Howard Ross

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HOWARD P. ROSS, ESQ., B.C.S.

Partner

Review 5/5
★★★★★

John S.
Howard Ross is a wonderful lawyer who truly cares about his clients. My case involved a bank and the case was successfully resolved in my favor. He is very straightforward and honest and you will feel that you are in skilled, secure hands. He has a very approachable personality and dealt with my case with a high degree of professionalism and made sure that I took full advantage of my rights. He knew where to put pressure in the legal system for maximum results and made sure that we did the utmost to achieve justice. This was definitely worth the investment.

HOWARD P. ROSS, ESQ., B.C.S.

Partner

Howard P. Ross has practiced with Battaglia, Ross, Dicus, and McQuaid, P.A. and its predecessors since his graduation from Stetson University College of Law in 1964, one of the longest continuous relationships in St. Petersburg. He was also a law clerk at the firm before he graduated.

Mr. Ross is recognized as a 50-year member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association. Mr. Ross’ entire career has been devoted to a broad range of business litigation and business transaction law including:

As a result of his experience, Mr. Ross has acquired the ability to quickly and therefore economically analyze complex litigation and transactional/relationship matters, and determine the course of action that is in the clients’ best interests. In the transactional/relationship area he is sensitive to preventive law measures to try to avoid future disputes or make the resolution of future disputes less difficult and less stressful.

Mr. Ross is a Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation Law and also, Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial Law as he has been since those programs started. Mr. Ross is a legal expert dedicated to professional excellence in Business Litigation and Civil Litigation. Mr. Ross is an arbitrator and a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Commercial Roster of Neutrals, the Large, Complex Commercial Case Panel, and the M&A and Joint Venture Panel. Mr. Ross has been named as a Florida Super Lawyer, listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating, Recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law, Lawyers of Distinction, America’s Most Honored Professionals, and he has an AVVO 10 rating.

Endeavoring to remain a well rounded Business Lawyer, Mr. Ross handles both business transactions and business litigation matters utilizing the knowledge gained in one to assist in the other. He has handled a wide variety of simple and complex business and relationship litigation as well as business transactions.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Howard focuses on Business Litigation and Business Transaction Law including the legal need that business need from time to time, bank transactions, real estate, and commercial and residential title insurance.

Real Estate Law

Business Litigation

  • business relationship disputes
  • corporate governance matters
  • undue influence claims
  • governance disputes
  • disputes between joint owners financial transactions
  • foreclosures
  • construction litigation
  • condominium disputes
  • insurance coverage
  • quiet title
  • creditors litigation
  • fraudulent conveyances
  • contract litigation
  • corporate litigation
  • LLC litigation
  • business real estate litigation
  • minority owner disputes

Business Transactions & Business Relationships

  • shareholder agreements
  • LLC member agreements
  • asset and business acquisition and sale agreements
  • business separation agreements settlements
  • transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions
  • asset and business sale agreements
  • day-to-day corporate and business matters
  • loan borrowing and lending transactions
  • title insurance
  • corporate formations
  • Corporation formation and changes
  • LLC formation and changes
  • Split-ups and dissolutions

Business Litigation

On the Litigation side, disputes arising from doing business and may need to be handled in state and federal courts.  We help businesses with:

  • business relationship disputes
  • corporate governance matters
  • undue influence claims
  • disputes between joint owners financial transactions
  • foreclosures
  • construction litigation
  • condominium disputes
  • insurance coverage
  • quiet title
  •  creditors litigation
  • fraudulent conveyances
  • contract litigation
  • corporate litigation
  • LLC litigation
  • business real estate litigation
  • minority owner disputes

Business Transactions & Business Relationships

On the non-litigation side, he has structured and documented simple and complex business relationships and contracts, including:

  • shareholder agreements
  • LLC member agreements
  • business separation agreements settlements
  • transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions
  • asset and business sale agreements
  • day-to-day corporate and business matters
  • borrowing and lending loan transactions
  • title insurance
  • corporate formations
  • LLC formations
  • Corporation and LLC  formation changes
  • Split-ups
  • Operating agreements and bylaws

Because of his strong commitment to the community, Mr. Ross throughout his career has provided assistance through teaching and publications. His teaching includes Trial Practice, Sales, Bank Deposits and Collections at Stetson College of Law; Business Entities at the Entrepreneurial Academy of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and numerous continuing education programs. Publications include Florida Corporations, West Group; Managing Discovery in Commercial and Business Litigation, The Florida Bar; Acquisition and Disposition of a Small Corporation, and Interlocutory Appeals, The Florida Bar and lectures at continuing education seminars

Volunteerism has become a way of life for Mr. Ross during his career. Mr. Ross was the “Dean” of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Academy for 11 years and has been a Treasurer, Director, Legal Counsel, Chair of the Board for the Chamber, Member of the Year; President and Legal Advisor to the St. Petersburg Neighborhood Housing, Inc., Member of the (St. Petersburg Police) Citizens Review Committee (Co-Chair and Sub-Committee Chair); and a member of the Community Alliance, a bi-racial organization formed in 1968. Currently, Mr. Ross provides assistance to Veterans through the Stetson College of Law Veterans Pro Bono Program, The Florida Bar’s Lawyers Advising Lawyers program and regularly judges trial competitions held as Stetson College of Law.

Mr. Ross is available to serve as a voluntary Trial Resolution Judge pursuant to Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, a party selected arbitrator, and while not certified he has served as a mediator in business and real property matters.

Mr. Ross provides title insurance for residential and commercial real estate transactions and assisting in the resolving of title issues and has done so throughout his career.

Education

Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
J.D. – 1964

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, Illinois
B.A. – 1961
Major: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Honors and Awards

Paul Getting Award, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year
NAACP, St. Petersburg Branch, Community Service Award
YWCA Humanitarian Award
C.W. Bill Young Pinnacle Award
Florida Super Lawyer
Stetson University College of Law Distinguished Alumnus

Professional Associations and Memberships

Florida Bar, Member
The FUND, Member
Young Lawyer Section, Board of Governors
Federal Rules Committee, Chair
Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section, Chair
Civil Trial Certification Committee, Chair
Business Litigation Certification Committee, Vice Chair
Federal Court Practice Committee, Member
St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Chair
American Arbitration Association’s National Commercial Roster of Neutrals, Member
St. Petersburg Neighborhood Housing, Inc., Past President
St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Past President