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The Top 50 Attorneys of Miami for 2022 (Complete)

Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Miami for 2022. Miami is the second most populated city in Florida and where multiple top tier law firms reside. The area has become a new hot spot for professionals looking to begin or continue their career and in turn drawn in a robust group of individuals serving in the law industry. This year’s awardees are committed to their practice and clients in various fields including business, government, education, healthcare, real estate, insurance, and more.

Among this year’s awardees are Henry Smokler, General Counsel and Chief Legal & Risk Officer for PGA of America, who is responsible for all legal affairs for one of the world’s largest working sports organizations, including all corporate, strategic, and tactical legal initiatives; Susan Helfrick, General Counsel for Chewy, who manages strategic transactions, including acquisitions and new business initiatives for the Fortune 500 pet supply company; and Michael Burwick, Partner of Greenspoon Marder, who has dedicated his focus on the practice of entertainment, sports, media, and technology law.

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These legal professionals exude the confidence, qualifications, and knowledge that allow them to excel in their fields. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Attorneys of Miami for 2022.

 

1. Susan Helfrick
General Counsel of Chewy

Susan Helfrick is a General Counsel for Chewy, an online retailer of pet food and other pet-related products. She first joined the company in 2014 and is responsible for all legal affairs of the company, including corporate and securities matters, corporate governance, complex commercial transactions, compliance, litigation, employment and intellectual property. In her role she provides advice and counsel to the company’s CEO, senior executive team members and the board of directors. Helfrick has over 27 years of experience. She began her career in 1995.

Prior to joining Chewy, Helfrick was a general counsel and executive vice president for GfK where she structured, negotiated and managed local and international strategic transactions and before that, she served as an assistant general counsel and vice president for Goldman Sachs. She first got her start with the Securities & Exchange Commission as a staff attorney. Helfrick graduated from Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management with an MBA, from Penn State Dickinson Law with a JD and from Georgetown University Law center with an LLM.

 

2. Henry Smokler
General Counsel and Chief Legal and Risk Officer of PGA of America

Henry Smokler is the Chief Legal and Risk Officer of PGA of America. He first joined the company in 2015 as General Counsel. PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to serve its 29,000 members and grow the game. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing, and research programs, the PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, the PGA elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere.

Previously, Smokler was a Managing Director of broadcast and digital media at the United States Golf Association, and before that, an Associate at Davis & Gilbert. Earlier in his career he worked with Willkie Farr & Gallagher as an Associate. Smokler earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in Government from Cornell University.

 

3. Mike Antonello
General Counsel of Lynn University

Mike Antonello began his professional career 28 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Lynn University, an independent college based in Boca Raton, Florida, with approximately 3,000 students from nearly 100 countries. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Lynn for innovation, international students and value. Lynn's NCAA Division II Fighting Knights have won 25 national titles, Conservatory of Music features a world-renowned faculty of performers, and the nationally recognized Institute for Achievement and Learning empowers students with learning differences. The school's dialogues curriculum and award-winning iPad program allow Lynn graduates to gain the intellectual flexibility and global experience to fulfill their potential in an ever-changing world.

Antonello first got his start in 1994 as a Show Attorney at Twentieth Television. From there, he went on to Danny!, before eventually rising to General Counsel at American Media, Inc. Antonello graduated from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law with a JD, from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with an MBA, and from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in Economics.

 

4. Michael Burwick
Partner of Greenspoon Marder

Michael Burwick began his professional career 27 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Greenspoon Marder, a national full-service business law firm with over 225 attorneys and offices across the United States. Since its inception in 1981, the firm has been committed to providing excellent client service through the cross-disciplinary, client-team approach. Their mission is to understand the challenges that their clients face, build collaborative relationships, and craft creative solutions designed and executed with long-term strategic goals in mind. The firm serves Fortune 500, middle-market public and private companies, start-ups, emerging businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs nationwide.

Burwick first got his start in 1995 as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General. From there, he went on to the United States House of Representatives, before eventually rising to Partner at The Wagner Law Group. Burwick graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD, an MLL in Taxation, Securities Law and Financial Regulation, and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in Sociology.

 

5. Marcus Sandifer
General Counsel of Celsius Holdings

Marcus Sandifer began his professional career 18 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Celsius Holdings, a global consumer packaged goods company with a proprietary, clinically proven formula for its master brand Celsius. A lifestyle energy drink born in fitness and a pioneer in the rapidly growing energy category. Celsius offers proprietary, functional, essential energy formulas clinically proven to offer significant health benefits to their users. Celsius is backed by six university studies that were published in peer-reviewed journals validating the unique benefits Celsius provides.

Sandifer first got his start in 2004 as an HR Supervisor at PepsiCo. From there, he went on to Nestlé Waters North America, before eventually rising to Associate at DLA Piper. Sandifer graduated from Emory University School of Law with a JD, and from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

 

6. Richard Siegel
VP and General Counsel of H.I.G. Capital

Richard Siegel is the Vice President and General Counsel of H.I.G. Capital. He joined the company in 2005. He is responsible for all of the firm’s legal, regulatory and compliance matters worldwide. H.I.G. Acquisition Corp. is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, stock purchase or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Their sponsor is an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a leading global alternative asset manager active in private equity, growth equity, credit and real asset strategies. Their strategy is to identify and acquire businesses that are suited to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns in the public market by leveraging the expertise and capabilities of our management team and the H.I.G. Capital platform.

Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Siegel was the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Ryder System, and before that, a Judicial Clerk for Andrew G.T. Moore II, of the Delaware Supreme Court. Siegel received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and earned a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland.

 

7. Steve Sibner
General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer of NCCI

Steve Sibner is a General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer with of NCCI. He first joined the company in 2015. Founded in 1923, the mission of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is to foster a healthy workers compensation system. In support of this mission, NCCI gathers data, analyzes industry trends, and provides objective insurance rate and loss cost recommendations. These activities, combined with a comprehensive set of tools and services, make NCCI the source of trust for workers compensation information.

Sibner first got his start in 1986 as an associate with Cummings & Lockwood before joining Durant Sabanosh Nichols and Houston. He later joined the American Society of Workers’ Compensation Professionals as a director before joining NCCI. He served in various positions with NCCI including division executive of affiliate services and managing attorney and compliance official. Sibner graduated from Penn State University with an undergraduate degree in business administration and economics and from American University Washington College of Law with his JD.

 

8. Joseph Rubbone
General Counsel of Orangetheory Fitness

Joseph Rubbone began his professional career 11 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Orangetheory Fitness, a science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out. The Orangetheory brand is committed to encouraging, facilitating and upholding an environment centered on diversity, equity and inclusion across every facet. The organization works to create a sustainable culture that supports a healthy space for learning and growing, valuing and empowering every employee, inspiring a diverse franchise network, and uplifting the members and communities.

Rubbone first got his start in 2011 as a Contracts Coordinator at NFL Films. From there, he went on to Leftfield Pictures, before eventually rising to General Counsel at Vita Coco. Rubbone graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a JD and from Amherst College with an undergraduate degree in History.

 

9. Michael Cheah
General Counsel of Vimeo

Michael Cheah is aGeneral Counsel of Vimeo, the world’s leading all-in-one video software solution. The platform enables any professional, team, and organization to unlock the power of video to create, collaborate and communicate. The organization proudly serves the growing community of over 260 million users, from creatives to entrepreneurs to the world’s largest companies. Cheah has 22 years of experience. He began his career in 2000.

Before joining Vimeo, Cheah was a Senior Litigation Counsel at IAC/InterActiveCorp, and before that, an Associate at Heller Ehrman. Earlier in his career he worked with Sullivan & Cromwell as an Associate. Cheah graduated from the University of Toronto with a JD and from Dalhousie University with an undergraduate degree in Commerce.

 

10. Shabnam Khalili
Attorney, Government Program Compliance of TracFone Wireless

Shabnam Khalili is a Attorney of Government Program Compliance at TracFone Wireless, America’s largest prepaid, no-contract wireless service provider with more than 20 million subscribers. TracFone Wireless, Inc. was founded on the principle that a cell phone and reliable service should be accessible to all. That’s why, for over 20 years, they leveraged the country’s largest and most reliable cellular networks to provide affordable, high-quality wireless service to individuals who are overlooked and underserved. Through collaboration and innovation, empower millions to stay in touch with who and what they love. As technology continues to evolve, the organization remains just as committed to ensuring wireless service is affordable and accessible to all. Khalili has 16 years of experience. She began her career in 2006.

Before joining TracFone Wireless, Khalili was an In-House Counsel at CDR Maguire Inc, and before that, a Legal Compliance Senior Advisor at Cigna. Earlier in her career she worked with the Virginia General Assembly as a Legislative Assistant. Khalili graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from Old Dominion University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.

 

11. Megan Grant
Managing Attorney of National Council on Compensation

Megan Grant is a Managing Attorney of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). She first joined the company in 2016 as Senior Counsel. NCCI’s mission is to foster a healthy workers compensation system. In support of this mission, they gather data, analyze industry trends, and provide objective insurance rate and loss cost recommendations. These activities combined with a comprehensive set of tools and services make NCCI the source that individuals trust for workers compensation information. At NCCI, they recognize that their employees are the reason the legacy endures today.

Previously, Grant was a Partner at Colodny Fass, P.A., and before that, a Sole Practitioner at the Law Office of Megan M. Grant. Earlier in her career she worked with Van Ness Feldman as an Associate. Grant earned a JD from the University of Idaho College of Law, an MLL in International Law from Tulane University Law School, and an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of San Diego.

 

12. Richard Adams
Attorney of Cole Scott & Kissane P.A.

Richard Adams is an Attorney of Cole Scott & Kissane P.A. Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. is proud to offer to 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 their clients, and the integrity and the tenacity that is found in effective attorneys. The attorneys and staff provide their clients with experienced counsel and services in numerous areas of the law. In order to better serve clients, they made a major commitment to utilize the best available technology in their practice of law, and deliver organized and efficient service. Successful litigators know there is no substitute for thorough research, preparation, and management of information, which is the goal and firm commitment to continue to serve clients as efficiently and effectively as possible. Adams has 31 years of experience. He began his career in 1991.

