Cooper M. Powell Selected as Rising Star for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Florida

ShuffieldLowman associate, Cooper Powell, has recently been selected as a Rising Star for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Orlando Rising Stars program is designed to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis, raise money for the CFF, and to recognize young professionals in the Central Florida community. Cooper is one of eight Rising Star recipients being recognized. The Rising Star program runs until May 7th, where it ends with an event at The Balcony Orlando.

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. In people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus closes airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and eventually respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients. Roughly 30,000 people live with cystic fibrosis.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the leading organization in the United States that provides support for those battling cystic fibrosis. The CFF funds and accredits more than 130 cystic fibrosis care centers. Thanks to the CFF’s support of nearly $3 Billion dollars, we have seen advancements in medicine that have shown promise in controlling and, one day, curing cystic fibrosis. Orlando is fortunate to be home to three of these CFF accredited care centers.

If you would like to support Cooper’s pledge to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you can donate to his fundraiser directly by visiting here: https://finest.cff.org/RisingStars2020/CooperPowell.

ShuffieldLowman is happy to be supporting Cooper by making The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation our Jeans’ Day Charity of the month, which allows employees to opt into wearing jeans on Friday if they donate to our monthly charity.

ShuffieldLowman Ranked as a Top Central Florida Law Firm in the Orlando Business Journal

ShuffieldLowman Ranked as a Top Central Florida Law Firm in the Orlando Business Journal

ShuffieldLowman has once again been ranked as a top law firm in Central Florida by the Orlando Business Journal. Every year, the publication recognizes the leading law firms ranked by Central Florida attorneys in the Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties of Central Florida.

Last year, ShuffieldLowman was also named a 2019 Readers’ Choice Winner by the OBJ for Best Local Law Firm. OBJ readers were invited to submit votes in several categories in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard and Volusia counties for the 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Thousands of readers participated and then the top finalists in each category went head-to-head in an OBJ Business Pulse poll.

The results for the Central Florida Law Firm List is published in the January 17 weekly edition and can be found online on their website here: https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/subscriber-only/2020/01/16/central-florida-law-firms.html.

ShuffeldLowman Names Daniel B. Harris and James C. Washburn as Firm Partners

ShuffeldLowman Names Daniel B. Harris and James C. Washburn as Firm Partners

Orlando, Florida – The law firm of ShuffieldLowman recently named attorneys Daniel B. Harris and James C. Washburn as firm partners.  Harris, with the firm since 2013, holds an advanced law degree LL. M. in Taxation.  His practice areas include Estate Planning & Probate, Planning for High Net Worth Families with Closely Held Business, Tax Advice & Controversy, Corporate Law, and Non-Profit Law.  Washburn, with the firm since 2014, is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Construction Law.  His practice includes assisting those in the construction industry with contract drafting and negotiation, bid protests, scheduling, and construction defect claims, default terminations, licensing issues and lien and bond disputes.

Harris is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, holding both an Estates & Trusts Practice Certificate, and an Environmental & Land Use Law Certificate. 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.  He is currently the Vice-Chair of Central Florida Hillel, Inc.

Washburn is a graduate of the University of Florida for both his undergraduate and law school degrees.  He is a frequent lecturer and author on topics concerning the construction industry, and he has received numerous legal awards including being named as both a Legal Elite and Super Lawyer.  He is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Altamonte Springs where he has received the “Service Above Self” award multiple times.

ShuffieldLowman’s four offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 45 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 Robert M. Baldwin Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Robert M. Baldwin has joined the firm, working in the DeLand office as Senior Counsel in the area of estate planning.  Baldwin brings more than 15 years of large, national law firm experience to the community of Deland and the surrounding Volusia County area.  His prior legal experience spans everything from estate planning, family law, bankruptcy, and tax, to contract and civil law.

Baldwin received his B.A. from Kent State University and his J.D. from Ohio Northern University, where he completed a legal sabbatical at Oxford University.  He is a member of the Bar in Florida, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. and admitted to practice before the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida and the Western District of Michigan.

Active in his community, Baldwin is a member of two local bands and he and his wife regularly perform at the Athens Theatre in DeLand.

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 Ryan J. Vescio Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that Ryan J. Vescio has joined the firm, working in the Orlando office’s litigation section.

Vescio formerly served as an assistant state attorney for 15 years, conducting more than 150 jury trials while prosecuting cases involving everything from high profile homicides to child abuse and sex trafficking cases.  Vescio’s experience handling a wide variety of complex cases, working with a large network of attorneys, judges and experts and navigating the complexities of the court system, he now puts to work as a commercial, civil and fiduciary litigator.

Vescio holds his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center and his B.A., in Political Science, from the University of Central Florida.  While attending UCF, he joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and has been an avid and lifelong supporter of the organization, serving currently on the International Board of Directors.  He also serves as a Director of the UCF Alumni Board.  Vescio is a member of The Florida Bar and The Ohio bar.

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 Briana M. Whalin Joins ShuffieldLowman

Attorney Briana M. Whalin Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Briana M. Whalin has joined the firm, working in the Orlando office’s guardianship and elder law section.  Whalin’s practice includes assisting clients with Medicaid planning, long term planning and asset protection.

Whalin graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.A. in history and political science, then earned her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she participated in a five-month clinic focused on elder law studies.  In law school she served as the director of the Wake Forest School of Law Wills Project, where she worked to revitalize the program and exponentially increase its reach.  She also volunteered with the Wake Forest School of Law Health Care Advocacy program, helping those in need by obtaining medical benefits and drafting legal documents such as living wills.  Her volunteerism in these areas led to her being awarded the Smith Anderson Pro Bono Award and her induction into the Wake Forest Pro Bono Honor Society.

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.