Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Banking

David J. Mitchell has been named senior vice president and senior manager of commercial banking at Synovus Bank, St. Petersburg. Mitchell also serves as team leader for the bank's mid-commercial banking unit, and is based at the bank's Palm Harbor banking center. He brings more than 23 years of experience to Synovus and most recently served as commercial banking relationship manager for BB&T in Tampa.

Jeffrey W. Tillman joined Synovus Bank of Florida as assistant vice president, and Synovus Securities Inc. as a financial consultant. Tillman will be based at the West Shore banking center in Tampa. Tillman brings more than eight years' experience to his role at Synovus Securities and most recently served as director of fixed income sales at J W Korth & Co., Tampa.

Financial

Matthew J. Zipay has been named vice president and senior trust administrator of the private client/wealth management group at Synovus Trust Co., Tampa. Zipay practiced law at Fowler White Boggs PA, Tampa, and brings more than eight years' experience in trust and estate work to his new position.

Legal

Blair H. Chan has been accepted into the Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group. It's the oldest of its kind in the Tampa Bay area and consists of professionals who are trained in resolving divorce cases in a collective manner. Chan practices in the area of family law and is a principal at Givens Givens Sparks law firm.

Chris Dingman has been named an associate at Barnett Bolt Kirkwood Long & McBride. Dingman joins the tax group and earned a juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. His practice areas include federal income, estate and gift taxation; estate planning; probate and trust administration; corporate, partnership and trust law; and administrative tax controversies and tax litigation.

John B. Grandoff III has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the governing board of the Tampa Port Authority. The Tampa Port Authority focuses upon maximizing maritime commerce and expanding the Tampa Bay and regional economies for diverse job growth. Grandoff is a shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson and is co-chairman of the land use group and is part of the firm's real estate group.

Fowler White Boggs, Tampa, announces that the following attorneys have been named 2014 "Lawyers of the Year" by the Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers designates "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. A single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." Richard A. Jacobson has been named for Best Lawyers' 2014 Tampa International Trade and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year. Rhea F. Law has been named Best Lawyers' 2014 Tampa Administrative/Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year. Law is chairwoman of the board and chief executive officer. Monica B. Mason has been named Best Lawyers' 2014 Tampa Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year. Her experience is in intellectual property law, including trademarks, copyrights, cybersquatting and trade secrets. Andrea E. Zelman has been named Best Lawyers' 2014 Tampa Litigation — Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year. Zelman concentrates her practice in land use and environmental law.

The law firm of Trenam Kemker is pleased to announce that Chris Brown, Claudette Fornuto and Megan Murray have joined the firm. Brown is an associate and joins the commercial litigation practice group in Tampa. He has served as a military policeman for the U.S. Army and earned his juris doctorate from University of California, Berkeley. Fornuto is an associate in the commercial litigation practice group in St. Petersburg. Before joining the firm, Fornuto worked at New York Life Retirement Plan Services and earned her juris doctorate magna cum laude from Stetson University College of Law. Murray joins as an associate in the bankruptcy, creditors' rights and insolvency practice group in Tampa. Murray previously clerked for the Honorable Karen S. Jennemann, chief judge of the Middle District of Florida, for two years and earned her juris doctorate with honors from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Retail

Joel Guzman has been named manager at Verizon Wireless. Guzman will be the manager at Verizon's Plant City location. He has been with Verizon for the past 12 years and most recently served as assistant manager of Verizon's Brandon and Lakeland stores.

     
                 
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