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August 15, 2014
News and Notes

Fentrice Driskell of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa was elected president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association.

Deanna K. Shullman and Mark R. Caramanica of Thomas & LoCicero in Tampa published “Mug Shots on Lockdown: Government and Citizen Backlash to ‘Exploitation’ Websites Surges, Free Speech Is the Casualty” in the June issue of the ABA’s Communications Lawyer.

Bruno Renda of McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the Nova Southeastern Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Enrique Zamora of Coconut Grove was appointed chief special master for the City of Miami Beach by the Miami Beach City Commission.

Robert S. Turk and Ingrid H. Ponce of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Miami presented “Wage and Hour Traps: What Every Employer Needs to Stop Doing Now!” to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Sports & Entertainment Committee.

Meital Stavinsky of Greenberg Traurig in Miami has been named to the Sustainer Board of the National YoungArts Foundation.

Kelley Geraghty Price of Cohen & Grigsby in Naples was named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Collier County Women’s Bar.

Gregg D. Thomas of Thomas & LoCicero in Tampa spoke to the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division about his successful U.S. Supreme Court argument in Butterworth v. Smith during a panel discussion called “Taking Your Case to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Evan Glasser of Greenspoon Marder in Cypress Creek graduated Leadership Ft. Lauderdale’s Class XX.

Peter Quinter of GrayRobinson was appointed by the ABA’s Section of International Trade as vice chair of both the Customs Law Committee and the International Transportation Committee.

Jamie M. Blucher of Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando was recently awarded the New  Attorney Award of Excellence by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. 

Rebecca Rodriguez of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed by the ABA’s Section of International Law as a member of the Steering Group for the Customs Law Committee.

Richard A. Greenberg of Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell in Tallahassee was elected secretary of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Gary I. Resnick of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale has been named chair of the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee.

Martha A. Curtis of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A., in Tampa has been issued an invitation to join the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.

Fernando Garcia of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables/Miami has been named “Knight of the Year” by the Knights of Columbus Coral Gables Council.

Twyla Sketchley of The Sketchley Law Firm in Tallahassee was named the National Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys’ 2014 Florida Chapter Member of the Year.

Derrick B. Grüner of Genesis Capital in Los Angeles recently moderated the “Workout, Bankruptcy, and Litigation Topics” roundtable and was a panelist on the “Property Acquisition: Due Diligence, War Stories & Checklists” at the IMN Real Estate General Counsel in Newport Beach.

Sean M. Lebowitz of Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller in Boca Raton was recently elevated to treasurer of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

Edith G. Osman of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami spoke at the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ Inaugural Leadership Summit.

Thomas S. Ward of Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez in Miami was elected to the board of directors for the Third DCA’s Historical Society.

Ronald L. Kammer of Hinshaw & Culbertson of Coral Gables/Miami has been elected as a fellow to the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Michael J. Napoleone of Richman Greer was a co-presenter with Justice Barbara Pariente on a training session of the Informed Voters Project to the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Jo Thacker of Broad and Cassel was appointed by Mayor Buddy Dyer to serve on the City of Orlando’s Community Venues Oversight Committee.

Laurie Briggs of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was re-elected to the board of directors by the members of the Florida Justice Association.

Harsh Arora of Spiegel & Utrera in Miami spoke on the growth of the India-U.S. cross border transactions at “India: Jewel of Emerging Market,” an annual HSBC Global Connections event in Ft. Lauderdale.

Robert T. Kofman of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Miami was elected to the fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Cameron Kennedy of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association.

Brian D. Burgoon of the Burgoon Law Firm in Atlanta has been re-elected to the board of directors of the University of Florida Alumni Association.

Rebecca M. Vaccariello of Salvatori, Wood, Buckel, Carmichael & Lottes in Naples was inducted as a member of the board of directors of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association.

Christian Searcy of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach received the ABA’s Pursuit of Justice Award.

Arye P. Corbett of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath in West Palm Beach was selected to serve on the Boca Raton Synagogue’s Board of Directors.

W. Jan Pietruszka of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa participated in a panel discussion at the Tampa Bay Executive Symposium regarding “The Wacky World of Being an Employer – Who Knew? Labor Relations and How They Affect Your Company.”

David Singer of Hollywood was honored by the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with the Business Leader Individual Award.

Jacob G. Horowitz of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on “Social Media and the Law: Public Entities” at the Lorman “What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Florida” seminar in West Palm Beach.

Kristin A. Norse of Kynes, Markman & Felman in Tampa has become president-elect of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and was re-elected to the board of directors of the Hillsborough County Bar.

Fred E. Karlinsky of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Web in Ft. Lauderdale spoke at the Louisiana Insurance Compliance Seminar & Legislative Review in New Orleans.

Brenda Fulmer of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was reappointed by the Florida Justice Association as one of its delegates to the American Association for Justice Board of Governors.

Susan l. Trevarthen of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Ft. Lauderdale discussed state and local ethics in Florida, outlining requirements for planners, attorneys, and elected officials, in a webinar sponsored by 1000 Friends of Florida.

Theodore (Theo) S. Kypreos of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach has been sworn in as the 92nd president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Stuart Grossman of Grossman Roth in Coral Gables spoke at the Florida Justice Association annual conference in Palm Beach on “Closing Arguments: Promises Kept, Promises Broken.”

Katherine W. Ezell of Podhurst Orseck in Miami received the Mattie Belle Davis Award from the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Hal Mullis of Trenam Kemker in Tampa was elected by the University of South Florida Board of Trustees as its chair.

Jim Gustafson of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley has become treasurer of the Florida Justice Association.

Dorothy J. Harden of Islamorada has been elected president of the American Business Women Association’s Homestead Charter Chapter.

Terence G. Connor and Kevin J. White of Hunton & Williams won the “Distinguished Legal Writing Award” from The Burton Foundation for an article titled “The Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions: A Critique of the EEOC Guidance,” published in the June 2013 issue of Seton Hall Law Review.

John H. (Jack) Hickey of Miami spoke on “Tour Operator Liability” at the Torts and Insurance Practice Section meeting of the ABA in Boca Raton. His paper, “Cruise Ship Accidents: What Are the Rights of the Passenger?,” was also published in the Spring Edition of The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine.

Orlando Evora of Greenberg Traurig in Orlando has been honored with the “Father of the Year” award presented by the 2014 Father’s Day Council.

H. T. Smith of Miami was elected to the board of governors of the University of Miami Hospital.

Leslie M. Kroeger of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in Palm Beach Gardens was re-elected to the board of directors and executive committee of the Florida Justice Association.

David L. Smith of GrayRobinson in Tampa has been elected chair of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Lindsey Wagner of Cathleen Scott & Associates in West Palm Beach was appointed chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law CLE Committee.

Sasha Lohn-McDermott spoke to police chiefs and command staff at the Florida Police Chiefs Association conference in Boca Raton on “Building Our Professional Partnerships: A Multi-agency Approach to Human Trafficking.”

[Revised: 04-11-2015]