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November 15, 2012
News and Notes

Amanda L. Lundergan of Ice Legal in Royal Palm Beach spoke on “Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement” at the American Conference Institute’s National Forum in Dallas.

Scott Rudacille of Blalock Walters in Bradenton has been appointed by the City of Holmes Beach to serve as a planning commissioner.

Michael T. Haire of Bogin, Munns & Munns in Orlando participated in a webinar on liability issues in short sales to brokers and agents of Advanta Realty and made a presentation on Florida broker liability issues at the Law Symposium, co-hosted by the Orlando Regional Realtors Association and the Central Florida Real Estate Council in Orlando.

Dennis Wall of Winter Springs submitted testimony on the “Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance Addressed by the American Law Institute” at its meeting in Philadelphia.

Malinda R. Lugo received a certificate of appreciation from the Health Law Section in recognition of her services with the Practice Area Reporter Updates.

Mark D. Hildreth of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota was a panelist at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 17th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Workshop and spoke about “Non-Bankruptcy Alternatives to Divesting Assets.”

Domenick R. Lioce of Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce in West Palm Beach was named to the board of directors of the Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.

Andrew Doyle of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, spoke about establishing “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act at the American Law Institute’s “Clean Water Act: Law and Regulation” seminar in Washington, D.C.

Peggy McGovern Stumhofer has been appointed co-chair of the Federal Law Section for the Palm Beach County Bar’s 2013 Bench Bar Conference.

Elizabeth B. Howard of Boyd & Jenerette in Jacksonville has been appointed a barrister in The Chester Bedell Inn of Court,

Neil D. Kodsi of The Law Offices of Neil D. Kodsi in Plantation spoke at the Annual Conference of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis in Jacksonville about the 2012 federal court victory he obtained, along with co-counsel Miriam
Harmatz and Betsy Havens of Florida Legal Services and Monica Vigues-Pitan of Legal Services of Greater Miami, on behalf of autistic children in Florida.

Schuyler Smith of Lydecker Diaz in Miami has become president of the Caribbean Bar Association.

Maria Chang Mayer of Carlton Fields in Miami was elected to the board of directors of the SoBe Institute of the Arts.

David A. Greene, Amy S. Rubin, Robert J. Sacco, Dori K. Stibolt, and Carol E. Thorstad-Forsyth of Fox Rothschild in West Palm Beach spoke at the South Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s annual conference: The Real In-House Counsel of South Florida.

Corinne T. Porcher of Smith & Associates in Tallahassee spoke on employers’ responsibilities under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the “Health Insurance Update: What’s Happening Now” for the Annual Employment Law Beyond the Basics course by Sterling Education Services.

Scott Richman of McDonald Toole Wiggins in Orlando has been named president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando.

Mya M. Hatchette of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman in Winter Park is the incoming president and the current national delegate for the Orlando chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women.

George F. Indest III of The Health Law Firm in Orlando wrote “How to Prevent Employee Embezzlement” for the September issue of Medical Economics.

Gregory M. Marks of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota received the “Chair’s Special Merit Award” from The Florida Bar Tax Section for his services as the reporter of The Florida Bar’s Revised LLC Act Drafting Committee.

Robert J. Watson of Stuart was honored for being a lifetime supporter of the Martin County Chapter of the NAACP.

James A. Cueva of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers in Miami spoke about Miami-Dade County’s ordinance prohibiting ownership of pit bull dogs and discussed the interplay between the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances, Miami-Dade’s Home Rule Charter, and Florida laws pertaining to the regulation of dangerous dogs, at a symposium hosted by the PACT for Animals at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Sarah Lahlou-Amine of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa received The Florida Bar Appellate Section’s Pro Bono Award, given to a member of the section who has made significant pro bono efforts in appellate matters.

Erin Smith Aebel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa presented “Pain Management 101: How State and Local Pain Clinic Laws Affect Your Medical Practice” to the Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association.

