Robert F. Elgidely regularly represents clients in connection with bankruptcy, construction, ERISA/employee benefits, federal taxation, and real estate disputes in Florida and New York. For the past 6 years, his practice has primarily been devoted to the representation of Chapter 7 trustees in bankruptcy cases stemming from mass fraud.
Elgidely represented the Chapter 11 trustee of Rothstein Rosenfeldt & Adler, P.A., a law firm which collapsed following the revelation of its principal's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, which resulted in a 100% distribution to the victim-creditors of Rothstein's fraud. He has also served as U.S. special counsel to the Chapter 7 trustee of the Ulrich Engler bankruptcy case, involving a $350 million international Ponzi scheme, in which significant recoveries were obtained on behalf of the 7,000 victim-creditors. Elgidely also represents the Chapter 7 trustee of the Frank Mongelluzzi bankruptcy case, which stemmed from an alleged massive check kiting scheme. In the Mongelluzzi case, Elgidely is prosecuting avoidance claims on behalf of the trustee seeking $84 million in recoveries.
Elgidely is also an active member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, and the Broward County Bar Association. In addition, he has been selected as a "Top Lawyer" by South Florida Legal Guide. Elgidely served in the U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve from 1989 to 1993, having completed Basic Combat Training in April 1989 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training as a Medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in August 1990. He is also a board member for the PACE Center for Girls Broward and a mentor to law students at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. PACE Center for Girls, Inc., with 19 Centers in Florida, is a nationally recognized program offering year round counseling, academics, and life-skills education for adolescent girls (11-17) deemed at-risk for juvenile delinquency, running away, substance abuse or academic underachievement.