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Local litigation firms                                Local litigation stars                                Lewis “Mike” Eidson
                                                                                                            Colson Hicks Eidson
                                                                                                            Products Liability
Highly recommended                                    José Astigarraga
                                                      Astigarraga Davis                                     Joanne Erde
Akerman Senterfitt                                    General Commercial Litigation, International          Duane Morris
                                                      Arbitration                                           Health Law
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
                                                      Hilarie Bass                                          Alan Fein
Colson Hicks Eidson                                   Greenberg Traurig                                     Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
                                                      Commercial Litigation, Securities                     Intellectual Property
Hunton & Williams
                                                      Stephen Busey                                         Jack Fernandez
Kenny Nachwalter                                      Smith Hulsey & Busey                                  Zuckerman Spaeder
                                                      Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation                     White-Collar Crime
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
                                                      Raoul Cantero                                         James Foster
Podhurst Orseck
                                                      White & Case                                          Akerman Senterfitt
                                                      Appellate                                             Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation

Recommended                                           Dean Colson                                           Lee Fugate
                                                      Colson Hicks Eidson                                   Zuckerman Spaeder
Astigarraga Davis                                     Commercial Litigation, Products Liability,            White-Collar Crime
                                                      Professional Liability
Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe                                                                       Daniel González
                                                      Henry Coxe III                                        Hogan Lovells
Carlton Fields                                        Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe                 Commercial Litigation, Securities
                                                      Criminal Defense Litigation
Greenberg Traurig                                                                                           Ervin Gonzalez
                                                      Richard Critchlow                                     Colson Hicks Eidson
Hogan Lovells                                         Kenny Nachwalter                                      Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Products
                                                      Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability,        Liability
Holland & Knight                                      Securities
                                                                                                            William Heller
Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose                        Samuel Danon                                          Akerman Senterfitt
                                                      Hunton & Williams                                     Commercial Litigation
Richman Greer                                         Commercial Litigation
                                                                                                            William Hill
Smith Hulsey & Busey                                  Barry Davidson                                        Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
                                                      Hunton & Williams                                     Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property,
Squire Sanders & Dempsey                              Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property,         Securities
                                                      Products Liability, Securities
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson                                                         Robert Josefsberg
                                                      Alvin Davis                                           Podhurst Orseck
Weil Gotshal & Manges                                 Squire Sanders & Dempsey                              General Commercial Litigation
                                                      Commercial Litigation
White & Case                                                                                                Thomas Julin
                                                      Edward Davis Jr.                                      Hunton & Williams
Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford
                                                      Astigarraga Davis                                     Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual
Zuckerman Spaeder                                     Commercial Litigation                                 Property

                                                      John DeVault                                          John Kozyak
                                                      Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe                 Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
                                                      Appellate, Commercial Litigation                      Bankruptcy Litigation

                                                      Victor Diaz                                           Michael Kreitzer
                                                      VM Diaz Partners                                      Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
                                                      Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Products      Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law,
                                                      Liability                                             Insurance, Intellectual Property, Securities

                                                      Mark Dikeman                                          Thomas Lauria
                                                      Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson   White & Case
                                                      Appellate, Commercial Litigation                      Bankruptcy

                                                      Joel Eaton                                            Wendy Lumish
                                                      Podhurst Orseck                                       Carlton Fields
                                                      Appellate                                             Appellate



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      Roberto Martinez
      Colson Hicks Eidson
                                                              David Ross
                                                              Greenberg Traurig
                                                                                                                     Future stars
      Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability,   Antitrust, Commercial Litigation
      White-Collar Crime                                                                                             José Ferrer
                                                              Gary Sasso                                             Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
      Joseph Matthews                                         Carlton Fields
      Colson Hicks Eidson                                     Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Insurance,           Michelle Gervais
      Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability,   Products Liability, Securities                         Duane Morris
      White-Collar Crime
                                                              Elliot Scherker                                        Marcos Hasbun
      James Miller                                            Greenberg Traurig                                      Zuckerman Spaeder
      Akerman Senterfitt                                      Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Securities, White-
      Commercial Litigation                                   Collar Crime                                           Eduardo Ramos
                                                                                                                     Holland & Knight
      L Louis Mrachek                                         Mark Schnapp
      Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose                          Greenberg Traurig                                      Mark Romance
      Commercial Litigation                                   Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Crime              Richman Greer

      Michael Nachwalter                                      Jay Shapiro
      Kenny Nachwalter                                        Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
      Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Securities            Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property

      Tracy Nichols                                           Mark Solov
      Holland & Knight                                        Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
      Securities                                              Commercial Litigation

      Dennis O’Hara                                           Edward Soto
      Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford                        Weil Gotshal & Manges
      Commercial Litigation, Products Liability               Commercial Litigation

      Christopher Pace                                        Eugene Stearns
      Weil Gotshal & Manges                                   Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
      Appellate, Commercial Litigation                        Commercial Litigation, Insurance

      Michael Pasano                                          Marty Steinberg
      Carlton Fields                                          Hunton & Williams
      Antitrust, Appellate, Securities, White-Collar Crime    Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual
                                                              Property, Products Liability, Securities
      David Pollack
      Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson     Charles Throckmorton
      Commercial Litigation                                   Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
                                                              Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation
      Peter Prieto
      Podhurst Orseck                                         Harley Tropin
      Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Litigation          Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
                                                              Commercial Litigation
      Ryan Reetz
      Squire Sanders & Dempsey                                Robert Turken
      General Commercial Litigation                           Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
                                                              Commercial Litigation
      Benjamine Reid
      Carlton Fields                                          Stanley Wakshlag
      Antitrust, Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products   Kenny Nachwalter
      Liability                                               Commercial Litigation, Securities

      Barry Richards                                          Sylvia Walbolt
      Greenberg Traurig                                       Carlton Fields
      Appellate                                               Antitrust, Appellate, Insurance

      Gerald Richman                                          Morris “Sandy” Weinberg Jr.
      Richman Greer                                           Zuckerman Spaeder
      Commercial Litigation                                   Commercial Litigation, Securities, White-Collar
                                                              Crime
      Stephen Rosenthal
      Podhurst Orseck                                         Mitchell Widom
      Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury       Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
                                                              Commercial Litigation




