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Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that 197 lawyers were named to the 2019 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, including 71 Rising Stars.

In Florida, Partners Karen Buesing and Katherine Giddings were named to the Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers and Top 50 Florida Women Super Lawyers lists. Partner David Ackerman was also named to the Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers list.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding U.S. lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The resource serves as a guide for general counsel and Fortune 1000 executives in charge of making legal hiring decisions.

The lawyers and the categories in which they are honored are listed below.

California – Los Angeles

Super Lawyers 2019
Michelle Lee Flores, Employment & Labor
Jeffrey S. Horton Thomas, Employment Litigation: Defense
Caroline H. Mankey, Intellectual Property Litigation

Rising Stars 2019
Evan F. Anderson, Consumer Law
Zoe J. Bekas, Employment & Labor
Steven P. Gallagher, Employment Litigation: Defense
Parisa Jassim, Consumer Law

Colorado – Denver

Rising Stars 2019
Melissa L. Cizmorris, Appellate
Jamie Z. Roth, Business Litigation

Florida – Fort Lauderdale

Super Lawyers 2019
Stacy Bercun Bohm, Construction Litigation: Business
Mary V. Carroll, Mergers & Acquisitions
Andrew P. Gold, Business Litigation
Michael I. Goldberg, Bankruptcy: Business
William P. Heller, Business Litigation
D. Brett Marks, Bankruptcy: Business
Jason S. Oletsky, Business Litigation
Eric D. Rapkin, Real Estate: Business
Glen A. Stankee, Tax: Business
Leslie Miller Tomczak, Construction Litigation: Business

Rising Stars 2019
Enjoliqué D. Aytch, Personal Injury - Products
Eyal Berger, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
Erica Gomer, Business Litigation
Elan Hersh, Class Action/Mass Torts
Trevor C. Jones, Class Action/Mass Torts
Catherine Douglas Kretzschmar, Bankruptcy: Business
Sarah J. Lis, Employment Litigation: Defense
Tamara Savin Malvin, Gaming
Jarred L. Reiling, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Max C. Rudolf, Class Action/Mass Torts

Florida – Jacksonville

Super Lawyers 2019
Jacob A. Brown, Bankruptcy: Business
Cindy A. Laquidara, State, Local, & Municipal
Peter O. Larsen, Tax: Business
John B. Macdonald, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
Timothy J. McDermott, General Litigation
David Evan Otero, Bankruptcy: Business

Rising Stars 2019
Aleksas A. Barauskas, Business Litigation
Ashlea A. Edwards, Civil Litigation: Defense
Christian P. George, Business Litigation
Allison M. Stocker, Business Litigation

Florida – Miami

Super Lawyers 2019
Marcy Levine Aldrich, Class Action/Mass Torts
Jacqueline M. Arango, Business Litigation
William C. Arnhols, Banking
Jonathan L. Awner, Mergers & Acquisitions
Richard Bezold, Real Estate: Business
James S. Bramnick, Employment & Labor
Christopher S. Carver, Business Litigation
Robert I. Chaskes, Business Litigation
Dana Clayton, Business Litigation
Gerald B. Cope, Jr., Appellate
Nancy A. Copperthwaite, Appellate
Carol L. Schoffel Faber, Real Estate: Business
Joanne Gelfand, Bankruptcy: Business
Andrea S. Hartley, Bankruptcy: Business
Elizabeth M. Hernandez, State, Local, & Municipal
Daniel Jacobson, Business/Corporate
Neisen O. Kasdin, Land Use/Zoning
Jeffrey A. Kern, Estate Planning & Probate
Teddy Klinghoffer, Business/Corporate
Michael C. Marsh, Business Litigation
Brian P. Miller, Securities Litigation
James M. Miller, Business Litigation
Richard C. Milstein, Estate & Trust Litigation
Henry H. Raattama, Jr., Nonprofit Organizations
Stephen K. Roddenberry, Mergers & Acquisitions
Carl D. Roston, Mergers & Acquisitions
Philip Schwartz, Banking
Lawrence D. Silverman, Antitrust Litigation
Andrew M. Smulian, Real Estate: Business

