Class Notes – Fall 2013


Robert L. Trohn an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A. in Lakeland, is marking 30 years of board
certification with The Florida Bar this year. He is board-certified in civil trial law.


Larry S. Stewart has been appointed to the executive committee of the American Law Institute. Stewart has also been appointed to the board of the RAND Corporation’s new Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation. The center will conduct research and recommend policy alternatives to mitigate the adverse effects of catastrophes and to provide compensation to those suffering losses.


Gerald F. Richman, president of Richman Greer, P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been elected
treasurer of the Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was also named
Best Lawyers’ West Palm Beach litigation-construction “Lawyer of the Year” (2014).


Sidney A. Stubbs, Jr., of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach, was
listed on The Florida Bar’s “legal milestone” list. The list is comprised of 221 members who have maintained their board certification status for 30 years. Stubbs has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of commercial and corporate litigation and law firm litigation. He was also named in Super Lawyers for Florida (2013).


Robert Leslie Moore has received the Pillar of the Community Award from the Kiwanis Club of Venice, Fla. A member of the organization for 44 years, he has participated in international service projects to improve the health of women and children in underdeveloped countries.


Don Slesnick, managing partner of Slesnick & Casey, LLP in Coral Gables, was elected as the 2013-2014 chairman of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Membership in the nonprofit, which supports academic research, is limited to one-third of 1 percent of the lawyer population.


Charles H. Egerton, one of the founding shareholders of the law firm of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A. in Orlando, was recently recognized as one of 221 Florida Bar members — and only 19 Orange County lawyers — who earned legal board certification in civil trial or tax law in 1983 and have remained certified for 30 years. Egerton has more than 40 years of experience as a tax and corporate attorney. Bennie Lazzara Jr., of Wilkes and McHugh, P.A. in Tampa, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers magazine (2013).

Peter W. Zinober, with Greenberg Traurig, P.A. in Tampa, has been named in the 100 Most Powerful Labor and Employment Lawyers in the United States by Law Dragon and the Society for Human Resources Management. It is his fourth consecutive year receiving the title. Additionally, he was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law for the 24th consecutive year. He was also named lawyer of the year for Tampa litigation, labor and employment. In Chambers U.S.A. Guide 2013, Zinober was designated as a “Star Performer” in labor and employment law for the sixth consecutive year. He is one of only three Florida lawyers to receive that designation.


Rosemary Barkett recently announced she will step down from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to join the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands. After serving 20 years in the position, she resigned in September and will become one of three U.S. judges in the international arbitral tribunal.

Joel H. Brown, former chief judge of Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit, has joined the Miami law firm of Freidin, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum P.A. Brown will practice all aspects of family law matters with an emphasis on divorce, multi-state and international jurisdictional issues.

William E. Williams, an attorney with Gray-Robinson, P.A.’s Tallahassee office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers’ 2013 list in the area of administrative law.


Larry B. Alexander, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been peer-selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2014) for real estate law. Additionally, he has been named West Palm Beach “Lawyer of the Year” in real estate law.

John K. Vreeland, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Lakeland office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers’ list in the area of estate planning and probate (2013).

Stephen N. Zack, of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Miami, has been selected to chair the Miami Beach Charter Review Board. Zack previously chaired the board, which recommends changes to the City Charter, during the only other two periods it operated, beginning in 1993 and 2003. He has also been appointed by President Barack Obama as the alternate U.S. public representative to the general assembly of the U.N. Upon Senate confirmation, his title will be U.S. State Department senior adviser to
the U.N.


William H. Andrews, of GrayRobinson P.A. in Jacksonville, has been named to the Chambers USA list for notable achievements, client service and excellence in the practice area of labor and employment (2013). He also has been recognized on Florida Trend’s legal elite list (2013). Carson McEachern, of Roetzel in Naples, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Steven G. Wenzel, of Wenzel Fenton Cabassa P.A. in Tampa, was listed in Super Lawyers in employment litigation plaintiff (2013).

Gene K. Glasser, of GreenspoonMarder in Fort Lauderdale, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2014).


Michael T. Callahan has been awarded the Joseph P. Milton Professionalism and Civility Award, given by the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has 39 years of trial experience, including cases involving the Skyway Bridge and Choctawatchee Bay Bridge accidents and a lost Spanish galleon. His cases have established precedents in medical malpractice, landlord liability to tenants and insurance bad faith.

John R. Crawford, an attorney with Marks Gray, P.A. in Jacksonville, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers in the area of estate planning and probate (2013).

S. Daniel Ponce, a partner at Berger Singerman LLP in Miami, has been appointed to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission established by Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio. He will serve a two-year term.

Wesley R. Poole, a partner with Poole & Poole in Fernandina Beach, Fla., has been appointed to the Nassau County Court by Gov. Rick Scott. He previously served as an attorney with the City of Fernandina Beach.

Pamela O. Price, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A. in Orlando, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers in the area of estate planning and probate (2013). She has also been recognized on Florida Trend’s annual legal elite list (2013).

Ronald S. Reed, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Tampa office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers in the area of family law (2013).

Gerald A. Rosenthal, senior shareholder with Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles in Port St. Lucie, has been included in the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary as recognition for his commitment to the field. He also spoke at the 68th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, held Aug. 18 - 21 in Orlando.


Frederick W. Leonhardt, of GrayRobinson, P.A. in Orlando, recently joined Gov. Rick Scott and other Florida business leaders to strengthen the economic partnership with Chile. As chairman of GrayRobinson’s policy board, Leonhardt has supported the governor’s plan to promote the state of Florida as a business destination. Additionally, he has been named one of Orlando’s 50 most powerful people by Orlando Magazine. He was included in the Chambers USA 2013 list for notable achievements, client service and excellence in the practice area of real estate: zoning/land use. He has also been recognized on Florida Trend’s annual legal elite list (2013).

