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August 15, 2013
News and Notes

Kim Kaszuba of Koch, Hoffman & Kaszuba in Clearwater has been appointed to the Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese of Winter Haven was selected as the delegate for the 98th International Kiwanis Convention by the Lake Wales Kiwanis Club.

Edith Osman of Carlton Fields in Miami was honored with the Dade County Bar Association’s David W. Dyer Professionalism Award at its Annual Installation Gala.

Dennis J. Wall of Winter Springs and Orlando had “What Are Health Insurance Exchanges? A First Look” and “Report from the ACA Battlefront: Medicaid, the ACA, and the United States Supreme Court” published by the ABA.

Joshua L. Wintle of Panter, Panter & Sampedro in Miami was elected secretary of the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Section.

Richard A. Berkowitz of Berkowitz Pollack Brant in Miami has been honored with the “Outstanding Florida CPA in Public Service Award” by the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants at the organization’s annual conference in Orlando.

Ed Ricci of of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley moderated a panel discussion for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Judicial Relations Committee held in West Palm Beach. The subject of the discussion was “Non-Jury Trial Practice Tips.”

Matthew D. Westerman of Blalock Walters in Bradenton has joined the board of directors of The Child Protection Center, Inc.

Cathleen O’Dowd of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been appointed to the City of Tampa’s Barrio Latino Commission, which oversees development within the Ybor City Historic District.

Lara Donlon of The Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates in West Palm Beach presented an employment law seminar at the Florida Association of Special District’s 2013 Annual Conference and presented a session on employment law and its relation to Florida’s public records law at the Florida Association of City Clerk’s 2013 Summer Conference and Academy.

Keyla Martinez Robertson of Mitchell & Colmenero in Austin, TX, was a panelist on “Preparing the Way” at the National Association of Women Judges’ Sixth Annual Color of Justice Program,” hosted by the University of Texas School of Law.

Jarrett L. DeLuca of The DeLuca Law Firm in Boca Raton was inducted as chair of the Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers’ Board of Directors.

Eric Singer of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was appointed to the Miami Intermodal Center Steering Committee.

David L. Smith of GrayRobinson in Tampa was elected chair of Tampa Downtown Partnership, an organization committed to fostering vibrant neighborhoods throughout downtown Tampa.

Michael J. Farrell of Farrell Law in Miami Beach presented “Gender Segregation in America’s Workplace” at an EEOC seminar commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

L.A. Perkins of L.A. Perkins Law Firm in Boca Raton was re-inducted into the South Palm Beach County Bar Association as a member of the board of directors.

Mary Leslie Smith of Foley & Lardner in Miami has become president of the Dade County Bar Association.

Nick DeMartino has published Strangers to the Blood, a nonfiction book regarding the “Baby Lenore” adoption case that changed the New York law on adoption. He also participated in a symposium on this issue at Barry Law School.

Marissa Pullano of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar.

David Alschuler of Miami Beach was honored with the 11th Judicial Circuit’s John T. Balikes Professionalism Award.

Carol Finklehoffe of Leesfield & Partners in Miami was appointed chair of the Cruise Lines and Passenger Ships Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

A. Wayne Rich of Broad and Cassel in Orlando has been appointed to the Metropolitan Board of Directors of the YMCA of Central Florida.

Samantha Feuer of Akerman Senterfitt in West Palm Beach has been honored with the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Annual Justice Barbara Pariente Award, for her support in advancing women in the legal profession.

Amelia M. Campbell of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa has been elected president of the Athena Society in Tampa.

Lauren S. Fallick of Leopold Law in Palm Beach Gardens has been appointed to the board of governors for Connect Florida. She will serve as co-chair of the Statewide Leadership Institute.

Jennifer L. Delaney of the Law Office of Kevin F. Jursinski &
Associates in Ft. Myers was sworn into the United States District
Court, Middle District of Florida.


Dale Appell of Tampa presented to the Tampa Bay Inns of Court on the topic “Marketing in the Age of Social Media: Legal Requirements and Practical Considerations.”

Timothy M. Cerio of GrayRobinson in Tallahassee was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Louis Tertocha of Coral Gables lectured as a panelist on theatrical and venue contracts at the ABA’s Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports.

