People On The Move - Legal

April 3
Javier Vazquez of Berger Singerman has been appointed to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority by Gov. Rick Scott. Vazquez, a member of the business, finance and tax team, practices in the area of zoning, land use and general governmental regulation. Vazquez received his undergraduate degree from Florida International University and his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Allen Pegg has re-joined Hogan Lovells’ Miami office as counsel in its litigation practice. Pegg formerly served as an associate from 2002-2006. Pegg received his law degree from Georgetown University and his bachelor degree from Boston College.

Bruce S. Rosenwater of Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates was appointed vice chair of the Clients’ Security Fund Committee of The Florida Bar. Rosenwater’s principal practice areas include civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, real estate, personal injury, probate and guardianship law.

Scott Edelsberg has joined Kopelowitz Ostrow as a litigation attorney and will be working at KO’s Fort Lauderdale office. Edelsberg previously worked at Shutts & Bowen. Edelsberg will focus on consumer class actions, and commercial and real estate litigation. Edelsberg earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Miami.

Andrew Berman of Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez has been appointed vice chair of the professional ethics committee of the Florida Bar.

Jaret L. Davis, co-managing shareholder of the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig, has been named to eMerge Americas inaugural Techweek 100 Miami list. Davis is recognized among the 100 local power players who demonstrate commitment to enabling innovation in South Florida’s technology ecosystem and are significantly impacting the region’s business and technology landscape.
 

March 21
Stacey Schulman, an associate in the litigation department of Greenspoon Marder’s Cypress Creek office, is the recipient of the Alumni Leadership Award from the University of Miami School of Law. The award recognizes those individuals that exemplify excellence with regards to their leadership roles throughout the community. Schulman received her law degree from the University of Miami and her bachelor degree from Cornell University.

Jed L. Frankel, a shareholder at Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, was appointed to the Bay Harbor Island’s Planning and Zoning Board. Frankel has served on the town’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee and the Miami Beach Charter Review Board and the Miami Beach Mayor’s Committee on Homelessness.

Mario Garcia-Serra joins the Miami office of Gunster as a shareholder. Garcia-Serra joins Gunster’s environmental and land use law practice. Garcia-Serra received his law degree from the University of Miami and his bachelor degree from Harvard University.

William G. McCullough has joined Holland & Knight’s corporate and financial services practices as a partner in Miami. McCullough was a partner with Shutts & Bowen. McCullough earned his bachelor degree from Tulane University and his law degree from Stanford University. He also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Michael McQuaide has joined the Miami office of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel as a partner. He is the chair of the personal injury protection practice group.

Daniel Martinez has joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan as an associate in the tax department the Miami office. Martinez worked at Holland & Knight. Martinez earned his undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Louisville, his law degree from the University of Michigan and his LL.M. in taxation from the New York University.

Tom Loffredo, managing shareholder of GrayRobinson’s Fort Lauderdale office, was appointed as co-chair of the Civics and Governance Systems Pillar for the Six Pillars Broward initiative. Loffredo is a commercial litigator whose practice has a specific emphasis on employment and labor matters.

Leyza Blanco of GrayRobinson has been selected for the 2014 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national organization made up of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners. Blanco has devoted her practice to a wide range of litigation and insolvency matters.

Gavin N.L. White of Concepcion Martinez & Bellido is the recipient of the 2014 Rising Star Award for private practice from Fordham University School of Law. White is a partner and concentrates his practice on tort defense, commercial litigation, banking litigation, products liability and insurance coverage.

Phoebe J. Elder, Jared W. Whaley and Paul Souferis have joined Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf as associate attorneys. Elder worked for U.S. District Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum. She graduated from Princeton University and obtained her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Whaley worked for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and law degree from George Washington University. Souferis has worked for Black Srebnick on an independent basis. He graduated from the University of Illinois and has a law degree from the University of Miami.

Anette Yelin joins Lubell Rosen’s Coral Gables office as a partner in the areas of health law and corporate law. Lubell Rosen is expanding its Coral Gables office location. Yelin operated her own firms. Yelin holds a law degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor degree from the University of Miami.
 

March 20
Sarah Willis joins Rudolph & Associates and will concentrate her practice in marital and family law. Willis worked for the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and was an assistant state attorney in Palm Beach County. She earned her bachelor degree from Florida Atlantic University and her law degree from Florida State University.

Milton Blaut and Michael Weiss have founded Blaut Weiss Law Group. The firm will focus on representing plaintiffs in matters involving personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, automobile accidents, product liability and insurance disputes.

Ryan D. Bailine joins Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the land development practice of the Miami office. Bailine received a law degree from the University of Miami, an MBA from the University of Miami and a bachelor degree from Rutgers University.

