Press Release
June 16, 2009

Chambers USA Lists Holland & Knight Among Nation's Top Law Firms, Earning Top Spots in Multiple Practice Areas and Markets

More than 100 Holland & Knight Attorneys Named America’s Leading Lawyers in 2009 Chambers USA Guide

MIAMI – June 16, 2009 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that it has been named among the nation’s leading law firms, earning top rankings in multiple practice areas and markets in the 2009 Chambers USA guide – America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide. The ranking and directory handbook named more than 100 Holland & Knight attorneys among the nation’s leading practitioners.

Nationally, the firm ranked No.1 in the following categories:

      • Transportation: Aviation: Litigation
      • Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory
      • Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (New York)
      • Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (outside New York)
      • Native American Law
      • Food & Beverages : Alcohol

The firm also earned No. 1 rankings in state practices for the following categories:


      • Construction
      • Corporate/ M&A


      • Media & Entertainment: Transactional

Washington D.C.

      • Real Estate
      • Construction

Other leading practices at Holland & Knight listed in the 2009 Chambers USA guide include: antitrust; banking and finance; environment; healthcare; leisure and hospitality; litigation: white collar crime and government investigations; retail; transportation: aviation: finance; transportation: shipping; finance; wealth management; tax; bankruptcy/restructuring; government: government relations; labor and employment; Latin American investment; and litigation: general commercial.

The Chambers USA guide is designed to reflect market opinion through 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 astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

“It is rewarding to see so many of our attorneys and practice areas named by our clients and peers for inclusion in the Chambers USA guide,” said Holland & Knight Managing Partner Steve Sonberg. “We are committed to delivering superior client service and are honored that we continue to be recognized for our service and dedication to clients each year.”

The following lawyers are named in the 2009 Chambers USA guide:


Thomas B. Branch III – Litigation: General Commercial
Harold T. Daniel Jr. – Litigation: General Commercial
Laurie Webb Daniel – Litigation: Appellate
Charles S. Johnson III – Litigation: General Commercial
Caroline J. Tanner – Intellectual Property


William Kominers - Real Estate: Land Use


John J. Monaghan – Bankruptcy/Restructuring


Victor P. Filippini – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
Robert J. Labate – Media & Entertainment: Transactional
Gregory R. Meeder – Construction
John R. Mussman – Banking & Finance
Colin P. Smith – Products Liability

Fort Lauderdale

James M. Norman – Leisure & Hospitality
Tim Leixner – Banking & Finance: Transactional
William Sherman – Tax


Edward W. Vogel III – Banking & Finance: Public Finance

Los Angeles

Jerome L. Levine – Native American Law
Bruce Ross – Wealth Management: Western Region


Thomas Brownell – Construction

Stuart Mendelsohn – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

William J. Mutryn – Corporate/M&A

Michelle A. Rosati – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Jennifer A. Short – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Eric Wechselblatt – Corporate/M&A



Rodney H. Bell – Corporate/M&A
Sanford Bohrer – Litigation: General Commercial
Maria Currier – Health Care
Joe Dewey – Real Estate
Robert J. Friedman – Tax: Employee Benefits
Brian Garcia – Immigration
Joseph Goldstein – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
John F. Halula – Real Estate
John M. Hogan – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Marilyn Holifield – Labor & Employment
Kara L. MacCullough – Corporate/M&A
Juan J. Mayol Lopez – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
George Mencio Jr.  – Latin American Investment
Esther Moreno – Corporate/M&A
Tracy A. Nichols – Litigation: General Commercial
Peter Prieto – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Roberto R. Pupo – Corporate/M&A; Latin American Investment
Jose E. Sirven – Banking & Finance: Transactional
Steven Sonberg – Corporate/M&A
Rodolfo Sorondo Jr. – Litigation: Appellate
Andrew Weinstein – Tax

New York

Frederick Braid - Labor & Employment
Randal Robert Craft – Transportation: Aviation: Litigation
Michael Frevola - Transportation: Shipping: Litigation
Timothy Froessel - Construction
Nancy Hengen – Banking & Finance: Equipment Finance & Leasing; Transportation: Shipping: Finance
James Hohenstein - Transportation: Shipping: Litigation
William J. Honan III – Transportation: Shipping: Litigation
Chester D. Hooper – Transportation: Shipping: Litigation
John F. Pritchard – Transportation: Aviation: Finance; Banking & Finance: Equipment Finance & Leasing
Richard Raysman – Outsourcing
Frederick Rohn – Construction
Michael Starr - Labor & Employment
Jovi Tenev – Banking & Finance: Equipment Finance & Leasing; Transportation: Shipping: Finance


David Jones – Litigation: General Commercial
Scott R. MacLeod – Corporate/M&A: Private Equity; Investment Funds: Hedge Funds
Heather Rodriguez - Construction
James E. L. Seay – Real Estate
Roger Sims – Environment
Ben Subin – Construction
Christopher Weiss – Construction
Samuel J. Zusmann – Bankruptcy/Restructuring

San Francisco

Jennifer L. Hernandez – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use; Environment
Michael B. Newman – Food & Beverages: Alcohol
William Piels – Transportation: Aviation: Finance
Matthew P. Vafidis – Transportation: Shipping: Litigation 


Lawrence Curtin – Environment
Frederick R. Dudley – Construction
James M. Ervin – Tax
Shannon Hartsfield – Health Care
Jerome Hoffman – Antitrust
Thomas J. Jones – Insurance
Morris H. Miller – Health Care
Lawrence Sellers – Environment 


Chester Bacheller – Corporate/M&A
Anderson Baldy – Corporate/M&A
Bernard Barton – Tax
Noel Boeke - Bankruptcy/Restructuring
William B. deMeza Jr. – Labor & Employment
Richard D. Eckhard – Real Estate
Leonard H. Gilbert (S) – Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Robert J. Grammig * – Corporate/M&A
William F. Hamilton – Litigation: General Commercial
Edward Koren – Tax: Estate Planning; Wealth Management: Eastern Region
Charles L. Stutts – Banking & Finance: Public Finance, Regulatory

Washington, D.C.

Amy Edwards – Environment
Michael M. Gaba – Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory
Norman Glasgow Jr. - Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
Richard M. Gold – Government: Government Relations
Robert L. Gorham – Real Estate
Dirk Haire – Construction
David S. Kahn – Real Estate
Norman P. Leventhal - Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite: Regulatory
Lawrence R. Liebesman – Environment
Anita Mosner – Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory
Whayne S. Quin – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
Janis Boyarsky Schiff – Real Estate
Stephen Brett Shapiro – Construction
David C. Silver – Real Estate
Andrew W. Stephenson – Construction
Charles Welch Tiedemann – Real Estate
Alan P. Vollmann – Real Estate

West Palm Beach

David L. Perry – Corporate/M&A


(S) – Senior Statesman
* - Star (above rank 1)

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