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January 1, 2013
News and Notes

Christopher Z. Staine of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota presented “Ethical Considerations and Confidently Handling Title Insurance Claims and Litigation” at the National Business Institute’s seminar “How to Obtain Good Title in Real Estate Transactions” in Tampa.

Mark A. Sessums of Sessums Law Group in Lakeland spoke on “Winning the Battle of the Experts: How to Get the Edge” at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Forensic and Valuation Services Conference in Orlando.

Michael Haggard of The Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables participated in “Taking the Mystery Out of the Medicine,” a seminar sponsored by the MDJA. He also discussed “Contrasting Views on Premises Liability” at the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

George D. Karibjanian of Proskauer Rose in Boca Raton presented “It’s My Property and I Can Do With It What I Want, Dammit! — Planning for Elderly Clients with Competency and Undue Influence Issues,” at the Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute in South Bend.

Brian D. Burgoon of the Burgoon Law Firm in Atlanta has been elected secretary of the University of Florida College of Law Alumni Council.

J. Andrew Atkinson of Broad and Cassel in Tallahassee was reappointed to the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Robin Moselle and Mark Rickard of Jacobson, Sobo & Moselle in Plantation presented “What’s Supp?: An Introduction to Proceedings Supplementary and How to Collect the Uncollectible Judgment” in Ft. Lauderdale to one of the National Industry Credit Groups of the National Association of Credit Managers.

Eric Gurgold of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers co-presented “The ABC’s of Charitable Remainder Trusts Opportunities, Operations, and Pitfalls,” for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Yvette D. Everhart of the Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass in Tampa has become president of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Employment Lawyers.

Amy W. Schrader of GrayRobinson in Tallahassee will teach Florida administrative practice in the spring semester at the Florida State University College of Law.

Cynthia N. Sass of the Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass in Tampa discussed “Electronic Dumpster Diving: The Legal Ethics of ‘TMI’” at the annual convention of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section in Atlanta.

Thomas F. Brown of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Orlando has joined the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association.

Alan Carroll (A.C.) Nash of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Ft. Lauderdale served as moderator for Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s “Stand Your Ground” forum.

Erin Siska of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed legislative liaison to the Florida Council of the International Association of Insurance Professionals.

Ed Waller of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa presented “Top 10 Ethics Tips for Issues Affecting Today’s Legal Practitioners” at the 16th Annual Bench Bar Conference hosted by the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Dennis J. Wall of Winter Springs and Orlando discussed “Review of Many Recent Insurance Cases, and of One Modest Proposal” at a West Legal Education Center webinar and presented “Forensic Examination of Insurance Policies: Part 1” for the Orange County Bar in Orlando.

Steven M. Berman, David Conaway, David Grogan, and David Coyle of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa hosted a bankruptcy seminar for Shumaker clients and friends titled “Staying Ahead of the Curve in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Proceedings” in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shane T. Muñoz of FordHarrison in Tampa has been inducted as a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Michelle Otero Valdes of Chalos & Co, P.C. in Coral Gables presented “Jones Act Claims, 905(b) and Other Marine Injury Claims: Defenses and Damages” at the 67th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Orlando.

Chet Kaufman, assistant federal public defender for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee, co-presented a talk called “Silence Is Golden: Protecting Your Client’s Electronic Information and Privacy” at the
Annual Defending the White Collar Case conference, co-sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Fordham Law School’s Stein Center for Law and Ethics in New York,


Karen Walker of Holland & Knight in Tallahassee was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle.

David Pratt of Proskauer in Boca Raton spoke at the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils’ 49th Annual Conference in Orlando on “Capitalizing on the Castle: Planning for Personal Residences and Vacation Homes.”

Jerry Hesch of Carlton Fields in Miami was inducted into the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils’ Hall of Fame.

Glen J. Torcivia of The Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates in West Palm Beach presented an overview of “The Sunshine Law and Public Records Law” to the board of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority.

Carlos Siso, an attorney at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C., received the Bronze Medal Award from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation recognizing the legal support he provided to the FAA’s NextGen program, a 10-year, $20-billion program to modernize the U.S. air traffic control infrastructure.

David S. Felman of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa moderated “Break-ups, Bear-hugs, and Go-shops: Responding to a Hostile Approach and Selling a Public Company” at the Southeastern M&A and Private Equity Conference in Atlanta.

Ruben N. Gotlieb of Gotlieb & Associates in Miami gave a presentation to Wells Fargo bankers on “International Tax & Estate Planning for Non-resident Aliens.”

Jack Paris of the Cochran Firm South Florida presented “Choppy Waters: Navigating the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act” for Lawline.com.

J. Frazier Carraway of Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons in Tampa has been named 2013 president of Kiwanis Midtown.

Jerome Vogel, Jr., of Kubicki Draper in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed to the Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Board of Directors.

Dale R. Hightower of Hightower, Stratton, Wilhelm in Miami discussed “Malpractice, Civil Rights, and Premises Liability” at the ACE Insurance Headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.

Lauren L. Garner of Jaburg & Wilk in Phoenix was elected as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Pierre Gooding of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod has been elected to the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors.

Jeffrey T. Kuntz of GrayRobinson has been appointed to the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Harsh Arora of Spiegel & Utrera in Miami was honored by the South Asian Bar Association of Florida for his service as immediate past president at the South Asian Leadership Forum.

Steve Jaffe and Mark Fistos of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edward, Fistos & Lehrman were presented the Realtor Association of Greater Ft. Lauderdale’s Presidential Distinguished Service Awards.

Michael Goldstein of The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm in Miami discussed the cleanup and reuse of gas station sites, landfills, and nurseries with developers and lenders in St. Petersburg hosted by the St. Petersburg’s Economic Development Department.

Denise Morris Hammond of Wright, Fulford, Moorhead & Brown in Orlando spoke to the Women in Architecture Division of the American Institute of Architects in Orlando on “Frequent Issues in Design and Construction Contracts.”

Kimberly Kolback of Miami moderated the panel “Television Obsession and the Law — Legal Basics of Reality TV,” during the Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Conference in Cancun.

Steven J. Solomon of GrayRobinson in Miami has been appointed to the board of directors of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Steven M. Berman of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa discussed bankruptcy and Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy issues and trends at the National Water Products Manufacturers Credit Group’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Joseph A. Sacher of the law firm Sacher, Zelman, Hartman, Paul, Beiley & Sacher in Miami co-moderated the Florida International Bankers Association’s second Broker-Dealer Roundtable.

George Elias, Jr., of George Elias, Jr., P.A., in Miami Beach has become a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil mediator, and a Supreme Court qualified arbitrator.

Kendra D. Presswood of the Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass in Bradenton was a reviewer for the Florida workplace laws of gender identity and sexual orientation section of a book which will be published by Bloomberg BNA.

Mitchell W. Goldberg and Jenna G. Rubin of Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher in Boca Raton presented “Subchapter J: Income Tax of Estates and Trusts” at The 30th Annual Estate and Probate Seminar of the Palm Beach County Bar.

Mark P. Barnebey of Blalock Walters in Bradenton has been elected secretary of the Manatee Economic Development Corporation.

Jacquin “Quin” Gilchrist of Cole, Scott & Kissane in Miami was sworn in to the Florida Army National Guard.

Charles F. Johnson of Blalock Walters in Bradenton has been appointed to the board of directors of the Manatee Education Foundation.

Robin J. King of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs in Boca Raton spoke on “Estate Planning Update Pertaining to Same Sex Couples” during the Trust and Estate Symposium hosted by Wilmington Trust.

[Revised: 08-19-2014]