The Ultimate Court of Recognition

Honoring the best in law

Welcome to the SFBW Leaders in Law section, celebrating the top firms and top lawyers throughout South Florida.

This is the second year for our Leaders in Law event and the popularity has grown.

SFBW has quickly become South Florida’s business source for inside, in-depth business news and analysis. Leaders in Law focuses on how attorneys play a key role in business strategy for the magazine’s 117,000 readers, who are senior level executives, business owners and top professionals.

The Leaders In Law Awards is a unique program created by Lifestyle Media Group to honor the lawyers and law firms who have achieved excellence in law, maintained the highest level of ethics, shown a commitment to their community and proven themselves as leaders. It’s our opportunity to applaud the best lawyers in categories ranging from insurance to environment, corporate to litigation, taxes to real estate and recognize the law firms that do the most for the community.

What’s different about Leaders In Law Awards is that it is an awards program of the people, by the people and for the people. The attorneys and firms recognized in the following pages were nominated by members of the community – many of them SFBW readers. We also called upon your clients and colleagues to submit nominations for those deserving recognition. We asked specifically to learn about those who have demonstrated an overall commitment to and impact on the South Florida area in their specialized practices. We wanted to showcase legal professionals who give back to their community.

We received hundreds of nominations for Leaders in Law through out SFBWmag.com website. The results were evaluated by our editorial team, led by Editor-in-Chief Kevin Gale, who has three decades of experience as a business journalist in South Florida.

Look for coverage of our awards gala at the Gallery of Amazing Things in an upcoming issue of SFBW.

The Leaders In Law Awards are just one of the many exciting events we have planned for this year and beyond. I hope you can join us for Up & Comers, which honors outstanding business people under the age of 40. It will be held on Thursday, June 18, at “The Venue” in Wilton Manors.

This fall we will have our second Apogee Awards, which honor C-level executives. For more information on both events, just click on the events tab at SFBWmag.com.

SFBW wants to do more than just cover the South Florida. We need to be a part of it. We invite you to join us in the celebration of the best our community has to offer.

Sincerely,

Gary Press

Bankruptcy Law

Jerry Markowitz

Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog

Founding shareholder Jerry M. Markowitz is one of South Florida’s leading business and bankruptcy reorganization law practitioners and mediators. Markowitz has played a key role over the years in the development of legal organizations focused on bankruptcy, reorganization and restructuring, insolvency and receiverships, and has created a multidisciplinary civil practice law with 13 attorneys.

Markowitz was recognized in the community for his work mediating the confirmation of the highly publicized Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Ruden McClosky. Among other accomplishments, Markowitz has been listed in the Best Lawyers of America directory from 1999 through 2015, Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame by Florida Trend (2004- 2014) and Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers, and his firm was named Winner in the 7th annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards.

Born in Miami, Markowitz earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1974 and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Finalists

Ross R. Hartog

Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog

Corali Lopez-Castro

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

David A. Samole

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

CORPORATE LAW

Bowman Brown

Shutts & Bowen LLP

As Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Financial Services Practice Group of Shutts & Bowen LLP, Bowman Brown is a well-known and widely respected attorney versed in domestic and international banking and corporate law. He has served as adjunct professor of Banking Law at the University of Miami School of Law and is editor of “International Banking Centres,” published by Euromoney, London; and “Private Banking and the Law,” published by LatinFinance.

He has served as Chairman of The Florida Bank Banking Law & Credit Regulation Committee and as General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee of the Florida International Bankers Association, Inc. He served two three-year terms as a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Banking Law Committee and as a Trustee of the Pan American Development Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based affiliate of the Organization of the American States.

Brown has been named in Best Lawyers in America every year since 1983 and currently is listed in the areas of banking, corporate, insurance, international trade and financial, and mergers and acquisitions law. Listed every year since 2007 by Chambers USA, the organization called Brown a “dean of the bank regulatory world.” He earned both his law degree and MBA from Cornell University.

Finalists

Linda Worton Jackson

Salazar Jackson LLP

Matt Katz

Katz Barron Squitero Faust

Don Kubit

Fowler, White, Burnett

Uriel A. Mendieta

Hunton & Williams LLP

Michael N. De Biase

Tobin & Reyes PA

Morris G. “Skip” Miller

Greenspoon Marder Law

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Dennis D. Mele

Greenspoon Marder Law

Dennis Mele is widely recognized for his work in land use, zoning, environmental and governmental law. Having experience as a land planner and a city manager, Mele brings a unique understanding of the issues developers, property owners and local governments face and is able to advise clients on a wide range of complex matters.

