Class Notes – Spring 2014


Bruce Rogow has received the Broward County Chapter of the ACLU’s first “Allan Terl/Paul Joseph Civil Liberties Award.” He was also inducted into the Miami Beach High School Hall of Fame.


Paul C. Huck, senior U.S. district judge, received the 2013 S. “Austin Peele Distinguished Trustee Award” from the Law Center Association board, of which he is a member. Huck served at the UF law school as the 2013 Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence. He also initiated the UF Law NaviGators Program, which gives South Florida UF Law students the opportunity to network with UF Law alumni and federal judges.

Sidney A. Stubbs Jr., of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been selected for inclusion in the nationwide publication Super Lawyers Business Edition (2013). He specializes in business litigation. In honor of Stubbs, the Palm Beach County Bar Association renamed its annual Professional Award as the “Sidney A. Stubbs Professionalism Award.” The announcement was recently made during the association’s annual Bench Bar Conference before more than 1,000 local attorneys and judges.


Charles H. “Chuck” Baumberger, co-founding partner of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso, Spier & Connolly P.A. in Miami, has been elected as the national first vice president of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The board is one of the nation’s most prestigious legal organizations, and membership is by invitation only.

Stephen F. “Steve” Rossman, co-founding partner of the Miami plaintiff’s trial law firm Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso, Spier & Connolly P.A., has received the prestigious “B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism” from the Florida Justice Association. He received the award with his partners, colleagues and family in attendance at the FJA’s annual Founders’ Luncheon at the Biltmore Coral Gables in September.


John Lazzara has been reappointed as a judge
of compensation claims by Gov. Rick Scott.
Lazzara, 70, of Tallahassee, has held the position
since 1990.


Justus Reid has become senior partner of the newly formed law firm partnership Reid Burman, based in West Palm Beach. Reid has been recognized as “Florida Super Lawyer,” as published in Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Reid has also been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for the past several years.


Rosemary Barkett, former Florida Chief Justice, has received the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Barkett was the first woman to serve on the court as well as the court’s first female chief justice.

Joel Brown, a partner with Freidin Dobrinsky Brown and Rosenblum P.A. in Miami, has become a Florida Supreme Court-certified family mediator. He is the former chief judge of Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit and the former administrative judge of the family division. A Florida Bar board-certified civil trial lawyer, Brown practices personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability.

William Sayer has received the 2013 “Gideon Award” from the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania for high-quality representation of his clients.

H. Adams Weaver, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been selected for inclusion in the nationwide publication Super Lawyers Business Edition (2013). He specializes in eminent domain.


Larry B. Alexander, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been selected for inclusion in the nationwide publication Super Lawyers Business Edition.

John G. DeLancett has joined Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson P.A. in Orlando as a member of the tax section, providing emphasis in tax disputes, civil and criminal tax matters and litigation. DeLancett, of counsel with the firm, will provide senior level client representation and serve as a mentor to firm associates in all areas of tax controversy.

Stephen N. Zack, administrative partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Miami and past president of the American Bar Association, recently received his fifth honorary degree — this time from University of North Carolina. He has also received honorary degrees from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., California Western School of Law in San Diego, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale and St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami.


Andrew Joshua “Josh” Markus has been selected as a recipient of “The Fellows 2014 Outstanding State Chair Award,” given by the fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The award is given annually to state leaders of the fellows who have demonstrated a dedication to the work of the foundation and the mission of the fellows through exceptional efforts on behalf of the fellows at the state level.


Leslie J. Lott was named “2014Miami Copyright Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers and was also selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2014) in the fields of arbitration, copyright law, litigation — intellectual property, litigation — patent, mediation, patent law and trademark law. Additionally, she has been selected by her peers as a “Top Lawyer” in the field of intellectual property for the South Florida Legal Guide (2014).


John D. Allen, a Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit superior court judge for 20 years and chief judge for four years, has been awarded the third annual “Emory Findley Award for Outstanding Judicial Service.” He received the award at the Council of Superior Court Judges’ 2014 annual meeting in Athens, Ga. Jorge Blanco has again received the “AV Preeminent Rating,” Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability. He first achieved the rating in 2003 and has maintained it since.

