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March 1, 2012
News and Notes

Melissa Gross-Arnold of The Arnold Law Firm in Jacksonville spoke on “IDEA Fund Distribution to Charter Schools” at the Florida Charter School Conference in November in Orlando.

A. Brian Phillips of A. Brian Phillips, P.A., in Orlando presented “Liens and Levies as Part of the Tax Collection Process” at the Florida Institute on Federal Taxation conference hosted by the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Michael S. Singer of Palm Beach Gardens wrote a chapter on “Exemptions Focusing on Life Insurance, Annuities, and Property Owned as Tenants by the Entireties,” in the recently published Asset Protection in Florida Second Edition, 2011.

Nathaniel L. Doliner of Carlton Fields in Tampa served as a panelist for a webinar, “M&A Agreements: Opportunities and Perils in Asset Acquisitions, Structuring and Documenting the Transaction,” hosted by Strafford.

Steven J. Brodie and Nathaniel L. Doliner of Carlton Fields in Miami and Tampa respectively presented at the 30th Annual Federal Securities Institute: “After the Financial Crisis — Return of Deal Activity and Further Implementation of Legislative and Regulatory Change.”

Lynn Abbott and Michael Kestenbaum of Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones discussed “Condo Association Claims and Discovery” with insurance adjusters in Pennsylvania.

Joanne Kenna of The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs spoke about protecting nursing licenses at the Central Florida Chapter Infusion Nursing Society Annual Seminar.

Joel Levine of Miami read passages from his novel The Corruption of Michael Levitt at an event hosted by Books & Books, Coral Gables.

Marci A. Rubin of Phillips, Cantor & Shalek in Hollywood has become president-elect for Commercial Real Estate Women of Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach.

Stefanie Moon of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Ft. Lauderdale spoke at the Florida Diversity Council’s Leadership Roundtable hosted by Visa in Miami.

Bernard Siegel, executive director, Genetics Policy Institute in Wellington, was a keynote speaker at Stem Cells Europe (Edinburgh) and the World Congress on Regenerative Medicine (Leipzig). Siegel lectured at the German National Academy of Sciences (Halle, Germany) and served as co-chair of the World Stem Cell Summit in Pasadena.

Michael J. Pike of Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman in West Palm Beach has been appointed by the Palm Beach County Justice Association to serve as the president.

Robert Q. Lee of Diaz Reus & Targ in Miami has been named to the advisory board of the Accountant/ Attorney Networking Group of Florida.

Daniel Santaniello and Rey Alvarez of Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones co-presented with Dr. Anthony Dorto at the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians on the “Florida Impairment Rating Guidelines.”

Dustin D.P. Delany of Delany Finisterre in St. Michael, Barbados, West Indies, has been appointed chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee for the Barbados International Business Association.

Rod B. Neuman of Gibbons, Neuman, Bello, Segall, Allen & Halloran in Tampa has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit court mediator.

David A. Wallace of Williams Parker in Sarasota co-presented with Steven D. Hutton, “The Litigator’s Perspective: What Business Lawyers Should Know about Litigation” at the Sarasota County Bar Association Business Law Section luncheon.  

Elizabeth P. Allen of Gibbons, Neuman, Bello, Segall, Allan & Halloran in Tampa has earned her LL.M. in elder law from Stetson University College of Law and was awarded the Matthew Bender Elder Law Book Award.

Andrew McCumber of McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig in Tampa was reappointed to LeadingAge’s National Legal Committee as a core member.

John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in Clearwater presented “Taking An ERISA Deposition —From the Plaintiff’s Perspective” at the 11th Circuit ERISA meeting in Tampa.

Cynthia Rignanese of Winter Haven lectured on her fourth continent with speeches ranging from legal topics to world history; Rignanese has traveled to 76 nations in her personal goal of reaching 100 nations.

Hunter Chamberlin of Chamberlin, Butler & Crowe in Tampa presented “An Introduction to United States Constitutional Law” for the “People’s Law School” lecture series put on by St. Petersburg College and the Clearwater Bar Association.

