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Lowndes Welcomes Five New Associates

October 27, 2021

Lowndes is pleased to announce the addition of five new associates to the firm: Kelsey Burgess, Jake Herrel, Shane Horton, Savannah Stewart and Lauren Thronson.

“We are excited to welcome these five talented attorneys to our firm,” said Lowndes CEO and President William T. Dymond, Jr. “Each of them brings unique experiences and credentials that have energized the firm and will enable our continued ability to deliver exceptional service to our clients across a broad section of legal practice areas.”

Burgess joins the firm’s Corporate, Business and Tax Department, focusing her practice on corporate and securities law, with a special emphasis on representing public and private clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, business transactions, financing and other general corporate and securities matters. Before joining Lowndes, she was an attorney in the financial restructuring and insolvency practice of an Am Law Top 10 law firm in Miami. Burgess earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as executive forum editor of the Florida Law Review.

Herrel joins the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental Group, focusing his practice on assisting clients with obtaining entitlements and permit approvals for a wide range of real estate projects. He also assists with complex business and transactional matters. Herrel previously served as a summer clerk at Lowndes and as a legal intern for both a large, national insurance company and the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas. He earned his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, where he served as executive articles editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal and executive editor of the Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law.

Horton joins the firm’s Construction and Commercial Litigation Department, concentrating his practice in the areas of construction law, creditors rights and commercial litigation. He also assists with a variety of legal matters related to eminent domain and family law. A former high school teacher, he served as a summer law clerk for both the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and Lowndes while in law school. Horton earned his J.D., from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he served a member of The Florida Moot Court Team and the Journal of Technology Law & Policy.

Stewart joins the firm’s Hospitality and Leisure Group, focusing her practice on assisting a broad array of leisure and hospitality clients, as well as landlords, developers and investment firms, with legal issues related to operations, acquisitions, development, leasing and financing. Before joining Lowndes, Stewart worked as a summer law clerk with the firm and had internships with Regions Bank, a large nonprofit organization, a guardianship attorney and a family law attorney. She earned her J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School, where she served as a Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow, as articles editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and as Chief Justice of Cumberland's Honor Court.

Thronson joins the firm’s Commercial Leasing Group, concentrating her practice on assisting clients with commercial real estate transactions in connection with the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of commercial real estate projects across a variety of sectors. During law school, she was a summer clerk for Lowndes and a legal intern for a civil and criminal litigation firm. Before law school, she was a geophysical content writer and a geologic technician. Thronson earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a member of the University of Miami Law Review and the University of Miami Trial Team.

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Kelsey

Kelsey Burgess is an attorney in the Corporate, Business and Tax Department. She primarily focuses her practice on corporate and securities law, with a special emphasis on representing public and private clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, business transactions, financing and other general corporate and securities matters.

Kelsey also has experience advising clients regarding complex bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights matters, and she has represented debtors and official unsecured creditors’ committees in complex Chapter 11 proceedings.

Prior to joining Lowndes, Kelsey was an attorney with an Am Law Top 10 law firm in Miami, Florida, where she handled bankruptcy and insolvency issues for clients in a broad range of industries.

Kelsey earned her undergraduate degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida and her law degree cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, she was named to the Dean’s List every semester and was recognized with Book Awards in both Civil Procedure and Trial Practice. She also served as executive forum editor of the Florida Law Review and as a federal judicial intern at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

In her free time, Kelsey is an avid reader and enjoys cooking and baking, taking Peloton classes and visiting Walt Disney World.

Jake
Jake Herrel is an attorney practicing in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group. He specializes in guiding clients through the sometimes-confusing process of land development, assisting with obtaining entitlements and permit approvals for a wide range of real estate projects, including major commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments. Jake also assists with complex negotiations and business matters.

Jake comes to the firm by way of Texas, and like any true Texan, Jake is a straight shooter when it comes to providing his clients with the information they need, when they need it, in order to maximize their investments. Jake places a special focus on understanding his client’s objectives and motivations, both long-term and short-term, and he prides himself on being able to help clients develop even the wildest plans from concept to buildout.

Jake earned his bachelor’s degree in government with honors from The University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, Jake garnered a reputation as an accomplished negotiator, having successfully represented multiple pro bono clients at mediations and securing one of the largest Texas special education settlements in history. He also served as president of the Texas Real Estate Law Society and coached the Phi Delta Phi undergraduate mock trial team in his spare time. Jake counseled business and nonprofit clients as a part of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, and he was selected as a prestigious Mithoff Pro Bono Scholar. Jake served as both executive articles editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal and executive editor of the Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law.

Prior to joining Lowndes as an attorney, Jake was a summer clerk with the firm. During law school, he worked as a legal intern for a large, national insurance company and as an intern for the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas.

Jake currently serves as treasurer of the Orange County Bar Association’s Real Property Committee. When not practicing law, Jake enjoys traveling with his wife, golf, fishing, and supporting the arts in and around Orlando.

Shane

Shane Horton is an attorney in the firm’s Construction and Commercial Litigation Department. He concentrates a significant portion of his practice in the areas of construction law, creditors rights and commercial litigation. Shane also assists with a variety of legal matters related to eminent domain and family law. 

Shane earned his juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida. During law school, he was a member of The Florida Moot Court Team and the Journal of Technology Law & Policy. He also served as a summer law clerk for both the United States District Court for The Southern District of Florida and Lowndes. Before attending law school, Shane was a high school history teacher and basketball coach.

When not in the office, Shane enjoys basketball, coaching, and cheering on the Florida Gators football team.


Savannah
Savannah Stewart is an attorney practicing in the firm’s Hospitality and Leisure Practice Group. Her practice focuses on assisting a broad array of clients, including restaurants and bars, hotels and resorts, shopping centers and retail businesses, as well as landlords, developers and investment firms, with legal issues related to operations, acquisitions, development, leasing and financing.

Savannah earned her juris doctorate from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law and her MBA and bachelor’s degree in business administration cum laude from Samford University. While attending law school, she served as a Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow, as articles editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and as Chief Justice of Cumberland's Honor Court. She also spent two semesters abroad in China studying Mandarin Chinese while pursuing a minor in world languages. 

Before joining Lowndes as an attorney, Savannah worked as a summer clerk with the firm. Her legal experience also includes internships with Regions Bank, a large nonprofit organization, a guardianship attorney and a family law attorney.

When not practicing law, Savannah enjoys traveling, cooking and baking, and tennis and fitness.

Lauren

Lauren Thronson is an attorney in the firm’s Commercial Leasing Group. She assists clients with commercial real estate transactions in connection with the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of commercial real estate projects across a variety of sectors, including industrial, mixed-use, office, retail, hotels, and multifamily.

Lauren earned her juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in geology from the College of William and Mary. During law school, she was a member of the University of Miami Law Review and the University of Miami Trial Team. She also worked as a summer clerk for Lowndes and as a legal intern for a civil and criminal litigation firm.

Before attending law school, Lauren was a geophysical content writer for the Smithsonian Institute and a geologic technician for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy.

When not in the office, Lauren enjoys running, hiking and traveling.

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