Member Directory

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LISA HU BARQUIST
Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A.

Practice Area(s): Business Litigation, Business Law, Injunction
Language(s): Mandarin
E-mail: lbarquist@boginmunns.com
Telephone: (407) 578-9696

About Lisa: Lisa Hu Barquist has practiced law in the public and private sectors, national and boutique law firms, on civil and federal criminal matters, and as General Counsel in a manufacturing/logistics company on all transactional matters totaling 29 years. She offers a breadth and wealth of legal, practical, life experiences to her clients and approach to all matters at hand. For example, she devoted 11years serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida prosecuting criminal narcotics cases and civil Medicare fraud.


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LORNA  E. BROWN-BURTON
Lubell Rosen Law Firm, LLC

Practice Area(s):  Worker’s Compensation, Social Security Disability, Labor & Employment, Bankruptcy

About Lorna: Lorna E. Brown-Burton is an “AV” rated attorney who is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 1987 and the Southern District of Florida since 1990. Ms. Brown-Burton’s primary area of practice is workers’ compensation defense representing Employers/Self-Insureds/Carriers for over 30 years and also has experience in the area of Labor and Employment and Social Security Disability as well as representing individuals in chapter 7 & 13 bankruptcy matters. Ms. Brown-Burton is a past adjunct professor at Broward College in the Paralegal Degree Program. Prior to joining Lubell | Rosen as a Partner managing the Workers’ Compensation department she owned and operated her own firm which was certified as an MWBE/SBE from February of 2004 to August 31, 2014 and from September 1, 2014 to July 31, 2018 Ms. Brown-Burton merged her firm with The DeMicco Law Firm, P.A. where she co-founded the firm, Brown-Burton & DeMicco, PLLC. She was an active member of the Legal Aid Board of Directors and has held several officer positions which included President. Although she is no longer a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid, she remains involved with Legal Aid’s fundraising activities to include For The Public Good. Ms. Brown-Burton is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar, a prior elected member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, as the Seventeenth Circuit representative, with a special appointment to the Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, for the 2002-2003 term and is a former elected President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association for the 1996-1997 term. Ms. Brown-Burton completed two 3-year terms on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee “17F” and “17E”, respectively and also served as Chair of the “17E” Grievance committee.


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THE HONORABLE STEVE BERLIN – APABA Tampa Bay’s Judicial Liaison
The Sixth Judicial Circuit
Chamber 23,
14250 49th Street
North Clearwater, FL 33762


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DANIEL CARDWELL – Law Student
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Firm/Company:
Hillsborough Community College
Adjunct Professor of English,
Writing Center Staff
10451 Nancy Watkins Dr.
Tampa, FL 33619

Practice Area(s) of Interest: Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Practice, Administrative Law, Legislative Drafting
Languages: English
E-mail: Cardwelld@cooley.edu

About Cardwell:
Daniel Cardwell is a law student at the WMU Cooley Law School. He completed his MA in English: Rhetoric & Writing and MA in Library & Information Science. He is active with the American Library Association, serving on committees through his home division, the Association of College & Research Libraries. In 2018, he was appointed to the Distance Learning Section’s Awards Committee, and this year was appointed to represent ACRL at the ALA Literacy Assembly. He is also a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and 2019 recipient of the AALL George A. Strait Scholarship.


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HANNAH CHOI
iQor US, Inc.
One Progress Plaza, 200 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Practice Area(s): Labor and Employment
Language(s): Korean
E-mail: Hanna.Choi@iqor.com
About Hannah: Hannah Choi serves as the Senior Employment
Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer for iQor.Hanna.Choi@iqor.com


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DEBBIE SINES CROCKETT
Cheffy Passidomo, P.A.
4100 W. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 335
Tampa, FL 33609

Practice Area(s): Construction, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith,
Real Estate Disputes, Commercial Civil Litigation
Language(s): Korean
E-mail: dscrockett@napleslaw.com
Telephone: (813) 225-2684

About Debbie: Debbie S. Crockett is a shareholder with Cheffy Passidomo, P.A. in Tampa, FL. She concentrates in handling disputes involving construction, insurance coverage, bad faith, and commercial civil matters from the trial through appeal, in state and federal courts, and represents policyholders against insurers, with an emphasis in
complex insurance disputes. Her bar activities include being a current Co-Chair of the Nat’l Asian American Bar Assoc. Insurance Law Committee and an active member of the FL Bar Insurance & Surety Law and Construction Law committees, the Hillsborough Co. Bar Assoc. Construction Law section, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice
section, and ABA Forum on Construction Law. She serves on the FL Bar Standing Committee on the FL Civil
Procedure Rules.


