Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova Helped a Salvadorian National to Receive Asylum in the United States.

 A Salvadorian national whose family suffered from gang violence in their home country was recently granted asylum by the U.S. immigration judge after a successful argument that she belonged to a particular social group, her own family, and that she has been persecuted on that account in El Salvador.

Ms. Shautsova comments that “‘gang violence asylum cases’ are not easy to win due to the previous administration’s attempts to foreclose victims of gang violence from qualifying for asylum in the United States. The case involved a client whose family was extorted ‘rent,’ assaulted, and threatened by the local gangs. Tragically, some family members were murdered.”

“This case presented a particular concern because it has been pending in the Immigration system for almost six years. During this time, fortunately for the client, the administration changed, and so did the approach towards the ‘particular social group’ asylum cases. Such a change appeared to be life-changing for our client. If under the Trump administration, the family were likely to lose their case; under the current administration, they were able to receive the much-deserved security and protection in the United States.”

Ms. Shautsova is a New York Immigration attorney and can be reached at (917) 885-2261 or email at

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Litigation Attorney Robert White Returns to Henderson Franklin

 Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is delighted to welcome back seasoned litigation lawyer Robert White to the firm. His experience in the field, exceeding a decade, has rendered him a powerhouse of knowledge and insight when it comes to representing insureds on various issues, such as motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, and construction defects. Matthew Belcastro, Chair of the firm’s Tort & Insurance Litigation Department, shares:

“We are thrilled to welcome Robert back to our litigation team. His expertise and dedication to providing exceptional services to his clients make him an invaluable addition to our team.”

White deals with every case with careful examination from all angles and collaborates closely with his clients to establish litigation strategies that are in line with their goals. His work in the field won him recognition as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America in 2021. White shares, “I am excited to return to Henderson Franklin and rejoin such a talented and dedicated team of attorneys. The firm’s commitment to providing exceptional legal services and its focus on client success aligns with my approach to practicing law. I am looking forward to contributing to the firm’s continued success.”

White is admitted to practice in all Florida and Alabama state courts. He earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. White may be reached at or by phone at 239-344-1237.

About Henderson Franklin
Henderson Franklin, having been in business since 1924, provides a range of legal services to the communities of Southwest Florida, including business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin has four offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sarasota (by appointment). To learn more about White or Henderson Franklin, visit

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Fort Lauderdale Attorney Talks With GDL About Marcy Resnik’s Women Mentorship In Law Programs

Marcy Resnik is one of the partners of the firm. Lederman revealed that Resnik thought up these mentorship programs since she herself benefited immensely from the mentorship she received.

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Can women mentorship in law programs help change the scenario for better, and if yes, how?

Rachel Lederman, a young attorney at Kahn & Resnik, P.L., a Fort Lauderdale, Florida law firm, recently talked with GDL concerning the above issues and discussed in some detail how mentorship programs can help many young aspiring female lawyers find their feet in what is otherwise a strongly male-dominated profession.

Lederman began her discussion talking about how one of the core missions of Kahn & Resnik is to help female law graduates with mentorship opportunities. This, Lederman says, is chiefly thanks to Marcy Resnik, one of the partners of the firm. Lederman revealed that Resnik thought up these mentorship programs since she herself benefited immensely from the mentorship she received from her senior female colleagues, whom she saw as her role models, at the firm she started her career at.

Lederman herself was a direct beneficiary of Resniks mentorship programs. Asked exactly how the program had helped her in her career as a female attorney, Lederman remarked that among other things, it has helped her to be bold, to have her own voice, and to have the courage to assert herself when necessary. And all of these have ultimately meant that she can serve her clients in an efficient manner and can thrive in her career.

Resniks mentorship programs, Lederman added, in many ways follow the famous Lean In mantra advanced by Sheryl Sandberg, one of the defining figures working towards women empowerment in the global workforce. The programs teach the attendees how to cope with the many different challenges that women are exposed to in the legal profession and help these young female graduates/lawyers get rid of any inferiority complex they may feel early in their career, and find their own voice. In addition, the mentoring by Marcy Resnik is also aimed at helping women attorneys gain a proper work/life balance.

As for the obstacles facing female attorneys of today, Lederman remarked that there are many:

Demeaning remarks from colleagues, prisoners, and judges no less
Dealing with the demands of womens biological clock as well as those of the motherhood and parenthood
Sexual harassment of various nature

Finally, the young attorney capped off by naming three organizations from South Florida that help female lawyers as well as women from other professions with mentorship programs, sponsorships and scholarship opportunities. These are Million Women Mentors, 100 Women in Finance and Together.

The first is an offshoot of the STEM program for girls and women and provides valuable mentoring and leadership opportunities for both working and aspiring young female attorneys. 100 Women in Finance, on the other hand, is a global network dedicated to overall women empowerment in the global workforce. Finally, Together is an organization that strongly encourages the companies to run their own women mentorship programs and provides suitable platform for the same.


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Family Law Attorney Katie Kohn Joins Henderson Franklin’s Naples Team

 Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Katie Kohn has joined the firm as an associate in the Divorce, Marital and Family Law Department. She is based out of the firm’s Naples office.

With over a decade of trial experience and her knowledge and compassionate understanding, she guides clients through difficult family law issues ranging from divorce, child support, custody, and adoption. She is admitted to practice in all Florida and New York state courts. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Kohn worked with victims and survivors of domestic violence and low-income residents of Collier County in family law matters.

Before law school, Kohn and her husband were instrumental in opening a local favorite, Downtown House of Pizza in Fort Myers. She is a member of the Collier Bar Association and volunteers her time for the Legal Aid Service of Collier County.

Kohn received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. She may be reached at or by phone at 239-344-1319.

Henderson Franklin has served the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida since 1924. The firm is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami, with over 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sarasota (by appointment). For more information on Kohn or Henderson Franklin, please visit

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Attorney Grant Gisondo’s Family Law Practice Includes a Variety of Areas

 Practicing Family Law for over a decade has been successful for Attorney Grant Gisondo. With his law office located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Attorney Gisondo can represent clients in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, and Hillsborough Counties, New York and Washington DC. He has recently achieved the honor of becoming a Board-Certified lawyer in Marital and Family Law, which adds another level of expertise to his already successful practice. Only 1% of Marital and Family Law lawyers in Florida have attained this award.

Attorney Gisondo is proud to be able to represent clients with Family Law issues that cover many areas of need. He can help with divorce (dissolution of marriage), alimony, child support, pre and post-nuptial agreements, post-judgment modification of alimony and or child support, arrears in alimony or child support, adoption, mediation, parental timesharing, and development of a parenting plan, and equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities. It is important to note that in Florida, the distribution of marital assets and liabilities is done equitably, not equally, so an attorney’s help in this area is vital.

Attorney Gisondo wants prospective clients to know he is dedicated to helping them get outstanding representation. His mission statement is, “We are a guiding light through even the darkest of situations which result in solutions. I provide clients going through tough times with a light at the end of the tunnel. I counsel clients about good decision making in both their emotional and financial futures.” His guiding principles are:

• Earning by actions trust, loyalty, and respect.

• Always be accessible and responsible to clients.

• Honesty, integrity, and justice through experience.

• I will always keep an open ear and open mind and will fight your fight as if it was my own.

Attorney Gisondo offers a free, initial, in-office consultation where you can ask questions, get to know attorney Gisondo, learn his fee arrangements, and how he can help. His website is, where you can learn more about him and his practice. His office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday for new clients from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Please call his office at (561) 530-4568 to make an appointment.

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