December 9, 2008
Brian Watson, an associate in the Orlando office of the statewide law firm Broad and Cassel, was recently appointed to the Habitat for Humanity Orlando board of directors. Watson is a member of the firms public finance and capital projects, as well as corporate and securities and banking and institutional lending practice groups. With his expertise, Watson has offered assistance and pro bono services to Habitat Orlandos finance committee. His involvement with the organization was propelled further after he and the Broad and Cassel team helped build a single family home in the Pine Hills area.
Christopher A. Roach, Esq. has joined the Ruden McClosky Litigation Practice Group as an Associate. Roach is located at the firms Orlando office. Before joining Ruden McClosky, Roach practiced as a business litigation associate at the law firm of De Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris, and Neil, LLP, in Orlando.
J.W. Webb and Joseph Peduzzi have formed Webb-Peduzzi, P.A. The firm will focus on personal injury and construction defect. The Web site is www.TheInjuryTeam.com, with offices located at 390 N. Orange Avenue, 23rd Floor, Orlando 32801 and 4400 Northcorp Parkway, Palm Beach Gardens 33410. Phone (877) 653-8003.
Gary Glassman has become of counsel with Brown, Garganese, Weiss & DAgresta in Orlando. He was senior assistant city attorney for Tampa and assistant county attorney for Orange County. In addition, Glassman has experience in commercial and corporate litigation.
Mindy McLester has been named associate at Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson in Orlando as an associate. McLester will focus on commercial litigation.
Janelle A. Neal has joined Thorn-Lawrence, P.L. in Tampa as an associate. Her practice will focus on commercial, business and health care litigation.
Stewart H. Lapayowker has established the law firm of of Stewart H. Lapayowker, P.A. at the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport. His practice centers on business aircraft deals and he advises clients on issues relating to the acquisition, leasing, registration and financing of aircraft, including fractional interests, and on issues relating to regulatory compliance.
Veronica S. Prostko has been named director of external affairs at the Plant City-based MacDonald Training Center. The center trains adults with developmental disabilities.
Robert L. Cowles and Thomas M. Kastelz have relocated their offices to Kingsouth Office Park, 9310 Old Kings Road South, Suite 1601, Jacksonville 32257.
Becker & Poliakoff has promoted Michael Gongora, Sanjay Kurian, Kevin Miller, and David Muller to shareholding attorneys and has promoted Mark Friedman to senior attorney.
Leslie M. Kroeger has joined Leopold~Kuvin in Palm Beach Gardens as a consumer justice attorney.
Brett D. Sahm has joined Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando as an associate in the litigation practice group. Sahm represents insurance companies and corporate clients.
Christopher B. Cortez has joined Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs as an associate.
Cohen Peterfriend Trial Attorneys of Boca Raton have opened offices in Tampa and Miami. The firm concentrates on business transactions, insurance defense, commercial litigation, and corporate matters in state and federal courts.
Travis D. Kemp, Emily R. Katz, and Jonathan E. Wright have become associated with the law firm of Grower, Ketcham, Rutherford, Bronson, Eide & Telan with offices in Maitland.
Lisa S. Nobo and Mark D. McMann have been named associates at A. Brent Geohagan, P.A., in Lakeland. Nobo practices in the areas of business, contracts, and land use. McMann focuses on business, contracts, and land use.
Bill Lowman recently joined the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Orlando Chapter which was formed for the purpose of educating growing businesses in the Central Florida market and facilitating relationship-building between these companies, capital sources and professionals active in corporate finance.
Kellie Symons serves on the planning committee for the Professional Womens Exchange, a Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers-sponsored event which will bring together hundreds of professional women from across the community in a February 5, 2009 event.
Tae Shin, Jason Davis and Kellie Symons presented a seminar held at Colonial Bank for small business owners entitled, From the Inception to Succession: The Journey of a Small Business Owner.
Jennifer Junker presented a talk at a gathering held at SunTrust on the topic, Administration Issues, Retirement Benefits and Litigation Issues to a large group of financial planners.
- Donna Balancia The Florida Law Journal