Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Miami for 2023. Miami, Florida is renowned for its lively atmosphere, ocean proximity, and consistently warm weather throughout the year. As one of the fastest-expanding cities in the U.S., it also presents an appealing prospect for legal professionals. With a thriving economy, diverse populace, and numerous avenues for professional advancement, Miami provides lawyers with a plethora of opportunities. The city hosts a multitude of informative seminars, conferences, and networking occasions supported by the Miami-Dade County Bar Association. Additionally, Miami's stature as a significant global business center offers abundant instances of corporate law, trade-related matters, and international disputes. The legal landscape encompasses both major international firms and smaller local practices, frequently attracting the nation's finest legal minds. This year's award recipients excel across various domains, underpinned by their extensive experience and esteemed reputations within their respective sectors, ensuring exceptional proficiency and client service.
Among this year’s awardees is Joe Alexander, who is a Partner at Latham & Watkins, a global law firm with more than 3,000 lawyers. A seasoned lawyer, Alexander has guided clients on transactions with an aggregate consideration exceeding $40 billion in just the past five years. In addition, 30-year veteran Everett Wilson is a Managing Partner at Polsinelli's Miami office and a shareholder in Polsinelli’s Health Care Practice Group. Notably, the M&A teams led by Wilson have been involved in some of the more significant transactions in the Florida health care market, as well as significant upper middle-market transactions throughout the country. Finally, we have Cory Eichhorn, a Partner at Holland & Knight's Miami office, where he is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. With experience as appellate counsel in state and federal appellate courts throughout the country, Eichhorn also publishes articles and regularly speaks on issues facing consumer finance companies.
Please join us in celebrating The Top 50 Attorneys of Miami for 2023.
1. Paul Lutz
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GardaWorld
Paul Lutz is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at GardaWorld, the world’s largest privately-owned security services company. In addition to cash services, the company offers physical and specialized security solutions. Furthermore, with their Crisis24 portal, GardaWorld provides the dissemination of verified information related to international security.
Lutz began his career in 1994. Before joining GardaWorld, he was a VP, general counsel, and secretary at U.S. Security Associates, Inc. Before that, he served as an associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Earlier in his career, he worked with the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer. Lutz graduated from the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD. He also graduated from the United States Naval Academy with an undergraduate degree in computer science.
2. Michael Krawitz
EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Conduent
Michael Krawitz is the EVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Conduent, a company that delivers digital business solutions and services spanning the commercial, government and transportation spectrum. Backed by a global team of approximately 60,000 associates, Conduent leverages cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation and advanced analytics to deliver mission-critical solutions. Krawitz joined the company in 2019. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing Conduent’s global legal department, where he manages corporate governance, ethics, government affairs and philanthropic initiatives.
A seasoned legal executive, Krawitz has more than 20 years of experience serving large-scale multinational companies. He joined Conduent from York Risk Services, where he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. During his four-year tenure at York, Krawitz oversaw the organization’s legal affairs and drove operational agility, responsiveness, and process improvements across the department. Prior to York, he served as general counsel for companies across several industry sectors, including finance and technology. He has also served on the board for Positive ID Corporation, a leading biological detection and diagnostic solutions firm serving the defense and healthcare markets. Krawitz earned his B.A. in Economics and Government from Cornell and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
3. Jonathan Kaskel
Jonathan Kaskel is a member of Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and a Partner in the firm’s Miami office. As the world's largest global law firm with 21,000 professionals in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries, Dentons helps their clients grow, protect, operate, and finance operations. Born and raised in South Florida, Kaskel’s roots run deep in the Miami community. He is an accomplished litigator in trial court and on appeal, advocating for diverse clientele, including national banks, national telecommunications providers, national and international insurers, and AmLaw 100 Firms.
Kaskel also works with his clients and their in-house counsel to conduct internal investigations, initiated internally by audit committees or prompted externally by the receipt of a civil demand or criminal subpoena from federal and state governments. Previously, he was an attorney at Gunster. Before that, he served as an attorney at Garbett, Stiphany, Allen & Roza, P.A. Earlier in his career, Kaskel worked with Florida's Third District Court of Appeal as an attorney. He earned a JD from the University of Florida ‘s Fredric G. Levin College of Law; and an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of Florida.
4. Cristiano Bernarde
Vice President and Regional General Counsel - Latin America and Caribbean, SAP
Cristiano Bernarde is the Vice President and Regional General Counsel in Latin America and the Caribbean for SAP, a major provider of software systems and applications that help some of the largest companies in the world run more efficient businesses. Based in SAP’s regional headquarters in Miami, Bernarde manages legal affairs relating to nearly 4,000 employees spread through 16 offices in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Bernarde joined the company in 2007 as general counsel for Brazil, in which role he introduced new governance standards while encouraging close interaction between legal and business teams, helping the Brazilian unit to become one of the company’s best performing entities. Before joining SAP, he spent five years as legal manager at Siemens Brazil. In addition, he was previously an associate at leading Sao Paolo-based firm Felsberg & Associados. Bernarde graduated from Duke University School of Law with an LLM and from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie with an undergraduate degree in law.
5. Camille Riviere
Managing Attorney, Progressive Insurance
Camille Riviere is the Managing Attorney of Progressive Insurance, a company that provides insurance for personal and commercial vehicles and homes. Notably, Progressive Insurance is one of the leading sellers of personal and commercial auto, motorcycle, and boat insurance in the country. Additionally, it is one of the top 15 homeowners insurance carriers.
Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, Snapshot®, and HomeQuote Explorer®. Riviere has been with Progressive since 2014. She earned a JD and an LLM in international law and legal studies from Georgetown University Law Center. Riviere also earned an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Cornell University.
