Richard A. Schurr, CFP, J.D., LL.M.
Richard A. Schurr, Esquire, has a highly specialized law practice with a focus on business and corporate litigation, transactional law, family law, estates and trusts, receivership and mediation. Mr. Schurr represents a wide range of individuals and businesses in a variety of industries, such as real estate, recycling, manufacturing, health care, retail, entertainment, and commercial collections. Mr. Schurr's unique legal, financial and business experience allow him to successfully represent clients in all aspects of business, taxation, and litigation.
Mr. Schurr launched his professional career as a Certified Financial Planner at PaineWebber, Inc., in Orlando, Florida, and eventually Santa Ana, California, from 1987 to 1990. While at PaineWebber, Mr. Schurr used his NASD Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses to counsel a variety of business owners, including Burger King franchisees and executives, and professionals. Mr. Schurr was also a financial planner with Sentra Securities, Inc., and Barth Financial Services, Inc.. During this time, Mr. Schurr held a California Life and Disability Insurance License. He continues to practice financial planning for a few select clients.
Mr. Schurr graduated from California State University's undergraduate program with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in personal financial planning. Mr. Schurr then attended Whittier Law School, where he was a member of The Whittier Law Review and the Whittier Honor Board. His law review article, titled Burson v. Freeman: Where the Right to Vote Intersects with The Freedom to Speak is published in the Whittier Law Review, Vol. 1, No 3., 1994. Mr. Schurr graduated from the University of Miami School of Law's masters program in taxation in 1995.
In 1995, Mr. Schurr's receivership experience began with him serving as a consultant for receivers and working with commercial litigators in the liquidation of Southeast Bank, N.A. a major South Florida Banking institution; the liquidation of Capital Factors, Inc., a significant Palm Beach County factoring company; the liquidation of Unique Gems International, a $40 million dollar ponzi scheme; a 300 unit fractured condominium conversion in Palm Beach County, Florida; and a professional medical practice in Miami-Dade county, Florida. Mr. Schurr also managed a forensic accounting project as to a $10 million dollar commercial litigation in the vegetable shortening industry. Mr. Schurr has also represented in various real estate businesses, as well as manufacturing businesses.
Mr. Schurr started his law firm, Richard A. Schurr, P.A., in 1997, and he co-founded Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services, LLC, located in Hollywood, Florida, in 2004. Mr. Schurr's legal, financial and forensic work experience has qualified him to represent several receivers in the operation and sale of various businesses, such as Baja Beach Club, a real estate property management company, as well as several restaurants, a property maintenance company, and a sign manufacturer. Mr. Schurr has also been court appointed as a Receiver to oversee the liquidation of a boiler sales and repair company in Miami Lakes, Florida, as well as a condominium association in Palm Beach County.
From 1997 through 2006, Mr. Schurr worked as outside General Counsel for The Theobald Industries Inc, a food packaging and recycling business operating in New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Florida. Mr. Schurr was responsible for the coordination of 19 litigation matters in four states, selecting and providing direction to outside counsel and forensic accountants, and overseeing and managing the multi-state litigations and business interests of the client.
Mr. Schurr is a member of the United States Tax Court and he has represented numerous clients before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with income tax and trust fund tax matters.
Mr. Schurr was notably interviewed by Fortune Small Business (FSB) Magazine after he participated in an arbitration of one of the earliest cyber-squatting cases, pursuant to the then newly created Internet Arbitration procedures established by ICANN.
Mr. Schurr has been also interviewed and quoted by: The Miami Herald, The Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post, Fortune Small Business Magazine, The South Florida Business Journal, Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Miami Today.
Mr. Schurr is admitted to practice law and is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar, The California Bar, and The Colorado Bar. Mr. Schurr is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and he is a member of the Business Law Section of the California Bar. Mr. Schurr is also a member of The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Schurr is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court, Family Court, and County Court Mediator and has served as an arbitrator in commercial arbitration matters. Mr. Schurr was appointed to serve as a Board Member of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Family Court Services Parenting Coordination Committee for the 11th Judicial District, the 2012 General Magistrate and Hearing Officer Committee of the Family Section of the Florida Bar, and the 2011-2013 Florida Bar 11th Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee.
LL.M., University of Miami, School of Law
J.D., Whittier Law School
B.A., California State University, Fullerton
The Florida Bar
The California Bar
The Colorado Bar
Burson v. Freeman: Where the Right to Vote Intersects with The Freedom to Speak, 15 Whittier L. Rev. 869, (1994).
Cited by the Following Publications:
- Election Law, 70 Geo. Wash L. Rev. 371, 377;
- Picket Fences: Analyzing the Court's Treatment of Restrictions on Polling, Abortion, and Labor Picketers, 90 Geo. L.J. 2581, 2597;
- Voter Fraud or Voter Defrauded? Highlighting an Inconsistent Consideration of Election Fraud, 44 Harv. C.R. - C.L. L. Rev. 1, 42;
- Walk Before They Make Us Run: Republican Party of Minnesota v. White and the Need for Judicial Reform in Mississippi, 23 Miss. C.L. Rev. 51, 73;
- The Law of Economics and the "Informed Voter" Ballot Notations, 85 Va. L. Rev. 1533, 1587;
- McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission: A Free Speech Triumph or an Approval of Anonymous Libel, 17 Whittier L. Rev. 855, 869;
- Makay, John J. Free Speech Yearbook. Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1995. Web.;
- Schultz, David A., and John R. Vile. The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2005. Web.; and
- Hitt, Matthew, "Judgment-Rationale Inconsistency In The U.S. Supreme Court." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio State University, 2014. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 27 Jun 2016.