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.

TODD S. PAYNE, ESQ.

Partner & CEO

Fort Lauderdale
TPayne@zpllp.com
954-595-6061

Todd S. Payne is the Managing Partner of Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP. He is Chair of the firm’s Corporate and Healthcare Practice Groups and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

Todd represents corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation, healthcare litigation, and class action/mass tort litigation. Mr. Payne also handles a variety of corporate and transactional matters, including business and real estate acquisitions, corporate mergers and buy-outs, corporate formations, payer/provider contracts, as well as contract and lease preparation. Todd has litigated and tried cases ranging from payer/provider disputes on behalf of healthcare clients, to $100 Million aviation disputes, and has handled corporate matters ranging from the formation of entrepreneurial start-ups to large-scale corporate and real estate transactions.

Todd has been recognized in publications such as the Daily Business Review and the National Law Journal as one of the top attorneys in the country. Mr. Payne received is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and is consistently named a Florida “Super Lawyer.”

Mr. Payne served as Vice Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee and on the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Bar. He was also Chair of the Bench and Bar Committee of the Broward County Bar Association and Past President of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association.

AWARDS

University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society, 1983
University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association, Thomas Davison, III, Memorial Service Award, 2000
University of Miami Alumni Association, Orange Award for Outstanding Service Award, 2011
Daily Business Review Top Florida Verdicts & Settlements of 2013
National Law Journal 2013 Big Money
SuperLawyers, 2014, 2016-2020
FBI Citizens Academy Graduate, 2015

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

American Health Lawyers Association, 2016-Present
Broward County Bar Association
– Bench and Bar Committee, 2012-2013, 2016-Present
   -Vice Chair 2018-2019
– Legislative Affairs Committee, 2017
– Professionalism Committee, 2006-2007, 2008-2009
– Business Law Committee, 2007
– Judicial Evaluation Survey Committee, 2007-2008
The Florida Bar
– Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 2007-2013
– Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, Vice-Chairman 2012-2013
– Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2014-2017
Florida Justice Association, 2015-2017
Broward County Trial Lawyer Association
Federal Bar Association, 2015-Present
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, 2002-2016
– Chairman, 2013-2016
Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist (ACEDS), 2014-2015
FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, 2016-Present

BAR ADMISSIONS

United States Supreme Court
Florida State Courts
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
United States District Courts for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
Miccosukee Tribal Court – Pro Hac Vice

EDUCATION

University of Miami, J.D., Cum Laude
University of Miami, B.A.

  • Iron Arrow Honor Society

FIRM REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

$100 Million Jury Verdict. Lopez v. Robinson Aviation (RVA), Inc., CACE 08-000532 (09)(Fla. 17th Jud. Cir. 2013).

$42.5 Million Jury Verdict. Gloger v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al, Case No. 2011- 43377 CA 21 (Fla. 11th Jud. Cir.)

$40 Million Class Action Settlement After Verdict. Addison v. Am. Med. Sec., 2002 WL 1454102 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Apr. 24, 2002)

$39 Million Class Action Settlement. Richmond Manor v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds; 09-60796-Civ (S.D. Fla. 2009)

$22.5 Million Class Action Settlement. PHLD v. Arch Specialty Insurance Company, Case No. CACE 013301 (01) (Fla. 17th Jud. Cir.).

$18 Million Judgment for a Quadriplegic Injured from a Gunshot Wound.

$13 Million Class Action Settlement. $11 Million Class Settlement. Augustine v. Joseph, M.D. P.A. v. Nationwide Mut. Fire Ins. Co., Case No. CA 03-6777 (Fla. 9th Jud. Cir)

$8 Million Dollar Jury Verdict in Healthcare Provider-Payor Dispute. Sheridan HealthCorp Inc. v. Aetna Health Inc. et al, Case No. 2015-9394 (07) (Fla. 17th Jud. Cir.)

$6 Million Confidential Settlement for Pedestrian Hit by a Car.

$5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict. Medrano v. Stephen, Case No. 2014-CA-000152 (Fla. 19th Jud. Cir.)

$4.7 Million Dollar Class Action Settlement against a Florida county government and its airport contractors for violation of a consumer protection statute (Fla. 17th Jud. Cir)

$4.5 Million Award against Maker of Birth Control Drug for Causing Stroke. Couch v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., 1:08-oe-40237 (N.D. OH)

$3.15 Million Class Action Settlement Johnson v. Allstate Indemnity Co. et al, Case No. 1998-1900 Division A (Fla. 13th Jud. Cir.)

$3.8 Million Settlement in Business Dispute. Asian Real Estate Invest. Co., et al v. SIHG, LLC, et al, Case No. CACE 2017-4870 (17th Jud. Cir 2017)

$2.7 Million Class Action Arbitration Award.

