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."
Cobb Cole Attorney, Michael Sznapstajler, Elected President of the Florida Brownfields Association
Michael Sznapstajler, an attorney at Cobb Cole, was elected President of the Florida Brownfields Association at the 16th Annual Florida Brownfields Conference & Exhibition held in West Palm Beach from October 27th through October 30th.
Brownfields are properties that have difficulty being redeveloped due to actual or perceived environmental issues. Under the state and federal Brownfields Redevelopment Programs, economic and regulatory incentives are available to encourage and incentivize redevelopment of Brownfields, including grants, tax credits, tax refunds, and liability protection.
The Florida Brownfields Association is a non-profit, volunteer, service organization focused on creating economic, community development, and educational opportunities to promote and encourage the cleanup, redevelopment, and restoration of Brownfields in Florida and revitalizing the communities in which Brownfields are located. During the next 12 months, the Florida Brownfields Association will facilitate a variety of education and outreach, environmental justice, legislative initiatives.
"The redevelopment of Brownfields is a critical component in improving the health and safety of our communities, addressing environmental concerns, and revitalizing Florida's economy" said Sznapstajler. "I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the organization at the forefront of these efforts."
Mr. Sznapstajler is an attorney in the environmental, land use and litigation departments of Cobb Cole. He practices in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation, environmental law, and land development law. Mr. Sznapstajler also currently serves as the President of the Young Professionals Group and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation.
New Associate Joins Cobb Cole
The law firm of Cobb Cole is pleased to announce that Ms. Chelsea Sims has joined the firm as an associate in the Environmental and Land Use Department. Ms. Sims practices primarily in the areas of environmental law and land use law and corporate law.
Ms. Sims is a Brevard County native. In 2010, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Political Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Miami. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida School of Law in 2013 with a Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law. While attending the University of Florida School of Law, Ms. Sims participated in the Environmental Moot Court Team; was President of the Environmental Law Organization, GreenLAW; and was Co-Chair of the annual Public Interest Environmental Conference held at the law school.
Currently, Ms. Sims is a member of the Surfcoast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association, the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development, the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, the Volusia County Young Professionals Group, and serves on the Board of Directors at PACE Center for Girls Volusia-Flagler.