Christopher White has joined GrayRobinson’s Jacksonville office as a member of the litigation practice. His work will emphasize civil litigation, government representation and family law.


Terry Vento, a partner at Shutts & Bowen in Miami, has been recognized with the naming of the Perez Art Museum Miami Café Lounge in her honor. She has served on the museum’s board for 28 years and has provided pro-bono services as general counsel for the museum.


Dennis J. Wall, an attorney in Winter Springs, Fla., recently had his article addressing the American Law Institute’s principles of liability insurance law project, “Fiduciary in Settlement,” published in Insurance Litigation Reporter. He is the author of Litigation and Prevention of Insurer Bad Faith, third edition published by West Publishing Company.


Dennis M. Campbell, the founding member of Campbell Law Firm PLLC in Coral Gables, has again been recognized in Best Lawyers in America (2014) in the areas of commercial litigation and litigation involving banking and finance, bankruptcy, construction and real estate issues. He also was included in the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” list and has been consistently recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer and in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list.


James A. Edwards, a shareholder at Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando, was recently appointed treasurer of the Central Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was also a featured speaker at the Virgin Islands Bar Association annual meeting on the island of St. Croix. Edwards spoke on the topic of “Admissibility of Social Network and Internet Based Evidence” and led a panel to discuss the topic “Civility Matters.”

Robert Griscti has joined Dean Mead’s Gainesville office. He works as of counsel for the office’s business litigation practice. Griscti’s practice focuses on the areas of appellate law, professional licensing, government investigations, civil litigation and regulatory compliance.

Carla Miller has been named to a fellowship at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where she will work on training tools for ethics programs based upon the center’s research in conflicts of interest and ethics. She is the founder of, an international resource for government ethics. She also directs the City of Jacksonville’s independent ethics program, which she helped create.


Philippe Jeck was elected to a two-year term as vice chair of Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. in Palm Beach County. He also serves on the executive committee for the organization’s board of trustees. The foundation is a public health care organization primarily addressing the needs of Palm Beach County residents.

Christine B. Fisher, an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Chicago, has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2014).

Peter T. Kirkwood (LLMT, JD 79), a partner at Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & McBride in Tampa, has been named 2014 “Tampa Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. He was previously named “Tampa Tax Lawyer of the Year” in 2010.

Warren R. Trazenfeld has co-authored “Florida Legal Malpractice & Attorney Ethics,” which was recently published by The Daily Business Review.


Kimberly Leach Johnson, firm chair of Quarles & Brady, has been named to the 2014 “MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida” list by WGCU Public Media. She was one of 14 recipients who were nominated by community members for building a positive legacy and making a significant impact on Florida’s southwestern region.


Neal Pitts has been reappointed as a judge of compensation claims by Gov. Rick Scott. Pitts, 59, of Orlando, has held the position since 2009.

Lee Stapleton has been featured in the briefs section of Florida Super Lawyers magazine (2013). The publication ran a profile about her career. Stapleton was one of three attorneys in the state of Florida spotlighted there. She is likewise listed as a “Super Lawyer” by Florida Super Lawyers. She is the weekly on-air legal analyst for WPLG, Channel 10 News, ABC’s Miami affiliate. Additionally, Stapleton was selected by the editors of South Florida Legal Guide (2014) as a “Distinguished Attorney.”


Robert H. Dellecker, managing partner of the Orlando-based firm Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier & Sos, has been recognized as a “Legal Elite Hall of Fame” attorney by Florida Trend (2013). His practice areas include personal and wrongful death.

James A. Gale, a founding shareholder with Feldman Gale P.A. in Miami, has recently been named to International Top 100 Magazine’s “International Top 100 Lawyers in America” list. He is a registered patent attorney specializing in litigation and counseling of intellectual property disputes.

