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Attorney Melissa A. Rodriguez Joins ShuffieldLowman

Attorney Melissa A. Rodriguez Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Melissa A. Rodriguez has joined the firm, working in the DeLand, Daytona Beach and Orlando offices in the areas of estate planning, probate and tax.

Rodriguez holds her J.D. and LL.M., an advanced law degree in Taxation, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and a B.A. in Accounting from Florida International University.  While at University of Florida, she served as the President of the Latino Law Student Association and was instrumental in the founding of the Cuban American Bar Association Student Chapter, where she served as Vice President.  She is fluent in English and Spanish and conversational in Italian.  Her community service work includes two years assisting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) where she served as a tax preparer.  She is a currently a member of the Central Florida Estate Planning Council.

ShuffieldLowman’s four downtown offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Daytona Beach.  The firm is a 42 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate and litigation.  Specific areas of practice include, association law, banking and finance, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial and civil litigation, construction, corporate, estate planning and probate, fiduciary litigation, guardianship and elder law, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and government, mediation/alternative dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions, non-profit law, planning for high net worth families with closely held businesses, real estate, securities and tax advice and controversy.

Titan Management – Domingo Sanchez

Titan Management – Domingo Sanchez

Few could have predicted Domingo Sanchez’s future success. The son of a Mexican immigrant family with 11 siblings, all living and working as migrant farmers in Kissimmee, Domingo could have easily allowed his circumstances to define him, but he did not. He was driven and determined to get an education and use his gifts and abilities and the Walt Disney Company helped him do it. At 16 he enrolled in a work-study program offered by Disney, and his deeply ingrained work ethic helped him excel at both his studies and his job and he soon caught the attention of George Kalagridis, then President of EPCOT. Under the mentorship of George, named President of Walt Disney World in 2013, Domingo gained confidence, experienced satisfaction in his work and eventually found his calling in real estate.

This smiling group just closed an $18 million loan closing, the first HUD section 221(d)4 construction loan closed by the Miami HUD office.  Pictured from left to right:  Domingo Sanchez, Koren McKenzie-John, Michael Bisanz, Lisa Hermann, Amy DuMond-Kottke, James Basque, Deion Lowery, Stephen Davis, and Charles Nielson.

This smiling group just closed an $18 million loan closing, the first HUD section 221(d)4 construction loan closed by the Miami HUD office. Pictured from left to right: Domingo Sanchez, Koren McKenzie-John, Michael Bisanz, Lisa Hermann, Amy DuMond-Kottke, James Basque, Deion Lowery, Stephen Davis, and Charles Nielson.

Years in business as a real estate agent and work under a developer led Domingo to success, but he wanted more education so he returned to college at Valencia and there he met another person who would change his life, Thomasa Tompkins, whose father, Tommy, was a home building legend. Domi¬ngo and Thomasa would marry and have a daughter, Skylar, and devote themselves to serving others through various charitable endeavors, including the McCormick Research Institute, providing equine-assisted therapies for those in need.

As the real estate work grew, and with guidance and direction from his father-in-law Tommy and another mentor Ken Dixon, Domingo started Titan Management in 2005. Titan Management expanded to include Titan HOA Management LLC, providing HOA management throughout the state, and Titan Land Company, LLC, a real estate development company that specializes in mid-size apartment communities. From the early days until now, ShuffieldLowman’s Jim Basque was there all along in Domingo’s words, “as a good friend and a good lawyer.”

Recently Domingo, with help from Jim Basque, closed an $18 million deal in the Miami HUD office that will finance Portofino at ChampionsGate, a 120-unit luxury apartment community. Offering upscale amenities such as direct-access garages, granite, gas appliances and barrel tile roofs, the community is well under way and will start pre-sales in the Fall, with a grand opening targeted for Spring of 2017. Domingo and partners have also worked with Jim to develop Vista del Sol and Tierra Pointe, each a 74-unit, active adult affordable apartment community in Osceola County.

In addition to his businesses and charitable endeavors, Domingo enjoys his work on the Board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, a positon he was appointed to by Governor Rick Scott. As a Board member, he headed-up an initiative to improve customer service at the airport and is currently working to improve the TSA experience for customers….something we can all appreciate.

Attorney Nicholas B. Vargo Joins ShuffieldLowman

Attorney Nicholas B. Vargo Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman law firm recently announced that attorney Nicholas B. “Nick” Vargo has joined the firm’s Orlando office, practicing in the areas of corporate and tax law, mergers and acquisitions and securities.

