Press Release
August 17, 2015

302 Holland & Knight Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2016

18 of the firm's attorneys named "Lawyers of the Year"

MIAMI (August 17, 2015) – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that 302 of the firm's attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016. In addition, 18 of the attorneys were named "Lawyers of the Year" in their respective practices.

Attorneys on The Best Lawyers in America list are grouped by geographic region and practice area. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to ensure that they are in current practice and in good standing. The list has been published for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.

The Holland & Knight attorneys named The Best Lawyers in America 2016 "Lawyers of the Year" are:

Chester E. Bacheller (Tampa): Corporate Governance Law
Gregory A. Baldwin (Miami): Corporate Compliance Law
Bernard A. Barton Jr. (Tampa): Tax Law
Jose A. Casal (Miami): International Trade and Finance Law
Bruce Jay Colan (Miami): Venture Capital Law
James M. Ervin Jr. (Tallahassee): Corporate Law
Robert J. Grammig (Tampa): Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Jennifer L. Hernandez (San Francisco): Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Robert S. Highsmith Jr. (Atlanta): Government Relations Practice
Joshua E. Husbands (Portland): Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Latour Lafferty (Tampa): Corporate Compliance Law
James L. Main (Jacksonville): Tax Law
Thomas M. McAleavey (Orlando): Mergers & Acquisitions Law
George Mencio (Miami): Securitization and Structured Finance Law
William J. Mutryn (Washington, D.C.): Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Roy Pulvers (Portland): Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Douglas J. Serdahely (Anchorage): Mediation/Bet-the-Company Litigation
Roger W. Sims (Orlando): Litigation – Environmental

Also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 guide are:

Anchorage

Douglas J. Serdahely
Arbitration
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Mediation

Howard S. Trickey
Commercial Litigation
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law - Management

Atlanta

Alfred B. Adams III
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas B. Branch III
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Harold T. Daniel
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Laurie Webb Daniel
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation

Gregory J. Digel
Commercial Litigation

Robert S. Highsmith Jr.
Government Relations Practice

Mark S. Lange
Tax Law

J. Allen Maines
Commercial Litigation

James H. Rollins
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Woodrow W. Vaughan III
Project Finance Law

Keith M. Wiener
Municipal Law

Boston

Meredeth A. Beers
Trusts and Estates

Thomas M. Greene
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Deborah S. Griffin
Construction Law

Kenneth B. Hoffman
Real Estate Law

Chester D. Hooper
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Robert J. Kaler
Construction Law

Joshua Krumholz
Litigation – Patent

Paul G. Lannon Jr.
Education Law
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Philip S. Lapatin
Real Estate Law

Ralph T. Lepore III
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law

Shari A. Levitan
Litigation -Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

Ieuan G. Mahony
Commercial Litigation

Diane M. McDermott
Real Estate Law

Miriam J. McKendall
Education Law
Employment Law – Management

John J. Monaghan
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

John P. O'Neill
Real Estate Law

David Scott Sloan
Trusts and Estates

Daniel I. Small
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

James D. Smeallie
Commercial Litigation
Education Law

Suanne St. Charles
Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law

Frank Stearns
Real Estate Law

Chicago

Barbara A. Adams
Government Relations Practice

Christine L. Albright
Trusts and Estates

David B. Allswang
Real Estate Law

Gregory K. Brown
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

R. David Donoghue
Litigation – Patent
Patent Law

Martin G. Durkin
Commercial Litigation

Steven M. Elrod
Government Relations Practice
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Mark A. Flessner
Criminal Defense: White Collar

Peter M. Friedman
Government Relations Practice
Land Use and Zoning Law

Andrew R. Gelman
Trusts and Estates

Steven L. Gillman
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law - Management

Michael P. Kuppersmith
Real Estate Law

Robert J. Labate
Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television

Bruce D. Loring
Real Estate Law

Elias N. Matsakis
Corporate Law
Health Care Law

Gregory R. Meeder
Litigation – Construction

Christopher J. Murdoch
Commercial Litigation

Scott W. Petersen
Copyright Law
Trademark Law

David Shayne
Trusts and Estates

Colin P. Smith
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Steven Varick
Commercial Litigation

