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Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Attorneys Rated 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 18, 2018

ORLANDO, FL – Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., is pleased to announce that 23 of the firm's attorneys have been named Florida Super Lawyers for 2018 by Super Lawyers magazine. Additionally 8 of the firm's attorneys have been recognized as the 2018 Florida Rising Stars. These attorneys are recognized for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their field.

The Super Lawyer selection process is a combination of balloting, blue ribbon panel review and independent research. Rising Stars are lawyers under the age of 40, or have been in practice for ten years or less and are chosen as a result of surveys completed by recently recognized Super Lawyers.

The Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. attorneys on the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Rising Stars list includes the following:

2018 Super Lawyers winners:

Dellinger, Richard S.
Dobrev, Alex
Dymond, Jr., William T.
Fitzgerald, Miranda F.
Frey, Julia L.
Gebaide, Rachel D.
Gibbons, Michael R.
Gibbs, Jon M.
Gorovitz, Aaron J.
Huels, Jonathan P.
Johnson, Jason W.
Kantor, Hal H.
Lane, Joseph A.
McIntosh, Daniel F.
McNeill, Greg
Rader, Shawn G.
Ryan, Michael
Stanley, Norma
Toscano, James S.
Young, Terry C.

2018 Super Lawyers – Rising Star winners:

Edwards, Jr., Ronald D.
Gluck, Andrew
Lynch, Melody B.
Provenzale, Mike
Rhoden, Rebecca E.
Tedrow, Tara L.
Walda, Laura
Walson, James E.

New Attorneys to the list this year are:

Dobrev, Alex
Gluck, Andrew
Huels, Jonathan P.
McNeill, Greg

Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., is a multi-discipline business law firm. Our attorneys represent corporate, entrepreneurial and individual clients across a myriad of industries locally, nationally and beyond our borders, from offices in Orlando, Mount Dora and Melbourne, and through Meritas, an established global alliance of independent law firms offering local insight, local rates and world-class client service. LOCAL ROOTS. BROAD REACH.SM


Alexander

Alex Dobrev works with investors, developers and lenders on the acquisition, disposition, development and financing of multifamily, condominium and other commercial real estate projects, often involving distressed properties. He has significant experience evaluating, structuring and negotiating large-scale mixed-use development projects.


Chair of the firm's Multifamily & Condominium Group, Alex frequently handles "broken" or "fractured" condominium projects in connection with lenders, bulk investors, and receivers to evaluate and implement exit strategies, including possible unwinding of the condominium regime, while identifying and minimizing potential successor developer liabilities and related risks.

Alex also counsels clients regarding Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) compliance matters, including full and partial exemptions from the Act and overall offering structure.

An active member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, Alex serves on the Section’s Executive Council and as co-chair of the Condominium & Planned Development, Information Technology, and Professionalism & Ethics Committees. He is also chair of the Commercial Real Estate Committee’s Blockchain & Digital Assets Task Force.

Aaron

For more than 30 years, Aaron Gorovitz's law practice has centered around large and complex commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate projects throughout Central Florida.

Aaron is often involved in site selection and due diligence, and is lead counsel in the procurement of Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs), transit-oriented development, comprehensive plan designations, zonings and other governmental approvals and entitlements. He also formulates public/private partnerships, and takes a lead role in the development, financing and leasing of projects.

Under Aaron’s leadership, the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental Group was involved in many of the most recognizable public-private partnership projects in Central Florida, including the Amway Center, the CNL Center at City Commons, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Citrus Bowl, to name a few.

Most often, he finds himself in the role of an all-around trusted advisor to some of Central Florida’s largest developers and philanthropists. “It’s a role that I am completely comfortable with,” says Aaron. “I have always been committed to the success and development of my clients,” he continues, “putting their agendas before my own. I try to do more listening than talking, so that I know what issues and concerns keep them awake at night.” It is that allegiance to his clients that has contributed to Aaron’s numerous recognitions — and the foundation for the relationships he has developed.

“I believe that my clients’ trust extends beyond doing good work,” Aaron explains. “It is a deeper, broader trust that is based on both professional competence and personal relationships, and I am forever grateful for that trust.”