William “Bill” Hamilton, a partner in the Tampa office of Quarles & Brady LLP, has been named the firm’s national e-discovery partner. In his new role, Hamilton will work closely on e-discovery matters with the firm’s litigation teams and litigation support department. Hamilton teaches electronic discovery and digital evidence as an adjunct professor at UF’s Levin College of Law.

Scott G. Hawkins, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been selected for inclusion in the nationwide publication Super Lawyers Business Edition (2013). He specializes in business litigation.

Steve Pennypacker has accepted a new position in the Department of Children and Families as assistant secretary for programs overseeing family safety, child welfare, adult services, child care, domestic violence, homelessness and refugee services. He started at DCF in 2006 as a managing attorney.

Glenn J. Waldman, founder of Waldman Trigoboff Hildebrandt Marx & Calnan P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, has been elected chairman of the 4th Appellate District Judicial Nominating Commission.


Amelia Campbell has joined the trusts and estates group of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa as a shareholder. She has practiced law for more than 25 years and focuses on estate planning; estate and trust administration; and business succession planning.

Edward Koos is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, where he is conducting research on tax dispute resolution mechanisms utilized in developed and developing countries.


Elizabeth Green, partner at BakerHostetler in Orlando, moderated a panel discussion at the Ninth Annual Caribbean Insolvency Symposium in El San Juan, Puerto Rico, in February. The panel, titled “Anything but Absolute: The Evolution of the Absolute Priority Rule in Individual and Corporate Cases,” explored recent developments with respect to the absolute priority rule using a fact pattern/role-playing approach. Additionally, she was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

Bill Perry, managing shareholder of Gunster in West Palm Beach, has been appointed to the University of Florida Law Center Association Inc. board of trustees. The board serves as the primary support and advisory council for the university’s Levin College of Law.


Jeffrey Shear, an attorney in Gunster’s Tampa office, has been elected to the Tampa Theatre Foundation board. The Tampa Theatre is an 87-year-old landmark that was selected as one of the top 10 iconic showplaces worldwide by Delta Sky magazine and one of “America’s 21 Wonders” by Life magazine.


Scott E. Ray, assistant U.S. Attorney, Felony Major Crimes, in Washington, D.C., invites fellow members of the class of 1988 to make a gift to UF Law in memory of Jack William Geckler (JD 88) who died Nov. 11 in Wauchula, Fla.

Spencer H. Silverglate, managing shareholder and co-founder of Clarke Silverglate, P.A. in Miami, has been named director of the 2015 IADC Trial Academy. The academy is one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills. The academy provides intensive, comprehensive and participatory education to young defense trial attorneys and is held at Stanford Law School.

Christi Underwood has been appointed as a circuit judge in Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit. Before enrolling in law school, she followed her father’s footsteps by acquiring a general contractor’s license.


Patrick S. Cousins, of Cousins Law P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been recognized as one of “Palm Beach County’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry” (2013) by the Palm Beach Post’s Legacy Magazine. His practice was selected as the 2013 “Business of the Year” by the publication.

Paul Donnelly, managing partner of Donnelly & Gross P.A. in Gainesville, has been inducted as a College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Fellow. Election as a fellow is the highest recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Donnelly teaches as an adjunct professor at UF Law.

Michael Ferguson, a retired Army brigadier general, delivered the May commencement address at the University of West Florida. He was also selected to receive the university’s highest honor, an honorary doctorate of humane letters, at the ceremony.


Joseph L. Amos, a shareholder with Orlando firm Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap P.A., has been awarded “The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award” for 2014 for the 9th Judicial Circuit. He was honored at an awards ceremony at the Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee in January.

Joseph T. Ducanis, an attorney with GrayRobinson P.A.’s Ft. Lauderdale office, has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide (2014).

Kay Hobart has recently joined Parker Poe as a partner in the firm’s Raleigh, N.C., office. Prior to joining Parker Poe, she served as special deputy attorney general for the North Carolina Department of Justice, Revenue Section.

Yolanda C. Jackson has been elected to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ Corporate Round Table Board for a two-year term. The organization was founded in 1977 by African- American state legislators to secure parity in the state legislatures for their constituents. Today, the organization boasts a membership of more than 600 African-American elected officials.

