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December 1, 2021 News and Notes

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Gloretta H. Hall of Gloretta H. Hall, P.A., was recently sworn in as the 2021-2022 president of the Justice Major B. Harding American Inn of Court.

André Sesler of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Tampa has been appointed secretary of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Board of Directors.

Erin Tilton of Stearns Weaver Miller presented, “Litigation in a Post-COVID World,” for the 2021 Florida APA Conference: UF Speaker Sessions.

Adam Chotiner of Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann in Boca Raton moderated a judicial seminar, “The Florida Summary Judgment Standard Going Forward,” for state court judges throughout Florida.

Samara Bober of Bober & Bober was sworn in as president of the Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Debra Klauber of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm was installed as a board member and sponsorship chair of the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association.

Jennifer Slone Tobin of Shutts & Bowen in Orlando has been named to the Advisory Board of the University of Florida’s Bergstrom Real Estate Center.

Darrell Payne of Stearns Weaver Miller was awarded Legal Services of Greater Miami’s inaugural Julie Azuaje Volunteer Leadership Award.

Sherylle Francis of Sherylle Francis, P.A., in Southwest Ranches has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit mediator.

Janet Goldberg McEnery of Stearns Weaver Miller presented, “Updating Your Employee Handbooks,” for Wallace Welch & Willingham.

Larry Dougherty of Guerra King in Tampa moderated, “What Happens After You Give Your Client’s iPhone to a Forensic Investigator?” at the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention.

Jason Quintero of Carlton Fields was recently appointed to the Tampa Bay Chamber’s board of directors and the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation’s board of trustees.

Stephanie Turk of Stearns Weaver Miller coordinated Miami-Dade County Public Schools programs participation of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and of the Federal Bar Association interactive civics program, Civil Discourse and the Constitution: Candid Conversations, for over 550 high school students in South Florida.

Blake Sando of Cole, Scott & Kissane was a panel speaker for the Florida School Board Attorneys Association Summer Conference where he presented, “E-Discovery in the Age of Zoom and Video Conferencing.”

Lian de la Riva of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog in Miami has been elected chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Roy L. Weinfeld presented a complimentary seminar on, “Proceedings Supplementary in Florida.”

Anthony Garcia of Garcia Mediation was elected to the Hillsborough County Board of Directors and the Hillsborough County Bench Bar planning committee.

Tim Perry of Gardner, Bist, Dee, LaVia, Wright, Perry & Harper in Tallahassee presented, “Legal Perspectives on Coastal Resiliency and Adaptation,” at the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals’ Annual Conference.

Patricia Mesa of Miami was presented with the Miami-Dade Bar, Dade Legal Aid, and Put Something Back program’s Pro Bono Family Law Award.

Lisa I. Glassman of Lisa I. Glassman, P.A., presented several new Realtor orientations to the Palm Beach Realtor Association and was appointed as a director to the Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Palm Beach County.

Thomas Newcomb Hyde of Tampa has been appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee.

Elaine T. Silver of the Silver Divorce Center in Lake Mary presented, “What Family and Mental Health Professionals Need to Know About Peaceful Divorce,” to the Stetson University Graduate Marriage, Couples & Family Mental Health Counseling Program.

Ronald Kammer of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Miami spoke as part of the event faculty at the 2021 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar on “Litigating Complex Construction Defect Cases During COVID-19.”

Anthony J. Horky received a master of laws in taxation from Villanova University Law School, and has expanded his law firm to include a tax practice.

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law in Miami was appointed chair-elect of the Beacon Council’s Trade and Logistics Committee. Diaz also spoke at the Export Readiness Seminar held by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development.

Ira Leesfield, Thomas Scolaro, and Justin Shapiro of Leesfield Scolaro recently presented, “A View from the Bench: Ethical Considerations in the Aftermath of the COVID Pandemic,” to the members of the Monroe County Bar Association in Key West.

Retired Judge Celeste Hardee Muir received the Richard Milstein Pro Bono Award for Professionalism from the Miami-Dade Bar, Dade Legal Aid, and Put Something Back program.

Melinda Gentile of Peckar & Abramson in Miami presented, “Insurance Considerations,” at the Seminar Group’s 10th Annual Construction Law in Florida conference.

Gary S. Betensky of Day Pitney has been elected to chair the Palm Beach County Environmental Control Hearing Board.

Dennis Wall published two articles in the Fall 2021 edition of “New Appleman on Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law” (Matthew Bender/Lexis-Nexis), “COVID and Coverage in the Case Law” and “Prematurity Defenses to Bad Faith Claims: Abate, Bifurcate, Dismiss, Sever and Stay.” Thomas C. Shaw of ForsterBoughman presented, “Preparing for the Reconciliation Act: An Estate & Gift Tax Update,” to Florida CPAs.

J. Cameron Thurber of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Office of Inspector General received an Award for Excellence from the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency for his work as legal counsel on the security of the FDIC’s Critical Building Services audit team.

Neal Sklar of Peckar & Abramson in Miami has been appointed to serve as general counsel and chair of the governance committee on the executive board of directors of the Latin Builders Association.

Patricia A. Leonard of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach has been elected to the board of directors of the Armory Art Center.

Tim Zehnder of Hill Ward Henderson was recently elected as president of Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Dennis G. Kainen of Weisberg Kainen Mark in Miami lectured before the Federal Tax Procedure class of the University of Miami School of Law LLM program on the topic Criminal Tax Procedure.

Gary A. Forster and J. Brian Page of ForsterBoughman presented a webinar, “Integrated Asset Protection: Using LLCs, Trusts, Exempt Assets, and Titling.”

Eugene K. Pettis of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm was a panelist at the OCBA Young Lawyers Section’s Diversity & Inclusion Empower Hour program.

Eric C. Boughman and Kathryn P. Jones of ForsterBoughman presented, “Social Media and Ethics for Business Owners,” to Orlando area business owners.

Ira Leesfield of Leesfield Scolaro has been admitted to the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Carol Williams of Williams Immigration has been named treasurer of the Broward County Women Lawyers Association.

Grace Mead of Stearns Weaver Miller has been elected to the American Law Institute.

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