Ronald A. Kriss to Head Stroock's Florida Office
February 18, 2011, Miami, FL…Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced that Ronald A. Kriss has been named managing partner of the Miami office. Manny Fernandez, who has served as the Managing Partner of Stroock's Miami office for the last seven years, will continue to chair Stroock's Real Estate Practice in Miami.
Mr. Fernandez commented, "It was an honor to serve as the managing partner of the Miami office. After seven years, however, it is time for me to turn the ship's helm over to a new captain and focus on positioning our real estate group to take advantage of opportunities for business as the recovery in the real estate market continues to take hold."
Mr. Kriss, who anticipates using his new position to help Stroock expand its footprint throughout Florida and into Latin America, stated, "I am excited about the opportunity we have to continue to grow Stroock's Florida practice. We are entering into an exciting period for business expansion in Florida, not just in our core real estate and litigation practices, but also in other areas where Stroock has a strong nationally recognized brand."
Mr. Kriss joined Stroock in November 2010 from Akerman Senterfitt, along with litigation partner Paul Shelowitz and senior real estate associate Amy Moniz. He is chairman of the firm's national Distressed Real Estate Practice which focuses primarily on the representation of lenders in connection with the enforcement and work-out of defaulted commercial real estate loans, as well as the representation of investors in connection with the purchase of such loans. He is admitted to practice in Florida and New York, where he began his career.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity firms in the U.S. and abroad. Stroock's emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation's leading law firms for over 130 years. Stroock's practice areas include capital markets/securities, commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity, private funds, derivatives and commodities, employment law and benefits, energy and project finance, entertainment, environmental law, financial restructuring, financial services litigation, insurance, intellectual property, investment management, litigation, personal client services, real estate, structured finance and tax.