Leslie Lott, a partner at Lott & Fischer in Coral Gables, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2013) and the Best Lawyers in America (2014). Lott was additionally ranked among the top 50 women in the state by Super Lawyers. Managing Intellectual Property magazine named her an “IP star” in its 2013 IP Handbook. Additionally, Lott was named 2014 Miami copyright law lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers.

Robert K. Rouse Jr. received The Florida Bar’s William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award during the organization’s annual conference June 27 in Boca Raton. The award recognizes judges who are dedicated to the ideals of justice and demonstrate diligence in inspiring others to professionalism. Rouse, a 7th Judicial Circuit judge since 1995, currently presides over civil cases at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand.


Wayne E. Flowers, a Lewis, Longman & Walker shareholder in Jacksonville, has been selected to Florida Super Lawyer (2013) in the area of environmental litigation. Flowers shares this designation with 5 percent of attorneys statewide.

Gary D. Fox has been named Plaintiff Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Florida Chapters American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been involved in high-profile cases including the Terri Schiavo medical malpractice case and the Carnival Cruise Lines sexual assault case, which resulted in an order requiring Carnival to report data from sexual assaults occurring on its ships.

Ronald Rowland (LLMT), of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus, Ohio, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America (2014) listing in the areas of tax law and trusts and estates.

Gerald W. Weedon, an attorney with Marks Gray, P.A. in Jacksonville, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers in the area of business litigation (2013).


Nathaniel L. Doliner (LLMT), of Carlton Fields, has been named by The Best Lawyers in America (2014) as Tampa corporate governance law “Lawyer of the Year.” Jeffrey S. Kannensohn, an attorney with Porter Wright in Naples, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Charles S. Modell, of Larkin Hoffman law firm in Minneapolis, has been recognized by Chambers USA in its 2013 listing of leading individuals nationwide in franchising. He was also selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of franchise law and was named Best Lawyer’s 2014 Minneapolis franchise law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Linda Loomis Shelley, managing shareholder of Fowler White Boggs’ Tallahassee office, has been reappointed as chairwoman of the Northern District Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission recommends candidates to serve in certain federal, judicial and law enforcement positions including U.S. district judge, U.S. attorney and U.S. marshal in Florida.

Dennis J. Wall, an attorney in Winter Springs, has recently published his third edition of Litigation and Prevention of Insurer Bad Faith. The edition supplements his first two volumes. He also had an article, “Lessons in Bad Faith,” published in Claims Management Magazine. He presented a webinar to the Clearwater Bar Association titled “Forensic Examination of Insurance Policies.” His presentation June 27 has been awarded the Continuing Legal Education Credit by The Florida Bar. In the spring, his article series about the Affordable Care Act was published, including, “What Are Health Insurance Exchanges? A First Look” and “Report from the ACA Battlefront: Medicaid, the ACA, and the United States Supreme Court.”


William A. Boyles (JD 76, LLMT 78), an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A., in Orlando, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers’ 2013 list in the area of tax. He is also marking 30 years of board certification with The Florida Bar this year. Simon Ferro has joined the Miami office of Gunster as a shareholder. A member of the firm’s environmental and land use practice, Ferro brings more than 30 years of experience in the areas of zoning, land use and governmental relations.

Peter J. Gravina, of Pavese Law Firm in Ft. Myers, has been name to Florida Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in the state for 2013. Dale Swope, of Swope, Rodante P.A. in Tampa, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2014) in recognition of his work in personal injury litigation plaintiffs. Swope has been listed in the publication since 2005.

Thomas J. Wilkes, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Orlando office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers (2013) in the area of government/cities/municipalities. He has also been recognized on Florida Trend’s legal elite list (2013).

Richard M. Zabak, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Tampa office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers (2013) in the area of business litigation.


Larry D. Hardaway, a Lakeland attorney, was inducted into the Polk County School District’s hall of fame.

N. Diane Holmes, founder of N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group in Orlando, has been named by The Florida Association for Women Lawyers as a 2013 Leader in the Law for her commitment to the Central Florida community and dedication to advancing the cause of women. She consistently ranks among Florida’s top attorneys and is actively involved in efforts to raise money for breast cancer research, protect children and support the arts.

Jeff Scroggin (JD 77, LLMT 79), of Scroggin & Company in Roswell, Ga., has recently been published in several publications. His article “Tax Complexity, History and Humor” appeared in Leimberg Information Services Income Tax Planning Newsletter in April, and it was republished in the NAEPC Journal of Estate and Tax Planning’s summer 2013 issue. His article “Where is the Estate Planning Profession Going?” was printed in the Leimberg Information Services Estate Planning Newsletter in March and was republished in NAEPC Journal of Estate and Tax Planning and on the Society of Financial Services Professionals’ website. Scroggin was quoted in the New York Times on July 19 in an article titled “A Public Debate of the Wisdom of Gandolfini’s Will.” Additionally, he was named for the fifth year in a row in Georgia Super Lawyers.


Mary Wood Bridgman was elected chair of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling in May. She was appointed to the board in 2004 by Gov. Jeb Bush.

Philippe Jeck, of Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones, P.A. in Juno Beach, Fla., has received the Above and Beyond Special Recognition award from the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. The award from the Board of Directors acknowledged his years of service to the community and the chamber as a past director and general counsel.

Terence R. Perkins has been elected as chief judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit, which covers Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties. He was elected by the 42 judges in the circuit and will have administrative supervision over the circuit during his two-year term.

