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April 15, 2013
News and Notes

Erin Smith Aebel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa discussed “Health Care Clinic Licensure and Regulation” at a Hillsborough County Bar Association Health Law Section luncheon. She also presented “The Future of Health Care Reform in Florida” to women executives at the University of South Florida CAMLS facility.

Maria Elsa Espinosa of Fern Park has been appointed president of the board of directors of the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society.

Suzanne Driscoll of Shutts & Bowen in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to the board of directors of HANDY.

Mark D. Hildreth of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota moderated a panel discussion about receivers and the value they can add to the loan enforcement process at the Annual Bank & Financial Institutions Special Asset Executive Conference on Real Estate Workouts sponsored by Information Management Network.

Adam B. Portnow of Law Office of Adam B. Portnow, P.L., in Sarasota completed the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s patent bar examination and application process, and is now licensed to practice before the USPTO in patent cases.

Luis J. Delgado of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in West Palm Beach has become president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association.

Haley R. Maple of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Tampa has become co-chair of the Communications Committee in the ABA Section of Litigation.

George F. Frank of Lavalle, Brown & Ronan in Boca Raton spoke on “Navigating the Homestead Trap” at the Boca Raton Chapter Paralegal Association of Florida Luncheon.

Curtis Alva, Tracy Nichols, and Louis Conti of Holland & Knight were speakers at Thomson Reuters’ Annual Federal Securities Institute in Miami. Alva spoke on “Delaware Law Developments.” Nichols discussed “SEC Enforcement and Private Litigation Developments.” Conti addressed “Private Equity, LBOs, Venture Capital.”

Dale Appell of Tampa presented to the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Bench/Bar Conference on the topic, “Effective Marketing for Attorneys.”

Tom Scarritt of Scarritt Law Group in Tampa acted in a production that was awarded PBS Affiliate WEDU’s 2013 “Be More” Special Events Award for Entertainment in the Tampa Bay Area. Scarritt played three different characters in staged readings of the Broadway success Sylvia, which raised over $11,000 to benefit Hillsborough at-risk youth.

Nick Mizell of Cheffy Passidomo in Naples has been appointed to the Local Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Christopher S. Knopik of Tampa was recognized by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association as the recipient of the George C. Carr Memorial Award for 2012.

Michelle R. Suskauer of Suskauer Law Firm in West Palm Beach was honored by the National Conference of Jewish Women as its 2013 Women in Power awardee.

Lance O. Leider and Carole C. Schriefer with The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs delivered a seminar to Florida Hospital’s family medicine residents and medical students on the types of fraud and abuse in the health-care industry.

Glen J. Torcivia of the Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates in West Palm Beach was a guest on Channel 12 WPEC (CBS) to discuss proposed changes to federal gun laws. He also discussed the impact of the Affordable Health-Care Act on Channel 12.

Lori Baggett of Carlton Fields in Tampa has become a member of the leadership council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program.

John H. (Jack) Hickey of Miami spoke on “How to Interview Your Client to Get the Story on Damages” at the Winter Convention of the American Association for Justice in Miami Beach.

Carolyn House Stewart of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen in Tampa received the Sadie T.M. Alexander Award from the National Black Law Students Association.

Jason B. Blank of Haber, Stief & Blank in Ft. Lauderdale was nominated by students at Nova Law Center for the Student Bar Association’s Larry Kalevitch
Service Award.


Lawrence Kolin of Orlando spoke on the impact of social media and Florida’s new e-discovery rule amendments and the use of ADR neutrals at the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists Annual Conference in Hollywood.

Doug McCarron of The Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables has become president of the Miami-Dade Justice Association.

Michael Haggard of The Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables spoke on “Bank Robbery – Real Examples of the Legendary Crimes Turned into a Negligent Security Case” at the Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar.

Michelle Otero Valdes of Chalos & Co., in Miami was named chair of the board of directors of the ReThink and ReUse Center, an environmental, educational non-profit in Miami.

Michael J. Wilson of Williams Parker in Sarasota served on the speakers panel at the Association for Corporate Growth Tampa Bay Chapter.

