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Leslie C. Adams

PRACTICE AREAS Intellectual Property Litigation

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Philip M. DiComo

PRACTICE AREAS Corporate & Business Employment Nonprofit

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John F. Flanigan

PRACTICE AREA Real Estate & Finance

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Robert G. Haile, Jr.

PRACTICE AREAS Appellate Employment Litigation

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Brad Jankowski

PRACTICE AREAS Wills, Trust & Estates Real Estate Corporate & Business

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William J. Pfaffenberger

PRACTICE AREA Wills, Trusts & Estates

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Ellen Laird Regnery

PRACTICE AREAS Nonprofit Wills, Trusts & Estates

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Terry E. Resk

PRACTICE AREAS Appellate Litigation

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David M. Shaw

PRACTICE AREA Real Estate & Finance

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Antoinette Theodossakos

PRACTICE AREAS Corporate & Business Employment Litigation Nonprofit

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Matthew N. Turko

PRACTICE AREA Wills, Trusts & Estates

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Gary A. Woodfield

PRACTICE AREAS Employment Litigation

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Susan B. Yoffee

PRACTICE AREAS Appellate Litigation

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Meet Our Attorneys

  • Leslie C. Adams

    Leslie brings a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to the law firm in the area of intellectual property. She is highly skilled at assisting clients with Intellectual Property Rights, including trademarks, service marks, copyrights, as well as your financial interests in those rights. Leslie guides clients with copyright registration issues, protection of copyright, fair use, licensing, work-for-hire agreements, infringement actions and more. She has helped clients in China, Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Born in Connecticut, Leslie grew up in the Sunshine State. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida, and her law degree and master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center. After law school, Leslie gained ...

  • Philip M. DiComo

    Phil concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law, emerging companies, entertainment and licensing, mergers and acquisitions, employment, and not-for-profit law. He is highly skilled at guiding executives and their companies through business and legal hurdles in an efficient and cost effective manner with positive net results. Phil is also widely recognized for his knowledge in nonprofit management, policy, and practices, and has advised a multitude of nonprofit organizations. In 2014, he earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College. The designation positions Phil as a leader in the philanthropy sector and qualified him to help charities achieve financial success, and donors to maximize their philanthropic giving. A Florida native, Phil worked in radio and television for ...

  • John F. Flanigan

    John brings decades of experience to clients who need assistance in the areas of banking and finance (including public finance) and commercial real estate law. He represents national, state and community financial institutions, developers, purchasers and individuals on the local and national level, often negotiating complex financing for a variety of commercial endeavors. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law, where he was an editorial board member of the Duke Law Journal. John has always been active in the community and has served as the chairman for a multitude of charitable and civic organizations including the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Audubon Florida, Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Heart Association...

  • Robert G. Haile, Jr.

    Rob is one of the founding partners of Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger. Among the most important goals of the firm's founding team was to ensure that every client receives the best legal care in a welcoming environment. Rob is highly skilled in the areas of commercial litigation, trust and estates litigation, securities litigation, and employment litigation. He has tried scores of jury and non-jury trials involving breach of contract, securities fraud, registered representative disputes, theft of trade secrets, non-competition agreements, intellectual property disputes, partnership dissolutions and shareholder disputes. In addition, he has tried cases involving probate and trust litigation (will contests and the removal and surcharge of trustees), real estate disputes, commercial foreclosures, and receivership issues. Born in New York City, Rob is a graduate of Fordham University S...

  • Brad Jankowski

    Brad Jankowski brings an uncommon level of enthusiasm to Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger with his extensive experience in estate planning, corporate and real estate, financial expertise from the banking industry and a passion for tackling legal issues in the nonprofit field. Brad has advised clients on estate planning that involve irrevocable trusts, multi-generational asset planning and family gifting strategies, and he has guided probate estates in court and through the administrative process. Transactions involving commercial and residential real estate have been another focus, along with extensive work with corporations, limited liability companies, and other business entities. Six years at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in Palm Beach gives Brad a broad knowledge of investments, trust services and financial planning. While at the bank, he administered fiduciary accounts and estates, ...

  • William J. Pfaffenberger

    Bill is one of our firm’s most experience attorneys. His legal guidance has been sought by individuals, families, and businesses for more than 40 years. Bill concentrates his practice in estate and trust planning and probate administration. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Bill graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Accounting in 1955. He graduated from the University of Miami Law School in 1957 and was admitted to the Florida Bar shortly thereafter. Bill was named Director of the Estate Planning Department of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance in Detroit, Michigan in 1962. After returning to Florida, Bill joined the law firm of Cromwell, Remsen & Johnson in Riviera Beach. He served as Municipal Judge for the Town of Juno Beach from 1964 to 1973. During that time, Bill became a partner and of what became Cromwell, Remsen & Pfaffenberger. He remained at the firm until 1...

