Seventeen Attorneys Recognized in 2011 "Florida Super Lawyers"

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Jun 07, 2011

 

Law & Politics magazine, a consumer's guide to the best attorneys, has released its annual Florida Super Lawyers' edition recognizing the top five percent of attorneys in Florida. Richman Greer, P.A. West Palm Beach shareholders Gary S. Betensky, Michael J. Napoleone, Gerald F. Richman, John ‘Jay” White III, of Counsel Manuel Farach and Miami shareholders John M. Brumbaugh, Bruce A. Christensen, Manuel A. Garcia-Linares, Alan G. Greer, and Mark A. Romance have been named among the best lawyers in Florida. West Palm Beach shareholder Ronald P. Ponzoli, Jr. and West Palm Beach associates Leora B. Freire, Adam M. Myron, and Grasford W. Smith, Miami shareholder Lyle E. Shapiro and Miami associates Eric M. Sodhi and Ethan Wall have been named Florida Rising Stars. Super Lawyers recognizes the top attorneys in 47 states.
 
Shareholder Gary S. Betensky, a resident of Boca Raton, maintains a civil trial, business litigation and appellate practice concentrating in complex commercial litigation and business disputes. He was recently appointed to the Palm Beach County Judicial Campaign Practices Commission by the Palm Beach County Bar Association and is Vice Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar and Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for south Palm Beach County. Betensky also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
 
AV-rated Shareholder Michael J. Napoleone maintains a practice in business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on contractual disputes, business dissolutions, and non-competition agreements, as well as intellectual property and probate litigation. Napoleone is the immediate past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
 
President Gerald F. Richman, Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation, is one of South Florida’s leading complex commercial litigation law practitioners. In 2011, he received the Learned Hand award from the American Jewish Committee – Palm Beach County chapter. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, a former President of The Florida Bar and is a past President of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
 
Shareholder John ‘Jay” White III, a resident of West Palm Beach, practices primarily in the areas of commercial and complex business litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice litigation, class actions, and officer and director representation.  White is a past President of The Florida Bar.
 
Attorney Manuel Farach, of Counsel to the firm, practices in the areas of real estate and business law. He is the current President of the Guild of Catholic Lawyers, Vice Chair of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions for Contract and Business cases and a member of the newly created inaugural Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics.
 
Shareholder John M. Brumbaugh, who is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. A resident of South Miami, Brumbaugh is the former President of the Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami.
 
Coral Gables resident and Shareholder Bruce A. Christensen concentrates his practice in family law, divorce and domestic relations. A Board Certified attorney in Marital and Family Law, Christensen serves on the Board of Managers of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
 
Manuel A. Garcia-Linares, Managing Shareholder of the firm and a resident of Coral Gables, practices primarily in the areas of commercial and class action litigation as well as corporate and transactional matters. Garcia-Linares is the 2011 Chairman and President of the Florida Association of Managing Partners and the immediate past president of the Cuban American Bar Association. He is a Trustee of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and a member of the City of Coral Gables Retirement Board and the City of Coral Gables Parknership Committee.
 
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation, Shareholder Alan G. Greer concentrates his practice in the areas of civil commercial litigation. A Coral Gables resident, Greer is the President of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. In 2010, Greer was named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and in 2008, he was named The Florida Bar Certified Lawyer of the Year, receiving the Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award.
 
A resident of Coral Gables, Shareholder Mark Romance concentrates his practice in commercial and complex litigation. A resident of Coral Gables and a past president of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, he currently serves as Chair of Florida's Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and Chair of the Florida Bar Civil Rules Committee.
 
Leora B. Freire, Associate, concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation. A resident of Palm Beach County, Freire is the president-elect of the Palm Beach County Chapter of Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL). In 2011, she graduated from the Emerging Leadership Project, a two-year program of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.
 
Associate Adam M. Myron practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional malpractice liability, employment litigation, personal injury, association law, and both commercial and residential real estate transactions. He is a member of the Craig S. Bernard American Inns of Court and serves as a committee member of the Young Friends and Family of the South Florida Science Museum.
 
AV-rated Shareholder Ronald P. Ponzoli focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, which includes contract litigation, software litigation, employment disputes, partnership disputes, and construction litigation. Ponzoli is also recognized as skilled in First Amendment Rights, having created law in Florida in Southeastern Conference Association of Seventh-Day Adventists v. Pastor Keith A. Dennis, 862 So. 2d 842 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003).  He is currently president of the North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
 
Weston resident and Shareholder Lyle E. Shapiro maintains a diverse civil trial practice with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, business torts, commercial landlord/tenant litigation, non-compete and trade secret litigation, construction litigation and products liability litigation. He currently serves as a member of the Dade County and American Bar Associations. Since 2007, Shapiro has led a fundraising effort that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Miami-Dade County Law Library.
 
Associate Grasford W. Smith concentrates his practice on Commercial and Complex Litigation. Mr. Smith serves as the President of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association of Palm Beach County. He is also a board member and Former First-Vice President of the Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Alumni Association at NYU School of Law, and also serves on the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and the Judicial Relations Committee of the Palm Beach Bar Association.
 
Associate Eric M. Sodhi focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation where he represents clients in all aspects of business generated litigation. Mr. Sodhi is a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Division.
 
Associate Ethan Wall is a business litigation attorney concentrating in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. He is an Officer of the Executive Board of the Nova Southeastern University's Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer and Secretary.

 

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Contributing Attorneys

Betensky, Gary S. - Shareholder Brumbaugh, John M. - Shareholder Christensen, Bruce A. - Shareholder Farach, Manuel - Of Counsel Freire, Leora B. - Associate Garcia-Linares, Manuel A. - Managing Shareholder Greer, Alan Graham - Shareholder Myron, Adam M. - Associate Napoleone, Michael J. - Shareholder Ponzoli, Jr., Ronald P. - Shareholder Richman, Gerald F. - Shareholder Romance, Mark A. - Shareholder Shapiro, Lyle E. - Shareholder Sodhi, Eric M. - Shareholder Wall, Ethan J. - Associate White, III., John "Jay" G. - Shareholder

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