The Florida Bar

Florida Bar News

March 15, 2018 On the Move

On the Move

On the Move

R. Michelle Tatum has become a partner with FordHarrison in Jacksonville. Tatum focuses on discrimination and harassment in the workplace, retaliation against whistleblowers, and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Will Milford and Nicole “Nikki” Nate have been promoted to shareholders with Bryant Miller Olive in Tampa. Milford and Nate represent a range of practice areas including public finance, state and local government, and litigation.

Kimberly Romano Kopp opened Romano Kopp Law, P.A., in Orlando. Kopp practices local government law and land use law.

Dina O. Piedra has joined Kubicki Draper as a shareholder in Orlando focusing on defending fraud/SIU/EUO and personal injury protection (PIP) matters.

Michael Lorigas has joined Broad and Cassel in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate and member of the litigation practice group.

Jesse Long was named a partner with Pazos Law Group in Weston focusing on first-party insurance claims.

Ryan Young has joined Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier and Sos in Orlando as an associate focusing on personal injury.

Danielle L. Seitz has been promoted to senior associate with Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan in Ft. Myers. She focuses on family law.

Daniel A. Fox has been elevated to partner at Hardin & Ball, P.A., in Lakeland. Fox focuses on commercial and real property litigation, land use, construction law, and general business law.

Maria Suarez has joined the Department of Children and Families/Children’s Legal Services inMiami.

Heather Byrer Carbone, Linda Wagner Farrell, and Kelly M. Scifres have joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Jacksonville focusing on workers’ compensation. Carbone and Farrell join as shareholders and Scifres as an associate.

Jason P. Stearns and Robert A. Stines have become income partners with Freeborn & Peters in Tampa. Stearns focuses on complex commercial litigation. Stines focuses on business litigation, commercial disputes, and professional liability defense.

Connolly McArthur has joined Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa as a senior counsel in the firm’s litigation group.

Frank DelloRusso has joined Foley & Mansfield in Miami focusing on the defense of product and professional liability, toxic tort and mass tort litigation, construction law, and environmental law matters.

Aubrey Elizabeth Posey has joined Hitchcock Law Group in Clearwater focusing on estate planning.

David W. Krempa has been promoted to partner at the ALG firm in Miami. Krempa represents homeowners and condominium associations on all aspects of their general real estate legal matters and specializing in collections.

Peter J. Guala has been promoted to partner at the ALG law firm in Miami. Guala handles real estate matters and concentrates much of his practice on condominiums and communities.

Kevin M. Shuler and Pamela M. Brown have become partners with Foley & Lardner. Shuler is a business lawyer in Tampa focusing on general corporate and securities law matters. Brown is a commercial transactions attorney in Orlando focusing on complex commercial real estate transactions and contract law.

Robert H. Fernandez has joined Gunster as a shareholder in Miami focusing on election/ethics law and state and local bid-protests/public procurement.

Jonathan Zim has joined the labor and employment firm of Gallup Auerbach in Hollywood as an associate.

GrayRobinson has relocated its Naples office to 3838 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 410, Naples 34103.

Jeff Gordon has joined Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in Boca Raton focusing on personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

Donald S. Lavigne has been elevated to partner with Kelley Kronenberg in Miami. Lavigne focuses on first-party property defense and third-party casualty claims. He is also a certified water damage restoration technician.

Lavern J. Wilson of Atlanta has become FordHarrison’s first talent and recruiting partner, responsible for recruiting and developing lawyers firm-wide.

Gregory A. Gidus has joined Carlton Fields in Tampa as an associate in the property and casualty insurance practice group.

Radha V. Bachman has joined FisherBroyles as a partner in Tampa focusing on representing health-care clients across the spectrum in corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters.

Melissa B. Murphy and Sarah E. Chibani have joined Freeborn & Peters in Tampa focusing on insurance and reinsurance.

Julia D. Dennis has become a partner with ShuffieldLowman in Orlando. She focuses on general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and intellectual property.

Ben A. Andrews and Kathryn (Kathy) L. Hood have become shareholders in Pennington, P.A.,in Tallahassee. Andrews focuses on professional malpractice defense with an emphasis on insurance agents and brokers, construction defect litigation, insurance coverage disputes, product liability, and general insurance defense. Hood focuses on insurance defense litigation, medical malpractice, professional malpractice, product liability, professional licensing defense, Medicare/Medicaid Audit defense, and HIPAA compliance defense.

Andre Sesler and Matt Bryant have been named partners in Pennington, P.A., in Tallahassee. Sesler practices defense of claims involving premises liability, automobile negligence, property damage, and insurance coverage issues. Bryant practices administrative law, intellectual property, insurance defense, and medical malpractice defense.

