Class Notes Summer 2007


James E. Cobb, a founding partner at Peek, Cobb & Edwards, was awarded the University of North Florida’s Presidential Medallion for Outstanding Service, the university’s highest form of nonacademic recognition, given to local civic leaders who have helped guide UNF’s progress.


Stephen W. Sessums was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in appreciation for his work with the academy and in furthering the practice of matrimonial law.


Larry S. Stewart, of Stewart Tilghman Fox & Bianchi, was awarded the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Pursuit of Justice award in recognition of his lifelong devotion to the legal profession and for significant contributions to the pursuit of justice. He was also named to the Top 500 of leading plaintiff lawyers by Lawdragon magazine and was appointed to the Program Committee of the Council of the American Law Institute.


The second edition of Michael L. Jamieson’s book, Remembrances: My Life with Chesterfield Smith: America’s Lawyer, was published recently and is available at major booksellers online.


I. Michael Colodny, a partner with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, was recognized in South Florida Legal Guide in the government relations and insurance law categories. Steve Rossman, founding partner of Rossman Baumberger Reboso & Spier in Miami, was elected secretary of the national board of Easter Seals and became a member of the board’s executive committee.


Donald J. Sasser, of Sasser, Cestero & Sasser in West Palm Beach, was elected president of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


Joseph P. Milton, a Jacksonville attorney, has become certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.He is a board-certified civil trial lawyer and a board-certified
admiralty and maritime lawyer.


Judge John E. Futch, of the 5th Judicial Circuit Marion County Court, was awarded the Outstanding Jurist Award by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar.


Walter “Skip” Campbell was appointed to the board of advisers of the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR) at the UF Levin College of Law. Campbell is a shareholder with Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee and a former Florida senator. Daniel Richardson, of Lewis, Longman & Walker’s Jacksonville office, was elected a shareholder of the firm.


Leslie J. Lott, past director of the International Trademark Association and founding partner of the intellectual property firm Lott & Friedland in Coral Gables, spoke at the Intellectual Property Litigation and Insurance Seminar. She also spoke at the Florida Bar 2007 midyear meeting in Miami about “I.P. Rocks: Intellectual Property and the Entertainment Business.” Richard A. Murdoch became a shareholder of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs and is working out of the Boca Raton office.


Wayne E. Flowers, of the Jacksonville office of Lewis, Longman & Walker, was elected chairman of the St. Johns County Housing Finance Authority.


James A. Earp was elected Circuit Judge for Brevard County. Jeffrey Pheterson, shareholder in Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs Boca Raton’s office, was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bethesda Memorial Hospital.

Judge Judy M. Pittman, former chief judge and current family law administrative circuit judge for Florida’s 14th Judicial Circuit in Panama City, was named the Lee University 2006 Alumna of the Year, where she received her undergraduate degree.


Dennis Wall spoke to more than 100 members of the Jacksonville Claims Association.


Larry Hames (LLMT), of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, and his wife, Jane, were selected as honorary chairs of the annual gala and fundraiser for the Winter Park Day Nursery. Larry was also appointed to the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.

Hilarion “Lari” Martinez was designated as a U.S. Department of State diplomat in residence at Florida International University’s International Relations Department. He also earned a M.S. degree in national security strategy from the National War College.

Lawrence “Larry” E. Sellers, Jr., a partner in Holland & Knight’s Tallahassee office, has been elected to a third term on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. Sellers was elected to the two year term without opposition to represent the lawyers of the 2nd Judicial Circuit. John J. “Jeff” Scroggin (LLMT) is the founding editor of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC). Scroggin presented at the 2007 Million Dollar Round Table, the State Bar of Georgia’s 2006 Annual Estate Planning Institute, the 2006 Georgia Tax Conference, and the 2006 meeting of the Financial Planning Association. He was appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee for the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils and appointed as vice chairman of the North Fulton Community Foundation.


Tenth Judicial Circuit Judge Ralph Artigliere was recently awarded the William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award for outstanding professionalism and contributions to the judicial system.

