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Robert Kuntz Honored

On May 6, at the Twenty-seventh Annual Dade County Bar Association and Put Something Back Recognition Luncheon, Robert Kuntz was honored for his outstanding pro bono advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

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Six Devine Goodman Attorneys Recognized in the 2016 Edition of Florida Super Lawyers

Six of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. “Super Lawyers”  lists outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. Based on a multi-phased selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, “Super Lawyers” identifies outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The attorneys listed in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers include:

John W. Devine – Real Estate, Closely Held Business, Business/Corporate
Lawrence D. Goodman – Business Litigation, Closely Held Business, Class Action/Mass Torts
Robert J. Kuntz – Business Litigation
Guy A. Rasco – Business Litigation, General Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense
Abigail C. Watts-FitzGerald – Business/Corporate, Nonprofit Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions

In addition, Leonard C. Atkins has been named a “Rising Star” for his achievements in the areas of Business Litigation and General Litigation.

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South Florida Legal Guide Recognizes Five Devine Goodman Attorneys and Firm to Top Law Firm Listing in 2016

Devine Goodman Rasco & Watts-FitzGerald, LLP is proud to announce that five lawyers from the firm were named “Top Lawyers” in the South Florida Legal Guide’s 2016 edition. In addition, the firm was recognized as a “Top Law Firm” for its commitment to excellence in the legal field.

John W. Devine – Corporate and Business, Real Estate

Lawrence D. Goodman – Commercial and Business Litigation

Robert J. Kuntz, Jr.  – Aviation, Admiralty and Maritime

Guy A. Rasco – Commercial and Business Litigation

Abigail Watts-FitzGerald – Corporate and Business, Securities

The South Florida Legal Guide continues to be recognized as an invaluable source of information for both the business and legal communities. The “Top Lawyers” list is a compilation of top attorneys across Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Top Lawyers are selected based on a peer nomination procedure. Lawyers chosen are well regarded in the legal profession, have many years of experience and have a distinguished record of achievement.

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The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 Recognizes Four Devine Goodman Rasco & Watts-FitzGerald Attorneys

DGRW is pleased to announce that John W. Devine, Lawrence D. Goodman, Guy A. Rasco and Abigail C. Watts-FitzGerald were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 edition.

John W. Devine was recognized in the fields of Real Estate and Corporate Law; Lawrence D. Goodman was listed in Commercial Litigation, Guy A. Rasco was awarded in the field of Litigation–Real Estate, and Abigail C. Watts-FitzGerald has been recognized in Mergers & Acquisitions Law in every edition since 2007.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® is based on an extensive peer-reviewed survey, through which more than 55,000 leading attorneys cast almost 6.7 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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Lawrence D. Goodman Recognized as 2015 Florida Legal Elite

Lawrence D. Goodman was recently recognized in the 2015 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. Mr. Goodman has earned recognition as a Legal Elite for his Commercial Litigation experience.

The list of 1,131 honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing within the state. The nomination process for Florida Legal Elite is open to all actively practicing Florida attorneys, who were asked to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard as professionals – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others.

The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at www.FloridaTrend.com/LegalElite.

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Devine Goodman Attorneys Honored by 2015 Super Lawyers

Devine Goodman Rasco & Watts-FitzGerald attorneys John W. Devine, Lawrence D. Goodman, Robert J. Kuntz, Guy A. Rasco & Abigail Watts-FitzGerald have been recognized in the 2015 issue of Florida Super Lawyers magazine for achievements in their practice areas. Based on a multi-phased selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, “Super Lawyers” identifies outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

John W. Devine, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department, has been named a Florida Super Lawyer in the areas of Real Estate, Closely Held Business, and Business/Corporate is . John focuses his practice on the corporate, commercial, real estate, construction and environmental areas. In the corporate area, John represents clients in matters ranging from the creation of business organizations to private placements and recapitalizations, including corporate governance issues and board and shareholder representation in corporate divorces. He also represents clients in commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing matters. John’s construction practice is centered on the representation of owners and developers in construction projects nationwide, and includes design and construction contract drafting and negotiation as well as project administration and claims management. In the environmental area, John has represented industrial, commercial, financial, and agricultural clients in a wide range of matters including petroleum, pesticide, and hazardous waste cleanups, asbestos management and abatement, corporate compliance and transaction-related issues.