Mele represents clients before federal, state, regional and local government agencies in areas of land use, construction and budgeting issues pertaining to real estate development projects, as well as wetlands jurisdictional determinations. In addition, he represents developers in obtaining approvals for Developments of Regional Impact, land use plan amendments, dredge and fill / environmental resource permitting and other development projects.

He handles municipal annexation of large land areas, and represents local government, developers and property owners seeking development entitlements and works closely with real estate attorneys on land use and environmental issues affecting real estate transactions. A frequent speaker on land use issues, including environmental permitting and comprehensive planning, Mele earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and several degrees, including his M.U.P., from the University of Michigan.

Finalists

Heidi Davis Knapik

Gunster

Steven Wherry

Greenspoon Marder Law

FAMILY LAW

Co-winner

Peter L. Gladstone

Gladstone & Weissman, P.A.

A principal and shareholder with Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., Peter L. Gladstone is board certified in Marital and Family Law and is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Having practiced exclusively in the field of marital and family law since 1988, Gladstone is AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Florida Trend Legal Elite magazine, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, and South Florida Legal Guide – Top Lawyers.

Gladstone sits on the Board of Managers of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter, and is past chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. He is also a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Broward County Bar Association and continues to serve as the Circuit Liaison for the Pro Bono Mentor Program for Broward County. He lectures statewide on family law, including equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements, discovery and depositions, temporary relief hearings, child custody and timesharing, and is a published author of articles appearing in the Florida Bar Journal.

He is a past member of the Family Law Rules Committee of the Florida Bar and is a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and of The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Co-winner

Jeffrey A. Weissman

Gladstone & Weissman, P.A.

Jeffrey A. Weissman, a principal and co-founder of law firm Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., is one of South Florida’s most sought-after Florida Bar certified marital and family law attorneys. With a practice limited to complex matrimonial and family law cases, his clientele is comprised of many successful entrepreneurs, business owners and executives, doctors, lawyers, television personalities, and professional athletes.

A Supreme Court-certified Family Law Mediator and a Supreme Court-certified Guardian Ad Litem, he has developed a superb reputation statewide as a proven authority in the area and is active in many legal associations in South Florida. This includes The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Executive Counsel; The Florida Bar, Family Law Rules Committee; and is past co-chair of The Florida Bar, The Family Law Commentator.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was recently named “2014 Family Law Lawyer of the Year – Miami Metropolitan Area (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton)” by Best Lawyers, and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers, Florida Trend Legal Elite magazine, Florida Super Lawyers magazine (Top 100 List) and South Florida Legal Guide – Top Lawyers.

FINALISTS

Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter

Brinkley Morgan

Michael Alman

Greenspoon Marder Law

HEALTHCARE LAW

Jodi Laurence

Florida Health Law Center

As co-founder of Davie-based Florida Health Law Center, Laurence is a board-certified health law attorney with extensive legal and health care executive experience. She currently does or has represented hospitals, physicians, dentists, pharmaceutical companies, home health agencies, health care corporations, managed care entities, nursing homes, independent diagnostic testing facilities, rehabilitation companies, ambulatory surgery centers and pharmacies.

She represents clients in matters including the formation of joint ventures and multi-specialty group practices, mergers and acquisitions, contracting, corporate compliance, fraud and abuse issues, bioethics, HIPAA, managed care, clinical trials, medical staff issues, contracting and licensure issues.

Laurence formerly was general counsel for Mount Sinai Medical Center, Radiology Corporation of America, and Miami Children’s Hospital. She has been an adjunct professor with Nova Southeastern University’s Institute of Continuing Management for Health Care Professional. An active member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Executive Council of the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar, Laurence lectures frequently on health care law, and has organized and lectured at the health law certification review course for more than a decade. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

Finalists

Lee F. Lasris

Florida Health Law Center

INSURANCE

Mike Colodny

Colodny Fass P.A.

When it comes to the insurance and governmental affairs realm, Mike Colodny wears many hats. Under his leadership, Colodny Fass, the firm he founded more than 40 years ago, has been named as one of Florida Trend’s top five lobbying firms and practices in the areas of insurance regulatory law, corporate representation, governmental consulting and commercial real estate. Colodny has more than 35 years of legal experience representing national corporations, banking institutions and insurance companies in corporate matters, insurance regulatory work and lobbying before government agencies and quasi-judicial public boards and commissions.

