Kelley Kronenberg Enters a New Era (And Its Fifth Decade)

Kelley Kronenberg
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Kelley Kronenberg is a multipractice business law firm with nearly 400 employees, more than 175 attorneys and 12 locations throughout Florida and the United States. Founded in 1980, the firm is one of the fastest-growing law firms in Florida and among the largest in the United States. The firm serves all types and sizes of public and private companies, including small businesses and individuals nationwide.

Kelley Kronenberg has been recognized as among the Largest U.S. Law Firms by the National Law Journal’s 500, Law 360’s 400 and Florida Trend Magazine in 2020. In 2019, the firm was recognized by Forbes as America’s Top Corporate Law Firm and listed in the Top 10 of the National Law Journal’s Women’s Scorecard. The firm has been the recipient of many accolades most recently in 2020, Acquisition International’s Multi-Practice Business Law Firm – USA; Sun Sentinel’s Top Workplaces; South Florida Business Journal’s Business of the Year, Top 100 Companies, Top Law Firms, and Largest Law Firms; Largest Law Firm by Tampa Bay Business Journal, Orlando Business Journal and Jacksonville Business Journal; Florida Trend’s Biggest Law Firms in Florida; South Florida Business & Wealth’s Top 100 Law Firms; American Lawyer’s Florida’s Largest Law Firms; Daily Business Review’s Review 100; and U.S. News’ Best Law Firms.

Today Kelley Kronenberg practices across Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Naples, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami Lakes, and Daytona as well as New Orleans, LA, with satellite offices in Atlanta and Chicago. The firm has its roots in the business and insurance industries, but today with its progressive leadership, the firm has evolved into a dynamic multipractice business law firm that has invested in people and technology to best serve clients. Kelley Kronenberg is poised to be an industry disruptor with its business model and approach to the business of law.

Kelley Kronenberg’s Leadership

Michael J. Fichtel is a principal partner and chief executive officer of the firm. Having joined the firm upon his admission to the Florida Bar in 1987, achieving partnership and success under the firm’s original leadership in 2010, Fichtel was selected to serve as CEO and managing partner. In his position, he seized the opportunity to implement his vision of expanding and diversifying the firm to one of national acclaim. With the understanding that the firm’s strength would be dependent on the foundation of its attorneys and staff, the business model focuses on attracting the industry’s finest by providing the business resources and compensation structure needed to maximize job satisfaction and earning potential. Fichtel is unwavering in his commitment to the firm’s transformation. As the firm stands on the precipice of additional growth, Fichtel will continue to lead the firm with diplomatic and decisive leadership, a keen sense of business intuition, and the endless pursuit of innovative legal and business solutions.

Howard L. Wander is a principal partner and chief operating officer of the firm. He serves as chair of the firm’s property and casualty practice group, personal injury practice (PIP), and regulated substances practice group (RSPG). As COO, with over 30 years of business and operational successes and experience, Wander focuses on revenue generation and profitability, identifying, initiating, driving and generating new business opportunities for the firm, while expanding upon current business relationships and partnerships. Acting as a force and catalyst to new business, he is actively and directly involved in the firm’s on-going development and growth, being instrumental in the firm’s expansion and evolution from a local to a state-wide to a national platform. Wander also serves as the firm’s co-marketing partner, overseeing public relations, business development, judicial, political business and philanthropic activities across the United States. Wander’s entrepreneurial vision has led to the formation of several successful business practice areas within the firm.

Heath S. Eskalyo is a principal partner and chief financial officer of the firm. He has been instrumental in the firm’s growth transitioning from a localized and regional statewide practice focus to a law firm with national reach and presence. As CFO, Eskalyo plays a major role in the firm’s profitability and business development efforts, utilizing over 30 years of experience and savvy business acumen to position and allow the firm to act as a disruptor in the legal industry with a progressive and unique sales and operational model that fosters revenue generation and expansion of services.

A civil trial litigator, Eskalyo focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, OSHA, Defense Base Act claims, insurance fraud, civil liability, construction law and occupational accident and truckers occupational insurance claims. As an active driver of new and ongoing business, Eskalyo also serves as the firm’s co-marketing partner, overseeing public relations, business development, judicial, political and charitable activities.

Katherine Bishop

Katherine Bishop is a staff writer for Attorney at Law Magazine. She has been a writer with the publication for more than four years. She also writes for Real Estate Agent Magazine.

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