2016 New Board Certified Lawyers in Florida

The Florida Bar recently issued a press release listing the 189 attorneys who earned board certification in 2016. These attorneys are allowed to use the following terms when referring to their legal credentials and advertising their practice:

  • "board certified specialist"
  • "board certified expert"
  • "B.C.S." for Board Certified Specialist

Attorneys in Florida who have earned board certification by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization are evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise. The purpose of board certification is to evaluate an attorney's special knowledge, ability, experience, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law. Attorneys who have earned Florida Bar board certification have submitted to evaluation of their professionalism and ethics in practice. 

Today, nearly 5,000 of Florida's nearly 101,000 lawyers have earned board certification in 26 different specialty areas for board certification that were approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. 


The Names of Lawyers Who Earned Board Certification in 2016 

The Florida lawyers who became board certified in 2016 include:


Admiralty & Maritime Law

  • Adam B. Cooke, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Jonathan Hernandez, Miami
  • Craig Patrick Liszt, Miami

Adoption Law

  • Richard Scott Jackson, Deland
  • Peggy Clarie Senentz, S. Pasadena
  • Robert L. Webster, Tampa

Appellate Practice

  • John Nicholas Bogdanoff, Daytona Beach
  • Michael March Brownlee, Orlando
  • Thomas Arnold Antoine Beller Burns, Tampa
  • Daniel Adam Bushell, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Michael John Dono, Miami
  • Kathryn Lee Ender, Miami
  • Courtney Lynne Fernald, St. Petersburg
  • Kristen Marie Fiore, Tallahassee
  • John Anthony Greco, Miami
  • Thomas Lee Hunker, Plantation
  • Carri S. Leininger, N. Palm Beach
  • Julissa Rodriguez, Miami
  • Daniel Michael Samson, Miami
  • Dwight Oneal Slater, Tallahassee
  • Dinah Stein, Miami

Aviation Law

  • David Howard Abrams, Orlando
  • Christopher John Jahr, Ft Lauderdale

Business Litigation

  • Basil Leroy Bain, Naples
  • Michael Patrick Hamaway, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Alan Jeffrey Nisberg, Tampa
  • Hunter G. Norton, Sarasota
  • Joanne Marie O’Connor, W. Palm Beach

City, County and Local Government Law

  • Carl Edward Brody, Clearwater
  • Robert Michael Eschenfelder, Bradenton
  • Anita Geraci-Carver, Clermont
  • Amanda Louise Quirke Hand, Miami
  • Lawsikia Jumoke Hodges, Jacksonville
  • Kimberly Romano Kopp, Orlando
  • Arthur J. Grant Lacerte, Kissimmee
  • Rebecca Clayton Lavie, St. Augustine
  • Joshua Bernard Moye, Port Charlotte
  • Nicole C. Nate, Tampa
  • Thomas F. Pepe, Coral Gables
  • Abbie Schwaderer Raurell, Miami
  • Patricia Denise Smith, Palm Bay
  • Peter J. Sweeney, Palm Bay

Civil Trial Law

  • Karen Elizabeth Terry, W. Palm Beach
  • S. Renee Stephens Lundy, Orlando
  • Andrew Steven Bolin, Tampa
  • John Alexander Caracuzzo, W. Palm Beach
  • J. Dan Clark, Tampa
  • David Alexander Corso, Orlando
  • Maria Eleftheria Dalmanieras, Coral Gables
  • Roland A. Hermida, Tampa
  • Kathryn L. Hood, Tallahassee
  • Jeffrey James Humphries, Jacksonville
  • Brian James Lee, Jacksonville
  • Scott Alan McLaren, Tampa
  • R. Frank Myers, Ft. Myers
  • Matthew Lee Reeder, Tampa
  • Daniel Ari Shapiro, Tampa
  • Bryce Patrick Spano, St. Petersburg
  • Leticia L. Valdes, Tampa
  • Michael Reese Vaughn, Orlando
  • Casey Walker, Vero Beach
  • Jerome William Webb, Orlando
  • Matthew D. Weissing, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Matthew Lloyd George Wilson, Tampa
  • Jonathan Neil Zaifert, Tampa

Construction Law

  • Jeffrey Bogert, Coral Gables
  • Gabriel Ben Abba Crafton, Jacksonville
  • Jennifer Carmen Gonzalez, Coral Gables
  • Patrick Dennis Hinchey, Jacksonville
  • Kimberly Cannon Hirschman, Coral Gables
  • Jason Jude Quintero, Tampa
  • Michael Jay Rune, Miami
  • James P. Terpening, Tampa
  • Francisco Touron, Coral Gables
  • Christopher M. Utrera, Miami
  • Robert Paul Washington, Coral Gables
  • Clay Henderson Whittaker, Pensacola

Criminal Appellate

  • Stephen Michael Grogoza, Naples
  • Christina Zuccaro Pacheco, Tampa
  • Michelle Patrice Smith, Orlando

