Daniel A. Velasquez is a partner in the firm’s bankruptcy and business reorganization department and Chairman of the firm’s Aviation practice group. Mr. Velasquez advises clients in restructuring and aviation related transactions and litigation matters across Florida and the southeast. He regularly represents debtors, creditors, investors and asset-purchasers in financial restructuring transactions, out-of-court workouts and formal insolvency proceedings, and represents Federal Aviation Administration certified operators, flight schools and repair stations.
Mr. Velasquez has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of industries which include aviation, financial services, healthcare, retail, real estate, hospitality, biomedical, chemical, marine construction, food service, toy & game manufacturing, transportation, technology, petroleum, software, flooring, and religious services. Mr. Velasquez is also a litigator in both State and Federal courts who has represented companies and individuals in civil and commercial litigation matters.
PROFESSIONAL/COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIPS, ACTIVITIES, AND/OR HONORS:
Orlando Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Honoree (2021)
Best Lawyers, Ones To Watch List (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)
Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
Named a “Rising Star” in the Best Lawyers in Orlando Edition of Orlando Magazine (2021, 2022)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Next Generation Program (2017)
District Wide-Steering Committee, Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Member (2020 – two year appointment)
Local Rules Lawyers’ Advisory Committee, Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Member (2020 – three year appointment)
Orange County Bar Association, Member (2015-Present)
Business Reorganization Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute
Young and New Member Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute
Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association (CFBLA), Board Member (2016-2022)
Central Florida Business Aviation Association (CFBAA), Member
Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, West Orange County Board Member (2019-2021)
Middle District of Florida Pro Se Bankruptcy Legal Assistance Clinic, Inc., Director (2019-2022)
Recipient of the Shepard Broad Law Center’s distinguished Professor Larry S. Kalevitch Award, awarded to the student showing outstanding promise in the areas of business and bankruptcy law.
Mr. Velasquez was selected for the prestigious National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Next Generation Program in 2017. The Next Generation Program selects 40 up and coming bankruptcy attorneys from across the United States who are recognized for their professional accomplishments to date, and who show the potential to distinguish themselves in future years as highly respected members of the bankruptcy bar.
May 2021: Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Monthly Seminar: Subchapter V – Small Business Reorganization: Practice Pointers and Strategies (Moderator)
November 2021: Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Monthly Seminar: Subchapter V – Small Business Reorganization: Practice Pointers and Strategies Part II (Moderator)
September 2022: Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Monthly Seminar: Subchapter V – Small Business Reorganization: Practice Pointers and Strategies (Presenter)
June 2023: American Bankruptcy Institute Task Force on Subchapter V: Virtual Public Hearing (Presenter)
July 2023: Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Monthly Seminar: Rule Me Once (an Update on Recent Local Rule Changes in the Middle District of Florida) (Presenter)
August 2023: Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Annual Seminar: The Great Debates (Subchapter V Eligibility, Purdue Pharma, Third-Party Releases) (Presenter)