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Mosaic September 2006 | Issue 1 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO As Carlton Fields’ new President and CEO, I am very pleased to inform you of the many efforts to promote This newsletter describes our diversity and inclusion in our communities and in our law firm. Carlton Fields has always been a leader in diversi- ongoing diversity efforts with our ty, not a follower. The firm’s Strategic Plan renews our law firm's long-standing commitment to diversity. In our clients, in our communities, and Plan, we talk about making efforts to reflect this commit- at our law firm. We believe that ment in everything we do at the firm. This is an impor- tant goal for us to keep in mind and to continue to work Gary L. Sasso President and CEO as we continue a dialogue we towards. This is not only the right thing to do, but our commitment to diversity has helped make Carlton Fields the great firm it is, will create greater opportunities and it will help us become an even greater firm in the future. for advancement of diversity. Our Diversity Committee, the Minority Lawyer Network, and the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) work diligently to advance our efforts in recruitment, mentoring and training, retention, and promotion of our minority and women attorneys. Their work also includes active participation in our communities The winner of the Diversity Newsletter naming contest: and assuming leadership roles in Bar and civic activities. Mosaic Our commitment to education prompted our collaboration with Stetson University College of Law to create the Carlton Fields Diversity Fellowship Thanks to the following individuals who submitted this Program. Recognizing the importance of providing access to the practice of winning name: Li Wang, David Luck, and Kenn Carpenter. law within a large firm environment for students who may have experienced socioeconomic or cultural barriers to legal education, we employ a Fellow at the law firm each semester. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: We are pleased with our recent rankings and honors for our diversity efforts. Diversity Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 Each day we strive to make Carlton Fields a better place for members of our Pro Bono Efforts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 team and to provide extraordinary service to our clients. We invite your feed- Rankings and Awards . . . . . . . . . 6 Achievements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 back and look forward to working with you to advance these initiatives. New Minority Shareholders . . . . . 9 New Minority Associates . . . . . . . 10 Embracing Diversity . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Diversity Committee . . . . . . . . . . . 12 www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity Carlton Fields Mosaic DIVERSITY PROFILE A WOMAN PIONEER By Henry G. Gyden One of the core values of Carlton Fields is its appreciation of diversi- Although Sylvia has accomplished a great deal ty. As a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, I have seen first- in her career, there were obstacles that she hand the efforts the firm has made and continues to make to ensure had to overcome. One major issue she faced that it “encourages and rewards exceptional performance and hard early in her career was the male-only policy at work without favoritism or prejudice based on family relationships, downtown Tampa’s University Club. “I was not gender, ethnic background, or the like.” A shining example of permitted to go to lunch, which precluded me Walbolt Carlton Fields’ commitment to diversity and a driving force behind from participating in lunch meetings and activ- that initiative is Sylvia H. Walbolt. ities that today are essential to lawyers progressing in their careers,” she said. Sylvia described the experience as “very demeaning.” Her list of accomplishments is legendary and spans a period of over Fortunately, several local attorneys, including Carlton Fields’ attorney forty years in the legal profession. Reece Smith, were suc- Sylvia graduated first at the cessful in getting that policy University of Florida in 1963. changed. She was the only female student Often serving as a mentor in her class. She was hired by for young women, Sylvia Carlton Fields in 1963, at a time recognizes certain problems when there were very few women still exist for women attor- attorneys in the Tampa Bay area. neys today. One of those Sylvia quickly rose within the problems is the difficulty firm’s ranks and became the women face in balancing firm’s first female partner and the needs of family with the later its first female chair of the demanding schedule of a Board of Directors. practicing attorney. “I think that is the single most Her accomplishments outside the daunting problem of today firm are no less impressive. She that we have to figure out: has been the president of several How do you ever get away organizations, including the from the office to focus on American Academy of Appellate your family responsibilities?” Lawyers and The Florida Bar she said. She advises that Foundation. She has also women should become com- chaired numerous committees, fortable that they can take a including The Florida Bar Antitrust few years to spend more Committee, Supreme