Thomas R. Woodrow
Mediation

Larry M. Zanger
Information Technology Law

Michael J. Zdeb
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Dallas

James C. Chadwick
Banking and Finance Law

Eugene F. Segrest
Real Estate Law

Scott C. Wallace
Banking and Finance Law

Fort Lauderdale

Irwin J. Fayne
Real Estate Law

Tammy Knight
Corporate Law

Judith E. Kreitzer
Real Estate Law

Jonathan S. Marcus
Real Estate Law

Nicholas G. Milano
Real Estate Law

Thomas F. Morante
Insurance Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Tax Law

Stephen B. Moss
Real Estate Law

Debbie M. Orshefsky
Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Erika R. Royal
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

William B. Sherman
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Tax Law

Jacksonville

Michael A. Abel
Transportation Law

Ivan A. Colao
Banking and Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law

George D. Gabel Jr.
Admiralty and Maritime Law
Litigation – First Amendment
Media Law

James S. Groh
Banking and Finance Law

Lawrence J. Hamilton II
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Real Estate
Transportation Law

Peter P. Hargitai
Commercial Litigation

Jerome W. Hoffman
Advertising Law
Commercial Litigation
Health Care Law
Litigation – Antitrust

Fred J. Lotterhos III
Commercial Litigation

Dominic C. MacKenzie
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

James L. Main
Corporate Law
Tax Law

Frederick D. Page
Insurance Law
Litigation – Intellectual Property

Michael G. Prendergast
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management

Terrence J. Russell
Commercial Litigation
Health Care Law

George E. Schulz Jr.
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Richard L. Stockton
Trusts and Estates

Melissa S. Turra
Real Estate Law

Stacy Watson May
Litigation – Environmental

Alan M. Weiss
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Lakeland

Richard B. Stephens
Public Finance Law

Edward W. Vogel III
Public Finance Law

Los Angeles

Linda Auerbach Allderdice
Employment Law – Management

Susan Jennifer Booth
Real Estate Law

Francis W. Costello
International Trade and Finance Law

Vincent Farhat
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Arnold D. Kahn
Trusts and Estates

Jerome L. Levine
Gaming Law
Native American Law

Richard E. Lyon Jr.
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Patent

Bruce S. Ross
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Non-Profit / Charities Law

Linda M. Rottman
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

Vivian Lee Thoreen
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

Alan J. Watson
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

Richard T. Williams
Commercial Litigation

Miami

Martin J. Alexander
Commercial Litigation

Mark I. Aronson
Real Estate Law

Gregory A. Baldwin
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Rodney H. Bell
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law

Christopher N. Bellows
Appellate Practice

William R. Bloom
Real Estate Law

Sanford L. Bohrer
Commercial Litigation
First Amendment Law
Litigation – First Amendment
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Media Law

Christopher W. Boyett
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Kelly-Ann G. Cartwright
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Jose A. Casal
Commercial Litigation
International Arbitration – Commercial
International Trade and Finance Law
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Bruce Jay Colan
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Venture Capital Law

J. Raul Cosio
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Securities
Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Maria T. Currier
Health Care Law

Jesús E. Cuza
Commercial Litigation

Edward Diaz
Employment Law – Management

Robert J. Friedman
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law – Individuals
Tax Law

Joseph G. Goldstein
Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

John F. Halula
Real Estate Law

Anna Marie Hernandez
Litigation – Real Estate

Jorge L. Hernandez-Toraño
Corporate Law
Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law – Music

Mitchell E. Herr
Corporate Governance Law
Litigation – Securities
Securities Regulation

John M. Hogan
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Marilyn J. Holifield
Commercial Litigation
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Adolfo E. Jimenez
Commercial Litigation
International Arbitration – Commercial
International Trade and Finance Law

