People On The Move - Legal

Sept. 25
John H. “Jack” Hickey of the Hickey Law Firm was appointed vice chair of the certification plan of appeals committee of the Florida Bar Board of Governors. Hickey is a magna cum laude graduate of Florida State University and graduate of Duke Law School.
Richard D. Lara, shareholder at Mase Lara, will now serve as managing shareholder.

John A. Camp, a shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, has been elected to the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Camp focuses on product liability matters, particularly the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

Gisela M. Munoz and Anthony P. Zolfo join the Miami office of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson as shareholders. Munoz, who worked at Hughes Hubbard, focuses on commercial real estate and corporate transactions. Munoz has a law degree from Yale University and a bachelor degree from the University of Miami. Zolfo, who worked for Bryan Cave, focuses on strategic technology ventures and transactional commercial/procurement matters. Zolfo has a law degree from the University of Miami and a bachelor degree from St. John’s University.

Robert B. Lamm has rejoined Gunster as an of counsel attorney working out of the Fort Lauderdale office. Lamm will co-chair Gunster’s securities and corporate governance practice. He also joins the corporate and health care law practices.
Douglas H. Morris has joined Gordon & Doner as an attorney in the Davie office. Morris will focus on medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, catastrophic injury and wrongful death matters. Morris has a law degree from the University of Miami.

Sept 24
Florentino Gonzalez has been appointed co-chairman of Shutts & Bowen’s statewide real estate practice group. Gonzalez has overseen large and complex multistate real estate transactions involving interaction with local, corporate and institutional counsel. Gonzalez received his law degree from Loyola University and his bachelor degree from the University of Miami.

Daniel L. Diaz-Balart joins Leesfield & Partners after working four years in the state attorney’s office. Diaz-Balart has a law degree from Florida State University and a bachelor degree from the University of Central Florida.

David Singer, a Hollywood attorney, has been chosen for the 20-person Florida delegation to Washington to lobby for American Cancer Society issues. Singer is a 23-year volunteer for the organization, including chairing the annual Jail & Bail event since its inception 23 years ago.

Mark A. Levy, a partner with Brinkley Morgan, was installed as president of the Broward County chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Levy represents individuals and businesses in matters involving commercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Levy received his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in 1991 and his law degree, cum laude, from University of Miami.

Anthony Quackenbush, an associate at Kelley/Uustal, has been added to the board of LifeNet4Families, a cooperative feeding program that provides necessities to community members in need.

Sept. 23
Richard Gaines has opened the Gaines Law Firm in Coral Springs. Gaines focuses on family and matrimonial law, and commercial, contract and business-related litigation, including will and trust disputes and contested incapacity/guardianship matters.

Brad Sprayberry, director of attorney recruiting and professional development at Gunster, was named to the Florida Bar’s 2014-15 diversity and inclusion committee. Sprayberry is responsible for managing the hiring of all partners, associates,and law students recruited for the firm’s annual summer associates program. Sprayberry earned law degree from Ohio State University.

Aaron D. Millman has joined the elder law group at Redgrave & Rosenthal as an associate. Millman will focus on the needs of the elderly in long-term care, disability planning, care management coordination, estate planning, advance directives and Medicaid planning. Millman earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Florida and receive bachelor and master degrees from the University of Florida.

Jessica Z. Martin, partner in the Deerfield Beach office of Roig Lawyers, is a 2014 March of Dimes Women of Distinction honoree. Martin concentrates on personal injury protection/no-fault litigation and fraud investigations. Martin has bachelor and law degrees from the University of Florida.

John S. Leinicke, associate in the Miami office of Roig Lawyers, has been elected president of the Dade County Defense Bar Association. Leinicke focuses on first-party insurance defense, fraud investigation and statutory compliance issues involving medical licensure. Leinicke has a bachelor degree from Boston University and law degree from the University of Miami.

Sept. 16
Jenna Rinehart Rassif, a shareholder at Jackson Lewis, has been elevated to litigation manager of the Miami office. Rassif has extensive experience representing employers in virtually all areas of labor and employment law.

Danny Marti has been nominated by President Barack Obama as U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Upon confirmation of his appointment, he will be only the second to hold this position. It was created in 2008 to consolidate the efforts of different government agencies and entities which have interests in U.S. intellectual property protection.

David W. Grossman has joined Simon, Reed & Salazar as a partner in the Miami office. Grossman focuses on civil trial law and represents numerous Fortune 500 companies. Grossman received his law degree from Georgetown University and has a bachelor degree from the University of Florida.

