Foley Orlando Attorneys Named Florida "Super Lawyers"

26 July 2007 Media Contact: Dan Farrell News

Nine Partners Ranked by Peers as Leaders in Their Practice

ORLANDO, FLA. – Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that nine partners have been named 2007 Florida “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics Media, Inc.

The Foley attorneys named and their primary practices as classified by Law & Politics are: J. Gordon Arkin, business/corporate; Edmund T. Baxa, Jr., construction litigation; James S. Grodin, business litigation; John R. Hamilton, appellate; John P. Horan, construction/surety; John S. Lord, Jr., employment & labor; Thomas K. Maurer, environmental; Paul E. Rosenthal, real estate; and R. Duke Woodson, land use/zoning.

To compile the annual list, Law & Politics surveyed more than 44,000 lawyers across Florida, asking them to vote for the best lawyers they have personally observed in action. The final list features the top five percent of Florida attorneys in more than 60 areas of practice.

J. Gordon Arkin is a member of the Finance & Financial Institutions, Health Care Finance & Restructuring and Transactional & Securities Practices. Arkin practices general business law with an emphasis on finance, airport law and senior housing. He currently serves as special counsel to many airports, and was general counsel to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority for more than 20 years.

Edmund T. Baxa Jr. is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, chair of its National Pro Bono Committee and the former managing partner of the Orlando office. He is also a member of the Construction and the White Collar Defense & Corporate Compliance Practices. He maintains a complex commercial litigation practice focusing on representation of owners, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and suppliers in contract drafting and negotiation, bid protests, workouts, claims litigation and arbitration proceedings.

James S. Grodin is chair of the Orlando office Litigation Department and a member of the Business Reorganizations Practice. He maintains a general commercial litigation practice including matters relating to insurance/bad faith, commercial contracts, product liability, intellectual property and banking. He counsels clients on banking law issues including problem loan workouts and lender liability defense.

John R. Hamilton is a member of the firm’s Appellate and General Commercial Litigation Practices. He gained certification in appellate practice in 1996 from The Florida Bar, a rigorous process requiring substantial appellate experience, professional referrals and testing. He has handled numerous appeals in all of the appellate courts in Florida, as well as in several federal appellate courts.

John P. Horan is the founding chairman and a current member of the Construction Practice. His practice is concentrated in commercial litigation, administrative litigation, governmental law, construction law and dispute resolution. He has represented international construction and engineering firms, national industrial, infrastructure and highway contractors, homebuilders, designers and municipal governments.

John S. Lord, Jr. is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice. Lord works with private and public employers in matters involving employment discrimination litigation, labor issues and general labor and employment law advice. In 2005, he received the Orlando Business Journal’s “40 under 40” award, and in 1997 he received Foley’s Lynford Lardner Community Service Award in recognition of his volunteer work and civic involvement.

Thomas K. Maurer is a member of the firm’s Environmental Regulation Practice. He has represented clients in environmental and regulatory matters, including air pollution, hazardous waste management, underground storage tank, groundwater contamination and the siting of controversial projects.

Paul E. Rosenthal is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice. He practices in the areas of real estate acquisition and sales, zoning and land use regulatory matters, local government and municipal law and real estate financing. He has extensive experience in land development and municipal law, negotiating and preparing purchase and sale agreements in real estate transactions for individuals, businesses, and public companies.

R. Duke Woodson heads the firm’s environmental law practice in Florida. He is also a member of the Real Estate Practice and Golf & Resort Industry Team. He represents business and governmental clients throughout the state in environmental compliance and permitting matters. A significant portion of Woodson’s practice involves the sale of environmentally sensitive lands to government.

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.