David I. Spector of Miami and West Palm Beach has commenced his three-year term as Akerman’s chair and CEO. Other leadership changes included Sandra Heller of West Palm Beach who has been appointed chair of the fraud and recovery practice group; Miami’s Jonathan Awner and Carl Roston, who have been named co-chairs of the firm’s corporate practice group; Eric Rapkin of Ft. Lauderdale is now chair of its real estate practice group, and Leslie Miller Tomczak will assume the role of Ft. Lauderdale office managing partner.

Matthew Zimmerman of West Palm Beach has rejoined Holland & Knight in West Palm Beach as a partner. Zimmerman focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on the health-care industry.

Caleb S. Kenyon has joined Turner, O’Connor, Kozlowski in Gainesville. Kenyon concentrates his practice in criminal defense and administrative law.

Raquel L. Loret de Mola has joined Kubicki Draper in Miami focusing on handling complex litigation matters in various areas of the law, including construction, commercial/corporate disputes, professional liability, insurance coverage products liability, and premises liability.

William McCullough has rejoined Shutts & Bowen in Miami as a partner in its corporate practice group focusing on corporate and financial services matters.

Chris W. Altenbernd has joined Banker Lopez Gassler in Tampa focusing on civil appeals, including complex torts, commercial and construction claims, insurance coverage issues, domestic relations, and real estate.

Michael J. Bradford and Julie A. Aiello have joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Tampa. Bradford joins as a shareholder and Aiello joins as an associate. Bradford is a board certified civil trial lawyer and focuses on insurance coverage, property and casualty, construction negligence, commercial litigation, and admiralty and maritime claims. Aiello focuses on insurance coverage, personal injury defense, property and casualty, admiralty and maritime, and transportation.

John K. Weedon has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as special counsel in Jacksonville focusing on the defense of casualty claims.

Scott Farrell has opened The Farrell Firm, PLLC, on 7th Ave in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City. The Farrell Firm focuses on transactional business, trade, manufacturing, and health law matters.

Meghan Boudreau Daigle has joined Legal Services of North Florida in Tallahassee focusing on family law and landlord/tenant matters.

Dane Leitner has become a partner with Ward Damon in West Palm Beach. He focuses on civil litigation, marital and family law, and real estate law.

Gunster has promoted six associates to shareholder, including Jonathan Kaskel, business litigation, Miami; Gus Schmidt, corporate law, Ft. Lauderdale; Josh Goldglantz, private wealth services, Boca Raton; Nick Curley, private wealth services, West Palm Beach; Roger Feicht, labor and employment, West Palm Beach; and Nick Dyal, real estate law, Jacksonville.

The family law attorneys at Klaus Doupé in Naples recently joined the civil litigation and business law firm, Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor & Diaz. Their firm will now be known as Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, P.A. The partners at Klaus Doupé, Dale Klaus and Reuben Doupé, along with their associate Sarah Martin Oquendo, are joining Michael Coleman, Bill Hazzard, Damian Taylor, Sonia Diaz, and Christyna Torrez at their office located at 3003 Tamiaimi Trail North, #402, Naples 34103.

Adam J. Hardman and Travis A. Harvey have been elevated to partners with Kelley Kronenberg in Tampa. Hardman focuses on mortgage banking and lending services, as well as defending claims arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, lien priority actions and quiet title actions. Harvey focuses on mortgage banking and lending services.

Laura Walda, Jim O’Brien, and Mark Heimendinger have beenpromoted to shareholders with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed. Walda focuses on contract and lease negotiation and drafting, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, negotiation and structuring of credit facilities and review of title insurance matters in Orlando. O’Brien works in the firm’s Melbourne office in the areas of technology products and services, aerospace and aviation, satcom and telecom, consumer electronics and goods, restaurant services, food distribution, entrepreneurial business, health care, real estate development and construction as well as in professional businesses and associations. Based in the Orlando office, Heimendinger focuses on real estate finance and structured finance.

Jack Sobel has become of counsel to the Stuart and West Palm Beach firm of Donaldson & Weston. Soble is board certified as a civil trial specialist.

Meredith Frank Mendez has become a partner with Malloy & Malloy in Miami. Mendez focuses on intellectual property litigation, trademark prosecution, copyright law, and entertainment law.

Michael A. Semanie has become a shareholder and member of the board of directors of Killgore, Pearlman, Semanie, Denius & Squires in Orlando. He focuses on helping businesses and entrepreneurs facing issues related to advertising compliance, competition among businesses, consumer protection claims, corporate governance matters, and a variety of employment law issues.

