Benjamin H. Hill, III, was recently named one of the “2013 Tampa Lawyers of the Year.” This award was given by Best Lawyers in America. Hill was also recently honored in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators 2012.
Thomas G. Schultz, a senior partner at Miami-based Tew Cardenas LLP, was selected by the Federal Bar Association to serve as a guest speaker at a recent panel discussion regarding the history and function of Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. The JNC is charged with identifying highly qualified individuals to recommend finalists for nomination as U.S. district judges in each of Florida’s three federal judicial districts. Schultz served on the statewide JNC for 12 years, including eight years as chairman.
Sidney A. Stubbs, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., was selected by his peers for the Best Lawyers 2013 distinction of “Bet the Company Litigation” and “Lawyer of the Year.” Stubbs was listed in the 2013 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers.” The edition also named Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. as a “Top Law Firm.”
Richard M. “Robie” Robinson, a founding shareholder of GrayRobinson, P.A., recently marked 30 years of legal board certification with The Florida Bar in tax law. Robinson represents clients engaged in the acquisition or sale of businesses, including transactions involving mergers, liquidations and asset transfers.
Stephen J. Bozarth of Dean Mead has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers’ 2013 list in the areas of real estate litigation and real estate law.
Bud Kirk, founding partner of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell earned legal board certification in civil trial in 1983 and has remained certified for 30 years. Practicing out of the firm’s Orlando office, Kirk focuses his practice on commercial litigation, product liability and professional liability.
Charles H. Egerton, of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers’ 2013 list in the area of tax law. Egerton was also appointed to the American Tax Policy Institute Board of Trustees.
Robert W. Mead Jr., of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers’ 2013 list in the areas of corporate law and employee benefits (ERISA) law.
Thomas J. Sherrard, a founding member of Sherrard & Roe, PLC, took office as president of the Nashville Bar Association at the organization’s annual meeting.
Peter W. Zinober, a shareholder in the Tampa office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig has been named one of the “2013 Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in the area of labor and employment litigation.
J. Richard “Dick” Caldwell Jr., founding partner of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, earned legal board certification in civil trial in 1983 and has remained certified for 30 years. Caldwell established the firm’s office in Tampa where he represents clients in product liability, commercial litigation and professional liability.
John C. “Skip” Randolph, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., has been included in the 2013 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” list. The edition also named Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. as a “Top Law Firm.”
H. Adams Weaver, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., has been included in the 2013 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” list. The edition also named Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. as a “Top Law Firm.”
Larry B. Alexander, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., has been included in South Florida Legal Guide’s 2013 edition of “Top Lawyers” list. The 2013 edition also named Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. as a “Top Law Firm.”
Darryl M. Bloodworth, of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers’ 2013 list in the areas of “Bet The Company Litigation” and commercial litigation.
S. Daniel Ponce has joined the Florida business law firm Berger Singerman as a partner and member of the firm’s dispute resolution and business, finance and tax teams.
Raleigh “Lee” Greene has again been selected by Woodward/White, Inc. as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the fields of family law and family mediation for 2013. Greene also received the “John C. Lenderman Award for Excellence in Family Law” from the Canakaris Inn of Court for 2012.
Lynn J. Hinson, of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers’ 2013 list in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; “Bet-the-Company Litigation;” and commercial litigation.
Leslie J. Lott, founding partner of Lott & Fischer, was named in “Top Lawyers” in the 2013 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide, and was recognized in Florida Trend’s 2012 “Florida Legal Elite.” U.S. News Best Lawyers has named the firm of Lott & Fischer a “Best Law Firm” in Miami in the 2012-2013 edition of Best Law Firms in the categories of information technology law; litigation — intellectual property; litigation — patent, arbitration, copyright law; mediation; patent law; and trademark law. The firm is ranked in the first tier of arbitration, copyright, trademark and information technology in
Wayne E. Flowers, shareholder at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., was recently named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. He was recognized for his work in environmental law and environmental litigation.
Mark Lewis has received the “Education Leadership Award” from the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He retired from the State Attorney’s Office in Tampa after almost 30 years of service.
Jeffrey Pheterson, a managing partner at West Palm Beach-based Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, PL, has been appointed to the Bethesda Health, Inc. Board of Trustees. Bethesda Health is the parent corporation of Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Inc., a 401- bed, community-based, nonprofit hospital in Boynton Beach, and of Bethesda West Hospital, the soon to be completed facility that will serve Palm Beach County’s western suburban communities. Pheterson is a trustee and former chairman of the Bethesda Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees; a founding member of the Palm Beach Wine Auction committee benefiting the children’s programs of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; a member of the board of directors for the Hispano- Latino Cultural Alliance, Inc.; and a recipient of the Elder Advocacy Pro Bono award from the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. He specializes in the areas of labor and employment law, business and corporate law, complex commercial litigation, healthcare law, administrative law and probate litigation.
