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Three Quarles & Brady Partners Named Legal Elite by Florida Trend

NAPLES, FLA. - For the past several years, Quarles & Brady LLP attorneys have been listed in Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite™. This year, three of the firm's Florida-based partners, Kelli A Edson, Kimberly Leach Johnson and Robert James Kline have been named to the magazine's "Florida Legal Elite 2013." The tenth annual list recognizes over 1,200 prominent Florida lawyers chosen by their peers.

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 lists represent 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 2013 issue.

The Quarles & Brady Florida Legal Elite 2013:

Kelli A. Edson (Commercial Litigation). A partner in the Tampa office, Florida Litigation Chair and Tampa Recruiting Partner has handled a wide variety of litigation matters throughout her career, including in the areas of insurance recovery, real estate, investments, contracts, admiralty, bankruptcy, torts, products liability, class actions, premises liability, landlord/tenant disputes, securities, intellectual property, telecommunications, technology, and unfair trade practices. She understands the importance of working strategically and thinking creatively to attain her clients' objectives. She was selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers-Rising Stars 2013 edition. Edson received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Harvard University.

Kimberly Leach Johnson (Wills, Trusts & Estates). A partner in the firm's Naples office, has extensive experience representing numerous families in the planning of their estate and handling their affairs after their demise. Johnson holds various positions within the firm, including chair of the Finance Committee and as an elected member of the firm's Executive Committee. Previously she was managing partner of the firm's Naples and Tampa offices and chair of the firm's Trusts & Estates Practice Group. She has been listed a Top 50 Woman Florida Super Lawyers® since 2011 and in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008. She earned her LL.M. from the University of Miami, her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and her bachelor's degree from Anderson College.

Robert James Kline (Wills, Trusts & Estates). Kline recently joined the firm's Tampa office as a partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group. His practice focuses on estate planning, probate, taxation, probate litigation, trust litigation, beneficiary litigation, and fiduciary liability including the representation of trustees, personal representatives, executors, and other fiduciaries. He also represents a broad range of charitable foundations and other 501(c)(3) organizations. Kline is also certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court, and serves as a mediator in trust and estate cases upon request. He as been listed in Florida Super Lawyers® since 2006 and in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2011. Kline received his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

About Florida Trend
For over 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.

About Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Naples and Tampa, Fla.; Chicago, Ill; Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; and Shanghai, China. The firm provides an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients, which range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Additional information about the firm may be found at, and on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.