A South Florida law firm, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole + Bierman, P.L., recently added a Gainesville law firm to its team.
Dell Graham Law Firm will join the South Florida company as new partners focusing on education law. Attorneys David Delaney and Natasha Mickens join Weiss Serota as new partners and Ayanna Hypolite will be on board as an associate.
“David, Natasha and Ayanna are highly regarded and dynamic attorneys,” Mitch Burnstein, firm managing director, said in a press release. “Their arrival creates strong statewide synergies with their education law colleagues here in South Florida.”
Dell Graham was founded in the 1870s and takes on clients throughout the state.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our law firm to join forces with a mid-size firm that has an impeccable track record and outstanding reputation,” David Delaney, Dell Graham lawyer, said in the press release. “Our practice focus and mission align well with Weiss Serota’s. We are so excited for our future together.”
Delaney currently serves as the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) staff attorney. His past experience includes defending health care providers against medical malpractice claims and representing insurance companies and self-insured entities in the areas of governmental liability and personal injury defense, and defending health care providers against medical malpractice claims. Delaney also taught Public School Law at UF.
Mickens specializes in education law, employment law, and insurance defense. She practices both in state and federal courts. Mickens previously represented employers and insurance carriers in the litigation of workers’ compensation claims, along with her insurance defense work focusing on first-party property coverage, arson and fraud.
Hypolite is a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator who focuses her practice on alternative dispute resolution and civil litigation. Prior to joining Dell Graham, she practiced family law, estate planning, and probate law. She also represented the State of Florida’s Department of Revenue in child support enforcement cases.