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Jones Foster Attorneys Recognized as Florida Trend's 2022 Legal Elite

Jones Foster is proud to announce that several attorneys have been recognized as Florida Trend’s 2022 Legal Elite™.

David E. Bowers, Scott G. Hawkins, Stanley D. Klett, Jr., Joanne M. O’Connor, and Steven J. Rothman are among Florida Trend’s Legal Elite honorees, representing the top 1.3% of Florida lawyers in private practice, government, and non-profits sectors. Attorneys who exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues are selected by peer review followed by a panel review comprised of previous Legal Elite honorees.

Litigation attorney, Sidney A. Stubbs, is a Hall of Fame honoree. The Hall of Fame is comprised of a distinguished group of attorneys who consistently earned high rankings from their peers and have been selected for lifetime recognition.

David E. Bowers | Board Member & Shareholder
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Tax

David Bowers, Chair of Jones Foster's Private Wealth, Trusts & Estates and Corporate & Tax Practice Groups, has over thirty years of experience in complex tax, trusts and estates, and business planning. David is a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in Tax and has extensive experience in estate planning, pension and profit-sharing plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and business transactions.

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Scott G. Hawkins | Vice Chair & Shareholder
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Commercial Litigation

Scott Hawkins is a Board Certified Business Litigation specialist and a past president of The Florida Bar. He represents public and private companies in a variety of industries, including technology, medical, environmental, real estate, land use, insurance, and military. Scott focuses his practice in commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property, trade secret disputes, trademark infringement, covenants not to compete, securities, real estate litigation, and claims arising under ERISA Plans.

Scott has significant civil and administrative litigation experience, including federal and state law claims and administrative law challenges litigated before the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

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Stanley D. Klett, Jr. | Senior Counsel
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Commercial Litigation

Stan Klett is a Florida Bar Board Certified Business Litigation specialist with more than 30 years of broad-based litigation experience. Stan practices in the areas of commercial litigation, trusts and estates litigation, arbitration and mediation, property rights, administrative litigation matters, and employment litigation. He counsels clients in a wide variety of transactional disputes and litigation matters related to real estate, construction, foreclosures, lien law, collections, and landlord/tenant.

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Joanne M. O’Connor | Shareholder
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Commercial Litigation

Joanne O’Connor is a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in Business Litigation who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation including contracts and business torts, partnership and corporate disputes, civil RICO, real estate and land use litigation, and lawyer and law firm defense. Joanne is an experienced litigator who advocates for her clients in jury and non-jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts and before private arbitration panels.

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Steven J. Rothman | Shareholder
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Commercial Litigation

Steve Rothman is a Board Certified Civil Litigation specialist, focusing his practice in civil litigation with an emphasis on product liability, wrongful death, personal injury, defamation, real estate and commercial litigation. Steve represents individuals, businesses, and governmental bodies, and his cases have included numerous multi-million dollar claims.

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Sidney A. Stubbs | Of Counsel
Florida Trend Legal Elite Hall of Fame, Commercial Litigation

Sid Stubbs has focused his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation and law firm litigation, building a prestigious career spanning several decades. Sid is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a former Florida State Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a former president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and served as a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors.

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About Jones Foster
Jones Foster is a commercial and private client law firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. Established in 1924, the Firm has served as an integral part of South Florida’s growth and prosperity for nearly a century. Through a relentless pursuit of excellence, Jones Foster delivers original legal solutions that help clients, colleagues, and the community to move forward. The Firm’s attorneys focus their practice in Real Estate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Private Wealth, Trusts & Estates, Corporate & Tax, and Land Use & Governmental. For more information, please visit