Class Notes – Fall 2016

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HARRY A. JOHNSTON II, attorney at Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs, has been named “Community Leader of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. The award recognizes Johnston’s life-long contribution to his country and local community. He has served as former President Bill Clinton’s special envoy to Sudan, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms, as president and presiding officer of the Florida Senate and in the U.S. Army.

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SYLVIA H. WALBOLT, shareholder of Carlton Fields and co-chair of its national appellate practice and trial support group, has won the 2016 John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award from the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Project. Walbolt was honored for her work representing death penalty clients pro bono over the last 50 years of her career.

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JOHN J. LAZZARA, Tallahassee Judge of Compensation Claims, became a member of the Florida Blue Key as part of its 2016 Honorary Initiatives Class. Lazzara was inducted during the spring honorary tapping ceremony in April. ’68 STEPHEN J. BOZARTH has been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers
and in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America for real estate litigation and real estate law. Bozarth works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, specializing in real estate.

JOHN PATTON HYMAN has authored The Inner Advantage: Applying Mindfulness in Business and Law–and Everywhere Else! (Patton Hyman, 2016). The book is now available on Amazon.com.

DONALD SLESNICK II, managing partner at Slesnick & Casey in Coral Gables, received the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and associations.

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CHARLES EGERTON has been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers and in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of tax law. Egerton works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, specializing in tax law.

ROBERT W. MEAD JR. has been named in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of corporate law and employee benefits law. Mead is one of the founding shareholders of Dean Mead. He works in the Orlando office, specializing in representing physicians and medical entities with business matters.

PETER W. ZINOBER has been recognized in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide for the seventh consecutive year as a “star performer” in the directory’s labor and employment law section. He is one of two Florida attorneys to achieve the ranking. He is also one of two Tampa attorneys listed as a “Star Individual” in the publication. Zinober was listed as a member of the Hall of Fame of Labor & Employment Lawyers nationally in Human Resources Executive Magazine. Zinober is global co-chair of labor and employment law and human capital solutions for Greenberg Traurig P.A.

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MERCER K. (BUD) CLARKE has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of product liability, litigation-defendants and as “Lawyer of the Year” for Miami. Clarke is president and founding partner of Clarke Silverglate, P.A., where he defends commercial and construction claims, toxic torts and product liability cases. This is his second year receiving the lawyer of the year designation, last year winning in the Miami personal injury litigation defendants category.

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DARRYL M. BLOODWORTH has been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers and to the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America for bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation. Bloodworth works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, specializing in business litigation.

WILLIAM D. TOWNSEND has been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers and in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of tax law. Townsend works in the Tallahassee office of Dean Mead, specializing in tax law.

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THOMAS BALL has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. He works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler, specializing in real estate and regulatory matters.

DONALD S. KOHLA has been named to the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Kohla is one of 19 attorneys from the law firm Taylor English Duma LLP to be a recipient of the designation.

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JEFFREY GARVIN, of The Garvin Law Firm, was selected by his peers as Fort Myers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016. Garvin was also named in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers, an honor he has received every year since 2006.

RALEIGH “LEE” W. GREENE III, of Greene & Greene, Attorneys at Law, has been selected for both the 2016 and 2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America. Greene has also been selected as part of Florida Trend’s 2015 “Legal Elite,” and he continues to be AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell. Greene’s St. Petersburg law firm, Greene & Greene, specializes in family law, guardianship, fiduciary litigation, and wills and trusts.

PHILIP J. MORGAN, managing partner of Brinkley Morgan, was named in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Morgan is Florida Bar board certified in real estate law, concentrating on commercial and residential transactions and the title insurance of those matters.

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JOSEPH “RUSTY” CAROLAN III, attorney in the Orlando office of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, has been selected for the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers for his work in banking. He was also named in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in banking and finance law, and business organizations and corporate law.

SUSAN CLARK has been included in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in utilities law. She is a shareholder in the Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee.

LESLIE LOTT, of Lott & Fischer, spoke at the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute in July. The presentation included developments in trademark law and European registrations in light of the Brexit vote. Lott was also named in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers.

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ANNE C. CONWAY, an Orlando federal judge, has been named to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which deals with applications made by the U.S. government to approve electronic surveillance, physical search and other investigations for foreign intelligence purposes. She will join 10 other members of the court, presiding over the court for rotating one-week stints in Washington, D.C.

WAYNE FLOWERS, shareholder in Lewis, Longman & Walker, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Super Lawyers for his work in environmental litigation.

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TYRIE W. BOYER has been named Florida’s 2016 “Jurist of the Year” by the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Boyer is a circuit judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit. Boyer has been a charter member of the ABOTA’s Jacksonville chapter and served as chapter president in 1992.

