Classnotes – Spring 2016

1962

J. Charles “Charlie” Gray (LLB 58), shareholder and founding director in GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, was awarded University of Central Florida’s Champions Award at the school’s Black Gold Gala Event. The Champions Award is given to an individual, or corporation, who has consistently advocated the cause of UCF and/or the UCF Alumni Association. It has only been given three times in UCF’s history.

1963

Bruce Rogow, founding professor of Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in appellate law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, first amendment law and municipal litigation. This marks Rogow’s 29th year included on the list.

1966

Charles Baumberger, co-founding partner of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A., has become national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA is dedicated to the preservation of the right of trial by jury, civility, professional education, providing civic education for our nation’s schools and to saving the civil justice system for future generations. Baumberger was elected to national leadership after his service to ABOTA, most recently as national first vice president and president-elect.

Stephen Rossman, co-founding partner of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A., has received the Fran Peacock Coker FLABOTA Community Service Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Justice Joseph Story Award from the Dade County Bar Association. Both awards celebrate a lifetime of career excellence and advocacy on behalf of the powerless.

1968

Justus W. Reid, senior partner of Reid Burman Lebedeker, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in personal injury litigation. Reid has been listed in Best Lawyers for more than 25 years and was also listed as one of the “Top Lawyers in 2016” in the South Florida Legal Guide.

1970

Mercer K. Clarke, president and a founding principal of Clarke Silverglate, P.A, has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers for his work in personal injury litigation. Clarke was also recognized in the product liability, construction and commercial litigation categories.

Joseph C. Mellichamp III was named Able Trust’s “Volunteer of the Year” for his work coordinating funding and logistics support for the Tallahassee Rotary’s Youth Leadership Forum over the last seven years. The forum is a leadership-training event for high school students with disabilities, aimed to empower young adults. Mellichamp has served in a leadership role with his Rotary, both volunteering for YLF duties and recruiting new volunteers, since 2008.

1973

Raleigh “Lee” W. Greene III, of Greene & Greene, Attorneys at Law, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the fields of family law and family law mediation. Greene has also been named one of the “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend for 2015 and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Andrew J. Markus, shareholder in Carlton Fields’ Miami office, has been appointed chair of the Beacon Council’s International Committee for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Beacon Council is Miami Dade County’s official economic development partnership and its committees include industry leaders and academic and community partners who examine issues and opportunities within an industry that enable or inhibit job growth.

1974

John D. Dumbaugh, partner with Syprett Meshad in Sarasota, has become re-certified by the Florida Bar in the field of real estate law. His certification will continue through 2020.

1975

Barry A. Abbott has been elected as a shareholder in Lane Powell. Abbot has extensive experience in corporate law and financial services and has represented numerous international and domestic institutions.

Larry D. Barnett, professor emeritus at the Widener University Delaware Law School, has authored a book titled Explaining Law: Macrosociological Theory and Empirical Evidence.  The book was published by Brill in August 2015.

Christopher White, shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Jacksonville office, has been named to the Florida Coastal School of Law’s board of visitors. The board assists in policy and administrative issues with the school.

1976

Tyrie W. Boyer, circuit judge of the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida, was recently honored by the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates as “Jurist of the Year” (2015).

Mark P. Buell, trial lawyer in Buell & Elligett, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Buell specializes in eminent domain representing businesses and landowners, personal injury and commercial litigation.

1977

Jack Kirschenbaum, shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Melbourne law office, has become certified as a Florida Supreme Court circuit civil mediator. Kirschenbaum is an AV-rated experienced civil trial lawyer and has litigated and mediated cases for more than 30 years. His practice includes a variety of commercial litigation matters including business and contract disputes, eminent domain, family law and personal injury.

Dennis Wall co-authored Catastrophe Claims:  Insurance Coverage for Natural and Man-Made Disasters.

1978

Dennis Campbell, founding member of Campbell Law Firm, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2016) for his work in commercial litigation, banking, bankruptcy, construction and real estate issues. He has also been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by Florida Legal Elite and included in Florida’s Super Lawyers for the past 12 years.