David L. Smith, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Tampa office, has been named by Florida Super Lawyers (2013) in the area of government/cities/municipalities. He was additionally elected chair of Tampa Downtown Partnership, an organization fostering vibrant neighborhoods throughout downtown Tampa.

Nicholas V. Pulignano Jr., an attorney with Marks Gray, P.A. in Jacksonville, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers (2013) in the area of business litigation. Jonathan C. Hollingshead, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A. in Orlando, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2014).


Kimberly Leach Johnson, of Quarles & Brady LLP in Naples, was appointed as chairwoman  of the firm. The appointment marks the first time in the firm’s history someone outside of Wisconsin has led it. Additionally, she has been named to Florida Trend’s legal elite list (2013), Florida Super Lawyers (2013) and the publication’s “top 50 women” list.

Richard B. Comiter (LLMT), senior partner at Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP in Palm Beach Gardens, has recently been named in Florida Trend (2013) and inducted into the publication’s Florida Legal Elite 2013 hall of fame. He was also listed in Florida Super Lawyers’ “Top 100” and in the top 100 attorneys in Florida, as published in The Wall Street Journal and Miami Magazine.

J. Mason Williams III, an attorney with Gray-Robinson, P.A. in Melbourne, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers (2013) in the area of construction litigation.


Michael Havelin, of Asheville, N.C., has published his fourth mystery novel, Ben Bones and the Galleon of Gold. It is his third genealogical and legal-themed mystery series. He also runs, a mystery writers’ critique group in Asheville. Richard A. Jacobson, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, has been named Best Lawyers’ “2014 Tampa’s international trade and finance law lawyer of the year.” His legal practice includes representation of foreign clients seeking pre-residency tax planning assistance; coordination of U.S. tax and immigration planning; foreign investors in U.S. real estate and other business ventures.

Mark K. Somerstein, of Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2014). Charles E. Williams, 12th Judicial Circuit judge, was the keynote speaker for the May 24 New College of Florida commencement. Williams is chairman of The Sarasota Bar Association Diversity Committee and a judge member of the Central Division of the Mediator Qualifications Board.

Lee Stapleton of Baker & McKenzie in Miami, was featured in the 2013 issue of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. The magazine profile detailed Stapleton’s career as a federal prosecutor in Miami and Washington, D.C., as well as her private practice in commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Stapleton also works as a legal analyst on WPLG’s Channel 10 news on Sundays and she teaches trial skills at the University of Miami law school.


Alan H. Daniels (JD 81, LLMT 83), a partner in Roetzel’s Orlando office, was named in Best Lawyers for tax law. He and about 60 others received the distinction and he was one of four recipients in Orlando.

William F. Hamilton, an attorney with Quarles & Brady LLP, has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Stephen L. Kussner, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Tampa office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers (2013) list in the area of real estate.

Louise B. Zeuli, of Louise B. Zeuli, P.A. and Facilitative Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Inc., in Maitland, Fla., was one of the top women lawyers in alternative dispute resolution in Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine. She was also listed among top area lawyers in the June 26 edition of Orlando Life, which partnered with LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell to share its list of local lawyers who have reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence.


Thomas R. Bolf, of GreenspoonMarder in Fort Lauderdale, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2014). Cynthia C. Jackson, previously a Jacksonville attorney with Smith Hulsey & Busey, has been appointed as a judge to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the middle district of Florida.

Mitchell E. Widom, a partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP in Miami, has been selected to participate in Leadership Florida’s upcoming 32nd class, an eightmonth training and development program that connects leaders to work together for the longterm benefit of Florida.

Andrea E. Zelman, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, has been named Tampa litigation — land use and zoning “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers (2014). Zelman concentrates her practice in land use and environmental law, including zoning matters, developments of regional impact and comprehensive land use plans.


Amelia M. Campbell, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, has been elected president of the Athena Society. Founded in 1976, the Athena Society is dedicated to creating a forum for interaction and collaboration and to improving the status of women through equality. Campbell practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration and business succession planning.

Amy J. Galloway, former director at Tripp Scott’s Fort Lauderdale office, recently opened her own law firm, Amy J. Galloway, P.A. The new firm, also based in Fort Lauderdale, emphasizes real estate and property rights disputes.

Mark W. Klingensmith has been appointed judge to the 4th District Court of Appeal by Gov. Rick Scott. Klingensmith served as a judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit since 2011.

John Elliott Leighton, managing partner of Leighton Law, P.A. in Miami and Orlando, presented on alternative dispute resolution and discovery and depositions at The Florida Bar Basics seminar in Tampa. Leighton was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. He was voted as one of the “Top Lawyers” in the South Florida Legal Guide for the last 10 years, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers and has been designated a “legal elite” by Florida Trend magazine.

William (Bill) J. Schifino, Jr., a partner in the Tampa office of Burr & Forman LLP, has been selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in litigation — securities for the Tampa market by Best Lawyers. Schifino focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including securities, intellectual property and business tort litigation.


Sheree Lancaster has become the first woman to serve as county judge in Gilchrist County. Lancaster was a longtime attorney for the Gilchrist County School Board and also represented the Levy County School Board. Lancaster also served as a child support hearing officer for the 8th Judicial Circuit in Gilchrist and Levy counties for more than 14 years.

H. William Perry, managing shareholder at Gunster, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Law Center Association Inc., at UF. His five-year term began in September.

William E. Ruffier, managing partner of Orlando-based Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier & Sos, has recently received the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. The award was granted by the local council’s committee to Eagle Scouts who have devoted a lifetime to their profession, vocation, community and beliefs.