John J. Rahaim II, an attorney with Rahaim Moore P.A. in Jacksonville, Fla., has been appointed to the Workers Compensation Board Certification Committee and was elected as secretary to the E. Robert Williams Inns of Court.


Keith Grossman, founder and managing partner at Grossman Law & Conflict Management, recently presented a lecture, “How to Build Your Peace Chest,” to a group of business professionals in Naples. Grossman speaks nationwide to corporations, nonprofits and professional associations on topics such as conflict management in the workplace.

Dawn Nichols, of Ormond Beach, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 7th Judicial Circuit Court as a judge. She was previously nominated by Gov. Jeb Bush to serve on the 7th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. John V. Tucker, a founding shareholder at Tucker & Ludin P.A. in Clearwater, was elected chairman of the ERISA Disability & Health Insurance Litigation Group of the America Association for Justice at its annual convention in San Francisco.

Edwin A. Scales III, of Key West, has been appointed to the 3rd District Court of Appeal by Gov. Rick Scott. Scales is currently the general counsel of the Florida Citrus Commission, vice chairman of the Florida Keys Community College board of trustees, vice chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics and a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors.


Jennifer Lester has joined Dean Mead’s Gainesville office. She will serve as of counsel for the office’s business litigation practice. Lester’s practice involves commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death and fiduciary proceedings.

Michael G. Schwartz (LLMT) has been included on the “Ohio Super Lawyers” list in Super Lawyers Magazine (2014). The publication distinguishes the top 5 percent of attorneys in Ohio in more than 70 practice areas and recognizes those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.


Perry W. Doran Jr. has been included on the “Ohio Super Lawyers” list in Super Lawyers Magazine (2014). The publication distinguishes the top 5 percent of attorneys in Ohio in more than 70 practice areas and recognizes those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Lester Law (LLMT) has joined Abbot Downing’s Naples office as director of client management. Previously, he worked at U.S. Trust in estate and financial planning.


Jeff Bartel, managing director of Hamptons Group LLC, has been elected to City Year Miami’s board of directors. The nonprofit places full-time mentors in Miami-Dade County public schools.

David Brennen (LLMT, JD 91), dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law, has been appointed to the Hospice of the Bluegrass board of directors. The nonprofit provides end-of-life care and support for terminally ill patients in homes, nursing facilities and Hospice Care Centers.

Sherwood S. “Flip” Coleman, of Clearwater, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 6th Judicial Circuit Court. Since 2007, Coleman has served as associate general counsel for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Donna L. Longhouse (LLMT, JD 93), of Allen Dell in Tampa, was named by Best Lawyers in America (2014) in the area of trusts and estates. Longhouse is a frequent lecturer and author and has been an adjunct professor of income tax at Stetson University College of Law.


Oshia Gainer Banks, an attorney with Clarke Silverglate P.A. in Miami, has been selected as “Big Sister of the Year 2014” by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.

Greg Meier (LLMT), of Orlando firm ShuffieldLowman, hosted humanitarian, author and international speaker Carl Wilkens at a booksigning and reception. The event was part of Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Initiative’s Peace Week.

Joanne M. Prescott, a shareholder with Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando, has received the “AV Rating” by the nationally recognized Martindale-Hubbell law directory. The AV rating is a result of extensive and confidential reviews conducted among legal professionals in Central Florida.


Monica Brasington, of Gainesville, has been appointed to the 8th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott. She has been a partner with Miller & Brasington P.A. since 2006, practicing elder and special needs law. She previously practiced at King & Spalding in Atlanta and was staff counsel to the 8th Judicial Circuit Court.

Mark J. Criser, a shareholder and the practice co-leader in Hill Ward Henderson’s Litigation Group in Tampa, has been elected to serve as the national chairman of the board of trustees for the nonprofit AMIkids. He will serve a two-year term.


Nicole Atkinson, an attorney with Gunster in West Palm Beach, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County. She will serve a two-year term.

