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April 1, 2017 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Korey T. Taylor of the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office in Omaha, NE, has been named a 2017 Fellow of the New Leaders Council.

Rev. John P. Joseph of the Church Legal Center in St. Petersburg lectured to the ministerial and pastoral students at Southeastern University on the topic of “Current Legal Issues in Ministry.”

Geoffrey Sessions of Saalfield Shad in Jacksonville has been named to the board of Pine Castle, a leader in serving adults with intellectual and other disabilities.

Armando Hernandez of Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell has been appointed by the 11th Judicial Circuit Committee on Professionalism as chair of the circuit’s local professionalism panel.

Frank J. Campoamor of Becker & Poliakoff in Naples was a panel member on “Attorney Specialization” at Ave Maria School of Law. Campoamor spoke on law school preparation for a real estate practice, what the practice of real estate law is like, and how to develop professional relationships and business.

Augusto Perera of Albert Bordas in Miami served as volunteer arbitrator at the ILS Vis Pre-Moot competition held in Miami.

Randall H. Richardson, assistant regional conflict counsel, was installed as president of the Putnam County Bar Association.

Thomas J. Intili of Intili & Groves Co., in Dayton, Ohio, has been selected to become a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

Lawrence A. Saichek of Miami has been re-appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Mediator Qualifications and Discipline Review Board.

JoLinda Herring of Bryant Miller Olive provided comment and analysis to the South Florida Business Journal for an article on a legal debate surrounding use of tax-exempt private activity bonds to finance Brightline, the Miami-to-Orlando passenger train formerly known as All Aboard Florida.

Brian Kopelowitz of Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert has been appointed vice chair of Business for the Arts of Broward.

Lindsey Wagner of Scott Wagner and Associates in Jupiter served as a panelist on the “Bridging the Gap: Issues in Equal Pay” program at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami.

E. John Wagner II of Williams Parker in Sarasota presented at the ABA Section of Taxation’s Midyear Meeting in Orlando. He participated in two panel discussions focusing on corporate tax planning and tax-deferred transactions.

Tony Hernandez III of Cocoa Beach has been named to the Space Coast Art Festival Board of Directors.

J. Logan Murphy of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa has been elected secretary of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Jorge Espinosa of Espinosa Trueba Martinez in Miami spoke about continuing changes in Cuba since normalizing relations with the U.S. and how to do business on the island at a meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in Ft. Lauderdale.

Samuel S. Goren and Jacob G. Horowitz of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol presented at the Elected Officials Boot Camp sponsored by the Broward League of Cities. Goren discussed public records and Horowitz spoke on the Broward County Ethics Ordinance.

H. Steven Vogel of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables was a panelist at a seminar hosted by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce titled “What’s Smokin’? A Medical Marijuana Update.”

John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in St. Petersburg participated in a panel presentation, “ERISA Administrative Appeals — Problematic Issues” at the 43rd Annual ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits in Coral Gables.

Mark D. Hildreth of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota served as a panelist at the 40th Annual Alexander Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Conference in Tampa. The panel topic was “Appellate Issues in Bankruptcy” with Hildreth discussing “Stays Pending Appeal in Bankruptcy.”

Judge Barbara Levenson of the 11th Judicial Circuit (retired) has been chosen to receive the Women of Impact Award from the Women’s History Coalition of Miami-Dade County.

Charles Reynolds ofButler Weihmuller Katz Craig in Tampa has been named to DRI’s Partnering With Industry Task Force, a group of lawyers charged with forming alliances between industry groups and outside counsel to forge mutual benefits related to lobbying efforts, education, and public outreach.

Jerome Jackson of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Ft. Lauderdale spoke to the trainees at Athlete University on how to properly prepare for law school while also being a student-athlete.

Ava J. Borrasso of Miami moderated a panel of distinguished international lawyers on the topic of “International Business Expansion from the United States” at the iLaw 2017 Global Forum on International Law.
Bradley J. Ellis of Icard Merrill in Southwest Florida has become vice chair of the Board of Directors for the American Hiking Society.

Jacqueline R.A. Root of ROIG Lawyers in Tampa was appointed communications committee chair and RiskNet online journal editor of the Florida Society of Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety.

Christie Bhageloe, veterans project manager at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, taught “Charting a Course Through the VA Claims Process” at the inaugural Florida’s Veterans Advocates Conference in Orlando.