Judge Moses Baker Jr. was named the recipient of the William E. Gladstone award at the Statewide Dependency Court Improvement Summit held in Orlando. Baker was a Palm Beach Circuit judge for 20 years. Judge Baker has dedicated many hours of service to the students of the Inlet Grove Community High School.

David M. Sawyer has joined FordHarrison’s Miami office as a partner. Sawyer worked Littler Mendelson.
Sawyer concentrates his practice on representing employers in matters related to employee benefits.

Julie Kane, a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson, has been elected vice president of the American Association for Justice. Kane has been actively involved with AAJ for more than 20 years, including serving as secretary, parliamentarian, treasurer, a member of the Board of Governors, a Trustee on the Justice PAC Board, and as trustee and co-chair of the National College of Advocates.
 

Sept. 10
Robert Charbonneau of Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin is bankruptcy judicial liaison co-chair for the business law section of the Florida Bar.

Gil O. Acevedo was named a shareholder of Fowler White Burnett. Acevedo focuses his practice on commercial real estate purchase and sales, leasing and financing. Acevedo is a presenter in Florida International University’s Law Bridge Program, has an LL.M. from the University of Miami, received his law degree with distinction from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and earned his bachelor degree from the University of South Florida.

GrayRobinson promoted 10 attorneys statewide. Those promoted in South Florida are Andrew P. Marcus of Fort Lauderdale and Mark Schellhase of Boca Raton (promoted to shareholder), Daniel A. Kirschner of Boca Raton (promoted to of counsel) and Michael D. Lessne of Fort Lauderdale (promoted to senior associate).
Adam J. Langino of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll has been appointed ex officio trustee of the Pound Civil Justice Institute. Langino has a law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota and was a former assistant public defender in West Palm Beach.

Dana Kulvin was promoted to vice president—legal and compliance for Miami Jewish Health Systems. Kulvin has experience in regulatory health care, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, plus HIV and AIDS advocacy. Kulvin received her bachelor degree from Barnard College and her law degree and M.P.H. from Boston University.
 

Sept. 4
Marc Shandler joins GrayRobinson’s Fort Lauderdale real estate group as a consultant. Shandler received his bachelor degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Georgetown University.

Herman J. Russomanno III, a partner at Russomanno & Borrello and current president of the Dade County Bar Association, has been appointed a liaison of the executive council of the Trial Lawyer’s Section of The Florida Bar. Russomanno focuses primarily on complex commercial/business litigation and representing attorneys before The Florida Bar.

Angela C. Valdivieso joins Roig Lawyers as a senior associate in the Deerfield Beach office. Valdivieso joins the litigation practice group where she focuses on investigating Special Investigation Unit claims. Valdivieso earned her law degree from Nova Southeastern University and her bachelor degree from Georgetown University.

Santiago A. Cueto has been named the founding president of the Doral Bar Association. Cueto is managing partner of Cueto Law Group. He has a law degree from the University of Florida and received his master’s and bachelor degree from the University of Miami.

Roger Feicht, Joseph P. Chase and Keith Sonderling of Gunster have been selected for roles in Leadership Florida’s young professionals program. Feicht is chair-elect of the 2014-15 board of governors of Connect Florida and will serve on the 2014-15 leadership team for Leadership Florida. Feicht is an associate in West Palm Beach and focuses on employment law and commercial litigation. Chase was accepted into the Class V Leadership Institute Program (2014-15). Chase is an associate in West Palm Beach and focuses on business and corporate law, with an emphasis on private-company mergers and acquisitions. Sonderling will also serve on the Connect Florida board of governors for 2014-15 and has been appointed recruitment chair. Sonderling is an employment law attorney based in the West Palm Beach office.

Aug. 27
Carlos F. Rodriguez has joined Alvarez Barbara as of counsel. Rodriguez, who worked for Torres & Vadillo, focuses on general civil, corporate and real estate related litigation. Rodriguez received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University with advocacy honors and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Barry University.

Broward Circuit Judge Raag Singhal was appointed to the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision by Gov. Rick Scott. Singhal succeeds Elisabeth Goodner.

Marissa Pullano of Brinkley Morgan has been appointed to several committees of the Florida Bar. Pullano will be serving on the Florida Bar’s Rules & Forms Committee, Children’s Issues Committee and Support Issues Committee for the next year. Pullano focuses on marital and family law. Pullano received a bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

George J. Taylor has joined Brinkley Morgan as an associate in the business litigation practice. Taylor focuses his practice on solving legal problems arising from commercial and business relationships. Taylor received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University where he graduated fourth in his class and graduated from Lynn University, cum laude, with a bachelor degree.