Judith M. Korchin
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Real Estate

Lyndall M. Lambert
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Juan J. Mayol Jr.
Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Louise McAlpin
Derivatives and Futures Law

William G. McCullough
Banking and Finance Law

George Mencio Jr.
Banking and Finance Law
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Transportation Law

Tracy A. Nichols
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Securities

Fabian A. Pal
Corporate Law

Roberto Pupo
Health Care Law

Eduardo A. Ramos
Commercial Litigation

José E. Sirven
Banking and Finance Law
Corporate Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Litigation – Banking and Finance

Robert H. Smith
Real Estate Law

Steven Sonberg
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law

Rodolfo Sorondo Jr.
Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Lee Philip Teichner
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Andrew H. Weinstein
Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Gavin Williams
Real Estate Law

James D. Wing
Commercial Litigation

New York

Fred Bass
Equipment Finance Law

Frederick D. Braid
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Randal Robert Craft Jr.
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions -Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Randolph A. DelFranco
Corporate Law

Vincent J. Foley
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Michael J. Frevola
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Joseph A. Guay
Real Estate Law

Nancy L. Hengen
Admiralty and Maritime Law
International Trade and Finance Law

James H. Hohenstein
Admiralty and Maritime Law

William J. Honan
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Stephen J. Humes
Environmental Law
Litigation – Environmental

Martin P. Miner
Real Estate Law

Lance D. Myers
Corporate Law

Christopher R. Nolan
Admiralty and Maritime Law

John F. Pritchard
Banking and Finance Law
Equipment Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation – Banking and Finance

Richard Raysman
Information Technology Law

Frederick R. Rohn
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

Stuart M. Saft
Real Estate Law

John J. Sarchio
Insurance Law

M. James Spitzer Jr.
Real Estate Law

Michael Starr
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Jovi Tenev
Admiralty and Maritime Law

John M. Toriello
Transportation Law

H. Barry Vasios
Commercial Litigation

Charles A. Weiss
Patent Law

Orlando

Glenn A. Adams
Corporate Law
Tax Law

Stephen T. Ball
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Wiley S. Boston II
Real Estate Law

Christopher C. Brockman
Real Estate Law

Ted R. Brown
Environmental Law
Government Relations Practice
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law

Michael R. Candes
Litigation -  Construction

Louis T. M. Conti
Corporate Law
Tax Law

Suzanne E. Gilbert
Banking and Finance Law
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – Real Estate

Scott J. Johnson
Commercial Litigation
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Litigation – Real Estate

David A. Jones
Commercial Litigation

Chris N. Kolos
Insurance Law
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas M. McAleavey
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law

James M. McCrae
Litigation – Construction

Brian A. McDowell
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Judith M. Mercier
Commercial Litigation
Media Law

A. Guy Neff Jr.
Real Estate Law

Kathryn W. Oberto
Real Estate Law

James A. Park III
Real Estate Law

James E.L. Seay
Real Estate Law

Roger W. Sims
Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
Water Law

Lee S. Smith
Real Estate Law

Stephen W. Snively
Real Estate Law

Ben W. Subin
Litigation – Construction

Albert F. Tellechea
Commercial Litigation

Allison E. Turnbull
Government Relations Practice
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

William B. Wilson
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Samuel J. Zusmann Jr.
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Portland

David J. Elkanich
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

George J. Gregores
Leisure and Hospitality Law
Real Estate Law

Joshua E. Husbands
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Insurance Law
Trusts and Estates

Peter R. Jarvis
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

J. Alan Jensen
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Trusts and Estates

Roy Pulvers
Appellate Practice
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
First Amendment Law

Dayna E. Underhill
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

Mark A. von Bergen
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law

San Francisco

Jennifer L. Hernandez
Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

Tara S. Kaushik
Utilities Law

Elizabeth A. Lake
Environmental Law

Michael Brill Newman
Food and Beverage Law

William B. Piels
Equipment Finance Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Tamsen Plume
Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law

