Jonathan M. Sykes


Nardella & Nardella, PLLC
135 W. Central Blvd
Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32801

Tel: 407 966 2680


Jonathan is a Partner with Nardella & Nardella based in Orlando, Florida. His practice focuses on a wide variety of commercial and consumer bankruptcy and litigation matters, including foreclosure and debt collection proceedings, assignments for the benefit of creditors, fraudulent transfer and avoidance action litigation, commercial landlord-tenant matters, financial services litigation, and representation of debtors, creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings.

Jonathan is the President of the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, and most recently served as the 2021 Board President of the Adult Literacy League. Prior to private practice, Jonathan clerked for the Honorable Erik P. Kimball, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida. Jonathan currently resides in Windermere with his wife and four children.

Honors and Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2021-2022
  • Florida Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2017-2022
Professional Involvement
  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association (President)
  • The Florida Bar
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Middle, Southern, and Northern Districts of Florida
  • Florida State University, College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Florida, B.A., summa cum laude
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal: Congress Giveth and Congress Taketh Away: The “Retroactive” Availability of Subchapter V
  • Orlando Business Journal: New Bankruptcy Laws Expand Relief for Small Companies, Farmers and Veterans
  • Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law: Payments on Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities Loans Cannot Be Avoided in Bankruptcy
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal: Road Map to Defending Constructive Fraudulent Transfers to Servicers of MBS Loans
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal: How To Compel Surrender Of Real Property In Bankruptcy
  • Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law: Rent Assignments in Bankruptcy: An Eleventh Circuit Analysis
  • The Briefs: “Trade Vendors Beware: Liability For Fraudulent Transfers”)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law (National Business Institute, April 27, 2021)
  • PPP Loans, Subchapter V and Bankruptcy Law Accountants Should Know (Florida Institute of CPAs, February 24, 2021)
  • Case Law Update: Subchapter V and the Retroactive Effect of the SBRA and CARES Act (Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Webinar on Vimeo, May 1, 2020)
  • Service and Notice in Bankruptcy (Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, February 20, 2020)
  • E-Signatures and Electronic Contracts: What Every Attorney Needs to Know (National Business Institute Webinar, April 25, 2019)
  • Electronic Signatures and Commercial Contracts: Creating Admissible and Enforceable Agreements under ESIGN, UETA, and the UCC (Clear Law Institute Webinar, February 20, 2019)
  • The Failla Fallout: What Consumer Bankruptcy Practitioners Need to Know About Surrender (Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Annual Seminar, May 5, 2017)
  • How to Compel Surrender of Real Property in Bankruptcy (Orange County Bar Association Seminar, January 27, 2017)
  • In re Failla, 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. 2016).
  • Failla v. Citibank, N.A., 542 B.R. 606 (S.D. Fla. 2015).
  • Vazquez v. Professional Bureau of Collections of Maryland, Inc., 217 F. Supp. 3d 1348 (M.D. Fla. 2016).
  • Altier v. Federal National Mortgage Association, 2013 WL 6388521 (N.D. Fla. 2013).

Nardella & Nardella is a family led legal team dedicated to continuing and growing a legacy of excellent service to clients in Central Florida since 1982.

With more than 40 years of combined experience, Nardella & Nardella has helped businesses and individuals resolve disputes, mitigate risk and preserve and protect their assets in the following areas:

  • Bankruptcy – filing a chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy for people and businesses, providing guidance for creditors in the bankruptcy process, litigating adversary proceedings and discharge actions
  • Debt and Foreclosure – commercial and residential foreclosures, promissory notes, negotiable instruments
  • Business Litigation– defending your interests in and out of the courtroom, including commercial and fiduciary litigation
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning– counseling and guiding you to preserve your legacy and protect your assets, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, and other legal tools
  • Probate, Guardianship and Trust Administration – assisting and protecting fiduciaries (personal representatives, trustees and guardians) to administer the assets entrusted to them, including the filing of probate and guardianship administrations in the appropriate court

Our clients become and remain clients because of trust: trust in who we are as people and trust in our work-product. We strive to maintain this tradition of excellence by mastering the technical legal issues while working to fully understand our clients’ needs in the context of their financial, business and family circumstances.