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December 1, 2008
News and Notes

Anthony F. Sos of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier in Orlando served as a panelist for a seminar on “Professionalism and Ethics” presented by the American Association for Justice.

James M. Craig with Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing in Tampa has been elected vice president/secretary of the Tampa Bay Builders Association.

Rhea F. Law of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa has been inducted into the Stetson University College of Law’s Hall of Fame.

Charles Andrew Tharp, Houston S. Park, and Robert J. Cousins, of Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya, presented the seminar “Legal Malpractice and How to Avoid It” to the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Judge Nelly N. Khouzam was recently appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Second District Court of Appeal. Prior to joining the Second DCA, she served for 14 years as a Sixth Circuit judge.

Sen. Steven A. Geller, D-Cooper City, was recently featured as the luncheon keynote speaker at the fourth annual Florida Gaming Summit at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

Robert A. Goldman of Fox, Wackeen, Dungey in Stuart spoke at the National Business Institute “Real Property Foreclosure” workshop in Miami and West Palm Beach.

Alexander I. Tachmes of Shutts & Bowen has been appointed to the Miami City Ballet Board of Trustees.

Charles E. Rutherford of Rutherford Mulhall in Palm Beach Gardens has been appointed to the board of directors of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

Melanie E. Damian of Damian & Valori in Miami participated in a Florida Association for Women Lawyers panel discussion titled “Be Your Own Boss – Women Opening Their Own Law Firms” at The Bankers Club in Miami.

Michael K. Wilson of Broad and Cassel in Orlando spoke at a Lorman construction seminar on “The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues” in Kissimmee.

William P. Cassidy, Jr., of Shutts & Bowen in Tampa was appointed co-chair of the EEO Regional Liaison Committee of the ABA Labor & Employment Section’s EEO Committee.

Peter Quinter of Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale was recognized at the ASIS International, Miami Chapter, conference for his continued support as a mentor/instructor of the Certified Protection Professional Education Program.

Judge Catherine Peek McEwen of the U.S. Middle District of Florida won the Hillsborough County Bar’s Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award.

Richard J. Fidei of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Ft. Lauderdale was featured in a national A.M. Best hosted podcast to discuss the recently adopted Reinsurance Collateral Rule in Florida.

Josh Spoont and Ethan Wall of Richman Greer presented at the Student Bar Initiative’s "Secrets to Passing the Bar Exam" seminar at Nova Southeastern University.

Sharon R. Bock, Palm Beach County clerk and comptroller, spoke at Oracle OpenWorld 2008 in San Francisco about “Managing Large Projects in the Public Sector.”

Ted Leopold of Leopold~Kuvin in Palm Beach Gardens spoke at the Florida Justice Association seminar in West Palm Beach and Tampa about “Shielding your Client from HMO Abuse.”

Anthony Pelle and Donna K. Knapton of Carlton Fields in Miami recently published “The World of Evolving Annuity Products” in the September 2008 edition of For The Defense magazine, a publication of the Defense Research Institute.

Estrellita S. Sibila, with the firm Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, recently spoke at the Dade County Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Committee’s “Sustainability 101 for Lawyers” seminar on green buildings and LEED Certification.

Aaron Tandy of Gunster Yoakley has been selected to serve as one of the first vice presidents for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Lonnie N. Groot of Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert, Whigham & Partlow has been reappointed to the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties.

William J. Berger of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach presented “Effective Courtroom Strategies” to the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.

William V. Roppolo of Baker & McKenzie in Miami was elected to the Drug Free Youth in Town Board of Directors.

David H Pollack has become a member of the City of Coral Gables Trial Board.

Erin L. Deady of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach presented an “Everglades Litigation Update” at the International Everglades Conference. She also presented, with John J. Fumero of Lewis, Longman & Walker, “A Sustainable Southwest Florida: Creating a Vision” in Ft. Myers.

Beatrice Cazeau of Cazeau, Linton, Barnes in Miami was presented a 2008 Valor Award by the American Diabetes Association.

Joseph Ullo of Lewis, Longman & Walker in Jacksonville was recently elected to Florida Brownfields Association Board of Directors.