Linda A. Conahan, from the Ft. Lauderdale office of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, was named in the 2007 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of commercial litigation.

Dennis J. Wall was elected to the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.


Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Nelly N. Khouzam was presented with the William Castagna Award for Judicial Excellence, which recognizes a member of the Pinellas County judiciary who displays the highest standards of judicial excellence in knowledge of the law, ethics, civility, professionalism and demeanor.

William R. “Bill” Lane, Jr. (LLMT), a Holland & Knight partner, was recently appointed to a one-year term on the board of directors of All Children’s Health System.

Jeanne Tate, managing partner of Jeanne T. Tate, was named the 2006 Outstanding Leader by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.


Paul Mandelkern (LLMT), of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, was re-elected to the Board of Directors and elected as secretary of the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys.

Michael D. Minton (LLMT), president-elect of Dean Mead, has been appointed to a one-year term on the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors. Terrence J. Delahunty, of Foley & Lardner, was named president-elect of the central Florida chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.


Janet Courtney, of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, was named in Who’s Who in American Law as well as Marquis Who’s Who.

Robert H. Dellecker, a partner with the law firm Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Central Florida division of the March of Dimes Florida chapter.

James A. Gale, co-founder of the intellectual property law firm of Feldman Gale, was named chair of The Florida Bar’s inaugural committee for Intellectual Property Law Certification for a three-year term.

William F. “Bill” Hamilton, a Florida Bar board-certified business litigation partner in the Tampa office of Holland & Knight, has been named a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce for 2007 and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Elizabeth M. Hernandez, city attorney of Coral Gables, was recognized by the Miami-Dade County Commission, as an honoree of the “In the Company of Woman” award during Women’s History Month 2006. Hernandez was recognized for her contributions in improving the quality of life and justice in the community and specifically her role in planning and providing diversity sensitivity training seminars to judges in the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Edmond D. “Ted” Johnson has joined the firm Pepper Hamilton as a partner in the Wilmington office.

Glenn J. Waldman, a shareholder of Waldman, Feluren, Hildebrandt & Trigoboff in Weston, has written “Federal Court Sanctions Against Attorneys Under 28 U.S.C. 1927 – the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Attempts to Divide the Standard for Multiplying the Proceedings in Bad Faith,” which published in The Florida Bar Journal in January. It was his sixth article in the Journal. He was also named in Law & Politics’ 2007 magazine as a “Florida Super Lawyers,” and as one of the “Florida Legal Elite” in Florida Trend.


Mark Alexander, a partner in the Jacksonville office of Holland & Knight, has been named practice group leader for the firm’s national Labor & Employment Practice Group.


Donald C. Dowling, Jr. is international labor and employment counsel at White & Case in New York City, where he represents U.S. based multinational employers in cross-border employment law matters.

John E. Leighton, a civil trial lawyer in Miami with Leesfield Leighton & Partners, authored the two volume treatise Litigating Premises Security Cases, (Thomson-West Publishers). Leighton was re elected as chairman of the Inadequate Security Litigation Group of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and elected vice chairman of the Academy of Trial Advocacy. He also was re-certified as civil trial specialist by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

David M. Silberstein (LLMT) was elected to the 2007 executive committee of Kirk Pinkerton law firm, with offices in Sarasota and Bradenton.


Ellen M. (Waldman) Leibovitch has become Of Counsel to the firm of Schwarzberg Spector Duke Schulz & Rogers. Leibovitch is board certified in labor & employment law by The Florida Bar and predominantly counsels and defends employers.


Michael D. Simon, from the West Palm Beach office of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, was named in the 2007 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of trusts and estates.


Reginald Mombrun (LLMT) published a book, A Complete Introduction To Corporate Taxation, with Gail Levin Richmond, an associate dean at Nova Southeastern University School of Law. Mombrun has been teaching at FAMU College of Law since August 2004.


Roderick C. McDonald joined the Syracuse, N.Y., law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King as senior counsel and member of the firm’s business law department.