Scott N. Richardson, of Wellington, Florida, has been elected vice chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners by members of the board. His term will begin Nov. 1, 2016. Richardson is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as a volunteer lawyer with the Center for International Legal Studies since 2006.

1979

Virginia Bogue has been named a partner at Howick, Westfall & Kaplan, LLP. Bogue specializes in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights litigation and has been practicing law in Georgia for more than 10 years. Bogue graduated from the Leadership Academy of The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and has been a lecturer on bankruptcy issues at various seminars.

1980

Dennis Eisinger celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the firm he founded, Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, P.A.

Philippe Jeck, managing partner of Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones, was elected to a two-year term as chair of the Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. board of trustees, a public healthcare foundation that addresses the needs of Palm Beach County residents. Jeck has also been nominated for the 12th annual “Leadership Excellence Award” presented by Leadership Palm Beach County, recognizing his contributions to improve his community.

1981

Richard Comiter (LLMT, JD 80), senior partner of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, celebrated the inclusion of his firm in the 2015 Super Lawyers Business Edition as a “Top Law Firm in Florida” for its work in business and transaction. The firm was selected based on the number of its attorneys that have been included in the 2014 or 2015 editions of Super Lawyers and the quality of their work.

Stephen R. Klorfein, of Chaiken Klorfein LLC, has been selected to serve on the initial board of directors for the Georgia chapter of the Exit Planning Institute. The institute is a national organization for professionals who specialize in exit planning for individuals and their businesses. Klorfein was also recently named a 2015 “Five Star Financial Service Professional” for providing outstanding estate planning legal advice.

Jeanne Trudeau Tate, of Tampa, has been appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. Her term will run from Oct. 22, 2015, to July 1, 2019.

1983

Kenneth Bush has concluded his term as president of the Miami chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA is dedicated to the preservation of the right of trial by jury, civility, professional education, providing civic education for our nation’s schools and to saving the civil justice system for future generations.

John F. Eversole III, of Eversole & Associates in Miami, has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America and named a 2015 “Florida Super Lawyer” for the 10th year in a row.

Scott G. Hawkins, former president of The Florida Bar, received the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Judge Edward Rodgers Diversity Award at the bar’s annual Bench Bar Conference Luncheon in February. The award honors an individual who “cultivates and promotes diversity and gender initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment.”

1984

David Akins, shareholder in the estate and succession planning department of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. His election is based on reputation, skill and significant contributions to the field through writing, lecturing and participating in bar activities.

Gwen A. Baumann, associate municipal judge of Plano, Texas, was appointed associate municipal judge of the city of Carrollton, Texas.

Lawrence Marraffino has been awarded the AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell based on recommendations of high levels of professional excellence from his peers. Marraffino was also named a “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer” in Florida by the American Society of Legal Advocates, and he has maintained a 10.0 AVVO rating since 2010. Marraffino is board-certified in civil trial law and focuses his practice on personal injury, family law and bankruptcy.

1985

Steven Ellison, partner in Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach office, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Reginald Garcia has published Second Chances: Florida Pardons, Restoration of Civil Rights, Gun Rights and More. The book is designed to help Florida’s convicted felons with transition, reentry, state licenses and jobs.

1986

Jennifer Taylor, general magistrate and hearing officer for the 18th Judicial Circuit Court, has been appointed as a judge to the 18th Judicial Court by Gov. Rick Scott.

1987

Harvey L. Jay has been appointed to the First District Court of Appeal by Gov. Rick Scott. Jay has served as a 4th Judicial Circuit judge since 2012 and was awarded the 2015 “Jurist of the Year Award” by the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Simone Marstiller.

1988

Kevin Hyde, partner with Foley and Lardner, LLP, has been appointed to the University of North Florida board of trustees by Gov. Rick Scott. Hyde previously served as president of the Jacksonville City Council and chair of The Florida Bar Labor Employment Section.

