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Neil S. Baritz

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Neil S. Baritz is the co-founder of Baritz & Colman LLP. Mr. Baritz has extensive experience in securities and corporate law, in both the transactional, litigation and regulatory aspects of each. He represents numerous brokerage firms, clearing firms, investment advisers and securities issuers, principally in Florida and New York, as well as elsewhere in the United States and abroad. In addition, he regularly appears before arbitration panels of FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, throughout the United States on behalf of the industry, and before securities regulatory bodies defending enforcement and related actions. Mr. Baritz also speaks regularly at industry seminars, principally in the area of "best practices."

Mr. Baritz's involvement in the securities industry began in 1981, when he joined the legal department of EF Hutton & Company Inc. in New York while attending law school. From 1988 to 1991, he was General Counsel to Ehrlich Bober & Company, Inc., a New York-based broker/dealer, investment advisory and investment banking firm, and its publicly traded (AMEX) parent/holding company. Thereafter, until the formation of the firm in 1996, he served as counsel to other publicly held companies in South Florida and was Of-Counsel to two major South Florida law firms where he continued to develop his securities practice.

Mr. Baritz graduated from the University of Rochester in 1980 and from Brooklyn Law School in 1983. He is a member of the bars of Florida and New York and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Theodore L. Blumberg

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An alumnus of the Temple University School of Law and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, Ted Blumberg specializes in entertainment law and litigation, commercial litigation, employment law, and criminal defense. His book, The Seven Deadly Sins of Legal Writing, the genesis for which was legal writing seminars he taught with his colleague and mentor, Herald Price Fahringer, Esq., is now used in law schools throughout the United States.

Nancy B. Colman

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Nancy B. Colman joined Baritz and Colman LLP. in May 2000 as a partner. Prior to joining Baritz & Colman LLP., Ms. Colman was a partner with Quarles & Brady, LLP, a prestigious national law firm.

Ms. Colman’s practice areas include general business/corporate law, commercial and residential real estate, commercial and construction lending, secured transactions, bankruptcy, homeowner’s association law, litigation consulting and mediation.

Ms. Colman’s business/corporate practice focuses on the drafting of initial corporate formation documents, negotiation and drafting of all types of business agreements (i.e. partnership and operating agreements), reviewing, negotiation and drafting of vendor contracts and employment agreements, buy/sell contracts and the like. She has extensive experience in drafting complex business contracts.

The scope of Ms. Colman’s real estate expertise encompasses a wide spectrum including but not limited to representing clients in purchasing and selling of commercial properties, development of property and acquisition financing, representation of lenders in commercial and construction financing transactions, foreclosure/workouts and title insurance. She is well versed in handling complicated securitized financing transactions including defeasances. Ms. Colman also represents parties in the purchase and sale of residential property.

For over 20 years, Ms. Colman has represented Chapter 11 debtors, creditors (in Chapters 11 and 7) as well as debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. She has handled numerous contested adversary proceedings which have resulted in published opinions by the courts.

Prior to focusing her practice on primarily transactional matters, Ms. Colman was actively involved as a litigator for over ten (10) years. Her litigation practice involved handling business, commercial and real estate disputes. This litigation experience gives Ms. Colman a unique perspective when representing individual clients, corporate clients or lenders. She currently serves as a litigation consultant and is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a circuit court civil mediator handling business and corporate disputes.

Ms. Colman graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1987 and the University of Colorado in 1984. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the Palm Beach County and American Bar Associations. Ms. Colman is admitted to practice in the State Courts of Florida, the U.S. Districts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Heather Cooper

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Heather Cooper joined Baritz & Colman LLP as an Associate in the firm’s Boca Raton office in September 2015, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of securities arbitration, commercial and real estate transactions, and corporate matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cooper worked as a law clerk at Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation, where she gained a broad range of legal experience in the oversight of Florida’s financial services providers. She received her Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2010 before earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College Of Law in 2015. While in law school, Ms. Cooper served as an editor for the Journal of Technology Law and Policy, as well as a member of the Corporate and Securities Moot Court Team.

She is licensed to practice in the State of Florida.

Lauren A. Galvani

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Lauren A. Galvani is a senior associate in the firm's Boca Raton office. Ms. Galvani joined the firm in January 2016 and concentrates her practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration, public charities and private foundations, business succession planning and wealth preservation for high net worth individuals and families. Ms. Galvani works with clients’ accountants, financial advisors and insurance brokers to effectively coordinate and implement clients’ individual estate planning objectives in the most tax efficient manner possible. Ms. Galvani’s advanced planning techniques include grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, charitable lead and remainder trusts and dynasty family trusts. Ms. Galvani assists clients with existing trusts using her extensive experience decanting, merging, relocating and reforming trusts. She effectively administers estates and prepares federal estate tax returns for high net worth individuals. Ms. Galvani also uses her knowledge to resolve estate and gift tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Galvani was a senior associate at a boutique estate planning practice serving high net worth individuals. Ms. Galvani graduated from Boston College in 2006 with a triple major, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, History, and Political Science. Ms. Galvani was also a dual degree candidate at the University of Miami School of Law, and simultaneously received her juris doctor and master of laws in taxation in 2009. Ms. Galvani is licensed to practice in Florida and Massachusetts, and is actively involved in the Tax and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association. Ms. Galvani is also a member of the Greater Boca Raton Estate Planning Council and the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. She has co-authored “Section 2053 Final Regulations: Continued Uncertainty?, an article that appeared in the June 2010 Florida Bar Journal and co-authored “Rev. Proc. 2010-36: Something Smells Foul (Again!)” which was published in the June 2011 Florida Bar Journal.

