Class Notes – Spring 2014

1964

Gerald F. Richman, president of Richman Greer law firm in West Palm Beach, has been named “Lawyer of the Year” (2014-2015) by Best Lawyers for West Palm Beach litigation – securities. Only one lawyer per community and in each practice area is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.” He has additionally been selected by the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates as the recipient of the 2014 “Joseph P. Milton Professionalism and Civility Award.”

1965
Theodore Babbitt, of Babbitt, Johnson, Osborne & Le Clainche, P.A., in West Palm Beach, took part in the ice bucket challenge on Aug. 21 in front of his home in Jupiter, Florida. He was joined by his law partner’s son, Alex Le Clainche, to raise money for the ALS Foundation. Babbitt’s wife, Adrianne, died from the disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in November 2012.

Sidney A. Stubbs, an attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). Additionally, he has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation.

1966
Richard M. Robinson, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of corporate law and tax law. He has received the honor since 1995.

1968
Stephen J. Bozarth, an attorney with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of real estate. Donald D. Slesnick II, managing partner at the Coral Gables firm Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey LLP, has become the honorary consul for Australia in Florida. In the capacity, he provides assistance to Australians living in and visiting Florida, enhancing trade, economic and investment opportunities and building cultural and educational linkages between the two regions.

1969
Charles H. Egerton, founding shareholder with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named as a leader in tax in Chambers USA- America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014). He has also been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of tax. Additionally, he has been named chairman of the YMCA Metropolitan Board. He has been involved with the YMCA for more than 30 years, most recently in leading its $3.2 million annual support campaign.

Alan G. Greer, an attorney with Richman Greer in Miami, has been named in Best Lawyers in the areas of appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, legal malpractice law – defendants, litigation – antitrust, litigation – banking and finance, litigation – construction, litigation – intellectual property, and professional malpractice law – defendants and securities / capital markets law.

Tom Sherrard, founding partner of Nashville law firm Sherrard & Roe, has been named “Nashvillian of the Year” (2014) by Easter Seals Tennessee. The annual honor goes to a business individual that conveys Nashville’s spirit while demonstrating a commitment to the positive growth and economic development of the city.

William Zewadski, an attorney with Trenam Kemker’s Tampa office, has been named in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2014) in the area of business litigation.

1970
John M. Brumbaugh, an attorney with Richman Greer in Miami, has been named in Best Lawyers (2014-2015) in the areas of bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation.

Edward L. Kelly, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in U.S News & World Report magazine.

John C. Randolph, an attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of municipal litigation and municipal law.

William E. Scheu, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in U.S. News & World Report magazine.

H. Adams Weaver, an attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). Additionally, he has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation law.

William E. Williams, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tallahassee office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in administrative law.

1971
Larry B. Alexander, an attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of real estate law.

Darryl M. Bloodworth, an attorney with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named as a leader in litigation in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014). He has additionally been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of business litigation.

Phillip Finch, an attorney with GrayRobinson in Orlando, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the practice area of real estate. He has received the designation since 2008.

John K. Vreeland, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Lakeland office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of trusts and estates.
He has received the honor since 2008.

1972
William H. Andrews, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Jacksonville office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He also has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of employment law – management, labor law – management and litigation – labor and employment. He has received the honor since 1989.

Gene Glasser, an attorney with Greenspoon Marder Law in Fort Lauderdale, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in estate and probate.

Richard C. Grant, a senior shareholder at Grant Fridkin Pearson P. A. in Naples, Florida, has been named “Citizen of the Year” (2014) by the Naples Daily News. He has also been named the Fort Myers area “Corporate Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America (2015). He currently serves as the 2014-2015 chairman of the Real Estate Certification Committee of The Florida Bar.

G. Carson McEachern, a partner with Roetzel in Naples, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of trusts and estates. Mel Pearlman is currently serving as vicechair of the West 192 Development Authority, created by the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners to direct and oversee the longterm economic development and revitalization of the 15-mile corridor adjacent to Walt Disney World. Pearlman has served on the authority since its inception in 2012.

1973
Dean Bunch, a partner in the Tallahassee office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, has been elected to serve as chairman for The Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. He has served as a member of the committee for six years.

Lynn J. Hinson, an attorney with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of business litigation.

Pamela O. Price, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the practice areas of tax law and trusts and estates.
She has received the designation since 2012.

Ronald S. Reed, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in family law.

Gerald A. Rosenthal, of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles in West Palm Beach, recently spoke to the American Association for Justice in Baltimore. He gave an overview of the significant aspects of the Affordable Care Act and how it affects Workers’ Compensation.

1974
Joseph P. Carolan III, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of banking. Additionally, he has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of banking and finance law, business organizations and corporate law.

Charles H. Johnson, an attorney with Richman Greer in Miami, has been named in Best Lawyers in the areas of trusts and estates.

Frederick Leonhardt, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of government relations practice and real estate law. He has received the honor since 2006.

Leslie J. Lott, a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers (2015) in the category of Miami litigation – intellectual property. She was also selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of arbitration, copyright law, litigation – intellectual property, litigation – patent, mediation, patent law and trademark law. Lott has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years.

1975
Terry A. Moore, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Jacksonville office, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of litigation – real estate and real estate law.

Harold E. Morlan II has joined Fisher Rushmer in Orlando.

Samuel Grier Wells, a shareholder at GrayRobinson’s Jacksonville office, was presented with “The Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit” at The Florida Bar’s 64th annual convention. Each year, The Florida Bar president recognizes individuals who have provided distinguished service to the legal profession and the justice system.

1976
Michael J. Dewberry, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Allen R. Tomlinson, an attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in business litigation.

