Tenikka Jones has more than 10 years of commercial litigation experience, including trials, in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Her clients include companies, financial institutions, lenders, and servicers. Although her practice focuses on prosecuting claims on behalf of clients and defending clients in litigation cases, she is a problem solver who prioritizes her clients’ business objectives.
She recognizes the importance of amicably resolving litigation using alternative dispute resolution procedures or by negotiating loan workouts and restructurings when these options make strategic sense. Tenikka handles a variety of litigation matters including contract disputes, fraud, tort, breach of fiduciary duty, legal malpractice, and contested commercial and residential foreclosure proceedings (including those involving commercial mortgage-backed securities).
She also defends clients against lender-liability and consumer finance claims brought under various federal and state statutes, including the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.
In addition, she counsels clients regarding the regulatory obligations imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has also represented clients in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights litigation. Tenikka offers clients a rare combination of skills.
Although she is a litigator, she has also represented lenders in commercial real estate finance transactions, including acquisition, refinance, and construction loans; and negotiated subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreements. Her litigation and appellate background give her insight into the issues that could arise if litigation eventually becomes necessary. With this frame of reference, she is better able to negotiate, early on, terms that will protect her clients’ interests.
At the start of her career, she worked as a staff attorney for Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente during her term as Chief Justice. She also interned for the late Florida Supreme Court Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr. Tenikka credits these early experiences with helping her develop the skills she now brings to her analysis and resolution of complex legal issues.
Tenikka is committed to giving back to her community and working to make a difference in others’ lives. She is particularly passionate about helping young people who face challenging circumstances, and serves as an attorney ad litem in juvenile dependency court through the Put Something Back Pro Bono Project. In addition, Tenikka volunteers as a mentor through the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program.
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