Major Harding of Ausley McMullen of Tallahassee is the recipient of the 2017 Faith and Profession Award from the Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center.

Betty L. Dunkum of Victory Trial Consulting in West Palm Beach spoke on “Bias and Diversity Issues in the Courtroom” at the 2017 Louisiana State Bar Association Black History Month CLE Seminar.

Greg Hoag of Masterson, Hoag & Smith has been elected as president-elect of the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

Jane-Robin Wender of Boca Raton was inducted as a fellow to the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Phoenix.

Ashley C. Winship was elected secretary of the Board for Orlando Museum of Art’s Acquisition Trust.

Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein in Palm Beach Gardenstestified in Tallahassee to advance SB 262 to allow patients to sue HMOs for failing to provide needed care.

Franklin L. Zemel and Ariel R. Deray of Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale published an article titled, “America’s Subtle Biases Against Muslims” in Islamic Monthly.

Jim Vickaryous of the Vickaryous Law Firm in Lake Mary has been elected president of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association.

Charles D. Brecker of Arnstein & Lehr in Miami published an article titled, “Structuring Real Estate Joint Ventures: A Developer’s Perspective” in Commercial Property Executive.

Ellen K. Lyons of Carlton Fields spoke on a panel on Proposals for Settlement at the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Corporate Counsel Summit in Coral Gables. The presentation was about how to serve and respond to proposals for settlement from the perspective of in-house counsel.

Derrick G. Isaac of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz was re-appointed a member on the Planning Board for the City of Ft. Myers.

Joshua M. Atlas of Arnstein & Lehr in West Palm Beach published an article titled, “Construction Defects: Will the Florida Supreme Court End the Battle?” published in the Daily Business Review.

Giselle Madrigal of Stearns Weaver Miller in Miami has been elected secretary of the Cuban American Bar Association’s Executive Board.

David B. Honig of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman is the lead author in a new book from Healthlaw Publishing LLC (,
“Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016.”

Danialle Riggins of Riggins Law Firm in Ocala presented “Growing Pains – Possible Pitfalls for New Businesses” at the Branding by Faith Empowerment Summit in Ocala.

Marc Solomon of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman in Ft. Lauderdale served on the panel for the Association of Corporate Growth South Florida Chapter on Exit Planning.

Tracey K. Jaensch of FordHarrison in Tampa has been appointed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast Board of Directors.

John C. Sumberg of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami has been named chair of the Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism (MRED+U) Advisory Board at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez of Florida Immigration Law Counsel has joined Nova Southeastern University School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching immigration law.

Wayne Crowder of Wayne T. Crowder, P.A., in West Palm Beach was elected vice president of the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund.

Richard Stoudemire of Saalfield Shad in Jacksonville received the John J. Schickel Professionalism and Excellence Award from the E. Robert Williams American Inn of Court.

Terry Verduin, retired DCF attorney and current volunteer attorney at Legal Aid Society, has completed the webmaster course at PC Professor, where she is doing an internship in website design.

Leslie M. Kroeger of Cohen Milstein Sellers &Toll presented on the topic of “My First Opening Statement” to young lawyers as part of the “My First Trial Session” at the Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar.

Andrea DeField of Hunton & Williams in Miami was recognized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce with HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) Award.

Lisa Berg, Kara Nickel, and Andrew Rodman of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “2017 FMLA Master Class: Florida — Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management.”

Christina Harris Schwinn of Pavese Law Firm in Ft. Myers discussed legal concerns with hiring an intern at an Intern Workshop panel discussion at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Abigail Corbett of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Ground Zero: Miami” at the University of Miami Law Review’s symposium “Climate Wrongs and Human Rights.”

Kari K. Jacobson of La Cava & Jacobson in Tampa presented “Just Keep Swimming – While Avoiding Recreational Water Illnesses” at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

Robert Suarez of Espinosa Trueba Martinez in Miami spoke at the Jesuit Communications Conference in Miami.

Glenn M. Rissman of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Hot Topics in Employment Law” to the Florida Institute of CPAs — Palm Beach Chamber.

Mark Eiglarsh of the Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh in Miami presented “Plea Negotiations in State and Federal Court” and “Acting for Lawyers” at the Spring UF Law Intensive Trial Clinic held in Miami.

Michael Ehrenstein of Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin in Miami was appointed to the advisory board for Region 5 — serving the Southeast United States — of Operation Homefront, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support programs to military families.

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