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July 15, 2015 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Philip H. Ward III of Ward Damon has been appointed chair of Palm Beach County’s Board of Commissioners’ volunteer Health Care District Board.

Lara Donlon and Jon O’Connell of Torcivia, Donlon, Goddea & Ansay in West Palm Beach presented “Identifying and Planning for Emergencies in the Workplace With Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law” at the Annual Conference hosted by the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County.

Roy B. Gonas of Coral Gables, a Fulbright Specialist grantee, will teach certificate courses in international commercial arbitration this fall at the National University, Odessa Academy of Law, and University of Lviv, Ukraine.

Forrest K. Clinard of Atlanta is the 2015 recipient of the North Fulton Bar Association’s President Award for outstanding service to the association and community.

Mark E. Stein of Mark Stein Law in Aventura co-moderated a table topic on “Big Date and New Issues for the Trademark Practitioner” at the International Trademark Association meeting in San Diego.

Malcolm J. Pitchford of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota spoke at the National Business Institute seminar on “Quiet Title Actions in Florida” in Tampa.

Miranda Lundeen Soto of Shook, Hardy & Bacon spoke on the best ways to utilize social media in insurance investigations and litigation at the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance’s Insurance Fraud Conference in Boston.

Brett M. Amron of Bast Amron in Boca Raton spoke at the ABA Family Law Spring Conference on “Bankruptcy Ins and Outs of Dischargeability: Avoiding a Malpractice Threat” in San Diego.

Erica K. Smith of Fisher & Sauls in St. Petersburg received the May 2015 Volunteer of the Month Award from the Community Law Program, which provides free legal services to low-income individuals. Smith is also president-elect of the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

Jill F. Bechtold of Marks Gray of Jacksonville has been appointed to the Jacksonville Children’s Commission board to represent School Board District 7.

Melanie Ann Hines, Tallahassee, and S. Daniel Ponce, Miami, of Berger Singerman have been reappointed by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Glen J. Torcivia of Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau & Ansay in West Palm Beach was named “Associate Member of the Year” at the League of Cities’ Installation Gala.

Cindy Crawford of Greenspoon Marder in West Palm Beach was selected into the 2015 Class of Leaders in the Law by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Ann E. Finnell was recognized as the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association’s 2015 Woman Lawyer of the Year for her service and contributions to JWLA.

Gene K. Glasser of Greenspoon Marder in Ft. Lauderdale was named a Spirit of Healing Award Honoree at the 2015 Circle of Friends Luncheon presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Brian H. Koch of Greenberg Traurig in Ft. Lauderdale has been named the 2015 Ft. Lauderdale Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for raising the most money among an extraordinary group of candidates.

Jessica Hew of Burr & Forman in Orlando moderated a panel at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Southeast Regional Meeting.

Lawrence J. Miller of Gutter, Chaves, Josepher, et al., in Boca Raton, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and elected vice chair of the Board of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties.

James A. Timko of Shutts & Bowen in Orlando and Tampa has been named president of the Florida chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.

Jorge P. Gutierrez, Jr., of Freedland Harwin Valori in Ft. Lauderdale testified before the Congressional Subcommittees on Federal Lands and Water, Power and Oceans in Washington, D.C., regarding the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015.

Brian R. Toung of Daytona Beach has been awarded, with high distinction, Ph.D.s in Holistic Natural Health and Nutrition and Holistic Sports Nutrition by the University and College of Natural Health in Indianapolis with high distinction.

Bayardo E. Alemán and Jorge Freddy Perera of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Miami presented “What Every Employer Needs to Know about Labor and Employment Laws in Florida” at the Doral Chamber of Commerce.

Stefanie C. Moon of S.C. Moon Law in Ft. Lauderdale​ spoke on the Broward County Bar’s panel presentation titled “What to Do When the Feds Come Knocking” and the Southern District of Florida’s Law Day panel presentation entitled “Challenges and Paths to Success.”

