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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation names Jay M. Sakalo and Russell Koonin among "40 Under 40" Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County

Press Release
November 17, 2011

Miami, FL.- Jay M. Sakalo, Practice Group Leader and partner in Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod's Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group, and Russell Koonin, associate in the firm's Litigation Group, were recognized as two of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's "40 Under 40" Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County for 2011. The "40 Under 40" award honors rising stars of Miami-Dade County for their dedication to providing outstanding legal service and for their commitment to improving the community. The 40 honorees were feted at the benefit dinner on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Coral Gables Country Club.

Recently named among the Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Sakalo has served as counsel to numerous debtors, creditors' committees and purchasers of assets in complex chapter 11 cases and handles all facets of bankruptcy reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation. In addition to this distinction, Mr. Sakalo's professional accomplishments have been recognized in Chambers USA, SuperLawyers, Florida Trend's Legal Elite, South Florida Legal Guide (Top Lawyers in South Florida).

Mr. Koonin's practice is focused on complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Koonin previously served eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, working in the civil, criminal and appellate divisions. Mr. Koonin is involved locally with the Federal Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Leadership Development Institute, and the United Way, Miami-Dade Young Leaders.

"Having both Jay Sakalo and Russell Koonin recognized with this honor speaks to their dedication to serving this community as well as to their commitment to serving their clients at Bilzin Sumberg," said John C. Sumberg, Managing Partner. "They are valued team players in our firm."

About Bilzin Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP is a commercial law firm with extensive experience in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and securities, environmental law, land use and government relations, litigation, real estate, restructuring and bankruptcy, tax and wealth preservation planning. For more information, please visit

Jay M. Sakalo

Jay M. Sakalo

Practice Group Leader, Business Finance & Restructuring and Corporate
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