Five Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell Attorneys Recognized by 2015 Florida Super Lawyers

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Three attorneys at Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell, West Palm Beach, have been named to the Super Lawyers 2015 list: Bruce Alexander in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Richard R. Chaves in Construction Litigation; and Brian M. O’Connell in Planning and Probate. Also, W. Jay Hunston, III and Melissa Devlin Lazarchick are recognized as 2015 Rising Stars.

“We are proud that five attorneys have been selected based on peer recognition and professional achievement,” managing partner Alan Ciklin said. “The selection criteria reflects our commitment to providing quality legal counsel,” adds partner Bob Crane.

Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell (http://www.ciklinlubitz.com) is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys are recognized by Super Lawyers in 2015, as follows.

  • Bruce Alexander has been selected to the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) category.
  • Richard R. Chaves has been selected to the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list in the Construction Litigation category.
  • Brian M. O’Connell has been selected to the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list in the Estate Planning and Probate category.
  • W. Jay Hunston, III has been selected to the 2015 Florida Rising Stars list.
  • Melissa Devlin Lazarchick has been selected to the 2015 Florida Rising Stars list.

“The firm is proud that these five attorneys have been selected based on peer recognition and professional achievement,” Managing Partner Alan Ciklin said. “The objective and uniformly applied criteria used in the selection process reflect the firm’s commitment to providing quality legal counsel on a value-oriented basis,” adds partner Robert Crane.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process, according to its website. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer assessment and professional accomplishments. Selections of no more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

ABOUT BRUCE ALEXANDER
Partner Bruce Alexander is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law. His practice is exclusively dedicated to the handling of Alternative Dispute Resolution for construction-related claims. Mr. Alexander serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and third-party neutral in the areas of construction contracts, construction insurance coverage, lien law, delay damages, and construction litigation. He is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent 5 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell.

ABOUT RICHARD R. CHAVES
Partner Rick Chaves is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law. He represents contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, owners, developers, associations, bond sureties, and other commercial entities. Mr. Chaves has litigated and arbitrated numerous complex construction cases involving construction defects, lien law and bond disputes, and commercial general liability (CGL) insurance coverage. He is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent 5 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell and recognized as a 2015 “Top Lawyer” (Construction) in South Florida Legal Guide. During college, he served six years with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in both West Palm Beach and Tampa.

ABOUT BRIAN O'CONNELL
Brian O’Connell leads the firm’s Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship department. He has been Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates since 1990. During his more than 30-year career, he has litigated hundreds of contested probate, trust, and guardianship matters and dozens of appeals. He has administered more than 3,000 estates, trusts, and guardianships. His practice includes representing clients in audits and appeals with the IRS regarding estate and gift tax issues. Mr. O’Connell is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent 5 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a second generation member of a storied and influential Palm Beach County family of three brothers, all lawyers, who had a tremendous impact within Palm Beach County, as well as the entire state of Florida.

ABOUT W. JAY HUNSTON, III
Jay Hunston is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law, and is an expert in matters relating to the design and construction of improvements on private and public projects. He represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, and engineers in a wide variety of construction issues. Mr. Hunston is also experienced in trial, arbitration, dispute resolution proceedings, and administrative proceedings. In addition to his construction law practice, he maintains an active practice in other areas of general, civil, and commercial litigation.

ABOUT MELISSA DEVLIN LAZARCHICK
Melissa Lazarchick is an attorney in the probate, trust, and guardianship department. She assists clients with legal challenges involving wills, trusts, estates, asset disputes, joint bank accounts, and gifts. Ms. Lazarchick also assists her clients with guardianships and conservatorships and contests over powers of attorney, patient advocate designations, and living wills.

ABOUT CIKLIN LUBITZ & O'CONNELL
The West Palm Beach law firm Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell (http://www.ciklinlubitz.com) is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Founded in Palm Beach County in 1985, the firm is celebrating 30 years of legal service to local, statewide and Fortune 100 clients.

The firm believes in establishing long term partnerships with clients by striving to prevent legal problems before they occur, negotiate solutions wherever possible, create reliable budgets, and provide early case evaluations so clients can make informed decisions.

Building on this underlying philosophy, Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell draws on the combined strengths of its professionals to provide a balanced approach to solving legal problems in the areas of business law, tax, real estate, construction law, estate planning, probate, commercial litigation, securities litigation, employment law, family law, appeals, land use, and zoning.

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