Florida Trend's Legal Elite

Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite 2009: Lawyers were asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Fewer than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida win this award.


Florida Association for Women Layers

Florida Association of Women in the Law: Woman of the Year 2011: This award is given to outstanding women lawyers from around the state who have made meaningful contributions in their communities through their legal service or volunteer activities and who have provided positive role models for the legal profession and advanced the cause of women in the community.



Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America’s National Advisory Board Member: This association is open to plaintiff-only personal injury attorneys and strictly focuses on trucking litigation. Their mission is to reduce the number of catastrophic trucking accidents on our nation’s highways through learning, litigation and legislation.


The National Trial Lawyers

National Trial Lawyers-Top 100: This is an honor bestowed upon the premier trial lawyers from each state across the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Less than 1 % of all attorneys are invited to join this organization.


Martindale Hubbell Peer Review

Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent Rated: The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.


Million Dollar Advocates

Million Dollar/Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum: One of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

The quality of membership is very impressive and includes many of the top trial lawyers in the country. The common fact is that they have each demonstrated, in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. Certification by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum provides recognition of such accomplishment and a national network of experienced colleagues for information exchange, assistance and professional referral.


National Reining Horse Association

A trial lawyer by trade, Marianne Howanitz is used to tough competition and hard work. She is also used to hearing a judge’s verdict. During the final National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Rookie of the Year competition at the 2009 NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City, the verdict was in. Marianne and her sorrel gelding, Stingray Whiz, were declared the champions.When it came time to compete in Oklahoma City, Marianne had never competed for a national championship title against other qualifiers who were the toughest competitors in the world. This show brought together the best horse and rider teams from each of the 10 regions throughout the United States and Canada to go against each other for the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” title. Howanitz was especially proud of Stingray since she and her husband raised him and Marianne once showed his mother, “A Lady in Hollywood”. Never one to rest on her laurels, Marianne is preparing to show a half-sister to Stingray next year. For now, she is satisfied to be 2009’s “Rookie of the Year.”