Before joining Cole Scott & Kissane P.A, Adams was an Attorney at Adams & Adams. Adams graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from Washington and Lee University with an undergraduate degree.

 

13. Aimee Cernicharo
Attorney of St. Thomas University Human Rights Institute

Aimee Cernicharo is an Attorney of St. Thomas University Human Rights Institute. She first joined the company in 2007. St. Thomas University is a Catholic university with a rich cultural and international diversity that is committed to the academic and professional success of its students, and to graduating students who have been taught the essential attributes to be a leader in their chosen field. At St. Thomas University, you learn the key traits of successful leadership, knowledge, confidence and ethics. St. Thomas makes no apology for believing that the community and the world can be a better and happier place, and makes sure students are learning the leadership skills to make it happen.

Previously, Cernicharo was an Attorney at NExt Era Energy, and before that, an Attorney at FPL Energy. Earlier in her career she worked with Steel Hector & Davis as an Attorney. Cernicharo earned a JD from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law and an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

14. Desiree Masson
Managing Attorney of Miami-Dade Guardian ad Litem Program

Desiree Masson is a Managing Attorney of Miami-Dade Guardian ad Litem Program. The Guardian ad Litem Program is essential to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, make sure their wishes are heard and to find permanency with a loving family. The Guardian ad Litem Program recruits, trains and empowers potential volunteers within the community to represent the best interests of children in foster care. Volunteers visit the children a minimum of once every 30 days, write reports and work with their supervisor and attorney team as a party to the child's court proceedings. Masson has 15 years of experience. She began her career in 2007.

Before joining the organization, Masson was an Attorney at Dade Legal Aid, and before that, a Law Clerk at Richard Schurr, P.A. Earlier in her career she worked with The Village South as a Case Manager. Masson graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD, and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

 

15. Michele Martello
General Counsel of MDVIP

Michele Martello began her professional career 18 years ago. Today, she is a General Counsel of MDVIP, a personalized healthcare program that empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through in-depth knowledge, expertise and one-on-one coaching with an affiliated primary care doctor. The MDVIP model was created with the hope and vision of bringing more life to more lives, both young and old, by putting impersonal healthcare practices and tactics aside and embracing a new way of healing. MDVIP will always put the patient at the heart of everything they do, and see their patients as people, not numbers or charts, but unique individuals with personal stories. Because patients are all different, MDVIP tailors care to specifically meet the needs, goals and aspirations.

Martello first got her start in 2004 as a Healthcare Associate at Broad and Cassel. Martello graduated from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law with a JD, and from Westminster College (PA) with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Economics.

 

16. Michael Carroll
Attorney of Ocean Bank

Michael Carroll is an Attorney of Ocean Bank. He first joined the company in 2009. Ocean Bank is one of the largest independent commercial banks headquartered in Florida with more than 500 employees. Chartered in 1982, the bank operates a network of branches throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Through the years, Ocean Bank has preserved the practice of nurturing a close and personal relationship with each customer. Ocean Bank aspires to be one of the most financially sound, profitable banks in the Southern Florida market. The bank will grow by meeting the broad financial needs of local businesses, families, and other select customer groups in a most personal and professional manner.

Carroll earned a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

 

17. Arthur Neiwirth
Attorney of Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer P.A.

Arthur Neiwirth is a Attorney of Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer P.A., a full-service national law firm and the largest minority and women-owned law firm in the nation. 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. 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. Neiwirth has 13 years of experience. He began his career in 2009.

Neiwirth graduated from the University of Florida with a JD and an undergraduate degree in Journalism.

 

18. Douglas Brehm
Attorney of Shutts & Bowen

Douglas Brehm began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Shutts & Bowen, a Florida-based law firm, headquartered in Miami, representing individuals and business entities nationally and internationally. Shutts & Bowen LLP is a full-service law firm with a deep connection to Florida’s history, a commitment to excellent service for its clients and community, and a focus on diversity in the workplace. The firm provides quality legal representation while combining the commitment to client service with the latest innovations in the practice of law. For more than 100 years, the firm has been opening doors to business clients across the state with sophisticated, cutting-edge legal skills from Florida’s top legal talent. Their attorneys and staff work in an environment where people are recognized for their value as individuals, giving them the autonomy and freedom to best serve their clients.

Brehm graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD.

 

19. Sonya Miller
General Counsel of Florida Memorial University

Sonya Miller is a General Counsel of Florida Memorial University. She first joined the company in 2020. The legacy of determination and accomplishment from Florida Memorial since 1879 has made FMU the only historically black university in southern Florida. The university has culturally diverse institutions, transforming lives and helping create a future for people of many races, ethnicities, countries, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. Members of the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni take every opportunity possible to express pride in the institution.

Previously, Miller was a Deputy General Counsel at Broward College. Miller earned a JD from Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law and from Emory University with an undergraduate degree.

