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December 15, 2012
News and Notes

Marc Stephen Shuster of Berger Singerman in Miami has been named to the board of directors at Camillus House.

Ben Murphey of Lawlor Winston, White and Murphey in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Creative Recovery Strategies: Pleading Punitive Damages and Auto Dealership Loaners — Graves or Not?” at the Florida Justice Association’s Masters of Justice: Auto Negligence Seminar in Boca Raton.

Alan C. Sheppard, Jr., of Greenberg Traurig in Orlando graduated from the University of Alabama College of Law with an LL.M. in taxation, magna cum laude.

William Trueba, Jr., of Espinosa Trueba in Miami spoke about the passage of the America Invents Act at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo in Atlanta.

Lance McKinney of Osterhout & McKinney in Ft. Myers has been appointed president of the Florida State Guardianship Association.

Judge Robert C. Hickson, Jr., Morrow County Common Pleas Court, Morrow County, Ohio, was selected as a fellow for the Ohio State Bar Foundation recognizing lawyers whose careers demonstrate dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession and the welfare of their communities.

Joseph D. Hunt of Harris & Hunt in Tampa was awarded the 2012 Professionalism Award from the Family Law Inn of Tampa.

Lawrence C. Datz of Datz & Datz in Jacksonville has become a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Brian Koch of Greenberg Traurig in Ft. Lauderdale chaired Government and Education Day for the Leadership Broward Foundation’s Class XXXI.

Gary Brookmyer of Brookmyer, Hochman, Probst & Jonas has become a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator in the areas of civil circuit and family law matters.

Christin C. Brennan of Meros, Smith, Lazzara, Brennan & Olney in St. Petersburg was honored with the Canakaris Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Canakaris Inn of the Court.

Larry D. Smith of Southern Trial Counsel in Orlando discussed “Diversity and Professionalism” at the Litigation Counsel of America’s Diversity Summit in Chicago.

Kenneth Spillias of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach was re-elected chair of the board of directors at the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission.

Robert Rivas of Sachs Sax Caplan in Tallahassee discussed “Helping to Provoke a Harder Look at Aid-in-Dying” at the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Frank J. Aloia, Jr., of Aloia, Roland & Lubell spoke to the Rotary Club of Ft. Myers about the $15 billion BP oil spill settlement and how local business owners can qualify to recover money that was lost between April 2010 and December 2010 due to the oil spill disaster.

Amanda Brock of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been named secretary of the board of governors of the Real Estate Investment Society.

Susan K. Bozorgi of Marrero Bozorgi in Miami was elected to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors at its meeting in New Orleans.

Jason A. McGrath of McGrath & Spielberger in Charlotte, NC, has been elected chair of the City of Charlotte’s Civil Service Board.

Gerald T. Buhr, practicing through Gerald T. Buhr, P.A., and who serves as of counsel to Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons in Tampa, was honored by the Town of Zolfo Springs with a bronze plaque on the front of city hall, known as the Gerald T. Buhr Civic Center, commemorating Buhr’s 20 years of service as town attorney.

Harley S. Tropin of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami was honored with the distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by the University of Miami Law Alumni Association.

Brian J. Fender of GrayRobinson in Tampa served as a panelist at the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ Bond Attorneys’ Workshop in Chicago speaking on “MSRB and Other Regulatory Updates from the Perspective of Underwriter’s Counsel.”

Andrew R. McCumber of McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig in Tampa co-presented “Legal Updates in the Long Term Care Industry Part 1 — Arbitration” to attendees of the Leading Age’s Annual Conference in Denver.

James E. White of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Ft. Lauderdale addressed the Florida American Planning Association’s annual conference in Naples on “Regulating Locally Unwanted Land Uses” and “Constitutional and Legal Foundations for Planning.”

Heather N. Tyndall-Best of Sniffen & Spellman in Tallahassee has become vice president of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition’s Board of Directors. She also became chair of the coalition’s strategic planning committee and continues her service as the chair of the personnel committee.

Mike Pike of Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman in West Palm Beach has been elected to the SOS Children’s Village — Florida’s Board of Directors.

John K. Fulweiler of Fulweiler, LLC., in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, has become chair of the American Salvage Association.

David Steinfeld of David Steinfeld, P.L., in Palm Beach Gardens has become an associate editor for business law with Attorney-At-Law Magazine and has published a guide to electronic discovery for lawyers.

Nicole Atkinson of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been appointed chair of the judicial relations committee for the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Michael D. Joblove of Genovese Joblove & Battista in Miami co-chaired the ABA forum on franchising in Los Angeles.

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

Paul McKenna of Paul A. McKenna and Associates in Coral Gables was named a knight in the French National Order of Merit, by the president of France for his pro bono work and commitment to French-American relations through the legal services provided the French community in South Florida.

Robert W. Murphy of Ft. Lauderdale spoke on recent United States Supreme Court and circuit court decisions that have impacted consumer class action litigation at the “Consumer Financial Protection: Who’s in Charge?” conference, hosted by the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie.

Robert Anderson of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been named to the Imaginarium Science Center Board of Directors.

Jeffrey B. Shapiro of Arnstein & Lehr and Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez & Machado have been elected as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Audit and Budget Advisory Committee of the Miami-Dade County School Board.

Robert Friedman of Friedman, P.A., in Palm Beach presented a national insurance CLE webinar for Stafford Publications titled “Self-Insured Retentions and Deductibles: Key Coverage Issues.”

Aldo M. Leiva of Leiva Law in Miami presented “Applying the New E-Discovery Rules and How to Manage Electronic Data” at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center for the Cuban American Bar Association.

John A. Greco, City of Miami assistant city attorney/chief appellate counsel, co-presented “Protests, Politics and First Amendment Issues in Policing” at the Legal Update of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys in Delray Beach.

Ronald P. Ponzoli, Jr., of Richman Greer in West Palm Beach spoke about “Professionalism and Ethics” for the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., in Vero Beach.

Matias R. Dorta of Tew Cardenas in Miami has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a circuit court mediator.

Lewis F. Collins, Jr., of Butler Pappas in Tampa was selected to be a founding member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Laird A. Lile of Naples was named to the planned gifts committee for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Erika Dine of Dine Law, P.L., in Sarasota gave the keynote address at an elder fraud prevention event in Sarasota titled “Last Will and Embezzlement: Protecting Yourself and Others from Exploitation.”

Christine D. Hanley of Christine D. Hanley & Associates in West Palm Beach presented “FLSA Primer” for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Corporate Law and Counsel Committee.

Robert C. Byerts of Bass Sox Mercer in Tallahassee discussed “Franchise Law Issues and Dealing with the Factory” to the Lane Gorman Trubitt sponsored Controller’s Roundtable in San Antonio, TX. He also spoke to the Clifton Larsen Allen accountants in St. Louis, MO, about “Legal Horizon for Franchise Dealers” and presented a “Regulatory Update and Advertising Issues” seminar to the Connecticut Auto Retailers Association in Hartford, CT.

Dustin A. Zacks of King, Nieves & Zacks in West Palm Beach was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board of the City of Lake Worth.

[Revised: 09-16-2014]