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Edward A. Maldonado, PA

2850 S. Douglas Road
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Coral Gables, FL 33134

Tel: (305) 477-7580 
Fax: (305) 477-7504 
Toll-Free: 1+ (877) 245-6326

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Edward A. Maldonado, Esq.
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Attorney Profiles
Edward A. Maldonado, Esq

Primary Counsel and Founding Attorney:

Edward A. Maldonado, Esq.

Admitted to Florida Bar-  October 23, 1997
United States 11th Circuit Federal Bar- January 15, 1999
United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit- October 14, 1999

Education
B.A. Political Science- DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.
J.D.- Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.
J.D. Certificate- International and Comparative Law-IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

Languages
English and Spanish

Background

Mr. Maldonado is a Florida and federal attorney practicing since 1997. His early career focused primarily on state and federal civil and criminal trial litigation with his first solo trial as defense counsel in March of 1998. Although versed in business, technology, intellectual property and regulatory matters, his practice still includes federal and state litigation of civil claims, complex technology litigation, and arbitration. Mr. Maldonado has successfully defended and resolved patent infringement claims, trademark infringement claims, competing software claims, telecommunication carrier disputes, collection claims between distributors and POS system providers, actions against government agencies, federal labor claims particular to communications and radio businesses, corporate shareholder actions, contract breaches, as well as investigations and probes by the FCC and state attorney generals for statutory violations and unfair trade practices.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Maldonado has assisted more than 500 companies with licensure before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and State Utility Commission. He has worked with foreign-owned communication clients to obtain consent from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Security Division to acquire FCC 214 licensure in the U.S., and obtain FCC approval for the transfer of control of ownership in mergers and acquisitions, and VSAT operations. In addition to licensure, Mr. Maldonado has successfully defended and negotiated voluntary compliance agreements (Consent Decrees) with the FCC for technical violations of compliance reporting, and violations of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

In 2004, Mr. Maldonado was consulted for and participated in the drafting and passage of, the Illinois Phone Card Fraud Act (effective July 1, 2005), a law aimed at curbing consumer fraud by unstable and uncertified providers. Since then, Mr. Maldonado has been consulted with on a number of proposed bills and prospective legislation throughout the US. He has also written extensively in trade magazines including being the founding author of a regular telecom legal column called Legal Line published by “The Prepaid Press” which addressed legal issues related to the prepaid calling and stored value service industries. Mr. Maldonado is proficient in Spanish.

Since 2003, Mr. Maldonado has worked with e-commerce businesses, online publications, bloggers, and internet entrepreneurs with legal issues and matters atypical to the internet.  This has included: internet defamation, online branding and trademark dilution, CAN-SPAM issues, copyrights and copy infringement of websites, I-CANN disputes,  web designer contracts, terms and conditions for electronic contracts, security policies, hacking events and the prosecution of hackers, as well as a variety of other legal issues related to the internet and this medium of communications.

Mr. Maldonado’s Practice Areas:

Sample of Published or Publicly Available Cases

In the Matter of Laser Technologies d/b/a Laser Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Enforcement Bureau Case No.: EB-TCD-12-00000223: Firm mitigated a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) fine in the amount of $252,000 USD for Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”) violations, 26 FCC Rcd. 10792 (2011), to $20,000 USD in form of Voluntary Contribution based upon economic hardship and particular factual grounds with Commission review thereof. 29 FCC Rcd. 2658 (2014).

Bellsouth Telecom, LLC v. Azul Tel, Inc. US District Court Southern District of Florida Docket No. 1:13-cv-20562-MGC. Firm defended and settled Federal Statute Violation Claim on Local Access Charges owed by Prepaid Calling Card Provider for use of Local Access Numbers for Long Distance Prepaid Calls and substantially mitigated damages.

Lylle Araya-Solorzano vs. Government of the Republic of Nicaragua et. al.562 Fed. Appx. 901; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6565 (2014). Firm served as Defense Counsel in Federal District Court Case, the dismissal of case, and as Federal Appellee Counsel on behalf of the Government of The Republic of Nicaragua and The INSS (Instituto Nicaraguense de Seguridad), Prevailed on Motions and Appeal to uphold Dismissed Claim against a sovereign state in excess of $12 Million.

