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Cobb Cole Attorney, Katherine Hurst Miller, named VFAWL "Woman of the Year"


Cobb Cole attorney Katherine Hurst Miller was given the 2014 "Woman of the Year" Award from the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, known as VFAWL.  At a luncheon in her honor on May 8, Ms. Miller was recognized for providing friendship and support to other female attorneys in the region, raising the profile of women's leadership, and creating a dialogue on work-life balance issues.  Ms. Miller joined an accomplished list of previous recipients of the Woman of the Year Award, including lawyers, judges, doctors, and non-profit leaders.  Ms. Miller said she was "delighted and humbled to receive the award and follow in the footsteps of previous award recipients."


Katherine Hurst Miller is a partner at the law firm of Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach.  She practices commercial litigation and works in insurance defense, insurance agent defense, condominium and homeowners association law, as well as other contract and tort disputes.  She also serves on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors for The Florida Bar, the Seventh Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, and the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Advisory Board.  Ms. Miller is a Past President of VFAWL, a Past Representative of Young Lawyers to the Volusia County Bar Association, and a past board member of the Junior League of Daytona Beach.  She has been recognized by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers as a Leader in the Law, and by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star.


VFAWL's Woman of the Year is selected by a vote of the board of directors of VFAWL after review of written nominations.  Criteria for selection includes serving the people of Volusia and/or Flagler counties; making substantial contributions to an area of importance to women; integrating a work area or profession traditionally reserved for men; outstanding service in her chosen profession; achieving recognition in her field; serving as an example to other women. Candidates need not be an attorney for award consideration.

Four Cobb Cole Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine


Four attorneys at the law firm of Cobb Cole have been recognized in the June 2014 edition of Florida Super Lawyers Magazine.  Kelly Parsons Kwiatek, Katherine Hurst Miller, Michael Sznapstajler, and Melissa Murphy were all listed as Super Lawyers Rising Stars.  No other law firm in Volusia or Flagler County has so many attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine.


Kelly Parsons Kwiatek was recognized for her work in Employment Litigation: Defense.  Ms. Kwiatek is a partner at Cobb Cole who is a commercial litigator and a board-certified labor and employment expert.  She regularly works with universities, businesses, and other employers on labor issues and contract disputes.


Katherine Hurst Miller was recognized for her work in Business Litigation.  Ms. Miller is a partner at Cobb Cole who works in insurance defense, insurance agent defense, and condominium/homeowners association law, among other areas of litigation.


Michael Sznapstajler was recognized for his work in Environmental Law.  Mr. Sznapstajler is an associate in the litigation department who assists clients with a variety of commercial litigation and environmental matters, including environmental due diligence and remediation, brownfields redevelopment, and wetland issues.


Melissa Murphy was recognized for her work in Business Litigation.  Ms. Murphy is an associate in the litigation department who practices in business, real estate, and healthcare litigation.  Ms. Murphy also practices in the area of condominium/homeowners association law.  She also provides advice to individuals and companies on a variety of contract and tort matters.


According to Super Lawyers Magazine, the attorneys that are recognized have been nominated by their peers, validated by research, reviewed by top lawyers, and then narrowed down to a select few.  All Rising Stars are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.  The attorneys selected as Rising Stars represent less than 2.5% of all attorneys in the state of Florida.  Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide and in city and regional magazines.  For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

Thomas J. Leek elected President of Cobb Cole


Cobb Cole is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Leek has been elected President and Chairman of the Board of the firm, effective January 1, 2014. Mr. Leek joined the firm as a law clerk in 1996, became a shareholder in 2003, and practices complex commercial civil litigation, with the predominant portion of his practice coming in labor and employment.

Mr. Leek succeeds John Ferguson, who has served as President and Chairman since 2010. "Tom Leek has distinguished himself in the community and in the firm. He has an extraordinary understanding of Cobb Cole's history, and a vision for our future. Cobb Cole is very fortunate to have a person of his skill and talent to lead the firm going forward," said John Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson will continue to lead the transaction practice group of the firm and to represent clients in all business matters.

Mr. Leek said, "I am humbled to have received the confidence of my peers to lead this historic institution over the coming years. I would like to thank John for providing outstanding leadership over the last four years, and into the future. John is a good partner and a better friend. Thanks to him, the transition of the firm leadership will be seamless."