William L. Rafferty Jr. of Gunster. Courtesy photo

William L. Rafferty Jr. has joined Gunster in Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville as a shareholder. Rafferty focuses his practice on finance and business negotiations, as well as preparing and overseeing complex commercial transactions.

Liam Krahe has joined Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel in Coral Gables as an associate. Krahe’s practice focuses on contract reviews, rules and regulations, and meetings and elections.

Dean Xenick has joined Reid Burman Lebedeker Xenick in West Palm Beach as a name partner. Xenick’s practice focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, defective drugs and products, mass torts, insurance litigation, business litigation, complex commercial litigation, general civil litigation and legal malpractice.

Rebecca Canamero, Isabel C. Diaz, Aymee Valdivia Granda, Henry R. Roque and Shane Segarra of Holland & Knight in Miami have been promoted to partner.

Chelsea E. Bellew has joined Chartwell Law in Palm Beach Gardens as an associate. Bellew’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation and employer and labor law cases.

Christopher I. Pierson, David S. Resnick and Eric Singer of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami have been promoted to partner.

Eugene Polyak and Joseph Young of Smith, Currie & Hancock in Fort Lauderdale have been promoted to partner.

Jason Brenner and Pedro Echarte of the Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables have been promoted to partner.

Thomas F. Morante has joined Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck in Fort Lauderdale as a partner and chair of the firm’s new Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Practice. Morante’s practice focuses on federal, state and foreign insurance regulatory and transactional matters.

James Dawson has joined Holland & Knight in West Palm Beach as a partner. Dawson’s practice focuses on complex IRS controversy matters.