Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez is the head of the firm's Miami office. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, class action defense litigation and civil appellate litigation while utilizing the firm’s full-service national platform to counsel her clients. By coordinating and implementing a centralized and unified legal strategy, Jennifer meets her clients’ legal needs across diverse practice areas. In this manner, her clients find Jennifer to be a valued counselor who uses her experience as a litigator to help businesses avoid the pitfalls that oftentimes result in costly and extenuated litigation.
Jennifer has litigated a variety of commercial litigation disputes involving banking, UCC issues and construction-defect matters, as well as a variety of contractual disputes, including partnership disputes, non-compete agreements, employment agreements, franchising disputes, and real property disputes in state and federal courts, including commercial and land-lord tenant disputes. She also has experience litigating claims arising under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act ("FDUTPA") and defending class actions, including claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA"). Jennifer also handles all aspects of civil appeals and appellate proceedings in a wide variety of matters, including real property disputes, commercial contractual matters and business torts.
Her combined experience at the trial and appellate levels allows Jennifer to provide clients with the benefits of continuous representation throughout the entire trajectory of their case. Her appellate experience allows her to protect the record and properly prepare a case for appeal as it travels through the trial court. When handling appeals in cases she managed at the trial court level, Jennifer’s clients benefit from her intimate, first-hand knowledge of the record. On cases where she solely serves as appellate counsel, Jennifer partners with trial counsel and relies upon her experience to either protect a ruling favorable to her client or pursue reversal of a lower court’s legally flawed ruling. Jennifer’s appellate experience is further enhanced by the fact that she was appointed to serve on the Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar from 2015 to 2018. As a member of this prestigious Committee, Jennifer will use her experience in the industry to help carry out mandates concerning the proposal of new rules of appellate procedure and changes to existing appellate rules.
In 2016, following the change in U.S. Cuba relations, Jennifer traveled to Cuba as part of the historic Florida Bar International Law Section’s delegation to meet Cuban lawyers and journalists to learn about the Cuban legal system and how foreign companies transact business and invest in Cuba. Upon her return from Cuba, Jennifer used that valuable experience to advise clients and fellow lawyers. She was interviewed on WLRN Channel 10’s "This Week in South Florida" with Michael Putney and other media outlets and co-authored several articles about her experience and what she learned.
Jennifer’s skills and effectiveness as an advocate are self-evident given her achievements on behalf of her clients. Jennifer was recognized as a “Top Up and Comer” in 2015 and 2016 and as a "Top Lawyer" in 2020 and 2017 by the South Florida Legal Guide based on peer nominations intended to recognize attorneys who are well-regarded in the legal profession, have years of experience and a distinguished record of achievement. In 2016, Jennifer received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. In addition, the Daily Business Review named Jennifer to its "On the Rise" 2015 class, thereby recognizing her as one of 40 South Florida attorneys under the age of 40 "selected not only for what they've achieved thus far, but for what we believe they're likely to accomplish for the legal profession and for their respective communities in the future. In 2020, Jennifer was named a Hispanic Woman of Distinction by Latina Style Magazine, in partnership with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Latin Biz Today. In 2021, Jennifer received the South Florida Legal Award from the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, after being nominated by her alma mater, Florida International University. Jennifer has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers list since 2018 and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© editions since 2020 in the Commercial Litigation category; and since 2023 in the Appellate Practice category. Additionally, she has been recognized in Florida Trend's Legal Elite each year since 2021. Most recently, Jennifer was named a Prestigious Women Award honoree by South Florida Business & Wealth.
She is also a member of a well-seasoned four-attorney team recently honored as the 2014 South Florida Litigation Department of the Year for Real Estate by the Daily Business Review. The DBR recognized Jennifer and her colleagues in the Miami office for, among other things, overcoming two motions for summary judgment in the case of DEC v. The Aragon Group and Summersport Enter., LLC, Case No. 11-29313, in the 17th Circuit Court, Broward County, Fla., where due to their efforts, the client saved its vision and contract for the purchase of the historic Dania Jai-Alai. Additionally, by devising and implementing aggressive, yet tactical, litigation strategies, Jennifer and her colleagues in the Miami office achieved resolution of multi-billion dollars’ worth of commercial loans during the commercial foreclosure crisis that crippled South Florida real estate development resulting in the era dubbed the Great Recession.
Jennifer has also notably:
- Represented a company that offers resource services and products support for patients seeking services to address hair loss concerns in a matter involving the Lanham Act, the Ohio Trade Practices Act and common law and injunctive relief to enjoin unfair competition and false or misleading advertising activity as well as libelous communications and tortious interference with business relationships.
- Represented an investment realty firm in a matter involving defamation, injurious falsehood, and tortious interference with contract.
- Represented an individual in a case alleging defamation per se predicated upon statements relating to grand theft, fraud and perjury.
