Zinzow Law

Jonathan Weese

Jonathan Weese is a paralegal for Zinzow Law. Jonathan was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. When he was nine, he moved to the Pittsburgh area, where he spent his informative years. Jonathan has always loved being active and playing sports. While in high school and college, he participated in cross country and track and field. Today, he enjoys running half-marathons, hiking, and playing soccer and tennis. Being an athlete has taught Jonathan the vital qualities of teamwork, drive, vision, and passion that life demands. He received a liberal arts education at Washington and Jefferson College, giving him a well-rounded knowledge base and a love for literature, culture, history, and the sciences. Deciding to major in Political Science, Jonathan was stirred by his collegiate studies to pursue the legal field to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The excitement in studying Constitutional law and sharing it with others inspires Jonathan in his role at Zinzow Law today.

Amberlynn Drewes

Amberlynn Drewes is the Firm Administrator at Zinzow Law.  Amberlynn was born and raised in a small country town in Southern Illinois where she grew up on a family grain farm with her parents and two older siblings.  A strong work ethic was a requirement of being in the Drewes family; not only did she work with her parents on the family farm, but also in their construction restoration company.  Amberlynn saw first-hand the kind of dedication her parents had to have in order to be successful.  Amberlynn has a competitive spirit, so it was only natural that sports would play a key role in her foundation.  She led her teams to victory as captain of both the softball and volleyball teams.  On the farm, in the family construction business, and in sports, Amberlynn learned respect, discipline, hard work, and gratitude; values Amberlynn embodies in all that she does in her personal life and in her role at Zinzow Law.

Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor is the Controller for Zinzow Law.  Maria grew up in the heart of Miami to Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrant parents.  Her family background provided Maria with a unique perspective on the world, she had the opportunity to see first-hand that hard work, strong family values, and a positive attitude, can help one achieve their American dream.  Continuing the dream her parents had when arriving in the United States, Maria decided to pursue a career in the business sector.  Over the past 30 plus years Maria has worked in or owned various businesses, which has afforded her an unparalleled breadth of experience.  Some of the experiences she brings to Zinzow Law include law firm management, accounting, human resources, banking, and technology management.  Maria’s background and personality provide her with a unique and cohesive set of skills, a big heart, and bit of Latin flavor, all of which she brings to the Zinzow Law Team.

Sheawn Brown

Sheawn Brown is a Special Projects Consultant for Zinzow Law.  Sheawn grew up in the remote country side of Alaska; an area very few will ever venture to, and in a place that is beautiful yet formidable and where nature often dominates man.  Growing up in Alaska instilled in Sheawn a strong sense of individuality, coupled with an ability to think creatively and find unconventional solutions to opportunities.  Alaska also instilled in Sheawn a great appreciation for nature and conservation.  All of these values he applies not only in business, but as cornerstone of how Sheawn and his wife raised their three children.

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Tara Zinzow

Tara L. Zinzow serves as Zinzow Law’s Chief Financial Officer.  Tara is one part executive, one part entrepreneur, two parts student of life, one part perspicacious, and three parts traditional country girl.  Well there is one thing that’s for sure: Tara has never been accused of being ordinary.  She has a unique mind that thinks and sees the world as she likes to put it, “so far outside the quadrilateral parallelogram that she can barely see its shadow.”  Tara has held professional roles in areas such an Executive Administrator, Education Director, Grant Writer, Business Owner, Project Manager, Consultant, Human Resource Manager, Conflict Mediator and Paralegal.  Combining her unique outlook on life, with her diverse professional background, Tara creates uncommon solutions in her role as CFO.  Tara was raised in the countryside of upstate New York with strong traditional values that focus on the importance of family, God and country.  Her father, a military veteran, imparted Patriotism; her mother, the importance of family.  She grew up surrounded by agriculture, where growing and preserving the food you consumed was a normal way of life.  She has an appreciation for the simpler things and follows a strong set of values and beliefs.  Her business acumen and multitude of experience makes her the perfect signal caller for our growth and advancement.

