Meet the Team

Our team of legal professionals has decades of combined legal experience.

Russell C. Weigel, III  Shareholder, President

Russell C. Weigel, III Shareholder, President

Mr. Weigel founded Russell C. Weigel, III, P.A in 2005 and is a securities lawyer with over 25 years of legal experience. His securities transactional and litigation practice is focused on advising public and private company clients on capital raising transactions, preparing their SEC reports and registration statement filings, taking companies public, and defending corporate executives and financial professionals involved in shareholder/investor corporate litigation and securities litigation claims, securities arbitrations, and SEC and state securities enforcement matters.

Prior to establishing this firm in 2005, for five years Mr. Weigel worked as a securities transactional and securities litigation attorney in private practice successively for two law firms where he assisted and advised on public company mergers, general corporate and securities regulatory compliance matters, defense of NYSE and SEC investigations, and prosecuted and defended securities arbitration and civil litigation matters.

Between 1990 and 2001, Mr. Weigel worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission as an enforcement attorney. Mr. Weigel supervised and conducted investigations and litigated civil injunctive and administrative proceedings nationwide on behalf of the SEC, most involving allegations of fraud, sales of unregistered non-exempt securities, or regulatory compliance violations by stock promoters, public companies, broker dealers, investment advisers, and stock transfer agents, among others. Mr. Weigel also supervised investigations and litigated cases involving securities issuers’ Ponzi schemes and false financial reporting.

Prior to his SEC experience, between 1989-1990, Mr. Weigel served as a Florida assistant state attorney where he tried bench and jury trials in criminal prosecutions.

Mr. Weigel is an AV-rated* securities attorney, the highest rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell, and is the author of a recently published book written for entrepreneurs and executives on raising capital and limiting litigation risk when doing so. The book is available in stores and online at www.CapitalForKeeps.com.

Practice Areas
  • Investment Due Diligence
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Finance Regulatory Compliance
  • Securities Transaction Compliance
  • Private Placement Offering Documents and Compliance
  • Crowdfunding Issuer and Funding Platform Compliance
  • Blue Sky Compliance
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Securities Registration
  • SEC Disclosure and Reporting Compliance
  • Broker-Dealer Registration
  • Investment Adviser Registration
  • EB-5 Securities Compliance
  • SEC Enforcement Defense
  • FINRA Enforcement Defense
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Broker-Dealer Arbitration Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Arbitration
  • Securities Litigation
  • Commodities Arbitration
  • Shareholder Derivative Actions
Education

B.A., Vanderbilt University (1986);
J.D., University of Miami School of Law (1989).

Bar Admission

Florida (1989), District of Columbia (1990), and New York (2001);
U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, and Northern District of Florida;
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York;
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan;
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit;
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Professional Memberships

Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association, Inc.;
Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc.;
Miami Finance Forum.

Mr. Weigel serves his local community through continuous service to the Miami Rescue Mission and to Calvary Chapel Miami Beach, Inc.

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Paul L. Zelnick, Esq.  Of Counsel

Paul L. Zelnick, Esq. Of Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities Compliance
  • Securities Litigation
  • Commodities Arbitration
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions

 Education

B.A. in Economics, Georgetown University (2004);

J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2009);

University of Denver Daniels College of Business: coursework in management and real estate.

 Professional Licenses

Florida Bar (2010);

Series 3 Licensed Commodities Representative (2014).

Mr. Zelnick advises public and private company clients on capital raising transactions, SEC registration, SEC reports and taking companies public. In addition, Mr. Zelnick defends financial industry professionals facing securities litigation claims, securities arbitration, NFA arbitration, and SEC enforcement matters. He also defends corporate executives involved in shareholder/investor corporate litigation. Mr. Zelnick also represents individuals and businesses who are buying, selling, investing in or leasing commercial or residential properties.

Prior to joining Hoffman & Weigel, Mr. Zelnick represented several individuals and small businesses in civil matters involving: property/casualty insurance claims, mortgage foreclosure defense, claims under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. He acted as lead counsel in both bench and jury trials and participated in various mediations and arbitrations. In 2012, Mr. Zelnick co-hosted “The Law and Money Show” with a financial advisor on Business Radio WZAB in Miami, Florida.

In addition to being a licensed attorney, Mr. Zelnick is also a series 3 licensed commodities representative. In that capacity he has provided investment advice and traded commodity options and managed futures on behalf of retail investors.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Zelnick worked as a securities litigation paralegal for Williams & Connolly, LLC, one of the nation’s premier litigation firms.

 

Jacqueline Delgado, Esq.  Of Counsel

Jacqueline Delgado, Esq. Of Counsel

Practice Area
  • Business Immigration Visa Applications.

Jacqueline Delgado is of counsel to the firm, focusing in the area of business investment visa applications. Ms. Delgado represents businesses and investors in their applications for EB-5 green cards and E-2, H-1B, L-1, O, and P visas.

In addition to her work in immigration business matters, Ms. Delgado also represents individuals seeking green cards, naturalization, asylum, or other humanitarian relief before the Immigration Court.

Further, she has served as In-House Counsel for Butler Search Group which specializes in hospitality recruitment of J-1 and H-2B employees for hotels and private country clubs throughout the United States and other investment and property management corporations throughout the South Florida area.

Ms. Delgado, a former assistant public defender, frequently lectures on the crossroads between immigration law and criminal defense throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties. She has also argued appeals before the Florida Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal. Jacqueline is also a member of the Palm Beach County Liaison Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Education

B.A., University of Miami (2004);
J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law (2007).

Bar Admission

Florida;
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Professional Memberships

Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
American Immigration Lawyers Association.