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June 15, 2017
News and Notes

Vince Citro of the Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz in Orlando received an award for excellence from the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

Alen H. Hsu of Blank Rome in Ft. Lauderdale received the 2016 Legal Advisor of the Year Award from Sterling 5, Inc., a Florida-based information technology staffing firm.

Steven Ginsburg of Duane Morris presented on key cases involving bankruptcy, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and statutes of limitations at the Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference in Miami.

Destinie Baker Sutton of the Palm Beach County Attorney’s Office lectured on “How to Build a Great Reputation as a Young Lawyer” at the Young Lawyers Section of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr., Bar Association’s mentoring program.

Dennis R. White of Naples was awarded the Collier County Bar Association Medal of Honor for his many years of work to improve and advance the board certification process for trust and estate attorneys.

Indera DeMine of DeMine Immigration Law Firm in Ft. Myers presented “Immigration Under the New Administration: What to Expect and How to Prepare” at the Florida Literacy Conference in Captiva.

David W. Singer of Hollywood has been reappointed to the Nova Southeastern University Ambassador’s Board for the 2017-18 term.

Stewart A. Merkin of the Law Office of Stewart A. Merkin in Miami received the 2017 Pro Bono Award for working with not-for-profit, charitable corporations from Dade Legal Aid at the Dade County Bar Association’s 28th Annual Recognition Luncheon.

Grasford W. Smith of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach has been appointed to the Palm Beach County School Board Independent Sales Surtax Oversight Committee.

Douglas M. McIntosh of McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya in Ft. Lauderdale discussed the roles of insurers, insureds, and independent counsel under insurance law at the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel annual meeting in Chicago.

Jose Sariego of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami moderated a panel discussing how millennials are influencing new media while traditional media companies attempt to catch up, at the International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television, and Sports presented by the University of Miami School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Juliet Murphy Roulhac of Florida Power & Light Company in Plantation received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill and was recognized as the “2017 Corporate Executive of the Year” by Legacy Magazine.

John W. Wallace of Lewis Longman Walker in Jacksonville was elected to join the 2018 Class of Leadership Jacksonville.

John C. Sumberg of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami was honored by the United Way of Miami-Dade as a “Donor Next Door.”

Kit Van Pelt of Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A., in Clearwater graduated from the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Ira Leesfield and Thomas Scolaro of Leesfield Scolaro in Miami, presented “Dodging Bullets in Pre-Litigation and Trial” as part of the New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar in Atlantic City, NJ.

Merrick L. Gross of Carlton Fields in Miami spoke on “Changes in Real Estate Law That Matter” at the CRE Finance Council’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Summit — West in Santa Monica, CA.

Todd Sumner of the Law Office of Todd Sumner in Tallahassee moderated the panel “Military Compatibility, Aviation & Navigation Safety: Pursuing the Mission of Offshore Collaboration” at the Business Network for Offshore Wind International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Annapolis, MD.

Frank Pohl of Gunster in West Palm Beach received the city of Winter Park’s “First Quarter 2017 Business Recognition Award.”

Carlton Fields’ Bruce J. Berman of Miami and Peter D. Webster of Tallahassee published a new edition of Berman’s Florida Civil Procedure, 2017 ed. (Vol. 4, Florida Practice Series™) (Thomson Reuters), a treatise on Florida state practice and procedure.

Jason Lambert of Broad and Cassel has been named president of the Clearwater Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.

Scott L. Baena of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami has been elected an at-large director of the Dade County Bar Association.

Bob Reid of Bryant Miller Olive in Tallahassee spoke about “New Markets Tax Credits” at a seminar on Alternative Funding for Development hosted by the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development.

William G. Smith of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach has graduated from the Florida Fellows Institute.

Kareem Spratling of Bryant Miller Olive in Tampa spoke to NABL News about the organization’s updated diversity initiative policy.

Ronald L. Kammer of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Miami spoke at a Construction Industry Conference hosted by the Seminar Group in Miami on “OCIPS, CCIPS, WRAPS, Subguard and Non-traditional Insurance.”

