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College of Law

Florida State University


Class of 2008

Congratulations to the following alumni on their accomplishments! You can submit a class note online.
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Matthew J. Troy joined Conroy Simberg in their Orlando office as a partner in 2016. He practices workers compensation defense. Posted 12.12.17

William J. CantrellWilliam J. Cantrell opened Cantrell, PLLC, a competition law boutique in Tampa. He has spent his career representing businesses and individuals in matters relating to unfair competition, deceptive business practices, employment law and related business disputes. Posted 10.27.17

Michael G. Kissner, Jr.Michael G. Kissner, Jr. is now a partner at Collins, Brown, Barkett, Garavaglia & Lawn, Chartered in Vero Beach. He focuses his practice on the areas of probate litigation, commercial litigation, serious injury and wrongful death, and represents a wide variety of clients, from local businesses and individuals to governmental entities and multi-national insurance companies. Posted 10.16.17

Liza E. SmokerLiza E. Smoker was awarded the Paul May Professionalism in Practice Award at the Broward County Bar Association's Annual Installation Dinner & Gala. She is a partner at Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP in Fort Lauderdale. She focuses her practice in real estate, commercial and civil litigation, business, and other matters. Posted 10.3.17

Kamran F. HashmiKamran F. Hashmi is now an associate at Leclair Korona Vahey Cole LLP in Rochester, NY. He has represented clients in various matters, including business disputes, breach of contract claims, real property litigation, personal injury cases and election law litigation. Posted 10.3.17

Travis R. JohnsonTravis R. Johnson, a partner at Meador, Johnson & Bushnell, P.A. in Pensacola, has achieved Florida Bar board certification in the area of Marital and Family Law. He also has been awarded A/V Preeminent status from Martindale-Hubble and has been named a 2017 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star. Johnson practices in the areas of marital and family law, appeals, and wills and estates. Posted 9.27.17

The Gibson FamilyBenjamin J. Gibson and his wife, Jordan, welcomed their baby boy, Bennett, into the world on February 7, 2017. Gibson also recently opened Benjamin J. Gibson, P.A. in Tallahassee, focusing on federal and state election law, government law and government consulting. Posted 9.21.17

Jami A. Coleman was featured in the August/September 2017 issue of Tallahassee Woman MagazineShe is a tax law and estate planning attorney at Viera Williams, P.A. in Tallahassee.
Posted 8.2.17

Shaun N. AmarnaniShaun N. Amarnani has joined Trenam Law in their Saint Petersburg office as senior counsel in the Real Estate and Lending Transactions, and Technology Practice Groups. He focuses his practice in the areas of land use, re-zonings, comp plan changes, alcohol beverage regulations, government advocacy, commercial real estate leases, commercial mortgages, purchase and sale agreements, and representing technology companies in various capacities. 
Posted 7.26.17

Lee P. Gutschenritter Lee P. Gutschenritter is now a partner at Finch McCranie, LLP in Atlanta, GA. He primarily practices plaintiff’s personal injury work, including medical malpractice and trucking litigation. Gutschenritter was also selected as a 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star. Posted 6.12.17

Noah D. Valenstein is now the secretary for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He previously served as the executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District. Posted 6.5.17

Noah H. Nadler is now a partner at Wick Phillips in Dallas, TX. Posted 2.21.17

Emanuela Gentile and Ashley A. Ligas founded Avenir Law Group PLLC in Saint Petersburg. Avenir Law Group is a boutique estate planning law practice that provides wills, trusts, estates, durable power of attorney, and legal advice to a wide variety of families, individuals, and entities. Posted 2.20.17