Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Jacksonville for 2022. In this city, known for being the largest city in the Sunshine State, resides experienced and committed attorneys. Our awardees provide robust litigation practices and represent clients in a wide range of areas including business, corporate, digital assets, healthcare, real estate, technology, trust management, and more. These highly experienced individuals provide top tier knowledge supporting clients in comprehensive legal representation to help achieve their goals.
Among this year’s awardees is Andrew Moritz, Associate General Counsel of Citibank, who manages consumer financial services litigation across the country, focusing primarily on lawsuits arising out of credit card transactions; Shalisa Francis, Attorney of State Farm, who represents the company in legal proceedings, as well as providing legal review of policies, procedures and contracts; and Robert Wohn, Attorney of Deutsche Bank, who focuses on commercial litigation, real property and real estate.
The hard work and dedication of this year’s awardees does not go unnoticed. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Attorneys of Jacksonville for 2022.
1. Jeff Kogan
Associate General Counsel of Verizon
Jeff Kogan began his professional career 15 years ago. Today, he is an Associate General Counsel of Verizon. As one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products, Verizon is transforming the way people, businesses and things connect. In his role, Kogan assists in data security, IT-related legal issues, privacy, outsourcing and international issues and related matters. He has certifications, education, and experience in U.S. and E.U. data privacy as well as data security.
Kogan first got his start in 2007 as an associate at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP. From there, he went on to RMD Computer, Inc., before eventually rising to corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, his most recent position prior to joining Verizon. Kogan graduated from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law with a JD, from the University of Chicago with an MS in computer science, and from the University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
2. Robert Wohn
Attorney of Deutsche Bank
Robert Wohn began his professional career 13 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Deutsche Bank, a multinational investment bank and financial services company that spans 58 countries with a large presence in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. As of 2021, Deutsche Bank was the 21st largest bank in the world by total assets and 93rd in the world by market capitalization. Wohn is a global markets attorney providing FX trading teams in U.S. and Europe with transactional and regulatory support, including negotiating derivative trading documentation with private equity, corporate and hedge fund clients, performing credit and funding analyses in coordination with internal stakeholders, and providing regulatory guidance, particularly in regards to collateral management requirements.
Wohn first got his start in 2009 as an associate attorney at Rue & Ziffra. From there, he went on to Wright & Casey, P.A., before eventually rising to analyst and financial crimes compliance at EY, his most recent position prior to joining Deutsche Bank. Wohn graduated from the University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD, and from Stetson University with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
3. Amelia Henderson
Legal Counsel of Mayo Clinic
Amelia Henderson began her professional career 11 years ago. Today, she is a Legal Counsel of Mayo Clinic. More than 100 years after its founding, Mayo Clinic is now the largest integrated, not for-profit medical group practice in the world and recognized for high-quality patient care. They employ over 4,500 physicians and scientists, along with another 58,400 administrative and allied health staff, across three major campuses in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona. Henderson is a commercial transactions and intellectual property attorney supporting the Mayo Clinic Platform, Mayo Clinic International, and other departments in advancing the mission and vision of Mayo Clinic.
Henderson first got her start in 2011 as an associate attorney at Cramer Law Center, P.L. From there, she went on to Smith Hulsey & Busey as associate attorney, her most recent position prior to joining Mayo Clinic. Henderson graduated from the University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD, and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
4. Shalisa Francis
Attorney of State Farm
Shalisa Francis is an Attorney of State Farm, a large group of mutual insurance companies throughout the United States. They are the largest property and casualty insurance provider and the largest auto insurance provider in the U.S. The company has also expanded into the financial services arena, such as banking and mutual funds, and is operated by State Farm Financial Services, FSB, a subsidiary of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. Francis has 18 years of experience. She began her career in 2004.
Before joining State Farm, Francis was an associate attorney at Taylor, Day, Currie, Boyd & Johnson where she devised employment contracts and severance agreements for various employment law and civil litigation matters. Francis graduated from Florida State University College of Law with a JD, from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with an MBA, and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree.
5. Lanier Drew
Deputy General Counsel of Baptist Health
Lanier Drew began her professional career 34 years ago. Today, she is a Deputy General Counsel of Baptist Health. Founded in 1955, Baptist Health serves families throughout the Northeast Florida region with high-quality, comprehensive care for every stage of life. Currently ranked as the “most preferred” health care provider in the Jacksonville area, Baptist Health is deeply honored to serve the community through a growing circle of care that includes nationally accredited hospitals, including the region’s only children’s hospital. Baptist has more than 200 primary care and specialty physician practices, children’s specialty clinics, home health care, behavioral health, occupational health, rehabilitation services and urgent care.
Drew first got her start in 1988 as a corporate associate at Commander Legler Werber Dawes Sadler & Howell. From there, she went on to Smith Hulsey & Busey as corporate associate, her most recent position prior to joining Baptist Health. Lanier Drew graduated from the University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD, and from Trinity College - Hartford with an undergraduate degree in classics.
6. Andrew Moritz
Associate General Counsel of Citibank
Andrew Moritz is an Associate General Counsel of Citibank. He first joined the company in 2008. Citibank is the consumer division of financial services multinational Citigroup. Citi's mission is to serve as a trusted partner to its clients by responsibly providing financial services that enable growth and economic progress. Its core activities are safeguarding assets, lending money, making payments and accessing the capital markets on behalf of its clients. Citi has 200 years of experience helping its clients meet the world's toughest challenges and embrace its greatest opportunities. The U.S. branches are concentrated in six metropolitan areas: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Miami.
