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Timothy P. Atkinson
Marylin Batista
Usher “Larry” Brown
Walter G. Campbell Jr.
Shannon and Chris Carlyle
John Chapman Jr.
John Clardy
Joni Armstrong Coffey
Howard A. Cohen
Jean C. Coker
Susan Cole
JJ Dahl
Gary Dolgin
David L. Deehl
Stephen H. Echsner
Elder Law Section 2012 Retreat in Glacier National Park
Josh Escoto
Dori Foster-Morales
Nancy Gregoire
Jack Harkness
Scott G. Hawkins
John "Jack" H. Hickey
Chuck Ingram
Litigation Counsel of America’s 2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows
Kelly A. Martinson
Richard C. McCrea Jr.
Carlos Megias
Mark R. Osherow
Michelle Otero Valdés
Eugene K. Pettis
David Prather
Peter Quinter
Real Estate Board Certified
Real Estate Board Certified in Lisboa, Portugal
Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section members
Scott Richardson
Heather Pinder Rodriguez
Woody Rodriguez
David Rothman
Herman Russomanno
Gary Salzman
John J. “Jake”Schickel
William J. Schifino Jr.
Clay Alan Schnitker
Carl B. Schwait
Nick Shannin
Twyla Sketchley
Don Slesnick
Sandra Sovinski
David Steinfeld
Bob Stoler
Robert Sugarman
Michael G. Tanner
Mark P. Terry
Norman Vaughan-Birch
Steve Zack
Salome J. Zikakis

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Norman Vaughan-Birch, Board Certified in Business Litigation and Civil Trial, is pictured here in Namibia Africa near Etosha National Park.
Norman Vaughan-Birch pictured in Namibia Africa


John Chapman Jr. in CroatiaJohn Chapman Jr., Board Certified in Business Litigation Law, is pictured here overlooking the hills in Croatia on his motorcycle trip.



James Russick, Michael J. Gelfand, Salome Zikakis, George Meyer, Sylva Rojas, and Margaret Rolando, all Real Estate Board Certified are pictured here in Lisboa, Portugal.James Russick, Michael J. Gelfand, Salome Zikakis, George Meyer, Sylva Rojas, and Margaret Rolando, all Real Estate Board Certified are pictured here in Lisboa, Portugal.




Scott Richardson, Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law in Lockeport, Nova Scotia on the Atlantic Ocean.

Scott Richardson, Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia in front of the Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Coffee Shop.


David Prather, Board Certified in Civil Trial, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.





Norman Vaughan-Birch is pictured with the flag in Agra, India home of the Taj Mahal
Norman Vaughan-Birch, Board Certified in Business Litigation and Civil Trial, is pictured with the flag in Agra, India home of the Taj Mahal...easily one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.




JJ Dahl, Board Certified Lawyer in NYCJJ Dahl, Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, with Our Flag amongst Flags on Presidents Day at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.


Gary Dolgin

Gary Dolgin, Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, posing in Normandy with the Certification Flag




Norman Vaughan- Birch in GuatemalaNorman Vaughan- Birch, Board Certified in Civil Trial, is here at the Jaguar palace in the Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala. It was built likely 400 BC, is 154 ft tall and was built to reflect the winter solstice. There is a similar palace opposite this one and both are aligned to the sun's travel. View fro


Litigation Counsel of America’s 2012 Spring ConferenceThe Litigation Counsel of America’s 2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows was recently held in California at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. A few of the Florida Fellows present at the conference posed with the Board Certification Flag after the Induction Dinner. The attorneys are as follows (from left to right): Jim Middleton, Michael Ehrenstein, Lara Tibbals, LCA Executive Director Steve Henry, David Steinfeld, Business Litigation Board Certified, the late Don Maciejewski, Aviation Board Certified, and William Clayton, Civil Trial Board Certified.”

Elder Law Section 2012 Retreat in Glacier National Park pose in front of the Glacier Wilderness Resort waterfall
The board certified lawyers that attended the Elder Law Section 2012 Retreat in Glacier National Park pose in front of the Glacier Wilderness Resort waterfall during the Retreat Cookout held at the Glacier Wilderness Resort in West Glacier, Montana just ten miles from Glacier National Park’s West Entrance.
Left to Right: Alan Stephen Kotler (Board Certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates), Margaret “Peggy” Hoyt (Board Certified in Elder Law and Wills, Trusts & Estates), Ailish O’Conner (Board Certified in Elder Law), Emma Hemness (Board Certified in Elder Law), Travis Finchum (Board Certified in Elder Law), Twyla Sketchley (Board Certified in Elder Law), Jill Burzynski (Board Certified in Elder Law), and John Clardy (Board Certified in Elder Law)



