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December 15, 2010
News and Notes

Mark F. Bideau of Greenberg Traurig in West Palm Beach has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Jeffrey S. Wertman of Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to the board of directors of Junior Achievement of South Florida.

Stuart R. Morris of Boca Raton presented “Six Things Your High Net Worth Clients Need to Know” at an Estate Planning Update of The Kaufman Group, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management in Plantation.

Thomas R. Tatum of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale coordinated and moderated the St. Thomas More Society Ethics and Professionalism Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale.

J. Lester Kaney of Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach has become a member of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Benjamin R. Hanan of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota has been named vice chair of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County.

Laird A. Lile of Naples participated in the fall meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in Baltimore. Lile serves on the program committee for the college, which developed the continuing education component of the meeting for hundreds of trust and estate attorneys from across the U.S.

Steve Rossman of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso, Spier & Connolly in Miami has been elected international chair of Easter Seals, Inc.

Jeffrey Michael Cohen of Carlton Fields in Miami was appointed co-chair of the Bad Faith Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation.

Mark Eiglarsh of Miami presented “Ethics and the Media” at the Third Annual Florida Paralegals Seminar in Orlando.

Michael I. Hyman and Marnie Dale-Ragan of Hyman Spector & Mars in Miami presented “2010 Legal Updates for Homeowners’ Associations, Condominiums and Cooperatives” as part of the Brickell Breakfast Series.

Rhea F. Law of Fowler White Boggs has been named chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

Samuel G. Goren of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale spoke at the annual ethics seminar in Boca Raton on “The Most Common Ethical Challenges Facing Land Use and Planning Professionals.” The program was sponsored by Palm Beach County Planning Congress, Inc., American Planning Association, FAU, The Florida Bar, and Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc.

Barry A. Nelson of Nelson & Nelson in North Miami Beach presented “Asset Protection & Estate Planning — Why Not Have Both?: Hot Topics in Estate Planning and Asset Protection” at the Florida Institute on Federal Taxation Conference in Orlando.

Jason S. Mazer of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin in Miami has become co-chair of a subcommittee dealing with bad faith insurance law, under the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Section on Litigation.

Dale Appell of Dale Appell, P.A., in Tampa discussed “Ethics in Advertising” as part of a panel at the Tampa Inns of Court.

Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez & Machado in Coral Gables was awarded the Golden Eagle Award by the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition, Inc., for his commitment to underserved communities.

Larry S. Forman of Miami was awarded the sixth annual “Journey of Dreams” Community Leadership Award by Parent to Parent of Miami for his work to benefit children and adults with disabilities.

Mark Malek and Scott Nyman of Zies Widerman & Malek in Melbourne presented a seminar on the benefits and dangers of social networking to the accountants of Berman, Hopkins, Wright & Laham.

Jordi Guso of Berger Singerman in Miami has become a member of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Kirsten Ullman of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa presented “Historical Perspectives on the Importance and Impact of Expert Witnesses” at the 22nd annual conference of the National Risk Retention Association in Washington.

Jonathon L. Beck of Young & Alexander Co., in Dayton, Ohio, was presented the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Outstanding Young Lawyer Award at its convention in Cincinnati.

Brett Schneider of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, Pastoriza, Cole & Boniske in Ft. Lauderdale has been installed as legislative affairs director of the Human Resources Association of Broward County.

Valerie Jahn Grandin of Attorneys’ Title Fund Services has been selected as the Commercial Real Estate Women Orlando chapter’s “Member of the Year.”

Nicole Ward Moore of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A., in Orlano has become a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. 

Brian Bursa of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa co-presented a webinar titled “Liability & Legal Risks Related to Automated External Defibrillators” on behalf of the Florida Association of Homes & Services for the Aging.

Maria Chang Mayer of Carlton Fields in Miami was appointed to the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Pillar Trustee Board of Directors.

Julie F. Klahr of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale participated as a panelist at the Governmental Symposium sponsored by MarcumRachlin in Davie.

Joseph I. Zumpano of Zumpano Patricios & Winker in Coral Gables was honored by the Florida Association of Managing Partners, Inc., for his longtime service to the organization.

Richard S. Loudermilk of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in the Sarasota office was a presenter at a debt-collection seminar titled “Collections: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment,” sponsored by the National Business Institute in Tampa.

Jerald David August of Fox Rothschild in West Palm Beach served as chair of the Closely Held Businesses program and spoke on the topic of “Federal Income Taxation of Single Member Entities: ‘Tax Nothings’” at the Annual NYU Institute on Federal Taxation.

Stuart R. Morris of the Morris Law Group in Boca Raton presented “Wealth Preservation Planning” at the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Southern Florida Symposium: Preparing for the Future of Retirement in Westin.

Brian Karpf of Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez in Weston has been appointed as the liaison between the Family Law Section and the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA and as the vice chair of the Family Law Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Joseph P. Chase of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been named to the board of directors of the Friends of the West Palm Beach Public Library.

Wm. Cary Wright, Scott P. Pence, and Lauren E. Catoe of Carlton Fields in Tampa spoke at the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association seminar titled, “What’s in a Form? A Closer Look at the More Significant Provisions Within the AIA and ConsensusDOCS Standard Construction Contract Forms.”

Brian P. Battaglia of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein in St. Petersburg has become a member of the Advisory Board for Florida State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Andrew McCumber of McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig in Tampa presented “DNR Policies: Honoring Residents’ Advance Directives” at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging’s Annual Meeting.

Noelle M. Melanson of the Melanson Law in Ft. Myers was re-elected secretary of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Board of Directors.

Gary Lesser of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in Stuart was honored at the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Installation Gala with the “Business Person of the Year Award.”

