March 15, 2005 On the Move

first_imgOn the Move Michael Holt and Brian Baggot were recently named as partners with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell. Holt works in the Miami office and has been an associate with the firm since 2000. He practices in the areas of commercial and consumer litigation, general liability defense, and pest control litigation. Baggot works in the Tampa office and practices in the areas of civil trial defense, including commercial litigation, insurance defense, and pest control litigation. Before joining the firm, he served for six years as a United States Army judge advocate. (Editor’s Note: In the March 1 News , we mistakenly reported that Francis H. Sheppard had been named a partner with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, when in actuality he has been with the firm for 20 years, having joined the firm after graduating law school in 1984. He has served as managing partner with the firm since May 2004.) Andrew J. Fruit, Jennifer G. Roeper and Sally T. Woodward joined Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa as associates. Fruit practices in the firm’s corporate, securities, and finance practice group. Roeper concentrates on immigration and naturalization. Woodward concentrates in the area of general business, corporations, limited liability companies, and transactional work. R. Gene Aldridge also joined the firm in Jacksonville and concentrates in the area of real estate. Evan B. Plotka announces the formation of his firm with offices at 7771 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Atrium West, Suite 122, Sunrise 33351; phone (954) 334-7600; fax (954) 334-7755. The firm concentrates in the areas of construction litigation, commercial litigation, and probate and guardianships. William Banks and Astrid Guardado joined Becker & Poliakoff in Tampa Bay. Banks focuses on business immigration. Guardado focuses on multi-party civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, real estate, commercial and employment law litigation, and insurance defense. Additionally, Jennifer Perelman, Laurel Wiley, and Georg Ketelhohn joined the firm in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Perelman joined the commercial litigation practice group; Wiley joined the commercial litigation and community association groups; Ketelhohn joined the construction law group. Gregory P. Borgognoni, Nicolas J. Gutierrez, Jr., and Hugo Arza announce the formation of Borgognoni, Gutierrez & Arza in Miami. The firm concentrates in the areas of complex commercial litigation, health care, intellectual property, government relations, real estate, and business. The office is located at 2665 S. Biscayne Dr., Suite 701, Miami 33133. Alan H. Baseman was named partner in the Palm Beach Gardens firm Comiter & Singer. Nancy S. Paikoff was named shareholder in Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen in Clearwater. Paikoff practices in the areas of health care, medical malpractice defense, and business and corporate. Luis Martinez-Monfort was elected shareholder of Mills Paskert Divers in Tampa. Martinez-Monfort is chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group. David S. Johnson and Matthew J. Moore were made partners of Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Tampa. Johnson concentrates in defending errors and omissions claims against insurance and real estate agents and profession liability claims against attorneys. Moore is member of the pharmaceutical and medical device litigation group. Jonathan M. Streisfeld was named a partner in Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum in Ft. Lauderdale. Streisfeld concentrates in the area of business litigation. Thomas F. Asbury and Douglas E. Myers III joined Tritt & Franson in Jacksonville. Asbury concentrates on real estate law and Myers concentrates on commercial litigation. Julia M Cook joined the Law Offices of John C. Bovay in Gainesville. Stewart Fried joined Kilpatrick Stockton in Washington D.C. Fried concentrates in the areas litigation and dispute resolution matters. Jon L. Mills joined Upchurch, Watson, White & Max in Daytona Beach as a mediator. Richard Kuper joined the Miami-Dade League of Cities as executive director. The Merlin Law Group was recently formed and will concentrate on representing insurance claimants with insurance disputes and claims. Formerly Gunn-Merlin, The Merlin Law group will continue to maintain its offices on Harbour Island in Tampa. Andrea J. Christle joined Jupiter Law Center in Jupiter. Christle handles matters including wills and estates, real estate, divorce, bankruptcy, personal injury, criminal law, and litigation. Kenneth J. McKenna and William E. Ruffier were made partners in Dellecker, Wilson & King in Orlando. David Bond was made a partner in White & Case in Miami. Bond heads the firm’s international trade practice group. John J. Fumero of Lewis, Longman & Walker was made a shareholder in the firm. Fumero practices in the areas of environmental, land use, and governmental law. Won-Young Jung joined Akerman Senterfitt in Ft. Lauderdale as a legal consultant in the corporate practice group. Additionally, Vitauts Gulbis joined the firm in Tampa as of counsel in the tax group. David E. Menet was named a partner in Salter, Feiber, Murphy, Hutson & Menet in Gainesville. Menet focuses on real estate and business law. Monique Edwards was appointed to serve as executive counsel to the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources by Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. Alan S. Grunspan, Niall T. McLachlan, David J. Smith, and Jason R. Alderman joined Carlton Fields in Miami. Richard Celler announces the opening of The Celler Legal Group. The firm concentrates in helping employees recover unpaid overtime, final paychecks, and other wages. The firm can be reached at (954) 243-4295 or www.floridaovertimelawyer.com. Jackson & Hardwick and Morris & Schneider announced a merger and will be called Morris Hardwick Schneider. Michael Keller joined Lott & Friedland in Ft. Lauderdale and will head the firm’s chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and medical devices patent practice group. Natalie J. Carlos was named a partner of Adorno & Yoss. Carlos concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation and appellate practice. Elizabeth A. Martialay joined Shutts & Bowen in Miami as a partner in the firm’s financial services industry practice group. Mark Casteel, Jack B. Tuter, Jr., and Bill Wichmann were made partners in Conrad & Scherer. The firm has opened a new office in Tallahassee and concentrates in malpractice defense and corporate law. Additionally, David E. Irwin, Sara Walters, Albert “Chip” Hutzler, and Jacqueline A. Taylor joined the firm as associates. Carlos Fernandez joined Abadin, Jaramillo, Cook & Heffernan in Miami. Fernandez focuses in complex commercial litigation, professional liability litigation, medical negligence, and insurance defense. Jeanne A. Liebegott has joined Katz Barron in Miami as an associate. Liebegott practices in the areas of land use and zoning, real estate, and business and corporate matters. Craig V. Rasile of Hunton & Williams in Miami was chosen to lead the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group. Carrie Freeman Weintraub joined the Professional Recruiting Division of Sterling Management Resources, Inc. Weintraub recruits attorneys at all levels for law firms and corporations in Florida. Mary Lou Powell joined Investors Title Insurance Company in South Carolina as vice president of underwriting operations and marketing. Brian H. Pollock opened the Law Office of Brian H. Pollock at 3550 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 400, Miami 33139. The firm practices civil litigation, and provides personalized legal representation, advice and counseling to individuals and growing businesses. Pollock can be reached by phone (305) 807-5377, and by fax (605) 675-8260. Brett J. Schneider joined Akerman Senterfitt in Ft. Lauderdale as a labor and employment associate in the litigation department. March 15, 2005 On the Move March 15, 2005 On the Movelast_img

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