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Four Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Attorneys Promoted To Shareholder In 2017

February 01, 2017

Orlando, FL - Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is pleased to announce that the firm has promoted Jennifer R. Dixon, Ronald D. Edwards, Jr., Michael S. Provenzale and Stephen C. Thomas to the position of shareholder, effective February 1, 2017. Dixon and Thomas most recently served as of counsel to the firm. Edwards and Provenzale most recently served as senior associates at the firm. Thomas is located in the firm’s Melbourne office while Dixon, Edwards and Provenzale are located in the firm’s main Orlando office.

“We are delighted to welcome these four outstanding attorneys into our firm’s ownership and elevate them to shareholders,” said William T. Dymond, CEO & President of the firm. “Jennifer, Ronny, Michael and Stephen are dedicated to our firm, our clients and our community, and we are certain that in their new roles they will strengthen our law firm and enhance our ability to serve our clients.”

Dixon focuses her practice on civil and administrative appeals and civil litigation in both state and federal courts, including complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and high net worth family and marital law. Dixon frequently works with real estate developers, hospitality and entertainment companies, sports organizations, outdoor advertising companies, lending institutions, educational institutions and small business owners in litigating and resolving business-related disputes. Dixon is certified by the Florida Supreme Court to act as a mediator for both circuit court cases and appeals. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Berklee College of Music and her law degree from the Florida State University College of Law.

Edwards focuses primarily on complex business, banking, contract, and real property litigation, at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal court. He regularly represents national and state banks, title insurance companies, developers, commercial landlords, business owners, franchisors, and franchisees. Edwards received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Provenzale focuses on representing institutional and private lenders in commercial loan foreclosure and other collection lawsuits, receiverships, workouts, bankruptcies, and REO dispositions throughout the state. His litigation practice also includes business, real estate, and condominium litigation. Additionally, he has experience in the area of Real Estate Transactions, Development and Finance, where he has represented a myriad of private and public clients in connection with the leasing, financing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial real estate, and has published several articles on current creditors’ rights and real estate issues. Provenzale received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law.

Thomas, a registered U.S. patent attorney, former engineer and program manager, is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. In this role, he advises business and university clients, many of whom have both domestic U.S. and global IP portfolios, in a variety of markets. He provides his clients with a full spectrum of guidance regarding IP licensing and royalty strategy, technology law, IP acquisition strategies, IP enforcement and litigation, building and maintaining an enforceable IP asset portfolio, teaming/partnering strategies for global product roll-out, time-phased product development, subcontractor management, supply chain management and related matters. Thomas remains engaged in prosecuting numerous patent and trademark applications in the USPTO and actively manages foreign patent and trademark filings in numerous foreign jurisdictions including in Europe, China, Canada, Australia, Mexico, India, South Korea and Brazil. Thomas has defended challenged patents under the new Inter Partes Review (IPR) rules at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) as well as challenged and defended trademarks at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Additionally, he has enforced intellectual property claims against Fortune 100 companies as well as numerous general business and contract related matters, in both the Federal and state courts. He is also a frequent lecturer in IP and business matters for Central Florida business incubators, universities and other organizations. Thomas received his bachelor’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and his law degree from the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School Of Law.

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Stephen

A registered U.S. patent attorney and former engineer and program manager, Stephen Thomas is a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. In this role, he advises business and university clients, many of whom have both domestic U.S. and global IP portfolios, in a variety of markets.


Stephen provides his clients with a full spectrum of guidance regarding IP licensing and royalty strategy, technology law, IP acquisition strategiesIP enforcement and litigation, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) compliance, building and maintaining an enforceable IP asset portfolio, teaming/partnering strategies for global product roll-out, time-phased product and software development, joint ventures, agreements for engineering services, subcontractor management, supply chain management and related matters. He remains engaged in prosecuting numerous patent and trademark applications before the USPTO and actively manages foreign patent and trademark filings in numerous foreign jurisdictions including jurisdictions in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

Stephen has defended challenged patents under the new Inter Partes Review (IPR) rules at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) as well as challenged and defended trademarks at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

An experienced litigator, Stephen has enforced intellectual property claims against Fortune 100 companies, as well as numerous general business and contract related matters, in both the Federal and state courts. He is also a frequent lecturer in IP and business matters for Central Florida business incubators, universities and other organizations.

Michael

Mike Provenzale is a shareholder in the Creditors’ Rights Group, representing institutional and private lenders in commercial loan foreclosure and other collection lawsuits, receiverships, workouts, bankruptcies, and REO dispositions throughout the state. His litigation practice also includes business, real estate, and condominium litigation.

Additionally, Mike has experience in the area of Real Estate Transactions, Development and Finance, where he has represented a myriad of private and public clients in connection with the leasing, financing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial real estate, and has published several articles on current creditors’ rights and real estate issues.

Jennifer

Jennifer R. Dixon is a pragmatic problem-solver. A shareholder in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group and board certified in Appellate Law by the Florida Bar, she enjoys working closely with clients to determine the best solutions for their business or personal needs and strategizing how to achieve the best outcome possible.

An experienced and versatile civil litigator, Jennifer innately understands when an issue must be decided by a jury or a judge. She is also a certified mediator who recognizes when creative solutions can be used to effectively resolve a dispute on the parties’ terms. Whether in the courtroom or at the settlement table, Jennifer is a zealous advocate who works tirelessly on behalf of her clients.

Jennifer handles civil, family law, and probate appeals on behalf of litigants and amicus curiae, and she has successfully defended judgments and obtained reversals in both state and federal appellate courts. She is also experienced handling administrative appeals before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

Acting as outside general counsel for several private enterprises, Jennifer regularly provides recommendations on issues related to risk assessment, litigation and compliance oversight, and contract administration. Her clients come from a wide variety of industries, including real estate, hospitality, construction, themed entertainment, healthcare and outdoor advertising.

Jennifer is also an experienced family and marital lawyer, frequently handling matters concerning divorce, child custody, support, and prenuptial agreements.

The depth and diversity of Jennifer’s legal experience affords her perspective in working with clients across all industries with varying legal needs.

Ronald

Ronny Edwards focuses his practice on complex business, banking, contract, and real property litigation. With an education that combines both accounting and law, he brings a valuable perspective to matters that require an understanding of financial statements, such as business transactions gone wrong, national and state banking matters, shareholder/partner disputes, fraudulent transfer claims and complex damages analyses. Ronny understands that legal problems are first and foremost business problems and counsels clients from both a business and legal perspective before, during and after litigation. In those situations where a business solution is not achievable, Ronny’s extensive courtroom experience allows him to aggressively and effectively represent his clients’ interests. 

In his practice, Ronny regularly represents national and state banks, developers, commercial landlords, business owners, franchisors and franchisees in a variety of litigation matters. He also has significant experience litigating dealer supply agreements and handling other issues in the fuel and convenience store industry, and with domesticating out-of-state and out-of-country judgments in the State of Florida. Other clients include professional athletes and professional sports organizations.  

Ronny is an accomplished litigator who handles a broad variety of high-stakes cases at the trial and appellate levels throughout the State of Florida.  He has served as lead trial counsel on bench trials, jury trials and arbitrations, and as lead appellate counsel in a number of appeals.  

When he is not in the office, Ronny enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and squeezing in a game of golf. 

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