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Florida                                                                                               Florida, the firm handles matters across the
                                                                                                      United States, the Caribbean, and Central
                                                                                                      and South America.
                                                                                                         Ervin      Gonzalez       is    unanimously
                                                                                                      acknowledged by his Florida peers,
One of the hardest-hit states during the mortgage crisis, Florida’s hemorrhaging                      attaining his apparently long overdue status
of equity, capital and jobs seems to have slowed somewhat, if not completely sta-                     as local litigation star in this year’s rankings.
                                                                                                      One ompetitor, who it should be noted is a
bilized. That might not seem like much to cheer about when you assess the car-                        defense lawyer, champions Gonzalez’s cause
nage that has been visited on the state’s economy in the wake of the crisis, but it                   fiercely: “Everyone in town knows Ervin.
is enough to attract at least a trickle of investment back into Florida to take                       His ‘up-and-coming’ days are long over.
advantage of prime land and cheap properties. Unfortunately, the slowly improv-                       He’s been making headlines and making
ing economy has yet to make itself evident in the courts, which are facing threats                    millions for his clients. He is the toast of
                                                                                                      south Florida. And he doesn’t do ‘BS’
of having their already tight funding slashed even further by the state legislature.                  plaintiff work. He takes on valid cases that
There are already in excess of 5,000 cases sitting on Florida’s docket, and with                      he believes in and puts his all into them. If
foreclosure-related cases taking priority, non-foreclosure-related cases are forced                   he takes on a case, it’s serious, and the
to sit and wait it out through what one Florida litigator called “a hot mess.”                        defendants will have their hands full.”
                                                                                                      Gonzalez has been actively litigating cases in
Highly recommended firms                           its sophomore appearance as a highly               Florida, Louisiana and all over the
                                                   recommended firm in this year’s rankings.          Southeast concerning defective and toxic
Akerman Senterfitt                                 Several peers namecheck members of the             Chinese drywall. In one such case, Gonzalez
Akerman Senterfitt continues to sail on a wave     firm’s litigation team, which is the largest       successfully sued a development entity that
of positive feedback and high-level client         group within the firm. A client applauds the       knowingly used the tainted drywall in
appointment. Florida peers champion the            group’s “attention to detail, superior             construction of homes, and obtained a $55
firm’s “wonderful litigators” and clients call     knowledge          of     opponents,      quick    million settlement from the developers on
the firm “very well rounded and skilled.           responsiveness, professionalism, and ability       behalf of a group of Florida homeowners
Wonderful, with international arbitration and      and willingness to stay up on current events       who bought homes that included the tainted
Latin American affairs, even with experience       impacting the mortgage industry.”                  drywall. In addition to his expertise with the
in South America.” The firm has deep roots in         Commercial litigator Michael Kreitzer           Chinese drywall cases, Gonzalez has also
Florida and now has 10 offices located             receives a plum client accolade: “He is by far     recently been appointed to the steering
throughout the state, including Miami,             one of the greatest legal talents that I have      committee for the BP oil spill cases.
Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, Fort             used on a national basis — I will not allow
Lauderdale, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach,           anyone else to represent me in litigation.         Hunton & Williams
Boca Raton, Orlando, and, as of February           Kreitzer is a very talented and strategic          The Miami office of national firm Hunton &
2011, Naples.                                      practitioner. I really appreciate how he will      Williams continues to garner support from
   James Miller was thrust into the local          not allow his ego in a case to outweigh the        enthusiastic peers within the Florida
limelight when, in July 2010, he was tapped by     best interests of his clients and always puts      community. “They are very good, getting
BP to represent its interests in Florida in what   my interests first.” Kreitzer represents Miami     better and growing substantially,” observes
promises to be hundreds of litigation matters      Heat star player Dwayne Wade in three              one competitor. The firm’s growth is not
regarding the Gulf oil spill. The firm, and        separate actions currently pending in state        limited to Florida; it has expanded all
specifically international litigation practice     court, federal court and before a panel of the     throughout the US and into Europe and Asia.
chair Luis O’Naghten, is also litigating several   American Arbitration Association. In a                Litigation head partner Samuel Danon is
cases in Venezuela, defending several entities     separate matter, Wade is also being                representing Banco Santander in a series of
against claims by the Venezuelan government        represented by Robert Turken. Turken also          class-action lawsuits arising out of
regarding allegedly tainted milk. Along with       represents Hovnanian First Homes in a class-       investments related to Bernard Madoff
partner Luis Perez, O’Naghten is also involved     action law suit, which is pending in federal       Investment Securities, and filed on behalf of
in litigation with the Venezuelan government       court in the Middle District of Florida and        foreign individuals who invested in the
regarding submarines. Securities chair Brian       alleges several federal security fraud             Optimal Strategic US Equity Fund and allege
Miller is noted for his representation of          violations. Along with Mitchell Widom,             various federal and state law claims based on
inVentiv Health and its board of directors in      Turken is also representing Hovnanian in a suit    alleged investment losses resulting from the
defending pending class-action litigation in       filed by a bank involving misrepresentation        Madoff fraud. The defendants’ motions to
connection with a $1.1 billion going-private       and breach of contract also based on               dismiss are pending. Peers contend, “Thomas
merger transaction in which the plaintiffs         construction loans purchased from Hovnanian        Julin’s day in the sun has arrived. He has one
allege that the directors breached their           by the bank. William Hill, along with future       of maybe two First Amendment practices in
fiduciary duties by failing to negotiate for the   star José Ferrer, lead the firm’s Latin American   the state. And if you want appeals skill, look
highest price and by failing to disclose all       and international arbitration capacity, for        no further.” Julin represents three major
material      information      regarding     the   which demand in south Florida is skyrocketing.     health information publishing companies in
shareholder vote. After convincing arguments                                                          successfully challenging a Vermont law
from Miller in the Delaware and New Jersey         Colson Hicks Eidson                                prohibiting data mining used in connection
Chancery courts, plaintiffs elected to dismiss     Coral Gables-based boutique Colson Hicks           with marketing pharmaceutical products.
the action with prejudice. Tallahassee-based       Eidson is revered for its personal injury,         Within the last year, Barry Davidson
Katherine Giddings maintains a robust              products liability, white-collar crime and         successfully negotiated a $10 million-plus
appellate practice, which has earned her peer      commercial litigation services. Its attorneys      aviation fuel tax refund from the Department
recognition not only in Florida, but all           most often act as plaintiff counsel, and           of Revenue of the State of Florida for client
throughout the Eleventh Circuit.                   competitors in both the defense and plaintiff      AirTran.
                                                   capacities rave, “This is the firm to beat.
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod               They are doing a bang-up job taking on what        Kenny Nachwalter
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod enjoys        were thought to be untouchables.” Beyond           Some Florida attorneys consider litigation

