Class Notes Fall 2010

Slesnick II

Hon. Donald D. Slesnick II

Hon. Donald D. Slesnick II (JD 68), mayor of Coral Gables, received the Friend of Foreign Service Medal from Taiwanese representatives “in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the friendship between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the United States of America.” This diplomatic tribute makes Mayor Slesnick the first Florida leader to receive a medal for his contributions to the promotion of international relations with Taiwan.

1960

James C. Rinaman, of Marks Gray P.A. in Jacksonville, is celebrating his 50th year of service to the legal profession. He has been at Marks Gray since June 1960.

1962

J. Charles Gray, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in environmental law.

C. Michael Shalloway, of Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A. specializing in elder law and special needs trust in West Palm Beach, has been honored every year since 1967 in Florida Super Lawyers’ magazine.

1964

Gerald F. Richman, president of Richman Greer, P.A. in the West Palm Beach office, was named to Florida Trend Legal Elite Hall of Fame for the second year in a row. He was named a Band 2 lawyer for the general commercial litigation practice area by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. There are six bands in the ranking system, Band 1 being the highest. He was also named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

1966

Jon Agee, of Fort Lauderdael, has published his third novel under the pseudonym Noah Bond. The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau is an accurate account of the Kennedy assassination from inception through implementation as told by a ficticious person who worked for the New Orleans mob. See noahbond.com for more information about his novels.

Richard M. Robinson, of the Orlando office of GrayRobinson, P.A. was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in tax law.

1968

Kirk N. Kirkconnell, of Kirkconnell, Lindsey Snure, Yates & Ponall, P.A. in Winter Park, has been inducted a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

1969

Charles H. Egerton, of Dean Mead Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth’s P.A.’s Orlando office, was selected to chair the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, the nation’s largest organization of tax lawyers.

Alan G. Greer, a shareholder with Richman Greer, P.A. in Miami, was selected for the 2010 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in the U.S. list. Greer has also been named to the FLorida Trend Legal Elite’s Hall of Fame for the second year in a row. He was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list and he was also named a Band ` lawyer for the general commercial litigation practice area by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Band 1 is the highest of six bands in the ranking system.

Joseph P. Milton, a senior partner with Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea & Milton in Jacksonville, received in June The Florida Bar Foundation’s Medal of Honor, the foundation’s highest honor bestowed upon a lawyer.

John C. Patterson, of Sarasota, took office July 1 as second vice president of The Florida Bar Foundation. Patterson is a partner with Livingston, Patterson, Strickland & Siegel, P.A. and specializes in real property, business and banking law.

Leslie Lott

Leslie Lott

Leslie Lott (JD 74), founder of Lott & Friedland, PA., and intellectual property law firm in Coral Gables, was elected to The Florida Bar of Governors on April 23. The Board of Governors is responsible for the governance of The Flroida Bar, including budgeting, personnel, policy, disciplinary, professionalism, program and policy issues.

1970

The Hon. Rosemary Barkett, of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, received the Arab American Institute and Foundation’s Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service. She was also a main speaker at this year’s American Society of Comparative Law’s 18th International Congress of Comparative Law in Washington, D.C.

John M. Brumbaugh, of Richman Greer, P.A. in Miami, was named a Band 3 lawyer for the general commercial litigation practice area by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. There are six bands in the ranking system, Band 1 being the highest. He was also named to the 2010 Florida Super Layers’ list.

Robert J. Dickman, of Dickman, Epelbaum & Dickman in Miami, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

1971

John K. Vreeland, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Lakeland office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list. for his work in estate planning and probate law.

1972

William H. Andrews, of the GrayRobinson P.A. Jacksonville office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in employment and labor. He was also named to the 2010 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.

Christopher M. Fear, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Lakeland office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyer’s list for his work in business/corporate law.

Gene K. Glasser, a managing shareholder of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list. He practice tax, trust and estate law.

