MG+M The Law Firm (“MG+M”) would like to congratulate our partners, Raul J. Chacon Jr., Kaylin S. Grey, and Lucia V. Pazos, and associates, Hilda A. Akopyan, Haley L. Hansen, and Emily M. Westfall, on being named to the 2020 Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars List.
Raul has been named annually to the Florida Super Lawyers list since 2013. He is a partner in the MG+M Miami office and is the chair of the firm's Maritime Practice Group. His practice focuses on a variety of litigation areas, including maritime, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, infectious disease counseling and litigation, COVID-19, and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience as national and local counsel on marine products liability matters and has represented clients from jurisdictions as far north as Canada and throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, the Caribbean, and South America. He has tried over 100 cases to verdict in the state and federal courts of Florida. He is regularly appointed to act as national and local counsel by insurance companies on admiralty and maritime matters.
Kaylin has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star list since 2017. A partner in the MG+M Miami office, Kaylin’s trial experience is extensive. She has litigated more than 100 bench trials and more than 20 jury cases as a former prosecutor with the Miami-Date State Attorney’s Office. Kaylin also has significant experience handling commercial litigation matters in both state and federal court, representing corporate clients and individuals in a wide range of matters.
Lucia has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star list since 2012. She is a partner at the MG+M Miami office. The majority of her practice involves defending manufacturers and retailers in asbestos-related products liability actions. Lucia also has experience in Employer/Carrier defense of claims filed under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Defense Base Act, and the Florida Workers’ Compensation Statute.
Hilda has been named to the California Super Lawyers Rising Star list since 2018. She is an associate in MG+M's Los Angeles office, where her practice focuses on complex civil litigation. Prior to joining MG+M, Hilda worked as a litigation associate at a local law firm specializing in toxic torts and products liability. She also has extensive mediation experience with the Chapman Law Mediation Clinic in Riverside, California.
Haley was first named to the California Super Lawyers Rising Star list in 2020. She is an associate in MG+M’s San Francisco and Chicago offices. Haley focuses on civil litigation including products liability, toxic tort, and mobile home litigation. Haley has extensive experience in the courtroom, taking many cases to trial before a jury.
Emily was first named to the California Super Lawyers Rising Star list in 2019. She is an associate in MG+M’s San Francisco office. Her practice includes defending and counseling clients in a range of matters, including products liability, complex tort, employment, commercial, privacy, and class action matters. Emily is also well-versed in regulatory, corporate, and transactional matters. She has prior experience in-house at an academic medical center and a biopharmaceutical company.
A program of Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who, through a peer review and independent research process, have been identified as attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only the top 5 percent of Florida and California lawyers and the top 2.5 percent of up-and-coming Florida and California lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including verdicts and settlements; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; pro bono and community service efforts; and scholarly lectures and writings. The ultimate objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse list of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for other practitioners and consumers searching for legal counsel.
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