Cohen Chase Hoffman Schimmel
Cohen Chase
Hoffman Schimmel
Pursuant to the recent “Safer at Home Order,” our business qualifies as an essential business and our office will remain open to assist you. We are taking every precaution for the safety of our staff and clients and are practicing social distancing within our building. We will schedule in-person meetings only when necessary; however, we have the ability to conduct virtual conferences and of course conference calls for any current or prospective clients. Please contact us Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for assistance.
Robert M. Sondak
  • Of Counsel


Kendall, FL






Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1973
  • Florida, 1976


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1972
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • A.B. - 1968

Published Works

  • Money Laundering Law Report, Board of Editors, 1990-Present
  • Prior Adversary Hearings On The Question of Obscenity, 70 Columbia Law Review 1403, 1970
  • The Mysterious Civil Forfeiture Laws, Florida Bar Journal, March, 1994
  • Saving Security Interests, Money Laundering Law Report (MLLR), September, 1990
  • The Foreign Customer, MLLR, December, 1990
  • The Parallel Market (Co-Author: Barry D. Hunter), MLLR, June, 1991
  • International Impact (Co-Author: Joel D. Karp), MLLR, December, 1991
  • Spotlight on Forfeiture, MLLR, March, 1992
  • Lessons From Florida, MLLR, August, 1992
  • Conflict Resolved, MLLR, December, 1992
  • High Court to Decide Limits on Forfeitures, MLLR, February, 1993
  • Innocent Owner Defense Strengthened by High Court, MLLR, March, 1993
  • New Case Will Define Limits on Governmental Seizure, MLLR, April, 1993
  • Further Limits on Forfeitures, MLLR, July, 1993
  • Bank Declared Innocent Owner: Analysis of Miraflores Ruling, MLLR, August, 1993
  • Good is Bad News for Gov't: Due Process Requires Hearing, MLLR, December, 1993
  • Appeals Court Reverses Leading Bank Forfeiture Case, The Florida Mortgage Banker, November/December, 1993
  • Innocent Bank Needn't Forfeit Liens on Drug Dealer's Realty, American Banker, September, 1993
  • Leading Bank Forfeiture Case Reversed, 17 Director's Monthly, No. 10, p.8, October, 1993
  • "The Tide is Turning: Civil Forfeiture Law is Becoming More Accommodating to Innocent Owners and Innocent Mortgages", Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Spring, 1994
  • "Access to Courts and the Unauthorized Practice of Law - Ten Years of Unlicensed Practice of Law Advisory Opinions", Florida Bar Journal, February, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar Board of Governors, Member, 1988 to 1993
  • Florida Bar, Past Chair, Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics
  • Florida Bar, Past Chair, Access to the Legal System Committee
  • Florida Bar, Budget, Disciplinary Procedure, Disciplinary Review, Member, Rules and By-Laws Committees
  • Florida Bar, Chair, Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law, 1986 to 1988
  • Legal Technicians Study Committee, Vice-Chair, 1991 to 1992
  • Florida Bar Special Committee on Non-Lawyer Practice, Vice Chair, 1992 to 1994
  • Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Task Force, 1995 to 1996
  • Florida Bar Insurance Study Committee, 1999 to 2000
  • The Florida Bar Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, 1998 to 2000
  • Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Board of Directors, 1993 to 1993
  • Money Laundering Law Report, Board of Editors, 1990 to 1999
  • Governor's Study Commission on Notaries Public, 1988 to 1989
  • Florida Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on HRS Nonlawyer Counselors , 1988 to 1989

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