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January 15, 2020
April 15, 2020

The expansion of states legalizing some form of Cannabis continues to grow.  The federal government has not been willing to legalize marijuana; although in December 2018 the Farm Bill legalized hemp, subject to various rules.  Hemp was formerly a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which means a drug, substance or chemical with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. This panel will explore developments in Federal law, regulation, and the approach that has been taken by the bank regulatory agencies, including FinCEN.

Please mark your calendar for an interactive panel discussion.

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cocktail Hour: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Miami Airport Hilton
5101 Blue Lagoon Drive
Miami, FL 33126

Registration Deadline has been changed to 2/17/20 at midnight::

Member $75.00
Non-Member $125.00

At Door Registration:

Member $110.00
Non-Member $160.00


Carl A. Fornaris
Co-Chair, Greenberg Traurig

Carl A. Fornaris is Co-Chair of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice of the 2,200-lawyer firm Greenberg Traurig. With 27 years of legal experience, Carl advises a broad range of financial services firms – banks and their holding companies, money services businesses, investment advisers, securities broker dealers, gaming firms, mobile payment companies and other institutions – on all aspects of their business.  These include licensing, capital-raising transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, USA PATRIOT Act/BSA/AML compliance and OFAC sanctions programs, cryptocurrency regulation, mobile money and FinTech, federal and state agency enforcement proceedings, and Dodd-Frank Act compliance.  Throughout his career, Carl has counseled clients in their dealings with the Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, FinCEN, SEC, FINRA, Florida Office of Financial Regulation, New York Department of Financial Services and other state supervisory authorities.


Matthew Ginder, Esq
Senior Counsel

Matthew Ginder is senior counsel in the Cannabis Law practice group at Greenspoon Marder. Mr. Ginder represents various cannabis and hemp related businesses where he assists in many areas of the industry, including licensing, regulatory and compliance, and business transactions. He also represents ancillary businesses who provide products or services to the cannabis industry and advises individuals, investors, lenders, startups, and large corporations on direct and indirect participation in state-legal cannabis markets. In 2016, Mr. Ginder co-founded a nonprofit organization called the Organization for Safe Cannabis Regulation (OSCR), which advocates on behalf of cannabis related businesses in Florida. He also represents the firm as a founding member of the National Cannabis Roundtable chaired by former House Speaker John Boehner. In 2018, Mr. Ginder was named one of the “30 Most Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know” by mg Magazine, and in 2019 he was named to the Chambers & Partners list for “Cannabis Law:

Corporate/Transactional.” He is frequently sought after to comment on the medical marijuana and hemp markets and has been quoted extensively in several well-known publications, including Fortune, Reuters, Sun-Sentinel, and Law360 to name a few.

Prior to joining Greenspoon Marder, Mr. Ginder worked for a national law firm where he focused his practice on defending broker-dealers and registered representatives in securities related cases filed in federal and state courts, as well as FINRA arbitration proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Ginder represented individuals and entities in commercial disputes involving real estate, investments, and construction. While in law school, Mr. Ginder clerked for two global law firms where he assisted in the practice of estate planning and commercial litigation.

Court Admissions include U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, Bar Admissions, Florida

Ginder has a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, cum laude and a B.G.S. from Indiana University

Juan Antonio “Tony” Gonzalez
First Assistant US Attorney, South District of Florida

Mr. Gonzalez received his BA in Psychology from the University of Miami in 1988 and his JD from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991. At the age of 23, Mr. Gonzalez became the youngest prosecutors hired by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. Mr. Gonzalez spent most of his seven years in the State Attorney’s Office in the Racketeering/Organized Crime and Public Corruption Unit where he specialized in long-term, wiretap investigations of corrupt police officers and organized crime figures. In that unit, Mr. Gonzalez spent four years as a cross-designated Special Assistant US Attorney (SAUSA) for the Southern District of Florida. As a SAUSA, Mr. Gonzalez successfully tried a number of organized crime cases in federal court.

In 1998, Mr. Gonzalez was hired by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida as an Assistant United States Attorney. After a short time in the Appellate Section, Mr. Gonzalez joined the then Narcotics Section. In 1999, Mr. Gonzalez was assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Gonzalez served as Deputy Chief of Narcotics in charge of HIDTA. In 2009, Mr. Gonzalez assumed the position of HIDTA Operations Coordinator for both the Miami-Dade and Broward County HIDTA Units. In 2011, Mr. Gonzalez took the dual roles of HIDTA Operations Coordinator and Deputy Chief of Narcotics in charge of HIDTA. In 2019, Mr. Gonzalez became the First Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida where he oversees the third largest US Attorney’s Office in the nation with over 275 attorneys. Mr. Gonzalez maintains the role of HIDTA Operations Coordinator.