Shannon Darsch joins Pike & Lustig as an associate in the commercial litigation and personal injury departments. Darsch is a graduate of Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University.  

The Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Foundation gave awards to the following at its 36th annual Scholarship & Awards Gala: Richard E.S. Toomey Legal Legacy Award Recipient—H.T. Smith; Distinguished Honoree Award Recipients—Eugene Pettis and Albert E. Dotson Jr.

Tiffani Lee, a partner in Holland & Knight’s Miami office, has been appointed by Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno as a member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. Lee practices business litigation and serves as Holland & Knight’s diversity partner.
 

March 19
Joseph Fasone, Luis del Nodal Jr. and Lori Vathauer have joined Goldstein Law Group as associates. Fasone is a civil trial attorney who was a solo practitioner the past 18 years. Fasone has a law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Del Nodal has nearly 30 years of litigation experience. Del Nodal has a law degree from Florida State University. Vathauer served as an advanced certified legal intern for the Vigil D. Hawkins Civil Clinic in Gainesville. Vathauer has a law degree from the University of Florida.

Andrew Sperber has joined Koch Parafinczuk & Wolf as a partner resident in its Fort Lauderdale office. Sperber was the senior litigation manager for People’s Trust Insurance Co. Sperber earned his law degree from Detroit College and his bachelor degree from Michigan State University.

Lauren Hunt joins the real estate and hospitality practice at Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira as a partner. Hunt has a bachelor degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and a law degree from Emory University.

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez has been promoted from counsel to shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Olmedo-Rodriguez is in the firm’s litigation practice in Miami where she focuses her work on commercial litigation matters involving banking, UCC issues and construction-defect matters.

Naomi M. Berry of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt was installed as president of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County. She will serve a one-year term.

Berry received her bachelor degree from Yale University and her law degree from the University of Michigan.
 

March 17
Robert W. Kelley, founding partner of Kelley/Uustal, was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates. Kelley focuses on catastrophic injury, products liability, personal injury and medical malpractice. Kelley received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Maria Mejia-Opaciuch has joined Carlton Fields Jorden Burt as senior counsel in its Miami office. Mejia-Opaciuch is in the business transactions (immigration) practice group. She was senior counsel at Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty. Mejia-Opaciuch received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, and her bachelor degree from New York University.

Nicole Hessen, a partner and shareholder at Wender, Hedler & Hessen, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Kennie Edwards award from the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Named after Kennie Edwards, a local attorney who was gunned down by an injured worker in 1996, the award honors an attorney with honesty, integrity, cordiality,good humor, high ethical standards and advocacy tempered by a sense of humility.

Lynn Dannheisser joins GrayRobinson in Miami as of counsel member for the government and land use law teams. Dannheisser was Surfside’s town attorney and managing member of her own law firm. Dannheisser received her bachelor degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her law degree from the University of Miami.

Angelika Hunnefeld, a Miami shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (formerly the Miami Science Museum). Hunnefeld received a law degree from the University of Miami and a bachelor degree from Florida International University.

William P. Sklar and C. Cory Mauro joined the West Palm Beach office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. Sklar is in the real estate and commercial finance practice group, and Mauro is in the national trial practice business litigation section. Sklar received his law and bachelor degrees from the University of Miami. Mauro received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University and his bachelor degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Jeffrey T. Kuntz was promoted to shareholder from senior associate at GrayRobinson has announced the promotion of. He is a member of the appellate and litigation practices. Kuntz has a bachelor degree from Boston College and a law degree from Suffolk University.

March 14
Heath Eskalyo, principal partner and chief financial officer of Kelley Kronenberg, was selected by the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance to serve as a regional chair for Florida. Eskalyo focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, OSHA, defense base act claims, insurance fraud, civil liability, construction law and occupational accident, and truckers occupational insurance claims.

Joseph C. Wasch and Adam G. Wasch are opening Wasch Law LLP, a firm specializing in transactional and litigation matters involving business, corporate and franchise law. The practice is at 2500 N. Military Trail, Suite 283, Boca Raton. Joseph Wasch has a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor degree from Hofstra University. Adam Wasch has a law degree from Florida International University and a bachelor degree from the University of Florida.

Matthew J. Shilling joins Bernheim & Dolinsky in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Shilling received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University and bachelor degree from the University of Florida.

Richard E. Tullie has joined the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb as a civil trial lawyer. Tullie is a graduate of Stetson Law School and focuses his practice on automobile, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith and aviation personal injury litigation.

Andrew “Josh” Markus, a Miami shareholder for Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, received the Outstanding State Chair Award from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Markus represents U.S. and foreign companies in international and domestic corporate transactions.

Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr., a partner at Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez, Machado & Preira, was elected for a two-year term (2014-2016) to the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.

