John E. Tober

John E. Tober is the founder, Managing Partner and CEO of TLG. He is responsible for the development of the firm’s Corporate Transactional, Business Litigation and Complex Discovery practices. Unlike most lawyers, Mr. Tober has a multi-discipline background that has allowed him to excel as a seasoned corporate  lawyer and dynamic litigator. His career spans three decades and includes professional development as a corporate and litigation Partner for over ten years at the powerhouse New York law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, an accountant with a Big-4 accounting firm, an IT consultant with a national software firm, and a business owner.  His experience is broad and crosses many industries.  Mr. Tober’s disciplines enable him to solve all aspects of his clients’ issues.

Highlights of Mr. Tober’s expertise include the following:



  • Top tier New York law firm experience as a corporate and litigation partner.
  • Defense of many individuals, private and public companies including Fortune 100 companies.
  • Defense of state and federal government investigations, SEC enforcement actions, Department of Justice actions, class action law suits, securities laws suits and business litigation.
  • Lead securities counsel on private and public offerings.
  • Lead transactional counsel on various business transactions including financings and M&A.
  • Expert and pioneer of complex e-discovery.

Corporate Governance

  • Advisor to CEOs and boards of small to mid-size corporations and Fortune 100 companies.
  • Designed and implemented corporate governance reviews and investigations.


  • Big-4 national accounting firm public company audit and consulting experience.
  • Designed and managed complex forensic accounting investigations.
  • Defended billion dollar complex restatements of public companies in connection with lawsuits and SEC investigations.
  • Work closely with the SEC’s chief accountant in connection with accounting restatements.
  • Brief CEOs, CFOs and boards on complex accounting issues in the context of disclosure requirements.


  • Lead work-out negotiator with lending institutions.
  • Location and analysis of distressed asset investments.
  • Successful recovery of multi-million dollar creditor awards in Chapter 11 reorganizations.
  • Structured and implemented complex investment vehicles.

Business Transactions and M&A

  • Twenty-five years of experience analyzing, structuring and negotiating complex private and public commercial transactions.
  • Analyzed billions of dollars of acquisitions by public companies for compliance with accounting and SEC rules.


  • Highly developed management, negotiation and interpersonal skills having managed large legal, accounting and technology staffs and leading significant business enterprises.


  • Co-founder of a software development and consulting firm.
  • Lead software designer for a Big-4 accounting firm management consulting group.
  • Author of complex management information systems for issuers of mortgage-back securities.
  • Author of complex software for government subsidized housing programs.
  • Author of complex financial modeling software for predicting bond indenture cash flows.
  • Pioneer in the design and use or predictive coding in connection with litigation discovery.


  • Broad background in many industries including: automotive, banking, biomedical, durable goods manufacturing, finance, healthcare, hedge fund, high tech, insurance, motorsports, pharmaceuticals, private clients, private equity, securities, software, state and local governments.


  • Lead counsel to Grove Capital Memphis. LLC in connection with its acquisition of all Dunkin Donut franchises in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Co-counsel to the U.S. Virgin Islands in connection with an IRS revocation of the tax-excempt status of some of its working capital bonds.
  • Counsel to Cyrus Capital Partners, LP in connection with In re DesignLine, Inc. Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Counsel to Cyrus Capital Partners, LP and the Cyrus Select Opportunities Master Fund, Ltd. (in connection with In re Ion Media Networks, Inc., et. al. Chapter 11 case and Adversary Proceedings.
  • Lead counsel resolving disputes between the one of the largest publically held radiation oncology companies in the U.S. and certain Ivy League medical schools and their teaching hospitals.
  • Lead counsel representing one of the largest leasing brokerage firms in the world in the connection with business transactions in the New York City market.
  • Lead counsel to Fast Cash for Cars, LLC , a large North Carolina specialty and exotic car broker and retail organization in connection with shareholder disputes and its corporate reorganization.
  • Lead counsel to Pfizer, Inc. prevailing in a declaratory judgment action resulting in a $750 million favorable outcome for it’s in connection with the co-promoition of its multiple sclerosis drug products.
  • Strategic legal advisor to Pfizer, Inc. and several of its business units in connection with co-promotion and development of various drug products.
  • Co-lead counsel representing Maurice “Hank” Greenberg his related companies in connection with the successful resolution of disputes with SEC and other related litigation.
  • Lead counsel representing Och-Ziff-Freidheim Capital Management in the WorldCom/MCI bankruptcy reorganization hearings where I successfully obtained a $29 million settlement as opposed to the previously allocated zero recovery.
  • Lead counsel to Tyco International Ltd. in connection with the success design and implementing of internal corporate governance and accounting investigations while engaging and managing over 125 accountants and lawyers with a project budget of over $50 million. Secured and maintained control over international conglomerate’s world headquarters in the wake of the resignations of its CEO, CFO and General Counsel.
  • Co-defense counsel to Tyco International Ltd. in connection with internal investigations under the purview of the SEC which included making periodic in-person reports to the SEC Director of Enforcement and Chief Accountant resulting in a settlement without litigation.
  • Negotiated a $40 million work out and refinancing for German based owners of the Lincoln Center on the Lincoln Road Mall on Miami Beach to avoid foreclosure with Mellon/United National Bank.
  • Lead IPO counsel to Relm Wireless Corporation, a leading manufacturer of land mobile radios.
  • Lead trial counsel and business advisor to a founding family of Empresas Polar, a Venezuelan company and the largest beverage distributor in South America, resulting in the successful resolution of world-wide inter-family litigation involving billions of dollars in claims.
  • Counsel to the City of Miami Beach in connection with land use disputes and challenges to City ordinances.


