March 24, 2016

Kelley Kronenberg named one of South Florida’s “Top Law Firms”; Seven Partners also named in the 2016 South Florida Legal Guide

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Kelley Kronenberg, a diverse, full-service business law firm, was selected by the South Florida Legal Guide as a “Top Law Firm” in the publication’s 2016 edition. Principal Partners Michael J. Fichtel, Howard L. Wander, Heath S. Eskalyo and Karen M. Gilmartin, along with firm Partners Steven H. Osber, Harold S. Stevens and Amy B. Siegel, were listed as “Top Lawyers” in their respective areas of practice.

The South Florida Legal Guide is a peer-nominated publication. Lawyers selected must be well-regarded in the legal profession, have several years of experience, and possess a distinguished track record.

Attorney Biographies:

Michael J. Fichtel serves as firm-wide Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer. In addition to his litigation practice, he initiated and orchestrated an overhaul of the firm’s business practices and philosophies, resulting in the firm’s unprecedented diversification, economic growth, and emergence as a technological leader in the legal industry.  Under his leadership, the firm transformed from a statewide firm with limited scope, to a comprehensive industry leader of national renown.

Howard L. Wander serves as Principal Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of the firm’s West Palm Beach office. He has been directly involved in the firm’s strategic consultation and growth into a statewide Florida practice, as well as a national presence. He maintains an active Insurance Defense Litigation and trial caseload, focusing on the representation of employers, third-party administrators and insurance carriers.  He also handles Property and Casualty claims, and oversees the firm’s Property and Casualty Department.  He was listed in the Workers’ Compensation category.

Heath S. Eskalyo is a Principal Partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office and serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. A Civil Trial Litigator, he focuses his practice on OSHA, Defense Base Act claims, Insurance Fraud, Civil Liability and Construction law. Mr. Eskalyo has also been a driving force in the growth of the firm and oversees its philanthropic efforts.  He was listed in the Workers’ Compensation Defense category.

Karen M. Gilmartin is a Principal Partner, Chief Legal Officer and leads the firm’s Miami Lakes office. She focuses her practice on the defense of employers, carriers and self-insureds in the field of Workers’ Compensation and Subrogation — she has practiced in this area for nearly 30 years. In 2015, she was inducted into the Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame, a select group of industry professionals who have substantially impacted the Workers’ Compensation field. Additionally, Mrs. Gilmartin is certified by the state of Florida to provide continuing education courses for insurance carriers and regularly presents seminars on a wide variety of general legal matters. She was listed in the Workers’ Compensation Defense category.

Steven H. Osber is a Partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office and chairs the Commercial Litigation Group. He focuses on complex and general Commercial and Business Litigation, including partnership/shareholder disputes, commercial eviction matters, Real Estate litigation, and Construction litigation. He was listed in the Corporate and Business Litigation category.

Harold S. Stevens is a Partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He focuses his practice on the defense of General Liability, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Premises Liability and Construction Defect claims. He was listed in the Construction Litigation and General Liability categories.

Amy B. Siegel is a Partner in the firm’s West Palm Beach office. She focuses her practice exclusively on Workers’ Compensation defense, representing employers, insurance carriers, self-insured corporations, third party administrators, and claims servicing agencies. Her background includes extensive experience with all aspects of Litigation and Appellate law. She was listed in the Workers’ Compensation category.