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      Local litigation firms                                Local Litigation Stars                                Alan Fein
                                                                                                                  Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
                                                                                                                  Intellectual Property
      Highly Recommended                                    José Astigarraga
                                                            Astigarraga Davis                                     Jeffrey Feldman
      Akerman Senterfitt                                    General Commercial Litigation, International          Feldman Gale
                                                            Arbitration                                           Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property,
      Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod                                                                        Products Liability
                                                            Hilarie Bass
      Colson Hicks Eidson                                   Greenberg Traurig                                     Jack Fernandez
                                                            Commercial Litigation, Securities                     Zuckerman Spaeder
      Hunton & Williams                                                                                           White-Collar Crime
                                                            Stephen Busey
      Kenny Nachwalter                                      Smith Hulsey & Busey                                  James Foster
                                                            Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation                     Akerman Senterfitt
      Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
                                                                                                                  Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation
                                                            Dean Colson
      Podhurst Orseck
                                                            Colson Hicks Eidson                                   Lee Fugate
                                                            Commercial Litigation, Products Liability,            Zuckerman Spaeder
      Squire Sanders & Dempsey
                                                            Professional Liability                                White-Collar Crime

                                                            Henry Coxe                                            James Gale
      Recommended                                           Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe                 Feldman Gale
                                                            Criminal Defense Litigation                           Intellectual Property
      Astigarraga Davis
                                                            Richard Critchlow                                     Daniel Gonzalez
      Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe                 Kenny Nachwalter                                      Hogan Lovells
                                                            Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability,        Commercial Litigation, Securities
      Carlton Fields                                        Securities
                                                                                                                  William Heller
      Duane Morris                                          Barry Davidson                                        Akerman Senterfitt
                                                            Hunton & Williams                                     Commercial Litigation
      Feldman Gale                                          Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property,
                                                            Products Liability, Securities                        William Hill
      Greenberg Traurig                                                                                           Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
                                                            Alvin Davis                                           Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property,
      Hogan Lovells                                         Squire Sanders & Dempsey                              Securities
                                                            Commercial Litigation
      Holland & Knight                                                                                            Robert Josefsberg
                                                            Edward Davis                                          Podhurst Orseck
      Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose                        Astigarraga Davis                                     General Commercial Litigation
                                                            Commercial Litigation
      Richman Greer                                                                                               John Kozyak
                                                            John DeVault                                          Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
      Smith Hulsey & Busey                                  Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe                 Bankruptcy Litigation
                                                            Appellate, Commercial Litigation
      Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson                                                         Michael Kreitzer
                                                            Victor Diaz                                           Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
      Weil Gotshal & Manges
                                                            Podhurst Orseck                                       Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law,
      White & Case                                          Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Products      Insurance, Intellectual Property, Securities
                                                            Liability
      Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford                                                                            Thomas Lauria
                                                            Mark Dikeman                                          White & Case
      Zuckerman Spaeder                                     Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson   Bankruptcy
                                                            Appellate, Commercial Litigation
                                                                                                                  Roberto Martinez
                                                            Lewis “Mike” Eidson                                   Colson Hicks Eidson
                                                            Colson Hicks Eidson                                   Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability,
                                                            Products Liability                                    White-Collar Crime

                                                            Joanne Erde                                           Joseph Matthews
                                                            Duane Morris                                          Colson Hicks Eidson
                                                            Health Law                                            Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability,
                                                                                                                  White-Collar Crime

                                                                                                                  James Miller
                                                                                                                  Akerman Senterfitt
                                                                                                                  Commercial Litigation


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L Louis Mrachek
Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose
                                                        Jay Shapiro
                                                        Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
                                                                                                              Future Stars
Commercial Litigation                                   Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property
                                                                                                              Jenelle La Chuisa
Michael Nachwalter                                      Mark Solov                                            Astigarraga Davis
Kenny Nachwalter                                        Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Securities            Commercial Litigation                                 Michelle Gervais
                                                                                                              Duane Morris
Tracy Nichols                                           Edward Soto
Holland & Knight                                        Weil Gotshal & Manges                                 Ervin Gonzalez
Securities                                              Commercial Litigation                                 Colson Hicks Eidson

Dennis O’Hara                                           Eugene Stearns                                        Marcos Hasbun
Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford                        Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson   Zuckerman Spaeder
Commercial Litigation, Products Liability               Commercial Litigation, Insurance
                                                                                                              Thomas Julin
Christopher Pace                                        Marty Steinberg                                       Hunton & Williams
Weil Gotshal & Manges                                   Hunton & Williams
Appellate, Commercial Litigation                        Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual        Eduardo Ramos
                                                        Property, Products Liability, Securities              Holland & Knight
Michael Pasano
Carlton Fields                                          Charles Throckmorton
Antitrust, Appellate, Securities, White-Collar Crime    Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
                                                        Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation
David Pollack
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson     Harley Tropin
Commercial Litigation                                   Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
                                                        Commercial Litigation
Peter Prieto
Podhurst Orseck                                         Robert Turken
Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Litigation          Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
                                                        Commercial Litigation
Ryan Reetz
Squire Sanders & Dempsey                                Stanley Wakshlag
Commercial Litigation                                   Kenny Nachwalter
                                                        Commercial Litigation, Securities
Benjamine Reid
Carlton Fields                                          Sylvia Walbolt
Antitrust, Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products   Carlton Fields
Liability                                               Antitrust, Appellate, Insurance

Gerald Richman                                          Morris “Sandy” Weinberg
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
David Ross
Greenberg Traurig
Antitrust, Commercial Litigation

Gary Sasso
Carlton Fields
Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Insurance,
Products Liability, Securities

Elliot Scherker
Greenberg Traurig
Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Securities, White-
Collar Crime

Mark Schnapp
Greenberg Traurig
Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Crime




