The latest issue of Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine, which is now available online as a digital magazine and in print, features lawyers who have encountered famous figures and household names. J. Cheney Mason faced hoards of reporters and a raging public as he represented Casey Anthony, possibly the most reviled woman on the planet at the time.
Anthony was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. But despite what the world thought of Casey Anthony, Mason stood behind her and secured a not-guilty verdict last summer. “I was convinced that she did not kill her child,” said the Orlando family law/criminal defense attorney with J. Cheney Mason, P.A., “and I had no problem representing her. She was being railroaded. Crucified by the media without facts.”
In our cover feature, Tampa bankruptcy lawyer Roberta Colton, the managing partner of Trenam Kemker, talks about her journey from debate team to bankruptcy cases: “I like to speak, and I’m a ham,” Colton says. “And I like problem-solving. When I get a case, it’s like a puzzle.”
From well-off in Cuba to poor in Miami Beach’s Cuban-Jewish community to becoming the American Bar Association’s first Hispanic-American president, Stephen Zack, administrative partner at Boies Schiller & Flexner in Miami, has made his mark. He played a part in the Bush v. Gore recount case on Gore’s side, cornering an expert witness to say that hanging chads interfered with the election machines. He says he would work “as needed” on the legal team for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
Work was rocket science for Michael Corso, a litigator at Henderson Franklin, but that all changed in 1969. Corso explains why Neil Armstrong was the impetus behind his shift from aeronautics to the law.
In this issue’s Q&A, Stuart Z. Grossman, a personal injury attorney with Grossman Roth in Coral Gables, answers questions about his work with Bank of America’s billion-dollar settlements and the claims against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Scott Fischer, a personal injury attorney at Gordon & Doner, is on the Rising Stars list. He advocates for the elderly and their families in cases accusing nursing homes of neglect or abuse, but started out defending the nursing homes. Fischer says, “I really felt like, man, I’d feel better being the other guy and representing the family.”
Orlando intellectual property attorney Stephen Milbrath, Miami IP lawyer Jaime Rich Vining; and Miami business litigator Melanie Damian show their philanthropic sides. And we ask three lawyers — insurance coverage attorney Caryn Bellus, healthcare attorney Erin Smith Aebel and environmental attorney Ralph DeMeo — for their best advice for young lawyers.
Top lists are here, too.
Check it all out in the latest issue of Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine.