George I. Platt has joined LSN Partners, a government affairs and strategic business development firm, as managing partner of the Broward office in Fort Lauderdale. He will focus on providing his expertise in government relations and strategic planning. He will continue to be Of Counsel at the firm of Shutts & Bowen to assist clients when legal services are needed. He previously served 13 years as managing partner of Shutts & Bowen in Fort Lauderdale. He also was a Broward County commissioner, serving as chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Value Adjustment Board. He also was a commissioner on the Broward County Charter Review Commission.
James J. Gangitano has joined Miami-based law firm Lyons & Lurvey, P.A. as an associate. He is a former prosecutor with 15 years of civil litigation experience. His areas of practice will include commercial litigation, business formation and transactions, securities law, tax controversy and IRS representation, government and internal investigations, and forfeiture law. He will lead the firm's corporate law practice.
Ryan Dwight O’Quinn and Ryan Stumphauzer have formed O’Quinn Stumphauzer, P.L., a boutique litigation firm in Miami. The firm will focus on government regulatory enforcement matters, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, receiverships and whistleblower suits. O’Quinn’s practice concentrates on fraud in the securities and commodities industries. For nearly a decade, he served as a key financial services regulator as senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, and as an Assistant United States Attorney with the Southern District of Florida’s Securities and Investment Fraud Initiative. Stumphauzer’s practice focuses on fraud in the health care industry. He served as the Health Care Fraud Coordinator and Deputy Chief of the Economic & Environmental Crimes Section at the United States Attorney’s Office, where he supervised the Southern District of Florida’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force.
Christopher Gagic and Sally Still have been named partners, and George Weinstein has been named Of Counsel at the law firm of Ward Damon Posner Pheterson & Bleau in West Palm Beach.
Gagic will focus his practice on estate planning, special needs planning, multigenerational family and business succession plans, probate and trusts, taxation, and federal estate and gift tax returns.
Still will specialize in employment and labor related matters, including administrative actions, federal and state court litigation, arbitration and appeals. She concentrates on Title VII, ADA, FMLA, OSHA and FLSA.
Weinstein (no photo available) will concentrate on estate planning and related income, gift and estate tax issues.
R. David Paulison, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has been elected to the board of trustees of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Paulison, a Miami-Dade resident, led FEMA from 2005 through 2009. He is credited with guiding the federal agency through the development of next-generation processes, technologies and infrastructures needed for better response to future hazards and disasters. He began his career as a firefighter in 1971 and rose to become fire chief of Dade County in 1992, a position he held through 2001. In 2001, he joined the federal government as administrator of the United States Fire Administration.
Fátima Pérez Fernández has joined Akerman Senterfitt as public policy advisor in the law firm's Miami and Tallahassee offices. She has more than 14 years experience in governmental and external affairs at the state legislative and municipal levels of government, and in the corporate communications industry.
Ron Klein, former U.S. Representative, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the law firm's public policy and regulation group. He will provide counsel to clients in transactional matters and regulatory compliance in the financial services, healthcare and energy sectors. He also will split his time among the firm's three South Florida offices and its Washington, D.C. office.
William Shepherd has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the law firm's national white collar defense team. He will work closely with members of the firm's national team concerning investigations and enforcement actions throughout Florida and across the country. He has accumulated particular expertise in the areas of healthcare and securities fraud, anti-money laundering, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. His primary focus will be on white collar criminal defense and in assisting clients with internal investigations and compliance issues. Before joining the firm, he served seven years in the Office of the Attorney General of Florida. In 2007, former Attorney General Bill McCollum appointed Shepherd as Florida's Statewide Prosecutor, responsible for leading eight offices throughout Florida in the investigation and prosecution of multi-circuit criminal activity. Shepherd also worked in the Office of the State Attorney in Miami as an assistant state attorney from 1996-2000.
Nancy L. Merolla has joined Bayview Center for Mental Health in Davie as area general manager for Broward County solutions. In Aug. 2009, she was named circuit administrator of the Florida Department of Children and Families for Broward County. Before that DCF appointment, she spent 13 years serving Broward Housing Solutions including five years on the board of directors and an additional eight years as president and chief executive officer. She also has been in the banking industry for 27 years.
Mary Young, director of the Sanford L. Ziff Graduate Career Services Center at the University of Miami School of Business Administration, has been appointed to the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. The 26 member commission serves in an advisory capacity to Miami-Dade's county commissioners and to the community on issues pertaining to women and helping improve the status of women in Miami-Dade.