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June 1, 2017
News and Notes

Walter “Skip” Campbell, mayor of Coral Springs and of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock & Liberman, was honored by the nonprofit public charity, In Jacob’s Shoes, with the Community Leadership Award at the organization’s annual celebration “Every Sole Counts.”

Jonathan Meltz of the Meltz Law Firm in Miami has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Miami Shores Village Council.

Kenneth A. Gordon of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale discussed alimony at the Lake County Bar Association’s 23rd Annual Family Law Conference.

Elizabeth S. Baker of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables has been appointed to the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law.

Patrick Muldowney of BakerHostetler in Orlando spoke on the Fair Labor Standards Act at the annual half-day legal seminar of the Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management.

Jeffrey R. Garvin of Garvin Law Firm in Ft. Myers spoke at the Western Trial Lawyers Association Winter Ski Seminar in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on “A Systematic Approach to Neutralizing the Defense Expert.”

Harsh Arora of Spiegel & Utrera of Miami published an article on cross-border taxation, “An Evaluation of the Measures in Action 14 of the Action Plan of the OECD/G20 BEPS Initiative Intended to Make Dispute Resolution More Effective,” in Vol. 71, No. 5, Bulletin for International Taxation, by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation in the Netherlands.

Rachael B. Santana of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach has joined 2017-2018 Class of the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

Eldonie S. Mason of Mason Firm, LLC, in East Brunswick, NJ, has been approved as a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority dispute resolution public arbitrator.

Neal McCulloh of Clayton & McCulloh in Maitland presented the “Combined HOA/COA/Co-Op Board Certification Course” at Sentry Management’s Conferences in Longwood and Mount Dora.

Curtis J. Mase of Mase Tinelli in Miami was appointed vice chair of the Maritime Law Association Committee on Cruise Lines and Passenger Ships.

Edward Larsen of Naples has been elected to a second term on the United Way of Collier County Board of Directors and will chair its Agency Relations Committee.

Michael Gerson of Hartog, Baer & Hand, APC in Orinda, California, spoke on fiduciary income taxation at the 25th annual Estate & Gift Tax Conference presented by the Taxation Section of the California State Bar.

Katherine Birnbaum of Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire in Ft. Lauderdale was honored by the Broward County Commission on the Status of Women as one of its “Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.”

Joseph M. Percopo of Mateer & Harbert in Orlando assisted in organizing central Florida’s Wills for Heroes event, dedicated to providing essential estate planning documents to our communities’ first responders.

Mary Merrell Bailey of Your Caring Law Firm in Maitland is the incoming chair for the National Endowment for Financial Education. She also spoke about the use of personal financial statements and trial balances in estate and asset protection planning at the UCF’s Kenneth G. Dixon Accounting Conference.

Tom Regnier of Tom Regnier Appeals, P.A., in Broward County presented “Hamlet and the Law of Homicide: the Life of the Mind in Law and Art” to the bar associations of Dade County, Miami Beach, and Weston.

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law in North Miami was a featured speaker in the seminars, “ABC’s of AD/CVD & CBP Enforcement,” and “FDA FSMA Compliance Seminar for Importers,” in Miami.

Iris A. Elijah, assistant general counsel for the State University System of Florida Board of Governors, was recognized as a 2017 University of South Florida Outstanding Young Alumni.

Martin A. Schwartz of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami spoke at the American College of Real Estate Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting in Austin, Texas, on “Rehabbing the Aging Condominium Concept and Dealing with Old Condominiums.”

Wendy A. Mara of Mara Law, P.A., in Ormond Beach has been appointed co-chair of the Junior League of Daytona Beach Florida State Public Affairs Committee.

Gail E. Farb and Jennifer Fowler-Hermes of Williams Parker in Sarasota presented “Annual Employment Law Guidance Workshop for Law Firms and Other Professional Service Providers,” hosted by the Sarasota County Bar Association.

David H. Pollack of The Pollack Law Firm in Miami presented an audio webinar for the National Business Institute on Online Defamation and Libel.

Albert E. Dotson, Jr., of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami served as a panelist at a Black American Law Students Association event to speak about minorities and the many professional options in law.