1977
Lauren Y. Detzel, an attorney with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named as a leader in estate planning tax in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014). Additionally, she has been listed among the “Top 50 Women” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014) and has been previously recognized as such. She was also recognized on a national scale for her work in wealth management in the eastern region.

Richard T. Fulton, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been named in Best Lawyers (2015). Fulton was recognized for his work in real estate law.

Ellen Ostman, an attorney with Givens Givens Sparks in Tampa, has been selected by Super Lawyers (2014).

David B. Rothman, a partner in Rothman & Associates P.A. in Miami, has been reappointed by The Florida Bar to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization tasked with providing greater access to justice. Rothman practices federal and state criminal defense and bar defense.

1978
William A. Boyles (LLMT, JD 76), an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of health care law. He has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014).

Patricia A. Petruff, senior partner at Dye, Deitrich, Petruff & St. Paul law firm in Bradenton, Florida, was recently presented the 2014 “William C. Grimes Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Service” by the Manatee County Bar Association. She has been an attorney in Manatee County for more than 35 years and has provided pro bono legal services and board leadership to community organizations such as the Manatee County Girls Club and Lemur Conservation Foundation.

Scott N. Richardson, an attorney at the Law Office of Scott N. Richardson P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases.

Thomas J. Wilkes, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of government relations practice.

1979
Joni Armstrong Coffey, Broward County attorney, received the 2014 “Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for The Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year.”

Carmen Dominguez, college legal counsel at Miami Dade College, was selected by her peers as one of Florida Trend magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite” (2014), in the government and nonprofit fields. She has been college legal counsel since 2005.

James A. Edwards, a shareholder with Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe P.A. in Orlando, was a featured speaker at the Orange County Bar Association’s recent half-day program, “Advanced Legal Writing in a Paperless, Digital Age.” Edwards led a panel, “Professionalism, Civility and Ethics in Written Advocacy,” with Judge Thomas B. Smith, Judge Wendy Berger and Judge Alice Blackwell. Additionally, he has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of personal injury litigation – defendants.

Robert S. Griscti, an attorney with Dean Mead in Gainesville, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of white collar litigation.

1980
Clayton W. Crevasse, a partner with Roetzel in Fort Myers, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of commercial, construction and real estate litigation.

John W. Foster, an attorney with Baker- Hostetler in Orlando, has been named by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named in Best Lawyers (2015) for his work in commercial litigation.

Philippe Jeck, managing partner of the law firm of Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones, P. A. in Juno Beach, Florida, has been elected to the board and as chair elect for 2014-15 and serves on the executive committee for the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. The chamber serves the business community in 10 municipalities and unincorporated northern Palm Beach County. He has been involved with the chamber since 1982.

Raymond Lee, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig in Orange County, California, has been named in Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of corporate law.

Denis H. Noah, managing partner of Henderson Franklin in Fort Myers, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) for his fifth consecutive year for his work in real estate. Additionally, he has been named in Best Lawyers for the area
of real estate law. Noah serves on the Horizon Council of Lee County’s board of directors and is a member of the Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund Advisory Board. He is past chairman for Habitat for Humanity for Lee and Hendry Counties and
the Florida Law Network.

David L. Smith, managing shareholder in Gray-Robinson’s Tampa office, has been elected to continue to serve as chairman for the Tampa Downtown Partnership for the 2014-2015 term. The Tampa Downtown Partnership fosters Tampa’s vibrant and diverse multiuse downtown neighborhoods and plays a key role in creating a 24-hour urban center where people can learn,live, work and play.

Robert J. Webb, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been named in Best Lawyers (2015). Webb was recognized for his work in leisure and hospitality law and real estate law.

1981
R. Mason Blake, an attorney with Dean Mead in Viera, Florida, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of real estate.

Richard B. Comiter (LLMT, JD 80), senior partner at Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has been selected for the honor nine times and is currently included on the top of the list.

Kimberly Leach Johnson, chairwoman of Quarles & Brady, based in Naples, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014).

William R. Lane Jr. (LLMT), an attorney with Holland & Knight in Miami, has once again been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America guide. He is recognized in the area of tax law, trusts and estates as well as closely held companies and family business law. Additionally, he was named the “Lawyer of the Year” in the Tampa Bay market in the categories of closely held companies and family businesses law.

Randolph J. Rush (LLMT, JD 80), an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman in Winter Park, Florida, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of real estate law.

1982
Walter G. Benjamin has joined Kelley Kronenberg in Orlando.

Linnes Finney, an attorney with Greenspoon Marder Law in Port St. Lucie, Florida, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014).

Stephen B. Hatcher (LLMT), president of the law firm Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe P.A. in Orlando, was named “Alumnus of the Year” by Lifework Leadership Inc. The organization is a national Christian program founded in Orlando that teaches leadership principles, conducts case studies with local leaders and hosts nationally recognized speakers.

Michael R. Levin, an attorney with Baker-Hostetler in Orlando, has been named in Best Lawyers (2015). Levin was recognized for his work in real estate law, commercial litigation and litigation – intellectual property.

Michael D. Minton (LLMT, JD 81), a shareholder at Dean Mead in Fort Pierce, has been named as a leader in tax in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014). He has also been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of tax. Additionally, he was honored as the alumni guest speaker at the Spring 2014 UF Law commencement ceremony on May 16 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Gregory A. Nelson, a partner with Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP in West Palm Beach, has been named to the list of Florida Super Lawyers (2014). It is his fifth year receiving the honor. He was also named in Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s list of “IP Stars” (2014).

Michael J. Nolan II (LLMT, JD 81), an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the practice area of trusts and estates. He has received the honor since 2008. Additionally, he has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in tax law.