MARK P. BUELL has been included in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in commercial, personal injury, bet-the-company litigation, and eminent domain and condemnation law. He has also been selected for Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend’s 2016 “Legal Elite.” Buell is board certified in civil trial law and business litigation. He is a partner at the Tampa law firm Buell & Elligett, P.A.

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LAUREN Y. DETZEL has been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016
edition of Florida Super Lawyers. She was also named in the publication’s “Top 50 Women” category for the same year. Detzel has also been named to the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America for trusts and estates litigation, and trusts and estates. Detzel works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead specializing in estate planning and probate.

RICHARD FULTON has been included in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler, specializing in real estate law.

ELLEN OSTMAN, of Givens Givens Sparks, was named a 2016 “Super Lawyer.”

DAVID B. ROTHMAN, founder and partner of Rothman & Associates, P.A., has become first vice president of The Florida Bar Foundation. Rothman has served on The Florida Bar board of governors for more than 10 years and as president of the Miami-Dade County Bar Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He practices federal and state criminal defense law and handles bar defense cases.

DENNIS WALL’s article “Made Secret by Stipulations with No Basis, Approved by Court Orders with No Authority: A Case Study in the Abuse of Protective Orders in Coverage Litigation,” was published in the May edition of Insurance Litigation Reporter. He also authored “The Lender’s Risk of Not Being Repaid” in the Florida Public Interest Journal. Wall also updated the claims handling and exclusions chapters in Catastrophe Claims: Insurance Coverage for Natural and Man-Made Disasters, a book he coauthored.

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LORI N. BOYER was sworn in as president of the Jacksonville City Council after being elected unanimously. She has served on the council since 2011. In 2014, the Jacksonville Bar Association deemed her “Lawyer of the Year.”

BILL BOYLES (LLMT, JD 76), of GrayRobinson, was recognized in the 2016 Chambers USA guide for his statewide work in the health care practice area.

C. DAVID BROWN II, chairman of Broad and Cassel, has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” and inducted into its 2016 Hall of Fame for consistently being ranked in the “Legal Elite” top-tier.

DENNIS CAMPBELL, founding member of Campbell Law Firm, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America 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 Super Lawyers for the past 12 years.

ROBERT J. MERLIN, of Robert J. Merlin, P.A., served as a trainer in the introductory interdisciplinary collaborative practice training presented by the Northwest Florida Collaborative Law Group in July. Merlin is a Florida Bar board-certified marital and family lawyer working in Coral Gables.

JOHN W. SALMON has been named a Florida “Super Lawyer” for his work in alternative dispute resolution. This is his seventh inclusion in the publication.

RONALD L. SIEGEL (LLMT), of Briskley Morgan, was named in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Siegel is Florida Bar board certified in wills and trusts and estates and focuses his practice on all aspects of estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianship and real estate.

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FRED F. HARRIS (LLMT) has been named in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Harris works at the Tallahassee office of Greenberg Traurig where he specializes in corporate law, securities and capital markets, and tax law.

JACQUELINE S. MILLER, counsel at Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach office, has been recognized in Florida Trend’s 2016 “Florida Legal Elite” for her legal expertise.

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DENNIS EISINGER, managing partner of Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, P.A., was elected to the board of directors for the American Lung Association, Inc., which works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

ROBERT WEBB has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America and as a 2016 “Super Lawyer.” He works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler, specializing in leisure and hospitality law and real estate law.

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R. MASON BLAKE has been named in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law. Blake works in the Viera/Melbourne office of Dean Mead and is board certified in real estate law.

RICHARD B. COMITER (LLMT, JD 80) has been selected for the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers for tax law. Comiter is a senior partner at the regional tax law firm Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun where he focuses on federal income and estate tax planning, partnership and limited liability company state law. He has been selected for Super Lawyers 11 times.

WILLIAM LANE (LLMT) is now the chair of The Florida Bar Tax Section and will fill the role until June 30, 2017. Lane is a partner at Holland & Knight’s Tampa office and focuses in estate planning, family business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and trust and estate dispute resolutions.

RANDOLPH J. RUSH (LLMT, JD 80) has been chosen for the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America for real estate law. Rush is an attorney in the Winter Park office of the law firm Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman, P.A.

SCOTT SILVER has joined the Miami office of Akerman LLP, which is recognized by The American Lawyer as a “Top 100” U.S. law firm. The
practice services clients across the Americas. He brings more than 25 years of commercial litigation experience to the law firm with an emphasis on real estate and corporate disputes at both the state and federal level. Silver is also a real estate developer and investor.

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MICHAEL R. LEVIN has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He works out of BakerHostetler’s Orlando office, specializing in commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation.