Previously, Moritz was a special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Moritz earned a JD from USC Gould School of Law.
7. Suzanne Smed
Legal Counsel of Digital Business and Technology of Ford Motor Company
Suzanne Smed is a Legal Counsel of Digital Business and Technology of Ford Motor Company, a global company and a pioneer of modern transportation. They introduced methods for large-scale manufacturing of cars and large-scale management of an industrial workforce using elaborately engineered manufacturing sequences typified by moving assembly lines; by 1914, these methods were known around the world as Fordism. Today, they are here to provide the means for every person to move and pursue their dreams, serving as a bridge between personal freedom and the future of mobility. In that pursuit, Ford’s 186,000 employees around the world help to set the pace of innovation every day. Smed has 30 years of experience. She began her career in 1992.
Before joining Ford Motor Company, Smed was a director of IT, strategic directions, and IT legal group at GMAC Residential Funding Corp. Smed graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law with a JD in intellectual property law, from the University of St. Thomas with an MBA in information management and strategy, and from the University of Minnesota with an undergraduate degree in soil science, computer science.
8. Lisa Disalle
Staff Attorney of American Express
Lisa Disalle is a Staff Attorney of American Express. She first joined the company in 2016. American Express Company (Amex) is a global corporation specialized in payment card services – personal, small business, and corporate credit cards. Founded in 1850, Amex is one of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. For generations, the key to its success has been the determination and resilience of its American Express colleagues. Now, as a globally integrated payments company, Amex works together to provide customers with access to products, insights and world-class experiences that enrich lives and build business success.
Previously, Disalle was an attorney at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood, & Boyer, P.A. Earlier in her career she worked with Rolfe & Lobello, P.A. as an attorney. Disalle earned a JD, in common law from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.
9. Vanessa Hodgerson
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of The Adecco Group
Vanessa Hodgerson is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of The Adecco Group, the world's second largest Human Resources provider and temporary staffing firm, and a Fortune Global 500 company. They provide services covering temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development as well as business process outsourcing and consulting. They work closely with individuals to build and grow their careers, and enable their clients to develop their talent, outsource their HR processes or manage workforce transformation and talent transitions. As for staffing, The Adecco Group covers many sectors, including office, industrial, technical, financial and legal, amongst others. They directly employ 700,000 people a day, and with the expansion of its operations to China, the number of people working under them totals up to 3.5 million. Hodgerson has 21 years of experience. She began her career in 2001.
Before joining The Adecco Group, Hodgerson was a labor and employment attorney at Jackson Lewis P.C., and before that, an associate attorney at Fowler White Boggs PA. Earlier in her career she worked with Darden Restaurants as a Spherion direct hire recruiter. Hodgerson graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD and from Florida State University - College of Business with an undergraduate degree in human resources.
10. Julie Frusciente
Attorney of Liberty Mutual Insurance
Julie Frusciente is an Attorney of Liberty Mutual Insurance. She first joined the company in 2018. As a Fortune 100 global leader in property and casualty insurance with more than 45,000 employees in 29 countries and economies around the world, Liberty Mutual’s dedication to putting others first extends beyond the organization. They are also committed to being a force for social and environmental good, and championing sustainability and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives around the world. They have spent more than 100 years creating innovative insurance products, services, ideas and technologies to meet the world’s ever-changing needs—breaking away from old mindsets and thinking outside of traditional insurance roles, because Liberty is committed to transforming its industry in order to create peace of mind for its customers.
Previously, Frusciente was an associate at Conroy Simberg, and before that, a senior associate at Dean Law Group, PLLC. Earlier in her career she worked with Fidelity National Financial as a VP of senior claims counsel. Frusciente earned a JD from Florida Coastal School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in pre-law studies and criminal justice from the University of West Florida.
11. Amy Kimble
Attorney-Adviser of Social Security Administration
Amy Kimble is an Attorney-Adviser of the Social Security Administration. The original mission for Social Security was to promote economic security for the nation’s people. They provide financial protection for more than 64 million individuals and families, including veterans, the chronically ill, widows and widowers, the children of deceased parents, retirees, and people with disabilities. SSA is one of the largest independent agencies in government with over 60,000 employees who work at more than 1,400 field offices and service centers throughout the country, as well as regional and headquarters locations. Kimble has 17 years of experience. She began her career in 2005.
Before joining the Social Security Administration, Kimble was an attorney at Bradford Myler and Associates. Earlier in her career she worked with Fidelity Investments as a financial advisor and broker. Kimble graduated from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with a JD, and from the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree in political science and sociology.
12. Renee Araujo
Senior Attorney of USAA
Renee Araujo is a Senior Attorney of USAA. She first joined the company in 2019. USAA offers competitive auto rates, no-monthly service fee banking, investing, insurance, and retirement options to all branches of the military and their family. Their mission started with a promise: a commitment from a group of soldiers who vowed to take care of their own. They founded the group as a mechanism for mutual self-insurance when they were unable to secure auto insurance because of the perception that they, as military officers, were a high-risk group. One century later, USAA employees continue the legacy – one of service, loyalty, and integrity. Wherever you are in life – a college graduate, a seasoned professional, a military veteran – you can join the team in making a difference for the members USAA serves.