Kimberly Page Walker of Williams Parker of Sarasota participated in the Cumberland Advisors’ and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s “Financial Literacy Day.” Walker spoke on a panel focused on women’s financial issues, including risks, opportunities, and ways women can protect themselves financially.

Matthew Palma of Broad and Cassel in Orlando discussed the probate process at a National Business Institute seminar titled “The Probate Process From Start to Finish.

Javier F. Aviñó of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami moderated a roundtable discussion at the Latin Builders Association and Builders Association of South Florida’s Legislative Breakfast. The new Miami-Dade County Workforce Housing Ordinance was discussed, with a focus on how to ensure incentives are in place for the development of workforce housing.

Jonathan Levy of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles presented a seminar to the St. Lucie County Bar Association on “The Challenges of Jury Selection in a Personal Injury Trial.” Levy was joined by Luis Sosa of the firm, who serves as the next vice president of the organization.

Brittany J. Maxey of Maxey Law Offices, PLLC in St. Petersburg was appointed to Stetson University College of Law’s Employer Advisory Board. She also presented “A Conversation on IP” at My Favorite Art Place in Clearwater.

Stephen G. Fischer of Matrix Mediation in West Palm Beach spoke at the 2017 Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, “FJA Settlement Institute Program,” in Orlando on “Tips on How to Make Mediation More Productive.”

Robert D. Eckard of Robert Eckard & Associates in Palm Harbor was awarded the first annual LL.M. Alumni Spirit Award in International Law and Business from Stetson University College of Law, International Law Society for being a role model and example of excellence in the practice of International Law.

Summer Ayers LePree of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami spoke about U.S. income tax treaties at the Florida Tax Institute in Tampa. The discussion covers the structure and operation of treaties as well as how to best utilize them in inbound U.S. income tax planning.

Edward Larsen of Naples has been elected to a second term on the United Way of Collier County Board of Directors and will chair its Agency Relations Committee.

Stephen J. Lewellyn and William R. Brees of Maxey Law Offices in St. Petersburg presented the CLE “Employer and Employee Ownership of Intellectual Property” for the St. Petersburg Bar Association’s Employment Law Section.

Nicole Reid of Klein Glasser Park & Lowe in Miami has been nominated to serve on the Private Practice Committee for the Dade County Bar Association Women of Distinction Awards Gala.

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

Michael J. Gore of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach has been invited to join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Alexandre M. Mestdagh of Mestdagh & Wall in Orlando has been appointed to the board of directors of the French American Business Council of Orlando.

Richard A. Greenberg of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Tallahassee presented “Ethics Update” at the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Criminal Law Certification Seminar in Tampa.

Michael Dolce of Cohen Milstein in Palm Beach received an award for his “Dedicated Service and Commitment to Promoting Independence for People With Disabilities Through Advocacy and Victim Support Services” from the Coalition for Independent Living Options.

Thomas M. Messana, P.A., of Messana in Ft. Lauderdale moderated a panel discussion, “Real Estate Ramifications In Operating Ch. 11 Bankruptcies and How the Financial Advisors Can Help,” at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C.

Stuart Levine of Walters Levine & Lozano in Tampa has been selected to join the CEO Council.

Jenna M. Winchester of Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton in Orlando spoke at the University of Miami School of Law on Federal Civil Procedure II, focusing on case management, scheduling orders, and Rule 26.

Steven Ginsburg of Duane Morris in Atlanta moderated the ABA Section of Litigation Roundtable, “Data Privacy and Protection: What Litigators Need to Know When Gathering, Handling, and Producing Sensitive Data,” sponsored by the Employment and Labor Relations, Consumer Litigation, Data Privacy and Security, and Minority Trial Lawyers committees.

Brooke B. Chadeayne of Locke Lord in Houston spoke on complex Ch. 11 cases to a class of MBA students enrolled in the Advanced Financial Restructuring class at Rice University’s Jones School of Business.

Charles Barfield of Orlando wrote My Brother’s Keeper, a modern-day David v. Goliath legal classic and showcases how the Florida Dept. of Corrections, via its ineptitude of medical professionals, caused the wrongful death of his brother, Clifford E. Jones, Jr., and many poor and minority citizens.

Harvey Oyer of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach was appointed to the governing board of Good Samaritan Medical Center in Palm Beach County.

[Revised: 03-15-2018]