Jacqueline Calderin of Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin in Miami has been elected president and CEO of the board of directors for Friends of Patches.

Gregory J. Hoag of Masterson, Hoag & Smith in St. Petersburg has become president-elect of the St. Petersburg Bar.

Barnaby L. Min of the City of Miami City Attorney’s Office was a panelist at Florida International University College of Law’s “Law Student for a Day” program.”

Jose Sariego of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami moderated a panel discussing the role of IP protection and the path to innovation and progress at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Conference.

Linda Suzzanne Griffin of Clearwater spoke at a joint CBA Probate & Real Property Section and Pinellas County Estate Planning Council program on “What Florida Senate Bill 206 & Electronic Wills Means for Estate Planners” in Clearwater.

Joe Hernandez of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman in Miami has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Jose Sariego of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami moderated a panel discussing the opportunities and challenges associated with the production of content in Miami at the Entertainment, Business, and Legal Affairs Program presented by the Latin American Training Center in partnership with the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and the University of Miami School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society.

Dane C. Heptner of Perenich Caulfield Avril & Noyes in Clearwater has become president-elect of the Clearwater Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Kent Koch of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami moderated the discussion, “Construction Mezzanine/Preferred Equity: What Does it Take for Borrowers to Seal the Deal?” at the Annual Real Estate Private Equity Forum on Land, Homebuilding & Condo Development (East).

Carter N. McDowell of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami was a panelist at the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association discussion on how illegal short-term rentals are affecting the hotel industry.

Robert M. Siegel of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami moderated the debt/equity financing panel at the Information Management Network’s Annual Real Estate Private Equity Forum on Land, Homebuilding, and Condo Development.

Howard S. Krooks of Elder Law Associates in Boca Raton spoke at New York’s Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council’s Spring Dinner Meeting on “Assisting the Snowbird Client — A Primer for New York Attorneys” and participated on the 2017 Case Law Update Panel at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Annual Conference in Boston.

K. Stuart Goldberg of Berman Law Group in Boca Raton discussed ethics at the National Business Institute’s personal injury seminar in Ft. Lauderdale.

Karen Buesing of Akerman in Tampa has been appointed to Metropolitan Ministries’ board.

Jeffrey Michael Cohen of Carlton Fields in Miami taught at the University of Florida’s “Intensive Spring Break Trial Clinic.”

Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter of Brinkley Morgan in Boca Raton presented “Modification of Parenting Plans: Seven Practical Tips” at the Palm Beach County Bar’s Family Law Seminar. She also presented “Bitcoins and Virtual Currency in Family Cases” at the AAML Florida Chapter’s 39th Annual Institute in Orlando with Andrew Hinkes of Berger Singerman.

Jordan Shaw of Zebersky Payne in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the University of Miami Law Alumni Association Board.

Wifredo Ferrer of Holland & Knight in Miami was the recipient of the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Equal Justice Leadership Award at the organization’s Annual Heart of Giving Celebration.

Marlon A. Hill of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel in Miami was awarded a $100,000 grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to support his firm’s partnership with Brownsville Middle School in the development of a law academy curriculum and construction of a mock courtroom at the Liberty City school.

Kim Kolback of the Law Offices of Kimberly Kolback in Miami moderated the “Branding and Trademark Law Issues in 2017” panel during the University of Miami School of Law and ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries’ “International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film Television and Sports.”

Elisha D. Roy of Elisha D. Roy, P.A., in West Palm Beach has successfully achieved board certification as a family trial advocate from the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Victoria Cruz-Garcia of Givens Givens Sparks in Tampa attended the Schreck Moot Court Competition at the University of Nevada with a group of Western Michigan Cooley Law School students she coaches, who were competing in the event.

Earl M. Crittenden, Jr., of GrayRobinson in Orlando now chairs the onePULSE Foundation Board of Trustees.

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law in North Miami was a panelist in two World Trade Month events: the Doral Business Council’s Signature Breakfast and Miami-Dade County’s “Going Global Workshop and Career Expo.”

Christopher Spuches of Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin in Coral Gables has been appointed to the board of directors of the Coral Gables Museum.

[Revised: 12-14-2017]