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December 1, 2012
News and Notes

Tony Abate of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota has been named chair of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.

Harold E. Kaplan of Coral Springs was selected as a mentor for law students at Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York.

Sterling A. McMahan of Wadsworth Huott in Miami published an article in The Transportation Lawyer titled “Navigating the Legal Waters in the Wake of the Costa Concordia Disaster.”

Kelly M. Arias and Wajih Shirazi of The Arias Law Group in Hollywood served as judges for students seeking membership in the Nova Trial Association, an honors organization of Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center.

Willard A. Blair of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been elected to the board of directors of MacDonald Training Center Properties, Inc.

Ying Geneve DuBois of Holland & Knight in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected secretary of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Broward Chapter.

Mark Rosman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Washington, D.C., served as a panelist on the “Settlement v. Leniency,” joint session of the Antitrust and Business Crime Committee, International Bar Association Annual Conference in Ireland.

Ryan E. Davis of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman in Orlando has been named the recipient of the Lawrence G. Mathews, Jr., Young Lawyers Professionalism Award, presented by the Orange County Bar.

Michelle R. Suskauer of the Suskauer Law Firm in West Palm Beach served as the moderator for the Women’s Alliance for Political Awareness Palm Beach County Candidate Forum.

Brenda Fulmer of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley has been appointed by Chief Judge David R. Herndon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for prosecution of more than 100 personal injury and product liability lawsuits related to the anticoagulant drug Pradaxa.

Domenick R. Lioce of Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce in West Palm Beach has become president-elect of the American Association of Attorneys-CPAs.

Peggy McGovern Stumhofer of Page, Mrachek, Fitzgerald, Rose, Konopka & Dow in Stuart has become president-elect of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Federal Bar.

Michael K. Beck of Gary Roberts & Associates in West Palm Beach presented “The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Plaintiff’s Liability Claim” as a webinar to the Florida Justice Association.

Erin Smith Aebel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa joined the American Diabetes Association’s Advocacy Attorney Network.

Robert R. Warchola and Duane A. Daiker of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke at the Northeast Surety & Fidelity Conference in Atlantic City. Warchola presented “Prejudgment Attachments and Fraudulent Conveyance Claims in Fidelity Litigation Securing Assets Prior to Judgment – East of the Mississippi.” Daiker presented “Preventing and Defending ‘Strike Suits’ Against Sureties and Fidelity Carriers.”

John P. Cardillo of Cardillo, Keith & Bonaquist in Naples has earned his renewal certification as a county and circuit court mediator.

R. Scott Costantino of The Costantino Law Firm in Jacksonville co-chaired the Teachers’ Law School in Jacksonville, presented by the American Board of Trial Advocates, in conjunction with the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division, and the Duval County Public Schools.

Gary I. Resnick of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale has received the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors’ Ovation Award, for his service on the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Resnick also participated as a speaker addressing communications facilities in rights of way at NATOA’S annual convention in New Orleans.

Don Slesnick of the Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey in Coral Gables was recently appointed to the ABA Credentials and Admissions Committee of the House of Delegates.

Bruce H. Gordon of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke on “To Give or Not to Give Before 2013 – Why is Everyone Talking about SLATs?” at the Pinellas County Estate Planning Seminar in Clearwater.

Robin Bresky of the Law Offices of Robin Bresky in West Palm Beach discussed the merit retention system with the residents of John Knox Village in Pompano.

Ethan Wall of Richman Greer in Miami spoke at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Forum in Coral Gables on “Legal Issues in the Arts: New Media, New Technologies, New Audiences.”

Stuart Buchanan of Swann Hadley Stump Dietrich & Spears in Winter Park was elected chair of the Orlando Municipal Planning Board.

Gary M. Farmer, Jr., and Matt Weissing of Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Qui Tam – Blowing the Whistle on Corporate Fraud” at the Securities and Business Torts Breakout Session of the Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar in Las Vegas.

