Chambers USA Acknowledges 58 Attorneys From Holland & Knight

Friday, July 1, 2005 - 01:00

Holland & Knight LLP recently announced that 58 of the firm's attorneys have been selected for the third edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers 2005-2006.The firm also received the No. 1 ranking in Florida in Chambers USA for the following four practice areas: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Construction and Tax.

The 58 Holland & Knight lawyers honored this year include: Alcides Avila, Banking & Finance; Bernard Barton, Tax; Rodney H. Bell, Corporate/M&A; Thomas Brownell, Construction; Kinder Cannon, Corporate/ M&A; Lawrence Curtin, Environment; Harold T. Daniel, Litigation; Laurie Webb Daniel, Litigation; William deMeza, Employment, and James E. Ervin, Tax.

Also, Guy Farmer, Employment; Daniel Fessler, Energy; Leonard Gilbert, Bankruptcy; Norman Glasgow Jr., Real Estate; Joseph Goldstein, Real Estate; Robert Grammig, Corporate/ M&A; Nancy Hengen, Shipping; Jerome Hoffman, Antitrust; John M. Hogan, Litigation, and Mark E. Holcomb, Tax.

Also, Marilyn Holifield, Employment; William J. Honan III, Shipping; Chester D. Hooper, Shipping; Thomas J. Jones, Insurance; David S. Kahn, Real Estate; Robert Labate, Media & Entertainment; Gael Mahony, Litigation; Juan Mayol, Real Estate; Neal McNamara, Employment Litigation, and Morris Miller, Healthcare.

Also, John K. Monaghan, Bankruptcy; William Mutryn Corporate/ Commercial; Tracy A. Nichols, Litigation; Mary Ann Oakley, Employment; Gary R. Pannone, Corporate/M&A; William Piels, Aviation; John Pritchard, Aviation; Whayne Quin, Real Estate; Wilfredo A. Rodriguez, Arbitration, and James Seay, Real Estate.

Also, Lawrence Sellers, Environment; James Shirley, Shipping; Roger Sims, Environment; Robert H. Smith, Hotels and Resorts; Steven Sonberg, Corporate/M&A; Rodolfo Sorondo, Litigation; Brian Starer, Shipping; Andrew Stephenson, Construction; Peter Strand, Media & Entertainment, and Charles Stutts, Banking & Finance.

Also, Ben Subin, Construction; Audrey L. Sung, Shipping; Jovi Tenev, Shipping; Charles D. Tobin, Media & Entertainment; David Tracy, Real Estate; Alan Vollmann, Real Estate; Andrew Weinstein, Tax, and Christopher Weiss, Construction.

Holland & Knight's legislative and regulatory practice has bolstered its government procurement capabilities with the addition of a lawyer experienced in providing strategic guidance to government contractors. Mary Ann Gilleece has joined the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group as a partner in the Washington, DC office, and will assist corporations in the development and implementation of their strategic business plans.Ms. Gilleece has extensive experience counseling domestic and foreign corporations on a wide spectrum of issues related to legislative, government contract and business matters.

Holland & Knight also has announced that the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) has awarded the firm its prestigious Harmony Award for the firm's pro bono work on behalf of five gay men seeking U.S. asylum. Holland & Knight's Community Services Team and its Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Work Group provided the legal representation. Holland & Knight is the first law firm to receive the Harmony Award.

Among those who have been helped in their asylum claims in the U.S. are: a gay man who was imprisoned by the Egyptian government after being entrapped by a police officer; a gay man who fled Iran after being subjected to sexual abuse and mistreatment by a member of the religious police; a gay man tortured in Gambia, and a gay man from Guyana who was raped and tortured after being deported from the U.S. in 1996. Holland & Knight continues to represent a gay man who was threatened by the Mexican police and harassed.

"Our firm's founder, Chesterfield Smith, imbued Holland & Knight lawyers with a sense of community purpose and the recognition that we have a professional duty to provide needy people and groups with free legal services," said Howell Melton, Holland & Knight's managing partner. "We're so proud of our team for upholding the tradition and making a difference in the lives of these five men, who were persecuted by foreign governments - and in some cases, subjected to torture - solely because of their sexual orientation."