Carlos F. Concepción of Concepción Martinez & Bellido in Miami has been admitted to the panel of arbitrators and mediators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, a division of the American Arbitration Association.

Frederick W. Leonhardt of GrayRobinson in Orlando recently joined Gov. Rick Scott and other Florida business leaders on a mission to strengthen the economic partnership with Chile.

Amanda J. Ross of the Law Offices of David L. Ross, P.A., in Miami participate in the local Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society..

Todd Sumner of Law Office of Todd Sumner in Tallahassee has been elected president of the Northwest Florida Marine Industries Association.

Anthony J. Horky of Anthony J. Horky, P.A., in Boca Raton was elected to the board of directors for Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association.

Darren Heitner of Wolfe Law Miami was a moderator at St. Thomas University School of Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium.

Julio C. Esquivel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been elected to the board of directors of the Gasparilla Music Festival.

William McAfee of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene in Ft. Lauderdale was elected to the The Florida Justice Association Board of Directors .

Keyla M. Robertson of Mitchell & Colmenero in Austin, Texas, was sworn in as president-elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin.

Daniel H. Coultoff of Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine in Orlando was honored with the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando Leadership Award.

Lynn B. Aust and Heather K. Dodge of The Law Office of Lynn B. Aust, P.L., in Orlando spoke at the Staples Maitland office regarding “Estate Planning for the Whole Family.”

Brian H. Bieber of Hirschhorn & Bieber in Miami spoke on “Current Trends in Mortgage Fraud” at the Annual National Federal Sentencing Guidelines Seminar held in Orlando.

Peter Quinter of GrayRobinson in Miami has been appointed vice chair of the Customs Law Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and liaison of the ABA Section of International Law to The Florida Bar.

Steven P. Befera of Cole, Scott & Kissane in Miami was appointed to the church council for the Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables.

Larry Roth of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Orlando had his article, “Florida’s Motor Vehicle Crashworthiness Enhanced Injury Doctrine: Wanted Dead or . . . ,“ published in the spring Barry University Law Review.

Gloria Seidule of Gloria Seidule, P.A., in Stuart presented “Overcoming Obstacles in Trial: The Wal-Mart Verdict” at the Martin County Trial Lawyers Committee meeting.

Brian M. Bursa of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa presented “Guardianship Cases from the Perspective of The Court-Appointed Attorney” to the Pinellas County Guardianship Association.

Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan of Berger Singerman in Miami has been appointed to Friends of New World Symphony.

Melanie Ann Hines of Berger Singerman in Tallahassees has been appointed to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission established by Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.

John W. Frost II of Frost Van den Boom & Smith in Bartow has attained the highest distinction within the Gator Boosters, becoming a “Legacy Director.” This designation is given to those whose athletic contributions have surpassed $3 million in lifetime contributions.

Ian-Illych Martinez of the Law Offices of Martinez in Coral Gables published “The Battle of Mirbat: The Turning Point” in the Omani Dhofar Rebellion, Small Wars & Insurgencies Journal, Vol. 23, No. 3, July 2012.

Patricia Donlevy-Rosen of Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen in Boca Raton presented “Protecting Immovable Assets” for the 19th Annual Continuing Education program of Verdeja & De Armis, CPAs, in Coral Gables.

Howard Rosen of Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen in Boca Raton presented “Asset Protection with Offshore Trusts” for the 19th Annual Continuing Education program of Verdeja & De Armis, CPAs, in Coral Gables.

Jonathan Barash of the Law Office of Jonathan A. Barash in Atlanta has been selected to participate in the inaugural Frank Family Leadership Institute of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

Kelly Zarzycki Andrews of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been selected to join the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Jill G. Weiss of Sachs Sax Caplan in Boca Raton was installed as president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Lucas Fleming of the Fleming Law Group in St. Petersburg has been elected president-elect of the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

Joshua E. Young of Jones Walker in Miami was appointed to the board of directors of the South Florida Association for Financial Professionals.

Jack Hill of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley joined the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.

Adam B. Cordover of Tampa was a guest lecturer for the Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy on the topic of “Collaborative Family Law: Offering a Healthier Alternative to Tampa Bay’s Families.”

