Mr. de Zayas’ experience includes debtor-creditor law, bankruptcy law, insurance insolvency, construction litigation, employment litigation, and appeals.

He has tried numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal courts and has been appellate counsel in many reported appellate decisions in the commercial litigation, insolvency, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy areas. Mr. De Zayas  also has significant experience representing clients in civil antitrust, competition and restraint of trade litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. de Zayas has served as general counsel for the Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association since 2004. He heads the Bankruptcy and Insurance Receivership Practice Group at Lydecker.

Mr. de Zayas also has substantial experience representing both commercial debtors and institutional creditors in connection with commercial claims,  collections; in documentation and perfection of security interests in all types of collateral; in protection of, and realization on, various types of collateral upon default; in enforcement of judgments; in commercial foreclosure of mortgages and other security interests; in contract litigation; in preference and fraudulent conveyance actions, in insurance company and other commercial receiverships, and in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations. This varied experience with “both sides” of typical commercial litigation disputes benefits the Firm’s clients in developing successful and efficient strategies for the protection of their interests.

Mr. de Zayas’s practice includes professional liability defense and defense of Bar disciplinary proceedings.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights
  • Business Reorganization
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Contracts Litigation
  • Insurance Insolvency/ Regulation
  • Receivership
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Labor and Employment
  • Banking and Financial Services Litigation


  • 1972-1975 Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
  • 1971-1975 Rutgers University Bachelor’s Degree B.A. in Economics


  • 2015 United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • 2006 Colorado Bar
  • 1975, 2005, 2007 Southern, Middle, Northern Districts of Florida
  • 2000 Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1975 New Jersey Bar
  • 1975 Florida Bar

Office Location

  • Miami, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Cherry Hill, NJ

Awards & Recognitions

  • Mr. de Zayas has served on the Board of Directors for the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture and the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.

Professional & Community Involvement

Mr. de Zayas has been a frequent speaker in continuing legal education seminars on creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law. He has served on the Business Litigation and U.C.C./Bankruptcy Law Committees of the Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, and is an active member of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida and the American Bankruptcy Institute.