Partners named top lawyers, project manager gets contractor’s license


Deborah J. Blue, Gary H. Larsen and Jeffrey D. Peairspartners at Dickinson & Gibbons, PA, have been named Florida Super Lawyers for 2022 and Jesse R. Butleranother partner, was named a Florida Rising Star

Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, identifies Florida’s top lawyers through a patented selection process that includes peer nomination, independent research and peer review.

Blue is certified in marriage and family law. It’s her 15th year as Florida’s top lawyer. Blue is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Larsen, a board-certified civil attorney and Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator, mediates in all areas of civil litigation. It is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Peairs is a Certified Civil Attorney and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator specializing in complex litigation. It is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Butler is a board-certified appellate attorney and member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar. Mr. Butler’s litigation practice focuses on cases involving legal malpractice, deceptive and unfair trade practices, consumer law, and general civil and commercial litigation. He too holds the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.

Dickinson & Gibbons, PA is based in Sarasota.


Shannon Staub and Andrew Renie have joined the HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital Board of Directors.

Staub is a longtime Sarasota County resident with a strong background in community service who previously served on the hospital’s board of directors. She served on the Sarasota County Commission from 1996 to 2010. Her district covered Englewood, North Port and Venice.

After retiring from public service, she focused on her passion for libraries. She is the namesake of the Shannon Staub Public Library in North Port and was the founding president of the Library Foundation of Sarasota County. She also chaired the Positive Youth Development Council for many years.

Rennie is the student representative on the board. He is a student at Florida State University College of Medicine and will receive his medical degree in 2023.

He graduated with honors from the University of South Florida Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and a minor in nutrition. He won the Chapman Humanism Award for students who demonstrate compassion in patient care and serve as role models in medicine.


Johnel Reid was promoted to director of marketing at Centerstone, a nonprofit healthcare system providing treatment for mental health and addictions disorders.

She was previously vice president of public affairs and marketing. In his new role, Reid will lead the strategy and oversight of Centerstone’s branding, communications, grant writing, national policy and referral marketing.

She takes over the position previously held by Debbie Cagle, who retired in June.

Reid joined Centerstone in 2018 with several years of strategic planning and marketing experience at other leading healthcare organizations.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Longwood University, Virginia.

Ali NomerProject Manager and Designer at Sarasota-based United States Awning recently earned a Certified Trade Contractor license from the State of Florida.

The Florida Certified Specialty Contractor license is required for contractors working in certain specialty industries, including awnings, screens, and other freestanding shade structures.

To obtain the license, a contractor must pass two state certification exams. Additional requirements related to college-level construction training and work experience also apply.

Nomer joined United States Awning in 2016. His license replaces that held by an employee who recently left the company.


Morgan R. Bentley, Brian D. Goodrich, Amanda R. Kison and Jennifer L. Grossoof Sarasota-based law firm Bentley Goodrich Kison have been named to Florida Trend magazine’s prestigious Legal Elite list.

Lawyers on the list are chosen by their peers, who are asked to nominate lawyers they hold in high esteem or would recommend to others. Legal Elite lawyers are considered among the top 2% of lawyers practicing in Florida.

Morgan R. Bentley, Managing Partner of BGK, is certified in Commercial Litigation by the Florida Bar. He has been named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite list multiple times, in addition to being recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Florida Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers of America. Bentley focuses its practice on litigation involving commercial and real estate disputes.

BGK partner Brian D. Goodrich was named to the Legal Elite list for the first time this year. He has been recognized as a Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine since 2017. In 2021, Goodrich was selected by his peers to be featured in the inaugural edition of “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” for his work in commercial litigation. and received an AV Ranking Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell. He handles commercial and real estate litigation as well as general trust, estate and civil litigation.

Amanda R. Kison, a partner at BGK, is certified in commercial litigation by the Florida Bar and focuses her practice in the area of ​​commercial litigation involving commercial and real estate disputes, dealing with both trial and civil proceedings. This is the second year that Kison has been recognized by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.

Grosso made Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for the third time this year, after being recognized as a Legal Elite Up and Comer in 2019. Grosso, who was named Florida Super Lawyer and is ranked AV by Martindale-Hubbell, is focusing her practices in the areas of medical negligence defense, estate and trust litigation, and general commercial litigation.


Bentley Goodrich Kison, PA, Expands Practice to Sarasota, Hires Former Assistant State Attorney Ashley Gaillardwho will focus his practice on commercial litigation.

Prior to working in the Attorney General’s Office (12th Judicial Circuit, Sarasota, Bradenton), Gaillard worked as a legal analyst, consultant and partner at multiple international locations for the Brussels-based Mattin Group. She has also served as a legal analyst for The Heartland Initiative in Washington.

After earning a bachelor’s degree cum laude and a master’s degree in international business from the University of Florida, she earned her law degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in law from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris.

She is admitted to the bar in Florida and New York.


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