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October 15, 2017
On the Move


David S. Weinstein has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables as a partner focusing on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, corporate compliance, anti-money laundering initiatives, and Federal Corrupt Practices Act issues.

Nicole Sinder has joined Valiente Law, P.A., in Miami as an associate focusing on family law.

Tyson & Mendes has opened an office in Ft. Lauderdale led by Damian M. Fletcher. The new location will serve the state in complex litigation matters, defending clients in all state and federal courts.

Jody Lamar Finklea has become general counsel and chief legal officer of the Florida Municipal Power Agency in Orlando.

Sally H. Seltzer has joined McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya in Miami as a partner focusing on general liability and professional liability matters, including those filed against insurance agents. Her practice also includes premises liability, negligent security, automobile negligence, insurance coverage, appellate, and commercial litigation.

Seven Tampa employment defense attorneys have created Johnson Jackson LLC. The founders include Kevin Johnson and Erin Jackson. They are joined by Christopher Bentley, LaKisha Kinsey-Sallis, Bridget McNamee, Christopher Johnson, and Ashley Tinsley. The firm will focus on management-side employment law. Bentley and Kinsey-Sallis join the firm as partners. McNamee is a senior associate. Johnson and Tinsley are associates.

Sarah Rump has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, as an appellate attorney in Tallahassee.

Helen Torres has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, as a senior attorney in West Palm Beach.

Jennifer Hill has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, as a senior attorney in Ocala.

Kellie Llona has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, in Miami.

Michael Parisi has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, as a senior attorney in Miami.

Grady Verplanck has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, as a senior attorney in Lake City.

Lakia Broomfield has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, in Tavares.

Kevin Blaesser has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, in Jacksonville.

Patrice Ocasio has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, in Sarasota.

Annice Washington has joined the Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services, in West Palm Beach.

Saul Ewing LLP and Arnstein & Lehr LLP have merged. Now known as Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, the combination creates a firm with 400-plus attorneys in 15 offices stretching down the East Coast from Boston to Miami and extends into the Midwest by way of Chicago. Jeffrey B. Shapiro will lead the firm’s Miami office and will serve on the combined firm’s executive committee.

Kyle Weaver has rejoined Carr Allison in Tallahassee as an associate focusing on transportation litigation and premises liability.

Lyzette SanGermain has joined Orlando Mediation, a division of Orlando Legal, where she continues her practice as a federal, circuit-civil, family, and appellate court mediator.

Tama Beth Kudman, P.A., has relocated to The Comeau Building, 319 Clematis Street, Ste. 107, West Palm Beach 33401. The firm focuses on criminal defense.

Kim Gessner of Ft. Lauderdale has become deputy general counsel for Moss, a national privately held construction firm. Gessner is board certified in construction law.

Carter Burgess has joined Holland & Knight in Jacksonville as a senior counsel focusing on commercial litigation and consumer financial services litigation.

Alexandrea R. Simser has opened The Law Office of Alexandrea R. Simser, P.A., in Melbourne, a business law firm providing outsourced general counsel services to organizations of all kinds. Her practice areas include entity formations and transactions, contracts, intellectual property, labor and employment, international expansion, and communications and technology.

Todd Law, P.A., an immigration law firm, has moved to a new location at 150 SE 2nd Ave., Suite 705, Miami 33131.

Charles (“Charlie”) S. Davant has joined Fowler White Burnett in Ft. Lauderdale as a shareholder in the maritime practice group.

Oscar Grisales-Racini has joined Fowler White Burnett in Miami as a shareholder in the tax, trust and estates, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity/venture capital practice groups.

Lionel E. Rubio has rejoined Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, in Winter Park in the real estate and land use practice area.

Jonathan W. Douglas, Rachel L. Drude, and Caitlin C. Szematowicz have become partners with Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid in St. Petersburg. Douglas focuses on plaintiff’s injury and property damage claims. Drude specializes in estate planning, probate, and elder law. Szematowicz practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, appellate practice, and employment law.

Matthew R. Prado has joined McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern in Sarasota focusing on workers’ compensation defense.

Casey R. Eldemire has joined Fisher Rushmer in Orlando as an associate.

Jeffrey I. Jacobs has become a judge of compensation claims in Miami.

Ryan Gesten has joined Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann in Boca Raton as a senior attorney focusing on commercial and business litigation.

David D. Naples, Jr., and John J. Spence have partnered to form Naples & Spence, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, in St. Augustine where they will focus on estate planning and elder law, probate and trust administration and litigation, family law, personal injury, civil appeals, and intellectual property.

Benjamin “Benji” Waxman has joined Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf in Miami as a partner and added Alyssa Silvaggi and Alice Férot as associates. Waxman focuses on appeals and other post-conviction matters, as well as trial court motion practice and developing legal strategy in defending criminal cases. Silvaggi joins the firm’s criminal division and Férot joins the civil litigation division.

Christina Alvarez has joined éClat Law in Longwood as a partner and head of the firm’s family services practice.

James E. Fanto and Justin P. Senior have joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota as associates in the broker-dealer litigation practice group.

Susan H. Hines has joined Sabal Trust Company as a senior fiduciary principal in its Sarasota office.

Charles Davis III has joined Burr & Forman in Tampa in the financial services practice group.

Daniela N. Leavitt has joined Richard A. Harrison, P.A., in Tampa as an associate focusing on local government law and complex civil litigation.

Anthony J. Dimora has joined Woodward, Pires & Lombardo as an associate in Marco Island focusing on family law, trusts and estates, estate planning, probate, real property, condominium law, and litigation.

Jamie Gelfman has joined Broad and Cassel in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate in the health law practice group.

James Fierberg has joined Dunn Law in Miami as of counsel focusing on bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

[Revised: 12-07-2017]