Lozano v. Caribbean Broadcasting Systems, Inc. et al. Case No.: 09-46461-CA-01, Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County, Florida (2011), Served as Lead Trial Counsel. On-Air Radio personality and Disc Jockey sued a Miami, Florida based FM Radio Station under a five count complaint under Fla. Minimum Wage Act, Fla. Stat. 448.110, seeking class status past hourly work and commissions for sales of commercials and "air-time." Plaintiff sued the Station, Station Manager and Station CFO pursuant to the state statute. Attorney Edward A. Maldonado was brought into the case as Defense Counsel only weeks before trial and represented all Defendants throughout trial. Case concluded after a three-day Jury Trial. Upon resting of the Plaintiff's case, Defense Counsel successfully moved for dismissal of two of the Defendants and for dismissal of four of the five counts alleged. Jury awarded Plaintiff damages only to single count with less than the threshold jurisdictional damages of $15,000 USD.

Exigent Technology v. Prepaid Network, et al  Case No.:1:03-CV-23400 (2003-2009) Served as Defense Counsel for Prepaid Network in Federal District Court Case of alleged Patent Infringement, until consolidation and transfer of case from the U.S. District Court for the Southern Jurisdiction of Florida, and served again post-transfer as Lead Settlement Counsel for Defendant Prepaid Network in final settlement.

Sample of Other Federal Cases, Federal Agency Defense and State Cases Served

AT&T vs Prepaid Calling Companies for Local Access Charge ClaimsFederal Litigation. Served as Defense Strategy Counsel and Lead Negotiator (appeared Pro Hac Vice in the federal courts outside the State of Florida) in federal litigation between ILEC and Prepaid Calling Companies on claims of unpaid Local Access Charges – firm’s efforts resulted in the settlement of claims, voluntary dismissal of lawsuit, and mitigating damages in excess 65%.

FCC vs. Prepaid Calling Companies for Unfair Marketing Practices Cases. Regulatory Defense. Served as Regulatory Counsel to Prepaid Calling Companies on FCC claims of Unfair Trade Practices; engaged Commission in Consent Decree Negotiations to resolve issues and proposed fines in excess of 5 million USD and raised Constitutional issues related to subject matter.

FCC vs. Various Telecommunications and VoIP Providers for CPNI Certification Violations.  Regulatory Defense.  Served as regulatory counsel for ninety (90) various small to medium sized telecommunication and VoIP providers in relation to Annual CPNI Certification, Omnibus Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, 25 FCC Rcd 1795 (Enf. Bur. 2010) (Omnibus NAL).  All cases settled through Consent Decree Negotiations. Telecommunication carriers settled with substantial fine reductions, VoIP providers settled with issuance of Citations (Warning) or substantial fine reduction.  Cases related to customer proprietary network information (CPNI) and violations or compliance with Section 222 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

FCC vs. Small-Sized and Community Radio Stations for Technical Violations.  Served as Regulatory Defense Counsel for various small-sized and community Radio Stations (AM/FM/LPFM/ and Translators) on Technical Violations cited and found by the FCC and Commission Field Offices.  Firm mitigated proposed fines and provided consultation of compliance changes, post-violation.

Administrative Subpoenas, Letters of Inquiry, and Agency Investigations. Served as Regulatory Defense Counsel during Agency Investigations for various companies in the Communications, Technology, Product, E-Commerce and E-Learning industries before the Federal Communications Commission, FCC Inspector General, Federal Trade Commission, the Florida Attorney General, and various state Attorney Generals during investigations for violations of Regulatory Compliance, and Unfair Trade Practices, False Advertising, and Taxation of Communications Services.

Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) v VoIP and Telecommunication Resellers on Florida Communication Service Tax (CST) and Florida Sales Tax (FST). Served as Regulatory Counsel (in conjunction with Florida Tax Counsel and Florida Certified Public Accountants) for pre-audit and post-audit administrative representation and appeals of assessments of the CST and FST against Telecommunication carriers and VoIP Carriers operating in and from Florida as related to prepaid and post-paid transactions and for the negotiation of settlement with the DOR.

Legal Support for the Reporting of Hacking Events and Civil Claims for theft of Communications Services. Served as Legal Counsel for various companies during post hacking events of communication services, proprietary information, and data breaches for various communication providers, both wholesale level and retail level, in the assessment of damage, information compromised, offender tracing via subpoenas, and coordination of reporting to federal law enforcement.