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      boutique Kenny Nachwalter to be the               Orseck did have to contend with its own loss       as a very good criminal defense lawyer
      standard towards which all Florida firms          in 2011, when litigation star Victor Diaz left     handling both white-collar and traditional
      should aspire. One peer claims that “they are     the firm after 25 years there to form his own      criminal cases.
      highly regarded for good reason; they are         eponymously named firm. Peers speculate
      highly skilled.” Formed in 1978, the firm         that Podhurst will not sustain a damaging          Carlton Fields
      concentrates on complex commercial                blow from Diaz’s departure, but also note          With six offices in Florida and one in Atlanta,
      litigation involving antitrust, intellectual      that, “With a firm that small, it can’t help but   Carlton Fields handles high-stakes class action,
      property and securities. With 23 attorneys,       be somewhat of a game-changer when there’s         commercial, intellectual property and mass tort
      the firm’s relatively small size allows its       turnover.”                                         litigation for clients based all throughout the
      partners to swiftly take on cases referred to       With all of the changes going on within          Southeast. Michael Pasano is acknowledged by
      them by larger firms which have become
      saturated with work. “They get a lot of
      referrals, and rightfully so,” says one
      competitor.
         Within the firm, Richard Critchlow and
      Stanley Wakshlag earn unanimous peer praise
                                                        “A client of the greatest legal talents[of Bilzin Sumberg] is
                                                        by far one
                                                                   confirms “Michael Kreitzer
                                                                                                that I have used on a
      for their work in complex business litigation.
      One competitor raves, “they are both known        national basis – I will not allow anyone else to represent me in
      throughout the state as superior litigation
      talent.” Another attests, “[Critchlow and
      Wakshlag] are two of the best in town, and
                                                        litigation.’   ”
      Kenny Nachwalter is great as a firm overall.
      Richard Critchlow is a lawyer’s lawyer. A         the firm’s stable of litigators, firm namesake     peers as “tremendous, a real trial lawyer” for
      consummate professional. If I needed a            Aaron Podhurst remains a constant. Peers           his work on complex criminal and civil
      lawyer, I would go to him.”                       do concede that Podhurst may be playing a          litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Gary
                                                        less active role in cases these days but that      Sasso, called “one of the best lawyers in the
      Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton                      “for the time that he is involved in the case,     state, and certainly Tampa’s best” by one peer,
      Founded in 1983, Miami boutique Kozyak            he manages to make impassioned pleas and           represents clients in securities and consumer
      Tropin & Throckmorton receives a near-            compelling arguments.” Appellate specialist        fraud class actions and other complex
      unanimous spate of peer feedback heralding        Joel Eaton and trial and appeals lawyer            litigation. Sylvia Walbolt receives recognition
      the firm’s prowess in litigating commercial       Stephen Rosenthal are also making waves            for her “excellent appellate work,” although
      and bankruptcy matters. The firm is often         within the state and within the Eleventh           she no longer heads the practice. In her stead,
      namechecked alongside of descriptors such as      Circuit courts. “Joel, Stephen and Peter           the appellate torch has been passed to Wendy
      “outstanding litigators” and “bankruptcy          [Prieto] are going to be the new shapers of        Lumish, who is responsible for an April 2011
      titans.”                                          that firm,” predicts one competitor.               reversal of an order granting a new trial after a
         Name partners John Kozyak and Harley                                                              defense verdict in a medical malpractice case
      Tropin are seen as “top-tier, two of the most     Recommended firms                                  finding no error in jury selection.
      influential and persuasive litigators in
      town” by one competitor, who adds, “That’s        Astigarraga Davis                                  Greenberg Traurig
      not a well-kept secret in Florida.” Kozyak        Astigarraga Davis is a Miami-based                 Formed in Miami, Greenberg Traurig has
      regularly plays a major role in bankruptcy        boutique firm focused on commercial                generated an international footprint but
      courts across the nation, representing            litigation and arbitration. The firm handles       remains, as peers say, “home-grown,” with
      business owners, lenders, creditors’              financial services litigation, with an             offices in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach,
      committees, and major creditors, and he has       emphasis on predatory lending, which has           Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee. The firm is
      been appointed a trustee and receiver in          become particularly problematic in Florida.        a “full-service” operation, with a team of
      major cases. He is called “suave” and             José Astigarraga is known by peers as “one         lawyers prepared to address almost any legal
      “someone who cultivates a lot of influence”       of the best Spanish-speaking litigators in the     issue. Recently, the firm’s appellate capacity
      by his contemporaries. Tropin concentrates        state, and tremendous in international             has received a flurry of feedback, with Barry
      his practice on high-risk business litigation     arbitration.” Edward Davis focuses his             Richards and Elliot Scherker receiving several
      and national class actions, and acts most         practice on representing individual,               peer nominations. Hilarie Bass is regarded by
      often in the plaintiff capacity.                  corporate and institutional victims of fraud       peers as a “tremendous litigator” and “top of
                                                        throughout the Americas and the                    the pack.” She concentrates her practice on
      Podhurst Orseck                                   Caribbean.                                         complex commercial litigation and securities
      Miami-based trial and appellate boutique                                                             cases. Recent clients include Hilton Hotels
      Podhurst Orseck continues to generate a           Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe              and Microsoft.
      healthy level of peer enthusiasm. One             The website of Jacksonville-based boutique
      competitor goes on to say, “For a long time,      Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe              Hogan Lovells
      it was a Florida lawyer’s dream to work           flashes its mission statement in the firm’s        Washington DC-based Hogan Lovells, the
      there, but it was so hard to get in! They are a   slogan: “Strictly Litigation. That’s All We        new name for what was formerly Hogan &
      very elite group, one of the finest in the        Do.” Tracing its roots in the state back to        Hartson, has more than 1,100 lawyers
      country.” Already considered flush with           1865, the firm limits its practice to state and    practicing in 27 offices worldwide. While the
      “formidable litigators,” Podhurst bolstered       federal trial and appellate work, which now        firm no longer maintains a presence in West
      its roster even further in March 2010, when       includes alternative dispute resolution by         Palm Beach, its Miami office has grown
      it lured commercial and white-collar              mediation and arbitration. A large percentage      extensively since opening in 2000. Daniel
      litigation star Peter Prieto away from            of the firm’s practice is obtained through         González is co-director of the firm’s inter-
      Holland & Knight to become partner at the         referrals from other lawyers throughout the        national litigation and arbitration practice in
      firm. Peers weigh in by asserting, “Holland       state and nation. John DeVault devotes all his     Florida. He practices principally in the areas
      & Knight’s loss is a big gain for Podhurst.       practice to complex commercial litigation          of complex commercial litigation and
      Peter is one of the best.” However, Podhurst      and legal malpractice. Henry Coxe is noted         arbitration in the United States, Latin

