Cozen O’Connor Expands Miami Office with Addition of Two New Members

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that nationally recognized and board certified labor and employment attorneys Susan Eisenberg and Jennifer Williams have joined the firm as members, resident in the Miami office. Previously with Akerman, both are part of the Labor & Employment Department.

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Stroock Continues Expansion of Litigation Practice with Addition of Lewis F. Murphy

Lewis F. Murphy has joined the national Litigation Practice Group of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as a partner in the Miami office. He joins recent additions Steven D. Atlee, a litigation partner in Los Angeles; Michael C. Keats, a litigation partner in New York; Laura E. Besvinick; a litigation partner in Miami; and Julie E. Nevins, a litigation special counsel in Miami.

Mr. Murphy’s practice focuses on complex multidistrict and high-stakes commercial litigation. He has extensive experience with securities and fiduciary duty litigation, class actions and derivative claims, proxy contests and corporate takeovers, as well as class actions for insurance retail sales fraud.

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DLA Piper grows Miami office with addition of Francisco Cerezo and John Murphy

DLA Piper announced today that Francisco J. Cerezo and John L. Murphy have joined the firm’s Miami office as partners in the Corporate and Finance practices, respectively. In addition, Cerezo will serve as DLA Piper’s US Head of Latin America Corporate.

“The addition of Francisco and John underscores DLA Piper’s commitment to growing its presence in the region and building a strong domestic and Latin America transactional practice commensurate with the firm’s global footprint,” said Joe Alexander, DLA Piper’s Southeast US managing partner and chair of the firm’s Southeast US Corporate and Private Equity practice. “Their impressive skill sets and legal acumen will complement the existing capabilities of the Miami office and the sophisticated services our lawyers provide to clients around the world. We very much look forward to continuing to grow our Latin America practice generally and the Miami office specifically.”

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International Law Attorney Fabian Pal Joins Holland & Knight in Miami

Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Fabian Pal has joined the firm’s Miami office as a member of the firm’s International & Cross-Border and Latin America Practice Groups. He previously practiced with Fowler White Burnett.

“Fabian has an impressive track record handling sophisticated deals in Latin America and elsewhere,” said George Mencio, co-chair of Holland & Knight’s International & Cross-Border Group. “His energy and talent will be great assets to our office.”

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Locke Lord Bolsters South Florida Corporate, Real Estate Capabilities With Addition of Mark S. Scott, Douglas L. O’Keefe

Locke Lord LLP has enhanced its Corporate and Real Estate capabilities in South Florida with the hiring of leading transactional lawyers Mark S. Scott and Douglas L. O’Keefe as Partners in the Firm’s Miami office. Scott and O’Keefe will be members of Locke Lord’s Corporate and Transactional Department.

“Mark and Doug are highly accomplished lawyers who bring impressive experience in domestic and international transactions and deep connections to the Miami business community,” said Jonathan E. Cole, head of Locke Lord’s South Florida offices. “Both Mark and Doug share our commitment to providing our clients with outstanding legal counsel and we are thrilled to welcome them to Locke Lord.”

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Zelle Hofmann Expands Footprint with Addition of Insurance Practice Group on the East Coast

Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its insurance practice and international capabilities with the addition of 11 attorneys from The Chartwell Law Offices, the opening of offices in New York, Philadelphia and Miami, and the expansion of Zelle Hofmann’s existing Boston office.

The attorneys, formerly of Chartwell’s insurance practice, will join Zelle Hofmann effective April 30, 2015. With the addition of these attorneys and office locations, Zelle Hofmann will strengthen one of its core practices, as well as its ability to serve clients on a nationwide basis.

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Miami office grows with Gunster’s newest attorney addition

Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce Brian L. Belt has joined the firm as a shareholder in the Miami office.

Belt is a member of Gunster’s real estate, corporate and construction practices. He has represented owners, lenders and developers of real estate, condominium, marina and hospitality projects domestically and internationally.

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Stroock Bolsters Litigation Practice Further with Two Partners and Special Counsel in New York and Miami

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC, announced the addition of two new partners and a special counsel. Joining the firm are Michael C. Keats, a litigation partner in New York, and Laura Besvinick, an insurance litigation partner in Miami. Julie Nevins, who focuses on complex commercial litigation, has joined the firm as special counsel in Miami.

The continued expansion of the firm includes two recent additions in the Los Angeles office, Steven D. Atlee, a financial services/class action partner in the Litigation Practice Group, and Yousuf I. Dhamee, an investment management partner.

“The addition of these talented and experienced lawyers will bolster the firm’s strong national litigation practice in key practice areas – insurance, securities, commercial litigation and commodities,” said Alan M. Klinger, Stroock’s co-managing partner and co-chair of Stroock’s Litigation Practice Group.

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