Lauren Y. Detzel, of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America (2013) list in the areas of trusts and estates litigation, tax law, and trusts and estates. Detzel has also been named the “2013 Orlando Litigation—Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.
Dennis J. Wall, of Winter Springs and Orlando, co-presented a CLE-accredited Webinar, a “Review of Many Recent Insurance Cases, and of One Modest Proposal” to a national audience for West LegalEdCenter. Wall also presented a live seminar on “Forensic Examination of Insurance Policies: Part 1” for CLE including ethics credits at the Orange County Bar Association in Orlando.
Dennis Campbell, the founding member of Campbell Law Firm PLLC in Coral Gables, has been named to the 2013 Best Lawyers in America list in five separate areas of litigation, including banking and finance, bankruptcy, construction, commercial and real estate.
Eric Hendon has been appointed to the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit by Gov. Rick Scott.
Scott N. Richardson, of Miami, has been appointed as a new member of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.
Hilarion “Lari” Martinez was promoted to senior international officer and associate provost at Florida International University in Miami, building on 26 years serving abroad as a U.S. foreign service officer, including consul general in Florence, Athens, Sarajevo and Bilbao.
Steven C. Lee (JD 78, LLMT 79), of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2013) list in the area of tax law.
Alfred J. Malefatto has been elected a Shareholder of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. Prior to joining Lewis, Longman & Walker in 2012, Malefatto practiced law at Greenburg Traurig for more than 20 years. He also previously served as the assistant general counsel at the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation — now the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Malefatto has been practicing environmental, land-use and administrative law in Florida since 1980. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, developers, home builders, small businesses and local governments. Glenn T. Shelby has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 10th Judicial Circuit Court.
Philippe Jeck was selected to represent the interests of Jupiter Island in the Florida Historical Society’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce De León.
R. Mason Blake, of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2013) list in the area of real estate law. Richard B. Comiter (JD 80, LLMT 81), the senior partner of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, spoke about “Entity Selection During the Life Cycle of a Business” for The American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants on Nov. 8, and “Choice of Entity” for The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants on Dec. 6. He also spoke on “Estate and Business Planning: A Good Asset Gone Bad” in a presentation for the Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council. Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 best law firms edition of U.S. News.
Lauren Garner, a partner at Jaburg & Wilk, P.C., has been elected as a fellow to The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a nonprofit association of lawyers. Its members are elected to the college by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Kimberly L. Johnson, of Quarles & Brady LLP, was named in The Best Lawyers in America (2013) list.
Thomas Julin, a partner of the Miami-based firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, was nominated by his peers as a “Top Lawyer” in the 2013 South Florida Legal Guide. Julin has been counsel in more than 220 reported decisions but is best known as an advocate for the free speech rights of both large and small clients.
Tim Ryan, of Dania Beach, was elected in November to the Broward County Commission, representing District 7. Ryan is in private practice with brothers Chris Ryan (JD 87) and Archie Ryan III at the firm of Ryan & Ryan LLC, which was founded by his father, A.J. Ryan Jr. (JD 55). Tim Ryan served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998-2006.
Jeanne Tate, managing partner of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A., was awarded the 2013 “Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award” presented annually by the chief justice. The award is presented to an attorney to recognize extraordinary contributions in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. The award represents the Supreme Court’s highest recognition of a private lawyer for pro bono service. Tate is a board certified adoption attorney and adjunct professor at UF Law, where she teaches adoption law and procedure.
Terence (Terry) J. Delahunty Jr. was named Ireland’s first honorary consul for Orlando. Delahunty is a dual Irish and U.S. citizen who has been prominent in civic life in Orlando for many years.
Richard A. Jacobson, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, has been re-elected to the board of directors of TerraLex for a one-year term. TerraLex has 160-member law firms in 100 countries and 45 U.S. states, one of the largest international legal networks. Jacobson’s legal practice includes aiding foreign investment in the U.S., representation of U.S. companies doing business overseas and assisting foreign clients with pre residency tax planning.
Charles W. McBurney Jr., of Jacksonville, was elected chairman of the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee for the Florida House of Representatives. McBurney, who was first elected in a special election in September 2007, also serves on the Legislative Budget Commission. He is a member of the Florida House Appropriations Committee, Justice Committee and Education Committee.
Michael P. Minton (JD 81, LLMT 82) of Dean Mead has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America (2013) in the area of tax law.
Gary Lee Printy Sr. and his son Gary L. Printy Jr. (JD 07) have formed Printy & Printy, P.A. with offices in Tallahassee and Tampa. Printy Jr. has opened the Tampa office and will focus his practice on employment law, personal injury, insurance disputes and bankruptcy. Printy Sr. will continue to practice in Tallahassee focusing his practice on employment law, personal injury, administrative law and criminal law.
