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William T. Abel

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

Dena Sisk Foman

Partner, Personal Injury

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

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.

Robert E. Machate

Robert E. Machate

Associate

Robert Machate graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014. He attended Nova Southeastern University and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2017. Prior to joining McLaughlin & Stern, LLP, Mr. Machate was an Assistant State Attorney in Florida's Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County. While at the State Attorney's Office, Mr. Machate prosecuted hundreds of cases and gained extensive courtroom experience through trying many cases both in front of a jury and nonjury.

Mr. Machate now focuses on personal injury, criminal defense, commercial litigation and is admitted to the Florida Bar.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
Steven S. Newburgh

Steven S. Newburgh

Partner, Bankruptcy & Restructuring

Steven S. Newburgh leads the West Palm Beach office's bankruptcy practice. Mr. Newburgh is currently serving his third 3-year term as Director of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida's ("BBA") West Palm Beach Division and chairs the BBA's Pro Bono Committee. Mr. Newburgh also serves on the Bankruptcy Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono as Lay-Chair and is responsible for conceptualization and implementation of many of the pro bono initiatives in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Mr. Newburgh serves on the Southern District of Florida's Local Rules Advisory Committee and is active in ongoing revisions to the Southern District of Florida's Local Rules of Federal Bankruptcy Procedure. Mr. Newburgh 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 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. In 2018, Mr. Newburgh received the first Chief Judge's Pro Bono Award in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Newburgh primarily represents bankruptcy trustees, secured and unsecured creditors and corporate debtors seeking restructuring or liquidation through chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (Title 11) and has provided services to clients throughout the United States.

Hollis F. Russell

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

Neil B. Solomon

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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.