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Monday, January 6, 2014

Fowler White Burnett Expands Legal Team, Adds Practice Areas

Miami, FL (January 6, 2014)
– Fowler White Burnett has hired 11 new attorneys and intends to hire more in 2014 to accommodate its growing local, national and international business. The firm is also launching a Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice, after having expanded into the International Tax, and Environmental and Land Use practice areas in 2013.

"Over the past two years we have grown along with our clients. As part of that trend, we have seen increases in our commercial, banking and securities litigation business, as well as a recent uptick in construction litigation," says Christopher E. Knight, a Managing Shareholder of Fowler White Burnett, one of South Florida’s oldest law firms. “We’re also seeing growth in all practice areas, including transactional, real estate, environmental and bankruptcy.”

The 70-plus-year-old firm, which has hired nearly 20 new attorneys over the past two years, has begun 2014 with the launch of its Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, spearheaded by attorneys Eric A. Rosen and Kaleb Bell.

Rosen joins Fowler White Burnett as a shareholder, practicing in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, out-of-court debt restructuring, business litigation and commercial law. He has represented publicly held corporations, privately owned companies and individuals as debtors and debtors-in-possession in cases under Chapters 11, 7 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code for more than 25 years. He has been involved in every phase of liquidation and reorganization cases and has also represented debtors and creditors in "pre-packaged" cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Bell practices in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, out-of-court debt restructuring and business litigation. He represents individuals and businesses as debtors in all phases of bankruptcy proceedings under Chapters 7, 11 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, and regularly advises clients in connection with out-of-court debt settlements

Recent Fowler White Burnett hires also include associates Marta R. Acosta; Cameron Barnard; Stephanie M. Chaissan; Miguel A. Gonzalez; Lelia M. Menendez; Scott. M. Migliori; Christine M. Walker; and Richard P. Zajac. Alyssa Razook Wan, previously with the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, has re-joined the firm after receiving her LL.M. in Taxation. Razook Wan is the fourth member of the international tax group who holds the LL.M. degree.

The new hires will add expertise to Fowler White Burnett’s commercial litigation, maritime, tax and insurance defense/casualty practice groups.

To meet the growing demands of international investors, Fowler White Burnett has expanded its international tax practice, headed by firm shareholder Richard J. Razook, who has over 35 years of experience in international business and investments. He is joined in the practice by attorneys Howard W. Gordon, Alyssa Razook Wan and Leticia Vega. The International Practice Group is a multi-disciplinary team comprising attorneys in practices ranging from real estate to international wealth management.

The Firm’s Environmental and Land Use Practice Group, headed by Edward J. Briscoe and Howard E. Fox, works on behalf of numerous clients to help them obtain governmental approvals and maintain regulatory compliance for projects and facilities of all types – including industrial and manufacturing facilities; residential, commercial and mixed-use developments; oil and gas projects, refineries, renewable energy projects; infrastructure such as highways, ports, airports, and transit; schools, hospitals and research & development facilities; water systems and flood control projects; solid waste, composting, and recycling facilities; and telecommunications and utility projects.

The team has experience dealing with environmental laws, including those governing air emissions and climate change; water quality and supply; wetlands, mangroves and endangered species; development within a coastal zone; development on state and federal lands; toxic and hazardous substances; environmental investigations and remediation; and energy development.

With offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and a team of more than 80 attorneys, Fowler White Burnett is a full-service law firm that provides client-focused, proven legal strategies and business solutions to domestic and international clients across a wide spectrum of industries.

The Firm’s deep roster of skilled legal professionals practice in numerous disciplines, including aviation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, maritime, health care, labor and employment, insurance defense, real estate and white collar crime.

Fowler White Burnett is the only South Florida member of ALFA International, a global network of 145 independent law firms. Member firms must meet high standards to be part of the ALFA International network and are well respected by their peers in the legal and business community.

More About Fowler White Burnett, P.A.

Law firm Fowler White Burnett is a nationally-recognized leader in the areas of aviation, maritime and healthcare. The firm’s lawyers provide legal counsel in numerous disciplines including litigation, professional malpractice, corporate and securities, commercial finance, restructuring and bankruptcy, real estate, environmental and land use, tax and white collar criminal defense. The firm serves domestic and international clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to educational institutions. For additional information, visit the firm’s Web site at

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