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Jackson becomes first black president of the Orange County Bar Association

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LaShawnda JacksonLaShawnda K. Jackson has taken the helm as president of the Orange County Bar Association. Jackson is the first black president to serve the OCBA since its establishment in 1933.

“I am truly honored to step into the role of president of the Orange County Bar Association,” said Jackson, who practices with RumbergerKirk. “We are in the midst of unprecedented times that will undoubtedly result in challenges and changes for legal professionals in the months ahead. I look forward to ensuring that the OCBA remains the essential link to important information, resources and camaraderie in the Ninth Judicial Circuit.”

Jackson of has been a member of the OCBA executive council since 2012, and has served as president of the OCBA Young Lawyers Section and as a trustee of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. Jackson, who practices in the areas of casualty and product liability, received her law degree from the University of Florida. Jackson has also held the position of president for other diverse professional organizations including the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association and the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, as well as holding committee positions for the National Bar Association.

The OCBA’s 2020-2021 officers are Eric Reed, Shutts & Bowen, president-elect; Karen Persis, Law Office of Karen Persis, treasurer; and Amber Davis, Beusse Wolter Canks & Maire, secretary.

The remaining individuals on the bar’s executive council include:

• Euribiades “Euri” Cerrud, II, The PCB Firm, PA

• Keshara Cowans, Orange County Public Schools

• Lisa Gong Guerrero, State Attorney’s Office

• Arti Ajit Hirani, Meenakshi A. Hirani, PA

• Catherine “Kate” Hollis, Garganese, Weiss, D’Agresta & Salzman, PA

• Kristopher Kest, Kest Family Law, PA

• Bruce Mount, The Leach Firm

• Gary S. Salzman, Garganese, Weiss, D’Agresta & Salzman, PA

• Jennifer Smith Thomas, RumbergerKirk

• Jessica A. Travis, Law Office of Jessica Travis PA

• William D. Umansky, The Umansky Law Firm, PA

• M. Ryan Williams, State Attorney’s Office

• Brandon Sapp, DSK Law

Kristopher Kest of Kest Family Law was instated as president of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc.

Alisia M. Adamson of HAWM PLLC was instated as president of the OCBA Foundation, Inc.

Brandon Sapp of DSK Law was instated as president of the OCBA Young Lawyers Section.

Tina Farrington, a paralegal with Moye, O’Brien Pickert, Dillon & Masterson, was instated as president of the OCBA Paralegal Section.

LaShawnda Jackson and the remainder of these individuals will be honored and celebrated at the OCBA’s Installation Ceremony Luncheon to be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando on August 27. For more information visit www.orangecountybar.org.

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