We are pleased to announce that three summer associates have joined the Firm for its 2018 Summer Associate Program. Beginning each year at the end of May and running through early August, the Firm’s competitive program admits highly accomplished students to receive invaluable experience, working on actual assignments and engaging daily with partners, associates, and clients.

This year’s Summer Associates, Jesse Hap, Carlee Rizzolo, and Michael Bennett will work closely with various departments throughout the Firm, receiving hands-on guidance from locally and nationally recognized attorneys in a variety of practice areas including Real Estate, Litigation, Private Client Services, Corporate, and Tax. Each Summer Associate is paired with a mentor to guide them through the 11-week program and serve as support throughout the various projects and calendar of events.

Get to Know Our 2018 Summer Associates

Carlee Rizzolo
School
: University of Florida Levin College of Law
Honors: Member of the Florida Law Review, Book Award in Criminal Law, Dean’s List (Fall 2016, Spring 2017), Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
Activities: American Bar Association Law Student Chapter
Professional Experience: University of Florida Levin College of Law, Research Assistant to Professor E. Lea Johnston
Involvement: Nova Southeastern University 4-year member of the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Team, Mock Trial Competition Team, NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Why did you choose Jones Foster?
“I chose Jones Foster because of the Firm’s reputation, culture, and different areas of practice. Having the opportunity to work with the attorneys at Jones Foster will be such a challenging and engaging learning experience – which is exactly what I was looking for! After meeting the attorneys, the close-knit team culture is what stood out to me the most and I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of the team.”

Jesse Hap
School: University of Florida Levin College of Law
Honors: Book Award in Legal Writing (Fall 2016); Dean’s List (Fall 2016, Spring 2017); President’s Scholarship Recipient
Activities: Member, Florida Law Review; Legal Writing Teaching Assistant (Fall 2017); Appellate Advocacy Teaching Assistant (Spring 2018)
Professional Experience: Fourth District Court of Appeal, Legal Intern, Clerk’s Office
Involvement: Founder and President of The Pre-Law Society, Florida State University
What areas of law are you currently interested in pursuing?
“I am currently interested in transactional real estate, land use, and litigation. Property laws and the real estate market are dynamic and have interested me throughout law school. Jones Foster has a rich history in both real estate and litigation, so I am excited to grow in these areas. However, I would not be surprised if my interests change as I receive assignments from different practice areas within the Firm.”

Michael Bennett
School
: University of Florida Levin College of Law
Professional Experience: Office of the Public Defender, 4th Circuit, Intern; The Florida Fund, Academic Fundraiser; The Honorable Walter M. Green, 8th Circuit, Judicial Intern
Leadership: Gator Growl & Homecoming, Associate Producer of Finance & Director of Sponsorships and Fulfillments
Involvement: Florida Journal of International Law, Ask a Lawyer Project
What are you most excited to experience as a Summer Associate at Jones Foster?
“I am most excited to enhance my legal education outside the classroom. Sure, law school classes are a great way to learn, but nothing beats applying and improving one’s skill next to top level professionals. I’d be remiss if I didn’t add that I am very excited to be in living in West Palm Beach. I am impressed with what this city offers.”

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