Rising Stars 2019
Paula S. Buzzi, Real Estate: Business
Daniel Cardenal, Consumer Law
Daniel P. Faust, Real Estate: Business
Ari H. Gerstin, Civil Litigation: Defense
Ross E. Linzer, Class Action/Mass Torts
Michael O. Mena, Business Litigation
Alexandra Mora, Business Litigation
Lorayne Perez, Business Litigation
Ryan Roman, Business Litigation
Steven J. Wernick, Land Use/Zoning
Forton H. Wimbush, Jr., Consumer Law

Florida – Naples

Super Lawyers 2019
Joe B. Cox, Estate Planning & Probate
Jonathan E. Gopman, Estate Planning & Probate

Florida – Orlando

Super Lawyers 2019
Cecelia Bonifay, Land Use/Zoning
Jules S. Cohen, Bankruptcy: Business
Megan Costa DeVault, Business Litigation
Joseph E. ('Ed') Foster, Business Litigation
Russell B. Hale, Tax: Business
Beppy Landrum Owen, Nonprofit Organizations
Robert M. Poppell, Real Estate: Business

Rising Stars 2019
Jarrett D. Bingemann, Real Estate: Business
Kimberly Lopez Narbona, Business Litigation
Carrie Ann Wozniak, Appellate

Florida – Palm Beach County

Super Lawyers 2019 (Boca Raton)
Andrew S. Robins, Real Estate: Business

Super Lawyers 2019 (West Palm Beach)
David P. Ackerman, Business Litigation
Christopher S. Duke, Employment & Labor
Eric A. Gordon, Employment & Labor
Arlene K. Kline, Employment & Labor
Kathy M. Klock, Securities Litigation
James M. McCann, Business Litigation
Lawrence P. Rochefort, Business Litigation

Rising Stars 2019
Brad McPherson, Business Litigation

Florida – Tallahassee

Super Lawyers 2019
Silvia M. Alderman, Environmental
Diane G. DeWolf, Appellate
Martin R. Dix, Health Care
Katherine E. Giddings, Appellate
Joseph W. Hatchett, Business Litigation

Rising Stars 2019
Michael J. Larson, Appellate

Florida – Tampa

Super Lawyers 2019
Irene Bassel Frick, Business Litigation
Karen M. Buesing, Employment Litigation: Defense
Kirk S. Davis, Health Care
David M. Doney, Securities & Corporate Finance
Brian R. Harris, Tax: Business
Leslie Joughin III, Business Litigation
L. Joseph Shaheen, Jr., Business Litigation
Scott T. Silverman, Employment & Labor
Steven R. Wirth, Bankruptcy: Business

Rising Stars 2019
Sadie R. Craig, Media/Advertising
John L. Dicks, II, Business Litigation
Zarra R. Elias, Employment & Labor
Jason L. Margolin, Business Litigation

Illinois – Chicago

Super Lawyers 2019
Sergio E. Acosta, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Mark S. Bernstein, Business Litigation
Joel D. Bertocchi, Appellate
Brian C. Bianco, Intellectual Property Litigation
Amy Moor Gaylord, Employment & Labor
Thomas Y. Mandler, Employment & Labor
Scott A. Meyers, Securities Litigation
Michael L. Molinaro, Banking
John P. ('Pete') Morrison, Employment & Labor
Thomas G. Pasternak, Intellectual Property
Timothy K. Sendek, Intellectual Property Litigation

Rising Stars 2019
Rebekah A. Carpenter, Consumer Law
Kasey Folk Dunlap, Business Litigation
Thomas B. Fullerton, Banking
Megan M. Kokontis, Employment Litigation: Defense
Julia R. Lissner, Business Litigation
John M. Schafer, Intellectual Property Litigation
Ryan C. Williams, Business Litigation