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ZARRA ELIAS
Akerman LLP
401 East Jackson Street, Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602

Practice Areas: Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation
Language(s): Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Tagalog
E-Mail: zarra.elias@akerman.com
Telephone: (813) 209-5042

About Zarra:
Zarra Elias is a Partner at Akerman LLP. She focuses her practice on labor and employment and commercial litigation. She represents employers and businesses in employment law cases before
the federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She also advises employers on day-to-day human resources matters and employment issues; conducts supervisor training, investigations, and audits; and drafts employment agreements, handbooks, policies, and procedures. Additionally, Zarra has experience litigating commercial
disputes, including those related to non-competition agreements, breach of contract, and unfair business practices. Zarra is an active member of the Florida Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a Fellow of the L&E Committee of the American Bar Association, and a board member of the Tampa Bay International Business Council.


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YING “LAURA” GAO
The Gao Law Firm

421 S Pine Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

Practice Area(s): Probate, Guardianship and Guardian Advocacy, Special Needs Trust, Elder Exploitation, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, and Long Term Care Planning.
Languages: English and Mandarin Chinese
E-mail: laura@thegaolawfirm.com
Telephone: (727) 379-4566 (P) (727) 424-3070 (C)

Ying “Laura” Gao, is the founder of The Gao Law Firm, a boutique law firm based in Ocala, FL with a satellite office in Land O’ Lakes, FL. Ms. Gao focuses her practice on on Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Elder Law with an emphasis on superior client services and client experiences.
Ms. Gao is a member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law (“RPPTL”) Section of the Florida Bar. Ms. Gao currently serves as the secretary to the Estate and Trust Tax Planning Committee and the Asset Protection Committee of the RPPTL Section. Ms. Gao is also a member of the Elder Law Section (“ELS”) of the Florida Bar and a member of its Guardianship Committee.
Ms. Gao has been elected to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay Board (2019-2022) and was appointed by Dean Michèle Alexandre to the Stetson Law Alumni Association Board (2021-2023). Ms. Gao was recently appointed to the RPPTL PAC Board in July 2021.
Ms. Gao attended Stetson University College of Law for her Juris Doctor degree on Dean’s Merit-based Scholarship and graduated cum laude. She received book awards in Contracts, Property, Civil Procedure, Research & Writing II, Evidence, and Children and the Law. She was a finalist in Phelps Dunbar Appellate Advocacy Competition, and a recipient of Bank Lopez Gassler High Grade Award.
Ms. Gao immigrated to the US from China in 2008, where she was a brand manager for Gitanjali Group (#1 diamond group in India and #7 worldwide) and launched their first Chinese brand in Shanghai. Since her arrival, Ms. Gao has become an FAA-certified commercial and instrument rated pilot, bare-boat chartering qualified sailor, and an open-water scuba diver. Ms. Gao enjoyed her experience as an air-racer: Air Race Classic 2010 with teammates Terry Carbonell and Ellen Herr (1st Place) and Florida Sunshine Derby 2011 with teammate Matt Wallis (1st Place).
Ms. Gao is a meditation practitioner and completed


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JOSELINE JEAN-LOUIS HARDRICK
Western Michigan University- Cooley Law School- Tampa Bay Campus
9445 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, FL 33578

Practice Area(s):
Academia, Civil Litigation
Languages:  Haitian Creole
E-mail: hardrickj@cooley.edu
Telephone: 813-419-5100- ext 5161

About Joseline: Professor Hardrick joined WMU-Cooley Law School in July 2019. She most recently served as a federal judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, in Tampa, Florida for the Hon. Charlene Edwards Honeywell and the Hon. James S. Moody, Jr. Prior to her clerkship, Ms. Hardrick was a litigation associate at Bush Ross, P.A. She is the founder and director of Diversity Access Pipeline (DAP), a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity and creates access for law students. DAP provides cash scholarships and leadership development training to third year law students.

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THANH THANH HUYNH

Law Student – Western Michigan University- Cooley Law School- Tampa Bay Campus

Areas of Interest:
Interested in Litigation, Criminal Defense and Estate Planning

About Ms. Huynh: Outside of school and work, Thanh Thanh volunteer as a child advocate with the Guardian ad Litem Program – 13th Judicial Circuit. For hobbies, she row crews with a local team, weightlifts, and enjoys exploring new recipes in the kitchen.