 

20. Derek Barba
Attorney and Partner of Wicker Smith

Derek Barba is a Attorney and Partner of Wicker Smith, a law firm in Miami, Florida that was formed 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 remains the same. 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. With over 260 attorneys, Wicker Smith services its clients through a network of 16 locations including Atlanta, Brunswick, Fort Lauderdale, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Palmetto Bay, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach. 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. Barba has 20 years of experience. He began his career in 2002.

Before joining Wicker Smith, Barba was a Partner at Goldberg Segalla, and before that, a Partner at Hamilton Miller & Birthisel. Earlier in his career he worked with Adams Adams Baca & McMillen as a Senior Associate. Barba graduated from St. Thomas University College of Law with a JD and from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in English Literature & International and Comparative Studies.

 

21. Kim Lunsford
Attorney of Gunster Yoakley

Kim Lunsford began her professional career 33 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney of Gunster Yoakley, Florida’s law firm for business, which provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 13 offices statewide. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved, but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients’ stake in it. A magnet for business-savvy attorneys who embrace collaboration for the greatest advantage of clients, Gunster’s growth has not been at the expense of personalized service but because of it. The firm serves clients from several locations, such as in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Winter Park, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With nearly 400 combined attorneys and committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360.

Lunsford graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with a JD, and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

 

22. Janet Tacoronte
General Counsel Boats Group

Janet Tacoronte is a General Counsel of Boats Group where she joined the company in 2022. Boats Group shares one purpose: making it easy for people to buy and sell boats. Connect to millions of people with the world’s largest selection of boats and sellers. Committed to leveraging technology to deliver leading value to their industry partners and investing in new innovations that bring the boating industry to the forefront of modern business. A global company with an entrepreneurial spirit, and passionate about creating a world-class shopping experience for more than 65 million boaters each year. Converting more shoppers to buyers than any other source - putting them one step closer to achieving the mission of getting the world on the water.

Previously, Tacoronte was a Senior Regional Counsel at Selina, and before that, an Associate General Counsel at Diamonds International. Earlier in her career she worked with Law Offices of Patrick L. Cordero, PA as an Associate Legal Counsel and Lead Chapter 7 Attorney. Tacoronte earned a JD from St. Thomas University College of Law, a MIM in project management from Colorado State University Global, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from Florida International University.

 

23. Benjamin Bourdon
Attorney of Kubicki Draper

Benjamin Bourdon is an Attorney of Kubicki Draper, a full-service law firm providing trial, appellate, coverage, commercial and real estate transaction services. With over 200 attorneys and 12 offices, they represent clients throughout the entire state of Florida and the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Bourdon has 33 years of experience. He began his career in 1989.

Before joining Kubicki Draper, Bourdon was Civil Litigation Attorney at Florida Litigators, PLLC, and before that, a Legal Counsel at Info Tech, Inc. Bourdon graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law with a JD, and from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with an undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition.

 

24. Ronald Lacayo
Partner of Kelley Kronenberg

Ronald Lacayo is a Partner of Kelley Kronenberg. He first joined the company in 2021. Kelley Kronenberg was founded in 1980 and is now a multi-practice business law firm with more than 175 attorneys and 12 locations throughout Florida and the United States. Kelley Kronenberg is one of the fastest-growing law firms in Florida, built on relationships, and committed to exceptional client service. The firm serves all types and sizes of public and private companies, as well as small businesses and individuals nationwide. Kelley Kronenberg has been recognized amongst the “Largest U.S. Law Firms” by the National Law Journal’s NLJ 500 and Law 360 400 in 2020, America’s Top Corporate Law Firms by Forbes and Top 10 in NLJ’s Women’s Scorecard in 2019.

Previously, Lacayo was an Associate Attorney at Fields Howell, and before that, an Associate Attorney at Lydecker Diaz. Earlier in his career he worked with Barnard Law Offices as an Associate. Lacayo earned a JD from St. Thomas University College of Law and an undergraduate degree in International Business from Florida International University.

 

25. John Lupfer
General Counsel of Kast Construction

John Lupfer is a General Counsel of Kast Construction. He first joined the company in 2022. Since 1998, KAST and KAST Team Members have successfully delivered some of Florida’s premier commercial properties. Today, KAST has extensive experience in the following market sectors: High Rise Residential, Multifamily, Hospitality, Office, Retail, Country Club, Municipal, and Arts. KAST believes that success is driven by innovation, creativity, and a focused intelligent approach to everything Kast does. Their clients expect solutions and results and the organization is dedicated to attracting the best talent in the industry who share Kast's belief that nothing is impossible. This means breaking down walls that limit creative thought and impose limits on any of the team members to provide the clients with the highest level of service possible.

