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April 1, 2013
News and Notes

Michael T. Gibson of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., in Orlando sponsored the American Mock Trial Association’s Orlando Regional Tournament in which the University of Central Florida mock trial team advanced to the next level of competition, along with six other teams.

Terence (Terry) J. Delahunty, Jr., has become Ireland’s first “Honorary Consul for Orlando.”

Cathleen Scott and Lindsey Wagner of Cathleen Scott & Associates in Jupiter presented the “Effect of Criminal History Background Checks on Discrimination Claims” at the Florida National Employment Lawyers Association’s Winter Conference in Orlando.

Robert G. Amsel of Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Raben and Waxman in Miami was a panelist at the AILA South Florida Chapter 34th Annual Immigration Law Seminar, discussing criminal implications of work site raids.

Fred Karlinsky of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Ft. Lauderdale, and his wife, Autumn, have been named honorary committee members for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy 13th Annual Celebration of Reading.

Kelly B. Mathis of Mathis & Murphy in Jacksonville was highlighted in Vanderbilt Lawyer Magazine.

Michele K. Cummings of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale was honored as Broward Lawyers Care “Attorney of the Month.”

Patrick Poff of Trenam Kemker in Tampa and Stetson Law Professor Kirsten K. Davis were plenary session speakers at the Midwinter Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, styled “Making Dollars & Sense of Construction Damages,” held in Naples. Poff and Davis spoke on “Ethics: Throwing in the Kitchen Sink — How Far Can You Go in Presenting Damages in Litigation, Mediation, and Negotiation?”

Gregory M. Noonan of The Corry Law Firm in Tallahassee received the Tallahassee Bar’s Thomas M. Ervin, Jr., Distinguished Young Lawyer Award.

Shelli Freeland Eddie of the Freeland Eddie Law Group in Sarasota is the new development director for Booker High School and serves as facilitator of the school’s law academy. She has also joined the faculty of Argosy University Sarasota, teaching doctoral-level classes in the area of education law.

Stephen M. Bull of Bull and Associates in Orlando presented “Contractual Indemnification Issues for Architects” at the AIA Florida Chapter – License Renewal Seminar in Orlando.

Robert W. Wilson of GreyRobinson in the Orlando and Lakeland offices was appointed to the J. Douglas Williams YMCA Advisory Board of Directors in Lake Mary.

Ronald L. Kammer of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables has become a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

C. Scott Pryor has been appointed the Robert M. Zinman Scholar in Residence for the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Robert M. Rhodes of Jacksonville received the Northeast Florida Regional Council’s award as “Regional Leader of the Year.”

Donna E. Blanton and Travis L. Miller of Radey Thomas Yon & Clark in Tallahassee spoke at FSU College of Law’s insurance law and regulation class on “Insurance Law from an Administrative Law Perspective.”

Suzanne E. Gilbert of Holland & Knight in Orlando has been appointed to the Florida Hospital Foundation Cardiovascular Institute Board of Directors. Gilbert will also serve as the chair to the foundation’s Community Awareness Committee.

Joseph A. Sacher of Sacher, Zelman, Hartman, Paul, Beiley & Sacher in Miami co-moderated the Florida International Bankers Association’s third Broker-Dealer Roundtable for the securities industry.

Charles H. Egerton of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth in Orlando was appointed to the American Tax Policy Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Gary M. Farmer, Jr., and Steven Jaffe of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Ten Key Components of Understanding and Ap­preciating Qui Tam Cases” at the Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar in Orlando.

Jonathan Claussen of Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs in Boca Raton was named to the board of trustees for the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.

Peter Quinter of GrayRobinson’s Miami and Ft. Lauderdale offices chaired and moderated a panel discussion on North American Free Trade Agreement Verification Visits at a meeting of the ABA Section of International Law.

David Pratt of Proskauer in Boca Raton moderated the “Understanding Fiduciary Risk” presentation at the Jewish Federation of North America Investment Institute at the PGA Resort.

Jason S. Mazer of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin in Miami discussed “True Grit —Insurance as an Asset” at the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Spring Seminar in Scottsdale, AZ. He also moderated a discussion at the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar in Tucson on “Expert Witnesses—Can’t Live With’Em—Can’t Live Without ’Em: Tips on the Use and Misuse of Experts in Bad Faith and Coverage Cases.”

[Revised: 07-09-2014]