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America, and Europe. He represents owners,          stars’ candidates including Mark Romance –       seven years. The case concerned allegations
developers, contractors and design prof-            check him out.”                                  made by a class of more than 600,000
essionals on all aspects of construction                                                             physicians, claiming that the largest
disputes, including engineering, procurement,       Squire Sanders & Dempsey                         companies in the managed care industries
construction contracts, and design/build            Global firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey             had conspired and engaged in industry-wide
contracts.                                          serves Florida through offices in three key      fraud concerning reimbursements owed to
                                                    markets throughout the state. In March           them. Weil Gotshal stood firm with
Holland & Knight                                    2011, the firm scored an important cross-        UnitedHealth and achieved dismissal of the
While a national firm, Holland & Knight has         border victory when a Florida appellate court    claims. Christopher Pace is also noted for his
a significant local footprint and is firmly         rejected a legal end run by two former           white-collar and appellate acumen.
entrenched in the Florida litigation market.        bankers from the Republic of Ecuador,
The firm suffered the loss of commercial and        accused of defrauding the Republic of more       White & Case
white-collar litigator Peter Prieto, who            than $660 million. Alvin Davis, who served       The Miami office of national firm White &
departed to join Podhurst Orseck in March           as the managing partner of the firm’s Miami      Case was established in 1987 and is the hub
2010, which peers agree is a “huge loss for         office from 2005 to 2010, focuses on             of its active Florida and Latin American
[Holland & Knight.]” However, competitors           complex litigation in the areas of products      practices. Bankruptcy specialist Thomas
also maintain that “while losing Prieto was a       liability,   securities    class     actions,    Lauria is, as peers note, “really becoming a
major blow, the firm will survive. It still has     environmental claims, regulatory proceedings     presence around here. He is putting White &
excellent litigators.” Tracy Nichols is             and a host of sophisticated contractual          Case into the mix on a lot of matters in and
acknowledged by peers as “the best securities       disputes. Peers consider Davis to be “still on   out of state.” One high-profile restructuring
litigator in the state.”                            top of his game; he was someone who has          dispute in Lauria’s recent canon includes
                                                    been a mentor to quite a few of us Florida       Chrysler, in which he represented holders of
Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose                      litigators.”                                     portions of Chrysler’s $7 billion in first-lien
Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose is endorsed                                                           secured debt in opposing the reorganization
by peers as “a great law firm, worthy of            Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff &        of Chrysler through a sale of substantially all
mention.” With offices in West Palm Beach           Sitterson                                        of Chrysler’s assets. Lauria pressed the
and Stuart, Page Mrachek has carved a niche         Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff &        dispute to the US Supreme Court, where he
for itself by focusing strictly on trial work in    Sitterson is a full-service law firm with 120    eventually won the vacating of the Second
a position regional market. The firm helped         attorneys serving clients throughout Florida.    Circuit’s ruling regarding the sale. White &
client Citigroup settle 26 separate cases filed     With offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale,          Case’s appellate presence in Florida is further
by opt-out plaintiffs from the Worldcom class       Tampa, and Tallahassee, the firm focuses on      bolstered by Raoul Cantero.
action. L Louis Mrachek is praised by peers         commercial litigation, real estate, labor and
for his complex commercial litigation               employment, bankruptcy, and securities.          Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford
practice.                                           Litigation chairman Eugene Stearns is viewed     Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford is
                                                    by peers as “someone with a lot of pull with     observed by peers as “an old-line firm with a
                                                                                                     tremendous products liability practice.” With
                                                                                                     seven locations throughout the state, the firm
                                                                                                     counts 7-Eleven, Black & Decker, and the
“Ervin Gonzalez doesn’t doin‘BS’ plaintiff work.into them. Ifon
valid cases that he believes and puts his all
                                                  He takes
                                                              he
                                                                                                     Miami Heat as clients. One peer calls Dennis
                                                                                                     O’Hara “as good a litigator as anyone else in
                                                                                                     town.” He has served as lead counsel or sole
                                                                                                     attorney in numerous civil jury trials
takes on a case, it’s serious, and the defendants will have their                                    involving medical malpractice, products
hands full.     ”                                                                                    liability, general negligence, automobile
                                                                                                     liability and aviation law.

                                                                                                     Zuckerman Spaeder
Richman Greer                                       the judges, with a sense of humor that they      The Tampa office of Zuckerman Spaeder is
With one office in Miami and another in             respond to.” Stearns recently obtained a jury    growing in the firm’s Florida profile largely
West Palm Beach, Richman Greer operates as          verdict against Exxon Corporation for            on the reputation of Morris “Sandy”
a full-service shop that maintains an               compensatory damages of $500 million after       Weinberg, who made news in the early 1980s
impressive litigation bench. The firm often         the jury found that Exxon breached uniform       as a plaintiff’s lawyer working on the
represents city governments and officials as        sales agreements in setting fuel prices and      commodities trading fraud case that
well as other Florida law firms, in addition to     fraudulently concealed the breach for years.     eventually brought billionaire financier-
a standard client base of individuals and           Including prejudgment interest, the total        turned-fugitive Marc Rich to justice. “Sandy
corporations. The firm also acts on the             award was approximately $1 billion. Mark         means business,” confirms one ardent fan in
plaintiffs’ side against governments, as it did     Solov is also a recipient of peer praise.        the    community.     Weinberg     currently
recently in a class action case against a sheriff                                                    represents a former top executive of a major
in Broward County who was illegally                 Weil Gotshal & Manges                            public health care insurance company in
conducting strip searches. Firm president           Opened in 1981, the Miami office of              connection with an extensive federal criminal
Gerald Richman in the West Palm Beach               international firm Weil Gotshal & Manges         investigation into alleged Medicaid fraud.
office litigated this case and achieved an          handles      litigation     and     regulatory   The Tampa office is also home to other peer-
$11.5 million settlement victory on behalf of       responsibilities. Miami partner Edward Soto      nominated members of Weinberg’s team, Jack
his clients. Peers suggest, “keep an eye on this    recently led its client UnitedHealth Group to    Fernandez, Marcos Hasbun and Lee Fugate.
firm, as they have a lot of potential ‘future       victory in a multi-district litigation lasting




