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Carlton Fields Elects Eight Attorneys to Shareholder

February 15, 2023
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Carlton Fields has elected eight attorney as shareholders across a broad cross section of the firm’s practice and industry groups. The new shareholders, who are based in Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. include:

Patricia Carreiro (Miami) is a cybersecurity and privacy litigator who advises clients on privacy compliance and data breach response in highly regulated industries, such as insurance, health care, and financial services, as well as privacy compliance for large retailers and other organizations seeking broad privacy compliance. Carreiro also has experience with emerging technologies, which she has developed into a niche practice in the life insurance industry. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Aaron Dunlap (Tallahassee) brings a multifaceted perspective to advising real estate developers, financial institutions and lenders, local land use clients, and other businesses with real estate interests or that regularly interact with state and local administrative agencies throughout Florida. Dunlap has prior experience working for a Florida municipality, Florida’s land planning agency, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from University of Miami School of Law.

Gregory Gidus (Tampa) is a litigator focused on the insurance industry. He represents clients in sophisticated first-party property and third-party liability coverage matters and other complex coverage disputes involving directors and officers liability insurance, errors and omissions liability insurance, professional liability insurance, employment practices liability insurance, comprehensive general liability insurance, financial institution bonds, and first-party bad faith. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law.

Vanessa Singh Johannes (Miami) is an experienced trial attorney focused on complex criminal and civil matters. She represents clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in a variety of white collar matters involving fraud, antitrust, and environmental issues. She previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, trying dozens of federal jury trials and handling appellate matters before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Johannes is the Miami office co-managing shareholder. She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Dara Lindquist (Orlando) represents developers, contractors, and owners in construction-related matters. She has a deep understanding of the legal issues involved in any construction project, and has advised clients in complex contract, lien, bond, and procurement disputes, as well as appeals throughout Florida. She has handled numerous multimillion-dollar construction defect cases involving residential, multifamily, and single-family homes, condominiums, and commercial buildings. Lindquist earned her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center.

Duy Duc “Dewey” Nguyen (Washington, D.C.) is a real estate finance attorney focused primarily on multifamily commercial financing. He represents publicly traded and privately held lenders nationwide in the origination, sale, and servicing of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily program loans. Nguyen counsels clients on numerous transactional and regulatory issues, including delegations, agency guideline interpretations, land use restrictive covenant agreements, and complex ownership structures. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame Law School.

Michael Rothfeldt (Tampa) focuses on all aspects of construction litigation, particularly complex matters involving delay claims, design and scope changes, termination, and construction defects. He represents a variety of clients including construction managers, general contractors, developers, and owners on large residential and commercial projects. He also regularly represents large-scale national homebuilders in construction defect actions. Rothfeldt earned his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.

John Ryan Yant (Tampa) focuses his practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law, and has substantial courtroom experience. He has represented both debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 bankruptcies. He has also handled associated contested matters and adversary proceedings, with an emphasis on personal and corporate Chapter 11 debtor representation. Yant earned his J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law.

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