Litigation Experience

Lawrence G. Walters, Esq.

 

Initiated state court litigation against Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, relating to warrantless arrests for ordinance violations; handled Title VII employment termination case involving First Amendment and adult entertainment issues; defended adult bookstores in Code Enforcement proceedings, including state court appeals therefrom; defended federal obscenity cases in Charleston, West Virginia and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; litigated federal software copyright case through final pretrial procedures, including over fifteen depositions throughout the country and abroad; handled federal civil rights case against Orange County, Florida, stemming from destruction of swingers’ club – through final pretrial procedures, including multiple fact and expert witness depositions; defended felony computer pornography case in Jacksonville, Florida through District Court of Appeal; defended second computer pornography case through final pretrial, including multiple depositions; initiated declaratory litigation against Brevard County, Florida on behalf of leisure spa; defended massage parlor from civil and criminal racketeering charges, including separate forfeiture action and state court appeal; initiated state court litigation on behalf of adult novelty shop regarding interpretation of retail lease; defended hosting company in federal trademark dilution litigation – prevailed through appellate proceedings; initiated SLAPP suit proceedings in Circuit Court against developer; defended employee in response to discriminatory termination based on exercise of First Amendment rights; represented obscenity defendant in Polk County, Florida in trial court and habeas corpus proceedings that reached the District Court of Appeal, Florida Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court resulting in rendition of emergency order releasing client from illegal incarceration; defended complex criminal RICO case in Pensacola, Florida asserted against webmaster based on obscenity/prostitution/money laundering charges; initiated federal civil rights challenge to Jacksonville adult entertainment ordinance; and initiated cybersquatting case against domain name infringer and obtained preliminary injunction awarding domain name to client.

 

1998 – 2001

Wasserman & Walters, Partner Attorney

 

Handled numerous state and federal challenges to adult entertainment ordinances on behalf of cabarets and video stores; handled approximately twenty obscenity cases throughout the country, against video stores, distributors, websites, and adult performance establishments; initiated litigation against City of St. Augustine, challenging street performer ordinance; initiated federal litigation challenging ordinance preventing verbal opposition to police officer; defended numerous criminal cases, ranging from D.U.I. to felony drug trafficking to operation of gambling establishment; represented fetish clubs and swingers’ establishments in state and federal court matters involving compliance with building and licensing ordinances; handled two federal circuit court appeals involving qualified immunity in civil rights cases; handled various out of state ordinance challenges on behalf of adult establishments, including a challenge to Alsip, Illinois, ordinance through preliminary injunction and final pretrial stage; initiated federal court litigation against Brevard County, Florida on behalf of massage parlors asserting equal protection challenges to mixed gender prohibitions – litigated through final pretrial, including multiple factual and expert depositions; participated in election law challenges relating to adult entertainment referendum; handled three racketeering cases against adult bookstores and performance establishments.

 

1992 – 1998

Doran, Walters, Rost & Wolfe – Partner Overseeing Litigation-Based Practice

 

Maintained in excess of ten state or federal cases at any given time, on average. Cases included civil rights (plaintiff and defense), obscenity defense, adult entertainment licensing and zoning, liquor liability, insurance coverage and defense, administrative law, collections and contract claims. Trial Work: Initiated federal suits against the City of Jacksonville, and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for bad faith harassment of dance clubs; initiated class action litigation against Polk County Sheriff’s Office for violation of federal Video Privacy Protection Act – pursued through final pretrial preparation; handled preliminary injunctive proceedings and evidentiary hearings in state and federal civil rights cases; tried adult entertainment cases in state court as lead counsel; litigated insurance coverage issues on behalf of night clubs in state court; pursued bad faith harassment claims against Polk County State Attorney’s Office; initiated federal court litigation against United States Department of Agriculture, National Forest Service relating to improper use of road blocks during “Rainbow Gatherings,” conducted evidentiary hearings in relation thereto; initiated federal court litigation on behalf of Motorcycle Clubs against City of Daytona Beach regarding prohibition on biker dress. Appellate Work: Handled several United States circuit court appeals on behalf of entertainment establishments on First Amendment issues; handled numerous state court appeals on a variety of issues, including ordinance enactment challenges, administrative law and corporate fraud matters.

 

1988 – 1992

Kinsey, Vincent, Pyle - Senior Litigation Associate

 

Maintained a practice exclusively focused on complex commercial litigation, including construction defect claims, mechanics’ liens, lender liability, insurance defense, collections and liquor liability. Tried numerous cases to the bench, and “second chaired” five jury trials, including accountant malpractice claim and construction disputes. Tried several civil and criminal state obscenity cases in Volusia County, Florida as co-counsel. Obtained dismissals or mistrials of all charges. Initiated class action litigation against the State of Florida