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The purpose of this summary provided by the Communications Department of The Florida Bar is to present media coverage that may be of interest to members. Opinions expressed in the articles are attributable solely to the authors. The Florida Bar does not adopt or endorse any opinions expressed below. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

July 29, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION TO OFFER A SIX-PART WEBINAR FOCUSING ON HEALTH AND WELLNESS

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 29, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on new leaders for The Florida Bar Family Law Section and the National Bar Association, and a six-part webinar focusing on health and wellness presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Miami attorney and mediator Patrick Russell, the ADR vice-chair and chair of the section’s Health and Wellness Committee said the series is in the final planning stages and should launch in September. The section partnered with Legal Services of Greater Miami to produce the webinars and will offer practical tips for maintaining mental health and emotional wellbeing.

  2. Legal Discipline

    ‘BLATANT DISREGARD FOR THE LAW’: ASSOCIATE OF THIS EMBATTLED FLORIDA ATTORNEY IS NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION

    Daily Business Review | Article | July 28, 2020

    Ankur Mehta,  in a complaint filed with The Florida Bar by J.B. Harris, a Coral Gables attorney, has been accused of being an unlicensed equity partner at the firm Howard & Associates in Fort Lauderdale. Mehta is being investigated for allegedly practicing law in the state of Florida without a license. The investigation is part of a larger story of the alleged misdeeds of Phillip Timothy Howard who is already facing multiple allegations by former employees for the practices. The Florida Bar is investigating the UPL complaint against Mehta and a grievance committee has found probable cause in the Howard case.

  3. Legal Profession

    WILL THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC FUNDAMENTALLY REMAKE THE LEGAL INDUSTRY?

    ABA Journal | Article | July 29, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked some legal industry observers to predict that the many technological changes being adopted will persist beyond COVID-19, as will the increased use of remote working. Meanwhile, others have suggested the widespread upheaval will provide fuel for state reviews of whether to allow certain alternative business structures and nonlawyer practitioners.

  4. Civil Justice

    BIGLAW FIRM SUED OVER $3M WIRE TRANSFER TO FRAUDSTER’S ACCOUNT

    ABA Journal | Article | July 23, 2020

    Holland & Knight is facing a lawsuit in federal court for failing to investigate after a fraudster intercepted emails regarding a stock sale, posed as the seller, and instructed the law firm to wire $3.1 million from the stock buyer to another account. The lawsuit plaintiffs are two foundations selling the stock. The suit alleges breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.

  5. Wellness Wednesday

    HOW EXERCISE MAY BOLSTER THE BRAIN

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 29, 2020

    Exercise may help change exercisers’ brains in surprising ways, according to a new study of physical activity and brain health. There is already considerable evidence that physical activity protects brains and minds from some of the declines that otherwise accompany aging. Even among younger people, those who were more fit than their peers tended to perform better on cognitive tests.

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