Court of time with their young chil- Florida Committee on Standard dren. “There is plenty of time later to work at a faster Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, pace and do all the things and American Bar Association that one needs to do to Health Care Committee. Sylvia advance,” she said. has appeared as counsel in more than 290 published opinions and Sylvia also advises that frequently publishes and lectures women need to have a net- on appellate practice, procedure, working operation. While and advocacy. She has received she would never send several awards, including the another woman business 2005 James C. Adkins Award, simply because she was a which is presented to a member woman, as women move of The Florida Bar who has made into positions of authority significant contributions in the and power, they should help field of appellate practice in each other develop business Florida. and move ahead in the profession. www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity |2| Carlton Fields Mosaic DIVERSITY PROFILE COURAGE, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND COMMITMENT: AN INTERVIEW WITH GARY L. SASSO By Fentrice D. Driskell Carlton Fields’ President and CEO Gary L. Sasso knows the school, Gary “felt different ethnically.” Gary’s high school years importance of diversity all too well. The son of an Ecuadorian were a time when ethnicity was becoming a more frequent topic father, Gary overcame numerous childhood obstacles and socie- of discussion. Because Gary grew up without his natural father, tal constraints to become a prominent litigator and the leader of Gary did not have the “cultural continuity” that his father could a major southeastern law firm. Now as he leads Carlton Fields have provided him. Gary remembers that in high school, towards a vision of “national promi- “everyone was trying to fit in, not emphasize dis- nence” and “regional dominance,” Gary tinctions.” Although he does not recall being sub- is just as committed as ever to ensuring jected to discrimination because of his ethnicity, that Carlton Fields remains an industry Gary felt “estranged” from his roots and that he leader when it comes to promoting diver- Gary believes that working simply did not fit in. More than that, Gary was sity in the workplace. acutely aware of the limitations that society placed towards our goals for on working-class families like his own. The odds Humble Beginnings diversity compels us to were stacked against him, but Gary knew the one thing he had going for him was that he was a Gary Sasso grew up in a working-class “pull together for the overall good student. family in Miami, Florida. Gary’s natural benefit of the firm,” father, Julio Mena from Ecuador, started In his junior year, a counselor encouraged Gary to his own import/export business in Miami. ultimately contributing to an apply to the Wharton School at the University of He also taught Spanish classes at night, Pennsylvania. Even then, Gary was unsure that which is where he met his future wife, environment where people becoming a lawyer was a goal he should reach Gary’s mother, Frances Marie Farro. for. In his senior year, Gary sought out a different Unfortunately, Gary’s father died when of every background feel counselor to ask for advice. The counselor told Gary was very young. Gary and his him that it was. Gary went on to graduate magna like they “fit in.” mother moved to Pennsylvania so that he cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, could live with an aunt and uncle near both as an undergraduate and as a law student. Uniontown while his mother worked in In fact, in law school Gary graduated with the Pittsburgh. “Childhood was a difficult time,” Gary recalls. highest grades in his class and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Eventually, Gary and his mother were able to move back to Law Review. Perhaps more importantly, Gary was the first per- Miami, where his mother later married Gary’s adoptive father, son in his family to receive a higher education. Barney Sasso. Later, at Carlton Fields, Gary would work on a case that would When asked whether he grew up conscious of his ethnicity and take him to Ecuador. For Gary, being in Ecuador felt like heritage, Gary notes that he “always felt a little different. I was home. “Everyone looked like me,” he smilingly reminisces. aware that I looked different.” For Gary, becoming a lawyer Finally, Gary felt like he fit in. Gary believes that working was something that did not feel obtainable as a child. Socially, he did not feel like his “class allowed him the option.” In high continued on page 4 www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity |3| Carlton Fields Mosaic DIVERSITY PROFILE COURAGE, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND COMMITMENT: AN INTERVIEW WITH GARY L. SASSO towards our goals for diversity compels us to “pull together for decisions that are made in bad faith, but decisions that fail to the overall benefit of the firm,” ultimately contributing to an envi- “take advantage of opportunities to create more diverse groups.” ronment where people of every background feel like they “fit in.” One tangible result of Carlton Fields’ commitment to diversity has been an increase in the number of minority attorneys and staff A Courageous, Conscious Commitment to Diversity over time. While Gary is pleased to see an increase, his hope is for the firm to “get past numbers, on a firm-wide basis.” Gary believes that law firms are “more conscious today than even ten years ago, and significantly more so than 20 years “The more you mix people together, the more it becomes natural.” ago” when it comes to addressing issues of diversity. The Brown v. Board of Education cases were watershed events and the Civil Gary recalls discussing the role of women attorneys ten years ago Rights Movement brought promises of stamping out discrimina- with sophisticated lawyers in the Northeast. The others seemed to tion. However, the Supreme Court’s edict that schools desegre- be struggling with gender issues in their legal practice. By con- gate “with all deliberate speed” did not result in the progress that trast, Gary reflected that he was working with women lawyers at most expected. “Many thought the social issues would be Carlton Fields who played key roles in every matter he had. For resolved more quickly,” says Gary. a firm in a southern city to achieve a level of gen- der diversity that was almost as natural as breath- Now, the dialogue has shifted from ing was very impressive. “ending discrimination to embracing diversity.” While there is still a great “Before it was Gary hopes that the firm reaches a point where it deal of debate among law firms sur- is just as expected and natural to work with attor- fashionable, rounding the best ways of dealing with neys and staff of diverse ethnic backgrounds as it diversity, Gary notes that Carlton Fields Carlton Fields made was for him to look around and see women has been successful, foremost, because lawyers in positions of leadership. Instead of look- of its courage. “Before it was fashion- gutsy moves in the ing to see if we are quantitatively diverse, Gary able, Carlton Fields made gutsy moves believes we must ask ourselves whether we can do in the area of diversity.” Gary believes area of diversity.” a better job at reflecting diversity in everything we that this is because Carlton Fields had a do. Diversity should be so much a part of our strong commitment to “doing the right thing.” Gary also notes lives that it is reflected throughout our practice groups, our client that because the firm has long valued diversity, “we have been teams, law firm committees, CLE programs, in-house training pro- able to build on past successes,” which not only benefits present grams, and other law firm endeavors. Additionally, we must con- and future generations of lawyers, but also ensures that “we tinue to reflect diversity in staff and staff leadership. practice what we preach.” Gary says that he does not know “if our efforts at Carlton Fields Where Do We Go From Here? will benefit society at large, but those efforts will contribute. We’ll continue to do the right thing. And the more people who do the Gary believes that the biggest hurdle for any organization is right thing, the better.” “overcoming the kind of decisions that may hinder diversity”—not www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity |4| Carlton Fields Mosaic PRO BONO EFFORTS CHALLENGE TO CITY OF AVON PARK ORDINANCE DEALING WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS SUCCESSFUL By Cristina Alonso This summer, members of the Minority Lawyer Network joined with a substantial Hispanic workforce or with other members of the firm, across practice groups and customer base, including citrus growers. offices, in a pro bono effort to challenge an ordinance pro- Challenging the Ordinance, the Carlton posed in the City of Avon Park that was based upon unsub- Fields team submitted a letter to the City Ciampa stantiated and highly discriminatory allegations regarding the Council on behalf of Graciela and Amador purported negative impact of illegal aliens and illegal immigra- Islas, residents of Avon Park, who own rental property which was, tion on the City. The stated purpose of the Ordinance was to until proposal of the Ordinance, rented to migrant farm workers. resolve a variety of problems confronting the City, both real The Islas believed their renters vacated the premises as a result of and imagined. However, the manner proposed to resolve the the proposed Ordinance. In the letter, Carlton Fields urged the City issues would have gone far beyond eliminating illegal immigra- Council to reject the Ordinance on the basis that it was unconstitu- tion in the City, a job reserved for the federal tional and may result in discriminatory prac- In a terse and conclusory fashion, government in the first instance, and opened tices based upon national origin which would the Ordinance stated: the door for unlawful discrimination, whether preclude lawful residents from obtaining ade- intended or not, based on national origin. quate dwelling accommodations and inhibit [I]legal immigration leads the development and use of farm worker To address these unsubstantiated allegations, to higher crime rates, housing in violation of Florida law and the the Ordinance would have prevented city offi- City’s ordinances, among many other contributes to overcrowd- cials from licensing any business that “aids and grounds. The letter emphasized that by pass- abets illegal aliens or illegal immigration” any- ed classrooms and failing ing the Ordinance, the City would overstep its where in the United States “for a period no less schools, subjects our hos- delegated authority, in that, illegal immigra- than five years from its last offense.” It also pitals to fiscal hardship tion is an issue that should be handled by the provided for “aggressively prohibiting and pun- federal government. and legal residents to ishing the acts, policies, people, and businesses that aid and abet illegal aliens,” including fines substandard quality of Ultimately, the Ordinance was defeated by a of no less than $1,000 on people or companies care, and destroys our narrow 3 to 2 vote at a July 24th council that knowingly rented or leased property to ille- neighborhoods and meeting. gal immigrants. Finally, the ordinance called diminishes our overall for establishing English as the city’s official lan- The Carlton Fields team, led by Nancy guage and barred conducting any municipal quality of life. Ciampa, included Ray Allen, Alina Alonso, business in any other language. The controver- Cristina Alonso, John Blue, Gus Bravo, sial Ordinance generated national media atten- Danet Figg, Daniel Hernandez, Angie tion, led to protest rallies and caused a divide between its sup- Puentes, Chris Smart, Chantell Vichot, and Sylvia Walbolt. porters, led by Mayor Tom Macklin, and those who vehemently Others ready to help in the event of the Ordinance’s passage were: opposed it, the City’s Hispanic community, the Avon Park Lori Baggett, Dave Cannella, Michael Donaldson, Karen Chamber of Commerce and many local companies Persis, Kenya Reddy, and Tom Warner. www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity |5| Carlton Fields Mosaic PRO BONO EFFORTS RANKINGS AND AWARDS 2007 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms GUARDIANSHIP Carlton Fields is ranked in the 2007 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms as one of the best law firms in which to work. The firm ranked in CASE SUCCESSFUL the “Diversity” categories: Miami shareholder Ana Harris, with the • 4th in “Diversity Issues with Respect to Women” assistance of paralegal Chris Martinez, • tied for 6th in “Diversity Issues with obtained the guardianship court orders Respect to Minorities” necessary for a 15 year old boy, Shawade, to The firm also ranked in the “Quality of Life” categories: apply for permanent residency in the United States and avoid being deported upon turning • 3rd in Pro Bono 18. Shawade was born in the Bahamas and Harris • 4th in Informal Training/Mentoring was brought to the United States by his mother • 5th in Overall Satisfaction when he was five years old. Shawade’s mother died of cancer when • 7th in Office Space Shawade was nine years old, and since then he has been living in Miami, Florida with a relative without proper immigration status. • 13th in Associate/Partner Relations Ana and Chris obtained the appointment of a legal guardian for Minority Law Journal’s 2006 Diversity Scorecard Shawade, and an order from the probate judge that it would be in Carlton Fields ranked #26 overall on the 2006 Diversity Scorecard. The Shawade’s best interest to stay in the United States. With this order, firm ranked #2 for the percentage of Hispanic American attorneys in the Shawade’s legal guardian will be able to apply for permanent resi- firm. dency status for Shawade. MultiCultural Law’s 2006 Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity Carlton Fields ranked 73rd in MultiCultural Law’s 2006 Top 100 Law HONDURAN DEATH SQUAD LEADER Firms for Diversity list. In addition, the firm ranked in the following ORDERED TO PAY $47 MILLION categories: Carlton Fields recently obtained a $47 million verdict on behalf of • 35th for Partners torture survivors and relatives of civilians murdered by Honduran • 12th for Associates military forces in the early 1980s. • 2nd for Hispanic Americans The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, alleged torture, abduction, and non- Florida Trend's 2006 Florida Legal Elite judicial killing by the leader of a Honduran 33 of the firm’s attorneys were selected by their peers as Florida Trend death squad. Tampa shareholder Sylvia magazine’s 2006 Florida Legal Elite. This represents the top 2% of Walbolt asked Miami shareholder Ben Reid lawyers in Florida. Of those, the following nine minority and women attorneys were recognized: to handle this case from the American College of Trial Lawyers. Alina Alonso, Cristin Conley, Nancy Linnan, Wendy Lumish, Lu Prats, Gary Sasso, Patricia Thompson, Sylvia Walbolt, and Gwynne Young. Carlton Fields worked with the Center for Bravo President and CEO Gary Sasso was selected as one of the “Top Justice and Accountability, a San Francisco Managing Partners: Head of the Firm” in Florida Trend. based organization that works to deter torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world by helping survivors hold their perse- 2006 Florida Super Lawyers cutors accountable. Ben Reid and Miami asso- 45 Carlton Fields attorneys were recognized for 2006 Florida Super ciate Gus Bravo tried the case along with Lawyers. Of those, the following 12 minority and women attorneys were associate Angie Puentes, who worked on the recognized: case at an earlier stage with the assistance of Katy Bell, Ruth Barnes Kinsolving, Nancy Linnan, Laurel Lockett, Miami paralegal Terry Rogers. Wendy Lumish, Marsha Madorsky, Jason Murray, Edith Osman, Lu Prats, Gary Sasso, Patricia Thompson, and Sylvia Walbolt. Puentes www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity |6| Carlton Fields Mosaic ACHIEVEMENTS EMY MONDESIR TO JOIN CARLTON CARLTON FIELDS’ LU PRATS RECEIVES FIELDS AS NEXT DIVERSITY FELLOW AWARD FROM STETSON UNIVERSITY By Christina Kunz Carlton Fields’ Diversity Fellowship Program at Stetson University Tampa shareholder, Lu Prats, was selected as the College of Law will once again continue during the 2006-2007 2006 recipient of the Paul M. May Meritorious school year. Emy Mondesir, who is entering her final semester of Service Award by the Stetson Lawyers Association. law school this fall, will be joining the firm’s Tampa office in September as the next Carlton Fields This award is presented each year to an alumnus Diversity Fellow. of the Stetson University College of Law who shows continued support and commitment to the Over this past summer, Emy served as a University and to the profession of law. The award Prats legal intern at the Home Shopping Network was presented to Lu at the Stetson College of Law Alumni Reception dur- in St. Petersburg. During the spring of this ing The Florida Bar Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at year, she served as a judicial intern with The the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Lu is the president of the Stetson Honorable David Demers, Chief Judge for University National Alumni Association. He also serves on the Stetson the Sixth Judicial Circuit, and with University Board of Trustees and the Alumni Board executive committee. Mondesir Magistrate Keela Samis. Prior to attending law school, Emy earned her B.S. in Mass Communication from Florida International University in 2003. TALLAHASSEE BUILDINGS NAMED “I am thrilled about the opportunity to learn from experienced legal THE “BOB MARTINEZ CENTER” practitioners and to apply the concepts I learned in class to real legal cases. I am certain that through this experience, I will obtain the expertise and knowledge needed to serve clients in the future,” Two office buildings are designated as the “Bob Martinez Center” named after the firm’s said Emy. Managing Director, Government Consulting, Bob Carlton Fields created the Diversity Fellowship Program at Stetson Martinez by the Florida Senate. University College of Law in 2004, with the help of St. Petersburg shareholder Bob Biasotti. The program attracts students that have The buildings are located at 2600 Blair Stone experienced barriers during their pursuit of a legal education and Road in Tallahassee, Florida and house the Department of Environmental Protection and the are interested in serving as a fellow with the firm. The Carlton Martinez DEP lab complex. Governor Martinez served as Fields Diversity Fellowship Program is open to applicants regardless Florida's 40th governor from 1987 to 1991 and was the of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual state’s first Hispanic governor. orientation, marital status, or veteran status. As governor, Bob supported several major environmental “We are committed to supporting students in their pursuit of legal programs. Under his administration, additional protections for Florida’s training by providing opportunities to perform real legal work and surface waters were created. He also supported the Solid Waste access to the network of our attorneys who mentor them. We are Management Act and Preservation 2000. After leaving the governor’s delighted that Emy will be joining Carlton Fields as our next fel- office, Bob served as the Director of the National Drug Control Policy low,“ said Jason Murray, Carlton Fields Diversity Committee Co- (“Drug Czar of the U.S.”) under President George H. W. Bush. He is Chair. still actively involved in a number of corporate and non-profit organizations throughout Florida. He has also remained a prominent participant in politics locally, statewide, and nationally. More Achievements continued on page 8 www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity |7| Carlton Fields Mosaic ACHIEVEMENTS CARLTON FIELDS’ SYLVIA WALBOLT RECEIVES AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Circuit is best known for its recognition SECTION OF LITIGATION of constitutional rights of all citizens. Judge Wisdom’s decisions establishing Tampa shareholder Sylvia Walbolt is one of the recipients of the right to vote, implementing equal The John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism educational opportunities, and strength- Award. The award was presented at the American Bar ening the right of effective counsel are Association Section of Litigation annual meeting on April 20, marked by wisdom and compassion. 2006. Walbolt Each year the Section honors Judge The John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Wisdom through the selection of outstanding individuals and firms Award was established by the American Bar Association to receive the award that bears his name. The recipients of the Section of Litigation in 1990. It is named for Judge John Wisdom Awards have made outstanding contributions to the Minor Wisdom, a scholar and jurist of the highest integrity equality of justice in their communities, ensuring that the legal whose tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth system is open and available to all. ABA PROJECT: WOMEN TRAILBLAZERS IN THE LAW One of the key ongoing initiatives of the American Bar the project will locate Association Commission on Women in the Profession is its existing oral and video Oral/Video History Project - “Women Trailblazers in The Law: histories of leading Young Cruz-Brown Our Visions, Our Voices.” The Women Trailblazers project women in the involves audiotape-recording the oral histories of leading profession and facilitate women private practitioners, government and public interest access to them. attorneys, judges, and legal academicians, and transcribing those interviews. Resources permitting, brief videotapes will Tampa shareholder Sylvia Walbolt has been selected to provide also be made to preserve interviewees’ living images for an oral history in this project. Tampa shareholder Gwynne posterity. In addition, Young will be interviewing Sylvia. Both Gwynne and Tallahassee shareholder Kelly Cruz-Brown have participated in the project’s interviewer training. www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity |8| Carlton Fields Mosaic NEW MINORITY SHAREHOLDERS Jaret Fuente and Daniel Vega were elected Daniel Vega is a Leonor Lagomasino joined shareholders with Carlton Fields in member of the Carlton Fields in July February 2006. Construction practice 2006 as a shareholder group. Dan was born in the Miami office. in Santiago, Chile and Jaret Fuente is a member of the grew up in Miami. Pharmaceutical and Prior to college, Dan Leonor Lagomasino is Medical Device, served in the United a member of the firm’s Products and Toxic Tort States Army and Insurance practice Liability, and Business participated in Vega group. She recently Litigation and Trade Operation Desert Storm. joined the firm after Lagomasino Regulation practice Following his service in the Army, he practicing for 10 years groups. Jaret joined graduated from Florida International with Mark Greenberg, who also recently Carlton Fields in July University in 1994 with a degree in joined the firm as a shareholder. Leo and 2001. Prior to joining Criminal Justice. In 1998, he graduated Mark were partners in the firm Greenberg & the firm, Jaret cum laude from the Florida State University Lagomasino, P.A. in Miami. Prior to arriving Fuente practiced with Bavol, College of Law. Dan was hired as a sum- at Carlton Fields, she had connections to the Bush & Sisco, P.A. He grew up in Tampa mer associate by Popham Haik Schnobrich firm through shareholders Tony Pelle, Ana and graduated from the Florida State & Kaufman in 1997. He became an asso- Harris, David Drobner, and Bill Rohrer, all of University College of Business with a ciate of the firm upon graduation from law whom she knew while she was an associate degree in Marketing in 1994. In 1998, he school, following Carlton Fields’ acquisition at Katz, Barron, Squitero & Faust, P.A. in graduated from the Florida State University of Popham Haik’s Miami office. Miami. When Mark Greenberg began dis- College of Law. cussing a potential move to Carlton Fields, Dan is involved in an array of professional Leo initially was resistant, but changed her Jaret is a member of numerous profession- organizations, including The Florida Bar, mind after hearing great things about the al organizations, including The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, Dade County firm from Tony, Ana, David, and Bill. American Bar Association, Hillsborough Bar Association, and Latin Builders County Bar Association, Defense Research Association. When asked if there were any Leo was raised in Bethesda, Maryland and Institute, and Florida Defense Lawyers individuals in the firm who have been attended Loyola University. In 1983, she Association. He also has been an active instrumental in his success, he expressed graduated from Loyola cum laude with a participant in several firm committees and particular appreciation for the contributions B.B.A. in Accounting and Philosophy. She serves as the head of the Carlton Fields of Jose Loredo, Bruce King, Patricia graduated from the University of Florida Summer Associate Program. He devotes Thompson, and Paul Nettleton. College of Law in 1987. She is a member time to numerous volunteer causes, the of the American Bar Association and Federal In his free time, Dan enjoys playing basket- most significant of which is the American Bar Association. ball, participating in fantasy football and Diabetes Association (ADA). For the past baseball, and honing his skills as a steak- Leo’s hobbies include oil painting, photogra- several years, he has been closely involved house connoisseur. phy, and gardening. She also is trying to in fundraising activities for the ADA and take up golf. has been a Carlton Fields team leader in America’s Walk for Diabetes. In his free time, Jaret enjoys running, work- ing out, watching football, and fishing. www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity |9| Carlton Fields Mosaic NEW MINORITY ASSOCIATES The firm also welcomes four new minority Derek Harris is a member American Bar Association Health Law Section associates: Fentrice Driskell, Derek Harris, of the Business Litigation and the American Health Lawyers Nestor Rivera, and Eden Essex. and Trade Regulation Association. Nestor recalls that what attracted practice group. He spent him to Carlton Fields when he moved back to the previous four years as Atlanta was his familiarity with the firm’s rep- Fentrice Driskell is a member of the an associate in the Atlanta utation when he worked in Tampa. He want- Business Litigation and Trade Regulation prac- office of Jones Day. ed to work at a firm with a friendly, collegial tice group. She joined Carlton Fields follow- Derek grew up in atmosphere and be surrounded by high qual- ing a two year clerkship with The Honorable Wilmington, Delaware and ity lawyers who were also high quality indi- Anne C. Conway, United States District Judge attended the University of viduals. As an added bonus, for him, Harris for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Delaware. He graduated Carlton Fields is “a piece of Florida in Division. in 1999 with a major in Criminal Justice and Atlanta.” Fentrice grew up in a minor in Legal Studies. He subsequently When he is not working, Nestor loves to trav- Lakeland, Florida. graduated from the Georgetown University el, visit museums, and attend the theater. He Following high school, Law Center in 2002. also enjoys watching sports and fine dining. she attended Harvard After working primarily on tobacco litigation University, from which at Jones Day, Derek joined Carlton Fields Eden Essex joined the St. she graduated cum laude because he believed it would give him the opportunity to branch out in his practice and Petersburg office as an in 2001 with a degree in become a better, more complete attorney. He associate in the Real Government. While at also was attracted by the office culture and Property Litigation practice Harvard, Fentrice served the friendly and inviting nature of everyone in group. as President of the Undergraduate Council, Driskell the Atlanta office. Eden grew up in Indiana Harvard’s student government organization. Derek is actively involved in pro bono work and attended the She has the distinction of being the first Black on behalf of the Truancy Intervention Project, University of Notre Dame, woman to serve in that capacity. Following both in representing children having delin- where she graduated, college, Fentrice attended the Georgetown quency problems and mentoring them as well. magna cum laude, in Essex University Law Center, from which she gradu- He also is a member of the State Bar of 2002 with a B.A. in ated in 2004. Georgia’s Children & the Courts Standing Government and International Studies. She Committee. recently graduated from Harvard Law School When asked why she chose to come work at In his free time, he enjoys fantasy football, in June 2006. While at Harvard, Eden Carlton Fields, Fentrice replied that diversity traveling, and reading. He also is enjoying worked as a research assistant for Alan made all the difference for her. Although preparing for the arrival of his first child with Dershowitz, worked with the Harvard Project many other firms touted diversity as a value, his wife, Kelly. on Wrongful Convictions, and was also she did not sense that they embraced a true named an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholar. commitment to diversity as part of their firm This past school year Eden was actively cultures, unlike Carlton Fields. Explains Nestor Rivera is a involved with the Hale and Dorr Legal Fentrice, “I wanted to work somewhere where member of the firm’s Services Center where she assisted low differences are not only accepted, but Health Care practice income homeowners in litigation through the respected and valued. [At Carlton Fields,] group. He joined us fol- Center's Predatory Lending Division. diversity is reflected on many fronts.” lowing six years as an associate in the Health Eden is excited to begin her legal career at In her free time, Fentrice enjoys fishing, listen- Law group at Fowler Carlton Fields. When she is not working, ing to music, reading, and playing tennis. White Boggs Banker, P.A. Eden enjoys spending time with her fiancé, She is also currently learning how to play the in Tampa. Cory, as well as their two golden retrievers, guitar. Nestor grew up in Rivera Champ and Daisy. Eden also enjoys playing Miami and attended the tennis, going to the beach, and watching University of Miami, from which he graduated Notre Dame football. with honors in 1997 with degrees in Political Science and Business Management. He graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2000. He is actively involved in the www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity | 10 | Carlton Fields Mosaic CARLTON FIELDS: PIONEERS IN EMBRACING DIVERSITY By Nestor J. Rivera From hiring its first female lawyer in 1963, to hiring its first Black Each year, Carlton Fields participates in or donates scholarship funds to lawyer in 1971, to being the first large Florida law firm to elect a the Professional Opportunities Program, which provides Black law female Chair of the Board of Directors in students with summer judicial internships 1999, Carlton Fields has a long-standing and associate program opportunities Carlton Fields Diversity Facts history of embracing diversity in the work- in Florida. • Carlton Fields’ current President and Chief place through the hiring, promotion, and • Retention of Female and Minority Executive Officer is Hispanic advancement of women and minorities. Attorneys: In an effort to retain female • Four members (23.5%) of Carlton Fields’ 17- Over the years, Carlton Fields has and minority attorneys, Carlton Fields member Board of Directors are women, and implemented many initiatives aimed at created the Minority Lawyer Network and three members (18%) of the Board are creating a climate of inclusion, growing its the Women’s Initiative Network. Both minorities talent pool, fostering innovation and groups promote socialization among the • Attorneys currently at Carlton Fields were born in female and minority lawyers, and provide creativity, and becoming the employer 16 countries and speak 12 languages of choice for female and minority outlets to voice concerns and receive attorneys and staff. Highlights of Carlton • 80% of the attorneys promoted to shareholder feedback from other female and minority Fields’ diversity initiatives status at Carlton Fields in 2005 are women attorneys and senior management within include the following: the firm. The groups also promote • 40% of the attorneys promoted to shareholder status at Carlton Fields in 2006 are minorities professional development through mentoring and educational seminars • Four of Carlton Fields’ firm-wide Practice Groups • Recruitment and Hiring of a Diverse with more experienced lawyers and are headed by female or minority attorneys Workforce: Carlton Fields recruits at provide assistance in identifying outside minority law school job fairs and law • Carlton Fields’ Tallahassee office is headed by a organizations that can facilitate career schools with diverse populations. In female minority shareholder development and networking addition, the firm actively seeks referrals opportunities. of minority attorneys from other attorneys, In 2005, the firm piloted an Outside Mentoring Program for its minority and legal search firms who work with Carlton Fields are strongly attorneys with business professionals from the community. The program encouraged to submit resumes of minority attorneys. allows the attorneys to become familiar with established minority profes- In 2004, the firm established the Carlton Fields Diversity Fellowship sionals in the community and receive valuable advice from them. Program at Stetson University College of Law, with the goal of • Collaborative Efforts with Communities and Bar Associations: providing access to the practice of law within a large firm environ- Carlton Fields’ attorneys are actively involved with and have held leader- ment for students who may have experienced socio-economic or ship positions in a wide variety of organizations that foster diversity in the cultural barriers to legal education. Each semester a student is legal field and in the community in general, including: the George selected to receive a paid law clerk fellowship position with the Edgecomb Bar Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, firm. National Association of Women Lawyers, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Bar Association, and Cuban American Bar Association. www.carltonfields.com/aboutus/diversity | 11 | Carlton Fields Mosaic CARLTON FIELDS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE The Diversity Committee is co-chaired by Miami shareholder Jason Murray, Atlanta and Tallahassee shareholder Michael Donaldson. One Atlantic Center 1201 W. Peachtree Street Suite 3000 Cristina Alonso, Miami Henry Gyden, Tampa Atlanta, Georgia 30309 Phone: 404.815.3400 Bob Biasotti, St. Petersburg Ana Harris, Miami Miami 4000 International Place Johanna Wills Clark, Orlando Deborah Jensen, Tampa 100 S.E. Second Street Director of Human Resources Miami, Florida 33131 Ana Craig, Miami Phone: 305.530.0050 Christina Kunz, Tampa Kelly Cruz-Brown, Tallahassee Director of Attorney Recruitment Orlando Chair, Women’s Initiative Network 450 S. Orange Avenue Nancy Linnan, Tallahassee Suite 500 Alex del Russo, West Palm Beach Orlando, Florida 32801 Jason Murray, Miami Phone: 407.849.0300 Mike Donaldson, Tallahassee Co-Chair, Diversity Committee St. Petersburg Co-Chair, Diversity Committee Chair, Minority Lawyer Network 200 Central Avenue Suite 2300 Penelope Dixon, Tampa Gary Sasso, Tampa St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 President and CEO Phone: 727.821.7000 Danet Figg, West Palm Beach Don Schmidt, Tampa Tallahassee Jaret Fuente, Tampa Chair, Recruiting and Retention Committee 215 S. Monroe Street Chair, Summer Associate Program Suite 500 Shuman Sohrn, Atlanta Tallahassee, Florida 32301 Joanna Garcia, Tampa Phone: 850.224.1585 Sylvia Walbolt, Tampa Tampa Tom Grewe, Orlando 4221 West Boy Scout Boulevard Director of Professional Development Elizabeth Zabak, Tampa Suite 1000 Director of Client Services Tampa, Florida 33607 Phone: 813.223.7000 West Palm Beach The material contained in this newsletter is general and summary in nature, and consists of highlights and Esperante information pertinent to clientele of Carlton Fields. It is not intended to be specific legal advice on any matters 222 Lakeview Avenue discussed. If you have questions regarding the content of this newsletter, please contact your attorney at Carlton Suite 1400 Fields. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 you decide, ask us to send you free, written information about our qualifications and experience. Phone: 561.659.7070 For more information on the Carlton Fields Diversity Newsletter, Mosaic, please contact: Jason M. Murray at 305.539.7425 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Michael P. Donaldson at 850.513.3613 or by email at email@example.com w w w. c a r l t o n f i e l d s . c o m | 12 |
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