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                                                                                        BILZIN SUMBERG
      One Southeast Third Avenue, 25th Floor                                            1450 Brickell Avenue, 23rd Floor
      Miami, FL 33131                                                                   Miami, Florida 33131
      Tel:       (305) 374.5600                                                         Tel:       (305) 374-7580
      Fax:       (305) 374.5095                                                         Fax:       (305) 374-7593
      Web:       www.akerman.com                                                        Web:       www.bilzin.com
      National litigation practice group chair: James M Miller
                                                                                        Number of Attorneys: 95
      Offices: Boca Raton, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Las
      Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Naples, New York, Orlando, Palm               Firm Overview:
      Beach, Salt Lake City, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tysons Corner, Washington,             Bilzin Sumberg is a commercial law firm, serving domestic and international
      D.C., and West Palm Beach.                                                        clients with timely and efficient counsel, and unmatched depth and breadth
                                                                                        of experience in a variety of industries. The firm views each of its clients
      About Akerman:                                                                    and the matters in which it represents them as unique and of paramount
      Akerman Senterfitt is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United            importance, shouldering each issue as its own. The firm has been
      States by The National Law Journal NLJ 250 (2011) in number of lawyers            recognized for its practice in the areas of commercial finance, corporate
      and is the leading Florida firm. With 500 lawyers and government affairs          and tax, environmental, government relations, international, land use,
      professionals, Akerman serves clients throughout the US and overseas              litigation, real estate, restructuring and bankruptcy, and wealth
      from 19 locations. We have been recognized for our practice in the areas          preservation.
      of corporate, banking, finance, taxation, bankruptcy, litigation, real estate,
      environmental, insurance, healthcare, government affairs, and labor &             Litigation Overview:
      employment.                                                                       Bilzin Sumberg's litigation group is a nationally-recognized practice, with
                                                                                        broad civil trial and litigation experience in litigation planning and analysis,
      Litigation Practice Group:                                                        ADR (including arbitration and mediation), trial and appeal. The team
      Akerman lawyers serve as national, regional, or special trial counsel, often      handles cases involving antitrust, business torts, class actions, contract
      handling high-profile and complex litigation and appeals. Recognized              disputes, construction, eminent domain, ILSA, products liability, real estate
      nationally by US News—Best Lawyers in the General Commercial Litigation           disputes and securities litigation. In addition, the group has significant
      category and as a national tier one law firm for International Arbitration, our   experience in representing clients in regulatory disputes before various
      lawyers have vast experience in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation,    federal and state agencies.
      including actions involving banking, securities, healthcare, insurance, real
      estate, and construction. Akerman represents clients in a variety of areas        The litigation group is an integral component of Bilzin Sumberg's
      including business disputes, class action defense, consumer finance               international practice, a multidisciplinary team that represents domestic and
      litigation, complex securities litigation and regulatory proceedings, white-      international clients ranging from individual investors to large, privately-held
      collar and criminal investigations, products liability and mass torts,            and publicly-traded companies. The team, which also includes attorneys
      healthcare litigation, intellectual property litigation, and bankruptcy.          from the corporate & tax, government relations, land use, real estate,
                                                                                        restructuring & bankruptcy and wealth preservation groups, routinely
      Our team is also handling high-profile class actions and cases involving          handles complex cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers
      consumer finance and fraud litigation. With a market leading banking law          and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings; tax and wealth
      practice, Akerman represents global financial institutions throughout the         preservation planning; franchise, distribution, technology and intellectual
      US in a wide range of litigation activities, including regulatory litigation,     property licensing and other commercial arrangements; environmental,
      consumer finance litigation, inter-creditor disputes, as well as all aspects of   permitting and other regulatory activities; and cross-border litigation
      foreclosures, workouts, bankruptcy, enforcement of loan agreements, and           matters and international disputes before US courts and international
      guarantees and asset seizures.                                                    arbitration panels.
      Akerman is also recognized as a leading international arbitration law firm,
                                                                                        The litigation attorneys are often engaged in appellate work, and have
      with lawyers representing US-based businesses and foreign entities as
                                                                                        argued appeals in all Florida appellate levels, including the Florida Supreme
      parties to litigation before US federal and state courts, and in arbitration
                                                                                        Court, as well as numerous federal circuit courts of appeals throughout the
      proceedings under the auspices of a wide range of arbitral bodies. In
                                                                                        United States. Notably, Bilzin Sumberg's appellate attorneys handled the
      addition, Akerman lawyers have significant experience in domestic and
                                                                                        trial and appeal that set the standard for diversity jurisdiction in class action
      international dispute resolution for the construction industry, with vast
                                                                                        cases in the Eleventh Circuit in relation to the amount in controversy by
      project experience in public infrastructure and energy.
                                                                                        plaintiffs.
      Akerman's appellate lawyers have served as counsel of record or lead
      counsel in both federal and state appellate courts, obtaining precedent-          In addition, the firm's attorneys are regularly recognized by national legal
      setting decisions. Our team includes a former chief judge for the United          rankings, including Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and
      States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and former Florida               Benchmark Litigation.
      Supreme Court Justice, as well as former chief judges for Florida's First
      and Third District Courts of Appeal.




