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Natalie C Annis

NATALIE C. ANNIS

NATALIE C. ANNIS
ANNIS, NATALIE C.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Trust and Estate, Administration, Probate, Tax Planning
Telephone: 813-273-4334
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Estate Planning

Trust and Estate Administration

Probate Administration

Tax Planning

Business Succession Planning and formation and representation of Charitable Organizations

Practice Emphasis Representing individual clients in preparation of Wills, Trusts, Living Wills, Healthcare Surrogate Designations and complex estate planning matters, including life insurance planning, and business succession planning; representing fiduciaries in estate and trust administration, including probate administration, financial planning matters and tax matters.
Education University of Florida, J.D., 1998,

Florida Journal of International Law

University of Virginia, B.A., in German, 1994
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Tax Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, Board of Directors (2002-2003)

Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

Selected for inclusion in Florida Rising Stars 2009


Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009 - 2011

Florida Trend Legal Elite Up and Coming, 2005

Tampa Bay Review 40 under 40, 2002

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David M Boggs

DAVID M. BOGGS

DAVID M. BOGGS
BOGGS, DAVID M.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Tax & Planning, Business Litigation, Probate Litigation
Telephone: 813-273-4328
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Business & Corporate

Tax & Planning

Business Litigation

Probate Litigation
Related Practice Areas Estate Planning
Education New York University, LL.M. in Taxation, 1977

University of Cincinnati, J.D., 1976

University of Cincinnati, B.A., cum laude, 1973, Departmental Honors, Honors Program
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Claims Court
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Corporations Banking & Business Law; Taxation and Real Property; Probate & Trust Law Sections)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Phi Alpha Delta
Community Activities Former President of the Special Operations Memorial Foundation

Delta Tau Delta Tampa Bay Alumnae Association
Representative Matters Mr. Boggs has represented numerous individuals and companies involved in a variety of complex commercial litigation cases, including investors in fraud litigation against developers, a co-generation facility against a regional power company, a power company in defense against a developer’s suit for a failed real estate development involving environmental issues, a corporate executive in Ponzi scheme criminal tax proceedings against him, defense of a law firm charged as an aider and abettor in a Ponzi scheme, a defense industry product developer in litigation against an international defense manufacturer, an international construction product manufacturer in anti-trust litigation against other international manufacturers, and joint venture partners in various suits involving failed developments, including a suit against a national real estate development company. He has also handled dozens of suits involving probates, estates and trusts. Mr. Boggs continues to represent businesses and business owners in commercial matters and transactions, including, when necessary, litigation.
Accomplishments Selected by Tampa Bay Magazine as one of Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers

Selected by American Lawyer Media, in conjunction with The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal, as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation

Repeatedly selected by his peers as a "Florida Super Lawyer"

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Andrew M Brown

ANDREW M. BROWN

ANDREW M. BROWN
BROWN, ANDREW M.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, Professional Liability, Products Liability
Telephone: 813-273-4209
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Medical Malpractice

Business Litigation

Professional Liability

Products Liability
Practice Emphasis Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury Defense
Commercial Litigation
Education University of South Carolina,
J. D. 1986.
Moot Court Competition Finalist
Member Craven Moot Court
Competition Team

Davidson College, B. A. 1982
Class President
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Middle District
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Trial Lawyers Section) Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute

Fidelity & Surety Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association
Community Activities and Memberships Member, Lay Reader, and Chalice Bearer,
St. John's Episcopal Church

Member, Tampa Yacht & Country Club
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine


Florida Super Lawyer (2010-2011)
Awarded in the area of Personal Injury Defense; Medical Malpractice

Mr. Brown has been involved in the defense of a wide range of matters in the field of medical malpractice. He has successfully tried medical malpractice cases on behalf of physicians specializing in emergency medicine, internal medicine, oncology, and a blood bank. He has also defended physicians in multidisciplinary practice groups, specialty groups, and university based physicians as well. Mr. Brown has also been involved in the defense of a wide range of general liability cases, including products liability and members of other professions as well. He has also been involved in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including real estate litigation, and other business and corporate tort litigation.