Julie Sellers of Pursley Friese Torgrimson in Atlanta presented “The Updates and Trends in Zoning and Land Use” at the 37th Annual Real Property Law Institute continuing education seminar of the State Bar of Georgia in Sandestin.

Brigid F. Cech Samole of Greenberg Traurig in Miami has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Chapman Partnership for the Homeless.

Franklin Homer of Greenspoon Marder in Boca Raton was elected vice president of the Saint Andrew’s School Alumni Board.

Thomas Newcomb Hyde of Tampa presented “Resolving Professionalism Complaints” to the Plant City Bar Association, on behalf of the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Committee.

Jerome L. Wolf of Duane Morris in Boca Raton presented “The Basics of Residency, Domicile, and Key Factors” at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel summer meeting in Québec and was an instructor at the Annual Florida Graduate Trust and Wealth Management School in Orlando.

Jennifer G. Roeper of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been appointed to the advisory board (Pasco County) of Metropolitan Ministries as it builds new housing units and expands its ability to serve the homeless of Pasco County.

Cornelius C. Demps of the Florida Office of the Attorney General in Tampa received a Florida Supreme Court Pro Bono Award for his work with Bay Area Legal Services in Clearwater.

John A. Greco of the City of Miami Office of the City Attorney published “Appeals of Local Government Decisions: Constraints on Judicial Review Before, During, and After the Appeal” in the Stetson Law Review.
Robert P. Diffenderfer of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach has been appointed chair of the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center Board of Directors.

Kelly Vogt of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Ft. Lauderdale has become president-elect of the Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

Gary Farmer of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman in Ft. Lauderdale co-presented “General and Property Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update” at the Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention in Lake Buena Vista.

Rob Williams of Burr & Forman in Tampa has been awarded the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Herbert G. Goldburg Award, the highest award given by the association’s Trial and Litigation section.

Sara Sandler of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Ft. Lauderdale has become secretary of the Broward County Bar Young Lawyers Section.

Elizabeth E. Andrews, Steven D. Manno, and D. Cassie Bermudez of Andrews & Manno in Tampa, along with Richard Rini of State Farm Insurance, made a presentation called “The Application of Social Media in the Injury and Medical Claims Process” at the annual FIFEC Conference in Orlando.

Mark Eiglarsh of Miami presented “Designing an Extraordinary Law Practice” in Miami at “The Practice” seminar, sponsored by the Dade County Bar Association.

Joshua T. Higgins of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed the legal advisor of the Safety Alliance For Excellence (SAFE).

Jon Carroll, a JAG with the U.S. Air Force at Maxwell AFB, AL, presented on the Federal Employees Compensation Act and Federal Tort Claims Act at the Civil Air Patrol’s National Legal Officers’ College in Atlanta.

John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in St. Petersburg published “The NEW Duty to Submit Adverse Evidence to the Social Security Administration” in the Spring 2015 Edition of the American Association for Justice Social Security Disability Law Section Newsletter.

John E. Eckard II of Roig Lawyers has graduated from the Orange County Bar Association Leadership Law 2015 Program.

A. Courtney Cox of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., in Tampa co-chaired and presented on “In-House Think Tank on Defending Managed Care Suits” at American Conference Institute’s Annual Managed Care Disputes and Litigation in Chicago.

Ira Leesfield of Leesfield Scolaro in Miami has been re-nominated to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.

Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Ft. Myers was a featured speaker at the “Get Connected!” meeting of the Greater Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce.

Floyd Self of Berger Singerman in Tallahassee has become chair-elect of the Energy Bar Association’s Southern Chapter.

Quinn Henderson of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., in Tampa moderated “A Day in the Life of In-House Counsel” at American Conference Institute’s Annual Advanced Forum on Managed Care Disputes and Litigation.

David A. Wallace of Williams Parker presented “Tips for Writing a Good Appellate Brief” and “Tips for Oral Argument” at the Sarasota County Bar’s Appellate Law Section meeting.

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