William T. Abel
Partner, Personal Injury
William "Bill" Abel received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, with honors, and served as Executive Editor of the Inter-American Law Review. Bill is board certified as a specialist in civil trial law by The Florida Bar and is also rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell. An "AV" rating distinguishes Bill as having very high general ethical standards and legal ability as evaluated by his peers. Bill limits his practice to representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death. For fifteen years, Bill represented the interests of insurance companies and big businesses, but now exclusively represents ordinary people with serious injuries. Early in his career, Bill worked as a Staff Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County where he worked closely with civil judges, learning the inner workings of the court system. After leaving the court, Bill worked for some of the world’s largest insurance companies, including AIG and Zurich, where he learned how insurance carriers evaluate injuries and handle claims. Bill has practiced his entire career in Palm Beach County and is the third generation of his family to call Palm Beach County home.
When he is not helping clients, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, Kim, a former federal prosecutor, and their three daughters. He also volunteers at his children’s elementary school as well as Burckle Place assisting women to transition out of homelessness. Bill’s aspiration is to not only serve as an effective advocate for his clients, but he wants to serve as counselor of law and provide sage advice for clients during a difficult time in their lives.
Dena Sisk Foman
Partner, Personal Injury
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Dena Sisk Foman earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1998 and her Juris Doctor from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. Ms. Foman concentrates her practice in the areas of personal injury, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, negligent security and trucking accidents.
Ms. Foman is passionate about her community and her family. She has served on the board of directors of Families First of Palm Beach County since 2014 and is currently the second vice president. She is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2013 and Leadership Florida Class 33. She is married to Bill Foman and has four sons.
Ms. Foman is a frequent speaker on the issues of motivation, women’s issues, equality and mental health.
Publications: In 2011, Ms. Foman published her first book, "Only I Can Define Me".
Stuart M. Gottlieb
Partner, Trusts & Estates
Stuart M. Gottlieb graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in 1970 and a Master of Science in 1975. He attended Brooklyn law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1980. He later obtained a Master of laws in Estate Planning from the University of Miami in 2000. In 1981, he was admitted to the bars in Florida and New York, and was admitted as an attorney of and qualified to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Steven S. Newburgh
Partner, Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Steven S. Newburgh chairs the McLaughlin & Stern Bankruptcy & Restructuring group, consisting of several attorneys and paralegals from both the New York and Florida offices of the firm.
Mr. Newburgh most recently served as lead counsel in the Great Eastern Energy chapter 11 proceedings in Delaware where he engineered the sale of renewable energy credits for more than $9 million dollars in a bifurcated bankruptcy sale. Mr. Newburgh was also responsible for securing the return of millions of dollars in letters of credit and other sureties to the debtor's primary secured creditor, Macquarie Energy, by working with various state regulatory agencies, ISO's and other third parties and by otherwise ensuring regulatory compliance during the wholesale energy supplier's wind-down.
Mr. Newburgh has also appeared in many complex and notable chapter 11 proceedings, primarily in the Southern District of New York and the District of Delaware, on a pro hac vice basis. He has also appeared on behalf of numerous secured and unsecured creditors in the U.S. Eastern and Southern Districts of California, the Northern District of Texas, Southern District of Ohio, the District of Colorado, where he is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, and, of course, the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. Mr. Newburgh has also represented various Class Action representatives in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in the United States.
Mr. Newburgh's Florida-based bankruptcy work is primarily in representation of various chapter 7 Trustees in the U.S. Southern District of Florida and in representation of chapter 11 corporate debtors in all U.S. Districts in the State of Florida.
In the tradition of McLaughlin & Stern attorneys for more than a century, Mr. Newburgh devotes a great deal of time and energy to pro bono causes and is currently serving his third 3-year term as an elected Director of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Newburgh also serves on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Pro Bono Standing Committee and was appointed by Chief Judge Laurel M. Isicoff to serve as the Committee's Lay-Chair. Through his many leadership roles Mr. Newburgh is responsible for conceptualization and implementation of many of the pro bono initiatives in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Mr. Newburgh also serves on the Southern District of Florida's Local Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee and is active in ongoing revisions to the Southern District of Florida's Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
Mr. Newburgh is an avid lecturer and writer; he lectures monthly in the courtrooms of the West Palm Beach Division as part of the District's pro se assistance programs and coordinates the needs of qualified pro bono applicants with volunteer bankruptcy attorneys. Mr. Newburgh regularly conducts Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") courses in bankruptcy and restructuring law to ensure bankruptcy lawyers are able to meet their CLE requirements for admission to practice before the bankruptcy courts and to provide bankruptcy litigators and practitioners updates in this ever-evolving practice area. Mr. Newburgh recently served as Faculty at the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, extending education in bankruptcy law and procedure to the state circuit court judges who often encounter issues arising out of a pending bankruptcy proceeding. Mr. Newburgh is currently working on a Bankruptcy Handbook for Circuit Court Judges for publication by the Florida Supreme Court's Publishing Office. The Handbook is intended as an aid to Florida State Circuit Court judges when encountering issues under Title 11 of the United States Code (the "Bankruptcy Code").
