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■ Sarasota

Sarasota’s 2016 Lawyers of the Year are happily featured here as part of the long overdue designation of bustling Sarasota as its own metro area.


“Lawyers who focus their practice on construction related matters, as I have during the past 35 years, must gain and maintain a command of an unusually broad array of traditional legal practice areas. They include contracts, licensing requirements, lien law, surety law, claims negotiation, multi-party litigation, insurance coverage, trial work, arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. I have always enjoyed and continue to enjoy this challenge and diversity. I have had the good fortune since 2004 to serve on the Board of Directors of Bay Area Legal Services, which is our federal Legal Services Corporation affiliate for the Tampa Bay region.”

“The practice of land use and zoning law allows me to shepherd a development project from ‘the cradle to the grave,’ that is, from a project’s inception to its completion. It is especially rewarding to know that in some projects I helped create the end result. Additionally, I am a past chair of United Way Suncoast and currently serve on the executive committee.” LAND USE AND ZONING LAW William W. Merrill III

“For more than 25 years, I have proudly represented multiple financial institutions in complex workouts and foreclosure actions involving lender liability claims and documentary issues. I would be a vintner or someone involved in the production or distribution of fine wines, if not a lawyer.”

“It is a great feeling when those colleagues with whom you spend decades of your professional life deem you worthy of special recognition. I believe working with outstanding lawyers on all sides of issues leads to recognition, more than any particular result on a particular legal assignment. If I wasn’t in practice, however, I would like to take my trombone to New Orleans and play with Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews).” LITIGATION REAL ESTATE Thomas H. Dart


William M. Seider is president of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen. His practice covers a wide range of real estate matters, including high-end home sales, and focusing especially on representing developers through all stages of condominium and subdivision development.

William Partridge is the head of Grossman Roth and Patridge’s Sarasota office, which works with clients all along Florida’s Gulf Coast. He has been in practice for over 40 years and focuses his practice in personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, trucking litigation, sexual abuse cases, and contract litigation. REAL ESTATE LAW William M. Seider


TAX LAW Gregory M. Marks


“While a good share of my work consists of recurring and mundane assignments, the complexities of tax law give rise to a lot of ‘haven’t seen that before’ experiences. I look forward to those challenges and the creative problem-solving they require, and it’s why I look forward to each new assignment–even after more than 36 years in practice. Tax lawyers may not be the theatrical courtroom heroes you see on television or in the movies, and some of us will come across as ‘geeky’ at times, but we take pride for daring to take on and conquer the complexities and nuances of the ‘no man’s land’ of the tax code and regulations.”

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