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March 15, 2012 On the Move

On the Move

On the Move

Kenneth G. Spillias of West Palm Beach has been named president and managing shareholder of Lewis, Longman & Walker. Spillias practices in the areas of local government, land use, and civil litigation and appeals.

Erin M. Diaz and Jason A. Glusman have become shareholders in Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford and Lindsay T. Brigman, Julie A. Campbell, Damian D. Daley, Craig Ferrante, Chad E. Leeper, Jacob J. Liro, A. Scott Lundeen, R. Baron Ringhofer, and Vivianne A. Wicker have been promoted to partner. In Ft. Lauderdale,
Glusman represents clients in litigation involving pharmacy negligence, aviation, employment, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, and ADA lawsuits. In Miami,
Daley represents clients in products liability, general liability, premises liability and first-party insurance defense litigation. Liro focuses on construction law, legal malpractice, and premises liability. Lundeen focuses on complex litigation including medical malpractice, dental malpractice, products liability, premises liability, automobile, and construction matters. Wicker handles complex litigation, including construction, employment, trucking, retail and restaurant litigation, insurance coverage issues, fraud, PIP fraud, premises liability, negligent security, products liability, and general liability claims. In Naples, Campbell focuses on commercial civil litigation, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction litigation, and class actions. Ferrante represents clients in all aspects of civil litigation arising from traditional tort claims. Ringhofer defends claims that involve construction defect, medical malpractice, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, general negligence, and real estate. In Orlando, Leeper focuses on premises liability, trucking litigation, transportation litigation, commercial litigation, general liability, medical malpractice, professional liability, and products liability. In Tampa, Diaz focuses primarily on defending physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice and nursing home litigation. Brigman focuses on medical malpractice, premises liability, automobile negligence, and catastrophic injury.

Dale Clarke has joined Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel in Miami.

Keith Grossman has opened Grossman Law & Conflict Management, located at 7270 College Parkway, Suite One, in Ft. Myers.

Tenisia Burke and Elizabeth Bright Wallace joined the Duval County Office of the Public Defender as assistant public defenders in the county court unit.

Ryan B. Lamchick and Bruce A. Lamchick have formed the Lamchick Law Group, P.A., in Miami, combining their litigation and transactional expertise.

Ellen M. Leibovitch has joined Assouline & Berlowe as a partner in Boca Raton and will serve as department head for its labor and employment law group.

Jon Gibbs has become of counsel to Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando. Gibbs is an intellectual property lawyer.

David Ward and Michael Bruning have joined McGlinchey Stafford in Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale, respectively. Ward joins as an associate and will represent clients in consumer financial services litigation, real estate litigation, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. Bruning joins as an associate and will also focus his practice on the representation of clients in consumer financial services litigation involving real estate, creditors’ rights, and foreclosures.

Andrew Kwan has joined Beasley, Hauser, Kramer & Galardi in West Palm Beach as an associate. He concentrates his practice in complex business litigation in federal and state courts.

Aaron A. Wernick has joined Furr & Cohen in Boca Raton as an associate. Wernick handles all facets of bankruptcy litigation and transactional matters including pre-bankruptcy planning, bankruptcy fraud, debtor and creditor cost/benefit analysis, and debt dischargeability.

Steven C. Pratico has become a shareholder in Johnson, Auvil, Brock & Wilson in Dade City, which will now be known as Johnson, Auvil, Brock & Pratico. Pratico handles complex litigation issues related to contract disputes, employment, and foreclosure matters.

Carolyn Conrad Meadows has joined Johnson, Auvil, Brock & Pratico in Dade City as an associate. Meadows’ practice areas include real property, civil litigation, and healthcare law.

Arturo (Art) Requenez II has joined Foley & Lardner in Miami as a partner working with the private equity and venture capital, transactional and securities, and Latin America practices.

Maria Priovolos Gonzalez and Spencer Tew have become partners with Tew Cardenas in Miami. Gonzalez concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation matters, primarily in the areas of class actions, corporate and contract disputes, legal and accounting malpractice, fraud, bankruptcy, and land use litigation. Tew focuses his practice on commercial litigation in a wide array of business disputes, including real estate and construction litigation, securities and financial services litigation, white collar criminal defense, SEC civil enforcement actions, and class actions.

Amelia Hough Henderson has joined Cramer Law Center in Jacksonville as an associate. Her practice focuses on estate planning, probate, guardianship, and elder law.

Katrina M. Sosa has joined Piedra & Associates in Miami as an associate. Sosa practices commercial litigation, with an emphasis on banking and construction law.