In 2018, Mr. Newburgh received the first Chief Judge's Pro Bono Award in the Southern District of Florida.
Hollis F. Russell
Partner, Trusts & Estates
Hollis F. Russell is a member of the firm predominantly practicing in the Manhattan, Long Island, and West Palm Beach offices. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York and Florida.
Mr. Russell's practice focuses on estate planning, and estate and trust administration, as well as taxation and charitable giving and foundation matters, including international estate planning. He has substantial expertise in wealth transfer planning involving partnership and trust arrangements for investment and other property interests and for business owners. In addition, Mr. Russell's practice involves probate and fiduciary disputes, and he regularly advises clients in multi-jurisdictional matters – in particular, matters involving both New York and Florida, including domicile relocation. He has delivered numerous law journal articles and lectures in the field and served on key bar association committees, and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer (New York) and Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates (Florida). Mr. Russell has also served as an adjunct professor of law in the LLM, Estate Planning Program at the University of Miami School of Law. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, serving on its Business Planning Committee and International Estate Planning Committees. Mr. Russell serves as a Vice Chair and Trustee of the North Shore Land Alliance, a Trustee of the William and Joyce O'Neil Charitable Trust, and a Director of Palm Beach Area Tennis Patrons, Inc. He is an avid golfer and tennis player, and has served as captain of several USIC international senior tennis teams.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Russell was a partner in the Ackerman Levine law firm in New York, and he previously served until its dissolution as resident partner-in-charge of the Palm Beach, Florida office of Donovan Leisure law firm.
Neil B. Solomon
Partner, Securities Arbitration & Litigation
Mr. Solomon concentrates his practice in securities arbitration; securities litigation, hedge fund litigation/counseling, general civil litigation, trust & estate litigation and financial markets' transactional matters. Prior to becoming a Partner of McLaughlin & Stern, Mr. Solomon was associated with Greenberg Traurig, resident in that firm's West Palm Beach offices, where his focus was managing and trying as lead counsel, a multitude of securities arbitration matters before the FINRA and the NYSE. He also litigated other securities matters.
Prior to that, Mr. Solomon was associated with two prominent Chicago-based law firms working on financial market litigation participating in a number of trials and arbitrations for various financial market clientele. He also was involved financial market transaction matters, including drafting proposed rules changes to be submitted to the SEC on behalf of major stock and options clients and preparing hedge fund offering materials and litigating.
Mr. Solomon traded foreign currency and stock index futures on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange after receiving his MBA, and before receiving high honors in law school. Mr. Solomon is admitted to practice law in New York, Florida and Illinois.
Partner, Personal Injury
Ms. Ramsey's professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelors' Degree, she was a Counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey attended law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from City University of New Law School at Queens College.
She has spoken and presented publications for numerous organizations, including nursing and professional lawyer associations. She has published several articles for nursing journals and legal publications. Ms. Ramsey is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys, National Crime Victims Bar Association, American Justice Association; Palm Beach County Bar Association; Palm Beach County Justice Association; and the Florida Justice Association. Ms. Ramsey is a Florida Licensed Health care Risk Manager.
She has received several awards for community service, including the Arnold Markle award by the Judicial District in New Haven, Connecticut, for her work with survivors of sexual assault. Ms. Ramsey is currently a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force, a Pro Bono Counsel to the Florida Association of Recovery Residence Compliance Committee. She is an active participant in grass roots organizations which support individuals who suffer from Substance Use Disorder.
Ms. Ramsey is privileged to actively litigate cases on behalf of survivors involving sexual assault and other catastrophic injuries. These cases include injuries suffered by victims of negligence, medical and therapeutic negligence, poor substance abuse treatment and inadequate security.