Shannon M. Puopolo, shareholder of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, has been elected president of the Lee County Bar Association Foundation. For the past five years, she has chaired the annual Lee County Bar Association Charity Golf Tournament, raising over $100,000 to fund grants for local charities.
“It is an honor to serve as Chairman of the Lee County Bar Foundation Board of Trustees this year,” said Ms. Puopolo. “Through its volunteers, sponsors, and events, the foundation makes grants to local nonprofit organizations that benefit the youth and underprivileged population of Southwest Florida and promote legal aid for the indigent. In the recent past, these organizations included Big Brothers/Sisters, Valerie’s House, Guardian Ad Litem Foundation, Lee County Legal Aid Society, and many others. I look forward to taking on a leadership role alongside the other Board members in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission to help our community in impactful ways.
Ms. Puopolo represents corporations and financial institutions involved in complex trial and appellate matters, including alternative financing transactions, partnership disputes, real estate disputes, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy and collection, and fiduciary disputes. She also has an active appeals practice.
She earned her law degree from Miami School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She can be reached at 239-344-1116 or [email protected]
Henderson Franklin also announced the election of three new shareholders.
¦ Anthony Cetrangelo, a wills, trusts and estate planning attorney, joined the firm’s Naples office in 2019. While pursuing his LL.M. studies in taxation from Georgetown, Mr. Cetrangelo continues to update clients on legal developments.
Mr. Cetrangelo received his law degree from the Ave Maria School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Troy. While at Troy, he played Division 1 college football for the Troy Trojans as a placekicker and named to the Sun Belt Conference commissioner’s roster. Mr. Cetrangelo can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 239-344-1358.
¦ Litigation attorney Geraldo F. (Jerry) Olivo joined the firm in March 2020 and has worked steadily to achieve this distinction through client development, serving in community and firm leadership positions, and by devoting time as an instructor in many of the firm’s legal training offerings.
Originally from Staten Island, New York, Mr. Olivo grew up in Port Charlotte. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science (with a specialization in Sports Management) from the University of Florida, a certificate from the National Sports Law Institute, and his law degree from Florida Law School. Marquette University. He can be reached at [email protected] or 239-344-1168.
¦ Intellectual property lawyer Mark Nieds, since establishing the firm’s IP group, has distinguished himself as a zealous proponent of protecting entrepreneurs and creative minds. Through developing and co-chairing the first Intellectual Property Law Section of the Lee County Bar Association, and through his ability to understand and teach business concepts and cryptocurrency, Mr. Nieds has become a leading resource within the community.
Mr. Nieds is a sought-after speaker, blogger on the Southwest Florida Business and IP blog, and a member of the International Trademark Association. Mr. Nieds received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Miami and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. It can be attached to the mark. [email protected] or by phone at 239-344-1153.
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