Port Everglades has named Fred Stribling as assistant director of business development. Before joining Port Everglades, he served as vice president of marketing and sales for the South Carolina State Ports Authority. He has also worked as port manager at the container terminal in Baltimore, Maryland, and as director of client services for Sea-Land’s 12-terminal North American Network.
The Broward County Port Everglades Department recently named Alan Hill as director of administration. Before this role, Hill worked as acting director of the port’s business development division for the last six months. He joined the Port Everglades Authority in 1992 as its first revenue auditor. He was then promoted to business development manager in 2001 and assistant director of business development in 2008.
Port Everglades has announced that Michael Vanderbeek is the new director of business development. Vanderbeek previously served as manager of business development and manager of strategic planning for the Port of Long Beach. He has experience in managing business and economic development, including identifying new market opportunities.
Avery A. Dial, Peter J. Melaragno, Richard P. Morris, and Yelena Shneyderman have been promoted to shareholders at the law firm of Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
Dial is a member of the firm’s insurance group. He focuses his practice on products liability, professional and medical liability, general liability, bad faith and transportation issues. He joined the firm in 2009 and works out of the Fort Lauderdale office.
Melaragno focuses his practice on toxic tort litigation. He represents manufacturers, distributors, insurers and retailers in the defense of claims that arise from alleged exposure to hazardous materials. He has been with the firm since 2003 and works out of the Miami office.
Morris is a member of the firm’s aviation group. His practice focuses on the defense of casualty and commercial litigation claims involving aviation, maritime, premises and products liability, medical malpractice, and general liability. He has been with the firm for three years and works at the Miami office.
Shneyderman is a member of the insurance group. She represents major insurance carriers and focuses her insurance defense practice on coverage disputes and bad faith litigation. She has worked with the firm for the last three years at the Fort Lauderdale office.
Steven M. Harper has been promoted to partner in the Miami law firm Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O'Connor Albert & Dribin LLP. He was an associate with the firm for five years. He will focus his practice on aviation and maritime finance, taxation and regulation. He also works in the firm’s international and corporate practice groups, structuring corporate entities via shareholder and partnership agreements that enhance international tax and estate planning goals, and in structuring licensing, distribution and other cross-border transactions.
Carol Finklehoffe and Robert Peltz have joined Leesfield & Partners, P.A. as partners in the firm. Both attorneys will focus on maritime litigation and cruise ship liability matters.
Finklehoffe is an active trial attorney in state and federal courts throughout Florida. The main concentration of her practice is in complex personal injury, wrongful death, and sexual assault and harassment claims on commercial and private vessels. She also is a trained Civil Circuit Court mediator.
Peltz has more than three decades experience as a trial attorney focusing on maritime law and general tort liability in various fields, including products liability and professional negligence. He is chairman of the nationwide Maritime Law Association’s Passenger and Cruise Ship Committee. He was president of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association and the Florida Maritime Law Association.