6. James Sharkey
Latin America General Counsel, Chubb
James Sharkey began his professional career 32 years ago. Today, he is the Latin America General Counsel at Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries and territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients.
Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London, Paris, and other locations. It employs 31,000 people worldwide. Sharkey got his start in 1991 as an associate at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer. He graduated from Boston College Law School with a JD and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in international affairs.
7. Jasmine Zacharias
Partner, Private Equity & Leveraged Finance, DLA Piper
Jasmine Zacharias is a Partner in Private Equity & Leveraged Finance at DLA Piper, a global law firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, they represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Their lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance.
Zacharias has been with the company since 2019. Previously, she was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Earlier in her career, she worked with Traffix, Inc. as a marketing account coordinator. Zacharias earned a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, an MS in marketing, and an undergraduate degree in marketing from Hofstra University.
Jasmine Zacharias Insight
“As a Leveraged Finance attorney working with Private Equity clients, my focus is on helping clients build value and grow meaningfully through strong and favorable lending relationships. Choosing the right lending partner and striking the right deal go hand in hand with our clients’ acquisition and investment strategies and playing a key role in that decision making process has helped me build a strong and rewarding practice.”
8. Jim Barrett
Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
James Barrett is a Partner and a senior editor for Baker McKenzie North America Tax Practice Group's Tax News & Developments. He is also the immediate past chair of the Florida Bar Tax Section. Notably, Barrett advises on United States federal income tax planning focusing on outbound and inbound international tax issues. He has extensive experience in tax planning associated with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, structuring offshore operations of and repatriations by US multinationals, advising clients with regard to tax issues arising in the use of partnerships in international transactions, and addressing issues relating to debt and equity investments in the US.
Barrett also advises on state and local tax issues particularly relating to tax issues concerning the State of Florida. He is recognized in Chambers USA for Tax in the Band 1 category, the highest ranking available. On top of that, Barrett is the co-founder and chairman of the board of directors of CasaBlanca Academy. He is also a member of the External Advisory Board for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences at Duke University. Moreover, Barrett is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and an adjunct professor at the University of Florida School of Law. Barrett graduated from New York University School of Law and from Duke University.
9. Waqas Durrani
Senior Vice President, General Counsel - Enterprise Shared Services, USAA
Waqas Durrani began his professional career 24 years ago. Today, he is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Enterprise Shared Services at USAA. Since the beginning, USAA’s mission has been to provide a range of financial services to the military community and their families. The company offers a range of highly competitive products, exceptional service, and trusted advice.
Durrani got his start in 1999 as a corporate counsel at US Office Products Company. From there, he went on to Allstate as a corporate counsel and chief product attorney. Durrani graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an MS in journalism, from the University of Illinois College of Law with a JD, and from Loyola University Chicago with an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy.
10. Olivier Genicot
Vice President, General Counsel, Global Business Line, Thales
Olivier Genicot is the Vice President, General Counsel, and Global Business Line at Thales, a global technology leader with more than 77,000 employees on five continents. The Group is investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations, including big data, artificial intelligence, connectivity, cybersecurity and quantum technology. Genicot joined the company in 2014 as a legal director for M&A.
Previously, Genicot was a counsel at Fried Frank. Before that, he served as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates. Genicot earned a JD in international business, trade, and tax law from the University of California, Los Angeles’s School of Law. He also earned an undergraduate degree in international economics from UCLA.
11. Steven Weinstein
Partner, K&L Gates
Steven Weinstein is a Partner at K&L Gates, having joined the company in 1993. K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group – as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. At K&L Gates, Weinstein focuses his practice on healthcare litigation and commercial litigation. He also regularly represents his clients in a variety of commercial matters in both state and federal court.
Moreover, Weinstein is one of the founding members of the firm’s national health care team involved in significant claim adjudication disputes against commercial health insurers and health maintenance organizations. In addition, Weinstein is an A.V. rated lawyer – the highest available rating given by Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and professional ethics. Weinstein graduated from New York University’s School of Law with a JD and from Trinity College-Hartford with an undergraduate degree in political science.
Steven Weinstein Insight
“I have been with K&L Gates’ Miami office since starting as a 1st year summer associate, 32 years ago. While the firm has grown from 5 offices to 48 offices around the globe, its culture and unwavering commitment to providing the highest level of legal services, which attracted me to the firm so many years ago, remain the same.”
12. Jaime Garcia-Nieto
General Counsel Latin America & Caribbean, Airbus
With 17 years of experience, Jaime Garcia-Nieto is the General Counsel in Latin America & Caribbean for Airbus, a pioneer in the aerospace industry. The company constantly innovates to provide the most efficient and technologically-advanced solutions in aerospace, defense, and connected services. In commercial aircraft, Airbus offers the most modern and fuel-efficient airliners. Airbus is also a European leader in defense and security – and one of the world's leading space businesses. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
Garcia-Nieto got his start in 2006 as an associate of EU law and litigation at White & Case. From there, he went on to Levy & Salomão Advogados. Garcia-Nieto graduated from the University of Miami with an LLM in international law and legal studies, from College of Europe with an LLM in European law, and from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos with an undergraduate degree in EU and Spanish competition law, antitrust.
Jaime Garcia-Nieto Insight
“I am deeply honored to be recognized as one of Miami's Top 50 attorneys for 2023. As the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc., a leading Hispanic media company in the US, I have utilized my extensive legal expertise to drive successful outcomes for our organization. With experience as a lead litigator in high-stakes trials and providing counsel in complex civil and commercial litigation matters, I have been able to navigate challenges and achieve transformative results.