Chambers USA (2017)* reports that Aaron impresses with his handling of a broad range of transactional real estate matters. He recently advised home builder Park Square Enterprises on the $59 million acquisition, and subsequent financing, of 16 vacant sites intended for residential development.

In addition to his busy law practice, Aaron is deeply involved in his community. As the former chair of the Central Florida Partnership (CFP), he traveled to Washington D.C. with other CFP regional leaders last year to help advance Central Florida’s growing industries: hospitality, travel and tourism, research funding and entrepreneurship. As a member of CFP’s Core Strategy Group, he spent countless hours working side-by-side with community leaders to bring SunRail to Central Florida. Along with chairing the CFP’s Transportation Task Force, Aaron chaired many of the CFP’s committees addressing other key regional issues, including capital, homelessness and water, among others.

His long-time commitment to the community has also included involvement in a number of organizations,  including serving on the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Central Florida, the executive committee of the Jewish National Fund and the American Diabetes Association’s Father’s Day Council.

Aaron has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the community, both in business and for his charitable work. He is always raising his hand in service with quiet strength and unwavering commitment.

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Joseph

Joe Lane is board certified in construction law by The Florida Bar, and he has practiced in the construction law field continuously since 1978.


Joe practices a wide spectrum of construction law, including preparation of,or modification of standard forms for construction documents for commercial projects, including CM, CM at risk, stipulated sum, cost-plus/GMP and subcontract documents for all types of commercial projects. He also practices in the area of construction defects, including representation of claimants and defendants in defect claims, including related property insurance claims, general liability insurance claims, and builder’s risk insurance claims. He also handles public bid and procurement protests.

Joe is a member of the ABA Section on the Construction Industry and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice.  He has served as both a binding and non-binding court-appointed arbitrator in arbitrations involving complex construction claims and disputes. He has also served as a mediator in numerous mediations over the years.

Actively involved in Boy Scout adult leadership, Joe serves as the Finance Chair for the Ft. Gatlin District of the Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Miranda

Randi Fitzgerald focuses her practice on land use, zoning, environmental matters and real estate development, including comprehensive planning, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), DRI rescission, annexation, concurrency, vested rights and property rights issues.


Randi has served as lead counsel for more than 35 DRI’s and has represented both property owners and local governments. She represents clients in all phases of development for commercial, residential and mixed-use projects, including site selection, due diligence, and procurement of land use approvals and entitlements.

Randi’s depth of experience crosses multiple jurisdictions throughout Central Florida. She has worked with clients to establish, develop and manage large scale mixed-use developments in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard and Lake Counties. She has often served in a strategic management role with consultant teams on large and complex projects, and has negotiated development agreements, road network agreements, development orders, utility agreements, school capacity enhancement agreements and mitigation agreements. 

In addition, Randi is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court and Appellate Mediator, concentrating in intergovernmental disputes and private and public disputes affecting real property. She also serves as a Special Magistrate in cases brought under §70.51 F.S., the Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act.

Chambers USA (2019)* reports that Randi enjoys a strong market reputation with market sources, who describe her as “highly regarded.” She draws on a wide range of experience in the planning and approval of projects, with strength in handling mixed-use developments.

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Julia

Julie Frey is a shareholder and chair of the Private Wealth Services group. She is board certified by The Florida Bar. Her principal areas of practice are estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianship, elder law and federal tax.

Julie counsels a broad range of clients, including high net worth clients with needs for sophisticated estate planning techniques, physicians and others who have specific needs with respect to asset protection, couples who are in second marriages, domestic partners, “sandwich generation” individuals who have planning concerns for their parents, their children and themselves, and individuals with a net worth that may not be subject to estate tax but who have planning needs and concerns for children, special needs trusts and other important issues.

Julie works with individuals and families to plan family wealth transfers consistent with the family’s goals and with federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning. Techniques include wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), sales to intentionally defective trusts, charitable trusts, charitable foundations, marital deduction planning and generation-skipping transfer tax planning.