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JULIANNE M. HOLT
Office of the Public Defender, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
700 E. Twiggs Street, 5th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602

Practice Area(s) / Area(s) of Interest: Indigent Criminal Defense, Criminal Law

Languages: English, Spanish
E-mail: jholt@pd13.state.fl.us
Telephone: 813-307-4000

About Ms. Holt: Julianne Holt is a graduate of the University of South Florida and South Texas College of Law. She was as Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit in 1993, and has served our community for 27 years.  Ms. Holt serves as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida. Additionally, she participates on many committees which focus on issues pertaining to the criminal justice system, as well as improving the quality of life for youth.  In recognition of her commitment to our community and public service she was inducted into the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018.


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COC VAN IGNAUT
Client Executive
Esquire Deposition Solutions
101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 3350
Tampa FL 33602

Practice Area(s): Providing Court Reporting Services
Languages: Vietnamese and English
E-mail: cvan@esquiresolutions.com
Telephone: 813-523-6341

About Coc: Coc Ignaut has been in the litigation support industry for nearly 13 years. She has been with Esquire for ten years (and counting) and have worked collaboratively with hundreds of clients in providing guidance in the court reporting industry. Prior to that Ms. Ignaut worked with law firms in consulting with their electronic discovery and document management needs.


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VASHTI JATTANSINGH
Associate General Counsel – Global Wealth Solutions
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

880 Carillon Parkway,
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Practice Area(s): Global Wealth Solutions – Institutional Fiduciary Solutions, Insurance group, Alternative Investments, Structured Products, Retail Options, Mutual Fund Research and Marketing, Wealth Solutions, Private Client Group
E-mail: Vashti.Jattansingh@RaymondJames.com
Telephone:  (727) 567-6442
About Vashti: LinkedIn Profile


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JEANINE KANG 
Edison, Edison, & Brandt, PLLC
11268 Winthrop Main St Ste 102
Riverview, FL 33578-4266

Practice Area(s): Commercial Litigation, Landlord and Tenant Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Contract Drafting
Language(s): Korean
Telephone: 813-501-1577
Email: jeanie.kang@eeblawgroup.com

About Jeanine: Jeanie Kang is an Associate Attorney with Edison, Edison, & Brandt. She serves as a counselor and advisor to business owners helping them resolve complex legal matters and disputes. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, landlord and tenant litigation, real estate litigation, and contract drafting. In addition, Jeanie also handles various types of immigration work, including, but not limited to, family-based immigrant visas, renewal and replacement of green cards, and application for citizenship through spouse and/or parents.


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KEVIN KWAN
Ankura Consulting Group, LLC
101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2250
Tampa, FL 33602

Practice Areas: Forensic Accounting, Financial Investigations, Litigation Support
Languages: Cantonese
Tel: (813) 277-1913
Email: kevin.kwan@ankura.com

About Kevin: Kevin Kwan is a Managing Director at Ankura, based in Tampa. He has over 23 years of experience providing consulting and expert witness services in various business disputes, complex commercial litigation matters, and financial investigations. Kevin’s experience includes development of complex financial models, as well as compilation, organization, and analysis of large volumes of historical data through the development of databases. He has provided expert witness testimony in federal and state court cases and an arbitration panel.


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SARAH LAHLOU-AMINE– Pro Bono Liaison
Banker Lopez Gassler, P.A.
501 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1700
Tampa, Florida 33602

Practice Area(s): Appellate and Insurance litigation
E-mail: slahlou@bankerlopez.com
Telephone: 813.384.3994

About Sarah:  Board Certified in Appellate Practice, Sarah Lahlou-Amine practices in all areas of state and federal appellate andinsurance litigation, and provides litigation advice and strategy on insurance coverage, defense, and extra-contractual matters. In her appellate practice, Sarah helps clients and litigators seeking to protect their appellate record or properly prepare a case for appeal. In the event of an appeal, Sarah partners with trial counsel to protect a
favorable ruling, seek a reversal, or obtain other appellate relief. Sarah handles a variety of insurance matters, including advising on coverage issues, bad faith exposure, best practices, and litigation and appellate strategy. She litigates and advises on issues involving commercial liability, commercial property, homeowners, automobile, directors and
officers, errors and omissions, professional liability, and excess policies, among others.