In my current role at Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc., I have leveraged my transactional, litigation, and regulatory knowledge to facilitate a successful recapitalization that has fueled our continued growth in radio, television, digital, and live event operations for the U.S. Hispanic audience.
Beyond my professional achievements, I am dedicated to making a positive impact within the legal community and society as a whole. Active involvement in community organizations like Easterseals South Florida and key roles within the judicial system, including Vice Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, reflect my commitment to serve and contribute.
I express my heartfelt gratitude for being recognized as a Top 50 attorney in Miami. This recognition reaffirms my unwavering commitment and passion for the legal profession, driving me to continue making a difference.”
13. Richard Lara
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Spanish Broadcasting System
Richard Lara has been Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. since August 1, 2016. Lara’s industry experience is broad and substantial. Before joining the company, he counseled domestic and international corporate clients regarding business disputes, including serving as lead litigator in high-stakes trials both in the federal and state courts. He also practiced law at Mase Lara, P.A., a boutique trial law firm based in Miami, where he concentrated primarily on complex civil and commercial litigation. He has frequently appeared on televised news programs to provide legal commentary. In addition, Lara is an active member of various community organizations, including serving as Vice Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal (appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott). In addition, he has served as the Chair of the 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar.
Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) owns and operates radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Orlando, Tampa, and Puerto Rico. SBS also operates AIRE Radio Networks, a national radio platform of over 290 affiliated stations reaching 95% of the U.S. Hispanic audience. SBS was founded in 1983 and incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1994. Lara received his law degree from Boston College Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
14. Whitney Bosworth
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Whitney Bosworth is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis. One of the world’s leading law firms, they serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A, and other complex corporate transactions. Bosworth began her career in 2014. She regularly represents private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers across industries, including health care, infrastructure, hospitality, manufacturing, consumer, energy and industrials, utilizing private credit and/or traditional bank financing. Her experience includes leverage buyouts and the subsequent and related transactions that follow, including dividend recaps, add-ons, upsizes and repricing transactions.
Known for her strong project management skills and commercial approach to negotiations, Bosworth’s ability to oversee complicated transactions regularly proves invaluable to clients. Before joining Kirkland & Ellis, she was a finance associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Before that, she served as a finance associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Supreme Court of Texas as a law clerk. Bosworth graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in history and government.
15. David Friedman
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Baptist Health South Florida
David Friedman is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit hospital system in South Florida. Friedman has been an attorney at Baptist Health since 2000, serving as Senior Corporate Attorney, Associate General Counsel, and Corporate Vice President and General Counsel. Notably, Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 27,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities, and physician practices. Baptist Health has internationally renowned institutes in cancer care, heart & vascular care, orthopedic care, and brain & spine care. In addition, Baptist Health is the most awarded healthcare system in South Florida by U.S. News and World Report.
Prior to joining Baptist Health, Friedman was an attorney at Shands HealthCare, a multi-hospital system affiliated with the University of Florida. He is board certified as a health law attorney by the Florida Bar. He has taught health law as an adjunct lecturer at the Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University. Friedman holds a JD with honors from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Health in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He previously served as a trustee for Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe.
16. Pallavi Yalla
Corporate Counsel, Enterprise Holdings
Pallavi Yalla is the Corporate Counsel at Enterprise Holdings, a family-owned, world-class portfolio of brands. What began with a small fleet of cars in 1957 has expanded to a network of mobility solutions that serves customers in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. They operate a global network that includes nearly 80,000 dedicated team members and nearly 1.7 million vehicles, taking customers wherever they need to go.
Yalla has been with Enterprise Holdings since 2018. Previously, she was a senior associate at Dechert LLP. Before that, she served as an associate at Jones Day. Yalla earned a JD from the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School and an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business.
Pallavi Yalla Insight
“My experience as a lawyer has been a journey - from being a young M&A lawyer in Big Law to in-house counsel and various pro-bono projects and experiences along the way. I’m only the second lawyer ever in my family after my grandfather, and although I never got to know him, I try to let his guiding principles of integrity and compassion lead my legal practice (and life) every day.
In my role as in-house counsel, I love that I get to partner with my business clients and help make and execute decisions that can have lasting impact. Crafting creative solutions and finding ways to achieve business objectives with legal acumen makes every day an exciting challenge."
17. Joe Alexander
Partner, Latham & Watkins
Joe Alexander is a Partner at Latham & Watkins, a global law firm with more than 3,000 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Alexander, who began his career in 1993, advises financial and strategic investors on cross-border M&A and related finance matters. He leverages his 30 years of experience, having guided clients on transactions with an aggregate consideration exceeding $40 billion in the past five years.
A recognized industry thought leader, Alexander served on Law360’s 2021 Private Equity Editorial Board. Before joining Latham, he was also a partner at another global law firm, where he served as vice chair, as a special advisor to the chair, and as a member of its Global Board and Management and Executive Committees. Alexander graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD and from The University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in management information systems.
18. Sean Goldstein
Partner, White & Case LLP
Sean Goldstein began his professional career 22 years ago. Today, he is a Partner at White & Case LLP, a global law firm with longstanding offices in the markets that matter today. Their on-the-ground experience and cross-border integration have been keys to their success. On top of that, their depth of local, US, and English-qualified lawyers help their clients work with confidence in any one market – or across many.
Goldstein concentrates on project finance, bank finance, and project development transactions in Latin America. He frequently represents project sponsors and lenders in infrastructure, natural resource and energy projects – and has significant experience in the drafting and negotiation of both project documents (with a particular focus on construction arrangements) and financing documents. Goldstein was previously a resident in their Mexico City office for over 14 years. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law with a JD and from Western Washington University with an undergraduate degree.
