Class of 2009

You can now view your classmates' news and accomplishments online! Click your graduation year below to see class notes, with the most recent entries appearing first. You may also submit a class note online.

David J. Gillis, of The Law Offices of David J. Gillis, PA in Fort Lauderdale, represented a client charged with a crime who was acquitted at trial. The client had no criminal record and Gillis applied for an expunction. While applying, Gillis learned that expunction of a criminal record was only available if the case was dismissed by the prosecution prior to trial, not upon acquittal by a judge or jury. In response to his research, Gillis approached the Florida House of Representatives to initiate a bill to amend the statute to make those acquitted at trial eligible for expunction. The bill passed the House and the Senate unanimously, and was signed into law, effective October 1, 2018. Since the law has taken effect, Gillis received state attorney approval for expunction of his client's record and awaits the FDLE's approval. Posted 1.18.19

Shane T. Costello was promoted to partner at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa. His practice focuses on litigation involving real estate and land use issues, complex commercial matters, and trust and estate disputes. Posted 1.17.19

Jeffrey J. Wilcox was promoted to partner at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa. His practice primarily focuses on employment law, including wage-hour compliance, FMLA and ADA compliance, allegations of discrimination and harassment, non-compete litigation, and handbook and policy drafting. Posted 1.17.19

Sykes_Jonathan_web.jpgJonathan M. Sykes was promoted to partner at Burr & Forman LLP in Orlando. He is a member of the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy and Financial Services Litigation practice groups, where he represents financial institutions and creditors in a wide variety of bankruptcy and litigation matters. Posted 1.17.19


Alyssa S. Lathrop is now a hearing officer at the Public Employees Relations Commission in Tallahassee. Posted 7.9.18

richardson_adam_web.jpgAdam J. Richardson, an associate at Burlington & Rockenbach, P.A. in West Palm Beach, authored the article, "Reversed and Remanded for a New Trial: A Guide to Retrial in Civil Cases," in the July/August 2018 edition of The Florida Bar Journal. He also has been named a 2018 Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of appellate law. Posted 6.15.18


costello_family_web.jpgJessica Goodwin Costello and Shane T. Costello welcomed son Cameron William Costello to the world in November 2017. Jessica is an assistant statewide prosecutor at the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution in Tampa. Shane is an associate at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, where he focuses on litigation involving real estate and land use issues, complex commercial matters, and trust and estate disputes. Posted 1.30.18


glanz_brandon_web.jpgBrandon T. Glanz is now a shareholder in the civil litigation group at HKM Professional Association in their St. Paul, MN office. He practices in the areas of toxic torts, employment litigation and general civil litigation defense. Posted 1.11.18


Thomas B. Acuff was named general counsel of the Morgan Auto Group in Tampa in June 2016. Posted 12.11.17

nieves_jo-anna_web.jpgJo-Anna M. Nieves was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) on January 26, 2017. The ACBA specifically noted that her passion, commitment to excellence, quiet reflection, and drive for justice and service embodies the spirit of the ideal new lawyers in Alameda County. Nieves is the founding attorney at The Nieves Law Firm, APC in Oakland, CA. Posted 12.6.17


Carolyn R. Rickert (maiden name Carolyn R. Haslam) was recently honored as a recipient of the inaugural Akerman Impact Award for her years of volunteer work as a Guardian ad Litem, as well as her work on the firm's Community Impact Team. She is an associate at Akerman, LLP in Orlando, where she practices Florida land use and entitlements law. Posted 10.9.17

Jessica G. Costello was selected to participate in Connect Florida's Class VII, a statewide leadership institute program of Leadership Florida. She is an assistant statewide prosecutor for the Florida Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution in Tampa. 
Posted 7.24.17

William D. Hall, III is now special counsel at Jones Walker LLP in Tallahassee. Posted 5.3.17

renner_jason_web.jpgJason M. Renner is now counsel at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Detroit, MI. His current practice is primarily focused on the defense of extra-contractual and liability insurance coverage matters, as well as property and general liability claims. Posted 2.14.17

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