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June 1, 2009 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Stuart R. Morris of the Morris Law Group presented “Asset Protection in the Current Creditor Infused Environment” at a meeting of the Broward Health Foundation.

Carlos J. Martinez was honored by The Richmond Heights’ Crime Watch for contributions toward the betterment of their community and by Miami-Dade Community College at their Seventh Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Gala.

Peter Quinter of Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed to the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Alexander Maxwell of Maxwell & Maxwell has been reappointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to serve on the Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee.

Lee D. Glassman of The Glassman Legal Group in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the board of directors for the West Broward Regional YMCA in Weston.

David Salomon and Gus Bravo of Salomon Bravo delivered speeches to a group of visiting English college students and local students at Nova Southeastern University.

Scott B. Smith of Smith, Ivey & Fronrath in Palm Beach Gardens chaired the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s annual Personal Injury/Wrongful Death seminar.

George E. Spofford IV of Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker in Tampa has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Robert M. Chasnow with Holland & Knight in Washington, DC, presented a teleconference seminar on the federal Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act — Application to condo developers and homebuilders.

Jack R. Reiter of Adorno & Yoss has been named chair of the Dade County Bar Appellate Court Committee for the second year in a row.

Michele Grimes with Williams Parker in Sarasota, presented at the Sarasota County Bar Association, Real Property Section meeting on issues concerning doc stamps and intangible taxes.

Elizabeth Wood of Broad and Cassel in Orlando won a “Distinguished Writing Award” from the Burton Foundation. Wood was recognized for her “The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006: A Violation of the Criminal Defendant’s Sixth Amendment Rights to Confrontation and Compulsory Process,” which she completed while attending Stetson University College of Law.

Meenu Sasser of the Gunster law firm in West Palm Beach has been named to the 15th Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Charlie Crist.

Harsh Arora of Spiegel & Utrera in Miami presided and moderated a panel discussion on general strategies for preparing for the Florida bar exam with practical advice for minority law students organized by the Joint Minority Mentoring Committee of the South Asian Bar Association of Florida and Asian Pacific Bar Association of South Florida held in Miami.

Arthur J. Menor of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Christopher Marlowe of The Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables was a speaker at a sexual assault awareness event at Country Village Park in Miami Gardens, sponsored by the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Health System and the Miami-Dade Department of Parks and Recreation ParkWatch Program.

Elizabeth Ricci of Rambana & Ricci has been elected secretary of the Italian American Club of Tallahassee.

Theodore C. Taub of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa presented a Web cast for ALI-ABA titled “The ABCs of PPPs: How to Structure Public-Private Partnerships for Real Estate Development Projects.”

James Vickaryous hosted and organized the “Run for Home 5k Race” to benefit the Rescue Outreach Mission of Sanford, which works to rehabilitate the homeless.

Michael S. Greene of Berger Singerman in Boca Raton participated in a panel discussion on the topic of bankruptcy, and borrower negotiations and foreclosure strategies at the Opal Financial Group’s Annual Real Estate Investors Summit in Orlando.

Marissa J. Pullano of Brinkley, Morgan, Solomon, Tatum, Stanley & Lunny in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to the Broward County Bar Young Lawyers’ Section’s Board of Directors.
Wayne Pathman and Lewis Kuhl of Pathman Lewis in Miami were recently published by Aspatore Books in its report addressing the auto bailout. The article titled “Three Impacted Areas in the Auto Industry Bailout” details the repercussions and ramifications of the government bailout on identified areas of the auto industry.

Quentin E. Morgan of Brinkley, Morgan, Solomon, Tatum, Stanley, & Lunny of Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the Coconut Creek Planning and Zoning Board.

Judge Darryl C. Casanueva of Port Charlotte has been unanimously named chief judge-elect of the Second District Court of Appeal by his colleagues. The court is headquartered in Lakeland; Judge Casanueva’s chambers are in the Tampa branch.

