Ray Royce, a partner with Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of real estate law and land use and zoning law. He and his wife Catherine also established and funded a scholarship for law students needing financial assistance.
Sandy D’Alemberte has been honored by the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society with its Lifetime Achievement Award. D’Alemberte led the American Bar Association as president from 1991-1992 and served as dean of the Florida State University College of Law from 1984-1989. He was president of FSU from 1993-2003. As a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1966-1972, he chaired the House Judiciary Committee.
Council Wooten, with Wooten Kimbrough, P.A. in Orlando, has been honored with the Best Lawyers designation of “Lawyer of the Year” (2015) in the area of personal injury litigation – plaintiffs. Additionally, the law firm of Wooten Kimbrough, P.A. has been ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “best law firms” list.
Richard Ausness has been appointed as the inaugural associate dean for faculty research at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His term in the newly approved position began Jan. 1. In this capacity, Ausness will be responsible for mentoring faculty research projects and exploring development opportunities for law faculty as scholars.
Graham Allen, an attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, has been named in Best Lawyers (2015).
Wallace Pope Jr. has again been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for bet-the-company litigation, antitrust law, commercial litigation, labor and employment litigation, real estate litigation and tax litigation. He was Tampa Bay’s “Lawyer of the Year” in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively, for bet-the-company litigation, real estate litigation and tax litigation.
William A. Van Nortwick Jr. has announced he will join Akerman in Miami upon his retirement from the 1st District Court of Appeal bench in January. He will join as partner-in-charge of the firm’s national pro bono program and a member of its appellate practice.
William D. Townsend has joined Dean, Mead & Dunbar’s Tallahassee office as of counsel in the Government Relations, Lobbying and Administrative Law Department. Townsend has more than 40 years of experience and is well-known throughout Florida and across the U.S. for his industry knowledge and strategic approach to advising domestic and major global clients.
Stephen N. Zack, of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in Miami, has been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and will receive the Dade County Bar Association’s 2015 David W. Dyer Professionalism Award. The academy limits membership to 500 fellows from the United States, honoring those who have demonstrated skill in trials and appellate practice. The David W. Dyer Professionalism Award recognizes a lawyer’s honor, integrity, humility, compassion and professionalism.
Bruce H. Bokor has again been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of taxation and trusts and estates. He has also been named in Florida Super Lawyers, designated as a “Florida legal elite” by Florida Trend and selected by Chambers USA in tax and estate planning. Bokor is a past chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Florida Law Center Association and is currently an emeritus trustee.
John J. “Jake” Schickel, founding partner of Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay Camerlengo & Iracki in Jacksonville, was honored as “Lawyer of the Year” by the American Board of Trial Advocates Jacksonville chapter. This prestigious annual award is given based on a superb reputation of ethical conduct and fair play in the profession. Schickel was chosen because of his distinguished career, numerous accomplishments and reputation as an excellent advocate for his clients.
Leslie J. Lott, partner at Lott & Fischer in Coral Gables, has been honored by the designation of her firm as a “tier 1” intellectual property law firm in the Miami metropolitan area by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.
Gwynne Young, a shareholder with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa, has been appointed as a member of the newly formed Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice. The commission will study the unmet civil legal needs of disadvantaged, low-income and moderate-income Floridians. She is a member of the board of directors for the University of Florida Foundation and is an emeritus trustee of the University of Florida Law Center Association.
Randy Briggs, an attorney in Ocala, has been re-elected as president of the Florida State Golf Association. He holds three FSGA state championship titles.
Donna L. Draves, of the Draves Law Firm in Orlando, has presented as a panelist on the subject of alternative dispute resolution at the 58th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats in Florence, Italy. Her committee was awarded the UIA “commission of the year” award, largely based upon the presentation and materials.
Donald G. Jacobsen, a 10th Circuit Court judge, has been named “Jurist of the Year” (2014) by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Jacobsen has been sitting as a circuit judge for the past 17 years and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Scott D. Sheftall, an attorney with Sheftall – Torres in Jacksonville, has been elected as a fellow of the International Society of Barristers.