Colodny served as General Counsel for the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association and its successor, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, for which he was instrumental in negotiating several billion dollars in catastrophe claims funding. In the community, he has served as City Councilman and four-term Mayor of the City of North Miami, attorney for the president of the Florida Senate, City Attorney for the Town of Golden Beach and Special Counsel for the City of South Miami. His dedication to civic matters has earned him numerous awards and recognitions from community and civic organizations

He received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida, where he was recognized by election to Florida Blue Key, the University of Florida Hall of Fame and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

FINALISTS

Daniel J. Rheaume

Welt & Rheaume, P.A.

Marco Leyte-Vidal

Leyte-Vidal & Mazzitelli Attorneys at Law

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS LAW

James A. Gale

Feldman Gale

As a registered patent attorney focusing his legal practice exclusively on intellectual property counsel and litigation, James A. Gale has earned a reputation in state and federal courts and among his peers and clients as a staunch client advocate. He previously was a partner in a national law firm and served directly as Vice President and Corporate Counsel of a major medical device manufacturer. He has represented companies in numerous cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition, as well as hundreds of injunctions nationwide involving patents, trademarks, covenants not to compete, theft of trade secrets and internet disputes.

Gale was selected by The Florida Bar to serve as Chair for the Inaugural Committee for Intellectual Property Law Certification. In addition, he has served as appointed intellectual property counsel for insurance carriers such as Travelers, CNA and others.

He is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell and is on the International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers (2008-Present), The Best Lawyers in America (2006-Present) and the United States Lawyer Rankings Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers in the United States (2006-Present). He earned both his Bachelor’s degrees in microbiology and cell sciences, and his law degree from the University of Florida.

FINALISTS

Michael Chesal

Peretz Chesal and Herrmann

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

Paul O. Lopez

Tripp Scott

Paul O. Lopez is a director with the firm and Chair of its litigation department. He is a highly respected litigator and has successfully litigated and tried numerous jury and non-jury trials in both federal and state court. Cases have included claims for sexual harassment and race discrimination in the workplace, violations of Florida’s Non-Compete Statute Florida’s Private and Public Whistle Blower Acts, business partnership disputes, breach of licensing and royalty agreements, fraudulent misrepresentation, intellectual property disputes, Qui Tam actions, claims brought under Florida’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Florida’s Fraudulent Conveyance Act and under Florida’s Unfair Competition Statute, tortious interference, violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act, enforcement of non-compete agreements and violations of the Federal Lanham Act.

Judges often seek his counsel and involvement in particularly complex cases by appointing him to serve as a Special Master to oversee discovery and to assist the court with various other pre-trial motions in these cases. Lopez is a Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator and has been appointed to serve in over a hundred cases.

A visible voice on employment issues in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, CNBC.com, Bloomberg and others, he is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell, and recognized as a “Top Lawyer” in the categories of Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Law by the South Florida Legal Guide and is a Florida Super Lawyer in the category of Business Litigation and Labor & Employment Law. He earned his law degree from Stetson College of Law and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

FINALISTS

H. George Kagan

MKRS Law

Ellen M. Leibovitch

Assouline & Berlowe, P.A.

Rob Hudson

Hudson & Calleja, LLC

Jay M. Levy

Jay M. Levy. P.A. Attorneys at Law

LITIGATION

Andrew C. Hall

Hall Lamb & Hall, P.A.

If history were the measure of a man’s legacy, Andrew C. Hall has a remarkable professional and personal legacy indeed. He has tried cases arising from some of the nation’s most significant historical events. From the Watergate trials and the Ohio savings and loan crisis, to the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole, to a $2.8 billion judgment on behalf of a Cuban expatriate for damages stemming from the forced suicide of the plaintiff’s father by the Castro regime, Hall’s trial skills are recognized as among the top echelon of litigators in the nation.

Personally, his tenacity in the courtroom is in large part a product of his past. Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1944 while his Jewish parents hid from Nazi occupiers, Hall is tireless in his pursuit for justice and desire to stand up against oppression and abuse of power. Along with a host of professional associations, he serves civic groups like the National Board of the American Jewish Committee, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Easter Seals, and the New World School of Arts, among many others.

The managing partner of the firm, Hall has been recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers for the past 10 years and is regularly featured in Super Lawyers and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.

FINALISTS

Stephen Joseph Padula

Padula Hodkin PLLC

Jeffrey M. Ostrow

Kopelowitz Ostrow

Evan B. Klinek

Greenspoon Marder Law

Jeremy T. Elman

DLA Piper

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Richard T. Woulfe

Bunnell & Woulfe P.A.

A Florida Bar board-certified civil trial lawyer specializing in medical malpractice defense, Rick Woulfe has helped doctors and hospitals in the community for more than 30 years. The firm helps clients to resolve disputes from complex commercial litigation to professional liability defense.

