Foley Tampa Attorneys Selected as 2007 Legal Elite

26 July 2007 Media Contact: Dan Farrell News

W. Keith Fendrick, Sheri D. McWhorter, Fred S. Ridley and Steven W. Vazquez Recognized as Legal Leaders by Florida Trend.

Foley announced today that four partners in its Tampa 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: W. Keith Fendrick, Bankruptcy & Workout; Sheri D. McWhorter, Labor & Employment; Fred S. Ridley, Real Estate Transactions; and Steven W. Vazquez, Business Law.

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.

W. Keith Fendrick is a partner in the Business Reorganizations Practice. He focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, corporate reorganizations and restructurings and commercial litigation. Fendrick has represented financial institutions, corporations, insurance companies and creditor groups in numerous large Chapter 11 cases around the country. This is the fourth consecutive year that Fendrick has been named one of Florida’s “Legal Elite.” In addition, Florida Monthly magazine listed him as one of Florida’s top lawyers and he was named one of Florida’s “Super Lawyers” in 2006 and 2007. Fendrick has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2000 in Bankruptcy Law.

Sheri D. McWhorter is a partner and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice and the Energy Industry Team. She focuses her practice exclusively in labor and employment law, representing management and counseling clients to ensure that they are complying with all state and federal laws involving human resources. Florida Trend named McWhorter as an “Up & Comer” in 2005.

Fred S. Ridley is a partner and national vice chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice, co-chair of the Golf & Resort Industry Team and a member of the Food and Sports Industry Teams. Ridley is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. His practice focuses on commercial and planned unit real estate development and finance, golf and recreational amenity and resort development and multifamily/condominium developments. Ridley is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2004-2007) and was named a Florida “Super Lawyer” in 2006 and 2007 by Law and Politics Media, Inc. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for real estate.

Steven W. Vazquez is a partner and a member of the Transactional & Securities and Private Equity & Venture Capital Practices. His practice focuses on securities offerings and other securities matters, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions. Vazquez was listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2007 and Florida Trend magazine’s Florida “Legal Elite” in the area of corporate law in 2006. He is also named one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of securities law and mergers and acquisitions law.

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.