Douglas Szabo Elected Managing Lawyer of Henderson Franklin

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jan. 28, 2021 - PRLog -- Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Douglas Szabo has been elected Managing Lawyer by the firm's stockholders for a three-year term commencing May 21, 2021.

Szabo will succeed Russell Schropp, who has held this position since 2015. "I am pleased to turn over the reins to a very qualified leader such as Doug, and I look forward to returning to the full-time practice of law when my term expires in May," commented Schropp.

Szabo shares, "It is an honor and privilege that my partners have given me the opportunity to serve as the next managing lawyer of Henderson Franklin. First and foremost, I want to express my deep appreciation to Russ for his hard work leading the firm over the last six years with a steady hand and keen intellect. Throughout my entire 34-year legal career at Henderson Franklin, I have witnessed tremendous growth both in the number of attorneys and areas of practice we provide. I am committed to Henderson Franklin remaining the preeminent law firm in Southwest Florida while continuing to provide excellent service to our clients and working with our amazing staff."

Szabo began his career with Henderson Franklin in 1987. He serves as chair of the Business Litigation department and is a member of the firm's Marketing Committee. Szabo represents clients in complex business cases, including corporate and partnership disputes, trade secret litigation, real estate disputes, and breach of contract lawsuits. He represents companies, financial institutions, bankruptcy trustees, and other creditors in bankruptcy court. In addition, Szabo represents media companies in First Amendment matters.

Szabo serves on the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, and is a member of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professional Association and Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Lee County and served as Chairman of its Steering Committee.

Szabo has been honored by Florida Super Lawyers, and named a "Top Lawyer" by Naples Illustrated magazine for his work in Business and Commercial Litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from Rollins College (with high distinction) and his law degree from the University of Florida (with honors). Szabo may be reached at 239-344-1260 or via email at

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest, locally-based law firms between Tampa and Miami with 60 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples, and Sarasota (by appointment). For more information on Szabo or Henderson Franklin, please visit

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