Brad Bondi, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in Washington, D.C., has been named to the Securities Docket’s “Enforcement 40” list, which recognizes top securities enforcement lawyers nationwide. According to the list, Bondi is known for “razorsharp questioning of witnesses” and professorial knowledge of federal securities laws.

Fabienne Fahnestock, an attorney in Gunster’s Fort Lauderdale office, has joined the 2014 boards of directors for Coast-to-Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Service of Broward County. She was sworn in on Jan. 29 by Ilona Holmes, circuit court judge for the 17th judicial district.

John Howe, of John M. Howe P.A. in West Palm Beach, addressed the advancement of the civil rights movement at the Urban League of Palm Beach County’s 12th annual Heritage Day Luncheon. The event was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Curry Park in West Palm Beach.

Michelle Kalil, of Jacksonville, was elected to the Duval County Court of the 4th Judicial Circuit. Kalil will cover both criminal and civil cases. She previously served as an assistant public defender for the 4th Judicial Circuit and also managed her own private law practice prior to being elected.

Marilyn G. Moran, counsel at BakerHostetler Orlando, was selected as a speaker at the Orange County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference on April 11. The Bench Bar Conference featured more than 50 highly regarded members of Central Florida’s federal and state judiciary. She also spoke at Barry University School on a panel titled “Great Expectations for Female Lawyers: Conversations About Women in the Law.” The panel facilitated an in-depth discussion about issues women lawyers face and the advantages they have as practitioners.

Harvey Oyer III, a partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP in West Palm Beach, has been recognized for his most recent book, The Last Calusa. The book was awarded a “Gold Medal in Florida Children’s Fiction” by the Florida Publishers Association. His books, The American Jungle, The Last Egret and The Last Calusa, have won numerous awards and are used widely by schools throughout Florida. He was also selected by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. as a 2014 Distinguished Alumnus.

John F. Roscow IV, an attorney with Holden, Carpenter & Roscow PL in Gainesville, has been elected chairman of the Business Community Coalition. The coalition lobbies for business-related public policy.


Paul A. Giordano, a partner at Roetzel in Ft. Myers, was sworn in as vice president of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professionals Association. The association’s goal is to raise new ideas to streamline the bankruptcy process for the court, attorneys and their clients.

Laurel Moore Lee was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Circuit Court of the 13th Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County). She currently presides in the domestic relations division. Lee has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 2007.

Mark C. Nicoletti, who has worked at Sklar Kirsh LLP as of counsel, has recently been named partner in the firm’s real estate practice group. His areas of expertise include real estate capital markets, joint ventures and lender and borrower side structured financing.


Eric J. Hall, of Tampa Bay law firm Hill Ward Henderson, has been elected to shareholder. Hall practices in the firm’s corporate and tax group. His focus is on transactions in connection with business acquisitions and dispositions.

Juliann Hickey, of Dallas-based Title Resources, has been appointed senior vice president and eastern regional manager for the company. She will work out of Title Resource’s Maitland, Fla., office. In her new role, Hickey will be responsible for business development and overall management of the eastern region.

Tiffany Payne has become a partner at BakerHostetler. She will work in the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights group in the firm’s Orlando office. Payne practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She has represented corporate debtors and secured creditors, unsecured creditors and trustees in bankruptcy cases of corporate and individual debtors. Julie Sellers has been named partner at Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, P.C., in Atlanta. Sellers handles zoning and land use matters for property owners, builders and developers.


Brad Gould, a shareholder at Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer in Fort Pierce, Fla., recently served as moderator for the Current Developments Program given by the S Corporation Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. The program was presented at the ABA Section of Taxation 2014 Mid-Year Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

William “Bill” Riley Jr., a shareholder with GrayRobinson P.A.’s Miami office, has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide (2014). He has also been appointed to the City of Miami Civil Service Board, which ensures city employees are hired, promoted and retained based on merit, efficiency, character, and industry — not political patronage.