Robert M. Chasnow of Holland & Knight in Washington presented a teleconference seminar on the federal Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act — Application to Condo Developers and Homebuilders, sponsored by

Brian D. Burgoon of The Burgoon Law Firm in Atlanta and Tampa Circuit Judge Ashley B. Moody were recipients of the 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Awards from the University of Florida College of Law in April. The award was established by the university to recognize Gators under 40 who have distinguished themselves in business, community, and service.

Cathleen O’Dowd of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been appointed to the Child Abuse Council Board of Directors.

James E. Felman of Kynes, Markman & Felman in Tampa has been elected to the American Law Institute.

Col. Pete Marksteiner wrote “Data Smog, Techno Creep, and the Hobbling of the Cognitive Dimension,” in Cyber Security and Global Information Assurance: Threat Analysis and Response Solutions, recently released by IGI Global.

Michael R. Diliberto has been admitted as an arbitrator for the Independent Film & Television Alliance in Los Angeles. He also recently taught mediation skills to judges and lawyers in Ecuador.

Brian A. Williams of Cohen & Grigsby in Bonita Springs and Naples was recently elected president of the Isaac Anderson, Jr., Bar Association, the Southwest Florida chapter of the National Bar Association.

Cynthia M. Dennen has been elected to the board of directors for the YMCA Northwest Hillsborough Family Branch as well as the board of directors for the Zonta Club of Tampa.

Richard L. Greco, Jr., of Tampa has been appointed to the Hillsborough County bench by Gov. Charlie Crist.

Dorian S. Denburg, general attorney with AT&T, spoke at the Counsel to Counsel Summit in Washington on “‘So What I’m Hearing You Say Is’: Managing Diversity Expectations Between In-house and Outside Counsel.”

Robert A. Pelaia, senior university counsel for health affairs at the University of Florida, was inducted as a member of the 2009-2011 National Advisory Board of The American Academy of Professional Coders.

Samuel P. King of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier has been elected vice president of the American Board of Trial Advocates Central Florida Chapter.

Wayne E. Flowers of Lewis, Longman & Walker presented the seminar “Florida Department of Environmental Protection and St. Johns River Water Management District Wetlands Permitting Issues” in Jacksonville, as well as a presentation to the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development on the county’s manatee protection plan.

Michelle Diffenderfer of Lewis, Longman & Walker spoke on Florida’s water resource policies at the spring meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in Tampa.

Justin B. Wineburgh, with Cozen O’Connor, recently participated in a panel discussion titled “Collaborations at the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival and Cinefest.”

Tom Bateman of Messer, Caparello & Self in Tallahassee presented “The Court’s Position” and “The Ethical and Neutral Mediator” at the mediator training conducted in conjunction with the 19th and First judicial circuits’ mandatory managed residential foreclosure mediation programs created to relieve the stress of the large number of mortgage foreclosure cases pending in the courts in those circuits.

John J. Fumero of Lewis, Longman & Walker was elected an honorary fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals.

Martin J. Shuham has been elected to another term on the board of directors of the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Shuham also serves on the Leadership Broward Foundation Board of Directors.

Michele Morales of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood and Boyer was recently elected to the board of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation.

Ramón A. Abadin of Abadin Cook in Miami has been awarded the Cuban American Bar Association’s “Passing on the Leadership” Mentorship Award, presented annually by CABA to a distinguished member who demonstrates excellent leadership qualities and who also serves as a mentor to his or her peers in the legal community.

Nicola “Nikki” (Boone) Melby recently prepared the presentation titled “Judicial Options for Increasing the CSRA and MMMIA” and “What about Spousal Refusal?” for the Annual Symposium for the Elder Law Section of the North Carolina Bar.

Daniel J. Stermer with Lewis B. Freeman & Partners, Inc., has been re-elected by acclamation as chair of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization for 2009-2010.

Twyla Sketchley, with The Sketchley Law Firm in Tallahassee, was awarded the Guardian Angel of the Year honor at the Office of Public Guardian’s True Colors awards banquet.

Howard S. Krooks of Elder Law Associates presented “Public Policy Initiatives being Undertaken by the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys” at the NAELA Annual Conference.

Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr., with Hogan & Hartson was honored by the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review with its Lawyer of the Americas Award.

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