Mayanne Downs, of GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Champion for Justice Award presented by the Barry University School of Law. She also received the Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award, which is the highest award given annually by the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She was additionally named one of Orlando’s 50 most powerful people by Orlando Magazine and selected to Florida Super Lawyers’ (2013) list. She has also been recognized on Florida Trend’s annual 2013 “legal elite” list. She was recently appointed to a six year term on the Judicial Qualifications Commission and is the city attorney for the City of Orlando.

Bradley R. Johnson, a partner with Taylor, Day, Grimm, Boyd & Johnson, was unanimously selected as the interim president and head of Bolles School in Jacksonville. A member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and The Florida Bar Association, Johnson is a master in the Chester Bedell Inns of Court and is a former executive committee member of the Jacksonville Urban League and The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers’ Section.


Jane Dunlap Callahan (JD 87, LLMT 88), a shareholder of the Orlando-based law firm of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., was recently appointed to the Christian Service Center (CSC) for Central Florida’s Board of Directors. The CSC is a private nonprofit social service agency that works with area businesses and community organizations to combat poverty and homelessness and to promote selfsufficiency.

Spencer H. Silverglate, a managing shareholder and co-founder of Clarke Silverglate, P.A., in Miami, has been named the 2015 International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy Director. The Trial Academy is held every year at Stanford Law School and offers participatory education to young defense trial attorneys.

Michael S. Singer (JD 87, LLMT 88), of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP in Palm Beach Gardens, has been named to Florida Trend’s legal elite list (2013). He was also named in Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Christi Underwood, a Winter Park mediator and arbitrator, has been appointed to the 9th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott. She has filled a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Frederic Rand Wallis. A board certified construction lawyer, Underwood previously practiced with Foley & Lardner as a commercial and construction litigator and with Maguire, Voorhis & Wells.


C. Mark Fowler has been selected as the new appellate bureau chief for the Legal Services Division of the Montana Department of Justice. Fowler has been an assistant attorney general in the Montana Department of Justice since 1994, working in the Legal Services Divisions’ Appellate Bureau and in the Gambling Control Division.

David A. Hallman, a Nassau County attorney, has been appointed chair of The Florida Bar Statewide Standing Committee on Professionalism for 2013-2014. Hallman was also named a “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine (2013). Hallman is a board-certified specialist in city, county and local government law and has served as Nassau County attorney since 2007.

Michael J. Shapiro, a senior vice president and wealth adviser in Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management’s Boca Raton office, has been named to Barron’s annual list, “America’s Top 1000 Advisors: 2013 Stateby-State,” for the fifth consecutive year. The “Barron’s Top 1000 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the firm and quality of service provided to clients.

Mark Stein, a partner with Miami law firm Higer Lichter & Givner, has been selected to receive the 2013 Pro Bono “Innovative Project” award from the Dade County Bar Association and Dade Legal Aid’s “Put Something Back” program. Stein received this award as recognition of his leadership of the “Legal Tune Ups for Non Profits” annual clinic that this year engaged more than 40 attorneys from the business and corporate community to provide legal services to almost 60 nonprofit organizations.

Charles D. Tobin, of Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, D.C., was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers (2014) in First Amendment law and litigation, First Amendment and media law. Tobin is the chairman of the National Media Practice Team of Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, D.C. He recently moderated a “Council for Court Excellence” round table between judges and the media discussing journalism and the courts.


Joseph L. Amos Jr., of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A. in Orlando, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2014). 

Joseph T. Ducanis, Jr. has joined the Fort Lauderdale office of GrayRobinson, P.A., as a shareholder. He brings more than 22 years of estate planning, probate and trust administration experience to the team.

June C. McKinney, an administrative law judge for the state of Florida, was sworn in as the 2013-2014 president of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary on Sept. 18 in Chicago. She was sworn in by Chief Judge Robert Cohen of Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings. McKinney is the first Florida female, first African-American female and second judge from DOAH to serve as the association’s president.


Todd L. Bradley, a partner in the Naples office of Cummings & Lockwood LLC, was listed in Best Lawyers in America. He practices in the area of trusts and estates and has been listed since 2008. He was also selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Erin R. McCormick, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, will serve a one-year term as the chair of United Way Suncoast Women’s Leadership Steering Committee, a group that provides out-of-school care and financial literacy programs for families. Alan Pickert, of Jacksonville-based Terrell Hogan P.A., was recently recognized in Florida Super Lawyers. He also was named president of Healing Every Autistic Life, a nonprofit that assists autistic children and their families in North Florida. Additionally,he was appointed to the Jacksonville Ethics Commission by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and the Jacksonville City Council. Steven Solomon, of GrayRobinson in Miami, has been named in Chambers USA (2013) for notable achievements, client service and excellence in the practice area of bankruptcy/ restructuring.


Courtney Kneece Grimm, of the Bedell Firm in Jacksonville, was selected to serve as secretary/treasurer of the trial lawyers section for The Florida Bar. She has served on the section’s executive council since 2007. She was also re-appointed to serve on The Florida Bar’s annual convention committee.

Kim Bonder Rezanka has been selected as the new managing shareholder of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A.’s Viera/Melbourne office. In her new role, Rezanka oversees 22 attorneys, professionals and administrative staff members. She joined Dean Mead in 2001 and has been instrumental in growing the firm’s presence in Brevard County.

Michael Schwartz (LLMT), of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus, Ohio, has been named in the Best Lawyers of America (2014) listing in the practice area of commercial litigation, tax law, trusts and estates.


Paul D. Bain, of Trenam Kemker in Tampa, has been elected as a shareholder at the firm. Bain represents large and small land and business owners.

