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Attorneys Loren M. Vasquez and  Shaun A. Rechsteiner Join ShuffieldLowman

Attorneys Loren M. Vasquez and Shaun A. Rechsteiner Join ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorneys Loren M. Vasquez and Shaun A. Rechsteiner have joined the firm, working in the Orlando office.

Loren M. Vasquez practices in the areas of commercial, civil, and fiduciary litigation.  He is a former law clerk to the Honorable F. Rand Wallis of the Fifth District Court of Appeal where he analyzed briefs and records, drafted comprehensive legal memoranda, and assisted with the authoring of opinions.

Vasquez received his J.D., cum laude, from Florida A&M University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. During law school, he worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the State Attorney’s Office in Orlando, an intern with the Public Defender’s Office in Tavares, Florida, and a judicial extern for the Honorable Gregory A. Presnell of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  Vasquez received his B.A. in English, cum laude, from Florida State University, and is a member of The Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association.

Shaun A. Rechsteiner practices in the areas of commercial and fiduciary litigation, including director and officer liability, business torts, fraud claims, shareholder appraisal actions, breach of contract, breach of promissory notes, as well as probate and trust work, to name a few.  Prior to joining ShuffieldLowman, Rechsteiner worked at another civil litigation firm in Orlando.

Rechsteiner received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame School of Law where he served as the Development Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy and as a Senior Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law.   He received a B.S., cum laude, in political science and a B.S.B.A., cum laude, in human resources management from Central Michigan University.  Rechsteiner is a member of The Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

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, environmental law and mediation.

Attorneys Nathaniel Dutt, Lorin Page and Michelle Saporito Join ShuffieldLowman

Attorneys Nathaniel Dutt, Lorin Page and Michelle Saporito Join ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorneys Nathaniel G. Dutt, Lorin G. Page and Michelle C. Saporito have joined the firm, working in the Orlando office.

Nathaniel G. Dutt brings a broad range of experience in tax and corporate law, including work with partnerships, tax credits, financial instruments, corporate and business restructurings, private equity and investments, and U.S. international tax planning, both inbound and outbound. He also has a background in U.S. federal securities and commodities law.

Dutt holds his B.S. in economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. and M.B.A., both magna cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University, where he was a recipient of the Leo S. Goodwin Academic Honors Scholarship and served as the editor-in-chief of the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law. He also holds his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Active in the community, he is President-Elect of the Downtown Orlando Rotary Club’s breakfast chapter.

Lorin G. Page practices in the areas of trust, estates and business law, with a focus on tax implications of estate and business planning. His experience includes working on wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts, valuation discounts, charitable lead and remainder trusts, and trust and probate administration matters. In business law, he practices in the areas of entity formation, executive compensation, purchase and sale agreements, captive insurance, and tax structuring, and business succession planning.

Page received his B. A. in English from Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet Wilkes Honors College. He began his legal education at The University of Alabama School of Law, earning his J.D. magna cum laude, and then received his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is a current member of the North Carolina Bar, an inactive member of the Oregon Bar, and a pending applicant to the Florida Bar.

Michelle C. Saporito is a former trial attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, bringing her years of experience to the areas of elder law, guardianship, estate planning and special needs trusts.

Saporito earned her B.A., cum laude, in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California State University at Los Angeles and her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. She is a member of The Florida and Georgia Bar Associations and a member of the Elder Law and Estate Planning, Guardianship and Trust section of the Orange County Bar Association. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Rollins College, as part of the Hamilton Holt School’s Paralegal Certificate Program. Her community involvement includes serving as the Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Central Florida Women Lawyers Association (CFAWL) and as a volunteer with One Heart for Children, Buddies for Life/Animal Allies and the Women and Girls Cancer Alliance. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Oviedo YMCA.

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, environmental law and mediation.

FloridaMakes – Making Manufacturing Stronger, Better, Bigger in Florida

FloridaMakes – Making Manufacturing Stronger, Better, Bigger in Florida

Smart manufacturers in Florida know the value of FloridaMakes, a non-profit public-private partnership devoted to helping manufacturers advance their productivity and performance, with the ultimate goal to produce positive growth and strengthen this high-wage sector of Florida’s economy.

Operating throughout the state since January 2016 from its Orlando headquarters, FloridaMakes helps manufacturing businesses, both large and small, unlock growth opportunities, adapt to new technology and develop talent.

According to FloridaMakes’ CEO, Kevin Carr, “Amazingly, the state of Florida is home to more than 20,000 manufacturing businesses, with 80% of those operating with less than 20 employees.  What we do is provide the advice and assistance, essentially the bandwidth of manufacturing information, to help a business succeed.  Sometimes the daily operational issues of running a business, particularly a small business, overshadow a strategic growth plan.  That’s where we come in to offer support.”

Manufacturing companies can engage the help of FloridaMakes through their local Regional Manufacturing Association by requesting an Enterprise Assessment by one of our FloridaMakes’ Business Advisors.  Some businesses know they need help and start the process to address major problems. Others are doing great, but want to improve with input from a knowledgeable and neutral team of experts.  Regardless, a FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor prepares a report and offers suggestions and connects manufacturers to a fully vetted team of third party industry professionals that can assist with the implementation of the suggestions.

