Corp America March 2017

24 CORP AMERICA / MARCH 2017 , Awarded Lawyer of the Year – Florida, Michael McGirney tells us more about the firmhe works for and the unusual approach he took to get into the law industry. A Change of Direction Spector Gadon & Rosen P.C. is a full service law firm. Since 1974, Spector Gadon & Rosen, P.C. has represented clients across a range of commercial, litigation, family law, and estate planning matters, among others. It has offices in New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Marlton, NJ and St. Petersburg, FL. The firm regularly counsels and provides representation to clients in connection with ethics proceedings and governmental investigations. It has successfully tried major cases for its clients, and has also obtained positive results for professional firms outside of trial, either through successful motions or through the settlement process. Michael McGirney is a member of the firm who works in the St. Petersburg, FL Office. He has a state-wide trial practice and has represented professionals and corporate clients in all aspects of litigation for the last 26 years. He also has a risk management practice providing companies and professionals with advice on a wide variety of matters. He works as a mediator and lecturer for a number of organizations and law schools. He has also authored a number of articles and chapters of books on professional liability topics. He had an unusual start to his legal career. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from LaSalle University in 1978, he spent the subsequent 12 years working for insurance companies. Michael attended evening law school while working in insurance and started practicing law after he graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1990. Michael tells us more about his career change and how it has helped shape his approach to staff management. “I was going to work in the labour and employment field but went into the insurance business right out of college. I had success in that arena rising to a number of management positions. I attended evening law school and decided to move to Florida after graduation. I had the good fortune to work with some of the finest attorneys in Florida early in my practice. I opened an office for a law firm straight out of law school and made partner in my second year of practice. After 10 years, I was asked to open the State of Florida for a very large law firm managing another office and the State of Florida. I opened four offices in four short years. I left that firm and opened another successful office for another firm. The first 23 years of my legal career were spent managing and training attorneys and staff. This gave me great insight into the management of people and how to be successful in my chosen field. “I have stressed education and have always emphasized a family first approach for all of the people who worked for me. I have found that it helps foster an excellent environment of hard working and loyal employees.” Now admitted to the Bars of the State of Florida and the State of Illinois, Michael is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Michael has also achieved an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been named a Florida Super Lawyer. He has also been listed as a Best Lawyer in Tampa and South Florida. He was invited to join the Council for Litigation Management. Recently, Michael was awarded the prestigious title of Lawyer of the Year – Florida, an accolade of which he is very proud and indeed flattered to have received. With regards to the future, Michael anticipates growth for the firm with its state-wide practices in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. K Company: Spector Gadon & Rosen, P.C. Contact: Michael J. McGirney Address: 360 Central Avenue, Suite 1550, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 Email: [email protected] Telephone: + 1 727 490 4378 Website: 1702CA63