MICHAEL D. MINTON (LLMT, JD 81), shareholder in Dean Mead, was awarded the Pete Hegener Leadership Award by the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County during the council’s fourth annual leadership dinner in April. The award honors his dedication and contribution to the economy and quality of life in St. Lucie County. He has also been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers and in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of agriculture law and tax law. Minton works in the Fort Pierce office of Dean Mead, specializing in tax law.

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JAMES GALE, of Feldman Gale, P.A., has been appointed as chairman of the Inaugural Committee for Intellectual Property Law Certification by The Florida Bar. Gale is AV-Preeminent rated and has been included in Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, Marquis Who’s Who in America and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Gale was also recognized as the 2016 “Patent Lawyer of the Year” in Miami by Best Lawyers in America.

WILLIAM HAMILTON, executive director of UF Law’s E-Discovery Project, published the book A Student Electronic Discovery Primer: An Essential Companion for Civil Procedures Courses (Carolina Academic Press, 2016) with Jennifer M. Smith. Hamilton’s work scrutinizes electronic discovery and the issues that accompany online evidence in the digital age. The book calls attention to the difficult themes surrounding preservation, metadata and forms of production. Hamilton’s work is billed as a first-year law student’s supplement to a traditional civil procedure textbook.

SCOTT HAWKINS, vice chair of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., and past president of The Florida Bar, has joined the Council of Advisors at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center. The center was established to create a community of students, scholars and citizens who share a commitment to revitalizing the civic nature of Florida. Hawkins is board-certified in business litigation and practices commercial and corporate litigation.

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DAVID J. AKINS has been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers and the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the field of trusts and estates and as “Lawyer of the Year” in the same category. Akins works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, specializing in estate planning and probate.

JOANNE PHILLIPS SIMMONS was named Clerk of the Court for the Florida 5th District Court of Appeal.

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STEVEN ELLISON, partner in Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach office, has been recognized in Florida Trend Magazine’s 2016 “Florida Legal Elite” for his legal expertise.

LARRY LOFTIS published the nonfiction book Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov—World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond (Berkley Caliber, 2016). He credits his experience on the Florida Law Review – as a senior articles editor, senior executive editor and publishing a case comment – as giving him the tools for scholarly research and tight writing.

STEPHEN R. LOONEY (LLMT) has been named to the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of tax law and to the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. He is chair of the Dean Mead tax department and works in the firm’s Orlando office.

MICHAEL A MONÉ has been elected president of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education for 2016, as well as elected to a second term as president of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

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ELIZABETH GREEN has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America and in the 2016 edition of Super Lawyers. She works at BakerHostetler’s Orlando office, specializing in bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law, and bankruptcy litigation.

DAVID WEINSTEIN, of Greenberg Traurig, has been recognized in the 2016 Chambers USA guide as one of the country’s top attorneys. Chambers and its partners select attorneys for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the world. Weinstein focuses his practice on white-collar crime and government investigations litigation and environmental law.

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ROBERT M. DEES, partner with Milam, Howard, Nicandri, Dees & Gillam, P.A., was appointed to the 4th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott.

MAYANNE DOWNS, president and managing shareholder-elect of GrayRobinson, and chair of its Orlando Litigation Department, was named to the annual “50 Most Powerful” list by Orlando Magazine with the rank of the fifth most powerful. The magazine’s 13th annual list included citizens who “influence our lives in myriad ways” and includes governmental leaders, business leaders, community activists, legal minds, philanthropists and educators.

JAMES V. ETSCORN has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers and as a 2016 “Super Lawyer.” He works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler, specializing in commercial litigation, defendants product liability litigation and intellectual property litigation.

GARY L. SANDERS, owner and managing partner of Bice Cole Law Firm, P.L., has been appointed to the bench of the 5th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott.

DAVID L. SCHICK has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers and as a 2016 “Super Lawyer.” He works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler, specializing in corporate law, employee benefits law and health care law.

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BRUCE ANDERSON has been elected as a circuit judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit. He fills the seat left after the retirement of Circuit Judge Henry Davis. Anderson is a partner at the Jacksonville law firm Terrell Hogan Yegelwel, P.A.

RICHARD M. BENRUBI, a board-certified civil trial lawyer, has joined Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles. His practice includes insurance coverage disputes, bad faith actions, declaratory relief lawsuits and claims for insurance benefits, as well as personal injury. In September, Benrubi was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions.

SHAWN BURKLIN was named senior vice president of GEICO’s regional operations in both Lakeland, Florida, and Macon, Georgia. He will oversee offices that serve nearly 5 million customers in 16 states.

JANE D. CALLAHAN (LLMT, JD 87) has been named in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America for nonprofit/charities law. Callahan is a shareholder in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, where she represents taxpayers resolving issues at the audit and administrative appeals levels before the Internal Revenue Service. She also represents charities and taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Court and other federal courts.