19. Martin Schrier
Chief Strategy Partner, Cozen O'Connor
Martin Schrier is the Chief Strategy Partner at Cozen O'Connor. Ranked among the top 100 law firms in the country, Cozen O’Connor has more than 825 attorneys in 30 cities across two continents. They are a full-service firm with nationally recognized practices in litigation, business law, and government relations, and their attorneys have experience operating in all sectors of the economy. Their diverse client list includes global Fortune 500 companies, middle-market firms poised for growth, ambitious startups, and high-profile individuals. Schrier, who joined the company in 2013 as an office managing partner, focuses his practice on complex business transactions. This includes domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt financings, restructurings, and venture and growth capital investments.
As the firm’s chief strategy partner, Schrier is additionally responsible for working with the firm’s CEO and Managing Partner to develop and execute on client-centric growth strategies aligned with the firm’s objectives. Schrier also leads other initiatives to enhance the firm’s global competitiveness and positioning for new growth opportunities across geographies and practices. He earned a JD from Notre Dame Law School, an MA from The University of Texas at Austin, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Martin Schrier Insight
“I have enjoyed the evolution of my career from service provider to trusted partner and teammate for my clients. I serve as “outside general counsel” to a number of long-time clients and this role makes the daily experiences in my practice much more rewarding and exciting.”
20. Brian Bomstein
General Counsel, Bayview Asset Management
Brian Bomstein is the General Counsel at Bayview Asset Management. Initially founded in 1993, Bayview is an investment management firm focused on mortgage and consumer credit, including whole loans, asset-backed securities, mortgage servicing rights, mortgage-related equities, and other mortgage and consumer credit assets. With approximately 1,400 employees, their corporate headquarters is uniquely situated in the beautiful community of Coral Gables, Florida, located near the shores of Biscayne Bay and minutes from Miami Beach. The firm has additional asset management offices in New York, London, and Geneva. It also maintains loan servicing and origination affiliates in the U.S. and Milan, Italy.
Bomstein began his career in 1989. Before joining Bayview Asset Management, he was a general counsel at Bayview Financial. Before that, he served as a corporate counsel for Atlantic Gulf Communities Corporation. Earlier in his career, he worked with Shea & Gould as an attorney. Bomstein graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from Vanderbilt University with an undergraduate degree in east/west relations.
Brian Bomstein Insight
“During my career, I have had the opportunity to work in large and small law firms and in-house at public and private companies. Being able to work alongside brilliant and creative business and legal colleagues has been one of the highlights of being General Counsel at Bayview Asset Management.”
21. Michael Denberg
Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Michael Denberg began his professional career 42 years ago. Today, he is a Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, a full-service, national law firm with approximately 375 attorneys and a team of top-notch business professionals. Their diversity of thought, focus on innovation, cross-serving practices, and culture of coaching create a collegial and supportive environment that inspires us to deliver inspired solutions.
Denberg got his start in 1981 as a partner at Young, Stern, & Tannenbaum. From there, he went on to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, before eventually rising to partner at Fieldstone, Lester, Shear & Denberg, his most recent position prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. Denberg graduated from George Mason School of Law with a JD and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
Michael Denberg Insight
"As an attorney at Saul Ewing, I am most proud of the meaningful relationships I have built over the years and the positive impact my work has had on clients. The firm's commitment to excellence and supportive environment has enabled me to thrive in an ever-changing dynamic legal landscape."
22. Jana Hoche
Corporate Counsel, Hotwire Communications Ltd
Jana Hoche serves as Corporate Counsel at Hotwire Communications, one of the nation’s leading Internet Service Providers. Hotwire offers innovative fiber optic technology-based services for TV, Internet, and phone across multi-dwelling and multi-tenant communities. Established in 2002, Hotwire provides a comprehensive suite of services, such as multi-Gigabit Internet, HD and 4K capable IPTV, voice, and tailored home security and automation products.
Prior to joining Hotwire, Hoche practiced Complex Commercial Litigation at Berger Singerman LLP. She began her career as an Associate Attorney at Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. Hoche graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD, the University of Miami Herbert Business School with an MBA, and George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
23. Nicolas Endre
General Counsel of Dedicated Transportation Services, Ryder System, Inc.
Nicolas Endre is the General Counsel of Dedicated Transportation Services at Ryder System, Inc, a leading logistics and transportation company. Ryder provides services throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. It provides supply chain, dedicated transportation, and commercial fleet management solutions, including full service leasing, rental, and maintenance, used vehicle sales, professional drivers, transportation services, freight brokerage, warehousing and distribution, e-commerce fulfillment, and last mile delivery services, to some of the world’s most-recognized brands. In addition, Ryder manages nearly 260,000 commercial vehicles and operates approximately 300 warehouses, encompassing more than 95 million square feet.
Endre has 10 years of experience. Before joining Ryder System, he was an associate attorney at Holland & Knight LLP. Before that, he served as an associate attorney at White & Case. Endre graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD and from the University of Houston-Downtown with an undergraduate degree in computer information systems.
24. Daniel Gonzalez
Global Head and Partner, International Arbitration, Hogan Lovells
Daniel E. González serves as Global Head and Partner at Hogan Lovells’ international arbitration practice. González dedicates his full-time practice to international commercial litigation and arbitration, representing clients' interests in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. With a focus on construction and infrastructure, as well as energy, financial services, securities, and telecommunications, he provides deep acumen into industry matters involving commercial, distributorship, technology, engineering, procurement, construction, and design/build contracts, among others. He helps clients handle issues arising during projects, as well as dispute avoidance, and dispute resolution. These include mediation, expert determination, adjudication, dispute boards, arbitration, and court proceedings.
