People On The Move - Legal

July 16
Jorge Luis Lopez, principal at Coral Gables-based Jose Luis Lopez Law Firm, was selected to join the MLM Fund III as a board member. The MLM Fund is a supporting organization of the Miami Foundation that seeks the foundation’s assistance with philanthropic goals.

William R. Clayton, a shareholder and co-chair of the real estate litigation practice at the Fort Lauderdale office of Greenberg Traurig, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Broward County Bar Association. Clayton focuses on commercial litigation. Clayton received bachelor and law degrees from Northwestern University.

Pablo Velez joins the Miami City Attorney’s office in the land use/transactional division where he will be responsible for procurement and construction matters. Velez was interim procurement director for Miami. Velez received his law and bachelor degrees from the University of Florida.

Aubrey Rudd has joined Koch Parafinczuk & Wolf as of counsel in its Fort Lauderdale office. Rudd focuses on bankruptcy, handling cases for both creditors and debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 proceedings. Rudd earned his undergraduate degree from St. Leo College summa cum laude and his law degree from Stetson Law.

Robert J. Hauser has joined the Pankauski Law Firm in West Palm Beach as a shareholder. Hauser will focus on business litigation as well as appellate practice.

Steven Wisotsky has joined The Reyes Law Firm in Coral Gables as of counsel. Wisotsky has litigation experience in appellate practice, commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense, civil RICO, civil rights, condominium and land use law, and health care provider defense. Wisotsky was a tenured professor of law at Nova Southeastern University.

Jorge L. Maxion has joined the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb P.A. as an associate civil trial attorney. Maxion served as Palm Beach County general magistrate, presiding over nonjury foreclosure trials.

July 15
Steven J. Brodie, a shareholder in Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Miami office, was re-appointed to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s board of directors and the executive committee. Brodie, a commercial litigator, is an honors graduate of Tulane University and received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami.

Scott Hyman joins Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske as an associate in the Broward office. He joins the community association, club and resort practice group. Hyman earned a bachelors degree in criminology with a minor in business administration cum laude and a law degree cum laude, both from the University of Florida.

Matt Katz, managing partner of Katz Barron Squitero Faust’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been named a member of the board of directors for United Way of Broward County. Katz focuses on corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, finance, and renewable and beneficial reuse development.

Adam J. Langino and Nicholas C. Johnson, both associates at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, have been elected to the 2014-15 young lawyers board of the Florida Justice Association. They are both at-large directors.

July 11
Peter Quinter, shareholder in charge of the customs and international trade law group in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices of GrayRobinson, has been elected chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Marlene Quintana, a shareholder in the Miami office of GrayRobinson, has been re-elected to the Florida Bar’s labor and employment executive council.

Paula J. Campione has joined Goldstein Law Group. Campione was a partner’s associate attorney at Kelly Kronenberg where she defended insurance companies against vehicular liability, wrongful death, premises liability and construction litigation claims. Campione has a law degree from St. Thomas University and two undergraduate degrees at Florida State University.

William J. McAfee, managing partner at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, received the Silver Eagle Award at the Florida Justice Association annual convention at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Eagle is the fundraising arm of the FJA and its political action committee, the Florida Lawyers Action Group.

Diana Vizcaino has been appointed by Chief Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Bertila Soto to the Circuit Professionalism Panel.  Vizcaino is the division chief of the labor and employment division of the Miami City Attorney’s Office. Vizcaino received her law and bachelor degrees from St. Thomas University.

Avi S. Tryson has joined Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest as a managing partner in the Miami office. Tryson focuses on residential and commercial real estate transactions, complex commercial leases, community association law and developer representation.

July 10
April M. Dahl, a litigation attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson, has been promoted from associate to partner in the Fort Lauderdale office. Dahl focuses in tort litigation. Dahl received her law degree from Notre Dame.

Mark J. Beutler has joined Fisher & Phillips as of counsel in its Fort Lauderdale office. Beutler focuses his practice on representing clients in labor disputes, discrimination and wage-and-hour litigation as well as in commercial litigation. Beutler was an associate with Duane Morris in Miami. Beutler received his law degree from Seton Hall University and his LL.M. from Columbia University. He earned his M.B.A. from Florida Institute of Technology and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carolyn Kershner, an associate in the tax practice group in Akerman’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been appointed chair of the board of directors of the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.

Rose Y. Valentine has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office. As a member of the professional liability department, Valentine defends insurance carriers in insurance coverage disputes.

Andrew M. Gordon, an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, has been appointed to the Fort Lauderdale board of adjustment by Mayor Jack Seiler. Gordon is a litigator who focuses on the representation of management-side labor and employment matters. Gordon received his law degree from St. Thomas University in Miami.

Nikeisha Williams has joined Broad and Cassel’s Fort Lauderdale office as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. A former legal extern with Broad and Cassel, Williams was an assistant state attorney with the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

July 8
Andrew Weinstein, managing attorney of the Weinstein Law Firm, has been re-elected to serve on the board of governors of the American Association for Justice. Weinstein represents the Florida Justice Association on the board.

David Massey, a litigation associate at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, was elected to the Miami Beach Community Health Center board of directors. Massey focuses on complex business and commercial litigation.

The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice, announced several appointments:
Julio C. Jaramillo, a Miami attorney, is president-elect of the foundation. Jaramillo, who practices in civil litigation, earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Florida International University and his law degree from the University of Florida.

Ramon A. Abadin, as Florida Bar president-elect, began serving as a designated director on the foundation board. Abadin focuses on complex commercial insurance and corporate litigation matters at Sedgwick. Abadin earned his bachelor’s degree at Tulane University and his law degree at the Loyola University New Orleans.
David B. Rothman, a partner in Rothman & Associates, has been reappointed to the foundation board. Rothman earned his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Florida.

Yara Lorenzo, a member of the litigation, arbitration, and employment practice group of Hogan Lovells, was appointed to the foundation board. Lorenzo earned her bachelor degree from Brown University and her law degree from St. Thomas University.

Patricia Acosta was appointed to the foundation board. Acosta is a Miami attorney who specializes in complex business litigation and First Amendment litigation. Acosta earned her bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from Florida International University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Miami.
Daniel H. Thompson of Berger Singerman was named to the foundation board. Thompson received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree, with honors, from Florida State University.