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September 15, 2013
The Florida Bar awards certification to 154 lawyers

Certification logo The Board of Legal Specialization and Education congratulates the 154 lawyers who this year earned Florida Bar board certification, a designation that places them among the only group of Florida lawyers who may use the terms “specialist,” “expert” or “B.C.S.” for Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials.

Board certification evaluates attorneys’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. About 4,600 of Florida’s 96,000 lawyers have earned board certification. Florida offers 24 specialty areas for board certification, more than any other state.

Board certified lawyers are: Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise.

Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis, a board certified education lawyer who practices with Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Ft. Lauderdale, believes that board certification is becoming a standard of preference for an increasing number of clients.

“In an ever-crowded field of over 96,000 lawyers, the achievement of board certification — the Bar’s highest evaluation of a lawyer’s competence and experience in a particular area of practice — is the only way of distinguishing yourself as an expert or a specialist,” Pettis said. “I highly encourage lawyers to demonstrate their competence and experience through seeking board certification in their professional areas.”

The following lawyers, listed by specialty areas and cities, have attained board certification:

Admiralty and Maritime Law
Charles Stuart Davant, Ft. Lauderdale

C. Ryan Eslinger, Jacksonville

Christopher R. Koehler, Tampa

Jason R. Margulies, Pinecrest

Eric C. Thiel, Tampa

Adoption Law
Ginger S. Allen, North Miami Beach

Tammi J. Driver, St Petersburg

Leenetta Blanton Grizzard, Tampa

Steven Hurwitz, Tampa

Appellate Practice
Christopher Dale Donovan, Naples

Jessie L. Harrell, Jacksonville

Andrew D. Manko, Tallahassee

Daniel B. Rogers, Miami

Dineen Pashoukos Wasylik, Tampa

Aviation Law
Jonathan Alexander Ewing, Ft. Lauderdale

Charles R. Morgenstein, Boca Raton

Business Litigation

Robert N. Clarke, Jr., Tallahassee

Thomas M. Dryden, Ft. Myers

Gilbert L. Feltel, Jr., Jacksonville

Michael Joseph Furbush, Orlando

Gregory S. Martin, Maitland

Brendan A. McQuaid, Sarasota

J. Anthony Penry, Raleigh

Scott K. Petersen, Sarasota

Martin B. Sipple, Tallahassee

Kathryn Diane Weston, Daytona Beach

City, County and Local Government Law
Derek V. Howard, Key West

Rebecca Marie Kert, Tampa

Andrew Patrick Lannon, Palm Bay

Elizabeth Vail Lenihan, Stuart

Margaret “Peggy” Lyon, Vero Beach

Victoria Mendez, Miami

Pamala Hanna Ryan, Riviera Beach

Martin Scott Shelby, Largo

Heather Lueke Smith, Ft. Pierce

Thomas J. Trask, Dunedin

Civil Trial

Jacqueline Marie Bunty, Tampa

David H. Charlip, Aventura

Mariano Garcia, West Palm Beach

Gregory Giannuzzi, Tampa

Charles Michael Greene, Orlando

Jorge P. Gutierrez, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale

David G. Henry, Tampa

Daniel A. Iracki, Jacksonville

Joseph Alexander Lao, Tampa

Michael D. Maurer Jr., Orlando

Armando R. Payas, Orlando

Malcolm A. Purow, Hollywood

Derek A. Reams, Bradenton

Jason J. Recksiedler, Orlando

Steven Edward Sellers, Tallahassee

John Willington Wesley, Ft. Walton Beach

Construction Law
Denise M. Anderson, Tampa

Trevor Boehme Arnold, Orlando

Joshua M. Atlas, West Palm Beach

Jeremy C. Daniels, Coral Gables

V. James Dickson, St. Petersburg

Davisson Dunlap, III, Tallahassee

Michael Jonathan Friedman, Ft. Lauderdale

Doryk B. Graf, Jr., Altamonte Springs

Donell Andre Hicks, Coral Gables

W. Jay Hunston, III, West Palm Beach

Anthony Jaglal, Orlando

Charles B. Jimerson, Jacksonville

Kevin F. Jursinski, Ft. Myers

Jon Michael Kendrick, Ft. Lauderdale

Pennie S.A.Mays, Orlando

Christopher J. Mueller, Jacksonville

Stuart H. Sakwa, West Palm Beach

David Salazar, Miami

Kevin C. Schumacher, Miami

Mark T. Snelson, Altamonte Springs

Rouselle A. Sutton III, Orlando

Peter J. Sweeney, Jr., Palm Bay

Kevin J. Taylor, Ft. Lauderdale