Manuel Menendez Jr, chief judge of the 13th judicial circuit (Hillsborough County), was honored July 24 as Jurist of the Year by the Florida chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates at its annual convention in Naples.

1973

Jeff Garvin was added to the 2011 Best Lawyers in America list in the specialties of personal-injury litigation and medical malpractice law. He was also listed in the 2010 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and has been continually on the Florida Super Lawyers’ list since 2004.

Raleigh “Lee” Greene, of R.W. Greene, P.A. in St. Peterburg, was named to the Best Lawyers in America 2010 list.

Mike Palahach,of Michael Palahach III, P.A. in Coral Gables, was named again to the Florida Super Lawyers’ list. He has been a member since 2006.

Pamela O. Price, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for her work in estate planning and probate law.

Ronald S. Reed, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Tampa offica, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in familty law.

Gerald A. Rosenthal, senior partner in Rosenthal, Levy & Simon, P.A. in West Palm Beach, was named to Best Lawyers in America for the 17th consecutive year. Rosenthal has dedicated his professional life to aggressively representing catastrophically injured victims of workplace accidents and toxic exposures.

1974

Frederick W. Leonhardt, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in government relations.

Richard Malchon, partner with Adams and Reese’s Tampa and St. Petersburg offices, was listed in Tampa Bay Magazine’s 2010 lsit of Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers for his work in banking law.

Stephen A. Walker, of Lewis Longman & Walker, P.A.’s Jacksonvile office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list. He was also named to the 2011 Best Lawyers in America list in environmental law.

L. Geoffrey Young, Partner with Adams and Reese’s St. Petersburg office, was listed in Tampa Bay Magazine’s 2010 list of Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers for his work in banking law.

1975

Carlton F. Bennett, of Bennett and Zydron, P.C. in Virginia Beach, Va., has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2010. He ahs been listed in Virginia Super Lawyers since 2007. Bennett is recognized as an expert in traumatic brain damage litigation, nursing home malpractice and wrongful death cases.

Robert T. Cunningham Jr., of Cunningham Bounds, LLC in Mobile, Ala., was named one of the top 10 attorneys in the state of Alabama for the second year in a row by Super Lawyers magazine. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1987. Cunningham was also recently named to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2010.

Wayne E. Flowers, shareholder of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. in Jacksonville, was selected to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list in the area of environmental litigation. He was also named to the 2011 Best Lawyers in America list in environmental law and water law.

1976

Mark P. Buell, of Buell & Elligett, P.A. in Tampa, has againbeen recognized as a leading trial lawyer on the Florida Super Lawyers’ list, Best Lawyers in America and The Legal Elite for 2010. Buell is Board Certified as a civil trial and business litigation lawyer by The Florida Bar. A former president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, he practices primarily in the areas of eminent domain/ property rights and plaintiff’s personal injury.

1977

Chuck Modell, of Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd., was named by Chambers USA as one of the top 20 franchise lawyers in the nation. Modell practices law in the firm’s franchise group, which was named one of the top 10 franchise practices in the nation.

Dennis J. Wall, principal with Dennis J. Wall, attorney at law, a professional association in Winter Springs and Orlando, was named to the 2010 Florida Legal Elite for his work in insurance by Florida Trend magazine. He was also named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list. Wall is the author of Litigation and Prevention of Insurer Bad Faith, Second Edition published by Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill. Wall’s 2010 supplement has just been published in 685 pages, cover to cover, in its printed edition by West Publishing Company, and online. As of the 2010 supplement, Wall evaluates more than 3,800 cases, statutes and other authorities. Wall is also the co-author of CAT Claims, Insurance coverage for Disasters (West publishing Company 2008, 2010 supplement in progress).

1978

William A. Boyles, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in tax law.

Robert E. Gordon, of Gordon & Doner, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

Robert J. Merlin, of Robert J Merlin, P.A. in Coral Gables, lectured on collaborative family law to the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay in June. The purpose of the meeting was to help the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay become established as a new organization that promotes the practice of collaborative family law in the Tampa Bay area.

Scott N. Richardson, of West Palm Beach, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Richardson is chief counsel to State Attorney Michael A. McAuliffe of the 15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in criminal law and has been included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 2008.

Thomas J. Wilkes Jr., of the GrayRobinson P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work involving governent, cities and municipalities.

Richard M. Zabak, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Tampa office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his workin business litigation. He was also named to the 2010 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.

Hon. John E. Jordam (JD 83)

Hon. John E. Jordam (JD 83)

Hon. John E. Jordan (JD 83), an Orange County judge, was selected as the recipient of the 2009-2010 Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida Jurist of the Year Award. Judge Jordan is recognized in appreciation for his long-time service to the HBA CF and its goal of serving Hispanic lawyers, law students and the entire Hispanic community.

1979

Terri Salt Costa, a shareholder with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, was selected to Florida Trend’s 2010 Legal Elite.

Hon. Bruce E. Kasold, of Washington, D.C., became chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Affairs. Kasold previously served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps before retiring from the military in 1994.

1980

Tom Dannheisser, Santa Rosa County attorney, was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist on Aug. 9 to take over a position being created by the retirement of Judge David Ackerman in Pensacola.

Manuel Epelbaum, of Dickman Epelbaum & Dickman in Miami, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

Peter T. Kirkwood, a shareholder in the Tamps firm of Barnerr, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & McBride, was named Tampa’s Tax Lawyer of the Year for 2010 by Best Lawyers.

Denis H. Noah, of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Meyers, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, commercial and residential real estate development, real estate finance and the resolution of title problems and title insurance claims.

Charles M. Rand, of the Charles M. Rand, P.A., became district governor of Rotary District 6980 on July 1. David L. Smith, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Tampa office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work involving government, cities and municipalities.

1981

Kimberly L. Johnson, managing partner of both the Tampa and Naples offices of Quarles & Bradley LLP, was named to Florida Trend magazine’s 2010 Florida Legal Elite and 2011 Best Lawyers in America lists.

1982

Terry Delahunty, a shareholder in GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Orlando office, has become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Jean H. McCreary, of Nixon Peabody LLP in New York, N.Y., has been recognized by Chambers and Partners Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in the field of environmental law.

Anita Ponder, of Chicago, has joined Seyfarth Shaw, LLP in New York, as a partner in the government contracts and construction practice groups. Ponder concentrates her practice in government contracts, government procurement and government relations.

1983

Robert Dellecker, a partner in Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier, LLP in Orlando, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

Ira R. Gershon, founding dean of the Charleston (S.C.) School of Law, was named the new dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law.

William F. Hamilton, of the Quarles &Brady, LLP Tampa office, was named to the 2010 Chambers USA  directory and 2011 Best Lawyers in America list for his work in litigation.

Scott G. Hawkins, shareholder and vice chair of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach and The Florida Bar president-elect became a designated director of The Florida Bar Foundation on July 1. Hawkins practices business litigation law.

Stephen L. Kussner, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Tampa office, was named to the 2012 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in real estate law.

Peter Sleasman, of Florida Institutional Legal services in Gainesville, as part of a four-member litigation team was awarded the 2010 Steven M. Goldstein Award for Excellence in June for a code discrimination case againstGuatemalans in Lake Worth. The award is given by The Florida Bar Foundation to program grantees of the Foundation Legal Assistance for the Poor in recognition of projects with significant impact.

Paul Steven Singerman, Co-CEO of Berger Singerman, a Florida business law firm, was named one of the Top 10 Florida in Super Lawyers. Singerman is axtive throughout the United States in large and complex restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy cases.

George Vaka‘s law firm, Waka Law Group PL, in Tampa, was named one of the “Coolest Office Spaces” in the May 14 Tampa Bay Business Journal. Vaka was also added to the 2010 Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

Glenn J. Waldman, of Waldman Tribogoff Hidelbrandt Marx & Calnan, P.A. in Weston, has been on the Florida Super Lawyers’ list every year since 2007. He has also been elected to the Florida Trend Legal Elite each year since 2005.

