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College of Law

Florida State University


Class of 1996

Congratulations to the following alumni on their accomplishments! You can submit a class note online.
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Bert L. Combs

Bert L. Combs, a shareholder at Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee, was recognized as one of the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the area of insurance law. Posted 9.13.18

Jorge A. Mestre

Jorge A. Mestre has been appointed to Florida's Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Circuit by Governor Rick Scott. He will serve for a term ending on July 1, 2022. Mestre is a partner at Rivero Mestre LLP in Coral Gables, where he practices commercial litigation, including international arbitration and litigation. Posted 8.22.18

Jorge L. Piedra was sworn in as president of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) at the CABA Benefit and Installation Gala held on January 27, 2018 at the FIU Arena in Miami. The event was attended by over 800 guests, judges and community leaders. The Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners declared January 27, 2018 “Jorge L. Piedra Day.” Piedra is a managing partner at Piedra & Associates, P.A. in Coral Gables, where he practices commercial litigation. Posted 2.15.18

Jason D. Lazarus will be honored at the 2018 Seminole 100, a celebration of the fastest-growing businesses owned by FSU alumni. He is a founding principal and chief executive officer at Synergy Settlement Services in their Orlando office. Posted 1.19.18

Russel M. Lazega, of the Law Office of Russel Lazega in Dania Beach, published the 14th edition of Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law & Practice (PIP) and the 8th edition of Florida Insurance Law & Practice. His book, Managing Bubbie, has won its 15th book award and was recorded as an audiobook starring Tony-Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Linda Lavin. Writer/producer Ethan S. Smith will develop the screenplay for the movie. Posted 12.15.17

Jason A. McGrath

Jason A. McGrath, of McGrath & Spielberger, PLLC in Charlotte, NC, has been appointed to a position on the Mecklenburg County Bar Association board of directors. He co-authored an article published in the American Bar Association’s GPSolo Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 2. The article “Foreclosures When Missing the Loan Note: Yes, No, or Maybe?” focused on the legal issues raised when a key loan document is found to be missing. Posted 12.11.17

Douglas J. McCarron

Douglas J. McCarron recently won a case in which the plaintiff was awarded $1.57 million. McCarron is a partner at The Haggard Law Firm, P.A. in Coral Gables. The firm represents the rights of people seriously injured or killed through the fault of others. Posted 11.6.17