Jonathan Etra represents business clients in complex litigation matters, with an emphasis on the prosecution and defense of civil racketeering, fraud, receiverships, and partnership disputes.
His practice also includes white-collar criminal defense, legal malpractice defense, and Bank Secrecy Act compliance.
Etra handles litigation at the trial and appellate level in federal and state court and in arbitration.
He recently favorably resolved a bet the company suit on behalf of officers of a major public company.
He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he investigated, prosecuted, and tried cases involving securities fraud, tax fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, asset forfeiture, and organized crime. He also participated in the U.S. Department of Justice’s terrorism investigations following September 11th.
Etra argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and he served as a Trial Instructor at the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Trial Training Seminar.
During his 6 years as a federal prosecutor, Etra’s more significant trials included the prosecution of the nation’s first racketeering case involving the infiltration of the mortgage lending industry by a La Cosa Nostra organized crime family, the prosecution of a foreign national arising out of the kidnapping of a former Soviet minister, the prosecution of a foreign national for assault of a Foreign Minister just outside the United Nations, and the prosecution of a foreign national for participating in an anthrax hoax in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11.
Etra was recognized as a “Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013-2017. He was also recognized by his peers in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite” in 2013.
He holds an AV® Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, achieving the rating agency’s highest marks for both competency and ethics.
Etra is involved in various community and professional organizations. He serves as Chairman of the Family Resource Center and on the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Committee, South Florida.