Duane A. Daiker of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa discussed “Understanding Appellate Practice: What Corporate Counsel Should Know” at the Association of Corporate Counsel conference in Longboat Key.

Kirsten K. Ullman of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa presented “The Tried and True Plaintiff’s Case” at DRI’s Nursing Home/ALF Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Brett Alan Panter of Panter, Panter & Sampedro in Miami was a speaker at “The Mechanics of Florida Civil Procedure” seminar for the National Business Institute in Miami.

Mitchell Panter of Panter, Panter & Sampedro in Miami was certified by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, a division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, an ABA accredited organization, as being board certified in civil pretrial practice advocacy.

James H. Schnare II, general counsel of Nicklaus Companies in North Palm Beach, was co-chair and a featured speaker on a panel discussion of “Cross-Border Real Estate After the Bubble: Finding, Structuring, and Financing Development Opportunities in Tight Markets,” at the fall meeting of the ABA’s Section on International Law in Miami.

Jerald David August of Fox Rothschild in West Palm Beach chaired the daylong presentation on “Closely Held Businesses” at the New York University 71st Institute on Federal Taxation in New York and San Francisco.

Guy O. Farmer II of GrayRobinson in Jacksonville was appointed to serve as co-chair of the ABA’s Liaison Subcommittee for Labor & Employment Law.

Michael Hoefges, an associate professor and member of the advertising and public relations faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published a chapter titled “Advertising Regulation” in the 2012 edition of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook, a treatise of state media law in North Carolina.

Christina McKinnon of The Law Office of Christina McKinnon, P.A., in Miami was appointed diversity chair for the subcommittee of the ABA’s Section of Litigation, Solo & Small Firms Committee.

Gregory Brown of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa spoke at the American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Litigating Contract Surety Bond and Fidelity Insurance Claims in Philadelphia.

Melissa O’Connor of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale is now a certified LEED green associate.

William C. Robinson, Jr., an attorney at Blalock Walters in Bradenton, has been appointed to the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Deborah L. Russell of Cummings & Lockwood received the 2012 American Red Cross Legacy Award for her service to the local charitable community, including the Community Foundation of Collier County, Naples Community Hospital, Naples Historical Society, and the Neighborhood Health Clinic.

Mary Li Creasy of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been admitted to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Stephanie Deutsch of Lewis Stroud & Deutsch in Boca Raton has become a member of the board of trustees of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and is a committee member of the Evening of Hope event held November 16.

Harriet Lewis of Lewis Stroud & Deutsch in Boca Raton has been appointed chair of the 11th Annual Tri County Humane Society Doggie Ball to be held on March 24, 2013, at Boca West Country Club.

Bob Diotalevi, associate professor of legal studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, has been selected to serve as an editor on The British Journal of Social Sciences, British Association of Academic Research, Midlands, U.K. He also was the featured speaker at the Paralegal Association of Florida chapter meeting in Ft. Myers.

Christopher A. Jarvinen of Berger Singerman has been selected to join the 2012 class of the “Next Generation Program” of the National Conference of Bankruptcy.

Jacob T. Cremer of Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves in Tampa moderated a panel titled “Agriculture Law and Policy in Florida: What Planners Need to Know” at the American Planning Association of Florida’s Annual Conference.

George D. Karibjanian of Proskauer Rose in Boca Raton presented “Putting the “D’OH” in DOMA: Recent Judicial Challenges to DOMA and Other Same-Sex Planning Ideas and Pitfalls,” at the ACTEC Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in Verona, New York, and “Current Developments in Estate and Gift Taxation,” at the ABA’s Tax Section and Real Property Trust & Estates Section in Boston. He also presented “It’s My Property and I Can Do With It What I Want, Dammit!” — Planning for Elderly Clients with Competency and Undue Influence Issues,” at the Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute in South Bend.

Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez & Machado in Coral Gables has been appointed to the board of directors of Children’s Home Society of Florida.