Criminal Trial Law

  • Jared Michael Adelman, Orlando
  • Seda Aktas, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Lawrence J. Avallone, New Smyrna Beach
  • Adam Leo Bantner, Tampa
  • Danielle N. Barbato, Orlando
  • Joshua Andrew Beard, Jacksonville
  • William Kevin Bledsoe, Deland
  • Robert Alvin Bruce, Clearwater
  • Kelli Jane Bynum, Jacksonville
  • Jeremy Clark, St. Petersburg
  • Colleen Adkins DeGraff, Viera
  • Aaron David Delgado, Daytona Beach
  • Christa Padraic Diviney, Panama City
  • Christopher Mario Donaudy , Orlando
  • Richard Eisenberg, Osprey
  • Kristofer W. Eisenmenger, Gainesville
  • Daniel Patrick Fischetti, Tampa
  • Amanda Margaret Gambert, Sarasota
  • Jason Mathew Gropper, Jacksonville
  • Kevin Joseph Hellmann, Miami
  • Daniel Karl Hilbert, St. Augustine
  • Irina Hughes, Tampa
  • Erin Brenna Hyde, Orlando
  • Christopher Michael Klemawesch, Spring Hill
  • Matthew David Landsman, Gainesville
  • Huda Ajlani Macri, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Alison Marsha Lopes, Kissimmee
  • Lori Lynn Mahin, Clearwater
  • Jessica Lynn Manuele, Clearwater
  • Jane Allie McNeill, Clearwater
  • Tamara Nicole Meister, Viera
  • Allison Ferber Miller, Clearwater
  • Paige Elizabeth Parish, Clearwater
  • Justin Corey Patrou, Kissimmee
  • Brent Matthew Reitman, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Tricia Rado Rover, Jacksonville
  • Fausto Sanchez, Miami
  • Jennifer Laura Spradley, Tampa
  • Alfred Suárez, Kissimmee
  • Thomas Richard Wieczorek, Orlando
  • Benjamin David Wurtzel, Orlando
  • Sara Fatima Yousuf, Miami

Education Law

  • Shawn Alan Arnold, Jacksonville
  • Karen Meta Chastain, Jacksonville
  • Terry Joseph Harmon, Tallahassee
  • Kevin William Pendley, Naples
  • Jerry Ray Poole, Jacksonville

Elder Law

  • Matthew Alan Linde, Ft. Myers
  • Jason A. Penrod, Lake Wales
  • Andrew Ray Boyer, Sarasota
  • Heidi Fran Friedman, Coral Springs
  • Michelle Rachel Hollister, Boca Raton
  • Elizabeth Joy Maykut, Tallahassee
  • Shannon Mulkey, Ocala
  • Matthew Ronald Rheingans, Venice
  • Diana Coen Zolner, Brandon

Health Law

  • Shannon Hartsfield Salimone, Tallahassee
  • Ryan William Zika, Orlando
  • Gregory Anthony Zitani, Sarasota
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Vitalia Diaz Shafer, Tampa

Intellectual Property Law

  • Justin P. Miller, Largo

International Law

  • Angelika Hunnefeld, Miami
  • Drew Matthew Marszal Jozefin, Poland
  • Thomas Frederick Oppenheimer, Miami
  • Carlos Federico Osorio, Miami

Labor and Employment Law

  • Yash B. Dave, Jacksonville
  • Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, Sarasota
  • Mendy Halberstam, Miami
  • Samuel Benjamin Kanupp, Jacksonville
  • John Carlo Palmerini, Orlando
  • Jason Eric Vail, Tallahassee
  • Holly Ellen Van Horsten, Miami
  • Benjamin Harris Yormak, Bonita Springs

Marital and Family Law

  • Evan Lawrence Abramowitz, Coral Gables
  • Heather Lynn Apicella, Boca Raton
  • Abigail Beebe, West Palm Beach
  • Melissa Kay Hancock, Ocala
  • Belinda Barndollar Lazzara, St. Petersburg
  • Taryn Goodman Sinatra, West Palm Beach

Real Estate Law

  • Michael A. Altes, Jacksonville
  • Jana L. Armstrong, Miami
  • Charles James Comella, Shalimar
  • Lance A. Geller, Miami Beach
  • Melissa A. Giasi, Tampa
  • Juan Carlos B. Gomez, Winter Park
  • Michelle Gomez Hinden, Apopka
  • Sebastian Jaramillo, Miami
  • Linda Neale Monaco, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Dorothy Gonzalez Negrin, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Charles D. Nostra, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Shivon Patel, Lake Mary
  • Lilian Sredni, Hollywood
  • Eric P. Stein, N. Miami Beach
  • Gerald Cooper Thomas, Tallahassee
  • Michelle Gonzalez Torres,Doral
  • James R. Usery, Jacksonville
  • Jonathan David Wallace, Orlando
  • W. Conrad Willkomm, Naples

State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice

  • Kristin Mai Bigham, Tallahassee
  • Sharlee Hobbs Edwards, Coral Gables

Tax Law

  • Daniel Martinez, Miami
  • Parag P. Patel, Iselin

Wills, Trusts and Estates Law

  • Robert Logan Lancaster, Naples
  • Carrie Marie Leontitsis, Port Charlotte
  • Susan Nesbet-Sikuta, Naples
  • Jason Scott Palmisano, Orlando

Workers’ Compensation Law

  • Alexander Blanco, Coral Gables
  • Carrie L. Hixson, Tampa
  • Marissa Michelini Hoffman, PB Gardens
  • Kristen Liddell Magana, Orlando

This article was last updated on Friday, February 10, 2017.