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Rochelle Friedman Walk Esq.

Rochelle Friedman Walk
Managing Partner – Tampa Office
Email Rochelle Walk
813-999-0199
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Rochelle’s Practice Areas

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Who is Rochelle Friedman Walk?

Rochelle Friedman Walk, Esq. is an experienced, thoughtful and strategic attorney, business executive and neutral mediator. She has been court-appointed as a receiver and mediator, and is a member of the FINRA arbitration and mediation panels. She is known for her negotiating skills and the ability to bring parties together in win-win, creative solutions. She offers a practical and business-oriented approach to the practice of law. Her background in business enables her to relate well to clients and to quickly define the work and potential solutions.

In her more than thirty years of business and legal experience, she has served as the chief restructuring officer, chief administrative officer, chief legal officer and Business Unit Manager to several national and multi-national business organizations. As an attorney, she has represented clients in a wide range of legal transactions including complex commercial, ecommerce, technology, real estate, financial restructuring and employment matters. She has served as an ombudsman in employment, elder care, NAACP, creditor and shareholder matters and has worked with a number of different international unions to resolve concerns. Most recently she has been engaged to help business partners and owners as a neutral mediator or arbitrator resolve disputes and differences so that their businesses can operate more effectively. Her work includes mediating and negotiating buy-sell agreements, partner or member buy-outs and new partner or member admissions for LLCs, partnerships and corporations.

Ms. Walk is a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent (AV)-rated lawyer for more than 15 years, has been consistently named as one of the Top Lawyers in Tampa Bay since moving to Florida in 2007 and is included in Martindale-Hubbell’s inaugural and all subsequent editions of its Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011-present). 

Areas of Practice

Business & Commercial Law
Corporate Law
Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures
Business Transactions
Business Transition
Business Planning and Counseling
Partnership
LLC
Trusts
Contracts
Employment and Labor, including EEOC
Intellectual Property
Mediation
Arbitration
Real Estate Transactions
Commercial Leases

Certified Legal Specialties

Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator since 2010
Arbitrator
FINRA Mediator and Arbitrator
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Appellate, Family and Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 1986
Florida, 2011
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2011
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1987

Representative Clients

Hotels, restaurants, bars, event planning and other entertainment industry companies
Real Estate Brokerages and management companies
Retailers, including online sellers and resellers, including Amazon.com, Jet.com and Ebay.com sellers
Ecommerce
Manufacturers and distributors
Professional Associations, including Doctors, Lawyers, Financial Planners, Engineers, Insurers and other regulated industries
Professional Investors and Funds
Entrepreneurs

Classes/Seminars

Presenter, Going into Business, SCORE, 2011 – Present
Presenter, Advising the Corporate Board, Ohio Bar Association
Panelist/Presenter, Business Law Section Spring Meeting, ABA
Panelist/Presenter, Glasser Legalworks SEC Conference, 2002 – 2004
Start-Up Week Tampa sponsored by Chase Bank (2015, 2016, 2017)
HuB Sarasota

Honors and Awards

AV-rated attorney for more than 15 years
Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence, 2017
Merrill Jacobs Leadership Award
Woman of Distinction, Tampa Jewish Community Federation
Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011 – Present
Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine
Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2002
Cleveland YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence

Professional Associations and Memberships

The Florida Bar Association, Member, 2011 – Present
Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Member, 2010 – Present
American Bar Association, Business Law and Dispute Resolution Sections, Member
Ohio Bar Association, Member, 1986 – 2016
Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member, 2010 – Present
Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2011 – Present
Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation, Immediate Past President, Treasurer and member of Board of Directors, 2017 – 2018
Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation, President and member of Board of Directors, 2014 – Present
Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Member, 1999 – 2010
Weinberg Village LLC, Member, Board of Managers, 2007 – present; secretary to the Board 2010 – 2014
Tampa Orlando Pinellas Foundation, Trustee; Tampa Community Chair 2011- 2014
GMP Retiree Medical Trust, Trustee, 2008 – 2010
Providence House, Trustee, Fund Development and Governance Committees, 2000 – 2006
Providence House, Secretary, Governance and Executive Committees, 2001 – 2003
Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Ohio Chapter Treasurer, 2005
Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Secretary, 2006
Greater Cleveland General Counsel Society, 2003 – 2006

Past Employment Positions

McIntyre, Panzarella, Thanasides, et al., Of Counsel, 2011 – 2012
The Flat Fee Lawyer/ Corporate Governance Solutions, PLLC, CEO, 2010 – 2011
Anchor Glass Container Corporation, VP, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer & Secretary , 2007 – 2010
Oglebay Norton Company, VP, General Counsel & Secretary, 1998 – 2007
Sherwin-Williams Company, Business Unit Director, Licensed Brands, 1995 – 1998
Sherwin-Williams Company, Director, Marketing Communications, 1993 – 1995
Sherwin-Williams Company, Corporate Counsel, 1990 – 1993
Ulmer & Berne, LLP, Attorney, 1986 – 1990

Pro Bono Activities

Bankruptcy Mediation for US Bankruptcy Court for Middle District of FL, 2011 – Present
Presenter, SCORE – Business Counseling and Workshop Presenter, 2011 – Present

Ancillary Businesses

Mediation, Arbitration and ADR
Business Planning

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. cum laude – 1986
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
    • A.B. cum laude – 1983
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Urban Studies
  • Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • Strategic Marketing Management – Certificate – 1995
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
    • Communications Strategy – Certificate – 1993
Ms. Walk has been awarded the Leo Levinson Award for Leadership, and has been recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Professional Excellence and by the Tampa Jewish Community Federation as a Woman of Distinction.  She volunteers for SCORE as a presenter on various business topics and serves on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit community agencies in the Tampa Bay area, including a community foundation and assisted living facility. Previously, she served on the Board of a Crisis Nursery.

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