Beverly Pohl of Broad and Cassel in Ft. Lauderdale has been inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

W. Jan Pietruszka and H.S. “Brad” deBeaubien of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke to a group of Ybor City business owners for the Ybor City Development Corporation. The title of the seminar was “A Title III ADA Primer for Small Businesses” and addressed the continued threat of “drive-by lawsuits” arising out of Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues.

Jason Lazarus of Holland & Knight in West Palm Beach was elected president of the Palm Beach County chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Patrick S. Montoya of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables spoke at the Florida School Board Attorneys’ Association summer conference on “The New E-Discovery Rules.”

Rafael E. Suarez-Rivas, a Miami assistant city attorney, spoke on “Citizen Participation: A Roadmap to Ethical Government” for Ethical Governance Day in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics in Hialeah Lakes.

Mark Eiglarsh of Miami spoke at the University of Miami School of Law on the “Stand Your Ground Law” and the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting case at an event sponsored by the school’s Criminal Law Society.

Richard A. Jacobson with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa has been re-elected to the board of directors of TerraLex, a global network of 160 law firms in 100 countries.

Carlos A. Somoza of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. in Miami presented on the tax implications of foreign investment into the United States to a Colombian Mayor’s trade delegation visiting Broward County. He also was appointed treasurer of the Florida International University Honors College Community Advisory Board.

Patrick M. Causey of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa has been named vice-liaison for the Trial Tactics Committee for Defense Research Institute.

Keith E. Sonderling of Gunster in West Palm Beach was appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal JNC.

Jason S. Lichtstein of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee published “Developing Affordable Housing on Brownfields — A Natural Connection,” in the Housing News Network, published by the Florida Housing Coalition.

Gregor J. “Greg” Schwinghammer, Jr., of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been appointed to the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Paul A. Giordano of Fowler White Boggs in Ft. Myers has become secretary of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professional Association.

Marcia S. Cohen of St. Petersburg presented “Escaping U.S. Equal Pay Law” at the Destree Institute in Namur, Belgium, as part of the Millennia 2015 Global Challenges for Women in the 21st Century. She also has been named to the board of trustees of the Community Law Program of St. Petersburg.

Lance McKinney of Osterhout & McKinney in Ft. Myers has become president of the Florida State Guardianship Association.

Jeffrey S. Goethe of Barnes Walker Goethe & Hoonhout in Bradenton participated in a panel discussion of “Conflict of Interest Issues for Estate Planning Professionals” presented for the Tampa Bay Research Institute.

Bradley W. Hogreve of Kirk Pinkerton in Sarasota has been appointed to the board of directors of the Mental Health Community Centers, Inc.

Charles M. Tatelbaum of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale received the Arts Heroes Award from the Arts and Business Council of South Florida and the Miami Beach Arts Trust.

Tracy L. Gerber of Greenberg Traurig in West Palm Beach spoke at the Palm Beach County Bar’s Annual Diversity Luncheon, “Women in the Law,” addressing how women attorneys can rise to leadership positions and why law firms should support them.

Thomas Schultz of Tew Cardenas in Miami spoke about Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission at a program put on by the Federal Bar Association.

Shannon J. Sagan of Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan in Lake Worth and Belle Glade is now a board member for the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce. Sagan was also selected to serve as chair of the Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Committee for the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Andrew Winston of Lawlor Winston, White and Murphey in Ft. Lauderdale co-chaired the Florida Justice Association’s Masters of Justice: Auto Negligence Seminar in Boca Raton.

Aaron Gorovitz of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando chaired the North America Real Estate Meeting in Chicago.

Scott Edelstein of Squire Sanders in Miami presented “Legal Issues in International Healthcare” at the Medical Tourism Association’s Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress in Ft. Lauderdale. He also received the Medical Tourism Association’s Justitia Award for excellence.

Duane A. Daiker of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa presented “Using Your iPad in Your Practice – a Tool for Professionals” to the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

[Revised: 07-15-2014]