Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Hires Three New Attorneys to Expanding Florida Community Association Law Practice

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Jennifer Castro, Andrea L. Desoretz & Michael Kassower Join KG&B's Growing Collections & Foreclosure, Commercial and Construction Litigation Practices

Their experience in collections & foreclosure litigation, construction law and litigation involving hurricane damage and construction defects further strengthens our firm’s commitment to Florida community associations.

The Florida law firm of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (http://www.kgblawfirm.com), with statewide offices in Margate/Fort Lauderdale, Maitland/Orlando, Boynton Beach, Miami, West Palm Beach, St. Augustine and Naples, today announced the addition of Associate Attorneys Jennifer Castro, Andrea L. Desoretz and Michael Kassower to the firm’s expanding community association law practice.

Ms. Castro, Ms. Desoretz and Mr. Kassower will be based in the firm’s Margate/Fort Lauderdale office. They join KG&B’s growing team of dedicated community association attorneys serving more than 1,000 association clients through the firm’s seven strategically located offices across the State of Florida.

“Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is extremely pleased to welcome these three talented young attorneys to our growing community association practice, where they will be assisting our association clients in the proper and efficient collection of assessments and helping them to strengthen their bottom line in these difficult economic times,” said Leigh C. Katzman, Founding Partner, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger.

“We look forward to the valuable contributions that Jennifer, Andrea and Michael will make to our firm’s expanding community association law practice,” said Donna DiMaggio Berger, Managing Partner, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger. “Their experience in collections and foreclosure litigation, as well as in commercial and construction law and litigation involving hurricane damage and restoration and construction defects, will serve to further strengthen our firm’s commitment to the well-being of community associations across the state of Florida.”

  • Jennifer Castro brings considerable experience in all aspects of community association law, including collections and foreclosure litigation, to her new position as Associate Attorney in the firm’s Collections and Foreclosure Department. Ms. Castro attended Florida International University and received her Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Political Science. She subsequently received her Juris Doctor degree with a concentration certificate in International Law from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 2007. During law school, Ms. Castro participated in the International Clinic program, which included an internship in the International Trade Department at a Fort Lauderdale based law firm. Ms. Castro is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Andrea L. Desoretz joins Katzman Garfinkel & Berger as an Associate Attorney in the firm’s community association Collections and Foreclosure Department. Prior to joining KG&B, she represented community associations in all aspects of foreclosure and collections litigation with the law firm of Kaye & Bender. Previously, Ms. Desoretz practiced as a trial attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit's Office of the Public Defender, where she vigorously represented indigent clients on misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony matters. Upon graduation from the University of Florida with Honors, Ms. Desoretz received her Juris Doctor degree from American University Washington College of Law in 2005, where she participated in the renowned clinical program. Admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005, Ms. Desoretz also was admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 2010.
  • Michael Kassower joins Katzman Garfinkel & Berger as an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Property Damage Litigation Department. He represents the interests of Florida community associations, advising them on community association law and commercial and construction law and litigation involving hurricane damage and restoration, construction defects and various bankruptcy matters. Mr. Kassower has served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Bankruptcy Judge John K. Olson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Florida and has previously worked as a law clerk in the collections department of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger. A member of the Planning Board for The Town of Highland Beach, Mr. Kassower was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2010 and has also been admitted practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida and Middle District of Florida. He holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is a full-service statewide law firm devoted to all aspects of community association representation, including sophisticated transactional law matters, first party insurance claims and construction defect cases. The firm is unique in advancing all fees and costs for its association clients to pursue delinquent assessments, and also handles property damage claims against insurance companies as well as most construction defect claims against developers on a pure contingency basis.

Named as one of the “Best Places to Work” in 2009 by the South Florida Business Journal, the firm has also been designated as "One of the Most Distinguished Law Firms in America" by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating system spanning more than a century of service evaluating American Law Firms.

For more information about Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, please visit: http://www.kgblawfirm.com.

About Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (KG&B):

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is a statewide Florida law firm devoted to community associations with seven strategically located offices throughout the State of Florida. The firm offers residents living in all types of common interest ownership communities a complete set of services including general corporate representation, lien collection and foreclosure, first party insurance claim recovery and construction defect litigation. It was one of the first firms to advance all fees and costs on behalf of communities that are forced to pursue collection of delinquent assessments. For more information, please visit: http://www.kgblawfirm.com.

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