Spencer H. Silverglate, managing partner of Clarke Silverglate, served as a panelist at the Minority Mentoring Picnic in Miami. The panel gave advice to minority law students and provided opportunities for them to network with lawyers and judges in an informal environment. Silverglate was recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in labor and employment litigation, employment law and commercial litigation.

Robert Wheeler, of Tallahassee, has been appointed to the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott. Wheeler has served as a Leon County judge since 2010 and fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Frank Sheffield.

1989

Sean C. Domnick, shareholder in national plaintiff litigation firm Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, has been elected secretary of the Palm Beach County Justice Association for the 2016 term. Domnick served as past president of the Miami Dade Trial Lawyers Association and currently serves on the board of governors for the American Association for Justice. He is the 2015 recipient of the “Florida Justice Association BJ Masterson Award for Professionalism” and the Daily Business Review’s “Verdicts Hall of Fame” award.

Paul Donnelly has been included in Florida’s Best Lawyers for labor and employment law for the past 10 years and received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Donnelly was also selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” (2015) and Florida Super Lawyers (2015). His firm, Donnelly and Gross, founded with Laura Gross (JD 90), was recognized in the 2016 edition of U.S. News’s “Best Law Firms.”

T. Mills Fleming, chair of HunterMaclean’s health care practice group and partner in the firm, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Georgia Super Lawyers. Fleming was also honored with the 17th annual “Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service” by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, for his outstanding contributions in community service.

Lawrence Krutchik joined global strategic communications firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies as senior vice president of public affairs. Krutchik leads the agency’s West Coast public affairs practice, where he provides issues management, community engagement and crisis communications counsel as well as media training for executives and spokespersons.

Guy Norris, attorney with Norris and Norris P.A., has been appointed to the Commission on Ethics by Gov. Rick Scott. His term began December 2015 and will end in June 2017. Norris previously served as the chair of the 3rd Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission.

Jeffrey Paskert has been elected president of Mills Paskert Divers. Paskert was noted in the 2015 Super Lawyers list and listed by Best Lawyers in Tampa Bay, Florida and America.

Mark E. Stein, of Mark Stein Law, has been appointed as a team leader for the Social Media and Mobile Application Subcommittee for the International Trademark Association. Stein was named “Co-lawyer of the Year” by Florida’s Best Lawyers in America for his work in copyright law. He also received a tier 1 ranking in the 2016 edition of U.S. News’s “Best Law Firms.”

 1990

Sherri D. Bailey Akin (LLMT) has joined ShuffieldLowman’s two Volusia County offices and Orlando office as of counsel. Akin practices in complex estate planning and tax law.

Steven Bernstein, managing partner in Fisher & Phillips’ Tampa office, has been appointed treasurer of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce where he will oversee the chamber’s budget and ensure its funds are used to further its priorities. As a member of the executive committee, he will oversee chamber activities, determine strategic priorities and provide guidance to the organization.

Laura Gross has been included in Florida’s Best Lawyers for labor and employment law for the past 10 years and received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Gross was also selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” (2015) and Florida Super Lawyers (2015). Her firm, Donnelly and Gross, founded with Paul Donnelly (JD 89), was recognized in the 2016 edition of U.S. News’s “Best Law Firms.”

David A. Wolf, partner with Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. in Jacksonville, published his fifth book entitled Bikes, Trikes and Automobiles – Legal Rights of the Injured Cyclist. The book is provided as a free resource for injury victims and families dealing with the aftermath of a bicycle accident.

1991

Keith S. Grossman, founder and managing partner of Grossman Law & Conflict Management, has been awarded the Hugh E. Starnes “Think Outside the Box” award by the Association of Family Law Professionals. The award recognizes his leadership, critical thinking, innovation and dedication to non-adversarial practice.

Kevin F. O’Brien, Georgetown University’s vice president for mission and ministry, will become the dean of Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology in August.

