Ellen M. Macfarlane

Commercial real estate transactions, development and financing, including office, retail, industrial, warehouse, apartment and condominium property; utility projects, facilities and rights of way; citrus grove, ranch and other agricultural property, and minerals; project and sale and leaseback financing; retail and office leases and public lands leases; FDEP restrictive covenants; like kind exchanges, including multi-party exchanges, local counsel opinions, and mitigation bank development.


Noel P. McDonell

Noel McDonell is a Martindale Hubbell AV-Preeminent trial lawyer with extensive experience managing complex commercial disputes in the courtroom. In addition, in 2013, Noel was named one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Top Attorneys. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, emphasizing issues of fraud and malfeasance in the corporate environment, along with whistleblower/Qui Tam actions. In 2008, Noel won the first Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) in the state, protecting the rights of citizens to gather and be heard in protection of their rights without fear of retaliation.

Noel has tried hundreds of jury and non-jury trials and appeals in both the criminal and civil arenas. While acting as Lead Trial Attorney for the Office of the State Attorney, Noel was appointed by the Attorney General to Senior Assistant Statewide Prosecutor in the Office of Statewide Prosecution, where she practiced throughout the state investigating and prosecuting complex white collar criminal activity. She has extensive experience in corporate fraud detection and contractual fraud litigation. As former Florida Real Estate Commissioner under Governor Jeb Bush, Noel also appreciates an historic understanding of administrative law and professional licensure issues to protect the consumer. During her tenure in government practice, Noel was awarded the Davis Productivity Award for her efforts with the Governor’s Task Force on Identity Theft.

An avid owner of American Saddlebred horses, Noel is active in the equine industry within both the highly competitive world circuit and the fundraising community. Closer to home, she is an enthusiastic saltwater flats fisherman and boater.

Charles A. “Cam” Moore, III

Cam assists individuals, families and 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.  Cam works with private equity funds, companies and individuals in venture capital, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Cam’s business practice involves drafting and negotiating agreements for joint ventures and partnerships, investment funds, investments, loans, license arrangements, and privately-held businesses.  Cam serves as outside general counsel to several of his business clients and handles internal equity incentive plans, reorganizations, recapitalizations and all contractual issues and, together with his partners in various practice areas with the firm, addresses all concerns that arise in his client’s businesses and daily lives.

Regarding estate and asset planning, Cam advises individuals and families regarding financial issues involving federal taxation, preservation of wealth, family limited partnerships, insurance planning, charitable planning and estate planning considerations that affect privately-held businesses and professional practices.

Matthew P. Schnitzlein

Mr. Schnitzlein advises clients in a broad range of transactional matters including corporate governance, tax matters, merger and acquisitions, business formations, and partnership and stockholder agreements. Mr. Schnitzlein assists clients in structuring business transactions to align with their individual and family tax planning goals, which may include income tax, gift tax, and estate tax.

Mr. Schnitzlein also counsels clients on matters involving estate planning, estate administration and trust administration. He has extensive experience with individuals and families to create estate plans, including revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives.

Stephen H. Sears

Mr. Sears leads the Tampa Professional Liability Section and has focused his practice for many years in the areas of Medical and Legal Malpractice. As Defense counsel for attorneys, physicians, medical institutions and insurers of both, he has broad litigation experience and has effectively shepherded clients throughout the litigation process, from initial discovery through favorable trial verdicts.

As a Certified Circuit Court Mediator, Mr. Sears brings a unique perspective to clients as they evaluate and negotiate potential settlement agreements.  This perspective, combined with effective discovery, enables clients to move forward in the litigation process, confident that their interests are being well represented.

Mr. Sears has published numerous articles throughout his career on various healthcare topics ranging from law changes to risk management topics such as “Informed Consent” and “The Role of Charting in Risk Reduction.”  Insurance companies and medical facilities have solicited his articles for publication and have also engaged Mr. Sears as a featured speaker for industry seminars as well as in-house risk management training.



William M. Stainton

Mr. Stainton advises clients in a broad range of corporate, business and transactional matters, including mergers, sales and acquisitions, securities offerings, partnership and stockholder agreements, corporate governance, business planning, and a variety of strategic and joint venture arrangements.  He counsels clients in connection with venture capital and private equity transactions, recapitalizations, reorganizations, divestitures, corporate finance, credit facilities, and related tax matters.  Mr. Stainton has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings in the private capital markets, and the legal and business issues inherent in such transactions.  He regularly advises companies, management teams, and private equity funds in connection with investments and sales transactions. In addition, he has experience handling shareholder and management disputes, preparing and issuing legal opinions, and advising clients on crisis management.  Mr. Stainton serves as outside general counsel to a number of Florida based companies, partnerships and investment firms.  Representative industries include private equity and family office investment, banking and finance, insurance services, manufacturing, value-added distribution, hospitality, healthcare and healthcare services, logistics, telecommunications, information technology, and software as a service.

Ashley E. Taylor

Ms. Taylor’s primary area of practice is civil litigation with a focus on family law. She assists clients with domestic disputes, separation, divorce and custody matters, including experience in Hague Abduction Convention issues. Ms. Taylor also focuses a portion of her practice on employment law and counseling and advising employers with respect to employment claims. Ms. Taylor has negotiated settlements and tried cases in both state and federal courts. Ms. Taylor has also presented appellate arguments before state and federal appellate courts.

William B. Taylor, IV

Mr. Taylor has represented clients in environmental law, including environmental litigation in Federal, State and Administrative agency proceedings. He assists clients in the areas of personal injury – representing Plaintiffs and commercial litigation. Mr. Taylor represents doctors and other professionals before State of Florida licensing boards.


Stella Ferguson Thayer

Ms. Thayer has more than 49 years of experience representing clients in business and corporate matters, tax and planning, and wills, trusts and estate planning.

Ansley Watson, Jr.

For almost 47 years, Mr. Watson has been actively involved before the Florida Public Service Commission on a variety of matters relating primarily to natural gas public utilities, an intrastate natural gas transmission pipeline, and non-utility electric generators. His natural gas utility experience includes representation of utilities in contested rate and recovery clause cases, franchise areas, special contracts, the regulatory treatment of natural gas contracts, new tariff provisions, and administrative rulemaking proceedings. His non-utility generator experience includes representation of such entities in connection with the negotiation or amendment of power purchase and interconnection agreements with electric public utilities, obtaining lender approval of amendments to power purchase agreements and other financing documents, and litigation involving disputes over various provisions of power purchase agreements between non-utility generators and electric public utilities. He has also advised clients with respect to the Florida Natural Gas Pipeline Siting Act, on which he provided input to the Florida Legislature before the law’s enactment.

During the same period, Mr. Watson has advised individual and trade association member clients with respect to food labeling and other regulated food issues, primarily in the area of fruit and vegetable juices and juice products.