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October 1, 2013
News and Notes

Aaron Thalwitzer of Zies Widerman & Malek of Melbourne was elected as a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Brevard County Bar Association.

Alice Reiter Feld of Boca Raton discussed the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect seniors and boomers at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale.

Bridget McNamee of GrayRobinson in Tampa has been named to the board of directors of Voices for Children of Tampa Bay.

James M. Gonzalez of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Jacksonville has joined with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as its Jacksonville affiliate event coordinator.

Mike Colodny of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Ft. Lauderdale was elected chair by the Broward Days Board of Directors.

Caroline L. Gallina of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association in Doral has become vice president of Save the Strays Foundation, a nonprofit animal rescue organization in South Florida.

Bonnie Sockel-Stone of Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone in Miami received the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Miami Section’s Myra Farr Volunteer Service Award.

Charles M. Tatelbaum of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected as a member of the board of visitors of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Michael T. Gibson of Orlando was the keynote speaker at the “How to Dominate the Insurance Company in EMC Cases,” a free seminar open to primary care physicians, emergency medical providers, and consumers in Orlando.

Rebecca G. DiStefano of Greenberg Traurig has been appointed to JDRF of Greater Palm Beach County Board of Directors.

Andrew J. Power of Smith, Thompson, Shaw, Minacci & Colón in Tallahassee presented “Closing the Loan” at The Tallahassee Lenders’ Consortium Homebuyer Workshop at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors Office.

Amy D. Ronner, professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, had an article, “Let’s Get the ‘Trans’ and ‘Sex’ Out of It and Free Us All,” published in The Journal of Gender, Race, & Justice 859 (2013). Ronner also lectured on “Dostoevsky and Mental Capacity Doctrine” at the International Dostoevsky Conference in Moscow.

Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Ft. Myers gave a breakfast presentation on ways to improve conflict management and negotiation skills by building your peace chest at Larson Education Center in Ft. Myers.

Mariano Garcia of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach was elected vice president of the American Board of Trial Advocates — Palm Beach Chapter for 2014.

Karen Walker of Holland & Knight in Tallahassee has been reappointed as a vice chair of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, State and Local Division.

Dylan Rivers of Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design.

Shannon Hartsfield Salimone of Holland & Knight in Tallahassee has been appointed to serve on the ABA’s Health Law Section’s Council.

Cathleen Scott of Cathleen Scott & Associates in Jupiter presented at ARC Mediation’s 2013 Annual CME Seminar on “Communication Breakdown: When Mediation Fails and the Court Gets Involved, What Is Confidential and What’s Not?”

James B. Davis of Gunster in Ft. Lauderdale has joined the adjunct faculty at the University of Miami School of Law and will teach an estate planning course.

Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Ft. Myers, shared ways to effectively deal with difficult families as a guardian with the Professional Guardians group.

John Miller of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Board of Directors.

Martin Sitler of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Jacksonville has been selected to join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Robert L. Dietz of Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando was instrumental in bringing about the drafting and adoption of a new constitution and bylaws for the Cooperative Baptist Council.

Nexcy De La Rosa-Monroe of Hoffman & Hoffman has been installed as president of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers in Miami.

Mary C. Evans of the Law Office of Mary C. Evans, P.A., spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Ft. Myers about what the Lee County Bar Association is and what services it offers to the community.

William E. Ruffier of Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier & Sos in Orlando was honored with the National Eagle Scout Association’s “Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.”

Stephen A. Liverpool of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa was selected to participate in the 2013 Class of the Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute.

Joseph P. Chase of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been named to the 2013-14 board of directors for the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.

Linda Pisani of Riggins Pisani in Ocala has been selected as a member to the Leadership Ocala Marion (LOM) Class XXVII.

Philip Diamond of Carlton Fields in Orlando served as a panelist for the American Society of Pension Professionals in Orlando. The event was titled “Fixing the Broken Retirement Plan Through the IRS Correction Program.”

Mary Fabre LeVine of Blalock Walters in Bradenton has been elected president of the board of directors for the Port Manatee Propeller Club.

Karen M. Gilmartin of Kelley Kronenberg in Miami has been appointed to the Florida Panthers Blueprint Advisory Board.

Robert L. Kilbride of Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters & McCluskey in Stuart was re-appointed by the State of Florida Public Employee Relations Commission as a special magistrate.

Jean A. Laws-Scott of Laws-Scott & Gillespie in Stuart was appointed to the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.

Christina O’Brien of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been elected to the Family Resource Center of Southwest Florida’s Board of Directors.

Kenneth A. Tinkler of Carlton Fields in Tampa received the Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award from The Florida Bar’s Environmental & Land Use Law Section.

Edward H. Zebersky of Zebersky Payne in Ft. Lauderdale was a recipient of the Florida Justice Association Lawyer to Legacy EAGLE Legend Award. He also received the Wiedemann & Wysocki Award at this year’s American Association for Justice Annual Meeting.

Jason F. Lamoureux of Holland & Lamoureux in Tampa was elected to a two-year term on the Florida Justice Association Board of Directors.

C. Daniel Roberts of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office in Jacksonville has become the investigator representative on the Florida Public Defender Association Board of Directors.

Rebecca N. Shwayri of Akerman Senterfitt in Tampa was appointed co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Central Florida KnowledgeNet.

Adam Rabin of West Palm Beach was appointed to the board of directors for the Kozyak Mentoring Foundation that hosts the Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic at which minority law students are matched with lawyer and judicial mentors.

Donna Longhouse of Allen Dell in Tampa served as a panelist on the ABA Trust & Estate Law Webinar, “When Does Fraudulent Transfer Law Trump Estate Planning?”

Jorge Espinosa of Espinosa Trueba in Miami spoke on protecting social media users from the pitfalls of legal complications and company policies at a seminar on 21st Century Communications, hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida received the “Jurist of the Year Award” from the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

David W. Singer of Hollywood has been re-appointed to the Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board.

Ann K. Breitinger of Blalock Walters in Bradenton presented “HIPAA Omnibus Rule Countdown: 27 Days (and ways) to Reach Compliancy” at The Breakfast Club Meeting at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

G. Philip Zies of Zies Widerman & Malek in Melbourne was elected as a director of the Brevard County Bar Association.

Jennifer Slone Tobin of Shutts & Bowen in Orlando was elected chair of the Municipal Planning Board for the City of Orlando.

Elizabeth Baker of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables received the Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Kenneth A. Knox and David A. Buchsbaum of Fisher & Phillips in Ft. Lauderdale were featured speakers at the HR Florida Conference & Expo in Orlando. Knox presented “OSHA Is Turning Up the Heat on Recordkeeping — Don’t Get Burned” and Buchsbaum spoke about “Avoiding the Violations, Penalties, and Lawsuits — Time to Hunker Down on the Wage and Hour Laws.”

Eric Hostetler of Zies Widerman & Malek of Melbourne was elected as a director of the Brevard County Bar Association.

[Revised: 04-16-2014]