Curran Antonelli Announces New Florida Partner

July 8, 2020


Curran Antonelli, LLP, a leading bankruptcy, litigation, and transactional law firm, announces the acquisition by merger of The Hartford Firm, PLLC, a well-respected law firm based in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in bankruptcy & insolvency matters, commercial litigation and general corporate law. Its office is located at 1301 Riverplace Boulevard, Suite 800, Jacksonville, Florida.


Curran Antonelli’s expansion into Northern Florida, led by J.C. Van Lierop III, founder of the Hartford Firm, will provide symmetry with the Firm’s existing South Florida practice based in Miami. As partner in charge of Curran Antonelli’s Florida operations, Mr. Van Lierop will lead our team of talented and dedicated professionals in the successful integration of the Firm’s Florida practice with our other well-established practices throughout the Northeast.  “We’re excited to have J.C. aboard; he is not only an extremely talented lawyer, but an extraordinary leader and community citizen. We are very excited to be working together on Curran Antonelli’s expansion throughout the state of Florida,” said Managing Partner Thomas H. Curran.


Mr. Van Lierop regularly practices in the federal and state courts of Florida where he has vast experience representing a broad range of businesses and corporate entities, financial institutions and other parties in all aspects of bankruptcy and commercial litigation. In addition to his impressive practice, Mr. Van Lierop is extremely active in giving back to the community by providing pro bono services, with a focus on serving disabled veterans in a variety of legal matters.


Mr. Van Lierop graduated from United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a United States Army Aviation officer where he served for more than 9 years as an AH-64A/D Apache attack helicopter pilot, including tours as a commander in combat in Iraq and in Korea.  Among other awards and distinctions, during Johann's service in the United States Army, he received the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. After his discharge from the Army, he attended the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, where he was a published member of the Florida Law Review.  After graduating, Mr. Van Lierop honed his legal skills in two of the most prestigious law firms in the State of Florida.


“With this merger, we look forward to continuing to provide trusted legal services to our clients at the highly sophisticated level that they have come to expect, but with the added efficiency and attention the Firm’s combined resources will provide,” said Mr. Van Lierop, adding, “I could not be more excited to join this great team and serve our current and future clients, in Florida and elsewhere, with world-class representation.”


Curran Antonelli has a global reach, with offices in Boston, New York, Stamford, London, Miami and Jacksonville. The Firm’s combined offices serve a broad range of individuals, businesses and corporate entities, private equity funds, governmental agencies and other parties in all phases of bankruptcy & insolvency and corporate & business litigation.

The above information is brought to you by Curran Antonelli, LLP – a bankruptcy, litigation and transactional law firm that represents a broad range of businesses and corporate entities, private equity funds, as well as governmental agencies and other interested parties in all phases of the bankruptcy process and in bankruptcy related transactions and litigation.  As advocates and trusted business advisors, our well-established foundation of knowledge and understanding of our clients’ business interests, enables our attorneys to deliver unparalleled individualized attention to our clients of all sizes with their litigation and corporate transactional needs.



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