J. Anthony Van Ness is the founder of the firm. Mr. Van Ness graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his juris doctor from Albany Law School at Union University (NY). During his college and law school career, Mr. Van Ness was afforded opportunities to serve as an intern for Judge Martin Marcus of the Bronx County Supreme Court and Senator Dale Volker in the New York State Senate. He also worked on the Haitian Asylum Project through Catholic Charities in Miami which was a precursor to his moving to Florida after law school.
Mr. Van Ness represents national mortgage lenders, servicers and financial institutions throughout Florida handling both commercial and residential real estate matters. He supervises all firm representation which includes foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, collections, title and litigation. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Van Ness began his career in the area of default servicing with the Foreclosure and REO Departments of Ocwen Federal Bank, FSB (West Palm Beach). Thereafter, he would establish the REO Closing and Eviction Departments of Bayview Loan Servicing (Miami) before leaving to practice with the law firms of Rutherford, Mulhall & Wargo, PA (Boca Raton) and later Vargas, Zion & Kahane, PA (Hollywood). Van Ness Law Firm was established in July 2004 focusing on the aforementioned practice areas but has expanded into other areas such as: appeals, construction litigation and personal injury.
Mr. Van Ness is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is a member/agent of Attorney’s Title Fund and previously with Fidelity Title Agency having received numerous awards for production. Mr. Van Ness is a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of the Florida Bar as well as a Fellow with the Florida Bar Foundation. Mr. Van Ness is a Corporate Board Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County as well as a Member/Officer for the Beresford Condominium Association and the Newport Center Plaza Condominium Association. Mr. Van Ness proudly serves on the Advisory Board for the Legal League 100 as elected by his peers which is a trade organization representing many of the top defaults law firms in the country. Mr. Van Ness and/or the firm is a member of the following organizations: T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council and the REO MAC.