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701 Brickell Avenue - 16th Floor                                                       Examiner and is a member of a variety of anti-fraud business organizations
Miami, Florida 33131-2847                                                              such as the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, the
Tel: 1-305-372-8282                                                                    Anti-Corruption and Business Crime Committees of the International Bar
Fax: 1-305-372-8202                                                                    Association; and the Anti-Corruption Committee of the IBA. He has served
Website: www.astidavis.com                                                             and led the International Law Section of the Florida Bar and held a variety of
                                                                                       leadership positions in the field.
Astigarraga Davis is a boutique firm with a focused practice: the
representation of clients involved in significant litigation, arbitration and          International business disputes bring a dimension of complexity not present in
disputes arising from Latin American and other international business                  a domestic litigation. For one, parties often view, approach and solve problems
transactions. Widely regarded as a leader in the international litigation and          differently as a result of differences in culture, language or legal traditions. The
arbitration field, Latin Lawyer, recognizes the firm as a “small but prestigious       reasoning process of a lawyer trained in a civil system is different from that of
boutique sharply focused on litigation and arbitration acting across most of           a common law lawyer and can easily lead to conflicting perspectives as to a
the region, essentially representing multinational corporate investors engaged         common legal problem. Those differences affect dispute settlement as well,
in disputes arising from their Latin American operations.”                             and for example, there is a shortage of mediators trained in multi-cultural
                                                                                       conflict resolution.
Its lawyers have handled a variety of business disputes emanating from
virtually every country in Latin America, Mexico, the US, Canada and the               By virtue of its lawyers’ backgrounds and experience representing parties
Caribbean. A majority of the firm’s lawyers and virtually its entire staff speak       involved in international business disputes, Astigarraga Davis is able to work
and work in Spanish. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, global banks,              comfortably in varied contexts. When matters are pending in Latin American
and government entities. With a network of local contacts and deep                     courts or in more than one jurisdiction, the firm is often engaged to devise a
experience developed over years, the firm is able to counsel clients                   strategy and oversee the execution by local counsel.
confronting legal problems in Latin America and other foreign jurisdictions.
                                                                                       In overseeing disputes in Latin America for multinational companies, the firm’s
The firm has extensive experience in international litigation in US federal and        lawyers bring multi-cultural experience and backgrounds, knowledge of
state courts, both in and outside of Florida. Accustomed to dealing with               foreign systems, multi-lingual capabilities, as well as extensive experience
issues that confront a foreign litigant in US courts, including issues such as         dealing with high-profile cases that require sensitivity to public perception and
juries, punitive damages, class actions, and jurisdictional defenses, the firm’s       political consequences. With an extensive network of contacts derived from
lawyers are able to explain and handle the process in ways that are clearly            years of practice in the region, the firm is optimally suited to provide the
understood by non-US litigants. Its lawyers have served as leaders of the              disciplined, multi-dimensional approach such problems require.
committees that draft the official court rules. Founding shareholder Edward
Mullins served as Chair of Florida’s Appellate Court Rules Committee and               The firm’s broad base of clients includes banks and other financial institutions,
currently serves as co chair of the ABA section of Litigation and International        having represented such clients in disputes arising from securities, loans,
Litigation Committee. The firm’s lawyers are frequently asked to speak                 derivatives, letters of credit and other contracts and instruments. Similarly, the
domestically and abroad on litigation issues.                                          firm represents lenders and creditors domestically in bankruptcy courts in
                                                                                       Florida and other states, and internationally in Latin America. Founding
The firm is recognized as a leader in international arbitration with an emphasis       shareholder Gregory Grossman, a leader in the Bankruptcy Bar, has lectured
on cases arising from business transactions in Latin America. It handles               in the US and abroad on a variety of bankruptcy-related issues. The firm filed
arbitral proceedings both in and outside the United States, with cases before          the first Chapter 15 petition in Florida under the amended US Bankruptcy
the major international arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber     Code whereby the US courts are empowered to protect assets against
of Commerce, the International Center for Dispute Resolution and the                   creditors in the US in aid of foreign bankruptcy trustees and receivers. The
American Arbitration Association. The firm provides comprehensive coverage             firm’s lawyers have advised the World Bank on the bankruptcy and insolvency
of arbitration disputes as it has an extensive practice in arbitration-related         systems of Latin America. The firm also devises and supervises the
litigation in state and Federal courts, including in enforcement and challenges        implementation of plans for the enforcement of commercial debt throughout
of awards. José Astigarraga is one of only four lawyers worldwide ranked in            Latin America. Jose Astigarraga served as one of the two expert delegates
the top band by Chambers for international arbitrations emanating from Latin           appointed to represent the US government at the Interamerican Conference
America. He was one of eight representatives appointed by the US                       on Private International Law held by the Organization of American States that
government pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)                 approved a model secured lending law for use in Latin America.
to first advise the NAFTA Commission on international arbitration. Its lawyers
serve as leaders in international arbitration organizations, including the             With experienced lawyers using advanced information technology, including
International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Florida            document management and litigation software, the firm is able to effectively
Bar. Its work in the field of international arbitration includes work on arbitration   represent clients in substantial international disputes across the region.
legislation before Congress and advocacy in support of international                   Experience and technology combine to create efficiencies. As a boutique, the
arbitration before the Supreme Court of Florida.                                       firm has been able to control its cost structure. While the firm does not seek
                                                                                       to compete on the basis of price, its fee structure reflects excellent cost
The firm’s international work includes a recognized practice in fraud                  controls and thus is among the most competitive for the level of senior
prosecution and overseas asset recovery. Working with a worldwide network              experience and reputation the firm brings to a matter.
of lawyers and contacts, the firm has pursued fraudsters in a variety of Latin
American, Caribbean, and European jurisdictions to recover fraudulently                The firm’s lawyers are featured prominently in many professional rankings
obtained assets. The firm is also a leading member of the International                internationally, such as Chambers Latin Lawyer and The Legal Media Group
Chamber of Commerce’s Commercial Crimes Services Fraudnet Network                      Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration; nationally,
established by the ICC to facilitate the prosecution of business crime and             such as America’s Best Lawyers, and Who’s Who; and in Florida, such as
recovery of stolen assets. Practice head Edward Davis is a Certified Fraud             Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.


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      THOMAS R JULIN                                                                   MARTY STEINBERG
                           HUNTON & WILLIAMS                                                                HUNTON & WILLIAMS
                           1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2500                                                 1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2500
                           Miami, FL 33131                                                                  Miami, FL 33131
                           Tel:       (305) 810-2516                                                        Tel:       +1 305 810 2505
                           Fax:       (305) 810-1601                                                        Fax:       +1 305 810 2460
                           Email:     tjulin@hunton.com                                                     Email:     msteinberg@hunton.com
                                                                                                            Website: www.hunton.com
      Thomas R Julin has been counsel in more than 220 reported decisions.             Marty Steinberg is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and
      Tom appears regularly in state and federal trial and appellate courts, but is    managing partner of the Miami office of Hunton & Williams LLP. He has
      best known as an advocate for free speech rights of both large and small         been recognized as the “Ultimate CEO in South Florida” by South Florida
      clients. Early in his career, he persuaded the Florida Supreme Court to          Business Journal, named among the top 10 lawyers in Florida by Florida
      enjoin sunshine law violations by the University of Florida College of Law.      Super Lawyers Magazine, and was identified in The Best Lawyers in
      He later defended a national television network, a local television station,     America. He has tried more than 100 cases before state and federal
      and a national magazine against multi-million dollar libel claims. Most          courts.
      recently he led challenges in three New England states against laws
      restraining the speech of major healthcare companies and defended a              Mr. Steinberg is co-practice leader of the firm's Commercial Litigation
      national news reporter subpoenaed to testify in a high-profile Texas criminal    Practice. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including contract
      case.                                                                            disputes, class actions, business torts, consumer fraud, securities litigation,
                                                                                       health care fraud & abuse, intellectual property, antitrust and products
      Recently, Mr. Julin and team won a US Supreme Court case, marking a              liability. Mr Steinberg is a former chief counsel for the US Senate
      milestone decision recognizing First Amendment protection for data mining        Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Chief of New York Offices of
      and targeted marketing. It has broad ramifications for laws now being            the US Justice Department, and federal prosecutor. During practice, he has
      considered by Congress to regulate targeted marketing by Internet                led internal investigations and defended multinational companies in
      companies. It also may play a role in the pending challenges to                  government inquiries and qui tam actions. In addition, Mr Steinberg has
      Obamacare.                                                                       defended numerous officers and companies in grand jury matters.
      Mr. Julin has been recognized in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in            Mr. Steinberg was lead trial counsel in obtaining summary judgment, as
      America.                                                                         well as a sanctions award in the form of attorneys' fees and exclusion of
                                                                                       evidence, in favor of defendant in CERCLA cost-recovery action in Innis
      Mr. Julin is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the US
                                                                                       Arden Golf Course v. Pitney Bowes Inc. et al., 629 F. Supp. 2d 175 (D.
      Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Eleventh Circuits, and all US
                                                                                       Conn. 2009). The district court excluded plaintiff's expert witnesses under
      District Courts in Florida and the District of Columbia.
                                                                                       Daubert and its progeny, found that plaintiff failed to establish a causal
                                                                                       relationship between the clean-up costs incurred and the contamination
      Mr. Julin received his JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law,
                                                                                       found on the defendants' property, and found that the plaintiff’s clean-up
      where he was chief tax editor of the law review.
                                                                                       efforts were not consistent with the national contingency plan. The case is
                                                                                       on appeal. In a significant holding that made many environmental law
                                                                                       practitioners take notice, the Innis Arden Golf Course court found that
                                                                                       environmental consultants had a duty to preserve contaminated soil
                                                                                       samples to allow for testing by other interested parties. See Innis Arden
                                                                                       Golf Club v. Pitney Bowes, Inc., 257 FRD. 334, 343 (D. Conn. 2009).
                                                                                       Due to the plaintiff's failure to cause its environmental consultants to
                                                                                       preserve the contaminated soil samples that were at the center of the
                                                                                       dispute, the District of Connecticut precluded the introduction of any
                                                                                       evidence based on the destroyed soil samples.