Darin I. Zenov of Foley & Lardner in Miami was the recipient of his 20th career Exceptional Participation Pro Bono Service Award by the Put Something Back program.

R. Scott Costantino of Liles, Gavin, Costantino, George & Dearing in Jacksonville spoke at the Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim seminar hosted by the National Business Institute in Jacksonville.

Doug Landau of Abrams Landau in Herndon, VA, presented “Creative Ways to Increase Settlement & Get It Sooner Rather Than Later” at the VTLA Tort Law Seminar in Roanoke, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Fairfax. He also spoke on “How I Learned to Relax and Love Mediation” at the Association for Justice meeting in Hawaii.

Richard J. McAlpin of McAlpin Conroy in Miami presented on forensic scientific evidence and its admissibility at the 21st Marine Seminar hosted by the Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club.

Harold Lewis of Pathman Lewis in Miami presented to the Realtor Commercial Alliance Miami on “Buying Distressed Property and Delinquent Loans from Banks and CMBS Lenders.”
Jon Agee of Ft. Lauderdale recently published a historical novel, The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau. It is the account of a fictional witness to the plot to assassinate President Kennedy from inception through implementation. See noahbond.com for more information.

Karen Josefsberg Ladis of Dade Legal Aid Put Something Back Pro Bono Project was appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono.

Miles McGrane of McGrane Nosich & Ganz in Coral Gables has been named to a second two-year term as chair of the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

William Boshnick of Greenblum & Bernstein in Reston, VA, lectured before the Japan Patent Attorneys Association in Takamatsu, Japan. Boshnick discussed recent patent litigation decisions in the U.S.

David S. Hendrix of GrayRobinson in Tampa has been appointed to the Boy Scouts of America Southern Region Board of Directors and vice president of council operations for the state of Florida for the Boy Scouts of America.

R. Terry Rigsby of Carlton Fields in Tallahassee has become a member of the board of directors of the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys.

Ian-Illych Martinez of the Law Offices of Martinez, P.A., has been appointed as special master/hearing officer for the City of Coral Gables. Martinez will be responsible for hearing all zoning and mitigation issues in the City of Coral Gables.

Donna Ballman of Ft. Lauderdale won first place in the Florida Writers Association’s 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards for her educational/informational book, The Writer's Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers.

Gary Resnick of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale has been re-elected mayor of Wilton Manors.

John Bringardner of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa presented “So You’ve Been Sued...Now What?!” at the annual conference of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Marc. S. Shuster of Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the board of governors for the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale.

Angela Allen of Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh, N.C., has been appointed to the Distinguished Women in the Profession Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association.

Stephen G. Fischer of Matrix Mediation in West Palm Beach has become a diplomate member of The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators.

Yelizaveta “Liz” B. Herman of Rosenbaum Mollengarden Janssen & Siracusa in West Palm Beach moderated a judicial luncheon titled “Juror Misconduct in the Social Networking Age,” presented by the Palm Beach County Bar.

Thomas S. Harmon of Harmon, Woods, Parker, Hendricks & Abrunzo in Tampa spoke on “Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case” at the National Business Institute seminar in Tampa.

Alexcia Cox of Olds, Stephens and Harper in West Palm Beach presented “Impeachment & Practical Application” at a CLE hosted by the F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association in West Palm Beach.

Samuel S. Goren of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on “The Law – Chapter 163 Requirements” at the Community Redevelopment Agency Basics conference sponsored by the Florida Institute of Government at Florida Atlantic University in Pompano Beach.

James B. Baldinger of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach was appointed chair of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Business & Professions Division.

Judge Michael Hanuszczak of Syracuse, NY, was re-elected to a second term as an Onondaga County family court judge.

Tyrina D. Blomer of Houston was a keynote speaker and presented on “Optimizing Your Compliance Plan for the New CMS Audit” at the Medicare Compliance Summit, sponsored by the World Research Group in Washington, D.C.

Trenton H. Cotney of Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker in Tampa has been elected to the West Coast Roofing Contractors’ Association Board of Directors.

Aristides “Kico” Diaz of Diaz Law in Orlando has become a Florida Supreme Court circuit mediator.

John Upchurch of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group presented “Toward a Defense Mediation Strategy: Focus on Plaintiff’s Emotional Needs” at the Annual Kubicki Draper Global Seminar in Orlando.

Michael T. Haire of the Chartwell Law Offices in Melbourne and Orlando has become a Florida Civil-law Notary.

Roberta G. Stanley of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale lectured on “Current Trends and Legislative Update in Family Law” at the Valuation, Forensic Accounting, and Litigation Services Conference sponsored by the FICPA in Ft. Lauderdale.

Manuel Farach, of counsel with Richman Greer, has been elected president of the Guild of Catholic Lawyers of the Diocese of Palm Beach.

Gary Canner of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group in Leesburg conducted an appellate mediation training program for the Alabama State Bar.

Amanda R. Caruso of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been appointed chair of the City of Orlando Code Enforcement Board.

Ben Solomon of the Associate Member of the Year by the Builders Association of South Florida. He has also been named to BASF’s Executive Committee as second vice president.

John P. Cole of Ivan, Cole, Bonnette & Kane in Jacksonville was presented with the Friend of the Industry award by the Trust, Asset Management, and Private Banking Division of the Florida Bankers Association.

Angelo M. Filippi, Brian S. Bartley, and Clinton Wright of Kelley, Kronenberg, Gilmartin, Fichtel, Wander, Bamdas, Eskalyo & Dunbrack were featured speakers at an employment law seminar for HR executives in Ft. Myers hosted by Lykes Insurance. Filippi of Ft. Lauderdale discussed the Family & Medical Leave Act, the American Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. Bartley of Ft. Myers gave an update on workers’ comp cases. Wright of Jacksonville gave an overview of OSHA regulations.

[Revised: 03-29-2014]