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Four Henderson Franklin Attorneys Recognized in Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite

Fort Myers, FL, July 27, 2012 --( Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is pleased to announce that Attorneys J. Matthew Belcastro, Michael J. Corso and Russell P. Schropp were named to Florida Trend Magazine's Ninth Annual Legal Elite,® which recognizes and honors the top 2% of all Florida lawyers. In addition, Labor & Employment Lawyer Suzanne M. Boy was one of only 174 attorneys in Florida selected to Legal Elite’s “Up & Comers” list, honoring lawyers 40 years of age or younger who have exhibited leadership in the law. To compile the list, Florida Trend asked actively practicing Florida attorneys to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard as professionals – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at

J. Matthew Belcastro concentrates his practice in the areas of construction litigation, construction contracts, business and real estate litigation. He also has an active appellate practice. Belcastro is a founding officer of the Lee County A.C.E Mentoring Program and a member of the Lee County Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. Belcastro received his law degree from the University of Florida and undergraduate degree from Haverford College. He can be reached at 239.344.1205 or via email at

Michael J. Corso is chair of the firm's Tort & Insurance Litigation division and has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Trial Lawyer for over 25 years. He focuses his practice in litigation matters involving product liability and the defense of non-medical professionals such as lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers and surveyors. Corso is co-founder of the Florida Law Alliance, past president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and a member of the American Institute of Architects and Florida Engineering Society. He is also AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. Corso received his law degree from Villanova University and his undergraduate degree from Purdue University. He can be reached at 239.344.1170 or via email at

Russell P. Schropp is chair of Henderson Franklin’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental law division. He represents property owners and others before local, regional, state and federal agencies. He also writes for the firm’s Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate blog. Schropp is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University, his law and Masters Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida State University. Schropp can be reached at 239.344.1280 or via email at

Suzanne M. Boy concentrates her practice in employment law, assisting employers in a wide variety of employment-related matters, including litigation involving Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, whistleblower statutes, and retaliation claims. She frequently speaks to businesses and professional groups on employment matters, and serves as the lead writer of the firm’s Southwest Florida Employment Law Blog. Boy can be reached at 239.344.1403 or via email at

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami. A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, eminent domain, immigration law, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. One of the state's oldest firms, Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and currently operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and on Sanibel Island. For more information on the attorneys mentioned above, or on Henderson Franklin, please visit
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