Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz is a boutique litigation and trial law firm that handles almost exclusively high-stakes litigation matters. Though its flagship office is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz handles complex commercial litigation, class actions, consumer protection litigation, personal injury, and wrongful death matters across the United States and the world.

Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz’s Business Transactions Practice Group advises a diverse base of clients ranging from startups and growth companies to Fortune 500 companies, investment funds, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. Because of its size and maneuverability, ZPSL is able to efficiently provide sophisticated legal solutions that are aligned with its clients’ business objectives. 

For example, ZPSL’s cross-disciplinary team of lawyers regularly advise clients throughout all stages of a company’s life-cycle. The firm’s representations include early and growth stage companies and venture capital funds in connection with capital formation transactions in the form of SAFEs, convertible notes, and priced round financings. At the same time, the team represents middle market private companies, private equity sponsors, and public companies in sophisticated merger and acquisitions transactions (including recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, spinoffs, and divestitures) and corporate governance matters. The ZPSL business transactions team also regularly advises fund sponsors and independent sponsors on fund and SPV-formation matters.

Because ZPSL is a boutique law firm, it can move quickly without the bureaucratic delays commonly experienced at larger firms, while maintaining top tier service with world class lawyers. This also allows ZPSL to structure creative and cost-effective fee structures with its clients to provide truly bespoke services catered to each clients’ unique business, industry, and transaction needs.

We handle:

  • Asset Purchases and Sales
  • Blockchain and Digital Currency Regulatory Advice
  • Contract Drafting and Review
  • Entity Formation
  • EULAs, Terms of Service, and Privacy Policies
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Operating Agreements, Partnership Agreements, Shareholder Agreements
  • Fund Formation
  • Securities Transactions
  • Corporate Governance


    • Structured agreements for use by trade financiers in connection with merchant cash advances.
    • Counseled trade financiers on receivables financing matters, such as the negotiation and drafting of maturity factoring agreements and collection factoring agreements.
    • Counseled private equity firm on equity recapitalization of top e-commerce fulfilment company.
    • Represented company in sale to major defense contractor and negotiated management rollover.
    • Represented a banking client in a bank merger in the Cayman Islands.
    • Represented a client in the sale of goldmine in Mexico.
    • Represented a major household-name Latin American telecommunications company in a sale.
    • Represented a client in the sale of a large Italian manufacturing company.
    • Counseled a client on the restructuring of a Brazilian payment processor.
    • Represented a client in the acquisition of an equity stake in a venture fund, general partnership in Switzerland.
    • Advised servicer of multi-billion-dollar mortgage loan portfolio on sale to private equity firm.
    • Counselled web3 company on securities law compliance and complex international structuring matters related to metaverse environments and token-facilitated digital economies.
    • Advised top blockchain venture fund on portfolio investments, including equity and debt transactions, as well as investments in digital assets and cryptocurrency tokens.
    • Counselled world’s largest digital and print publisher on matters related monetization of intellectual property assets through NFT sales.
    • Represented well-known private coding school in sale to education conglomerate.
    • Advised company providing consulting services to sovereign nations for purposes of implementing central bank digital currencies and the adoption of existing digital currencies as sovereign currencies.
    • Facilitated companies and funds in raising over $160 million dollars in equity capital through tokenized securities.
    • Represented fund manager on formation of cryptocurrency hedge fund, NFT investment SPVs, and blockchain venture fund.
    • Reorganized business holdings of charitable foundation established and funded by prominent American family.
    • Represented notable cannabis company in equity financing led by significant New York-based investment group.
    • Counseled real estate technology company in capital formation and other transactions involving three of the largest landlords in New York City.
    • Designed and coordinated multi-state regulatory compliance framework for companies such as the largest bitcoin ATM operator, an armored car cash management company servicing all 50 U.S. states, and a popular bill payment mobile application.


    In business, the need for consistent, dependable legal counsel is ever present. Nearly every aspect of business, from formation, to management and growth, through dissolution, has requires the advice of counsel.

    Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz recognizes the importance of having access to legal counsel as well as the difficulty of maintaining full time counsel. Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz provides corporate clients the benefit of a general counsel without the expense of in-house salaries.

    Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz’s business attorneys take the time to learn clients’ businesses, and provide bespoke services catered to each clients’ business and industry. Our success in business is unequivocally tied to our clients’ success and our perpetual objective to help our clients succeed.

    We handle:

    • Entity Formation
    • Operating Agreements
    • Partnership Agreements
    • Shareholder Agreements
    • Joint Venture Agreements
    • Asset Purchases
    • Asset Sales
    • Real Estate Purchases
    • Real Estate Sales
    • Contract Drafting and Review
    • Licensing Agreements
    • Vendor Contracts
    • Employee Contracts
    • Independent Contractor Agreements
    • EULAs 
    • Authorized Retailer Agreements
    • Commercial Leases
    • Mall Leases 
    Business Law & General Counsel


    In business, the need for consistent, dependable legal counsel is ever present. Nearly every stage of business, from formation, to management and growth, through dissolution, has tremendous legal implications. Competition within and between markets creates a perfect storm for conflicts, disputes, and litigation.

    At Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP we recognize these circumstances and the importance of having a consistent legal counsel on your business team. We have programs and retainers that provide you the flexibility to outsource our team as yours, avoiding the expense of constant in-house salaries when the need isn’t present, while having a team present when the need arises.

    At Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP we have long standing relationships with companies ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups to publicly traded companies. Each one is given attention and dedication equivalent to or greater than that of an in-house general counsel or business attorney. Our responsiveness and attention to detail is unmatched in the legal community and we pride ourselves on not being simply attorneys to our clients, but part of their team. Our success in business is unequivocally tied to the success of our clients and it is therefore our perpetual objective to ensure that our clients succeed.

    We handle:

    • Business Formation
    • Asset Purchase or Sale
    • Business Purchase or Sale
    • Real Estate Purchase or Sale
    • Operating Agreements
    • Partnership Agreements
    • Contract Drafting and Review
    • Contract Disputes
    • Partnership Disputes
    • Complex Commercial Litigation
    • General Legal Advice and Guidance

    Todd S. Payne, Esq.

    (954) 361-3134


    Jordan A. Shaw, Esq.

    (954) 361-3134


    Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP – Commercial Litigation Lawyers



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