Florida Legal Elite 2019 About the Process Voting for 2020
Winners by Practice Area

The Winners by Practice Area
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Government and Non-Profit Attorneys
Government and Non-Profit Attorneys
Up & Comers

Up & Comers

Legal Elite Alphabetical Directory

Hall of Fame Inductees

Silvia Alderman

Ed Baxa

Andrew Diaz

Manny Farach

Leslie Lott

For the 16th year, Florida Legal Elite presents a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers. The 1,126 lawyers listed here exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by so doing, have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues.

Voting for this year’s Legal Elite attorneys began in October 2018 when Florida Trend invited all in-state members of the Florida Bar to participate. Multiple announcements publicized the ballot deadline and voting guidelines.

Lawyers were asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Voters were also asked to name three “up and coming” attorneys, and in a separate category, outstanding attorneys working in the government and non-profit sectors.

The ballots were processed, checked and tabulated by an outside vendor. Attorneys were given a score based on the number of votes received, with more weight given to votes from outside the firm. Only lawyers who are currently licensed and practicing in Florida were eligible for selection.

The list of top vote-getters was further examined using membership status and histories provided by the Florida Bar. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing different practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists.

The resulting lists represent fewer than 1.3% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

The Legal Elite Hall of Fame comprises a distinguished group of attorneys who have consistently earned high rankings from their peers in the annual Legal Elite voting.

This year nine new members join the Hall of Fame: Silvia Morell Alderman, Edmund T. Baxa, Jr., Andrew Gerald Diaz, Manuel Farach, Leslie Jean Lott, Christian Dietrich Searcy, Howard Milton Srebnick, Dale Martin Swope and Nancy S. Weber.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Christian Searcy

Howard Srebnick

Dale Swope

Nancy Weber

Hall of Fame Inductees

Silvia Alderman

Ed Baxa

Andrew Diaz

Manny Farach

Leslie Lott

Christian Searcy

Howard Srebnick

Dale Swope

Nancy Weber

Legal Elite Digital Edition

Featured Attorney:

Raymond J. Rafool, II

» Marital & Family Law
» Commercial Litigation

Raymond J. Rafool, II, a partner at Rafool, LLC, is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, all courts in the state of Florida, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Mr. Rafool, Board Certified, by The Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law and certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as an expert in family trial law, concentrates his practice on domestic and international family law. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a 2013-2019 Super Lawyer, rated a Florida Top Lawyer in Family Law by ALM, has a perfect 10 rating from Avvo, named amongst the Top Lawyers by South Florida Legal Guide, Top 100 Lawyers by The National Advocates and Top One Percent by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel and was named to Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite in 2017 and 2019.

Rafool, LLC
2665 S. Bayshore Drive, Suite 1204 | Miami, FL 33133
(305) 567-9400 • Raymond@Rafool.com

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