John “Jay” White III, of Richaman Greer, P.A. in West Palm Beach, was named to the 2010 Florida Trend Legal Elite.

Glenn J. Waldman was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the 4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission for a four-year term beginning Sept. 8. Waldman is a former prosecutor for the Judicial Qualifications Commission and is the founder of Waldman Trigoboff Hildebrandt Marx & Calnan, P.A., a South Florida-based complex commercial litigation firm. He is also a certified arbitrator, and a circuit- and federal-court mediator.

1984

Cheryl J. Lister has recently joined Bavol Judge, P.A. in Tampa as counsel. She was also named to Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers list by Tampa Bay Magazine. Lister concentrates her practice in the areas of complex state and federal litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels.

1985

Robert W. Bivins, of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. in Valrico has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Greater Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in real estate, business law and commercial law.

Alan B. Cohn, partner of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list. He practices tax, trust and estate law.

Brenda Malouf Durden, of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.’s Jacksonville office, was named to the 2011 Best Lawyers’ in America list in real estate law.

Mark W. Klingensmith, of Sonneborn Rutter Cooney & Klingensmith, P.A. in West Palm Beach, was elected mayor of Sewall’s Point at the Sewall’s Point Town Commission’s organizational meeting. He is also a member of UF Law’s Law Alumni Council.

John Elliott Leighton, founding partner of Leighton Law, P.A. personal injury law firm, presented a “Resort Torts: Vacation Resort, and Recreational Liability” seminar to central and south Florida lawyers in Orlando and Miami. He was recently elected to the Miami chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates. Leighton was re-elected for a fourth term as chairman of The Academy of Trial Advocacy. He is also co-chairman of the Inadequate Security Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Leighton presented “Terrorism as an Inadequate Security Case” at the AAJ Annual Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 13. Leighton was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the filed os personal injury litigation for the fourth consecutive year in a row.

Daniel F. McIntosh, attorney and partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. in Orlando, was recently appointed to serve as chairman of the Central Florida Chapter of the Duke Universit Alumni Admissions Avisory Committee (Duke AAAC).

Mitchell E. Widom (JD 84)

Mitchell E. Widom (JD 84), left

Mitchell E. Widom (JD 84), pictured left, co-chaired the 2010 Sabadell Mellon United Keymorada Invitational Fishing Tournament in May, which raised more than $428,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and saw more than 360 law firms throughout Florida and the U.S. participating. The annual tournament has raised more than $2.1 million for the CCFA since 2005. Widom is a civil trial attorney and partner in Bilzin Sumberg’s litigation group in Miami.

Paul Quinn (JD 87)

Paul Quinn (JD 87)

Paul Quinn (JD 87), a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been elected to the board of directors for United Arts of Central Florida and has been re-elected vice president of the Orlando Ballet.

Clifford B. Shepard,a shareholder with Shepard, Smith & Cassady, P.A. in Maitland, Fla., was named general counsel to the Florida Redevelopment Association. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in city, county and local government law and was named to the Florida Super Lawyers’ list and Florida Trend Legal Elite since 2005.

Guy Whitesman, partner and chair in Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.’s business and tax division in Fort Meyers, is now the chair of The Florida Bar tax section. He was also named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

1986

John A. Kirst Jr., of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in civil litigation defense.

William Ruffier, a partner in Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier, LLP in Orlando, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

Frederick S. Schrils, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Tampa office, was named to the 2010 Florida of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Tampa office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in business litigation.

David A. Wallace, a shareholder with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

1987

William S. Callahan, former managing partner at Ruden McClosky, has joined Roetzal & Andress LPA’s Orlando office as a partner in the real estate practice group.

Hon. John “Buddy” Dyer, mayor of Orlando, has been appointed by President Obama to be a member of the advisory committee for trade policy and negotiations.