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HAKSOO STEPHEN LEE – Secretary
Lee Law Group, PLLC
3804 W. North B St.
Tampa, FL 33609

Practice Area(s): 
Civil Practice Law, Bankruptcy,
Business Litigation
Language(s): Korean
E-mail: hlee@flrights.com
Telephone: (813) 606-4533

About Haksoo: Haksoo Stephen Lee is a Korean-American attorney practicing in the areas of creditors’ rights, civil litigation, and business litigation. Some of Stephen’s current clients include large institutional lenders, high net-worth individuals, and local residents. Bio


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SEUNGEUN APRIL LEE
Shankman Leone, P.A.
707 North Franklin Street, 5th Floor,
Tampa, FL 33602

Practice Areas: Employment
Language(s): Korean
Email: aprillee37@gmail.com
Telephone: 404.740.9109

About April: April Lee is an employment associate attorney at Shankman Leone, P.A. Her practice involves representing and advising employers in a wide range of employment issues, including discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour claims, and workplace policy formation and implementation. Previously, April was labor and employment in-house counsel for a global Korean conglomerate in its California headquarters. Prior to going in-house, April worked at an Am 200 law firm and a plaintiff’s side employment law firm. April is admitted to practice in Florida, Georgia, and California. She is a graduate of Emory University School of Law.


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ANGELINA LIM
Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP
SunTrust Financial Centre
401 East Jackson Street, Suite 3100
Tampa, FL 33602

Practice Areas:
 Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation; Creditors’
and Debtors’ Rights; Workouts; Banking and Transaction
Language(s): Malay, Hokkien, Fujanese
E-mail: AngelinaL@jpfirm.com
Telephone: 813.225.2500

About Angelina: Angelina Lim started the practice of law, in New York, in the bankruptcy departments of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in 1993 and subsequently at Dewey Ballantine (now Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP). She clerked with the Honorable Cornelius Blackshear, Bankruptcy Judge (now retired) in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York. In 1998, Angelina moved from New York to Florida. In 2000, she was the first Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael G. Williamson, bankruptcy judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. In 2005, she joined the firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, in the firm’s bankruptcy, creditor’s rights and insolvency related practice group. At Johnson, Pope, Angelina has successfully represented both corporate and individual debtors (primarily in Chapter 11 reorganization cases), secured creditors, landlords, creditor’s committees, trustees and receivers in state court restructurings.


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JIN LIU
Carlton Fields
Corporate Center Three at International Plaza
4221 W. Boy Scout Boulevard, Suite 1000
Tampa, Florida  33607-5780

Practice Area(s): Real Estate, Finance, Corporate.
Language(s): Mandarin Chinese
E-mail: jliu@cfjblaw.com
Telephone: (813) 229-4209

About Jin: Jin Liu is a Board Member and Founding Member of APABA Tampa Bay.  Jin represents note holders, servicers, and other financial institutions in workouts, loan transactions, loan sales, and disposition of real estate.
Jin also represents resort developers and other developers of large commercial and residential projects in
purchase and sale of both improved and unimproved property, business planning and implementation, transaction structuring, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, and a variety of loan transactions. Jin has experience advising developers and financial institutions with respect to Florida condominium filings and
condominium related due diligence issues. As a bi-cultural and bilingual attorney who received legal education in both the United States and China, Jin has represented international, in particular, Chinese, clients in a variety of commercial transactions.  Jin currently chairs the International Investment in Real Estate Committee of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section.


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MARY NGUYEN-NODELMAN
The Law Office of Julianne M. Holt, Office of the Public Defender 13th Cir.
700 E Twiggs St #586, Tampa, FL 33602-4019

Practice Areas:
Assistant Public Defender
Languages:
Vietnamese
Email: nguyennodelmanm@pd13.state.fl.us
Telephone:
813-277-1538


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HARRISON EPHRAIM STANDLEY
Standley Law Office, P.A.

15501 N. Florida Ave., Suite 2V, Tampa, FL 33613

Practice Areas: Consumer Bankruptcy; SSDI/SSI Appeals of Denials; Veterans Benefits; Consumer Rights

Languages: English

Email: info@standleylawoffice.com

Telephone: (813) 530-6141

About Harrison: Harrison Standley, Esq. helps individuals and families throughout Florida find solutions to their debt and mortgage problems. Whether it’s mounting credit card bills, unexpected medical expenses, or a change in life status, Harrison Standley, Esq. has fought on behalf of those facing financial hardships keep their homes and their dignity. Mr. Standley has spent his career protecting the rights of consumers. He has advocated on behalf of our nation’s heroes – retired military veterans –for VA disability benefits. He is the voice for those most vulnerable, and works to ensure that those who qualify receive their Social Security benefits.