  • DesignLine USA (Transit and Coach Bus Manufacturer) – Past Director
  • Flotec, LLC (Mining Chemical Manufacturer) – Current Director
  • North American Road Racing Association (Motorsports) – Past Chairman / Current Managing Member
  • Retrax Safety Systems, Inc. (Bio-medical) – Past Chairman
  • Application Oriented Designs, Inc., (Software Development and Consulting) Past Director
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami-Dade County (Charitable) – Past Chairman
  • City of Miami Beach Parking Board (Government) – Past Board Member


University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida – Juris Doctor of Law -1986, Top 10% of Class, Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Inter-American Law Review – Associate Editor.
University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia – B.S. Accounting – 1977, Laude. Accounting Society.

Bar Admissions

New York, Florida, District of Columbia, United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit, and the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Bar Affiliations

American Bar Association; New York Bar Association; New York Bar Association Sections on Antitrust, Business Law, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law and Trial Lawyers; New York City Bar Association; The Florida Bar Association; The Florida Bar Association Sections on Business Law, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law and Trial Lawyers; and The District of Columbia Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association Sections on Corporate, Finance and Securities Law and Administrative Law and Practice.

Other Affiliation

  • Miami Finance Forum
  • TLG Consulting

Recent Honors

  • 2013 New York Superlawyer
  • 2013 Top Lawyer of the New York Metro Area
  • 2013 Top Lawyer in New York
  • Martindale Hubel Highest AV Rating


Roger F. Prahl

Roger F. Prahl is Of Counsel to TLG. Mr. Prahl practice focuses on business litigation and TLG’s Complex Discovery practice. Mr. Prahl’s career spans 15 years and includes defending many companies that have found themselves the target of securities and antitrust litigation involving complex document discovery and analysis spanning many years. His experience gained from those matters is unique and unmatched enabling him to bring practical solutions developed in the real-time situations to clients who find themselves in similar situations.

Highlights of his expertise include:



  • Top tier New York law firm experience as a senior litigation associate.
  • Defense of many individuals, private and public companies including Fortune 100 companies.
  • Defense of state and federal government investigations, SEC enforcement actions, Department of Justice actions, class action law suits, securities laws suits and business litigation.
  • Managed complex discovery matters for Fortune 100 companies.


  • Extensive experience with e-discovery document review platforms and solutions.
  • Extensive experience will document culling tools such as predictive coding platforms.
  • Designed, implemented and managed complex electronic tools to monitor discovery projects and document review.

Complex Discovery

  • 15 years of experience in all aspects of document review, including large-scale, multi-jurisdictional cases.
  • Design and management of document collection, coordination and privilege logs.
  • Application of discovery technology to expert testimony, deposition support, and motion practice.
  • Extensive experience with international and multi-lingual collection and translation of documents.
  • Negotiation and management of vendors and consultants on every aspect of the discovery process.
  • Liaison between clients and temporary staffing agencies and document management vendors.
  • Consultant to e-discovery vendors on development of best practices for review tools.
  • Design and manage document upload procedures for materials from various co-defendants, plaintiffs, and third parties.
  • Negotiator with discovery vendors regarding disposition of data at conclusion of the case.
  • Development of web-access tool to evaluate work habits, to allay and address client security concerns, and to centralize instructions and feedback for multi-site discovery projects. Extensive experience with e-discovery tools
  • Design and maintenance of chain-of-custody memoranda for electronic data and computers.
  • Templates design for document review and logging privileged documents, specifically to insure that entries meet standards for conformity and consistency among all the law firms and in all cases served by a document database.
  • Designed document-culling techniques for purposes of eliminating irrelevant documents, heightening response time of critical review assignments, and statistically analyzing both the data on hand and the work product of the reviewers.
  • Design and manage production quality control of the work product of both contract attorneys and law firms’ associates.
  • Use of database metadata and statistical analysis to develop metrics to analyze review flow and quality.


  • Broad background in many industries including: banking, biomedical, durable goods manufacturing, finance, healthcare, private clients, and securities.


  • Supervised complex discovery including supervision of hundreds of contract attorneys for a Fortune 100 company in connection with defending securities class action law suits and state and federal investigations.
  • Served as primary review supervisor and training coordinator for two high-profile cases with more than 20M + pages of documents in each case. Both cases were multi-law firm, multi-jurisdiction, long term document reviews with over 200 contract attorneys reviewing a database of more than 14 million documents at least four different sites including three different cities (Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New York City).
  • Supported all phases of litigation, including preparation of experts, motion practice, hearings, mock trials, mediation negotiations, depositions, and responses to subpoenas.
  • Represented Westchester County, NY manufacturer in negotiations to sell business to domestic and foreign suitors.  Negotiated price and conditions with buyers, drafted counter offers and contract clauses.
  • Reviewed and organized legal archives of major New York City real estate developer, with the purpose of developing a new document retention policy.
  • Managed vendors and teams of contract attorneys in a high profile multi-billion dollar securities class action lawsuit and demanding litigation environment under intense time and cost pressures
  • Participated in an internal investigation of a multinational conglomerate, related to criminal indictments of several company officers and allegations over accounting irregularities, and sued former officers on behalf of the company.
  • Participated in the defense of a financial services firm in connection with civil lawsuit brought against competitors based on antitrust settlements with Department of Justice.
  • Participated in the defense of anti-trust allegations against a major cigarette manufacturer.
  • Participated in pursuing litigation against third parties involving matters related to competitive hiring and fair competition practices for an international investment bank;
  • Participated in pursuing litigation stemming from the failed attempt to purchase an NFL franchise.


Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
Juris Doctor of Law, May 1996

Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut B.A.,
International Relations, May 1990

Bar Admissions

New York, Southern District of New York

Language skills

Fluent in German