Notably, Hogan Lovells’ 2,600+ lawyers work together to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Their experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives them the market perspective to be your global partner. They believe that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise. González graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance.
25. Jesse Drawas
Partner, Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP
Jesse Drawas is a partner at Kaufman & Voluck. Drawas focuses his practice on the areas of bad faith, general liability, professional liability, and insurance coverage. This includes his analysis, counsel, and litigation of matters regarding claim handling, insurance coverage, premises liability, bodily injury, and wrongful death claims. He also participates in pre-suit liability investigation, analysis, evaluation, and mitigation of risk to help clients better evaluate their options and pursue effective resolution opportunities when possible. Kaufman Dolowich is a leading national law firm serving a broad range of business clients and industries through many law practice areas, including insurance coverage & litigation, labor & employment, professional liability, data privacy & cybersecurity, financial services, commercial litigation, directors and officers' liability, consumer financial services, construction, and general liability. Headquartered on Long Island, NY, Kaufman Dolowich attorneys represent national and global clients of all sizes nationwide.
Drawas focuses his practice on the areas of bad faith, general liability, professional liability, and insurance coverage. He also provides both strategic counsel and jury trial service. Additionally, he defends employers in disputes involving alleged workplace discrimination and wage and hour disputes. During his career, Drawas has represented both plaintiffs and defendants throughout Florida, including state and federal litigation. Before that, he served as an associate at Bernheim & Dolinsky, LLC. Earlier in his career, he worked with Banker Lopez Gassler, P.A. as an associate. Drawas earned a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and an undergraduate degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
26. Philip Stein
Partner, Bilzin Sumberg
Philip Stein is a Partner at Bilzin Sumberg, where he also serves as Practice Group Leader for the firm’s award-winning Litigation Department. Philip handles complex commercial litigation for businesses and individuals, and is a highly accomplished litigator, counselor and trial attorney. Some of the subject matter areas in which he has substantial experience include financial services litigation, corporate governance, joint venture and partnership disputes, trade secrets litigation, and high-stakes tort and contract cases. He has been recognized by attorney ranking publications such as Chambers and Partners as one of the top commercial litigators in South Florida for many years.
Stein began his career in 1993. Before joining Bilzin Sumberg, he was a partner at Alston & Bird. Earlier in his career, he worked with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates as an attorney. Stein graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in political science.
Philip Stein Insight
I am honored to be able to represent great, sophisticated business clients in some of their most important and challenging matters. Helping them overcome obstacles and fulfill their objectives is always my focus, and doing so gives me tremendous satisfaction.
27. Mariana Seixas
Director, Senior Counsel, SoftBank Investment Advisers
Mariana Seixas is a Director, Senior Counsel at SoftBank Investment Advisers, where she oversees legal matters for the SoftBank Latin America Fund, a venture capital fund that has deployed more than $7.5 billion in growth-stage tech companies across Latin America. In this capacity, Seixas leads negotiations for new and follow-on investments and strategic transactions, works closely with the legal and compliance teams of the fund’s portfolio companies on portfolio management, and manages other fund activities.
Notably, Seixas brings more than 10 years of legal experience leading corporate transactions across Latin America, with an emphasis in Brazil. Prior to joining SoftBank, she was a senior associate at White & Case LLP, where she worked at the firm’s Miami and São Paulo offices. Seixas has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review. She has spoken at several International Bar Association conferences on matters relating to venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and sustainability.
28. Giannina Marin
VP & General Counsel, American Tower
Giannina Marin is Vice President & General Counsel for Latin America at American Tower Corporation (ATC). Marin is part of the executive leadership team for Latin American, leading the legal team in the region, overseeing all legal matters, including commercial, compliance, labor, litigation and M&A, among others. She also serves as Co-Chair for Latin America for ATC’s employee resource group for women. Notably, ATC is a Fortune 500, S&P 500, and Forbes Global 2000 company that provides the infrastructure for modern digital communications. Starting in 1995 with 2,700 towers, their global portfolio today includes over 220,000 owned or managed sites around the globe. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Marin joined ATC in 2014 as Senior Corporate Counsel for Latin America. Prior to joining ATC, she practiced law in Oklahoma City, with the law firm of McAfee & Taft, PC; and later the Miami office of the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. She received a JD from the University of Florida, achieving cum laude. During her career, she has received several professional awards, including Florida Super Lawyers’ list of Florida Rising Stars and the Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of Oklahoma Rising Stars. She has also been featured in Oklahoma’s The Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 (May 2011) and received the Rotarian of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Miami Brickell in July of 2014.
29. Marcie Getelman
Deputy General Counsel, Lennar
Marcie Getelman is the Deputy General Counsel at Lennar. One of the nation's leading homebuilders, Lennar provides homes for first-time, move-up, luxury, urban, and active adult buyers. Lennar was founded in 1954 in Miami, Florida and currently builds in 19 states and more than 44 markets across the country. Lennar also provides financial services to their buyers through Lennar Mortgage and Lennar Title.
Getelman began her career in 1996. Before joining Lennar, she was an associate general counsel at Turnberry Associates. Detelman graduated from the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in finance.
30. Erika Whyte
Partner, Jones Day
Erika Whyte is a Partner at Jones Day, a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in 40 offices across five continents. She first joined the company in 2016 as an associate. She represents corporate clients in government investigations and complex civil litigation matters. In recent years, her practice has focused on defending clients facing investigations by state attorneys general and other government agencies, including the FTC. Whyte also provides strategic advice on how to successfully navigate and respond to such investigations, including developing a coordinated defense to the related private litigation, arbitrations, and media attacks that often accompany such investigations.