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Robert G Cochran

ROBERT G. COCHRAN

ROBERT G. COCHRAN
COCHRAN, ROBERT G.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Real Estate, Real Property Litigation, Bankruptcy, Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Telephone: 813-273-4342
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Real Estate

Real Property Litigation

Bankruptcy

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Related practice areas Probate
Education University of Florida, J.D., cum laude, 1972, Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi

University of Florida, B.S., 1967
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate & Trust Section)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association
Community & Pro Bono Activities Bay Area Legal Services

Nativity Catholic Church
Published Articles Mechanics Liens, Florida Bar Journal

Boundary Disputes, Florida Real Property Practice III
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

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Philip J. Crowley

PHILIP J. CROWLEY

PHILIP J. CROWLEY
CROWLEY, PHILIP J.
Practice Areas: Professional Liability, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability Litigation
Telephone: 813-273-4239
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Professional Liability

Medical Malpractice

Products Liability Litigation

Practice Emphasis Mr. Crowley had an extensive practice focused on insurance and municipal defense prior to relocating to Florida in 2001. Mr. Crowley’s significant experience defending professional liability and medical malpractice claims provides clients in these areas with the confidence of a trusted partner at a critical point in their professions. Beyond the professional consideration, this experience also provides for efficient, cost effective representation for insurance carriers involved in the litigation. sellers.

Prior to entering private practice, he was a public prosecuting attorney. While practicing in Michigan, Mr. Crowley served as the area chair for the Michigan Trial Defense Counsel. He has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability.
Education J.D., 1974, University of Detroit College of Law

B.S., 1971, Michigan State University

Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association
Publications and Presentations Mr. Crowley’s presentations include:
  • “Amended Rules of Civil Procedure,” Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Practitioner’s Committee program, “Legal Malpractice, Ethics and Risk Management Update,” West Palm Beach, Florida, February 2007; and again in Miami, Florida, March 2007.
  • “Recent Florida Decision – Legal Malpractice,” Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Legal Malpractice Seminar, Tampa, Florida, May 2005
Jamil G. Daoud

JAMIL G. DAOUD

JAMIL G. DAOUD
DAOUD, JAMIL G
Position: Associate
Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, Tax Planning, Business Success Planning, Charitable Planning
Telephone: 813-273-4363
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Estate Planning

Trust and Estate Administration

Tax Planning

Business Success Planning

Charitable Planning

Practice Emphasis Jamil G. Daoud focuses his practice on representing individuals in a broad range of probate, trust, wealth preservation, business and tax related issues. He has extensive experience in all aspects of probate and trust administration, including the preparation of gift and estate tax returns. Jamil also represents clients with IRS gift and estate tax examinations and audits. As a part of his corporate practice, Jamil advises clients on choice-of-entity planning, including the formation of business entities, and the preparation, review and negotiation of business contracts, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, and operating agreements.
Education LL.M in Taxation, 2007, University of Florida Levin College of Law

J.D., Cum Laude, 2006, University of Miami School of Law

B.S. in Business, With Distinction, 2003, Indiana University
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

All Ohio State Courts

U.S. Tax Court
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar
- Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
- Tax Section

Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
- Tax Section

The Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council

The Ohio Bar
Articles "Estate and Tax Planning for Same-Sex Married Couples in Florida", Hillsborough County Bar Association "Lawyer" magazine, February 2014 - Vol. 24, No. 4

Jeffery W Gibson

JEFFREY W. GIBSON

JEFFREY W. GIBSON
GIBSON, JEFFREY W.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, Appellate, Medical Malpractice
Telephone: 813-273-4357
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Business Litigation
Labor & Employment Law
Appellate
Medical Malpractice
Education University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 2001, Law Review, Senior Management Editor, Fall 2001

University of Tampa, B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, 1998

Oxford University 8/97-12/97 -- selected as the only student from the University of Tampa to attend foreign study at Oxford
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Middle, Southern & Northern Districts of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Board of Directors - Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts
Related Experience Law Clerk, The Honorable Charles R. Wilson, Circuit Court Judge, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003

James W Goodwin

JAMES WILLIAMS GOODWIN II

JAMES WILLIAMS GOODWIN II
GOODWIN, JAMES WILLIAMS, II
Position: Shareholder, Board of Directors
Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Tax & Planning, Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions
Telephone: 813-273-4337
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Business & Corporate