Mark Somerstein, an attorney with Greenspoon Marder Law in Fort Lauderdale, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in banking.

Tim Volpe, a partner at Adams and Reese in the firm’s Jacksonville office, has been appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission as part of the governor’s 27 appointments across the state to judicial nominating commissions in Florida. The 1st District encompasses most of North Florida from Jacksonville to the Panhandle.

1983
Alan H. Daniels (LLMT, JD 81), a partner with Roetzel in Orlando, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of tax law.

Robert H. Dellecker, a civil trial lawyer with Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). This is his eighth year to receive the honor.

James A. Gale, co-founder of Feldman Gale P.A. in Miami, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 “International Intellectual Property Award” from Acquisition International Magazine, a monthly publication with a global circulation covering corporate finance news.

William F. Hamilton, an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Naples, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014).

Scott G. Hawkins, an attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). Additionally, he has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, environmental, intellectual property, land use and zoning and real estate litigation.

Michael Hornreich has recently joined Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial LLC in Miami as a partner. He will work with the firm’s construction litigation and design professional liability litigation practices.

Stephen Kussner, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of real estate law. He has received the honor since 2003.

John “Jay” G. White III, an attorney with Richman Greer in West Palm Beach, has been named in Best Lawyers (2015) in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, legal malpractice law – defendants, legal malpractice law – plaintiffs, product liability litigation – defendants and product liability litigation – plaintiffs.

Dennis R. O’Connor, an attorney in Winter Park, Florida, has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

1984
David Akins, an attorney with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of estate and probate.

Bruce Ward Bennett, the partner-in-charge at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP’s Tampa office, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the branch in June. The occasion was commemorated with a cocktail party with office members, clients and friends within the legal community.

David B. Haber, an attorney with the Miamibased Law Office of David B. Haber P.A., has been elected to the University of Florida Hillel’s board of directors.

Christopher C. Hazelip, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in U.S.News & World Report magazine.

Paul K. Heuerman, a partner with Roetzel in Naples, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in real estate law.

John Neukamm, a shareholder with the Mechanik Nuccio law firm in Tampa, was recognized at The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section’s 2014 annual convention. For his contributions in promoting the highest standards of ethics and professionalism, he was presented the “William S. Belcher Lifetime Professionalism Award.”

David R. Punzak, an attorney with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa, has been named by UF and the Pinellas County Gator Club as the “Gator Great” (2014).

1985
W. Michael Clifford (LLMT, JD 76), an attorney with GrayRobinson in Orlando, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the practice area of trusts and estates. He has received the designation since 2007.

Alan B. Cohn (LLMT, JD 84), an attorney with Greenspoon Marder Law in Fort Lauderdale, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in estate and probate.

Lynn Drysdale an attorney with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, has been honored with the Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee’s “Florida Consumer Lawyer of the Year” award. Attorney General Pam Bondi presented her the award at a ceremony in August.

Stephen R. Looney (LLMT), an attorney with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named as a leader in tax in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014). He has also been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of tax.

Robert P. Major, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of commercial litigation.

Michael Neukamm, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of corporate compliance law, corporate law and securities/capital markets law. He has received the distinction since 2010.

William J. Schifino Jr., managing partner at Burr & Forman LLP in Tampa, has received the prestigious “Hillsborough County Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer Award.” The annual honor recognizes an attorney who has made a significant difference in the practice of law and the Tampa Bay community through personal and professional ethics and conduct. He was also recently named president of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation for the 2014-2015 term.

Guy Whitesman (LLMT), an attorney with Henderson Franklin in Fort Myers, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) for the ninth year for his work in tax law. He is past chair of the tax section of The Florida Bar, and he serves as chair of Henderson Franklin’s mergers and acquisitions, business organizations and planning, tax and intellectual property practice areas.

1986
James M. Craig has joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Tampa.

Elizabeth A. Green, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She has also been named to Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list (2014). She specializes in general litigation.

Herbert V. McMillan III has joined Michael T. Gibson P.A. in Orlando.

William E. Ruffier, a civil trial lawyer with Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier & Sos in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). This is his eighth year to receive the honor. He was additionally appointed to serve on the medical malpractice subcommittee for the Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

Frederick Schrils, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of commercial litigation.

1987
W. Scott Callahan, a partner with Roetzel in Orlando, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of real estate law.

Mayanne Downs, shareholder and firmwide chair of the litigation department in GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She was also recently named to Orlando Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful” list, on which she is listed as the ninth most powerful person in the city. Additionally, she has been named to Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of bet-thecompany litigation, commercial litigation and family law.

James Etscorn, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named in Best Lawyers (2015) in the areas of commercial litigation, litigation – intellectual property and product liability litigation – defendants.

Kenneth Goldsmith, a professor of legal studies at Chattanooga State Community College, was recently elected to the ABA Commission for Paralegal Education. He spent last fall in China, teaching business law to Chinese accounting students at Ningbo University of Technology. He serves as program director for paralegal education and faculty senate president at Chattanooga State Community College.

Thomas H. Gunderson, an attorney with Henderson Franklin in Fort Myers, has been included in Florida Super Lawyers for the sixth consecutive year for his work in real estate. His primary areas of practice include commercial real estate transactions, commercial and residential real estate development, banking law and property owners’ association law.

Paul S. Quinn Jr., an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of real estate law. He has received the distinction since 2013.

David Schick, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been named by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He was additionally named in Best Lawyers (2015) in the areas of corporate law and employee benefits (ERISA) law.

Jeffrey Shear, an attorney with Gunster in West Palm Beach, was elected to serve a oneyear term on the board of directors of the Real Estate Investment Council. The nonprofit hosts dinners featuring prominent figures in commercial real estate as guest speakers.

