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Nine Henderson Franklin Attorneys Honored as Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite

June 23, 2017

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is pleased to announce that Attorneys Matthew Belcastro, Michael Corso, Thomas Gunderson, Russell Schropp and Robert Shearman were named to the 2017 Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite.® To compile the list, Florida Trend asked actively practicing Florida attorneys to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard, lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. The resulting list represents fewer than 1.5% of active Florida Bar members.

In addition, Attorneys Amanda Brock, Traci McKee, Kayla Richmond and Luis Rivera were recognized as this year’s Legal Elite Up and Comers. Florida Trend invited all members of the Florida Bar to nominate young attorneys who exhibit excellence in the law. The votes were tallied by an independent research firm and a Blue Ribbon Panel of prominent lawyers reviewed the list of attorneys who garnered the most votes. The entire 2017 Legal Elite report can be viewed at www.FloridaTrend.com/LegalElite.

Henderson Franklin's 2017 Legal Elite

Belcastro concentrates his practice in the areas of appellate law, construction litigation, construction contracts, business and real estate litigation. He regularly writes and speaks on pertinent topics in the construction industry. Belcastro is a member of the Chamber of Southwest Florida Board of Directors and is a founding officer of the Lee County A.C.E Mentoring Program. He can be reached at matthew.belcastro@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1205.

Corso is Chair of the firm’s Tort & Insurance Litigation division. He is Board Certified (by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy) in Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation. Corso’s civil trial practice area is heavily involved in the defense of non-medical professionals, including lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers and surveyors. He also handles copyright/trademark infringement matters, drone law, product liability and toxic tort cases. Corso can be reached at michael.corso@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1170.

With over 20+ years as a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate lawyer, Gunderson uses his expertise to assist his clients with sophisticated commercial real estate development projects, including residential communities, commercial subdivisions, hotels, apartment complexes, shopping centers and office buildings. He also handles complex commercial leases. Gunderson can be reached at 239-344-1210 or by email at thomas.gunderson@henlaw.com.

Schropp is the firm’s Managing Stockholder. He focuses his practice in land use and zoning and represents property owners and others before local, regional, state and federal agencies. He serves as Chair of the City of Fort Myers Nuisance Abatement Board and is Co-Chair of the Business Issues Task Force of the Horizon Council. Schropp can be reached at russell.schropp@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1280.

Shearman is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator. He concentrates his practice in the defense of tort, civil rights, employment and real estate claims involving negligence and/or errors and omissions. Shearman represents numerous law enforcement agencies and officers, as well as public and private entities, with respect to constitutional claims, wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment matters. He serves on the United Way Board and Southwest Florida Seminole Booster Club Board of Directors. Shearman can be reached at robert.shearman@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1346.

Henderson Franklin's 2017
Florida Trend Up & Comers

Brock concentrates her practice in land use and environmental law, assisting clients secure entitlements for their property through zoning and development approvals. Brock is immediate Past President of the Real Estate Investment Society; on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools; on the Lee County Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee; on the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar; and is Chair of the Land Use and Governmental Law Bar Section of the Lee County Bar Association. She can be reached at amanda.brock@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1269.

McKee’s practice focuses on defending individuals, corporations and governmental entities in professional malpractice, premises liability, product liability, and a diverse array of personal injury claims. She also defends attorneys and law firms in malpractice and grievance matters. In addition, McKee defends schools, school boards, and other entities with custody of children in tort claims. She also represents the firms’ clients in appeals and has argued before the Florida Supreme Court. McKee is a member and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. She can be reached at traci.mckee@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1263.

Richmond supports and guides her clients through highly-emotional family law matters involving dissolution of marriage (divorce), custody, paternity, child support and domestic violence injunctions. In the community, she is this year’s Chair for the Harry Chapin Food Bank Hunger Walk Event and mentor for the Girls Going Places Seminar. Richmond also serves as President for the Lee County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and as President-Elect and Chapter Representative for the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers. She can be reached at 239-344-1156 or by email at kayla.richmond@henlaw.com.

Rivera has broad experience in business litigation, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and insolvency counseling. He is dual Board Certified as a Business Bankruptcy and Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification and serves as a U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee for the Middle District of Florida in Fort Myers. As a trustee, Rivera is involved in the liquidation of business enterprises, including the recovery and sale of assets, investigation and prosecution to recover funds for creditors, as well as reconciliation and payment of creditors’ claims. He can be reached at 239-344-1323 or by email at luis.rivera@henlaw.com.