Previously, Araujo was a senior counsel at TIAA Bank, and before that, a senior counsel of regulatory exams at EverBank. Earlier in her career she worked with Frohling & Hudak as an associate. Araujo earned a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
13. Ben Moore
Trial Attorney of Nationwide Insurance
Ben Moore is a Trial Attorney of Nationwide Insurance, a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. They have grown from a small mutual auto insurance company, owned by policyholders who spent their days farming in Ohio, to one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. Moore has 26 years of experience. He began his career in 1996.
Moore graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD, and from Moody Bible Institute with an undergraduate degree in theology.
14. Aurora Brown
Managing Attorney of GEICO
Aurora Brown began her professional career 18 years ago. Today, she is a Managing Attorney of GEICO. The Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) is a private auto insurance company and the second largest auto insurer in the United States. GEICO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway that provides coverage for more than 24 million motor vehicles owned by more than 15 million policyholders as of 2017. GEICO writes private passenger automobile insurance in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia; and the insurance agency sells policies through local agents directly to the consumer via licensed insurance agents and through their website.
Brown first got her start in 2004 as an intake specialist in the worker's compensation department at Farah & Farah. From there, she went on to Law Offices of Chris Johns & Associates, before eventually rising to senior associate at O'Hara Law Firm, P.A. Brown graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD, and from Saint Leo University with an undergraduate degree in criminology.
15. Ellie Holub
Attorney of Macquarie Group
Ellie Holub is an Attorney of Macquarie Group. She first joined the company in 2019. Macquarie Group Ltd. is a non-operating holding company, which engages in the provision of banking, financial, advisory, investment, and funds management services. It is the world's largest infrastructure asset manager and Australia's top ranked mergers and acquisitions adviser, with more than A$737 billion in assets under management. Macquarie brings specialist, global expertise in areas such as infrastructure, energy, technology and commodities. It focuses on innovation, careful risk management and delivering sustained long-term value for its clients, partners, investors, staff and the broader communities in which it operates.
Previously, Holub was a law clerk at The Johnson Law Firm. Earlier in her career she worked with Aventa Credit Union as an MSR. Holub earned a JD in general studies from Florida Coastal School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
16. Michael Haynes
Staff Attorney of Baker McKenzie
Michael Haynes began his professional career 23 years ago. Today, he is a Staff Attorney of Baker McKenzie, an international law firm with 77 offices in 46 countries, employing a total of 4,809 attorneys. The firm offers legal counsel in antitrust, trade, banking, finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, securities, information technology, and e-commerce. Its integrated client solutions provide seamless advice, underpinned by deep practice and sector expertise, as well as first-rate local market knowledge. Armed with Baker McKenzie insight and foresight, business leaders can feel confident in driving growth that is both sustainable – and inclusive.
Haynes first got his start in 1999 as a sales manager at Macy’s. From there, he went on to Kenneth Cole Productions, before eventually rising to AML officer at Deutsche Bank, his most recent position prior to joining Baker McKenzie. Haynes graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Dayton with an undergraduate degree in history.
17. Victoria Wellstead
Attorney of Winn Dixie Stores
Victoria Wellstead is an Attorney of Winn Dixie Stores. She first joined the company in 2012. Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout five southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Winn-Dixie is known for its private label Chek brand soft drinks, which are produced in over 20 different flavors plus diet and caffeine-free varieties—one of the widest assortments. It has also been known as "The Beef People" throughout its lifetime. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is a subsidiary of Southeastern Grocers, which is one of the largest conventional supermarket companies in the U.S.
Wellstead earned a JD and an MBA from Tulane University Law School, and an undergraduate degree in biology from Wellesley College.
18. Kassandra Farnsworth
Attorney of Farah & Farah
Kassandra Farnsworth is a Personal Injury Attorney of Farah & Farah. Farah & Farah’s mission is to treat everyone with dignity and respect no matter how big or small a case may be. The firm’s personal injury attorneys are dedicated to treating each case with the same set of principles. Farah & Farah handles a variety of law cases; product liability, marine/boating accidents, trucking accidents, negligent security, premises liability, auto accidents, personal injury, medical malpractice, social security, workers' compensation and any other injury caused by another person or company. They help clients overcome these challenging times in their lives by communicating effectively and being emotionally supportive.
Farnsworth graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in society, ethics, and human behavior.
19. Todd Niemczyk
Attorney of Fidelity National Financial
Todd Niemczyk began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Fidelity National Financial, a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries. A 2022 Fortune 500, FNF is the nation's largest title insurance company through its title insurance underwriters (Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title, Alamo Title and National Title Insurance of New York) that collectively issue more title insurance policies than any other title company in the United States. Their mission is to advance, expand, and protect the experience of property ownership by making the safety of the customers its primary focus. FNF prides itself on being extremely customer-oriented, motivated, and quick to provide solutions for all of their title insurance needs. The company strongly encourages employee ownership of company stock so the FNF family can share in the company’s continuous growth and be a valuable part of something bigger than themselves.
