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May 1, 2020 News and Notes

News & Notes

Kelly A. O’Keefe of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Decisions Through Our Stages of Life: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” at the Capital Medical Society Membership Meeting & Financial Seminar.

Grace Robson of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog co-hosted a Norton Bankruptcy Law webcast titled, “Small Business Reorganizations.”

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

Susan Trevarthen of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman was appointed chair of the 1000 Friends of Florida Board of Directors.

Gigi Rollini of Stearns Weaver Miller in Tallahassee was honored as the 2020 honoree for Tallahassee Community College Women’s History Month Celebration.

Lawrence A. Kellogg of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman in Miami joined the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Board of Directors.

Jason P. Mehta of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Tampa has been selected as a 2020 fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Tal Aburos of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman in Miami presented at The Florida Bar YLD Affiliate Outreach Conference in support of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers grant application.

Kenneth A. Gordon of Brinkley Morgan has been elected as the new chair of the Broward Partnership, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families find their way back from homelessness.

Howard S. Krooks of Elder Law Associates presented, “Irrevocable Trusts for Medicaid Planning,” at the recent Probate & Pumpernickel luncheon/continuing legal education program for attorneys and CPAs at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Warren Library in West Palm Beach.

Tami L. Augen of the Law Offices of Tami L. Augen, P.A., in West Palm Beach is now serving as president of the Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court LIV for the 2019-2020 season.

Adam Handfinger of Peckar & Abramson in Miami was a panelist at the Marcum Construction Summit in Hollywood on a program titled, “The Current and Future State of Technology.”

Charles (Chas) Reynolds of Trenam Law in Tampa has been selected as the 2021 chair of CLE for the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Bruce I. Wiener of Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel in Tallahassee has become secretary/treasurer of the Governors Club board.

Russell M. Pfeifer of MG+M Law was a panelist at the 2020 Windstorm Insurance Network Conference in Orlando and spoke on recent reforms to the assignment of benefits law in Florida from the carrier and defense bar perspective.

Laird A. Lile of Naples has been appointed by the president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel to three committees that advise on policy initiatives for the legal profession.

Haley J. VanFleteren of Moore, Hill & Westmoreland in Pensacola has become a member of the 2020 class of Pathfinders.

David S. Willig of Miami led a panel discussion on “The Virtues of Mastering Foreign Languages” at the 2020 edition of the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, organized at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.

Richard A. Berkowitz of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs has been named chair of the board of trustees of the Miami Foundation.

Kenneth E. Russo of Russo Law & Soccer has updated his guide to the Major League Soccer roster regulations and has analyzed the new collective bargaining agreement between the MLSPA and the league.

Kenneth A. Gordon of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected chair of the board for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless.

Jodi Furr Colton of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been named a founding member of the Palm Beach Chapter of American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators.

Virginia C. Ralls of Chase & Ralls of Pensacola was named the Armed Forces Insurance District 8 Gulf Coast Spouse of the Year.

Marcia S. Cohen of Marcia S. Cohen, P.A., in St. Petersburg was a panelist on “Women’s Equality: When Is the Battle Won?” at the St. Petersburg World Affairs Conference at USF St. Petersburg.

Robert J. Sniffen of Sniffen & Spellman in Tallahassee presented, “Legal Issues: Workplace 2020,” to the Florida Society of Association Executives.

Dennis Wall of Winter Springs spoke on “‘Injury in Fact’: What Happens to Statutory Remedies?” at the Annual American Constitution Society Constitutional Law Scholars Forum at Barry Law School.

Rev. John P. Joseph of the Church Legal Center in St. Petersburg guest lectured to the senior ministerial and pastoral students at Southeastern University on the topic of “Current Legal Issues in Ministry.”

H.T. Smith of FIU College of Law presented a tribute to the late Judge John D. Johnson at the Inaugural 11th Judicial Circuit Black History Month Program.

Cynthia Sass of the Sass Law Firm in Tampa was a panelist on the topic, “The Intersection of Employment Law and Criminal Law,” at the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers’ Regional Programming Committee event in St. Petersburg.

Michael A. Harris of HARRISLAW in Miami appeared as the discussion leader for two panels, “Mr. Roboto: Tech issues” and “The Show Must Go On — EB5,” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association South Florida Chapter’s 41st Annual Immigration Law Update in Miami Beach.

Cindy Miller of Cindy Miller LLC was elected president of the Southern Chapter of the Energy Bar Association.

Britton Goodlad Swank of Britton G. Swank, P.A., in Ft. Myers was elected president of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.

Miranda Lundeen Soto of Shutts & Bowen in Miami spoke on, “From Good to Great — How to Get to the Next Level of Public Speaking,” at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Inaugural Public Speaking Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

Joseph M. Percopo of Mateer & Harbert presented, “Lady Bird Deeds: An Inexpensive Probate Avoidance Technique,” to the Central Florida Estate Planning Council.

Michael Dolce of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll spoke about “Combating the Epidemic of Sexual Violence in Our Society” to students at FAU’s Honors College.

Mark Eiglarsh of Miami presented “Happiness For Lawyers Guaranteed…Or Your Misery Back,” at the Dade County Bar Annual “Bench and Bar” held at the University of Miami.

Michael J. Gelfand of Gelfand & Arpe in West Palm Beach presented “Why Stop at 20, 100+ Important Decisions” for the Condominium & Planned Development Certification Review Course.

Roy L. Weinfeld presented, “Understanding the Commercial Letter of Intent,” to the Broward Council of the Miami Association of Realtors and presented, “Bankruptcy Implications in Real Estate,” to the North Dade and the Beaches Real Estate Council.

Wendy A. Maraof of Mara Law, P.A., presented at the Holland Financial seminar, “Tax Law Changes 2020.”

George J. Meyer of Carlton Fields was appointed to the American College of Construction Lawyers’ Board of Governors.

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law spoke at the “Top Customs and FDA Enforcement Issues for Imports of Pharmaceuticals, Biologics and Medical Devices,” FDANews’ webinar.

John Gihon of Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando appeared on two panel discussions at the American Immigration Lawyers Association South Florida Annual Conference in Miami. One panel was an “Ask the Removal Experts” open forum and the other panel discussed “Criminal Grounds of Removability.” He also spoke on a panel in Orlando at the Orange County Bar’s Seminar regarding the immigration consequences of criminal activity.

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