Foley Jacksonville Attorneys Selected as 2007 Legal Elite

26 July 2007 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Charles E. Commander III, David C. Cook, Gardner F. Davis and Richard W. Hawthorne Recognized as Legal Leaders by Florida Trend

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that four attorneys in its Jacksonville office have been named to the 2007 Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list.

The Foley attorneys named and their primary practices as classified by Florida Trend are: Charles E. Commander III, Real Estate Transactions; David C. Cook, Real Estate Transactions; Gardner F. Davis, Business Law; and Richard W. Hawthorne, Real Estate Transactions.

To compile the fourth annual edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, the magazine distributed nomination ballots in October 2006 to Florida attorneys, who voted for lawyers whom they held in highest regard. Votes were tallied by an independent company on a point system and the final list is comprised of 868 lawyers of the 59,481 practicing Florida Bar members. The honorees are mentioned in a special report in the July 2007 issue of the magazine.

Charles E. Commander III is a partner and a member of the firm’s Finance & Financial Institutions and Real Estate Practices and the Golf & Resort Services Industry Team. He advises and counsels corporate, financial institution and real estate clients in all aspects of their business. Commander is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2005 and 2006), in The Best Lawyers in America® for real estate law since its inception in 1984, and has been named a 2006 and 2007 Florida “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Media, Inc.

David C. Cook is a partner and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice who focuses on retail, commercial and multi-family development and finance. A significant portion of his recent work has involved the acquisition and disposition of multi-asset portfolios, both negotiated and auctioned transactions, involving multi-family, timberland, retail shopping centers, medical office buildings and commercial buildings. This is the third consecutive year that Cook has been recognized as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite.”

Gardner F. Davis is a partner and a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities, Business Reorganizations and Private Equity & Venture Capital Practices. Davis frequently represents buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisition transactions, from management buy-outs to combinations of large public companies. In addition to being named one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” in previous years, Cook was also named in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2005-2007), The Best Lawyers in America® (2005-2007) and a Florida “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Media, Inc.

Richard W. Hawthorne is a partner and a member of the Real Estate Practice and Golf & Resort Industry Team, who focuses on real estate development and finance. He represents developers of single family, multifamily, shopping center, and office projects and has extensive experience representing developers of residential condominium projects.

Foley & Lardner LLP provides the full range of corporate legal counsel. Our attorneys understand today’s most complex business issues, including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property counseling and litigation, outsourcing and information technology, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, emerging technologies, energy, entertainment and media, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries.


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