Mergers & Acquisitions

Tax & Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Practice Emphasis Assisting small and large businesses in a broad range of matters, including selection of entity structure, business planning, transactions involving the merger, sale and acquisition of businesses and contract negotiations

Estate planning, as well as trust and estate matters involving the IRS.
Education University of Florida, LL.M. in Taxation, 1987

University of Illinois, J.D., 1983

Illinois Wesleyan University, B.S. in Accounting, cum laude, 1980
Related Experience Associate Professor at University of South Florida Business School (Advance Corporate Taxation) and at University of Illinois (Business Law)
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Claims Court
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Tax, Business, Trusts & Estates Sections)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Leadership Tampa
Accomplishments Designated as Tampa Bay Top Lawyer in Florida Trend magazine (2010)

Repeatedly selected by his peers as a "Florida Super Lawyer"

AV Preeminent Peer Rating

Craig M Harris

CRAIG M. HARRIS

CRAIG M. HARRIS
HARRIS, CRAIG M.
Position: Associate
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Professional Liability, Medical Malpractice
Telephone: 813-273-4200
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Business Litigation

Legal Malpractice

Professional Liability

Medical Malpractice

Education University of Florida, J.D., cum laude, 2007

Research Editor, Florida Journal of International Law; Member, Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy; Honors in Trial Practice

Davidson College, B.A. English, Minor in Spanish, 2004
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

American Bar Association

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Ferguson-White Inns of Court
Accomplishments Co-translated with Author "A Diez Pasos al Paraiso" by Alberto Hernandez-Chiroldes.
Rebecca R Johns

REBECCA R. JOHNS

REBECCA R. JOHNS
JOHNS, REBECCA R.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Eminent Domain & Property Rights, Real Estate, Land Use
Telephone: 813-273-4344
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Eminent Domain & Property Rights

Real Estate

Land Use
Education Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., May, 2000

Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. in Finance, 1996
Court Admissions U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

All Florida State Courts
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers

Bay Area Real Estate Council
Accomplishments Selected for inclusion in Florida Rising Stars 2009

Authored The Hiring Incentives To Restore Employment Act – April 2010
Ashley R. Kellgren

ASHLEY R. KELLGREN

ASHLEY R. KELLGREN
KELLGREN, ASHLEY R.
Position: Associate
Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice Defense, Professional Liability
Telephone: 813-273-4247
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Medical Malpractice Defense

Professional Liability

Education J.D., 2010, University of Florida Levin College of Law

B.A., 2005, University of Florida

B.S., 2005, University of Florida
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association
Certifications Certified County Mediator
Accomplishments Law School Book Award, Growth Management

Law School Book Award, Natural Resources

Law School Book Award, Administrative Law

Law School Book Award, Copyright Law

Law School Book Award, Environmental Law

Academic All-Southeastern Conference Honor Roll

4 Year Varsity Scholarship Athlete – University of Florida Women’s Soccer
Community Activities and Memberships Caring and Sharing Mentoring Program
Patrick T Lennon

PATRICK T. LENNON

PATRICK T. LENNON
LENNON, PATRICK T.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Business Litigation
Telephone: 813-273-4360
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Bankruptcy

Business Litigation
Practice Emphasis Creditors Rights; Commercial Litigation; Restructuring
Education University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989

University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1978
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Business Section)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Hillsborough Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
Related Experience Former Bank Vice President
Andrew K Macfarlane

ANDREW K. MACFARLANE

ANDREW K. MACFARLANE
MACFARLANE, ANDREW K.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Business & Corporate
Telephone: 813-273-4271
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Business & Corporate
Related Practice Areas Eminent Domain

Real Estate
Practice Emphasis Drafting Contracts, Marketing and Distribution, State Taxation
Education University of Florida, J.D., 1980

Florida State University, B.A., 1977
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Business Section)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Published Articles Chapter 2 of Florida Real Property Litigation (CLE 1996): "Boundary Disputes"
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

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Ellen M Macfarlane

ELLEN M. MACFARLANE

ELLEN M. MACFARLANE
MACFARLANE, ELLEN M.
Position: Shareholder, Board of Directors
Vice President 2008
Practice Areas: Real Estate
Telephone: 813-273-4313
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Real Estate
Related Practice Areas Business & Corporate