Kimberly B. Rezanka, a member of Dean Mead’s Viera office, was recently sworn in as president of the Brevard County Bar Association.

John V. Tucker, of Tucker & Ludin in Clearwater, presented “ERISA: Liens and Much More, A Primer For Claims and Federal Litigation Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act” to the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.


Michael G. Schwartz (LLMT), from the Cincinnati office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, was named in the 2007 Best Lawyers in America list in the practice area of tax law and trusts and estates.


Edson Briggs, Jr., was promoted to partner at Ferrell Law, where he has practiced for more than six years in the areas of international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration, anti-money laundering and employment law.


David A. Brennan (LLMT), professor at the University of Georgia, will be the new AALS deputy director in August.

Jonathan S. Gilbert, a real estate attorney with Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach, was promoted to firm shareholder. He was also appointed chair of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

Steven D. Lehner and Suzanne McCaffrey Lehner married in 1995 and they have two children. Steven is a capital partner with Hinshow & Culbertson. Suzanne prosecuted with the 6th Judicial Circuit and acted as in-house counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company. She is now litigating part-time with the law firm of Reywart, Jones, Russo & Gugton.


Curt P. Creely, senior counsel at Foley & Lardner in Tampa, was elected to partner. His practice focuses on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate business transactions.


Isabelle C. Lopez has joined the Jacksonville firm of Lewis, Longman & Walker as a senior attorney.

John Ruffier, of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, was featured by Orlando Business Journal among the top vote recipients of Central Florida lawyers winning peer approval. He was also listed in the publication’s “Best of the Bar.”

Stephen Fulton Shaw was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the UF School of Design, Construction & Planning. The topic of his dissertation is fairness of school impact fees.

Dabney D. Ware, senior counsel at the Jacksonville office of Foley & Lardner, was elected as a partner. Ware is a member of the Litigation Department and the Labor & Employment Practice.


Chad S. Bowen, a partner with the Tampa law firm of Jennis, Bowen and Brundage, received his national certification in business bankruptcy law.

Darin S. Christensen (LLMT), from the West Coast law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey, was selected as a 2006 Oregon Super Lawyer for his tax law practice.

Charles C. Connors (LLMT) is an Atlanta-based partner for the timberland law practice of Powell Goldstein.

John T. Marshall, a Holland & Knight associate in Tampa, was made a partner. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Section and practices in the areas of civil litigation, land use and zoning.

Vincent E. Miller opened the law office of Vincent E. Miller in Delray Beach. The firm’s practice areas include business litigation and complex personal injury. Miller is married to Jennifer Quildon-Miller (JD 97), and they live in Boca Raton.

Todd B. Reinstein was elected partner with Pepper Hamilton in Washington, D.C. He focuses on the corporate structuring of domestic and international transactions, corporate tax counseling, tax due diligence, tax shelter compliance and the overall tax aspects of bankruptcy and workouts.

Jeffrey Rubinger was elected partner of Holland & Knight in Ft. Lauderdale. Rubinger is a member of the firm’s Business Section and practices in the area of domestic and international taxation.

Anthony J. Scaletta (LLMT) was elected partner of Baker & Hostetler. Scaletta is a member of the tax group and concentrates his practice in private wealth planning and tax controversy and litigation matters.


Nicole K. Atkinson, an associate with the law firm of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach, was named to the Board of Directors of Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County.

Matthew G. Breuer was elected partner of the Jacksonville office of Foley & Lardner. Breuer is a member of the Business Law Department and the firm’s Real Estate Practice.

Bradley J. Bondi recently became a partner with the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Litigation, Securities & Shareholder Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense practice groups.

Rebecca C. Cavendish, of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach, became a firm shareholder. She concentrate her practice in products liability, complex commercial litigation and employment law.

Fabienne E. Fahnestock became a firm shareholder at the Ft. Lauderdale office of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart. She concentrates her practice in appellate law, real estate, complex commercial litigation and estates and trusts.