Christopher S. Branton, Allison E. Campbell, and J. Scott Slater have become shareholders with Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa. Branton focuses on products liability and commercial litigation. Campbell focuses on acquisition and development as well as real estate finance. Slater practices professional liability and commercial litigation.

Trent Cotney has opened Trent Cotney, P.A., in downtown Tampa at 1207 N Franklin St., Suite 222. Cotney is a board certified construction lawyer, focusing on construction litigation and arbitration, OSHA defense, construction contract review and drafting, bid protests, construction-related dispute resolution, and contractor licensing defense.

Morris C. Brown has joined Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale as a partner and member of the firm’s business, finance, and tax team.

Julie Meadows-Keefe has joined Grossman, Furlow & Bayó in Tallahassee as an of counsel associate. Meadows-Keefe will focus on representing healthcare providers in matters related to HIPAA, electronic medical records, and licensure defense.

Doreen S. Young has joined GrayRobinson in Tampa as an of counsel attorney in the securities litigation practice group. Her practice is focused on securities litigation, arbitration, and regulatory matters.

William Hill and Jorge Guttman joined Gunster in Miami. Hill, a business litigator, joins the firm as a shareholder and Guttman, also a litigator, as an associate. Hill focuses his practice on complex litigation and arbitration and is board certified in business litigation. Guttman focuses on complex commercial litigation and business disputes.

has joined in special counsel serving in the firm’s business and commercial litigation practice group. His practice focuses on the financial services industry, specifically in the banking sector.

Victoria Cruz-Garcia has opened Cruz-Garcia Law, P.A., in Tampa. The firm focuses on family law, commercial litigation, and complex civil litigation.

Christin M. Russell has joined Kubicki Draper in West Palm Beach, where she will focus on handling labor and employment law matters.

Alexander M. Turner has joined Jeffrey S. Weiner P.A., in Miami as an associate.

David W. Grossman has joined Houck Anderson, P.A., as a member/partner in the Miami office. Grossman represents large self-insureds, retailers, and insurance companies in products liability, negligent security, professional negligence, premises liability, construction defect (Ch. 558), dram shop litigation.

P. Benjamin Zuckerman has joined Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs in Coral Gables as a partner in the litigation practice group.

Keith M. Hanenian and Andrew Nelson have joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Atlanta. Hanenian is a partner in the Tampa office, and Nelson is an associate in the Atlanta office. Both focus their practices in workers’ compensation defense.

David S. Tupler has joined Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel in Coral Gables as a shareholder. Tupler focuses on construction law and commercial litigation.

David Henry has joined Alvarez Sambol & Winthrop as a partner in Orlando where he will practice business litigation and provide mediation services.

Albert L. Frevola, Jr., Ivan J. Kopas, John P. Noyes, and Gregory Barthelette have become partners with Conrad & Scherer in Ft. Lauderdale and Gary Englander, Jeffrey Kominsky, and Nicole Saqui have become associates. Frevola’s primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense, and admiralty law. Kopas focuses on commercial litigation, telecommunications litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Noyes is a litigation, trial, and appellate attorney. Barthelette focuses on litigation with an emphasis on personal injury, business litigation, and employment matters. Englander focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial matters. Kominsky practices civil litigation, focusing upon commercial litigation and general liability. Saqui’s practice focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial and business matters.

Scott N. Richardson has opened the Law Office of Scott N. Richardson, P.A., located at 1551 Forum Place, 300 E, West Palm Beach 33401.

Ellsley Sobol, P.L., has moved into new offices located at 1250 South Pine Island Road, Suite 225, Plantation 33324, phone (954) 888-7720. Ellsley Sobol is a civil trial practice focusing on personal injury and wrongful death matters.

David P. Steffen has become an equity partner with Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Tampa. Steffen is a labor and employment lawyer.

Michael Henrickson has joined AerSale, Inc., in Coral Gables as director of contract management. He joins Gary Eakins, general counsel, and Tiffany Kolb, who has been named assistant general counsel, in the company’s legal department.

Matthew J. Ahearn, Kimberly B. Rezanka, and Stanley A. Gravenmier have been elected to serve on Dean Mead’s board of directors. Ahearn practices in estate and succession planning and is board certified in both wills, trusts and estates, and tax law. Rezanka leads the firm’s real estate development industry team. Gravenmier is the chair of the firm’s real estate department.

Ronald Scott Kaniuk has joined Sachs Sax Caplan in Boca Raton as senior counsel practicing in the community association practice group. Kaniuk’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, concentrating in the areas of community association law, commercial and residential real estate litigation, foreclosure, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, and asset recovery, as well as corporate and real estate matters.