Previously, Lupfer was an Assistant General Counsel at Suffolk Construction, and before that, a Complex Director at AIG. Earlier in his career he worked with Young and Valkenet as a Law Clerk. Lupfer earned a JD in Tax Law and Taxation from the University of Baltimore School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

 

26. Cristobal Casal
Attorney of Conroy Simberg Ganon

Cristobal Casal is an Attorney of Conroy Simberg Ganon, a result-oriented insurance defense law firm offering a full range of legal services to insurance companies, self-insured organizations, businesses and professionals operating across Florida and throughout the nation. The firm represents clients in construction, healthcare, insurance, general liability, manufacturing, professional services, retail, automotive, and transportation industries, just to name a few. Their primary objective is to deliver outstanding results for each of the clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. The legal team at Conroy Simberg is sensitive to the needs of the clients and appreciates that every case involves unique challenges and opportunities. Casal has 15 years of experience. He began his career in 2007.

Casal graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from Northwestern University with an undergraduate degree in History.

 

27. Brian McDonough
Attorney of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A.

Brian McDonough began his professional career 39 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A., a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Tallahassee, and Coral Gables in Florida. The firm offers multidisciplinary solutions with a focus on litigation & dispute resolution, bankruptcy & creditors' rights, corporate & securities, government & administrative, labor & employment, real estate, real estate finance, commercial finance and loan restructuring & workouts, land development, zoning & environmental, marital & family law and tax.

McDonough graduated from Notre Dame Law School with a JD, from New York University School of Law with an MLL in Taxation, and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

 

28. Kenneth Duvall
Attorney of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod

Kenneth Duvall is an Attorney of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, a commercial law firm based in Florida. The firm has extensive experience in the areas of corporate and securities; finance; commercial real estate; litigation; restructuring and bankruptcy; land use and government relations; environmental; commercial finance; technology and telecommunications; media and entertainment; trusts, estate and wealth transfer; and tax. Duvall has 14 years of experience. He began his career in 2008.

Before joining the firm, Duvall was an Associate at Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw & Eisenbrandt, and before that, a Judicial Clerk at Missouri Court of Appeals. Duvall graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD, and from Saint Louis University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

 

29. Yasin Daneshfar
Attorney of Becker & Poliakoff P.A.

Yasin Daneshfar began his professional career 21 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Becker & Poliakoff P.A. Becker & Poliakoff carefully cultivated the practices and the people to give their clients the very best: formidable expertise, strategically creative thinking, and undivided attention. Becker & Poliakoff are their clients’ champions, keenly focused on understanding each situation, solving any challenges, and achieving the anticipated goals. Founded in 1973, their attorneys have always been pioneers, boldly breaking new ground and taking unconventional approaches to tough legal challenges.

Daneshfar first got his start in 2001 as a Director at English Language Institute. From there, he went on to Doral Academy Charter High School, before eventually rising to Associate at Polenberg Cooper. Daneshfar graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD in law, an MBA from Florida International University, and from Urmia University with an undergraduate degree in English.

 

30. Camilo Espinosa
Managing Attorney of Loigica P.A.

Camilo Espinosa began his professional career nearly 10 years ago. Today, he is a Managing Attorney of Loigica P.A., a bilingual law firm that offers entrepreneurs and their organizations counsel regarding intellectual property law, immigration law and corporate law. Loigica P.A. strives to create value for businesses and entrepreneurs by offering counsel and legal solutions from the initial start-up of a company and continuing to provide for a company’s legal needs as it expands. The firm fosters an ethical environment where enduring relationships develop from their unwavering commitment to procure solutions that address their clients’ business objectives and personal priorities in the most efficient and effective manner.

Espinosa graduated from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law with a JD, and from the University of Nebraska with an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Government and Marketing.

 

31. Shezan Mumtaz
Litigation Attorney of People's Trust Insurance Company

Shezan Mumtaz began his professional career over years ago. Today, he is a Litigation Attorney of People's Trust Insurance Company, an organization that created a better way to deliver home insurance protection in Florida. Built on an ethic of preparedness and rapid response, their award-winning approach saves their policyholders money and speeds recovery after a loss, helping clients’ get their life back to normal. People's Trust Insurance Company saves clients’ the hassle of finding a contractor, getting price quotes and coordinating all the repairs.

Mumtaz first got his start in 2009 as a User Assistant at the University of Miami Information Technology. From there, he went on to Barnes & Noble, before eventually rising to Litigation Attorney at Geller Legal. Mumtaz graduated from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law with a JD, and from the University of Miami Herbert Business School with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

 

32. Jamie Barrett
General Counsel of Vohra Wound Physicians

Jamie Barrett is a General Counsel of Vohra Wound Physicians. He first joined the company in 2022. Founded in 2000, Vohra Wound Physicians is a physician-led, wound care specialty practice with 300+ physicians serving post-acute facilities nationwide. They provide bedside clinical care to hundreds of thousands of patients annually at nearly 3,000 skilled nursing facilities across 28 states and patients healing at home via telemedicine. Supported by proprietary technologies and extensive, ongoing physician training, Vohra delivers results, including a 21-day improvement in healing time and an 88% reduction in wound-related hospitalizations. Their mission is to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospitalizations while reducing costs for facilities and home health partners.

Previously, Barrett was an Assistant General Counsel at Envision Healthcare. Earlier in his career he worked with Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland as an Associate Attorney. Barrett earned a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from West Virginia University.