Niemczyk first got his start in 1997 as an adjunct professor at University of North Florida. From there, he went on to the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel 1st District, before eventually rising to assistant public defender at Office of the Public Defender, Fourth Judicial Circuit, his most recent position prior to joining Fidelity National Financial. Niemczyk graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD, from the University of North Florida with an Ed.D. in organizational leadership and an MBA, from the State University of New York - New Paltz with an MA in literature, and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in journalism.
20. Tracy Coleman
Deputy General Counsel of The Nemours Foundation
Tracy Coleman is a Deputy General Counsel of The Nemours Foundation. She first joined the company in 1998. The Nemours Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, they consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in its children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter its doors. Founded 70 years ago, Nemours directly cares for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, through its children’s hospitals and health system, including families who travel from across the country and world to see Nemours’ specialists — treating every child as their own.
Previously, Coleman was an associate director of claims at the University of Florida Self Insurance Program. Coleman earned a JD from Stetson University College of Law.
21. Blake Gibson
Deputy General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Black Knight
Blake Gibson is a Deputy General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Black Knight, an award-winning software, data and analytics company that drives innovation in the mortgage lending and servicing and real estate industries, as well as the capital and secondary markets. Businesses leverage Black Knight’s robust, integrated solutions across the entire homeownership life cycle to help retain existing customers, gain new customers, mitigate risk and operate more effectively. Their clients rely on the proven, comprehensive, scalable products and their unwavering commitment to delivering superior client support to achieve their strategic goals and better serve their customers. Gibson has 22 years of experience. He began his career in 2000.
Before joining Black Knight, Gibson was a VP and division counsel at Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS), and before that, an attorney at Pietrangelo Cook PLC. Earlier in his career he worked with Greenware, Inc. as an software engineer. Gibson graduated from The University of Memphis—Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law with a JD.
22. Summer King
Attorney of Holland & Knight
Summer King is an Attorney of Holland & Knight, a global law firm with more than 1,700 lawyers and other professionals in 35 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and North Africa. Clients recognize the firm's ability to consistently provide excellent value in a variety of areas that range from complex commercial litigation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions to regulatory matters, real estate transactions and government investigations. Holland & Knight offers decades of experience in an array of industries, businesses and government organizations, which results in helping clients identify and capture opportunities while mitigating risk and liability. It specializes in representing major Fortune 50 companies and corporations globally. King has 15 years of experience. She began her career in 2007.
Before joining Holland & Knight, King was an associate at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc, and before that, an attorney at Garden City Group, Inc. Earlier in her career she worked with Guardian Ad Litem Program as a case manager. King graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD, and from Flagler College with an undergraduate degree in sport management.
23. Dawn Carsten
Attorney II of Mercury Insurance
Dawn Carsten began her professional career 10 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney II of Mercury Insurance, a leading independent broker and agency writer of automobile insurance in California and one of the fastest growing automobile insurers in the nation. They were ranked as the fourth largest private passenger automobile insurer in California, with over $4.5 billion in total assets, 4,500 team members, and 8,000 independent agents. Since opening its doors in 1962, Mercury started by providing comprehensive coverage options for auto and expanded its offerings into home, condo, renters, and business insurance, as well as mechanical protection. The organization operates through a network of local, independent agents in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia. Their growth mindset keeps the company propelling beyond business and geographical boundaries.
Carsten first got her start in 2012 as an attorney at Matt Hellman, P.A. From there, she went on to ROIG Lawyers, a NAMWOLF member law firm as partner, her most recent position prior to joining Mercury Insurance. Carsten graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD, and from Purdue University Fort Wayne with an undergraduate degree in public affairs - legal studies.
24. Jonathan Stimler
Attorney of Foley & Lardner
Jonathan Stimler is an Attorney of Foley & Lardner. He first joined the company in 2019. Foley & Lardner LLP looks beyond the law to focus on the constantly evolving demands facing the clients and the industries. With over 1,100 lawyers in 25 offices worldwide, Foley approaches client service by first understanding the clients’ priorities, objectives, and challenges. Work hard to understand the clients’ issues and forge long-term relationships with clients to help achieve successful outcomes and solve the legal issues through practical business advice and cutting-edge legal insight. The clients view the firm as trusted business advisors because they understand that great legal service is only valuable if it is relevant, practical and beneficial to the businesses.
Previously, Stimler was an attorney at Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine and before that an attorney at DeBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris and Neal. Stimler earned a JD from Florida State University College of Law, an MA in international business and an undergraduate degree in business from Florida State University College of Law.
25. James McCain
Attorney of City of Jacksonville
James McCain began his professional career 18 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of the City of Jacksonville, the largest city in the area of the continental United States. Jacksonville is a rapidly growing metropolitan city in Northeast Florida, with approximately 900,000 residents. Under its strong mayor form of government, residents elect a mayor and a 19-member City Council, with five at-large members and 14 members elected by district. Lenny Curry is Jacksonville's eighth mayor since the consolidation of Duval County and City of Jacksonville governments in 1968.
McCain first got his start in 2004 as an attorney at Henderson & Maxwell. McCain graduated from George Washington University Law School with a JD and from Brown University with a degree in english and classics.
