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Executive Council

Leyza Blanco


Kacy Donlon


Doug Bates


Mark Stein


Gregory Yadley

Chair of Long Range Planning

Jay Brown

Immediate Past Chair

Stefanie Svisco

Section Administrator

Leyza Blanco,  Chair of the Business Law Section, is a shareholder of Sequor Law, concentrates on complex business litigation, bankruptcy, asset recovery, and cross-border insolvency matters. She has served as mediator, custodian, examiner, receiver, special master and expert witness various proceedings. Leyza received her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from the University of Miami Law School. In addition to serving as Chair of the Business Law Section, Leyza is also Chair Elect of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and Education Director for the ABI Asset Sales Committee. Leyza is a Past President of the Bankruptcy Bar of the Southern District of Florida and past chair of the Florida Bar Business Law Section’s Bankruptcy/UCC Committee. Leyza was recently been recognized among the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Florida and is ranked in Chambers USA 2020 Guide in both Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Bankruptcy Litigation. She has also been named a Florida Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.

Jay Brown is a partner with Akerman LLP and is Immediate Past Chair of the Business Law Section.   Jay practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and business law representing business entities and individuals in their capacities as creditors, committees, trustees, and debtors.  Jay’s practice includes workouts and business reorganizations.   Prior to serving as Treasurer, Jay served as Chair of The Business Law Section’s Bankruptcy/UCC, Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison and Legislation Committees and has served on the Section’s Executive Council for many years.


Role of the Executive Council

The Executive Council is the governing body of the Section and is made up of the Section’s officers, chairs and vice-chairs of the substantive and standing committees, and all members of the Long Range Planning committee.