Counsel


100 South Ashley Drive
Suite 1740
Tampa, FL 33602

813.221.5012 (direct)
813.221.6206 (fax)

Michael P. Beltran

Overview

Mike is based in the firm's Tampa office.  His litigation practice focuses on business, employment, white collar criminal, construction, real estate, securities, shareholder disputes and creditor rights.  Mike has developed a particular aptitude for litigating complex federal and state statutes.  He has a reputation for devising unique strategies to handle unusual factual and legal situations.  Mike handles matters throughout Florida’s state and federal courts and has experience litigating cases throughout the United States.

Originally from New York, Mike moved to Florida in 2010 to clerk for now-Chief United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday.  He lives in Southeast Hillsborough County with his wife, Hope, and their two sons, Michael and Ross.  Mike represents District 57 (Southeast Hillsborough County) in the Florida House of Representatives and has gained a unique understanding of the law and government process.  Mike also serves on the Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida's 13th Circuit, which recommends Judicial applicants to Florida's Governor for nomination to the Circuit and County Courts in Hillsborough County.

Education and Admissions

Admissions

Florida
New York
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D. (2008)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude,
with honors in International Relations (2005)

Work Highlights

  • Mike’s business litigation experience includes minority shareholder disputes, contract litigation, the enforcement of restrictive covenants such as non-competition agreements, director and officer liability litigation, and business fraud and tort claims.  He has represented Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized and small businesses, and entrepreneurs.  
  • Mike has worked on some of the largest white collar criminal prosecutions, including the WebMd and Wellcare prosecutions, as well as numerous investigations and proceedings arising out of the subprime mortgage meltdown.
  • Mike was a member of the team that secured a rare judgment of acquittal on behalf of a corporate executive convicted of securities fraud. Mike’s research on a complex and novel issue of conspiracy law helped to prove that the statute of limitations had expired on his client’s conduct one week before the indictment was returned.
  • Mike has been appointed by the judges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida to the CJA Panel, pursuant to which he represents defendants in criminal prosecutions in federal court.
  • Mike drafted dispositive motions regarding the theft of high-frequency trading source code by a rogue employee of a major Wall St. bank. 
  • Mike assisted with an appeal regarding fraud against a major Wall St. bank in connection with a $7 billion sale of a music business. The Second Circuit granted the client a new trial.
  • Mike assisted on counseling a mining company with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act exposure in several countries. The client obtained a civil settlement with the Department of Justice that absolved company of criminal liability.
  • Mike consulted on securities litigation involving a Madoff “feeder fund.”
  • Mike represented a retailer in an action to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry stolen by former employee.  Mike successfully briefed an appeal contesting the retailer’s entitlement to financial discovery regarding the former employee, paving the way for a “net worth audit” of the former employee.
  • Mike was appointed by a federal judge to represent an individual accused of tax fraud, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft in a scheme which netted over $600,000 of proceeds.  Mike obtained dismissal of the identity theft charge, which carried a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence, and obtained an overall sentence of less than three years, approximately half of the defendant’s guideline range.
  • Mike was appointed by a federal judge to represent an individual caught with nearly $40,000 worth of stolen checks. Mike obtained a sentence of probation.
  • Mike represented an investor in a collection effort against white collar criminal.
  • Mike counseled a hedge fund and private equity group on parallel investigations by Department of Justice, New York Attorney General, and Securities and Exchange Commission into “pay to play” allegations regarding allocation of public pension fund investments.
  • Mike advised a foreign national on collateral consequences of securities fraud convictions for ongoing investment activities in the United States.
  • Mike assisted with trial and post-verdict briefing of a successful Rule 29 motion for acquittal in United States v. Kang, the WebMD accounting fraud prosecution. The trial judge ruled, on an issue undecided in the Fourth Circuit, that acts allegedly in furtherance of the conspiracy did not occur within the statute of limitations.
  • Mike assisted with investigation and pre-indictment proffers in SEC v. Wellcare and United States v. Farha. Mike represented the CFO of an insurer accused of defrauding Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
  • Mike managed a pharmaceutical cooperative’s response to an investigation into diversion of controlled substances.
  • Mike drafted briefs, on behalf of bank and auditor clients, on the privileged status of accountant workpapers.
  • Mike defended a businessman involved in allegedly fraudulent cross-border transactions.
  • As a law clerk to a federal district judge, Mike handled United States v. Martinez (criminal asset forfeiture calculations in mortgage fraud prosecution), United States ex rel. John King v. DSE (finding exception to Rule 9(b) requirement to plead specific fraud in defense contractor qui tam involving malfunctioning grenades), and SEC v. Skyway Global (“finder” liability).
  • Mike’s employment litigation experience includes defending a wide variety of statutory and common law employment claims.
  • Mike’s real estate litigation experience includes representing senior and junior lenders, as well as borrowers, in foreclosure actions, real estate contract litigation, as well as matters involving brokers, appraisers, and other professionals.  Mike’s real estate clients have included developers, investors, and property owners.
  • Mike is experienced litigating construction defect claims.
  • Mike’s creditor rights experience includes representing judgment holders, note holders, mortgage holders, and holders of unsecured and/or unliquidated claims.  He has also successfully domesticated foreign judgments.  On many occasions, Mike has used aggressive and creative techniques to recover large sums from supposedly insolvent entities.
  • Mike is experienced litigating Civil RICO claims.  RICO is a powerful law that provides treble (triple) damages and other remedies.  Associated litigation is technical and complex.  Mike’s mastery of the statute has allowed him to wield the it effectively in a wide variety of disputes.
  • Mike has represented various clients litigating first amendment issues.  He briefed issues related to a defamation claim against a construction contractor who published a website exposing a manufacturer of dangerous highway safety devices.  The manufacturer agreed to dismiss its claims and was ordered by the court to pay attorney fees to Mike’s client.  Mike also represented the Brancheau family in their effort to maintain the confidentiality of a video depicting a deadly whale attack at SeaWorld.

Prior Affiliations
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison (2008-2010)
United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday (2010-2011)
Boies Schiller & Flexner (2011-2013)
Beltran Litigation, P.A. (2013-2019)

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement

State Representative, District 57 (Southeast Hillsborough County)
Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida’s Thirteenth Circuit Court in and for Hillsborough County, Commissioner
Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal, Commissioner (former)
Immediate Past President, Harvard Club of West Florida
Hillsborough County Bar Association & Florida Bar
Tampa Bay and J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inns of Court, Barrister (former)
Eagle Scout

Mike is based in the firm's Tampa office.  His litigation practice focuses on business, employment, construction, real estate, securities, shareholder disputes and creditor rights.  Mike has developed a particular aptitude for litigating complex federal and state statutes.  He has a reputation for devising unique strategies to handle unusual factual and legal situations.  Mike handles matters throughout Florida’s state and federal courts and has experience litigating cases throughout the United States.

Originally from New York, Mike moved to Florida in 2010 to clerk for now-Chief United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday.  He lives in Southeast Hillsborough County with his wife, Hope, and their two sons, Michael and Ross.  Mike represents District 57 (Southeast Hillsborough County) in the Florida House of Representatives and has gained a unique understanding of the law and government process.  Mike also serves on the Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida's 13th Circuit, which recommends Judicial applicants to Florida's Governor for nomination to the Circuit and County Courts in Hillsborough County.