April 19, 2019

Carlton Fields

Phone: 888.223.9191

We view the world from our clients’ perspectives, helping them to lead and innovate across industries and around the globe. Because legal challenges do not exist in a vacuum, we craft tailored solutions that prioritize our clients’ overall business goals. Our focus is on building long-term collaborative relationships, and we are ranked among the nation’s most collaborative law firms by BTI Consulting Group.
 
Collaboration is also an important aspect of our internal culture. Our attorneys, consultants, and staff work as teams to bring forth the most creative responses to challenges and opportunities. We have created a workplace that rewards good ideas sourced from diverse thinkers. As a result, our clients benefit.
 
We strive to be valued advisers, and our unusual business model reflects that mindset. Instead of employing the common “pyramid model” where numerous junior lawyers support the efforts of relatively few shareholders, at Carlton Fields shareholders outnumber associates. This arrangement benefits our lawyers as well as our clients, giving them the advantage of working with legal teams particularly suited to their needs and best able to provide value.

Contributing authors from Carlton Fields:

Matthew Allen Class Action Antitrust Litigator
Shareholder
Matt Allen has particular emphasis in class action and antitrust litigation, having litigated dozens of class actions last year alone. More broadly, his area of practice is complex...
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James Jim Baldinger Commercial Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Jim Baldinger practices commercial litigation and advises and counsels businesses on security and electronic surveillance matters. He represents companies and individuals nationwide, in...
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Jamie Bigayer Insurance lawyer Carlton FIelds
Associate
Jamie Bigayer counsels insurance and financial services companies on transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters arising under state insurance laws, federal and state securities laws...
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Ann Young Black insurance and securities lawyer Carlton Fields
Shareholder
Ann Young Black counsels financial services clients on a broad range of insurance, securities, and business issues. She regularly advises clients developing new and innovative life and...
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Steven Blickensderfer, Litigation Attorney, Carlton Fields Law Firm
Associate
Steven Blickensderfer handles a wide variety of civil litigation matters in federal and state court for clients across a number of industries. He is experienced in all phases of litigation...
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Cathleen Bell Bremmer labor and employment lawyer Carlton Fields
Of Counsel
Katy Bremmer is a senior member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Katy drafts employment agreements and policies and advises on all manner of employment-related issues,...
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D. Barret Broussard, Carlton Fields, Litigation lawyer
Associate
Barret Broussard’s litigation practice focuses on representing clients in a wide range of business disputes involving trademark and copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, unfair...
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Nicholas A. Brown, Carlton Fields, Trial lawyer
Associate
Nick Brown’s practice focuses on appeals and trial support in state and federal courts. He also serves as the reporter for the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions...
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Jack Clabby Attorney Carlton Fields Law Firm Tampa FL
Shareholder
Jack Clabby’s practices focus on corporate governance, fraud, and shareholder litigation, including the defense of securities fraud class actions and derivative lawsuits. A former Assistant...
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Matthew J. Conigliaro litigation lawyer Carlton Fields
Shareholder
Matt Conigliaro concentrates his practice on appellate and complex commercial litigation. His work principally involves complex commercial and tort litigation, health care and products...
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Andrew Daechsel insurance industry litigator at Carlton Fields
Associate
Andrew Daechsel is a litigator with a focus on the insurance industry. He serves as coverage and monitoring counsel in complex insurance coverage matters. This representation includes...
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Megan Dhillon Healthcare Attorney
Associate
In her practice, Megan Dhillon regularly advises healthcare providers, including hospitals, health systems, long term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and...
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Aaron Dunlap, Carlton Fields, Regulatory attorney
of Counsel
Aaron Dunlap brings a multifaceted perspective to his work on behalf of land use clients, including private developers and governmental bodies. Prior to joining Carlton Fields, Aaron worked...
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David B. Esau Shareholder Carlton Fields Trial Lawyer Litigator Global Antitrust Cartel Recovery Practice
Shareholder
David Esau is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on worldwide complex antitrust litigation and counseling. David defends companies facing antitrust, unfair...
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Thaddeus H. Ewald, Carlton Fields, Litigation lawyer
Associate
Thaddeus Ewald's practice focuses on class actions and complex civil litigation in the insurance and financial services industries. Thaddeus completed a dual-degree program at Georgetown...
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Stephanie A. Fichera Litigation lawyer Carlton Fields
Shareholder
Stephanie Fichera's practice focuses on defending insurance carriers and financial services companies in class actions and complex civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout...
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Nathaniel G. Foell litigation lawyer Carlton Fields
Associate
Nathaniel Foell practices complex civil litigation, crafting arguments and finding solutions for challenging issues. He represents a diverse range of clients at both the trial and appellate...
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Ryan P. Forrest, Carlton Fields, Commercial litigation lawyer
Associate
