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Forty-Four NSU Law Center Alumni Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla.Florida Trend Magazine recently announced its 2014 Florida Legal Elite list featuring 44 alumni from NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, placing the Law Center among the top five law schools in the state based on the number of graduates included. 

Florida Legal Elite

Florida Legal Elite

Now in its 11th edition, Florida Legal Elite showcases attorneys chosen by their peers who exemplify a high standard of excellence in their profession. All in-state members of the Florida Bar are asked to vote. The resulting list of Florida’s Legal Elite represents fewer than 2 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in the state.

“To be held in high regard and recognized by your peers is a great honor,” said Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center.  “It’s an indication that all of us at the Law Center  are committed to producing highly adept lawyers respected for serving their clients, their communities, and the justice system.”

Also included in the 2014 Legal Elite edition are ‘Up and Coming’ attorneys and outstanding attorneys in government and non-profit sectors. Below is a listing of the NSU Law Center’s alumni named as Florida Legal Elite members and the section in which they appeared:

Legal Elite:
Adam M. Balkan (’94)
Matthew D. Bavaro (’99)
Genny Bernstein (’00)
David R. Bigney (’97)
Jeffrey L. Blostein (’96)
Laurie J. Briggs (’93)
Scott N. Brown (’03)
Marc L. Brumer (’90)
Venus A. Caruso (’04)
Joseph P. Castiglione (’02)
Gregory A. Chaires (’94)
Kenneth E. Ehrlich (’95)
Michael S. Elstein (’95)
Terry W. Forsythe (’01)
Joseph M. Goldstein (’89)
Andrea R. Gundersen (’92)
Joseph J. Huss (’81)
Carlos J. Jimenez (’02)
Robert L. Johnson (’84)
Kenneth J. Joyce (’93)
Scott L. Lampert (’96)
Michael D. Leader (’00)
Juliette E. Lippman (’93)
Joseph M. Maus (’93)
David M. Mechanik (’77)
Janet T. Munn (’85)
Timothy J. Murphy (’05)
John C. Primeau (’95)
Evan M. Rosen (’97)
Elisha D. Roy (’01)
Jonathan M. Stein (’94)
Ethan J. Wall (’07)
Jayne Weintraub (’80)

Up and Coming:
Scott W. Atherton (‘04)
Jason B. Blank (’06)
Scott L. Marasco (’00)
Joshua E. Polsky (’09)
S. Jordan Rappaport (’04)
Shannon J. Sagan (’04)
Stacie J. Schmerling (’10)
Keith E. Sonderling (’08)
Christopher Staller (’03)

Government Attorney:
Marilyn Batista-McNamara (’94)
Katherine A. Kiziah (’05)


 About the Shepard Broad Law Center: Nova Southeastern University’s Law Center offers a rigorous traditional academic program in three-year day and four-year evening versions, as well as dual-degree programs. Additionally, NSU Law offers three online Master of Science degrees in law in the areas of education, employment, and health. NSU Law prides itself on preparing graduates to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the courtroom or boardroom. Lawyering Skills and Values (LSV)-Every student completes a four-semester LSV sequence that combines traditional legal reasoning, writing, and research with an introduction to lawyer interviewing, counseling, negotiating, mediating, advocating, and other critical skills in a simulated law firm experience. For more information please visit

About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with 27,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit www.nova.eduCelebrating 50 years of academic excellence!

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