                                                                                       Mr. Steinberg led a team that represented Energy Transportation
                                                                                       Group,(ETG) in a patent infringement trial. ETG was awarded a $31 million
                                                                                       jury verdict and additional amounts in settlements with other parties (along
                                                                                       with pending motions for damage enhancement and attorneys fees) in
                                                                                       federal court in Delaware. The case involved feedback cancellation
                                                                                       technology used in most hearing aids.

                                                                                       Mr. Steinberg led a team that defended Eli Lilly and Company in a class
                                                                                       action alleging that Lilly's marketing of Prozac Weekly invaded patient
                                                                                       privacy and constituted deceptive and unfair trade practices. Hunton &
                                                                                       Williams prevailed in obtaining the dismissal of the case on summary
                                                                                       judgment and received widespread publicity in the press, including
                                                                                       coverage by ABC, CBS, CNN and Sixty Minutes II.




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PETER PRIETO
                     PODHURST ORSECK
                     City National Bank Building
                     25 West Flagler Street, Suite 800
                     Miami, FL 33130
                     Tel:       (305) 358-2800
                     Fax:       (305) 358-2382                                     Firm Overview
                     Email:     PPrieto@podhurst.com                               White & Case is a leading global law firm with lawyers in 36 offices across
                     Web:       www.podhurst.com                                   25 countries.
For almost 25 years, Peter Prieto has focused his practice on complex              We advise on virtually every area of law affecting cross-border business and
commercial litigation, including class actions, and white-collar criminal          our knowledge, like our clients’ interests, transcends geographic boundaries.
defense. He has represented clients—both individual and corporate—in a
wide array of civil litigation, including business disputes, healthcare,           Whether in established or emerging markets, our commitment is substantial,
antitrust, products liability, RICO and class action litigation. Peter has also    with dedicated on-the-ground local knowledge and presence.
represented individual and corporate clients in criminal investigations and
prosecutions involving business, banking and healthcare fraud, public              At the same time, working between offices and cross-jurisdiction is second
corruption, aviation, environmental violations, antitrust and money                nature and we have the experience and infrastructure to make it happen
laundering.                                                                        effortlessly.

During his career, including several years as a federal prosecutor, Peter has      We work with the world's most well established and most respected
obtained substantial trial and appellate experience. He has tried over 25          companies—including two-thirds of the Global Fortune 100 and half of the
criminal and civil cases and has argued over a dozen appeals before the            Fortune 500—as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been recognized as one of the            entities.
Top Lawyers in South Florida, according to the South Florida Legal Guide,
and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Florida's Legal Elite, and           Litigation Overview
Chambers USA, which has praised Peter for being “thorough in his advice”           Our litigation practice includes more than 200 US litigators and a team of
to clients, and for his “trial experience and plain-speaking good judgment.”       nearly 400 litigators in 19 countries. We successfully represent clients in a
                                                                                   wide range of cases, including complex business, financial, antitrust and
Peter currently serves as a member of the judicial nominating commission           securities disputes; consumer and commercial class actions; regulatory
for the Third District Court of Appeal and previously served, pursuant to          actions and criminal matters; and cutting-edge patent, trademark and
appointments by governors Lawton Chiles and Jeb Bush, as a                         technology disputes.
commissioner on Florida's commission on ethics. He serves on the
advisory board of the University of Miami School Of Law's Center for Ethics        Our litigators have substantial experience representing clients in most
& Public Service and on the alumni advisory board of the University of             industries and before all types of trial, appellate, regulatory and alternative
Miami Law Review. Peter is also a member of the board of trustees of St.           dispute resolution tribunals, as well as government agencies, including the
Thomas University.                                                                 SEC, the US Attorney General’s Office, the New York Stock Exchange, the
                                                                                   US Department of Justice, the US Departments of State, Commerce and
Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a federal prosecutor, first with the United   Treasury, the US Patent & Trademark Office, the IRS, the Federal Trade
States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, and later with      Commission and the International Trade Commission.
the Office of Independent Counsel in Washington, DC, where he worked
on the criminal investigation of the late secretary of commerce, Ronald H          Our litigators include former in-house counsel from leading companies, a US
Brown. For over a decade, he was also a partner and trial lawyer with the          District Judge, a Florida Supreme Court Judge, the US Deputy Attorney
firm of Holland & Knight.                                                          General, a presidentially appointed US Attorney, a Senior Associate Counsel
                                                                                   to the President and Legal Advisor to the National Security Council, former
Bar Admissions:                                                                    trial counsel for the SEC and numerous former state and federal prosecutors.
Florida
                                                                                   Recent representations include Stolt Nielsen SA, in an April 2010 US
Court Admissions:                                                                  Supreme Court victory denying class arbitration of antitrust claims, Pfizer in a
US Supreme Court                                                                   trial victory in its lengthy patent dispute with Teva Pharmaceuticals and the
US District Court for the Southern District of Florida                             Log Cabin Republicans in its legal challenge to overturn the US
                                                                                   government’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy prohibiting homosexuals from
Recent Awards & Recognition:                                                       openly serving in the military. This was the first successful facial challenge to
2011 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011, Chambers                         the constitutionality of DADT and is an historic victory in one of the major civil
2011 The Best Lawyers in America, 2011                                             rights issues of our time.
2010 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010, Chambers
2009 The Best Lawyers in America, 2009                                             Recognition
2009 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers, 2009                        National and international legal ranking services have recognized White &
2009 Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida’s Legal Elite, 2009                          Case lawyers:
2009 South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers, 2009                                   • This firm’s disputes practice offers considerable geographical spread,
2008 The Best Lawyers in America, 2008                                                 with highly regarded offices on both US coasts, as well as across
2008 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers, 2008                            Europe and in Japan. Chambers Global 2011
2008 Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida’s Legal Elite, 2008                          • “Global Elite in Antitrust/Competition” Global Competition Review
2008 South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers, 2008                                       2011
2007 The Best Lawyers in America, 2007                                             • White & Case’s International Arbitration Practice has risen to Band
2007 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers, 2007                            One in Chambers Global, one of only two firms worldwide to be
2007 Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida’s Legal Elite, 2007                              ranked in the highest category. Chambers Global 2011
2007 South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers, 2007                                   • A “Class Action Law Firm of the Year” Law360 2011
                                                                                   • “Top 10 US Firm”