James A. Riddle
Insurance Law

Audrey L. Sung
Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Matthew P. Vafidis
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Tallahassee

Lawrence N. Curtin
Environmental Law
Litigation – Environmental
Natural Resources Law

Mark K. Delegal
Insurance Law

James M. Ervin Jr.
Corporate Law
Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law

Stephen H. Grimes
Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

D. Bruce May Jr.
Energy Law

Shannon Hartsfield
Health Care Law

Lawrence E. Sellers
Administrative / Regulatory Law
Environmental Law
Water Law

Karen D. Walker
Administrative / Regulatory Law
Commercial Litigation
Government Relations Practice

Tampa

Rod Anderson
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Chester E. Bacheller
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation

Anderson L. Baldy III
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law

Bernard A. Barton Jr.
Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Tax Law

Stacy D. Blank
Antitrust Law
Commercial Litigation

Noel Robert Boeke
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Michael L. Chapman
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions

Jim Davis
Government Relations Practice

William B. deMeza Jr.
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Richard D. Eckhard
Real Estate Law

William Keith Fendrick
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Leonard H. Gilbert
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Equipment Finance Law
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Real Estate

Frederick J. Grady
Commercial Litigation

Robert J. Grammig
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation

Richard B. Hadlow
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation

Shane A. Hart
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Bradford D. Kimbro
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions

Edward F. Koren Jr.
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Latour Lafferty
Corporate Compliance Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

William R. Lane Jr.
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Jack A. Levine
Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Tax Law

Frederick M. Rothenberg
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA

David R. Singleton
Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law

Charles L. Stutts
Banking and Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Natalie P. Thomas
Commercial Litigation

Joseph H. Varner III
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Charles A. Wachter
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Insurance Law

Robert Allan Warram
Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Wright
Corporate Law
Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Tax Law

Barbara Yadley
Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law

Tysons Corner (Northern Virginia)

Adam J. August
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Jocelyn West Brittin
Corporate Law
Information Technology Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law

Thomas M. Brownell
Litigation – Construction

Richard O. Duvall
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Brandon H. Elledge
Commercial Litigation

Stuart Mendelsohn
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

William J. Mutryn
Corporate Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Christopher A. Myers
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Curtis L. Sano
Real Estate Law

Colin J. Smith
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law

Eric Wechselblatt
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Washington, D.C.

Philip Baker-Shenk
Native American Law

Stephen A. Bogorad
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

David W. Briggs
Real Estate Law

John L. Brownlee
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Lynn E. Calkins
Commercial Litigation

Jerald S. Cohn
Real Estate Law

Christopher H. Collins
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Peter M. Connolly
Communications Law

Amy L. Edwards
Environmental Law
Litigation – Environmental

Michael Gaba
Health Care Law

Norman M. Glasgow Jr.
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Richard M. Gold
Government Relations Practice

Steven D. Gordon
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

David S. Kahn
Real Estate Law

Paul J. Kiernan
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Real Estate

Richard E. Lear
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Norman P. Leventhal
Communications Law

Robert C. MacKichan Jr.
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law

James T. Meggesto
Native American Law

Kathleen M. Nilles
Native American Law
Non-Profit / Charities Law
Tax Law

Whayne S. Quin
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Alban Salaman
Trusts and Estates

Tara A. Scanlon
Real Estate Law

Janis Boyarsky Schiff
Real Estate Law

William S. Sessions
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Mediation

Stephen B. Shapiro
Construction Law

Gerry Sikorski
Government Relations Practice

David C. Silver
Real Estate Law

Andrew W. Stephenson
Arbitration
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Mediation

Jeffrey Blake Stern
Leisure and Hospitality Law
Real Estate Law

Janet R. Studley
Government Relations Practice

Charles Welch Tiedemann
Real Estate Law

Erica H. Weiss
Real Estate Law

Roderic L. Woodson
Municipal Law

West Palm Beach

Richard C. Hutchison
Commercial Litigation

David L. Perry Jr.
Corporate Law

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