Thérèse (“Terry”) Vento, a partner with Shutts & Bowen in Miami, has joined Pérez Art Museum Miami as deputy director for legal and government affairs. She enters as the museum’s first in-house general counsel. Vento has provided extensive pro bono legal advice to the museum for the past 10 years.
Dennis M. Campbell, founding member of Campbell Law Firm in Coral Gables, has again been recognized in Best Lawyers in America (2015) in commercial litigation and litigation involving banking, bankruptcy, construction and real estate issues. He also was named a “top lawyer” by Florida Legal Elite and has been recognized for the past ten years in Florida Super Lawyers.
James C. Cunningham Jr. , an attorney with Berger Singerman in Miami, has been named as one of South Florida Legal Guide’s “top lawyers” (2015).
Simon Ferro, a shareholder with Gunster in Miami, has been inducted into the Miami Dade College Hall of Fame (2014). Ferro has more than 30 years of experience in the area of zoning, land use and government relations. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Panama.
John W. Salmon, with Salmon & Dulberg Dispute Resolution in Miami, has been selected to Who’s Who Legal (2014) in the area of mediation. He is one of 298 experts in the field worldwide. This is the fourth time Salmon has been included in this distinguished list of international mediators.
James A. Edwards, an attorney with Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando, has been appointed to the 5th District Court of Appeal by Gov. Rick Scott. He fills a position created by the 2014 Florida Legislature.
Diane Holmes, founder of N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group in Orlando, has achieved board certification as a family trial advocate through the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Nick Jovanovich (LLMT), an attorney with Berger Singerman in Miami, has been named one of South Florida Legal Guide’s “top lawyers” (2015).
Jacqueline Miller, of counsel with Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). She practices in estate and trust litigation.
Charles Alexander Buford, a partner with Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Rupple & Burns, LLP, in Clearwater, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation. He has also been designated a “legal elite” by Florida Trend for civil trial. Buford is board certified by The Florida Bar in civil trial and business litigation.
David L. Smith, managing shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has been named interim general counsel for Tampa International Airport. He will be responsible for legal services until decisions regarding a permanent general counsel are made.
Stephen Klorfein, with Chaiken Klorfein in Atlanta, has been recognized by Atlanta Magazine as one of the top estate planning attorneys in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Phyllis M. Rosier, an 8th Judicial Circuit judge, has announced her retirement. She was appointed in 2006 and was the first woman from Bradford County to sit on the bench.
Matt Dannheisser has been elected mayor of the city of Gulf Breeze. His Pensacolabased private practice focuses primarily on the representation of local governmental entities and private parties in dealings with governmental bodies.
Lee Stapleton, a partner with Baker & McKenzie in Miami, has been installed as the Orange Bowl Committee’s 77th president and chairwoman for 2015, marking an exciting time in post-season college football for South Florida. Stapleton has been a member of the Orange Bowl Committee since 2002. She is the third woman to be elected president of the committee in the organization’s history.
Charles E. Williams, a civil division circuit court judge in Sarasota, has received the “lifetime achievement award” from the Sarasota chapter of the NAACP.
James Polkinghorn, a partner at Fisher & Phillips, LLP and head of the litigation practice in the Fort Lauderdale office, was selected for inclusion in the BTI Client Service All-Stars (2015). BTI Consulting Group determines this list based solely through client feedback.
Paul S. Singerman, with Berger Singerman in Miami, has been named one of South Florida Legal Guide’s “top lawyers” (2015).
Steven Ellison, a partner with Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He practices in business litigation.
Reggie Garcia, of Tallahassee, has published a new book, How to Leave Prison Early. The longtime lobbyist and attorney before the Florida Parole Commission wrote the book as an aid for inmates and their families who cannot afford lawyers. The book describes steps for clemency, parole, work release and conditional medical release. It’s available on Amazon.com.
Ed Tancer, an attorney with Gunster in West Palm Beach, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.
Jeffrey R. Elkin has been named the litigation practice group leader at Porter Hedges in Houston.
Mayanne Downs, a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando office and chair of the firm’s litigation practice group, has been selected to join the newly formed Orange County Clerk of Courts Transition Team. Appointed by Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell, the team consists of 13 members who will review the current operations of the Orange County Clerk of Courts office and make recommendations for improvements addressing overall efficiency, customer service and technological advancement.