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MARC D. CHAPMAN has been named in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America for trusts and estates litigation and as “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando in the same category. Chapman is president of Dean Mead and a shareholder in the litigation department. He specializes in commercial litigation.

SEAN DOMNICK, shareholder in Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, was named to the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers “Top 100” list. He has also been elected as chair of the 2016-17 Budget Committee for the American Association of Justice and will join its executive committee. He recently served as a panelist at the Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar in March where he presented “War Games and Northrup Issues,” as part of a five-member panel addressing “The Anatomy of Impeachment – Tactics, Strategies, and Steps – Knowing What to Do and What to Avoid.” His work in wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability and nursing home abuse has earned him a No. 1 ranking on the Jury Verdict Roundup “Top Medical Malpractice Verdicts of 2014” and the Daily Business Review’s “Verdicts Hall of Fame” award in 2015.

T. MILLS FLEMING, a partner at the business law firm HunterMaclean, has been listed in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Fleming works in the company’s Savannah, Georgia, office chairing the firm’s health care practice group.

JEFFREY PASKERT, of Mills Paskert Divers, was elected the firm’s president. Paskert was also selected as a 2015 “Super Lawyer” and has been listed among America’s, Florida’s and Tampa Bay’s “Best Lawyers” by Super Lawyers.

MICHAEL SHAPIRO, executive director and financial advisor in Morgan Stanley’s Boca West Wealth Management office, has been named to the 2016 edition of Barron’s “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors.” The list includes individuals screened based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm and quality of service provided to clients.

BRADLEY H. TRUSHIN, of Chepenik Trushin LLP, has been appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Professionalism Committee by The Florida Bar Board of Governors’s executive committee, with the approval of the Florida Supreme Court. He will serve a fouryear term. Trushin runs the litigation department of Chepenik Trushin LLP, specializing in estate planning, probate, guardianship and commercial litigation.

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BRADLEY M. SAXTON, attorney with the Orlando office of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, was selected for the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers for his work in bankruptcy. He has also been named in the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” for the eleventh year, a designation representing the highest 2 percent of Florida Bar attorneys. Saxton was named to the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America in bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and litigation-bankruptcy.

ROBERT W. THIELHELM JR. has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler, specializing in commercial litigation.

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STEVEN SOLOMON, of GrayRobinson, has been recognized statewide in the 2016 Chambers USA guide for his work in the Bankruptcy/ Restructuring category.

LEE A. WEINTRAUB, shareholder in Becker & Poliakoff, was included in the 2016 Chambers USA guide. The publication selected lawyers based on interviews with practicing lawyers and clients worldwide, and ranked Weintraub in the second highest level. Weintraub is chair of Becker & Poliakoff’s public-private practice group and vice-chair of its construction law and litigation practice group.

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NELSON BELLIDO, managing partner of ROIC’s Miami office and chairman of Duke Alums Engage South Florida, led a volunteer effort of ROIG lawyers and other employees as part of DAE’s day of service. The day benefitted the Overtown Youth Center and the Sisters of Charity.

COURTNEY GRIMM, of Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans & Coxe, P.A., received the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Professionalism Lifetime Award, which recognizes a lawyer who exemplifies professionalism and dedication in practicing law with honor and civility.

MICHAEL G. SCHWARTZ (LLMT) has been listed on the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Schwartz works for the Ohio-based law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, specializing in tax law, and estates and trusts.

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PERRY W. DORAN has been listed in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Doran works for the Ohiobased law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, specializing in mass tort litigation and class actions for defendants.

CARL V. ROMANO, partner in Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach office, has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” for his legal expertise.

SUSAN H. ROTHSTEIN-YOUAKIM, assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida, has been appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal by Gov. Rick Scott.

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J. SUZANNE McCAFFREY LEHNER, partner at Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel’s Tampa office, has been appointed vice-chair of The Florida Bar Committee on Continuing Legal Education for 2016-17. Lehner presented “Florida Property Law Update” at the Windstorm Conference in Orlando in February and is a Martindale Hubble AV-rated attorney.

CHRISTOPHER B. LUNNY, shareholder in Radey Law Firm, has been named to the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” and the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers, both in the area of labor and employment law.

TAD YATES, of the law offices of Tad A. Yates, P.A., has been reappointed to the board of The Florida Bar Foundation by The Florida Bar. The foundation aims to provide greater access to justice. Yates is past president of the Orange County Bar Association as well as the Legal Aid Society of the Or
ange County Bar Association. He specializes in criminal defense.

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JOHN ARRASTIA is now a litigation partner at the South Florida law firm Genovese Joblove & Battista.

NICHOLE M. MOONEY has been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Mooney works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, specializing in employment and labor law.

DANIEL O’KEEFE has been reappointed to the South Florida Water Management District by Gov. Rick Scott for a four-year term. O’Keefe is an attorney with Shutts and Bowen LLP. His appointment is subject to state senate confirmation.