Banking
Education Ohio State University, J.D., cum laude, 1979

Ohio State University, B.A., Economics, summa cum laude, 1975, Phi Beta Kappa
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts
Bar and Professional Memberships Board Certified Real Estate Attorney

The Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate & Trust Section)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

Selected by her peers as a "Florida Super Lawyer" - one of the top five percent of lawyers in the state (2011)

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NoelPMcdonell

NOEL P. MCDONELL

NOEL P. MCDONELL
MCDONELL, NOEL P.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Environmental Law, Labor & Employment, Criminal Litigation, Domestic Relations
Telephone: 813-273-4330
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Environmental Law

Labor & Employment

Criminal Litigation
Education Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1990

Florida State University, B.A., Honors & Scholars Graduate, 1988
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Appointed to The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee for the term of July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005

Commission, Florida Real Estate Commission (appointed by Governor Bush in 2001-2005)
Previous Legal Experience Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, Office of Statewide Prosecution: Senior Attorney, Computer Crime and Identity Theft Unit

Assistant State Attorney - Office of the State Attorney - 13th Judicial Circuit, Lead Trial Attorney

Assistant State Attorney - Office of the State Attorney - 12th Judicial Circuit, Felony Prosecutor, Supervisor of Domestic Violence Division
Significant Cases State v. Pizzo, et al.

State v. Young

State v. McWhite
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

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Janet G McEnery

JANET GOLDBERG MCENERY

JANET GOLDBERG MCENERY
MCENERY, JANET GOLDBERG
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Labor & Employment
Telephone: 813-273-4307
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Labor & Employment Law

Employment Litigation (Defense)

Traditional and Public Sector Labor Law

Fair Lending Act Claims

Public Accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act ("ADA")
Practice Emphasis Labor & Employment Law

Employment Litigation (Defense)
Education University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1975

State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude, 1972, Phi Beta Kappa
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

Supreme Courts of Illinois and Missouri

U.S. District Court - Middle, Southern & Northern Districts of Florida

United States Court of Appeals - 3rd, 7th & 11th Circuits
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Labor & Employment Law Section)

American Bar Association

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association

Missouri Bar Association

Academy of Florida Management Attorneys - Board Member since 2011

Society for Human Resource Management

HR Tampa

Florida Public Employers Labor Relations Association

Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Chair Quarterly HR Forum
Articles "Avoiding Human Resources’ Troubles"

Contributing Author for the Fair Labor Standards Act, Second Edition, 2012 and 2013 Cumulative Supplement

“The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act – April 2010, The Lawyer Magazine

"Wage and Hour Update" - ALA Suncoast Chapter Newsletter, Summer 2007

"Downsizing - Study alternatives, liability when cutting staff size" Powerful Business, Spring, 2002

"HR 'obligated' to teach management of e-mail's legal pitfalls" Society for Human Resource Management, June, 2000

"Employees with Mental and Emotional Problems - Workplace Security and Implications of State Discrimination Laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Workers' Compensation and Related Issues" Stetson Law Review, Fall 1994
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

Selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a "Top Rated Lawyer" who practices Labor & Employment Law, October 2013

Selected by her peers as a "Florida Super Lawyer" - one of the top five percent of lawyers in the state (2007 - 2013)

Former Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Former Trial Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, St. Louis, Missouri

Listed by Florida Trend as "Florida Legal Elite" (2010, 2013)

Named in "The Best Lawyers In America" for Labor and Employment Law (2009 - 2013)

Board Certified as a Specialist in Labor & Employment Law by the Florida Bar



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Charles A Moore

CHARLES A. III "CAM" MOORE

CHARLES A. III "CAM" MOORE
MOORE, CHARLES A. III "CAM"
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Tax & Planning, Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions
Telephone: 813-273-4210
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Business & Corporate

Mergers & Acquisitions

Tax & Planning

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Practice Emphasis Assisting small and large businesses in a broad range of matters, including selection of entity structure, business planning, transactions involving the merger, sale and acquisition of businesses and contract negotiations

