August 18, 2011 / Press Release

Five Porter Wright Partners Recognized Among Florida Super Lawyers® 2011; Two Selected to Rising Stars List

Five Porter Wright Partners—W. Jeffrey Cecil, Mary Beth Clary, Jeffrey S. Kannensohn, William H. Myers, and Robert J. Stommel—have been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® 2011. Super Lawyers comprise the top five percent of lawyers in each state and are selected each year through a rigorous nomination process that includes peer review by practice area and independent research on candidates.

Porter Wright attorneys Joshua M. Bialek and Javier A. Pacheco have been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Stars Edition 2011. Rising Stars are age 40 or younger or have been practicing law for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to the annual Rising Stars list.

Jeffrey Cecil has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers in the area of Real Estate for the fourth time. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business, real estate, probate and trust law, with an emphasis in real estate acquisition and development and real estate financing. Mr. Cecil uses over 30 years of legal experience to also serve as Porter Wright's Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Naples, Florida office and currently is a member of the firm's Management Group.

Mary Beth Clary has been listed for the second time in two areas—both Securities and Corporate. Mary Beth concentrates her practice in the areas of federal securities law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and small business issues. She has extensive experience in corporate governance matters, public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, compliance with the reporting and proxy requirements of the federal securities laws, the acquisition and sale of businesses, and general contract preparation and negotiation. She has been the lead attorney for the public offering of over $12 billion of medium term notes, euronotes and trust preferred securities. Ms. Clary also serves as general counsel to many small businesses, advising them on a wide range of corporate and contract matters. Additionally, she co-chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee, serves on its Compensation Committee and Directing Partners Nominating Committee, and has held numerous other leadership positions during her more than 25 years with the firm, including a 10-year term on its Directing Partners Committee. She is extremely active in the American Bar Association, currently serving as an officer of the Business Law Section and a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

Jeffrey Kannensohn has been recognized in the area of Real Estate for the fourth year in a row. He represents financial institutions in transactional and lending areas as well as in real estate workouts and creditors' rights representation. Mr. Kannensohn has represented major financial institutions in Florida in complex commercial real estate transactions, including the workout of classified loans and assets. He also has experience in corporate and commercial law.

William Myers has been listed in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate for the past six years. A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, he works with clients to develop tailored, yet flexible, strategies that minimize adverse tax consequences and is adept at structuring trusts that provide for both current and future family needs. In addition, Mr. Myers assists clients who have chosen to split their time between Florida’s Gulf Coast and some other location to establish domicile in Florida and reap the benefits of Florida’s favorable wealth management laws without severing key ties with other jurisdictions. He also works with clients to develop charitable giving plans that not only achieve tax savings but also further the efforts and reach of civic organizations that offer so much to those they serve.

Robert Stommel has been recognized in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate consecutively for six years. He has 20 years of experience in estate planning, trust and estate administration, fiduciary duties, and post mortem estate planning. He is admitted to practice in both Florida and Michigan and is board certified in the area of wills, trusts and estates law by the Florida Bar.

Joshua Bialek has been selected to the 2011 Rising Stars Edition in the area of Real Estate for the past three years. In his practice, he represents a wide variety of individuals and businesses engaged in the acquisition, development, construction, financing, leasing, ownership, operation, management, and disposition of real estate. Mr. Bialek also represents condominium and community associations as well as clients in such matters as the structuring of transactions and ownership interests. He also has advised numerous commercial and creditors’ rights litigation matters.

Javier Pacheco has been selected to the 2011 Rising Stars Edition in the area of Civil Litigation Defense for the past three years. As an attorney in Porter Wright’s Litigation Department, he has represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes involving products liability, employment, insurance coverage, employee benefits, landlord/tenant, and intentional tort litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts in both Ohio and Florida. Mr. Pacheco also represents financial institutions in complex creditors' rights matters. He has assisted manufacturers, financial institutions and individuals resolve disputes in Latin America, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru. He also has counseled bio-technological companies, cemeteries and nonprofit agencies in various corporate governance and contract matters.