As a shareholder at Coleman Yovanovich Koester in Naples, Edmond E. Koester handles high-end litigation matters, ranging from complex antitrust to construction defect cases and anything in between. At any given time, he has between 60 and 120 pending cases.
Washington, D.C. attorney Thomas Spulak (’82) began developing his expertise in government advocacy well before law school. During his formative years and in college, Spulak came to the realization that not everyone was protected equally.
The path to practicing law did not go exactly as planned for Jami A. Coleman, but the end result is exactly where she is meant to be. Growing up in Germany as one of seven siblings, Coleman aspired to be just like The Cosby Show’s matriarch.
Growing up around politics, Marcelo Llorente realized that serving your community was a great calling. His Jesuit high school education further instilled in him a deep commitment to community service. Llorente aspired from a young age to become an attorney and serve in an elected office.
D'Alemberte Professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs Shi-Ling Hsu is an expert in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, climate change, law and economics, and property. Prior to entering academia, Hsu was a senior attorney and economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.
When FSU Law welcomed its first students during the fall of 1966, the law school occupied part of Longmire Hall in the middle of campus. Now comprised of eight buildings that occupy two full city blocks, the law school has expanded along with its faculty, student body and offerings. In just half a century, FSU Law transformed into one of the nation’s top 50 law schools.
As a registered pharmacist, Salesia Smith-Gordon contemplated returning to school to become a veterinarian or doctor. Her plans changed after a conversation with her mother, Jeraldine Williams, a 1981 graduate of the FSU College of Law. Today, Smith-Gordon has won numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for her clients at her own practice.
Before his passing in January 2017, Cody Fowler Davis was a proud father, accomplished trial attorney and author. Recognized as the #1 attorney in insurance law and plaintiff's personal injury litigation by Tampa Magazine (2016), Davis left an impact on the legal community.
Isidro “Sid” Garcia’s experiences as a journalist and part-time worker at UPS as a young adult led to a successful labor law practice in West Palm Beach. In 2004, Garcia opened his own practice, Garcia Law Firm, P.A., where he represents individual employees who have been mistreated in the workplace, primarily in wrongful termination and harassment claims.
Because he took an in-house position immediately after graduating from law school in 2001, Matt Rearden has never billed an hour. Since joining SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in 2010, Rearden has served as associate general counsel, as vice president of business affairs and currently as senior business development officer.