Thomas H. Gunderson, of Henderson Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Meyers, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list. His primary practice areas include commercial real estate transactions, commercial and residential real estate development, banking law and property owners’ association law.

1988

Richard M. Benrubi, partner at Liggio, Benrubi, P.A. in West Palm Beach, was named to the Florida Supreme Lawyers’ list for the fourth consecutive year. He  has alson been named the 2009  and 2010 South Florida Legal Guide to Top Lawyers. Benrubi is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who specializes in hadling insurance disputes, bad faith and personal injusy cases.

Mark S. Meland, co-founder in the firm of Meland, Russin and Budwick, P.A. in Miami and has been listed in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of real estate law.

John F. Potanovic, of Henderson, Frankin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Meyers, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list. He defends employees in discrimination and harassment lawsuits, including cased brought under the Title VII, the ADA, the FLSA, as well as matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act, EEOC investigations and all aspects of employment law counseling.

1989

Stuart R. Morris, founding partner of the Morris Law Group with offices in Boca Raton, Aventura, West Palm Beach and Weston, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers list. Morris focuses his practice on estate planning. He is also a certified public accountant.

Ellen S. Morris, a partner of Elder Law Associates, P.A., with offices in Boca Raton, Aventura, West Palm Beach and Weston, has been included in the Super Lawyers South Florida 2010 edition and the Florida Trend magazine’ s 2010 Legal Elite.

Vincent L. Valenza, of McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. in New York head of the firm’s  corporate and tax law department, has been elected the firm’s managing principal effective July 1.

1990

Andrea Hartley, of Akeman Senterfitt, was named National Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section, effective Sept. 1. This section of the ABA is comprised of about 17,000 members.

Edward M. Mullins, a founding shareholder in Miami-based Astigarra Davis, was newly elected as the chair of The Florida Bar International Law section.

1991

Steven L. Beiley, a partner with Adorno & Yoss, LLP, in Coral Gables, was named a  top practitioner in Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite list for 2010. Adorno and Yoss LLP is the nation’s ceritified minority-owned law firm.

Todd L. Bradley was named to the 2010 Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers’ lists.

Mercedes Gonzalez Hale has joined the Tampa office of Board and Cassel’s commercial litigation practice group. A licensed Realtor, Hale has also represented clients in cases involving real estate disputes. Hale is fluent in Spanish, and she regularly represents Spanish speaking clients by assisting them with various business endeavors throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Alan M. Pickert, of Terrell Hogan P.A. in Jacksonville, was named to the Florida Super Lawyers’ list and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite every year since 2006.

Steven J. Solomon, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Melbourne office was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for his work in bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights.

John V. Tucker, founding shareholder with Tucker & Ludin, P.A. in Clearwater and Tampa, was a featured lecturer in April at the Annual Disibilty Law Conference sponsored by the National Association of Disability Representatives in Chicago. Tucker is AV-rated and his practice includes litigation and appeals of disability insurance, social security diability and veterans disabilty benefit claims.

1992

Morgan R. Bentley, a shareholder with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, was selected to Florida Trend’s 2010 Legal Elite.

Heather A. Owen, partner in the Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP Jacksonville office, was named to the Jacksonville office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list for her work in employment and labor law.

1993

M. Scott Thomas joined Rogers Towers, P.A.’s St. Augustine office as a shareholer in the commercial litigation department. Thomas’ practice includes complex commercail matters, contract disputes, business torts and real estate litigation.

1994

Clay C. Brooker, a partner with the law firm Cheffy Passidomo in Naples, joined the Friends Rookery Bay board of directors earlier this year. Brooker is serving on the Reserve’s Master Plan Committee. Brooker is certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in city, county and local government law.

Christopher B. Lunny, of Radey Thomas Yon & Clark in Talahassee, has listed on the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list in the area of employment and labor law.

Kenneth McKenna, a partner in Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier, LLP, in Orlando, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list.

