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Quarles & Brady Chair Named Among Legal Elite by Florida Trend

NAPLES, FLA. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady today announced that Kimberly Leach Johnson, firm chair and a partner in the firm’s Naples office, has been recognized among Florida Trend magazine’s 2014 Florida Legal Elite™. The 11th-annual list appears in the July 2014 edition of Florida Trend and recognizes approximately 1,200 prominent Florida lawyers chosen by their peers.

Johnson practices in the area of Trusts & Estates law. She has extensive experience representing families in the planning of their estates and the handling of affairs after individuals pass away. Johnson was named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Collier County Women’s Bar Association in 2011 and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She has received several other professional honors as well, including having been listed among the Top 50 Woman Florida Super Lawyers from 2011 through 2013 and in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008. Johnson earned her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, her LL.M. degree from the University of Miami and her bachelor’s degree from Anderson College.

Florida Legal Elite attorneys are recommended by Florida Bar members. Annually, Florida Trend invites all in-state attorneys to name lawyers whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Ballots are processed, checked and tabulated by Bradenton-based Outsource America and EA Fernbacher LLC in St. Petersburg. Each lawyer is given a score based on the number of votes they received. The list of top vote-getters is further examined using membership status and disciplinary histories provided by the Florida Bar. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners then reviews the selection process and the list of finalists. The resulting list represents fewer than 2 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. Only lawyers who are currently licensed and practicing in Florida are eligible for selection.

A full list of honorees is included in Florida Trend magazine’s July 2014 issue.

About Florida Trend
For more than 50 years, Florida Trend magazine has reported on the people and issues that have defined Florida and shaped its future. The magazine and its website offer regionally based stores and reporting with statewide impact. Florida Trend’s mix of local color and thorough, hard-hitting investigative journalism is recognized each year with regional and national awards for editorial excellence.