Holland & Knight has announced that Miami partner Steve Sonberg has been elected Managing Partner of the 1150-lawyer firm. Sonberg was elected during the firm's annual meeting in Orlando, and will begin his five-year term April 15. Mr. Sonberg will replace Howell W. Melton, Jr., who announced in February that he would not seek another term.
A partner with Holland & Knight for the last 15 years, Mr. Sonberg served as Chair of the firm's 375-person Business Law Section for the past five years. Previously, he served as a member of the firm's Directors Committee for eight years, and led the firm's corporate practice in South Florida.
Former Federal Judge William S. Sessions, partner at Holland & Knight LLP and former director of the FBI, was honored recently by both the Constitution Project and Holland & Knight. The Constitution Project, an independent think tank known for the work of its bipartisan committees on controversial legal issues, honored Judge Sessions with its inaugural Constitutional Champion Award during its 10th Anniversary gala dinner on March 5. Judge Sessions was recognized for his support of the rule of law and for his efforts to counter injustices in our legal system.
In addition, Holland & Knight honored Judge Sessions with the 2008 Chesterfield Smith Partner Award, the highest individual honor given by the firm. The award was presented to Judge Sessions on March 14 at a celebration dinner during the firm's annual conference in Orlando. The award is given no more than once a year to the Holland & Knight partner who best exemplifies the highest ideals of professionalism. It was established in honor of Chesterfield Smith, the architect of the firm, who dedicated his professional life to creating, promoting and building Holland & Knight into one of the world's great law firms.
Holland & Knight has announced that Greg Digel, a partner in the firm's Atlanta office, has been appointed Practice Group Leader of the office's Litigation Practice Group.
Mr. Digel's practice is focused in the area of complex commercial litigation, including individual cases and class actions involving lender liability, antitrust, RICO, fraud and various business tort claims.