Jack R. Reiter, a partner in Adorno & Yoss LLP’s Miami office, was named to the 2010 Best Lawyers in America list. He heads the firm’s appellate department.

Kimberly Page Walker, a shareholder with WIlliams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, was selected to Florida Trend’s 2010 Legal Elite.

1995

Jim Matulis, a partner at the Tampa law firm of Conwell Kirkpatrick, P.A., has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers’ list for 2010 in intellectual property law. He was also selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition.

Christine Roberts Sensenig, of Sensing Law Firm, P.A. in Sarasota, was named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2010 for her work in employment and labor law.

Jeffrey M. Taylor, partner at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, has been elected president and a member of the advisory committee of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals.

1996

Jim Barnett has recently become chiar of the Fort Lauderdale GrayRobinson, P.A. real estate practice group.

Steven A. Lessne, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Fort Lauderdale office was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list for his work in business litigation.

1997

Marve Ann Alaimo was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

J. Matthew Belcastro, of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Meyers, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ list in the 2010 Legal Elite list by Florida trend. Belcastro concentrates his practice in business and construction litigation, construction contract disputes, real estate and estate litigation, as well as appellate law/

Brian D. Burgoon has been elected to the board of directors of the University of Florida Alumni Association. Burgoon has also been re-elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Burgoon has represented the out-of-state attorneys on the Board of Governors since 2000. He is also the sole practitioner with The Burgoon Law Firm, LLC in Atlanta and was named to the 2010 Georgia Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.

Karen Clark has opened the women-owned Schaffer & Clark Law PLLC, a boutique commercial real estate firm in Charlotte, N.C. Clark was one of the first attorneys in the region to recieve certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sherri L. Johnson, of Dent & Johnson, chartered in Sarasota, was listed in Florida Trend magazine’s 2010 Legal Elite. Johnson focuses her practice on property tax and exemption disputes throughout the state.

1998

J. Carter Andersen, attorney and shareholder with Bush Ross P.A. in Tampa, was appointed by Gov. Charlie Christ for a term on the 6th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission beginnign Aug. 20 and ending July 1, 2014.

Michael Cavendish, a shareholder in Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. in jacksonville, has been awarded the Walter S. Crumbley Practice Management and Development award given by The Florida Bar. This award recognizes a member of The Florida Bar who has distinguished himself professionally and who has rendered outstanding service to the profession of the practice and management of law.

Lark T. Mallory, of Chester Willcox & Saxbe LLP in Colombus, Ohio, has been reappointed to the Colombus/Franklin County Affordable Housing Trust Corporation board of trustees by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the mayor of the City of Colombus.

Richard E. Mitchell, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for his work in business law.

Marilyn G. Moran, of Baker Hostetler in Orlando, has been appointed by the president of the Florida Bar to The Florida Bar’s Federal Court Practice COmmittee. Moran is the current president of the Orlando chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Ingrid H. Ponce, a shareholder in the labor and employment department of Stearns Weaver Miller in Miami, delivered a speach on the use of social networking sites in humnan resources screening in June at the Association of Legal Administrators Conference in boston.

Gregory S. Weiss, a partner of the consumer justice law firm of Leopold`Kuvin, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, has been elected as treasurer of the Martin County Bar Association.

1999

Kenneth H. Haney, of Quales & Brady LLP, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list for his work in personal injury defense: products.

Christopher T. Morrison, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, recently became board certified in health law by The Florida Bar.

Joel E. Roberts, Shareholder in the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office has been appointed to the Parks & Recreation commission of Winter Park. He was also named to the 2010 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for his work in commercial litigation.

Shelly J. Stirrat, of Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, et. al. law firm in Stuart, has become certified by The Florida Bar as a legal specialist in business litigation.

2000

Catherine Cameron, of Stetson University College in Gulfport, Fla., recieved tenure when she was promoted to professor of legal skills this year.

