Michelle Diffenderfer Named President of LLW

West Palm Beach, Fla., December 17, 2014 – Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. is pleased to announce that Michelle Diffenderfer has been named President of the firm, effective January 1, 2015.  Michelle, the firm’s first female President, brings many years of experience in managerial and leadership roles both within the firm and in the community.

Michelle began her career with LLW as a law clerk in 1994, moving from associate to Shareholder in 1999.  Michelle has served as Practice Group Leader for various Practice Groups within LLW, Chaired LLW’s Business Development Committee and was elected Executive Shareholder as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  In addition to her leadership within the firm, Michelle maintains an active environmental practice, assisting landowners, businesses and governments with the various local, state and federal requirements for permitting land development and infrastructure projects.

“Michelle was elected President by her fellow shareholders, which reflects her exceptional contributions and dedication to the firm” said Ed Ratka, Chief Operating Officer of Lewis, Longman & Walker. “I’m confident that Michelle’s strong leadership will help keep LLW on our path of continued growth.”

Michelle added: “I am thrilled to step into this leadership role for our law firm. I have been blessed to be a part of LLW’s first 20 years and appreciate the numerous opportunities that my partners have given me to succeed. I look forward to paying that forward as our President.”

Michelle is a past Chair of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, the Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Law Section, and Girls II Women.  Michelle has also served in various leadership roles with the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.  Michelle received the Chamber’s ATHENA® Award in 2008 which honors individuals that have achieved professional excellence, actively served the community, and helped women reach their leadership potential.  Michelle is in the current class of Leadership Florida and is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County. For more on Michelle please click here.

Michelle can be reached at (561) 640-0820 or mdiffenderfer@llw-law.com.  For more information, please visit our website at www.llw-law.com.

For more than 20 years, the attorneys at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., have helped the individuals, businesses and governments that have shaped Florida’s future. We offer solutions to issues associated with complex local, state, and federal laws and regulations. We focus on the specific, technical and seemingly ever-changing areas of Environmental, Land Use and Governmental Law. The Lewis, Longman & Walker team is comprised of well-known and respected attorneys with the experience and skill to quickly resolve difficult legal challenges. We are committed to responding to clients’ needs promptly and economically and believe in building long-term attorney-client relationships based upon collaboration and solid performance.

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