Lawrence D. Goodman, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice, has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer in the areas of Business Litigation, Closely Held Business, and Class Action/Mass Torts. Larry has more than 25 years of experience as a business litigator and trial lawyer and handles cases involving complex business disputes in a wide variety of matters, including contract claims of all sorts, “corporate divorces” involving dissolution of closely-held entities, real estate litigation, aviation business disputes and civil RICO cases. Additionally, Larry has litigated many class action cases and has been class counsel in nationwide and state certified classes.

Robert J. Kuntz is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice and has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation. Robert has extensive experience representing commercial clients in a wide range of industries including aviation, shipping, private security, maritime carriage of cargo and passengers, firearms, design, garment, construction, lending, manufacturing, and gaming. He has successfully handled all manner of business disputes – including fraud, torts, contract claims, class actions, and product liability – at every stage, from pre-suit negotiations, through discovery, trials in state and federal trial courts, and to appeal.

Guy A. Rasco, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice, has been chosen as a Florida Super Lawyer in the areas of Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Defense and General Litigation. Guy is a trial lawyer and focuses his practice on commercial litigation and business disputes, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, real estate litigation, disputes involving contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code, bank litigation, securities litigation, international litigation and arbitrations, matters involving allegations of fraud, including the defense of businesses and entities sued by governmental agencies such as the FDA, FTC, SEC, CFTC, and DOL, and white collar criminal issues, including grand jury matters, asset forfeiture and whistle blower suits. Guy’s clients include multi-national banks and corporations, closely held business entities, and individuals residing in the United States and abroad.

Abigail Watts-FitzGerald, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department, has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, and Nonprofit Organizations. Abi represents public and private clients across a broad range of industries and serves as outside general counsel to various for profit and nonprofit entities. Her practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; corporations; partnerships, joint ventures and LLCs; tax-exempt organizations (both public charities and private foundations); sports and entertainment law and sponsorships; naming rights; closely-held corporations, shareholders agreements, employment agreements and restrictive covenants; intellectual property matters; and distribution and licensing agreements. Abi was recently recognized for her 36 years of experience providing legal advice to nonprofit organizations and their boards of directors by Corporate America Legal Elite, being designated the Best for Nonprofit Entities in the State of Florida. Over the years, Abi has represented a variety of nonprofit organizations and their boards as outside general counsel, including, without limitation, The Orange Bowl Committee, Inc., Gulliver Schools, Inc., Norton Museum of Art, Inc., The Collins Center for Public Policy, Inc., the South Florida Golf Foundation, Inc., Hands on Miami, Inc., and Broward Bulldog, Inc.

 

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U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® Name Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald One of the Nation’s “Best Law Firms”

Devine Goodman has been named a Tier 3 National “Best Law Firm”, a Miami Tier 1 firm in two practice areas and a Tier 2 firm in 4 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2015.”

National Tier 3 Rankings

Banking and Finance Law

Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings

     Miami

Banking and Finance Law

Real Estate Law

Metropolitan Tier 2 Rankings

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and       Reorganization Law

Litigation – Banking & Finance

Litigation – Bankruptcy

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.

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Abigail Watts-FitzGerald and John W. Devine named “Best Lawyers”

Abigail Watts-FitzGerald and John W. Devine were  selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 edition. Abigail has been recognized in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions Law in every edition since 2007, while John W. Devine was awarded in Real Estate Law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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Devine Goodman Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Lawrence D. Goodman and Guy A. Rasco were recently recognized in the 2014 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the most highly esteemed lawyers in Florida. The selection process is rigorous and less than two percent of the lawyers practicing in the state make it to the winner’s list. “The Florida Legal Elite” honorees will be named in Florida Trend’s July 2014 issue.
The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at www.FloridaTrend.com/LegalElite.

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Devine Goodman Attorneys Recognized in the 2014 Edition of Florida Super Lawyers

Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald & Wells is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2014 issue of Florida Super Lawyers magazine, an honor that less than five percent of lawyers statewide are selected to receive each year.
Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. For more information, visit www.superlawyers.com.

The following attorneys were listed in the 2014 edition of Florida Super Lawyers:
John W. Devine – Real Estate, Closely Held Business, Business/Corporate

Lawrence D. Goodman – Business Litigation, Closely Held Business, Class Action/Mass Torts

Robert J. Kuntz – Business Litigation

Guy A. Rasco – Business Litigation, General Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense

Diane Noller Wells – Business Litigation, Bankruptcy: Business, Business/Corporate