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December 15, 2018 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Madeleine Q. Mannello of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected president of the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association.

Kirsten Ullman and Brian Bursa of Ullman Bursa Law presented at the Florida Senior Living Conference in Boca Raton on “Hurricane Lessons Learned: Liabilities and Litigation.” They also spoke on “Hot Legal Topics in Assisted Living” at a Florida Assisted Living Association seminar in Orlando.

Joshua Rosenberg of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog in Miami spoke on “Guardianship Decision-Making Processes” at the Annual Clerks’ Statewide Investigation Alliance Symposium for the Office of Public & Professional Guardians.

Andrew E. “Andy” Pelsuo of Hill Ward Henderson has been selected to join AMIkids Tampa’s board of trustees.

Glenn Burhans, Jr., of Stearns Weaver Miller in Tallahassee presented “Open Primaries: What Would It Mean For Florida?” at the Tiger Bay Club and “Future of Marijuana Regulation in Florida” at the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association Annual Meeting.

Charles D. Brecker of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Miami was honored with the Legislative Leader Award by the Builders Association of South Florida.

Robert J. Watson of Robert J. Watson, P.A., in Stuart spoke at the Public Defender’s College on Hutchinson Island.

David W. Grossman of Simon, Reed & Salazar of Miami and Ray Miller of Gunster in Miami spoke at the University of Miami College of Law on “Why Civility Matters” as part of the civility series sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Gail E. Farb of Williams Parker presented “HR Protects Against Cyber Security Threats: Personnel Policies, Programs, and Personal Devices” and “You’ve Been Served! Human Resources’ Role in Defending Employment Litigation” at the HR Florida State Conference & Expo.

Debra A. Jenks of Jenks & Harvey was recently a co-presenter at the FINRA Arbitrations: A Comprehensive Guide for 2018 and Beyond Live Webcast hosted by The Knowledge Group regarding arbitration at the FINRA forum and current topics.

James A. Gale of Cozen O’Connor in Miami discussed intellectual property due diligence, private investigators, and foreign anti-counterfeiting efforts at the American Intellectual Property Law Association conference in Washington, D.C.

Jim Dickson of Adams and Reese in St. Petersburg has been named a recipient of the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation’s 2018 Heroes Among Us award.

Gisela M. Munoz of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Mindfulness & Your Personal & Professional Success” for Holland & Knight.

Alison Smith of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman was named to Keiser University’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Robert S. Turk of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “LGBT Updates: Workplace Issues and Ongoing Challenges” at the Equal Employment Opportunity Miami and Orlando seminars.

William T. Dymond, Jr., of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed was elected chair-elect of the Orlando Economic Partnership.

Bette Ellen Quiat of the Law Offices of Bette Ellen Quiat in Miami presented “Collaborative Law the New Horizon” and “Best Practices in Divorce Depositions: What You Should and Should Not Do in a Deposition” at the 2018 AICPA Forensic and Valuation Conference in Atlanta.

Stephen C. Page of Gunster received a Professionalism Award from the Martin County Bar.

Michael J. Gelfand of Gelfand & Arpe in West Palm Beach lectured at the Dispute Resolution Conference, presenting “ADR and Real Property Case Law Update: Ethical and Substantive Mileposts for 2017-2018.”

Robert D. Peltz of The Peltz Law Firm in Miami presented “The Application of the Jones Act in Foreign Seamen Arbitrations” at the Cruise Industry Seminar in Coral Gables.

Janet Goldberg McEnery of Stearns Weaver Miller presented the live webinar “Prevent Your Business Emails From Becoming a Legal Nightmare” and “Business Compliance Checklist: Hiring, Firing, and Overtime” at the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce.

Yoshimi O. Smith of Beller Smith in Boca Raton spoke about “Trusts and Divorce” at New York University’s 77th Institute on Federal Taxation.

H.T. Smith of FIU College of Law in Miami was presented The Advocate Award by Florida Memorial University at the celebration of its 50th year in Miami.

Kelly Ruane Melchiondo of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Understanding Cyber Threats: Prepare Your Business” in Tallahassee.

John Gihon, of Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando spoke on two panels at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter, Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach. The panels discussed best practices for litigating in immigration court, hot topics in “crimmigration” cases and new developments and arguments based upon the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pereira v. Sessions.

Mitchell E. Widom ofBilzin Sumberg has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

John H. (Jack) Hickey of Hickey Law Firm in Miami spoke on the topic of “arbitrating seamen’s claims” at the Maritime Law Association’s conference at the University of Miami.

John Leighton of Leighton Law was the keynote speaker at the Arizona Association for Justice/Arizona Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference in Tempe. Leighton spoke on “How to Maximize Damages in Serious Injury Cases.”

Rebecca Bandy, director of The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism in Tallahassee, has become a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism.

Charles D. Brecker of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Miami presented at the 43rd Ralph E. Boyer Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development at the University of Miami School of Law.

Stephanie Reed Traband of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman in Miami was named an honorary member of AIJA — International Association of Young Lawyers.

David W. Grossman of Simon, Reed & Salazar in Miami and Ray Miller of Gunster in Miami recently spoke to law students at St. Thomas University School of Law on “Professionalism and Civility in the Legal Profession.”

Michael L. Hyman of Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel spoke at the University of Miami’s Ralph E. Boyer Institute Condominium and Cluster Development Seminar in Boca Raton. Christopher Horton of Smith Currie & Hancock was published in For Construction Pros. His article was titled “Understanding How to Effectively Communicate via Email for Construction Projects.”

Paul Freedman of Miami presented his CLE seminar “Mediation — The Art of Finding Creative Solutions” to multiple South Florida law firms.

Roy L. Weinfeld presented “Bankruptcy & Real Estate: Implications and Opportunities”to the Miami Association of Realtors.

Col. (Ret.) Harold W. Youmans of Riverviewwas inducted as a Distinguished Member of the CA Regiment by the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center, Ft. Bragg, NC.

Gregory M. Yaffa of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens presented “Florida Bad Faith Law as It Relates to the Motor Vehicle Crash Cases” at the Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice Convention.

David Haas of Haas Law in Orlando co-presented “Crypto-Crime: How to Prevent and Detect Cryptofraud and Recover Coin If You’ve Already Been Swindled” at the OffShore Alert Conference in London.

Maritza I. Gomez of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed as a commissioner of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Latina Commission by HNBA President Jennifer Salinas.

Gary J. Cooney has been elected as Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller.

George Howell III of Holland & Knight was the recipient of the inaugural Lt. Gen. James B. Peake Award given by Bay Area Legal Services.

Morgan Ben-David of AXS Law Group in Wynwood has been named to the board of directors of the Arts & Business Council of Miami.

Michael J. Politis was elected to the Daytona Beach Shores City Council, Seat 4.

Sean C. Domnick of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens spoke at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference on “The Trial Lawyer — Promoting Safety — Demanding Accountability — Forcing Change.”