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Paul Souferis joined the firm in 2014, and works on both criminal and civil cases. Prior to becoming an associate, he worked closely with the firm and assisted with preparing for a multi-week federal criminal trial. His legal research throughout the case was used to prepare proposed jury instructions regarding the federal harboring and immigration fraud statutes. He also helped research and draft several memoranda of law filed in court, including one regarding the discoverability of certain confidential immigration records under Brady v. Maryland.
Assisted in the representation of a prominent South Florida gastroenterologist charged with fraudulently underpaying more than five million dollars in federal income taxes over a five-year period. Mr. Souferis’s legal research was integral in convincing the government that a “sophisticated means” enhancement was not applicable to the case, minimizing the client’s recommended sentence range under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Mr. Souferis was also instrumental in researching and helping draft a 177-page sentencing memorandum and conducting interviews for a 13-minute DVD highlighting the client’s tremendous community service efforts. At sentencing, firm partners, Mr. Black and Mr. Beaton based their presentations on these submissions and successfully convinced the District Court to impose a sentence well below the sentence suggested by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and actively sought by the government.
Awards and Recognition
- "Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer," Florida Trend, 2015-2016
- Florida, 2013
- Illinois, 2014