Erika Royal of Holland & Knight was chosen to be a member of the 2014 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Luis Flores, a partner, will lead Arnstein & Lehr’s Florida commercial practice group. Flores is based in Arnstein & Lehr’s Miami office and specializes in real estate transactions representing developers.
 

March 12
Ron Shapiro was installed as president at the American Board of Trial Advocates Fort Lauderdale Chapter’s annual Judge’s Night and Installation Dinner. Also sworn in as officers of the local chapter were Adele Blackmore as president-elect, Charles Morehead as vice president, Mitch Chester as secretary and Joseph Kashi as treasurer. William Clayton is the immediate past president. The chapter awarded a scholarship to Nova Southeastern law student Lindsay Lawrence.

Robert F. Bouchard, a shareholder for Fowler White Burnett, has been selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bouchard also is a certified circuit court mediator.

Benjamine Reid, a Miami shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, was re-elected to the board of directors of the Orange Bowl Committee. Reid received his bachelor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from the University of Georgia.

Randy Dow has joined the Fort Lauderdale office of McGlinchey Stafford. Dow received his law degree from Boston College and his bachelor degree from Stonehill College.

Robby Birnbaum, chairman of the regulatory compliance practice group at Greenspoon Marder’s Cypress Creek office, was elected president of the National Association of Credit Service Organizations. The group is the largest credit repair organization in the U.S. representing credit repair businesses. Birnbaum received his law and bachelor degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 

March 10
Michael Lockwood has been named chairman of the boards of directors for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Services of Broward County. He has served on the Boards since 2009. Nydia Menendez of Menendez Moncarz has been named vice chairwoman; Jacqueline Howe of Katz Barron Squitero Faust has been named secretary; and Arlene Ravalo-Jao, manager with economic and valuation Services at KPMG, has been named treasurer.

Tobi Lebowitz, Brian Lerner and Fabienne Fahnestock have been appointed to serve on the boards of directors for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Services of Broward County. Lebowitz is a shareholder in the labor and employment department of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson. Lerner is a partner with Kim Vaughan Lerner, has a law degree from the University of Miami and has a bachelor degree from the University of Michigan. Fahnestock is a shareholder at Gunster, and has a bachelor degree from the University of Miami, a law degree from the University of Florida and a Nova Southeastern University.

Karim Batista has opened the Law Offices of Karim Batista P.A. at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4000, Miami. Batista, who will focus on family law, has a bachelor degree from Florida State and a law degree from Florida International University.

William McCaughan, partner in the Miami office of K&L Gates, was appointed the Florida state chairman for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. ACMA represents more than 400 lawyers in North America who are experts in the mortgage law industry.
 

March 7
Michael Lockwood has been named chairman of the boards of directors for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Services of Broward County. He has served on the Boards since 2009. Nydia Menendez of Menendez Moncarz has been named vice chairwoman; Jacqueline Howe of Katz Barron Squitero Faust has been named secretary; and Arlene Ravalo-Jao, manager with economic and valuation Services at KPMG, has been named treasurer.

Tobi Lebowitz, Brian Lerner and Fabienne Fahnestock have been appointed to serve on the boards of directors for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Services of Broward County. Lebowitz is a shareholder in the labor and employment department of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson.
Lerner is a partner with Kim Vaughan Lerner, has a law degree from the University of Miami and has a bachelor degree from the University of Michigan. Fahnestock is a shareholder at Gunster, and has a bachelor degree from the University of Miami, a law degree from the University of Florida and a Nova Southeastern University.

Karim Batista has opened the Law Offices of Karim Batista P.A. at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4000, Miami. Batista, who will focus on family law, has a bachelor degree from Florida State and a law degree from Florida International University.

William McCaughan, partner in the Miami office of K&L Gates, was appointed the Florida state chairman for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. ACMA represents more than 400 lawyers in North America who are experts in the mortgage law industry.


Feb. 30
Craig Dell has joined Dell & Schaefer in the personal injury division. He was a Broward assistant state attorney. Dell has a master’s of law degree from the University of Miami, juris doctor from St. Thomas University and a bachelor’s degree from Bentley College in Massachusetts.

Karina Iñigo has joined Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate & Webb as an associate in Fort Lauderdale. She was an associate with Bazinsky Korman Baker in Plantation. Iñigo has a law degree from St. Thomas University and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.

Hillel Presser, president of The Presser Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale, has been named a CE member of Vistage Florida.
 

Feb. 28
Maite Garcia has joined the Law Office of Ramon de la Cabada as an associate. She was a clerk for Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Valerie Manno Schurr. Garcia has a law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

Bob Arnold, partner and managing member of The Victoria Law Group, has been named chairman of the Heart of a Chef event presented by the Florida Heart Research Institute.