  • Ellen Laird Regnery

    Ellen helps our clients protect assets and ensures the proper distribution of those assets. She guides clients through their estate plans and various techniques available to secure the benefits and protections needed for the preservation of family wealth and the passing of business interests to successive generations. Ellen is highly skilled at creating estate plans from the most basic plans using wills and revocable living trusts, to very sophisticated plans which include dynasty trusts, family limited partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts, residence trusts, charitable trusts and insurance trusts. She routinely assists clients in becoming Florida residents and qualifying them for the Homestead Real Estate Tax Exemption and disengaging the clients from their former state, even if an out-of-state home is maintained. In addition, Ellen frequently establishes private founda...

  • Terry E. Resk

    Terry represents both mortgagors and mortgagees in residential and commercial foreclosures, both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential evictions, and both national and closely-held entities involved in disputes ranging from issues such as non-compete enforcement to derivative actions. Her experience also includes representation of numerous automobile dealerships involved in consumer complaints. Terry is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and handles cases at both the appellate and trial levels. Born in Detroit, Terry grew up in Palm Beach County. She graduated, summa cum laude, from Florida State University where she was Phi Beta Kappa. Terry received her law degree from Duke University School of Law. Terry is a member of the Florid...

  • David M. Shaw

    Dave is one of the founding partners of Haile Shaw Pfaffenberger. Among the most important goals of the firm’s founding team was to ensure that every client receives the best legal care in a welcoming environment. Listed in Who’s Who in Real Estate, Dave brings decades of legal experience in the area of real estate law, specializing in real estate development and finance. He represents public and private, local, national and international lenders and developers who are involved in the financing, acquisition, development and operation of residential and commercial properties, including hotels. He also has expertise in workouts and restructuring, representing both lenders and borrowers. Dave is uniquely skilled in the development of golf courses and golf course residential communities in Florida as well as nationally and internationally. Born in New York City, Dave is a 1973 ...

  • Michael P. Sim

    Mike has represented a diverse group of clients for more than 35 years in a wide variety of commercial and residential real estate matters in Florida. He has helped both purchasers and sellers navigate through all stages of many different types of commercial and residential real estate purchase and sale transactions, from drafting and negotiating the contract through the closing. He also has extensive experience advising borrowers and lenders in commercial and residential real estate loans, and has served as Florida counsel in connection with a number of multi-state loans. His representation of real estate developers has included the creation and modification of many homeowners and property owners associations, and the drafting and negotiation of various types of development agreements. Mike has also negotiated many types of commercial leases for commercial tenants, including office, ...

  • Antoinette Theodossakos

    Antoinette guides employers – from large companies with many locations to start-up enterprises with one office and a few employees – in all aspects of labor relations and employment-related issues in the workplace. She has experience in federal and state courts as well as before agencies such as the Florida Commission on Human Relations and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Antoinette advises clients in a broad range of employment issues including employment terminations, sexual harassment, racial and gender investigations, and family and medical leave. Born in Ontario, Canada, Antoinette grew up in West Palm Beach. She received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, Boston and a master's degree from Florida Atlantic University. While in law school at Northeastern, Antoinette was a member of the Moot Court Team; and at FAU, she was a member of the...

  • Matthew N. Turko

    Matt focuses his practice on estate planning, federal income and estate tax issues, and probate and trust administration.  His practice encompasses the creation of basic estate plans, including wills and revocable trusts, to the creation of sophisticated estate plans, including dynasty trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), and family limited partnerships (FLPs).  He also advises clients on Florida residency planning with a particular emphasis on changing residency from New York and Connecticut. Matt also has experience advising non-resident aliens on US gift, estate and income taxes and has also advised US citizen and resident clients on their US income tax obligations in regards to foreign assets and has assisted US citizen and resident clients navigate the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disc...

  • Gary A. Woodfield

    Gary practices in the area of general civil, commercial and white collar criminal litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the country. He has tried more than 50 jury and non-jury trials involving disputes in the areas of breach of contract, securities fraud, theft of trade secrets and non-competition agreements, intellectual property disputes, partnership dissolutions, shareholder disputes, defamation, insurance matters, probate and trust litigation involving will contests and the removal and surcharge of trustees, real estate disputes, construction litigation, commercial foreclosures, and receivership issues, tax shelter and Ponzi scheme matters, including investors in the Madoff Ponzi scheme. Gary received his law degree from Fordham Law School where he was one of the founders of the Urban Law Journal and its first articles editor. He received his undergraduate de...

  • Susan B. Yoffee

    Susan concentrates her practice in the areas of estate and trust litigation, securities litigation/arbitration, commercial litigation and appeals. She is a certified Florida Supreme Court Mediator and is available to mediate any commercial matter that is tried in the Circuit and Civil courts of Florida. Susan has handled a wide array of litigation, including golf course design and construction litigation, securities arbitrations, probate and trust litigation involving will contests and the removal and surcharge of trustees, shareholder disputes, non-compete agreements, contract disputes, and real estate commission disputes. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Susan grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a 1985 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Law and a 1982 graduate of Boston University, where she obtained her baccalaureate degree, magna cum laude. Prior to joinin...

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