Twyla Sketchley holding the flag in Missoula, Montana above the University of Montana.
Twyla Sketchley of The Sketchley Law Firm, P.A. in Tallahassee, Florida, board certified in Elder Law and Chair of the Elder Law Section, hiked with the certification flag to the “M” on the mountain above the campus at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, while visiting her alma mater.
Twyla Sketchley holding the flag in Missoula, Montana
Twyla Sketchley of The Sketchley Law Firm, P.A. in Tallahassee, Florida, board certified in Elder Law and Chair of the Elder Law Section, resting with the certification flag on the “M” on the mountain above the campus at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.




John Clardy hiked with the certification flag to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana

John Clardy of The Clardy Law Firm in Crystal River, Florida, board certified in Elder Law and Chair-Elect of the Elder Law Section, hiked with the certification flag to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, while during the 2012 Elder Law Section Retreat.
John Clardy swam with the certification flag to an Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana.

John Clardy of The Clardy Law Firm in Crystal River, Florida, board certified in Elder Law and Chair-Elect of the Elder Law Section, hiked with the certification flag to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, then swam in 34 degree water to stand on an iceberg while during the 2012 Elder Law Section Retreat.


Norman Vaughan-Birch at Santa Domingo square in CartagenaNorman Vaughan-Birch at Santa Domingo square in Cartagena, Columbia with the Botera bronze known locally as Gertrude. Norman is Board Certified in Civil Trial and Business Litigation.





Chuck Ingram in Nepal
In May, Chuck Ingram carried the Board Certification flag to The Mt Everest Base Camp (elevation 17,500 feet) in Nepal. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial.



David Steinfeld in Tombstone, AZ


David Steinfeld (left), Board Certified Business Litigation Lawyer and former US Army JAG officer recently visited the Tombstone Courthouse in Tombstone, AZ, site of the famous gunfight at the OK Corral. Also in the photo is D. Chris Russell, Esq. of Sierra Vista, AZ (right), also a former US Army JAG officer. They served together in Korea in the later 90s and have been close friends ever since.









Ms. Sandra Sovinski, Board Certified in Intellectual Property, recently traveled to Ladyville, Belize and had the opportunity to take a photo with the certification flag. Ms. Sovinski traveled with her son Matthew and another student from New Smyrna Beach High School over their spring break. They volunteered at Liberty Children's Home, an orphanage there, staying on the grounds, working in the gardens, helping with schoolwork and other daily chores.

The photo was taken at the base of one of the pyramids at the Mayan site "Lamanai," after traveling roughly 20 miles along a river to reach the site, seeing wild howler monkeys, crocodiles and other creatures along the way.
Sandra Sovinski, Board Certified in Intellectual Property, holds Certification Flag in  Ladyville, Belize



Mr. Osherow with Certification flag outside of St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey in London.Mr. Osherow outside of Victoria Station in Mumbai
Mr. Osherow and his wife Nancy in front of the Mumbai Waterfront next to Gateway to India.Attorney Mark R. Osherow of Katz, Barron, Squitero, Faust is board certified in Business Litigation. He visited London, England and Mumbai (Bombay), India recently and took several photos with the certification flag. The first is Mr. Osherow posing with the flag outside of St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey in London. The second photo is of Mr. Osherow outside of Victoria Station in Mumbai. The third is of Mr. Osherow and his wife Nancy in front of the Mumbai Waterfront next to Gateway to India.

Carlos Megias on Mountain  Bike in Vernon, New JerseyCarlos Megias on Mountain  Bike in Vernon, New Jersey
Carlos Megias recently traveled to Diablo Mountain Bike Park in Vernon, New Jersey and posed with the Board Certification Flag. Carlos is a Board Certified Real Estate Attorney and works at NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. in Juno Beach, Florida. NextEra is the largest generator of wind and solar power in North America with approximately 115 facilities operating in 26 states and Canada.


Norman Vaughan-BirchNorman Vaughan-Birch, a member of the BOG and former chair of BLSE, is certified in Civil Trial and Business Litigation. He was recently in Moscow, Russia, and above you can see him in the middle of Moscow's Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral in the background. Mr. Birch was unable to take the actual certification flag, but came up with a creative alternative, as seen in the photo.