Ryan P. Forrest focuses his practice on high-risk complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. He has a wide range of experience litigating matters involving class actions,...
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Christopher Freeman, Carlton Fields Law Firm, Litigation Law Attorney, Atlanta
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Chris Freeman concentrates his law practice in complex litigation, including a broad range of cases at both the trial and appellate level involving commercial disputes and business torts,...
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Christina Gallo, Associate, Carlton Fields, Insurance Coverage Disputes, Coverage Counseling, Bad faith litigation
Associate
Christina Gallo is a litigator in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey as well as arbitration tribunals. Her practice focuses on insurance coverage disputes, coverage...
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Gregory Gidus Insurance Lawyer Tampa
Associate
Greg Gidus represents insurance clients in sophisticated first-party property coverage matters and other complex coverage disputes involving directors and officers liability insurance,...
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Kelley C. Godfrey Litigation lawyer Carlton Fields
Associate
Kelley Godfrey’s civil litigation practice focuses on insurance services and coverage issues, including the defense of breach of contract and bad faith claims. Prior to joining Carlton...
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Brendan Gooley, Employment Lawyer, Workplace Discrimination, Carlton Fields Law Firm
Associate
Brendan Gooley is a litigator who focuses on employment discrimination, education, and insurance matters. He joined the firm after clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the...
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Christine Graves Appellate Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Christine Graves is an experienced appellate advocate, regularly handling all aspects of appellate litigation in state and federal courts. Christine concentrates her practice on complex...
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Merrick Gross commercial litigation lawyer Carlton Fields
Shareholder
Rick Gross has more than 30 years of legal experience serving a variety of business clients. His multifaceted commercial litigation practice includes aspects of banking, real estate,...
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Gail Jankowski, Carlton Fields, Litigation lawyer
Associate
Gail Jankowski’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and regulatory matters in the insurance and financial services industries in federal and state courts and in arbitration and...
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Cristin Keane Attorney Corporate Non-Profit
Shareholder
Cristin Keane has extensive and varied experience with closely-held businesses, high net-worth individuals, and not-for-profit organizations. Cristin's experience with closely-held...
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Larry Kemm International Tax Attorney
Of Counsel
Larry Kemm’s practice focuses on international tax matters for both domestic and non-U.S. clients. With 30 years of combined practice as a tax lawyer and CPA, Larry has vast experience...
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Matthew Kohen Lawyer Carlton Fields Law Firm
Senior Counsel
Matthew Kohen focuses his practice on the representation of technology companies in emerging industries such as fintech, telecommunications, and cybersecurity. He regularly advises...
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Jeanne M. Kohler, Insurance lawyer, Carlton Fields
Shareholder
Jeanne Kohler represents U.S. and international insurers and reinsurers in complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, including complex insurance coverage disputes and reinsurance...
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Thomas C. Lauerman Of Counsel Carlton Fields, Corporate Law, SEC, IPOs, Compliance, Mutual Funds
Of Counsel
Tom Lauerman handles corporate and investment law matters, including public and private offerings of securities and other regulatory matters. He frequently advises financial firms...
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Associate
Emma Mintz is a litigator in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey as well as arbitration tribunals. Her practice focuses on insurance coverage disputes, coverage...
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Ilan A. Nieuchowicz Shareholder Carlton Fields Florida  Real Estate, Litigation
Shareholder
Ilan Nieuchowicz is a real estate and business trial lawyer. He represents large financial institutions, equipment loan and leasing companies, major real estate title insurance companies,...
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Rachel Oostendorp Appellate Litigation Attorney
Associate
Rachel Oostendorp’s practice focuses on appeals and trial support in state and federal courts. She assists with all aspects of appeals, including early case assessments and evaluations,...
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Maria Mejia-Opaciuch, Carlton Fields, Immigration lawyer
Senior Counsel
Maria Mejia-Opaciuch has more than 25 years’ experience providing comprehensive legal services related to U.S. immigration and nationality law for businesses of all sizes, families, and...
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Jillian R. Orticelli Defense litigation lawyer Carlton Fields
Associate
Jillian Orticelli’s practice focuses on defense litigation in employment and education matters, investigations, and preventive counseling. Jillian defends employers and educators against...
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Mariko Shitama Outman, litigation lawyer, Carltonfields
Associate
Mariko Shitama Outman assists with all aspects of appellate litigation and trial support in state and federal courts. She works on a wide range of complex commercial matters in state and...
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 Gary M. Pappas, Carlton Fields, Civil litigation lawyer
Shareholder
Gary Pappas is a trial attorney with nearly 30 years' experience in civil litigation. Gary's experience includes products liability, business torts, insurance coverage, intellectual...
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James Parker-Flynn Land Use Attorney Carlton Fields
Associate
James Parker-Flynn focuses on appellate advocacy, land use litigation, and environmental law. James handles all aspects of appeals, from initial case assessment through oral argument and...