Kimberly Rezanka, attorney with Dean Mead, has been appointed to the Commission on Ethics by Gov. Rick Scott. Her term began December 2015 and will end in June 2017.

1992

Nelson C. Bellido, managing partner of Roig Lawyers’ Miami office, has been re-elected to the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo board of directors and elected incoming chairperson. Bellido also served on a panel in March at the 2016 Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference. The panel, entitled “Judges that Google: the Ethics of Judicial Use of Internet Resources,” discussed the concerns of accuracy, fairness and permanency that comes from judicial searching and citing Internet materials.

John Guy has been appointed to the 4th Judicial Circuit Court as a judge by Gov. Rick Scott. He has served as an assistant state attorney for the 4th Judicial Circuit and as managing director of the office since 1993.

Bruce Hoffman, head of the global competition practice at Hunton & Williams, has been recognized in Washington’s Best Lawyers and International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers for his accomplishments in antitrust and competition law. He was also named a “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer” and ranked a leader in antitrust by Chambers and Partners. He was recently admitted as a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honor society.

Paul Militello, past president of the Citrus County Bar Association, has been appointed to the Sumter County Court by Gov. Rick Scott.

1993

Jed L. Frankel, partner with Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, P.A., was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a circuit mediator for a two-year term.

Lawrence “Larry” Freiman, of MendenFreiman LLP, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Georgia Super Lawyers based on research evaluation and peer reviews.

Carl V. Romano, partner in Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach office, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

1994

Tracy L. Gerber, co-managing shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, P.A.’s West Palm Beach office, has been appointed to the Florida Association of Women Lawyers standing committee on Member Advancement and Placement. The committee helps to vet qualified women candidates for Florida Bar Committee appointments. Gerber has also been named chair of the subcommittee on law firm advancement.

1995

Tim Cerio has rejoined GrayRobinson as a shareholder after serving as general counsel to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Cerio focuses his practice on regulatory and health care law; administrative law, including representation of clients in regulatory, administrative and quasi-judicial proceedings; and complex litigation in state and federal courts.

Douglas A. Harrison, an assistant city attorney with the City of Miami, has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the South Broward Hospital District board of commissioners for a four-year term.

1996

Dennis McClelland, partner in Phelps Dunbar’s Labor and Employment Group and newly named managing partner of Phelps Dunbar’s Tampa office, now serves as an editor-in-chief of the newly published third edition of The Fair Labor Standards Act. The volume is a nationally recognized legal treatise published by the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and Bloomberg BNA.

1997

Brian D. Burgoon, of the Burgoon Law Firm, LLC, in Atlanta, was elected vice president of the UF Alumni Association and was re-elected as an out-of-state representative on the Florida Bar Board of Governors. Burgoon practices in the areas of civil and business litigation.

Jennifer Fowler-Hermes has become a counsel in the Sarasota firm Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen as part of the expansion of its Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Nicole L. Goetz, of Nicole L Goetz, P.L., has become treasurer of the family law section of The Florida Bar. For more than 10 years, Goetz has been practicing exclusively in marital and family law at the trial and appellate levels. She has won multiple awards for her work with the family law section, and she frequently lectures on the topic of family law. She has recently been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Kevin R. Jones, an assistant city attorney with the City of Miami, has been named chief of the Labor and Employment Division.

Jason Lazarus was presented with “The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award” for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee.

1998

Azim Saju, vice president and general counsel of the Hotel Development & Management Group, was selected as chairperson of the Choice Hotel Owners’ Council for the upcoming year. The council represents several thousand Choice Hotel franchises across North America. Saju also celebrated the opening of HDG’s 10th and 11th hotels in June and July, and opening of a 12th in January.

1999

Jennifer Bass, assistant state attorney for the 5th Judicial Circuit state attorney’s office, has been appointed to the 5th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott.

2000

Julie Brown was reappointed to a second two-year term as chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. Brown will lead the agency, addressing important utility issues affecting all Floridians.

