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February 1, 2016 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Brian Mangines of Mangines Law in Boca Raton has been named to the Foundation Board of Directors of Families First of Palm Beach County. He will also serve on the board’s Planned Giving Committee. He also presented “Protecting What Matters: Estate Planning and Asset Protection Essentials” to the Pro Athlete Business Group at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

Kristina Maranges of Broad and Cassel in Miami has been elected as a board member of the Cuban American Bar Association.

Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Managementin Ft. Myers has been awarded the Association of Family Law Professionals annual Hugh E. Starnes “Think Outside the Box” Award.

Eric Rosen, Kristin Bianculli, and Anthony Quackenbush of Kelley/Uustal in Ft. Lauderdale were named to the board of directors of the Broward County Justice Association. Rosen will also serve as executive board secretary.

Harsh Arora of Spiegel & Utrera in Miami published “Understanding Australia’s ‘Netflix Tax’” as a featured perspective article in Tax Notes International. He also published “Fair and Flat Taxes Compared With a Progressive Consumption Tax” as a viewpoint article in Tax Notes.

Jacquin “Quin” Gilchrist of The Gilchrist Law Firm in Coral Gables completed the Judge Advocate Officer Advance Course at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Gilchrist is also a captain in the Florida Army National Guard, representing Army commanders, military leaders, soldiers, and their families throughout Florida.

Joshua Levenson of Holland & Knight in Ft. Lauderdale was honored by the Boy Scouts of America’s Order of the Arrow program.

Victor H. Veschio of Gibbons–Neuman in Tampa and Andre R. Perron of Barnes Walker, Goethe, Hoonhout, Perron, & Shea in Bradenton have joined the adjunct faculty of the Tampa Bay campus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Veschio will teach federal court practice and Perron will teach arbitration law.

H. T. Smith, director of the Trial Advocacy Program at FIU College of Law, served as the commencement speaker at the fall 2015 commencement ceremonies at the University of Miami.

Adam Saben of Shuster & Saben in Jacksonville was sworn in by the Florida Highway Patrol as an auxiliary state trooper for Troop G in Jacksonville. 

Geoffrey Jones of Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones in Juno Beach has become president of The Friends of Jupiter Beach Board of Directors.

Davey Jay of The Draves Law Firm in Orlando was a speaker on a panel titled “Contract Negotiations” at the 14th Annual Writers Conference hosted by the Florida Writers Association.

Lawrence A. Saichek of Coral Gables has become chair of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s Qualifications Complaint Committee.

Walter G. Benjamin of Kelley Kronenberg in Orlando has been invited to join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Miranda Lundeen Soto of Shook, Hardy & Bacon presented “Personalizing the Insurance Carrier in Bad Faith Litigation…Putting a Face on the Company and Avoiding Being Branded as the Uncaring Corporate Monster” at Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Bad Faith and Extracontractual Conference in New York City.

Bradley J. Ellis of Icard Merrill in Southwest Florida has joined the board of directors of the American Hiking Society.

Charles H. (Chuck) Baumberger of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier in Miami has become president of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Emilia A. Quesada of SMGQ Law in Coral Gables has been certified as a FINRA arbitrator.

Lindsey Wagner of Scott Wagner and Associates in Jupiter presented on “Internal Investigations Under the National Labor Relations Act” at the Palm Beach County Bar Labor and Employment Committee Seminar.

Bernie Friedman of Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to the South Florida PBS board of directors.

Richard L. Barry of GrayRobinson in Orlando has been invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Rev. John P. Joseph of the Church Legal Center in St. Petersburg spoke in Jacksonville and Kissimmee for the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God to their ordination candidates on church law.

Joshua Pariente Koehler, assistant city attorney, City of Boca Raton, delivered a guest lecture on “The Law of City Hall” at the University of Florida College of Law.

Edward Welch ofBroad and Cassel in Miami has been appointed to the executive board of the Alliance for Kids.

Eric C. Boughman and Teresa Phillips of Forster Boughman & Lefkowitz in Orlando presented at a National Business Institute seminar in Orlando.

Michelle R. Suskauer of Suskauer Law in West Palm Beach was a panelist at the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Sidebar Series: “Cross Examination.”

