Meet The Team


R. Scott Shuker, Esq.


Scott practices in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors' rights with a long track record of advising corporate debtors, creditors, and distressed investors in all parts of the capital structure. Scott primarily represents chapter 11 debtors in bankruptcy cases, both corporate and individual. Scott is board certified in Business Bankruptcy. In addition to corporate chapter 11 work, Scott has also represented chapter 11 trustees in large fraud or Ponzi Scheme cases including Evergreen Security, Ltd and IPS Worldwide.  As part of the chapter 11 trustee representation, Mr. Shuker has successfully prosecuted numerous fraudulent transfer cases with multi-million dollar judgments.

Companies navigating through the chapter 11 reorganization process with Scott's leadership include Planet Hollywood International, Inc., Transit Group, Hudson’s Furniture, Appliance Direct, and Celebrity Resorts, LLC. 

Before pursuing his legal career, Scott was a corporate banking officer for Southeast Bank. Scott is a Fellow at the Litigation Counsel of America, and a member of the Diversity Law Institute and the Trial Law Institute. 

Scott earned his J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law, with Honors in 1993. He earned his B.S. degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University, with High Distinction.

Mariane L. Dorris, Esq.


Mariane's practice is primarily focused on insolvency and bankruptcy related cases.  The insolvency practice includes the representation of debtors-in-possession in Chapter 11 proceedings, representation of Chapter 11 trustees, liquidating agents, and receivers, and the representation of secured and unsecured creditors in cases pending before the bankruptcy court.  Mariane has also represented assignors and assignees in the statutorily created liquidation process known as an “Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors.”

Mariane has developed a specialty for fraudulent transfer litigation under the Bankruptcy Code and the Florida Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (“FUFTA”). During this time, as either chief or co-counsel, she commenced adversary proceedings to recover assets for the bankruptcy estate which would then be distributed to the unsecured creditors.  Two of the most significant cases were the Ponzi schemes, In re World Vision Entertainment, Inc., and In re Evergreen Security Ltd.

Mariane is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, and is an officer and member of the board of directors of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). She is also currently serving as the Editor for the FAWL Journal.

Mariane graduated with her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1999, and she earned her MA in Organizational Communication from Purdue University in 1996. Mariane earned her B.A. from Purdue in 1994. 

John B. Dorris, Esq.

Associate Attorney

John's practice area is also primarily corporate bankruptcy and creditors' rights representing corporate debtors through the reorganization or liquidation process. Notable Chapter 11 reorganization cases include Parliament Partners, Inc., Progency Universal P.A., and Benada Aluminum Products, LLC. 

John is a Florida Supreme Court certified Family Mediator. His mediation practice primarily focuses on pre-suit mediation assisting parties, with or without representation, reach marital settlement agreements prior to filing their dissolution proceeding.

John earned his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law in 2009. He earned an M.A. degree in political science from Central Michigan University in 1996, and a B.A. degree in Political Science from Purdue University in 1992. 

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