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      THOMAS E LAURIA                                                                     DENNIS O’HARA
                            WHITE & CASE                                                                       WICKER SMITH O’HARA MCCOY
                            Southeast Financial Center                                                         SunTrust Center
                            200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900                                           515 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 1400
                            Miami, Florida, 33131-2352                                                         Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
                            Tel:        (305) 995-5282 (Miami)                                                 Tel:       (954) 847-4800
                            Tel:        (212) 819-2637 (New York)                                              Fax:       (954) 760-9353
                            Fax:        (305) 358-5744/5766                                                    Email:     dohara@wickersmith.com
                            Email:      tlauria@whitecase.com                                                  Web:       www.wickersmith.com
                            Web:        www.whitecase.com
                                                                                          Dennis M O’Hara is a managing partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office.
      Thomas Lauria is the global practice head of the Financial Restructuring            In his 30+ year career, Mr. O’Hara has served as lead counsel or sole
      and Insolvency Group at White & Case, which is comprised of over 160                attorney in numerous civil jury trials involving medical malpractice, products
      lawyers located in over 20 countries.                                               liability, general negligence, automobile liability and aviation law.

      Mr. Lauria has led efforts to restructure more than US$100 billion, in many         Mr. O’Hara has been involved in aviation law since the late 1970’s. Over
      of the largest, most followed chapter 11 cases. His recently completed and          the years, he has handled both commercial and general aviation cases,
      ongoing assignments reflect the diversity and dynamism that have become             representing clients such as AIG Aviation, Allianz Aviation, American
      hallmarks of the firm’s restructuring practice. Importantly, he has frequently      Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Global Aerospace, Starr Aviation, USAIRWAYS,
      been able to achieve extraordinary results for clients facing long odds in          United States Aviation Underwriters and XL Aerospace. He has been
      difficult positions. Recently completed assignments include representing            involved in major aviation air disasters, including acting as lead counsel for
      (1) creditors and equity investors who recovered over US$3 billion in value,        Valujet in the multi-district litigation for the Valujet crash in the Florida
      (2) financial and strategic investors who closed deals valued at over               Everglades on May 11, 1996, and the Bahamas crash of the Cessna 402
      US$5.5 billion, (3) debtor clients who successfully restructured over               carrying the entertainer Aaliyah. He also served as lead counsel for Chalks
      US$3.0 billion of claims, and (4) lender clients who made approximately             in the incident involving the crash of their Grumman Mallard seaplane that
      US$2.0 billion of DIP loans. Ongoing assignments include representing               occurred in Miami harbor on December 19, 2005, and he was involved as
      holders of over US$25 billion in the aggregate of defaulted notes issued by         counsel for Comair and Delta Air Lines in the Lexington, Kentucky crash
      such diverse companies as Washington Mutual, Lehman Brothers, Bank of               which occurred on August 27, 2006. He has handled many general aviation
      Ireland and Vitro S.A. de C.V.; Dynegy Inc. in its efforts to restructure over      matters on behalf of aircraft manufacturers, fixed base operators, and
      $6 billion of debt; secured lenders to a Greek shipping company that                owner/operators, including the Miami Heat.
      sought chapter 11 protection; and Major League Baseball in connection
      with the chapter 11 case of the Los Angeles Dodgers.                                In his medical malpractice work, he has defended healthcare providers,
                                                                                          pharmaceutical companies and other health care related clients in cases
      Mr. Lauria regularly represents debtors, unsecured creditors, strategic and         related to wrongful death, infant death, brain damage, paralysis, surgical
      financial investors, sovereigns and foreign representatives in a wide variety       and nursing issues both in Pennsylvania and Florida. Mr. O’Hara serves as
      of industries and market sectors, and has been involved in some of the              counsel for the Swiss Hoffmann-La Roche companies, namely F Hoffman-
      largest and most complex restructurings in history, including the Texas             La Roche and Roche Holdings. He also served as counsel for NutriSystem
      Rangers, Chrysler, Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, Six Flags, Trump             in the class action litigation involving over 300 lawsuits concerning the
      Casinos, Tribune Company, CIT Group, WCI Communities, Delphi,                       NutriSystem Weight Loss Centers.
      Adelphia Communications, Mirant, Dynegy, and Corporación Durango. In
      Chrysler’s bankruptcy, he gained the national spotlight for opposing the            AV(r) Preeminent(tm) rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. O’Hara has been
      Company’s federally-sponsored bail out and ultimately succeeding in                 named one of the Top Lawyers in Florida by Florida Trend Magazine as well
      getting the US Supreme Court to vacate the decision of the Second                   as Florida Super Lawyers from 2006 to 2011 and Best Lawyers in
      Circuit that had approved the use of section 363 to reorganize the                  America from 2007 to 2011. He was inducted into the International
      business, and to pay junior claims, without the protections of a chapter 11         Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) in 1999.
      plan process.
                                                                                          About Wicker Smith
      Clients and legal peers recognize Mr. Lauria’s leadership at White & Case           Founded in 1952, Wicker Smith is a full-service trial firm deeply
      and his work on tough cases. As Chambers USA noted: “According to                   experienced in handling significant and complex litigation in over 20
      clients, his greatest strength is his conviction; he is an ‘extremely               different practice areas for a broad variety of clients, ranging from
      persuasive litigator and negotiator.’ A ‘brilliant bankruptcy lawyer,’ Mr. Lauria   multinational corporations to individuals. Although over its history the firm
      is envied for his ‘amazing client list’ and involvement in ‘first-class cases.’”    has changed in size and scope, the goal of providing exceptional legal
      Mr. Lauria has spoken and written on various restructuring topics.                  representation has remained the same. With seven offices, over 130
                                                                                          attorneys, and an experienced support staff of legal assistants, paralegals,
      Mr. Lauria is admitted to the State Bars of Florida and Texas; the US               investigators, nurses, and a physician, Wicker Smith can provide legal
      Courts of Appeal for the Second, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; and multiple          services for its clients throughout the entire State of Florida and beyond.
      districts of the US District Courts of Florida and Texas. He received his BA
      and JD, with Honors, from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Lauria is an avid
      supporter of his alma mater and volunteers his advice and leadership to
      academic and philanthropic organizations.




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