Angela K. Santos of Duane Morris in Boca Raton served as a presenter at the two-day National Business Institute seminar, “Probate Boot Camp: Your Definitive Guide to the Probate Process” in Pembroke Pines. Santos discussed “Post-Mortem Planning, Trust Administration, and Tax Hurdles.”

Mark Malek of Widerman Malek in Melbourne was honored as the Bernie Simpkins Entrepreneur of the Year.

Anne-Leigh Gaylord Moe of Bush Ross was sworn in as president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. 

T. Andrew Zodrow of the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and the City of Safety Harbor has been presented the 2015 J. Ben Watkins Award for Excellence in the Legal Profession by the Stetson Law Review.

Joseph Varner of Holland & Knight in Tampa received the George C. Carr Memorial Award from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Michael J. Napoleone of Richman Greer was elected to the Wellington Village Council.

Jeffrey Hearne of Legal Services of Greater Miami was presented with the National Housing Law Project’s Housing Justice Award. 

Robert Zarco of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito delivered the commencement speech at the Florida International University South Campus.

Philippe Jeck of Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones in Juno Beachwas elected chair of the Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., Board of Trustees. 

Michael C. Góngora of Becker & Poliakoff has been elected president of the Miami Beach Bar Association.

Christin M. Bucci of Bucci Law Offices in Ft. Lauderdale presented at the ABA’s 32nd Annual National Institute on Crime Tax Fraud and the Fifth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy in Las Vegas.

Matthew Chait of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach was elected to the Board of Directors of Resource Depot, a nonprofit organization devoted to reusing recycled materials in the creation of student art projects and as educational tools.

David J. Akins of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth in Orlando has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Kayla Richmond ofHenderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has become president-elect of the Lee County Bar Young Lawyers Division.

David M. Rogero of Coral Gables has been re-elected as president of the Governor’s Hurricane Conference.

Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga of Bryan Cave in Miami has been appointed by President Obama to the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Bryant R. Camareno of Tampa has had his novel The Verdict: Veritas et Justitia published. The book examines the psychological impact the trial has on the jurors, as well as the physical and mental exhaustion the lawyers have to endure. But the emotional impact of the trial also extends to society at large. Visit

Lori Caldwell-Carr of InFocus Family Law Firm has been elected president of the Central Florida Family Law Inn in Orlando.

Gisela M. Munoz of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler was named by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)-Miami as 2015 “Outstanding Mover and Shaker of the Year.”

John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in St. Petersburg published “PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans – Common, but Treatable,” in the St. Petersburg Bar magazine.

Leslie A. Share of Packman Neuwahl & Rosenberg in Coral Gables spoke at the Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami on “The USA v. The World—Wealth Preservation Trusts” and at Alpha Kappa Psi on the topic of “Asset Protection and Related Tax and Compliance Issues—Current Update.”

Rachel Gebaide and Tim Haughee of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando delivered a presentation titled “HR and Employment Law: Year in Review & What’s New for 2016” at the Central Florida Medical Group Management Association meeting in Winter Park.

Adam L. Bantner II of the Brandon Legal Group in Brandon was elected president of the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Luis Viera of Ogden & Sullivan in Tampa was elected chair of the City of Tampa Civil Service Board.

Rafael E. Suarez-Rivas, Miami senior assistant city attorney, spoke on the “Basics of Municipal Contracts” to the office of the Miami City Attorney.

Jason B. Blank of Haber Blank in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed as the judiciary chairman for Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, where he serves in an advisory role to the International Board of Directors (Grand Council).

Edward L. Larsen of Edward L. Larsen, Esq., P.A., in Naples spoke to the Collier County Trial Lawyers on “Evidentiary Issues in Business Litigation.”

Bradley Houser of Akerman in Miami was elected to the board of directors for The Beacon Council.

Jeffrey L. Rubinger of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami was a speaker at “Recent Developments in Outbound Taxation,” The New Tax Lawyer Committee of The Florida Bar & The Florida Association of Attorney-CPAs December Luncheon in Miami.

Reggie Garcia of Tallahassee has published Second Chances: Florida Pardons, Restoration of Civil Rights, Gun Rights and More, a practical guide to executive clemency, transition, reentry, and jobs published by Laurenzana Press.

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