- Obtained a dismissal with prejudice from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on behalf of a national quick-service restaurant in a case that received national media attention where the plaintiffs filed a putative nationwide class action asserting claims for Sherman Act violations and unfair trade practices based upon alleged unfair pricing practices for quarter-pound hamburgers sold with and without cheese.
- Developed and implemented innovative legal strategies that resulted in the resolution of claims under the TCPA. Fridman v. My Cosmetic Surgery, Inc., Case No. 16-15399 CA 20, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Florida
- Obtained dismissal of appeal in a heavily litigated case within approximately 60 days from the date the appeal was filed. Bregman v. Pearce, 2014 WL 1975178 (Fla. 3d DCA, Apr. 8, 2014).
- Defeated two motions for summary judgment in a case against the clients’ former employee after filing a complaint alleging claims for anticipatory breach of an asset purchase agreement, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference and unfair trade practices, among other claims. Kresse & Asso., LLC et al. v. Thomas J. Kresse, et al., Case No. 13-28745, 11th Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
- Obtained precedent setting opinion from the Third District Court of Appeal reversing the trial court’s entry of a final judgment enforcing a settlement agreement prior to payment of the statutory documentary stamp taxes and clarifying that promissory notes are unenforceable in Florida courts unless and until the statutory documentary stamp taxes are paid. Solis v. Lacayo, 86 So. 3d 1147 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012).
- Defeated a motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction involving several restrictive covenants, including a non-compete agreement, and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair trade practices, thereby paving the way for settlement of the dispute without the need or expense of additional litigation. Bankers Ins. Group, Inc. et al. v. Michael Whalen, AIA Holdings, Inc. et al., Case No. 11-5867, in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court, Pinella County, Florida.
- Developed and implemented legal strategies that resulted in the resolution of a case involving myriad issues under the Uniform Commercial Code and claims for damages of millions of dollars resulting from allegedly unauthorized transactions in a bank account. Gilson v. TD Bank, N.A. et al., Case No. 10-cv-20535, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.
- Developed and implemented legal strategies that resulted in the resolution of claims between banks and the United States government resulting from certain transactions involved in the Rothstein ponzi scheme. TD Bank, N.A. v. United States of America; Regions Bank, et al., Case No. 10-cv-60044, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.
- Won summary judgment on behalf of Seneca Insurance Company, Inc. in an action that arose from an allegedly unconstitutional search of the plaintiffs’ residence by bail enforcement agents and subsequent attempts to apprehend a fugitive. Tirreno v. Mott, 453 F. Supp. 2d 562 (D. Conn. 2006)
In the Litigation-Real Estate category for U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers, a client stated that Jennifer is an "extremely professional and knowledgeable attorney to have as representation.”
In addition to her work as a commercial litigator and appellate counsel, Jennifer also holds leadership positions and serves on several committees within the firm, including the Diversity Committee, the Credit Allocation Committee and the Associates Committee. Jennifer has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University. Immediately prior to rejoining Buchanan in 2005, Jennifer worked with a boutique firm's Miami office representing and counseling the consumer finance division of a Fortune 100 company with respect to its Hispanic-language private label retail consumer and commercial credit card programs for compliance with various federal laws and regulations and provided legal review of Spanish language private label consumer and commercial credit card disclosures. After graduating with honors from law school, Jennifer secured one of two prestigious positions as a law clerk for the Hon. James Lawrence King of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. While in law school, she served on the Florida Law Review, was a judicial intern with Judge King and worked as a summer associate with Buchanan's Miami office.
Jennifer is fluent in Spanish.
University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 2002, with honors, Florida Law Review
Florida International University, B.A., 1999, Dean's List; Pi Sigma Alpha: The National Political Science Honor Society; Certificate: Law, Ethics & Society, Political Science with Minors in International Relations and Criminal Justice
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Appellate Court Rules Committee, The Florida Bar, Appointee
Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, Board of Directors & Vice President
Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court, Vice President
Florida Association for Women Lawyers -Miami Dade Chapter, Corporate Council Committee Member
Cuban American Bar Association, Member
Latin Builders Association, Member
TerraLex Worldwide Network of Independent Law Firms, Member
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow (2019)
Hispanic National Bar Association, Former Member
Women's Law Network, Former Member
Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Former Member
The Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami, Founding Member and Former Executive Board Member and Communications Chair, Young Philanthropists for Sylvester
President's Council, Florida International University, Chair Elect for the Worlds Ahead Faculty Award Committee, Executive Board and Member of the First Generation Scholarship Task Force
Sunset Elementary School, International Program, Volunteer
Saint Louis Catholic Church, Humanities Ministry & Camillus Casserole Ministry
Branches Thanksgiving Program, Volunteer
Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, Volunteer