People On The Move - Legal

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.