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Civil engineering

Brad Cornelius, vice president and professional planner at Wade Trim, Tampa, has been selected as a member of Leadership Pasco's Class of 2013. Leadership Pasco is a leadership development program that facilitates growth and development of the county and encourages action in the local community

Legal

Holland & Knight, Tampa, announces that the following attorneys have been named to the 2012 Chambers USA: American's Leading Lawyers for Business. Attorneys are: Rod Anderson, bankruptcy and restructuring; Chester Bacheller, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity; Bernard Barton, tax, state and local; Noel Boeke, bankruptcy and restructuring; William deMeza Jr., labor and employment; Richard Eckhard, real estate; Leonard Gilbert, bankruptcy and restructuring; Robert Grammig, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity; Edward Koren, tax and estate planning; Charles Stutts, banking and finance, regulatory; Joseph Varner III, litigation, general commercial; and Barbara Yadley, banking and finance, transactional. All attorneys are partners at the firm.

Phelps Dunbar, Tampa, announces that Bret Feldman, John E. Phillips and Seth M. Schimmel have been named to the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Feldman and Schimmel were recognized in the construction category and Phillips was recognized in the labor and employment category. All are partners at the firm.

John M. Guard has been named a partner in the commercial litigation group at Quarles & Brady LLP, Tampa. Guard was an assistant U.S. attorney for the middle district of Florida and earned his law degree summa cum laude from Tulane University School of Law.

Greg Hoag has been elected as a member of the board of governors for the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar. Hoag is an associate and concentrates in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice at Masterson Law Group PA, St. Petersburg.

Frank A. Lafalce has been named a partner at Anthony & Partners LLC, Tampa. Lafalce was previously of counsel with firm and concentrates in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors rights and complex litigation. He earned his juris doctorate with honors from Washington & Lee University Law School.

Gaylord Merlin Ludovici Diaz, Tampa, announces that Cary Gaylord, Lorena Ludovici and Andrew Diaz have been named to the 2012 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Also, Blake Gaylord has been chosen for inclusion in the Up and Comer category. The firm specializes in the field of eminent domain, inverse condemnation and property rights. All are partners at the firm.

Glenn Rasmussen PA, Tampa, announces that the following attorneys have been included in the 2012 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Attorneys are: Timothy A. Andreu, business litigation; Michael B. Colgan, business litigation; Robert B. Glenn, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights; Mark A. Hanley, employment and labor; Robert C. Rasmussen, mergers and acquisitions; George E. Spofford IV, construction litigation; and Alysa J. Ward, employment and labor. Also, Glenn and Hanley were included in the top 100 list for all of Florida. All attorneys are shareholders.

Jeanne T. Tate has been listed by Florida Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the state of Florida. Tate is an adoption attorney based in Tampa.

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