Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP announce the promotion of two associates — Javier A. Alvarez and Manuel M. Rodriguez — to partner. Alvarez graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005 and has a bachelor’s of science from the University of Florida. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has an undergraduate degree from Florida International University.
Israel “Izzy” Alfonso has joined Akerman LLP as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice group in Miami. He joins the firm from Greenberg Traurig. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Miami and his J.D. from New York University.
Alan K. Fertel will be a partner in the Miami-Dade office of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske. He will be a senior member of the litigation division Before his new job, Fertel was with Boyd & Jenerette. He has a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.
The best advice he ever received: ‘Treat all people with respect regardless of whether they were the chief bottle washer or the Chief Executive Officer.’
Brian H. Bieber and Joel Hirschhorn, formerly the principals of Hirschhorn & Bieber, have joined GrayRobinson as shareholders, where they will continue practicing criminal and white-collar defense. Bieber received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law; Hirschhorn received his from the University of Wisconsin.
Antonio Castro has been named managing partner of Infante Zumpano, LLC, in Coral Gables. Castro, a former prosecutor, is a commercial trial lawyer and is chair of the firm’s litigation department. Before joining Infante Zumpano in 2010, he was a name partner at Rivero Mestre & Castro, and was previously litigation counsel at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. He holds a bachelor’s from Columbia University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.