Prague, Czech Republic

Some members of The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section at meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. In photo: Jim Russick, George Meyer, Adele Stone Laird Lile, Sandra Diamond, Roger Larson, Salome Zikakis, John Neukamm, Michael Pyle


The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section's annual out-of-state meeting was held in Prague, Czech Republic this year. A few of the certified attorneys present at the meeting posed with the Board Certification flag on the balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel in Prague. These attorneys are certified in Real Estate Law, Wills, Trusts & Estates Law, or Construction Law and are as follows (from left to right): Jim Russick, George Meyer, Adele Stone, Laird Lile, Sandra Diamond, Roger Larson, Salome Zikakis, John Neukamm, and Michael Pyle.


Howard A. Cohen in GermanyHoward A. Cohen in Kinderdijk, Holland

Howard A. Cohen of Atkinson Diner Stone Mankuta & Ploucha in Fort Lauderdale, a board certified real estate lawyer and BLSE member, took the certification flag on a recent trip to Europe. Cohen posed in Germany with the flag at Foundation Hall and overlooking the Rhine (Heidelberg), at Marksburg Castle (Braubach) and before a windmill in Kinderdijk, Holland.



David L. Deehl

David L. Deehl of Deehl & Carlson in Miami, a dually board certified business litigation and civil trial lawyer and civil trial certification committee member, traveled with the certification flag to an American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section council meeting, and posed in Toronto’s Chinatown and at Niagara Falls.



Jean C. Coker

Jean C. Coker, a board certified wills, trusts and estates lawyer from Jacksonville who chairs that specialty's certification committee, recently posed with one of her "Scottish ancestors" during a visit to the Scottish Highlands. Her three-week trip included visits to Edinburgh Castle, Falkirk Palace, St. Andrews and Edinburgh's Signet Library, home to the prestigious Society of Writers to her Majesty’s Signet, an association of Scottish lawyers dating back to the 15th century. Some of Coker's ancestors were WS Society members.


Board certified appellate practice lawyers Shannon and Chris Carlylef hold the Certification flag in Aspen, Colorado.
Board certified appellate practice lawyers Shannon and Chris Carlyle of The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm in The Villages took the flag to the top of Aspen Mountain (elevation 11,212 feet) during a family ski trip to Colorado.

Nick Shannin, a board certified appellate lawyer and partner at Page Eichenblatt Bernbaum & Bennett; Heather Pinder Rodriguez, a board certified construction lawyer and senior counsel with Holland & Knight; and Diego “Woody” Rodriguez, a board certified c

Three board certified lawyers posed with the certification flag on March 30 at snowy Carter Park Hill in Breckenridge, Colo. Left to right: Nick Shannin, a board certified appellate lawyer and partner at Page Eichenblatt Bernbaum & Bennett; Heather Pinder Rodriguez, a board certified construction lawyer and senior counsel with Holland & Knight; and Diego “Woody” Rodriguez, a board certified city, county and local government lawyer who serves as general counsel for Orange County Public Schools. More than 30 inches of fresh snow fell during the three days before, providing perfect sledding conditions for the far-away-from-home Floridians.


Gary Salzman in Strawbery Springs, Colorado with Certification Flag

Gary Salzman, a board certified business litigation lawyer and current BLSE member, poses with the flag at Strawberry Springs, Colorado, just outside Steamboat Springs. Salzman practices with GrayRobinson in Orlando, and is a certified circuit civil mediator and certified arbitrator.


Timothy P. Atkinson in Egypt with Certification Flag

Timothy P. Atkinson, a board certified state and federal government and administrative practice lawyer with Oertel, Fernandez, Cole & Bryant in Tallahassee, poses with the certification flag in front of the Great Pyramids at Giza, Egypt. Atkinson and his family traveled with a group from Tallahassee on a two-week trip that included a four-day Nile cruise; visits to the Avenue of Sphinx, numerous temples and many of the country's famous landmarks, and an excursion to St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai.

BLSE Chair Richard C. McCrea Jr., who is board certified in both civil trial and labor & employment law, posed with the flag following completion of his 20th marathon in St. George, Utah. The October event recorded the warmest temperatures in 34-year race history. The course featured 250 feet of elevation increase over a mile, a difficult series of downhills and a descent into the desert. McCrea completed the race in 3:17:26, a 7:32-mile pace.Richard C. McCrea, Jr. in St. George, Utah with Certification Flag


Kelly A Martinson in Turkey with Certification Flag

Kelly A. Martinson, a board certified state and federal government and administrative practice lawyer from Sarasota, is pictured with the certification flag near the Goerme Open Air Museum in the Cappadocia region of Turkey.


