Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to make your business grow


Ms. Adams came to Van Ness Law Firm, PLC in September 2012.  She has been in the real estate law industry since 1999. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Adams was a title examiner for nearly 7 years.  She has an extensive title background that includes experience in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  She has experience with residential closings and foreclosure, both judicial and non-judicial.

Ms. Adams received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Afterwards, she received her Juris Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  In law school she received the Book Award in the Real Estate Closing Workshop and was published in the Florida Bar’s Student Edition of the Animal Law Newsletter, Spring 2012. She currently handles REO conveyances, loss mitigation and title related issues.  Ms. Adams is a member of the Florida Bar and Attorney’s Title Fund.


Litigation Attorney

Brenda Carpenter, Esq. comes to Van Ness Law Firm after practicing Personal Injury Law in both Oklahoma and Florida. During her fifteen (15) years of law practice. . She is a graduate of the University of Southern Missisippi (BS 1989; MS 1996) and the University of Tulsa College of Law (JD 1999). After a Fellowship with the University’s Legal Clinic, she was an associate attorney at Riggs Abney, et al and Robinson Law Group, both in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The majority of her career has been as a solo practitioner representing clients in various types of personal injury and other civil matters. She has successfully represented clients in obtaining settlements in multiple personal injury cases.


Senior Associate Attorney

Mr. Elia is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University School of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He is a member of the Florida Bar Association and has been with the Firm since 2006.

Mr. Elia came to Van Ness Law Firm having been an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Ryan & Ryan, LLC. Mr. Elia’s primary duty was representation of the City of Dania Beach in foreclosure actions on municipal liens. He prosecuted hundreds of municipal ordinance violation cases as Special Assistant Prosecutor for Dania Beach and also represented the Town of Pembroke Park in regard to code enforcement hearings. Our loan servicing clients are well aware of the negative impact tax liens, zoning violations, code enforcement liens and other “local” concerns can have on a property. Mr. Elia’s background in local laws and procedure is a vital asset to our firm.

Mr. Elia has been with the law firm ten years and is responsible for oversight of hearing attendance, attorney assignments and oversees paralegal teams instrumental to our default servicing practice areas.


Mr. Friedman is native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He thereafter obtained his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center. Mr. Friedman was awarded a Goodwin Scholarship in the form of a full three year stipend, the Shepard Broad Law Center’s highest honor.

Prior to working at Van Ness Law Firm, Mr. Friedman practiced in labor and employment law, where he represented management in wage and overtime disputes, non-competition agreements, and stockholder disputes.  Mr. Friedman is a member of The Florida Bar, the Broward County Bar Association, and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.


Mr. Heffner is a native of South Florida.  He began working for Van Ness Law Firm, PLC in November, 2013.  Mr. Heffner is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in Legal Studies and received his Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center.  Mr. Heffner is a member of the Florida Bar.


Ian Jagendorf is a graduate of George Washington University’s School of Business & Public Management where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from New York Law School.

Ian spent five years working as an in-house counsel for a real estate development firm in Aventura, and joined the Van Ness Law Firm in 2011 where he handles complaint preparation and uncontested foreclosure matters.


Marian Kennady received her J.D. with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in May of 2000. While there, she was a staff member of the Florida Journal of International Law which published her Student Note on gender and the adjudication of asylum claims. She also served as a judicial extern to the late Alexander M. Paskay, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Kennady served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Raymond B. Ray, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Since then, she has acquired experience in real estate litigation, including mortgage foreclosure actions, commercial litigation, and appeals. In addition, Ms. Kennady has provided Chapter 7 trustee representation and has represented creditors in proceedings under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Prior to joining the Van Ness Law Firm in July of 2013, Ms. Kennady was at Concepcion, Martinez & Bellido in Coral Gables, Florida.
Ms. Kennady is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts as well as the District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.


Ms. Long came to Van Ness Law Firm in March, 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University and Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While in law school, Ms. Long participated in the Environmental Law Clinic program.

She also interned with the City of Lake Worth and worked as a law clerk at Shapiro, Fishman & Gaché. Prior to joining Van Ness, she worked for a small general practice firm, focusing on foreclosure defense. She currently assists with uncontested foreclosure cases.


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Managing Litigation Attorney – Miami Office

Mr. Weinstein joined Van Ness Law Firm in 2012, and is licensed to practice in the State of Florida and the State of New York. He is litigation counsel at Van Ness, and additionally serves as the Firm’s appellate counsel. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Weinstein practiced in the areas of commercial and real property litigation, appellate law, and contract negotiation at Graner & Platzek, P.A., in Boca Raton, Florida.

Mr. Weinstein received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida in 2009 and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2005. During law school, he was a course instructor at the University of Florida’s Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, in which he taught undergraduate courses in Public Speaking and Legal Communication.

Mr. Weinstein publishes regularly regarding litigation and real property law. His articles appear in the Florida Bar Journal, the University of New Hampshire Law Review, and the Legal League Quarterly. Additionally, his article, Indeterminacy by Omission: Who Decides Whether Regulation X Applies?, has been published in Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left. His book chapters, Responses to Foreclosure Complaints and Sanctions, may be found in Florida Foreclosure Law.