26. Christina Zarou
Attorney of McGuireWoods
Christina Zarou is an Attorney of McGuireWoods. She first joined the company in 2004. McGuireWoods, one of the world’s leading law firms, has earned the loyalty of its many long standing clients with deep and broad legal experience; a passion for understanding their businesses and markets; innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions; and unmatched service. With 1,100 lawyers in 21 offices worldwide, McGuireWoods’ continuing success comes down to one simple fact: The firm listens to their clients. This results in McGuireWoods being consistently placed among a select group of elite firms in surveys such as BTI Consulting’s Client Service A-Team, an annual ranking derived from unprompted feedback by general counsel and top decision-makers at Fortune 1,000 companies. McGuireWoods has been singled out for excellence on BTI’s Client Service 30 list 16 times.
Zarou earned a JD from George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School and an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Mary Washington.
27. Ross Vickers
Attorney of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Ross Vickers is an Attorney of Jackson Lewis P.C. Focused on labor and employment law since 1958, Jackson Lewis P.C. 's 950+ attorneys located in major cities nationwide consistently identify and respond to new ways workplace law intersects business. Vickers helps employers develop proactive strategies, strong policies, and business-oriented solutions to cultivate high-functioning workforces that are engaged, stable and diverse, and share the clients' goals to emphasize inclusivity and respect for the contribution of every employee. Vickers also defends employers in agency investigations and in litigation.
Before joining Jackson Lewis P.C, Vickers practiced employment law in Tallahassee and represented management in workplace disputes throughout North Florida. Vickers graduated from Florida State University College of Law with a JD in 2015 and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in criminology and political science in 2012.
28. Paul Renner
Attorney of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Paul Renner began his professional career 33 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Team combines legal and political experience, lobbying, and business acumen to develop integrated business and government relations strategies to deliver measurable results. The government relations professionals bring to clients an understanding of how the legislative, administrative, regulatory, and political processes operate in the nation’s capital. The team of government and public affairs lawyers and lobbyists includes former members of Congress, state lawmakers, professional Capitol Hill staff, agency appointees, and a former U.S. ambassador who advises and advocates for Nelson Mullins clients. Combine bipartisan relationships with business, political, and legal experience to provide strategic political intelligence, identify emerging areas of political, legislative, and regulatory risk, and develop effective public policies and government relations strategies.
Renner first got his start in 1989 as a commander, the U.S. Navy at U.S. Navy Reserve. From there, he went on to Milam Howard Nicandri Gillam & Renner, P.A. Renner graduated from the University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD and from Davidson College with an undergraduate degree in history.
29. Celia Falzone
Attorney of Akerman Senterfitt
Celia Falzone is an Attorney of Akerman Senterfitt. She first joined the company in 2007. Akerman LLP is a top 100 U.S. law firm recognized among the most forward-thinking firms in the industry by Financial Times. More than 700 lawyers and business professionals collaborate with the world’s most successful enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate change, seize opportunities, and help drive innovation and growth. A full-service, national firm with lawyers and professional business staff coast to coast, assemble a hand-crafted team for every client to get to the right answer, achieve the ideal resolution, and deliver the best experience for their clients’. From geography to practice specialty and industry knowledge, versatility is a core trait for Akerman.
Falzone earned a JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and an undergraduate degree from Florida State University - College of Business.
30. Alexandra Manning
Senior Corporate Counsel of RS&H
Alexandra Manning is a Senior Corporate Counsel of RS&H. Evolving beyond the status quo is in our DNA. More than 80 years of staying ahead of the ever-changing needs of clients earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and consulting firms. RS&H believe there’s a connection between the exceptional work and the accolades as a best place to work. The associates are driven to care about each other, the clients, the projects and the communities where everyone lives and works. Integrated teams come together to apply well-honed expertise with insight and innovation with a purpose, outcomes that lead to a future where everyone is connected to what they need to thrive. Manning has 10 years in the design services industry. She began her career in 2012.
Before joining RS&H, Manning was an associate attorney at Shelton | McKean - Trial Attorneys and before that an associate attorney at Banker Lopez Gassler P.A. Earlier in her career she worked with the State Attorney's Office, 12th Judicial Circuit as an assistant state attorney. Manning graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a JD and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in journalism.
31. Ray Deal
Senior Legal Counsel of Citizens Property Insurance
Ray Deal began his professional career 15 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Legal Counsel of Citizens Property Insurance, a nonprofit, government insurance company that insures Florida home, business and condo owners who are unable to find private-market coverage. Citizens' employees are driven first and foremost by the mission of service to the people of Florida. In addition to providing a quality product and service, strive to be good stewards of the premium funds entrusted to the company and committed to modeling the highest level of ethical behavior. The purpose-driven mission informs every action and decision make, and Citizens Property Insurance are proud of the valuable services provided to the customers and the Florida marketplace. Motivated and forward-thinking, the employees are encouraged to be proactive, push boundaries and help drive change across the industry, developing solutions for problems that don’t yet exist.
Deal first got his start in 2007 as an attorney at the Office of the State Attorney. Deal graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a JD and from the University of North Florida with an undergraduate degree in criminology.
32. Tiana O'Konek
Attorney of Quarles & Brady
Tiana O'Konek is an Attorney of Quarles & Brady. She first joined the company in 2021. Quarles & Brady is a multidisciplinary AmLaw 200 legal services provider with approximately 475 attorneys practicing at the top of the profession in Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Naples, Phoenix, Tampa, Tucson, and Washington, D.C. The national presence allows the firm to draw upon a group of highly skilled attorneys from all across the country to ensure the right people are working on the clients' matters. Have extensive experience working with the full industrial gamut, from cutting-edge technology to traditional manufacturing, and they have developed an extensive network of relationships with international legal counsel around the world, allowing them to effectively handle important matters for their clients on a global scale.