He has long been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer review rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He was recently named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor extended to about 1% of all lawyers in any U.S. state or Canadian province, and is an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, also serving as a past president of the Fort Lauderdale chapter. He has served on the Judicial Nominating Commission, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, and the Fourth District Court of Appeal Nominating Commission.

Woulfe is admitted to the Florida and District of Columbia bars, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Trial Bar, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Woulfe earned his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Washington & Lee University.

Finalists

Steven L. Lubell

Lubell Rosen

Stuart Ratzan

Ratzan Law Group, PA

PERSONAL INJURY

Stuart Z. Grossman

Grossman Roth, P.A.

As co-founder of the firm of Grossman Roth, P.A. in Coral Gables, Grossman is recognized as one of America’s pre-eminent trial lawyers, concentrating in medical malpractice, products liability, and personal injury litigation. Grossman was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates of Florida, was the recipient of the Academy of Trial Lawyer’s Crystal Eagle Award and was inducted into its Hall of Fame, and is named in the book, “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Lawdragon named him as one of America’s 500 leading attorneys in all fields. Florida Trend Magazine and Florida Super Lawyers have both named him as one of the state’s top 10 trial lawyers. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and was elected into the Iron Arrow, the University of Miami’s highest honorary society.

When not in the courtroom, Grossman is an author and lecturer, and is actively involved in issues regarding the prevention of malpractice and catastrophic accidents. Among his many civic undertakings are his commitments to Margaux’s Miracle Foundation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, United Cerebral Palsy and United Way, in addition to his financial support of numerous charities.

FINALISTS

Robert W. Kelley

Kelley/Uustal

Howard Talenfeld

Talenfeld Law

Joshua L. Wintle

Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A.

REAL ESTATE /LAND USE

Dennis J. Eisinger

Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, P.A.

As the founding member and managing partner of the firm, Eisinger over the last three decades has represented condominium and homeowners” associations and co-ops in South Florida and statewide. His real estate and corporate law practice represents developers, financial institutions and private equity clubs. After beginning his law career and eventually becoming partner at a boutique law firm in North Miami Beach, he left to open the South Florida office of a well-known national firm. He opened Eisinger Brown in 1996.

Eisinger is a managing partner and principal at Ocean Land Investments, which has multiple condo developments in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Eisinger is an adjunct professor in condominium and community development law at the University of Florida School of Law, has been a guest lecturer for the University of Miami Institute on Condominiums and Cluster Development, and is a frequent speaker on community issues. Eisinger also is certified by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to provide continuing education seminars to Community Manager Professionals.

He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida, and today is a member of Florida Bar Real Property and Probate and Trust Law Section. He is also AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

FINALISTS

Stephanie Toothaker

Tripp Scott

Thomas Coyle

Greenspoon Marder Law

RISING STARS

Brian Karpf

Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez, PA

A Partner at Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez, PA, at 33 years of age, Brian Karpf already is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. No more than 2.5% of lawyers under 40 years old receive this honor.

Karpf focuses his law practice in the areas of family law, appeals, and international child (Hague Convention) abduction cases throughout southern Florida. As a divorce and family law attorney, he has represented high net worth clients, celebrities and athletes and is routinely involved in complex family law cases involving divorce, child custody and timesharing, alimony, equitable distribution, and business valuations, as well as international custody disputes.

Active in local, state and national bar associations, Karpf was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division by the YLD President for 2014-2015, and was recently elected in Miami-Dade County to serve as a Governor. A Florida native, he graduated cum laude from the University of Florida, and received his law degree from Florida International University in 2007.

FINALISTS

Louis Reinstein

Bunnell & Woulfe P.A.

Simeon D. Brier

Cozen O’Connor

Michael J. Drahos

Fowler White Burnett

Alan Somerstein

Greenspoon Marder Law

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Matthew Bielen

McDermott Will & Emery

Matthew Bielen is a partner practicing in the area of domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, direct investments, joint ventures and the related financings required to fund such transactions. His transactional and business counseling clients include private equity funds, public and private companies, business owners, executives and family offices.

Among his cases, he has represented joint venture partners in the sale of a distribution center workforce provider; private clients in the $75 million acquisition of a software consulting company, the partial sale, dividend and $800 million recapitalization of a healthcare information technology company, and the simultaneous acquisitions of two snack food manufacturers for a combined purchase price of $264 million; and a public company in the $20.4 million acquisition of an anesthesiology practice.