Jo Thacker, a partner in the Orlando office of Broad and Cassel, was appointed by Mayor Buddy Dyer (JD 87) to serve on the City of Orlando’s Community Venues Oversight Committee. Thacker joins eight other committee members in providing oversight and review of the various community venues projects in the city, including the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Citrus Bowl and the MLS Soccer Stadium.

Tamela E. Wiseman has joined Cheffy Passidomo in Naples.

1988
Jack Bovay (LLMT, JD 82), an attorney with Dean Mead in Gainesville, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of estate and probate.

Gerald Davis, an attorney with Trenam Kemker’s St. Petersburg office, has been named in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2014) in the area of creditor debtor rights.

Mark Meland, co-founder and shareholder in Miami law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, won the third-annual Battle of the Legal Bands benefitting Dade Legal Aid. He played bass guitar with his bandmates Fred Fein, from Thornton Davis & Fein, Dean Crews and Frank Del Campillo. More than 450 people attended the event. He was additionally named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the areas of real estate and business/corporate.

Cathy Mitchell has joined the law firm of KALIS & KLEIMAN based in Davie, Florida. She concentrates her practice in the areas of intellectual property, copyright, trademark, entertainment, arts and sports law, technology, licensing, business transactions, employment-related agreements and counseling and family law. She is admitted to practice in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Jorge J. Perez has been appointed as a partner with Squire Patton Boggs law firm in Miami. Perez, a former circuit court judge, joins the practice from McDonald Hopkins, where he was chair of the National Receivership Practice division.

John F. Potanovic, an attorney with Henderson Franklin in Fort Myers, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) for the sixth consecutive year for his work in employment and labor law. He serves as chair of Henderson Franklin’s employment law practice group.

J. Timothy Schulte, an attorney with Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando, has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the area of commercial litigation. Schulte heads the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. Additionally, he was recently appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the 9th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission. Schulte’s term will run until July 1, 2018. He succeeds Edward Storey III (JD 02).

Spencer H. Silverglate, managing shareholder at Clarke Silverglate P.A. in Miami, was appointed to serve on its MPF Advisory Board beginning June 15. Additionally, he has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (2015).He has served as president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and was recently elected president of the Florida Association of Managing Partners.

Michael S. Singer (LLMT, JD 87), managing partner at Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). His main focus of practice is in the areas of tax law, estate planning, probate, estate and guardianship litigation, asset protection and health-care law. He has been selected for the past six years to the Super Lawyers list.

1989
Jeff Paskert, of Mills Paskert Divers in Tampa, recently completed a two-year term as chairman of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s construction law committee. Paskert also recently addressed a construction industry conference in Orlando on the topic of proper selection and use of expert witnesses.

Mark A. Sessums, founding partner at Sessums Law Group in Lakeland, has been elected to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Chapter Board of Managers.

1990
Joseph W. Bain, a partner with Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP in West Palm Beach, has been named to the list of Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has more than 20 years of intellectual property litigation experience in more than 100 IP disputes in various district courts throughout the nation as well as several trials before the International Trade Commission.

Steve Bernstein, a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP in Tampa, has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers. Additionally, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2014). He was honored for his labor and employment work.

Don E. Goebel (LLMT) has recently been named chief legal officer and chief tax officer of Maxim Crane Works L.P. The company is a leading provider of large construction cranes and turnkey lift services throughout the U.S.

Gregory F. Lunny, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, will lead the expansion of the firm’s new office in Wesley Chapel.

Edward McCarthy III, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese, an attorney in Winter Haven, has been re-elected as president of the Winter Haven, Florida, Women’s Bar Association. She is also a founding member of Females Advancing Business, which has grown to 51 members in its third year.

Bradley M. Saxton, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of business bankruptcy. Additionally, he has been named in Florida Trend as a “Legal Elite” and in the Best Lawyers in America (2015).

Robert W. Thielhelm, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been named in Best Lawyers (2015). Thielhelm was recognized for his work in commercial litigation.

1991
Todd L. Bradley, a partner at Cummings & Lockwood LLC in Naples, has been selected for inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report list of “The Best Lawyers in America” (2015) in the practice area of trusts and estates. Bradley has been included in the list since 2008.

Michael S. Budwick, co-founder of Meland Russin & Budwick in Miami, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014).

Nelson Castellano, an attorney with Trenam Kemker’s Tampa office, has been named in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2014) in the area of business/corporate.

Tad A. Delegal III, an attorney with Delegal Law Offices in Jacksonville, has become a fellow with the American Bar Association Foundation.

Keith Grossman, managing partner of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Fort Myers, spoke on “Conflict Management in the Workplace” at the Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast in July.

Julio C. Jaramillo, an attorney in Miami, took office July 1 as president-elect of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization tasked with providing greater access to justice. Jaramillo practices in the area of civil litigation.

Daniel Kanner, a partner since 1998 at Bauman & Kanner in Plantation, Florida, has been appointed as a Broward County judge. He fills the vacancy of Edward Merrigan, a judge who was promoted by appointment to the Broward Circuit. Kanner was an assistant state attorney in Broward from 1992-1998.

Steven J. Solomon, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Miami office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law as well as litigation – bankruptcy. He has received the honor since 2010.

John V. Tucker, managing shareholder at Tucker & Ludin P.A. in St. Petersburg, has been named in Florida Super Lawyer (2014) in the area of employee benefits. For 23 years, Tucker has been assisting claimants in fights against insurance
companies for disability benefits.