Leslie Miller Tomczak, Ft. Lauderdale

Thomas P. Wert, Orlando

Drew Colson Williams, Daytona Beach

David Franklin Wright, Altamonte Springs

Criminal Trial

Robert R. Berry, Viera

Javier Chavez, Orlando

Spencer Alan Cordell, Ft. Myers

J. Andrew Crawford, St. Petersburg

Jean-Paul Galasso, Ft. Myers

Samuel Paul Garrison, Orange Park

Carter T. Hillstrom, Ft. Lauderdale

Benjamin L. Jones, Orlando

Sean William Landers, Orlando

MIchael David Morrison, Orlando

John J. Parnofiello, West Palm Beach

Justin Brent Petredis, Tampa

Noah H. Rashkind, Gainesville

Kurt A. Russell, Melbourne

Ramona L. Tolley, Ft. Lauderdale

Education Law
J. Paul Carland II, Ft. Lauderdale

David McKinnon Delaney, Gainesville

Elder Law
Heather Campbell Kirson, Orlando

Jason A. Waddell, Pensacola

Health Law
Andrei Boyarshinov, Gainesville

Andrij B. Susla, Hollywood

Lisa Deitsch Taylor, Parsippany, NJ

Immigration and Nationality
Shahzad Ahmed, Orlando

Claudia Del Castillo-Hronsky, Miami

Michael A. Harris, Miami

Andrea Montavon-McKillip, Plantation

Daniel Bruce Sibirsky, Miami

Intellectual Property Law
Peter A. Chiabotti, West Palm Beach

Jeffrey David Feldman, Miami

Francisco J. Ferreiro, Miami

Mindi M. Richter, Tampa

International Law
Jake A. Baccari, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, Japan

Joseph Daniel Gulino, Jr., Miami

Labor and Employment Law
Mark J. Beutler, Miami

Elizabeth Fite Blanco, Tampa

John Houston Pope, New York, NY

Brett J. Schneider, Ft. Lauderdale

Timothy Tack, Tampa

Marital and Family Law
Christine Lynne Derr, Tampa

Sandy Todd Fox, Aventura

Jennifer C. Frank, Altamonte Springs

Holly G. Gershon, Boca Raton

Paul Fleming Grondahl, Bradenton

Paul S. Leinoff, South Miami

Raymond J. Rafool II, Miami

Bonnie Sockel-Stone, Miami

Mira Staggers White, Murdock

Real Estate
Gregg M. Casalino, Vero Beach

Lindsay Kenney Demmery, West Palm Beach

Joseph Stephen Giannell, Ft. Lauderdale

Edward William Hale, Ft. Myers

Gregory-Scott R. Haney, Tampa

Michael Van Hargett, Tampa

Michelle Lajoie Hermey, Sarasota

Brian W. Hoffman, Pensacola

Stephanie M. Martin, Tampa

Roger H. Miller, III, Punta Gorda

Lori Lynn Moore, Ft. Myers

Peter J. Pike, Sarasota

Ryan Adrian Ramsaran, West Palm Beach

William C. Robinson, Jr., Bradenton

Barbara Sanjurjo, Coconut Grove

Leonard Oreste Townsend, Ft. Lauderdale

Len Wilder, Plantation

State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice
Timothy E. Dennis, Tallahassee

David Gregory Tucker, Jacksonville

Tax Law
Kenneth John Crotty, Clearwater

Vitauts M. Gulbis, Tampa

Robert H. Trudeau, Jacksonville

Wills, Trusts and Estates
Matthew A. Linde, Ft. Myers

Richard N. Sherrill, Pensacola

Workers’ Compensation
Blake Hood, Jacksonville

Todd N. Parrish, Lakeland

Michael Martin Riedhammer, Ft. Lauderdale

Robin Ross, Hollywood

The Florida Bar annually awards board certification in two cycles, effective June 1 and August 1. Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competence and experience in one or more of the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Florida Bar board certified lawyers have demonstrated ability and experience in their fields and professionalism within the legal community.

A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state’s Supreme Court may become board certified in one or more of the 24 certification fields. Minimum requirements for certification are listed below; each area of certification may contain higher or additional standards.

* A minimum of five years in law practice.

* Substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought.

* Satisfactory peer review from other lawyers and judges to assess competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics, and professionalism in the practice of law.

* Satisfaction of the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements.

* A passing grade on the examination required of all applicants.

Board certification is valid for five years. The attorney during that time 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, visit The Florida Bar website at or contact The Florida Bar’s Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842.

[Revised: 04-04-2017]