Press Release
June 7, 2006

Chambers USA Names Holland & Knight Among the Top Law Firms in 20 Practice Areas Across the Nation

74 Holland & Knight Attorneys Recognized as America’s Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA

NEW YORK – Holland & Knight LLP has been named among the nation’s leading law firms in 20 practice areas, earning top rankings in multiple markets and a No. 1 ranking in the nation for its shipping and aviation transportation, Native American law and wealth management practices. In addition, 74 Holland & Knight attorneys have been recognized among the nation’s leading practitioners in the 2006 edition Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers.

Regionally, the firm earned a No. 1 ranking in Florida in five practice areas: banking & finance, corporate/mergers & acquisitions, construction, immigration and tax. The firm also was named No. 1 in Illinois for its media and entertainment practice, and No. 1 in Washington, D.C. for its real estate practice.

Other leading practices recognized by Chambers USA include antitrust, bankruptcy/restructuring, employment, environment, government, healthcare, insurance, products liability, and general commercial litigation.

Chambers USA is designed to reflect market opinion through a year’s worth of surveys of clients and lawyers across the U.S. It is one of a series of Chambers and Partners independent, objective and research-based guides to the legal profession. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by legal clients.

“We are proud to have so many of our lawyers recognized by Chambers USA again this year,” said Holland & Knight Managing Partner Howell W. Melton, Jr. “It is rewarding to know that clients and peers recognize and commend the expertise and client service provided by our lawyers.”

The following lawyers are recognized this year.

Alcides AvilaBanking & Finance; Corporate/M&AMiami, FL
Chester Bacheller Corporate/M&ATampa, FL
Bernard Barton TaxTampa, FL
Rodney BellCorporate/M&AMiami, FL
Thomas Brownell ConstructionMcLean, VA
Kinder Cannon Corporate/M&AJacksonville, FL
Randal Robert CraftTransportationNew York, NY
Lawrence CurtinEnvironmentTallahassee, FL
Harold T. Daniel LitigationAtlanta, GA
Laurie Webb DanielLitigation; Products LiabilityAtlanta, GA
William deMezaEmploymentTampa, FL
James ErvinTaxTallahassee, FL
Guy FarmerEmploymentJacksonville, FL
Daniel FesslerEnergy & Natural ResourcesSan Francisco, CA
Robert FriedmanTaxMiami, FL
Leonard GilbertBankruptcyTampa, FL
Norman M. Glasgow, Jr.Real EstateWashington, D.C.
Joseph GoldsteinReal EstateMiami, FL
Robert GrammigCorporate/M&ATampa, FL
John HalulaReal EstateMiami, FL
William Hamilton LitigationTampa, FL
David HarringtonTransportationNew York, NY
Shannon HartsfieldHealthcareTallahassee, FL
Nancy HengenTransportationNew York, NY
Eugenio HernandezImmigrationMiami, FL
Jennifer Hernandez EnvironmentSan Francisco, CA
Jerome HoffmanAntitrustTallahassee, FL
John HoganLitigationMiami, FL
Mark Holcomb TaxTallahassee, FL
Marilyn HolifieldEmploymentMiami, FL
William HonanTransportationNew York, NY
Chester HooperTransportationNew York, NY
Thomas JonesInsuranceTallahassee, FL
David KahnReal EstateWashington, D.C.
Ed KorenWealth ManagementLakeland, FL
Robert LabateMedia & EntertainmentChicago, IL
Jerome LevineNative American LawLos Angeles, CA
Scott MacleodCorporate/M&AOrlando, FL
Gael MahonyLitigationBoston, MA
Juan MayolReal EstateMiami, FL
Christopher McCartyBanking & FinanceBoston, MA
George Mencio Jr.Corporate/M&AMiami, FL
Morris Miller HealthcareTallahassee, FL
John MonaghanBankruptcyBoston, MA
William MutrynCorporate/CommercialWashington, D.C.
Tracy NicholsLitigationMiami, FL
Mary Ann B. OakleyEmploymentAtlanta, GA
William PielsTransportationSan Francisco, CA
Peter PrietoLitigationMiami, FL
John PritchardTransportationNew York, NY
Whayne QuinReal EstateWashington, D.C.
Wilfredo RodriquezInternational ArbitrationMiami, FL
Janis SchiffReal EstateWashington, D.C.
James SeayReal EstateOrlando, FL
Larry SellersEnvironmentTallahassee, FL
Stephen Brett ShapiroConstructionWashington, D.C.
James ShirleyTransportationNew York, NY
Jennifer Short LitigationMcLean, VA
Roger SimsEnvironmentOrlando, FL
Steven SonbergCorporate/M&AMiami, FL
Rodolfo SorondoLitigationMiami, FL
Brian Starer TransportationNew York, NY
Andrew StephensonConstructionWashington, D.C.
Peter StrandMedia & EntertainmentChicago, IL
Charles StuttsBanking & FinanceTampa, FL
Ben SubinConstructionOrlando, FL
Jovi TenevTransportationNew York, NY
Chad TiedemannReal EstateWashington, D.C.
Edward Vogel III Banking & FinanceLakeland, FL
Alan VollmannReal EstateWashington, D.C.
Augustine WeekleyHealthcareTampa, FL
Andrew WeinsteinTaxMiami, FL
Christopher WeissConstructionOrlando, FL

For information about Holland & Knight’s Chambers USA rankings, click on the link below: 

About Chambers and Partners: Based in London, Chambers and Partners began as general book publishers in 1969. In 1990, Chambers published the Chambers Directory of the UK's leading law firms, and thereafter the company specialized in legal publishing. Chambers' staff of full-time researchers now prepares several renowned directories worldwide, which rank leading lawyers based upon their reputation amongst peers and clients. Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, the groundbreaking ranking guide of lawyers in the USA, published its first edition in 2003.

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