Estate planning, as well as trust and estate matters involving the IRS.
Education University of Virginia, J.D., 1998, Senior Editor, Virginia Tax Journal

University of Virginia McIntire Business Institute, 1996

University of Michigan, B.A., summa cum laude, 1995
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council

Tampa Connection

Leadership Tampa
Stephen H Reynolds

STEPHEN H. REYNOLDS

STEPHEN H. REYNOLDS
REYNOLDS, STEPHEN H.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Real Estate
Telephone: 813-273-4343
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Real Estate
Related Areas Land Use

Environmental

Business & Corporate
Practice Emphasis Issues dealing with owning, buying and selling real estate, including development and regulatory issues; Title Insurance
Education University of Florida School of Law, J.D., 1969

University of the South, B.A., English, 1966
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. Supreme Court
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate & Trust Section)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Bay Area Real Estate Council

Board of Attorney's Title Insurance Fund - Re-Elected in 2008 for 4th term
Community Activities/ Memberships Tampa History Center

Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

Selected by his peers as a "Florida Super Lawyer" - one of the top five percent of lawyers in the state (2006-2009, 2011)

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TAYLOR C. RUSSO

TAYLOR C. RUSSO

TAYLOR C. RUSSO
RUSSO, TAYLOR C.
Position: Associate
Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Trust and Estate, Administration, Probate, Tax Planning, Business & Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Succession Planning
Telephone: 813-273-4345
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Estate Planning

Trust and Estate Administration

Probate Administration

Tax Planning

Business & Corporate

Mergers & Acquisitions

Business Succession Planning

Practice Emphasis Taylor C. Russo provides assistance to individuals and families in probate administration, estate administration, trust formation and administration, wealth preservation, tax and financial planning, and business related issues. Ms. Russo has experience in various probate and trust related matters, including providing guidance on and preparing gift tax returns and estate tax returns and representing fiduciaries in their roles as trustees and personal representatives. In her estate and wealth planning practice, Ms. Russo provides assistance to clients in the preparation of essential estate planning documents and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements in addition to advising clients on relevant tax related issues. Ms. Russo also assists individuals and businesses in a broad range of corporate matters, including entity selection, business succession planning, sale, merger, and acquisition transactions, and contract negotiations.
Education L.L.M. in Tax, 2012, Georgetown University Law Center

J.D., 2011, Georgetown University Law Center

B.S., 2008, University of Virginia
McIntire School of Commerce
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Family Law Section, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Tax Section)

Hillsborough County Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division, Real Property/Probate/Trust Section)

The Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council
Distinctions NCAA Scholarship Athlete – Volleyball, University of Virginia

Articles "Estate and Tax Planning for Same-Sex Married Couples in Florida", Hillsborough County Bar Association "Lawyer" magazine, February 2014 - Vol. 24, No. 4

Stephen H Sears

STEPHEN H. SEARS

STEPHEN H. SEARS
SEARS, STEPHEN H.
Position: Shareholder
Head of Professional Liability Section
Past Firm Chairman
Practice Areas: Professional Liability, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Mediation
Telephone: 813-273-4237
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Professional Liability

Medical Malpractice

Legal Malpractice

Mediation
Practice Emphasis Medical malpractice litigation defense and legal malpractice litigation defense
Education University of Florida, J.D., 1966

University of Georgia, B.A., 1963
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. Court of Military Appeals
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Tampa Bay Chapter

Executive Committee Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association (1989-1992)

Member, 13th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, 1993 to 1996 Chairman, 13th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee,1994 to 1996

"The Best Lawyers in America" Elected by peers as leading Florida lawyer in medical negligence

Certified Circuit Court Mediator

Member, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc.

