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June 15, 2015 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Lance O. Leider of The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs provided a seminar during the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Spring Forum in Orlando on defensive medicine, safeguarding your license, how to structure your practice to reduce liability, and protecting your professional and personal assets from lawsuits.

Tiffani G. Lee of Holland & Knight in Miami was elected to the Orange Bowl Committee.

Sandy Karlan of Coral Gables has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Children and Youth Cabinet.

  H.T. Smith, director of the Trial Advocacy Program at FIU College of Law, recently delivered a presentation on the art of storytelling in opening statements at the “Trial Skills for Minority Lawyers” seminar.

Judge Kevin Emas of Miami was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

Ita Neymotin, a regional counsel with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel of the Second District Court of Appeal region of Florida, has been awarded the “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award” by Capital University Law School.

Mark L. Zientz of Miami has been inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

Gail E. Farb of Kunkel Miller & Hament in Sarasota presented “Religious Accommodation: Balancing the Religion and Work Conflict” to the 2015 SHRM Jacksonville Conference.

Kelly Kolb of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the construction committee for Habitat for Humanity of Broward County.

Jenelle E. La Chuisa of La Chuisa Law was appointed president-elect of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County.

Lonnie Groot of Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham in Daytona Beach Shores and Lake Mary engaged the high school students of Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona in Law Day educational activities.

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of Broward County was awarded the National Council for Behavioral Health’s “Elected Official Service in Advocacy,” which honors leadership in legislative or regulatory advocacy efforts to expand access to services for people living with mental illnesses and addictions.

Arlene Lakin of MacLean & Ema in Pompano Beach presented “Financing Elder Care” for Nova Southeastern University’s Annual Interprofessional Geriatrics Training Institute.

Jeffrey A. Kasky has become president of The Autism Channel ( ) and has been asked to join the Autism Advisory Board for Royal Caribbean International.

Paul Levine of Miami has released his newest book Bum Rap (Thomas & Mercer; July 1, 2015). In it, Jake Lassiter, star of 10 of Levine’s previous novels, faces his toughest case yet: the murder trial of Steve Solomon, half of the bickering legal duo at the center of Levine’s Solomon vs. Lord series.

David S. Willig of Miami presented a workshop on “Managing Bilingual Mediation” at the Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators in Harrisburg, PA.

Ira Leesfield of Leesfield Scolaro in Miami was the featured speaker at the Industry Icon Series for the Business & Professional Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

Frank C. Walker of Ft. Lauderdale lectured to the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society on “Spring Break as He Recalls It.”

Elizabeth Schwartz of Miami Beach was honored by the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter with the  C. Clyde Atkins Lifetime Achievement award for her work in furtherance of adoption for same-sex couples, marriage equality, and equal rights for the LGBT community.

Janet E. Wise of the Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass in Tampa spoke on “Objection as to Form — Obstructionist Conduct or an Exercise in Restraint?” at the Midwinter Meeting of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.

Ryan E. Davis of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando has become board certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification.

Michele L. Stocker of Greenberg Traurig in Ft. Lauderdale spoke at the Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference in Chicago. Stocker focused on major litigation, including recent cases heard by the Supreme Court involving the Administrative Procedure Act and disparate impact.

Henry J. Hunnefeld of the Miami City Attorney’s Office was a panelist in the Southern District of Florida’s Inaugural Law Day Celebration

Kara S. Nickel of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Miami presented at the HRABC (Human Resource Association of Broward County) 2015 Legal Seminar “What Human Resources Professionals Need To Know for 2015.”

Cynthia N. Sass of the Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass, P.A., in Tampa spoke about settlement negotiation strategies and the recent legal challenges to confidentiality, cooperation, and nondisparagement provisions at a College of Labor and Employment Lawyer event. She also participated in the webinar “Advanced E-Discovery: Database Issues in Employment Cases” sponsored by the ABA.

Reggie Garcia, a state government lobbyist with more than two decades experience presenting clemency cases to four Florida governors, has written How to Leave Prison Early, a how-to book for state prison inmates, their families, lawyers, and other advocates. For more information, go to

Meital Stavinsky of Greenberg Traurig in Miami will serve as co-chair for the Entrepreneurs on Tap program – a series of quarterly meetings presented by the American Friends of Tel Aviv University.

Scott M. Singer of Singer Law Office, P.A., in Boca Raton and a member of the Boca Raton City Council, was recently reelected to serve as chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency and gave the commencement address to the 2015 graduating class of Everglades University’s Boca Raton campus.

Mark A. Sessums of Sessums Law Group in Lakeland spoke on torts at the Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Conference in Tampa.

Nick Mizell of Cheffy Passidomo in Naples has been elected to the executive committee and will serve as an officer of the Thomas S. Biggs American Inn of Court.

Michael V. Mitrione of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been elected to the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s governing board.

Mia McKown and Karen Walker of Holland & Knight in Tallahassee were honored by Legal Services of North Florida with the Joy Aukema Taps Children’s Advocate of the Year Award.

Amy B. Siegel of Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach has been appointed to the Susan G. Komen, South Florida Affiliate Board of Directors.

John M. Hament and Torben Madson of Kunkel Miller & Hament were featured speakers at the PACE Conference 2015 Where ‘Every Voice Counts’ in Charleston, South Carolina. Their topic was “Cutting Edge Labor Law Developments for PEOs and Their Clients.”

Olivia Liggio of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen and Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach has been named co-chair of the Informed Voters Project Committee for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Kevin Darken of the Cohen Law Group in Tampa spoke on “False Claims Act amendments and trends in qui tam cases” at the American College of Healthcare Executives meeting in Lakeland in April.

Pamella A. Seay of Seay Law International in Port Charlotte, with John Adams Hodge of Hodge & Associates, Columbia, SC, and Kyle Seay of Engles, Ketcham, Olson & Keith, Omaha, NE, have published “Sovereign Immunity for Public Airport Operators” through the National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Gary A. Forster of Forster Boughman & Lefkowitz in Orlando has released the second edition of his book, Asset Protection for Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Investors.

Juliette Lippman of Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire in Ft. Lauderdale was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Broward County Boys and Girls Club.

Mark Rosman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Washington, D.C., moderated “Through the Looking Glass: When Direct Means Indirect,” at the 63rd Annual ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Mark D. Hobson of Coral Gables is co-chair and on the editorial board for the ABA Business Law Section Middle Market & Small Business Committee’s newsletter.

Curtis Mase of Mase Lara in Miami lectured on “The Impact of the CVSSA on Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Assault Claims” at the 2015 Maritime Law Association – Cruise Lines & Passenger Ships Committee Meeting.

Jeffrey I. Burry of Victor Smith Law Group was elected to the Board of Directors of Main Street Winter Haven, Inc.

Mathew Meade and Calvin Hayes of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Tampa were featured speakers at a Cyber Security Symposium in Tampa.

Gordon C. Brydger of Brydger & Porras, LLP in Ft. Lauderdale was designated as a board certified family law attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Rosemary Eure of Lancaster & Eure in Sarasota was inducted into Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute’s Hall of Fame and as a fellow into The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

Kimberly Kolback of Miami lectured on “The New Direction of Reality TV” during the ABA’s Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports in Miami Beach.

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