Louisiana – New Orleans

Super Lawyers 2019
Patrick Johnson, Jr., Bankruptcy: Business
Ben Slater, III, Transportation

Nevada – Las Vegas

Super Lawyers 2019
Darren T. Brenner, Civil Litigation: Defense

Rising Stars 2019
Jamie K. Combs, Securities Litigation
Scott R. Lachman, Civil Litigation: Defense
Tenesa S. Powell, Consumer Law
Lilith V. Xara, Consumer Law

New York – New York City

Super Lawyers 2019
Michael D. Bailkin, Land Use/Zoning
Joshua D. Bernstein, Real Estate: Business
Lorenzo Borgogni, Mergers & Acquisitions
Ross J. Charap, Intellectual Property
Alan S. Cohen, Real Estate: Business
Donald N. David, General Litigation
Brian Fraser, Business Litigation
Scott M. Kessler, Business Litigation
Mark S. Lafayette, Intellectual Property Litigation
Richard G. Leland, Environmental
Mark A. Levine, Land Use/Zoning
Lisa S. Lim, Real Estate: Business
Carlos E. Méndez-Peñate, International
Bran C. Noonan, Employment & Labor
Lansing R. Palmer, Estate & Trust Litigation
Steven P. Polivy, Real Estate: Business
Ted D. Rosen, Mergers & Acquisitions
Ira S. Sacks, Intellectual Property Litigation
Ira B. Stechel, Tax: Business
Matthew A. Steinberg, Employment & Labor
John B. Wood, Real Estate

Rising Stars 2019
Raymond J. Berti, Employment Litigation: Defense
Benjamin Joelson, Business Litigation
Eleanore Martins, Land Use/Zoning
Ashley S. Miller, Consumer Law
Melissa A. Overbeck, Employment Litigation: Defense
Jaclyn Scarinci, Land Use/Zoning
Jamie B. Shyman, General Litigation
Alexander Sokoloff, Real Estate
Robert J. Stein, Banking
Erica Stein Goldman, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

 Texas – Dallas

Super Lawyers 2019
John E. Mitchell, Bankruptcy: Business
Michael D. Napoli, Securities Litigation

Rising Stars 2019
Alysia N. Carlson, Consumer Law
Christy S. Hawkins, Consumer Law
Lauren E. Hayes, Business Litigation
Robert E. Weitzel, Business Litigation

Texas – Houston

Super Lawyers 2019
Martin D. Beirne, Energy & Natural Resources
Benjamin A. Escobar, Energy & Natural Resources
Scott D. Marrs, Energy & Natural Resources
Edward J. Murphy, Business Litigation

Rising Stars 2019
Brian T. Bagley, Intellectual Property Litigation
Sean M. Cichowski, Civil Litigation: Defense
Kristen McDanald, Civil Litigation: Defense
James E. Rogers, Business Litigation
Nicholas D. Stepp, Appellate

Texas – San Antonio

Super Lawyers 2019
Laurence S. Kurth, Civil Litigation: Defense

Virginia – Vienna

Super Lawyers 2019
Jeffrey G. Gilmore, Construction Litigation: Business
Stephen B. Hurlbut, Construction Litigation: Business

Washington, D.C.

Super Lawyers 2019
Jeffrey G. Gilmore, Construction Litigation: Business
Angela Hart-Edwards, Employment & Labor
Stephen B. Hurlbut, Construction Litigation: Business
Warren L. Lewis, Franchise/Dealership

About Akerman 
Akerman LLP is a top 100 U.S. law firm recognized among the most forward thinking firms in the industry by Financial Times. Its more than 700 lawyers and business professionals collaborate with the world’s most successful enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate change, seize opportunities, and help drive innovation and growth. Akerman is known for its results in middle market M&A and complex disputes, and for helping clients achieve their most important business objectives in the financial services, real estate and other dynamic sectors across the United States and Latin America.

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