The Florida Bar
The Florida Bar News
click to print this page  click to e-mail the address for this page 
February 1, 2014
News and Notes

H.T. Smith of Florida International University College of Law presented “Opening Statements: Go for the Knockout” at a “Trial Skills Seminar for Minority Lawyers.” Smith was also honored with the Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Award during the fall commencement program at the university.

Wendy A. Mara of Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law, in Ormond Beach has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Stuart J. Levine of Walters Levine Klingensmith & Thomison in Tampa has been certified as a players’ agent for the National Football League.

Suzanne Boy of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers was sworn in as the president-elect of the Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida.

Timothy A. Knowles of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles & Hawk in Bradenton has been appointed as president/chair-elect for the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

Thomas Newcomb Hyde of Tampa presented “Legal Ethics for Florida Lawyers in the 21st Century” at the fall dinner meeting of the E. Robert Williams Inn of Court in Jacksonville.

Vanessa Serrano of Broad and Cassel in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to the board of directors of PACE Center for Girls Broward in Wilton Manors.

Heather K. Dodge of the Aust Law Firm in Orlando presented “Protecting You and Your Ideas,” a focus on trademarks and copyrights to the Central Florida chapter of the National Association of Professional Women.

Deborah L. Russell of Cummings & Lockwood in Naples has been elected to the board of directors of the Naples Neighborhood Health Clinic.

Thomas S. Harmon, Steven D. Parker, and Kathryn Lee of Harmon, Woods, Parker & Abrunzo in Tampa spoke at the Hillsborough County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference on traumatic brain injury litigation.

Brett Schneider of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected president of the Human Resource Association of Broward County.

Ira Leesfield of Leesfield & Partners in Miami was presented with the Philanthropist Award by the Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Women Lawyers for his long-standing commitment to support rising female law students through scholarship grants.

Brad Edwards of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman in Ft. Lauderdale spoke at the Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Florida Seminar sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime at St. Thomas Law School.

Alexa Sherr Hartley, president of Premier Leadership Coaching, demonstrated how strong emotional intelligence (EQ) is a quality of those professionals who reach the highest levels of success and discussed strategies for building EQ with the Legal Marketing Association — Tampa Bay City Group.

Jason Neufeld of Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert has become president of the North Dade Bar Association.

Richard A. Morgan of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale has joined the Wagner College Board of Trustees.

Howard S. Krooks of Elder Law Associates in Boca Raton led a delegation of attorneys to China on behalf of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys to study the long-term care system in China.

Jeremy C. Sahn of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami received a John Edward Smith Outstanding Attorney Award for his ongoing dedication to protecting the legal rights of dependent children.

Nelson C. Bellido of Concepción Martinez & Bellido in Miami has been appointed chair of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust.

Robin J. King of Panza Maurer in Ormond Beach spoke at the National Business Institute lecture series, “The Probate Process from Start to Finish,” in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Julie Jo Adams of Estate Planning & Legacy Law Center in Maitland earned her LL.M. in taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Matthew R. Willard of Willard/Hurley Trial Lawyers in Tallahassee has been selected to serve a second term as president of FACDL’s Tallahassee chapter.

Harry Malka of Malka & Kravitz in Sunrise has become chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s Construction Law Section.

Harvey E. Oyer III of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach has been selected by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County as a “Distinguished Alumnus.”

Brian H. Bieber of GrayRobinson in Miami spoke on “Criminal Defense: Top 10 Secrets the Prosecution Does Not Want You to Know” for the National Business Institute.

Wendy Polit of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was elected to the Cuban American Bar Association Board of Directors.

Courtney Wilkinson, general counsel for Corporate Property Group, Inc., in Melbourne, was elected to the board of directors for Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition and Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard County.

Jeffrey D. Keiner of GrayRobinson in Orlando has been selected to serve on the Adventist University of Health Sciences Foundation Board.

Trent Cotney of Trent Cotney, P.A., in Tampa was re-elected to the West Coast Roofing Contractors Association Board of Directors.

Shahzad Ahmed of NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno in Orlando was elected as the Orlando Regional vice chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Carolina Sznajderman Sheir of Gursky Ragan, P.A., in Miami has been elected executive vice president of the North Dade Bar Association.

Richard M. Benrubi of Liggio Benrubi in West Palm Beach has become president of the Palm Beach Chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates.

Sharon R. Bock, clerk & comptroller of Palm Beach County, gave the keynote presentation at the Florida State Guardianship Association’s annual conference in Palm Beach Gardens on “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Guardianship Fraud.”

Gregory L. Mayback of Mayback & Hoffman in Ft. Lauderdale lectured at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering on intellectual property as it related to technology startup companies and the implication of the recent Supreme Court’s Myriad decision regarding the patenting of DNA.

Patricia Elizee of Elizee Hernandez Law Firm in Miami was appointed to the board of the Haitian American Professional Coalition. She is the chair of the Government and International Affairs Committee.

Erin Smith Aebel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke to physicians at the University of South Florida regarding fraud and abuse laws.

Joseph A. Sacher of Sacher Zelman in Miami published an article analyzing various precedents for deposing government agencies, particularly the SEC, in the December 2013 issue of The Federal Lawyer.

Email News and Notes and On the Move submissions to

[Revised: 03-10-2017]