Since 2002, Mr. Gonzalez has continually represented the USAO on the HIDTA Executive Committee. He has served three times as chairman and three times as vice-chairman of the Committee.

Throughout his tenure in the Office, Mr. Gonzalez has investigated and tried many complex, high-profile cases. In 2000, Mr. Gonzalez received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA for his prosecution of United States v. Bordon, et al., a complex, organized crime, money laundering case culminating in a two-week trial. In 2007, Mr. Gonzalez received the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation for his prosecution of United States v. Battle, et al, a 6 1/2-month, multi-defendant RICO conspiracy trial involving numerous murders, arsons, and acts of illegal gambling, money laundering and narcotics trafficking. In that case, the jury found the defendants guilty of eight murders and seven arsons resulting in deaths and returned a forfeiture verdict of $1.4 billion. Mr. Gonzalez’ decade-long investigation and prosecution of this crime syndicate is detailed in the T. J. English true-crime novel, The Corporation, An Epic Story of the Cuban-American Underworld.

Mr. Gonzalez was also selected by the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar) as the 2011 National HIDTA Prosecutor of the Year. In 2012 Mr. Gonzalez received a second Director’s Award for his prosecution of United States v. Solorzano et al., a complex international money laundering investigation involving the Venezuelan parallel market. In 2015, the National Association of Former United States Attorneys recognized Mr. Gonzalez with its Exceptional Service Award. Mr. Gonzalez has also received three Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) awards and numerous other awards and commendations from the DEA, FBI, IRS, DHS and Secret Service including the IRS’s highest honor (Honorary IRS/CID Special Agent) and DHS’s Investigative Excellence Award.

More recently, after a seven-week trial, Mr. Gonzalez secured the money laundering conviction and 150-year sentence of Spanish drug lord Alvaro Lopez Tardon. Mr. Gonzalez also participated in the investigation and ultimate guilty plea of Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, the Colombian Attorney General’s Director of Anticorruption; was part of the prosecution team obtaining convictions in the billion-dollar NTR/Elemetals gold money laundering prosecutions; and was the lead prosecutor securing the conviction of French national Gal Vallerius a.k.a.Oxymonster, the senior moderator of the Dark Web drug marketplace Dream Market.

Mr. Gonzalez serves as a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center lecturing at the Basic Trial Advocacy, Basic and Advanced Narcotics, Basic and Advanced Money Laundering, and Federal Sentencing Guidelines Seminars. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and frequently lectures domestically and abroad in the areas of international money laundering, narcotics trafficking and trans-national organized crime.

Lloyd DeVaux
President & CEO – Sunstate Bank of Florida

Lloyd DeVaux joined Sunstate Bank of Florida as President and CEO in July of 2014.

Mr. DeVaux has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry, including 12 years as Chief Operating Officer with BankAtlantic and City National Bank of Florida. Prior to his positions as COO, DeVaux was the CIO and Senior Executive Vice President for Union Planters Corporation in Memphis, Tennessee. His experience in the corporate sector includes positions in the finance industry with Kirchman Corporation in the Czech Republic, and for IBM in Orlando, Florida. Prior to this he worked in the oil industry for Schlumberger Limited in Louisiana, London, Holland, Abu Dhabi, and Yemen.

Mr. DeVaux currently serves as the Chairman of the Florida Bankers Association. During his Chairman tenure, DeVaux expects for certain issues to be at the fore, including Community Reinvestment Act reform, Bank Secrecy reform, marijuana banking and unreasonable tax exceptions for credit unions. DeVaux is also the past chair of the Florida Bankers Association Government Relations Council. DeVaux is a tireless leader when it comes to fighting for the financial industry.

Mr. DeVaux currently serves or has served on and chaired a number of professional and community boards including SelectSource, the Dellenbach Foundation, the Florida Bankers BancServ, the President’s Leadership Council at Rollins College, the Cornerstone Committee for St. Katherine’s Drexel Church, MADD Florida, the YMCA of Broward County Board and Executive Committee, the West Broward YMCA Board, the American Heart Association Heart Walk, the United Way Board, and the United Way Ambassadors Board. In 2018, The Florida Bankers Association named Lloyd DeVaux the ‘Banker of the Year’. In June 2017, Lloyd DeVaux was invited to testify before Congress on the challenges banks are facing complying with the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti Money Laundering regulations, and the need for banks and law enforcement to work together more effectively.

Mr. DeVaux received his Master of Business Administration from Rollins College and attended the University of Buffalo on a basketball scholarship, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He also graduated from Harvard Business School’s OPM Executive Program and the BAI Graduate School of Banking in Finance.