Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong. Theodore Roosevelt
Mr. Polaszek currently specializes in securities fraud class actions on behalf of defrauded investors, as well as complex commercial litigation. Working together with his colleagues, he has achieved significant success on behalf of shareholders of publicly traded corporations, which has resulted in the recovery of tens of millions of dollars for injured plaintiffs. Mr. Polaszek also regularly meets with institutional investors, including trustees of public and private pension funds, regarding their legal rights.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Polaszek spent several years practicing complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities fraud litigation and arbitration. In this regard, in addition to successfully litigating matters in state and federal courts, he has represented numerous clients in securities and commercial litigation arbitration proceedings conducted by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.. the New York Stock Exchange, and the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Polaszek's undergraduate educational background is in finance and accounting. While pursuing his J.D./M.B.A. degrees, Mr. Polaszek was awarded a coveted scholarship and internship with the Florida Senate. Then, while completing his LL.M. in Securities Regulation at Georgetown, Mr. Polaszek interned with United States Senator Bob Graham.
Mr. Polaszek is frequently invited to teach continuing legal education courses on a number of topics in the context of complex commercial litigation. In this regard, he has given CLE presentations and lectures on securities fraud class actions; drafting amended complaints in securities fraud class actions; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; exposures and litigation issues facing participants in the subprime lending market; institutional investor responsibility and advocacy; corporate governance; fraud detection and prevention; and fiduciary responsibilities and obligations of public pension fund trustees. Additionally, Mr. Polaszek has devoted a significant amount of time to local charitable, civic, and community organizations and programs such as Tampa Connection, Junior Achievement, A Gilt for Teaching, Bayshore Little League, Children's Dream Fund, SJE Dads' Club, and the FBI Citizens' Academy.
Mr. Polaszek is or has been a member of the Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Inn of Court, American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.