Kimberly Ross

Kimberly Ross is the Senior Paralegal for Zinzow Law.  Kim was born to German and Irish American Parents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She lived in Colorado and Maryland before her family settled in Northwest Tampa Bay where she currently lives with her immediate family and is surrounded by many members of her extended family.  Her most treasured times in life are the times spent on the family farm in Pennsylvania.  It’s here that she enjoys a bit of the simpler life, and where she was taught what it really means to live a self-sufficient lifestyle. It is on the family farm that Kim learned the value of hard work, family and loyalty.  It was also on the farm that she gained a special appreciation for the American Farmer, and the Patriots who came before her to build our great nation.  Her diverse background and values are at the heart of all she does, whether it is competing in partial marathons, volunteering to help our veterans and active duty soldiers, working on the farm, or working at Zinzow Law, Kim tackles every undertaking with enthusiasm, fortitude and compassion.

Karen E. Leonardo

She was born into a family of multigenerational South Florida masons.  Her dad is a master craftsman, and her mom, the first licensed masonry contractor in South Florida.  Karen laid her first bricks at the ripe old age of seven in the intricate herringbone pattern; it was the fanciest playhouse in the neighborhood.  Later, she worked alongside her parents, learning how to mix mud and build structures that last generations.  Karen learned the hard lessons of day-to-day business operations and the opportunities and challenges of the construction industry.  She experienced over-regulation and the frustration of massive permitting delays.  These and other learned experiences developed Karen’s desire to correct a broken system.  The path that lay before her would not be an easy or straight one.

Karen spent the early part of her career in Biomedical Sciences, where she met her husband and built her beautiful family.  However, Karen’s desire to fight for and protect the rights of Construction Companies and Real Estate owners continued to weigh on her, so she became an attorney.

It was only a matter of time before Karen would find herself a Construction and Real Estate attorney, fighting and protecting the Construction companies and Real Estate businesses that Build America. Karen’s passion and dedication for those who sacrifice and struggle to grow the companies that build America is the driving force behind everything she does.

Langfred W. White

Steven ‘Rusty’ Nisbet

Steven ‘Rusty’ Nisbet is a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law Specialist and the Senior Trial Attorney and Litigator at Zinzow Law. Having tried well over 100 cases, Rusty knows his way around a courtroom.  Prior to joining Zinzow Law Rusty spent over 20 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Tampa.  Having grown up as one of 5 children in a large New England family, it was in that Rhode Island Town where Rusty would begin to develop his identity and role in the world.  His family provided him with a strong moral foundation and a love for people.  These values were then re-emphasized through athletics.  Rusty learned about teamwork, accountability, trust, winning, losing, hard-work and so much more, and in a way that only competitive athletics can teach.  His summers were consumed with all things water, including: sailing, swimming and lifeguarding.  His winters were all about blazing a trail on skis down the powdery and the slightly icy snow that covers the New England Mountains.  His spring was all about competitive bike riding.  In the fall his time was divided between competitive football and lacrosse, having been awarded the distinguished rank of a U.S. High School All American Football Player.  Rusty went on to play college lacrosse and serve as a ski instructor.  He has skied all over the United States and in various spots around the world.  He has participated in several charitable bike rides across the state of Florida and has competed in Sprint Triathlons and Century Bike Rides.  While both an accomplished Attorney and athlete, if you ask Rusty what his proudest accomplishment is he will not hesitate and tell you it is his family.  Rusty has raised 5 successful children and all with the same level of love for humanity and family with which he was raised.  Just mentioning his family puts a smile on his face and sometimes a tear in his eye.

Michael Arendall

D. Michael Arendall is a partner at Zinzow Law. Born and raised in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where so many events of the Nation’s early years took place, Michael developed a deep love for history, republican government, and the rule of law. Captivated with the stories, lessons, values, and wisdom our Founding Fathers imparted on our Nation, and determined to leave a legacy of his own, Michael found himself engrossed in local politics, civics, and government, and it was only natural that he pursue a professional career in the law. Not only does Michael carry with him the values of his Virginia roots, he also carries the skills and life lessons learned during his journey to become an Eagle Scout. A Southern gentleman, Michael has a magnanimous heart and a passion for the betterment of our country and its people. He puts these values and principles to work in his role as the firm’s Managing Attorney and in service to the wide array of business and litigation needs of our clients.


Industries

Real Estate
Business
Commercial Litigation


Representative Legal Matters

Transactional and Real Estate Closings; Restructuring and Business Separation; Substitute and Participation Financing; Deficiency Litigation; Creditors’ Rights Litigation for National, Regional, and Community Financial Institutions; Real Estate and Complex Commercial Litigation for, among others, Institutional and Private Equity Lenders, Developers, Home Builders, Contractors, Subcontractors, Community Associations, and Municipalities