Leonard Helfand has joined The Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee as its new promise zone staff attorney. Helfand is experienced in the areas of dependency, family, labor and employment, housing and landlord-tenant, consumer, disability, civil rights, and administrative law.

Stephanie M. Marchman has joined GrayRobinson in Gainesville as a shareholder focusing on labor and employment, litigation, and government law.

Alex Arteaga-Gomez has joined Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen as a trial attorney focusing on a variety of matters, from general liability and products liability to medical malpractice and complex litigation.

Sonia Oliveri and Samuel F. Santiago have joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale as partners, and Aaron D. Neifeld, Dorie L. Ortiz, and Andrea M. Ramos have joined as attorneys. Oliveri focuses on business immigration, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program process, and commercial and business litigation. Santiago focuses on real property litigation and assisting banks and other financial service providers with regulatory, enforcement, transactional, and litigation matters. Neifeld assists in handling matters related to third-party insurance defense, property and casualty claims, and complex commercial construction disputes. Ortiz assists in handling matters related to commercial and business litigation. Ramos assists in handling matters related to first-party insurance defense.

Evan D. Appell has opened The Law Office of Evan D. Appell, P.A., in Boca Raton. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, shareholder and business disputes, and ERISA benefits disputes.

Susan Eisenberg has been appointed to serve as the office managing partner for Cozen O’Connor’s Miami office. Martin Schrier, former Miami office managing partner, has been promoted to chief strategy partner for the firm overall.

Sha-Mekeyia N. Davis has joined Kubicki Draper in Ft. Lauderdale where she will specialize in handling first-party property claims and general insurance defense matters.

Carlton Fields has elevated four attorneys to shareholders, including: Naomi M. Berry, Miami, a member of the national trial practice business litigation section, and a member of the consumer finance and banking, national class actions, and health care practice and industry groups; Stephanie A. Fichera, Miami, a member of the life insurance and annuity litigation, life insurance and financial lines, property and casualty insurance, national class actions, national trial practice, and appellate practice and trial support practice and industry groups; Clifton R. Gruhn, Miami, a member of the national class actions, appellate practice and trial support, consumer finance and banking, national trial practice, insurance, and life insurance and annuity litigation practice and industry groups. The firm also eleved three attorneys to shareholders, including: Kate S. D’Agostino, Hartford, a member of the firm’s real estate and commercial finance practice and industry groups; Harvey W. Geller, Los Angeles, of the national trial practice business litigation section; intellectual property; national class actions; appellate practice and trial support; and technology practice and industry groups; and Rahul P. Ranadive, Miami, a member of the business transactions, estates, trusts and probate, executive services, international real estate and commercial finance, taxation and technology practice and industry groups; Joseph W. Swanson, Tampa, co-chairs the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice and is a member of the firm’s securities and derivative litigation and white collar crime and government investigations practice groups.

Ashley Elmore Drew and Jacob Boehner have joined Greenspoon Marder in Tampa. Drew joins as a senior counsel in the regulatory compliance and defense practice group. Boehner joins as an associate in the litigation practice group.

Sara Peacock has joined Cortes Hodz in Tampa focusing on family law and will be the managing attorney of the firm’s criminal defense department.

Edward B. Carlstedt has been named office managing partner of management-side labor and employment law firm FordHarrison’s Tampa office.

Danielle Tamara Gauer and Megen Madison Gold have joined Chalos & Co, P.C., in Coral Gables focusing on admiralty and maritime law.

Kimberly Prior has rejoined Shutts & Bowen as a partner in its financial services practice group in Miami.

Melissa Battles and Matthew Brown have become partners with Mateer Harbert in Orlando.

Eric N. Welch has joined Carol Baskin and Debbie Pelerose in the general practice of law in Marietta and greater Atlanta, handling primarily domestic relations, criminal, and probate matters.

Larry M. Roth has opened Larry M. Roth, P.A., in Central Florida focusing on mediator participation and serving as an arbitrator.

Patricia M. Nolan has joined Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche in Tampa.

Kelly-Ann Cartwright of Miami has been elected chair of Holland & Knight’s Directors Committee. Cartwright practices in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on business torts and labor and employment law.

Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach expanded its professional liability practice with a team of six litigators from Ackerman Law Group, including its founder David Ackerman. Along with Ackerman, who arrives to Akerman as a partner, the firm welcomed special counsel Kristen McKeever and associates Eleni Howard, Raul Novoa, Jessica Rosenthal, and Christine Gardner, who will continue dedicating their practice to professional liability and business defense.

Carleen A. Leffler has joined Halifax Law Group as an associate focusing on probate and business law.