Frank J. Aloia, Jr., of Aloia, Roland & Lubell in Ft. Myers spoke to the Rotary Club of Cape Coral about the $15 billion BP Oil Spill Settlement and how local business owners can find out if they qualify to recover lost revenue.

Cesar L. Alvarez of Greenberg Traurig in Miami was honored at the 2013 Annual Solidarity Annual Gala Dinner of the Greater Miami Chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Stephen G. Cobb of Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm of Florida spoke on “Forensic Use of SPECT Neuro-imaging” at a joint continuing medical education and continuing legal education seminar in Atlanta.

Robert Friedman of Friedman, P.A., in Palm Beach presented a national insurance webinar for Strafford Publications titled “Insurance Policy Interpretation: Key Rules for Insurers and Insureds.”

James T. Armstrong and Scott Berglund of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Orlando co-presented a seminar to Insurance Professionals at United Self Insured Services and FHM Insurance Company in Orlando on recent legal developments in workers’ comp.

Susan Healy of Vernon Healy in Naples spoke to the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers on “Professional Advancement Through Bar Leadership.”

Angela J. Crawford of DLA Piper in Tampa presented “Detecting and Preventing Financial Fraud – The FCPA: An Overview, Trends, Risks, and Managing Exposure” to the Baltimore chapter of Financial Executives International.

Manny Diaz of Lydecker Diaz in Miami has been appointed as a board member to The National Association of Corporate Directors, Florida Chapter.

Nicole V. Foster, an attorney advisor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in Miami, has been appointed to the Broward County Human Rights Board.

Stephen J. Wein of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein in St. Petersburg was honored by Israel Bonds at its annual Pinellas County event for his longtime support and dedication to Israel Bonds and the community.

Arye Corbett of the Law Offices of Guy Fronstin in Boca Raton gave a presentation to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers on domestic violence.

Marie Osborne, Miami-Dade chief assistant public defender, juvenile division, received the “Mayor’s Pioneer Award,” which honors a trailblazer who has proven leadership, creativity, and vision in addressing community issues and advancing the status of women in Miami-Dade County for at least the past 10 years.

David Steinfeld of Palm Beach Gardens presented an e-discovery “boot camp” to attorneys and paralegals for the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists and the Legal Learning Series.

Jeffrey Michael Cohen of Carlton Fields in Miami served as a moderator of a panel program titled, “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” at the Annual Conference of the ABA Litigation Section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee in Tucson.

Sarah Lindquist Pape of Zimmerman, Kiser, Sutcliffe in Orlando has become secretary of The First Tee of Central Florida.

Ricardo H. Puente and Angel Valverde of Concepción Martinez & Bellido in Miami have been elected president and secretary, respectively, to the board of directors of the Florida Chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje, an organization based in Madrid, Spain, with more than 700 members residing in 32 countries.

James T. Armstrong of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Orlando discussed “How to Develop a Litigation Strategy in Workers’ Compensation” to the workers’ compensation insurance adjusters at Employer’s Insurance Company in Maitland.

Evelyn Torres Hopkins of Florida Crystals Corp., was named a chamber trustee and elected to the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

Stephen G. Charpentier was awarded The Brevard County Bar Association Professionalism Award for Private Lawyer.

Barbara Viniegra of Concepción Martinez & Bellido in Miami has been nominated to be a member of Florida International University President’s Council.

Andres Berrio of Fuentes & Berrio in Deerfield Beach spoke about the new “Florida Personal Injury Protection Law” at a seminar hosted by the Delray Medical Center.

Charles Castagna of Castagna Mediation, Inc., in Clearwater taught a circuit civil mediation certification class in the Cayman Islands to a group of lawyers, human resources, and real estate professionals.

Keith Rizzardi, special counsel to Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach and a law professor at St. Thomas University, published “The Duty to Advise the Lorax: Environmental Advocacy and the Risk of Reform,” and presented the paper at the University of Florida Public Interest Environmental Conference in Gainesville and the Seminar Group Endangered Species Act conference in Atlanta.

[Revised: 04-15-2014]