$2.5 Million Jury Verdict in Negligent Security Case against Wackenhut Security. Noisette v. G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc. d/b/a Wackenhut, Case No. CACE 2011- 8194 (13) (Fla. 17th Jud. Cir.)

$2 Million Class Action Settlement. $2 Million Settlement for Person Injured on People Mover. Metzger v. AEG Trans. Sys. Inc. et al, Case No. 1996-CA-3865-O (Fla. 9th Jud. Cir.) $2 Million Confidential Settlement Medical Malpractice.

$1.95 Million Confidential Settlement. $1.85 Million Settlement in Premises Liability/Slip and Fall. Grinstein v. Griffin Inves. Realty, LLC et al, Case No. CACE-2018-12461 (Fla. 17th Jud. Cir.)

$1.85 Million Settlement for Brain-Injured Motorcycle Crash Victim. Hasz v. Elder et al, Case No. CACE 2000-6926 (Fla. 17th Jud. Cir.)

$1.7 Million Class Action Settlement. MRI Assoc. of St. Pete d/b/a St. Pete MRI v. Geico Indemnity Co. et al, Case No. 2010-CA-3935 (Fla. 13th Jud. Cir.)

$1.015 Million Class Action Settlement. Kuhr v. Mayo Clinic Jacksonville; Case No. 3:19- cv-453-J-39MCR (MD Fla 2019)

$810,000.00 Jury Verdict. Soffin v. Clean Coal Technologies, Case No. 502010CA28706XXXXMB (15th Jud. Cir 2010)

$762,500.00 Class Action Settlement. Wiggins v. IconBrickell Condo. Assoc. Inc., Case No. 17-015502 CA (11th Jud. Cir. 2017)

$694,570.00 Class Action Settlement. Lasseter v. Quantum on the Bay Condo. Assoc. Inc., Case No. 2016-29878 CA (11th Jud. Cir. 2016)

IN THE PRESS

Super Lawyers Honors

All four ZPSL named partners earn Super Lawyers Honors! Congratulations to Ed Zebersky, Todd S. Payne, Jordan Shaw, and Michael Lewenz for earning the designation “Super

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Services I specialize In.

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Class Action Litigation

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Personal Injury Litigation

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Insurance Litigation

TODD S. PAYNE, ESQ.

TODD S. PAYNE, ESQ.

Todd S. Payne is the Managing Partner of Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP. He is Chair of the firm’s Corporate and Healthcare Practice Groups and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
-Confucius

Todd represents corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation, healthcare litigation, and class action/mass tort litigation. Mr. Payne also handles a variety of corporate and transactional matters, including business and real estate acquisitions, corporate mergers and buy-outs, corporate formations, payer/provider contracts, as well as contract and lease preparation. Todd has litigated and tried cases ranging from payer/provider disputes on behalf of healthcare clients, to $100 Million aviation disputes, and has handled corporate matters ranging from the formation of entrepreneurial start-ups to large-scale corporate and real estate transactions.

Todd has been recognized in publications such as the Daily Business Review and the National Law Journal as one of the top attorneys in the country. Mr. Payne received is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and is consistently named a Florida “Super Lawyer.”

Mr. Payne served as Vice Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee and on the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Bar. He was also Chair of the Bench and Bar Committee of the Broward County Bar Association and Past President of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association.

  • University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society, 1983
  • University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association, Thomas Davison, III, Memorial Service Award, 2000
  • University of Miami Alumni Association, Orange Award for Outstanding Service Award, 2011
  • Daily Business Review Top Florida Verdicts & Settlements of 2013
  • National Law Journal 2013 Big Money
  • SuperLawyers, 2014, 2016-2020
  • FBI Citizens Academy Graduate, 2015

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Florida State Courts
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Miccosukee Tribal Court – Pro Hac Vice

  • University of Miami, J.D.1989
  • University of Miami, B.A. 1984
    • Iron Arrow Honor Society

  • American Health Lawyers Association, 2016-Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
    • Bench and Bar Committee, 2012-2013, 2016-Present
      • Vice Chair 2018-2019
    • Legislative Affairs Committee, 2017
    • Professionalism Committee, 2006-2007, 2008-2009
    • Business Law Committee, 2007
    • Judicial Evaluation Survey Committee, 2007-2008
  • The Florida Bar
    • Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 2007-2013
    • Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, Vice-Chairman 2012-2013
    • Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2014-2017
  • Florida Justice Association, 2015-2017
  • Broward County Trial Lawyer Association
  • Federal Bar Association, 2015-Present
  • The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, 2002-2016
    • Chairman, 2013-2016
  • Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist (ACEDS), 2014-2015
  • FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, 2016-Present

Services I Specialize IN.

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Commercial Litigation

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BUSINESS LAW

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Real Estate Transactions