Furthermore, Whyte has experience in all aspects of investigations and litigation, including developing and implementing defense strategies, managing complex and large scale e-discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting and arguing motions, and participating in trials. She also devotes time to pro bono matters – and served as first chair in a successful final hearing that resulted in a grant of asylum to a Guatemalan family fleeing gang persecution. Whyte graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in international finance and marketing.
31. Ryan Reetz
Managing Partner, Miami Office, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Ryan Reetz, the Managing Partner of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Miami office, is a board-certified specialist in international litigation and arbitration. He draws upon his experience as both a U.S. trial lawyer and an international arbitration practitioner to provide clients with creative and effective advocacy across a wide range of tribunals. His practice also includes class actions, complex commercial litigation, and regulatory matters. In addition to acting as counsel, he has served as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes. Notably, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner was formed in 2018, but the history of their founding firms dates back more than 140 years. Companies – including 35% of the Fortune 500 – rely on them to protect their interests and make their business ambitions become business realities.
Reetz has served as chair of the Florida Bar’s International Litigation and Arbitration Board Certification Committee, the Miami International Arbitration Society, and the Florida Bar International Law Section. He is active in numerous other professional organizations, including the American Law Institute, where he has served on member consultative groups for the Restatement of the Law, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, and the Restatement (Fourth), The Foreign Relations Law of the United States, among others. Reetz earned a JD from Boston University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University.
32. Erik Muelle
General Counsel, Latin America, gategroup
Erik Muelle is the General Counsel in Latin America at gategroup, the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. They provide passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, gategroup delivers operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving more than 700 million passengers annually from over 200 operating units in over 60 countries/territories across all continents.
Muelle has 19 years of experience. Before joining gategroup, he was a senior corporate counsel at Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri, LLP. Before that, he served as a corporate attorney at Aran Correa Guarch & Shapiro. Muelle graduated from the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD and from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business with an undergraduate degree in finance and real estate.
33. Fred Fein
Partner, Clyde & Co
Fred Fein is the Managing Partner for Clyde & Co’s Miami office and the US Head of Product Liability. He has acted as lead trial counsel in numerous complex civil litigation matters, involving all types of high exposure damages, such as wrongful death, brain damage, and quadriplegia. Fein has been called upon to serve as national and regional coordinating council and local counsel. He also serves as faculty for The Florida Bar-approved seminars on Florida trial practice.
Notably, Clyde & Co is a globally integrated law firm, offering a comprehensive range of contentious and non-contentious legal services and commercially-minded legal advice to businesses operating across developed and developing markets. Fein got his start in 1989 as a senior partner at Thornton Davis Fein. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in business administration and management.
34. Ana Siegel
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Ana Siegel serves as Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, where she oversees all legal resources. This includes the division’s business and legal affairs team. As a key member of the senior leadership team, Siegel is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the legal department and supervising all legal and business affairs issues impacting the group. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company that produces and distributes high-quality Spanish-language content to the U.S. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content – reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households.
Previously, Siegel worked at Fox Latin America Channels for 12 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, business and legal affairs. Prior to this role, Siegel served for four years as the Director of business and legal affairs at Universal Studios Networks Latin America Inc. She holds a BA from Amherst College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Siegel is also a member of the American Bar Association as well as the Florida and DC bars. In addition, she holds a certificate in international business management from Georgetown University and a UK Solicitor’s certificate from Oxford University. Siegel represents Telemundo in the President’s Leadership Council.
35. Everett Wilson
Managing Partner, Miami Office, Polsinelli
Everett Wilson is a Managing Partner at Polsinelli's Miami office and a shareholder in Polsinelli’s Health Care Practice Group. Notably, Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 22 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, Polsinelli attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight and focus on health care, real estate, finance, technology, private equity, and corporate transactions. With over 30 years of legal and business experience, Wilson’s practice is devoted to the representation of health care providers, insurers, and other entities involved in the healthcare industry.
In particular, his focus is on issues related to Medicare and Medicaid managed care, value-based care and risk arrangements, and health care M&A. The M&A teams led by Wilson have been involved in some of the more significant transactions in the Florida health care market, as well as significant upper middle-market transactions throughout the country – with Wilson taking the lead on the regulatory, due diligence and negotiation of the business issues specific to health care transactions. Wilson graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance.
36. Dianne Fischer
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Dianne Fischer began her professional career 31 years ago. Today, she is a Partner at Sidley Austin, an elite global law firm with nearly $3 billion in revenue. Backed by 155+ years of trailblazing heritage, they deliver superior service to a high-caliber group of market leaders worldwide, while placing a premium on collaboration and diversity. Their firm boasts a roster of more than 2,300 lawyers who wield deep experience in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning over 50 legal disciplines and industries.
Fischer got her start in 1992 as an associate at Steel Hector & Davis LLP. From there, she went on to Aragon Burlington Weil & Crockett, before eventually rising to partner at Akerman LLP, her most recent position prior to joining Sidley Austin LLP. Fischer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD, from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in international economics, and from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in international affairs and philosophy.
37. Valeria Plastino
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance Officer, Cirion Technologies
Valeria Plastino is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance Officer at Cirion Technologies, a leading digital infrastructure and technology provider. The company offers a comprehensive suite of fiber network, connectivity, colocation, cloud infrastructure, and communication and collaboration solutions with the purpose of furthering Latin America’s progress through technology. Cirion serves over 6,400 Latin America-based and multinational customers. A senior executive admitted to practice as an attorney in Argentina and New York, Plastino has more than 25 years of experience advising senior management and corporate teams from large public corporations in the digital technologies and telecommunications industries regarding legal, regulatory, and corporate compliance matters.
