Javier F. Aviñó has become a parner with Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami in the government relations and land development groups.
Rachel L. Ricci joined Fogel Law Group in Boca Raton,where she will focus on real estate, business, and finance (including SBA lending) matters.
Jennifer Diaz has become a shareholder of Becker & Poliakoff in Coral Gables. Diaz leads the firm’s customs and international trade practice group.
Brian A. Bolves has joined Manson Law Group in Tampa as a shareholder. The firm will now be known as MansonBolves. Bolves practices property rights and commercial litigation.
Christin Coleman Gallardo has joined Wintter & Associates in Hollywood as a probate, trust, and guardianship litigation attorney
Thomas A. Crabb has become a shareholder in the Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee. He practices in the firm’s civil and administrative litigation and regulated industries sections.
Ted E. Bandstra has joined JAMS mediation and arbitration services in Miami.He will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, and special master in a variety of disputes including business/commercial, civil rights, class action/mass torts, construction, employment, insurance, intellectual property, maritime/admiralty, personal injury/torts, real property, and securities.
Barbara P. Burke has joined First American Title Insurance Company in Tampa as legal program manager. Burke will develop courses containing a variety of educational and technical content, including industry areas of practice, and state-specific and national materials for First American’s title insurance agents.
Kelley Kronenberg in Jacksonville has relocated to the Stein Mart Building on Riverplace Boulevard. In addition to the Jacksonville office, the firm has eight other office locations throughout Florida, as well as a presence in Chicago and Houston.
Lisa A. McGlynn has joined Fisher & Phillips in Ft. Lauderdale. McGlynn handles labor and employment law.
Eric Page joins Shutts & Bowen in Tampa as a partner. Page focuses on real estate, land use, taxation, and zoning matters.
Marc W. Dunbar has joined Jones Walker as a partner in the firm’s new Tallahassee office. Dunbar focuses on gaming laws. Also joining the firm is Daniel Russell, an associate in the gaming practice.
Jennifer A. Coffey has joined GrayRobinson in Tampa as an associate in the firm’s real estate practice group.
Vanessa M. Cotto has joined Longwell Lawyers in Orlando as an associate. Cotto practices family law.
Carlton Fields has elected eight new shareholders, including: Jennifer Christianson in Miami, a member of the firm’s health care, business litigation and trade regulation, and white collar crime and government investigations practice groups; Elaina I. Sodhi in Miami, a member of the real estate and finance practice group; Jack R. Reiter in Miami, a member of the appellate practice and trial support, insurance, and real property litigation practice groups; Lori Baggett in Tampa, a member of the construction, labor and employment, business litigation and trade regulation, and appellate practice and trial support practice groups; Dana R. Blunt of Tampa, a member of the real property litigation and real estate and finance practice groups; Fentrice D. Driskell in Tampa, a member of the business litigation and trade regulation practice group; Amanda Arnold Sansone in Tampa, a member of the business litigation and trade regulation and health care practice groups; Allison Oasis Kahn in West Palm Beach, a member of the labor and employment and appellate practice and trial support practice groups; and Dean A. Morande in West Palm Beach, a member of the appellate practice and trial support practice group.
Tony Henderson and Elton J. “Buddy” Gissendanner III have formed Henderson and Gissendanner, LLC. Their new office is located in the historic downtown section of Milton in Santa Rosa County at 5240 Willing Street. Henderson focuses on state criminal defense work. Gissendanner will focus on federal criminal defense and governmental affairs, in addition to family and personal injury law.
Cullan E. Jones has joined Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing in Tampa as an associate. Jones practices labor and employment law.
Jennifer Alcorta Waters has become an equity partner with Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters & McCluskey in Stuart.
Raymond G. Robison has become a partner in Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters & McCluskey in Stuart.
Jason S. Miller has joined Roetzel in Orlando as a partner in the intellectual property group. Miller focuses on managing and coordinating clients’ patent and trademark portfolios.
S. Daniel Ponce has joined Berger Singerman in Miami as a partner and member of the dispute resolution and business, finance, and tax teams.
Ian S. Giovinco has joined Anton Castro Law in Tampa as of counsel to the firm. Giovinco focuses his practice on estate planning, asset protection, probate, and trust law.
Chris Givens and Robert Sparks have become partners in the Givens Law Group in Tampa, which will now be known as Givens Givens Sparks. The firm will focus on civil trial law, practicing personal injury and insurance claims litigation in addition to marital and family law. It also has a division devoted to representing clients with BP oil claims.