Steven M. Berman of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke about representing trade creditors at the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association New Lawyers Brown Bag Lunch.

Jeff Cohen of the Florida Healthcare Law Firm in Delray Beach presented to the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Association on the “Future of Private Practice.”

Katherine W. Ezell of Podhurst Orseck in Miami was elected president of The Two Hundred Club, a nonprofit that raises money to provide benefits for the surviving dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters in Miami-Dade County who lose their lives in the line of the duty.

Bari L. Goldstein of Christine D. Hanley & Associates in West Palm Beach was elected second vice president of the board of directors of Families First of Palm Beach County.

Andrew Solis of Cohen & Grigsby of Bonita Springs has been elected president of the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals in Naples.

J. Andrew Atkinson of Broad and Cassel in Tallahassee has been appointed to the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

John P. Cunningham of Gulfcoast Legal Services was presented the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Public Service Award by Stetson University College of Law.

Richard B. Comiter of Palm Beach Gardens spoke at the FICPA Florida Institute on Federal Taxation Conference in Orlando and at the FICPA Estate and Financial Planning Conference in Ft. Lauderdale.

Kevin L. Hagen of Hagen and Hagen in Ft. Lauderdale co-presented “Short Sales Today: Managing the Transaction Advanced Techniques” at the Miami Association of Realtors.

Andrew McCumber of McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig in Tampa co-presented “The Future of Arbitration Agreements in Florida’s Long-Term Care Communities” to members of LeadingAge Florida.

Brian H. Bieber of Hirschhorn & Bieber in Miami spoke at the National Business Institute on “Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the ‘Rambo’ Litigator.” Bieber’s topics included “Identifying the ‘Rambo’ Litigator” and “Hidden Agendas: Why Does ‘Rambo’ Exist?”

Donald Thomson of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers was given the “Love of Bonita Award” by the Bonita Springs Community Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez & Machado in Coral Gables has been elected to the University of Miami Citizens Board.

Jason A. McGrath of McGrath and Spielberger in Charlotte, NC, was sworn in as a member of the Tennessee Bar.

Jason Neufeld of Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert in Miami hosted a panel discussion with Michael Yormark, president of Sunshine Sports & Entertainment — Florida Panthers, Bank Atlantic Center, and Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, VP of Florida Atlantic University and former president/CEO of United Way Broward, at the Emerge Broward Leadership Summit.

Nicole Hessen of Wender, Hedler & Hessen in West Palm Beach has been elected to the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association.

David W. Singer of Hollywood has joined Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board.

Robyn L. Vines of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed chair of the Florida Supreme Court’s Family Law Forms Advisory Workgroup.

Howard Nelson of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami spoke on “Expanding Inverse Condemnation: Condemnation Blight and the Consequences of Environmental Planning” at St. Thomas University.

Jonathan Perry in Greenberg Traurig in Orlando was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Central Florida Partnership.

Jeffrey Grubman of Boca Raton moderated a panel for the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Securities Committee titled “The Secrets of Successful Arbitrating a FINRA Case from the Masters.”

Brian K. Furgala of GrayRobinson in Orlando was elected president of the Employee Benefits Council for Central Florida.

Rob Boyd of Boyd, DuRant & Sliger in Tallahassee was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board.

Lisa H. Lipman of GrayRobinson in Naples was elected president of the board of directors of the Naples International Film Festival.

David Deehl of Deehl & Carlson in Miami spoke at the Monroe County Bar Association meeting in Key West on the topic of “Insurance Bad Faith.”

Jonathan Perry of Greenberg Traurig in Orlando was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Central Florida Partnership.

Christienne Hopkins Sherouse of Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo in Coral Gables has joined the board of Friends of the Everglades.

Charles M. Tatelbaum of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected as a member of the board of directors of the British American Business Council Miami.

William Boshnick of Greenblum & Bernstein in Reston, Virginia, has been appointed chair of the International and Foreign Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Joseph R. Fitos of GrayRobinson in Orlando was appointed to the board of directors of the Roper YMCA.

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