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Groot named as Florida Legal Elite by magazine
posted Jul 1, 2013 - 3:31:07pm
Lonnie Groot of Deltona has been named as one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend.
Ten years ago, Florida Trend published its first Legal Elite special report, recognizing the top attorneys in the state as chosen by their peers.
Groot was named in the 10th-anniversary edition as one of the elite 26 Florida attorneys in the field of Government and Administrative law. Fewer than 2 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida were deemed elite lawyers in a wide array of areas of expertise.
Groot serves as Of Counsel to Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham, whose offices are located in Lake Mary. Groot primarily acts as legal counsel to the cities of Oviedo, Sanford, Daytona Beach Shores and Lake Helen, and was recently appointed as City Attorney for Bunnell. He has also served as special magistrate for the City of Palm Coast, and now serves Seminole County as a special code enforcement magistrate. He was just appointed to serve as a land use hearing officer for Manatee County.
Balloting for this year’s list began in October 2012, when Florida Trend invited all in-state members of The Florida Bar to participate. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. The ballots were processed, checked and tabulated by Bradenton-based Outsource America and EA Fernbacher LLC in St. Petersburg. Each lawyer was given a score based on the number of votes he or she received, with more weight given to votes from outside the lawyer's firm.
Only lawyers who are currently licensed and practicing in Florida were eligible for selection. The list of top vote-getters was further examined using membership status and histories provided by The Florida Bar. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing different practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists.
For additional information, please see: http://www.floridatrend.com/legal-elite
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