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January 15, 2016
News and Notes

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been selected by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis as one of the organization’s 2016 Women of Substance & Style.

Michael Hooker and David Patrón of Phelps Dunbar participated in a webinar on cyber security and data privacy and protection.

Dennis Wall of Winter Springs co-wrote the book, Catastrophe Claims: Insurance Coverage for Natural and Man-made Disasters, which has just been published by Thomson Reuters West.

Edward L. Larsen of Naples was installed as president of the Collier Inn of Court.

Elizabeth S. Baker of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables was an honoree at the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s 50-year milestone celebration.

Dan McCawley of Greenberg Traurig in Ft. Lauderdale has been named to the board of directors for Operation Lift Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending veteran homelessness in Broward County.

Bruce Bokor of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns in Clearwater received the Cardozo Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Vivien J. Monaco of Burr & Forman in Orlando has been named to the board of directors for the Greater Orlando Builders Association.

David B. Weinstein of Greenberg Traurig in Tampa has been named to the State Litigation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, the litigation arm of the U.S. Chamber.

Mark E. Stein of Mark Stein Law in Aventura served as the master of ceremonies for the Dade County Bar Association Patently Impossible Project.

Thomas Vecchio of Vecchio, Carrier, Feldman & Johannessen in Lakeland has received the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation conferred by the Insurance Institute of America.

Thomas Ringel of Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty and Hartog spoke at the Coral Gables Chamber’s Residential Real Estate Outlook Bruncheon.

Jaret L. Davis of Greenberg Traurig in Miami has been named to the BB&T Miami-Dade County Local Advisory Board.

H.T. Smith, professor at FIU College of Law, recently presented a lecture titled “Ten Commandments of Opening Statement” at a Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association seminar in Orlando.

Jason P. Stearns of Phelps Dunbar in Tampa has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Christopher Cobb of Jimerson & Cobb in Jacksonville has been elected to serve as vice chair for the Construction Industry Licensing Board.

Amy D. Ronner, law professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, presented her paper, “Is Stavrogin Leading Us by the Nose? An Addendum to Confession Jurisprudence,” at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies. At the same conference, Ronner served as chair of the panel, “Dostoevsky and Philosophy: The Nature of Intersubjective Evidence.”

Jessica Kirkwood Alley of Phelps Dunbar in Tampa has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Alex Cuello, of the Law Office of Alex, Cuello, P.A., in Miami presented a live lecture at the Office of the United States Trustee, United States Department of Justice, titled: “Elder Exploitation.”

Alan Fertel of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman addressed the attendees of the North American Sports Entertainment IP Law Summit in Cancun on domestic violence in sports and the powers of the commissioner in the big three sports.

Rebecca Mercier Vargas of Kreusler-Walsh, Compiani & Vargas has become chair of the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.

Dennis J. LeVine of Kelley Kronenberg in Tampa has been appointed to the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Transportation. LeVine also spoke at the annual meeting of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys in Washington, D.C., and presented “Practical Insights on the Most Common Bankruptcy Hurdles Faced by the Collection Practitioner.”

Andrew J. Markus of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami has become chair of the The Beacon Council’s International Committee.

Victoria Cruz-Garcia of Givens Givens Sparks in Tampa was the recipient of the 2015 Luis Cabassa Award by the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association.

Luis Salazar of Salazar Jackson in Coral Gables presented “Win the Scrimmage: Plays and Tactics to Win at Negotiations” at the Association of Corporate Counsel South Florida Chapter’s Progressive Dinner in Ft. Lauderdale.

Jim Rose of Rice and Rose in Daytona Beach was named the winner of the 2015 Marvin Samuels award given annually by the Daytona Regional Chamber at its annual luncheon.

David W. Henry of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Orlando served as a faculty member at the James K. Ruble MEGA Seminar in Dallas. Henry taught two courses: “Advertising Injury and Coverage for Intellectual Property” and “Agent’s Guide to Legal Liability and Litigation Trends.”

Michael C. Gordon of Thornton Davis Fein was named second vice president of the Miami Beach Bar Association.

John M. Hament, Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, and Gail Farb of Kunkel Miller and Hament, along with Kim Walker of Williams Parker, in conjunction with the Sarasota County Bar Association, presented “Employment Law Guidance for Law Firms” to attorneys and law firm administrators.

Ira Leesfield of Miami received the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ Honorable Theodore Klein Award for his dedication to women’s issues.

Betty M. Charles of Florida Health Law Center in Davie presented “An Integrated Health Care Delivery System for Haiti” at the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals program at Florida International University.

Baya W. Harrison IV of Burr & Forman in Orlando presented “Understanding the Risks of Investing in Tax Liens” in Mandarin Chinese at the Rotary Club of Orlando Dragons.

Stephen Siegel and Paul De Muro of Broad and Cassel in Orlando co-wrote “Health Information Technology,” a chapter in the second edition of the ABA’s publication E-Health, Privacy, and Security Law.

Wayne Pathman of Pathman Lewis in Miami has been elected chair of the City of Miami’s new Sea Level Rise Committee.

Josh Schwadron of Mighty in New York spoke at NYU’s Civil Justice Center’s Litigation Funding Conference on differences between “market-driven” and “justice-driven” investment in the legal market.

John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in St. Petersburg presented a lecture on VA disability compensation at the National Organization of Veterans Advocates conference in Chicago.

Stacia A. Wells of Bilzin Sumberg moderated the Commercial Finance Association’s 71st Annual Convention, “Intercreditor Issues” in Austin, TX.

Richard B. Rosenthal of Miami delivered a lecture at the University of Michigan Law School titled “Starting and Growing Your Own Appellate Practice.”

Vivian Cortes Hodz of Cortes Hodz Family Law & Mediation was sworn in as president of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association.

Richard A. Hujber of Richard Hujber, P.A., in Boynton Beach spoke at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York on the “Immigration Consequences of Criminal Pleas.”

Gabriel A. Garay of the Law Offices of Robert L. Parks in Miami has been appointed secretary for the Coral Gables Bar.

John Gihon of Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando spoke at the 30th Annual Florida Public Defender Association “Trial with Style” Conference in Ft. Lauderdale on “Crimmigration, the Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law.”

Jason P. Kairalla of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami received Lawyers for Children America’s John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award.

Andrew Rodman of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson presented “New FMLA Developments” at the Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update.

Jeffrey T. Kuntz of GrayRobinson in Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale was elected vice chair of the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Shannon Sagan of Shannon J. Sagan, P.A., has been named a board member of The Glades Initiative.

Alan C. (A.C.) Nash of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Negligent Security Claims: If the Crime Is Foreseeable, the Risk Is Believable” to the Central Florida Chapter of RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society).

Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of SMGQ Law in Miami was a featured panelist in the Daily Business Review’s South Florida Conference on Real Estate and Lending Strategies.

Andrew M. Gordon of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed as an advisory board member of Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale.

Scot D. Goldberg of Goldberg, Racila, D’Alessandro & Noone in Ft. Myers has been elected to the executive committee of the Lee County Bar.

Gerald F. Richman of Richman Greer in West Palm Beach was named plaintiff trial lawyer of the year by the Palm Beach chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mindy A. Mora of Bilzin Sumberg was a speaker at The East Coast Estate Planning Council’s Seminar, “Asset Protection and Estate Planning — Why Not Have Both?” in West Palm Beach.

[Revised: 11-24-2017]