The Florida Bar


June 1, 2016
Arlee J. Colman,
The Florida Bar
850 561-5805

TALLAHASSEE – The Board of Legal Specialization and Education congratulates the 189 lawyers who in 2016 earned Florida Bar board certification. Board certified Florida lawyers may use the terms "board certified specialist," "board certified expert" or "B.C.S." for Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials. Board certified lawyers are:

“Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise.”

Board certification evaluates attorneys' special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. About 5,000 of Florida's nearly 101,000 lawyers have earned board certification. Florida offers 26 specialty areas for board certification, more than any other state.

Background. The Florida Bar annually awards board certification in two cycles, effective June 1 and Aug. 1. Board certifications are available in 26 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Those who earn Florida Bar board certification have demonstrated ability and experience in their fields and professionalism within the legal community.

Each area of certification may contain higher or additional standards, however the minimum requirements for certification are:

Board certification is valid for five years. During that time, attorneys must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have voluntarily taken the extra step to have their competence and experience evaluated.

For more information, please visit The Florida Bar website at or contact The Florida Bar's Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842.

Florida lawyers who earned board certification in 2016:

Admiralty & Maritime Law Adam B. Cooke, Ft. Lauderdale Jonathan Hernandez, Miami Craig Patrick Liszt, Miami

Adoption Law
Richard Scott Jackson, Deland Peggy Clarie Senentz, S. Pasadena Robert L. Webster, Tampa

Appellate Practice
John Nicholas Bogdanoff, Daytona Beach Michael March Brownlee, Orlando
Thomas Arnold Antoine Beller Burns, Tampa Daniel Adam Bushell, Ft. Lauderdale Michael John Dono, Miami
Kathryn Lee Ender, Miami
Courtney Lynne Fernald, St. Petersburg Kristen Marie Fiore, Tallahassee
John Anthony Greco, Miami Thomas Lee Hunker, Plantation Carri S. Leininger, N. Palm Beach Julissa Rodriguez, Miami
Daniel Michael Samson, Miami Dwight Oneal Slater, Tallahassee Dinah Stein, Miami

Aviation Law
David Howard Abrams, Orlando Christopher John Jahr, Ft Lauderdale

Business Litigation
Basil Leroy Bain, Naples
Michael Patrick Hamaway, Ft. Lauderdale Alan Jeffrey Nisberg, Tampa
Hunter G. Norton, Sarasota
Joanne Marie O’Connor, W. Palm Beach
City, County and Local
Carl Edward Brody, Clearwater
Robert Michael Eschenfelder, Bradenton Anita Geraci-Carver, Clermont
Amanda Louise Quirke Hand, Miami Lawsikia Jumoke Hodges, Jacksonville Kimberly Romano Kopp, Orlando Arthur J. Grant Lacerte, Kissimmee Rebecca Clayton Lavie, St. Augustine Joshua Bernard Moye, Port Charlotte Nicole C. Nate, Tampa
Thomas F. Pepe, Coral Gables Abbie Schwaderer Raurell, Miami Patricia Denise Smith, Palm Bay Peter J. Sweeney, Palm Bay

Civil Trial Law
Karen Elizabeth Terry, W. Palm Beach
S. Renee Stephens Lundy, Orlando Andrew Steven Bolin, Tampa
John Alexander Caracuzzo, W. Palm Beach
J. Dan Clark, Tampa
David Alexander Corso, Orlando
Maria Eleftheria Dalmanieras, Coral Gables Roland A. Hermida, Tampa
Kathryn L. Hood, Tallahassee
Jeffrey James Humphries, Jacksonville Brian James Lee, Jacksonville
Scott Alan McLaren, Tampa
R. Frank Myers, Ft. Myers Matthew Lee Reeder, Tampa Daniel Ari Shapiro, Tampa
Bryce Patrick Spano, St. Petersburg Leticia L. Valdes, Tampa
Michael Reese Vaughn, Orlando Casey Walker, Vero Beach Jerome William Webb, Orlando
Matthew D. Weissing, Ft. Lauderdale Matthew Lloyd George Wilson, Tampa Jonathan Neil Zaifert, Tampa
Construction Law
Jeffrey Bogert, Coral Gables
Gabriel Ben Abba Crafton, Jacksonville Jennifer Carmen Gonzalez, Coral Gables Patrick Dennis Hinchey, Jacksonville Kimberly Cannon Hirschman, Coral Gables Jason Jude Quintero, Tampa
Michael Jay Rune, Miami James P. Terpening, Tampa Francisco Touron, Coral Gables Christopher M. Utrera, Miami
Robert Paul Washington, Coral Gables Clay Henderson Whittaker, Pensacola

Criminal Appellate
Stephen Michael Grogoza, Naples Christina Zuccaro Pacheco, Tampa Michelle Patrice Smith, Orlando

