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July 1, 2023 News and Notes

News & Notes

Jeanmarie Whalen of Alexander Shunnarah in West Palm Beach has been elected to the board of directors of the Armory Art Center.

Col. Lettie J. Bien (Ret.), a Department of Veteran Affairs Accreditation attorney and U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador, was selected as the 2023 Military Hero awardee by the American Red Cross, Central Virginia Chapter.

Michael Corso of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt visited the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University where he shared his expertise with students and industry leaders from NASA, Boeing, SpaceX, and others.

Roy L. Weinfeld presented, “Fundamentals of Florida Foreclosure Law,” via Zoom.

Kyle Morgan of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale recently attended U.S. Legal Support and the Broward County Bar Association’s luncheon, “A Candid Conversation with Florida Bar President Gary S. Lesser.”

Michelle Otero Valdes of The Law Offices of Michelle Otero Valdes spoke at the Federal Bar Association’s Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., on, “Collaborations Between the FBA and Other Bar Organizations,” and, “Integrating Diversity and Inclusion Plans into FBA Sections and Divisions.”

Arielle Capuano of Levinson & Capuano in Ft. Lauderdale published, “Staying Mentally Grounded,” in the March Broward County Bar Association’s Barrister.

Connolly McArthur of Hill Ward Henderson has become president-elect of the Clearwater Bar Association.

Lorena Vollrath-Bueno joined the National District Attorneys Association as vice president, education and engagement.

Kim Kolback of Law Offices of Kimberly Kolback in Miami was a panelist on, “Getting Into The World of Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law,” at the Nova Southeastern University Law’s Sports and & Entertainment Law Society Annual Symposium.

Kimberly Carlton Bonner’s article, “What Do Judges Need to Know About Gen Z?,” was published in the latest Judicature, a publication of Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke law school.

Erin L. Deady of Delray Beach spoke at the Florida Floodplain Managers Association Annual Conference in Miami.

Jason Goldman of Davis Goldman in Miami moderated the Judicial Speakers Panel for the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Leadership Ft. Lauderdale Public Safety & Law Day.

Maria C. Gonzalez co-presented with General Magistrate Lucy Ramos Miller on, “Paternity,” at the Broward County Bar’s Raising the Bar Family Law Conference in Ft. Lauderdale.

Marc Bergoffen of Shulman Rogers has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Veronique Malebranche has been sworn in as president of the Haitian Lawyers Association.

Kalinthia Dillard, general counsel of the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General, presented, “Ten Professionalism Tips for Young Lawyers,” at the Sheree Davis Cunningham Black Women Lawyers Association’s Speed Mentoring CLE. She was also honored with the 2023 Emerald Award for Leadership from the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.

Daniel O’Keefe of Shutts & Bowen in Orlando has been reappointed to the University of Florida Board of Trustees.

Alan R. Rosenberg of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog has been named a co-chair of the Commercial and Regulatory Law Committee for the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Eric C. Boughman of ForsterBoughman presented, “Physicians and Healthcare Workers Employment Agreements,” for SkillAcquire.

Gary A. Forster and Thomas C. Shaw of ForsterBoughman presented, “Should I Stay or Should I Go? International Tax Planning and Structuring,” to the Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami.

Leslie Lott of Lott & Fischer served as the mediator in a live role-playing mediation at the International Trademark Association meeting in Singapore. The session focused on mediating across cultural differences.

Dominque Sciullo has become president of the South Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Elise Batsel of Stearns Weaver Miller was a panelist on the “Private Practitioner’s Panel” for the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Fifth Annual Environmental and Land Use Law Conference.

Mary Wood Bridgman of Kingsley Lake was recently elected chair of the Clay County Planning Commission.

Dennis G. Kainen of Weisberg Kainen Mark in Miami was a speaker for Gerson, Preston, Klein, Lips, Eisenberg & Gelber, P.A., Certified Public Accounts on the topic, “Update on Criminal Tax Cases (and some civil cases) Impacting CPAs — What You Must Know to Stay Out of Trouble.”

Nirupa Netram spoke on, “How Diversity & Inclusion Impact Your Bottom Line,” at the joint luncheon of the American Advertising Federation — Southwest Florida Chapter and Florida Public Relations Association — SWFL Chapter.

Ernest H. “Skip” Kohlmyer III received his Global Antitrust Law & Economics LLM degree from George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School.

Giselle Gutierrez of Stearns Weaver Miller presented, “Cultural Differences in Negotiation,” for the Sarasota County Bar Association.

Rebecca L. Palmer of The Rebecca L. Palmer Law Group was reappointed to the City of Orlando Public Arts Advisory Board.

Rodrigo Salgado published a law review article that discusses the history of the application of the doctrines of strict liability for abnormally dangerous activities and negligence to the breach failure of dams, tailings dams, and similar structures. The article also examines how a court might decide which doctrine to apply.

Adria Lynn Silva of Sass Law Firm in Tampa was elected to the board of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Alex John Saiz presented, “Legally Speaking: Reentry and Restoration,” for An Umbrella of Hope Reentry Summit at the University of Miami.

Drew Dillworth of Stearns Weaver Miller was elected to serve on the Meritas Board of Directors.

Howard S. Krooks of Cozen O’Connor in Boca Raton participated in a 2023 Case Law Update panel at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ Annual Conference.

Eduardo Suarez-Solar of Gunster has earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.

Erica R. Haft of Jones Foster has been elected to the East Coast Estate Planning Council of Palm Beach County Board of Directors.

Dan Newman presented on the panel, “New Considerations for Alternative and ESG Investing,” at the Financial Markets Association’s 32nd Annual Securities Compliance Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale covering regulatory enforcement, litigation risks concerning environmental, social, and governance issues, and information requests.

Kristie A. Scott of Light Path Law was the moderator of the, “How To Engage Your Board Members As Fundraisers,” session at the Nonprofit Business Conference presented by The Community Foundation in Cape Coral.

Ed Armstrong of Hill Ward Henderson was elected chair of the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board.

Leslie King O’Neal of JAMS has been honored with the Cornerstone Award from the ABA Forum on Construction Law.

Rob Blank of RumbergerKirk in Tampa has been selected to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization of experienced trial lawyers and judges.

Mark Osherow of Osherow, PLLC, and Mark Rickard of Law Guard presented, “The Frivolity Conundrum: Threat of Sanctions,” a webinar presented by the Broward County Bar.

Woodrow “Woody” Pollack of Shutts & Bowen in Tampa received the Tampa Connection’s 2023 Betty Tribble Citizen of the Year Award.

Ben Gibson of Shutts & Bowen in Tallahassee was elected chair of the State Board of Education.

Kyle W. Robisch of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Tampa has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the Florida Bar Foundation.

Kendra New was awarded The Honorable Lamar Winegeart, Jr., Pro Bono Service Award by the Clay County Bar Association for dedicating hundreds of hours to the Clay County’s Teen Court program.

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