JEWEL WHITE, attorney with the Pinellas County Attorney’s Office, has become president-elect of The Florida Bar Foundation. White has served as president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division, president of the Clearwater Bar Association and director of the Clearwater Bar Foundation. She focuses her practice in elections law and is board certified in city, county and local government law.

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JENNIFER FOWLER-HERMES has been elected to The Florida Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s executive council and as an officer of the Manatee County Bar Association. Fowler-Hermes recently became board-certified in labor and employment law.

ROBERT H. GEBAIDE has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers and has been named a 2016 “Super Lawyer.” He works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler, specializing in real estate law and leisure and hospitality law.

NICOLE GOETZ has been named chair-elect of the family law section of The Florida Bar. She will also serve as chair of the section’s Long Range Plan Committee for 2016-17. Goetz specializes in marital and family law on both the trial and appellate levels at her own law firm in Naples.

ANDREW KAMENSKY, partner with Hunton & Williams LLP, received The Florida Bar President’s 2016 Pro Bono Service Award for out-of-state lawyers.

VIRGINIA NORTON, 4th Judicial Circuit Court judge in Florida, received her LL.M. in judicial studies from Duke University School of Law in May. Norton is the editor-in-chief of the summer edition of Judicature Magazine, produced by Duke’s law school.

JAMES C. WASHBURN has been selected as a 2016 “Legal Elite” attorney by Florida Trend. Washburn works at ShuffieldLowman practicing in construction law, association law and commercial and civil litigation.

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MATTHEW J. AHEARN (LLMT) has been named to the annual list of top-ranked lawyers in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Ahearn works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, specializing in estate planning and probate.

MARY BETH CRAWFORD (LLMT, JD 97) has been named principal-in-charge of Cummings and Lockwood’s Bonita Springs office. She has been with the firm since 1998 and is in the firm’s private clients group, focusing on estate and tax planning and probate and trust administration.

HARVEY OYER’S children’s book The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The Barefoot Mailman won the gold medal for Florida Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction from the Florida Author’s & Publishers Association. This is Oyer’s fourth book in the Charlie Pierce series. Oyer is a partner in Shutts & Bowen LLP’s West Palm Beach office.

DAVID SEIFER, shareholder in Stearns Weaver Miller’s Miami office, has been appointed to the United Way of Miami-Dade board of directors where he will support United Way’s mission to improve education, financial stability and health through quality programs. Seifer raised more than $42 million during the last fiscal year toward this goal. Seifer is also a member of Stearns Weaver Miller’s board of directors.

MELANIE SMITH, associate in ROIG Lawyers’s Orlando office, has been appointed co-chair of the Health and Wellness Committee for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. The committee celebrates women’s health and sharing information on the topic.

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RYAN E. DAVIS, attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, was named in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers for his work in bankruptcy. He has also been named in the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” for the third year, a designation representing the highest 2 percent of Florida Bar attorneys.

PAUL GIORDANO, attorney in Roetzel and Andress LPA’s Fort Meyers office, will lead the firm’s business litigation practice group.

RAHUL P. RANADIVE (LLMT) has joined the Miami office of Carlton Fields where he will practice in the firm’s international and business transactions practice group.

JOEL ROBERTS has been designated a 2016 “Super Lawyer.” He works for the Orlando law firm BakerHostetler, specializing in eminent domain, commercial litigation, construction litigation and government contracts law.

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JULIE SINGER BRADY has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers and as a 2016 “Super Lawyer.” She works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler, specializing in commercial litigation.

KEVIN ECKHARDT has been named counsel in Hunton & Williams’ Los Angeles firm where he has practiced for more than 12 years. His practice focuses on distressed debt and claims trading, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, receivership and commercial litigation.

MELINDA S. GIFTOS, managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Madison, Wisconsin, office, has been elected to the board of directors of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Giftos leads the firm’s technology law team and is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

BRIAN HAAS, assistant chief prosecutor for the 10th Circuit State Attorney’s Office, has been elected state attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit. Haas is the first new state attorney for the judicial district in 32 years and will take office in January 2017.

MICHELLE L. NABERHAUS, of Dean Mead, P.A., has been appointed to the Brevard County Court by Gov. Rick Scott. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Cathleen B. Clarke (JD 79).

ELIZABETH RUSZCZYK has taken on the role at UF of executive associate vice
president for privacy and compliance, serving as a campus-wide chief privacy officer. This will be in addition to her duties as vice president for compliance and privacy at UF Health.

CHRISTOPHER VALLANDINGHAM participated in May in a Vibrant Response exercise, an annual exercise in which Army North responds to a simulated weapon of mass destruction attack on the United States in Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Vallandingham was the operational law attorney for Task Force 76, the command element of Army Reserve forces responding to the attack.