Robert Malani has joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Miami as an associate.

Asnardo Garro has been promoted to equity partner; Martha R. Mora was promoted to partner; and Christopher Avila and Luis Vacanti have become associates at Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri in Coral Gables. Garro practices in the corporate and financial services group. Mora represents domestic and foreign businesses in federal and state cases involving contracts, banking regulations, business torts, corporate governance, fraud, foreign judgments, injunctions, and appeals. Avila’s practice focuses on business law. Vacanti is an associate in the corporate and financial services group, and his practice has a particular focus on

Brazil and other Latin American countries.

Bruce Maxwell has joined The Terrell Hogan Law Firm in Jacksonville. Maxwell’s practice will focus on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, with an emphasis on products liability, premises liability, medical malpractice, and maritime law.

Traci Kratish has joined Provenance Wealth Advisors, an affiliate of the CPA and consulting firm Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, as a financial planner in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Kratish, a lawyer and certified public accountant, will provide income, estate, financial, and investment planning for firm clients.

Michael H. Leeds has joined Duane Morris in Boca Raton as a partner in the wealth planning practice group.

Fernando Margarit has returned to Hunton & Williams in Miami as a partner in its global corporate group. Margarit has a broad-based practice, which involves cross-border M&A transactions and infrastructure projects.

Paul T. Terlizzese has joined Miller, Kagan, Rodriguez & Silver in Port St. Lucie. He will work in the workers’ compensation division.

John Silverfield has joined Barr, Murman & Tonelli in Tampa as an associate. Silverfield will work in the liability defense department.

Mark A. Brionez and John D. Metcalf have been appointed to the board of directors of McLin Burnsed.

Ben Alexander was elected as an officer of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach.

Andrew L. Douberly has joined Dickinson & Gibbons as an associate. Douberly practices civil litigation, commercial litigation, insurance defense, and personal injury litigation.

Carrie Roane has joined Guilday, Tucker, Schwartz & Simpson in Tallahassee as a shareholder. Roane focuses on complex civil defense litigation, including healthcare, professional malpractice, administrative law, employment law, general litigation, and appeals.

Matthew Blackshear has joined Shutts & Bowen in Tampa as a partner. Blackshear is a real estate attorney.

Brian C. Willis has joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa as an associate in the litigation department.

David A. McKibbin has joined Rutherford Mulhall in Boca Raton. McKibbin focuses on equine, corporate, and real estate law.

Bruce P. Anderson has opened Bruce P. Anderson Law with offices at 495 Grand Boulevard, Suite 206, Destin 32550, and 6124 Pisgah Lane, Tallahassee 32309. He will continue the general practice of law and litigation in Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana with an emphasis in commercial, construction, and tort law.

Mary Karr has joined Shutts & Bowen in Miami as a partner in its trusts and estates practice group. Karr represents individuals and banks in all aspects of estate planning and trust and estate administration.

Kevin Sanderson and Jack Merritt have formed Merritt & Sanderson, P.A., located at 690 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey 34229. The firm focuses in estate planning and administration, international taxation, tier 2 corporate financing, securities, and anti-fraud.

Carlos A. Fabano has become a partner at Ilisa W. Hoffman, P.A., in Coral Gables. The firm focuses its practice on medical malpractice defense work.

Andrés F. Chaves has joined Hogan Lovells in Miami as an associate in the infrastructure, project and public finance practice, focusing on Latin American transactions.

Trudy Innes Richardson has become a shareholder with Guilday, Tucker, Schwartz & Simpson in Tallahassee. Innes Richardson concentrates on complex litigation, including medical and professional malpractice defense, construction defect and general litigation, family, and equine law.

Erik C. Fritz has joined The Law Professionals in Coral Gables as an associate. Fritz concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, foreclosure, and commercial litigation.

Ivan J. Parron of Parron Law in Miami Beach has been admitted to practice law in the state of New York, and he is currently in the process of opening an office in Manhattan’s financial district. Parron practices entertainment law.

Hilary Coggins High has opened Hilary High, P.A., in Tampa providing mediation and dispute resolution services throughout Florida. Before becoming a full-time mediator, her practice included mediation, personal injury, premises and products liability, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, commercial disputes, and nursing home and ALF litigation.

Natalie Vassilaros has joined Aronfeld Trial Lawyers in Coral Gables as an associate. Vassilaros practices in the areas of pharmaceutical mass torts, medical malpractice, automobile negligence, premise liability, and negligent security.

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