(Fort Lauderdale, FL / September 29, 2016) Baker Donelson announces the addition of Mona Bentz and Robert M. Kritzman to the Firm's Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling Practice Group.
"Mona and Robert are both highly-regarded attorneys in the state with a tremendous amount of corporate and transactional experience and practices that span multiple niche industries including aviation, maritime and hospitality," said Jim Talley, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Orlando and Fort Lauderdale offices. "I am confident that their addition to our team will enhance our capabilities to serve our clients as we continue to grow the commercial transactions team here in Florida."
Ms. Bentz joins Baker Donelson's Fort Lauderdale office as of counsel and focuses her practice on the business side of aviation law and also advises individuals about trusts and estates. As part of her aviation practice she advises owners and operators of commercial and private aircraft, advising airlines, charter operations, aircraft management companies, foreign operators, pilots and individual aircraft owners as they navigate the legal and practical aspects of aviation including operations, maintenance, compliance and training. In her estate planning practice, Ms. Bentz assists clients through transitional periods, estate planning, probate and administration, and transactions to effect generational transfers of wealth. She is a member of the National Business Aviation Association and of the West Broward Estate Planning Council, as well as the Florida and Broward County Bar Associations.
Mr. Kritzman also joins the Firm's Fort Lauderdale office as of counsel, focusing his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital start-ups, asset-backed financing, corporate governance, corporate investigations, cross-border transactions, bank financings, lease financing transactions, mezzanine debt transactions and ship ownership transfers, and construction and finance transactions. He has extensive experience with maritime transactions and regulatory matters having worked for Norwegian Cruise Line for more than 15 years, where he served as an executive vice president and general counsel. He is a member of the International Section of the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar. Mr. Kritzman served for 17 years as a board member of the Cruise Lines International Association while also serving as the North West Cruise Ship Association.