Wednesday, June 22, 2011


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - June 21, 2011 - Jon Polenberg, Founding Partner of Polenberg Cooper, one of South Florida's leading boutique commercial litigation firms, has been elected president of the Transplant Foundation of Florida. Affiliated with the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, the Transplant Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting transplant patients in both financial and emotional need, educating the community on the importance of organ donation and funding transplant research.

"We're very pleased and excited that we have a dynamic new president with proven leadership, diverse interests and a strong background and passion not only for organ donation and transplantation but for humanities as well," said Eli Compton, Executive Director, Transplant Foundation, Inc. "Jon is a true renaissance man; an executive and litigator who still finds time to practice law and share his love for sports and music with his passion for the public good."

An active member of the board of directors for several years, Polenberg hopes to use his business and legal experience to help the foundation raise funds to expand its outreach and community programs. Before his career as an attorney, Polenberg had a success career in business management that included working as a regional manager for Cintas Corporation for 16 years. As an attorney, Polenberg's civil litigation experience involves business torts, class actions, construction, contracts, employment, fraud, insurance coverage, lender liability, and securities litigation. He has also represented clients in matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies.

Polenberg earned a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, magna cum laude, where he received the Order of the Coif award. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, summa cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University.

"Energetic and engaging, Jon is ideally suited to marshal the talent and resources of the Transplant Foundation to maximize its potential as a leader in the world of organ donation and transplantation," added Compton. "We are delighted that he will be bringing his wide range of talents and warm personality to Transplant Foundation."

In 2002, Transplant Foundation opened Transplant House, a 14-room facility on the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus where transplant patients and their families can receive convenient housing on any budget. Transplant House has been designed to provide temporary affordable living accommodations to pre and post transplant patients and caregivers who must travel to Miami for transplantation. With the expansion of the University of Miami Transplant Program into Broward, the organization is in the process of building a Transplant House on the Broward General Hospital campus.

Transplant Foundation aids the University of Miami Transplant Program on research efforts seeking the induction of graft tolerance freeing patients from a lifetime of immunosuppressive therapy. Additionally, Transplant Foundation will provide funding to the newly approved Transplant Institute on the UM/JMH campus.

The organization operates the Lyn Pimentel: Life 101 College Program, which educates college students on organ and tissue donation with events coordinated by student groups. Also, there is an annual Education Forum where transplant patients and the general community alike can find out the latest advancements in transplantation directly from the surgeons. For additional details contact 305.817.5645 or visit

About Polenberg Cooper, P.A.:

Polenberg Cooper, P.A., represents clients with legal matters concerning corporations, insurance, receiverships, construction, developers, and commercial tenants. These disputes include high-stakes breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, unfair competition and other business tort claims, and litigation brought under numerous business statutes.


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