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      Florida                                                                                               compensatory damages against McKesson
                                                                                                            Medication Management and a local
                                                                                                            neurosurgeon after Kane’s client developed a
                                                                                                            debilitating condition characterized by severe
                                                                                                            burning pain and neurologic disability
      As one of the hardest-hit states in the country during the mortgage crisis of 2009,                   following an initial surgery. Roberto
      Florida has been saddled with an overwhelming amount of foreclosed properties,                        Martinez is known by peers as a “sharp and
                                                                                                            strategic” trial lawyer who “wins million-
      mortgage defaults, contractor disputes and land-use issues. The state is also                         dollar products liability verdicts with a wave
      plagued by budgetary problems; with no income tax imposed, Florida is reliant on                      of his hand.” A peer observes that Ervin
      sales tax and property tax, both of which have sharply declined along with the                        Gonzales is a “heavy plaintiff” that litigates
      economy due to a steep decrease in tourism, time shares, and other spending                           cases that “have a ‘wow’ factor to them.”
      within the state. These budget deficits have caused serious logjams within the                        Gonzales is acknowledged for having a lot of
                                                                                                            success over the last year in tackling cases
      courts at a time when litigation within the state is already booming and seems                        regarding defective Chinese drywall, a matter
      poised to only increase in volume.                                                                    that has resulted in lawsuits all over the
                                                                                                            Southeast.
      Highly recommended firms                           to act as legal advisors to my company.”
                                                           Michael Kreitzer focuses on commercial           Hunton & Williams
      Akerman Senterfitt                                 disputes, lender liability and related financial   The Miami office of national firm Hunton &
      Akerman Senterfitt ascends to the position of      institution litigation, construction litigation,   Williams garners support from enthusiastic
      a highly recommended firm in this year’s           and shareholder and partnership disputes.          peers within the Florida community. “They
      rankings after being propped up by a stream        Kreitzer represents the Miami Heat’s star          are very good, getting better, and growing
      of impressive client matters and feedback.         player Dwyane Wade in three separate               substantially,” observes one such competitor.
      Florida peers laud the firm’s “wonderful           actions currently pending in state court,          The firm’s growth is not limited to Florida as
      litigators” and clients commend the firm’s         federal court and before a panel of the            it has expanded all throughout the US and
      “expertise and attention.” The firm has deep       American Arbitration Association. In a             into Europe and Asia in recent years.
      roots in Florida and now has nine offices          separate matter, Wade is also being                   Much of the firm’s success in Florida can
      located throughout the state, including            represented by Robert Turken, who also             be attributed to Marty Steinberg, who heads
      Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee,           represents Hovnanian First Homes in a class-       the firm’s commercial litigation practice and
      Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, West Palm             action lawsuit, which is pending in federal        is referenced unanimously by peers. “There’s
      Beach, Boca Raton and Orlando. In July             court in the Middle District of Florida and        no one better than Marty!” one competitor
      2010, the firm added former chief judge of         alleges several federal security fraud             claims enthusiastically. Steinberg’s practice
      Florida’s third district court of appeal Gerald    violations. Turken is also representing            focuses on commercial litigation, including
      Cope as the co-chair of the firm’s appellate       Hovnanian in a suit filed by a bank involving      contract disputes, class actions, business
      practice.                                          misrepresentation and breach of contract also      torts, securities litigation, intellectual
         James Miller was thrust into the local          based on construction loans purchased from         property, antitrust and products liability.
      limelight when, in July 2010, he was tapped        Hovnanian by the bank. Turken is being             Peers also mention Barry Davidson, who
      by BP to represent their interests in Florida, a   assisted on this case by Mitchell Widom, who       practices civil litigation with an emphasis on
      matter that promises to provide hundreds of        a client professes to be “honest about the         complex and class-action business litigation,
      litigation filings regarding the Gulf oil spill.   advice that he provides and a friendly and yet     intellectual property, antitrust and products
      “James hit the jackpot,” observes a peer. “It      professional advisor.” William Hill’s practice     liability. Thomas Julin is tipped as a future
      will be a long, hard, but very lucrative slog.”    has increasingly taken on a Latin American         star by peers for his intellectual property and
      Securities chair Brian Miller is representing      component, and he currently represents the         appellate practices.
      MapleWood Partners, a $135 million private         government of Chile in four federal actions
      equity fund, and its principal in defense of       against four banks that assisted former            Kenny Nachwalter
      multiple fraud and breach of fiduciary duty        Chilean President Augusto Pinochet launder         Some Florida attorneys consider litigation
      claims. The plaintiff, a lender to one of          some $26 million in misappropriated funds          boutique Kenny Nachwalter to be the
      MapleWood’s portfolio companies, alleged           from the Chilean government.                       standard towards which all Florida firms
      accounting fraud through the use of fictitious                                                        should aspire. One peer claims that “they are
      accounts receivable and sought in excess of        Colson Hicks Eidson                                highly regarded for good reason – they are
      $10 million in damages. Miller led the team        Peers recommend the Coral Gables boutique          highly skilled.” Formed in 1978, the firm
      that coordinated the defense and achieved          of Colson Hicks Eidson for its personal            concentrates on complex commercial litigation
      complete summary judgment victory on all           injury, products liability, white-collar crime,    involving antitrust, intellectual property and
      fraud and breach of fiduciary claims in the        and commercial litigation services. Its            securities. With 23 attorneys, the firm’s
      US District Court for the Southern District of     attorneys most often act as plaintiff counsel,     relatively small size allows its partners to
      New York. William Heller and Katherine             and competitors are “floored” by the firm’s        swiftly take on cases referred to them by larger
      Giddings lead the firm’s consumer finance          “fearlessness in taking on very big companies      firms who have become saturated with work.
      litigation team, which represents mortgage         for doing very bad things.” Beyond Florida,        “They get a lot of referrals, and rightfully so,”
      loan originators, servicers and investors          the firm handles matters across the United         says one competitor.
      nationwide.                                        States, the Caribbean, and Central and South          Within the firm, Richard Critchlow and
                                                         America.                                           Stanley Wakshlag earn unanimous peer praise
      Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod                  Lewis “Mike” Eidson and Dean Colson are         for their work in complex business litigation.
      Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod also          known by peers as “fantastic trial lawyers.”       One competitor raves, “they are both known
      makes its debut as a highly-recommended            Eidson obtained the first-ever products            throughout the state as superior litigation
      firm in this year’s rankings. Several peers        liability verdict against Ford with regards to     talent,” while another attests “[Critchlow
      rated the firm’s litigation team, which is the     the faulty gas tank design in its Pinto model.     and Wakshlag] are two of the best in town,
      largest group within the firm, as “excellent”      In mid-2009, Julie Braman Kane convinced a         and Kenny Nachwalter is great as a firm
      and a client cheers the group’s “sharp ability     Dade County court to award $38 million in          overall.”

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Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton                      partner of the firm’s Miami office from 2005      the firm scored a victory on behalf of Ford
Founded in 1983, Miami boutique Kozyak            to 2010, focuses on complex litigation in the     Motor Company when Ford was exonerated
Tropin & Throckmorton is another firm to          areas of products liability, securities class     by a Florida state court jury in the case of a
make an impressive climb to highly                actions, environmental claims, regulatory         woman who died as a result of injuries she
recommended status in this year’s rankings        proceedings and a host of sophisticated           suffered in a single car accident in 2002,
due to a near-unanimous spate of peer             contractual disputes. He litigates regularly at   which, her estate claimed, were the result of
feedback heralding the firm’s prowess in          the trial and appellate levels on behalf of       an inadequately designed seat back in a 1992
litigating commercial and bankruptcy              national and international companies,             Mercury Grand Marquis. Michael Pasano is
matters. The firm is often namechecked            including utilities, manufacturers, insurers,     acknowledged by peers as “tremendous, a
alongside descriptors such as “outstanding
litigators” and “bankruptcy titans.”
    Name partners John Kozyak and Harley
Tropin are seen as “top-tier, two of the most     “The Miami enthusiastic peersfirm HuntonFlorida community.
                                                  support from
                                                               office of national
                                                                                  within the
                                                                                             & Williams garners
influential and persuasive litigators in town”
by one competitor, who adds “that’s not a
well-kept secret in Florida.” Kozyak regularly    ‘They are very good, getting better, and growing substantially,’
plays a significant role in bankruptcy courts
across the nation, representing business
owners, lenders, and creditors’ committees,
                                                  observes one such competitor.                ”
and has been appointed a trustee and receiver     law firms and airlines, as well as non-US         real trial lawyer,” for his work on complex
in several cases in recent years. Tropin          governments and agencies. Peers consider          criminal and civil litigation at the trial and
concentrates his practice on high-risk            Davis to be “still on top of his game; he was     appellate levels. Gary Sasso, called “one of
business litigation and national class actions,   someone who has been a mentor to quite a          the best lawyers in the state” by one peer,
and acts most often in the plaintiff capacity.    few of us Florida litigators.” In 2009, Davis     represents clients in securities and consumer
                                                  scored a victory on behalf of a business based    fraud class-actions and other complex
Podhurst Orseck                                   in the Dominican Republic when a federal          litigation. Sylvia Walbolt receives recognition
Miami trial and appellate boutique Podhurst       jury awarded more than $2 million to the          from peers for her “excellent appellate
Orseck generates a healthy level of peer          business owners who were bilked of over           work.”
enthusiasm by “combining senior experience        $700,000 in a currency exchange scam.
with a high level of next-generation talent.”                                                       Duane Morris
One competitor goes on to say: “For a long        Recommended firms                                 Duane Morris has grown from its
time, it was a Florida lawyer’s dream to work                                                       Philadelphia origins to establish itself within
there, but it was so hard to get in. They are a   Astigarraga Davis                                 Florida’s litigation community. Partners at
very elite group, one of the finest in the        Astigarraga Davis is a Miami litigation           the firm’s Miami office practice commercial,
country.” Already considered flush with           boutique focused on commercial disputes and       securities and antitrust litigation. They also
“formidable litigators,” Podhurst bolstered       arbitration. The firm handles financial           are active in litigation arising from the health
its roster even further in March 2010, when       services litigation, with an emphasis on          care industry. According to competitors,
it lured commercial and white-collar              predatory lending, which has become               “They are a megafirm that is devoting
litigation star Peter Prieto away from            particularly problematic in Florida. Jose         dynamic litigation resources to Florida.”
Holland & Knight to become partner at the         Astigarraga is known by peers as “one of the      Joanne Erde, who one peer estimates as being
firm. Peers weigh in by asserting that            best Spanish-speaking litigators in the state     “top of the field,” represents hospitals and
“Holland & Knight’s loss is a big gain for        and tremendous in international arbitration.”     other health care providers on Medicare and
Podhurst. Peter is one of the best.”              Edward Davis focuses his practice on              Medicaid coverage and compliance issues.
   The firm’s reputation rests largely on that    representing individual, corporate and
of its founder, Aaron Podhurst, who a peer        institutional victims of fraud throughout the     Feldman Gale
observes “may be slowing down somewhat,           Americas and the Caribbean.                       Feldman Gale is one of the only local firms to
but is still one of the best lawyers I’ve                                                           maintain a focus on intellectual property, and
witnessed. He’s tough!” Podhurst’s practice       Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe             peers rate them as “very good with patents.”
focuses on personal injury, wrongful death,       Tracing its roots in the state to 1865, the       With offices in Miami and Tampa, the firm’s
aviation litigation, commercial litigation,       Jacksonville firm of Bedell Dittmar DeVault       reputation in Florida is that of “a local go-to
product liability, matrimonial litigation, and    Pillans & Coxe limits its practice to state and   firm for IP.” Jeffrey Feldman and James Gale
professional malpractice. Victor Diaz, who        federal trial and appellate work, which now       have over 20 years experience litigating cases
peers describe as “fantastic” and someone         includes alternative dispute resolution by        involving patent infringement, product
who “never stops working,” handles class          mediation and arbitration. A large percentage     mislabeling, and fraud. In 2007, the firm
actions, multi-district litigation, mass torts    of the firm’s practice is obtained through        obtained a $7.4 million judgment on behalf
and products liability matters.                   referrals from other lawyers throughout           of online restaurant reservation provider
                                                  Florida and the greater US. John DeVault          OpenTable in a case involving alleged theft of
Squire Sanders & Dempsey                          devotes all his practice to complex               software codes by a competitor.
International firm Squire Sanders &               commercial litigation and legal malpractice.
Dempsey serves Florida through offices in         Henry Coxe is noted as a strong criminal          Greenberg Traurig
four key markets throughout the state. Their      defense lawyer who handles both white-            Formed in Miami, Greenberg Traurig has
presence is widely acknowledged by local          collar and traditional criminal cases.            generated an international footprint but still
peers, one of whom claims that “they have                                                           remains deeply rooted in Florida, with offices
outstanding lawyers,” while another says,         Carlton Fields                                    in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Tampa,
“they’re one of the few national firms that       With six offices in Florida and one in Atlanta,   Orlando and Tallahassee. The firm is a full-
really make it in Florida.” This feedback         Carlton Fields handles high-stakes class          service operation, with a team of lawyers
helped propel the firm to highly                  action, commercial, intellectual property and     prepared to address almost any legal issue.
recommended status in this year’s rankings.       mass tort litigation for clients based all        Hilarie Bass is regarded by peers as a
  Alvin Davis, who served as the managing         throughout the Southeast. In March 2010,          “tremendous litigator” and “top of the