Previously, O'Konek was a director of diversity and inclusion at Minnesota State Bar Association and before that an attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. Earlier in her career she worked with Immigration Law Clinic - University of Arizona Rogers College of Law as an attorney. O'Konek earned a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law, an MLL from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and an undergraduate degree in Spanish, government & legal studies from Bowdoin College.
33. Linda Farrell
Attorney of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin P.C.
Linda Farrell is an Attorney of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin P.C. Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is a leading civil defense litigation law firm that represents and advises insurers, self-insured businesses, and professionals in a wide range of professional liability, casualty, health care, employment, and workers' compensation matters. With 500 attorneys in 19 offices throughout PA, NJ, DE, CT, OH, NY & FL, the firm is uniquely positioned to assist clients in both avoiding litigation, as well as providing clients with a vigorous defense in the event of claims and suits made against clients. Farrell has 32 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 1990.
Before joining Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin P.C., Farrell was a partner and chair of the workers' compensation department at Boyd & Jenerette, P.A. and before that a business consultant and regional manager at Orthodontic Centers of America. Farrell graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD and from the University of North Florida with an undergraduate degree.
34. Brian Pincket
General Counsel of Vensure Employer Services
Brian Pincket is a General Counsel of Vensure Employer Services. He first joined the company in 2020. Vensure Employer Services provides PEO solutions and human resource outsourcing to small and mid-market businesses. Through its subsidiaries, including VensureHR, the company processes more than $19 Billion in payroll and supports more than 526,000 worksite employees. Services include payroll, medical and voluntary benefits, workers' compensation, risk management, and HR administration. Vensure companies support a range of industries, allowing small business owners to manage HR functions cost-effectively, and turn their attention to growth and profitability initiatives.
Previously, Pincket was a VP and general counsel at MatrixOneSource and before that a partner at Lindell, Farson & Pincket, P.A. Earlier in his career he worked with Akerman as an associate. Pincket earned a JD from Florida State University College of Law and an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Miami Herbert Business School.
35. Maggie Travis
Real Estate Attorney of Eversheds Sutherland
Maggie Travis is a Real Estate Attorney of Eversheds Sutherland, a pioneering global law practice providing high quality legal advice and innovation worldwide. They deliver high quality, innovative solutions to complex business issues for a diverse range of clients. Eversheds Sutherland’s global teams operate seamlessly to deliver the commercial know-how and strategic alignment that clients need from their advisers to help further their business interests. They shape their advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensure the right people are in the right places to offer insight and certainty every time—from the day-to-day to the most complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions. What unites Eversheds is their commitment to service excellence through a people-focused approach. They know their clients’ businesses, the industries and markets they operate in, and most of all, they understand that great relationships yield the best outcomes. Travis has 8 years of experience. She began her career in 2014.
Before joining Eversheds Sutherland, Travis was a research assistant to Professor Chritine Klein. Travis graduated from the University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD, and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in history.
36. Samantha Glenn
Attorney and Senior AML Compliance Specialist of SoFi
Samantha Glenn began her professional career 7 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney and Senior AML Compliance Specialist of SoFi, a values-driven company on a mission to help its members get their money right. SoFi creates modern financial products and services that help people borrow, save, spend, invest, and protect their money better, so that they can achieve financial independence and realize their ambitions—from owning a home to saving for retirement, paying off their student loans, and more. SoFi’s #1 priority is putting members first; if its members are successful, SoFi is successful.
Glenn first got her start in 2015 as a supervising attorney at Accelerated Tax Solutions, before eventually rising to AFC MI senior investigator at Deutsche Bank, her most recent position prior to joining SoFi. Glenn graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD, and from the University of South Florida with an undergraduate degree in political science.
37. Joanna Aman
General Counsel of The Suddath Companies
Joanna Aman is a General Counsel of The Suddath Companies. Suddath takes moving personally, understanding that all cargo is precious and every step matters. A family company, built in Jacksonville, Florida, grew from one spirited entrepreneur with a cart and two mules to a global company that moves people, businesses and products anywhere a truck, jet plane or cargo ship. The determined team flexes across the spectrum of industry offerings, owning both the 30,000-foot thinking and the boots-on-the-ground tactics needed to transport people to the other side of opportunity. Suddath employs more than 2,000 people worldwide, has locations throughout the U.S. and operates in more than 150 countries around the world. Aman has 17 years in the truck transportation industry. She began her career in 2005.
Aman graduated from Georgia State University with a JD and from Trinity College-Hartford with an undergraduate degree in intercultural studies.
38. Christopher Bateh
Partner of Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer P.A.
Christopher Bateh is a Partner of Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer P.A. He first joined the company in 2019 as an associate attorney. QPWB is a full-service national law firm offering services to public and private companies, professionals, entrepreneurs, and individuals. QPWB handles premises liability, products liability, liquor and food liability, transportation, construction defect, and all other types of negligence and tort actions such as personal injury, employment, and workers’ compensation. QPWB’s professional liability clients include all types of healthcare facilities and practitioners, accountants, attorneys, architects, engineers, brokers, and agents. The firm is composed of exceptional lawyers and staff who all have unique and different backgrounds, experiences, personalities and ideas to guide the firm to success and address the clients’ needs.
