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January 1, 2009
News and Notes

H.T. Smith of Miami was recently presented with a Legal Legend Award by the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society for his contributions to the South Florida legal system over a period of 35 years.

Paul D. Bain of Gaylord Merlin Ludovici Diaz & Bain in Tampa was honored as a distinguished alumni at Broward College’s Lyceum Awards and Gala.

Gary A. Forster of Pohl & Short presented an overview of asset protection law in Florida at the monthly FICPA breakfast meeting in Orlando.

Carlos A. Somoza of BDO Seidman presented “Conducting Operations Outside the United States” to the Florida Gold Coast Alumni Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity in Miami.

Johanna Saxton Shields of Klauber, Hurtig & Shields in Plantation was recently appointed to the 17th Circuit's Juvenile Justice Board.

Sheryl A. Moore of Chorowski & Moore in Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed to serve on the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center Board of Directors.

Louise B. Zeuli of Louise B. Zeuli, P.A., recently was approved for admission to the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Panel, an alternative dispute resolution provider.

Lee Craig of Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig in Tampa was appointed insurance law chair of the Defense Research Institute, at the organization’s recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Andrew Bokan of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt has been elected to Lee County Bar's executive counsel.

Terence J. Watterson of Watterson & Zappolo in Palm Beach Gardens has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a circuit court mediator.

Charles R. Gallagher III of Gallagher & Associates Law Firm was selected for the 2009 Class of Leadership St. Petersburg.

Mary Sue Donohue of Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs has become a member of Florida Atlantic University’s Horizon Society.

Jennifer Junker of ShuffieldLowman in Orlando presented a talk at a gathering held at SunTrust on the topic, “Administration Issues, Retirement Benefits and Litigation Issues” to a large group of financial planners.

Lou LaCava of Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya in Ft. Lauderdale presented a seminar for attending surgeons, residents, and fellows at the University of South Florida Medical School titled: “Documentation, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” focusing on the importance of medical documentation in patient care, communication, and avoiding and defending medical malpractice cases.

John C. Strickroot, Jr., of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach has been named to the Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County Board of Directors.

Michelle Diffenderfer of Lewis, Longman & Walker has recently been appointed by the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources as vice chair of the Special Committee on Foundation Fundraising.

Anthony Cammarata of deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal in Tallahassee was presented the 2008 Legal Shield Award at the Pre-Paid Legal, Inc., Provider Attorney Conference in Long Beach, California.

Cindy Lerner was elected mayor of the Village of Pinecrest, in Miami -Dade County.

Kimberly Kolback of Miami participated as a panelist at the seminar titled “From Hollywood To Hollywood: EASL at the Emmys” sponsored by The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section held in Beverly Hills, California.

Nelson Diaz of Becker & Poliakoff has been appointed to the Miami-Dade County Community Council of West Kendall.

Judge Michael Hanuszczak has recently commenced presiding over the Integrated Domestic Violence Court in Syracuse, New York.

John Leighton of Leesfield Leighton & Partners in Miami took part in the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s annual conference titled, “Civil Actions for Criminal Acts” in Chicago.

Michelle Suskauer of the Suskauer Law Firm in West Palm Beach spoke with groups of students enrolled in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Communications Program on issues of gender and the media and radio production.

Carol L. Finklehoffe, of McIntosh Sawran Peltz & Cartaya in Miami, gave a presentation on “Handling the Sexual Assault Claim” and Robert D. Peltz gave a presentation on “Medicine on the Seas After Carlisle” at the recent Maritime Law Association Conference in Long Beach, California.

Kellie Symons of ShuffieldLowman now serves on the planning committee for the Professional Women’s Exchange, a Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers-sponsored event, which will bring together hundreds of professional women from across the community in a February 5 event.

Joseph H. Serota of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Miami was honored by the Historical Museum of Southern Florida with its Silverman Award for his efforts in helping to restore the lobby and ceremonial courtrooms of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.

Leonard E. Mondschein of Mondschein and Mondschein in Miami has been designated a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Bruce J. Winick, a law professor at the University of Miami, has been named chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Balance in Legal Education.