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      pack.” She concentrates her practice on            well as other Florida law firms, in addition to      conspired and engaged in industry-wide
      complex commercial litigation and securities       a standard client base of individuals and            fraud concerning physician reimbursements.
      cases. Recent clients include Hilton Hotels        corporations. The firm also acts on the              Weil Gotshal stood firm with UnitedHealth
      and Microsoft. Mark Schnapp receives               plaintiffs’ side against governments as well,        and achieved dismissal of the claims.
      several mentions from the Florida legal            as it did recently in a class-action case against
      community for his “exemplary” white-collar         a sheriff in Broward County who was                  White & Case
      criminal defense work. He is now                   illegally conducting strip searches. Firm            The Miami office of national firm White &
      representing an engineering firm in an             president Gerald Richman in the West Palm            Case was established in 1987 and is the hub
      investigation into alleged illegal campaign        Beach office litigated this case and achieved        of its active Florida and Latin American
      contributions and government contracts             an $11.5 million settlement victory on behalf        practices. The office’s 90 lawyers provide
      issues.                                            of his clients. Peers suggest, “Keep an eye on       clients in Florida and other states in the
                                                         this firm, as they have a lot of potential           Southeast with litigation services. Bankruptcy
      Hogan Lovells                                      ‘future stars’ candidates.”                          specialist Thomas Lauria is respected
      Based in Washington, DC, Hogan Lovells is                                                               amongst Florida peers, one of whom
      the result of the recent merger between            Smith Hulsey & Busey                                 mentions that “White & Case are obviously
      Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, two firms             The full-service Jacksonville firm of Smith          a mega-firm, everyone knows that, but what
      whose combined resources have created a            Hulsey & Busey emphasizes real-estate and            everyone may not know is how well they get
      single entity with more than 1,100 lawyers         bankruptcy litigation, which positions the           the Florida market. It’s not an easy thing to
      practicing in 27 offices worldwide. While the      firm to attend to the explosive growth of            do.”
      firm no longer maintains a presence in West        bankruptcies and foreclosures in Florida. The
      Palm Beach, its Miami office has grown             firm serves many diverse industries including        Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford
      extensively since opening in 2000. Daniel          financial companies, real-estate trusts and          Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford makes
      González is co-director of the firm’s              state regulatory agencies. Stephen Busey, a          its debut in this year’s Florida rankings. With
      international litigation and arbitration
      practice in Florida. He practices principally in
      the areas of complex commercial litigation
      and arbitration in the United States, Latin
      America, and Europe. He represents owners,
      developers,      contractors    and      design
                                                         “Thomas LauriathatrespectedCase are obviously a mega-firm,
                                                         whom mentions
                                                                         is
                                                                            ‘White &
                                                                                     amongst Florida peers, one of

      professionals on all aspects of construction
      disputes, including engineering, procurement,      everyone knows that, but what everyone may not know is how
      construction contracts, and design/build
      contracts.
                                                         well they get the Florida market. It’s not an easy thing to do.’                             ”
      Holland & Knight                                   trial lawyer, is chairman of the firm and its        seven locations throughout the state, the firm
      While a national firm, Holland & Knight has        litigation department. Peers rate his practice       counts 7-Eleven, Black & Decker, and the
      a significant local footprint and is firmly        in complex commercial litigation and                 Miami Heat as clients. One peer calls Dennis
      entrenched in the Florida litigation market.       insolvency matters as “top-shelf.”                   O’Hara a “litigator to watch.” He has served
      The firm did suffer the loss of commercial                                                              as lead counsel or sole attorney in numerous
      and white-collar litigator Peter Prieto, who       Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff &            civil jury trials involving medical malpractice,
      departed to join Podhurst Orseck in March          Sitterson                                            products liability, general negligence,
      2010, which peers agree is a “huge loss for        Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff &            automobile liability, and aviation law.
      [Holland & Knight].” However, peers also           Sitterson is a full-service law firm with 120
      maintain that “while losing Prieto was a           attorneys serving clients throughout Florida.        Zuckerman Spaeder
      major blow, the firm will survive, it still has    With offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale,              The Tampa office of national firm Zuckerman
      excellent litigators.” Tracy Nichols is            Tampa, and Tallahassee, the firm focuses on          Spaeder makes its debut in this year’s rankings.
      acknowledged by peers as “the best securities      commercial litigation, real estate, labor and        The firm has established a formidable presence
      litigator in the state.”                           employment, bankruptcy, and securities.              in Florida, largely on the reputation of Morris
                                                         Litigation chairman Eugene Stearns recently          “Sandy” Weinberg, a litigator who made news
      Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose                     obtained a jury verdict against Exxon                in the early 1980s as a plaintiff’s advocate
      Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose is endorsed         Corporation for compensatory damages of              working on the commodities trading fraud case
      by peers as “a great law firm, worthy of           $500 million after the jury found that Exxon         that eventually brought billionaire financier-
      mention.” With offices in West Palm Beach          breached uniform sales agreements in setting         turned-fugitive Marc Rich to justice. “He is
      and Stuart, the firm has carved a niche for        fuel prices and fraudulently concealed the           fearless and tenacious, and he gets results.
      itself by focusing strictly on trial work in a     breach for years. Including prejudgment              Many lawyers would shudder at taking the
      niche regional market. The firm helped client      interest, the total award was approximately          cases he does,” notes one competitor. As of
      Citigroup settle 26 separate cases filed by        $1 billion.                                          publication, Weinberg is representing a former
      opt-out plaintiffs from the Worldcom class                                                              top executive of a public health care insurance
      action. L Louis Mrachek is praised by peers        Weil Gotshal & Manges                                company in connection with an extensive
      for his complex commercial litigation              Opened in 1981, the Miami office of                  federal criminal investigation into alleged
      practice.                                          international firm Weil Gotshal & Manges             Medicaid fraud. Peers also recommend three
                                                         handles      litigation      and      regulatory     members of Weinberg’s team, Jack Fernandez,
      Richman Greer                                      responsibilities. Miami partner Edward Soto          Marcos Hasbun and Lee Fugate, as star
      Richman Greer makes it debut in this year’s        recently led his client UnitedHealth Group to        litigators to watch in the coming year.
      rankings. With one office in Miami and             victory in a multi-district litigation that lasted
      another in West Palm Beach, the firm               seven years. The case concerned allegations
      operates as a full-service firm that maintains     made by a class of more than 600,000
      an impressive litigation bench that often          physicians claiming that the largest
      represents city governments and officials, as      companies in the managed care industry had