Alan Fine, of Coral Gables, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 11th Judicial Circuit. Fine currently practices as Alan S. Fine, P.A.
Scott G. Hawkins, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., has been selected as the new chairman of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees. Hawkins has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America (2013) as intellectual property “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been included in the 2013 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” list. The edition also named Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. as a “Top Law Firm.” Hawkins was president of The Florida Bar in 2011.
Terrence P. O’Connor, of Lighthouse Point, has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. O’Connor has been a partner with Morgan, Carratt & O’Connor, P.A. since 1983. William F. Hamilton, of Quarles & Brady LLP, was named in The Best Lawyers In America (2013).
Richard E. Straughn has been appointed to the 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. Straughn, of Winter Haven, has been an attorney with Straughn & Turner, P.A. since 1983.
David J. Akins, of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America (2013) in the area of trusts and estates.
Reggie Garcia, Tallahassee lawyer and state government lobbyist, was published by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Defender magazine last summer. Garcia’s article, “Early Release of Non-Violent Offenders Can Be Smart Justice,” analyzes Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to veto a bill, which proposed to help non-violent offenders re-enter society. His article has been published as an op-ed in seven state publications, including Florida Trend magazine.
Stephen Ralph Looney (LLMT), of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America (2013) in the area of tax law. Theresa Parrish, a shareholder in the Rodey Law Firm in Albuquerque, was named “Albuquerque Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year-2013” by Best Lawyers and has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2009. Parrish has also been listed in Chambers & Partners, as an employment specialist. She has been listed in Southwest Super Lawyers since 2007, and the 2011 and 2012 editions list her as one of the “Top 25 Lawyers in New Mexico.” Parrish is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in employment and labor law.
Frank Bedell, of Orlando, has started his own practice, Bedell Dispute Resolution, specializing in mediation.
Jeff Brickman has been recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Georgia. Brickman was also selected as a “2012 Georgia Super Lawyer” in the area of criminal defense, and listed as one of the “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Mardi Levey Cohen was elected to the Broward County Court bench and has sat in the criminal trial division for the 17th Judicial Circuit since January 2011. Levey Cohen has served as an assistant state attorney for Broward County and an assistant attorney general. She has argued appeals before the Florida Supreme Court, the 4th District Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Levey Cohen has also practiced as a solo practitioner handling trials and appeals.
Margaret “Pegi” S. Price recently published a novel, Not Dead Yet, which had over 29,000 downloads in its free promotional launch. The legal thriller appeals to the fans of John Grisham and Stephen King. Price is a divorce lawyer and special prosecutor in domestic violence court.
Mayanne Downs, a shareholder at GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, has been honored with top recognitions within the legal profession: The Best Lawyers In America (2013), Orlando family law “Lawyer of the Year” and as one of Super Lawyers’ 2012 “Top 50 Women in Florida.”
Alan H. Landman, of Melbourne, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.
Patrick J. McNamara, vice-managing shareholder at de la Parte & Gilbert P.A., has joined the University of Tampa’s Board of Fellows. The board serves to increase the University of Tampa’s presence in the Tampa Bay business community and fortify the relationships the university has within the local community. McNamara practices in the fields of commercial, civil, and personal injury litigation, health law, construction law and appeals.
Kathleen M. Paustian, of Gordon & Rees, LLP in Las Vegas, was named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in employment law for Las Vegas by The Best Lawyers In America. Since 2007, Paustian has been named in Super Lawyers’ “Employment & Labor Law for the Mountain States” editions. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, she was named in Super Lawyers’ “Employment & Labor Law, Corporate Counsel” editions.
Rick Benrubi, partner at Liggo Benrubi, P.A., recently helped obtain a jury verdict in an insurance bad-faith action brought against GEICO General Insurance Company to recover uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. Benrubi specializes in insurance, bad faith and personal injury litigation.
Jane D. Callahan (JD 87, LLMT 88), of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America (2013) list in the areas of real estate law and tax law.
R. Scott Costantino, of The Costantino Law Firm in Jacksonville, has been named “Lawyer of the Year” by the American Board of Trial Advocates Jacksonville chapter for 2012. Costantino has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in the practice areas of personal injury litigation and medical malpractice law.
Mark A. Massey, of Tampa, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as a compensation claims judge. Massey has practiced with Walton, Lantaff, Schroeder & Carson since 2004.
Marc D. Chapman, of Dean Mead, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers’ (2013) list in the area of trusts and estates litigation.
Paul Donnelly, of the law firm of Donnelly & Gross, was included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers. Donnelly teaches trial practice as an adjunct professor at UF Law.
Mark Stein, a partner with Higer Lichter & Givner, has been named as one of the “Top 100 Miami Florida Lawyers” by Super Lawyers. Stein, an experienced trial and transactional attorney rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, is board certified by The Florida Bar in intellectual property law. Stein assists clients with all aspects of Internet law, including cyber and social media law.
