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ABSOLUTE HOCKEY ENTERPRISES ADDS PROMINENT LOCAL LAWYER TO OWNERSHIP GROUP TO PURCHASE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Saturday, 09.22.2007 / 5:33 PM / News
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ABSOLUTE HOCKEY ENTERPRISES ADDS PROMINENT LOCAL LAWYER TO OWNERSHIP GROUP TO PURCHASE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
OWNERSHIP GROUP TO INCLUDE LIFELONG TAMPA RESIDENT STEVE BURTON

TAMPA BAY – Absolute Hockey Enterprises has added prominent Tampa attorney Steve Burton as a partner to its new ownership group for the sale of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, co-chairmen Doug MacLean and Jeff Sherrin announced today.

“We are excited to have someone of Steve’s business talent and background join us,” said Sherrin. “Steve’s family has been here in Tampa for three generations. He knows the area inside and out and enjoys a wonderful reputation in the community. I’ve been working with Steve’s law firm for the past 20 years and have enormous respect for his reputation as an attorney locally, in the state of Florida and nationwide.”

Burton is managing partner of the Tampa office of Broad and Cassel, a law firm with eight offices throughout Florida. He also serves on the firm’s seven-member Executive Board, which runs it. Burton has practiced law nearly 18 years representing businesses. He has served as lead counsel for a number of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies operating in Florida and the United States. Burton holds an AV rating with the Martindale Hubbell, a rating denoting the highest accolade an attorney can receive for his legal ability and “adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.” Only 5 percent of attorneys are awarded this rating. In addition, his fellow attorneys and Florida judges have honored Burton as a “Leading Florida Attorney.” Only approximately 5 percent of Florida lawyers reach this professional pinnacle on the basis of “preeminence in their field of practice.”

“It’s thrilling for me to be a part of this Tampa Bay area treasure,” said Burton. “As a lifelong Bay Area resident I recognize how important the Tampa Bay Lightning is to the community and I look forward to serving the team and my community in this endeavor.”

Burton is active on the board of many Bay Area charities including among others the Shelton Quarles Foundation and the Board of the University Community Hospital Foundation. His previous community service also includes serving two terms on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Florida. He and his wife, Susan, a former public school teacher, were also the driving force behind SUPERKids, a successful tutorial after-school pilot program for at-risk children in Kindergarten through Grade 2 in Hillsborough County.

“Both of my sons are ready to hang up their baseball cleats and learn to skate,” Burton added.

Broad and Cassel Tampa attorneys focus their practices primarily in the following areas of law: Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Securities, Labor and Employment Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, Computer and Technology La as well as Auto Dealership/Repair Shop Defense and Regulatory Compliance. Broad and Cassel, founded on January 1, 1946, has more than 175 lawyers and 250 support personnel located in eight offices throughout the state of Florida. The firm has extensive experience in a wide variety of corporate practice areas and industries. For more information, please visit us online at www.broadandcassel.com.


Steve Burton

Steve Burton is Managing Partner of Broad and Cassel’s Tampa office, Chairperson of the Computer and Technology Practice Group and a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He also serves on the firm’s seven-member Executive Board, which runs it. Business and commercial litigation have been Burton’s primary area of practice for nearly 18 years.

Burton has served as lead counsel for a number of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies operating in Florida and the United States. Burton holds an AV rating with the Martindale Hubbell, a rating denoting the highest accolade an attorney can receive for his legal ability and “adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.” Only 5 percent of attorneys are awarded this rating. In addition, his fellow attorneys and Florida judges have honored Burton as a “Leading Florida Attorney.” Only approximately 5 percent of Florida lawyers reach this professional pinnacle on the basis of “preeminence in their field of practice.”

Burton received his B.A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa graduating in 1984. He is also a graduate of Stetson University College of Law in St Petersburg and has been practicing law since 1989.

Burton is very active in organizations that support and improve the quality of life in the Tampa Bay area, including but not limited to:
  • Burton serves on the board of the Shelton Quarles Foundation, which was founded by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shelton Quarles. The Foundation is dedicated to helping at risk children.
  • Burton and his wife, Susan, a former public school teacher, were also the driving force behind SUPERKids, a successful tutorial after-school pilot program for at-risk children in Kindergarten through Grade 2 in Hillsborough County.
  • Burton also serves on the Board of the University Community Hospital Foundation, an oversight body for the University Community Hospital locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.
  • Recently, Burton was elected to the Board of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
  • Burton remains involved in the CEO Council of Tampa Bay.
  • Burton serves on the Board of Directors and as General Counsel for ITFlorida, a non-profit organization comprised of industry professionals and state government officials having an interest in the growth of information technology in Florida.
  • Burton served two terms on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Florida.