Bielen sits on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and serves as the Chairperson for the Miami office. He represents Feeding South Florida and Guitars Over Guns Organization on a pro bono basis and successfully obtained tax-exempt status for a non-profit organization. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he served as Note & Comment Editor for the Catholic University Law Review. He is admitted to practice in Florida, California and the District of Columbia and is also licensed as a solicitor in England and Wales. Bielen has completed multiple Ironman triathlons and ultra-marathons.

Finalists

Robert C. Brighton Jr.

WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATE

Carl Schuster

Greenspoon Marder Law

Carl Schuster, a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder Law, concentrates his practice on general estate planning, preparation and administration of wills, trusts and estates, and gift tax planning, including charitable transfers. Throughout his career, Schuster has worked with clients, with extensive experience in dealing with elderly persons and others with special estate planning problems who need innovative approaches to accomplish their goals.

An AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Schuster has been consistently recognized in Florida Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, on the board of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Memorial Foundation, and the board of Temple Solel of Hollywood. Schuster earned both his B.B.A and law degrees from the University of Miami.

Finalists

Simon Beck

Baker & McKenzie, LLP

Elaine Bucher

Gunster

Marsha G. Madorsky

Carlton Fields

Stuart R. Morris

Morris Law Group

Michael D. Wild

Wild Felice & Partners, P.A.

LAW FIRMS LESS THAN 25

Goldstein Law Group

Goldstein Law Group is on a mission. Its goal is the pursuit of excellence in exceeding client expectations, supporting the diversity and talent within the firm, and actively pursue community volunteer opportunities. To that end, the AV-rated, civil law firm concentrating on auto, property and health insurance fraud seeks to investigate, litigate and eliminate insurance fraud using innovative techniques to recover money for our clients and discourage the proliferation of fraudulent claims.

If successful, Goldstein Law Group can help clients recover millions of dollars in fraudulently-obtained claims. It’s been the mission since 2001, when Frank S. Goldstein opened the doors of what would become, with the help of eager and astute attorneys, a firm known for innovative investigative techniques and litigation strategies at a nationally acclaimed insurance fraud fighting firm.

Tied to its community, Goldstein Law Group supports area organizations, including The Pantry of Broward, Honor Flight South Florida, Habitat for Humanity and other charitable groups.

Finalists

Lesser, Lesser

Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing

Katz Baskies

Reyes Law Group

Law firms with
25-50 Attorneys

Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs PA

Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A.’s roots can be traced to 1909, when H.L. Bussey hung his shingle in downtown West Palm Beach. Through friendships, partnerships and mergers, today Jones Foster is regularly recognized as a top firm throughout the Florida market, offering services in litigation, real estate, corporate, trusts and estates, and taxation. The firm also serves clients in such specialty areas as agriculture, municipal government, and banking.

The firm and its attorneys are noted by peers and publications for award-winning service and results. Its attorneys frequently are named to lists of leading or best lawyers in America, and earlier this year, the South Florida Legal Guide named Jones Foster a “Top Law Firm” and 12 attorneys as “Top Lawyers.”

Over the years, the attorneys whose names would be part of Jones Foster were military officers in World War II, Florida state senators, U.S. Congressmen, mayors, and circuit court and federal district court judges. They have served as presidents of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County School Board, the West Palm Beach City Commission and the Port of Palm Beach District.

With skill, commitment and responsiveness, the attorneys at Jones, Foster pride themselves on the story of the firm’s heritage and the legacy they now share with the lawyers who founded the firm more than 100 years ago.

Finalists

K&L Gates

Kopelowitz Ostrow

Law firms with more than 50 attorneys

Roig

Roig Lawyers is different. Its attorneys are diverse, non-traditional, soulful, salt-of-the-earth straight-shooters who bring a fresh approach to the practice of law. This isn’t a stretch of language; it’s written on the firm’s website. “We are the anti-lawyers. . .not defined by the status quo, hampered in our creativity or inhibited by the traditional attorney mold.”

Don’t confuse a light-hearted turn-of-phrase with their approach to practicing law. With integrity and a “strong moral compass,” Roig Lawyers represents clients in matters that cross an array of areas of law, industries and geographies. They lead strategic transactions and handle complex disputes in the areas of appellate law, corporate, fraud investigations, healthcare, homeowners / property, insurance services, labor and employment, litigation, PIP/no-fault, premises liability, real estate and workers compensation.

“While we don’t take ourselves seriously, we take what we do seriously,” they say on their website. “Presenting legal solutions in a guy-next-door, straight talk fashion means we bring a fresh approach to the practice of law.”

Finalists

Berger Singerman

GrayRobinson

Greenberg Traurig

Greenspoon Marder Law

Shutts & Bowen

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