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Jeffry R. Jontz

407.262.8400 Phone
407.425.2863 Fax
jjontz@fishbacklaw.com

Jeffry Jontz has been in private practice in Orlando since 1974. His legal practice centers around commercial litigation, banking, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights issues. Jeff has significant experience in litigation involving financial institutions, contracts, real estate, and construction disputes, as well as litigation involving petroleum marketing, trademark, franchise, employment and non-competition agreements and issues. He has extensive experience in insolvency matters and financial reorganizations, including workouts and bankruptcy.  He represented parties in cases before the Florida Supreme Court which established the unconstitutionality of a portion of the Florida distress for rent statute, and the constitutionality of the Florida replevin statute.  He was trial counsel in the first jury trial ever conducted in the bankruptcy courts of the United States.  He was deeply involved in assisting financial institutions in working through massive loan defaults in Florida during the recent “Great Recession.”

Jeff has served on numerous committees related to commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the Orange County Bar Association.  He has lectured and written in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation for the Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association.  He was selected as a “best attorney” in bankruptcy law in Florida by The Best Attorneys Network.  He is admitted to practice law in the states of Iowa, Ohio and Florida.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1966, from Drake University, and he obtained his law degree, with distinction, in 1969, from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he was on the Board of Editors for the Iowa Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  After graduation, he was a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge Charles R. Scott and United States Circuit Judge Bryan Simpson in Jacksonville.  From 1972 through 1974, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida in Orlando.

Among his civic activities, Jeffry served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Symphony Orchestra and Junior Achievement of Central Florida, as well as the Board of Governors of the Winter Park Racquet Club.  He was President of the Winter Park Racquet Club in 1993.  He has served on several Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce Committees, and is a Leadership Orlando graduate.  He has served as an officer of the Drake University National Alumni Association and the University of Iowa National Alumni Association, and is a former member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon National Social Fraternity Judicial Committee.  He was Chairman of the Code Enforcement Board of the City of Maitland, Florida, and Chairman of the Board of Adjustment of the City of Winter Park, Florida.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Winter Park Public Library and served as President of the Library Board. He was nominated in 1991 for an Outstanding Individual Community Leadership Award by the Volunteer Center of Central Florida.

Areas of Practice

Education

  • University of Iowa, Juris Doctor with distinction, 1969
  • Drake University, Bachelor of Arts, 1966

Courts of Practice

  • Florida State Courts
  • U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Past Chair, Code Enforcement Board of the City of Maitland
  • Past Chair, Board of Adjustment of the City of Winter Park
  • Board of Trustees of the Winter Park Public Library
  • Board of Directors of The Iowa Law School Foundation