1992
Nelson C. Bellido, a partner in the Miami office of Roig, Tutan, Rosenberg, Martin, Stoller, Zumpano & Bellido, has been recognized in Florida Trend’s “Florida Legal Elite” list (2014) for his work in the area of commercial litigation. He has additionally been selected to serve as managing partner of the firm’s Miami office.

Nancy S. Freeman, a shareholder with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman P.A. in Orlando, recently received her board certification in tax law from The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Freeman already holds her board certification in wills, trusts and estates, making her one of fewer than 30 attorneys in the state of Florida with both certifications.

1993
Paul Bain, an attorney with Trenam Kemker’s Tampa office, has been named in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2014) in the area of eminent domain. Additionally, he was named in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list (2014).

Jere F. Daniels Jr., a shareholder with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, was recently appointed to a two-year term on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Daniels, a Winter Park native, practices mainly in the area of real estate law, assisting corporate and individual clients with transactions and disputes throughout the Southeast.

Kevin L. Lienard, an attorney with Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe P.A. in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) for the area of workers’ compensation.

Erik Shuman, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Melbourne, Florida, office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the practice area of corporate law. He has received the designation since 2010.

1994
Christopher C. Casper has been named managing partner of James, Hoyer, Newcomer, & Smiljanich in Tampa.

Donna L. Longhouse (LLMT, JD 93), a partner at Allen Dell P.A. law firm in Tampa, has been named in Super Lawyers (2014) for the third year. She has also been designated a “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine (2014). Longhouse practices law in the areas of tax, trusts and estates.

Kenneth J. McKenna, a civil trial lawyer with Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). This is his fifth year to receive the honor.

Lance Reich has joined Miller Nash’s Seattle office as a partner. He joins the firm’s intellectual property practice team with a focus on IP procurement and defense, IP litigation and transactions and the Washington beverage industry.

Marc A. Wites, of Wites & Kapetan P.A. in Lighthouse Point, Florida, presented the “Welcome to New Citizens” remarks on behalf of the Federal Bar Association at the naturalization ceremony held at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach on Sept. 12. He also authored the 2014 edition of his longstanding publication The Florida Litigation Guide, as well as the first editions of The New York Litigation and The California Litigation.

1995
Timothy Cerio, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tallahassee office, has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. He was reappointed from a list of nominees submitted by The Florida Bar for a two-year term beginning in July. He has also been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014).

Nichole M. Mooney, an attorney with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of employment and labor.

1996
Lisa Z. Hauser (LLMT, JD 95), an associate with Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun in West Palm Beach, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). Her practice areas include estate planning, probate, estate & trust administration and guardianship administration.

Steven Lessne, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in estate trust and litigation.

William R. Lowman Jr. (LLMT), a partner with the law firm of ShuffieldLowman in Orlando, has been named by Florida Trend as a “Legal Elite.” Lowman practices in the areas of corporate, business taxation, estate and charitable planning, business succession planning and tax law.

Gregory W. Meier (LLMT), a partner with the law firm of ShuffieldLowman in Orlando, has been named by Florida Trend as a “Legal Elite.” Meier practices in the areas of corporate, business taxation, estate and charitable planning, business succession planning and tax law.

F. Scott Westheimer, a managing partner of the Sarasota-based law firm Syprett Meshad, has been named to Florida Trend magazine’s prestigious “Legal Elite” list for the third consecutive year.

1997
Christine T. Adams, a shareholder with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors. She is the third woman in the firm’s history to hold the position.

J. Matthew Belcastro, an attorney with Henderson Franklin in Fort Myers, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers magazine for the fourth year for his work in construction litigation. During his career, he has been recognized by Florida Trend Magazine’s “Up and Comers” list and Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite.” He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

C. Todd Burbank has joined the real estate investment and development team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. He was previously a partner at McGuireWoods.

Brian D. Burgoon, of the Burgoon Law Firm LLC in Atlanta, was awarded the “Tony Boggs Excellence in Discipline Award” by The Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis (JD 85) at the annual convention. Burgoon was also re-elected as an out-of-state member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and to the board of directors of the University of Florida Alumni Association. Additionally, he was elected to The Florida Bar Executive Committee.

Robert H. Gebaide, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been named in Best Lawyers (2015). Gebaide was recognized for his work in real estate law.

Nicole L. Goetz, an attorney in Naples, has been elected secretary of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar. Goetz has also been appointed as vice chairwoman of the Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee and a member of the Long Range Planning and Finance committees of the section, and she received the 2013-2014 Florida Bar Family Law Section “Above and Beyond Award.” She practices exclusively in marital and family law at the trial and appellate level.

1998
Matthew Ahearn (LLMT), an attorney with Dean Mead in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of estate and probate.

J. Carter Andersen, an attorney at Bush Ross in Tampa, has been elected president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Rebecca L. Brock, a partner with Schwed Kahle Kress, has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Palm Beach Chapter of ABOTA.

Fabienne E. Fahnestock, a shareholder in Gunster’s business litigation practice in West Palm Beach, has been elected to serve as secretary of the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County board of directors. The nonprofit is dedicated to the implementation of an integrated, high-quality and seamless early care and education service delivery system for children.

Marilyn G. Moran has joined FordHarrison as a partner. Moran, who has more than 12 years of experience as a managementside employment attorney, comes from BakerHostetler. Moran, a fifth-generation Floridian whose ancestors came to Florida before the Civil War to farm and raise cattle, said she was drawn to FordHarrison’s strong presence in her home state and across the Southeastern United States.

Cristine M. Russell, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Lori V. Vaughn, an attorney with Trenam Kemker’s Tampa office, has been named in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2014) in the area of business bankruptcy. Additionally, she was named in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list.