Dawn M. Meyers, an attorney with Berger Singerman in Miami, has been named one of South Florida Legal Guide’s “top lawyers” (2015).
Ava Parker has taken the job of chief operating officer of Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s first STEM-focused public university. Parker serves in the role for the university, which has been open for two semesters and has more than 500 enrolled students.
Jo Thacker, a partner with Broad and Cassel in Orlando, has been named the 2015 chairwoman of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. A longtime board member of the chamber, Thacker will take the lead just as Osceola County is expected to experience a high period of growth that hasn’t been seen since Walt Disney World opened. Thacker, along with more than 50 board members, will serve as an ambassador to educate the business community on growth plans.
Scott Costantino, of The Costantino Law Firm in Jacksonville, has been sworn in as the president of the Jacksonville chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2015) in the areas of personal injury litigation and medical malpractice law. Additionally, his firm has been selected by U.S News & World Report’s “best law firms” list as a “tier 1” firm (2015).
Jeff Jonasen, an attorney with Gunster in Orlando, has been selected as a member of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission’s board of directors.
Mark S. Meland, a shareholder with Meland Russin & Budwick in Miami, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers in the categories of real estate and business/corporate (2006-2014). The firm, which he co-founded, recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary.
Tim Quinlan has been promoted as the new vice president of business and legal affairs for Saban Brands. He will focus on the company’s global consumer products licensing business, along with brand enforcement and new acquisitions. Quinlan joined Saban in August 2013 as senior director of business and legal affairs.
Spencer H. Silverglate, managing shareholder at Clarke Silverglate in Miami, has been appointed chair of the Employment and Labor Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute.
Howard O. McGillin Jr. has been appointed to the 7th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott. McGillin fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Carlos E. Mendoza.
Steve Bernstein has become managing partner at Fisher & Phillips’ Tampa office. The transition is part of a planned leadership change in the national labor and employment law firm. This office rotates between three partners who have the opportunity to serve as managing partner every three years. Bernstein previously served as managing partner from 2008-2011.
Michael S. Budwick, shareholder with Meland Russin & Budwick in Miami, has been named in Super Lawyers in the category of bankruptcy/business litigation (2006-2014). The firm, which he co-founded, recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary.
Ann Melinda Craggs has been appointed as a judge to the 5th District Circuit Court. In her previous career, she focused on family law and facilitated more than 200 adoption cases. She fills a vacancy left by Judge Brian Lambert, who was appointed to the 5th District Court of Appeal.
T.A. “Tad” Delegal III, of Delegal Law Offices in Jacksonville, has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates and in the organization’s Jacksonville chapter.
David S. Gold has joined Litchfield Cavo as a partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, where he will continue his practice defending employers and their insurance carriers in pending workers’ compensation matters. He will also serve as a mentor to the firm’s associates regarding workers’ compensation matters.
Keith Grossman, founder and managing partner of Grossman Law & Conflict Management, has been appointed to the board of directors of the local chapter of Human Resources Management Association of Southwest Florida. He was also selected as the featured speaker at the March meeting of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business committee.
Michael G. Little (LLMT), a partner with Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns in Clearwater, has again been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of trusts and estates. He serves on the executive committee of Johnson Pope and practices in the areas of business succession planning, tax, and trusts and estates.
Dale J. Paleschic, a partner with Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones in Jacksonville, has been elected president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. He continues his practice in insurance defense and medical malpractice.
Nelson C. Bellido, managing partner of Roig Lawyers’ Miami office, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Duke Alumni Association board of directors. He has additionally been named in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2014).
Ken LaRoe, CEO of First GREEN Bank has recently been appointed to the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Board. As a board member, he will help the foundation spread its mission of sustainable banking principles, commitment to finding global solutions to international problems, and the promotion of viable alternatives to the current financial system.
Mike Schwartz (LLMT), an attorney with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio, has been named in Ohio Super Lawyers (2015). Schwartz practices in the area of estate planning.
Alan C. Sheppard Jr., a shareholder in the Orlando office of Greenberg Traurig, has been elected president of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Perry Doran, an attorney with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio, has been named in Ohio Super Lawyers (2015). Doran practices in the area of litigation.