The Firm maintains as series of long standing relationships with of counsel/co-counsel to leverage the experience and know-how of other firms and attorneys we hold as respected.  These attorneys include:


Craig S. Kirsch, Esq.

Bar Admissions
District of Colombia Court of Appeals
United States Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
Florida Bar

Education
University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor
North Carolina State University, BA Psychology


Mr. Kirsch is a patent and trademark attorney who focuses on protecting clients’ valuable intellectual property rights through the careful preparation of patent, trademark, and copyright applications with the appropriate governing authorities. 

Mr. Kirsch is a registered patent attorney admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Once obtained, Mr. Kirsch can assist in enforcing those rights in patent, trademark and copyright litigation matters before the state and federal courts.

Mr. Kirsch is located in Miami, FL, and is Of Counsel with The Maldonado Law Group.


Washington D.C., State of Virginia, State of Maryland, and State Florida Civil and Federal Litigation, Federal and State Appellate Practice, Federal Administrative Agency Appeals, the Firm’s Washington D.C. local and appellate Counsel:

Andrew Paul Kawel, Esq. External Of-Counsel/Co-Counsel
815 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 305 
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Admitted to Florida Bar 
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
Admitted to Virginia Bar 
Admitted to Maryland Bar 
Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia 
Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia 
Pending admissions U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Pending admissions U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Education 
J.D. cum laude, The American University—Washington College of Law (District of Columbia)
B.A. cum laude in Spanish Language & Literature, Kalamazoo College (Michigan)

Languages
English and Spanish 

Mr. Kawel’s Practice Areas: 

Mr. Kawel focuses his practice on appellate litigation in federal and state courts. He has composed successful merits and amicus curiae briefs in a variety of practice areas, including immigration and criminal appeals. He provides trial support on dispositive motions, and he tries both civil and criminal matters on a case-by-case basis. He also works with entrepreneurs and small businesses as outside counsel. Mr. Kawel has a strong background in administrative law.

Mr. Kawel’s Background: 

Mr. Kawel has deep ties to both Florida and the District of Columbia, and he maintains offices in both locations. Prior to opening his appellate boutique, Mr. Kawel worked as a commercial litigator at an AmLaw 100 firm in both DC and Baltimore. In law school, he served as Editor in Chief of Administrative Law ReviewHe also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation, where he composed federal appellate briefs. Mr. Kawel has experience in judges' chambers, including positions at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Before his admission to the bar, Mr. Kawel taught in Florida's public school system, and he maintains an active Florida Educator Certificate.

Illinois Civil and Federal Civil Litigation, Federal 7th Circuit Bankruptcy claims, Illinois Federal Tax Court Appeals and State Administrative Hearing Local Counsel, U.S. & Mexico Cross Border Issues, the Firm’s Illinois Local Counsel:

Gerardo Badiano, Esq. External Of-Counsel/Co-Counsel

Admitted to Illinois Bar -May 9, 1996
United States 7th Circuit Federal Bar - 1996 
United States Court of Bankruptcy Court for the 7th Circuit- 1999

Education:
B.A. Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois - Political Science and Economics.
J.D. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.
J.D. Certificate: International and Comparative Law-IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Badiano Serves as Of Counsel to the firm as well as Local Counsel for Pro Hoc Vice Appearances of the Maldonado Law Group in the state and federal Courts within the State of Illinois, as well as before the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Badiano's Practice Areas:

State and federal civil and business litigation in the state of Illinois; cross-border legal issues between the U.S. and Mexico; business immigration and immigration practice with a consular practice focused on Mexican persons and entities; business transactions and complex transactions related to real estate and business; personal and corporate federal bankruptcy practice; Federal Tax Court appeal representation; and criminal defense within the state of Illinois.

Office Miami Staff is supported in conjunction with virtual administrative and paralegal professionals:  Ms. Rachel Levy (Press, publications, and online media).

Contact our firm today at (305) 477- 7580, Toll-Free at 1-877-245-6326, or via e-mail for general questions as to our specific services or representation on a particular matter.

Individuals and businesses facing the threat of imminent lawsuits, regulatory Enforcement Actions or criminal charges are urged to contact The Law Offices of Edward A. Maldonado PA today to schedule a complementary consultation from our South Florida law firm.  Time is always of the essence in such cases.

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