Nine Burr & Forman Attorneys Named To Florida Trend's 2016 "Legal Elite"

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Orlando, Fla., June 22, 2016 - Burr & Forman LLP announces that nine of its attorneys have been recognized by Florida Trend magazine on its 2016 "Legal Elite" list. Included on this year's list are Jacksonville-based attorneys Adrian Rust, J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr. and Greg Lunny; Orlando-based attorneys Eric S. Golden, Denise D. Dell-Powell and Peter Vilmos; and Tampa-based attorneys Harvey S. Kauget and William "Bill" J. Schifino, Jr. Alexandra H. Palermo, also of Burr's Tampa office, was named as an "Up and Comer." The full list is published in the June issue of Florida Trend and is available at

Adrian Rust, managing partner of Burr & Forman's Jacksonville office, is recognized as a "Legal Elite" in the area of Banking & Financial. His practice focuses primarily on serving lenders in all aspects of commercial loan litigation, mortgage foreclosures, lender liability defense, and other matters related to defaulted loan workouts and collection.

Ellsworth Summers is recognized as "Legal Elite" in the area of Bankruptcy & Workout law. His practice focuses on assisting lenders in commercial loan litigation in bankruptcy, federal and state courts. Ellsworth has extensive experience with commercial foreclosures, workouts, business reorganizations and liquidations, distressed asset acquisitions, special counsel assignments and adversary proceedings.

Greg Lunny is recognized as "Legal Elite" in the area of Commercial Litigation. His focus is on intellectual property, products liability, class action, regulatory compliance, governmental, land-use, and construction litigation.

Eric Golden, managing partner of Burr & Forman's Orlando office, is recognized as a "Legal Elite" in the area of Bankruptcy & Workout law. His practice focuses on representing financial institutions, non-traditional lenders, special servicers and other secured and unsecured creditors in state and federal court litigation and in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases throughout Florida and across the country.

Denise Dell-Powell is recognized as "Legal Elite" in the area of Bankruptcy & Workout law. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors' rights, distressed property, dealer distribution and inventory finance litigation, including CMBS foreclosures, workouts and bankruptcy matters.

Peter Vilmos is recognized as "Legal Elite" in the area of Construction. His practice involves complex commercial litigation with issues ranging from construction related matters to business and banking disputes, first party insurance matters, environmental, health care, non-compete and trade secrets litigation, and real estate issues.

Harvey Kauget is recognized as a "Legal Elite" in the area of Intellectual Property. His practice focuses on the areas of patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, IP risk management, portfolio licensing, and client counseling.

Bill Schifino, managing partner of Burr & Forman's Tampa office, is recognized as a "Legal Elite" in the area of Business Law. His practice focuses on a variety of litigation and trial practice, including securities litigation and arbitration, professional malpractice litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

Alex Palermo is recognized as an "Up and Comer" in the area of Commercial Litigation. Her practice focuses on a wide variety of business disputes (tort and contract) for both plaintiffs and defendants, representing clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to large corporations and national financial institutions, including banks, lenders, mortgage companies and insurance companies.

About Florida Trend's Legal Elite
Attorneys listed among the "Legal Elite" are chosen by their colleagues from across the state of Florida as attorneys who exemplify a standard of excellence in the profession and show dedication to the practice of law. "Up and Comers" are described by Florida Trend as "respected by their peers for excellence in law, these attorneys under 40 years old represent the future of the legal profession in Florida."

About Burr & Forman LLP
Burr & Forman's experienced legal team serves clients with local, national, and international legal needs. With particular industry strengths in the financial institutions, health care and manufacturing sectors, the firm's attorneys draw from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to serve as trusted business advisors and legal counsel to help clients achieve their goals. Burr & Forman is a Southeast, regional firm with nearly 300 attorneys and 10 offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. For more information, visit the firm's website at

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