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As Managing Partner of Schwed, Kahle & Jenks, P.A., Lloyd Schwed guides a team of Florida attorneys with more than 100 years of combined legal experience. Mr. Schwed’s client base includes insurance providers, major corporations, and individuals involved in high-stakes commercial, securities, and insurance litigation matters. Among insurance companies the firm regular defends in claims-related litigation and appellate matters are Trammell Crow Company Inc., Liberty National Life Insurance, and Wells Fargo Insurance Company.

Mr. Schwed’s full range of practice experience includes accountant and attorney malpractice defense, disability and life insurance claims defense, and litigation involving real estate. He leverages this knowledge in presenting seminars for attorneys on topics such as “Identifying and Preventing Securities Fraud” and “Securities and Investment Fraud.” He is also a past Adjunct Professor of Law with the University of Miami School of Law.

Among representative cases Lloyd Schwed has handled are Qubty v. Nagda, 817 So.2d 952 (Fla. 5th DCA 2002) and Qualley v. International Air Service Co., 595 So.2d 194 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1992). Mr. Schwed notably achieved a $2.5 million settlement in Prudential Securities Inc. v. PaineWebber & Co., which at the time represented the largest New York Stock Exchange “raiding” arbitration award ever delivered.

For the past seven years, Lloyd Schwed has earned preeminent Martindale-Hubbell AV peer review rating, as selected through a random statewide survey of lawyers and judges. This rating indicates a commitment to the highest levels of ethics, diligence, and reliability, as well as outstanding overall legal ability.

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With a sharp mind, strong worth ethic, sense of adventure, and entrepreneurial spirit, Theodore H. Friedman interrupted his college studies for two years to work on a kibbutz in the Galilee region of northern Israel. The profound experience drew him back to the Middle East over a 16-year period decades later in efforts to foster peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Theodore H. Friedman also facilitated the immigration of 25,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel and taught at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law.

He did complete his college degree, earning a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan, which he attended on a tuition scholarship. Following a brief period in the arbitrage department at Goldman Sachs, Theodore H. Friedman attended Harvard Law School on a tuition scholarship, working various jobs to pay room and board, as he had done throughout his undergraduate years. Becoming a trial lawyer after receiving his Juris Doctor, the young attorney started out representing seamen suing in federal court for injuries incurred aboard ships. Subsequently, he won two cases before the United States Supreme Court and joined famed attorney Louis Nizer at Phillips Nizer LLP for 10 years before his entrepreneurial juices kicked in and he opened his own firm in Manhattan.

In his more than 36 years as a practicing attorney, Friedman has tried hundreds of jury cases and 3,000 cases in all, serving as counsel in more than 80 published opinions. Former New York Supreme Court Justice Donald Sullivan described him in a New York Law Journal article as “one of the best, if not the best, personal injury lawyers in New York City.” Handling civil and commercial cases on behalf of plaintiffs, he has represented luminaries such as boxing champion Muhammad Ali and actor George C. Scott and won multimillion-dollar verdicts covered in professional law journals. Theodore H. Friedman also has taught at a number of institutions across the country and held a membership in the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, the 100 best trial attorneys in the U.S., for 25 years.

Entrepreneurs do not just identify a need and fill it. Sometimes they identify an existing profession and set out to do it better than anyone else, and they do not recognize the roadblocks that many people see. A case in point: An award-winning radiation therapist licensed by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the California Society of Radiologic Technologists, Steven Bangerter decided to apply to law school. With entrepreneurial enthusiasm, it never occurred to him that he would not get in or finish. He did both, graduating from Western State College of Law at Argosy University in Fullerton, California. Within five years, Steven Bangerter became a full Partner in a Costa Mesa law firm, later becoming founding Partner of his own firm, Bangerter Sheppard, P.C., with offices in Oakland and Los Angeles in California and St. George, Utah.

Focusing on such practice areas as insurance defense and coverage, catastrophic personal injury, employment practices, business contracts and litigation, and church and school risk management, he has become a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of The American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). The Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys has recognized Steven Bangerter for his “reputation, character, and experience,” and he holds a top AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

The accomplished attorney fulfilled his undergraduate education with the same devotion to excellence he has exhibited throughout his entrepreneurial journey. A recipient of the Regents Scholarship for Academic Achievement and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, he graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. It points up another key trait of the entrepreneur: Steven Bangerter sets no limitations on himself. He has pursued religion, medicine, law, and a variety of personal interests, and will continue to expand his horizons. It’s what entrepreneurs do.

An extensively accomplished attorney and academic based in Chicago, Illinois, Myron Cherry currently applies his skills as Managing Partner of Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC, a leading boutique law firm he established in 1973. Nationally recognized for the pioneering state and federal environmental legislative drafts he authored in the early part of his career, Mr. Cherry has argued numerous high profile cases before the United States Supreme Court, laying the foundation for continuing positive developments in our country’s legal system. Leveraging his extensive background as a civil litigator to represent a widely varied client base of individuals and business enterprises, Myron Cherry maintains a stellar reputation as a forward-thinking mover-and-shaker who has made it his life’s work to uphold the foundational tenets of the democratic process. Mr. Cherry completed his post graduate studies at the Northwestern University School of Law where he served as Editor of the institution’s Law Review and remains actively involved with his alma mater to this day, setting time aside in his busy schedule to educate the next generation of lawyers as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy.

Garnering consistent accolades for his unwavering commitment to excellence in every aspect of his professional practice, Myron Cherry was selected as one of the Midwest’s top attorneys by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. A longstanding member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, he formerly functioned as a Trustee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and held a seat on the National Finance Board of former President Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign. Supplementing a productive tenure as Co-Chairman of the DNC’s Democratic Business Council, Myron Cherry also played a key role in facilitating the aims of Illinois’ United States Senate Judicial Nominations Committee, appointed to this latter role by Senators Paul Martin Simon and Carol Moseley Braun.

Myron Cherry resides in Lincolnwood, Illinois with his wife Patricia. A committed civic patron, he sits on the Board of Directors at Jobs for Youth, a non-profit organization that offers career training and employment placement assistance to low-income citizens.


Steven Pinkert has served the Miami, Florida, community as Managing Partner of Pinkert and Marsh, PA (formerly the Pinkert Law Firm, PA), since 2002. His firm has expertise in intellectual property and immigration law, as well as transactional law related to matters of real estate and large-scale medical equipment acquisition.

Mr. Pinkert also offers counsel on Chinese market entry strategies and U.S. trade to Asian and South American markets. Closely engaged with firms seeking to utilize Chinese manufacturing capacities, he has taken over 30 business trips to Beijing. In addition to helping U.S. companies to enter China, he facilitates the entry of Chinese firms into markets in the Western Hemisphere.

Mr. Pinkert earned his Doctor of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, subsequently undertaking residency training at the University of Illinois Medical Center. Maintaining a private practice from 1979 to 1994, he specialized in the outpatient treatment of severely disturbed patients. His patients had conditions such as borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, and antisocial personality disorder. He held numerous faculty appointments during this time, notably serving as an Associate at Northwestern University Medical School, where he provided medical students with training in the behavioral sciences.

In 1998, Steven Pinkert completed a J.D. at the University of Miami, then pursued an MBA at the same institution. In addition to his legal responsibilities, he is engaged with Signum US Healthcare Inc. as Chairman of the Board. The company is working in tandem with state-owned Chinese hospitals to create specialized radiotherapy centers. Steven Pinkert maintains affiliations with a number of professional organizations in the legal and medical fields, including the American College of Legal Medicine, American Medical Association, and the Florida Justice Association.