Since the nature of the estate and gift transfer tax system encourages gifts, Julie prepares a variety of irrevocable trusts that can serve as vehicles for making lifetime gifts to family members, thereby reducing the effective rate of transfer tax. Julie prepares federal estate and gift tax returns. She represents trustees and personal representatives in their administration of trusts and estates. At other times, she assists beneficiaries with the enforcement of their rights in an estate and/or trust.

Julie also represents parties with respect to trust construction matters and will contests with the firm’s litigation group.

Rachel

Rachel D. Gebaide is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and chair of the Labor and Employment Law Group. She is an experienced employment litigator and adviser, counseling companies in the management of their human resources issues.


Rachel regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies in defending against claims involving allegations of employment discrimination and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and other employment laws. She also defends discrimination claims arising under the Fair Housing Act.  

In addition to her litigation practice, Rachel drafts and reviews employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-competition agreements, separation agreements, and other personnel documents. She regularly advises clients regarding workplace issues and compliance with the FMLA, FLSA, WARN Act, the Affordable Care Act, and other employment laws. Rachel also has extensive experience in conducting independent investigations. 

A frequent speaker, Rachel often writes articles on developing issues in labor and employment law for client-focused publications, legal industry news outlets, and the firm’s employment law blog

Rachel is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. She is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association, having served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee. Rachel is active in the Litigation and Employment Law Group of Meritas, a global alliance of independent law firms. 

She also serves as Executive Vice President of Congregation Ohev Shalom and Vice President, Legal of TOP Jewish Foundation. 

Michael

A LEED-certified attorney, Michael Gibbons represents owners, developers, contractors, design professionals and subcontractors asserting a variety of construction claims (and defenses to such claims), including actions for breach of contract, delay, latent defects, water intrusion and mold, differing site conditions, extra work, indemnity and warranty.


Michael also counsels clients on issues related to construction claims of lien and surety bond claims and regularly represents clients in litigation and arbitration over construction claims of lien and payment and performance bond claims. 

Formerly an Assistant State Attorney, Michael tried over 65 cases through verdict ranging from battery and DUI to Armed Robbery and Felony Murder. He has tried a variety of civil cases as well, and has substantial experience litigating ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) cases in Federal Court under Title III of the ADA where accessibility to public accommodations is at issue.

In addition to litigating design and construction related claims, Michael often represents owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, and sub-contractors in the preparation and negotiation of design and construction contracts. His experience litigating construction claims helps Michael identify problematic and unfavorable contract language. Conversely, his experience drafting and negotiating complex construction contracts makes Michael a more informed and knowledgeable litigator when a client needs a forceful advocate on a construction contract issue. A reasonable and clearly expressed allocation of commercial risks, rights and liabilities is essential to a good design or construction contract and critical for reducing the risk of later claims.

Accredited by the Green Building Certification Institute as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate, Michael is a frequent speaker and author on the subject of managing risks in sustainable design and construction contracts. He has significant experience drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts incorporating sustainability principles including LEED standards.

Jon

Jon Gibbs is the co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Services Group and represents clients in a broad spectrum of intellectual property matters, including intellectual property protection, licensing, litigation, auditing and due diligence.


Jon counsels clients on brand management strategies, selection and clearance of trademarks and service marks, policing and enforcement issues and securing rights in proprietary discoveries and works through patent, copyright and trade secret protection.

He conducts due diligence investigations in connection with intellectual property transactions, negotiates and drafts intellectual property transfer and license agreements, and documents co-existence agreements.

Jon has litigated and defended matters involving claims of trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, trade dress infringement, false advertising, copyright infringement, cybersquatting, patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. He has handled numerous matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in addition to litigating domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP).

He is also a general aviation pilot and a United States Coast Guard licensed Captain.

Jonathan

Jonathan Huels has a broad background in environmental law, land use and zoning. He works with local governments and other federal and state regulatory authorities to address the needs of his clients related to environmental permitting and compliance, brownfields, petroleum and hazardous waste assessment and remediation, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI's), golf course and other types of property redevelopment, due diligence, and property rights. 