Vargo’s tax experience includes advising on complex corporate, partnership, international, estate, gift and trust tax issues.  While a student in the Gainesville area, he worked with several area law firms and served as a judicial law clerk for the 8th Circuit Family Court.

He holds his J.D., cum laude, and his LL.M., Master of Laws in Taxation, from the University of Florida Levin College of law.  In addition, he holds an M.A., magna cum laude, and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.  He is admitted to The Florida Bar.

Active in several charitable organizations, Vargo has served as a guardian ad litem and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sister Mid-Florida, Bread of the Mighty, Gainesville Harvest and helped organize an Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy fundraising walk.

ShuffieldLowman’s four downtown offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Daytona Beach.  The firm is a 38 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.

ShuffieldLowman Partners Bill Lowman, Heidi Isenhart and Alex Douglas Named 2016 Super Lawyers, Stephanie Cook Named Rising Star

ShuffieldLowman Partners Bill Lowman, Heidi Isenhart and Alex Douglas Named 2016 Super Lawyers, Stephanie Cook Named Rising Star

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – William R. Lowman, Jr., Heidi W. Isenhart and Alexander “Alex” S. Douglas, II, partners with the law firm of Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. have been selected as 2016 Florida Super Lawyers. Stephanie Cook has been named a Rising Star.

Super Lawyers, owned by Thomson Reuters, recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice.  The selection process is multi-phased and rigorous.  Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research and validation of the attorney’s professional accomplishments.  The final published list represents five percent of the total lawyers in the state of Florida.

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A founding partner of the firm, Lowman’s practice areas include corporate, business taxation, securities, intellectual property, estate planning, charitable trusts and foundations, families with closely held businesses, executive compensation planning and general tax law.

Isenhart was named by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the state of Florida.  In addition to elder law practice, Isenhart also practices in Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, probate and guardianship litigation, estate planning and special needs trusts.

Douglas practices in the area of fiduciary and commercial litigation, with extensive experience in trust, probate and guardianship litigation.

Rising Star Stephanie Cook practices in probate, trust and guardianship litigation, as well as commercial litigation.

ShuffieldLowman’s four downtown offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Daytona Beach.  The firm is a 38 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.

Attorney Maia Albrecht Graduates from Leadership Daytona

Attorney Maia Albrecht Graduates from Leadership Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – The law firm of ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Maia R. Albrecht completed the 36th Leadership Daytona class, offered by the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The eleven-week program equips graduates with the skills, knowledge, and contacts needed as they accept the challenge to become a more visible resource in the Daytona Beach community.  Albrecht’s class XXXVI included CEOs, CFOs COOs and upper management from some of Volusia’s largest and most reputable businesses, including the International Speedway Corp. and Daytona Beach International Airport.

For the last 5 years, a key component of the Daytona Leadership program has been completion of a CEO Challenge, specific to a Daytona Beach business, non-profit, or educational institution. This year, the Challenge centered on how Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (“ERAU”), with expertise in fields like engineering, applied science, business, aviation, cyber security and intelligence, could be discovered and leveraged as a resource to drive innovation for the local business community.  The 2016 Leadership Daytona Class presented its solution to representatives of ERAU on May 20th with a presentation, business plan and packet of materials, which was followed by a question and answer session. Graduation festivities were held at ERAU in the evening on May 20th.

Albrecht, working out of the firm’s DeLand and Daytona 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 a magna cum laude graduate of Washburn University School of Law.  Community and professional involvements includes membership in the Volusia/Flagler Association of Women Lawyers and the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council.

ShuffieldLowman’s four downtown offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Daytona Beach.  The firm is a 38 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.

Attorney David H. Harris Joins ShuffieldLowman

Attorney David H. Harris Joins ShuffieldLowman

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman law firm recently announced that attorney David H. Harris has joined the firm, working in the Orlando office. Harris brings extensive experience in estate planning, probate, guardianship, elder law and fiduciary litigation.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Harris served on active duty for 21 years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. During his service he was the recipient of numerous awards, honors and medals, including the Department of Defense and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and a personal letter of commendation from the Secretary of Defense.

Harris is admitted to practice law in Florida and the U.S. Middle District of Florida. He currently serves on The Florida Bar’s Committee on Continuing Legal Education and is Chair of the Executive Leadership Board of the American Lung Association in Central Florida. He holds his J.D. from Barry University School of Law, and an M.B.A. and B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri.

ShuffieldLowman’s four downtown offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Daytona Beach. The firm is a 37 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.