Previously, Bateh was an assistant state attorney at the Office of the State Attorney, 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Bateh earned a JD from Florida Coastal School of Law and an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Florida.
39. Leslie Dean
Attorney of GrayRobinson P.A.
Leslie Dean is an Attorney of GrayRobinson P.A. The firm consists of a multidimensional team of attorneys, advisors, and consultants recognized as one of the most influential firms in Florida. The nearly 300 professionals partner with successful businesses and enterprising individuals to resolve disputes, anticipate industry shifts, and harness forward momentum. Serve clients nationally from 15 offices across Florida and Washington, D.C. GrayRobinson is also a founding member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, which is composed of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse legal profession. Dean has 17 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2005.
Dean graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD and from Mississippi State University with an undergraduate degree.
40. Richard Lasseter
Attorney of Hall Booth Smith P.C.
Richard Lasseter began his professional career 16 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Hall Booth Smith P.C., a full-service law firm with six regional offices strategically located throughout Georgia, a wide range of legal disciplines, HBS prides itself on providing knowledgeable, proactive, client-specific counsel to individuals, domestic and international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. At HBS, possess the legal knowledge, skill and experience to meet the clients’ needs wherever possible business. HBS maintains the highest commitment to ethically and professionally serve the clients by providing the highest quality legal representation.
Lasseter first got his start in 2006 as a teaching assistant at Florida Coastal School of Law. From there, he went on to Darby, Peele, Bowdoin, & Payne, before eventually rising to attorney at Dennis, Jackson, Martin & Fontela, P.A, his most recent position prior to joining Hall Booth Smith P.C. Lasseter graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD and from Valdosta State University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
41. Julio Salvador
General Counsel of Safariland
Julio Salvador is a General Counsel of Safariland. He first joined the company in 2012 as chief compliance officer. The Safariland Group empowers over a thousand people to design, engineer, research and deliver the protective equipment products to those that protect the company. Continuously seek new innovations to add to the premier group of Safariland brands that have been protecting law enforcement, military and security professionals for over 50 years. The Safariland Group's rich heritage didn't become what it is today simply from assimilating many protective product brands into one organization. The company has grown from the collective pledge to achieve excellence and the commitment to focus on the customer first, a common thread that binds the company and their clients’ together on the journey.
Salvador earned a JD from the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
42. Caroline Kubovy
Attorney of Wicker Smith
Caroline Kubovy is an Attorney of Wicker Smith. She first joined the company in 2020. Wicker Smith, a partnership from Miami, Florida in 1952 with the goal of providing legal services of exceptional quality and creativity to their clients. Throughout the years the firm has changed in size and scope, but the goal of providing exceptional legal representation has remained the same. Today, Wicker Smith is a full-service trial firm deeply experienced in handling significant and complex litigation for a broad variety of clients, ranging from multinational corporations to individuals. Wicker Smith offers legal services in over 30 different practice areas and has a wealth of experience handling complex litigation for a broad variety of clients, ranging from multinational corporations to individuals. The true strength of Wicker Smith resides in the ability to recruit and tenure a talented group of attorneys and staff professionals.
Previously, Kubovy was a chief legal officer at Advantage Dermatology, P.A. and before that a healthcare associate attorney at The Bittinger Law Firm. Earlier in her career she worked with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc as a staff attorney. Kubovy earned a JD from Florida Coastal School of Law, an MBA from Jacksonville University, and an undergraduate degree in business administration and management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
43. Geremy Gregory
Attorney of Balch & Bingham
Geremy Gregory is an Attorney of Balch & Bingham. The corporate law firm is recognized nationally for their genuine dedication to its clients, forward-thinking approach and ability to anticipate what is on the horizon. Named one of America's top trusted corporate law firms by Forbes, Balch & Bingham includes more than 200 attorneys throughout the Southeast, Texas and Washington, D.C., who are known for leveraging collaboration, creativity and practicality to solve complex legal challenges. Balch & Bingham foster an ongoing commitment to serving the communities, both individually and collectively. This value is deeply ingrained in the culture and passionately guides many efforts. Gregory has 16 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 2006.
Gregory graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree.
44. Madison Mahaffy
Attorney of Smith Gambrell & Russell
Madison Mahaffy is an Attorney of Smith Gambrell & Russell. A full-service, international law firm that advises regional, national, and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The Firm's 270 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C. Mahaffy has 8 years in the law practice industry. She began his career in 2014.
Before joining Smith Gambrell & Russell, Mahaffy was an associate attorney at Swope, Rodante P.A. and before that an executive forum editor at University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy. Earlier in her career she worked with Delta Gamma as a president. Mahaffy graduated from the University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
45. Bradley Bulthuis
Assistant County Attorney of St. Johns County Florida
Bradley Bulthuis began his professional career 16 years ago. Today, he is an Assistant County Attorney of St. Johns County Florida. Home to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, numerous historic sites, national monuments, modern-day attractions, abundant natural resources, and 42 miles of beautiful beaches and coastline along the majestic Atlantic Ocean. St. Johns County Florida is also proud to be home to numerous championship golf courses, the PGA Tour, and the World Golf Hall of Fame. As one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, St. Johns County is arguably one of the most desirable places to live in Florida and the nation. The area has the highest ranked school system in the state of Florida, has been named the healthiest county in Florida, and boasts vibrant and diverse arts and culture opportunities and venues. The county also has the third lowest unemployment rate in Florida and the local economy continually attracts new businesses.
