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October 1, 2017
News and Notes

Marina A. Choundas of Foley & Lardner in Tampa was selected to attend the “Governing for Nonprofit Excellence” program at Harvard Business School in connection with her service as a member of the board of directors of Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Richard P. Green of Lewis, Longman & Walker was selected to join the board of directors of the Manatee County Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.

Sharon Quinn Dixon of Stearns Weaver Miller in Miami presented “Executive Compensation and Partnership Awards” to the Greater Miami Tax Institute.

Fred Levin of Levin Papantinio in Pensacola was honored at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the establishment of the Fredric G. Levin Distinguished Chair in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Cancer Research, in recognition of his $2- million gift.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been selected by Gov. Rick Scott for induction into the prestigious Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

Erica K. Smith of Fisher & Sauls in St. Petersburg has been accepted into Class III of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Marcia S. Cohen of Marcia S. Cohen, P.A., in St. Petersburg has been appointed legal counsel for the National Organization for Women.

Kara S. Nickel of Stearns Weaver Miller presented at Impact Broward’s Work/Life Symposium: “The Business Case: Retention, Productivity & Profit.”

Cheryl Gordon of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota has been named to the University of Florida Law Center Association Board of Trustees.

Natalie A. Kato of Lewis, Longman & Walker joined Thunderdome Tallahassee Class 4, a hands-on leadership and pro bono family law training program.

Donna E. Blanton and Angela D. Miles of Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee presented, “Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Laws: What You Need To Know,” at the Florida Behavioral Health Conference in Orlando.
Robert S. Goldman of Dean, Mead & Dunbar in Tallahassee has been elected president of The Institute for Professionals in Taxation.

Kelly A. O’Keefe and Bridget Smitha of Stearns Weaver Miller presented, “Launching Your Campaign,” at The Oasis Center for Women & Girls Women Can Run Conference.

Anthony Hall of Littler in Orlando has been elected vice president of finance for the National Bar Association.

Jane West of Jane West Law in St. Augustine presented, “What Planners Should Know About Florida Law,” at the annual American Planning Association Conference in Daytona Beach.

Janet Goldberg McEnery of Stearns Weaver Miller presented, “Do Not Repeat the Same Wage and Hour Mistakes in 2017,” and “Is Your Website ADA Accessible?” at the HR Florida Conference & Expo.

Maria L. Sachs, executive director of Innovation Florida in Boca Raton, was honored with the Guglielmo Marconi Award at The Order Sons of Italy in America’s 55th Biennial National Convention in Sarasota.

Manuel Farach of McGlinchey Stafford in Ft. Lauderdale has been named chair of the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section’s Real Property Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Brett Schneider of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman in Boca Raton provided advice to employers about addressing medical marijuana in the workplace at the 36th Annual Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Seminar in St. Petersburg; at the Florida League of Cities’ Center for Municipal Research & Innovation Summer Research Symposium on “Medical Marijuana and Your City: Facts, Fiction and Moving Forward” in Orlando; and at the Annual TSG Labor & Employment Law Conference called “Drug Alert — Medical Marijuana in the Workplace” hosted by The Seminar Group.

Michael D. Padula of Carlton Fields in Miami spoke at the XXI Hemispheric Congress in Panama City, Panama, on foreign corruption and what companies outside the United States need to do to comply with U.S. anti-bribery laws.

Jerome “Jerry” R. Tabas of Tabas Mediation Services Services in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale; Linda L. Vitale of Linda L. Vitale, P.A., in Southwest Ranches; Stanley Zamor of Effective Mediation Consultants, LLC, in Pembroke Pines; Diana Santa Maria of Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale, and Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach Gardens presented “Making Your Mediation Great!” at the August meeting of the South Broward Bar Association in Ft. Lauderdale. The group discussion was moderated by Steven S. Farbman of Law Office of Steven S. Farbman, P.A. in Hollywood.

C. Todd Smith of Orlando has been elected as governor for the Florida District of Kiwanis.

Kelly Ruane Melchiondo of Stearns Weaver Miller in Miami presented, “Hot Topics in Cybersecurity,” to the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County.

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law in North Miami taught two seminars on Legal/IPR issues and free trade agreements at Small Business Developments 2017 International Trade Certificate Program.

Robert W. Wilkins of Robert W. Wilkins and James C. Gavigan, Jr., of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach participated in the Palm Beach County Judicial Relations presentation, “Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Discovery, Florida and Federal Courts Compared.”