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BRAD GOULD, shareholder in Dean Mead, has been appointed vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section S Corporations Committee for 2016-17. Gould moderated the S Corporation Current Developments program at the ABA’s Section of Taxation meeting in May. He practices in the areas of business succession planning and federal income, estate and gift tax law.

ROBERT LANCASTER (LLMT, JD 00) has become board certified in wills, trusts and estates. Lancaster is a principal at Cummings & Lockwood’s private clients group in Naples. Lancaster focuses on wealth preservation, estate and business succession planning.

JOWANNA NICOLE OATES, a chief attorney at the Florida Legislature Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, was elected as chair of The Florida Bar Administrative Law Section. Oates also serves as co-editor of the Administrative Law Section newsletter.

DUANE L. PINNOCK, of Boyes, Farina & Matwiczyk, P.A., has been appointed chair of The Florida Bar’s Wills, Trusts & Estates Board Certification Committee for the 201617 term. Pinnock is a Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in estate and trust litigation and a Florida Trend “Legal Elite Up and Comer.”

WENDY CRAMER TOWNSEND has been named a 2016 “Super Lawyer.” She works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler as a bankruptcy litigator.

DAVID V. WARD has been appointed to the 10th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott. Ward has been an assistant state attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit Court since 2001.

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NANCY CASON, partner of Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A., in Sarasota, has been reappointed to the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Rick Scott for a second three-year term ending July 1, 2019. The committee selects nominees to fill judicial vacancies created in the 12th Judicial Circuit. Cason previously served from 2011 to 2015. Cason has also been named a “Rising Star” in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers for the fifth consecutive year.

CHRISTOPHER CODLING, attorney with Givens Givens Sparks, was a guest speaker at the George Edgecomb Bar Association 2016 Legal Rights Community workshop in May, where he spoke about personal injury law and the legal rights of victims and families in cases of wrongful death, negligence, medical malpractice and auto accidents.

JOSE A. IZQUIERDO, of Izquierdo & Marin, has been appointed to the 17th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott.

STACEY PRINCE-TROUTMAN (LLMT, JD 01) senior counsel in Broad and Cassel’s Orlando office, has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” for her legal expertise. She has also been accepted into Class II of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She handles estates, probate and trusts and transfer tax controversy matters.

JEFFRY C. STEWART (LLMT) has joined Larsson & Scheuritzel P.C. as counsel. Stewart’s practice focuses on representing corporate real estate clients in purchases, sales, financings, development and leases of commercial real estate nationwide.

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KELLY ZARZYCKI ANDREWS has joined Moffitt Cancer Center as associate general counsel. Andrews previously served as partner at the Tampa business law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

MACK BERNARD (LLMT, JD 02) is the first Haitian-American elected to the Palm Beach County Commission. He previously served in the Florida House of Representatives on behalf of the South Florida District 84.

NICOLE FRIED launched her own practice, Igniting Florida LLC, where she will focus on government consulting and lobbying. She has previously lobbied for the use of medical marijuana for those who are terminally ill and for Florida foster children to receive tuition exemptions for college and graduate education.

BRADLEY HARPER became the first African-American in 22 years elected to a county judge post in Palm Beach County. During that time other African-Americans had been appointed, but not elected, to the position.

DAVID HIRSCHBERG has opened his own law firm, David L. Hirschberg, P.A. in Boca Raton. The practice focuses on marital and family law.

JESSICA MALCHOW has been recognized as a 2016 “Super Lawyer.” She works in the Orlando office of BakerHostetler specializing in real estate.

CRISTINA PAPANIKOS, private wealth service attorney with Gunster, recently graduated from the 2015-16 class of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
SEAN SHAW won the Florida State House District 61 seat, which represents the Tampa area.

ELI STIERS has been selected as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the United States’ most prestigious associations of trial lawyers. Membership to the forum is exclusive to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Stiers is a principal with the Miami law firm Stiers Law, P.A.

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CHRISTINE DERR, of Derr Law Firm, has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyer’s “Top 50: Women” listing. Derr was also selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite.” She is board certified in marital and family law and practices exclusively in this area.

TRAVIS HAYES, partner of Lile & Hayes in Naples, presented “Estate Administration v. 2.0: Probating Digital Assets under the FFADAA” at the Collier County Bar Association’s annual Estate Planning Symposium, discussing an act that deals with the fiduciary’s legal authority to access digital assets. Hayes also presented on the Florida Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act at the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys’ Legislative Update in Tampa. Hayes has been appointed vice chair of the Legislation Committee for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and co-chair of the bar’s Probate Rules Committee.

TAYLOR C. KESSEL has been named senior vice president and also serves as general counsel and secretary of Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a publicly traded lodging real estate investment trust. Kessel manages the legal affairs of the company, including corporate governance, compliance with securities regulations, acquisitions and dispositions, loan transactions, litigation management and asset management support.