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Corner, Washington, DC, and West Palm Beach.

Litigation Practice
Akerman is the dominant Florida law firm for complex litigation and appeals,
handling many of the high-profile cases in the state. Our team is
recognized for its vast experience in a wide range of civil and criminal
litigation, including actions involving banking, securities, health care,
insurance, real estate, and construction. With more than 200 trial lawyers
throughout the US, Akerman represents clients in a wide range of fields
including business disputes, commercial foreclosures and receiverships,
class-action defense, consumer finance litigation, real estate litigation,
construction litigation, complex securities litigation and regulatory
proceedings, white-collar and criminal investigations, bankruptcy, and e-
discovery.

Our team is also handling cases that involve key issues of national
importance, including high-profile class-actions and cases involving
consumer finance and fraud litigation. With a market leading banking law
practice, Akerman represents global financial institutions throughout the
US in a wide range of litigation activities, including regulatory litigation,
consumer finance litigation, inter-creditor disputes, as well as all aspects of
foreclosures, workouts, bankruptcy, enforcement of loan agreements, and
guarantees and asset seizures.

Akerman is also recognized as a leading international arbitration law firm,
with lawyers representing US-based businesses and foreign entities as
parties to litigation before US federal and state courts, and in arbitration
proceedings under the auspices of a wide range of arbitral bodies. In
addition, Akerman lawyers have significant experience in domestic and
international dispute resolution for the construction industry, with vast
project experience in public infrastructure and energy.

Akerman's appellate lawyers have served as counsel of record or lead
counsel in hundreds of cases in both federal and state appellate courts,
obtaining precedent-setting decisions. Our team includes a former Chief
Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and
former Florida Supreme Court Justice, as well as former Chief Judges for
Florida's First and Third District Courts of Appeal, former state and federal
appellate law clerks, and lawyers Board Certified in Appellate Law.




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      701 Brickell Avenue - 16th Floor                                                       Association of the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Anti-
      Miami, Florida 33131-2847                                                              Corruption and Business Crime Committees of the International Bar
      Tel: 1-305-372-8282                                                                    Association; and the International Bank Operations Association. He has
      Fax: 1-305-372-8202                                                                    served and led the International Law Section of the Florida Bar and held a
      Website: www.astidavis.com                                                             variety of leadership positions in the field.

      Astigarraga Davis is a boutique firm with a focused practice: the                      International business disputes bring a dimension of complexity not present in
      representation of clients involved in significant litigation, arbitration and          a domestic litigation. For one, parties often view, approach and solve problems
      disputes arising from Latin American and other international business                  differently as a result of differences in culture, language or legal traditions. The
      transactions. Widely regarded as a leader in the international litigation and          reasoning process of a lawyer trained in a civil system is different from that of
      arbitration field, Latin Lawyer, recognizes the firm as a “small but prestigious       a common law lawyer and can easily lead to conflicting perspectives as to a
      boutique sharply focused on litigation and arbitration acting across most of           common legal problem. Those differences affect dispute settlement as well,
      the region, essentially representing multinational corporate investors engaged         and for example, there is a shortage of mediators trained in multi-cultural
      in disputes arising from their Latin American operations.”                             conflict resolution.

      Its lawyers have handled a variety of business disputes emanating from                 By virtue of its lawyers’ backgrounds and experience representing parties
      virtually every country in Latin America, Mexico, the US, Canada and the               involved in international business disputes, Astigarraga Davis is able to work
      Caribbean. A majority of the firm’s lawyers and virtually its entire staff speak       comfortably in varied contexts. When matters are pending in Latin American
      and work in Spanish. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, global banks,              courts or in more than one jurisdiction, the firm is often engaged to devise a
      and government entities. With a network of local contacts and deep                     strategy and oversee the execution by local counsel.
      experience developed over years, the firm is able to counsel clients
      confronting legal problems in Latin America and other foreign jurisdictions.           In overseeing disputes in Latin America for multinational companies, the firm’s
                                                                                             lawyers bring multi-cultural experience and backgrounds, knowledge of
      The firm has extensive experience in international litigation in US federal and        foreign systems, multi-lingual capabilities, as well as extensive experience
      state courts, both in and outside of Florida. Accustomed to dealing with               dealing with high-profile cases that require sensitivity to public perception and
      issues that confront a foreign litigant in US courts, including issues such as         political consequences. With an extensive network of contacts derived from
      juries, punitive damages, class actions, and jurisdictional defenses, the firm’s       years of practice in the region, the firm is optimally suited to provide the
      lawyers are able to explain and handle the process in ways that are clearly            disciplined, multi-dimensional approach such problems require.
      understood by non-US litigants. Its lawyers have served as leaders of the
      committees that draft the official court rules. Most recently, founding                The firm’s broad base of clients includes banks and other financial institutions,
      shareholder Edward Mullins served as Chair of Florida’s Appellate Court                having represented such clients in disputes arising from securities, loans,
      Rules 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 strong practice in fraud prosecution          controls and thus is among the most competitive for the level of senior
      and overseas asset recovery. Working with a worldwide network of lawyers               experience and reputation the firm brings to a matter.
      and contacts, the firm has pursued fraudsters in a variety of Latin American,
      Caribbean, and European jurisdictions to recover fraudulently obtained assets.         The firm’s lawyers are featured prominently in many professional rankings
      The firm is also a leading member of the International Chamber of                      internationally, such as Chambers and The Legal Media Group Guide to the
      Commerce’s Commercial Crimes Services Fraudnet Network established by                  World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration; nationally, such as
      the ICC to facilitate the prosecution of business crime and recovery of stolen         America’s Best Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, and Who’s Who; and in
      assets. Practice head Edward Davis is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is a              Florida, such as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.
      member of a variety of anti-fraud business organizations such as the


