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May 1, 2023 News and Notes

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Alan R. Rosenberg of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog in Miami moderated the Cryptocurrency panel at the 2023 Caribbean Insolvency Symposium in Grand Cayman.

Gary A. Forster of ForsterBoughman had two of his articles published, “Estate and Gift Tax Rules for Noncitizens” in CPA Now, a publication of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and “Expatriation from the United States: The Exit Tax” in TaxStringer, the New York Society of CPAs publication for taxation topics.

Harold E. Kaplan of Kaplan Arbitration in Fairview, NC, served as a scoring juror for the 2023 North Carolina Mock Trial Program’s regionals held in Hendersonville, NC.

Vanessa J. Skinner of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Winter Park has released The Power of Planning podcast series, designed to educate and empower listeners by offering detailed discussions of the various legal considerations associated with the planning process.

John Gihon of Lasnetski Gihon Law in Orlando spoke at three events on immigration law. He was a panelist at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter Annual Conference, and provided immigration case law updates and two training presentations, one titled, “When Victim-Clients Commit Crime: An introduction to Immigration Consequences of Common Florida Crimes,” and the other panel covered, “2023 Updates at the Orlando Immigration Court.”

William J. Schifino, Jr., of Gunster has been appointed to the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Alecia Ingram Smith and Misty Taylor of Bryant Miller Olive have been appointed to the 2023 board of Women in Public Finance Florida Chapter.

Lee Rendeiro of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been elected to the board of directors of IMAG History & Science Center.

Daniel Etlinger with Jennis Morse Etlinger recently presented at the 2023 Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar on, “Exemptions! Exemptions! Exemptions!” He was joined by Judge Tiffany Geyer, Jake Blanchard, Lara Roeske Fernandez, Soneet Kapila, and Angelina Lim.

David Stillson of The Law Offices of David W. Stillson, P.A., spoke on a panel of mediators at the 2023 Broward County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Conference where he presented, “The Art of Mediation.”

Matthew Brust of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has joined the board of directors for the Lee County Bar Association Foundation.

Douglas Szabo and Geraldo “Jerry” Olivo of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt were officially inducted as members of the executive council of the Lee County Bar Association.

Roy L. Weinfeld has become a Florida court-appointed arbitrator.

Kim Nutter of Brinkley Morgan in Boca Raton participated in The Susan Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches’ presentation on jurisdictional issues under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.

Alexander L. Brams of Jones Foster was appointed to the advisory board of the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.

Jodi Furr Colton of Brinkley Morgan in Boca Raton wrote a column, “Collaborative Divorce: How Advisors Can Help Their Clients Split Amicably,” published in ThinkAdvisor.

John C. Palmerini, deputy general counsel for the Orange County School Board, was selected by the Florida School Board Attorneys Association to receive the C. Graham Carothers Award of Excellence in recognition for his contributions to advancement of school law and the legal profession.

Benjamin R. Shiekman of LashGoldberg in Miami served as a volunteer arbitrator at the 10th Annual Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Competition.

Elizabeth Ricci of Rambana and Ricci received the Trailblazer Award from the Oasis Center for Women and Girls for her pro bono immigration work.

Aaron Davis, Michael Bild, and Ladys Almaguer of Davis Goldman in Miami presented a webinar in partnership with Canero Lammers Fadul Acevedo Immigration Law Group on navigating the civil litigation system and understanding the rights of foreign nationals.

Eric Romano of Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach has achieved recertification as a board-certified criminal trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

D. Matthew Raulerson has been appointed as the Hendry County attorney by the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners.

Celene Humphries of Brannock Humphries & Berman presented, “The Law, Strategy and Tactics Regarding Punitive Damages in State Court Cases in Florida in 2023,” at the Florida Justice Association’s John Romano Workhorse Seminar.

Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll was invited to be a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers’ Academy.

Kimberly Carlton Bonner’s article, “What Do Judges Need to Know About Gen Z?” was recently published in Judicature, a scholarly journal published by Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School.

Takisha Richardson of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Kristina Feher of Feher Law spoke to the Real Estate Mastermind Group of Tampa Bay at the Pinellas Realtors Organization on, “Clients Divorcing is not the end of the world; it’s the beginning.”

Poorad Razavi of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll presented on a PBCBA panel discussion on advancing #diversity, #inclusion, and #equity within the legal community.

Shea Moxon of Brannock Humphries & Berman presented, “The Workers’ Comp Surprise Attack Statutory Letter Trap (Where the Defense Opts to Try to Represent the Injured Plaintiff)!” at the

Florida Justice Association’s John Romano Workhorse Seminar.

Daniel Diaz Leyva of Day Pitney has been named to The Fund President’s Circle, which recognizes the top 100 member firms based on policies remitted in 2022.

Lonnie Groot of Daytona Beach Shores served as a judge in the 2022-2023 ABA’s Mediation Competition.

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law presented at the Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference in Houston on navigating the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Detention and thereafter the Fines, Penalties and Forfeiture Process.

Ita M. Neymotin, regional counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Region 2, has been admitted as an attorney to the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington D.C.

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