In recent years, Plastino has strongly focused on corporate integrity, transparency and compliance, ESG practices, legal risk management, digital transformation and implementation of global corporate practices in Latin America. She currently serves as a statutory Board Member for Cirion Technologies’ operating companies in Chile, Perú, Colombia, Venezuela, México, Panamá, and the United States. She also serves as Independent Director for Terminal Zarate S.A. (Grupo Murchison). Plastino earned an LLM in international legal studies from New York University School of Law and an LLB in law from Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
38. Daniel Rogers
Managing Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Daniel Rogers is a Managing Partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Miami office. Shook, Hardy & Bacon has long been recognized as one of the premier litigation firms in the country. For more than a century, the firm has defended companies in their most substantial national and international products liability, mass tort and complex litigation matters. Over the years, the firm has built nationally recognized practices in areas such as intellectual property, environmental and toxic tort, employment litigation, commercial litigation, government enforcement and compliance, and public policy.
Rogers is an appellate, class action and commercial litigator, whose diverse practice runs the gamut of complex civil litigation. Before joining Shook, Hardy & Bacon, he served as a staff attorney and judicial clerk at the State of Florida. Rogers graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
39. Anne Estevez
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Anne Estevez is a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. From their offices in strategic hubs of commerce, law, and government across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, they work with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups. Their team of more than 2,200 lawyers and legal professionals provides comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation, and regulatory services in major industries, including energy, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, retail and ecommerce, sports, technology, and transportation.
Estevez began her career in 1993. Applying her many years of experience, she regularly serves as a mediator in complex class and collective action wage & hour, employment, and ADA cases for parties across the country. From 2014 to 2020, Estevez also served as general counsel to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. Estevez graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and speech communications.
40. Cory Eichhorn
Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Cory Eichhorn is a Partner at Holland & Knight's Miami office, where he is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Holland & Knight is a global law firm with nearly 2.000 lawyers and other professionals in 34 offices throughout the world. The firm provides representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Notably, Eichhorn has more than 18 years of experience as a commercial litigator, representing clients in the financial services industry. This includes national banks, mortgage servicers, debt buyers, third-party debt collectors and other consumer finance companies.
Eichhorn has experience as appellate counsel in state and federal appellate courts throughout the country. He has also published articles and spoken regularly on issues facing consumer finance companies. Furthermore, he is devoted to the community and currently sits on the Executive Development Committee of the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County; and on the vestry and school board of St. Philip's Church and School in Coral Gables, Florida. Eichhorn earned a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Florida.
41. Kimberly Donovan
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Kimberly Donovan is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, a full-service global law firm providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet. With a multidisciplinary team of over 1,500 lawyers in over 40 offices across four continents, they are well-established geographically with strong local and regional positions in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America. Donovan has been with the firm since 2005. Additionally, she is an industry group leader and US lead of the firm’s Healthcare Group; and has earned the prestigious distinction of Board Certification in Health Law by the Florida Bar.
Donovan represents healthcare entities in arbitrations and litigation in federal and state courts across the nation. She is an American Arbitration Association Panel Member: Healthcare and Commercial. Her experience litigating healthcare issues, coupled with a strong understanding of the business of healthcare, as well as her pragmatic style, makes her a trusted client advisor. Donovan graduated from Florida International University with a JD and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in communication and media studies.
42. Alexander Clavero
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Alexander Clavero is a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery, where he is in charge of the Miami Corporate/Transactions practice group. Notably, the firm partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers, and shape markets. Their team works seamlessly across practices and industries to deliver highly effective solutions that propel success. More than 1,400 lawyers strong, the firm brings its passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for their clients and the people they serve.
Clavero joined the firm in 2014. He focuses his practice on transactional work, with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures involving private equity sponsors and private companies. Prior to joining McDermott, Clavero was an associate at a leading international law firm, where he counseled private equity sponsors and portfolio companies on a broad range of general corporate, securities laws and corporate governance matters, including management arrangements. Clavero graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
43. John Vetter
Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
John Vetter is a Partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he represents clients in patent and trademark litigation matters pending in Federal Courts, the International Trade Commission, and in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He counsels clients on a broad range of intellectual property issues, including antitrust, pre-litigation and transactional due diligence, licenses and licensing demands, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and investments, freedom to operate, patent prosecution and interferences, and trade secrets, among others. With an extraordinarily broad range of subject matter, Vetter has represented clients in the field of fiber optics and optoelectronics since 2000. He has also represented pharmaceutical companies in related antitrust actions, including working with state attorney general’s offices and counsel for various purchaser classes.
Vetter earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. His master’s and bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering were conferred from Yale University (M.S.) and the University of California, Berkeley. Vetter is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in the states of Florida and New York. He is also admitted before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Tenth Circuit; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
44. Erica Dunmyer
Vice President, General Counsel, Atlantis Bahamas
Erica Dunmyer is a Vice President and General Counsel at Atlantis Bahamas, a lush, oceanside resort located in The Bahamas. A dynamic destination that launched 20 years ago as a first-of-its-kind modern marvel of nature and engineering, Atlantis has embarked on a new chapter tied to a meaningful connection with the ocean, Bahamian culture and the spirit of the property’s over 7,500 employees. The resort’s new, immersive programming connects guests to the rich history, art, people, food and festivities of The Bahamas.