Laura Gross, of the law firm of Donnelly & Gross, was included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Lance McKinney, elder law attorney with Osterhout & McKinney, P.A., has been appointed president of the Florida State Guardianship Association through July 2013. McKinney is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. He has also received formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility and earned the AIF designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies through the University of Pittsburgh. McKinney served as a barrister in the Inns of Court and on the board of directors of Age- Link, an agency that provides information and referrals to the elderly.
Richard G. Salazar, of Fowler White Boggs, has been named Tampa’s “Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers. Salazar’s practice includes litigation in antitrust, business tort, noncompetition covenant, trademark/service mark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret and unfair competition claims in federal and state courts. Salazar is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Edwin A. Scales III, of counsel attorney in the Key West office of GrayRobinson, P.A., and a sole practitioner, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 16th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.
Steven J. Solomon, a shareholder in the Miami office of GrayRobinson P.A., was recently appointed to the board of directors at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. Solomon focuses his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, workouts and insolvency. Solomon is a member of the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, The Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida and Florida Blue Key. Solomon has been named as a Florida “Super Lawyer” for six consecutive years, named on Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list twice, included on the Best Lawyers list since 2010 and received the prestigious AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Wendy H. Werb has been appointed as a general magistrate for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Werb will be serving in Martin and Okeechobee counties.
Benjamin L. Bedard, of Martin County and partner at Roberts, Reynolds, Bedard & Tuzzio, P.A., has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.
Gilbert L. Feltel has been appointed to the 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. Feltel has practiced with Tanner Bishop, P.A. since 2007. Previously, Feltel served as assistant vice president at CSX Corporation from 2001-2007. Feltel has also served as an assistant state attorney for the 4th Judicial Circuit from 1993-1995.
Crystal Adkins, of Holland & Knight’s Jacksonville office, was recently elevated from her position as senior counsel to partnership at the firm. Adkins is the firm’s associate general counsel. Adkins focuses on law firm administration, risk management and professional responsibility.
Bo Bayer has been elected Union County Court judge. Bayer’s term began January 2013.
Kevin D. Johnson, of Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, has been elected president of the board of directors of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for 2013. Johnson has served on the board since 2006.
Tod Hyche (LLMT), of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville, S.C., has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America (2013).
Wendy Anderson joined the legal department of Safeguard Properties in Ohio with responsibilities for contract negotiations, monitoring and compliance, evaluating regulatory impact and supporting internal operations. Prior to joining Safeguard, Anderson served as corporate attorney with GCA Services Group Inc. as inhouse counsel for National Retail Properties Inc. in Orlando. She currently serves on the board of directors for Friends of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Kids in Geauga County, Ohio; and as a volunteer court-appointed special advocate in Geauga County’s Juvenile Court.
Ken Curtin, of the Tampa and St. Petersburg offices of Adams and Reese, has been elected to partner.
Christa Calamas was appointed to the 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. Calamas currently serves as health policy chief for the Florida House of Representatives. In 2006, she served as secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. Calamas also served as assistant general counsel for AHCA from 2000- 2002 and as the general counsel for AHCA from 2005-2006. From 2002-2005, Calamas served as assistant general counsel for the Executive Office of the Governor.
Nicole L. Goetz, managing member of Nicole L. Goetz, P.L., has been appointed to The Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee, a committee referenced under Florida Judicial Administrative Rule 2.140, which is composed of attorneys and judges with extensive experience and training in the area of practice of the committee calling for the regular, frequent use of the rules. Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. is a boutique firm representing clients in marital and family law cases including appeals.
Jason Lazarus, a litigation partner in Holland & Knight’s West Palm Beach office, was recently elected president of the Palm Beach County chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Lazarus will serve a one-year term in this role. In the past, Lazarus served as vice president, secretary, treasurer and as a national delegate of the Palm Beach County chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Additionally, he served on the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Bar Association for 2011-2012. His practice focuses on the areas of business litigation and creditors’ rights.
Nicole Atkinson, a shareholder at Gunster, has been appointed as chairwoman of the Judicial Relations Committee for the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Atkinson previously served as co-chairperson of the committee in 2011. The committee serves as a liaison between the bar and the judiciary, planning, implementing and coordinating programs for better relations between the two. Atkinson is vice president of the board for the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and serves as co-chairperson for the Raise the Bar event for the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County and is a member of the firm’s diversity committee.
Michael Cavendish, of Gunster, has joined the Jacksonville Chamber board of directors. He will serve as an officer with the position of general counsel.
Marcy L. Shaw has been re-elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors representing the 20th Judicial Circuit, to serve a two-year term commencing June 28. Shaw is a solo practitioner in Fort Myers where she enjoys a fast-paced civil litigation practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in real estate and contract disputes, as well as contested probate, trust and guardianship matters. She is a past president of the Lee County Bar Association.
