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January 1, 2014
News and Notes

Brian C. Willis of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke to participants of the Insight Tampa program as part of an interactive panel discussion about transportation developments across Tampa Bay.

Pamela T. Karlson of Karlson Law Group in Lake Placid received the Judge Clifton M. Kelly Champion for Children Award for her volunteerism involving children at the annual Champion for Children Gala.

Susan L. Trevarthen of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in South Florida made a presentation at the Florida League of Cities “Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials” in Orlando.

Jeffrey Shear of Gunster in Tampa has been elected to the Tampa Theatre Foundation board.

Linda K. Adler of Carlton Fields in Miami was appointed to the national board of directors of CREW Network, which focuses on influencing the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate.

Matthew D. Westerman of Blalock Walters in Bradenton was a panelist on “Employment Law for Lawyers & Lawyers as Employers,” at a Manatee County Bar Association meeting.

Mark Eiglarsh of Miami presented “Designing an Extraordinary Practice” to the Caribbean Bar Association.

Carlos A. Somoza of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. in Miami presented “Don’t Let the Tax Bug Bite Your Clients Twice – U.S. Tax Strategies for Outbound Investors” to the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Jonathan D. Fleece of Blalock Walters in Bradenton presented “Health Care’s Accountable Care World” at the Fourth Annual Practical Strategies in Contemporary Health Conference.

Christy Goddeau with the Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia & Associations in West Palm Beach presented “Requirements Under Florida Law for Minutes of Meetings” at the Florida Association of City Clerks.

Iryna Ivashchuk of Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale has been named to the board of governors of the Ukrainian-American Bar Association.

Tai Phetsanghane of Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando was sworn in to the District of Columbia Bar Association.

William R. Trueba, Jr., of Miami discussed “Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in the Americas” at the Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the Americas Conference in Miami hosted by the Cuban American Bar Association.

Dorothy J. Harden of Islamorada has been elected to the executive board of the American Business Women’s Association, Tri-County Council, as communications officer.

Rosa M. de la Camara of Becker & Poliakoff in Coral Gables was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve another term on the Florida Community Association Living Study Council, which will be making recommendations to the Florida Legislature.

Barry A. Nelson of Nelson & Nelson of North Miami Beach presented “10 Asset Protection Steps to Keep Entertainers Out of Bankruptcy/Poverty” at the Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Jamie M. Blucher of Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando received a Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award of Excellence from the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Orange County Bar Association.

Alexa Sherr Hartley, president of Premier Leadership Coaching, discussed strategies professionals can use to increase their value to their employer at the inaugural session of the Real Life Series hosted by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. 

Robert J. Robes of Greenberg Traurig in Boca Raton has been appointed to the board of trustees of YMCA of South Palm Beach County.

Twyla Sketchley of The Sketchley Law Firm in Tallahassee presented “Unlicensed Practice of Law & Medicaid Planning: Problems for Providers” at the Florida Health Care Association Fall Symposium.

Douglas McCarron of The Haggard Law Firm in Miami has been accepted as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Victoria Méndez, city attorney for Miami, and Senior Assistant City Attorney Rafael Suarez-Rivas were featured speakers on behalf of the Dade County Bar Association on “Sunshine Law, Public Records, and Code of Ethics: What a Public Servant Needs to Know in the Magic City.”

Michael Haggard of The Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables discussed “Slicing and Dicing Experts” at the Miami -Dade Justice Association’s Past President Seminar Series. Lawrence G. Walters of Walters Law Group in Longwood presented an update on “Freedom of Speech and Social Media” at a meeting of the National Black Law Student Association, titled “Your Rights, Defined.” He also published a book chapter regarding online gambling advertising in Regulating Internet Gambling, published by UNLV.

Steven B. Lesser of Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderale has been named a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.

Robin Bresky of the Law Offices of Robin Bresky in Boca Raton spoke on “I Won the Trial — Why Should I Mediate the Appeal? Appellate Procedure for Mediators: Nuts and Bolts Necessary for Effective Negotiation” at the Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators Educational Seminar in Plantation.

Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Ft. Myers discussed family law with students in the paralegal program at Edison College in Ft. Myers

Kayla Riera-Gomez was sworn in as president of the Coral Gables Bar Association.

Suzanne Bogdan and Candice Pinares-Baez of Fisher & Phillips in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Sick and Tired of Managing Employee Leave and Compliance Challenges” at the Human Resources Association of Broward County’s annual conference “Changing Perception.”

Melody Lynch of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando was appointed to the board of directors of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Central Florida Division.

Dennis P. Dore of Kelley Kronenberg in Jacksonville served as a moderator for the National Business Institute Judicial Forum “As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation” in Jacksonville.

Andrew Shamp of Life Audit Professionals in Boca Raton presented “Life Insurance: How the Review of this Often-overlooked Asset Can Enhance Your Practice” at the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) Elder Planning Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale.

Peter Prieto of Podhurst Orseck in Miami has been appointed to the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary as the representative for the 11th Circuit.

Jeff Weiner of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., Criminal Defense Lawyers in Miami was honored by the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, his alma matter. Weiner also taught criminal trial technique at the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans and Stetson University School of Law, and criminal law and procedure at the United States Military Academy in West Point.

Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale published “Ten Tips to Increase Your Edge in a Competitive Marketplace” in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of The Franchise Handbook.

John Agnew of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers was sworn in as president of the Lee County Bar Association.

Brett M. Schwartz and John S. Hager of Hager & Schwartz in Hollywood presented the “Do’s and Don’ts of DUI” to the members of Beta Thi Pi at the University of Miami.

David Steinfeld of Palm Beach Gardens has been appointed director of learning for the e-Discovery Institute. EDI presents fully accredited CLE programs to lawyers and paralegals on how to actually perform electronic discovery.

Joseph P. Chase of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been appointed to the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

Glen J. Torcivia of The Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates in West Palm Beach was a celebrity bartender at the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County Beds and Bowls benefit to provide for homeless children and families in Palm Beach County.

Jerry M. Markowitz of Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale received the Thomas Davison, III Memorial Service Award from the University of Miami Law Alumni Association, for outstanding service to the law school.

Gregory C. Yadley of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa played a role at the November Securities and Exchange Commission Forum on small Business Capital Formation at the Washington, D.C., headquarters

Cory L. Andrews, senior litigation counsel for the Washington Legal Foundation, testified before the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Kottkamp of Messer Caparello in Tallahassee was elected to the board of directors for The Children’s Campaign.

Monte Starr of Holland & Knight in Orlando has been appointed to the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida Board of Directors.

David Pratt of Proskauer spoke in Miami at the Greater Miami Tax Institute; his topic was “Estate Planning: A Year in Review.”

Joel D. Maser of Greenberg Traurig in Orlando was appointed to the board of directors for the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida.

Mark Criser of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa has been selected to participate in Leadership Florida’s 32nd class.

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[Revised: 04-17-2017]