Dunmyer began her career in 2004. Before joining Atlantis Bahamas, she was an associate general counsel at Allegis Group. Before that, she served as an associate general counsel at LNR Property LLC. Earlier in her career, she worked with KPMG as an associate. Dunmyer graduated from St. Thomas University’s Benjamin L. Crump College of Law with a JD, from the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law with an LLM in tax, and from Florida International University with an undergraduate degree in international relations.
45. Jenna Fischman
Partner, Lewis Brisbois
Jenna Fischman is a Partner in the Miami office of Lewis Brisbois – and a member of the Appellate and Complex Business and Commercial Litigation Practices. Fischman focuses on appeals and appellate trial support in federal court and Florida state court. Notably, she has argued and prevailed on appeals in Florida’s District Courts of Appeal. In addition to handling appeals, Fischman provides pre-trial, trial, and post-trial civil litigation support in federal and Florida state court, including drafting and arguing complex pretrial motions, case dispositive motions, jury instructions and verdict forms, and post-trial motions.
Her areas of concentration include commercial litigation, general liability, products liability, personal-injury defense, broker liability, equine-related litigation, and real estate. She earned her BA in Political Science and History from Northwestern University, and her JD from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Fischman clerked for the Honorable Jonathan Goodman of the Southern District of Florida. She also worked at a boutique commercial litigation firm, where she obtained favorable verdicts and settlements for her clients in both state and federal court.
46. Inga Fyodorova
Vice President and General Counsel, OneSpaWorld
Inga Fyodorova is a Vice President and General Counsel at OneSpaWorld, a leading worldwide provider and innovator in the fields of wellness, beauty, rejuvenation, and transformation on cruise ships and at destination resorts. Their services include traditional and alternative massage, body and skin care treatments, Ayurvedic treatments, comprehensive hair and nail services, fitness, acupuncture, herbal medicine, pain management, and medi-spa services.
Fyodorova joined the company in 2019 as associate general counsel. Previously, she was a corporate counsel at Steiner Leisure Limited. Fyodorova earned a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and an undergraduate degree in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
47. Jonathan Cohen
General Counsel, Shutts & Bowen
Jonathan Cohen, the General Counsel for Shutts & Bowen, is also a Partner in the Miami office, where he serves as a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Cohen also serves as an ex officio member of the firm’s Technology Committee. As the firm’s Ceneral counsel, Cohen advises the firm’s management, Executive Committee and lawyers to ensure that the firm operates in compliance with its legal requirements and high ethical standards. Cohen is also the firm’s chief loss prevention and risk management officer and claims counsel. Shutts & Bowen, established in 1910, is a full-service business law firm with approximately 270 lawyers in offices located across Florida.
Cohen has over 30 years of experience. A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney, he has represented public companies and groups of individuals in securities fraud class actions and other securities fraud litigation. He has also represented major securities firms, financial services institutions, companies and brokers in FINRA arbitration proceedings and in SEC and FINRA enforcement actions. On top of that, he defended a national telecommunications company in a lengthy securities fraud jury trial. Cohen graduated from Wayne State Law School with a JD and from the University of Chicago with an undergraduate degree in American history.
48. Alyson Holob
General Counsel of Subrogation, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company
Alyson Holob began her professional career 16 years ago. Today, she is the General Counsel of Subrogation at Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Insurance Holdings, which is one of the leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida. With a network of over 7,000 independent agents, UPCIC is fully licensed and has commenced its operations in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Holob got her start in 2007 as an attorney at the Office of the General Counsel for UAIC. Holob graduated from Miami Law with a JD and from George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in geography and environmental studies.
49. Steve Savola
General Counsel, Nikki Beach
For the past 10 years, Steven Savola has served as the Corporate General Counsel for Nikki Beach, a global, multi-faceted, luxury lifestyle brand, which boasts locations in some of the most exotic places in the world, such as St. Tropez, St. Bart’s, Monaco, Koh Samui, Mallorca, Ibiza, Marrakech, and Dubai. He represents Nikki Beach in all aspects of law including, but not limited to, litigation, intellectual property, commercial transactions, labor and employment law and immigration. Prior to joining Nikki Beach, Savola was a Partner at The Ferraro Law Firm P.A., one of the top 5 asbestos and mesothelioma law firms in the nation, where he focused on personal injury cases. He was also a Partner in the insurance defense firm of Pyszka, Douberley, Blackmon, Levy and Savola.
Savola has been licensed to practice law for more than 30 years primarily as a litigator. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings have given him its highest rating for professional ability and ethical standards. In 2007, he was named on the list of outstanding lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers for having attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Savola was awarded his JD and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of Miami, where he graduated cum laude. He is a Past President of the Association of Corporate Counsel, South Florida Chapter.
50. Jonathan Staebler
General Counsel, eCapital Corp.
Jonathan Staebler is the General Counsel at eCapital Corp, which is committed to accelerating access to capital for companies in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. By leveraging a team of over 700 experts and proprietary, industry-leading technology, eCapital is creating the future of business funding. With a full suite of products such as freight factoring, invoice factoring, lines of credit, asset-based lending, payroll funding, and equipment refinancing, eCapital ensures businesses have access to the funds they need to do more. Staebler joined the company in 2018. In his capacity as Senior Counsel for eCapital, he leads the organization’s legal and regulatory group; and is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal affairs across North America.
Staebler has practiced corporate and business law for over 40 years. His lengthy experience includes representing commercial and investment banks; and private lenders. Prior to providing general legal counsel to eCapital, he served as division counsel and senior transactor for public finance at Citicorp Investment Bank. He also practiced law at Shearman & Sterling and Nexsen Pruet. Staebler is a graduate of Columbia Law School. He also graduated from Princeton University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in European history.