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June 15, 2013
News and Notes

William R. Trueba, Jr., of Espinosa Trueba, P.L., president of the Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild, held the annual Red Mass April 23 at Gesù Catholic Church in Miami.

William C. “Bill” Frye of Trenam Kemker in Tampa was presented the Herbert G. Goldburg Memorial Award by the Trial and Litigation Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Hollie Croft of Broad and Cassel in Orlando has been elected to the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, Inc., Board of Directors.

Veronica Robinson of The Law Offices of E.F. Robinson in Ft. Lauderdale spoke regarding family law and consumer law issues at the Broward County Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc.’s Legal Clinic titled Sisters for Justice.

Jeffrey N. Schatzman of Schatzman & Schatzman in Miami has become president of the Commercial Law League of America.

John F. Mariani of Shutts & Bowen’s West Palm Beach and Miami offices was honored with the Professionalism Award by the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Garry W. O’Donnell of Buckingham Doolittle and Burroughs in Boca Raton discussed “Intellectual Property Trends and Developments in the International Entertainment Industry” at the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries.

William G. Smith of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach has become vice president of the Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach.

Ted P. Galatis, Jr., of Ft. Lauderdale was elected to the board of directors of Insight for the Blind, dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired children and adults by promoting literacy and learning and aiding in the appreciation for reading through the production of audio books, magazines, and articles by working with, and maintaining the standards of, the Library of Congress “Talking Books” program.

Patrick Skelton of Holland & Knight in Tampa received the Hills-borough County Bar Association’s Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award.

Francisco J. Gonzalez of Gonzalez & Shenkman in Wellington was installed as chair of the board of directors of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.

Aaron J. Gorovitz of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been appointed to the board of directors of Meritas, a global alliance of lawyers.

Rose-Anne B. Frano of the Williams Parker law firm in Sarasota served on a speaker’s panel at a women in leadership series presented by Charles Schwab. She discussed estate planning.

Sharon M. Hanlon of Zelman & Hanlon in Naples has become president of the S.W. Florida Chapter of ABOTA.

Jeffrey T. Troiano and Douglas J. Elmore of the Williams Parker law firm in Sarasota spoke at the Manasota Chapter Florida Society of Enrolled Agents meeting, where they discussed the fiscal cliff and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Melissa O’Connor of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale was elected secretary of the Executive Committee of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals.

Joseph R. Englander of Shutts & Bowen in Ft. Lauderdale led an International Trademark Association Trademark Roundtable that addressed regulated industries such as financial institutions, alcoholic beverage, tobacco, food and pharmaceutical companies.

Jonathan Claussen of Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs in Boca Raton has been appointed editor of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society Magazine.

Mandy Mills and Jacqueline Ledon of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., were elected to the Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section as director and treasurer, respectively.

Frank Scruggs of Berger Singerman in Ft. Laudefdale was elected to the board of directors of SunTrust Banks.

Keith Rizzardi of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach led policy discussions on fishery sustainability at the Boston Seafood Show and on coastal development at the National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium in Tacoma.

Edward L. Birk of Marks Gray in Jacksonville was elected treasurer of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.

John M. Hament and Torben S. Madson, of Kunkel Miller & Hament in Sarasota and Apalachicola respectively, presented “Startling New Anti-Employer Actions Taken by the Federal Regulatory Agencies in Labor and Employment Matters” at the PACE Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Gaila M. Anderson of Anderson Law Group in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on foreclosure defense and bankruptcy at the Broward County Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority’s Sisters for Justice Legal Clinic.

William (Bill) J. Schifino, Jr., of Burr & Forman in Tampa has been elected to the board of trustees of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

Sean M. Lebowitz and Norman A. Fleisher of Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller in Boca Raton presented “Claims Against an Estate” at the Annual Estate and Probate Seminar of the Palm Beach County Bar.

Laura Ward of DLA Piper in Tampa was honored with the Hillsborough County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Michael R. Goldstein of The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm in Miami received the Brownfields Leadership Award from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals.

Kelly L. Fayer of Kelly L. Fayer, P.A., in Ft. Myers has been elected to the executive council of the Lee County Bar Association and will become president of the LCBA in five years.

Gregory M. Cesarano of Carlton Fields in Miami was elected to the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s council.

Michael K. Beck of Gary Roberts & Associates in West Palm Beach has been named to the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of Florida.

Larry Roth of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Orlando had an article titled “Florida’s Motor Vehicle Crashworthiness Enhanced Injury Doctrine: Wanted Dead or ...” published in the Barry University Law Review’s spring 2013 edition.

Edward J. Page of Carlton Fields in Tampa received the James H. Kynes Memorial “In the Trenches” Award for Criminal Trial Practice from the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Stephen N. Zack of Schiller & Flexner in Miami has been selected to chair the Miami Beach Charter Review Board. Zack also received an honorary degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and addressed the graduating class at its commencement ceremony.

Judge Cindy S. Lederman addressed the Children’s Bureau’s national State Court Improvement Project Grantee meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, where the Miami Child Well-Being Court was featured. Lederman discussed “Using Science and Evidence-based Practices in the Court to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families with Services that Work: The Journey to the Miami Child Well-Being Court.”

Brad Edwards of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman in Ft. Lauderdale was the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition’s 33rd Annual Award Luncheon.

William Boshnick of Greenblum & Bernstein in Reston, Virginia, lectured before the Japan Intellectual Property Association in Tokyo and before the Japan Patent Attorneys Association in Tokyo and Osaka. Boshnick discussed the recently enacted novelty requirements under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

Katherine Giddings of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee has been appointed to the U.S. 11th Circuit Historical Society.

Duane A. Daiker of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke at the 24th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference in Charleston, S.C., on “Preventing and Defending ‘Strike Suits’ Against Sureties.”

Robert J. Becerra of Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald & Wells in Miami co-wrote an article titled: “Criminal Liability for Corporate Officers —The Resurrection of the Park Doctrine in Food and Drug Cases,” in Practical Trade & Customs Strategies published by WorldTrade Executive/Thomson Reuters.

Greg Snell of Snell Legal in Ormond Beach presented “Securing Attorney’s Fees in Litigated Matters” at the Attorney’s Fees in Florida seminar in Daytona Beach.

Leonard H. Gilbert of Holland & Knight in Tampa has been elected president of the U.S. 11th Circuit Historical Society. Suzanne E. Gilbert of the Orlando office has been elected as vice president-Florida.

William T. Dymond, Jr., of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando was appointed to the Executive Committee of Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership devoted to statewide economic development, and has been elected interim chair of Space Florida.

Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin, assistant chief counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, in Pompano Beach was selected to serve on the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of Broward County.

John F. Mariani of Shutts & Bowen’s West Palm Beach and Miami offices was honored with the Professionalism Award by the Palm Beach County Bar..

Christina Harris Schwinn of Pavese Law in Ft. Myers presented “Employment Law Potpourri — News You Can Use,” during a joint seminar sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants in Ft. Myers.

Sabrina Beavens of Iurillo & Associates in Portsmouth, NH, received the ABA Section of Litigation’s Outstanding Subcommittee Chair Award. Beavens serves as a co-editor of The Woman Advocate Committee’s website.

Michael Cohen, executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, participated in a panel discussion on “Attorney in Distress” at the Washington, D.C., Board on Professional Responsibility.

Jorge Espinosa of Espinosa Trueba in Miami moderated a panel on “Cloud Computing” at the International Trademark Association Annual Meeting and Conference in Dallas.

[Revised: 01-16-2018]