Matthew K. Fenton, of Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A. in Tampa, was named in Super Lawyers in
employment and labor. Jed L. Frankel, a shareholder at the community association and real estate law firm of Eisinger,

Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, P.A., recently co-conducted a webinar for condo and HOA boards. The webinar, titled “Collect More, and Collect it More Easily: Best Practices for Condo/ HOA Debt Collection,” was hosted by and had more than 60 attendees from across the country.

Erik P. Shuman, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A. in Melbourne, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers’ 2013 list in the area of estate planning and probate.

Perry W. Doran II, of of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus, Ohio, has been named to Best Lawyers in America (2014) in the practice area of mass tort litigation/class actions.


Keith Rizzardi, special counsel to Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., and a law professor at St. Thomas University, recently published his article, “The Duty to Advise the Lorax: Environmental Advocacy and the Risk of Reform,” and presented the paper at the University of Florida Public Interest Environmental Conference in Gainesville and the Seminar Group Endangered Species Act conference in Atlanta. Rizzardi also led policy discussions on fishery sustainability at the Boston Seafood Show and on coastal development at the National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium in Tacoma, Wash.

Donna L. Longhouse (JD 93, LLMT 94) has joined Allen Dell P.A. in Tampa as a shareholder. She practices in the areas of tax, trusts and estates, business planning and tax-exempt organizations. She was selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2013), was named in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010 in trusts and estates and was named in The Legal 500 United States (2013) in the area of tax, domestic – East Coast.

Kevin D. Johnson, of Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A. in St. Petersburg, was recently recognized in Florida Trend’s legal elite list (2013). He was also selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (2014).

Paul Scheck, a partner in Shutts & Bowen LLP’s Orlando office, has been elected president of the Orange County Bar Association. Scheck, a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, will focus on mentoring lawyers from basic skills training for new bar members to expanding continuing legal education offerings.

Marc A. Wites, of Wites & Kapetan, P.A., in Lighthouse Point, Fla., recently announced the online publication of the 2013 edition The Florida Litigation Guide at The guide, published since 1997, lists the elements of popular common law causes of action, the citations for the most recent Florida state and federal court cases that cite each action’s elements followed by the applicable statute of limitations and defenses.

Hetal H. Desai has recently joined Tallahassee firm Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. Desai practices in the areas of employment and civil rights, ethics, public records, local government and land use law. She served as assistant city attorney for the city of Tallahassee for almost nine years.


Caryn L. Bellus, a shareholder in Kubicki Draper’s Miami office, was recently elected chairwoman of the Appellate Practice Section. She is a longtime active member of the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar. She also recently spoke at The Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy Program.

Bruce Jacob (LLMT), Stetson University dean emeritus and professor of law, has received the Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award. While serving as Stetson’s dean, Jacob greatly increased the number of minority full-time faculty members. Additionally, he received the Champion of Indigent Defense Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In February, Jacob was named a Power 100 Advocate by On Being a Black Lawyer for his efforts to make the legal profession more racially diverse.

Timothy M. Cerio has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission is charged under the Florida Constitution with the responsibility of submitting nominations to the governor to fill vacancies on the 1st District Court of Appeal.


Suzanne E. Gilbert, a partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight, has been elected as a top officer of The 11th Circuit Historical Society Inc. Gilbert will serve as vice president- Florida and will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s preservation efforts related to the northern, middle and southern districts of Florida. The purpose of the 11th Circuit Historical Society is to keep a record of the history of the courts of the 11th Circuit as institutions and of the judges who have served these courts. She has also been elected president of the Board of Directors of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Gilbert joined the board in 2003 and served as vice president during the past year. Celebrating 25 seasons this year, Orlando Shakespeare Theater features professional theater productions, develops new plays and provides educational experiences to the community.

Monica B. Mason, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, has been named in Best Lawyers (2014) as Tampa trademark law lawyer of the year. She has experience in intellectual property law, including trademarks, copyrights, cybersquatting and trade secrets.

Steven A. Lessne, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers (2013) list in the area of business litigation.

Cynthia S. Munkittrick was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Dixie County Court. Munkittrick has been a solo practitioner since 1996. From 1974-1976, she served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

F. Scott Westheimer, a managing partner of the Sarasota-based law firm Syprett Meshad, has been named to Florida Trend magazine’s “legal elite” list (2013). In March, Westheimer was elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Westheimer was sworn into office on June 28 during The Florida Bar’s annual meeting in Boca Raton.

Lisa Z. Hauser (JD 95, LLMT 96) an associate at Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun in Palm Beach Gardens, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2013).


Marve Ann Alaimo, a partner at Cummings & Lockwood LLC, was selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2013). Alaimo focuses her practice in the area of estate planning and probate.

Darren D. Farfante (JD 96, LLMT 97) a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs, has been elected to the firm’s Board of Directors. Farfante concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, tax controversies and commercial litigation.

Christopher C. Nash was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Hillsborough County Court, which serves the Tampa area. Nash has practiced with Leavengood, Nash, Dauval, and Boyle, P.A. since 2004.

Leslie Miller Tomczak, a shareholder in Akerman Senterfitt’s Fort Lauderdale office, has become board-certified by The Florida Bar in the area of construction law. Tomczak represents developers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in matters including shopping centers, houses of worship and airport projects.


Michael Cavendish, of Gunster’s Jacksonville office, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the board of the Florida Humanities Council. The council was established in 1973 and is dedicated to building strong communities by exploring the heritage, traditions and stories of Florida. The nonprofit is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities. Cavendish practices litigation, trial and appellate law in the field of complex business disputes.