Douglas J. Stamm joins Burr & Forman as an associate in its Fort Lauderdale office. He joins the financial services practice group, concentrating on corporate business, real estate and commercial litigation. Stamm earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his law degree from the University of Miami.
Brent V. Trapana of Brinkley Morgan has been appointed to Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s Alumni Association board of directors. Trapana received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating summa cum laude and ranked first in his class. He received his bachelor’s degree from Furman University.
 

Aug. 25
Carlos F. Rodriguez has joined Alvarez Barbara as of counsel. Rodriguez, who worked for Torres & Vadillo, focuses on general civil, corporate and real estate related litigation. Rodriguez received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University with advocacy honors and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Barry University.

Broward Circuit Judge Raag Singhal was appointed to the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision by Gov. Rick Scott. Singhal succeeds Elisabeth Goodner.

Marissa Pullano of Brinkley Morgan has been appointed to several committees of the Florida Bar. Pullano will be serving on the Florida Bar’s Rules & Forms Committee, Children’s Issues Committee and Support Issues Committee for the next year. Pullano focuses on marital and family law. Pullano received a bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

George J. Taylor has joined Brinkley Morgan as an associate in the business litigation practice. Taylor focuses his practice on solving legal problems arising from commercial and business relationships. Taylor received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University where he graduated fourth in his class and graduated from Lynn University, cum laude, with a bachelor degree.

Douglas J. Stamm joins Burr & Forman as an associate in its Fort Lauderdale office. He joins the financial services practice group, concentrating on corporate business, real estate and commercial litigation. Stamm earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his law degree from the University of Miami.

Brent V. Trapana of Brinkley Morgan has been appointed to Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s Alumni Association board of directors. Trapana received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating summa cum laude and ranked first in his class. He received his bachelor’s degree from Furman University.

Aug. 21
Joanne M. O’Connor of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs was elected vice president of the Duke University Alumni Association board of directors. O’Connor focuses complex commercial litigation, business torts, products liability, lawyer and law firm defense and constitutional law. O’Connor graduated summa cum laude from the Tulane University School of Law. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida and received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Duke University.

Shantal L. Becher joins Kelley Kronenberg in the West Palm Beach office. Becher focuses on insurance defense litigation and the defense of property and casualty claims. Becher was a solo practitioner. Becher received her bachelor degree from the University of Central Florida and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Douglas Mark Kramer has joined Shutts & Bowen as a partner in its Miami office. He was founding partner of the Law Offices of Douglas Mark Kramer P.A. Kramer is a member of Shutts’ international dispute resolution group. Kramer has represented commercial clients, including property and business owners and managers, in business, contract, and lease disputes. Kramer has a law degree from the University of Miami and received his bachelor degree from Emory University.

Joseph L. Raia, a shareholder in Gunster’s Miami office, has been appointed a liaison by the international law section of the American Bar Association, Section of (“ABA International”). Raia focuses on commercial litigation, including international matters and white-collar crime. He co-leader of Gunster’s international law practice. Raia received his law degree from the University of Miami.

Aug. 20
Gisela M. Munoz joined Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson as a shareholder. Munoz practices in commercial real estate and corporate transactions. Munoz earned her law degree from Yale University.

Jennifer Saltz Bullock, a labor and employment law shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, was appointed to the board of directors of Women in Distress, a domestic violence center serving Broward County.

Joe Chase, an attorney based in Gunster’s West Palm Beach office, has been named to the board of directors of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches. Chase has handled numerous complex business transactions, valued from less than $1 million to more than $150 million.

Owen Evans has joined Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun as special counsel. He worked at Eavenson, Fraser, Lunsford & Evans. Evans focuses on business, tax and law. Evans obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law and earned his LL.M. from New York University School of Law.  

Brett Steinberg has opened Steinberg Law specializing in plaintiffs’ personal injury and criminal litigation. The firm has offices in Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

Alejandro Perez has joined the Deerfield Beach office of Roig, Tutan, Rosenberg, Martin, Stoller, Zumpano & Bellido as an associate in the litigation practice group. Perez has worked on all facets of litigation, both trial and appellate level, including insurance defense litigation, commercial litigation, mass tort litigation, and first-party property litigation. Perez graduated cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law.
 