Jonathan A. Feldman has been elected partner in the Atlanta office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Feldman is a member of the firm’s tax practice group and assists his clients in all areas of state and local taxation including income, franchise, sales and use, and property taxes. Feldman has also been selected for inclusion in the Georgia Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” list for 2010-2012.
Colleen M. Fitzgerald, of GrayRobinson P.A., was noted on the Florida Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” list for 2012.
Paul A. Giordano, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Fort Myers, was recently elected secretary of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professional Association. Giordano handles a variety of business and commercial litigation, with a special focus on bankruptcy, partnership disputes, foreclosures, landlord tenant disputes, contract and corporate disputes and prosecution and defense of both general and professional liability lawsuits.
Bryan Gowdy, of Creed & Gowdy, P.A., was elected president of the board of directors of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid for 2013. Gowdy has served on the board since February 2007.
Gregory C. Harrell, a former shareholder in the Ocala office of Mateer & Harbert, P.A., has been hired as the new in-house staff attorney for Marion County (Florida) Circuit Clerk David R. Ellspermann.
James “Ted” Schatt, of Ocala, was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 5th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Schatt is the managing partner of Schatt & Hesser, P.A. Previously, he was the sole member of Schatt Law Firm, PLLC from 2009-2011, and the managing partner of Mateer & Harbert, P.A., in Ocala from 2003-2009.
William R. Shilling, of Macon, N.C., has been nationally certified as a child welfare law specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. This certification is approved by the American Bar Association and endorsed by The North Carolina State Bar. Shilling is a district court arbitration and county social services attorney representing abused and neglected children. Shilling is also a regular contributor to the online legal resource, Technolawyer.
Mark H. Dahlmeier, of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., has been included in South Florida Legal Guide’s 2013 edition of “Top Up and Comers” list. This edition also named Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. as a “Top Law Firm.”
Matthew C. Lucas has been appointed a circuit judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Lucas was previously a county judge for Hillsborough County (appointed in 2010 and elected in 2012), presiding over both civil and criminal divisions.
Christine A. Marlewski, a shareholder in the Tampa office of GrayRobinson, P.A., has been named as one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “2012 Up & Comers.” Marlewski is a board certified civil trial lawyer who focuses her practice in the areas of product liability, toxic tort and intellectual property litigation, as well as commercial and banking litigation. She is active in the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute, and also donates her time as a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Steering Committee and performing pro bono work. Marlewski has become an official member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Lisa A. Melamed, of Laser Spine Institute, was promoted to general counsel. Melamed previously served as staff attorney and has provided a range of legal and compliance support services for Laser Spine Institute since she joined the company in 2010. Prior to joining the company, Melamed was the vice president and associate counsel for Horizon Bay Retirement Living. She was responsible for managing all litigation and administrative actions, which covered more than 70 communities in 17 states.
Maggie D. Mooney-Portale, a shareholder of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., has been recognized as an AV Preeminent attorney by the LexisNexis peer review rating service Martindale-Hubbell.
Effie Silva has been chosen as the Daily Business Review’s “Most Effective Lawyer 2012” in the pro bono category for her work on the G.G. v. FDLE case. Silva was also recently chosen and honored as one of “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County” by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Marc Stephen Shuster, a partner at Berger Singerman, has been named to the board of directors at Camillus House, an organization that provides food, clothing, shelter, addiction counseling, behavioral health and job training, and health care to the poor and homeless of South Florida. Shuster, a member of the firm’s business, finance and tax team, focuses his practice in commercial real estate transactions, real estate workouts, and corporate merger and acquisition deals. He is on the board of governors for the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, a young ambassador for Miami Children’s Hospital, a member of the Brazil-American Chamber of Commerce Florida and a graduate of the Leadership Broward class XXIII.
James E. Charles, of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., has been elected as a shareholder of the firm. Charles represents private and public sector clients before local, state, and federal agencies and courts regarding wetland permitting, environmental and natural resources, storm water permitting, endangered/ protected species, historic properties and cultural resources, sovereign submerged lands authorizations, navigation and professional licensing.
Chris D. Codling has joined Givens Divorce Law Group after serving as an assistant state attorney for both Hernando and Hillsborough counties, and as a trial lawyer defending lawsuits including wrongful death, nursing home abuse and commercial litigation. Codling serves as one of the firm’s lead trial attorneys representing victims and policyholders in all areas of litigation including personal injury, wrongful death, insurance claims and disputes, nursing home abuse and commercial litigation.
Stacy J. Ford has joined Eagan Appellate Law, PLLC, where she will provide appellate representation in a wide range of civil and commercial matters, litigation support through co-counsel relationships and contract legal services. Ford has focused her practice on appellate law and complex commercial litigation for more than 10 years.