Shannon Clancy has joined Sparkman & Sparkman in Tampa as an associate. She handles family law, DUI, personal injury, and criminal defense.
Alexandra D. Blye has joined Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach as an associate. Blye focuses her practice in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency, creditors’ rights, loan workouts, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and complex corporate transactions.
Robert F. Tacher has been named a partner with Peterson Bernard in Ft. Lauderdale. Tacher concentrates on matters involving wrongful death, complex and catastrophic injury cases, premises liability, construction liability, and automobile negligence.
Seann M. Frazier has joined Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs in Tallahassee as a partner with the firm’s health care practice group.
Stephanie Harth has joined PSCU in its office in St. Petersburg as corporate counsel in the legal department. Harth focuses her practice on contracts and other legal matters.
Melissa Koch has joined Akerman Senterfitt in Orlando as of counsel in the firm’s corporate practice group, where she will concentrate on general transactional and intellectual property representation with an emphasis on the supply chain, technology, and industrial services industries.
F. Gant McCloud and Rebecca J. Proctor have been named equity shareholders of Kirk-Pinkerton in Sarasota. In addition, the firm has appointed senior partners Bill Robertson as CEO, Timothy Shaw as CFO, and Tom Shults as COO. McCloud is board certified in wills, trusts, and estates. Proctor focuses on elder law, and Robertson handles matters involving litigation, personal injury, and wrongful death. Shaw’s practice involves all aspects of real estate and financial institution transactions. Shults is a board certified civil trial lawyer.
Jesse R. Butler has joined Dickinson & Gibbons in Sarasota as an associate. Butler’s practice areas include appellate, commercial and complex litigation, construction litigation, insurance defense, product liability, trucking litigation, and personal injury litigation.
Brett M. Henson has joined Dickinson & Gibbons in Sarasota as an associate. Henson’s practice includes construction litigation, motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, and personal injury litigation.
Adam R. Artigliere has joined Gallivan, White & Boyd Greenville, SC, as an of counsel member of the business and commercial practice group. He focuses on corporate and business planning, banking and financial transactions, commercial real estate, and economic development and incentives.
Eric S. Olson has joined Coleman, Hazzard & Taylor in Naples as an associate. Olson focuses on business and commercial litigation and dispute resolution.
Kelsey K. Black and Ken Waterway have opened Waterway Black, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale.
Jamie Crowley, Staci Rewis, and Bill Stetson have been promoted to shareholders with Gunster. Crowley is a member of the environmental and land use practice group and splits his time between the Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices. Rewis is a member of the environmental and land use practice group in Jacksonville, and Stetson is a member of the private wealth services practice in West Palm Beach.
L. Diana Hileman has joined Weiner, Lynne & Thompson in Delray Beach as a senior attorney, and Justin M. Claud has joined as an associate. Hileman will lead the estate planning and probate litigation practice. Claud joins the litigation practice group, as well as its licensed service provider regulatory compliance group.
Lyle Long has joined Michael Weinstein, P.A., in Parkland as an associate. Long focuses on criminal defense work.
Stanley D. Klett, Jr., Larry M. Mesches, and Kenneth N. Johnson formed Klett, Mesches & Johnson, P.L., located at 2855 PGA Boulevard, Suite 100, in Palm Beach Gardens. The firm concentrates in the areas of business, complex commercial, real estate, and probate litigation, as well as business and real estate transactions, and condominium and homeowners’ association law.
Clark A.D. Wilson has become a partner with Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva in Atlanta. Wilson focuses on patent and trademark prosecution and opinion counseling, particularly for medical and mechanical device clients.
Daniel Harwin has become a named partner in Freedland Harwin, PL., in Ft. Lauderdale. The firm focuses on medical malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, pharmaceutical, and product liability litigation.
Philip A. K. Stiles has joined the Ioppolo Law Group in Lake Mary as a senior attorney. Stiles practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation, assisting commercial property owners, financial institutions, developers, and other corporate and individual clients in various contractual, business, real estate, and commercial disputes.
Gerald Kogan has joined JAMS in Miami. Kogan will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, and special master in a variety of disputes, including business/commercial, employment, environmental, family law, insurance, maritime, personal injury/torts, professional liability, and real property.
Lavern J. Wilson has become a partner with FordHarrison in Tampa. Wilson concentrates her practice on defending employers in discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, whistle-blower retaliation, employment/business torts, and wrongful termination litigation.
Debra A. Jenks and Robert J. Harvey have joined Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach as partners. They represent clients in the financial services industry in the areas of securities litigation and arbitration, regulatory investigations, and enforcement actions.
