Notable - Managing Partners

In the U.S. in 1968, women comprised 4% of students in law schools. Last year 56% were women, in the U.S. and in Florida. The state’s top law schools by female enrollment: FAMU, 67%; St. Thomas University, 63%; Barry University, 63%. Women were 38% of practicing lawyers in the U.S. in 2022, versus 3% in 1968. Of federal judges, about one-third are women. Law school deans nationwide are 43% women (versus 10% in 2000); law school faculties are 45% women.

At Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University that figure is 58%, No. 5 in the U.S. Disparities narrow, the trend is clear, yet women in leadership — particularly women of color — lags: Women were 27% of partners in 2022, according to the National Association of Women Lawyers. But if past is prologue, the lawyers profiled here represent not just leaders in the law but likely the legal sector’s emerging leadership overall.

Notable - Managing Partners

Stephenie Anthony
Anthony and Partners
S. Elise Batsel
Stearns Weaver Miller
Ceci Berman
Brannock Berman & Seider
Kimberly Boldt
Ratzan Weissman & Boldt
Sarah Butters
Ausley McMullen
Robin Bresky
Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas
Kelly-Ann Cartwright
Holland & Knight
Virginia Buchanan
Levin Papantonio Rafferty Proctor Buchanan O’Brien Barr & Mougey
Brigid F. Cech Samole
Greenberg Traurig
Deborah S. Chames
Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine
Abigail M. Cohen
Gladstone, Weissman, Hirschberg & Schneider
Stephanie Cook
Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson
Jennifer Compton
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Ava Doppelt
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt and Gilchrist
Patricia “Trish” Conners
Stearns Weaver Miller
Mayanne Downs
Elizabeth Ferguson
Marshall Dennehey
Lara Fernandez
Trenam Law
Courtney L. Fernald
Englander Fischer
S. Katherine Frazier
Hill Ward Henderson
Kimberly Fernandes
Kelley Kronenberg
Digna B. French
Squire Patton Boggs
Barbara Fernandez
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Megan F. Fry
Clark Partington
Kansas Gooden
Boyd & Jenerette
Maria D. Garcia
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
Gina Grimes
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Laura Gross
Donnelly + Gross
Tracy Gerber
Greenberg Traurig
JoLinda Herring
Bryant Miller Olive
Suzanne Hill
Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell
Heidi Isenhart
Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson
Michele Hintson
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Kim Israel
McGlinchey Stafford
Kim L. Johnson
Quarles & Brady
Kimberly Kanoff Berman
Marshall Dennehey
Debra P. Klauber
Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm
Nancy La Vista
Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman
Sherry Lambson-Eisele
Boyd & Jenerette
Tiffani G. Lee
Holland & Knight
Bernice C. Lee
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
Dara Lindquist
Carlton Fields
Susan R. Martin
Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero
Julie H. Littky-Rubin
Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman
Jany Martínez-Ward
The Ward Law Group
Ashley Lupo
Roetzel & Andress
Opal McKinney-Williams
Pittman Law Group
Neale Montgomery
Pavese Law Firm
Lori Moore
Roetzel & Andress
Ellen Morris
Cozen O’Connor
Michelle Otero Valdés
Law Offices of Michelle Otero Valdés
Pamela Nelson
Boyd & Jenerette
Nicole D. Newlon
Johnson Newlon & DeCort
Joanne O’Connor
Jones Foster
Erica Rutner
Moore & Lee
Denise Schneider
Gladstone, Weissman, Hirschberg & Schneider
Jamie Schwinghamer
Roetzel & Andress
Meghan Serrano
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Jennifer Slone Tobin
Shutts & Bowen
Amy Siegel
Kelley Kronenberg
Joy Spillis Lundeen
Bilzin Sumberg
Lee Stapleton
Carlton Fields
Ghada Skaff
Lieser Skaff
Michele Stocker
Greenberg Traurig
Adele I. Stone
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Michelle Suskauer
Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein
Kelly G. Swartz
Widerman Malek
Karen D. Walker
Holland & Knight
Jo Thacker
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Trisha Widowfield
Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm
Renee Torpy
Serene Harbor
Cheryl Wilke
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
Cherine Smith Valbrun
Kim Vaughan Lerner

Methodology: Individuals did not pay to be included. Profiles were written from nomination materials submitted. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only individuals from whom nominations were received and accepted after a review by editors. To qualify for the list, nominees must be in good standing with the Florida Bar; be based in Florida; be a practicing attorney with at least 15 years’ experience; and have made a significant impact in the field of law. Nominees must mentor or act as a role model for others, show leadership in professional organizations and in civic/community service initiatives.

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