Legal League 100 Advisory Council

The Advisory Council strategizes growth opportunities, facilitates education, and enhances strategic relationships in the industry on behalf of the Legal League. Advisory Council Members are responsible for aiding the Chair, Vice Chair, Executive Director, and Ex-Officio of the Legal League 100 in developing new strategies for progress in the areas of legislative actions, education, compliance, advocacy, and/or marketing.

Stephen Hladik

Hladik, Onorato & Federman, LLP
Legal League 100 Chair

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Stephen M. Hladik brings a broad range of experience to his foreclosure, bankruptcy, and UDAAP practice at Hladik Onorato & Federman LLP (HOF). Hladik obtained his law degree from Widener University with honors, where he served as Internal Managing Editor of the Law Review. He gained significant expertise in lending law enforcement, handling UDAP, FDCPA, RESPA, and TILA cases in his role as Deputy Attorney General in charge of the Harrisburg office of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

J. Anthony Van Ness

Founder, Managing Partner, Van Ness Law Firm
Legal League 100 Vice Chair

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Van Ness Law Firm is a Florida default and litigation law firm with locations in Deerfield Beach and Miami. They represent national mortgage lenders and servicers since 2004 making it one of the older default firms serving Florida and likely the only certified, African-American one. The firm has won several performance awards over the years and takes pride in becoming Fannie Mae retained counsel in 2010 (until the program ended). Van Ness serves on multiple boards for trade, associations, and charity. 

Advisory Council Members

Jane Bond, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC
Ryan Bourgeois, BDF Law Group
Caren Castle, The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation
Daniel Chilton, Robertson, Anschutz and Schneid, PL
Ed Delgado, Ex Officio, Five Star Global
Chad Neel, McCarthy & Holthus LLP
Neil Sherman, Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C.
Tony Van Ness, Van Ness Law Firm, PLC

Special Initiatives Working Group

In order to respond to a shift in the industry which requires law firms to operate at a more efficient level, the Legal League 100 has created the Special Initiative Working Group (SIWG). The SIWG is comprised of senior representation from member firms and executive level associate members with a focus on the strategic objectives of concern to financial services legal professionals as directed by the Legal League 100 Advisory Council, Executive Director.

Ryan Bourgeois, BDF Law Group
David Demers, Cooke Demers LLC
David Friedman, Van Ness Law Firm
Michelle Gilbert, Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A.

Seth Greenhill, Padgett Law Group
Stephen Hladik
, Hladik, Onorato & Federman, LLP
Jennifer Rogers, IDEA Law Group
Brooke Sanchez, Kent McPhail & Associates