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October 1, 2012
News and Notes

H.S. Stephen Lee of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke at the retirement celebration/roast for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Lewis M. Killian, Jr.

Jason A. McGrath of McGrath & Spielberger in Charlotte, NC, has been named vice chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Section.

Gregory C. Yadley of Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick in the Tampa was one of four participants in a panel presentation, “Everything You Need to Know About Crowdfunding” at the ABA’s Business Law Section Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Michele Leo Hintson of Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick in Tampa has been selected for the Leadership Pasco Class of 2013.

Donna Doyle of Mediate First, Inc., in Orlando, Charles N. Castagna of Charles N. Castagna Mediation, Inc., of Clearwater, and Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale delivered the keynote program “Navigating the Mediation Minefield: What’s an Ethical Mediator To Do (Or Not Do)? A Discussion of The Rules, Statutes, Case Law and Standards of Conduct Which Influence Our Mediation Practices and Procedures” at the Professional Mediation Institute’s Advanced Mediation Techniques Conference in Orlando.

Yale T. Freeman was named Legal Aid Services of Collier County’s “Attorney of the Month” for August.

Mayanne Downs of GrayRobinson in Orlando has been selected to serve on the Wells Fargo Advisory Board.

Daniel Santaniello of Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones in Ft. Lauderdale has been named president-elect of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.

Cathleen O’Dowd of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa discussed the “Complaint and Disciplinary Process before the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board” at the Florida Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Convention & Trade Show in Orlando.

Alexander Dobrev of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Tampa spoke about condominium terminations to the Florida Association of Realtors Council of Local Board Attorneys.

Thomas H. Loffredo of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale was accepted to Leadership Florida’s Class XXXI.

Scott Richman of McDonald Toole Wiggins in Orlando has been appointed to the advisory board for the Henry Nehrling Society/Nehrling Gardens.

Richard Lord of Upchurch Watson White & Max in Daytona Beach presented “ Effective Mediation Advocacy: A Defense Perspective” to Wicker Smith in Orlando and “What’s Going on in the Other Room” to the Quintairos Law Firm.

Elizabeth F. Schwartz of Miami Beach discussed “Legal Issues of the LGBT Community: An Overview for Mediators” at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s 20th Annual Conference for Mediators in Orlando.

J. Todd Timmerman of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been elected to the executive committee of the Outback Bowl.

Dennis Wall of Winter Spring has his article outlining steps in “Avoiding and Defending Against Bad Faith” published in Claims Management Magazine.

Lawrence M. Watson, Jr., of Upchurch Watson White & Max in Daytona Beach presented “The Practical Realities of Partnering: The Benefits of DRB; What is Early Neutral Evaluation? Mediation Complex Disputes” at the Construction Law in Florida Conference/ in Orlando.

Michael Orfinger of Upchurch Watson White & Max in Daytona Beach presented “What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and What’s Ethical” at a breakout on Advanced Mediation Techniques at the Professional Mediation Institute in Orlando.

William Pearson of Grant Fridkin Pearson in Naples has become chair of the Nationwide Gift Planning Advisory Council for the American Cancer Society.

Marion J. Radson, city attorney for Gainesville, has become president of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association and received the organization’s Claude L. Mullis Lifetime Distinguished Service Award.

Traci McKee of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers was elected to the board of directors of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association as the representative for the young lawyers.

Michelle Jernigan of Upchurch Watson White & Max in Daytona Beach presented “ Your Most Common Questions Answered re: the New Amendment to Rule 1.720” to Jackson Lewis in Orlando and Wilson Elser in Miami.

Jonathan D. Fleece of Blalock Walters in Bradenton addressed the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters Annual Conference in Los Angeles on “The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America.”

Cathleen Scott of Cathleen Scott and Associates in Jupiter hosted and presented at ARC Mediation’s Annual CLE/CME Seminar, Style and Substance: “Exploring New Styles and Substance Within Your Mediations and Practice Update” in West Palm Beach.

Rosalyn Sia Baker-Barnes of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach lectured at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Chicago on “Representing the Minority Plaintiff.”

Pete Doragh of Ft. Myers, a member of the Rotary Club of Ft. Myers South, was nominated district governor nominee for Rotary District 6960, which encompasses Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Lee, Glades, Hendry, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.

Albert E. Dotson, Jr., of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami has been honored with the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s 2012 Spirit of Democracy Award.

Nancy La Vista of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach has been named president-elect of the Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Kirsten K. Ullman of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa presented “Hot Topics in Long Term Care and Assisted Living” at the Florida Health Care Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando.

Nancy S. Freeman of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman in Orlando obtained her LL.M. in taxation from University of Alabama, summa cum laude, as valedictorian.

Tracey K. Jaensch and Todd S. Aidman of Ford & Harrison in Tampa presented a program titled “Mock Employment Trial” at the Association of Corporate Counsel — West Central Florida Chapter’s Third Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium.

Joe Chase of Gunster was named to Leadership Palm Beach County’s 2013 class.

Veronica Robinson of The Law Offices of EF Robinson in Ft. Lauderdale and Gaila M. Anderson of Anderson Law Group in Ft. Lauderdale participated in a Legal Redress Workshop with Wells Fargo Bank, PNC Bank, and Lee County Housing Development Corporation, where they offered legal assistance in foreclosure, the Home Affordable Refinance Program, the Hardest Hit Program, debt issues, and child support issues.

Andrew A. Bokan of Knott Ebelini Hart in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the board of directors for the Association of Family Law.

Adam P. Schwartz of Carlton Fields in Tampa received the “2011 Community Service Award” from the Association of Corporate Counsel West Central Florida Division.

Michael D. Hook of Hook Bolton in Pensacola shared highlights from his 30 years as a trial lawyer to the incoming law class at Florida State University during an orientation program titled “Welcome to the Profession.

Nellie L. King of West Palm Beach was sworn in as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at its annual board and membership meeting in San Francisco.

Jamie Zysk Isani of Hunton & Williams in Miami has become a resource board member to the National Association of Women Judges.

Michael C. Gerson of Hartog & Baer in Orinda, California, is now the editor of the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly.

Liz Zuroweste of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State Attorney’s Office in Clearwater has been appointed co-president of the Barney Masterson Inn of Court.

Patrick John McGinley of the Law Office of Patrick John McGinley, P.A., in Winter Park presented “One Lawyer, Two Masters: How to Simultaneously But Ethically Represent Two Clients in the Same Transaction or Litigation” to members of the Orange County Bar.

Ken Lark of Carr Law Group in St. Petersburg has been appointed executive director of the Barney Masterson Inn of Court.

Crystal Collins Spencer of Spencer Law, P.A., in Pensacola was elected chair of the American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate Board of Directors.

J. Jeffrey Rice of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in Ft. Myers discussed the process of mediation as both an attorney and a mediator with the Lee County Alliance of Legal Professionals.

Jennifer Coberly, of counsel in FordHarrison’s Melbourne office, presented at a program sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel — Central Florida Chapter, in Orlando. She covered “Hot Topics in Employment Law” and discussed the latest tools in the changing legal landscape of confidentiality; best practices when key employees exit; and skills to negotiating rock-solid noncompetes.

Holly Marini of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State Attorney’s Office in Clearwater has been appointed treasurer of The Barney Masterson Inn of Court.

John P. Joseph of the Pinellas Legal Center in St. Petersburg spoke to the National Association of Church Business Administration in Houston on “Merging Churches for Growth.”

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