Janice L. Merrill and Chanel A. Mosley of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Orlando presented, “EDs & EMRs & E-Discovery, Oh My! How to Stay on the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ When the Threat of Litigation Arises” at the Florida Assisted Living Association Annual Conference & Tradeshow in Orlando and “The Defense Bar Strikes Back: EMRs & eDiscovery Risk Management” at the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety Annual Meeting & Education Conference in Lake Buena Vista.

Peter J. Porcaro of Porcaro Law Group in Delray Beach participated as a speaker at the conference, “Marijuana in Florida,” held by the Seminar Group of Legal and Professional Education in Miami.

Carla Laroche of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Tallahassee was honored with the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Humanitarian Award and is the NBA’s “Excellence in Activism” recipient.

Tyler Chasez, Katie Monroe, and Jacque Bertelsen of Hale, Hale & Jacobson in Orlando presented “Right to Repair” to local roofers and adjusters.

Roger Kobert of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman in Miami has been elected vice chair of the International Law Section of the Federal Bar Association.

Leonard Helfand of Tallahassee received the 2017 Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center Award of Appreciation.

Neisen Kasdin and Richard Milstein of Akerman in Miami received recognitions from the Dade County Bar. Milstein was the Legal Luminary award winner in the probate and estate planning category. Akerman and Kasdin were honored as finalists in the best Miami office and zoning and land use categories.

Paul G. Finizio of the Law Office of Paul G. Finizio, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale was elected president of the National Italian American Bar Association.

Howard S. Krooks of Elder Law Associates in Boca Raton presented “Unauthorized Practice of Law: How Clients are Being Harmed” at the 2017 Texas NAELA Summer Conference in Galveston, Texas.

Todd R. Friedman of Kenny Nachwalter, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed by Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell to the Downtown Development Authority’s Downtown Resiliency Task Force.

Jon A. Sale of Broad and Cassel in Miami has been appointed to the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel — Ft. Lauderdale for the upcoming reappointment of Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow.

Donna L. Eng of Mrachek, Fitzgerald, Rose, Konopka, Thomas & Weiss in Stuart has been selected to serve as president of the Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court.

Francisco R. Angones of Angones McClure & Garcia in Miami receved the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ashley C. Drumm of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach received a Special Projects Award from the Palm Beach Legal Aid Society in recognition of the firm’s dedicated service in the areas of critical need, domestic violence, and guardian advocacy pro bono to underserved clients.

Sean C. Domnick of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Craig T. Smith of Olivetti, McCray & Withrow in Hilton Head Island published an article, “And Stay Out! Redressing Elitism in the Post-PTFA Era” in the Stanford Law & Policy Review Online.

Tasha K. Dickinson of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach has been admitted to practice in the State of New York. She is board certified by The Florida Bar in wills, trusts, and estates.

Ava Doppelt of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist in Orlando gave a presentation on publishing contracts at the Florida Authors & Publishers Association’s Annual Conference.

Keely F. Morton of Quarles & Brady in Naples joined the board of directors of the Collier County Women’s Bar.

Pamela M. Gordon of the Law Office of Pamela M. Gordon, P.A., in Hollywood received the 2017 Joseph J. Carter Professionalism Award by the Broward County Bar Association.

Cecile S. Mendizabal and Lissette M. Alvarez of ROIG Lawyers in Miami published an article, “Ridesharing Legislation May Trigger New Wave of Litigation,” in the Daily Business Review.

David W. Henry of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Orlando presented “Casting Light on the Dark Art of Mediation” at the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s annual meeting in River Ranch.

H. T. Smith of H. T. Smith, P.A., in Miami discussed, “Opening Statement and Closing Argument: Getting Better or Getting Beat” at the Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp during the Annual Convention of the National Bar Association in Toronto, Canada.

Michael Haggard of The Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables was the recipient of the 2017 Perry Nichols Award by The Florida Justice Association.

Kirsten Ullman and Brian Bursa of Ullman Bursa Law in Tampa discussed “Admission, Arbitration, and Decision-makers With Authority; and Marketing Hazards: Don’t Promise What You Can’t Deliver” at the Florida Argentum Conference in Boca Raton.

Robert J. Harvey of Jenks & Harvey in West Palm Beach has become vice chair of the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Howard M. Rosenblatt of Bogin, Munns & Munns in Gainesville spoke on estate planning for collectors on a panel at Balticon, Regional Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore, MD.

Glenn Burhans, Jr., Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Perspectives on Medical Marijuana in Florida” to BioFlorida.

[Revised: 12-11-2017]