K. Paulette Perryman of the Arias Law Group in Hollywood was admitted to the New York Bar.

Larry E. Powers, Jr., of the Powers Personal Injury Law Firm in Longwood has penned the legal thriller “tHRe3” by T.J. Connor. For more information, visit

Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Ft. Myers conducted a seminar titled, “Building Your Peace Chest: Three Tips For Working Well With Others” for the Dress for Success PWG, a professional women’s group that promotes career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Richard Fidei of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Electronic Transactions and Delivery in a Regulated Environment” at the ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum in Orlando.

Alan A. Fowler of Alan Fowler Law, PLLC, in Key West has become managing director for the ABA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division, the first person to hold this position in the division’s 50-year history.

C. Howard Hunter of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.
Mark Levy of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed as vice president of the Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Andrew Winston of Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Managing a Small Personal Injury Firm in Today’s Economy and Social Environment” as part of the Advanced Trial Skills
Seminar at the Florida Justice Association’s annual convention on Marco Island.

Nathan Adams of Holland & Knight in Tallahassee has been named president-elect of ECHO.

Roza Pati, a St. Thomas University law professor, has been appointed to the Vatican Pontifical Council by Pope Benedict XVI. The council deals with human rights violations, working conditions, and helps promote peace throughout the world.

Elizabeth F. Schwartz of Miami Beach has been honored with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s 2012 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award.

Arye Corbett and Guy Fronstin of Law Offices of Guy Fronstin in Boca Raton were appointed co-chairs of the South County Criminal Practice Committee. Corbett was also selected to join the Glass Leadership Institute of the Anti-Defamation League.

Sia Baker-Barnes of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley has been appointed to the Southern District of Florida’s Black History Month Committee to Oversee Events Commemorating Black History Month.

Natalie Mathews Randolph, special assistant to the deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, was a panelist at the “Environmental Justice Braintrust: Social Determinants and Environmental Justice” panel convened at the 2012 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation — Annual Legislative Conference in Washington.

Elizabeth Walker Finizio of Finizio & Finizio Law Offices in Ft. Lauderdale was installed as president of the Broward County Women Lawyers Association.

Howard Caplan of Lewis, Longman & Walker in Jacksonville was selected for Leadership St. Johns Class of 2013.

John Connery of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa has been selected to serve as the 2014 Capital Connection co-chair for the Association for Corporate Growth Florida.

Clay Henderson of Holland & Knight in Orlando was named the 2012 recipient of Stetson University’s George and Mary Hood Award, given in recognition of his commitment to Stetson University.

Niza Motola, special counsel in Littler Mendelson in Miami, has been appointed to a second term as deputy general counsel for labor and employment for the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Robert L. Parks of The Law Offices of Robert L. Parks in Miami is the recipient of the Florida Justice Association’s 2012 Perry Nichols Award.

Jennifer B. Compton of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota moderated an SM2 Regional Workforce Development breakfast series that brings together leaders from Sarasota and Manatee counties to share insight on various economic topics.

Byron Petersen of Ft. Lauderdale has completed two web seminars for Florida CLE credits. The web seminars are “Attorney’s Liens: When Clients Don’t Pay” and “Arbitration: The Contrarian.”

Christina M. Paul of K&L Gates in Miami has been re-elected vice chair of the Boating Industry Risk Management Council.

Jeanne L. Seewald of Hahn Loeser & Parks has been elected president of the Collier County Bar Association.

Patricia A. Leonard and Gerardo Rodriguez-Albizu of Greenberg Traurig in West Palm Beach co-wrote an article titled “Do Extraterritorial RICO Claims Still Exist in a Post-Morrison World?” The article appeared in the October/November 2012 issue of The Federal Lawyer.

Michael L. Smith of The Health Law Firm in Orlando delivered a lecture to participants at a healthcare seminar sponsored by U.S. Foods on Florida legal issues associated with working in the healthcare and food management industries.

Mark Zelek of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Miami presented “Getting Personal: The Tension Between Social Media and Work” at the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association in Dublin, Ireland.

[Revised: 11-29-2017]