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Brooke Patterson  Associate Carlton Fields Litigation Insurance Financial Services
Associate
Brooke Patterson is a litigation associate whose practice focuses on class actions and complex civil litigation matters throughout the United States involving the insurance and financial...
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Scott Pence Real Estate Lawyer
Shareholder
Scott Pence is a construction and real estate attorney whose practice focuses primarily on representing developers, owners, architects, contractors, and subcontractors in the preparation,...
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John C. Pitblado, Insurance Lawyer, Carlton Fields
Shareholder
John Pitblado has extensive experience in a wide range of litigation on behalf of insurers in the property and casualty, title, life, health, and reinsurance industries, including coverage...
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Amanda Proctor Insurance Attorney
Associate
Mandy Proctor's practice focuses on professional liability defense and insurance coverage litigation, including defending insurance carriers against bad faith claims and filing declaratory...
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Rachel Schwartz Insurance Attorney
Associate
Rachel J. Schwartz represents property and casualty insurance industry clients in litigation and counsels them on varied coverage matters, including coverage disputes arising under...
212.380.9636
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James M. Sconzo Education Attorney Carlton Fields Law Firm
Shareholder
James Sconzo is a “go-to” attorney for many of the most recognized education institutions and corporations. He is a skilled trial lawyer, negotiator, investigator and proven leader. Highly...
860-392-5022
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Alex Silverman, Insurance lawyer, Carlton Fields
Associate
Alex Silverman represents U.S. and international insurers and reinsurers in complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including complex insurance coverage disputes and reinsurance...
212.380.9627
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 Benjamin E. Stearns, Regulatory attorney, Carlton Fields
Associate
Benjamin Stearns’s practice focuses on regulated industries, primarily medical marijuana and property and casualty insurance. Benjamin works with state regulators to resolve compliance...
850.425.3383
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Stacey Sutton Commercial Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Stacey Sutton is an experienced commercial litigator who focuses her practice on business dispute resolution. Stacey has represented Fortune 500 clients in various industries in a wide...
561.650.0334
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Joseph Swanson Cybersecurity Privacy Attorney
Shareholder
Joe Swanson is a former federal prosecutor who advises clients on a variety of issues related to cybersecurity and privacy. He has investigated and responded to data breaches and similar...
813.229.4335
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Jacqueline Swigler Corporate Business Transaction Attorney
Associate
Jacqueline Swigler represents clients in general corporate and business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of equity and debt, corporate finance, federal...
813.229.4375
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Kenneth A. Tinkler Government Regulations Lawyer Carlton Fields
Shareholder
Ken  Tinkler’s practice involves a wide variety of government law issues with a focus on land use, environmental and energy permitting, ethics regulation, and election law. His experience...
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Nora A. Valenza-Frost, Carlton Fields, Insurance lawyer
Associate
Nora Valenza-Frost represents U.S. and international insurers and reinsurers in arbitration and litigation involving complex claims, coverage and regulatory issues across all lines of...
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Justin Wales Attorney Carlton Fields Law Firm
Senior Counsel
Justin Wales serves as co-chair of the firm’s blockchain practice. He represents a wide range of blockchain, fintech and financial services clients on fundraising and regulatory matters,...
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Laura Wall Casualty Insurance Annuity Litigation Lawyer
Associate
Laura Wall is developing her practice in the areas of property and casualty insurance, and life insurance and annuity litigation. During law school, Laura worked as a summer intern in the...
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Lowell Walters, employment Lawyer, Carlton Fields
Attorney
Lowell Walters helps employers minimize their risks while offering meaningful benefits to employees. He minimizes risks by addressing Internal Revenue Code and ERISA issues facing employee...
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Peter Webster litigation lawyer Carlton Fields
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Peter Webster has had a distinguished career in judicial service, spanning more than 25 years. He was a judge in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit, sitting in Jacksonville and Green Cove...
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Barry Leigh Weissman insurance lawyer Carlton Fields
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With a legal career spanning more than four decades, Barry Leigh Weissman offers significant insurance and reinsurance industry experience. He represents insurance and reinsurance companies...
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Michael Wolgin, Insurance lawyer, Carlton Fields
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Michael Wolgin defends insurance companies and financial services institutions in complex litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. His practice includes...
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Michael Yaeger Litigator Carlton Fields New York
Michael Yaeger is a litigator whose practice focuses on government investigations and cybersecurity matters, as well as related regulatory issues and civil litigation. His years prosecuting...
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Eleanor Yost Intellectual Property Attorney
Shareholder
Eleanor Yost litigates high-stakes intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the United States Patent and Trademark...
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