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March 15, 2018
News and Notes

Vincent A. Citro of the Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A., in Orlando has achieved board certification as a criminal trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Christine Dimitriou of Mase Tinelli Mebane & Briggs in Miami was a panelist for the Second Annual Admiralty Law Update and Review.

Matthew J. Smith of Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl in Daytona Beach Shores has been named director of government affairs and general counsel for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.

Reggie Garcia of Reginald R. Garcia, P.A., in Tallahassee spoke on “Executive Clemency and Restoration of Civil Rights” at three meetings: Tampa Tiger Bay/League of Women Voters; the Construction Licensing Officials Association of Florida; and the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators.

Nicole Latham Carolan of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando has been named secretary of the Central Florida Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

Roy L. Weinfeld of Miami pesented “Residential Evictions and Pitfalls in the Law” to the Miami Association of Realtors.

Kevin R. Jones and John A. Greco of the City of Miami City Attorney’s Office were panelists at the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics & Public Trust Luncheon discussing “Anatomy of a Municipal Legal Battle.”

H.T. Smith of H.T. Smith, P.A., in Miami delivered the “Historical Reflections” at the Second Annual Dade County Bar Association’s Black History Month Gala.

Yoshimi O. Smith of Beller Smith in Boca Raton was a speaker and an author for the Collier County Bar Association’s “10 Most Common Planning and Administration Mistakes Leading to Unintended Consequences.”

Brian Burgoon co-presented a program on the lawyer regulation process in Florida and Georgia as part of the Tech + Ethics Seminar in Atlanta.

Betsy Ellwanger Gallagher of Kubicki Draper in Miami was the recipient of The Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s 2017 Trial Advocate Quarterly Award, in recognition of her many years of service as a member of the TAQ Editorial Board.

Nicolette Vilmos of Broad and Cassel in Orlando has been named to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 23rd Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board and an Orlando director for the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation Florida Network Board.

Al Saikali of Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Miami has earned Lexology’s Client Choice Award for 2018.

Nicholas C. Johnson of Cohen Milstein in Palm Beach Gardens addressed the topic of “law,” including defining the law and legal rights; outlining the difference between civil versus criminal law; and discussing the responsibilities that come with being a citizen at the Palm Beach County Bar’s 2018 Youth Law Day.

Leslie M. Kroeger of Cohen Milstein in Palm Beach Gardens provided a mid-session legislative update to the Palm Beach County Justice Association.

Grey Squires-Binford of Killgore, Pearlman, Semanie, Denius & Squires was appointed to the Fiscal Advisory Board for the City of Maitland.

Waylon Thompson of Manuel & Thompson in Panama City received the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year Award for his efforts to keep the federal courthouse in Panama City.

Jude M. Faccidomo of Ratzan & Faccidomo in Miami was appointed to the St. Thomas University Law School Board of Advisors.

Miguel De Grandy of Holland & Knight in Miami was elected by his peers as chair of the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board.

Amy D. Ronner, professor of law at St. Thomas University School of Law, attended the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages Conference in Washington, D.C., where she served as chair of one panel, “Tolstoevsky: Dostoevsky and Internality,” and joined a group discussion on another panel, “Papers by the North American Dostoevsky Society.”

Patrick E. Perez of Trask Daigneault in Clearwater received and was presented with the Clearwater Bar Association Fantasy Football Championship Trophy.

Clay Schacht of ROIG Lawyers in Orlando was invited by the University of Central Florida’s Department of Legal Studies to serve as a mock trial judge for the final session of the American Mock Trial Association’s Southeastern Regional Tournament.

Julie Hill-Gabriel has become vice president of Water Conservation for the National Audubon Society.

Jorge L. Piedra of Piedra & Associates in Coral Gables has become president of the the Cuban American Bar Association.

Sean Lebowitz of Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller in Boca Raton presented “Probate and Trust Litigation 101” at the Boca Raton Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.

[Revised: 03-23-2018]