LOS ANGELES – Investigators combed through the debris of an East Los Angeles auto shop searching for clues to the cause of a fire that left two people dead and two with critical burns, fire officials said.Firefighters dispatched shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday found flames and smoke pouring from the industrial building, fire spokesman Devin Gales said.Firefighters were not immediately summoned to fight the blaze by people at the site, fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.“When this fire initially broke out, they tried to extinguish the fire using a garden hose and they delayed the 911 response because of their activities,” Moore said.He did not say who made that decision.Firefighters had to stay outside the building and surround it to prevent the blaze from spreading, Gales said. It took 124 firefighters more than an hour to douse the blaze.The cause was under investigation.Two bodies were found inside the building. Two other men were in critical condition.A 61-year-old man who may have been sleeping in the building had first- and second-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, Gales said. A second man had burns on about 20 percent of his body.The blaze left scorched vehicles and singed metal sidings. Signage on the building read Gamez Auto Center and offered tires, radiators, mufflers, glass and other auto repair.
On the Move Ellie S. Einhorn, Julian L. Rudolph, Christopher J. Perini, Alberto Luis Ramos Zorrilla, Ricardo A. Gomez, Mauricio J. Vaca, and Brittany L. Fayne have joined Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod, Kantor focusing on premises liability and commercial transportation defense. Vaca and Fayne will work in the West Palm Beach office and the rest will practice in Miami. Rahul P. Ranadive has joined Carlton Fields as of counsel in Miami in the international and business transactions practice groups. Audrey Schechter has opened the Law Offices of Audrey Hildes Schechter, P.A., in Largo focsuing on health-care fraud litigation, government fraud litigation, whistleblower, and False Claims Act cases. Katrina M. Sosa has joined Haber Slade in Miami as an associate focusing on complex business law and litigation, condominium association law, and construction law. George T. Levesque has joined GrayRobinson in Tallahassee as of counsel. Angela R. Morrison has resumed her solo practice, Morrison Environmental Law in Tallahassee, focusing on land use, environmental policy, permitting, and compliance matters on behalf of industry and utilities. David I. Spector of Miami was elected by a partnership vote to succeed Andrew M. Smulian as Akerman’s chair and CEO. Spector will serve a three-year term that begins February 1, 2018. Spector co-chairs the firm’s fraud and recovery practice group. Jesse E. Graham, Jr., has launched Graham Legal Group PLLC, in Orlando. He is joined by his father, Jesse E. Graham, Sr. The firm serves commercial real estate owners, developers, lenders, and other industry-related businesses in buying, selling, leasing, and financing retail, residential, office, and mixed-use projects. Ian M. Comisky has joined Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia as a partner focusing on civil and criminal tax litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and complex corporate and commercial litigation. Jason Lambert has joined Broad and Cassel in Tampa as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. Nurelys Pereiro and Ernesto Perez have joined The Law Office of Rier Jordan, P.A., in Miami. Pereiro, in addition to handling both family and criminal cases, is bringing a new bankruptcy department to the firm. Perez focuses on criminal defense work. Thornton “Brad” Henry has joined Barner & Barner in Palm Beach Gardens focusing on estate, trust, and guardianship litigation. Beth-Anne Thye Sexton has joined Rocuant Law Firm in Estero as a partner, which will now be known as Rocuant & Sexton. Sexton focuses on marital and family law. Daniel A. Krawiec has been promoted to partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale. He represents public and private companies in labor and employment matters. He also handles risk management. Grace Gutierrez has joined Cummings & Lockwood in Bonita Springs as counsel in the private clients group. Mark R. Klym has been named the managing partner of Hahn Loeser & Parks’ Naples office. Klym focuses on estate planning and probate and trust litigation. Alejandro J. Fernandez, Gregory L. Hillyer, Joseph R. Sozzani, Stephen J. Leahu, and Evi T. Katsantonis have joined Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, an intellectual property firm. Fernandez and Hillyer join as partners and the rest as associates. Fernandez, Sozzani, Leahu, and Katsantonis will work in the firm’s new office in Tampa, while Hillyer will practice in Washington, D.C. William Shepherd has become the executive partner of Holland & Knight’s West Palm Beach office, overseeing the day-to-day management, while continuing his white-collar and complex commercial litigation practice. Frank L. Eaton has joined Linda Leali, P.A., in Miami focusing on bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Michael A. Flegiel has joined Bennett Legal Group, P.A., as an associate practicing in the areas of construction and business litigation. Cyndy Trimmer has joined Driver McAfee Peek & Hawthorne in Jacksonville as an associate focusing on real estate law, retail leasing and commercial real estate transactions, and land use and zoning law. Tania Galloni of Miami is the new managing attorney for the Florida office of Earthjustice. October 1, 2016 On the Move October 1, 2016 On the Move