Thomas K. Equels
TOM EQUELS is the President and Managing Director of the Equels Law Firm. His practice is devoted to complex litigation, with particular emphasis on civil racketeering, business torts, and commercial matters. For more than 25 years, Tom has represented national and state governments and companies in the banking, insurance, aviation, pharmaceutical, construction, and development industries. He has extensive experience in international matters and has served as counsel for the Republic of Panama and Chinese National Petroleum Corp. He has worked extensively in Europe, as well as in South America, Asia and Africa. Mr. Equels currently serves as CFO, General Counsel and a Director of the Board of Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. (NYSE MKT:HEB). Mr. Equels received his law degree with High Honors from Florida State University and is a graduate Summa Cum Laude of Troy State University.
Obtained a $188 million judgment in 2010 on behalf of his client Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. (AMEX: HEB) against Johannesburg Consolidated Investments (JCI) and former JCI officers R.B. Kebble and H.C. Buitendag. The judgment, entered August 11, 2010, marks the conclusion of the federal lawsuit first filed in late 2004 against JCI, et al.
Obtained a $26.8 million judgment in 2008 in a breach of contract action against Bear Stearns for the Delaware Insurance Commissioner, related to an insolvent insurance company.
Obtained a $15 million judgment in 2005 against boy band guru Lou Pearlman of Trans Continental Records, Inc.
Obtained a $44 million judgment against Manuel Noriega for public money he misappropriated from the Republic of Panama.
Recovered more than $100 million misappropriated and money laundered overseas by former insiders of a now-defunct insurance company being liquidated by the State of Delaware’s Insurance Commissioner.
Obtained and collected a $10.6 million judgment against the FDIC for breach of contract involving a client’s purchase of a national mortgage company owned by a failed savings and loan.
Prosecuted a bank fraud claim against an international lender which resulted in a jury awarding $2.6 million damages for fraud and an order invalidating a $9 million mortgage.
Obtained a jury verdict and recovered over $4 million in an eminent domain case in which the Department of Transportation was offering only $423,000.
Received Juris Doctor with High Honors, Florida State University College of Law, 1980.
Member of the Order of the Coif.
Received Bachelor’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude, Troy State University, 1975.
Received Master’s Degree in Management, Troy State University, 1976.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Honored with two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, 15 Air Medals (3 with “V” device), and the Purple Heart for combat actions as a pilot during the Vietnam War.
Awarded the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, 1987.
Awarded the Federal Bar Public Service Award, 1987.
Awarded the Guild of Catholic Lawyers St. Thomas More Award, 1991.
Received the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Miami’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, 1995.
Member, Florida Bar.
Member, American Bar Association.
Member, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
Deputy Commissioner of Insurance, State of Delaware (Retired)
27 Harlech Drive
Wilmington, Delaware 19807
Daniel A. Orth, III, Executive Director
Illinois Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association
8420 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550
Chicago, Illinois 60631-3404
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
The Archdiocese of Miami
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Miami Shores, FL 33138