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                                                                                 MARTY STEINBERG
                                                                                                      HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLP
                                                                                                      1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2500
                                                                                                      Miami, FL 33131
                                                                                                      Direct Dial: (305) 810-2505
                                                                                                      Fax: (305) 810-2460
                                                                                                      msteinberg@hunton.com
                                                                                                      Web: www.hunton.com
1900 K Street
Washington, DC 20006                                                             Marty Steinberg is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and
Tel: (202) 955-1500                                                              managing partner of the Miami office of Hunton & Williams LLP. He has
Fax: (202) 778-2201                                                              been recognized as the “Ultimate CEO in South Florida” by South Florida
                                                                                 Business Journal, named among the top 10 lawyers in Florida by Florida
Website: www.hunton.com                                                          Super Lawyers Magazine, and was identified in The Best Lawyers in
                                                                                 America. He has tried more than 100 cases before state and federal
FIRM OVERVIEW: Founded in 1901, Hunton & Williams LLP is a US law                courts.
firm with a significant international presence. Hunton & Williams has grown
to more than 900 attorneys who work in 18 offices serving clients in over        Mr. Steinberg is co-practice leader of the firm's Commercial Litigation
100 countries in more than 100 separate practice areas.                          Practice. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including contract
                                                                                 disputes, class actions, business torts, consumer fraud, securities litigation,
LITIGATION OVERVIEW: Hunton & Williams’ Litigation Practice is                   health care fraud & abuse, intellectual property, antitrust and products
recognized as one of the major litigation groups in the country. The practice    liability. Mr Steinberg is a former chief counsel for the US Senate
encompasses virtually every area of law, including e-discovery and data          Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Chief of New York Offices of
intrusion, antitrust, appellate, business crimes defense, complex business       the US Justice Department, and federal prosecutor. During practice, he has
litigation, corporate governance/mergers and acquisitions, intellectual          led internal investigations and defended multinational companies in
property and patent litigation, international arbitration/dispute resolution,    government inquiries and qui tam actions. In addition, Mr Steinberg has
products liability, securities and corporate governance, toxic tort,             defended numerous officers and companies in grand jury matters.
bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights.
                                                                                 Mr. Steinberg was lead trial counsel in obtaining summary judgment, as
We have the capabilities and proven track record to successfully litigate        well as a sanctions award in the form of attorneys' fees and exclusion of
matters involving most legal disciplines, including: antitrust & competition;    evidence, in favor of defendant in CERCLA cost-recovery action in Innis
banking & finance; bankruptcy/restructuring; construction; corporate             Arden Golf Course v. Pitney Bowes Inc. et al., 629 F. Supp. 2d 175 (D.
governance; ecommerce; energy & development; environmental and                   Conn. 2009). The district court excluded plaintiff's expert witnesses under
regulatory matters; insurance coverage; IP/ patent, trademark & copyright        Daubert and its progeny, found that plaintiff failed to establish a causal
litigation; labor & employment; mergers & acquisitions; products liability       relationship between the clean-up costs incurred and the contamination
and mass tort; securities; and tax.                                              found on the defendants' property, and found that the plaintiff’s clean-up
                                                                                 efforts were not consistent with the national contingency plan. The case is
Our lawyers represent corporate leaders across many industry sectors,
                                                                                 on appeal. In a significant holding that made many environmental law
including financial services, energy and natural resources, health care,
                                                                                 practitioners take notice, the Innis Arden Golf Course court found that
pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, technology, ecommerce,
                                                                                 environmental consultants had a duty to preserve contaminated soil
manufacturing, and many others. Our clients range in size from Fortune 5 to
                                                                                 samples to allow for testing by other interested parties. See Innis Arden
Fortune 500 companies. Our litigators work from all of the firm's US offices
                                                                                 Golf Club v. Pitney Bowes, Inc., 257 FRD. 334, 343 (D. Conn. 2009).
in New York, California, Texas, Washington, DC, Florida, Virginia, North
                                                                                 Due to the plaintiff's failure to cause its environmental consultants to
Carolina and Georgia. In 2008, the firm opened an office in San Francisco,
                                                                                 preserve the contaminated soil samples that were at the center of the
its second in California. We can also staff international matters from four
                                                                                 dispute, the District of Connecticut precluded the introduction of any
offices located in London, Brussels, Beijing and Bangkok.
                                                                                 evidence based on the destroyed soil samples.
Our trial lawyers frequently team with firm colleagues who are at the
                                                                                 Mr. Steinberg led a team that represented Energy Transportation
forefront of their practice areas, including patent, securities, environmental
                                                                                 Group,(ETG) in a patent infringement trial. ETG was awarded a $31 million
and other areas requiring specialized knowledge. Our interdisciplinary
                                                                                 jury verdict and additional amounts in settlements with other parties (along
approach gives our clients an edge in court. We are able to draw upon
                                                                                 with pending motions for damage enhancement and attorneys fees) in
talented lawyers with the precise skill sets our clients need, regardless of
                                                                                 federal court in Delaware. The case involved feedback cancellation
their location.
                                                                                 technology used in most hearing aids.
OFFICES: Hunton & Williams has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Bangkok,
                                                                                 Mr. Steinberg led a team that defended Eli Lilly and Company in a class
Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles,
                                                                                 action alleging that Lilly's marketing of Prozac Weekly invaded patient
McLean, Miami, New York, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond, San Francisco and
                                                                                 privacy and constituted deceptive and unfair trade practices. Hunton &
Washington, DC.
                                                                                 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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      C. RYAN REETZ
                            SQUIRE, SANDERS & DEMPSEY L.L.P.
                            200 South Biscayne Boulevard
                            Suite 4100
                            Miami, Florida, 33131 USA
                            Tel: +1.305.577.7054
                            Fax: +1.305.577.7001
                            Email: CRReetz@ssd.com
                            Web: www.ssd.com

      C Ryan Reetz represents clients as trial counsel in international and
      domestic litigation, arbitration, and regulatory disputes.

      Mr. Reetz has handled putative and actual class actions under securities,
      commodities, racketeering, real estate settlement practices, fair labor
      standards, and unfair/deceptive trade practice statutes, as well as various
      common-law claims. His litigation experience also includes disputes over
      the constitutionality of government policies, foreign sovereign immunity
      issues, shareholder derivative litigation, disputes over corporate and
      partnership control, joint venture litigation, trade secret and non-
      competition actions, merger and acquisition disputes, and products liability
      litigation, together with commercial, contractual, fiduciary duty and
      misrepresentation claims across a wide range of industries. He has also
      handled administrative and regulatory litigation involving insurance
      ratemaking, insurance policy form exclusions, power plant siting, and land-
      use regulation.

      His arbitration experience includes international and domestic disputes
      before a variety of arbitral institutions and under a variety of arbitration rules
      and agreed procedures. He has handled arbitrations involving investment
      disputes, merger and acquisition claims, sales and licensing issues, control
      of corporations, insurance ratemaking, construction disputes, and
      employment issues, among others. He has also served as an arbitrator in
      ICC and ad hoc arbitration proceedings.

      Some of Mr. Reetz’s most recent matters include the representation of two
      renewable energy companies owned by a Central American government in
      a shareholders’ dispute with a large European energy company (ICC
      arbitration); defense of a leading construction materials company against
      trade secret, joint venture, fraud, and other claims asserted by a claimed
      co-venturer in a Caribbean-area quarry (federal jury trial); representation of
      a well known insurance company in disputes with the Florida Office of
      Insurance Regulation concerning homeowners’ insurance rates, exclusion
      of coverage for mold, and potential withdrawal from doing business in the
      state (administrative litigation and statutory arbitration); defense of a
      Korean manufacturer’s US sales company against various claims brought
      by its Ecuadorean distributor (ICC arbitration); prosecution of claims
      against a private equity fund and related entities by offshore investment
      companies (state court); defense of a global hedge fund administrator
      against fiduciary duty and misrepresentation claims by BVI-based
      investment funds (federal court); and prosecution of a cruise line’s claims in
      connection with investments and a private island port of call in the
      Dominican Republic (ICDR arbitration).

      Mr. Reetz has taught transnational civil litigation and arbitration as an
      adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law since 2003, and
      trial skills through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 2001. He
      also lectures and publishes on topics such as international dispute
      resolution and trial advocacy, and serves with numerous professional
      organizations including the American Law Institute.

      Mr. Reetz received his JD, summa cum laude, in 1987 from Boston
      University School of Law, where he was executive editor of The Boston
      University Law Review. He received his AB, magna cum laude, from
      Harvard University in 1984.