James Matthew Colaw, who has served as assistant state attorney in the 4th and 8th Circuits since 1998, has been appointed to the Alachua County Family Court to fill a vacancy left by Judge Martha Ann Lott (JD 81). He will work in the Alachua Family “DR2” division and will handle all family pro se and simplified dissolution cases countywide.

Fabienne Fahnestock of Gunster’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a civil circuit mediator.

Richard E. “Rick” Mitchell was appointed to the 5th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. Mitchell’s term began in July and runs until 2016. He has also been recognized on Florida Trend’s legal elite list (2013).

Harvey E. Oyer III, a partner at the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, was selected as the Florida Distinguished Author for 2013. Each year, the Board of Trustees of the Florida House recognizes one Florida author and one Florida artist. His books, The American Jungle, The Last Egret and The Last Calusa, have won numerous awards and are used widely by schools throughout Florida.


Paul A. Giordano has joined Roetzel’s business and commercial litigation practice in the Fort Myers office. Giordano has also been selected to serve a one-year term as the first president and chairman of the board of the Bankruptcy Legal Education Series Foundation, Inc. Giordano handles a variety of business and commercial litigation matters with a focus on bankruptcy – creditors’ rights, partnership disputes, commercial foreclosures, contract and corporate disputes and general and professional liability lawsuits. Giordano has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013). Additionally, he has been named a “Legal Elite” in bankruptcy and workout by Florida Trend magazine.

Jason Z. Jones, a partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, was honored as pro bono bankruptcy attorney of the year by the Dade County Bar Association and Dade Legal Aid’s “Put Something Back” pro bono program.

Kenneth H. Haney, a partner in Quarles & Brady LLP Naples office, has received the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Haney joins more than 180 Quarles & Brady attorneys who have been rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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.

Brian K. Oblow, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Tampa office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers’ 2013 list in the area of business litigation.

Rhonda Peoples-Waters, the president/CEO of Rhonda Peoples-Waters-PA, has been named one of the “2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” by IMPACT and the National Bar Association. Butler received the distinction during the association’s annual convention, held in Miami in July.

Joel E. Roberts, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Orlando office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers (2013) in the area of business litigation.


Christopher R. D’Amico (LLMT) has joined Roetzel’s business services group as a partner in the Orlando office. His practice focuses on representing companies and business owners in all types of business and tax matters, including mergers and acquisitions. Dianne Farb has been selected as the 2013 Woman of Distinction by Santa Fe College in Gainesville for her creation of Climb for Cancer, a foundation that financially assists cancer patients who are children or belong to low-income families.

Mindy Jones was recently elected to a second term as president of the Broward Domestic Violence Council and awarded the 2013 Victim Advocate Professional of the Year award from the Broward Victims’ Rights Coalition.

William Kratochvil of Henderson Franklin has joined the firm as a stockholder in the Tort and Insurance Litigation practice area. Kratochvil concentrates his tort and insurance defense practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights and construction litigation. He also handles special investigative unit/fraud cases and general commercial litigation matters.


Trevor B. Arnold, an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Orlando office, has been named to Florida Super Lawyers’ 2013 list in the area of construction litigation.

Brad Gould, a shareholder at the law firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer, recently served as the moderator for the Current Developments Program given by the S Corporation Committee of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association (ABA). The program was given at the ABA Section of Taxation’s annual meeting in May in Washington, D.C.Gould led the panel discussion regarding recent legislative, administrative and judicial developments relating to S corporations.

Christine Marlewski, an attorney with Gray-Robinson, P.A.’s Tampa office, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013). She has also been recognized on Florida Trend’s legal elite list (2013).

William W. Riley Jr. has joined the Miami office of GrayRobinson, P.A. as a shareholder in the Public Law and Land Use Practice Group. Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Riley served as land use counsel to Variety Children’s Hospital for the expansion of Miami Children’s Hospital. In addition, Riley was recognized by Florida Super Lawyers and designated a “Rising Star” by the publication.

Larry B. “Ben” Alexander Jr., of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been peer-selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2014) for real estate law.


T. Robert Bulloch, of Quarles & Brady LLP in Naples, has received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell with a perfect overall 5.0 peer rating. He has also been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Allen Winsor, previously a shareholder with GrayRobinson’s Tallahassee office, was appointed as Florida’s solicitor general. Winsor takes the place of Solicitor General Timothy Osterhaus. During his time at UF Law, Windsor was editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review.

Nancy Cason, of Sarasota-based Syprett Meshad, was given an AV Preeminent rating in real estate and litigation by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Earlier this year, she was selected as a Florida “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (2013).

Debra Deardourff Faulk recently presented at The Florida Bar Business Law Section’s annual retreat Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. Her presentation was titled “What’s All the Buzz About? Changes to USPTO; Rules for Professional Responsibility.” She has also been designated a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Steven D. Kramer, managing attorney of the Kramer Law Firm, P.A., was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Theodore S. Kypreos was elected president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association for 2013–2014.

Fradyn Suárez, of Hunton & Williams LLP in Miami, has been named one of South Florida Business Journal’s “influential business women of 2013.” Additionally, she was named to the Daily Business Review’s 2013 “Rising Stars.” Recipients were judged on their ability to be innovators within their
practice and their commitment to professional volunteer work.

Kellye A. Shoemaker, a partner at Shoemaker and Shoemaker, P.A., was a recipient of the Seminole County Bar Association’s Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Service Award in December 2012. She became a certified member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum in March 2013. She has also been selected to serve as secretary of Florida Workers’ Advocates after serving on the Board of Directors for several years, and she spoke at the FWA Educational Conference in June 2013.