Anne Weintraub of Band Weintraub in Sarasota was appointed to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus board.

Rebecca Palmer of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando wrote a chapter in a book titled Inside The Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Florida, published by Aspatore, a division of Thompson/West.

David Steinfeld of Palm Beach Gardens has been invited onto to the Keiser University Business Advisory Board.

Ann K. Breitinger and Marisa J. Powers of Blalock Walters in Bradenton-Sarasota were elected to the board of directors of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Manatee County Chapter. Breitinger will serve as treasurer.

George Wickhorst at Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez in Weston has been appointed by the ABA to serve as a Health Law Section leader.

Sia Baker-Barnes of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was elected to the Palm Beach County Bar Board of Directors and the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Annabella Barboza of Phelan Hallinan in Ft. Lauderdale was named the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association tresurer.

Chris Searcy of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley spoke at the Brain Injury Association of California’s Annual Neuroscience of Brain Injury Conference in Napa, California. His subject was “Proof and Argument of Damages in Catastrophic Brain Injury Cases.”

Robert I. Targ of Diaz, Reus & Targ in Miami has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida International Bankers Association.

Andrew Smulian, James Bramnick, and Janis Cheezem of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami were appointed global leaders of Lex Mundi, a network of independent law firms comprised of more than 21,000 lawyers in more than 100 countries.

Stephenie Biernacki Anthony of Anthony & Partners in Tampa was chosen incoming president of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association.

Brian Denney with Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Julia Wyda of Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Gora in Boca Raton was recently installed as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Eunice Baros of Eunice Baros Law, LLC, in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected a director of the Palm Beach County Bar Association North County Section.

William Simonitsch of K&L Gates in Miami was a panelist at the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy in Minneapolis hosted by the ABA, National Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. The panel was titled “Advocating with Impact,” and the group discussed translating skills as an attorney into positive community advocacy outcomes.

Wendy A. Mara of Mara & Mara in Ormond Beach was awarded the Leadership Award by the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Jack Scarola of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley participated as a team member at the Palm Beach County Bar’s “Legal Legends v. Younger Guns” seminar sponsored by PBCBA’s Business Litigation CLE Committee.

Jennifer L. Delaney of the Law Office of Kevin F. Jursinski & Associates in Ft. Myers was sworn into the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Lance A. Harke of Harke Clasby & Bushman in Miami Shores was elected president of the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce.

Luis R. Gracia of Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell in Port Orange became board certified in Social Security disability law by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.

John C. Sumberg of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was appointed to the advisory board of the Master in Real Estate Development + Urbanism program at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.

Ryan Stumphauzer of O’Quinn Stumphauzer in Miami addressed health care fraud and abuse issues at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. Stumphauzer also served as a panelist for a conference titled “The New Faces of Economic Crime” in Miami.

Judge Cindy S. Lederman of Miami has been invited by the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences to participate as a member of The Roundtable on Crime Trends, a three-year project where the participants are charged with describing and explaining the crime drop of the last 20 years.

Janice M. Fleischer, director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center in Tallahassee, delivered a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce and various attorneys in Valladolid, Spain, along with colleague and mediator, Oscar Franco.

Paul Scheck of partner Shutts & Bowen in Orlando has been elected president of the Orange County Bar Association.

John Shipley of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley spoke on “Modica v. Tree of Life and Penske: ‘Reading Between the Lines’” at the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America’s “National Interstate Trucking Conference Super Summit II – Top Guns” in St. Louis.

Stephen R. Klorfein of Chaiken Klorfein in Atlanta has been elected president of the Atlanta Tax Forum.

Michael J. Posner of Ward Damon in West Palm Beach presented a “Foreclosure Law Update” to the South Florida Chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs and served as a panelist at the “Dealing with Distressed Real Estate” seminar, presented by the Attorneys Real Estate Council in partnership with the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.

Michael L. Smith of The Health Law Firm in Orlando was named a “2012 Pro Bono Champion” by the American Health Lawyers Association.