STEPHANIE MICKLE has joined Caldwell Strategic Consulting, a bipartisan government affairs and public relations firm, where she will assume the role of partner. Mickle has experience advising Sen. Bill Nelson in the Senate and serving as his general counsel as well as in private practice.

RYAN M. MITCHELL has joined the Sonny’s BBQ Franchise Company in Winter Park as its senior director of marketing. He will be responsible for marketing, advertising and branding for all 114 southeast locations.

NICOLE MOORE has been recognized by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division for her pro bono work. Moore is board certified in adoption and limits her practice to adoption matters.

FRANCIS SUAREZ, practicing attorney and a city of Miami commissioner, has joined GrayRobinson’s Miami office. Suarez previously focused on corporate and real estate transactions with Alvarez & Barbara LLP. He serves as vice-chair of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, where he approves federally required plans and transportation policies, and as president of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

RACHAEL L. ZICHELLA, partner of Taylor English Duma LLP, has been appointed to the executive committee of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice Young Professionals Council. She will manage the affairs of the YPC to increase justice in Georgia through law and policy reform, as well as educate pro bono attorneys on the laws and procedures involved in a Georgia school tribunal hearing. Zichella is a member of Taylor English’s litigation and dispute resolution and employment and labor relations practices.

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CARA BARRICK has joined the San Francisco office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in the role of counsel. She focuses her
practice on representing businesses in employment law.

JILL F. BECHTOLD, shareholder in Marks Gray, has joined the International Association of Defense Counsel based on nomination, peer review and board evaluation and following an invitation. Made up of 2,500 leading defense, trial and corporate attorneys, in-house counsel and insurance executives nationally, the IADC develops skills, professionalism and camaraderie in the practice of law.

CHRISTOPHER L. CARMODY JR., shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, was elected chair of the 9th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission for the July 2016-17 term. The JNC is a nonpartisan commission of lawyers who locate, recruit, investigate and evaluate applicants for judicial office. Carmody has served on the 9th Circuit JNC since 2013.

JOHN HEMENWAY, of Bivins & Hemenway in Valrico, Florida, has been selected as a “Rising Star” in the 2016 edition of Super Lawyers.

ERIN HOUCK-TOLL (LLMT), stockholder in the business and tax division of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has been appointed to serve a three-year term on The Florida Bar’s Tax Certification Committee that oversees the process for approving applications of Florida lawyers seeking board certification in tax law.

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NICOLE LATHAM CAROLAN received the AV Preeminent rating, the highest rating available for attorneys from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Carolan is a shareholder in the law firm Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A., where she focuses on real estate, land use and development, government and commercial real estate litigation. The rating indicates the highest standard of legal ability and confirms an attorney’s status as an ethical and highly respected member of the bar. It is the result of extensive confidential reviews conducted among Central Florida legal professionals. Carolan serves on the 2016 board of directors of the Central Florida Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

JOSH CURRY has been named a partner at Dentons US LLP where he handles patent and intellectual property litigation. Curry was also selected as a 2016 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for his work in IP litigation.

AMANDA HYLAND, of Taylor English, has been recognized on the Daily Report’s annual list of “On the Rise” attorneys in Georgia, distinguishing those under the age of 40 who have influenced their practice areas. She was one of 25 attorneys statewide who were recognized at a dinner in June. Hyland focuses her practice on intellectual property, media and First Amendment counseling and litigation for corporations and nonprofit organizations.

SARAH KNIGHT, cofounder of Talem IP in 2015, celebrated the firm’s recent certification as a business owned, operated, managed and independently controlled by women. The firm was added to the Women’s Business Development Council of Florida and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

ANDREW OROSZ has joined GrayRobinson as a shareholder in the firm’s Orlando office. Orosz has more than 10 years of experience as a transactional real estate attorney and focuses his practice on representing real estate investment companies as well as counseling Central Florida based developers,
homebuilders, private equity groups and investors.

JONATHAN WALLACE has been named in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.” Wallace also earned his board certification in real estate from The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Wallace works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, specializing in real estate.

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JENNIFER DAKU BURBY, a Tampa attorney and freelance writer, authored a satirical post on her lifestyle blog that was featured by the American Bar Association in their weekly highlights. Her blog, the Champagne Supernova, is routinely featured on the blog for the “Today Show” and Huffington Post.

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JORDAN DELOACH, of DeLoach, P.L. in Orlando, graduated from the inaugural class of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, following six full-day sessions of presentations on trust and estate law by ACTEC fellows.

ROBERT E. LONG, general counsel for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, has been appointed to the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Scott.

BRIAN M. MALEC (LLMT, JD 07) has been named a “Rising Star” in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Malec works in the Orlando office of Dean Mead, specializing in estate planning and probate.

