Isaac M. Jaroslawicz, born Bronx, New York; 1953

Isaac M. Jaroslawicz is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, many federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and District Courts, and in the States of New York and Florida. After a successful 13-year financial career on Wall Street with firms such as Shearson Lehman Brothers, Butcher & Singer and Blyth, Eastman & Dillon, Isaac graduated magna cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he clerked as an Alexander Judicial Fellow in the chambers of the Hon. Robert W. Sweet, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and was a member of the Cardozo Criminal Law Clinic under the tutelage of Barry Scheck, Esq. Isaac served as a member of both the Law Review and Moot Court Board, received the Felix Frankfurter Faculty Award and Jacob Burns Scholastic Medal, was inducted into the Order of Barristers and was a Regional Champion in both the National Moot Court and National Trial Competitions.

At the New York and Florida offices of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Isaac engaged in securities, bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation, trials and appeals, representing, amongst others, notable clients such as Citibank, CUC International, Ernst & Young, GE Capital, Genstar Container Corp., Hanson Trust, NCR, Schering-Plough, TWA, Uniroyal and U.S. Industries. Issues included securities law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, corporate governance, contracts, torts, finance and bankruptcy.

Before moving to Florida in 1992, Isaac also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York, and as coach of the law school’s ABA/NYSBA National Trial Teams (1988-1992).

For over eight years, Isaac served as Director of Legal Affairs for the Aleph Institute, a nationally-recognized not-for-profit advocacy and humanitarian group working with families of prisoners and members of the military. At Aleph, Isaac developed unique expertise in the application of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and constitutional issues. Isaac has submitted legal briefs to the United States Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals across the country, has appeared before numerous federal and state judges on sentencing matters, addressed conferences of prison administrators and legislators and testified before Congress. His testimony to the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) was expressly noted and cited by Senator Orrin Hatch when RLUIPA was presented to the President for his signature, and Isaac was recently quoted and cited by the United States Supreme Court in Cutter v. Wilkinson, 544 U.S. 709 (2005).

Under Isaac’s direction, Aleph also established the Center for Halacha and American Law, to forge a better understanding within the Jewish community of the interaction between Jewish law (“Halacha”) and secular law (including both civil and criminal law). Under Isaac’s direction, the Center produced two publications — a 190-page “Journal of Halacha and American Law” and a 120-page compendium of “Articles on Torah Ethics and Values from the Pages of The Jewish Observer.” The compendium was so-well received that Artscroll Publications published an expanded version, The Ethical Imperative, in early 2000. The Center also co-sponsored a conference on Halacha and business ethics conducted in New York City by Agudath Israel of America, a series of lectures by leading rabbis, an electronic mail class disseminated by Project Genesis (www.torah.org) and, together with the Orthodox Union, the “Jewish Law” Internet site (www.jlaw.com), of which Isaac is an Associate Editor. Isaac also worked with leading rabbis and professors to develop and implement a high school curriculum that introduces high school students to the Halachic and American legal systems using a “case study” methodology.

Isaac has since returned to private practice in South Florida and has represented notable individuals and firms in federal courts, state courts, and arbitrations, including clients such as Bayview Financial, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Congressional Intelligence Protective Services, Crescent Heights of America, DFASS Retail Travel Services, Friends of Lubavitch of Florida, Inc.; IB Property Holdings, In-Flight Services, Key West Natural Products, Next Model Management, The Sagamore Hotel, South Beach Heights, LLC, Martin W. Taplin & Associates and TradeStation Securities.

AUTHOR: “How the Grinch Stole Chanukah,” 21 Cardozo L. Rev. 707 (Dec. 1999); “Institutional Handbook of Jewish Practice and Procedure,” Aleph Institute (1999); “The Need for Federal Protection of Religious Freedom after Boerne v. Flores,” United States House of Representatives (Mar. 26, 1998); “Taking the Fear Out of RFRA,” Corrections Alert (Aug. 1996); “The Attorney Client Privilege, Work Product Doctrine, and Corporate Counsel,” with Dennis J. Block & Nancy E. Barton, Prentice Hall Law & Business; “The Business Judgment Rule in Corporate Restructuring and Recapitalization Transactions,” with Dennis J. Block & Stephen A. Radin, Practising Law Institute (Sept. 1989); “Litigating the Materiality Issue in Securities Actions,” with Nancy E. Barton, Practising Law Institute (Sept. 1989); “An Overview of Punitive Damages in Toxic Tort Litigation,” with Arvin Maskin & Jonathan T. Weiss, Toxics L. Rep. (BNA) (Oct. 19, 1988).
MEMBER: The Florida Bar (CLE Committee, 1993-1997); New York State Bar.
REPORTED DECISIONS: Bush v. Holmes, 919 So.2d 392, (Fla. 2006); Beerheide v. Suthers, 286 F.3d 1179 (10th Cir. 2002); Johnson v. Horn, 150 F.3d 276 (3d Cir. 1998); Ashelman v. Wawrzaszek, 111 F.3d 674 (9th Cir. 1997); Travellers Int’l, A.G. v. Trans World Airlines, 41 F.3d 1570 (2d Cir. 1994); Budget Rent A Car Systems v. Hirsch, 810 F. Supp. 1253 (S.D. Fla. 1992).
LANGUAGES: Yiddish and Hebrew.
Practice Areas:
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy Litigation and Trials
  • Business Counseling
  • Business Litigation and Trials
  • Commercial Litigation and Trials
  • Complex Litigation and Trials
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Discrimination
  • Ethics
  • Federal
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Sentencing & Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Living Wills
  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • Mortgages & Foreclosures
  • Parole & Probation
  • Prisoners’ Rights
  • Probate Litigation and Trials
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Securities Fraud & Insider Trading
  • Securities Regulation
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Supreme Court
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Wills
Classes/Seminars Taught:

Religious Freedom CLE, Ft. Lauderdale Chabad, 2003

Pro Bono Activities:

Congregation Shaaray Tefilah of North Miami Beach, 2007

Vice President, General Counsel, Board of Directors

North Miami Beach Community Kollel, Consultant 2007

Yeshiva Toras Chaim/Toras Emes Academy of Miami, Consultant 2007

Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami, 2002 – 2007

Executive Committee, Board of Directors

Miami Pro Bono Coordinator, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 1993 – 1995

New York City Bd. of Education Mentor Program, 1989 – 1992

Covenant House (Criminal & Civil Representation), 1989 – 1992

Coach: ABA/NYSBA National Trial Teams, Cardozo Law School, 1988 – 1992