Law Firm of the Year Award
Honoring Kelley Kronenberg Attorneys at Law
Accepted by Jeff Wank, Esq.
The 2020 Annual Recognition Awards were presented on a series of Facebook Live events on August 18th to 20th. Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) are pleased to highlight the Law Firm of the Year Award recipient, Kelley Kronenberg Attorneys at Law.
The Law Firm of the Year Award is presented to a firm that has shown their overall commitment to the work that we do and the clients we serve. The Law Firm of the Year award honors a firm that has a long history of supporting LAS and CCLA. Kelley Kronenberg, Attorneys at Law demonstrates a commitment to justice at every level. Attorneys are encouraged to volunteer their time as pro bono attorneys as well as serving on the Board of Directors and assisting with fundraising events.
Charitable giving and community service have been at the core of Kelley Kronenberg’s values since the firm began four decades ago, including serving as a longtime supporter of LAS and CCLA. The firm has supported the organizations’ programs and is a proud sustaining member of the League of Justice. The firm also has encouraged and supported its own staff in taking on leadership roles and volunteer opportunities. Firm Partners Alison Smith and Jeffrey Wank are past Board Chairs. Jeff currently is an active member of the Board of Directors, recently serving as emcee for the Bridge to Justice Breakfast and For The Public Good events. Additionally, firm Partner Louis Reinstein was named Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s Attorney of the Month in April 2016 and continues to handle pro bono cases and volunteer for the Advice and Counsel Hotline. In early 2019, Kelley Kronenberg lawyers Jeremy Mishali, Thomas Arnst, Anthony Moreland, Aaron Neifeld, Jazlyn Juda Ouimet, and Alison Trejo staffed the “legal hotline” for Legal Aid Service of Broward County, providing legal advice and guidance to callers for an entire month.
As noted by Heath Eskalyo, Principal Partner, Chief Financial Officer and head of the firm’s philanthropic efforts, “Legal Aid programs provide a truly valuable service to individuals in need, both in our area and beyond. We are proud to support the work of these important organizations.” Known primarily as a Defense law firm, Kelley Kronenberg has broken the mold by welcoming Justice for Kids, a leading Child Advocacy Plaintiff group, to the firm. This division is one of the largest practices in the U.S. devoted solely to protecting abused, disabled and catastrophically injured children. The Justice for Kids Division collaborates with all of Kelley Kronenberg’s eleven offices throughout Florida and Chicago. The Division is led by Howard Talenfeld, Stacie Schmerling and Justin Grosz. The team encompasses decades of experience and a network of some of the country’s most knowledgeable children’s rights/injury law attorneys.
Recognizing the importance of the firm’s relationship to the communities in which it does business, Kelley Kronenberg implemented Kelley Kronenberg Cares, a community involvement program that provides attorneys, staff and their families with opportunities to work together to benefit charitable organizations in their local communities. The firm’s leaders truly believe that they cannot expect to be successful doing business in an unhealthy community and that it is the responsibility of the firm and its employees to do something positive to make a difference.
Led by a representative in each office, Kelley Kronenberg Cares underscores the firm’s commitment to shaping its community. The goal is to be an exemplary corporate citizen, promote positive changes in their offices and local communities, and to inspire others to support philanthropy and achieve genuine results. Past initiatives have included school supplies drives, food and clothing donation drives, a donation of 120 turkeys to 120 children in need in South Florida last Thanksgiving and adopting more than 50 children during the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree donation drive.