Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – May 14, 2014 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | Fowler White Boggs is proud to announce that Associate Jose Rafael Florez was selected to the 2014-2015 class of the Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy.

Florez concentrates his practice on business disputes, contract disputes, intellectual property litigation and probate litigation in federal and state courts. He has gained experience through his participation in a number of federal and civil trials, including the successful defense of a federal copyright infringement case at the federal trial and appellate levels. He earned his J.D., M.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Florida.

About the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy
The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession, in their chosen path, while enhancing their leadership skills. Each year a select group of participants are selected from applications submitted to the Bar to become Academy Fellows.

During their one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base and experience, including attending Bar events and special educational programs. Academy Fellows are given the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the Bar and their role in the legal profession, while enhancing their personal leadership skills. The Academy's Mission is to identify, nurture and inspire effective leadership within the Bar and the legal community.

About the Firm
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