The Daily Business Review today named Joseph Zumpano and Leon Patricios as 2007 “Most Effective Lawyers” in International Law. The award recognized their legal representation of Janet Weininger against Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, the Army of Cuba and the Republic of Cuba. Janet Weininger is the daughter of CIA pilot Thomas “Pete” Ray, whose plane was shot down during the April 19, 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. After being shot down, Mr. Ray was captured and later executed. In 2005, Mr. Zumpano and Mr. Patricios obtained a judgment against the aforementioned defendants in the amount of $86.5 million. Ultimately close to $24 million was collected on the judgment.
Joseph Zumpano was extensively quoted in an article on law firms in South Florida hiring more health care lawyers. The article stated that “Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A., a 45- attorney Coral Gables law firm, has hired several attorneys to beef up the health care practice in areas such as fraud and abuse compliance, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory work and managed care.” Joseph was quoted as stating that “the perfect storm of new technology, a burgeoning market of health care providers and an increase in stringent regulations has provided a need for attorneys who have a health care background.”
Florida Trend Magazine contained an article regarding the Florida Association of Managing Partners, Inc. (“FAMP”). Joseph Zumpano, Co-Chairman of FAMP, was quoted extensively in the article on issues ranging from recruiting attorneys to legal specialization. The article stated that ZP&W is “known for” health care law. Mr. Zumpano was quoted as stating that “Years ago, to be an institution, you had to be a very large firm. But now many midsized firms have become institutions within these expertises.” Mr. Zumpano was also quoted regarding attracting and retaining “Generation X” attorneys, stating that “One of the things I see is an emphasis on mentorship. They want to know who they’re going to be trained by. They want to know if they are going to have a chance to work with equity partners in the law firm or other high-ranking lawyers. It’s important to them. They also have an emphasis on quality of life. Are they going to be able to have a well-rounded experience as a lawyer and still be a good husband or a good wife, a good mother or father?”
The 2008 South Florida Legal Guide named Zumpano Patricio & Winker, P.A. a “Top Law Firm” in South Florida. Additionally, Joseph Zumpano, Leon Patricios, David Winker, Grace Escalona and Carmen Hellman were named as “Top Lawyers” in their fields of practice. Maritza Alvarez, Tania Carreno-Mederos, Lori Desnick and Heather Stoessel were named “Top Up and Comers” in the same publication. Tania Carreno-Medero’s article “Medical Tourism: Caveat Emptor” was also featured in the publication.
The Daily Business Journal’s annual Managing Partners Survey today contained an article on diversity issues discussed at the Daily Business Review’s third annual Managing Partner’s Summit. Joseph Zumpano’s comments on diversity issues at the Summit were extensively quoted in the article. Mr. Zumpano stated that “it’s important to try to avoid the stereotype that attorneys who are mothers have to work on a separate track of growth within the firm.” The article cited the fact that ZP&W has “six moms out of 23 lawyers” and quoted Mr. Zumpano as stating that “It’s time to put away the special track nonsense. There’s no such thing here. We don’t like it. We think it creates a fracture between people at the law firm.”