Orlando's Best Lawyers of 2014

Get informed with our annual list of more than 400 Orlando-area attorneys, compiled by Best Lawyers in America. The annual selection features lawyers in 78 areas of practice.

Photos by Roberto Gonzalez, taken in the restored courtroom of the Orange County Regional History Center.

When you need an attorney, you want someone with a strong reputation and a proven track record. The annual Best Lawyers® list provides the names of Orlando-area attorneys most recommended by their colleagues in the field.

A national attorney evaluation firm, Woodward/White, Inc., conducted an extensive peer-review survey asking established local lawyers to name top practitioners in their particular fields.

The lawyers were asked, “If you could not handle a case yourself, to whom would you refer it?”

The 2014 list has more than 400 lawyers listed in 78 fields. Lawyers are listed alphabetically by specialty area; Woodward/White, Inc., and Orlando magazine have made every effort to ensure that the list is accurate.

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Lawyer of the Year

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments Best Lawyers conducts with leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. 

Regulatory Law

Hal H. Kantor
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed

Antitrust Law

Keith E. Rounsaville

Banking and Finance Law

Patrick T. Christiansen
Akerman LLP 

Banking and Finance
Law— Litigation

J. Jeffrey Deery
Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/
Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Peter N. Hill
Wolff, Hill, McFarlin & Herron

Bankruptcy Law—

Samuel J. Zusmann, Jr.
Holland & Knight


David S. Oliver
Morgan and Morgan

Construction Law

Christopher J. Weiss
Christopher Weiss, Attorney at Law

Construction Law—

Stephen W. Pickert
Moye, O'Brien, O'Rourke, Pickert & Dillon

Copyright Law

Ava K. Doppelt
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist

Corporate Law

Robert W. Mead, Jr.
Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth

Criminal Defense: Non-

Michael J. Snure
Snure & Ponall

Criminal Defense:

Warren W. Lindsey
Law Office of Warren W. Lindsey

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Kent L. Hipp

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Richard T. Hurt
Akerman LLP

Employment Law—Individuals

Thomas J. Pilacek
Thomas J. Pilacek & Associates  

Employment Law—Management

Susan K. McKenna
Jackson Lewis

Environmental Law

William L. Pence
Baker & Hostetler

Environmental Law—Litigation

Rory C. Ryan
Ryan Law, P.A.

Family Law

Caryn M. Green
West, Green & Associates

Government Relations Practice

Hal H. Kantor
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed

Immigration Law

Daniel R. Aidif
Daniel R. Aidif, P.A.

Insurance Law

David C. Schwartz
Mediate First, Inc.

Intellectual Property—Litigation

Gregory W. Herbert
Greenberg Traurig

Labor and Employment—Litigation

Jill S. Schwartz
Jill S. Schwartz & Associates

Labor Law—Management

Charles Robinson Fawsett
Shutts & Bowen

Land Use and Zoning Law

Cecelia Bonifay
Akerman LLP

Land Use and Zoning—Litigation

Ted B. Edwards
Foley & Lardner

Medical Malpractice Law— Defendants

Thomas E. Dukes III
McEwan, Martinez & Dukes

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Thomas M. McAleavey
Holland & Knight

Patent Law

James H. Beusse
Beusse Wolter Sanks Mora & Maire

Patent Law—  Litigation

Herbert L. Allen
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist

Personal Injury Litigation—  Defendants

John Edwin Fisher
Fisher Rushmer

Product Liability Litigation—   Defendants

Francis M. McDonald, Jr.
McDonald Toole Wiggins

Public Finance Law

Kenneth R. Artin
Bryant Miller Olive

Real Estate Law

Michael J. Grindstaff
Shutts & Bowen

Real Estate Law— Litigation

James Michael Talley
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Securities/Capital Markets Law

Mark D. Scheinblum
Mark D. Scheinblum, P.A.

Tax Law

Richard M. Robinson

Trusts and Estates— Litigation

Virginia B. Townes
Akerman LLP 

Workers' Compensation Law— Claimants

James D. Parrish
The Parrish Law Group

Workers' Compensation Law— Employers

Robert C. Barrett
Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue & McLain

These lists are excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America® 2014, which includes listings for more than 50,000 lawyers in 128 specialties, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Best Lawyers in America® is published by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, South Carolina, and can be ordered directly from the publisher. For information call 803-648-0300; write 237 Park Ave. SW, Aiken, SC 29801; email info@bestlawyers.com; or visit www.bestlawyers.com. Online subscriptions to Best Lawyers® databases are available at www.bestlawyers.comWoodward/White, Inc., has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All listed attorneys have been verified as being members in good standing with their respective state bar associations as of July 1, 2013, where that information is publicly available. Consumers should contact their state bar for verification and additional information prior to securing legal services of any attorney.
Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of this list may be made without permission of Woodward/White, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of this list without permission. “The Best Lawyers in America’’ and “Best Lawyers’’ are registered trademarks of Woodward/White, Inc.

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