Jack C. Morgan of Roetzel in Ft. Myers spoke at the annual Chemical Spill Certification Conference in Key West on the impact of current governmental policies and regulations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a lecture titled, “OSHA Under the Obama Administration.”

Richard E. Kurtz II of Greenberg Traurig in Orlando was reappointed to the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Thomas Zeichman of Messana, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale has been named to the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association board.

Cal Warriner and Brenda Fulmer of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley spoke at the American Association for Justice’s Winter Conference in Miami Beach. Warriner’s topic was “Hip Implant Litigation — DePuy, Stryker, and Wright.” Fulmer’s topic was Pradaxa.

Jude M. Faccidomo of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., in Miami was appointed chair of the Dade County Bar Criminal Courts Committee.

A. Hamilton Cooke of Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball in Jacksonville was elected president of Florida Legal Services in Tallahassee.

David A. Greene of Fox Rothschild in West Palm Beach has been elected president of Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc.

Lee B. Gordon was named Rotarian of the Year for 2012-13 by the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club.

Raul Perez-Ceballos and Brandon Arkin presented a seminar on “Collecting Child Support” for the women of the Lotus House Shelter in Miami.

Rhea F. Law of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa has become chair of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay Metro Board of Directors.

Steven Grigas of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee was elected secretary of the ABA Health Law Executive Counsel.

C. Andrew Tharp of Leiter & Belsky in Ft. Lauderdale led a roundtable discussion on discovery issues in first party insurance litigation at the annual conference for the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance held in San Antonio.

Mary W. Bridgman of Starke was elected chair of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.

Diana Santa Maria of Ft. Lauderdale participated as part of the plaintiff trial lawyer team at a recent Masters in Trial seminar presented by the Ft. Lauderdale Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

William J. (Bill) Mullowney, Valencia College vice president for policy and general counsel, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Jay A. Steinman of Carlton Fields in Miami was honored with the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Chairman’s Roundtable Award in recognition for his many years of citizenship, philanthropy, and volunteerism.

Archie O. Lowry, Jr., of counsel with Potter Clement Bergholtz Alexander in Mount Dora, was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” by the Salvation Army for Lake and Sumter counties and as Lake County “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by Community Legal Services of Mid–Florida.

Andrew Shamp of Life Audit Professionals in boca Raton has been appointed to the board of directors of the Planned Giving Council of Broward.

Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of SMGQ in Coral Gables was elected to the Orange Bowl Committe board.

Cindy S. Vova of the Law Offices of Cindy S. Vova, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed to the Broward College Institute for Economic Development Advisory Board.

Sarah Cortvriend of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach was honored as one of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ 2013 “Leaders in the Law.”

Beverly Grady of Roetzel in Ft. Myers presented “Concurrency and Infrastructure Capacity in the Wake of DCA’s Demise” for the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association.

J. Jeffrey Deery of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman in Orlando spoke at the James Bates, LLP Litigation Department Retreat in Lake Burton, Georgia, on how to develop a successful law practice and the importance of building meaningful client relationships.

Harvey Gurland and Jerome Wolf of Duane Morris in Boca Raton took part in the ABA’s Fourth Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television, and Sports in Miami Beach. Wolf served as a panelist on “Celebrity Big Bucks and International Wealth Management: Income Tax, Estate, and Asset Protection Planning for the Entertainer and Athlete.” Gurland served as moderator for “Intellectual Property Trends and Developments in the International Entertainment Industry.”

Brittany Maxey of Maxey Law Offices has become president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Christopher B. Lunny of Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee was interviewed for a newscast of Florida Public Radio by reporter Ryan Benk that covered a proposal from the City of Tallahassee to preclude hiring smokers.

Anthony D. Bartirome of Blalock Walters has been elected president of the board of directors of the Manatee Community Foundation.

Tyra Read of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Cape Coral Community Foundation Board of Directors.

David W. Singer of Hollywood has been re-elected vice chair of the Nova Southeastern University Law Board of Governors.

Lacey H. C. Willard of CBRE, Inc., in Tampa presented “Life After Blend and Extends” at an International Commercial Real Estate Conference in San Diego.

Email News and Notes and On the Move submissions to mkillian@flabar.org.

[Revised: 04-15-2014]