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Three Henderson Franklin Attorneys Selected as Florida Trend Magazine's 2013 Legal Elite

Fort Myers, FL, July 17, 2013 --( Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is pleased to announce that Attorneys Michael J. Corso, Russell Schropp and Robert Shearman were named to Florida Trend Magazine's Tenth Annual Legal Elite,® which recognizes and honors the top 2% of all Florida lawyers. 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

Michael J. Corso is chair of the firm's Tort & Insurance Litigation division. He has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer for over 30 years, and is also Board Certified in Business Law Litigation. Corso focuses his practice in litigation matters involving product liability and the defense of non-medical professionals such as lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers and surveyors. He 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. Corso is also AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has received much recognition throughout his legal career, including named to Florida Super Lawyers® magazine (2007-2013), Best Lawyers in America (2012-2013), and Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite® (2009-2013). He received his law degree from Villanova University (J.D., 1974) and his undergraduate degree from Purdue University (B.S., 1971). Corso 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 and represents property owners and others before local, regional, state and federal agencies. He also writes the Judicial Update column for the firm’s Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate blog. Schropp is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been honored by Florida Super Lawyers ® magazine (2007–2013) and by Best Lawyers in America® (2011-2013) for his work in land use and zoning. He received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University (B.A.,1978), his Master of Science Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida State University (1980), and his law degree from Florida State University (J.D., 1984). Schropp can be reached at 239.344.1280 or via email at

Robert C. Shearman is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and concentrates his practice in the defense of tort, civil rights, employment and real estate claims. He is also a Florida Supreme Court certified civil mediator. Shearman represents numerous law enforcement agencies and officers, as well as other public and private entities with respect to constitutional claims, wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment matters. He currently serves as the attorney for the Lee County Sheriff's Office Civil Service Board. Shearman's representation of real estate professionals, including brokers, agents and appraisers, encompasses both administrative and litigation matters. He additionally serves as a member of Henderson Franklin’s Executive Committee. Shearman is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine (2012-2013) for his work in employment litigation defense. Shearman received his undergraduate degree from Emory University (B.A., 1983) and his law degree from Florida State University (J.D., with honors, 1986). He can be reached 239.344.1346 or via email at

About Henderson Franklin
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami. A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has over 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, 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 operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sanibel Island. For more information on attorneys mentioned above or Henderson Franklin, please visit
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