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Lori L. Heyer-Bednar

Ms. Heyer-Bednar focuses her practice on banking, commercial lending, real estate finance, commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, business litigation and bankruptcy, with an emphasis on lender liability and asset-based lending matters. Her practice also involves loan workouts and loan restructuring, loan financing and title services. She represents numerous banks and financial institutions in both state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate court level. As part of her experience in lender liability, she has represented large financial institutions in defense of forgery and negligence claims based on negotiable instruments under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Having chaired over a dozen jury and bench trials in recent years, she has extensive experience in various aspects of complex commercial litigation.

In addition to her lender liability practice, Ms. Heyer-Bednar handles commercial landlord-tenant litigation, creditors’ bankruptcy litigation in adversary proceedings, construction litigation (lien foreclosure and construction defect cases), and business litigation (including shareholder dispute litigation). As part of her banking experience, she has represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in connection with failed banking institutions and savings and loan associations, including fidelity bond claims, director and officer liability lawsuits, lease repudiation lawsuits and defensive matters based upon Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).

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Highlights

Areas of Practice


  • Business & Commercial Litigation

  • Banking & Financial Services

  • Real Estate Finance

  • Franchise Law

  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights


Litigation Percentage

80%

Current Position

Shareholder

Bar Admissions


  • Florida

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

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


Education


  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, University of Miami School of Law

  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Florida State University


Published Work, Lectures & Presentations


  • "Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Roetzel's Lori Heyer-Bednar" - Law360 (2014)

  • "Florida’s New Revised Limited Liability Company Act and Its Impact on Litigation" - Daily Business Review (2014)

  • "ABA National Institute Bankers & Other Financial Institution Blanket Bonds - Waiver & Estoppel" - co-author, ABA National Institute course on Bankers & Other Financial Institution Blanket Bonds (1988)

  • "Current Developments in Lender Liability" (2009, 2010, 2013, 2015)

  • "Strategies for Handling Distressed Property" (2008)


Professional Experience


  • Counsel to various financial institutions and banks on liquidation of collateral, court-appointed receiverships, prejudgment writs of replevin, as well as restructuring and workouts on large non-performing commercial loans

  • Represented lender in lender liability defense in bifurcated jury trials involving personal injury damages and punitive damages relating to wrongful replevin claim; successfully obtained defense verdict

  • Represented institutional lenders in admiralty and foreclosure of multimillion dollar preferred ships mortgages on yachts, ships and other maritime vessels

  • Defense counsel in federal trial involving repudiation of multiple branch leases

  • Represented a financial institution in defense of a forged checks claim tried before bench and jury

  • Tried a legal malpractice claim before a jury on behalf of a former business owner against his former attorney for improper sale documentation and negligent collateralization of loan

  • Represented lender in construction refinancing for local developers

  • Represented lender in refinancing of commercial loan with property sale and seller financing under wrap around mortgage

  • Represented owners in construction defect litigation.


Professional Associations and Memberships


  • Broward County Bar Association

  • Federal Bar Association - Broward County Chapter

  • First American Title Ins. Company

  • Old Republic National Title

  • Fidelity National Title Ins. Company

  • Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund

  • National Association of Professional Women

  • The Construction Underground

  • Florida Design and Construction Professionals


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