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Hall Booth Smith Adds Three Attorneys Amid Florida Expansion

JACKSONVILLE, NORTH PALM BEACH and TAMPA, FL – Jan. 20, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) welcomes three new attorneys at its offices in Florida as the firm expands to serve client needs in the Sunshine State and beyond.

William T. Viergever is Of Counsel in North Palm Beach, and he brings more than two decades of litigation experience concentrated in medical malpractice, construction, premises liability and general liability defense to the firm. He was previously a Partner at another firm in West Palm Beach where he was a leading litigator for medical malpractice and liability matters in both state and federal courts. He has an extensive appellate practice before the State District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Viergever earned a J.D. cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida. Following graduation from law school, William clerked for the Honorable Hugh S. Glickstein at Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal

Elisabeth A. Avilla is an Associate in Jacksonville, and she concentrates her practice on defending hospitals, aging care centers, correctional facilities and health care professionals in medical malpractice, liability, health care, and other related regulatory and compliance matters. She was formerly an extern for the Honorable Chief United States District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee, and she was an intern for the Honorable Lisa Davidson of the 18th Judicial Circuit in Florida. Avilla earned a J.D., summa cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of North Florida.

Luke Kiel is an Associate based in Tampa, and he specializes in medical malpractice and long-term care negligence litigation. He has represented numerous assisting living facilities and nursing homes in lawsuits alleging Chapter 429 and 400 violation of rights and negligence, as well as clients in premises liability and general liability claims. His services include negotiating settlements on behalf of clients at mediation and in the course of litigation, as well as representing clients at binding arbitration. Earlier in his career, he represented banks and other lenders in real estate litigation, including foreclosure and bankruptcy. He earned a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, an MBA from Stetson University School of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

“We are delighted to welcome Elisabeth, Luke and William to HBS so we can provide stronger service to clients in the health care industry as well as many other fields,” said R. Ryan Rivas, a Partner who oversees the firm’s Tampa office.

About Hall Booth Smith

Established in 1989, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is a full-service law firm with six regional offices strategically located throughout Georgia, as well as offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami, Jacksonville, North Palm Beach, Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida; and Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; Saddle Brook, New Jersey; and New York City. Experienced across a wide range of legal disciplines, HBS attorneys pride themselves on providing knowledgeable, proactive, client-specific counsel to individuals, domestic and international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The firm’s promise: “Serving to Achieve Excellence.” To learn more, please visit: www.hallboothsmith.com.