Former Florida Bar President Herman Russomanno, ABA President Steve Zack, Florida Bar Executive Director Jack Harkness and Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick
Former Florida Bar President Herman Russomanno, ABA President Steve Zack, Florida Bar Executive Director Jack Harkness and Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick display the certification program flag in San Francisco at The Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association. Russomanno and Zack are board certified in civil trial; Slesnick is board certified in labor and employment law.

Marylin Batista

Marylin Batista

Education Law Certification Committee Chair Marylin Batista displays the flag on the Oasis of the Seas’ zip line and while surfing in the Flow Rider. She cruised to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau.

Susan ColeSusan Cole
Board certified civil trial lawyer Susan Cole poses with the flag on glass-factory-famous Murano Island, just off the coast of Venice, and in Barcelona the morning after Spain won the world cup.

Peter QuinterBoard certified international lawyer and BLSE member Peter Quinter recently took the flag on his visits to Portugal, Italy and China.

Nancy GregoireNancy Gregoire, a board certified appellate practice lawyer and Florida Bar Board of Governors member, displays the flag on the waterfront while on a recent trip to Venice, Italy.

Usher “Larry” BrownUsher “Larry” Brown, a board certified civil trial lawyer who serves as vice chair of the Education Law Certification Committee, is pictured with his family and the flag on the Weber River about 35 miles from Park City, Utah

Katerina Valdes, daughter of Michelle Otero ValdesKaterina Valdés, daughter of board certified admiralty & maritime lawyer Michelle Otero Valdés, displays the flag during a bridge tour of the Carnival Imagination as part of the Women’s International Shipping and trading Association USA’s Annual General Meeting.

Bob Stoler in the Negev desert

Bob Stoler, a board certified civil trial lawyer from Tampa, traveled to Germany and the Middle East and displayed the flag on top of an Israeli Merkava tank in the Negev desert.

Norman Vaughan-Birch Norman Vaughan-Birch

Norman Vaughan-Birch, a board certified business litigation and civil trial lawyer and Board of Governors member, poses with the certification flag in Kathmandu, Nepal, at the airport and in front of a Tibetan Buddhist stupa.

Salome J. ZikakisSalome J. Zikakis, a board certified real estate lawyer, poses with her medal and the certification flag at the finish of the Paris Marathon by the Arc de Triomphe. This was Zikakis' 6th marathon, which started on the cobblestones of the Champs Elysees and included beautiful scenery and an unforgettable view of the Eiffel Tower at the 29K point.

Bar Board of Governors

Board certified and certification committee members of The Florida Bar Board of Governors proudly display the certification flag in New York at the April 2010 BOG meeting. Left to right, are John "Jack" H. Hickey, Stephen H. Echsner, Scott G. Hawkins, Daniel L. DeCubellis, Dori Foster-Morales, Walter G. Campbell Jr., Carl B. Schwait, Eugene K. Pettis, John J. “Jake”Schickel, William J. Schifino Jr. and David Rothman.


Josh EscotoBoard certified real estate lawyer Josh Escoto of NextEra Energy Resources in Juno Beach recently took the certification flag on his visit to a wind farm construction project in South Dakota called Day County Wind Energy Center. Once commissioned, the project will generate up to 99 megawatts of clean energy. NextEra Energy Resources is a subsidiary of FPL Group Inc. and is the largest wind power generator in North America with facilities in 17 states and Canada.



Mark P. Terry of Miami, a board certified intellectual property lawyer, climbed the North Ridge route of Wyoming’s Grand Teton, about 1,000 feet of vertical, roped rock climbing and one of the only alpine rock climbs in the lower 48 states. Terry serves on the Intellectual Property Law Certification Committee and hopes to use his post to encourage new applicants.Mark P. Terry


Joni Armstrong CoffeyImmediate Past BLSE Chair Joni Armstrong Coffey of Miami visited the Parque Nacional Chiloe, a national park of Chile, located in the western coast of Chiloé Island in Los Lagos Region just north of Patagonia. Armstrong Coffey is board certified in city, county and local government law.


Former BLSE Chair Michael G. Tanner of Jacksonville, who is board certified in business litigation and civil trial, traveled to Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean.Michael G. Tanner


Robert SugarmanRobert Sugarman of Coral Gables, who is board certified in labor and employment law, visited Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation point in the Western Hemisphere. The basin is in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, CA.


[Revised: 12-09-2013]