Mark H. Dahlmeier, is a shareholder in Jones, Foster, Johnson & Stubbs, P.A.’s West Palm Beach office, has recently become board certified in real estate by The Florida Bar.

Scott M. Fischer, of Gordon & Doner, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, was named to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Osvaldo Luis Gratacós has been confirmed as inspector general for the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Inspector General and Legal Counsel for the Ex-Im Bank OIG. Prior to that Gratacós was a commercial counsel at Motorola, Inc. providing legal support to the U.S. Federal Government Mrkets Division and the Government and Public Sector in the Latin America and Caribbean region. He also served as attorney adviser and then the Legal Counsel (Acting)to the Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General.

Adam C. Schucher is a new associate with Greenspoon Marder’s tax, trusts, estates and guardianship practice group in Fort Lauderdale. Schucher is an active member of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Michael J. Wilson, a shareholder with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, was selected to Florida Trend’s Up and Coming Legal Elite.

Dean Xenick, of Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman in West Palm Beach, has been appointed as a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and the Judicial Relations Committee.

2001

Trevor B. Arnold, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for his work in construction litigation.

Robert L. Lancaster was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.

Christine A. Marlewski, a shareholder in GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Tampa office, has recently been board certified as a civil trial lawyer by The Florida Bar.

Maggie Mooney-Portale, shareholder at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. located in Bradenton, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, was recently elected to serve on the board of Governors for The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division in the 12th Citcuit.

Sarah P.L. Reiner, of the GrayRobinson P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for her work in employment labor law,

C. Read Sawczyn, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Tampa office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for banking law.

Lisa Schiavinato, co-director of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, recently recieved a Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award. Schiavinato is also the law, policy and community development specialist for the North Carolina Sea Grant.

Monica J. Williams, of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in Tampa, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

2002

T. Robert Bulloch, of Quarles & Brady LLP, was named to the 2010  Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for his work in estate planning and probate.

Debra Deardourff Faulk, of the GrayRobinson P.A. Tampa office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for her work in intellectual property.

Samantha Schosberg Feuer, was installed as president of the Florida Association for Women Laywers, Palm Beach County Chapter for the 2010-2011 year. She is also assistant attorney general at the Florida Attorney General’s Office int eh Economic Crime Division.

Daniel N. Gonzalez, of Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A. in Miami, has been elected second vice president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida.

Jennifer L. Grosso, an associate with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, was named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Staers list.

Alexa Sherr Hartley, formerly of Greenburg Traurig’s Manhattan and West Palm Beach offices, is president of Premier Leadership Coaching, LLC, an organizational and executive coaching firm with a focus on leadership development. Hartley recently presented “Using the Coaching Process to Advance your Career” for the FloridaAssociation for Women Lawyers. She discussed how coaching could help advance professional goals andled several exercises showing how to apply coaching techniques.

LaShawnda Jackson, of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Orlando, has been designated president-elect of the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association. Jesse Little, an attorney with the Morris Law Group with offices in Boca Raton, Aventura, West Palm Beach and Weston, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite 2010. Little focuses his practice on estate planning for high net worth individuals and families.

Britton G. Swank, elder law attorney with Osterhout, McKinney & Prather, P.A. in Fort Meyers, has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center.

Allen C. Winsor, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for his work in appellate law.

2003

Heidi N. Boyles, of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star list. She practices business, commercial and real estate law.

Sarah Cortvriend, of West Palm Beach has been inducted as president-elect of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Stephen M. Fernandez, of hapiro Goldman, Babbnoi & Walsh, P.A. in Sarasota, was anemd to the 2010 Florida Rising Stars list.

Rose-Anne B. Frano, a shareholder with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, was named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She was also selected to Florida Trend’s Up and Coming Legal Elite.

Pamela Jo Hatley, of Tampa, presented her paper “Citizen Participation and Community Planning: Will a Community’s Vision Become Reality?” in February at the fourth International Academic Conference on Planning, Law, and Property Rights at the Technische Universität Dortmund, in Dortmund, Germany.