United States Marine Corps, 1996-1999, Captain, JAG Corps
Published Articles "Inequities in Florida's Good Samaritan Act", Polk County Medical Association Bulletin, 1991
Presentations (as featured speaker) The Role of Charting in Risk Reduction Gessler Clinic P.A., August 16, 2006

Med Mal 101: Basic Principles of Medical Negligence, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, April 11, 2005

Physician Risk Management Seminar: "Sensitizing Your Communication Antennae," Watson Clinic, September 23, 2004

Physician Office Practices: Communication Issues Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management July, 31, 2003

Current Issues in Medical Negligence Risk Management, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, February and March, 2003

Physician Risk Management Seminar-"Informed Consent: Issues and Complexities", The Doctors' Company, May 2001

Physician Risk Management Seminar - Florida Orthopedic Institute - "Charting Errors and Litigation Impact, January 2001

Effective Communications/Documentation - Frontier Healthcare Risk Management, February, 1999

Discussions on the Use of the Electronic Medical Record - American College of Medical Quality and PHICO, February, 1999

Risk Management for Attorneys - "The Cutting Edge", CNA Insurance Company, Tampa, Florida, January 1998

Hillsborough County Bench Bar Conference - Panel Member, November 1997

Abuse and Exploitation of the Elderly and Child Abuse/Domestic Violence, Florida Spine Study Group, Tampa, Florida, October 1997

Presentation to Florida Orthopaedic Institute - "Current Issues in Risk Management", CNA Insurance Company, Tampa, Florida, May 1997

Risk Management, HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence Seminar, PHICO Insurance Company, Clearwater, Florida, February 1997

Risk Management for Attorneys - "The Cutting Edge", CNA Insurance Company, Tampa, Florida, January 1997

Update on Florida Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations, Florida Spine Study Group, Tampa, Florida , November 1996

Workshop Presentation - Coping With Malpractice Litigation, "Tricks of the Trade", Professional Risk Management Services, Inc., Naples, Florida, November 1996

Recent Developments in Florida Medical Malpractice Law, Florida Spine Study Group, Tampa, Florida, July 1996

Recent Trends in Medical Malpractice Litigation, CNA Insurance Companies, Tampa, Florida, June 1996

Impact and Explanation of Wells Decision on Apportionment and Set-Off Doctrines, Presented to CNA Professional Liability Claims Adjusters, May 1996

Comparative Analysis of Criminal and Civil Burdens of Proof, Florida Spine Study Group, Tampa, Florida, April 1996

Minefields of Practice - An Overview of Legal Malpractice Risk Management, Presented by CNA Insurance Companies, Tampa, Florida, February 1996

Physicians Risk Management Seminar - The Health Law, Jordan, Roberts & Company, Tampa, Florida, October 1995

Malpractice and the Law - A Discussion of Legal Precedent and Current Trends in Florida Law Presentation at Diagnostic Clinic, Largo, Florida May 1995

Diagnosis and Treatment of a Medical Malpractice Suit, CNA Insurance Companies, Saddlebrook Resort, Florida March 1995

CME Program for Lakeland Regional Medical Center Staff January 1995 - The Role of Legal Precedent in establish­ing medical standards of care and recent developments in medical negligence litigation.

Closing Argument for the Defense (Florida Bar Trial Advocacy Seminar 1994)

CNA Loss Control Seminars - Loss Reduction During Trial (Multiple cities in Central Florida 1993 to 1995)

CNA Office Practice Seminar for Nurses (Multiple cities in Central Florida 1992 and 1993)

Opening Statement for the Defense (Florida Bar Trial Advocacy Seminar 1992)

Continuing Medical Education Program for St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Staff: Recent Non-Florida Appellate Decisions as Predictor of Theories of Medical Negligence Liability in Florida (November, 1991)

Recent Trends in the Development of Malpractice Litigation (Polk County Medical Association 1991)

CNA Physician Protection Program - Risk Prevention for the Medical Practitioner (Multiple cities in Central Florida 1990-1992)

Cross-Examining the Orthopaedic Surgeon - Orthopaedics for the Lawyer (Professional Education Seminars, Tampa, Florida 1990 and 1991)

CNA Insurance Company - Communication and Legal Issues in the Medical Office (Multiple cities in Central Florida 1988-1990)

Florida Bar Trial Advocacy Seminar Workshop leader, lecturer, executive committee (served in various capacities from 1976 to 1994)

Voir Dire and the Art of Jury Selection (Florida Bar Trial Advocacy Seminar 1989)
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

Selected by his peers as a "Florida Super Lawyer" - one of the top five percent of lawyers in the state (2006 - 2012)

Recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America" (2008-2012) Practice areas of Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice

Stephen Sears was selected by Tampa Bay Business Journal readers and editorial staff to be featured in the Who's Who in Business in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Sears was one of just 25 business people selected in the field of law, which also includes MFM's Stella Thayer.

