February 25, 2024
Notable - Managing Partners

As companies in general navigate ever-changing economic tides, so too must law firms large and small. Critical to charting a safe course, foreseeing change and pursuing repeated success is the experience and vision of the firm’s leadership. A key player on that team is the managing partner, whose responsibilities range from representing the firm and setting long-term growth strategies to overseeing personnel and managing operations day to day. They are leaders and they are mentors.

Florida Trend received scores of nominations for exceptional lawyers from firms across Florida — some small with one office and a dozen employees; others huge with a thousand lawyers and locations worldwide. After editorial review based on specific criteria, the following outstanding managing partners have been named to this inaugural Legal Elite NOTABLE special section. Read on to learn about each individual — their managing partner roles, their accomplishments and the firms they guide.

Notable - Managing Partners

Stephenie Anthony

Anthony & Partners

Beatriz Azcuy

Sidley Austin

Steven Bagen

Bagen Law Accident Injury Lawyers

Nelson Bellido

Roig Lawyers

Robert Bivins

Bivins & Hemenway

Bradley Blystone

Marshall Dennehey

Michael J. Brevda

Senior Justice Law Firm

Benjamin Brown

Quarles & Brady

Bertha Burrezo

Burruezo & Burruezo

Dean Cannon


Marc Chapman

Dean Mead

Ronald A. Christaldi

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Jennifer B. Compton

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Michael Costello

Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor

Jaret Davis

Greenberg Traurig

Paul Donnelly

Donnelly & Gross

Susan Eisenberg

Cozen O’Connor

Heath Eskalyo

Kelley Kronenberg

Daniel Etlinger

Jennis Morse Etlinger

Micheael Fichtel

Kelley Kronenberg

Cherie Fine

Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano

Eli Franks

Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt

Tracy L. Gerber

Greenberg Traurig

Brian Gilchrist

Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist

Peter Gladstone

Gladstone & Weissman

David Goldman

Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh

Jack Gordon

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Laura Gross

Donnelly & Gross

Michael Haggard

The Haggard Law Firm

James Haliczer

Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm

Mya Hatchette

Maynard Nexsen

Scott Hawkins

Jones Foster

Donald Hayden

Mark Migdal & Hayden

Christine Howard

Fisher Phillips

Yosbel Ibarra

Greenberg Traurig

Lee Kantor

Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor

Joshua Kaye

DLA Piper

Jay Kim

Kim Vaughan Lerner

Alan Kluger

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine

Christopher Knight

Fowler White Burnett

Judd Koenig

Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt

Michael Lundy

Older Lundy Koch & Martino

Damian Mallard

Mallard Perez

Steven Marks

Podhurst Orseck

Enrique Martin

Winston & Strawn

Craig Mayfield

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Sigrid McCawley

Boies Schiller Flexner

Jack McElroy

Shutts & Bowen

Sean McQuaid

Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid

Jorge Mestre

Rivero Mestre

Daniel Novigrod

Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor

Eric Ostroff

Meland Budwick

Luis Perez


Jorge Piedra

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

Scott Plankey

Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor

Michael Platner

Lewis Brisbois

Stuart Ratzan

Ratzan Weissman & Boldt

Oscar Rivera

Siegfried Rivera

Andres Rivero

Rivero Mestre

Jim Robbins

Hill Ward Henderson

William Roppolo

Baker McKenzie

Gary Rosen

Becker & Poliakoff

Ryan Scarpa

Block & Scarpa

William Scherer

Conrad & Scherer

David Simmons

de Beaubien, Simmons, Knight, Mantzaris & Neal

Steven Sonberg

Holland & Knight

Adele Stone

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Jesus Suarez


Michelle Suskauer

Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein

Marie Tomassi

Trenam Law

Bart Valdes

de Beaubien, Simmons, Knight, Mantzaris & Neal

Howard Wander

Kelley Kronenberg

David Weinstein

Greenberg Traurig

Cheryl Wilke

Lewis Brisbois

Jean Wilson

Greenberg Traurig

Randolph Wolfe

Foley & Lardner

Stephen Zack

Boies Schiller Flexner

Hope Zelinger

Bressler, Amery & Ross

Steven Zelkowitz

Taylor English Duma

Joseph Zumpano

Zumpano Patricios

Methodology: The individuals did not pay to be included. Their profiles were written from the nomination materials submitted. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only individuals for whom nominations were received and accepted after a review by editors. To qualify for the list, nominees must be in good-standing with the Florida Bar; be based in Florida; serve in a managing partner or equivalent role with a professional staff size of at least 10; have practiced at least 10 years; and have made a significant impact in their field. Nominees must also mentor other attorneys, promote inclusive practices in the workplace, and show leadership in professional organizations and civic/community service initiatives.

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