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ShuffieldLowman Litigation Team Wins Total Summary Judgment

ShuffieldLowman Litigation Team Wins Total Summary Judgment

Congratulations to attorneys Clay Roesch and Alex Douglas, paralegal Kelly Hammond and the entire ShuffieldLowman team for winning total summary judgment on claims asserted against an estate totaling more than $550,000. The Plaintiff had asserted the estate was liable for the decedent’s alleged breach of a prenuptial agreement and failure to comply with the terms of a final judgment of divorce. Additionally, the Plaintiff had sought a declaration that the decedent was subjected to undue influence or otherwise lacked capacity. The ShuffieldLowman team was able to show that the decedent’s estate planning document complied with the requirements of the prenuptial agreement and final judgment and that there was no evidence of undue influence or lack of capacity. A great result for our client!

Six ShuffieldLowman Attorneys Named  2020 Best Lawyers in America©

Six ShuffieldLowman Attorneys Named 2020 Best Lawyers in America©

ORLANDO, FL — Six partners from the law firm of ShuffieldLowman were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2020), as published in dozens of city and regional publications in the U.S. including, U.S. News & World Report. The list of honorees includes 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.

Cookson is an experienced attorney in the areas of real estate, land use and local government law. Firestone practices in the areas of commercial and other civil litigation with an emphasis on aspects of association law. Isenhart focuses her practice in the areas of elder law, Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, estate planning and special needs trusts. McDonald practices in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, construction law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, fiduciary litigation, labor and employment and securities law. Meier practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, corporate law, partnerships and taxation. Wilson practices in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, commercial lending, banking and financial services.

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 four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business 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.

Stephanie L. Cook Named Co-Chair of the  OCBA’s Estate, Guardianship & Trust Section

Stephanie L. Cook Named Co-Chair of the OCBA’s Estate, Guardianship & Trust Section

Orlando, Florida – Stephanie L. Cook, a partner at the law firm of ShuffieldLowman, was recently named Co-Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA) Estate, Guardianship & Trust Section.

Cook is a litigation attorney practicing in the area of fiduciary litigation, with extensive experience in trust, probate and guardianship litigation. She is active in the Florida Bar Real Property and Probate Section and serves on several committees that focus on new developments in probate, trust and guardianship law.

Cook grew up in Winter Park and has deep roots in the central Florida community. She graduated from Mississippi College with a B.A. in Public Relations and Barry University School of Law, summa cum laude and valedictorian, with her J.D.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business 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.

Attorney Alexander E. Howell Joins ShuffieldLowman

Attorney Alexander E. Howell Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Alexander E. Howell has joined the firm, working in the Orlando office’s tax and corporate law sections.

Howell, originally from Kingston, Jamaica, holds an advanced law degree, LL.M. in taxation, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.  In law school he served as a member of Stetson’s Law Review, a research assistant to Professor Carliss Chatman, was a 2015 LCLD scholar, and a two-time recipient of the Hon. Frank H. White Scholarship. His undergraduate degree is in finance from Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida.

From the start-up to the selling of a business, Alexander helps his clients navigate the legal and tax world with the least amount of stress and risk to achieve their goals and objectives. In addition to his tax and corporate law focus, Howell brings experience in the area of business litigation, having served as a judicial intern for the Honorable James V. Pierce of the sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business 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.

Six ShuffieldLowman Partners Named 2019 Legal Elite

Six ShuffieldLowman Partners Named 2019 Legal Elite

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Six ShuffieldLowman partners were recently selected as 2019 Legal Elite attorneys by Florida Trend magazine. The “Legal Elite” designation represents fewer than 1.2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in the state. The ShuffieldLowman partners honored are Stephanie L. Cook, Scott A. Cookson, Alexander S. Douglas II, Matt G. Firestone, Heidi W. Isenhart and Gregory W. Meier.

   Florida Trend magazine collects ballots from Florida Bar members, asking lawyers to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard and would recommend to others. The results of the annual survey are published in Florida Trend magazine.

   Cook and Douglas both practice in the area of fiduciary litigation, with extensive experience in trust, probate and guardianship litigation. Both Cook and Douglas are active members in the Florida Bar Real Property and Probate Section and serve on several committees that focus on new developments in probate, trust and guardianship law. Cookson is an experienced attorney in the areas of real estate, land use and local government law. Firestone practices in the areas of commercial and other civil litigation with an emphasis on aspects of association law. Isenhart focuses her practice in the areas of elder law, Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, estate planning and special needs trusts. Meier practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, corporate law, partnerships and taxation.

   ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business 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.

ShuffieldLowman Attorney Dan Harris Elected Vice-Chair of Central Florida Hillel, Inc.

ShuffieldLowman Attorney Dan Harris Elected Vice-Chair of Central Florida Hillel, Inc.

     ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman attorney Daniel B. Harris was recently elected as Vice-Chair of the Central Florida Hillel, Inc., effective July 2019 for a one-year term. Harris has been an active supporter and leader of Central Florida Hillel. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and chairs the Governance, Nominations and Human Resources Committees.

     In 2001 the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando established Central Florida Hillel to serve Jewish college students.  Central Florida Hillel is the center for Jewish life on campus and the home to Jewish young adults aged 18-29 in Central Florida. Serving the Jewish students at the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Barry College of Law, by offering programmatic opportunities that connect students to each other, to their schools, and to the greater Jewish community.  

     Harris practices in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, and tax law, representing clients in probate matters, including complex tax planning. He is a former legal assistant with the Eighth Judicial Circuit’s Probate Division in Gainesville, Florida, with detailed estate planning knowledge from the perspective of judicial proceedings. In addition, his experience includes representing clients in connection with creating and maintaining specifically tailored estate plans, various corporate matters related to closely held entities, probate and trust litigation, as well as tax controversy cases before the Internal Revenue Service and the Florida Department of Revenue.

      A law graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, he holds an Estates & Trusts Practice Certificate, and the Environmental & Land Use Law Certificate. He also holds an advanced law degree, LL.M. in Taxation, from the University of Miami School of Law. Harris has authored articles on taxation, published by The Florida Bar, and he has served as a judge at the National Tax Moot Court competition sponsored by The Florida Bar Tax Section.

     ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business 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.