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April 1, 2020 News and Notes

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Nicole F. Christie of Williams Parker has been appointed to the Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

Professor Bob Williams of Rutgers Law School gave the keynote lecture, “Comparative Subnational Constitutional Law,” in the parliament chambers of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

Jason Fagnano of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen has been elected to the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Justice Association.

Catherine A. Cullen was appointed president-elect of Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc.

Matthew T. Christ of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen has been elected to the board of the Young Lawyers Division of the Palm Beach County Justice Association.

Richard Kuper of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities was part of a state and local ethics training course, and co-presented on conflict of interest and gift law in Florida.

Jennifer A. Lettman of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin was elected to the Palm Beach County Justice Association Board of Directors.

Victoria Cruz-Garcia of Robert Sparks Attorneys has been named secretary of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Foundation.

Simeon Brier of Cozen O’Connor in Miami and West Palm Beach was appointed chair of SOS Children’s Villages – Florida’s board of directors.

Greg M. Popowitz of Assouline & Berlowe has been appointed co-chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Miami Civil Rights and Advocacy Committee.

Roy L. Weinfeld of Miami presented “Understanding the Commercial Letter of Intent” to the Miami Association of Realtors.

Ronald Scott Kaniuk of Kaniuk Law Office was installed for a second term as vice chair of legal and governance for the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Nancy La Vista of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach presented “Doctors are from Mars and Lawyers are from Venus” at the Florida Justice Association Ski Seminar in Breckenridge, CO.

Patrick S. Montoya of Colson Hicks Eidson has been named to the board of directors of the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association.

Shannon Hartsfield of Holland & Knight co-wrote a book titled, “HIPAA: A Practical Guide to the Privacy and Security of Health Data, Second Edition,” through the ABA Health Law Section.

Gary A. Forster and J. Brian Page of ForsterBoughman discussed the tax impacts associated with creating, funding, and operating U.S. and foreign trusts at the FICPA’s 2020 Infusion Conference on “U.S. Taxation of Trusts — Domestic and International” in Jacksonville.

Frances Guasch De La Guardia of Holland & Knight was elected president of the Cuban American Bar Association.

David Jennis of the Jennis Law Firm in Tampa presented “Everything You Need to Know About Attorneys’ Fees and Sanctions in Bankruptcy” at the 2020 Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar.

Joseph M. Percopo of Mateer Harbert in Orlando was selected as a fellow for 2019-2021 fellowship program of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.

Jeffrey Adelman of Adelman Injury Law has been elected president of the American Board of Trial Advocates-Ft. Lauderdale Chapter.

Ella A. Shenhav of Shutts & Bowen was appointed to serve on the board of directors of Bay Area Legal Services.

Kit Van Pelt of Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A., in Clearwater spoke at the Finance of America Webinar on estate planning.

Alicia Caridi-Smith of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Tampa has been elected to the board of directors of the International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association. She will also serve as chairperson of finance for the organization.

Rob Wilkins and Joanne O’Connor of Jones Foster served as panelist and moderator, respectively, at the Palm Beach County Bar Association Judicial Relations Committee ESI Discovery Luncheon, held at the Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley Courthouse.

John P. Cardillo of Cardillo Keith Bonaquist in Naples has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Platinum Compleat Lawyer Award from his alma mater, the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Jeffrey M. Wank of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale has joined the board of directors of Florida’s Children First.

Harold E. Kaplan of Kaplan Dispute Resolution in Fairview, North Carolina, was granted Pro Bono out-of-state lawyer status by the North Carolina state bar enabling him to practice pro bono for Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, N.C.

Daniel Harwin of Freedland Harwin Valori was recognized as “Attorney of the Year” by the Ft. Lauderdale Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates at its Annual Judges’ Night & Installation Dinner.

Mark Rosman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati served as a panelist on “When the Little Things Make a Big Difference,” sponsored by the Antitrust Law and Corporate Counsel Section at the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting.

Roy L. Weinfeld presented “Understanding the Commercial Letter of Intent” to the Miami Beach Bar Association.

Eric C. Boughman of ForsterBoughman launched a Medical & Health Law series, “The First 30 Minutes,” where a topic is discussed and attendees learn what’s generally discussed in the first 30 minutes of a legal consultation.

Kelly A. O’Keefe of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Ok Boomer — Are you ready to retire?” at Tallahassee Regional Estate Planning Council.

Giselle Gutierrez of Stearns Weaver Miller has been elected as a 2020 vice president of the Cuban American Bar Association.

Bob Panoff of Miami was recently appointed to the IRS Advisory Council.

Bridget Smitha and Gigi Rollini of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Ready to Run: Launching Your Campaign” at the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) Lobby Days in Tallahassee.

John Gihon of Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando served as the discussion leader for the Eleventh Circuit and Supreme Court Update panel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Georgia-Alabama Chapter Conference in Atlanta. Gihon also served as a panelist for the Due Process Panel at the AILA Advanced Removal Defense Conference in Curacao, Dutch West Indies.

Reuben Doupé of Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz lectured at the annual Family Law Review Seminar in Orlando on the Florida paternity law and the outdated presumption on legitimacy.

Juliet Murphy Roulhac of Florida Power & Light in Plantation received the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service for the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Meeting.

Bob Lamm of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been elected to the South Florida Board of Advisors of The Commonwealth Institute.

Yolanda P. Strader of Carlton Fields in Miami was named a 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez of Shook, Hardy & Bacon has been named as a corporate board member to the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute in the role of pro bono general counsel.

Alan R. Rosenberg of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog spoke at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s annual Caribbean Insolvency Symposium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on “Bankruptcy Concerns, Both Present and Developing” and he served as the moderator of the panel “Cannabis Businesses and Cannabis-Related Income Streams in Chapter 11 Cases.”

Brian C. Porter of Carlton Fields in Tampa was named a 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder.

Jeff E. Rubin of Talianoff Rubin & Rubin was installed as the Orange Bowl Committee’s 82nd president and chair.

Lawrence Kolin of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group has been named seventh on’s Top 20 Dispute Resolution Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2020.

Daniel Etlinger of the Jennis Law Firm in Tampa was interviewed on the subject of “Non Compete Agreements” as part of an educational series for entrepreneurs on YouTube.

Leslie M. Kroeger of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll spoke at the Treasure Coast Justice Association’s Annual Gala.

Leland Garvin of Garvin Injury Law in Ft. Myers discussed “Creating Raving Fans in a Personal Injury Practice” at the Florida Justice Association 2020 Winter Ski and CLE Seminar in Breckenridge, CO.

Jenea M. Reed of Stearns Weaver Miller was a panelist for “Trial in the Modern Age: How to Master the Presentation of Digital Evidence” at the Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers Litigation Skills Workshop.

Michael Dolce of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll spoke on “Combating the Epidemic of Sexual Violence in our Society” to students at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors.

David H. Lichter of Lichter Law Firm spoke on mediation and arbitration at the Federal Securities Institute and was named as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a London-based professional organization for dispute management.

Nicholas C. Johnson of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll published “Time to Respect Florida Law and Patients’ Right to Know” on

Paul Rice of the Rice Law Firm was re-appointed chair of Daytona Beach’s Nuisance Abatement Board.

David Bowers, William Smith, and Erica R. Haft of Jones Foster were featured speakers at the firm-sponsored Florida Tax Institute conference in Tampa.

Janet Goldberg McEnery of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Sticky Wickets” at the FPERLA Annual Training Conference.

Louis Archambault and Kevin Levy of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Miami presented on disruptions in the real estate industry due to futuristic technologies at a webinar hosted by Celesq.

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