Daniel N. Gonzalez has been elevated to partner at the Miami firm Meland Russin & Budwick. Previously, Gonzalez was of counsel at the firm. Gregory T. Wilson has been appointed to the 14th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. He succeeds

Raymond H. Layne and has been appointed for a term ending in 2016.

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez has been promoted to shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Miami. She was also honored as a 2014 member of South Florida’s Real Estate Litigation Department of the Year by the Daily Business Review.


Lori L. Moore, of Roetzel in Ft. Myers, has recently been certified in real estate law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers every year since 2010.

Cristina Papanikos, an associate in Gunster’s West Palm Beach office, has been appointed to the Florida Probate Rules Committee of The Florida Bar Association and the Estate & Probate law CLE Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. The Florida Probate Rules Committee’s primary purpose is to carry out the mandate of Rule 2.140, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, concerning the proposal of new rules of procedure and changes to existing rules. The Estate & Probate CLE Committee plans and conducts at least one program per fiscal year. C. Todd Willis has been elected to shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the firm’s financial services and insurance litigation practice group.


Cheryl Priest Ainsworth, senior counsel at Affeld Grivakes Zucker, has been named a “Rising Star” for Southern California by Super Lawyers.

Travis Hayes, an attorney in the Naples office of Cummings & Lockwood LLC, has been elected as partner. He also received the “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell. His practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and probate and trust litigation.

Nick Nanton, a founder of Orlando-based CelebrityFilms entertainment company, recently received two Emmy Awards for documentaries he directed. “Esperanza” looks at how a professional baseball player impacted poor villages in the Dominican Republic, and “Mi Casa Hogar” details a children’s home in Acapulco, Mexico. Nanton previously won an Emmy Award for directing the short film “Jacob’s Turn.”

Rafael R. Ribeiro, partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP in Miami, has been elected to the WLRN Public Radio & Television Community advisory board. Ribeiro is a commercial litigation lawyer with extensive experience handling internal investigations, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.


Radha Bachman has been elected shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa. Bachman is a member of the firm’s Health Care and Business Transactions practice groups.

Lou Barbieri III has been promoted to partner at the Atlanta office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP. Barbieri has experience representing corporate clients in sophisticated and technical transactions from formation to exit. He also guides clients through state and federal corporate compliance issues.

Kimberly Davis Bocelli, an associate with Roetzel & Andress in Ft. Myers, has recently been elected vice president/president elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the Lee County Bar Association. The association furthers theeducation of its members and informs the community about important legal matters.

Christopher L. Carmody Jr., a shareholder at GrayRobinson in Orlando, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for both the Seminole and Kissimmee/Osceola counties chambers of commerce. He also serves as the Central Florida Gator Club president.

John M. Hemenway, of Bivins & Hemenway in Valrico, Fla., wrote the chapter “Adapting to the Changing Concerns of Trusts and Estates Clients in the Current Planning Environment,” in the book Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Structuring Trusts and Estates (2014). It was published by Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business.

Matthew Hill participated in a round table with the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee focused on the VA disability appeals backlog and how to update the appeal process. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates.

Jarrett Hoffman, of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, has been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in the New York metro area for employee benefits/ ERISA for his work as a senior associate in the firm’s executive compensation and benefits department.

David L. Luikart III, of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, has been elected as a shareholder in the firm. He is part of the firm’s litigation group and focuses on general and complex commercial litigation.

W. Doug Martin, of Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier & Sos. in Orlando, recently earned the “AV Preeminent Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell.

Adina Pollan, an attorney with GrayRobinson’s Jacksonville office, has been named to the statewide list of “Top 40 Under 40 Bankruptcy Lawyers.”


Drew M. Altman, has been elected shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Miami. Altman, a member of the firm’s corporate and securities practice group, focuses his practice on securities matters, capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and general corporate and business law matters.

Charlie Douglas has launched his own firm, Douglas & Hedstrom P.A., in Palatka, Fla.

Chad McCormick (LLMT), of Baker Potts LLP in Houston, has been promoted to partnership status within the firm. He advises clients on issues such as tax-efficient structures for domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and separations.