Carl Romano, a partner with Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach, has been named in Florida Super Lawyers (2014). He practices in the area of banking.
Steven Fahlgren has been appointed to the 4th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of E. McRae Mathis. Fahlgren has served as a municipal attorney for the town of Hilliard, Florida since 2007 and is a solo private practitioner. Previously, Fahlgren practiced with Fisher Rushmer from 1997-2001. He also practiced with Foster & Kelley from 1994-1997.
Donna L. Longhouse (LLMT, JD 93), a partner with Allen Dell in Tampa, has again been named in Super Lawyers (2014), a distinguished designation based on peer review and professional achievement. She practices exclusively in the areas of tax, and trusts and estates.
Timothy M. Cerio, a GrayRobinson attorney, has been appointed as general counsel by Gov. Rick Scott. Previously, he served as chief of staff and general counsel at the Florida Department of Health from 2005-2007. In 2013, he was appointed by to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 1st District Court of Appeal.
Lorie M. Gleim, a litigation attorney with Greenberg Traurig in West Palm Beach, has been named to the list of “most effective lawyers” in the real estate category by the Daily Business Review. The newspaper’s editors selected the attorney from a pool of nominees throughout South Florida who secured the biggest jury verdicts and settlements or achieved significant decisions affecting public policy or business in 2014.
Keith DuBose, a shareholder with Matthews Eastmoore in Sarasota, has been elected to secretary of the Sarasota County Bar Association board of directors.
Joy Lampley Fortson, assistant chief counsel to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been named as vice president of the 2015 board of trustees for Leadership Georgia. The program, which is affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, identifies, trains and inspires young leaders from 25 to 45 years old. The organization has yielded numerous highly influential state and national leaders.
Charles Hodges (LLMT), a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP in Atlanta, has been recognized in Expert Guides’ “legal media group” (2014) in the area of tax law.
Robert Jacobowitz has joined Gunster’s West Palm Beach office as an attorney in the firm’s private wealth services practice. He has extensive experience in counseling clients on complex estate planning matters and gift and generation transfer tax techniques.
Steven A. Lessne has joined Gunster as a shareholder with the firm’s West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale offices. He brings nearly 20 years of experience to Gunster’s private wealth services and litigation practices. A South Florida native, he has represented and counseled banks, fiduciaries, companies and individuals in state and federal court proceedings throughout the country.
Nicole L. Goetz, of Nicole L. Goetz law firm in Naples, has written her first book. Divorce Proceedings in Florida: What You Need to Know is published by Aspatore Books and available online now. The book is a comprehensive overview of the divorce process in Florida and is designed to help the reader navigate the divorce process, educating individuals on how to be active and knowledgeable participants in their own divorces.
Phillip H. Hutchinson, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice Group in West Palm Beach, recently spoke at the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion’s Road to the Bench seminar.
Garry Rhoden has recently joined Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter in Orlando. He will continue focusing his practice on cases involving catastrophic personal injury and consumer protection, including nursing home neglect and securities and investment fraud. Rhoden handles nursing home neglect cases in a variety of states, and he deals with securities and investment fraud cases on a nationwide scale.
April Y. Walker, an associate with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Orlando, has been elected to shareholder within the firm. As a business litigation attorney, Walker represents national financial lenders in consumer finance litigation, loan servicing litigation and real property litigation disputes in state and federal court. She also represents businesses in a wide array of industries in contract, tort and business tort litigation.
Gregory P. Bru, an attorney with Armbrecht Jackson in Mobile, Alabama, has been named in Best Lawyers in America (2015).
Michael Caborn, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando, has been named a shareholder within the firm. Caborn’s areas of practice include appellate practice, banking, bankruptcy, creditors rights and collections, litigation, real property, securities and receiverships.
Susan Miller-Jones has been appointed as a judge to the Alachua County Court by Gov. Rick Scott. She fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge David P. Kreider to the circuit court bench.
Richard Mitchell, a shareholder with GrayRobinson in Orlando, has been appointed as the chairman of the firm’s newly formed higher education practice group. This new practice group will advise educational institutes on matters of litigation, employment and labor, government relations, construction, health care, immigration, real estate, land use, employee benefits and other legal issues.
