Andres Munoz - Romano Law

Andres Munoz

Litigation Partner

Andres Muzon Romano Law

Admitted

New York (2006)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2007)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2007)

Florida (2021)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2021)

Law School

New York Law School, J.D. (2005)

New York Law School Law Review, Case Comments Editor

University

Boston University B.S., (2002)

Andres Munoz is an intellectual property and commercial litigator.  He is the Chair of our Fort Lauderdale office, and he has over a decade of experience handling complex matters for clients ranging from individuals to large corporations.  He has litigated in state and federal trial courts in New York and across the nation, as well as arbitral forums.

Andres’ experience is broad and includes matters relating to contracts, partnership disputes, financial fraud, bankruptcy, and intellectual property disputes (theft of trade secrets, copyright and trademark infringement).  He has also represented corporate directors and officers facing government investigations.  With the rise of blockchain technology, Andres has developed a keen interest in blockchain-related matters, including cryptocurrency, DeFi, and NFT projects.

Andres has previously worked as a litigator in two large nationwide law firms and as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York City.  As a prosecutor, Andres investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases, taking many of these cases to trial.

Andres is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association, where he has served as member of the Judiciary Committee and the Minorities in the Courts Committee.

Andres was born and raised in Queens, New York.  Outside of the law, he enjoys spending time with his family and amateur home repair.  He also appreciates spending time in the outdoors and a well-told story.

Blog Entries

  • Force Majeure in the Wake of COVID-19

    In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, many businesses have found themselves unable to perform their contractual obligations, whether due to changed economic circumstances or actual impossibility.  We have now seen several cases in which force majeure provisions are beginning to be tested as a result of the pandemic.  In these cases, courts are being

  • Smart Contracts: What Are They and Will They Replace Traditional Contracts?

    Smart contracts are one of the most popular and interesting areas being developed in the rapidly growing blockchain industry.  Depending on the particular situation or transaction, their application can be a great alternative to traditional contracts, which are sometimes complex, slow, and expensive.  Smart contracts, however, are not suited for all transactions and, sometimes, a

  • Investors Beware: Cryptocurrency Litigation is on the Rise

    Dramatic price increases in cryptocurrencies are driving interest among investors.  This interest has been fueled by celebrities, social media influencers and the media.  Despite the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, there is still a significant degree of uncertainty in the relevant legal landscape.  This is primarily because the regulation of digital currencies is still evolving.  The

  • El Salvador Will Be the First Country to Use Bitcoin as Legal Tender

    On September 7, 2021, El Salvador will be the first sovereign nation to start using Bitcoin as unrestricted legal tender.  This significant move comes after lawmakers in the Central American country’s legislature voted by a “supermajority” in favor of the Bitcoin Law in early June.  The U.S. dollar will remain El Salvador’s official currency and

  • Baseball Pitching Signs as Trade Secrets? Texas Court to Make the Call

    Former Blue Jays pitcher Michael Bolsinger has not played Major League Baseball since a tough outing against the Houston Astros on Aug. 4, 2017.  Coming in as relief in the fourth inning, Bolsinger gave up four hits, four runs, three walks to the Astros, who eventually went on to win the 2017 World Series.  It

  • Can You Sue a Cryptocurrency Exchange?

    Investments in cryptocurrency have seen an astronomical rise over the last decade.  This rise has been fueled by the growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Ether, among mainstream investors and companies, such as Tesla Inc., Mastercard Inc., and BNY Mellon.  Bitcoin has also been deemed legal tender by at least one country, and others

  • Cannabis Law

    Introduction The U.S. cannabis industry is reportedly worth an estimated $61 billion dollars as of late 2020.  Expert projections have that figure increasing at an unprecedented rate as federal, state and local regulations continue to dwindle.  What was once a taboo subject has now become a hot button topic amongst business owners, manufacturers and investors

  • When Must Florida Employers Pay Employees for Their Unused Paid Time Off?

    Getting paid for sick, personal, or vacation days is a valuable employee benefit, but generally, employees do not have a right to paid time off in Florida. Furthermore, even if they get paid time off, they may not be entitled to be paid out for any accrued but unused time if their employment ends. There

  • What You Should Know About NFTs

    Non-fungible tokens or NFTs have become hot commodities in recent years. Celebrities, artists, and entertainment companies are offering NFTs for millions of dollars in some cases and collectors are buying them up. However, this is a new and evolving area. As a result, there are people on both sides that do not fully understand what

  • NFTs: Collectibles or Securities?

    Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have been around since 2014, but their entry into the public spotlight has been marked by several high-profile sales in recent years. Christie’s history-making auction of Beeple’s “Everydays—The First 5,000 Days,” a digital work of art that sold for $69.3 million earlier this year, is an example. NFT interest also experienced a

  • When Can You Sue For Breach of Contract in Florida?

    When you enter into a contract, the expectation is that both parties will act as promised.  A contract is an agreement between two parties that is enforceable by law.  Assuming you have a valid contract, if one of you does not meet your obligations, that party may be liable for breach of contract.  Suing for

  • How to Dissolve a Business Partnership in Florida

    Partnering with others on a new business has many benefits, including allowing you to share the workload and financial investment and bring in other perspectives and skillsets.  However, even the most successful business partnerships may reach an end.  It may be because of a dispute, or one of you is simply ready to move on

  • 5 Legal Mistakes to Avoid When Launching Your Startup Company in Florida

    Starting a new business is an exciting endeavor and Florida is a great place to do it, as it has one of the largest state economies in the nation.  The best way to ensure your company succeeds is to lay the proper groundwork.  Here are several common legal mistakes to avoid when launching a company

  • When Are Non-Solicitation and Non-Competition Agreements Enforceable in Florida?

    Non-solicitation and non-competition agreements offer valuable protection to employers to help ensure former employees do not use information they gained from the employer to benefit a competitor.  However, since they potentially limit employment opportunities for employees, there are stringent requirements that must be met to be considered valid in Florida.  You should always consult an

  • Can You Legally Record a Conversation in Florida?

    Recording a conversation is easy these days – but not a simple matter.  Cellphones have recording capabilities and there is a wide array of electronic devices for recording available for purchase.  Using these features can raise legal concerns, particularly in Florida which has stricter privacy laws than most states.  If you do not understand the

  • How to End a Contract with Your Talent Agent in Florida

    Working with a talent agent can be a great experience – but sometimes even the best professional relationships eventually come to end.  How can you end your contract with your talent agent in Florida? Are You Working with a Talent Agent or Manager? The first step in addressing any problems with the person you hired

  • Employee Protections in Florida: Whistleblowers and Retaliation

    Florida, like many states, expressly protects employees from retaliation for reporting unlawful conduct by their employer.  The purpose of such laws is to encourage workers to disclose illegal activities they discover in the course of their employment.  In some cases, workers can also sue their employer and obtain damages as whistleblowers.  Florida whistleblower law may

  • How to File a Claim for Trademark Infringement in Florida

    If you are a Florida business owner and someone infringes your trademark, you may be able to sue in federal or state court.  To file a claim for trademark infringement in Florida state court, you must meet several requirements, including registering your trademark in the state and establishing the elements of a valid cause of

  • Can You Enforce a Non-Compete Agreement Against an Independent Contractor in Florida?

    Many businesses use non-competition agreements to help ensure former employees do not use information they gained from the employer to benefit a competitor.  While they can serve a valid business interest, non-competes also restrict future employment so there are strict requirements regarding when they can be used.  In Florida, one area where they may be

  • Avoiding and Redressing Cryptocurrency Scams

    Updated on August 15, 2022 Cryptocurrency has become a highly sought-after investment.  Its investors range from tech savvy investment professionals to regular people with limited investing experience.  The industry has garnered a reputation of high-risk, high-reward investments that make for tempting opportunities for those comfortable with educated gambling.  Like gambling, the drawback of crypto investment is

  • Can You Be Served by NFT With a Lawsuit?

    When it comes to being served with court papers, the stereotypical image that comes to mind is that of a process server chasing down a defendant with a complaint and summons in hand.  This form of service – personal delivery – is the most straightforward method, although there are several other established ways to serve

  • Are Recorded Conversations Admissible in New York?

    Update: September 30, 2022 In today’s world, making a sound recording is easier than ever.  But, as easy as it may be, recording a telephone or in-person conversation is not always legal.  If you run afoul of state or federal wiretapping laws, you may expose yourself to serious consequences, including criminal prosecution and civil liability.  Importantly,