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Deep Roots, Broad Reach, Local Knowledge: Walton Lantaff Strengthens its Orlando Magic

Jan 8, 2012 - News by

Dream Team Enjoys Challenges of Serving the Counties of Beautiful Central and North Florida

For over 75 years, Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP has defended insurers and their insureds in an increasingly complex and challenging economic environment. The Firm’s goal is to minimize our client’s exposure and achieve the client’s desired result. We are your partners in managing risk.

A simple operating philosophy has guided Walton Lantaff in its relationships with its clients: “To Provide Strong Advocacy for the Client While Maintaining the Highest Standards of Ethics and Professionalism.” Walton Lantaff’s attorneys continually expand their legal education beyond the core knowledge of the profession, so that they will always represent clients with a full understanding of the most current changes in the law, trial advocacy and negotiating strategies.

WLS&C is pleased to announce that the following Partners, Associates, and Paralegal are partnering with the Orlando office in our expansion of services and continuing efforts to provide the highest quality legal services in all areas of the law to meet our clients’ needs:

Partners

Jim Armstrong – Mr. Armstrong’s primary area of practice involves all aspects of civil litigation with emphasis in the areas of Florida Workers’ Compensation claims, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act cases and general civil litigation, including personal injury cases. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Armstrong was a Senior Civil Litigator for the CNA Insurance Companies in the South Florida Office.

Mark A. Massey – Mr. Massey has 24 years of experience handling all aspects of defense work including Workers’ Compensation defense and General Liability Defense. He has been Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law since 1997. Additionally, Mr. Massey’s experience in over fifty appeals includes several important precedent-setting decisions.

Michael S. Sperounes – Mr. Sperounes’ primary area of practice over the last twenty years involves all areas of insurance defense litigation, including: premises liability; construction accident and construction defect litigation; insurance coverage litigation; bad faith litigation; negligent security litigation; motor vehicle and trucking accident cases; products liability; first party claims and litigation; professional malpractice; wrongful death litigation; sexual harassment/abuse and employment litigation; and subrogation. His experience prior to joining the firm includes working as a consultant with the United States Department of Justice investigating and combating liability and No-Fault fraud.

Scott V. Berglund – Mr. Berglund’s primary area of practice has been in all aspects of Worker’s Compensation since graduating law school in 1978, and exclusively practicing insurance defense representing self-insured government agencies, self-insured employers, self-insured funds, and commercial carriers since 1985.

Stephen G. Kaufer – Mr. Kaufer’s primary area of practice involves insurance defense litigation with a focus on Workers’ Compensation defense and liability litigation representing commercial carriers, employers, third party administrators, self-insured funds, and government agencies since 1994. In addition, he handles Commercial Real Estate matters to include litigation, contractual work and eviction. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Kaufer was corporate counsel for a multi-state third party administrator; handling matters regarding state compliance, the establishment of both homogenous and diverse self insured funds, as well as drafting contracts between the Funds and their members.

Gregg R. Margre – Mr. Margre’s area of practice involves the defense of Workers’ Compensation, liability cases, and property insurance defense claims. He has extensive mediation and trial experience defending Workers’ Compensation claims since 1995. Mr. Margre heads up the firm’s Real Estate Department in the West Palm Beach office, and he is a member of Attorneys’ Title Fund Insurance and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. The firm handles all aspects of real estate residential and commercial transactions. He has also handled REO transactions for lenders.

Michele E. Ready – Ms. Ready’s primary area of practice is insurance defense, Workers’ Compensation litigation, including an emphasis on Medicare Secondary Payer compliance. Ms. Ready has lectured throughout the state of Florida on Medicare Secondary Payer compliance issues. She recently participated in panel discussions presented at the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute 2010 Conference in Orlando, Florida, as well as at the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee’s Legal Professional Liability 2010 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Associates

Nathan Stravers – Mr. Stravers’ primary area of practice involves all areas of Workers Compensation Defense and general liability claims. Prior to joining the firm. Mr. Stravers was a Certified Legal Intern in the area of Consumer Protection and served as a Certified Legal Intern in Criminal Law for the State Attorney’s Office of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in North Florida.

Robert Wilder – Mr. Wilder has been litigating in the areas of insurance and tort defense for the past 10 years. His experience includes premises liability, professional liability, construction accidents, construction defects, auto and trucking accidents, insurance coverage, bad faith, negligent security, products liability, defamation as well as commercial and employment litigation.

Michele Bachoon –Ms. Bachoon’s primary area of practice involves Workers’ Compensation, labor and employment law, first party insurance coverage litigation, including first party claims, appraisals and mediations. Ms. Bachoon also handles third party insurance defense litigation including personal injury and premises liability. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bachoon practiced labor and employment law, primarily dealing with discrimination cases and claims for unemployment compensation.

Kelly R. Bennett – Mrs. Bennett’s primary area of practice involves Workers’ Compensation defense, first party insurance coverage litigation, family law, and criminal law. Prior to joining the Firm, Mrs. Bennett practiced civil defense, specializing in the areas of Dependency, Marchman Acts and Involuntary Civil Commitments (Jimmy Ryce Act).
n Linda Muralt – Ms. Muralt’s primary area of practice involves all areas of Workers’ Compensation defense, insurance defense liability litigation, family law, and probate including Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Guardianships. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Muralt worked in the insurance industry for 18 years in sales, underwriting, service, and adjusting of medical as well as property and casualty claims.

Paralegal

Armenthia Walker – Ms. Walker has been working in the legal arena for over 30 years, including working for a Circuit Court Judge. After relocating to Florida she continued working in the field of law. Ms. Walker has experience in Workers’ Compensation, civil litigation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and criminal law. Ms. Walker has worked as a paralegal for both claimant and defense attorneys.

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