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August 15, 2013
On the Move

Lawrence J. Miller and Holly M. O’Neill have joined Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller in Boca Raton. They will practice in the areas of estate, trust and guardianship litigation, administration, estate, trust and related tax planning, including wealth transfer and preservation, as well as elder law.

Vernon Guirguis joined Kagan Law Firm in Ft. Myers where he focuses on marital and family law, as well as personal injury law.

Abigail Watts-FitzGerald joined Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald & Wells in Miami as a shareholder in the transactional group. Watts-FitzGerald focuses on acting as outside general counsel to a variety of for-profit and nonprofit corporations and on mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; corporations; partnerships, joint ventures, and LLCs; tax-exempt organizations; sports and entertainment law and sponsorships; naming rights; closely held corporations, shareholders agreements, employment agreements, and restrictive covenants; intellectual property matters; and distribution and licensing agreements.

Roy L. Weinfeld, P.A., has moved to 800 Brickell Avenue, Suite 550, Miami 33131. The firm focuses on creditors’ rights and collection law.

Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel and Hyman & Mars are joining to create Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel in Coral Gables. The firm will focus on community association, construction, and real estate law. The firm also maintains offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Aimee Collins Hitchner has rejoined the Calandrino Law Firm in Orlando as a senior attorney. Hitchner will concentrate her efforts on corporate and business transactions, with an emphasis on contracts, asset protection, and start-ups.

Keino Young of the Florida Public Service Commission has been named chief trial counsel for the commission’s Office of the General Counsel.

Kristin M. Ahr has joined Broad and Cassel in the West Palm Beach office as of counsel. Ahr focuses on complex real estate, commercial, contract, and business tort matters.

Jarian N. Lyons has joined Dan Newlin & Partners in Orlando.

Laurie R. Chane has become a shareholder with Johnson, Auvil & Pratico, in Dade City, which will now be known as Johnson, Auvil, Pratico & Chane. Chane focuses on family law and criminal defense.

Danny Burgess has joined Johnson, Auvil, Pratico & Chane in Dade City as an associate. Burgess’ practice areas include commercial and civil litigation, and real estate law.

Donald G. Peterson has joined Kevin F. Jursinski and Associates in Ft. Myers. He will focus on property damage insurance claims.

Christopher Weiss has founded Christopher Weiss Attorney at Law, P.A., where he focuses on construction and design law matters. The firm is located at 17 N. Summerlin Avenue, Suite 200, Orlando 32801.

William C. Davis III has joined Smith Currie and Hancock in Washington, D.C., as a partner in its construction group, and Evie Lee Nichols has joined as an associate in its construction and government contracts groups.

Jenna Fortgang has joined Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach. Fortgang focuses on mortgage foreclosure litigation.

Christa L. McCann has joined Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach as an associate. McCann concentrates in the areas of personal injury, automobile negligence, wrongful death, products liability, and medical malpractice.

After years of practicing together, the partners of Hankin, Persson, McClenathen, Cohen & Darnell have decided to cease firm operations. Lawrence M. Hankin and Michael T. Hankin will continue their real estate and lender representation practice as Hankin & Hankin at 6841 Energy Court, Sarasota 34240. David P. Persson, Andrew H. Cohen, Kelly M. Fernandez, Maggie D. Mooney-Portale, and R. David Jackson will continue their governmental law and community association collections practice as Persson & Cohen, P. A., at 6853 Energy Court, Sarasota 34240. Chad M. McClenathen will continue his real estate development and community association practice at 783 S. Orange Ave., Suite 210, Sarasota 34236, and Robert W. Darnell will continue his estate, probate, and trust practice at 2639 Fruitville Road, Suite 201, Sarasota 34237.

The Law Offices of Michael H. Johnson, P.A., has relocated its Ft. Lauderdale office to 3601 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 31, Ft. Lauderdale 33309.

Andrew L. McIntosh has joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa as a partner practicing in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, international business, and franchising, among others.

Tracy M. Evans has joined Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons in Tampa as an associate. Evans practices in the areas of creditors’ rights and real estate litigation.

Ariane J. Assadoghli has joined Boyd & Jenerette in Jacksonville as an associate in the coverage and bad faith practice group.

Victoria N. McCloskey has joined Bush Ross in Tampa as a shareholder in the health care practice group. McCloskey’s practice will focus on health care defense litigation and general civil trial matters.

Steven S. Newburgh has joined The Ticktin Law Group in Deerfield Beach as its bankruptcy division chair.

Tana R. Sachs Copple and Ryan S. Copple have formed the law firm of Copple Sachs Copple with offices at 601 Heritage Drive, Suite 228, Jupiter 33458. Sachs Copple’s practice is focused on marital and family law litigation. Copple’s practice is focused on community association law, including the handling of both real estate and civil litigation matters.

Mark M. Kamp has joined Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger in North Palm Beach as of counsel. Kamp focuses on contract drafting and negotiations, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and technology transactions, FTC and FDA regulatory issues, and general corporate matters.

Chad S. Purdie has been named partner with Diaz Reus & Targ in Miami. Purdie handles disputes focusing on complex commercial cases, international litigation and arbitration, sovereign immunity, RICO actions, real estate, and intellectual property law.

Joel H. Brown has joined Freidin, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum in Miami. Brown will focus on personal injury and medical malpractice, as well as family law.

Jeremy Holt has joined Swann Hadley Stump Dietrich & Spears in Winter Park. His practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate matters.

Gregory J. Hoag has become partner at a firm that will now be known as Masterson & Hoag in St. Petersburg. The firm focuses on medical malpractice, personal injury, and legal malpractice.

[Revised: 02-03-2017]