Charles F. Wolf has joined K&L Gates as an associate in the firm’s commercial disputes practice. Wolf was an associate with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York. Wolfe has a law degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ricardo H. Puente, president of Concepción Martinez & Bellido, has been named president of the board of directors of  Florida chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje.

Feb. 26
Carolyn Kellman of the Strickland Law Firm in Coral Gables has been named legal counsel of CREW-Miami.

Michele K. Cummings, a shareholder of GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, has been named Attorney of the Month by Broward Lawyers Care, a Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida project.

Amos B. Elberg has joined Arnstein & Lehr as a partner in Fort Lauderdale. He was an associate with Berger Singerman in Miami. Elberg has a law degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Jonathan Claussen, an associate of Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, has been named to the board of trustees of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.

Ronald L. Kammer, a partner of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Miami, has been named to the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.
 

Feb. 21
Bruce C. Rosetto, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig in Palm Beach, has been named vice chair of The Research Park of Florida Atlantic University’s board of directors.

Alexandra D. Blye has joined Carlton Fields as an associate in West Palm Beach. Blye was an associate at Genovese Joblove & Battista. Blye has law and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida.
 

Feb. 20
Michael J. Napoleone, a shareholder of Richman Greer, has been named vice chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County.

Cesar Alvarez, chief executive officer of Greenberg Traurig in Miami, has been named by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida International University board of trustees.

Brian S. Adler, partner of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, has been named chairman of the board of directors of SAVE Dade.

The Southeastern chapter of the Legal Marketing Association named its South Florida City Group executive board; Michelle Martinez Reyes of Hunton & Williams, chair, Susan Greene of Becker & Poliakoff, vice chair and
Jennifer Clarin of Boardroom Communications, immediate past chair
 

Feb. 19
Guy Quattlebaum, of counsel with Akerman Senterfitt in West Palm Beach, has been named president of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Alan T. Dimond, a shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, has been recognized by the American Jewish Committee with the Judge Learned Hand Award for his dedication to individual rights and democratic values and lifetime achievements.

Louis Smoller, an associate of the Bradley Legal Group P.A., has been named to the board of directors of Jazz Archive.

Lisa A. McGlynn has joined Fisher & Phillips as an associate. She was an associate with Allen Norton & Blue. McGlynn has law and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida.

Feb. 15
Jonathan Cole, a partner of Edwards Wildman in West Palm Beach, has been recognized by the Florida Venture Forum with the Champions Award for establishing the Florida Venture Forum, angel groups and being a pioneer in the effort to build a successful venture capital law practice in Florida.

David E. Sacks, of Pathman Lewis in Miami, has been named Pillar Trustee chair of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Pillar Trustees Board of Directors.

Glenn M. Cooper, a shareholder of GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, has been named chair of the International Action Team of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. Cooper has also been named chair of the Florida Brazil Partnership of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Douglas M. McIntosh, president and shareholder of McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya in Fort Lauderdale, has been named a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel of the Founding Board of Regents.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been recognized by the Cuban American Bar Association with the Amigo Award for giving back to the community.
 

Feb. 7
Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida has named its board of directors. Morrie I. Levine of the Law Office of Morrie I. Levine, chair, and members Ronald J. Rothschild, Margaret McMorrow, Steven Jaffe of Farmer Jaffe Weissing Edwards Fistos & Lehrman and Janet Lucente of the Lucente Law Firm. Jessica Allen, supervising attorney of the Florida Guardian Ad Litem office, has been named circuit director of the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Ronald Scott Haligman has joined Kaufman Lynn Construction as general counsel. Haligman was a partner with Rozencwaig & Nadel in Hallandale Beach. He has a law degree from the University of Virginia.

Feb. 4

Jamie D. Alman has joined as an associate, in the marital and family Law group in the downtown Fort Lauderdale office. Jamie, who serves on the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association, has a bachelor degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from the University of Miami.

Roger Slade, a partner with the Miami-based Law Office of David B. Haber, has been appointed chairman of the South Florida chapter of the Lawyer’s Alliance for the Council for Educational Change. The new committee works with public school children to foster awareness of the legal system. Slade has represented numerous financial institutions in commercial real estate and personal property foreclosures as well as loan workouts.

A. Joshua Markus, Florida state American Bar Foundation co-chair, will receive the outstanding state chair awards from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation at the 58th annual Awards Reception and Banquet at The Murphy Chicago. Markus works in the Miami office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. Markus has a law degree from the University of Florida and degrees from Duke University and the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels.

Milton A. Vescovacci, a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Miami office, joined the Florida Venture Forum board of directors. The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. Vescovacci chairs the Miami office’s corporate practice.

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