Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our 13,000 people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instill confidence in our clients. Baker McKenzie chose Tampa for the site of its new Global Services Center, the first of its kind in North America, following the success of similar sites in the Philippines and Northern
Ireland.




Jamie Lawless

Jamie Lawless is the Executive Director of Baker McKenzie’s strategic center in Tampa, Florida. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Implementation for the Firm, as well as the Chief Operating Officer of the Washington D.C. and New York offices.

Before joining Baker McKenzie, Jamie held several Vice President roles at Swiss Post Solutions, a global organization providing document management services, business process services, and intelligent automation solutions to global organizations. During her time with SPS, Jamie was based in Los Angeles, then in Washington, D.C., and led the expansion of services in the Western United States and Mid-Atlantic regions. Early in her career, Jamie worked as a supply chain process consultant for Accenture in New York. She focused on the areas of manufacturing, packaging, distribution/logistics and inventory management for global organizations.

Jamie is passionate about serving the community, ensuring a diverse and inclusive business environment, and promoting the economic independence of women.  She has served as the Advisory Council Chair for Dress for Success Worldwide, is a Founding & Advisory Board Member for Women to Know aimed at elevating and accelerating the careers and leadership of women in the legal industry, and is a founding member of (Fe)League , a network of women building a community of the interested, the interesting, and the influential. Jamie has also served as a business partner to the Association of Legal Administrators in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and co-led the Emerging Leaders Committee for the International Facilities Management Association in Washington.

Jamie was elected to the 2020 Board of Directors for the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, focused on attracting and retaining top companies and talent, and was recently recognized by Baker McKenzie as the business professional recipient of the Firm’s annual award for the promotion of gender diversity.

 

Jamie Lawless
Executive Director , Tampa Center

Shumaker

 

 

Founded in 1925, Shumaker  is a full-service business law firm with more than 225 lawyers, 55 paralegals and 475 employees in its five offices located in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. In each of their markets, Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services to their core constituency: individuals, small businesses, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 and international corporations.




Julio C. Esquivel

Julio C. Esquivel is a Partner in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Tampa office. Esquivel is an attorney and has significant experience in corporate, transactional, and securities matters, including: public offerings and private placements; domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; recapitalization and restructurings; venture capital; joint ventures; franchising; and Securities Exchange Act reporting obligations. He is very involved in the arts community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theatre, Friends of Tampa Public Art, and the Gasparilla Music Festival.

Julio C. Esquivel
Partner

Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers, providing representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm. With more than 400 lawyers in its litigation section, the firm is engaged in a broad range of civil and white collar litigation in U.S. federal and state courts. Holland & Knight’s Business Section has more than 300 lawyers and advises local, national and international clients on a broad range of matters and business transactions. With more than 240 lawyers and professionals, their Real Estate Section is one of the largest of any U.S. law firm. Their Government Section has more than 100 attorneys and professionals engaged in federal, state, local and tribal government affairs, regulatory counseling and related disciplines.




Gov. Bob Martinez

Former Governor of Florida Bob Martinez is a senior policy advisor with Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group and is co-chair of the firm’s Florida Government Advocacy Team. Martinez is one of Florida’s most respected leaders, and his distinguished career in public service spans more than 40 years. Career highlights include serving in the following positions: Cabinet-level office as the nation’s second Drug Czar under President George H.W. Bush from 1991-1993, Governor of Florida from 1987-1991, Mayor of the City of Tampa from 1979-1986 and Vice Chairman of the Southwest Water Management District from 1975-1979. Martinez is known for his creation of effective environmental protection programs such as Preservation 2000, the largest conservation land-purchasing initiative in the nation of its time. He is also recognized for his focus on drug control and his commitment to public education.

Gov. Bob Martinez
Senior Policy Advisor

Carlton Fields

Carlton Fields serves business clients in key industries across the country and around the globe. Through their core practices, they help their clients grow their businesses and protect their vital interests. Their national and international litigation teams handle the most complex business trials, arbitrations and appeals. They have deep experience in the defense of class actions and mass actions, white collar representation, high-stakes business litigation and government investigations. The cases they handle cut across every subject area, including consumer and business fraud, FCPA enforcement, contracts, shareholder disputes, antitrust, insurance, securities, products liability, construction, real estate, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, labor and employment, intellectual property, health care, telecommunications and federal and state governmental disputes. Carlton Fields also advises clients on sophisticated business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance and disclosures, tax planning, ERISA, capital formation, debt financing, corporate governance and transactions and cyber security concerns.




Gary Sasso

Gary Sasso represents business clients in securities fraud and consumer fraud class actions and other complex litigation at the trial and appellate level, in the financial services industry, energy sector, products manufacturing industry, and services sector. Gary has tried cases in the areas of securities fraud, business contracts, product liability, professional malpractice, employment discrimination and termination, eminent domain, bankruptcy, construction, administrative law, and land use in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Gary has argued appeals on diverse issues including business fraud, federal and state constitutional claims, product liability, personal injury, insurance coverage, national bank regulation, employment discrimination, federal occupational safety and health regulation, eminent domain, county taxation, and public utilities law.

Before joining the firm in 1987, Gary worked as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court, and as a law clerk for Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Gary Sasso
President and CEO

Greenberg Traurig

 

 

Greenberg Traurig, P.A. (GT) is an international law firm with approximately 2,000 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals in more than 38 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  GT provides integrated, business-focused legal services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to innovative start-ups, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services.  Their multidisciplinary team includes lawyers who have been the chief legal officers at major multinational companies and have spent years solving real-world problems in the business, political, and legal arenas.  GT’s Central Florida practice, which includes offices in Tampa and Orlando, provides a broad array of services, including corporate law, federal & state taxation, health care, labor & employment, intellectual property & technology, real estate, land use & zoning, environmental, construction, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, and a broad range of civil and criminal litigation, trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts.




David Weinstein

David Weinstein has an active civil and white-collar litigation practice, with an emphasis on business, environmental, real estate, health care, and other challenging matters. Weinstein has significant “first-chair” trial experience in jury and non-jury trials, as well as arbitrations. He is listed in Band 1 of Chambers USA Guide, which describes him as “a really fabulous lawyer . . . well-liked by clients . . . the kind of guy you would want leading the charge if you had a problem.”  He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 United States, and Who’s Who Legal.  Florida Trend magazine—which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2010 recognizes David as one of “Florida’s Legal Elite.”  The Tampa Bay Business Journal selected him in 2005 for its “Who’s Who in Business in the Tampa Bay Area.”

Weinstein has a long record of service to the community, including serving on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and WEDU.  A fourth degree black belt, he served as the senior instructor of Tampa Moo Duk Kwan, a not-for-profit martial arts club.

David Weinstein
Managing Shareholder