Sherry Schwartz, Partner
Sherry Schwartz is a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Cole, Scott and Kissane, P.A. She is a seasoned litigator, having tried approximately 40 jury trials through verdict. Sherry has a vast practice area with a focus on virtually all civil litigation matters handled by the firm. Additionally, she is the chair of the Cyber Liability Practice Group. Sherry frequently lectures and provides in defense mitigation strategies both regard to cyber and security related issues handled by the firm.
Sherry obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 1999, followed by her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in 2001. She has successfully defended insurance companies, health care organizations, architects and engineers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, insurance companies, and virtually all licensed professionals in all aspects of their business ranging from pre and post civil litigation matters. Sherry also routinely handles community association matters both on behalf of the associations and licensed property managers.
Ms. Schwartz’s prior experience includes probate, divorce, and criminal law. She started her career as a public defender in and for the 15th Judicial Circuit. With regard to Cyber Liability, Sherry has handled cases ranging from intellectual property disputes, cease and desist letters, including enforcement, internet defamation, and advising corporate clients regarding the proper use of e-commerce. She has also lectured concerning opposing class actions in mass data breach actions.
Barry Postman, Managing Partner
Barry Postman is the managing partner of the West Palm Beach office of Cole, Scott, and Kissane. He is a board certified civil trial lawyer and is rated A.V. Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Barry focuses his practice on professional liability defense, including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, community association law, employment litigation, nursing home defense, premises liability, and virtually every civil litigation matter handled by the firm. He frequently lectures to insurers and business owners concerning best practices relative to mitigation, risk assessment, and handling lawsuits through trial.
Barry is also a long standing active member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, State of Israel Bonds, ALS Recovery Association, Personal Injury Continuing Legal Education, Judicial Relations Committee of Palm Beach County, Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Barry is also a board certified trial attorney.
Christopher Donegan, Associate
Christopher Donegan is an associate in Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.’s Tampa office. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Louis University, where he majored in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship with a concentration on family businesses and start-up companies. Mr. Donegan earned his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, graduating cum laude, and was inducted in the legal honors fraternity Phi Delta Phi and the National Order of Barristers. During law school, he earned his Master of Business Administration from Stetson University, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, and was inducted into the business honors fraternity Beta Gamma Sigma.
Mr. Donegan has been team leader on 2 separate start-up projects seeking funding through the Saint Louis Angel Investment Program. The first project, Quick Tile, was a start-up company that developed a new process for installing ceramic tile. The second project, The Cadmus Mobile Platform, involved developing and marketing a new interface for physicians to access electronic medical records “EMRs” from their smartphones. While developing the Cadmus interface, Mr. Donegan became versed in both EMR systems and the need for proper data security. Through his work on Quick Tile and the Cadmus interface, Mr. Donegan learned the intricacies of the patent and trademark process.
The combination of Mr. Donegan’s legal and business background provides him with a unique perspective when handling cases. In addition to addressing his clients’ legal needs, he is also able to advise them on the intangible effects of a lawsuit, such as marketing/advertising implications and sunk costs.
Mr. Donegan’s practice also includes catastrophic and personal injury, commercial litigation, fraud litigation, general civil litigation, legal malpractice, premises liability, products liability, professional malpractice, SIU insurance fraud, vehicle negligence, personal injury protection (PIP), and foster care lead agency and community based care defense. Through his experience in fraud litigation, SIU insurance fraud, and products liability, Mr. Donegan has become accustomed to high document volume cases and the requirements of e-discovery.
Christina Cicconi, Associate
Christina Cicconi is an associate in Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.’s West Palm Beach office. She obtained her undergraduate degree in journalism from Boston University with honors. She graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Cicconi’s practice includes premise liability, breach of contract, general civil litigation, nursing home defense, foster care liability, and community based care defense. Ms. Cicconi has handled a number of issues in the area of cyber law, including litigation over the production of e-discovery and defamation claims stemming from online publications and internet postings.
During law school, Ms. Cicconi was selected as a legal fellow with the university’s prestigious Center for Ethics and Public Policy. She also earned top honors in the school’s litigation program and was awarded by the Florida Criminal Defense Association for excellence in oral advocacy.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cicconi was a prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, advancing within the State Attorney’s Office to the distinction of an “A” level felony prosecutor with the responsibility of trying major crimes and career criminals.
Nicole Zakarin, Associate
Nicole Zakarin is an associate in Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.’s West Palm Beach office. She obtained her BSBA degree in Marketing from University of Florida, graduating with suma cum laude distinction. Ms. Zakarin thereafter obtained her juris doctor degree from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Ms. Zakarin currently practices in the following areas of law: premises liability, general civil litigation, nursing home defense, homeowner/condominium association law, breach of contract, as well as housing and employment discrimination. Ms. Zakarin has handled various issues in the area of cyber law, including litigation over the production of e-discovery in the nursing home context, as well as breach of contract claims deriving from online company websites and advertisements of available internet-based services.
While a law student, Ms. Zakarin became an editor of the Journal of Technology Law and Policy, as well as the Florida Journal of International Law. Ms. Zakarin was also a member of the Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic, in which she provided legal assistance to juvenile clients through dependency and delinquency proceedings.
Ms. Zakarin currently practices in the following areas of law: premises liability, general civil litigation, nursing home defense, homeowner/condominium association law, breach of contract, as well as housing and employment discrimination. Ms. Zakarin has handled various issues in the area of cyber law, including litigation over the production of e-discovery in the nursing home context, as well as breach of contract claims deriving from online company websites and advertisements of available internet-based services. As an editor of Levin College of Law’s Journal of Technology Law and Policy, Ms. Zakarin assisted in the publication of numerous works in areas including e-discovery, cell phones in the twenty-first century, and cyber-bullying.