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BEEJAL P. THAKORE
Thakore Law, PLLC
3030 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33607

Practice Area(s): Real Estate and Commercial Litigation, Real
Estate Transactions, Condo and HOA Law
Language(s): Gujarati
Email: Bthakore@Thakorelaw.com
Telephone: (813) 598-1303

About Beejal: Beejal Thakore practices in the areas of real estate, contracts and business transactions and litigation.  After nearly a decade of practicing at other law firms, Beejal started Thakore Law, PLLC to assist individual and corporate clients throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.   Thakore Law’s mission statement is to provide every client with precise, practical and personalized legal representation.  Beejal has lived in Florida for over 30 years and is a proud triple graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Psychology and her Juris Doctorate degree in 2007.  She is also fluent in Gujarati.


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CIARA WILLIS
BUSH ROSS, P.A.
1801 N. Highland Ave
Tampa, Florida 33602

Practice Area(s): Community Association Law, General Business Litigation.

Languages: English
E-mail: cwillis@bushross.com
Telephone: 813-224-9255

About Ciara: Ciara Willis focuses her practice on civil litigation, primarily in matters involving business and contract disputes, condominium associations, homeowner associations, community development districts, real estate, employment litigation, and other general commercial litigation matters. Ciara serves as an elected YLD Governor on The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. She also currently serves as the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) YLD Chair. Ciara is a proud graduate of FSU where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Applied Economics, and is a graduate of Stetson Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree.  Find more information at: http://www.bushross.com/attorneys-ciara-willis.html.


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MAI VU
Vu Legal, P.A.

4326 Park Blvd N Ste G
Pinellas Park, FL 33781-3538

Practice Area(s): Wills, Power of Attorney, family law, Auto Accidents, Personal Injury
Language(s): Vietnamese

Email: info@vulegal.co
Telephone: (813) 344.5828


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ALICIA WHITING-BOZICH
Sivyer, Barlow & Watson, P.A.
SunTrust Financial Centre
401 E. Jackson Street, Suite 2225
Tampa, FL 33602
Practice Area(s): Commercial & Property Disputes, Business Tort
E-mail: awhitingbozich@sbwlegal.com
Telephone: 813.221.4242

About Alicia:
 Alicia Whiting-Bozich’s litigation practice includes commercial disputes,
business torts, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, contracts, creditor’s rights matters, and disputes relating to real property. Ms. Whiting-Bozich also has extensive trial court experience representing investors, lenders, and loan servicers in contested mortgage foreclosures and consumer finance litigation. She has represented loan servicers in both state and federal court on claims involving the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, Fair Debt Collections Practice Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.


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GRACE H. YANG
Gray Robinson
401 East Jackson Street
Suite 2700
Post Office Box 3324 (33601-3324)
Tampa, Florida 33602

Practice Area(s): Administrative & Regulatory, Food Law, Senior Housing, Tobacco,
Land Use Law, Residential Resort & Club, Restaurant, Alcohol Beverage, Hospitality, Government
Language(s): Mandarin, Taiwanese
Email:  grace.yang@gray-robinson.com
Telephone: (813) 273-5043

About Grace: Grace Yang is a shareholder based in the Tampa office of GrayRobinson. Her practice includes multistate compliance issues for alcohol beverage and food vendors; multistate alcohol, hotel, restaurant and occupational licensing work; the representation of alcohol and hospitality industry members before local, state and federal administrative agencies; land use issues, including alcohol-related conditional or special use permitting and variance issues; drafting and negotiating various types of agreements; and other matters affecting hospitality industry members. Grace is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating. Grace has handled the purchase, sale and licensure of thousands of retail stores, resort and hotel properties, restaurants, and other businesses located throughout the United States.


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LINDA J.Z. YOUNG – Treasurer
Raymond James Financial, Inc.
880 Carillon Pkwy
St Petersburg, FL 33716

Practice Area(s): 
Bankruptcy, Business Disputes, Contract
Disputes, Real Estate Litigation, Banking Litigation
Language(s):
 Mandarin
Email:  
linda.young@raymondjames.com
Telephone: 
727 567 6156
About Linda:
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