Salvatore Bochicchio (JD 02, LLMT 03), of Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone LLP, has become of counsel in the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice, where he concentrates in sophisticated tax and estate planning for partnerships, corporations, charities, tax-exempt organizations and high-net-worth individuals.

Dwayne L. Dickerson, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Fort Lauderdale, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida to serve on the Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law. Dickerson represents developers, property owners and local governments seeking development entitlements and environmental permit approvals for their real estate projects. He has also been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc.

Nicole “Nikki” Fried, of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky Abate & Webb, was sworn in as a member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Board of Governors in June. The board is responsible for the general management and affairs of the Young Lawyers Division and for providing a program of activities and projects for its members.

Nicole C. Kibert, of counsel in Carlton Fields’ Tampa office, was selected by UF Law as a 2013 Outstanding Young Alumnus. Kibert was honored with this award during UF’s Orange and Blue breakfast on April 6. She was additionally elected chairwoman of The Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Kibert was sworn in for the one-year term Aug. 9.

L. J. Paul Lutz, general counsel for U.S. Security Associates, Inc., has been named the 2013 outstanding general counsel – small legal department by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. U.S. Security Associates is the fourthlargest security guard company in the U.S.

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, including 2013.

Hale E. Sheppard (LLMT), of Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta, was selected for inclusion in the 2013 Thomson Reuters’ list of Super Lawyers for the area of tax litigation. Only 5 percent of the state’s licensed active attorneys are selected to be Super Lawyers.

Melissa C. Pallett-Vasquez, of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP in Miami, has been appointed vice-chair of the Canada Committee of the American Bar Association, international law section for the 2013-2014 term. She handles complex commercial litigation matters and international arbitration and representing clients from Canada and South America. She was also named one of the South Florida Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”


JaDawnya Butler, an assistant district attorney in Fulton County, Ga., has been named one of  the “2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” by IMPACT and the National Bar Association. Butler received the distinction during the association’s annual convention, held in Miami in July.

Christine L. Derr, a Tampa attorney the Law Office of Christine L. Derr, P.A., became Florida board-certified in marital and family law. She has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in family law (2013) and as Florida Trend’s legal elite (2013).

M. Travis Hayes, an attorney with Cummings & Lockwood LLC in Naples, co-authored an article published by The Florida Bar in its book about Florida asset protection, titled “Relationship Dissolution Planning.” Hayes was also recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Collier County Bar Association. Additionally, he has been appointed as the vice-chairman of the Probate Law and Procedure Committee for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of The Florida Bar. He recently presented a lecture at The Florida Bar 2013 Probate Law Seminar titled “Planners on the Ground, Assets in the Cloud: Estate Planning and Administration Issues in the Digital Domain.” He also authored an article on the topic for The Florida Bar’s Actionline magazine.

Robert J. Luck, an assistant U.S. attorney of North Miami Beach, has been appointed to the 11th Circuit Court in Miami-Dade County. Luck previously served as a law clerk for Judge Ed Carnes of the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals.

Michael McCabe has received the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Recipients are rated on their legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience. McCabe represents insurance carriers, third-party administrators and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims.

Barbara Walker, an associate at Parks & Crump, LLC, has been named one of the “2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” by IMPACT and the National Bar Association. She received the distinction during the association’s annual convention held in Miami in July.

James E. Walson, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. in Orlando, has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has litigated matters involving contracts, title insurance liability, commercial landlord/tenant matters, easements, fraud, deed warranties, boundary disputes, adverse possession, lien priority and access rights throughout the state of Florida.

Daniel K. Weidenbruch, with Roetzel in Naples, has been selected as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40.” Weidenbruch focuses his practice on real estate law, and his clients include buyers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate.

Ashley Calhoun Winship (LLMT), of Rush, Marshall, Jones and Kelly, P.A. in Orlando, became a shareholder in the firm. She is the chairwoman of the firm’s trusts and estates department. In July, she was recognized as a recipient of the 2013 “Leaders in the Law Award,” presented by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. In June, Winship was sworn in as president-elect of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She will serve as the president of the organization in 2014-2015.


Andy V. Bardos (JD 04, LLMT 05), an attorney at GrayRobinson, P.A., in Tallahassee, has been promoted to a shareholder within the firm.

Jill F. Bechtold, an attorney with Marks Gray, P.A., has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Benjamin B. Brown, an attorney with Quarles & Brady, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Kimberly Davis Bocelli, of Roetzel, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013). The designation is for top attorneys who are no more than 40 years old or who have been practicing for no more than 10 years.

Christopher L. Carmody, an attorney with Gray- Robinson in Orlando, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 9th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission selects nominees for judicial vacancies in the 9th Circuit of Florida, which serves Orange and Osceola counties. He has also been reappointed to the City of Orlando Certification Board. He was also selected as a Florida Super Lawyers “rising star.”

Michael K. Gall (LLMT) has joined Cleveland law firm Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP as a partner.

Felipe Guerrero, an attorney with the law firm of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A. in Orlando, was selected as an inaugural fellow in The Florida Bar Leadership Academy. Guerrero was selected as one of 59 inductees out of hundreds of applicants from throughout the state of Florida.

John M. Hemenway, of Bivins & Hemenway in Valrico, Fla., was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Florida “Rising Stars” list (2013).

Thomas J. Hunt, an associate with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, was recently selected for the 2014 class of Leadership Tampa Bay, a program designed to better prepare a diverse group of community, government, business and nonprofit leaders to work collaboratively in addressing regional issues.

Lindsay Patrick Lopez, of Trenam Kemker in Tampa, has been elected as a shareholder in the firm. Lopez serves clients involved in bankruptcy and business reorganizations as well as commercial litigation matters.

