Jennifer L. Griffin has joined Quarles & Brady in Tampa as a partner in the trusts and estates practice group. Griffin focuses on the administration of estates and trusts, the specific representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries, as to their rights and obligations involved in the administration of estates and trusts, assisting in the resolution of disputes arising from the administration of estates and trusts, and clients with wealth planning and preservation.
Aristides “Kico” Diaz has joined Rogers Towers in Jacksonville as a shareholder in the firm’s litigation department. Diaz focuses on business-related matters, including litigation, debt collections, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, purchase and sale of businesses, franchises, and incorporations.
Lynn L. Audie, Patrick K. Dahl, Kevin A. Houston, and Charlene C. Poblete have been promoted to partner, and Michael C. Tyson has become a shareholder, in Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy and Ford. Audie focuses on medical malpractice, insurance coverage issues, personal injury claims, contractual disputes, negligent security, intellectual property, automobile negligence, and general liability claims, in the Miami office. Dahl focuses on appellate, automotive, civil litigation, commercial litigation, construction, labor and employment, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and medical devices, premises liability, sexual abuse, and professional liability in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Houston focuses on general liability matters involving the defense of commercial trucking accidents, premises liability, negligent security claims, automobile accidents and workers’ compensation, as well as medical and legal malpractice, in the Naples office. Poblete works in the Jacksonville office and focuses on medical and legal malpractice, insurance agent-broker errors and omissions, premises liability, and products liability. Tyson focuses on medical malpractice, premises liability, negligent security, trucking litigation, general civil litigation, and appellate law, in Orlando.
Kristen Rasmussen joined Dow Lohnes PLLC in Atlanta as a litigation associate. She represents clients in a variety of matters with an emphasis on media issues.
Carol “Jodie” Breece has become ethics counsel for the Broward Office of the Inspector General. She will develop and administer the office’s ethics outreach, training, and compliance programs and administer the enforcement of Broward County’s ethics code for elected officials.
Miguel Diaz de la Portilla has joined Arnstein & Lehr as a partner in Miami and will focus on land use and zoning, government procurement, bid protests, code enforcement, permitting, and property tax appeals.Elinette Ruiz has also joined the firm as an associate and will work directly with Diaz de la Portilla.
Gregory C. Ward has opened The Ward Law Group in Miami, an insurance coverage and commercial litigation firm. Ward also plans to have offices open soon in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York.
Jeff Reel has been promoted to vice president and general counsel of ATP Tour, Inc., the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit, sanctioning 62 tournaments on the ATP World Tour in 32 countries.
Jeff Novatt has opened the Law Office of Jeff Novatt, P.A., located at 1415 Panther Lane, Suite 327, Naples 34109. The firm focuses on business and tax law matters.
Gregory D. Lee, Jessica Parker Malchow, and Michael S. Vitale have become partners with BakerHostetler in Orlando. Lee focuses in land use, real estate development, government relations, and local government law. Malchow focuses on property acquisitions and sales, leasing, finance, permitting, operation, management, development and redevelopment, zoning, and land use planning and approvals. Vitale focuses on business torts, contract law, appeals, real estate and land use litigation, complex litigation, construction disputes, intellectual property litigation, and federal civil tort defense.
Jennifer T. Kerr joined Warlick, Tritt, Stebbins & Murray in Augusta, GA. Kerr’s areas of focus are real estate, will, trusts and probate, and business law.
Alexander “Alex” S. Douglas II has become a partner with ShuffieldLowman in Orlando. Douglas focuses on business, probate and trust, fiduciary, and contested guardianship cases.
Edward S. Rue has become a partner with Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell in Port Orange. Rue focuses on personal injury and Social Security disability litigation.
Carole C. Schriefer joined The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs. Her practice encompasses most aspects of health law and nursing law, professional licensing and credentialing matters, professional board representation, administrative hearings, contracts, licensure issues, corporate matters, transactional matters, Medicare and Medicaid audits, products liability litigation, and criminal defense litigation.
Carlos E. Sardi has been named partner in Genovese Joblove & Battista in Miami. Sardi practices in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, insolvency, reorganization, and restructuring.
Katherine Hurst Miller was named a partner of Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach.
John D. Bosco has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Miami as of counsel to the firm’s labor and employment practice.
Mary Fabre LeVine, Michael D. Magidson, and Matthew R. Plummer have become principals of Blalock Walters in Sarasota. LeVine practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation. Magidson is a member of the business and health care practice groups. Plummer focuses in commercial and residential real estate law, as well as banking and finance law.
Jason M. Rodgers-da Cruz has been named a partner of Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel in Coral Gables. He focuses on community association law and complex construction litigation.
Fermin Lopez has joined Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter in Orlando. Lopez’s practice focus is litigation and trial of personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and nursing home neglect cases.
Tara Tamoney has joined Alvarez, Sambol & Winthrop in Orlando as an associate. Tamoney focuses on premises liability, medical malpractice, and general civil litigation.
Christopher Leon has joined Alvarez, Sambol & Winthrop in Orlando as an associate. Leon focuses on health care, business law, general civil litigation, premises liability, and automobile liability.
Brittany Adams Long has joined Radey Thomas Yon & Clark in Tallahassee in an of counsel capacity. Patrick Flemming has joined the firm as an associate.
Lydecker Diaz has added new associates in Miami, including: Karen O’Connor, who centers her practice on labor and employment, commercial litigation, and administrative and regulatory litigation; Kirsten Wegel, who practices civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial litigation; Jonathan Newberg, who focuses on complex commercial and construction litigation; Michelle Zeiger, focusing on defense of bodily injury, wrongful death, premises liability, product liability, auto accident, and catastrophic injury; Evelyn Cobos, who practices all aspects of state and federal civil litigation, both at the trial level and appellate level; Geoffrey Cowen, focusing in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, insurance defense, and governmental liability; Matthew Sacharoff, focusing in labor and employment, complex commercial litigation, and general civil litigation; and Howard Fox, who focuses on environmental law and construction litigation practice areas. Bryan Farinas joins the firm in Orlando as an associate, focusing on premises liability, automobile negligence, products liability, and insurance defense.
Jason Patrick Kairalla, Ben V. Seessel, and Todd M. Fuller have been named partners at Jorden Burt, a national litigation boutique providing litigation and counseling to the financial services sector. Kairalla and Fuller work out of the Miami office, while Seessel is in the firm’s Simsbury, Connecticut, office.
Joseph Schulz has been named partner with Berman & Berman in Stuart and Boca Raton. He focuses on personal injury, medical malpractice, and general negligence cases.
Danialle Riggins and Linda G. Pisani have opened Riggins Pisani, P.A., in Ocala. The firm focuses on employment law, foreclosure litigation, landlord-tenant law, and commercial litigation.
Euri Cerrud has joined Calandrino Law Firm in Orlando as a senior attorney. Cerrud concentrates on transactional matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, business purchases and sale transactions, real estate, contracts, and asset protection.
Jennifer Birmingham has joined Calandrino Law Firm in Orlando as a senior attorney. Birminghan practices in the area of employment law, commercial litigation, and appeals.