 

33. Jonathan Newberg
General Counsel of Crescent Heights

Jonathan Newberg is a General Counsel of Crescent Heights, the nation’s leading urban real estate firm, specializing in the development, ownership, and operation of architecturally distinctive mixed-use high-rises in major cities across the United States. Enjoying over three decades of experience, Crescent Heights manages all aspects of its properties internally and has received numerous excellence awards throughout the years. Their diverse portfolio spans across multiple geographic markets, with world-class new development projects coming soon in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Newberg has 13 years of experience. He began his career in 2009.

Before joining Crescent Heights, Newberg was a General Counsel at OBM International, and before that, an Attorney at Lydecker Diaz. Earlier in his career he worked with the United States Attorney's Office as a Law Clerk. Newberg graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Miami Herbert Business School with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

 

34. Carlos Gonzalez
Partner of Rubenstein Law

Carlos Gonzalez is a Partner of Rubenstein Law. He first joined the company in 2011. Rubenstein Law’s founder first opened the firm in 1988 as a plaintiff’s personal injury firm. Over the years, the firm has grown to over 45 attorneys including 16 Partners, in 12 cities across Florida; from a leading auto and slip and fall accident firm in Miami to being recognized across the state for its personal injury practice handling all types of injury and accident claims. Today, the firm represents clients throughout the state in all manner of personal injury claims including catastrophic injuries, premise liability, medical malpractice, child & birth injury, motorcycle accident cases, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) & spinal cord cases in addition to car accidents and slip and fall injury cases. Rubenstein Law has the financial resources to stand up to big insurance companies and businesses, and also has access to experts, a state-of-the-art system for managing cases and a mock courtroom to prepare its litigation clients.

Gonzalez earned a JD from Florida International University - College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Government, and Philosophy from Florida International University.

 

35. Sharon Kegerreis
Partner of Berger Singerman

Sharon Kegerreis is a Partner of Berger Singerman, a Florida business law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach. The firm serves leading companies, successful individuals and other law firms. Members of the firm have expertise in many areas of commercial law, including corporate, restructuring and bankruptcy, dispute resolution and litigation, real estate and land use issues, healthcare, intellectual property, business immigration and employment law, government and regulatory, wealth planning and tax, and white-collar criminal defense. Kegerreis has 39 years of experience. He began his career in 1983.

Before joining Berger Singerman, Kegerreis was a Partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, and before that, an Assistant US Attorney at United States Attorneys Office SDFL. Earlier in his career he worked with the District of Columbia as an Assistant US Attorney. Kegerreis graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD, and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree.

 

36. Miguel Espinosa
Attorney of Vernis & Bowling

Miguel Espinosa began his professional career over 10 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Vernis & Bowling. Vernis & Bowling has proudly served the needs of their clients since 1970 and is proud to have received an “AV” rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, evidencing the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. The firm is also listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys. Personal service and attention have always been trademarks of Vernis & Bowling. Their attorneys and staff are viewed as an extension of the firm; therefore, each provides the highest level of personal service to the firm’s clients. In providing this level of service, the firm consistently exceeds the expectations of its clients.

Espinosa first got his start in 2012 as a Legal Assistant at The Law Offices of Hoffman and Hoffman. From there, he went on to Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, before eventually rising to Associate Attorney at Hoffman and Hoffman. Espinosa graduated from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law with a JD, and from Nova Southeastern University with an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies.

 

37. Lowell Plotkin
General Counsel of Property Markets Group

Lowell Plotkin is a General Counsel of Property Markets Group. He first joined the company in 2019. Property Markets Group is a national real estate development firm, specializing in exceptional new construction commercial and residential projects. Since 1991, PMG has earned global acclaim for meticulous execution of large-scale real estate development across asset types. Their philosophy is rooted in elevating communities by making thoughtful contributions to skylines and streetscapes, from iconic luxury residences to dignified housing for those in greatest need. PMG’s current $6+ billion dollar nationwide portfolio includes assets across pre-development, construction, lease-up, and sell out, totaling more than 8,500 residential units and over 16 million square feet of development.

Previously, Plotkin was an Associate General Counsel at Crescent Heights, and before that, a General Counsel at The Peebles Corporation. Earlier in his career he worked with K&L Gates LLP as an Associate. Plotkin earned a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Religion from Emory University.

 

38. Juan Zorrilla
Attorney of Fowler White Burnett

Juan Zorrilla is an Attorney of Fowler White Burnett, a full-service law firm providing client-focused, proven legal strategies and business solutions to domestic and international clients across a wide spectrum of industries. The organization offers clients a talented roster of seasoned legal professionals who practice in numerous disciplines, including aviation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, maritime, health care, labor and employment, insurance defense, real estate and white collar crime. Combining this approach with the firm’s knowledge of substantive areas of law, technical proficiency and first-hand industry experience, enables it to resolve the complex legal and regulatory issues facing its clients. Today, Fowler White distinguishes itself by their unique blend of traditional values and innovative thinking. They act as trusted partners with their clients and deliver intelligent, creative, and effective counsel. Zorrilla has over 7 years of experience. He began his career in 2015.