Marcy L. Shaw has been re-elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors representing the 20th Judicial Circuit. She will serve a two- Walker 97 Mitchell 98 Shaw 98 Benvenuto 03 CLASS NOTES year term, which commences June 26. Shaw is a solo practitioner in Fort Myers where she enjoys a fast-paced civil litigation practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business and contract disputes, as well as contested probate, trust and guardianship matters. She is a past president of the Lee County Bar Association.
Roger Gannam has joined Liberty Counsel in Orlando as senior litigation counsel, providing pro bono representation in matters relating to religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family. Prior to joining Liberty Counsel, he was a partner with Lindell & Farson in Jacksonville.
Hunter W. Carroll, an attorney with the law firm of Matthews Eastmoore in Sarasota, has been named president-elect of the Sarasota County Bar Association.
Matthew C. Lucas has been appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal by Gov. Rick Scott. He previously served as a circuit judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa.
Lisa Melamed, vice president of legal affairs and general counsel for Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, has been promoted to vice president/corporate compliance officer. Melamed joined the institute as associate counsel in June 2010 prior to being promoted to general counsel in September 2012 and vice president of legal affairs in March 2014.
Marc S. Shuster, an attorney with Berger Singerman in Miami, has been named one of South Florida Legal Guide’s “top lawyers” (2015).
Samantha Schosberg Feuer has been elected as a judge to the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County. She will take the bench in January.
Jose A. Izquierdo, a Fort Lauderdale-based criminal defense attorney, has been appointed to the boards of directors of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Legal Aid Service of Collier County.
Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Miami, was recently featured in Law360’s “Minority Powerbrokers” series. In the article, Olmedo-Rodriguez talks about breaking the glass ceiling in the legal industry and offers advice to other attorneys.
Christopher P. Benvenuto, an attorney with Gunster’s West Palm Beach office, has been named to the board of trustees for the Palm Beach area chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
Sarah Cortvriend, an attorney with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in West Palm Beach, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.
Gisela Then Laurent, president of Laurent Law Firm in Winter Garden, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group. She filled a vacant seat and was appointed for a term of undetermined length beginning Feb. 16.
Adriana Collado-Hudak, an attorney with Kubiliun & Associates in Miami, has been named the new author of the Florida Criminal Cases Notebook. The 10th edition of this publication, which is used by judges, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys as a valued research tool, was released in December 2014 by James Publishing. She was additionally interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 11th Circuit of Florida as prospective nominee for a county court judicial vacancy.
Hollie Croft has been named a partner with Broad and Cassel in the firm’s Orlando office. She joins four other attorneys in the firm statewide who made partner in 2015.
Timothy Kiley, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando, has been named a shareholder within the firm. Kiley practices primarily in the firm’s commercial litigation practice area. He is also actively involved in the firm’s banking, business, construction and real estate litigation practice areas.
Alexandre M. Mestdagh, managing partner of Mestdagh & Wall in Maitland, Florida, has been appointed to the Central Florida Real Estate Council board of directors. The firm, which focuses on real estate and business law, has been in business and under Mestdagh’s leadership for about eight years.
Tara Rao, of the Rao Law Firm in Lutz, Florida, has completed her two-year fellowship with the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and graduated with an LL.M. in taxation from the Boston University School of Law. Rao’s practice focuses on estates, trusts, probate, guardianship and business planning.
Michael Verille has joined Whalerock Industries’ Santa Monica, California office as senior corporate and business development executive. WRI creates, produces and distributes premium content across the media landscape, including more than 15 owned and/or operated digital media properties. Verille comes to WRI following a four-year stint at GlideSlope, a New York-based sports consulting and strategy firm.
Monica Vila Castro has become a partner with Holland & Knight in Miami. She is a member of the firm’s litigation section and practices in the areas of appellate litigation and trial support.
Terri Griffiths (LLMT) has been appointed as acting attorney general by Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp. Griffiths, who has practiced in the U.S. territory for almost two decades, will serve in the position temporarily and will later become the territory’s solicitor general. Griffiths has practiced law there since 1996.
