Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – All four Principal Partners from the national full-service law firm Kelley Kronenberg were selected by the South Florida Business Journal as 2014 Power Leaders in Law. Michael J. Fichtel, Howard L. Wander, Heath S. Eskalyo and Karen M. Gilmartin were selected for their notable contributions to their respective areas of law.
Michael J. Fichtel serves as firm-wide Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer. He joined Kelley Kronenberg immediately upon his admission to the Florida Bar, and later emerged as one of the firm’s top litigators and quickly achieved partnership. He has been instrumental in the firm’s growth from two offices in 1987 to 12 offices spanning three states and 25 areas of law.
Howard L. Wander serves as Principal Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of the firm’s West Palm Beach office. He has helped lead the strategic growth and direction of the firm, and was directly involved in developing it into a multi-office Florida and national practice. He opened the firm’s West Palm Beach office more than 20 years ago and continues to maintain an active litigation and trial caseload in the areas of insurance defense litigation and property & casualty, with a specialized focus on representation of employers, third-party administrators, and insurance carriers.
Heath S. Eskalyo is a Principal Partner and Chief Financial Officer in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He plays a major role in the firm’s business development efforts and the continued expansion of the firm’s practice areas and services. A Civil Trial Litigator, he focuses his practice on Workers’ Compensation, OSHA, Defense Base Act claims, Insurance Fraud, Civil Liability, Construction Law and Occupational Accident and Truckers Occupational Insurance claims.
Karen M. Gilmartin is a Principal Partner, Chief Legal Officer and leads the firm’s Miami office. She has nearly three decades of experience in the defense of employers, carriers and self-insureds in Workers’ Compensation matters, and is well versed in the area of subrogation recovery in Workers’ Compensation claims. As one of the premiere defense lawyers in Florida, she regularly presents seminars on a wide variety of general legal matters and is certified by the state to provide Continuing Education courses for insurance carriers.