Attorneys of Federated Law
Bryan Manno, Esq.
Managing Partner Licensed in Florida
Our firm is headed by Supervising Attorney Bryan Manno. Mr. Manno built Federated Law Group on his foundation of debt defense, collection litigation and insurance subrogation. With over 16 years of experience Mr. Manno has represented some of the country’s largest financial institutions in matters involving complex litigation and asset recovery. Mr. Manno has also successfully represented numerous individuals in both the collection of outstanding debts and in the defense of alleged debts. Mr. Manno received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business in 1997 and his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas Law School in 2000. Mr. Manno is licensed to practice law in Florida before both the state courts of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Manno is a member of the Florida Creditors Bar Association (FLCBA).
Richard Russell, Esq.
Managing Partner Licensed in Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Utah
Richard Russell is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s law school. In addition, Mr. Russell is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Utah. Nearly half of his 30 years as an attorney has been in collection litigation and business development, opening numerous branch offices for multi-state law firms. Mr. Russell previously worked on South Florida environmental issues emphasizing Sunshine Law, public records, and FOIA litigation, and served in Oman as an Air Force JAG during the Gulf War. Richard Russell’s area of concentration at Federated Law Group involves litigation throughout Georgia and Florida.
Tina Gayle, Esq.
Licensed in Florida
Tina Gayle received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 1997 and her Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law in 2000. She is the litigation department manager at Federated Law Group, PLLC. Ms. Gayle has over 13 years of experience primarily in collections as well as debt defense. Ms. Gayle is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.
Ashley Moore, Esq.
Licensed in Florida
Ashley Moore received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 2011. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law in 2015, where she was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. During her law school career, Ms. Moore worked for the Florida Office of the Attorney General as a law clerk for the Complex Litigation and Eminent Domain units. She also served as a student attorney at the Public Interest Law Center’s Family Law Clinic, offering assistance to low income clients with family law issues.
Giancarlo Olano-Lavergne, Esq.
Licensed in Florida and Puerto Rico
Giancarlo Olano-Lavergne manages the Puerto Rico Litigation Department at Federated Law Group, PLLC. As former General Counsel and Compliance Officer for the Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority, Mr. Olano-Lavergne has garnered extensive legal and executive experience in the housing finance industry, including loan origination and servicing, government compliance, loss mitigation and asset recovery. With over 7 years’ experience in the low income housing financing industry in PR, Mr. Olano-Lavergne also provides a unique insight to the Puerto Rican consumer, particularly those facing economic hardship given the island’s current unstable economic environment. Mr. Olano-Lavergne received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 2003 and 2006 respectively, and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the State of Florida.
Marc B. Cohen, Esq.
Licensed in Florida
Marc Cohen was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1951. He currently resides in Palm City, FL. Mr. Cohen was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1975 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978. His primary areas of practice are commercial litigation and collection litigation, including the representation of banks and other institutional lenders in numerous matters throughout the state of Florida. He graduated from Temple University magna cum laude where he received his B.A. in 1972. He graduated from Temple University School of Law where he received his J.D. in 1975 and his LL.M in Taxation in 1977. Mr. Cohen is admitted to the state and federal courts in Florida and Pennsylvania and the United States Tax Court. Mr. Cohen was a Special Assistant County Attorney for Marion County, Florida in 1984. He is also the author of the Florida Farm Equipment Manufacturers and Dealers Act. Mr. Cohen was a featured speaker at the 2001 County Court Judges Conference as well as the Wachovia Bank Annual “Town Meeting” in 2005 and 2006. He has received numerous awards and accolades from his creditor clients including his being designated as a member of the “million dollar club.” He is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Cohen has received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Kyle L. Schmitt, Esq.
Licensed in Florida
Kyle Schmitt received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Northeastern University in 2008. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2013 where she was a member of the Honors Society, an Ambassador to the Law School and a leader of the Books and Buddies project. While in school, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Mark E. Polen of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal. Prior to joining Federated Law Group, she served as in-house counsel for HOA Financial Services, LLC, specializing in real estate acquisitions and homeowner’s/condominium association law. Ms. Schmitt is licensed to practice in Florida and is a member of the Martin County Young Lawyers Division. In her spare time, she travels the world judging all-star cheerleading competitions for Varsity All-star Brands.
Lance K. Brubaker, Esq.
Licensed in New York & Florida
Lance K. Brubaker received his undergraduate degree in History from Eastern Nazarene College and his Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law. Mr. Brubaker is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida. During his law school career, Mr. Brubaker worked as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. As an attorney, Mr. Brubaker has focused his practice primarily within the fields of real estate and creditors’ rights litigation. Mr. Brubaker’s area of concentration at Federated Law Group involves litigation throughout the state of Florida.
Fred G. Daniels, Esq.
Licensed in New Jersey and New York. Of Counsel
Fred G. Daniels was admitted to practice in New York in 1976. Mr. Daniels has a practice with an emphasis on commercial and real estate law. His practice involves plaintiff and defense litigation with respect to real estate developers, owners, operators, management companies and corporate clients on all issues arising out of rentals and leasing, as well as cooperatives and condominiums. The matters involve all types of eviction proceedings, ADA discrimination, warranty of habitability claims, fraud, tortious interference with contract, assault, wrongful termination and errors and omissions claims as well as environmental issues involving lead paint pollution and/or building violations.
Blake Oakes, Esq.
Licensed in Louisiana. Of Counsel
Blake Oakes serves as Louisiana counsel for Federated Law Group, PLLC. He specializes in collection law and creditor’s rights, but also has extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He has handled civil litigation for clients on a variety of matters with a particular expertise in recoveries on defaulted obligations, including notes, credit cards, open accounts and other consumer and commercial instruments. Mr. Oakes earned a B.A. in History from Louisiana State University and his J.D. from Southern University Law Center. His practice includes the entire state of Louisiana as he is admitted to practice before all Louisiana Courts, state and federal. He has presented at numerous seminars on various collection law topics, including: Pre-Judgment Activities, Investigating and Commencing an Action, Obtaining a Judgment, Ethical Issues and Defending Against FDCPA Claims. He is a member of the National Creditors Bar Association (NARCA) and the American Bar Association.