Christina Anton Garcia, a partner with Anton Castro Law in Tampa, was selected as a finalist for the “Tampa Legal Business Woman of the Year” in 2013. She has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers (2014) making this her third consecutive year. She has devoted her practice since graduation exclusively to marital and family law.

Andrew J. Orosz has been elevated to partner at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed P.A. in Orlando. He counsels clients in commercial and residential real estate matters, resort and hospitality law, commercial leasing, and structuring partnerships and joint ventures.

Jeremy C. Sahn received a “John Edward Smith Outstanding Attorney Award” for his ongoing dedication to protecting the legal rights of dependent children. During the past seven years, Sahn has served as a volunteer attorney ad litem for a number of Lawyers for Children America child clients.


Brian D. Burgoon has been appointed to serve as the 2013-2014 chair of The Florida Bar Disciplinary Review Committee and as a member of the executive committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Burgoon practices with The Burgoon Law Firm, LLC in Atlanta, and focuses his practice on business litigation, civil litigation and personal injury.

Tyler Cathey, an attorney with Englander Fischer LLP in Tampa, has been selected by Attorney General Pam Bondi to serve as the chief deputy attorney general. He previously worked in private practice with the Tampa office of the law firm of Holland & Knight, and he served as special counsel to the attorney general’s 2010 statewide campaign during the general election.

M. Everett “Rett” Peaden (LLMT) is now a shareholder with Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C., in Atlanta. He will continue his practice in the areas of estate planning and probate, corporate law and taxation. He advises clients with regard to estate and business planning and taxation.

Wendy Polit, an attorney at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami, has been elected to the Cuban American Bar Association 2014 board of directors. She has been an active member of the organization for five years.


Brian J. Aungst Jr., of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen in Tampa, has been selected as the recipient of the “Economic Advancement Business of the Year” award by the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce for his work related to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Aungst was lead counsel for the aquarium in its effort to build a new state-of-the-art aquarium in downtown Clearwater.

Zachary D. Kravitz, an attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Columbus, Ohio, was selected for inclusion in “Ohio Rising Stars” (2014). Rising Stars, a Thomson Reuters business, recognizes the top up-andcoming attorneys in the state. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected.

Joshua R. Levenson, as associate in Holland & Knight LLP’s Fort Lauderdale office, was recently named a “Rising Star” in Florida Super Lawyers magazine (2013).

Liza Lugo, of El Paso, Texas, recently published her second book, How Do Hurricane Katrina’s Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New Orleans. It is part of her series, “Racism in American Institutions.”

Drew E. Shenkman has joined the legal department of CNN in Atlanta as counsel, advising on news content and First Amendment issues. Prior to joining CNN, he was an associate with the Washington, D.C., office of Holland & Knight.

Douglas F. Stewart has joined the IP litigation practice of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Seattle as a partner. As a registered patent attorney, Stewart focuses on patent infringement litigation and counselling.


Andrew Comiter (LLMT, JD 08), an associate with Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., spoke at the National Association of State Bar Tax Section’s 34th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in October. He discussed the efforts of the tax section of The Florida Bar to attract young lawyers as well as retain older members.

Iryna Ivashchuk, an attorney with Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale, has been named to the board of governors of the Ukrainian-American Bar Association. The national bar association was created in 1977, and its members are U.S. judges, attorneys and law students of Ukrainian decent.

Matthew I. Lufrano has opened his own law firm, Johnson and Lufrano, P.A. in Jacksonville. The firm focuses on criminal defense at the pretrial, trial and appellate levels.

David N. Torre was recently promoted to director of gift planning at Rollins College in Winter Park. His philanthropic case study, “A 25th Anniversary Featured Gift: Harold Alfond Foundation and Rollins College,” was published in the January 2014 issue of Planned Giving Today.

Eric D. Nowak, an attorney with de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. in Tampa, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Section. The Young Lawyers Section provides networking opportunities for new lawyers and provides a support system as they enter the practice of law.