Linda Solash-Reed with Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires in Orlando was named to the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center Board of Directors.

Rochelle Birnbaum Chiocca and John A. Chiocca of Chiocca & Chiocca in West Palm Beach participated in the Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day fundraiser to benefit the Komen Foundation, raising nearly $7,000 for breast cancer education and research, to celebrate Rochelle’s first full year in remission from breast cancer.

Twyla L. Sketchley of the The Sketchley Law Firm in Tallahassee was honored with a Distinguished Woman Award at the Smith-Williams Culture Day Celebration by the Smith-Williams Service Center Foundation.

Michelle Jernigan of Upchurch Watson White & Max presented “Conflict Resolution in the Family Business” to Stetson University’s Future Leaders Association.

Kevin S. Hennessy of Lewis, Longman & Walker in Bradenton spoke at the Natural Resource Leadership Institute graduation ceremony in Gainesville.

Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the 11th Circuit’s state attorney, has been honored for her leadership and mentoring efforts by the Cuban American Bar Association.

Daniel D. Dolan II of the Dolan Law Firm in Miami recently moderated the panel discussion of 11th Circuit Court Judges Sarah Zabel, Michael Genden, and Kevin Emas at the Miami Dade Justice Association’s annual luncheon, titled “A View from the State Trial Bench.”

Suzanne M. Elinger of Carlton Fields in Tampa spoke at The American Association of Nurse Attorneys 27th Annual Meeting and Educational Conference on “Building a Broad Foundation: Hiring Medical Experts for Mass Tort Litigation.”

Brian J. Cabrey of Zisser, Robison, Brown, Nowlis, Maciejewski & Cabrey in Jacksonville has been reelected vice president of Florida’s Children First.

Neil Kodsi of Carlton Fields in Miami recently served as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s three-day seminar titled “Deposition Skills: Florida” at Nova Southeastern University’s school of law.

Joseph S. Karp, who maintains offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, and Port St. Lucie, has been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

William D. Matthewman recently lectured at the 2008 Seminar on Jury Selection in Death Penalty Cases sponsored by the Puerto Rico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Darcy I. Williams, director of client services for Matrix Home Care in West Palm, received the Richard Sadow Award from the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund for her volunteer work on behalf of the children of disabled workers.

Cody Vaughan-Birch of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been elected to the Special Equestrians Board of Directors.

Kevin F. Sanderson of Sarasota received an Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship from The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute for Law & Policy to attend The National Employment Lawyers Association Conference: Representing Workers in Harrassment & Retaliation Cases in Chicago.

Amanda G. Simmons of Shutts & Bowen in Orlando participated in two panels at the Volusia County Fair addressing the importance of agricultural industries in Florida. She provided insight as to the impact the horse business has on Florida’s economy.

Lou LaCava of Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya in Ft. Lauderdale was a speaker at the Physician Insurers Association of America Claims/Risk Management Workshop in Washington, D.C. He spoke about trying an obstetrical case from the defense lawyer’s perspective. LaCava and Malinda Lugo also presented an overview of medical malpractice litigation, the litigation experience for a defendant in a medical malpractice case, and steps that can be taken to avoid litigation to graduating Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners at USF.

Edward H. Davis, Jr., of Astigarraga Davis in Miami, presented “Tracing Misappropriated Assets: A U.S. Perspective” at the 13th Annual C5 International Fraud, Asset Tracing, and Recovery Conference in London.

Sandra G. Porter of Carlton Fields in Tampa served as the moderator and a panelist for the ABA Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law teleconference and live audio Web cast, “The EESA: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Now?”

Victoria E. Heuler of McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope & Weaver and Jana E. McConnaughhay of the McConnaughhay Law Group presented a seminar on emergency guardianships for the Institute for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in Kansas City.

Gregory M. Cesarano of Carlton Fields in Miami recently received the Thomas Davison III Memorial Service Award from the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association.

Leigh Kellett Fletcher of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Tampa has been elected regional representative to the Florida Redevelopment Association.

Timothy Daniel of Ormond Beach has been appointed to the board of directors of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance.

[Revised: 04-24-2017]