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December 1, 2022 News and Notes

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Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law was featured in Marketplace’s article, “I’ve Always Wondered…The long, tangled story behind country-of-origin labels.”

Brenda Fulmer of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley received the EAGLE award from the Florida Justice Association at the Presidential Luncheon.

Michael Dolce of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll presented, “Flip, Steal, or Scare Them Off – Ways to Make a Defense Mental Health Expert a Star for the Plaintiff,” during the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s 2022 National Conference in St. Louis.

Nicholas Johnson of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll presented, “Medical Malpractice and the Impact on Minorities,” at Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association’s First Quarter Meeting in Tampa.

Takisha D. Richardson of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll presented at the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s Civil Justice for Victims of Crime Seminar in West Palm Beach.

Poorad Razavi of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll has been appointed to represent the Palm Beach County Bar in the ABA House of Delegates.

Roy L. Weinfeld has become certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Court Mediator.

Andrew J. Knight II of Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones in Jacksonville has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial lawyers.

Alex John Saiz presented, “One Less Barrier: Removing legal obstacles for returning citizens,” for the Reentry Summit 2022 in West Palm Beach.

Gary A. Forster and J. Brian Page of ForsterBoughman presented, “Foreign or Domestic: Which Asset Protection Trust Is Right For You?,” via Live National Webinar. Forster also had, “Using the Foreign Corporation to Avoid Estate Tax,” featured by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs publication.

Joleen Searles of Searles & Gornitsky joined the board of trustees for Forty Carrots Family Center in Sarasota.

Leslie M. Kroeger of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll presented on PFAS litigation and lessons learned from the Flint Water Crisis during the Masters of Mass Tort’s TOXIC: Forever Chemicals and Contaminated Water conference hosted by Archer in Denver.

Mike Dal Lago of Dal Lago Law has become certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification.

John H. Friedhoff and Robert H. Friedhoff of Fowler White published, “The USA Corporate Transparency Act Update: Alert to Non-USA Lawyers and Clients,” in the June 22 edition of Global Law Experts.

Lisa M. Thelwell, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Tampa Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the district’s human trafficking coordinator, was named “Florida’s Human Trafficking Prosecutor of the Year” by Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Jorge P. Gutierrez, Jr., of The Gutierrez Firm in Coral Gables has become a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Irvin Daphnis of Hollywood spoke at Michigan State University’s Success Series for undergraduate students who were interested in pursuing a legal career. He also published a “100 Days of Real Motivation,” a meditational book that “inspires one for greatness daily via less than a 10-minute read.”

Charles F. James IV of Clark Partington has been selected by Florida’s Great Northwest Foundation as a participant for the inaugural Leadership Northwest Florida class.

Michael J. Gore of Jones Foster joined the United Way of Palm Beach County as a Campaign Cabinet legal lead.

James L. Doyle of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman has joined the board of directors of the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council.

David Vitale of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley participated as a panelist for the Palm Beach County Bar’s Professionalism Committee on “Maintaining Professionalism in the Zoom Era.”

Andrea Lewis of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was a panelist during the Law Student Sessions of the Palm Beach County Bar’s Bench Bar Conference held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Katherine Coba of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Miami was a panelist at, “Diversity Within Alternative Dispute Resolution,” hosted by the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

John Gihon of Shorstein of Lasnetski & Gihon in Orlando spoke at two conferences on immigration law. The first was titled, “Crimmigration: Drafting successful motions to dismiss,” at the Catholic Legal Services (Miami) Lazy Days of Summer program. The second was in Maui, Hawaii, at the AILA Fall Conference titled, “Stunningly-Creative litigation strategies in Immigration Court.”

Grace Yang of GrayRobinson served as a panelist presenting, “Digital IDs and Scanning Technology — You Don’t Know About Me, But I’ll Bet You Want To,” at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators 2022 Northern/Southern Regional Conference in Richmond, VA.

Guy K. Noa of Fowler White has been awarded an “Honorary Hispanic Award” for his dedication to diversity and community growth in the legal community by the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association.

Erin L. Deady of Delray Beach spoke at the Florida Redevelopment Association Annual Conference on a resiliency panel in Daytona Beach.

Esther E. Galicia of Fowler White had her article, “Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege — What Attorneys Need to Know,” published in the Daily Business Review.

John H. Friedhoff of Fowler White was a guest lecturer at the INIDEM Business Law School Master of Laws Program where he presented, “Taking Advantage of the Gringo Lawyer in Contract Negotiations: Examples and Principles for Future Use.”

Mason T. Nettleton of Fowler White had his article, “Defending False Allegations in Temporary Injunctions Under Florida Law,” published in the Daily Business Review.

Michael J. Bradford of Marshall Dennehey in Tampa has been named a board member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Western Florida Chapter.

Erin Jackson of Johnson Jackson has been elected president of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.

Rhonda D. Bond-Collins of Bryant Miller Olive in Orlando has been elected a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.

Khila L. Khani of Khani & Auerbach in Hollywood presented, “Joint Session — Identification and Verification of Documents Used for Notarization,” at the FACC 2002 Fall Academy sponsored by the Florida Association of City Clerks in Orlando.

Elaine Cohen of Pembroke Pines won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, earning her a trip to Hollywood for a master-class workshop and her winning story will be published in “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future,” Vol. 39.

Vinette Godelia of Stearns Weaver Miller was a panelist for “Turning Dirt — Opportunities for Women in Real Estate Development” at the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Women’s Forum.

Arielle Capuano of Levinson & Capuano in Ft. Lauderdale and Nydia Menendez of Menendez Law Firm in Ft. Lauderdale were installed as founding members of the Advisory Council for Meals on Wheels South Florida.

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