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Four lawyers join Smith Hulsey & Busey

Four new lawyers joined Jacksonville law firm Smith Hulsey & Busey. Stephanie Ambs, Ross Chafin, Michael Johnson and Brian Zargham earned their Juris Doctor degrees in 2011 from the University of Florida’s College of Law.

Stephanie Ambs joins the firm’s bankruptcy and litigation practices, reporting to shareholders Cynthia Jackson and James Post. She previously served as a judicial extern for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. Ambs earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida, where she graduated cum laude.

Ross Chafin’s experience as a real estate paralegal prior to earning his law degree prepared him for joining Smith Hulsey & Busey’s real estate and land use practice. He will work with firm shareholders Lauren Langham and Bryan Putnal. Chafin received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Central Florida.


Michael Johnson joins Smith Hulsey & Busey’s litigation practice, reporting to shareholder Michael Demont. Johnson is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business.


Brian Zargham
joins two practices at the firm — business law, reporting to shareholder Stephen D. Moore Jr., and health care, where he will report to shareholder M. Richard Lewis Jr. Zargham earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

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