Michael B. Cohen has joined McLaughlin & Stern as a partner in its new Ft. Lauderdale office. Cohen will lead the firm’s criminal defense department.
Amos B. Elberg has joined Arnstein & Lehr as a partner in Ft. Lauderdale, where he will focus his practice on complex commercial litigation, particularly matters related to securities, structured finance, insolvency, and frauds.
Charles F. Wolf has joined K&L Gates in Miami. Wolf focuses his practice on complex litigation matters.
George F. Frank joined Lavalle, Brown & Ronan in Boca Raton as an associate. Frank focuses on commercial litigation, estate planning, trusts, probate, and family law.
Gregory C. Harrell has been hired as the in-house staff attorney for David R. Ellspermann, Marion County clerk of the circuit court.
Craig Dell has joined Dell and Schaefer in Broward County, where he will practice personal injury law.
Suzan Abramson has joined Baker Donelson in Orlando as of counsel and a member of the securities and corporate governance practice group where she focuses her practice on public and private securities offerings, venture capital and private equity transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
Jessica Travis has formed Jessica Travis, P.A., in Orlando, focusing on criminal defense, traffic citations, and injunctions.
Kevin K. Ross-Andino has joined K&L Gates in Miami as a partner in the commercial disputes practice. Ross-Andino represents clients on complex domestic, international, and cross-border business disputes and arbitration matters.
Michael B. Stevens has become a partner with Derrevere, Hawkes, Black, & Cozad in West Palm Beach. Also, Peggy Cozad has joined the firm as an associate.
Bradley Gould has joined GrayRobinson in Miami as a shareholder. Gould focuses on eminent domain and property rights.
Karina Iñigo has joined Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate in its insurance litigation division.
Kristi Neher Davisson has been named partner at Anthony and Partners in Tampa. Davisson concentrates on creditors’ rights, product liability, medical malpractice, and nursing home defense.
John M. Stratton has joined Anthony & Partners in Tampa as an associate. Stratton focuses on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and complex litigation.
The Law Office of Barry I. Finkel, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale has expanded its family law practice with the addition of an office in Boca Raton, located in the UBS Bank Building at 1800 North Military Trail in Boca Center.
Dinita L. James has joined Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan in Phoenix. James focuses on employment law and complex commercial matters.
Christopher J. Thornton has joined Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest in Naples. Thornton focuses on the representation of condominium, cooperative, homeowners’ and amenities associations, including marinas and golf clubs.
Ceci Culpepper Berman has joined Brannock & Humphries in Tampa as a partner. Berman is a board certified appellate practitioner.
Melissa Tapanes Llahues has been named a full partner and shareholder of Bercow Radell & Fernandez in Miami. Tapanes Llahues represents the interests of landowners, institutional clients, and developers seeking approvals from governmental boards and agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Houck Anderson, a maritime and admiralty firm with offices in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, has merged with The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP., which has offices in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida. Mark Houck will serve as managing partner of Chartwell’s Florida operations and maritime practice. Chartwell handles property and catastrophe work around the world, as well as toxic torts, creditors’ rights, and construction defect litigation.
Bradley Gould has joined GrayRobinson in Miami as a shareholder. Gould focuses on eminent domain and property rights.
Suzan Abramson has joined Baker Donelson in Orlando as of counsel and a member of the securities and corporate governance practice group where she focuses on public and private securities offerings, venture capital and private equity transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
Christopher J.Thornton has joined Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest in Naples. Thornton focuses primarily on the representation of condominium, cooperative, homeowners’ and amenities associations, including marinas and golf clubs.
Jason B. Blank is the founding partner of Haber, Stief & Blank in Ft. Lauderdale. Blank will focus on criminal defense and civil trial work, while his firm handles all types of civil and appellate matters.
Mark R. Klym has become a partner with Hahn Loeser & Parks in Naples. Klym focuses his practice in estate planning.
Tracy L. Kramer has joined McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya in Ft. Lauderdale as a senior associate. Kramer forcuses on all facets of insurance coverage and coverage litigation, professional errors and omissions defense, subrogation, and appellate law.
Brandon S. Peters has formed imMediate Resolution in Orlando, an alternate dispute resolution firm.
Donald R. Kirk has joined Carlton Fields in Tampa as a shareholder. Kirk practices in the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group and concentrates his practice on the representation of businesses in all aspects of bankruptcy cases, including bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, and contract disputes.
Candace C. Solis and Nicole W. Giuliano have joined Becker & Poliakoff in Miramar and will practice community association law.