Mike Pike, partner at Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman, has been elected to the board of directors for the SOS Children’s Villages Florida. SOS Children’s Villages Florida is a foster care neighborhood in Coconut Creek that houses up to 75 children. Pike is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association and is currently serving as president of the Palm Beach County Justice Association. He is also a trustee of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Pike is also active with numerous community organizations, including the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County.
Belinda Baardsen is working as an ESL instructor in Saudi Arabia. Baardsen previously taught in the Republic of Turkey, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. She has traveled Europe in pursuit of teaching English as a second language to children who want to improve their lives through an investment in the English language. Baardsen’s time spent working in Saudi Arabia has allowed her to educate children and witness the growth of opportunities for Saudi women.
Ben Diamond received the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in April. The UFAA, Inc. has established the Outstanding Young Alumni Award to recognize alumni who are 35 or younger and have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.
Dwayne L. Dickerson has joined the Fort Lauderdale office of Fowler White Boggs as a shareholder. Dickerson represents developers, property owners and local governments seeking development entitlements and environmental permit approvals for real estate projects.
Larry R. Fleurantin, of Larry R. Fleurantin & Associates, recently published an article titled, “The Debate Continues on Whether to Remand Family Law Cases with Inadequate Findings” in The Florida Bar Journal. Fleurantin’s firm concentrates its practice in civil and appellate litigation with a focus on personal injury, car accidents, family law, real estate, foreclosure and immigration.
Fermin Lopez of Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter in Orlando, was voted president-elect of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association for 2013. He was also re-elected to serve on the board of directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. Lopez was also named a 2013 Super Lawyers’ “Rising Star” in Florida, which is his fourth consecutive year receiving this honor.
Abrahm Smith (LLMT) has been promoted to partner in the tax practice of Baker & McKenzie, which is based in Miami. Smith counsels individuals with undisclosed income from offshore accounts, including participation in the IRS voluntary disclosure initiatives. Smith assists foreign clients with real estate structures, including Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, and advises clients on preimmigration and expatriation issues.
Nicholas Dancaescu, of the Orlando office of GrayRobinson, P.A., was recently promoted from senior associate to shareholder as a direct reflection of his hard work and dedication to the firm on a daily basis.
Nelson Diaz, a shareholder in Becker & Poliakoff’s government law and lobbying group, has been elected chairman of the Miami-Dade County Republican Party.
Dan Guarnieri, of Adams and Reese, has joined the firm’s Sarasota office as an associate. Guarnieri represents commercial lenders, boat manufacturers, business owners and business clients in a variety of fields. He is a member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Sarasota County Bar Association. He has sat on the board of directors for the Young Lawyers Division since 2009. Guarnieri also served as chairman of a YLD civics committee that created a civics magazine and distributed it to more than 30,000 children in 2009. For the past four years, he has volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Decisions to Win” program. Guarnieri is president of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Southside (2012-2013) and serves on the Rotary Club of Sarasota Southside Foundation. He has been a speaker for the Florida Yacht Brokers’ Association (2010 and 2011 Florida West Coast Conferences), the Sarasota Association of Realtors and the Sarasota County Bar Association. He is published in the ACC Docket magazine.
S. Douglas Knox, of the Tampa office of Quarles & Brady LLP, has been elected to partnership. Knox is a commercial litigator whose practice involves a wide range of disputes spanning the insurance, franchise, banking and real estate industries. Knox’s practice emphasizes trial and appellate practice, and his experience includes representing policy holders in insurance coverage disputes; representing franchisors and employers enforcing non-competition and other restrictive covenants; representing secured creditors in complex commercial foreclosures; defending franchisors from claims of wrongful termination, business tort and breach of contract; defending lenders from unfair lending practices claims; and defending insurance brokerage firms from claims of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
Paul McDermott, of Holland & Knight’s Tampa office, was recently elevated from associate status to partnership at the firm. McDermott is a member of the firm’s litigation section and practices in the area of complex commercial litigation.
Christina Schwing, of Holland & Knight’s Jacksonville office, was recently elevated from senior counsel position to partnership at the firm. Schwing is a member of the firm’s litigation section and focuses in the areas of complex commercial litigation, product liability, class action defense and construction-related disputes.
Beranton J. Whisenant Jr. has been elected as a partner at Foley & Mansfield, a national law firm based in Minneapolis. Whisenant practices in the firm’s Miami office, serving clients in the areas of general civil litigation, personal injury defense, products liability, toxic tort and mass tort litigation, medical malpractice defense, environmental and pollution law, and securities litigation and regulation.
Matthew Zimmerman, of Holland & Knight’s West Palm Beach office, was recently elevated from working as an associate to a partnership role at the firm. Zimmerman is a member of the firm’s litigation section, whose concentration is in commercial litigation, specifically contract disputes, business torts and protection of intellectual property.