1999
John L. Badalamenti, an assistant federal defender in Tampa, has been appointed to the 2014-2015 chairman of The Florida Bar’s Federal Practice Committee.

Ryan E. Davis, a shareholder at Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman P.A. in Orlando, has been selected as an academy fellow of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy. Davis completed a competitive process to join this select group of attorneys from around the state who will network, interact, collaborate and build relationships. He was also named a “Rising Star” in the area of business bankruptcy by Florida Super Lawyers (2014).

Kenneth H. Haney, a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP in Naples, has been appointed as an advisory board member for the Junior Achievement 2014 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County. The advisory board selects laureates for the 2014 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County, honoring their contributions to the local business community and recognizing their service as positive role models for young people.

Latonia P. Hines, a veteran prosecutor in Atlanta, has been named editor-in-chief of Justicia, the official Cobb County Bar magazine. Hines also currently serves as a regular legal expert on local and national television news channels such as HLN/CNN.

Brian Oblow, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in business litigation.

Joel Roberts, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been named by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in business litigation. He also hosted the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals meeting. Additionally, he has accepted the role of vice president of the Dommerich Foundation.

Katie Schweikhardt has been appointed as the executive director of the United Arts Council of Collier County. For the past three years, she has been with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, serving as director of programs and Collier County food
coordinator.

Matthew Sperry (LLMT, JD 97) has been promoted to partner in DLA Piper’s Chicago office. Sperry practices in the area of corporate law.

Renee E. Thompson, an attorney with Mateer Harbert in Orlando, was recently honored with the “President’s Award of Merit” at The Florida Bar’s annual convention. Bar President Eugene Pettis (JD 85) presented the award to Thompson.

2000
Julie Singer Brady, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She specializes in business litigation.

LaTeasha J. Benson has joined the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Children’s Legal Services as a senior attorney in the Daytona Beach office.

Douglas A. Cherry, an attorney with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP in Sarasota, has become president of the Sarasota County Bar Association. Cherry will focus his presidency on the future of the legal profession, empowering its members to embrace and take advantage of the opportunities that upcoming changes to the profession will present.

Mark H. Dahlmeier, an attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in real estate.

Tiffany T. Payne, an attorney with Baker-Hostetler in Orlando, has been appointed to the University of Central Florida Alumni board of directors.

2001
Trevor Arnold, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of construction law and litigation – construction. He has received the honor since 2010.

John Burns (LLMT), an attorney with Dickinson Wright PLLC in Nashville, has been elected by the Tennessee Bar Association as chair of its tax law section.

Kevin B. Cook, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Christine Marlewski, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (2014). She specializes in business litigation.

William Riley Jr., an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Miami office, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” (2014). He specializes in land use/zoning.

2002
T. Robert Bulloch, an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Naples, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in estate and probate.

Nancy E. Cason, managing partner of Syprett Meshad in Sarasota, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). Her practice areas focus on all aspects of real estate law, both transactional and litigation.

Chris Codling, an attorney with Givens Givens Sparks in Tampa, has been selected by Florida Super Lawyers as a 2014 “Rising Star.”

Debra Deardourff Faulk, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the practice area of intellectual property.

John Gihon has joined newly renamed firm Shorstein & Lasnetski as a partner in its second, new office in Orlando. Gihon, formerly a senior attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a division chief with the Office of the State Attorney, will focus on criminal defense and immigration law.

Evan Glasser, an attorney with Greenspoon Marder Law in Fort Lauderdale, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in general litigation.

Daniel N. Gonzalez, a partner at Miami law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the category of bankruptcy/business litigation.

Brian H. Koch, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig’s Fort Lauderdale office, was awarded the “Paul May Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award” at the Broward County Bar Association’s Annual Installation Dinner. He was additionally named as one of the South Florida Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” the annual listing of South Florida’s best and brightest leaders under the age of 40.

Theodore S. Kypreos, an attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in estate and trust litigation.

Benjamin J. LeFrancois, a shareholder in the Lakeland office of GrayRobinson P.A., has been elected to the board of directors for the YMCA of West Central Florida. He has also been elected to the board of trustees for All Saints’ Academy, a college-preparatory institution in Polk County. He is past president of the All Saints’ Academy Parents’ Association and a Polk County School Board mentor.

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Miami, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the 3rd District Court of Appeal Historical Society for a one-year term. Olmedo-Rodriguez is a shareholder in the office’s litigation practice group and focuses on the area of commercial litigation and civil appellate litigation.

Michael J. Pike, managing partner of Pike & Lustig, LLP–Turnpike Law in West Palm Beach, Florida, was recently admitted to Esteemed Lawyers of America. The admission recognizes the most respected lawyers in the U.S. In addition, he was named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the practice area of businesslitigation.

2003
Jessica P. Malchow, a partner with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been selected as a recipient of the Florida Achievement Award from the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Kevin Regan has joined Miller Nash’s Seattle office as counsel. He joins the firm’s intellectual property practice team with a focus on IP procurement and defense, IP litigation and transactions and the Washington beverage industry.

Tony Sos, a civil trial lawyer with Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). This is his sixth year to receive the honor.

2004
Cheryl Priest Ainsworth has been promoted to partner at Affeld Grivakes Zucker LLP in Los Angeles. She was additionally named a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers and included in Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” list. Before moving to Los Angeles, she practiced commercial litigation at Holland & Knight in Tampa.

Jason H. Baruch has joined Holland & Knight in Tampa as a partner in its litigation practice group. He was previously a shareholder with Trenam Kemker.

John Castro, a Tampa attorney and partner at Anton Castro Law, volunteers for Lawyers for Literacy and serves on the board of directors for the First Tee of Tampa Bay. He has built on the success of his firm, started in 2010 with partner and fellow UF alumna Christina Anton (JD 06), by devoting his practice to criminal/ DUI defense and personal injury.