Hunter Carroll, attorney with Matthews Eastmoore, has been appointed to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott. Carroll is president-elect of the Sarasota County Bar Association and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list.

John Heilman has been named a shareholder in Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Heilman is a member of the firm’s casualty department and represents clients in retail liability, premises liability, product liability and automobile and trucking negligence.

2001

Bradley Gould, shareholder in Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwener, served as the moderator for the Current Developments Program in January. The program was held by the S Corporation Committee of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association. Gould’s presentation discussed recent legislative, administrative and judicial developments relating to S corporations.

Joshua Heller was appointed as a federal administrative law judge.

Duane Pinnock, attorney with Boyes, Farina & Matwiczyk, P.A., has been selected as an honoree for UF Association of Black Alumni’s 2nd Annual Gator Greats networking and recognition reception. Pinnock was also named a “Top Lawyer” in South Florida Legal Guide’s 2016 edition based on peer nominations.

2002

Christopher Codling, of Givens Sparks, headed a trial team that settled a confidential six-figure property insurance case. The case was in litigation for more than two years.

Allen Winsor has been appointed to the 1st District Court of Appeal by Gov. Rick Scott. Winsor serves as the solicitor general in the office of the Florida attorney general. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Robert T. Benton (JD 70).

2003

Brian Coughlin has been appointed chair of The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee by incoming Florida Bar President William J. Schifino Jr. (JD 85).

Brian Dorn was elected to the board of directors for BioFlorida, Inc., the statewide organization representing Florida’s life science industries. Dorn also participated in the Naples Roundtable’s 2016 Patent Experts Conference, an invitation-only conference in which experts in patent law exchange ideas on how to improve the patent system.

Troy Finnegan, general counsel of Dr. Philips Charities, was elected president of the University Club of Orlando.

Larry Fleurantin, of Fleurantin, Francois & Antonin, P.A., recently published a co-authored article titled “Attorneys’ Fees on Appeal: Misapplication of the Law of the Case Raises Procedural and Substantive Due Process Concerns.”

Whalen J. Kuller has joined Hartman Simons & Wood’s Atlanta office as senior of counsel. Kuller practices in the areas of acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital, crowdfunding, and public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities and technology licensing.

Allison R. Sabocik, of Pankauski Law Firm PLLC in West Palm Beach, has earned a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating based on peer reviews and recommendations. This rating reflects the highest level of competency, ethics and professional excellence. Sabocik focuses her practice on estate and trust litigation.

L. Elijah Stiers has founded Stiers Law, P.A., a boutique civil litigation firm located in Miami. The firm focuses on catastrophic personal injury, specializing in medical malpractice, wrongful death, auto negligence and general liability matters, as well as commercial and business litigation disputes. Stiers has been recognized as a 2015 “Top 40 Under 40,” a “Rising Star” (2010-2015), “Up and Comer” (2011 and 2013), and has been given an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

2004

Brian Arthur (LLMT, JD 02), of Baker & McKenzie, has become a partner in the firm’s tax practice. Arthur practices in the areas of international and federal taxation, focusing on transfer pricing and federal income tax controversy matters.

Travis Hayes, vice chair of the Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee, along with Laird A. Lile, has formed Lile & Hayes, PLLC, a legal practice specializing in estate and trust related matters. Hayes is a member of the Executive Council for the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. He serves as vice chair of both the Probate Law and Procedure Committee and the Digital Assets and Information Study Committee. He serves on the board of directors of the Collier County Bar Foundation and has been named a “Top Up & Comer” by Florida Trend and a “Top 40 under 40 Trust and Estate Attorney in Florida” by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

2005

Jill Bechtold has been elected as shareholder in Marks Gray, P.A. Bechtold practices in the areas of medical and professional liability defense, products liability and general civil litigation defense.

Jarrett Hoffman joined Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP as head of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Benefits practice and was elected partner in December 2015. Hoffman was also selected again by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in the New York metro area for employee benefits.

Erin Houck-Toll (LLMT), stockholder in Henderson Franklin’s Business & Tax Division, has been recertified as a board-certified tax expert by The Florida Bar. Houck-Toll is also board-certified in health law and is one of only three attorneys in the entire state of Florida dual-certified in both health and tax law.

Charles Jimerson, managing partner of Jimerson & Cobb, was named to the Jacksonville Business Journal’s inaugural “Ultimate Attorneys” list. The list honors those who have elevated the legal profession and helped to shape Jacksonville’s business community.

Kenneth M. Poole Jr. has been named a partner in the Sarasota law firm of Syprett Meshad. Poole focuses his practice on family and criminal law and is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association as well as the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Michelle Yard was presented with the Joseph W. Durocher “Foot Soldier of the Constitution” award by the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The award is given annually to a criminal defense attorney who fights for their clients’ rights and improves the criminal justice system as a whole.

2006

Florence Taylor Barner, former Broward County assistant state attorney and AV Preeminent-rated civil trial attorney, announced her candidacy for Broward County court judge in group 3 as the first-ever candidate of Haitian decent seeking election to the Broward judiciary.

Willard A. Blair has been named a partner of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Blair practices primarily in corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions and has experience in all aspects of public and private company representation.

Amanda Groover Hyland, attorney at Taylor English Duma in Atlanta, has been elected partner in the firm. Hyland was ranked by Chambers and Partners in 2015 as a leader in intellectual property law and also is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated. She has also been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in intellectual property litigation for the fourth consecutive year.

Victoria Knight-Alaee has been named a partner of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Knight-Alaee practices primarily in health law.

Joanna Lardin has joined Carlton Fields’ Miami office as an associate. Lardin is a member of the firm’s business transactions practice group and focuses her practice on domestic and international income, estate and gift planning and probate, trust and guardianship administration and litigation.

Chad McCormick (LLMT) has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner. McCormick will help build the Houston office’s Tax Practice Group.

Kevin McCoy, an attorney with Carlton Fields, has been elected president of the board of directors of Bay Area Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal assistance to low-income Tampa Bay residents. McCoy has been involved with BALS since 2007.

2007

Jeff L. Allen, attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Nashville, Tennessee, has been named to the 2015 “Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list for his work in entertainment and sports law. The list recognizes lawyers who are under 40 years old or have less than 10 years of legal experience and includes only 2.5 percent of attorneys.

Ian M. Alperstein has recently become an associate in Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin’s Fort Lauderdale office. Alperstein joins the firm’s professional liability department and primarily concentrates on the representation and defense of insurance carriers in insurance coverage disputes.

James M. Bandoblu (LLMT) has been elected partner in Hodgson Russ, a leading law firm that provides business-focused legal counsel. Bandoblu is a member of the tax dispute resolution, international tax and business tax practices, focusing on federal and international tax matters.

Jonathan Huels has become a shareholder in Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Huels focuses his practice on environmental permitting and compliance, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, developments of regional impact, due diligence and property rights. Huels is a member of the executive council of the Environmental and Land Use Section of The Florida Bar, Orange County Environmental Protection Commission and the Central Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. He also serves on the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Education Center board of directors.

Jason A. Smith has been named a partner of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Smith focuses his practice primarily in patent application preparation and prosecution as well as opinion work and client counseling.

2008

Aaron P. Davis has been named a partner of complex civil litigation firm Thornton Davis Fein in Miami. Davis focuses on general counsel services, commercial litigation, complex product liability, intellectual property and premises liability.

Joshua R. Levenson, an associate in Holland & Knight’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been awarded “The Centurion Award” by the Boy Scouts of America’s Order of the Arrow program. The national award highlights Arrowmen who have significantly contributed to the forming, maturing and ongoing operational excellence of their local council’s lodge.

Samantha A. Orender has joined Burr & Forman LLP’s Jacksonville office where she focuses on lending and financial services litigation.