Doug Martin has been promoted to partner at Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier & Sos in Orlando.
Amanda Taylor has joined Adams and Reese’s St. Petersburg office as special counsel. She focuses on land use, zoning, real estate development, agricultural and environmental law. Taylor is a former shareholder from the Trenam Kemker St. Petersburg office and also formerly worked for Holland & Knight.
Nicole Carolan, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando, has been named a shareholder within the firm. Her practice areas include commercial and residential real estate transactions, land use and local government law (including zoning, permitting and code enforcement), and commercial real estate litigation (including title disputes and property tax challenges).
Lacey D. Hofmeyer has become a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office.
James Jones Jr., a South Florida-based attorney, has co-founded CourtBuddy. com, a legal matchmaking service that helps Floridians who have pending court cases get matched with local attorneys.
Gregory M. Lefkowitz has been promoted to partner with Duane Morris in Philadelphia. Lefkowitz practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright law. He represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property litigation matters at all levels of the federal court system, as well as appeals and reviews before the U.S. Patent Office.
Alissa Lugo has been elected partner at BakerHostetler in Orlando. She focuses on securities and general corporate law with a concentration on corporate security work for public companies.
Kevin P. McCoy, an associate with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa, has been elected to shareholder. McCoy practices complex commercial and civil litigation with an emphasis on efficient dispute resolution. He also has significant experience litigating products liability and toxic tort cases for clients in the tobacco and asbestos industries.
Kristin Y. Melton has joined de la Parte & Gilbert as a shareholder in the firm’s Tampa office.
Mariana R. Ribeiro, an attorney with Gunster in the firm’s Miami office, has been promoted from associate to shareholder. Ribeiro joined the firm in 2008 and has frequently presented and published on topics of interest to the firm’s business clients, including employment issues (such as I-9 programs and recruiting foreign workers), same-sex couples and families traveling abroad.
Jordan B. Taylor has become a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office.
Kurt Zaner, of Zaner Harden Law in Denver, recently guided his firm in opening a satellite office in Delray Beach, Florida.
Michael Carolan, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando, has been named a shareholder within the firm. He practices primarily in the firm’s real estate practice area. He is also actively involved in the firm’s corporate and commercial litigation practice areas.
Christian George has been named a partner with Akerman in Jacksonville. In 2014, George was named among the top 40 individuals in Jacksonville’s business community under the age of 40 by the Jacksonville Business Journal. He was also re-elected without opposition as the representative of The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers’ Division for the 4th Judicial Circuit.
Aaron Jay Horowitz, an attorney with Gunster in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been promoted from associate to shareholder. Since joining Gunster in 2007, his work has included the defense of a Fortune 100 national bank in a classaction lawsuit over check-cashing fees.
Matthew Klein, an employment attorney with Jackson Lewis in Orlando, has been appointed to Orange County’s 2016 Charter Review Commission, tasked with performing a comprehensive review of the county administration and proposing amendments to the charter next year.
Catherine G. Pappas, an associate at Dilworth Paxson, has been selected to participate in this year’s Next Generation Program at the 88th annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, slated for Oct. 8-11 in Chicago. Pappas is one of only three attorneys selected from the entire state of Pennsylvania.
Daniel J. Glassman (LLMT, JD 06), an attorney with Gunster in the firm’s West Palm Beach office, has been promoted from associate to shareholder. He joined the Gunster family in 2007 and focuses his practice on federal and state taxation, including corporate, partnership and individual income taxation.
Wojciech Jackowski (LLMCL), with Menaker & Herrmann in New York City, has become a partner within the firm.
Nina Lacevic, chief compliance counsel for Amscot Financial, has been named Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “up and comer” (2014). In 2015, the publication named her as “top corporate counsel” in financial services. She also recently became certified as an anti-money-laundering specialist, earning a credential which is the gold standard in AML certifications and recognized internationally by financial institutions, governments and regulators. Lacevic practices in the area of regulatory compliance, anti-money-laundering and consumer financial protection.
Joshua R. Levenson, an associate in Holland & Knight’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been recognized by the South Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America with its “Silver Beaver Award.” The award recognizes adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.