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Jessica M. Smith

JESSICA M. SMITH

JESSICA M. SMITH
SMITH, JESSICA M.
Position: Associate
Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Professional Liability, Business Litigation
Telephone: 813-273-4347
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Medical Malpractice Defense

Legal Malpractice

Professional Liability

Business Litigation

Education University of Virginia, J.D., 2012

University of Florida, B.S., 2008, cum laude
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association, (Young Lawyers Division, Tampa Bay Inns of Court)

Accomplishments Research Assistant to Dr. Thomas Hafemeister

Research Assistant to Professor Lois Shepherd

Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal

UVA Mental Health Law Clinic 2011-2012

Co-author - “Parity at a Price: The Emerging Professional Liability of Mental Health Providers” San Diego Law Review, Forthcoming, Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 1012-60, available here.

William M Stainton

WILLIAM M. STAINTON

WILLIAM M. STAINTON
STAINTON, WILLIAM M.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Tax & Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions
Telephone: 813-273-4325
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Business & Corporate

Mergers & Acquisitions

Tax & Planning
Practice Emphasis Advising clients in a broad range of corporate and business matters, including corporate governance, partnership and stockholder agreements, business planning, contract negotiations, transactions involving the merger, sale, and acquisition of businesses, indemnification and risk allocation, crisis management, and a variety of strategic and licensing arrangements. Mr. Stainton also counsels clients in connection with venture capital and private equity transactions, recapitalizations, financings through private placements, joint venture relationships, the dissolution and liquidation of businesses, and related tax matters. In addition, he has experience handling commercial litigation matters related to complex corporate and business disputes, preparing and issuing legal opinions, and advising clients on intellectual property related issues. Mr. Stainton serves as outside general counsel to a number of Florida based companies and partnerships.
Education Stetson University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003

University of Florida, B.A. in Political Science, 2000
Court Admissions and Appointments All Florida State Courts

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

United States Tax Court

Commissioner, Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (State of Florida)2005-2009
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Appointed to the Florida Bar's Standing Committee on Judicial Administration and Evaluation – 2010-2013
Community Activities and Memberships Tampa Bay Field Representative, Mel Martinez for U.S. Senate 2004

Intern for U.S. Senator Connie Mack, Washington, D.C., Summer 1998

Advisory Board - Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc. (DACCO)

TAMCO Foundation Steering Committee 2008-2009

Committee Member - 2007 Grand Slam for the Kids
Easter Seals Florida

Member of Association for Corporate Growth

Member of Tampa Yacht & Country Club

Member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church

Board of Directors of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County - 2011-2013

Articles / Seminars "Earnouts in M&A - Avoiding the Pitfalls" - Live Teleconference

Deadlock: Business Partner Disputes in Privately-Held Businesses

Ashley E Taylor

ASHLEY E. TAYLOR

ASHLEY E. TAYLOR
TAYLOR, ASHLEY E.
Position: Associate
Practice Areas: Family Law, General Litigation, Plaintiff Personal Injury
Telephone: 813-273-4369
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Family Law

General Litigation

Plaintiff Personal Injury

Education Southern Methodist University, J.D., 2007

University of Florida, B.S.B.A., 2003, cum laude
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

US District Court, Middle District
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Traffic Rules Committee Florida Bar
2012-2015

The Hillsborough County Bar

Tampa Bay Inns of Court
William B Taylor

WILLIAM B. TAYLOR IV

WILLIAM B. TAYLOR IV
TAYLOR, WILLIAM B. IV
Position: Shareholder, Board of Directors
Practice Areas: Environmental Law, Plaintiff Personal Injury, General Litigation, Professional Licensure Defense, Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, Foreclosure Defense
Telephone: 813-273-4228
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Environmental Law

Plaintiff Personal Injury

General Litigation

Professional Licensure Defense

Criminal Law

Domestic Relations

Foreclosure Defense
Practice Emphasis Personal injury - representing Plaintiffs; Commercial Litigation; Representing doctors and licenses before the state of Florida licensing boards.