Lauren C. Heatwole, has joined Morgan & Morgan, P.A.’s new business litgation trial group in Orlando. She has also been appointed to the Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society Board of Trustees.

Anthony Sos, of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier, LLP in Orlando, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Michael G. St. Jacques II, of Bruce E. Loren & Associates in West Palm Beach, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Darlene Corey Zakharia, of the 11th Judicial Ciruit Court office of the General Counsel, was elected to a second term as a director of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

2004

M. Travis Hayes, an associate at Cummings & Lockwood LLC in Naples, has been appointed chair of the trusts and estates section and to the board of directors for the Young Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association for 2010 – 2011.

S. Douglas Knox, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He has also joined Quarles & Brady LLP’s new Tampa office as an associate in the commercial litigation practice. The Tampa office opened in April.

2005

Cara F. Barrick, of Bruce Loren & Associates in West Palm Beach, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.

Benjamin B. Brown, of Quarles & Brady LLP, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for his work in business litigation.

Christopher L. Carmody, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Orlando office, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for his work in government relations. He has also been selected to the 2010 class of Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

Erin E. Houck-Toll, of Hernderson, Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Meyers, was named a 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star. She concentrates her practice in the areas of federal and state taxation, as well as many aspects of business planning including health care law and mergers and acquisitions.

Kimberly E. Lorenz, an associate in Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A. in Orlando, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers RIsing Stars list for her work in personal injury defense.

Thomas J. McLaughlin, an associate with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota, was named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

2006

Brian S. Coursey, of Atlanta, has joined Hull Barrett, PC in Atlanta as an associate. He will practice in the areas of taxation, estate planning, probate as well as business and corporate law, including employee benefits.

Jason A. Davis, of Shuffeld Lownman – Attorneys and Advisors in Orlando, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Davis concentrates his legal practice in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities and tax law.

Kelly Lyon Davis, of Quarles & Brady LLP, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for work in business litigation.

Justin B. Mazzara, of Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP in Fort Meyers, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Christopher D. Russo, of Moody Law P.A., took a personal injury case to a jury trial as lead counsel this year. His client received a verdict of approximately $194,000 as a result of the civil trial in the 10th Judicial Circuit for Polk County.

Brikena Isai Tomasic, who concentrates much of her legal practice on constructionlaw at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., has recently been appointed to the board of directors for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in Orlando.

2007

Ronald D. Edwards Jr., an associate with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. in Orlando, was recently appointed to serve on the Family Services of Metro Orlando board of directors for a three-year term.

Christian George, of Liles, Gavin, Constantino, George, & Dearing, P.A. in Jacksonville, was named to the 2010 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He practices commercial litigation and is an active Member of the Board of Governors of the Jacksonville Bar’s Young Lawyers Section.

2008

Adam Bird, of the GrayRobinson, P.A. Melbourne office, was named an elected board member to the Brevard County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division board. Bird is a member of the litigation department and focuses on insurance, maritime and employment law.

Katherine DeBriere, of Florida Institutional Legal Services in Newberry, wrote an amicus brief that resulted in a policy change for the developmentally disabled. The court decided that the decision of whether or not a person in jail should receive competency training for mental retardation should lie in the hands of the court and not the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. The court decided it was the agency’s job to provide the services but not necessarily to determine who is eligible for them. The agency had much stricter standards than the state statute.

2009

David Karp recently completted a term as a law clerk to Senior U.S. Distrct Judge Susan C. Bucklew of the Middle District of Florida. He will begin as an associate at White & Case, LLP in Miami in the fall.

2010

Marla Bohlander joined Trenam Kemker’s Tampa office as an associate. She will practice in the area of wealth planning and preservation with an emphasis on estate planning, wills and trusts, tax planning and business transactions.

Martina L. Nethery recently became an assoiciate in The Martin Firm, PL in Cape Coral. Her practice focuses on estate planning, probate, estate and gift taxation, asset protection and civil litigation.