Bulthuis first got his start in 2006 as an attorney at Holland & Knight. From there, he went on to the U.S. District Court as a law clerk. Bulthuis graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with a JD and from Calvin University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
46. Chauntel Miller
Litigation Attorney of Cordell & Cordell
Chauntel Miller began her professional career 8 years ago. Today, she is a Litigation Attorney of Cordell & Cordell, a community of talented legal professionals who prioritize growth and success in all life roles. Cordell & Cordell divorce attorneys are dedicated to providing high quality service in family law. The divorce attorneys focus on men’s divorce and dads’ rights. The firm has developed the unique experience and familiarity with the male perspective as it is affected in the family law courts to allow the clients to feel comfortable that their point of view is understood and accurately represented.
Miller first got her start in 2014 as an independent contractor and staff attorney at Harvey Felix, P.A. From there, she went on to CG Law Firm as an attorney. Miller graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD and from Jacksonville University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
47. Amber Hraha
Attorney of Cole Scott & Kissane P.A.
Amber Hraha began her professional career 7 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney of Cole Scott & Kissane P.A. The full-service law firm is able to provide the clients with experienced counsel and services in numerous areas of the law. In order to better serve the clients, Cole Scott & Kissane have made a major commitment to utilize the best available technology in the practice of law. Successful litigators know there is no substitute for thorough research, preparation, and management of information. Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. is proud to offer the clients the benefit of joining ever-changing technology with hard work, the willingness to go the extra mile, the teamwork of attorneys working for the benefit of our clients, and the integrity and the tenacity that is found in effective attorneys. It is the goal and firm commitment to continue to serve the clients as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Hraha first got her start in 2015 as a tax attorney at Accelerated Tax Solutions. From there, she went on to Fidelity National Financial, before eventually rising to associate attorney at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood, & Boyer, P.A, her most recent position prior to joining Cole Scott & Kissane P.A. Hraha graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a JD and from Iowa State University with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
48. Geoff Lutz
Managing Partner of Resnick & Louis P.C.
Geoff Lutz is a Managing Partner of Resnick & Louis P.C. He first joined the company in 2019. Resnick & Louis, P.C. was founded in 2012 by Mitchell J. Resnick, Lena M. Louis, and Jennifer A. Boldi. Three highly respected attorneys in the legal and business communities, with over 40 years of collective experience. Together they have developed a team of diverse and experienced attorneys who are licensed to represent clients in various jurisdictions. With the use of technology, a nationwide network of professionals, and a client-centric approach, the firm has created a practice that offers value-added representation through experience, diversity, and creativity. The firm retains an unparalleled team of professionals with diverse backgrounds from across the United States and their experienced attorneys are versed in all aspects of negotiation, arbitration, mediation, trial and resolution of litigated and non-litigated matters.
Previously, Lutz was an attorney at St. Denis & Davey PA and before that an attorney at McCabe & Ronsman. Earlier in his career he worked with Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Echsner & Proctor PA as a research assistant and law clerk. Lutz earned a JD from the University Of Florida, Levin College of Law and an undergraduate degree in classic civilization from Yale University.
49. Adam Brandon
Attorney of Rogers Towers P.A.
Adam Brandon is an Attorney of Rogers Towers P.A., has carefully worked to cultivate strong relationships with the clients. The firm's attorneys will do what it takes to learn the business inside and out, providing careful insights and making sure we’re working in best interest. The firm has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in all areas of litigation, and in corporate, tax, real estate, business planning, intellectual property, family law and estate planning matters. Rogers Towers provides a full range of legal services to Fortune 500 companies, growing businesses, local governments, banking and financial institutions, manufacturers and not-for-profit organizations. With more than 55 attorneys in five offices are prepared to handle the challenge. Brandon has 13 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 2009.
Before joining Rogers Towers P.A., Brandon was a command judge advocate at Region Legal Service Office Southeast, NAS Jacksonville and before that a defense attorney at Naval Legal Service Office North Central, Detachment Great Lakes. Earlier in his career he worked with the Central Criminal Court of Iraq - Liaison Office as a liaison officer. Brandon graduated from Notre Dame Law School with a JD and from the U.S. Naval War College with an MA in defense and strategic studies, and from Wheaton College with an undergraduate degree in economics.
50. Ashlie Harrington
Attorney of Florida Department of Children and Families
Ashlie Harrington is an Attorney of the Florida Department of Children and Families. She first joined the company in 2016 as senior attorney. The Florida Department of Children and Families consists of more than 10,000 employees across the state whose mission it is to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency. In collaboration with community stakeholders, the organization delivers world class and continuously improving service focused on providing the people it serves with the level and quality that we would demand and expect for our own families. Operating on the core values of integrity, courage, accountability, respect, and excellence, the organization empowers people to achieve the best outcomes for those we serve.
Previously, Harrington was in retail sales at Flip Flop Shops. Harrington earned a JD from Florida Coastal School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and corrections from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.