Erin Houck-Toll (LLMT), of the Fort Myers law firm Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2013). Houck-Toll concentrates her practice in the areas of federal and state taxation, including representing taxpayers before the IRS and Florida Department of Revenue.

Adina L. Pollan has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating signifies the highest accolade an attorney can receive for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. Pollan has also been designated as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Aisha Salem, formerly of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., is the new intellectual property attaché for the Middle East and North Africa based in various U.S. embassies and consulates throughout that region. She is responsible for promoting U.S. government IP policy, securing strong IP provisions in international agreements and regional country laws and encouraging IP protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners in the region for the benefit of U.S. rights holders. Salem received her LL.M. in intellectual property law from The George Washington Law School in 2006.

Michael Tempkins, of Fishback Dominick in Winter Park, has been promoted to senior associate. Tempkins focuses his practice on commercial litigation, motor vehicle law and mortgage foreclosure defense. He was also re-appointed to the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida’s Board of Directors.


Steffan Alexander recently joined Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf PC. The Portlandbased firm specializes in high-stakes business dispute cases, including intellectual property and corporate governance.

Oshia G. Banks, an attorney with Clarke, Silverglate, P.A. in Miami, has been selected as Legacy magazine’s “40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow.” She specializes in state and federal civil rights statutes.

Kelly Lyon Davis, an attorney with Quarles & Brady, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Kimberly A. Dillon (JD 05, LLMT 06), of Quarles & Brady LLP in Naples, has received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She has also been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Steven Hadjilogiou (JD 05, LLMT 06), of Baker & McKenzie LLP in Miami, was selected as a “Rising Star” by the Daily Business Review. He was among the 40 young attorneys with the highest ratings.

Justin B. Mazzara, of Hahn Loeser in Fort Myers, has been recognized in Super Lawyers (2013). He litigates civil matters within the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Group, including business litigation, real estate litigation and construction litigation.


Neil W. Blackmon was recognized by the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers with two hat-trick awards for three consecutive not-guilty verdicts. He will receive the award again in 2014, having achieved the feat a third time.

Christina Locke Faubel and husband, HarrisFaubel, have just opened an eco-friendly store in the Oaks Mall in Gainesville called Bird & Bunny. The store sells “green” accessories and focuses on local artists.

Kate Mesic, of the Law Offices of Kate Mesic, PA, was named the “2013 Up and Coming Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Women Business Owners North Florida. Hosted by the Women Business Owners of North Florida, the annual Women In Business Awards 2013 event recognizes and honors women who epitomize success in today’s business world. Mesic serves on the executive boards of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association and the University of North Florida Pre-Law Board of Advisors. She is a board member of the Women Business Owners organization in the City of Jacksonville.

Anastasia Protopapadakis, an attorney at GrayRobinson, P.A. in Miami, has been promoted to senior associate within the firm.


Kaleb Bell, of the law firm Rosen, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, received the 2013 Bankruptcy Law Pro Bono Award from the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Bell was recognized for his involvement in his firm’s representation of a homeowners association in its bankruptcy case.

Adam M. Bird, an attorney at GrayRobinson, P.A., in Melbourne, has been promoted to senior associate within the firm.

Christopher B. Cortez, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., has been appointed as General Counsel for Leadership Palm Beach County, a nonprofit that focuses on connecting community leaders across sectors. He previously served on the Board of Governors of LPBC from 2012-2013 and is an active member of the Alumni Relations Committee and Civic Engagement Committee.

Luis J. Delgado, of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, has been inducted as president
of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. Elected by his peers, Delgado will serve a one-year term and is responsible for working closely with his fellow officers and Board of Directors. He was also elected to serve on the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar.
He will represent the 15th Judicial Circuit and will serve as co-chair for the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.

Liza Lugo, of El Paso, Texas, has been published in The Gainesville Sun. The newspaper
printed her op-ed piece regarding American reactions to the Zimmerman verdict. Additionally, a chapter she wrote titled “Affirmative Action: Is it really necessary in the 21st Century,” will soon be available in the anthology Affirmative Action: Contemporary Perspectives. Her essay “Should the Confederate flag be banned from public places” was also selected for inclusion in the American Mosaic Team database.


Nico Apfelbaum, an attorney in the West Palm Beach and Port Saint Lucie offices of Greenspoon Marder, has received Martindale- Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating. It is the highest accolade an attorney can receive from their peers for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. He was also recently elected secretary of the Port Saint Lucie Bar Association.

Marshall P. Bender, an attorney with Quarles & Brady, has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2013).

Eric D. Nowak, of Tampa’s de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., has been appointed to the Wheels of Success Board of Directors. The organization is Tampa Bay’s only 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing personal transportation to keep people working and sustain their independence. Norwak joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2009 and practices primarily in general civil litigation.

Andrew R. Comiter (JD 08, LLMT 09), an attorney at the Palm Beach Gardens tax law firm Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, spoke on March 4 about “Partnership Workouts for New Tax Lawyers” for The Florida Bar. His lecture identified key issues facing debtor partnerships and their partners in the current economic environment. He also presented a lecture on “Selected Recent Developments in Federal Partnership Tax for the 2013 Ullman Year in Review” at The Florida Bar Tax Section Organizational Meeting on July 5. Additionally, he was appointed co-director of the new tax lawyer division of the tax section of The Florida Bar. He also has been elected vice president of membership for the Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council.

Natalie A. Peters joined Broad and Cassel as an associate in the Construction Law and Litigation Practice Group. She will work from the firm’s Orlando office.


Michael Beck, of Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Florida.