Zorrilla graduated from Boston College Law School with a JD and from Boston College with an undergraduate degree.

 

39. David Fuentes
General Counsel of Integrated Dermatology

David Fuentes began his professional career 23 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Integrated Dermatology, an organization that owns, manages, and operates dermatology practices throughout the United States. The company is expanding rapidly by acquiring and partnering with dermatology practices. They have created an innovative program that provides dermatologists looking to sell their practice, and dermatologists who desire a partnership, an opportunity that previously had not existed in the industry. Integrated Dermatology is able to provide a selling dermatologist monetary value for their practice while allowing them to remain at the practice indefinitely. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for its partner dermatologists while adding to their success.

Fuentes first got his start in 1999 as an Attorney at Mintz Levin. From there, he went on to Greenberg Traurig, before eventually rising to Principal and Consultant at ProCompliance Advisory Group, LLC, his most recent position prior to joining Integrated Dermatology. Fuentes graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD, and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

 

40. Barry Chenman
Attorney of Steinger Iscoe & Greene

Barry Chenman is an Attorney of Steinger Iscoe & Greene. He first joined the company in 2013 as a Law Clerk. Steinger, Greene & Feiner is a proven legal team whose number one goal is to get injury victims every dollar they truly deserve. Since 1997, the firm has been serving and defending the rights of their clients and families through some of life's most challenging times. The entire legal team is committed to representing and fighting for injury victims'​ best interests, giving each client insight into Florida and California law and their rights. Steinger, Greene & Feiner values the livelihood and well-being of its clients; they lend help, guidance, or professional resources as they strive to put the pieces of injury victims'​ lives back together as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Chenman earned a JD in Trial Advocacy from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Miami.

 

41. Vivian Bauza
Attorney of Lydecker Law

Vivian Bauza is an Attorney of Lydecker Law, a full-service law firm with over 80 attorneys serving clients across Florida, through offices in Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Tampa, Bonita Springs, California and the greater New York and New Jersey areas. Lydecker is structured and managed to meet the needs of their clients as efficiently and effectively as possible. The partners focus on strategic planning and day-to-day firm management, with emphasis on in-depth client service. Their attorneys have extensive litigation experience and practice in the areas of business and corporate law, commercial litigation, environmental law, labor and employment, financial litigation, receiverships, bankruptcy, trademark, and intellectual property. Bauza has over 10 years of experience. He began his career in 2012.

Before joining Lydecker Law, Bauza was an Attorney at ELRO Law, and before that, an Attorney at Bilzin Sumberg. Earlier in his career he worked with Shutts & Bowen LLP as an Attorney. Bauza graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and an MLL, and from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature.

 

42. Adam Hecht
Attorney of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA

Adam Hecht began his professional career 13 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley P.A., a nationally recognized firm of trial attorneys committed to fighting for the rights of people injured through negligence, deceit, or abuse of power. They are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure that the cases are organized, presentations are powerful and effective, and the messages reach opposing attorneys, insurance adjusters, judges, and ultimately, jurors. The firm also maintains ongoing relationships with nationally known experts in fields such as medicine, law enforcement, engineering, business and economics to ensure that its cases are well founded and carefully supported. The firm has offices in West Palm Beach, Tallahassee and Tampa while staffing 32 trial attorneys, 12 paralegals and a support staff totaling more than 100 employees.

Hecht first got his start in 2009 as an Assistant State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit at the State Attorney’s Office. Hecht 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 Political Science and Government.

 

43. Joshua Blasberg
Attorney of Roig Tutan Rosenberg Martin & Stoller P.A.

Joshua Blasberg is an Attorney of Roig Tutan Rosenberg Martin & Stoller P.A. He first joined the company in 2012. ROIG Lawyers offers a fresh approach to their clients by delivering cutting-edge legal advice on matters across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to their individual success. Their strong connections, combined experience and insight allow the firm to be at the forefront of legal trends and policies. Accordingly, they value their client's needs and take pride in helping them navigate the challenges anticipated by any obstacles, and are committed to seizing opportunities while getting the cases resolved or closing on the deals.

Previously, Blasberg was a Research Assistant at Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center. Earlier in his career he worked with Charlotte Towne, P.A. as a Law Clerk. Blasberg earned a JD from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Administration and Management from the University of Central Florida.

 

44. Telsula Morgan
Senior Attorney of Lewis Longman & Walker

Telsula Morgan is a Senior Attorney of Lewis Longman & Walker. He first joined the company in 2015. For more than 20 years, the attorneys at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., have helped individuals, businesses and governments that have shaped Florida's future. They offer solutions to issues associated with complex local, state, and federal laws and regulations. They focus on the specific, technical and seemingly ever-changing areas of Environmental, Land Use and Governmental Law. The Lewis, Longman & Walker team is composed of well-known and respected attorneys with the experience and skill to quickly resolve difficult legal challenges. The firm is committed to responding to clients'​ needs promptly and economically and believes in building long-term attorney-client relationships based upon collaboration and solid performance.