Suzannah Gilman published I Will Meet You at the River, a new limited-edition poetry book in Finishing Line Press’ Chapbook Series. Gilman was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry. Gilman has been publishing poems for more than 20 years, and her poems have appeared in The Florida Review, The Rollins Book of Verse 1885-2010, Pearl, CALYX books, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Family Matters: Poems of our Families and other publications. John M. Hemenway, of Bivins & Hemenway in Valrico, wrote the chapter “Effective Estate Planning for the Modern Family in Uncertain Times,” in the book Inside the Minds: Strategies for Trusts and Estates in Florida, 2013 ed., recently published by Aspatore Law Books, a Thomson Reuters business.
Tobi Beth Lebowitz, of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., was promoted from associate to shareholder. Lebowitz joined the firm in 2008, and her practice focuses on a variety of employment law matters across a range of industries. Lebowitz is a frequent speaker on employment issues and is a regular contributor to BeLabor the Point, a blog dedicated to the latest developments in labor and employment law.
Heather Macre, an attorney with McCarthy, Holthus and Levine, was elected to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District board of directors to represent Maricopa County.
Adina L. Pollan has joined the Jacksonville office of GrayRobinson, P.A., as of counsel to the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice. Pollan focuses her practice in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Throughout her career she has represented banks and lenders, and analyzed legal issues associated with bankruptcy and real estate matters. Pollan was recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights and general litigation.
Michael J. Thomas, of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., was promoted from associate to shareholder. Thomas joined the firm in 2006, and his practice focuses primarily on construction litigation. Thomas provides counsel to clients on a wide variety of construction-related matters from contract negotiation and risk management to litigation and dispute resolution. He also regularly handles general business litigation issues, including breach of contract and insurance coverage.
Christina Anton Garcia of Tampa Bay was selected as one of Blu Tampa Bay’s “10 Leading Ladies of 2013.” She was also selected as a 2012 Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”
Adam R. Artigliere, of Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A., has joined the firm’s Greenville office as of counsel to the firm’s business and commercial practice group. His practice will continue to focus on corporate and business planning, banking and financial transactions, commercial real estate, and economic development and incentives.
Carly Lambert was appointed to the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. Lambert has practiced with Price, Hamilton & Price since 2011. Previously, she practiced with Heritage Law Group from 2008 to 2011; with Morrell, Watson, Southwell from 2007-2008; and with Fowler White Boggs Banker from 2006-2007.
Eviana Martin was elected to serve on the executive board of the Cape Coral Bar Association as president.
Amanda Perry has joined the Orlando office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, as an associate in the business litigation group. Perry is involved with the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers where she is the treasurer for 2012-2013 and is the former membership director. She is also a member of The Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association.
Eric Weber (LLMT), of Baker & McKenzie, has recently been promoted to partner in the firm’s tax practice based in New York. Weber advises on the U.S. tax aspects of acquisitions, restructurings, spin-offs, and inbound and outbound investments. He also represents clients in connection with tax controversy matters.
Ronald D. Edwards Jr., of Lowndes Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., has been promoted to senior associate. Edwards focuses his legal practice on litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He focuses primarily on complex business, banking, contract and real property litigation.
Gary L. Printy Jr. and his father, Gary L. Printy Sr. (JD 82), have formed Printy & Printy, P.A., with offices in Tallahassee and Tampa. Printy Jr. has opened the Tampa office and will focus his practice on employment law, personal injury, insurance disputes and bankruptcy. Printy Sr. will continue to practice in Tallahassee focusing his practice on employment law, personal injury, administrative law and criminal law.
Jill Davis Simon of Lowndes Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., has been promoted to senior associate. Davis Simon divides her time among the commercial litigation practice, the labor and employment practice, and the estate and probate litigation practice. As a commercial litigator, her practice focuses on the areas of business litigation, real estate litigation and appellate law. She also devotes a portion of her practice to litigation regarding wills, trusts and estates. Davis Simon’s experience in employment law includes matters involving Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, whistleblower laws and various other employment laws. She also handles cases involving disputes over employment contracts and non-compete agreements.
Nicole D. Young currently works as a professor, teaching legal ethics at the University of North Florida. Young serves as secretary for The Florida Bar’s Rules Of Judicial Administration Committee and is vice chair of The Florida Bar’s Small Claims Rules Committee.
Jariel Bortnick has joined the New York firm of Blank Rome as an associate in the real estate development group. Bortnick focuses his practice in a broad range of real estate matters, advising financial institutions, private equity firms and commercial, residential and mixeduse developers in connection with acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing of real estate. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.
Ilan Kaufer is a principal regulatory affairs analyst for Florida Power and Light and serves as the primary liaison between FPL’s regulatory affairs and customer service business units. He is responsible for Florida Public Service Commission activities, testimony development, discovery coordination, logistical support at hearings, and the analysis of state utility commission and legislative proceedings concerning customer service issues. Kaufer has also been elected to the Jupiter Town Council.