A member and past chairman of the City of Orlando's Municipal Planning Board, Jonathan is also a past member and chairman of the Orange County Environmental Protection Commission. In addition, Jonathan previously served on the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Section of The Florida Bar from 2014-2020. He is an active member of the Coastal Conservation Association.

Huels holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Florida and the University of Idaho. He received his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Prior to attending law school, Jonathan worked as a research scientist with the South Florida Water Management District.

Jason

“It’s a phase.”

That was Jason’s dad’s response when Jason told his dad he was going to law school – a predictable reaction, since Jason’s undergraduate degree was in Animal Science (pre-veterinary medicine).  Even more startling to his dad: Jason had already studied for and taken the entrance exam, applied to law schools, and secured acceptance and student loans before ever telling his dad about his plan.  More than 20 years later, his dad has long-since come around to the idea that he was meant to do this.

Jason believes there are two types of litigators—problem creators and problem solvers—and Jason is a problem solver. For his clients, that means looking for ways to achieve their goals in the most efficient, cost-effective way. Recognizing that there is a bit of an inherent tension in being a litigator, as often, the better you are at your job, the better you are at taking work off your own plate, Jason often jokes with his clients that “While I am all about the ‘Jason Johnson Full-Employment Program,’ it may not be in your best interests to implement that program, and it is your interests that must control.”  It is the creativity required to be a problem solver that is one of the reasons he most enjoys litigation.  Opponents who mistake his professionalism and reasonableness for weakness, though, do so at their peril, as being a problem solver and a zealous advocate are not mutually exclusive traits.

Jason is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. He is a commercial litigator and the senior member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Creditors' Rights practices. Jason represents commercial lending institutions, REITs, hedge funds, equity groups, financial services corporations, equipment lessors, commercial landlords, real estate developers, asset purchasers, and other secured and unsecured creditors in federal and state court matters throughout the State of Florida. His extensive experience in all aspects of bankruptcy, commercial foreclosure and workout proceedings have ranged to cases involving client assets exceeding $50-billion-dollars and claims exceeding $1-billion-dollars.

Jason also handles “white collar” criminal matters which, not surprisingly, sometimes flow from creditors’ rights cases. Additionally, Jason is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator, acting as a trusted and effective mediator to help warring parties resolve their complex commercial litigation and complex bankruptcy litigation matters.

With deep roots in Florida, Jason has developed longstanding relationships in Central Florida’s business and political circles. He began his law career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Arthur B. Briskman of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. A former President and current Board member of the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, Jason is a longstanding leader in the Central Florida bankruptcy bar.

When not practicing law, Jason enjoys road cycling, Gator athletics, drinking fine bourbon, and spending time with his wife and daughter. Though he grew up surfing the warm waters off the Florida coast, he is more likely to be found on any present-day vacation sliding down the snow-covered Alps than at the beach.  He is happy to discuss your legal issues, his shift from vet school to the law, or about some of his more “interesting” Animal Science experiences—just don’t ask about the latter over dinner.

Hal

Recognized by Florida Trend magazine as a “Must-Know Contact” and one of Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, Hal Kantor has long been a leader in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental and Real Estate Groups.

For more than 50 years, he has been advising local, national and international clients in the areas of land use approvals, development issues and all the many facets that entails, as well as real estate transactions and finance.

Often the “attorney of last resort” in difficult and complex cases, many clients turn to Hal for his creative expertise, particularly when all else has failed. Working in combination with professional consultants and the firm’s land use litigation attorneys, he has built a well-known reputation for maneuvering even the most challenging real estate and land use issues to a successful conclusion.

Hal devotes much of his personal time to arts and cultural organizations, having served as chairman of the board for WMFE/90.7 Public Broadcasting, the Orlando Museum of Art, and United Arts. He has also served on the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board, as well as many civic boards for various local governments. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Award, among others.

"Hal Kantor has a longstanding reputation in the Florida market. He draws on his vast experience to counsel clients on land use, zoning and environmental matters. 'Hal Kantor is THE zoning and land use lawyer in Orlando.'" - Chambers USA 2022*


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