovery, case investigation, motions practice, pre-trial motions, and settlement negotiations on behalf of Philip Morris USA in Engle progeny litigation in Florida Circuit courts. Successfully obtained dismissal, transfer to favorable venue, or four-figure settlement of each case.
  • Handled claim against vehicle manufacturer for injury to paraplegic passenger caused by seat heater.
  • Assisted with litigation arising from complex insurance transaction.
  • Drafted civil RICO complaints against salvage companies stealing pallets from loading docks.
  • Managed pharmaceutical cooperative’s response to investigation into diversion of controlled substances.
  • Counseled financial institutions on underwriting standards for student loans, home mortgages, and reinsurance and excess insurance policies.
  • Counseled insurance clients on (1) state tort reform measures and (2) treaty arbitration clauses.
  • Drafted briefs, on behalf of bank and auditor clients, on the privileged status of accountant workpapers.
  • Counseled industrial machinery manufacturer, with installations on six continents, on wide variety of litigation matters, including commercial general liability insurance coverage, liquidated damages contract provisions, subcontractors’ liens, product liability, employee noncompete, and creditor-side bankruptcy issues.  Prepared salesmen and technicians for depositions and managed document production in bet-the-company litigation, case settled on favorable terms at close of fact discovery.
  • As a law clerk, worked on Brennan v. Scientology (retaliation against wrongful death claimant’s attorney enjoined by federal judge), United States v. Martinez (criminal asset forfeiture calculations in mortgage fraud prosecution), United States ex rel. John King v. DSE (finding exception to Rule 9(b) requirement to plead specific fraud in defense contractor qui tam involving malfunctioning grenades), Lee v. PMSI (rejecting counterclaim by employer that excessive web surfing by employee during work hours violated Computer Fraud and Abuse Act).  During clerkship, Judge conducted trials of SEC v. Skyway Global (“finder” liability), United States v. Ney (conspiracy to distribute cocaine), Dolen v. Ryals (cybersquatting and cyberstalking), and Batistoni v. Veterans Administration (malpractice claim); and implemented new FLSA settlement review regime.

Past results do not guarantee future success in any particular matter.