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WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP                                                         Patent Litigation. Weil’s Patent Litigation group has more than 100 lawyers
                                                                                   based in five offices nationwide. The group is tasked by clients with winning
Litigation Department Co-Chairmen: James W Quinn, Matthew D Powers                 high-stakes patent disputes, especially in connection with matters where the
Headquarters: 767 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10153                                 quality of the advocacy and judgment make the difference between winning
Main Telephone: 212-310-8000                                                       and losing. For years the group has received extensive recognition from its
Website: http://www.weil.com                                                       clients, peers, and the press as a best-in-class practice and regularly
                                                                                   represents industry leaders such as Apple, Cisco Systems, Genentech,
Offices: The firm has US offices in Boston, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New            Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Merck & Company, Micron Technology,
York, Providence, Silicon Valley, Washington, DC and Wilmington and                Microsoft, National Semiconductor, Network Appliance, Oracle Corporation,
international offices in Beijing, Budapest, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong,           Yahoo!, eBay, Marvell Technology Group, Cree, Inc. and Life Technologies
London, Munich, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, and Warsaw.                               Corporation.
Firm Profile                                                                       IP/Media. Weil’s IP lawyers are internationally recognized for their skills and
Weil, Gotshal & Manges advises many of the world’s most successful                 experience litigating large, complex cases in connection with evolving areas
business organizations on matters as complex and interconnected as the             of law, technology, and business. The group’s work in the area of digital
businesses themselves. With over 1,200 lawyers in 20 offices across the            media has been trailblazing, touching on multiple areas of commercial
US, Europe, and Asia, the firm is a leader in the marketplace for                  significance including e-commerce, digital rights management, and digital
sophisticated international legal services, providing seamless service no          content licensing. The group is also well known for its representation of
matter the location or area of expertise. The firm’s goal is to understand and     clients in matters involving false advertising, music, television/motion picture
work toward achieving clients’ key objectives, providing sound judgment on         and other content distribution, and privacy/data protection, among other IP
close calls and tough issues.                                                      disciplines.
Weil’s Litigation Department                                                       Products Liability. The group specializes in handling significant products
Featuring nearly 500 lawyers working in over a dozen practice areas and            liability and complex mass tort matters, including nationwide class actions,
specialties, Weil’s litigation practice is one of the largest, most diversified,   MDL proceedings, and joint state/federal litigations. The Products Liability
and highly respected in the legal industry. Clients turn to Weil to develop        group has won some of the largest consumer fraud class actions involving
solutions to complex, multi-faceted legal challenges, including business           alleged product defects in the US, and has handled one of the single
disputes, regulatory actions, financial distress, and other potentially            largest product recalls in European history. Its experience extends to a
enterprise-changing circumstances. Weil’s litigators partner with clients not      broad range of areas, including automotive products, industrial chemicals,
just to address immediate concerns, but to integrate legal strategy into the       medical devices, toys, food and beverage, PCBs, pharmaceuticals, OTC
wider framework of their current and future business objectives.                   consumer products, building products, heavy equipment and airlines.
Complex Commercial Litigation. Weil is a “go-to firm” for commercial               Employment. Consistently ranked as one of only several leading firms
litigation and has achieved victories in recent high-profile matters for CBS       nationwide in employment litigation and employment counseling, the lawyers
Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation and UnitedHealth Group, among                  of Weil’s Employment Litigation Group have been recognized as among the
others. The group specializes in high-stakes breach of contract, fraud,            best in their field. The group litigates and advises clients on the full
tortious interference, unfair competition and other business tort claims, class    spectrum of employment issues, focusing on complex, multi-disciplinary
actions, and litigations arising under RICO and numerous other statutes.           problems, such as class and mass actions, large-scale reductions in force,
The firm’s comprehensive services, recognized track record, efficiency, and        executive compensation, separation and employment agreements, and
extensive worldwide experience makes it a favored choice at every stage of         restrictive covenant and trade secrets litigation. Notable clients include
the litigation process.                                                            UnitedHealth Group, Merrill Lynch, Avon Products, American Airlines, Apple,
                                                                                   and Marsh USA.
Securities Litigation. Few law firms can boast of Weil’s involvement and
expertise in tackling the aftermath of the recent financial crisis. The            White-Collar Defense & Investigations. Led by an elite group of highly
Securities Litigation group has been front and center to that effort, scoring      ranked criminal defense lawyers, Weil’s White-Collar practice conducts
major assignments to assist companies struck by crisis. The group serves           complex internal investigations and handles an array of criminal, civil, and
as American International Group’s (AIG) lead US counsel, has represented           regulatory litigation stemming from serious accounting investigations,
Lehman Brothers Holdings in managing its huge post-bankruptcy litigation           antitrust, allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, cartelization,
docket, and helped shepherd General Motors Corporation (now Motors                 and allegations related to US criminal and regulatory laws with international
Liquidation Company) through a contentious bankruptcy in a mere 40 days.           and extraterritorial dimensions, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
The group is nationally recognized for its expertise in multiple areas,            (FCPA).
including SEC enforcement proceedings, white-collar securities
prosecutions, proxy contests, busted-deal litigation, class action and             International Arbitration. Weil’s International Arbitration practice
derivative litigation, and litigation arising out of accounting restatements.      possesses vast experience, having been involved in more than 200 major
                                                                                   international disputes – including scores of arbitrations – dealing with the
                                                                                   laws of dozens of different nations. Leading multinationals involved in
                                                                                   important international disputes turn to Weil for its business-oriented
                                                                                   approach and its recognized skill in handling complex investment and
                                                                                   commercial arbitrations in all major arbitral institutions, including the ICC,
                                                                                   AAA, LCIA, ICSID, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, and WIPO.



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                                                                                         THOMAS E LAURIA
                                                                                                               WHITE & CASE LLP
                                                                                                               Wachovia Financial Center
                                                                                                               200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
                                                                                                               Miami, Florida 33131-2352
                                                                                                               United States
      Firm Overview                                                                                            Tel: + 1 305 371 2700
      White & Case is a leading global law firm with lawyers in 36 offices across                              Fax: + 1 305 358 5744/5766
      25 countries.                                                                                            Web: www.whitecase.com

      We advise on virtually every area of law affecting cross-border business and       Thomas E Lauria is the global practice head of the Financial Restructuring
      our knowledge, like our clients’ interests, transcends geographic boundaries.      and Insolvency Group at White & Case, which is comprised of over 160
                                                                                         lawyers located in over 20 countries.
      Whether in established or emerging markets, our commitment is substantial,
      with dedicated on-the-ground local knowledge and presence.                         Mr. Lauria has led (or is leading) efforts to restructure more than US$100
                                                                                         billion, in roles in many of the largest, most followed Chapter 11 cases. His
      At the same time, working between offices and cross-jurisdiction is second         completed and ongoing assignments in 2010 reflect the diversity and
      nature and we have the experience and infrastructure to make it happen             dynamism that have become hallmarks of the firm’s restructuring practice.
      effortlessly.                                                                      Importantly, he has been able to regularly achieve extraordinary results for
                                                                                         clients facing long odds in difficult positions. So far in 2010, his practice
      We work with the world's most well established and most respected                  has completed Chapter 11 representations where (1) creditors and equity
      companies—including two-thirds of the Global Fortune 100 and half of the           investors we represented recovered over US$3.0 billion in value, (2)
      Fortune 500—as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned           financial and strategic investors we represented closed deals valued at
      entities.                                                                          over US$5.5 billion, (3) debtor clients successfully restructured over
                                                                                         US$2.5 billion of claims, and (4) lender clients made over $1.5 billion of
      Litigation Overview
                                                                                         DIP loans. In ongoing assignments, we are advising holders of
      Our litigation practice includes more than 200 US litigators and a team of
                                                                                         approximately $30 billion of defaulted notes, investors attempting to
      nearly 400 litigators in 19 countries. We successfully represent clients in a
                                                                                         consummate a transaction having a value of over $2 billion, and a debtor
      wide range of cases, including complex business, financial, antitrust and
                                                                                         attempting to restructure nearly $1 billion of liabilities.
      securities disputes; consumer and commercial class actions; regulatory
      actions and criminal matters; and cutting-edge patent, trademark and               Mr. Lauria regularly represents debtors, unsecured creditors, strategic and
      technology disputes.                                                               financial investors, sovereigns and foreign representatives in a wide variety
                                                                                         of industries and market sectors, and has been involved in some of the
      Our litigators have substantial experience representing clients in most
                                                                                         largest and most complex restructurings in history, including Texas
      industries and before all types of trial, appellate, regulatory and alternative
                                                                                         Rangers, Chrysler, Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, Six Flags, Trump
      dispute resolution tribunals, as well as government agencies, including the
                                                                                         Casinos, Tribune Company, CIT Group, WCI Communities, Delphi,
      SEC, the US Attorney General’s Office, the New York Stock Exchange, the
                                                                                         Adelphia Communications, Mirant, and Corporación Durango. In Chrysler’s
      US Department of Justice, the US Departments of State, Commerce and
                                                                                         bankruptcy, he gained the national spotlight for succeeding in getting the
      Treasury, the US Patent & Trademark Office, the IRS, the Federal Trade
                                                                                         US Supreme Court to vacate the decision of the Second Circuit that had
      Commission and the International Trade Commission.
                                                                                         approved the use of section 363 to reorganize the business, and to pay
                                                                                         junior claims, without the protections of a Chapter 11 plan process.
      Our litigators include former in-house counsel from leading companies, a US
      District Judge, a Florida Supreme Court Judge, the US Deputy Attorney
                                                                                         Clients and legal peers recognize Mr. Lauria’s leadership at White & Case
      General, a presidentially appointed US Attorney, a Senior Associate Counsel
                                                                                         and his work on tough cases. As Chambers USA noted: “According to
      to the President and Legal Advisor to the National Security Council, former
                                                                                         clients, his greatest strength is his conviction; he is an ‘extremely
      trial counsel for the SEC and numerous former state and federal prosecutors.
                                                                                         persuasive litigator and negotiator.’ A ‘brilliant bankruptcy lawyer,’ Mr Lauria
                                                                                         is envied for his ‘amazing client list’ and involvement in ‘first-class cases.’”
      Recent representations include Stolt Nielsen SA, in an April 2010 US
                                                                                         Mr. Lauria has spoken and written on various restructuring topics.
      Supreme Court victory denying class arbitration of antitrust claims, Pfizer in a
      trial victory in its lengthy patent dispute with Teva Pharmaceuticals and three
                                                                                         Mr. Lauria is admitted to the State Bars of Florida and Texas; the US
      Indiana state pension funds which were the first lien creditors of Chrysler
                                                                                         Courts of Appeal for the Second, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; and multiple
      LLC in contesting the proposed sale of substantially all of Chrysler’s
                                                                                         districts of the US District Courts of Florida and Texas. He received his BA
      operating assets to a US government-financed company created by Fiat
                                                                                         and JD, with Honors, from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Lauria is an avid
      SpA.
                                                                                         supporter of his alma mater and volunteers his advice and leadership to
                                                                                         academic and philanthropic organizations.
      Recognition
      National and international legal ranking services have recognized White &
      Case lawyers:
      • “White & Case can handle any issue with experienced lawyers and a
         great global network—great depth and high quality around the world.”
         Chambers Global 2010
      • “Top 10 US Firm” American Lawyer 2010
      • “Global Elite in Antitrust/Competition” Global Competition Review 2010
      • “Top Tier in International Arbitration” American Lawyer 2009
      • “Focusing on complex business litigation in a variety of sectors, IP
         litigation and white-collar crime representation, the firm’s global platform
         facilitates cross-border and domestic litigation.“ Chambers USA 2009




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About the Firm:                                                                  Through the combined experience of our seasoned team of lawyers,
                                                                                 Zuckerman Spaeder offers expert counsel in the most complex legal cases
“A haven for clients in trouble.”                                                and investigations. And when those cases do enter the courtroom, our trial
                                                                                 lawyers guide clients through the course of litigation.
That is how The American Lawyer described Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
when it named the law firm a finalist for “Litigation Boutique of the Year” in   Zuckerman Spaeder’s strengths lie not only in our litigation wins, but also in
2009—one of only two firms to receive this recognition both times the            the quiet victories that take place outside of the public eye, as achieving the
competition has been held.                                                       best possible results for our clients often means avoiding litigation
                                                                                 altogether. Our attorneys resolve legal problems outside of the courtroom,
When the stakes are high, clients turn to Zuckerman Spaeder to resolve           sparing our clients the stress and expense of trial, while also protecting the
their most challenging legal issues. They do so for two very important           core business of their companies.
reasons—our dedicated people and our deep experience. Zuckerman
Spaeder counts among its ranks many of the nation’s leading lawyers, who         Founded in Washington, DC in 1975, Zuckerman Spaeder maintains a
include former federal prosecutors and public defenders, as well as              national practice with attorneys in five offices, including Washington, New
attorneys who have served in congressional offices and federal agencies.         York, Tampa, Baltimore, and Wilmington, DE. The firm and its attorneys have
Their substantive knowledge runs from criminal defense to FDA law to             been recognized in many local and national venues, including Benchmark
complex commercial litigation to issues confronting lawyers and law firms.       Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America’s
                                                                                 Leading Lawyers for Business, and International Who’s Who of Business
                                                                                 Lawyers, among others.
Practices:
•   Appellate                                                                    •   Legal Profession and Ethics
•   Bankruptcy                                                                   •   Native American
•   Business Law                                                                 •   Plaintiffs’ Litigation
•   Civil Litigation                                                             •   Pro Bono
•   Class Action                                                                 •   Public Client
•   Food and Drug                                                                •   Real Estate
•   Government Ethics and Political Law                                          •   Securities Litigation
•   Health Care Fraud                                                            •   Tax Litigation
•   Insurance                                                                    •   white-collar and Government Investigation

Offices:

WASHINGTON, DC                                                                   BALTIMORE
Chairman: Graeme W Bush                                                          Managing Partner: Martin S Himeles, Jr.
1800 M Street, NW                                                                100 East Pratt Street
Suite 1000                                                                       Suite 2440
Washington, DC 20036-5807                                                        Baltimore, MD 21202-1031
202.778.1800                                                                     410.332.0444
202.822.8106 fax                                                                 410.659.0436 fax

NEW YORK                                                                         WILMINGTON, DE
Managing Partner: C Evan Stewart                                                 Managing Partner: Thomas G Macauley
1540 Broadway                                                                    919 Market Street
Suite 1604                                                                       Suite 990
New York, NY 10036-4039                                                          P.O. Box 1028
212.704.9600                                                                     Wilmington, DE 19801
212.704.4256 fax                                                                 302.427.0400
                                                                                 302.427.8242 fax
TAMPA
Managing Partner: Morris “Sandy” Weinberg
101 East Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602-5838
813.221.1010
813.223.7961 fax



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      JACK E FERNANDEZ                                                                   LEE FUGATE
                           ZUCKERMAN SPAEDER LLP                                                             ZUCKERMAN SPAEDER LLP
                           101 East Kennedy Blvd                                                             101 East Kennedy Blvd
                           Suite 1200                                                                        Suite 1200
                           Tampa, FL 33602-5838                                                              Tampa, FL 33602-5838
                           Tel: 813.321.8215                                                                 Tel: 813.321.8190
                           Fax: 813.223.7961                                                                 Fax: 813.223.7961
                           Email: jfernandez@zuckerman.com                                                   Email: lfugate@zuckerman.com
                           Web: www.zuckerman.com                                                            Web: www.zuckerman.com
      Jack E Fernandez concentrates his practice on state and federal white-             Lee Fugate is engaged in a trial practice involving complex white-collar
      collar criminal defense and False Claims Act litigation, principally for clients   fraud, representing individuals, physicians, attorneys, and corporate
      in the health care industry who confront allegations of fraud. Mr. Fernandez       officers. He has served as lead trial counsel in federal cases relating to
      also has substantial experience litigating complex civil cases. His clients        public corruption, defense contract fraud, drug smuggling, racketeering,
      range from Fortune 500 companies to health care providers to a Middle              bank fraud, and continuing criminal enterprise violations. Mr. Fugate's
      Eastern country to individual corporate officers and directors.                    practice also focuses on the representation of individuals and corporate
      Before entering private practice, Mr. Fernandez served as an assistant US          executives in federal grand jury investigations and prosecutions regarding
      attorney for the Middle District of Florida, where he investigated, tried, and     Environmental Protection Agency violations, bank fraud, defense contract
      argued appeals in numerous complex federal cases, including health care            fraud, mail fraud, health care fraud, and RICO.
      fraud, the Federal False Claims Act (qui tam), defense contractor fraud, tax
                                                                                         Before entering private practice, Mr. Fugate served as a state prosecutor in
      fraud, securities fraud, satellite signal piracy, and intellectual property
                                                                                         Florida. While a state prosecutor, he was involved in trials dealing with
      cases. He was one of the founding members of the US Attorney’s Health
                                                                                         complex public corruption, racketeering, and complex narcotics smuggling
      Care Fraud Task Force for the Middle District of Florida.
                                                                                         cases.
      Mr. Fernandez was previously a partner at the law firm of Bavol Bush &
      Sisco (now Bush Graziano & Rice) and an associate in the Tampa office of           Mr. Fugate is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense
      Holland & Knight. Following law school he served as a law clerk for the            Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pinellas County
      Honorable J Dickson Phillips of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth             and Hillsborough County Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations,
      Circuit.                                                                           American Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association.

      A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Mr. Fernandez was a naval aviator,             Education
      flying combat missions in support of US Army and Marine Corps                      • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, JD, 1973
      expeditionary forces from the aircraft carrier USS Independence. He was            • University of South Florida, BA, 1969
      awarded both the Navy and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, in addition
      to the Navy Unit Commendation. In 1986, he was named Best Pilot for Air            Bar Admissions: Florida
      Combat Maneuvering for Fighter Wing One, Naval Air Station Oceana.
                                                                                         Related Professional Activities
      Education                                                                          • American Bar Association
      • Cornell Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1989                                    • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
      • United States Naval Academy, BS, 1978                                            • Federal Bar Association
                                                                                         • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
      Bar Admissions: Florida, District of Columbia
                                                                                         Recognitions
      Court Admissions: US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals, 11th                      • The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial
      Circuit; US District Court, Northern District of Florida; US District Court,         Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2007-present
      Middle District of Florida; US District Court, Southern District of Florida        • Benchmark Litigation, 2010—present
                                                                                         • AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
      Related Professional Activities
      • Co-Chair, Health Care Fraud Subcommittee, American Bar Association
         Criminal Justice Section White-Collar Crime Committee
      • Defense Research Institute
         o Vice Chair, Corporate Integrity and White-Collar Crime
            Subcommittee
         o Former Vice Chair, Securities Committee
         o Former Vice Chair, Publications Committee
      • Board of Directors, Fair Trial Initiative
      • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
         o 11th Circuit Chair, White-Collar Crime Committee
      • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
      • Member, American Bar Association

      Recognitions
      • The Best Lawyers in America, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2007-
        present
      • Benchmark Litigation, 2010—present
      • Super Lawyers, 2007—present
      • Chambers USA, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government
        Investigations, 2010
      • Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2009
      • AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


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MARCOS E. HASBUN                                                                 MORRIS “SANDY” WEINBERG JR
                     ZUCKERMAN SPAEDER LLP                                                            ZUCKERMAN SPAEDER LLP
                     101 East Kennedy Blvd, Suite 1200                                                101 East Kennedy Blvd, Suite 1200
                     Tampa, FL 33602-5838                                                             Tampa, FL 33602-5838
                     Tel: 813.321.8220                                                                Tel: 813.321.8200
                     Fax: 813.223.7961                                                                Fax: 813.223.7961
                     Email: mhasbun@zuckerman.com                                                     Email: sweinberg@zuckerman.com
                      Web: www.zuckerman.com                                                           Web: www.zuckerman.com

Marcos E Hasbun focuses his practice on white-collar criminal matters and        Morris “Sandy” Weinberg Jr has been on the winning side of numerous
complex civil litigation. Mr. Hasbun has represented pharmaceutical and          high-profile cases throughout his 34 years as a federal prosecutor and
medical device companies, pharmacies, physicians, and other individuals in       private practitioner. His achievements include leading a winning defense in
the health care industry in federal and state matters involving the False        one of the largest health care fraud investigations in history, securing the
Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and in state administrative               dismissal of charges in one of the only cases brought against a religion,
proceedings relating to alleged regulatory violations. He also represents        and leading the prosecution in one of the country’s most celebrated tax
companies in commercial litigation and in international arbitrations             fraud cases.
conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                                 A respected white-collar defense attorney, Mr Weinberg has represented
Prior to joining the firm as an associate in 2000, Mr. Hasbun practiced in       clients in health care fraud, government contract fraud, securities fraud,
Washington, DC at the firm of Crowell & Moring, where he worked on               and tax fraud cases. He serves as co-chair of the American Bar
energy, environmental, and antitrust issues. Throughout his career, Mr.          Association’s White-collar Crime Committee. In addition to his extensive
Hasbun has devoted substantial time to representing indigent defendants.         white-collar experience, Mr Weinberg also counsels clients in parallel civil
He has represented individuals who have challenged the severity of their         and regulatory matters. His clients have included individuals and
sentences on appeal, who were charged with drug trafficking and firearm          corporations in a wide variety of industries, including health care,
offenses, and who sought to obtain post-conviction DNA testing.                  government contracting, and professional services.

Education                                                                        Mr Weinberg has received numerous industry recognitions. He is listed in
• Georgetown University Law Center, JD, cum laude, 1998                          The Best Lawyers in America for “Bet-the-Company” Litigation and in
• Georgetown University, BS, 1995                                                2009 received the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s highest honor
                                                                                 for criminal practitioners, the “In the Trenches” Award.
Bar Admissions: Florida, District of Columbia
                                                                                 Mr Weinberg previously served as an Assistant US Attorney for the
Court Admissions: US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals, 11th                    Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted white-collar criminal
Circuit; US District Court, Northern District of Florida; US District Court,     cases. For this work he received the Director's Award for Superior
Middle District of Florida; US District Court, Southern District of Florida      Performance, as well as an award for outstanding service from the Treasury
                                                                                 Department. After his government service, Mr Weinberg moved to Florida
Related Professional Activities                                                  where he was a shareholder with Carlton Fields from 1985 to 1991, and in
• Co-Chair, Florida Region Subcommittee, American Bar Association                1991 opened Zuckerman Spaeder’s Tampa office. He continues to serve
   Criminal Justice Section White-Collar Crime Committee, 2010                   as the office’s managing partner.
• Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 13th Judicial Circuit
   (Chairman, 2006; Member, 2003-2005)                                           Bar Admissions
• Member, Herbert G Goldburg Criminal Law American Inns of Court,                Florida, District of Columbia, Georgia
   2003-present
• Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003-                Court Admissions
   present                                                                       US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, US District Court, Middle District of
• Georgetown Alumni Club of Tampa (President, 2003-2007; Secretary,              Florida, US District Court, Southern District of Florida, US District Court,
   2007-present)                                                                 Northern District of Florida
• Member, Hispanic Bar Association, 2007-present
• Board Member, Pinellas Association for Retarded Children, 2007-                Education
   present                                                                       • Vanderbilt University Law School, JD, cum laude, 1975
• Member, St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2007-present                           • Princeton University, BA, 1972
• Member, Hillsborough Bar Association, 2006-present
• Member, Federal Bar Association, 2007-present                                  Related Professional Activities
• Member, American Bar Association, 2007-present                                 • Co-chair, White-Collar Crime Committee, American Bar Association
• Member, American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Subcommittee for                 Criminal Justice Section
   White-Collar Crime, 2008-present
                                                                                 Recognitions
• Member, American Bar Association’s Florida Regional Subcommittee
                                                                                 • The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial
   for White-Collar Crime, 2008-present
                                                                                   Litigation, and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2007—present
• Criminal Justice Act Panel, Middle District of Florida
                                                                                 • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation:
• Board Member, Manasota Association for Retarded Children, 2009-
                                                                                   White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations, 2004—present
   present
                                                                                 • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Business Crime,
Recognitions                                                                       2003—present
• The Best Lawyers in America, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2010—              • Super Lawyers, Florida, 2006—present
  present                                                                        • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2010
• Benchmark Litigation, 2010—present                                             • “In the Trenches” Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2009
                                                                                 • AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell




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