Attorney Lori N. Hagan Joins ShuffieldLowman

DELAND, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Lori N. Hagan has joined the firm’s DeLand office.

     Hagan formerly served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for more than 20 years representing the State of Florida in both state and federal court.  Hagan’s experience in the courtroom, coupled with her research and writing skills, and her prior experience in private practice will now be put to work in the firm’s commercial litigation section.

     Hagan holds her J.D. with honors and her B.A. with high honors from the University of Florida.  She is admitted to practice law in Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  She is a member of the Volusia County Bar Association and the Volusia-Flagler Association of Woman Lawyers.

Hagan is an avid supporter of horse rescue and rehoming.  She also assists and serves on the Board of Directors of Hope Reins, Inc., a licensed therapeutic riding program in New Smyrna Beach which pairs children in crisis with rescued horses.

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 Carleen A. Leffler-Nicastro Joins ShuffieldLowman

PORT ORANGE, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Carleen A. Leffler-Nicastro has joined the firm’s Port Orange office, practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, and business law.

Born and raised in Ormond Beach, Leffler-Nicastro is a fifth-generation Floridian from a long line of Central Florida attorneys and judges.  She holds her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law and her M.B.A. from Jacksonville University.  She attended both programs simultaneously and graduated with both degrees on the same day.  She earned her B.S. degree in Business Management from Webber International University. She is admitted to practice law in Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and is a member of the Volusia County Bar Association where she serves as the Director of the Young Lawyers Division.

Leffler-Nicastro is active in the community, serving as the President-Nominee of the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach, the Chapter Vice President of the Business Network International, Power Team, and the State Public Affairs Committee Co-Chair of the Junior League of Daytona Beach.

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.

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.