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Hill Ward Henderson Elects Five Shareholders

TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to announce the election of five new shareholders: Roland S. Chase, Shane T. Costello, Stephen E. Kelly, J. Logan Murphy, and Jeffrey J. Wilcox. This election now brings the firm’s number of shareholders to 66, of 102 attorneys.

Mr. Chase is a member of the firm’s Corporate & Tax Group. His practice area includes securities, mergers & acquisitions, private equity and corporate law. He has extensive experience representing public and private companies in a variety of industries in all aspects of the offering, purchase and sale of equity and debt securities. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University.

Mr. Costello is a member of the firm’s Real Property Litigation and Commercial Litigation Groups, where his practice focuses on litigation involving real estate and land use issues, complex commercial matters, and trust and estate disputes. He received his J.D. cum laude from Florida State University College of Law and his B.A. from Georgetown University.

Mr. Kelly is a Registered Patent Attorney in the firm’s Litigation and Corporate and Tax groups.  His practice offers a full range of intellectual property law, including obtaining and enforcing patent, copyright, and trademark rights, and handling related matters in unfair competition, e-commerce, licensing, due diligence, and IP transactions. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and his Master of Civil Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Murphy is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and has experience representing clients in a wide variety of business disputes. In addition to his general commercial litigation practice, Mr. Murphy focuses on the defense of attorneys and law firms in professional liability claims. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and B.S. cum laude from University of Florida.

Mr. Wilcox is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group where his practice primarily focuses on employment law, including wage-hour compliance, FMLA and ADA compliance, allegations of discrimination and harassment, non-compete litigation, and handbook and policy drafting. He received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law with honors and B.A. with honors from Florida State University.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with over 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at


Saint Leo University Earns U.S. News & World Report 2019 Honors for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

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LEO, FL – Saint Leo University was named as providing two of the best online programs in the United States, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs edition, which was released today.

Saint Leo ranked 69th in the Best Online Programs for bachelor’s degrees, tied with the University of Cincinnati, University of North Dakota, and University of North Texas.

In addition, Saint Leo ( was named as one of 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.

In 2018, Saint Leo was ranked high in the Best Online Programs for bachelor’s degrees (tied for 88th) and was named to the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans list (51st).

Saint Leo recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of offering online education. Launched in December 1998, Saint Leo was one of the first institutions to embrace online education with the creation of the Center for Online Learning.

“We are proud that Saint Leo University’s online bachelor’s program is recognized in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs rankings again this year,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, university president. “Saint Leo continues to strengthen its online programs, offering the best student experience. We want to meet the needs of all of our students, no matter where they study. Saint Leo’s online education program allows our students to study and take classes at their convenience. It offers them flexibility along with access to highly reputable programs.”

U.S. News assessed schools based on four general categories: engagement; services and technologies; faculty credentials and training; and expert opinion. Full rankings can be found at

Saint Leo University is Florida’s first and oldest Catholic university, founded in 1889, north of Tampa, FL. Today, the university holds true to the Benedictine values on which it was founded. All courses at Saint Leo, including those taught online, include a focus on at least one of Saint Leo’s six core values: excellence; community; respect; personal development; responsible stewardship; and integrity. For example, students in online business courses discuss ethical behavior by national companies – what does a company look like that embraces integrity?

With 20 years of experience, Saint Leo understands the flexible learning experience online education can provide. The university is attuned with the unique needs of the online adult learner. One of the most critical areas in which Saint Leo distinguishes itself among other higher education institutions is its focus on connecting with students.

Students who are connected and involved in their university tend to do better academically and complete their degrees, which are offered from the associate level to the doctoral.

“Online students are no different,” said Shadel Hamilton, associate vice president of WorldWide Student Services. There may be a greater need for connection for those studying online as they don’t receive the face-to-face interaction that their counterparts, who attend class in a traditional university setting receive, Hamilton said. “We foster engagement that increases student satisfaction and success while also providing individualized support to align students’ education and career goals.”

One of the ways Saint Leo students connect is via virtual clubs and associations, offered through Saint Leo WorldWide’s Student Services department. Online students may join a club or association without leaving their home or workplace. Clubs focus on specific topics such as the Military & Family or the Student Communications Club, which produces a monthly newsletter created by online students located around the world.

“I believe Saint Leo has succeeded in online education because we take a proactive approach to serving online students and invite them to be part of a virtual community,” said Nancy Cheek, associate director of Career Services.

The veterans ranking by U.S. News & World Report is just one of many military awards Saint Leo has received. The university recently was ranked fourth in country by Military Times Best: Colleges 2019 in the online and nontraditional schools category. It has been honored by other publications such as G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education and Transition, and was named by Victory Media as a 2018 Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly® School Award recipient and a 2018 Spouse Friendly School.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 12,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.


The 2019 State of the Workforce Summit This Year’s Theme “CSPN Presents Super Bowl XVII”

Lakeland, Florida, January 14, 2019 – CareerSource Polk will be holding the 2019 State of the Workforce Summit on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the RP Funding Center from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The half-day Summit will offer company executives, education staff, community leaders, and human resource professionals, information regarding critical information on business issues.

The Summit’s sessions will confront critical topics in the workplace with presentations such as “#METOO – Avoiding Gender?Based Claims in the Workplace and in the Media”, “Six Ways Managers Get Into FMLA Trouble”, “A Declaration of Independence ? Is That Enough to Qualify as an Independent Contractor for your Business? We Think NOT!”, “Managing Millennials in the Workforce” and much, much more.

Wendy Sellers, President of “The HR Lady”, the Summit’s keynote speaker will discuss “If Leaders Only Knew What We Really Think of Them”. Wendy is a passionate HR Consultant, Leadership Coach, author, and speaker. She has worked with hundreds of corporations and associations conducting management training, leadership development and HR advisory services.  This humorous session is about reflecting as a professional and asking the question “Am I part of the problem?”  Employees, managers and leaders will come out of these sessions with a new perspective to change their work-place behaviors and actions immediately.

This year CareerSource Polk’s State of the Workforce Summit is a FREE event and we welcome all interested employers and human resource professionals. You must still register to attend by visiting or by calling 863.508.1600 ext.1103 by January 15, 2019.