Nicole Kibert received the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in April. The UFAA, Inc. has established the Outstanding Young Alumni Award to recognize alumni who are 35 or younger and have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.
Hema A. Persad has joined Carlton Fields’ Tampa office as associate in the firm’s bankruptcy and creditor’s rights practice group. Persad’s commercial litigation practice focuses on real estate litigation, foreclosures, contract claims, creditor’s rights and bankruptcy, and general business litigation. Prior to Carlton Fields, Persad was an associate at Fowler White Boggs.
Kelly A. Tobaygo has joined Givens Law Group after working at the Public Defender’s Office of Hillsborough County. Tobaygo will be practicing in all areas of family law including divorce, paternity, child custody and child support, alimony, modifications, enforcements, domestic violence injunctions and recovery of attorney’s fees and costs.
D. Graham Hill (JD 80, LLMT 09) has joined Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, in Palm Beach Gardens. His practice areas include business transactions and structuring; federal taxation of partnerships, S-corporations, and limited liability companies; state and local taxation; tax exempt organizations; and income and estate planning.
Elizabeth Manno Banzhoff has joined the Denver office of Perkins Coie, LLP, as an associate practicing in the areas of commercial litigation; investigations and white collar defense, and corporate social responsibility; and supply chain compliance. She previously served as a law clerk to Judge Richard Smoak (JD 72), U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and Chief Justice Michael L. Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court.
Stephen Messer has joined the firm of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith as an associate.
Reggie Zachariah was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Zachariah has practiced with Greenberg Traurig since 2011. Previously, he served as a law clerk from 2009-2011 with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and as a financial analyst for the GEO Group Inc. from 2003-2005.
Christie Bhageloe, veterans’ advocate for Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, spoke about serving low-income and incarcerated veterans at the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates Fall Conference in Philadelphia.
Dustin Butler was elected to serve on the executive board of the Cape Coral Bar Association as vice president.
Michael V. Leeman has joined Carlton Fields’ Tampa office as associate in the firm’s bankruptcy and creditor’s rights practice group. Leeman focuses his practice on a variety of commercial litigation matters that include banking litigation, business disputes, class action litigation, contract disputes and real estate litigation. Prior to Carlton Fields, he was an associate at Fowler White Boggs.
Anne McAdams has joined the Tampa office of Trenam Kemker as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. McAdams previously clerked for the Honorable Anne C. Conway (JD 75), who is chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Aaron D. Millman has joined the law firm of Paul E. Ghougasian, P.A. in Boca Raton. Millman focuses his practice on estate planning, asset protection, estate and trust administration, general business law, tax controversy and tax planning.
Rachel Ortiz has begun working as a law clerk to Judge Richard J. Suarez at the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami.
Lincoln Schneider has been selected as the Navy National Officer “Recruiter of the Year.”
Jason A. Zimmerman has joined GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Orlando office as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice.
Timothy D. Hedrick recently joined Rogers Towers as an associate in the litigation department.
Todd A. Jennings, of Belleair, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 6th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Jennings practices with Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, PLC.
Tiffany Sobien-Kimball has joined Greenspoon Marder’s foreclosure services group in Orlando.
Joshua Bachman has joined GrayRobinson, P.A. as an associate in the firm’s Orlando office.
Davis Balz joined the Jacksonville office of Gunster as an associate in the business litigation practice.
Georgia A. Buckhalter has joined the law firm of Richman Greer in the Miami office as an associate. Buckhalter focuses her practice on commercial and complex civil litigation. Prior to joining Richman Greer, Buckhalter was an intern with General Dynamics Corporation and a summer associate with Wicker, Smith O’Hara, McCoy, & Ford in Orlando.
Ashley Johnson has joined the firm of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith as an associate.
Joe Kovecses has joined GrayRobinson, P.A., as an associate in the firm’s Orlando office.
Amy Levenberg joined the West Palm Beach office of Gunster as an associate in the business litigation practice.
Janet C. Owens has joined the firm of Rogers Towers as an associate in the litigation department.
Lindsay Powell joined the Jacksonville office of Gunster as an associate in the business litigation practice.
Liridona Sinani has joined the attorneys at Martin Law Firm. She was also elected to serve as treasurer on the executive board of the Cape Coral Bar Association. Sinani’s practice focuses primarily on family law, probate litigation and general civil litigation. Sinani volunteers her time to community organizations including: Restoration of Civil Rights, Habitat for Humanity, Children Beyond our Borders, Three Rivers Legal Services, local homeless shelters and local middle and high schools. She received the Pro Bono Certificate of Excellence from UF Law.
Keely F. Smith has joined the Naples office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group.
Debbie Tyson has joined the Fort Lauderdale office of Gunster as an associate in the environmental and land use practice.