Aug. 15
Eddy Leal, a Miami associate at Broad and Cassel, has been selected to join the Duke Law Alumni Association board of directors. Leal is a member of the commercial litigation and real estate litigation practice groups. He focuses on consumer finance matters, foreclosure litigation and commercial litigation.

Benjamine Reid, a shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, was appointed regional chair of the American Bar Association section of litigation’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. Reid is a corporate trial lawyer. Reid received his bachelor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia.

Sergio M. Eslait has joined the Elias Law Firm as an associate in the real estate, banking and estate planning divisions. Eslait earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami and his bachelor degree, summa cum laude, from Florida International University.

Matthew R. Kamula of Roig, Tutan, Rosenberg, Martin, Stoller, Zumpano & Bellido has been appointed general counsel for the national fraternity of Alpha Sigma Phi. Kamula focuses on primary insurance defense, risk management, admiralty and maritime cases, real estate, banking, finance, and corporate transactional issues. Kamula earned his bachelor degree from the University of Miami and his law degree from the University of Miami.

Michael Mitrione, a shareholder in Gunster’s West Palm Beach office, has been reappointed to the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s executive committee for 2014-15. Mitrione has served on the committee since 2007. At Gunster, Mitrione co-chairs the securities and corporate governance practice.

Rebecca A. Rodriguez, an associate in GrayRobinson’s Fort Lauderdale office, was appointed by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as a 2014-2015 HYPE real estate industry ambassador for the chamber’s industry growth group. The group provides programming, education and issues management to support business development and job growth.

Aug. 14
David Gellen, Michelle Gonzalez and Stacey Ibarra have joined Akerman as partners.

Gellen joins the corporate practice group in Boca Raton after serving as senior vice president and general counsel of a Internet-based social networking and technology company. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt transactions, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital transactions, technology/e-commerce transactions, and joint venture and strategic licensing arrangements.

A member of the real estate practice group in Miami, Gonzalez represents investors, developers, owners, operators and financial institutions in various commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, sales and management of office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels, shopping centers, warehouses and mixed-use properties.

Joining the West Palm Beach litigation practice group, Ibarra focuses on the investigation and litigation of insurance and healthcare fraud as well as complex commercial litigation in federal and state court.

Miranda Lundeen Soto has joined the Miami office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon as a partner in the global product liability group. Miranda worked at Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, and she focuses on the defense of personal injury cases, premises liability, commercial disputes and legal malpractice claims. Soto received her law degree from the Drake University and her bachelor degree from the University of Alabama.

B. Michael Clark Jr. and Nicholas D. Siegfried of Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel have earned board certifications in construction law from the Florida Bar. Clark focuses on construction law. Clark received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami. Siegfried practices in the areas of construction law, community association law and commercial litigation.  He received his bachelor degree from the University of Florida and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami.

Aug. 13
Kerry Nierenberg has joined the Law Office of David B. Haber P.A. as an associate. He will concentrate on condominium association, landlord tenant rights, aviation and construction law. Nierenberg was at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman. Nierenberg graduated first in his class of 2012 from the St. Thomas University School of Law, earning his J.D. summa cum laude. Nierenberg earned his bachelor degree at the University of Central Florida.

Quentin E. Morgan of Brinkley Morgan has been named chairperson of the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida’s board of directors. The organization is dedicated to promoting mental health through education, prevention, advocacy, research and empowerment. Morgan received his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Florida.

Fabienne E. Fahnestock of Gunster has been elected to serve as secretary of the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County board of directors. The vote took place at a board meeting in June. Fahnestock is a shareholder in Gunster’s business litigation practice.

Eric Bluestein has opened the Law Offices of Eric Bluestein P.A. in Miami. Bluestein is a civil trial attorney focusing on personal injury, wrongful death and commercial litigation. Bluestein has a law degree from the University of Miami.

Genaro “Chip” Iglesias joins Ballard Partners as a partner and will serve as the chair of local government practice based in the Miami office. Iglesias has served as deputy mayor of Miami-Dade County since 2011. Iglesias received his masters of business administration from Florida International University and his bachelor degree from Barry University.

Cathy Mitchell has joined Kalis & Kleiman. Mitchell focuses concentrates in intellectual property, copyright, trademark, entertainment, arts and sports law, technology, licensing, business transactions, employment-related agreements and counseling, and family law. Mitchell was former counsel to Prince Sports. Mitchell has a bachelor degree with high honors and a law degree, both from the University of Florida.