Scott Ponce was made partner at Holland & Knight in Miami. Ponce is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section and practices in the areas of complex civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on class action litigation and media law.

Lorraine O’Hanlon Rogers was named managing member of Schwarzberg Spector Duke Schulz & Rogers’s new northern Palm Beach County office. She focuses her practice on employment law defense, including Title VII, ADA accommodation, Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act litigation.

Daniel A. Thomas, of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart’s West Palm Beach office, was promoted to firm shareholder.


Jeffrey T. Donner opened Donner Law Firm in Miami. The firm maintains a full-service dispute resolution and litigation practice, concentrating in the areas of appellate, government, administrative and commercial litigation.

Mariane L. Dorris became a partner in Latham, Shuker, Barker, Eden & Beaudine and practices in the area of bankruptcy, Chapter 11 reorganizations, and creditors’ rights.

Paul A. Hechenberger, a member of Shutts & Bowen’s Corporate Transactions Practice Group in Orlando, was elected partner in the Orlando office. He handles matters involving corporate taxation controversies and planning, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law and business transactions.

Melissa Gross-Arnold, of Lewis, Longman & Walker’s Jacksonville office, was elected a shareholder of the firm.

Aliette del Pozo Rodz was elected partner in Shutts & Bowen’s Miami office. She is a member of the Litigation Department, focusing her practice in general business litigation matters and international dispute resolution.

Alec D. Russell is a shareholder with GrayRobinson law firm.


Juliann N. Hickey was appointed vice president and National Title Service (NTS) commercial underwriter in the Philadelphia branch of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.

Ashley B. Moody became a circuit court judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit.

José A. Negroni opened his own firm, Feinstein & Negroni, specializing in personal injury in the South Florida area.


Douglas I. Wall moved to the law firm of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson. Wall is continuing with construction defect law, and added the areas of commercial litigation and intellectual property to his expertise.


Beverly R. McCallum was appointed as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona. She previously served as an assistant state attorney in the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida and as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

David Scileppi, an attorney at the Ft. Lauderdale office of Gunster Yoakley, joined forces with colleagues and associates throughout South Florida to form a new non-profit organization called Orbis. The new group of business professionals has dedicated themselves to the growth and viability of the local economy.


Christopher J. Hand, a Jacksonville attorney, joined the consumer injury law firm Terrell Hogan.

Hale E. Sheppard (LLMT) published “New Penalties for Undisclosed Foreign Accounts: Putting the Cart before the Horse?” in 8(3) Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure (2006) and “Evolution of the FBAR: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Why It Matters,” 7(1) in University of Houston Business & Tax Law Journal (2006). Sheppard was selected as an editor of a monthly column in the Journal of Taxation analyzing notable IRS rulings and was recently named a shareholder of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin.

Shireen Hormozdi recently joined the Tampa office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as an associate. Her practice concentrates on several areas, including products liability, premises liability, casualty defense and commercial litigation.

Robert S. “Bob” Jacobs was elected director in the Tampa Bay area of Florida’s Children First (FCF), a statewide, non-profit organization funded in part by the Florida Bar Foundation, which fights for the legal rights of at-risk children.

Kevin D. Slattery opened Kevin D. Slattery, P.A., an immigration law firm in Tampa specializing in employment based and family-based immigration matters. His firm also handles naturalization cases and represents clients in removal (deportation) proceedings before the immigration court.


Matthew J. Carson joined the Tallahassee office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as an associate practicing in commercial litigation, employment and labor law, and appellate work.

Rebecca N. Shwayri joined the Orlando office of the national law firm, Baker & Hostetler, as an associate.

Michael J. Schefer joined Parr Waddoups Brown Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City, Utah, as an associate. Schefer is practicing in the firm’s business transactions group with emphasis on business organization, commercial finance and leasing, M&A and securities.


Ajda M. Demirdoken joined the Orlando office of Baker & Hostetler as an associate.

Rhada V. Thakkar joined Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen and will practice in the area of health law.


Jorge A. Castillo joined the Orlando office of Baker & Hostetler as an associate.