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Fowler White Shareholders Listed Among Florida Legal Elite 2018 By Florida Trend

We are pleased to announce that shareholders Christopher E. Knight (Miami),  Susan H. Aprill (Ft. Lauderdale) and Alice K. Sum have been recognized by Florida Trend in the Florida Legal Elite 2018.

14 Fowler White Attorneys Listed Among 2018 Florida Super Lawyers And 2018 Florida Rising Stars

Fowler White Burnett announced today that Super Lawyers has named 11 of its attorneys 2018 “Florida Super Lawyers” and an additional 3 of its attorneys have been selected as 2018 “Florida Rising Stars.”

Super Lawyers honors attorneys who have obtained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement within their practice area. The Rising Stars list is comprised of attorneys who are 40 years old or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less. 

Only up to five percent of lawyers in the state of Florida can be recognized as Super Lawyers, while less than three percent are named Rising Stars. Both Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are selected based on a patented selection process, which includes nominations by clients or firm, extensive research on the candidates and peer reviews.


  • Brian D. Elias (Miami) – Securities Litigation
  • Joseph R. Englander (Miami) – Intellectual Property
  • Timothy J. Ferguson (Miami) – Products Liability
  • Howard W. Gordon (Miami) - Tax
  • June G. Hoffman (Fort Lauderdale) - Appellate
  • James N. Hurley (Miami) - Transportation/Maritime
  • Elizabeth Pryor Johnson (Miami) - Employment & Labor
  • Allan R. Kelley (Miami) - Transportation/Maritime
  • Christopher E. Knight (Miami) - Civil Litigation- Defense
  • Alice K. Sum (Miami) - Business Litigation
  • Stewart D. Williams (Miami) – PI General - Plaintiff


  • Stephanie M. Chaissan (Miami) - General Litigation
  • Jesse D. Drawas <spa
Twelve Fowler White Attorneys Recognized In The 2018 South Florida Legal Guide

Fowler White Burnett is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized as a “Top Law Firm in the 2018 Edition of the South Florida Legal Guide, 10 of its attorneys have been selected as “Top Lawyers and 2 have been recognized as “Top Up and Comers.”

The South Florida Legal Guide (SFLG) is published annually, and is a widely respected source of top legal firms and lawyers, by practice group, in the South Florida region. Candidates are nominated and voted on by their peers, which SFLG takes into consideration when making selections for inclusion as a "Top Lawyer."

The following Fowler White attorneys were recognized as “Top Lawyers:”

Brian D. Elias - Securities - Litigation & Arbitration, Corporate & Business Litigation
Timothy J. Ferguson - Product Liability - Defense, Torts - Defense
Erin Gaskin - Medical Malpractice - Defense
June G. Hoffman - Appellate
Allan R. Kelley - Admiralty and Maritime, Litigation
Christopher E. Knight - Product Liability - Defense, Medical Malpractice - Defense
Fred K. Lickstein - Corporate and Business, Finance
Richard J. Razook – Tax, International Tax
Alice K. Sum - Corporate and Business Litigation
Juan Carlos Zorrilla - Commercial and Business Litigation

Additionally, the following were recognized as “Top Up and Comers:”

Gil O. Acevedo - Real Estate
Avery A. Dial - Commercial Litigation


Fowler White Recognized By U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms”

Fowler White Burnett has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms” in ten practice groups. Out of these ten practice groups, Admiralty & Maritime Law and Transportation Law were recognized at both a national and metropolitan level. 

U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers 2018 "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.

The following practice groups have been named 2018 “Best Law Firms” in their respective categories:


  •     Admiralty & Maritime Law – Tier 2
  •     Transportation Law – Tier 3
  •     Admiralty & Maritime Law – Tier 1
  •     Commercial Litigation – Tier 1
  •     Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants – Tier 1
  •     Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants – Tier 1
  •     Corporate Law – Tier 2
  •     Employment Law – Management – Tier 2
  •     Product Liability Litigation – Defendants – Tier 2
  •     Real Estate Law – Tier 2
  •     Transportation Law – Tier 2
  •     Insurance Law – Tier 3
Ira J. Gonzalez Recognized By Barry University As One Of Their 2018 Distinguished Alumni Honorees

Fowler White Burnett is pleased to announce that associate Ira J. Gonzalez has been recognized by Barry University as one of their 2018 Distinguished Alumni Honorees

The 11th Annual Barry University Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held on February 8, 2018, at the Coral Gables Country Club and recognizes graduates who have made a significant impact on their community through their service and career achievements. Out of more than 60,000 Barry alumni worldwide, fewer than 100 individuals have achieved the honor of being named their “Distinguished Alumni.”

Gonzalez is an associate in the firm's Products Liability & Toxic Torts Group. His practice focuses primarily in civil and commercial litigation in the areas of Product Liability, Real Estate/Construction, and Medical Malpractice. His experience includes participating in all aspects of litigation on both insurer-driven and insurer-directed legal matters defending companies in a wide variety of tort claims.

He received his Master of Business Administration and his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Barry University and also graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.