William “Chad” Roberts (LLMT) was named an equity member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, in Memphis, Tennessee. Roberts practices in business and corporate law, estate planning, taxation and probate and trust.

Eric Ruben, of complex civil litigation firm Thornton Davis Fein, has been named a partner. Ruben manages complex products liability lawsuits and serves as regional counsel for various tire manufacturers. He was selected to the Florida Trend 2015 “Legal Elite Up and Comers” List.

Jesus M. Suarez has been named a partner in Miami-based Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A. Suarez focuses on litigation, governmental law, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy litigation and real-estate transactions.

2009

Jonathan Blocker has joined Christian & Small LLP as an associate, focusing on professional liability and medical malpractice, construction, aviation, liquor liability and cyber and data breach liability.

William N. Spicola has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as general counsel in his office. Spicola previously served as general counsel at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

David N. Torre, partner with Murrah Doyle Wigle & Torre, P.A., was one of 10 recipients of the 2015 “Distinguished Alumni” award from Valencia College.

Stephanie L. Varela, an associate in Greenberg Traurig P.A.’s Miami office, was accepted into Leadership Miami for the 2015-16 class. The program provides educational training and experiences to cultivate young community leaders.

2010

Belkis Plata, of Plata Schott Attorneys & Counselors at Law, was honored as a champion of mentoring by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership for her commitment to the needs of young people at the national, state and local levels. Plata began mentoring through Take Stock in Children and continues to mentor young attorneys and speak to high school students. She was honored with two others at the 6th annual Mentoring Summit at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. based on nominations by members of MENTOR’s national network of affiliate partnerships and youth-serving partner organizations.

2011

Amy D’Alessandro, assistant Florida state attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, joined Aloia, Roland & Lubell, PLLC, as an associate. She will initially focus on representing clients in the firm’s rapidly expanding business litigation and real estate practices.

Jeffrey A. Eisel has become a partner with BaskinFleece, Attorneys at Law. He practices in the areas of guardianship, probate, and trust litigation and administration; fiduciary litigation; estate planning; commercial and civil litigation; and business law.

2012

Deborah K. Madden, attorney with Gunster’s Ft. Lauderdale office, has been elected to the leadership team of the 2016 board of directors for the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (FAEP). The multidisciplinary professional association includes environmental professionals from a variety of disciplines and is an affiliate of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

Hilary Flint Morgan has joined Trent Cotney, P.A., where she focuses on all aspects of construction law including lien law, surety bond law, litigation, arbitration, construction defect, contract review and drafting, licensing, bid protests and OSHA defense.

Anitra Raiford has joined Shook Hardy and Bacon as an associate in its Tampa office. She practices in the areas of business disputes, employment litigation and policy, mass tort and product liability.

2013

Nicholas Gaffney (LLMT, JD 12), attorney in Quarles & Brady LLP’s Tampa office, was selected as part of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute Class of 2015-16. The institute helps attorneys develop the skills to become leaders.

Armando Nozzolillo has joined Burr & Forman’s Jacksonville office. The firm opened the Jacksonville office in early January, and Nozzolillo is one of the first attorneys to join in what the firm expects to be a high-growth year.

2014

Kyle C. Griffin (LLMT, JD 13) has joined Dean Mead’s Orlando office in the estate and succession planning department. Griffin focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration and taxation law.

2015

John F. DeStefano (LLMT, JD 14) has joined Proskauer Rose LLP in Boca Raton.

Marcelo Diaz-Cortes has joined Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman as an associate. Diaz-Cortes focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation.

Marjorie Gallagher (LLMT) has joined Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun in Palm Beach Gardens. Gallagher practices in federal taxation of partnerships, S Corporations and limited liability companies; business transactions; income and estate planning; asset protection; and trust, estate and guardianship litigation.

Donald Greiwe has joined de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., practicing primarily in the areas of civil and business litigation, appeals and commercial transactions.

Yisell Rodriguez has joined Broad and Cassel as an associate in the affordable housing and tax credit practice group in its Orlando office.