BENJAMIN ROBINSON, attorney in Broad and Cassel’s Orlando office, has been appointed to the discovery committee for Lawyers for Civil Justice, an organization that has advocated for amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and seeks to provide its members with an amplified voice in civil justice reform. Robinson is a member of Broad and Cassel’s commercial litigation and white collar defense and compliance practice groups. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, white-collar crime and antitrust investigations.

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RENEE NICOLE ALLEN has been appointed as the inaugural director of the Academic Success Program at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

ANGELA A. MILES has become a shareholder in the Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee. Miles focuses on labor and employment law, administrative law and commercial litigation.

TRAVIS MYDOCK has been appointed to the 7th Judicial Circuit Bar Grievance Committee and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Mydock is a DUI and criminal defense trial lawyer located in St. Augustine.

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ALYSE REISER COMITER, a private wealth service attorney with Gunster, recently graduated from the 2015-2016 class of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

ANDREW LAYDEN has been appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida’s Local Rule Lawyers’ Advisory Committee. Layden will serve a three-year term. He is an associate at BakerHostetler’s Orlando office and focuses on bankruptcy and creditor rights.

HOLLY A. RICE has joined the Naples law firm Ross, Lanier & Deifik, P.A. as an associate attorney. Rice focuses on family law and real estate litigation. She serves as chair of the Collier County Bar Association’s family law section.

STACY RUBEL, a partner at North Miami’s Chepenik Trushin LLP, has been published twice in the summer 2016 issue of Action Line for her work “Estate Planners – Are You Planning for the Post-Death Fight?” and in the “Probate Case Summaries” section. She specializes in probate administration, probate litigation, trust administration, trust litigation, guardianship administration and guardianship litigation law.

A. DANIEL VAZQUEZ has been elected by his peers to the Florida Justice Association’s board of directors. Vazquez is the youngest member elected to the 2016-2018 board. Vazquez works as a civil trial attorney in the Gainesville law firm Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano.

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ERICA N. CORDOVA has joined Digital Insurance, the nation’s leading employee benefits agency, as its VP legal counsel where she will specialize primarily on employee benefits with a focus on health and welfare plans.

JAMES O. LANG (LLMT) has joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP, as a shareholder in its Tampa office. Lang is a corporate and tax attorney and
focuses his practice on facilitating federal and state tax credit incentives.

C. ANDREW ROY, attorney at Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, was named a “Rising Star” in the 2016 edition of Super Lawyers for his work in bankruptcy.

WILLIAM G. SMITH (LLMT, JD 10), attorney with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., in West Palm Beach graduated from the 2016 Class of Leadership West Palm Beach. The program allows participants to explore topics such as agriculture, health care and public safety, while developing their leadership styles. Smith has also been selected to be part of the Florida Fellow Institute. The program is part of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and aimed at developing the profession’s future leaders through educational presentations.

RYAN TODD has joined Broad & Cassel’s Fort Lauderdale office as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group.

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JOHNATHAN L. MANN has joined the Wellington office of KLX Inc. as corporate counsel, where he will advise on mergers and acquisitions and other general corporate matters. Previously he worked as an associate in the Miami office of White & Case LLP and at ExamWorks, Inc. as assistant general counsel.

ADRIANA PARIS has joined Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. as an in-house counsel where she manages all of the company’s litigation. She previously worked as an associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in Tampa, practicing civil litigation.

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ANDREA MORGAN has joined Broad and Cassel as an associate in its Orlando office and as a member of the firm’s public finance and capital projects practice group.

MARIKO SHITAMA OUTMAN has rejoined Carlton Fields’s Tampa office as an associate where she will practice in the firm’s national appellate practice and trial support group, as well as the national trial practice group.

SUZANNE ELDRIDGE WARD (LLMT) has joined the Tampa office of the Trenam law firm in their private client services group. Ward practices in estate planning and trust administration. Prior to Trenam, Ward worked at Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen.

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VALEEN ARENA has been named to Tampa Connection’s 2017 class, a year-long program exposing business professionals to community service and leadership development opportunities. Arena is an associate attorney at the Tampa office of GrayRobinson. She practices in the areas of construction, government and litigation. She is a member of the Tampa Gator Club.

HEIDI M. BOON has joined Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A., practicing litigation in its Orlando office.

NICHOLAS B. VARGO (LLMT, JD 14) has joined ShuffieldLowman’s Orlando office where he will focus on corporate and tax law, mergers and acquisitions and securities.

NATHALIE N. VERGOULIAS has joined Lydecker Diaz as an associate in its Miami office.

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JOSEPH A. STUSEK (LLMT), has joined the Naples office of Cummings & Lockwood, LLC, where he practices in the areas of estate and tax planning, business succession planning and wills, trusts and probates.