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May 1, 2015 On the Move

On the Move

On the Move

Christopher Piekarski has joined Reminger Co., in Louisville focusing on the defense of physicians and long-term care facilities in medical negligence and personal injury litigation.

Eugene Polyak has joined Smith, Currie & Hancock in Ft. Lauderdale. Polyak practices complex commercial litigation, with a focus on the construction and real estate investment industry.

Michael J. Rotundo has become a partner with Ford & Dean in Aventura, and the firm will now be known as Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A.

Laura Reich has joined Tenzer PLLC in Miami to head the firm’s litigation practice. Reich will focus on complex commercial litigation and arbitration issues.

Kyu S. Cho has joined the Law Office of John J. Sheehan in Boston. Cho focuses on debt collection, foreclosures, public procurement, personal injury claims, immigration, and labor law.

Nancy Goren and Tony Vamvas have been named associates at Clayton & McCulloh in Maitland. Goren concentrates on transactional work, while Vamvas concentrates on collections and lien foreclosures.

Bruce I. Wiener, Wendy Russell Wiener, and D. Bedford Wilder have joined Broad and Cassel in Tallahassee. Bruce Wiener joins as a partner in the real estate practice group. Wendy Russell Wiener joins as partner in the insurance regulatory practice group. Wilder joins as an assocate in the real estate practice group.

John P. Salas has joined Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP as associate. Salas is a litigator focusing his practice on commercial litigation disputes.

Brandon DeGel has joined Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Winter Park. DeGel focuses on defending lenders and national financial services organizations.

C. Rufus Pennington III has joined Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki in Jacksonville as of counsel focusing on civil jury trials and appeals.

Holly Rice has become an associate with Nicole L. Goetz, P.L., in Naples. Rice focuses on marital and family law.

Fadi M. Chakour has joined Terrell Hogan in Jacksonville as a member of the medical malpractice team.

Jamie Moore Marcario has joined Greenberg Traurig in Tampa as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice.

Ian C. Walters has joined McDonald Toole Wiggins in Orlando as an associate. Walters focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on complex product liability, commercial and catastrophic injury matters.

Anthony A. Velardi has joined Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson in Lakeland as a transactional attorney.

Leanne L. Ohle has joined Ohle & Ohle as a partner and has opened a new office in Stuart. Ohle focuses on family law and personal injury law.

Corey Lee has become a partner with Hunton & Williams in Miami. Lee focuses on commercial litigation and internal investigations for health-care, consumer, and retail companies.

Jeffrey Kominksy has joined Lewis Brisbois as an associate in Ft. Lauderdale.

Jorge L. Cruz-Bustillo has joined Kelley Kronenberg as managing partner of its new Miami office on Brickell Avenue, which will focus on defending first- and third-party insurance claims, as well as commercial and construction litigation. Cruz-Bustillo focuses on insurance defense litigation and complex commercial and construction disputes. Joining Cruz-Bustillo in the Brickell Avenue office are two of Kelley Kronenberg’s partners from the Ft. Lauderdale office — Tanaz Salehi and Dominick Tamarazzo. A litigation group of attorneys has also been added. Denisse M. Ibarra, partner, focuses on first-party and third-party insurance defense, as well as complex commercial and construction disputes. Nicolle B. Brito focuses on first-party insurance defense, property and casualty and complex commercial construction disputes. Gretel Echarte Morales focuses on first-party insurance defense, property and casualty claims, and complex commercial construction disputes. Nathaniel D. Tobin focuses on first- party insurance defense, property and casualty, and complex commercial construction disputes. Rahysa C. Vargas focuses on first-party insurance defense, property and casualty and complex commercial construction disputes.

Bruce S. Liebman and Juan C. Zorrilla have joined Fowler White Burnett as shareholders in the commercial litigation practice group. Joshua C. Kligler has also joined as an associate in the group. Liebman focuses on labor and employment law. Zorrilla focuses on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation, as well as creditors’ rights. Kligler focuses on all areas of real estate related litigation.

Gina Giacusa has joined Trenam Kemker in Tampa as an associate. Giacusa focuses on assisting businesses with entity formation and maintenance, contract negotiations, licensing agreements, consulting agreements, and various other general business transactions.

David de la Flor has joined Lalchandani Simon in Miami as an associate. He will join the firm’s health-care and technology divisions.

Daniel D. Diaz has been promoted to an assistant city attorney in the City of Miami Office of the City Attorney. He is presently assigned to the land use/transactional division.

Mike Dal Lago has opened Dal Lago Law in Naples. The firm offers services in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, corporate restructuring, judgment enforcement, asset protection, commercial litigation, and corporate law.

Nathan R. Ross has joined Luke Law, LLC in Orange Park. Ross focuses on the defense of DUI cases.

Jenelle E. La Chuisa has opened La Chuisa Law in Miami. She focuses on appeals and litigation support, arbitration, and representing small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Floyd R. Self has joined Berger Singerman in Tallahassee as a partner and member of the government and regulatory team. Self focuses on regulatory practice in the utility, energy, telecommunications, water, and technology sectors.

Richard Coaxum, Jr., has joined Baker Donelson as of counsel in Orlando. Coaxum focuses on legal matters pertaining to the operation of start-up ventures, financial advisory firms, and Fortune 500 companies.

Gary A. Sobolevskiy has joined Gregory S. Martin & Associates in Maitland as an associate. Sobolevskiy focuses on commercial litigation and engineering, contributing to the firm’s construction law practice.

Jason Palmisano has been promoted to senior associate with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando. Palmisano focuses on estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianship, business planning, and federal tax law.

Scott J. Hertz has joined Roetzel & Andress in Ft. Myers. Hertz focuses on construction, commercial, and real estate litigation.