Hollie Croft, an attorney with Broad and Cassel in Orlando, has earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, achieving the organization’s highest marks for both competency and ethics.

Gregg Hutt, an attorney with Trenam Kemker’s Tampa office, has been named in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2014) in the area of construction litigation. He has also recently received his board certification from The Florida Bar in the area of construction law. Additionally, he was named to Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list.

Jennifer Kuyrkendall has recently published a book that is now available on Amazon.com. Deadly Escape follows the investigation of two murderers from the discovery of the body to a multistate manhunt to the ultimate prosecution.

William T. Link Jr., an associate with Reed & Mawhinney P.L. in Lakeland, has been named a recipient of the “Polk Emerging Leaders Award,” given by a collaboration of chamber groups from Bartow, Lakeland and Winter Haven, recognizing young professionals whose work and community activities significantly contribute to Polk County.

Karen Persis, an attorney in Orlando, has been inducted as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association. She has also been chosen as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and as a “Legal Elite Up and Comer” by Florida Trend.

2005
Nadia Ahmad has joined Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, as a visiting assistant professor in environmental law. Her research explores the intersections of energy law and the environment and draws on international investment law, energy justice, corporate best practices and corporate social responsibility.

Kimberly Davis Bocelli, an associate with Roetzel & Andress LPA in Fort Myers, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014).

Benjamin B. Brown, an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Naples, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in business litigation.

Christopher Carmody, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (2014). He has also been designated regional vice president of the University of Florida Alumni Association.

Abbi S. Freifeld, an attorney at Roig Lawyers’ Deerfield Beach office, has recently been promoted to partner. She concentrates her practice in the areas of insurance defense and the defense of PIP/no-fault insurance claims.

Erin E. Houck-Toll (LLMT) has been named a “Rising Star” in business and corporate law by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She is Gulfshore Business Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” winner (2012) and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She serves on the executive council for the tax section of The Florida Bar and on the board of directors for Empowerment of Alliance of Southwest Florida, Inc. and Special Equestrians, Inc.

Jessica Z. Martin, a partner in the Deerfield Beach, Florida, office of Roig Lawyers, has been recognized as a 2014 March of Dimes “Women of Distinction” honoree. The award goes to women who have the ability to effect change. They
recognize the present and future innovators, influencers and entrepreneurs. This is a multi-generational gathering of leaders who forge partnerships, find solutions and make the Broward community a better place to live.

W. Doug Martin, a civil trial lawyer with Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos in Orlando, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). This is his fourth year to receive the honor.

Heather Nason has recently joined Rogers Towers P.A. She will work out of the firm’s Orlando office.

Daniel Nordby has joined Shutts & Bowen LLP as a partner in its Tallahassee office. Previously, he served as general counsel to the Florida House of Representatives under Speaker Will Weatherford and as general counsel to Florida’s Secretary of State. He is the 2014-2015 chairman of The Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section and is a member of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

Adina Pollan, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Jacksonville, office, has been named as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She specializes in business bankruptcy.

2006
Steven Burres has become the assistant general counsel for Rotech Healthcare Inc., a national durable medical equipment company headquartered in Orlando. He was also recently awarded an AV preeminent ranking by Martindale-Hubbell.

Jorge A. Castillo, an attorney with Baker-Hostetler in Orlando, has been named by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in business litigation.

Kelly Lyon Davis, an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Naples, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She has also become the vice president of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association for the 2014-2015 term. She previously served on the board as secretary.

Kimberley A. Dillon (LLMT, JD 05), an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Naples, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She has also been elected president of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association for the 2014-2015 term.

Amanda Groover Hyland, an attorney with Taylor English in Atlanta, has received the Martindale- Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating. The recognition is a result of direct feedback from attorneys and judges on their peers’ legal abilities and professional ethical standards.

Alissa Lugo, an attorney with BakerHostetler in Orlando, has been appointed to the Mid Florida Chapter Board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in 23 counties in Central Florida and raises funds for critical MS research.

Justin B. Mazzara, an associate with Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP in Naples, has been named a “Rising Star” in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). Mazzara devotes his practice to litigating civil matters within the firm’s complex commercial
litigation group.

Sarah G. Toppi has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Jacksonville as of counsel.

2007
Tiffany Cummins, an attorney with Baker- Hostetler in Orlando, has been named to Florida Trend’s “Florida Legal Elite” list (2014).

Yelizaveta B. Herman, an attorney with Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC in West Palm Beach, has been appointed as a committee co-chair of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter.

Jonathan Kaskel has joined Gunster in West Palm Beach as an associate. He focuses on complex commercial litigation, appeals, real property litigation and white-collar defense. He additionally serves as director of the Dade County Bar Association.

Sean M. Lebowitz, an associate at Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A. in Boca Raton, has been installed as treasurer of the South Palm Beach County Bar Young Lawyers Section.

Latasha Scott has joined Burr & Forman LLP in Tampa as a financial services litigation associate. Her practice includes representing financial institutions, investors and mortgage loan servicers in residential mortgage foreclosures.

Christine L. Weingart (LLMT, JD 06) has joined Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe P.A. in Orlando. She will practice in the areas of tax and general business law within the firm’s corporate section.

2008
Thomas W. Davison, a senior associate at Alston & Bird LLP in Washington, D.C., has been named a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers (2014) for his practice in intellectual property litigation and counseling.

Jillian L. Estes has been named partner of James, Hoyer, Newcomer & Smiljanich in Tampa.

Sean T. Estes has been named partner of James, Hoyer, Newcomer & Smiljanich in Tampa.

