Before joining Becker & Poliakoff, Jon was a member of a prominent New York firm, and then started his own firm where he earned extensive litigation experience in cases involving business torts, class actions, construction, contracts, employment, fraud, insurance coverage, lender liability, and securities litigation. Before even becoming an attorney, Mr. Polenberg pursued a business management career, including as a regional manager for Cintas Corporation, giving him insight to the business challenges facing today’s companies.
Mr. Polenberg has a well-established litigation career in state and federal courts, as well as pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration on behalf of his clients when the situation warrants. Mr. Polenberg is client-focused while maintaining the highest professional standards.
Mr. Polenberg worked as the lead attorney in a False Claims Act litigation brought by a competitor against Applera Corporation in which the plaintiff claimed damages of $6 billion. The team prevailed on its motion to dismiss. He also represented American Airlines in working through the legal challenges presented by the North Terminal Development Program at Miami International Airport.
Jon has devoted his time to pro bono cases dealing with children’s legal issues. Working with the not-for-profit organization, Lawyers for Children America, Mr. Polenberg has assisted children who have no legal representation. Notably, Mr. Polenberg represented four siblings whose mother and father were accused of neglect because they forced their children to live on a vegan diet in which the children were not allowed to eat cooked or processed food. The jury convicted the parents, who were sentenced to probation without terminating their parental rights.
Activities & Memberships
Mr. Polenberg has over a decade of service to The Florida Bar Association. He is the immediate past chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, serves on the standing committee on the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure of and is a past chair of the Federal Court Practice Committee, which is a standing committee of the Florida Bar. As stated on The Florida Bar website, this committee serves as the Bar’s liaison to the federal courts, the standing committees of the Federal Judicial Conference, and to chapters of the Federal Bar Association in Florida, and those committees of The Florida Bar interested in federal practice.