Roy Oppenheim’s Annual Thanksgiving Message

Written by Posted On Monday, 19 November 2018 08:36
Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving

As many of you know by now, right before Thanksgiving, I like to gather my thoughts and, as my friends at Rotary would say, reflect and share on my “Attitude of Gratitude”. Thanksgiving remains my favorite holiday as we all take time out from our daily routines to spend time with family and friends and each of us, in our own special way, say thanks for all the goodness we share.

This year with all the senseless mass shootings, natural disasters, hate crimes and an increased divisiveness in America, one may say it is difficult to be thankful. Yet, when you see thousands of people risking their lives and family, traveling miles and miles to enter our borders, we must take stock and recognize how truly blessed and thankful we should be.

We should be thankful for the freedoms that we truly share. We should be thankful for an enduring political system within our great country, that prides itself with an abundance of cultural and political diversity, that we have the freedom to express our opinion. Despite the backdrop of other countries attempting to meddle in our elections through propaganda like fake news in social media, in the end, our core values and our democratic principles are stronger than ever. Americans are taking their right to vote more seriously than ever as we are seeing more people voting now than we have ever seen. We are seeing a Congress that truly is becoming reflective of our remarkably diverse and cultural demography making our Congress look more and more like the United Nations. Because after all our country is truly a country of immigrants.

We should also be thankful that our three branches of government continue to make sure that our great nation is governed by the rule of law and not by one person or private organization.
As an officer of the court and the judiciary, I give thanks that every day I, along with my wife and team at Oppenheim Law are free to assert our role in this process, whether it is a corporate, real estate, employment, or commercial litigation matter.

And we do so, particularly in protecting individuals and families in foreclosure that may have been abused by powerful banking and corporate institutions that think that they are sometimes above the law.
Only in America…. can a determined young lawyer, nearly thirty years ago, start a law firm and real estate title company and have the opportunity to help others and then decide to also protect families abused by the largest banking institutions in the world .

For that I am truly eternally grateful.

This Thanksgiving we should leave our differences aside, come together, and be thankful that we live in this wonderful country that allows and embraces differences among us. A country that allows us to openly discuss our opinions and celebrate our true cultural diversity.

As part of our “Attitude of Gratitude,” we should all make a list of those things that are truly most important in our lives. Carry that list with you or commit it to memory and pull it out on those days when somehow life becomes challenging, as it is easy to succumb to indifference.

I am most thankful first and foremost to be alive and well and have my physical and mental health. I am of course most thankful for my wife and children and family with whom we will all gather together on Thanksgiving. I am also truly blessed for my faith, friends, staff, and clients all of whom make me feel impactful every day. And I am thankful to be an American.


From the trenches,

Roy Oppenheim

Oppenheim Law
2500 Weston Rd #404,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331
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About Roy:
He founded Oppenheim Law in 1989 with his wife Ellen Pilelsky and uniquely positioned the Firm as one of Florida’s leading boutique law firms in Weston, Florida. In addition, in 1994, he co-founded Weston Title & Escrow, the oldest title company in Weston, Florida, and he currently serves as its Vice President.

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Roy Oppenheim

From Wall Street to Main Street, Roy Oppenheim is a successful serial entrepreneur and attorney focusing on Florida real estate, foreclosure defense, loss mitigation and Internet ventures.

He founded Oppenheim Law in 1989 with his wife Ellen Pilelsky and uniquely positioned the Firm as one of Florida’s leading boutique law firms in Weston, Florida.

Serving national, international, and local clients, Mr. Oppenheim has the highest rating (A-V) conferred by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, the most respected directory of lawyers and law firms in the U.S.

In 1989, Mr. Oppenheim also co-founded and served as general counsel to ShopSmart Corp., the company that originated and owned the GNC Gold Card Program, a program that continues to this day and was one of the first cross-promotional programs of its kind.

In addition, in 1994, he co-founded Weston Title & Escrow, the oldest title company in Weston, Florida, and he currently serves as its Vice President. In 1999, Mr. Oppenheim served a one-year term on the board of directors for Catalina Lighting, a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Growing up in the Bronx, Mr. Oppenheim learned to be focused on success and driven to always persevere for opportunity.

In 2009, he started the South Florida Law Blog, which was voted the best business and technology blog by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He also serves as an expert witness on title industry practices.

Mr. Oppenheim has also co-authored two law review articles, Deconstructing The Black Magic of Securitized Trusts, published in the Stetson University Law Review’s Spring 2012 Edition, and The Emperor’s New Clothes, published in the William & Mary Business Law Review Volume 6.

Today, Mr. Oppenheim is a sought-after legal expert on issues relating to the real estate crisis and beyond. In addition to his own blog, he also has been a contributor to Yahoo! Homes, and featured on HuffPost Live, FOX News, and Lifetime TV. In addition he has been quoted in prominent national publications, including USA Today, The New York Times and Huffington Post, among others. Mr. Oppenheim also understands the power of social media, and can be found on a variety of social media platforms.

Mr. Oppenheim also speaks fluent German.


  • Florida Bar, 1987; Member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section
  • New York Bar, 1987; United States District for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, 1993


  • Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, 1982
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1986
    • Member of the Northwestern University Law Review
    • Member of the National Moot Court Team

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