Brian Hayden, an attorney with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Tallahassee, has become one of 21 members selected to be part of the inaugural class of Thunderdome Tallahassee, a hands-on legal group training program designed by the Legal
Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association to provide education, mentoring, networking and leadership to a new generation of lawyers serving Leon County.

Ilan G. Kaufer was elected to the town council of Jupiter, Florida, in 2013. He is currently serving as the town’s vice mayor.

Scott J. Kennelly, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, Florida, has accepted an invitation to become a barrister with the Inn of Court for a three-year term. As a barrister, Kennelly will assist the Inn of Court in helping lawyers become more effective advocates.

Brian M. Malec (LLMT, JD 07), an associate with Dean Mead P.A. in the Orlando office, has earned his Florida Bar board certification in wills, trusts and estates. Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Benjamin Robinson has joined Broad and Cassel’s Orlando office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Robinson was a deputy rules officer in the Office of the General Counsel for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in Washington, D.C.

Meredith L. Sasso has joined Hayes Law in Orlando.

Chelsea L. Simmons, with the Public Defender’s Office in Orlando, has recently earned The Florida Bar board certification in criminal trial law. She was one of eight Florida lawyers to earn that certification.

2009
Lindsay Dykstra has joined Burr & Forman’s Orlando office. She will practice in the firm’s financial services group.

Kevin J. Healey has joined Smolker, Bartlett, Schlosser, Loeb & Hinds P.A. in Tampa. He has a wide range of legal experience but largely concentrates his practice on state and federal commercial litigation as well as insurance disputes.

David Karp has joined Coral Gables litigation boutique León Cosgrove LLC as an associate. In that capacity, he will handle appeals, commercial litigation and banking and financial service litigation. Before joining the firm, Karp was an associate at White & Case LLP, where his practice focused on appeals and commercial litigation.

Enita Kushi has opened Kushi Law Firm P.A. in Naples. The firm focuses on foreclosure defense, general civil litigation, consumer law, bankruptcy, immigration and appeals.

Lindsay M. Saxe, an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Naples, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She specializes in business litigation.

Jessica Shapiro has joined Gunster in West Palm Beach as an associate. She has prior experience with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At Gunster, she focuses her practice
on commercial real estate transactions and real estate development and finance.

Shawn Taylor has joined the litigation practice at Akerman in Chicago. Previously, he worked at Winston & Strawn LLP, where he was a litigation associate and a summer associate. His practice has focused on commercial and intellectual property litigation.

David N. Torre has recently joined Winter Park law firm Murrah, Doyle, Wigle & Torre, P.A. He will focus on the firm’s estate planning, probate and trust administration work. Additional firm practice areas include real estate, taxation and corporate law.

2010
Jordan D. August (LLMT, JD 09) has joined Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa.

Claire M. Brueck has joined Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons as an associate in Tampa.

Mitchell W. Goldberg (LLMT, JD 09), an attorney with Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A. in Boca Raton, has been installed as president of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

Darren Heitner, a sports and entertainment lawyer in Miami, recently announced the forming of Heitner Legal. Through the firm, he represents some of the biggest and most prestigious names in sports and entertainment in addition to handling complex transactional and commercial litigation matters.

Christopher Ramsey, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He specializes in intellectual property.

Monica L. Wilson, an associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been recognized by the Carolinas Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors as its “Individual Member of the Year” (2014).

2011
Anthony A. Fouladi has joined Clayton & Mc-Culloh’s Maitland, Florida, office.

Jessica M. Kennedy has joined McDonald Toole Wiggins in Orlando.

Patrick F. Mize, an attorney with Laird A. Lile P.A. in Naples, was elected as an at-large member to the executive council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of The Florida Bar during the section’s convention May 29-June 1. Mize will represent the 20th Judicial Circuit – which includes Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties – and will provide input on issues and updates to circuit members on proceedings of the section.

C. Andrew Roy, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2014) in the area of business bankruptcy.

2012
Leigh Anne Miller has joined Fisher Rushmer in Orlando as an associate.

Ronnell D. Robinzine, an associate with Akerman in Miami, has become the recipient of the “George Edgecomb Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer’s Award.”

Melissa F. Williams has joined the law firm of Boyette, Cummins & Nailos. She will be part of the firm’s new office located in the retirement community of The Villages, Florida. Williams’ practice focuses on the areas of estate planning, elder law, guardianship, Medicaid and probate. Prior to joining the firm, Williams was an associate with Mary F. Trotter PA in The Villages, where she concentrated her practice in the areas of elder law and estate planning.

2013
Scott Hyman has joined Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Fort Lauderdale. He will focus his practice in the community association, club and resort practice group. He is active in the community and is involved in both the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar and the Leadership Broward Foundation.

Nicolette Iannaccone, an attorney at Williams, Ristoff & Proper PLC, has recently been published in Southern Lawyer’s Trial Division magazine. Her article, co-written by Steve Williams, was titled “If You Knew Touhy.”

Armando Nozzolillo, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has accepted an invitation to become a barrister with the Inn of Court for a three-year term. As a barrister, Nozzolillo will assist the Inn of Court in helping lawyers
become more effective advocates.

2014
John Bunge (LLMT) has been chosen as a winner in a Tax Analysts writing competition. His paper, titled “Is the Belgian Fairness Tax in Conformity With European Union Law?” will be published in the magazine, the leading trade journal for tax practitioners in the U.S. Entry rules required students to be enrolled in a law, economics, or tax postgraduate program. Papers were between five and 25 pages long and focused on an unsettled question in tax law or tax policy. Submissions were judged on argument, content, grammar and overall quality.