Some of the many services provided by FloridaMakes include:  enterprise assessment, business growth and innovation, technology acceleration, export and international marketing development, workforce training and development, supply chain optimization, process improvement, and sustainability.

FloridaMakes is the official representative of the MEP National Network and NIST MEP in Florida, with funding partners including the U.S. federal and state governments and a network of Florida manufacturing associations.

ShuffieldLowman attorneys, led by Bill Lowman and Keith Hesse, have been instrumental in the launch and continued progress of FloridaMakes, providing legal services in the areas of corporate, employment and contracts.

To learn more about FloridaMakes and how they work with Florida manufacturers, please visit www.FloridaMakes.com.

ShuffieldLowman Names Julia D. Dennis Firm Partner

ShuffieldLowman Names Julia D. Dennis Firm Partner

Orlando, Florida – The law firm of ShuffieldLowman recently named attorney Julia D. Dennis as a firm partner. Dennis specializes in general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and intellectual property. In her practice she represents a wide variety of businesses, both large and small, and provides counsel on matters ranging from corporate formation, compliance, negotiation of commercial contracts and strategic transactions, to succession planning, exit strategy, and the ultimate sale or transfer of business assets. She has specific experience within the manufacturing, technology and simulation sectors, and also counsels a number of nonprofit organizations in their formation, procurement of tax exemption status, governance, compliance, and other corporate matters.

An honors graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Dennis speaks Russian and German and is conversational in French. She is active in the Florida Small Business Development Center and University of Central Florida’s Incubator Program where she has served as a Program Coach and Advisory Board member to a number of emerging companies in the technology and simulation space, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Dr. Phillips Chamber of Commerce, and she is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Orange County Bar Association.

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, environmental law and mediation.

Hope Place to Help Hundreds in Volusia County

Hope Place to Help Hundreds in Volusia County

Hope springs eternal in Volusia County, thanks in large part to the vision and relentless efforts of Forough B. Hosseini, Vice President of ICI Homes. Forough, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader, is responsible for bringing together representatives from the private and public sectors to convert a former elementary school into Hope Place, a family residential center that will serve 35+ homeless families and more than 32 unaccompanied youth. Hope Place, which opened January 30, 2018, is located in the former Hurst Elementary School, providing a family living center that offers temporary housing before quickly transitioning residents to permanent homes, with the goal of self-sufficiency.

Hope Place is a shining example of cooperation and collaboration between Forough, Volusia County Government, Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) and the Hope Place Building Committee comprised of community volunteers, including many employees of ICI Homes. Together, this team navigated the process of deeding the former school to HUM, made a plan for the construction and renovation work, solicited donated materials and labor, and established an endowment to help fund future operations. Incredibly, under the leadership of Forough, almost all of the funding for the project has been through financial donations from the local community. Once complete, the 55,000 square foot assistance center will serve 170-200 individuals and will provide residents of the neighborhood with an exterior recreation area too.

Throughout the complex planning process, ShuffieldLowman attorneys Scott Cookson, Jim Washburn and Maia Albrecht have been privileged to provide pro bono legal services. Firm partner Scott Cookson has represented ICI Homes with the firm since 2012, and originally brought the Hope Place project to the attention of the firm.

Attorney Jim Washburn, Board Certified in Construction Law, assisted with the drafting of Hope Place’s agreement with the architect for design services and advised on how best to structure the agreement for construction services and helped prepare the construction management agreement. He then met with the selected construction manager and Hope Place representatives to review the contract and ensure that all parties understood its terms to help the project progress smoothly.

Attorney Maia Albrecht, working out of the firm’s Port Orange office, attended multiple Building Committee meetings and served as a liaison for legal work provided by the firm.

Headquartered in Daytona Beach, ICI Homes has been in business for more than 30 years, building more than 10,000 homes in forty prestigious communities throughout Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

ShuffieldLowman’s two offices in Volusia County are located in DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of real estate, corporate law, estate planning and litigation.

ShuffieldLowman Attorney Maia Albrecht Elected to the Daytona Regional Chamber Board of Directors

ShuffieldLowman Attorney Maia Albrecht Elected to the Daytona Regional Chamber Board of Directors

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – The law firm of ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Maia R. Albrecht was elected by the membership to the Board of Directors of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2018.  Active in the Chamber for several years, Albrecht is also a 2016 graduate of the organization’s Daytona Leadership program.

Albrecht, working out of the firm’s Port Orange and Orlando offices, concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, commercial real estate transactions, lender representation, commercial leasing and secured transactions, including extensive experience in the acquisition, development and financing of commercial properties.  She is a member of The Florida Bar and of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. She’s also a magna cum laude graduate of Washburn University School of Law.  Community and professional involvements includes Vice President of the Real Property Council of Volusia County, Inc. and membership in the Volusia/Flagler Association of Women Lawyers and the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council.

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, environmental law and mediation.