Names and faces

January 13, 2014 

Attorneys Richard R. Gans and J. Allison Archbold of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., have co-authored a chapter entitled Retirement and Other Savings Accounts, which is included in the Third Edition of The Florida Bar's practice manual "Asset Protection In Florida." Published by The Florida Bar's Continuing Legal Education Committee, the guide covers all facets of asset preservation for Florida residents and includes updated case law, rules, statutes and codes, as well as ethical considerations and practice pointers.

Gans and Archbold are both certified by The Florida Bar as specialists in wills, trusts, and estates, and they are also members of the Sarasota County Bar Association. Gans is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel.

Krista Adams has been named the new business development officer for Blue Skye Lending, a full service mortgage brokerage firm. She will be based in the firm's Lakewood Ranch office. Adams comes to Blue Skye Lending from General Motors Financial Co./AmeriCredit in Altamonte Springs, where she served as a senior underwriter/automotive loan underwriter.

William Cloud Robinson Jr, Esq. a principal with Blalock Walters received the "AV Preeminent" peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Attorneys receive ratings based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary. An AV rating is a significant accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Tracy Wolfe has been promoted to branch manager for Insignia Bank's downtown Sarasota location. Wolfe has more than 13 years of banking experience in the Sarasota area and started with Insignia Bank in 2006. She will be responsible for the daily operations in the downtown office, oversight of existing deposit relationships and development of new ones, and community outreach to increase bank visibility.

Adam Kaplan recently joined the Bradenton Herald as audience development sales and marketing manag

er. Kaplan's previous newspaper experience includes work as Director, audience development for ALM Media, ProCirc and Southern Boating and Yachting.

Fred E. Moore of Blalock Waters P.A. has earned board re-certification in business litigation from The Florida Bar. Moore has been board certified since 2008 and is one of only 240 lawyers in Florida certified in business litigation. Board certification is The Florida Bar's highest evaluation of attorneys' competence and experience in one or more of the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Florida Bar board-certified lawyers have demonstrated ability and experience in their fields and professionalism within the legal community.

Timothy A. Knowles of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles & Hawk, P.A. has been appointed as president/chairman-elect for the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. Previously, Knowles had served as president/chairman of the Alliance for six years.

A member of the board of directors of the Manatee Boys & Girls Club for more than 31 years, Knowles has served on virtually every committee and held officer positions, including two terms as president. In 2010, Knowles was honored by the Manatee County Bar Association with the William C. Grimes Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service primarily for his service to the Manatee County Boys & Girls Clubs and the alliance.

Matthew B. Taylor has joined Lewis Longman & Walker's Tampa Bay office as an associate. Taylor was most recently employed with Barnes Walker, a real estate, wills/trusts, commercial litigation and business law firm. He practices in the area of complex construction, commercial, contract and real estate litigation matters. An experienced civil litigation attorney, he has handled hundreds of cases from start to finish in both a plaintiff's and defendant's capacity over the past 13 years. A sixth-generation native of Manatee County, Taylor received his juris doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2000.

JoAnne Klement, a 30-year resident of Bradenton, has joined the Manatee Avenue West office of Michael Saunders & Co. In her spare time, Klement involves herself with several area non-profits, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, ArtCenter Manatee, the Sarasota Orchestra and Keep Manatee Beautiful. She also volunteers as a reading tutor with Bashaw Elementary School, and serves on the advisory council of the Junior League of Manatee County.

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