Benjamine Reid of Carlton Fields in Miami received the Thomas W. Watkins Humanitarian Award at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Product Liability Advisory Council.

Lori V. Vaughan and Lara R. Fernandez of Trenam Kemker recently spoke at the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Tampa Bay, regarding buying distressed real estate, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.

Cristina Alonso of Carlton Fields in Miami was named co-chair of the newly formed Young Lawyers Committee of the Lawyers Committee of The National Center for State Courts.

William J. Spratt, Jr., of K&L Gates in Miami recently moderated a panel discussion on due diligence in healthcare financial transactions at the Fifth Annual Physicians and Ventures Conference in Chicago. The presentation examined topics such as financing in a tight credit market, navigating regulatory and operational compliance, and structuring transactional documents.

Patrick Barthet has been appointed Honorary Consul for the State of Florida for the Republic of Malta, an island nation south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea.

Gregory C. Yadley of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Palm Beach moderated a discussion panel for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation in Washington. Yadley also moderated the plenary session to develop final recommendations for presentation to the SEC.

Edwin A. Steinmeyer and M. Christopher Lyon with Lewis, Longman & Walker presented at the Marine Shoreline Development & Permitting Workshop in December. Steinmeyer presented “Sovereign Lands, Aquatic Preserves and Outstanding Florida Waters” and Lyon presented a Legislative Update and 2009 Forecast.

Arthur J. Furia and John Mariani of Gunster Yoakley spoke to the group about the internationalization of Italian marine enterprises in the U.S. and Latin American markets at a workshop at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Hilarie Bass of Greenberg Traurig in Miami has been selected as vice chair of the Litigation Section of the ABA.

Timothy Daniel of Ormond Beach has been appointed to the board of directors of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance.

Shelly Wald of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach discussed key issues under the Florida Trust Code at a recent West Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants seminar. Wald also provided guidance for accountants serving as trustee of trusts and outlined the benefits of trust reformation.

Craig Smith of Hogan & Hartson spoke about trends in certificate of need laws at the Second Annual Southeastern Health Planning Symposium in Orlando.

Adam Shapiro of Pathman Lewis in Miami has been appointed ABA Young Lawyers Division District Representative for Florida by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Thomas Woolsey and Wanda Whigham of Hogan and Hartson in Miami spoke at the Florida Renewable Energy Producers Association’s Renewable Energy Federal Grant, Loan, and Finance Workshop.

Beth Shankle-Anderson served as director of the Judicial Reception hosted by the Tallahassee Women Lawyers.

Carlos A. Somoza of BDO Seidman presented on the recent changes to expatriation tax law at the 2008 BDO Seidman LLP National Tax Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Rhea F. Law of Fowler White Boggs has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida Council of 100.

Stewart D. Fried has been re-appointed co-chair of the Air and Climate Change Subcommittee of the ABA’s Environmental Litigation Section.

John Thomas Cardillo has been accepted into the Fellowship Program of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.

David Pratt of Proskauer Rose spoke at the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Estate and Financial Planning Conference in Ft. Lauderdale on estate planning during turbulent times.

Robert W. Gross has been elected chief judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Chief Judge Gross was appointed to the Fourth DCA by Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1995.

Annie Hernandez of Pathman Lewis in Miami was re-elected for a two-year term to the board of directors for the Cuban American Bar Association.

Joshua A. Whitman of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea & Milton in Jacksonville was named the 2008 “Lawyer of the Year” by the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Michael D. Crosbie of Carlton Fields in Miami was named to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., Board of Directors. Crosbie also was recently reappointed to the 2008-2009 Historical Society Executive Committee.

Melanie E. Damian of Damian & Valori in Miami recently participated in the Miami-Dade Chapter, Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ panel discussion titled “Be Your Own Boss — Women Opening Their Own Law Firms” at the The Bankers Club. Damian provided a basic overview of client information packages, clients to avoid, good client relations, managing pro bono commitments, and practice marketing.

Andrew Y. Winston of Lawlor Winston & Justice has become president of the Broward County Justice Association.

[Revised: 11-20-2018]