Criminal Trial Law
Jared Michael Adelman, Orlando Seda Aktas, Ft. Lauderdale
Lawrence J. Avallone, New Smyrna Beach Adam Leo Bantner, Tampa
Danielle N. Barbato, Orlando Joshua Andrew Beard, Jacksonville William Kevin Bledsoe, Deland Robert Alvin Bruce, Clearwater Kelli Jane Bynum, Jacksonville Jeremy Clark, St. Petersburg Colleen Adkins DeGraff, Viera
Aaron David Delgado, Daytona Beach Christa Padraic Diviney, Panama City Christopher Mario Donaudy , Orlando Richard Eisenberg, Osprey
Kristofer W. Eisenmenger, Gainesville Daniel Patrick Fischetti, Tampa Amanda Margaret Gambert, Sarasota Jason Mathew Gropper, Jacksonville Kevin Joseph Hellmann, Miami
Daniel Karl Hilbert, St. Augustine Irina Hughes, Tampa
Erin Brenna Hyde, Orlando
Christopher Michael Klemawesch, Spring Hill Matthew David Landsman, Gainesville
Huda Ajlani Macri, Ft. Lauderdale Alison Marsha Lopes, Kissimmee Lori Lynn Mahin, Clearwater Jessica Lynn Manuele, Clearwater Jane Allie McNeill , Clearwater Tamara Nicole Meister, Viera Allison Ferber Miller, Clearwater Paige Elizabeth Parish, Clearwater Justin Corey Patrou, Kissimmee
Brent Matthew Reitman, Ft. Lauderdale Tricia Rado Rover, Jacksonville
Fausto Sanchez, Miami
Jennifer Laura Spradley, Tampa Alfred Suárez, Kissimmee
Thomas Richard Wieczorek, Orlando Benjamin David Wurtzel, Orlando Sara Fatima Yousuf, Miami

Education Law
Shawn Alan Arnold, Jacksonville Karen Meta Chastain, Jacksonville Terry Joseph Harmon, Tallahassee Kevin William Pendley, Naples Jerry Ray Poole, Jacksonville

Elder Law
Matthew Alan Linde, Ft. Myers Jason A. Penrod, Lake Wales Andrew Ray Boyer, Sarasota
Heidi Fran Friedman, Coral Springs Michelle Rachel Hollister, Boca Raton Elizabeth Joy Maykut, Tallahassee Shannon Mulkey, Ocala
Matthew Ronald Rheingans, Venice Diana Coen Zolner, Brandon
Health Law
Shannon Hartsfield Salimone, Tallahassee Ryan William Zika, Orlando
Gregory Anthony Zitani, Sarasota

Immigration and Nationality Law
Vitalia Diaz Shafer, Tampa

Intellectual Property Law
Justin P. Miller, Largo

International Law
Angelika Hunnefeld, Miami
Drew Matthew Marszal Jozefin, Poland Thomas Frederick Oppenheimer, Miami Carlos Federico Osorio, Miami

Labor and Employment Law Yash B. Dave, Jacksonville Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, Sarasota Mendy Halberstam, Miami
Samuel Benjamin Kanupp, Jacksonville John Carlo Palmerini, Orlando
Jason Eric Vail, Tallahassee Holly Ellen Van Horsten, Miami
Benjamin Harris Yormak, Bonita Springs

Marital and Family Law
Evan Lawrence Abramowitz, Coral Gables Heather Lynn Apicella, Boca Raton Abigail Beebe, West Palm Beach
Melissa Kay Hancock, Ocala
Belinda Barndollar Lazzara, St. Petersburg Taryn Goodman Sinatra, West Palm Beach

Real Estate Law
Michael A. Altes, Jacksonville Jana L. Armstrong, Miami Charles James Comella, Shalimar Lance A. Geller, Miami Beach Melissa A. Giasi, Tampa
Juan Carlos B. Gomez, Winter Park Michelle Gomez Hinden, Apopka Sebastian Jaramillo, Miami
Linda Neale Monaco, Ft. Lauderdale Dorothy Gonzalez Negrin, Ft. Lauderdale Charles D. Nostra, Ft. Lauderdale
Shivon Patel, Lake Mary Lilian Sredni, Hollywood Eric P. Stein, N. Miami Beach
Gerald Cooper Thomas, Tallahassee Michelle Gonzalez Torres, Doral James R. Usery, Jacksonville Jonathan David Wallace, Orlando
W. Conrad Willkomm, Naples

State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice
Kristin Mai Bigham, Tallahassee Sharlee Hobbs Edwards, Coral Gables

Tax Law
Daniel Martinez, Miami Parag P. Patel, Iselin

Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Robert Logan Lancaster, Naples Carrie Marie Leontitsis, Port Charlotte Susan Nesbet-Sikuta, Naples
Jason Scott Palmisano, Orlando

Workers’ Compensation Law Alexander Blanco, Coral Gables Carrie L. Hixson, Tampa
Marissa Michelini Hoffman, PB Gardens Kristen Liddell Magana, Orlando

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[Revised: 11-18-2016]