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April 15, 2018 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Corey B. Collins, associate general counsel for MasTec, Inc., in Coral Gables, published his first novel, The Thanks You Get, an exploration of human behavior and the driving force behind people’s actions through “a mystery involving one of the wealthiest men in South Florida, Benjamin Beasley, and an old college acquaintance, the lovely Sonia Sanataria.”

John R. McDonough of Meier, Bonner, Muszynski, O’Dell & Harvey in Longwood has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

John Gihon of Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando served as the discussion leader for an audio seminar on immigration, hosted by the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association titled: “Non-Court Removal Orders: Expedited, Stipulated, Reinstated, Oh My!”

Karen Josefsberg Ladis, executive director of Legal Aid Society of Miami Dade, received the Justice Joseph Story Award for Outstanding Service from the Dade County Bar Association for 26 years of distinguished service and leadership to the bench, bar, and community.

Stephanie Vega Graves of Friedman, Rodman & Frank in Miami was inducted as a board member of the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association.

Kelly B. Mathis of K. B. Mathis, P.A., in Jacksonville presented “Mathis v. State: Protecting the Profession” at the Jacksonville Bar Association Professionalism Committee.

George Howell III of Holland & Knight in Tampa was the recipient of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Bob Cutler Award at the organization’s 20th Military Appreciation Awards dinner. Howell received this civilian award for his activities supporting service members and their families and for starting a program that aids active duty military and veterans in Hillsborough County.

Haydee Sera of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman in Ft. Lauderdale has been chosen for the Women of Distinction Award by the Cultural Affairs Committee of Miami Lakes in recognition of Women’s History Month.

Naim Surgeon of Akerman in Miami has been selected to participate in the 2018 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Augusto Perera of Miami was a guest speaker at “CABA’s NSU Chapter Lunch an Learn” held at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.

Louis Reinstein, Jeffrey M. Wank, and Denise D. Lehr of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale have been installed on the board of the B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207. Reinstein was installed as president, a role that rotates from a judge to a lawyer each year. Wank and Lehr will also serve as board members.

Joseph M. Percopo and Amber Jade F. Johnson presented “To Deed or Not to Deed, Lady Bird is the Question” to the Orange County Bar Association Estate, Guardian, and Trust Law Committee.

Nancy E. Stroud of Lewis Stroud & Deutsch in Boca Raton has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been selected by Enterprising Women, the magazine for women business owners, for their Enterprising Women Advocacy Award for her work promoting polices, practices, and leadership to protect and support women and children.

Thomas P. Whitaker of Bradenton delivered a presentation to the Sarasota League of Women Voters on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, its importance, and its lack of public recognition.

Jason J. Fagnano of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected to the Palm Beach County Justice Association’s Young Lawyers Division board.

Leslie M. Kroeger of Cohen Milstein in Palm Beach Gardenspresented “Guardrails — How End Terminals Are Ending Lives” at the Florida Justice Association’s 2018 Annual Workhorse Seminar in Orlando.

Brett Schneider of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman spoke on medical marijuana and sexual harassment in the workplace at Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Gold Coast’s Educational Breakfast.

Paul L. Orshan ofMiami published his memoir, Just Say Hello, inspired by the life and passing of his daughter Amanda (she passed at the age of 22 in 2015), who had special needs. Information about the book can be found at

Celeste Siblesz Higgins of the Federal Defender in the Southern District of Florida has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Richard B. Schwamm of Orlando has been appointed to the Florida’s Children First Board of Directors.

David W. Grossman of Simon, Reed & Salazar in Miami and Ray Miller of Gunster in Miami spoke on “Civility in the Legal Profession,” to FIU College of Law. The presentation was part of the Civility Series sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Scott Atwood of Atwood Law Firm, P.A., in Ft. Myers and Atlanta, has been elected president of the Lee County Bar Association Foundation.

Annabella Barboza of Barboza Law & Associates in Ft. Lauderdale was selected to serve on the 2018 Board of Directors of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Service of Broward County.

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