Environmental litigation law in Federal, State and Administrative agencies and court proceedings.
Education Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1972

Florida State University, B.S., 1968
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

United States Supreme Court
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Environmental and Land Use)

Tampa Bay Inns of Court, Master Trial designation - Past Member

Hillsborough County Bar Association
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine since 2009

Recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America" since 2008

Recognized in Florida Super Lawyers for Environmental Law since 2009

Tampa Bay Super Lawyers – Best Environmental Lawyer – 2013

Recognized by the National Law Journal in its selection of Tampa’s Top Attorneys 2011

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Stella F Thayer

STELLA FERGUSON THAYER

STELLA FERGUSON THAYER
THAYER, STELLA FERGUSON
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Tax Planning, Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Telephone: 813-374-8830
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Business & Corporate

Tax Planning

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Education Columbia University, LLB, 1965

Hollins College, A.B., 1962
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

All New York State Courts

All New Jersey State Courts
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association

New York Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association
Community Activities and Memberships Member of the Florida Council of 100

Member of Board of Trustees of University of South Florida Foundation

Member of the Board of Advisors of Columbia Law School

Past President of Board of Governors of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Past Chairman of its Committee of 100

Past Chairman of Hillsborough County Hospital Authority

Past Chairman, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

Member of 1978 Constitution Revision Commission

Member of 1990 Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

Stella Thayer has been selected by Tampa Bay Business Journal readers and editorial staff to be featured in the 2004 Who's Who in Business in the Tampa Bay area. Ms. Thayer was one of just 25 business people selected in the field of law, which also included MFM's Stephen Sears.

James M. "Red" McEwen Memorial Award - 1985

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100, Hall of Fame Award - 1987

Executive Woman of the Year, Network of Executive Women - 1988

Co-Recipient of Top Management Award, Sales and Marketing Executives of Tampa - 1989

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Ansley Watson

ANSLEY WATSON JR.

ANSLEY WATSON JR.
WATSON, ANSLEY, JR.
Chairman Emeritus
Position: Shareholder, Board of Directors
Practice Areas: Food Law, Public Utilities, Administrative & Governmental
Telephone: 813-273-4321
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Food Law

Public Utilities

Administrative & Governmental
Related Practice Areas Business & Corporate

Energy Law
Education Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1970

Washington & Lee University, A.B., Psychology, 1967
Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

U.S. Supreme Court
Bar and Professional Memberships The Florida Bar (Administrative Law Section)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Food and Drug Law Institute

Executive Director, National Juice Products Association (1999-2003)

Member, Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables (2002-2003)
Community Activities and Memberships University Club of Tampa

Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club
Accomplishments Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine

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David B. Williams

DAVID B. WILLIAMS

DAVID B. WILLIAMS
WILLIAMS, DAVID B.
Position: Shareholder
Practice Areas: Real Estate, Mortgage Lending, Land Use, Mediation
Telephone: 813-273-4226
Office: Tampa
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Practice Areas Real Estate

Mortgage Lending

Land Use

Mediation
Practice Emphasis Mr. Williams represents sellers, buyers, developers and lenders in all aspects of real estate acquisition, sale, lease, finance and workout. He also serves as a mediator in general business disputes, including commercial foreclosures, real estate and construction disputes, and contract and business entity disputes.

Education J.D., 1983, South Texas College of Law

B.A., 1979, University of Florida

Court Admissions All Florida State Courts

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Certified Mediator
  •  U. S. District Court – Middle District of Florida
  •  Florida Circuit Courts

  • Florida Court Approved Arbitrator
    Bar and Professional Memberships American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

    Florida Bar, Real Property and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections

    Hillsborough County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Section

    State Bar of Texas

    Advisory Board Member, University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies

    Member, Legal Response Team, Republican Party of Florida

    Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

    Agent for Fidelity National Title insurance Company and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company

    Board Member, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation

    Member, Panel of Mediators for the American Arbitration Association
    Community Activities Tampa Yacht and Country Club

    University Club of Tampa

    Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

    Member and former Junior Warden and Vestry Member

    St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tampa, Florida
    Accomplishments AV Preeminent Peer Rating

    Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1993