Previously, Morgan was a Senior Attorney at Palm Beach County Health Department. Earlier in his career he worked with the Seminole County State Attorney's Office as an Assistant State Attorney. Morgan earned a JD from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Florida.

 

45. Kristian Bie
Attorney of LaBovick Law Group

Kristian Bie is an Attorney of LaBovick Law Group, a trial law firm that fights for the injured throughout Florida. Their trial attorneys are passionate about serving those who have been wronged and tenacious when it comes to their cases. In every case they take on, the firm makes it their mission to recover maximum compensation on their behalf. If you have been injured, LaBovick’s attorneys will fight for your best interests and prevent your claim from being undervalued. LaBovick Law Group is dedicated to representing clients in cases involving personal injury, social security disability, and workers’ compensation, and has the background and experience to back it up. Bie has 11 years of experience. He began his career in 2011.

Before joining LaBovick Law Group, Bie was an Attorney at Fetterman & Associates, PA, and before that, an Associate Attorney at Conroy Simberg. Earlier in his career he worked with Romaguera, Dawson & Humphrey, P.A. as an Associate. Bie graduated from LSU Law with a JD and GDCL, and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in History and Business administration.

 

46. Steven Clarfield
Partner of Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC

Steven Clarfield began his professional career over 28 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC. The firm was founded in 1927 and is rooted in South Florida. The focus of their practice is serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. They have a reputation in both the legal and medical communities for superior legal skills, hard work, and high ethical standards. The vast majority of their clients are referred to the firm by current and former clients, other professionals, and friends in the community. Their lawyers have significant leadership within the Florida Bar and the personal injury legal community as well. The Firm's lawyers have served on the Board of trial organizations, Chaired the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, and also donated significant time and money to a variety of charitable endeavors.

Clarfield first got his start in 1994 as a Managing Attorney at GEICO. From there, he went on to Sellars, Marion & Bachi, P.A., before eventually rising to Managing Partner at Clarfield, Okon & Salomone, PL, his most recent position prior to joining Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC. Clarfield graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a JD, and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies.

 

47. Lian Riva
Attorney of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog

Lian de la Riva is the Attorney of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog. He first joined the company in 2018. Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog (MRTH) is a Florida firm dating back to the 1940s. MRTH recognizes that South Florida is constantly growing and changing, so the firm works to structure and reshape the firm in a manner that allows them to provide the legal services that their clients need and demand. Today, that includes several practice areas such as restructuring + insolvency, litigation + dispute resolution, real estate + business, probate + guardianship, and trust + estates.

Previously, de la Riva was an Attorney at Palmer, Palmer and Mangiero, and before that, a Staff Attorney and Case Manager at Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida Probate Division. Earlier in his career he worked with Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center as an Assistant Project Coordinator. De la Riva earned a JD from Florida International University - College of Law, and an undergraduate degree from Universidad de Sevilla.

 

48. Kellyn Muller
General Counsel of International Materials

Kellyn Muller began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of International Materials Inc. (IMI). Since 1987, the worldwide cement, wallboard, and steel industries have come to depend on IMI to deliver unparalleled expertise to meet their raw material needs. IMI’s commitment to service excellence has allowed the company to build a large portfolio of reliable, first-class suppliers, ship operators, and customers. Today, IMI sources and/or ships to over 60 countries around the globe. Along with their partners and affiliates, the company delivers over 30 million tons of bulk materials annually, providing creative and economical real-time solutions to any logistical challenge their customers may face.

Muller first got his start in 1997 as a Video and Satellite Coordinator at WCAU-TV Channel 10 Philadelphia (NBC). Muller graduated from Rutgers Law School with a JD, and from Rowan University with an undergraduate degree in Communication.

 

49. Jerome Vogel
Attorney of Vogel Law

Jerome Vogel began his professional career 19 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Vogel Law, a prestigious law firm serving a wide range of clientele in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Montana. The lawyers deliver quality representation and proven results. Vogel Law Firm is one of the oldest continuing law firms in North Dakota with more than 45 attorneys in diverse practices. For businesses and individuals alike, the firm offers an unrivaled breadth of knowledge and services to our clients. They provide proven representation and peace of mind for the most important issues to clients and their business.

Vogel first got his start in 2003 as an Attorney at Kubicki Draper. Vogel graduated from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law with a JD.

 

50. Patricia Medina
Attorney of Kanner & Pintaluga P.A.

Patricia Medina is an Attorney of Kanner & Pintaluga P.A. She joined the company in 2022. Kanner & Pintaluga is an aggressive, ethical and results-driven national plaintiff firm committed to representing accident, serious injury, and property damage victims. With nearly 100 lawyers, the primary goal is to achieve the most favorable outcome for the clients, who have the absolute right to receive the maximum compensation for their damages.

Previously, Medina was an Associate Attorney at Acosta & Fraga Law, and before that, a Library Assistant at Howard University School of Law. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Department of General Services as an Executive Assistant to the assistant commissioner. Medina earned a JD from Howard University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Religion and Religious Studies from Stetson University.