John K. “Jack” Rice has joined Corbett, White, Davis and Aston in Lantana.

Ft. Lauderdale-based Lubell Rosen recently opened an office in Philadelphia located at 1012 West 9th Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19382. The firm represents medical professionals and others in the health-care industry, but also in the areas of asset protection, business and real estate transactional, commercial and construction litigation, employment law, estate planning and probate, and white collar criminal defense.

Scott K. Petersen has opened The Law Office of Scott K. Petersen, PLLC in Sarasota. Petersen is board certified in business litigation and handles a wide variety of cases in commercial, real estate, and probate law.

Brian J. Hooper has joined Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Atlanta as a senior associate in the mass torts group.

J. Steven Warner has joined Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson and Bleau in West Palm Beach. Warner focuses on real estate matters including foreclosure, real estate transactions, landlord/tenant representation, and complex real estate litigations.

Phoebe J. Eckstein has joined McCabe Rabin in West Palm Beach. Eckstein practices business, securities, and whistleblower litigation.

Douglas A. Wolfe has been named a partner with Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami. Wolfe represents hospitals, clinics, and physician groups in disputes with health insurance companies, and assists his clients with negotiating and drafting contracts with managed care companies.

Tiffany Roddenberry has joined Holland & Knight in Tallahassee as an associate. Roddenberry focuses on commercial and appellate litigation involving constitutional challenges, contract disputes, employment discrimination, disability discrimination, and class actions.

Marshall Burack has joined Kopelowitz Ostrow in Miami practicing health care law.

Meredith I. Biggs and Matthew J. Scheer have joined Gunster in West Palm Beach as associates. Biggs joins the labor and employment practice group, and Scheer joins the tax practice group.

Leigh A. Williams has joined Broad and Cassel in Orlando as of counsel in the real estate practice group.

Melissa Diaz and Marta Garcia have joined Diaz Reus & Targ in Miami. Diaz focuses on international commercial litigation, contract disputes, and complex fraud. Garcia focuses on international transactions, contractual disputes, and complex commercial litigation.

Andrew Jenkins of Tampa was elected to serve a three-year term on Bush Ross’ Board of Directors. Jenkins focuses primarily on commercial finance, secured lending, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law.

Matthew J. Kelly has joined the Law Firm of James L. Essenson in Sarasota as an associate.

Melanie S. Griffin, Felipe Guerrero, Brian M. Malec, Jonathan D. Wallace, and Laura Minton Young have been elected as shareholders of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth. Griffin focuses on commercial disputes and litigation in Orlando and Tampa. Guerrero focuses on commercial and real estate litigation in Orlando. Malec is board certified in wills, trusts, and estates and practices in Orlando. Wallace focuses on all aspects of the acquisition, disposition, development, financing, leasing and operation of commercial properties in Orlando. Young is board certified in real estate law and practices in the Viera office.

Douglas A. Harrison has joined the City of Miami Office of the City Attorney as an assistant city attorney in the general litigation division handling litigation in state and federal courts in the areas of government, commercial, civil rights, and torts.

Amanda Braun has joined Salazar Jackson in Coral Gables as its in-house project manager. Braun will centralize management of all firm tasks, oversee the effectiveness of the work being completed, scheduled project deadlines, and prioritized projects.

Jonathan L. Cooley has become a partner with Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox & Waranch in Winter Park. Cooley is board certified in workers’ compensation.

Maggie Kramer has joined Johnson Pope in St. Petersburg as an associate and member of the litigation and health care teams.

Jack R. Reiter has joined GrayRobinson in Miami as a shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice group.

Brian K. Furgala has been promoted to shareholder in the Orlando office of GrayRobinson. Furgala focuses on labor and employment law.

Elizabeth Blackburn has joined Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach focusing on family law.

Jason A. Davis and Stephanie L. Cook have become partners with ShuffieldLowman.

Head of the firm’s Lake County office, Davis practices in the areas of estate planning, corporate formations, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and business succession planning. Cook practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, probate litigation, trust litigation, and guardianship litigation in Orlando.

Lewis D. Kuhl has been named the director of regulatory compliance and legal counsel for GSFSGroup in Houston.

Mary Linzee Branham has joined Baker Donelson in Tallahassee as an associate in the business litigation group, where she focuses on title claims, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and post-judgment collections. She also counsels on a wide range of financial matters.

Jennifer Santos Sily has joined the real estate practice group of the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami offices of Becker & Poliakoff.

Laura E. Prather has joined Jackson Lewis as the Tampa office’s managing shareholder. Matthew L. Ransdell has also joined the firm as an associate. Prather and Ransdell focus on labor and employment law.

Denise B. D’Aprile has joined Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in Port Charlotte as a partner. D’Aprile focuses on personal injury law.

Matthew Fornaro has opened Matthew Fornaro, P.A. The Coral Springs-based practice focuses on business litigation, real estate litigation, and community association representation throughout South Florida.

Allison G. Mawhinney has joined GrayRobinson in Tallahassee as a senior associate in the litigation practice group. Mawhinney focuses on the defense of individuals, government entities, health-care providers/facilities, and insurance companies in a broad range of complex civil litigation and consulting matters.

F. Dennis Alvarez has joined Genders- Alvarez-Diecidue in Miami and will continue to offer his services as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, and umpire/neutral.

Gerald B. Curington and Ian C. White have become shareholders in Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee. Curington focuses on representing clients before state agencies, as well as constitutional and commercial litigation. White practices real estate, wills, trusts & estates, tax, probate, trademark infringement, and foreclosure.

Luke Savage has become a partner with Allen Norton & Blue in Miami. Savage focuses on labor and employment law, representing management in federal and state litigation, as well as administrative and labor-related matters.

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