Scott Holtz recently opened Prestia|Holtz P.A. in Lake Worth. The firm focuses on criminal defense, personal injury and real estate/ foreclosure across South Florida. Before founding the firm, Holtz was a prosecutor in Miami and worked in civil litigation.

Mark Schweikert began a clerkship in Fort Lauderdale in March with James I. Cohn, U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Florida. He recently completed a clerkship in Miami with Paul C. Huck (JD 65), U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Kristianna Rodriguez, an attorney at Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Fort Lauderdale, served as chairwoman of the Junior League of Fort Myers’ event Kids in the Kitchen Fair, which took place in March. The fair taught children ages 3 to 15 about healthy eating and active lifestyles.


Cassidy Jones has joined Quarles & Brady LLP. She joins the firm’s Tampa office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Jones was an associate with DLA Piper LLP in Tampa, where she concentrated her practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation.

Mitchell W. Goldberg (LLMT, JD 09), of Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A. in Boca Raton, recently presented “Income Tax Consequences of Inheriting an IRA” to the South Dade Chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Nicholas Grimaudo (LLMT, JD 09) has joined Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns in the firm’s tax; estates and trust; and business department. His practice areas include taxation law, business law, estate planning, probate law, trust law and tax exempt organizations.

Jessica S. Swann has joined Tampa law firm Smolker, Bartlett, Schlosser, Loeb & Hinds, P.A. as an associate. She was previously a law clerk for G. Kendall Sharp, U.S. district judge.

Nathan Vinson (LLMT) recently joined English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP in Bowling Green, Ky., as an associate with the firm. His work will center around tax law and litigation, trusts, estates and probate. He has worked in Alabama since 2010 as an attorney, concentrating his work in tax law.


Dana T. Chang, an associate with Clarke Silverglate P.A. in Miami, was published in the January 2014 edition of the Defense Research Institute’s flagship publication, For The Defense. The article, which Chang co-authored, provides an analysis of the evolution of mixed-motive liability and how courts today address these cases at the different stages of the litigation process.

Lourdes C. Cortizo-Acevedo has joined the law firm of PobleteTamargo LLP as special counsel in Washington, D.C. She focuses her practice on immigration and nationality matters. Prior to joining the firm, she served as the sole attorney for a Hispanic nonprofit in Alexandria, Va., that provided immigration legal services. She formerly served as a legal extern for Judge Adalberto Jordan in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida and as a legal intern for Judge Israel Reyes at the Florida 11th Judicial District Court, Civil Division in Miami.

Jonathan C. Landon (LLMT) has joined Shuttleworth & Ingersoll in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He previously served as a clerk for Judge David Gustafson at the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C. He practices primarily in the areas of business and tax law.

Jon Philipson completed a judicial clerkship with Chief Judge Anne C. Conway (JD 75) of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He has also joined the law firm of Carlton Fields P.A. in its Tampa headquarters, where he aids clients with litigation, counseling and strategic communications needs.

Christine Wang has joined Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach office as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. She is active in organizations including Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, University of Florida Levin College of Law Alumni Mentor Program and Duke University Alumni Association.


Matthew M. Comiter (LLMT) has joined Gunster’s Miami office as an associate. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City as an international tax associate. Allison Fischman recently traveled to Honolulu for a six-month stint with the Fish and Wildlife Service refuge system. She was involved with a FWS project that removed shipwrecks from coral reefs in the remote Pacific.

Kathryn A. Kimball has accepted an invitation to join the Criminal Tax Division of the Department of Justice as part of the honors program. She is currently clerking in Birmingham for Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. She previously clerked in Tampa for Judge James S. Moody Jr. (JD 72) of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Alicia L. Taylor (LLMT, JD 11), an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Naples, has been accepted into the Growing Associates in Naples Class of 2014. GAIN is a program of the nonprofit Leadership Collier Foundation under the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce for emerging young leaders and professionals. Participants learn about the local history, government, election structures and charitable foundations.


Amanda C. Smith has joined the law firm of Blalock Walters, one of the largest law firms in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. She assists with pre-trial motions, discovery and business litigation matters.