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Three Quarles & Brady Partners Recognized in Florida Trend’s 2016 Florida Legal Elite

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TAMPA, Fla. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that three partners—Kelli A. Edson, Jennifer L. Griffin, and Samuel P. Queirolo—have been recognized in Florida Trend magazine's 2016 Florida Legal Elite.

Edson practices in the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and serves as the Florida litigation chair and Tampa recruiting partner. She has handled a wide variety of litigation matters throughout her career, including in the areas of trusts, guardianships, real estate, investments, contracts, bankruptcy, insurance, torts, products liability, class actions, premises liability, landlord/tenant disputes, securities, intellectual property, telecommunications, technology, and unfair trade practices. She has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs, and has secured summary judgments and complete dismissals for defense clients. She has been listed in 2013–2016 Florida Super Lawyers® lists and in Florida Trend magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite” list since 2013. Edson received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Harvard University.

Griffin serves as the chair of the firm’s Tampa Estate, Trust & Wealth Preservation Practice Group. Her practice focuses on the administration of estates and trusts, specifically representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries as to their rights and obligations involved in the administration of estates and trusts, and assisting in the resolution of disputes arising from such administrations. She also assists individuals and families with wealth planning and preservation through the creation of customized estate plans. She received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law and her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of South Florida. She is listed in the The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Trusts and Estates), and has been included in Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite list since 2014.

Queirolo practices in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. He has worked with investors, developers, lenders, and governmental entities in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing, and disposition of office and industrial projects, residential developments, apartment complexes, retail facilities, mixed-use projects, senior living facilities, and university facilities. He received his law degree, with high honors, from Florida State University College of Law and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Florida State University. He is also Florida Bar Board Certified in Real Estate Law, listed in Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate), and has a Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV.

Florida Legal Elite attorneys are recommended by Florida Bar members. Each year, 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 2016 issue.

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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.

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