Select attorneys to participate in Florida Bar’s leadership curriculum


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Adam Hapner, an associate with Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman in the Firm’s Litigation Department, has been chosen to participate in Class VI of the Florida Bar’s William Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy.  This multi-session training program is designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within the profession. It is also meant to help enhance their leadership skills in their chosen path. Each year, a select group of participants are chosen from applications submitted to The Florida Bar to become Academy Fellows.


“We are proud that Adam has been selected for the William Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy and know that he will bring enthusiasm and passion to the group,” said Matt Mandel, Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department.  “We also know that the Academy will provide him with insight into the workings of The Florida Bar and will hone skills that he will utilize throughout his career.”


During their one-year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base and experience. This includes attending Florida Bar events and special educational programs. Academy Fellows are given the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the Bar and their role in the legal profession, while enhancing their personal leadership skills.


The Academy’s Mission is to identify, nurture and inspire effective leadership within the Bar and the legal community.


Hapner, a member of the VI class, will begin in the fall of 2018.  He represents cities and their employees in a variety of complex legal matters in state and federal court.


Hapner graduated cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar, both in 2014.


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About Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.:


Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L. is a prominent South Florida law firm serving corporate, governmental and individual clients with an integrated array of professional services including commercial litigation, land-use and real estate law, construction law, communications and cable law, labor and employment law, government law and governmental relations.  The firm has offices in Coral Gables, Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton.  For more information, visit www.wsh-law.com.

Robert Friedman