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Naim Surgeon is an experienced first chair trial lawyer, and serves as chief counsel in several federal equity receivership matters. He maintains a nationwide federal and state litigation practice representing clients in class action defense, securities and investment-related fraud, intellectual property matters, antitrust claims, higher education litigation, labor and employment defense, and defense of Helms-Burton Title III claims.

Naim has also arbitrated general business disputes before JAMS, the AAA, and the ICC.  As chief counsel to a Federal Equity Receiver, he has worked on behalf of the Receiver to unravel high-profile investor fraud, EB-5 fraud, and obtain successful recoveries on behalf of the receivership estate and those victimized by fraud.

Naim manages all aspects of the administration of the receivership estate along with coordinating matters concerning the estate with Federal agencies and the District Court.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained $892,000 Plaintiffs’ verdict for claims under the Lanham Act on behalf of 32 Plaintiffs following an eight-day jury trial.
  • Represented commissary services client in defense of class action filed by inmates. Obtained dismissal with prejudice for this client.
  • Obtained $5.3 million final arbitration award on behalf of Bahraini softgel manufacturer in contract dispute.
  • Represented court-appointed receiver in administration of receivership estate and litigation for recovery of $640 million in EB-5 proceeds stolen from investors
  • Serves as Special Master in a Products Liability MDL pending in the Southern District of Florida.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Star” for Business Litigation in Florida 2018
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2020 for Commercial Litigation
  • The National Black Lawyers 2016-2017, Recognized as “Top 40 Under 40”

Memberships

  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow
  • Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter, Board Member

Speeches & Events

  • Speaker, “Creative Approaches to Litigation,” NAFER 2021 Annual Conference, October 2021

Publications

  • 2017 AILA EB-5 Investors Summit, Speaker, “Representing Clients in Failed or Fraudulent Projects,” December 9, 2017

Clerkships

Law Clerk, The Honorable Darrin P. Gayles, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 2014-2015

Admitted To Practice

Florida 

New Jersey

New York

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey 

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York 

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Education

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 2009 

B.A., Columbia University, 2006