Ana-Klara H. Anderson has joined the legal department of NBC Universal and NBC Sports Group in Orlando as associate counsel of Golf Channel. She will advise on entertainment and business contracts and intellectual property licensing. Prior to joining NBCU, she was an associate with the Tampa office of Thomas & LoCicero.
Timothy C. Haughee, a senior associate with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando, has been appointed to the Downtown Orlando Partnership board of directors. The nonprofit, which supports the downtown Orlando district, has nominated Haughee to serve on the board for the 2015-2017 term.
Brandon Kilberg has joined First American Title Insurance Company as claims counsel in the company’s suburban Philadelphia Eastern Claims Center. Prior to joining First American, Kilberg was an associate at Covahey, Boozer, Devan & Dore, a real estate and creditors’ rights boutique in Baltimore.
Sasha Lohn-McDermott has been named senior account supervisor at Tucker/Hall in Tampa. She will assist clients with public affairs and crisis management issues.
Maxwell Minch has joined GrayRobinson’s Gainesville office.
Michael Malecz has joined the real estate department of Seyfarth Shaw in New York. He focuses his practice on structured and real estate finance.
Belkis Plata, managing partner of Plata Schott Attorneys & Counselors at Law in Jacksonville, has been honored as “alumni of the year” by the Take Stock in Children Program. Plata was a program participant during her sixth-grade year. In recognition of her passion to help at-risk youth, she was presented the award in February in Tallahassee.
Holly Rice has joined the firm of Nicole L. Goetz in Naples as an associate. As a prosecutor, Rice obtained significant litigation experience including handling over 25 trials and countless hearings. She is now focused exclusively on marital and family law.
Stephanie E. Ambs has joined Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa as an associate. She practices in the firm’s national trial practice, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights section.
Nicholas A. Brown has joined Carlton Fields Jorden Burt as an associate in the firm’s Tampa office. Brown is a member of the firm’s national appellate practice and trial support practice group. His practice will focus on trial support and appeals in state and federal court. He will assist with case assessments, researching and writing briefs and oral argument preparation.
Tracy de Lemos, an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A., was recently named to the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) board of directors as director of sponsorships. CREW Orlando, part of a national network of 76 independent local organizations, strives to advance women in commercial real estate.
Ross Sharkey (LLMT) has recently joined Caplin & Drysdale’s Washington, D.C., office as an associate in the firm’s tax controversies group. His core practice will be to assist corporations, nonprofits and wealthy individuals in resolving federal tax issues, including matters relating to offshore voluntary disclosure and FATCA compliance.
Jonathan Freidin has joined Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum in Miami as an associate. He will concentrate his practice in the areas of plaintiffs’ personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. He joins the firm after a two-year federal clerkship with Donald M. Middlebrooks in the Southern District of Florida.
Lauren L. Millcarek has joined Holland & Knight as an associate in the firm’s Orlando office. Millcarek practices in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution. She has experience with multidistrict and class-action litigation, complex civil litigation, white-collar crime, employment law, civil rights litigation, deceptive and unfair trade practices and tax law.
Tara L. Tedrow, an associate with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando, has been appointed to the board of directors for the BETA Center, a nonprofit that helps teen moms and at-risk families increase healthy family functioning and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Andrea Nieto, of Wilkes & McHugh, P.A. in Tampa, won a $3.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania. The case, Scrima v. UPC Mercy, was included in Top PA Verdicts & Settlements magazine. Nieto’s practice area is nursing home abuse and neglect, personal injury, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and product liability.
John F. DeStefano Jr. has joined GrayRobinson’s Gainesville office.
Josh A. Rubin has joined Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando. He will practice in the areas of business, banking, real estate and health care litigation.
Star Sansone has joined Dean Mead’s new Gainesville office as an associate in the estate planning and taxation departments. She focuses on business planning and transactions and also represents individuals in estate planning and wealth protection.
Liberty Upton (LLMT) has joined Helsell Fetterman, a Seattle-based law firm serving businesses, organizations and individuals. Previously, Upton worked at Columbia Bank as a financial analyst where she underwrote loans to high networth individuals and edited bank policies and procedures.
Caroline Zapiec has joined Martin Law Firm in Cape Coral. Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation.