ORLANDO, FLORIDA — ShuffieldLowman partner Stephanie L. Cook has been selected to the Florida Probate Rules Committee, a standing committee of The Florida Bar. The scope and function of the Probate Rules Committee is to carry out the mandate of Rule 2.140, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, concerning the proposal of new rules of procedure and changes to existing rules.

Cook practices in the areas of fiduciary litigation, with extensive experience in trust and probate litigation and contested guardianship cases. As a member of The Florida Bar, she serves on the Probate Law and Procedure Committee, Probate and Trust Litigation Committee, and the Guardianship, Power of Attorneys, and Advance Directives for the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section. Cook is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association and an active member of the Estate Guardianship Trust Section Committee.  She is admitted to practice in the federal court before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and has been frequently named to Florida Trend magazine’s list of Legal Elite and recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters.

 She earned her J.D. degree from Barry University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude as the valedictorian of her law class. She holds a B.A. degree from Mississippi College.

 ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand, Port Orange, and the newest location in Lake Nona. The firm is a 50 attorney, full-service law firm, practicing in the areas of litigation, corporate law, estate planning, and real estate. Specific areas include fiduciary, probate and guardianship litigation, commercial and civil litigation, labor and employment, construction law, tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning, and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and mediation.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA — ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney John D. Mirkin has joined the firm’s Orlando office.

Mirkin holds an advanced law degree, LL.M. in taxation, and practices in the areas of tax, estate planning, and corporate law. He has prior experience working as a financial planner, where he held several FINRA securities licenses and advised clients regarding wealth management, asset protection, and business succession strategies.

He earned his J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, Mirkin completed a semester-in-practice with the Florida Office of the Attorney General and was a member of the Tax Moot Court team. He holds a Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand, Port Orange, and the newest location in Lake Nona. The firm is a 50 attorney, full-service law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, litigation, and real estate. Specific areas include tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning and probate, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, labor and employment, construction law, intellectual property, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and mediation.

ORLANDO, Florida — Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. recently announced the addition of a Lake Nona office, under the leadership of attorney Maytel Sorondo Bonham.  The office is located at 5950 Hazeltine National Drive, Suite 615, Orlando, Florida offering a full range of the firm’s legal services.

     A longtime Lake Nona community member, Bonham is a seasoned attorney and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, fluent in Spanish, with more than 27 years of experience in the areas of estate planning, probate, trusts, and guardian advocacy.

     Her activity in the Lake Nona area includes serving as the Co-Founder of the Nona Professional Ladies, part of the Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Committee, where she also participates on the Legal Committee. She is also an active member of the Nona Leadership Network, Crema de Nona, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando.

     She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida Levin School of Law and her B.S.B.A., with high honors, from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of both the Orange County and Hispanic Bar Associations. Her pro bono work includes serving as a guardian ad litem and teen court advisor as well as volunteering with the Legal Aid Society.

     ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand, Port Orange, and Lake Nona. The firm is a 50 attorney, full-service law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate, and litigation. Specific areas include tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning, and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, and mediation.

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ShuffieldLowman attorneys Clay Roesch and Megan Nowicki recently represented Davis Group, P.A., an Orlando accounting firm in a lawsuit against a former employee who violated restrictive covenants put in place to protect its customer and client relationships. The Davis Group initiated litigation with the former employee which went to a four-day jury trial on February 28, 2022.  During the week of February 28, 2022, the jury reached a fully favorable verdict in favor of The Davis Group and awarded monetary damages, and made factual findings to support injunctive relief.

ShuffieldLowman is pleased to represent the Davis Group, P.A. in this matter which aimed to protect its existing customer relationships. We are proud of our team who worked so hard to ensure their client received fair compensation in accordance with the law and facts of the case.

Learn more about our Orlando litigation team by visiting our practice area page

This month ShuffieldLowman made the Orlando Business Journal list for Central Florida Real Estate and Construction Law Firms. The lists represent Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. ShuffieldLowman is proud to rank in the Top 10, ranking 6th  for Real Estate & Construction Law Firms in Central Florida. Experienced, dedicated, and client-focused, ShuffieldLowman’s attorneys are committed to building lifelong relationships by providing exceptional and efficient legal services and are honored to serve the Central Florida area. 

ORLANDO, FLORIDA — ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Jennifer Reed has joined the firm’s Orlando office.

Reed is an experienced litigation attorney, focusing her practice in the areas of intellectual property and civil litigation.  She works to help her clients avoid litigation, including service as a dispute resolution negotiator.  Her trial experience includes representing clients in state and federal court, including bench and jury trials and post-judgment proceedings.  Reed received the Rising Star award from Super Lawyers 2018-2021.  She holds her J.D., cum laude, from Florida A&M College of Law and a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in French Studies, both cum laude, from the University of Florida.

ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand, Port Orange, and the newest location in Lake Nona. The firm is a 45 attorney, full-service law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate, and litigation. Specific areas include tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning, and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, and mediation.

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Orlando, Florida – ShuffieldLowman partner Keith J. Hesse recently was awarded the St. Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Central Florida during the annual Red Mass held at St. James Cathedral.

The St. Thomas More Award is presented annually to a member of the legal profession whose accomplishments represent the principles of St. Thomas More. The recipient must be a practicing Catholic who displays a commitment to Catholic social teachings, promotes Christian principles to modern problems, promotes the social, intellectual, and spiritual welfare of the people they serve, and offers personal sacrifice for the good of the community. The Red Mass is an annual special event for the legal profession and has been held in Central Florida and throughout the country for many years.  It is attended by judges, attorneys, law professors, and their students, as well as government officials in the legislative and executive branches.

Hesse has more than 38 years of experience practicing law in the areas of commercial and corporate litigation, labor and employment, non-profit law, and real property litigation.  In addition, he has extensive experience in probate, trust, and guardianship disputes, representing fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and creditors.  He is an attorney and advisor to a variety of individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and he is heavily involved in representing the manufacturing industry.

Hesse graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. and University of Michigan Law School with a J.D. He is a member of The Florida Bar and admitted to all Florida State Courts, U.S. Tax Court. U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.  He holds the AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a frequent speaker and author.

 He is a member of both the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections, active in the Orange County Bar Association and Legal Aid Society, a graduate of the Leadership Orlando program, and the former Chair of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.  In the community, he has served on the boards of and otherwise worked to support Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Florida, Junior Achievement, and other philanthropic organizations.  He served for years on the Advisory Board for Barry Law School and was instrumental in helping it obtain ABA accreditation.

ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand, Port Orange, and the newest location in Lake Nona. The firm is a 45-attorney, full-service law firm, practicing in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, corporate law, estate planning, real estate, and litigation. Specific areas include tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning, and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, and mediation.

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ShuffieldLowman partner, Alex Douglas received an “AV Preeminent” rating for 2022. The AV Preeminent rating is the highest rating available to attorneys by the nationally recognized Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and is a result of extensive and confidential reviews conducted among legal professionals in Central Florida.  According to Martindale-Hubbell, the rating signifies the highest standard of legal ability and is a confirmation of an individual’s status as a highly respected, ethical member of the Bar. Alex’s practice focuses on probate, trust, and guardianship litigation. Alex has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent attorney for many years and, is proud to continue to earn this rating in 2022 and beyond.

ShuffieldLowman was recognized as a 2021 Top Workplaces Winner by the Orlando Sentinel! The goal of the program is to identify the top companies and what employees say make them great places to work. More than 1,000 Central Florida employers were invited to participate in the program and have their employees take our workplace survey. From those, 85 employers earned recognition as Top Workplaces. We are so proud to be acknowledged as a Top Workplace in Central Florida, because of our loyal employees, strong leadership, and well-established culture.

ORLANDO, FL — Six partners from the law firm of ShuffieldLowman were recently selected by their peers for inclusion iThe Best Lawyers in America© (2022), as published in dozens of city and regional publications in the U.S. including, U.S. News & World Report.  In addition, Heidi W. Isenhart was named an Orlando Lawyer of the Year in Elder Law.  The Lawyer of the Year distinction is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region.  Only one lawyer is recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for each specialty and location.

Honorees include Scott A. Cookson in Real Estate Law; Matt G. Firestone in Commercial Litigation; Heidi W. Isenhart in Elder Law; J. Stephen McDonald in Commercial Litigation, Gregory W. Meier in Corporate Law and Trusts and Estates and Lynne R. Wilson in Real Estate Law.

 Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” 

ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand, Port Orange and the newest location in Lake Nona. The firm is a 45 attorney, full-service law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate, and litigation. Specific areas include tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning, and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, and mediation.

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