David S. Richan

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David S. Richan is a Partner and heads up the firm’s New York Office. His practice for the past twelve years has concentrated on the representation of securities firms and individual brokers in securities arbitration, litigation and regulatory matters around the country. He has represented clients in matters before the SEC, FINRA, NYSE and AAA, in cases involving a broad range of issues, including unsuitability, unauthorized trading, market manipulation, fraud, blue sky violations, and other customer-related issues. David has also represented securities industry clients in “raiding” cases, employee collections and related employment matters, Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, FINRA disciplinary actions and other regulatory matters.

He is an FINRA Industry Arbitrator and has chaired arbitration panels hearing a variety of customer and industry matters. David has been a featured speaker at the New York State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap” Seminar (Mediations and Settlements), iManage Securities Executive Seminar, New England Securities Law Conference and is co-author with Martin P. Unger of “Is the CRD Constitutional?” Registered Representative Magazine (November 1998).

David was, until May 2004, a Partner in the Litigation Department of Blank Rome LLP, where he had previously been associate. David had previously been an associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. David received his law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1985.

Gregory S. Sparer

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Gregory S. Sparer is an Associate in the firm’s New York office. Greg concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, securities litigation, and construction and real estate matters.

Prior to joining Baritz & Colman LLP, Greg served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters.

Greg earned his Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History from New York University in 2009 and his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2012, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and served as a Notes & Comments Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

Greg is admitted to the New York and New Jersey State bars and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Greg is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Greg is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern District of New York.

Dennis P. Spates

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Mr. Spates is a transactional attorney with 30 plus years of corporate and securities law experience. He has served as both in-house and outside corporate counsel to a number of companies and has developed a strong practical approach to business transactions and related legal issues.

He structures and forms corporations, limited liability companies (LLC's), and partnerships for start-ups and small to medium-sized mature businesses, and prepares, negotiates, and advises on all types of business agreements relating to ownership, operation, employment, financing, governance, admission and withdrawal of equity owners, and commercial leases. He also represents buyers and sellers, and their respective equity owners, in connection with mergers, acquisitions, sales, reorganizations, and joint ventures of businesses -- preparing, negotiating, and advising on related agreements. He also advises on the formation and governance of non-profit companies and assists in the preparation of their Section 501(c)(3) registrations and annual filings with the IRS and states.

Mr. Spates also represents issuers of equity and debt securities in private investment offerings, including Regulation D offerings -- preparing, negotiating, and advising on private placement memoranda (PPM's), subscription documents, LLC operating agreements, and partnership agreements. He has also counseled public companies in connection with their initial SEC registration filings and public reporting compliance.

He is a founding partner of the New York City law firm Pelosi Wolf Effron & Spates LLP, where he continues to practice. He previously served as counsel to Schoeman Updike & Kaufman, LLP, a New York City law firm, and as General Counsel of Ridgewood Energy Corporation, a large energy investment company in the New York City metropolitan area. He began his legal career in 1983 at Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O'Donnell & Weyher in New York City. Mr. Spates earned a J.D. from Fordham University Law School (1982) and an A.B. from Princeton University (1977).

Mr. Spates serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Haven Community Foundation (US), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization which, together with its Irish affiliate, The Haven Community Foundation (www.havenpartnership.com), helps build sustainable communities in Haiti by providing housing and emergency relief and implementing community development programs.

John D. Stewart

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John D. Stewart is an Associate in the firm’s New York office. John joined the firm in 2015. His practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate, real estate and employment litigation and arbitration.

Before joining Baritz & Colman LLP, John was a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served as a military prosecutor and defense attorney in Colorado, Korea and Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals. As a Judge Advocate, John appeared before 30 courts-martial and negotiated dozens of pre-trial agreements on behalf of the government as well as individual clients. Prior to his military service, John was an Associate at a prominent large law firm in Manhattan where he concentrated his practice on bankruptcy litigation and transactional lending work.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tufts University in 1995, a Master of Social Work from New York University in 1998 and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Fordham Law School in 2007.

John is admitted to the New York State Bar and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Andrew Thomson

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Andrew Thomson is a Senior Counsel in the firm’s Boca Raton office. Andy concentrates his practice on resolving business disputes.

Andy represents a wide array of clients, from small local businesses and individuals to some of the world’s largest corporations. His cases involve securities, contract disputes, business tort claims, employment disputes, and probate and guardianship disputes. Andy has also devoted substantial time to his pro bono clients.J

Andy graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering and earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He previously served as a law clerk for Justice Kenneth Bell of the Florida Supreme Court. He is licensed to practice in Florida and before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Florida Super Lawyers recognized Andy as a Rising Star in 2013-2016, and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County recently awarded Andy its Non-Profit Award. Andy has lectured on legal issues at Florida Atlantic University's College of Education and on guardianship issues for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Guardianship Training Program.

Andy serves on the board of directors of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Bell Education Foundation and the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Palm Beach Division. He serves on the advisory councils for the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in Boca Raton and the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization, where he advises on transportation issues affecting our community. Andy also serves as a Community Captain for the annual Boca Raton Bowl.

He lives in Boca Raton with his wife and their three young children.