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The Debt Life hits a No. 1 spot on Amazon

Chad Van Horn, founding partner of Van Horn Law Group, has released his second book, The Debt Life, a collection of true stories and tactics to lift the burden and spirit-crushing stress caused by debt.

The book hit No. 1 on Amazonís list of bestsellers in the legal remedies category.

The book illustrates effective solutions to help individuals and businesses find their way back to financial solvency, stability and peace of mind. It is designed so readers can connect their situations to the circumstances described in the book, realizing they are not alone and are in control of creating a brighter future, a news release says.

The Debt Life covers many causes of financial distress, including credit card debt, unexpected medical expenses, divorce, gambling, overshopping, real estate flipping and student loans. The book also explains ways to get out of debt, including consolidation, debt management, budget trimming, negotiation, and various bankruptcy options.

ìSometimes people feel like a failure when they file bankruptcy, that theyíre the only one whoís ever had significant financial trouble,î said Van Horn. ìBut the truth is bankruptcy is a financial tool used by millions of individuals and major corporations to help reduce or eliminate debt and to get on a path to recovery.î

The book is available in paperback for $12.95 at www.tinyurl.com/DebtLifePaperback and includes a half-hour complimentary legal consultation. Digital versions are $9.95 at debtlifebook.com or on Amazon, which in early June had the book for free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Ten percent of all book sales will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County.

Hunton promotes Tina Locatelli

Hunton Andrews Kurth announces the promotion of Tina Locatelli from associate to counsel in Miami. Locatelli joined the firm in 2017 and was one of five lawyers firmwide recognized for their accomplishments and outstanding client service.

Tina Locatelli

Her practice focuses on structured and corporate finance, including agency mortgage-backed securities and mortgage warehouse facilities.

Partner returns from three-year Buddhist retreat

Anthony Recio has returned to Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman as a partner in the land use and zoning division.

Anthony Recio

Recio took a 3Ω year sabbatical at a Buddhist retreat, where he dedicated his time to meditation and self-reflection.

ìWe whole-heartedly supported Tony when he decided to take a sabbatical and we whole-heartedly welcome his return to the firm,î said Miami office managing director Mitchell Bierman. ìTony has always been a stellar attorney, and I know with his new sense of clarity from the retreat he will continue to serve his clients in a way only Tony knows how, with grace and deep insight and compassion ì

Recioís practice focuses primarily on the representation of private developers in land use and zoning matters, along with real estate investors and private lenders in South Florida.

Veteran Latin American attorney joins AXS Law

Allen Moreland has joined AXS Law Group as its newest partner with expertise in cross-border law. He will work with the firmís team of attorneys to establish a Brazil and Latin American law practice.

Allen Moreland

Moreland has more than 30 years of law experience advising on cross-border Latin American and Caribbean financing and corporate transactions. He represented the government of Belize in five separate sovereign bond transactions.

Moreland, a naturalized Brazilian who speaks fluent Portuguese, has more than 10 years of experience practicing law in Brazil.

ìAllenís expertise will allow our law firm to become a key player in cross-border transactions across Latin America, especially Brazil,î said AXS founding partner Ben Wolkov.

Morelandís work includes providing legal counsel on high-yield Euro bonds and sovereign bond issuances and structured finance transactions, including future-flow receivables and pre-export transactions. He also advises on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.

Martinez Reyes joins Kelley Kronenberg

Michelle Martinez Reyes, former chief marketing officer for Greenspoon Marder, has joined Kelley Kronenberg as chief relations officer.

Michelle Martinez

Martinez Reyes has more than 20 years of experience as an adviser in marketing and public relations. In 2020, she was selected among the Top Women in Communications as a ìGame-Changerî by Ragan Communications. The National Diversity Council also named her a National Latino Leader of the year.

International lawyers recognized

Hunton Andrews Kurth partners Fernando C. Alonso, Fernando Margarit and Vera Rechsteiner have been recognized among the top 100 attorneys from international law firms working in Latin America by Latinvex, an online publisher of news and analysis of Latin America business.

Alonso was named a leader in the categories of corporate/mergers and acquisitions and banking and finance. Margarit was selected as a top lawyer in the categories of corporate/M&A as well as banking and finance. Rechsteiner was recognized as a top lawyer in the categories of banking and finance and project finance.

Partner joins Jewish Women’s Foundation Board

Ward Damon partner Caryn A. Stevens has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the board of directors for the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches.

Caryn A. Stevens

Stevens is a marital and family law attorney who participated in JWFís Young Leaders Society and later became a trustee of the organization. The JWF works to advance the status of women and girls in the U.S. and Israel.

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