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July 1, 2020 News and Notes

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Roy L. Weinfeld presented, “Understanding the Commercial Letter of Intent and Bankruptcy Implications in Real Estate,” via webinar.

Stephanie Espada of Maxey-Fisher was sworn in to the New York Bar and admitted to practice in the Eastern and Southern districts.

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

Jennifer Diaz and Denise Calle of Diaz Trade Law were published in Bloomberg Law. Their article was titled, “CTPAT Validation and Minimum Security Criteria.”

Scott B. Perry of Murray Guari Trial Attorneys was elected to the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Jason B. Blank of Haber Blank in Ft. Lauderdale was installed as chair of the George Washington University Columbian College’s National Council of the Arts and Sciences.

Maggie Arias of Arias & Pereira has become president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association — South Florida Chapter.

George Via was a guest speaker at a Majlis in Manama, Bahrain, on the subject of “Transcending Material Wealth in Globalization with the Enlightened Teachings of Baha’u’llah.”

Nicholas D. Siegfried of Siegfried Rivera in Coral Gables has been elected to serve on the Governing Committee of the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law.

Janet Goldberg McEnery and Andrew W. McLaughlin of Stearns Weaver Miller virtually presented, “Navigating Issues That Make HR Uncomfortable,” for the South Brevard Society for Human Resource Management.

Melba Pearson has published a text titled “Can They Do That? Understanding Prosecutorial Discretion.” It is available through ABA Publishing.

Michael Haggard of The Haggard Law Firm presented “When Tragedy Strikes and Is A Leading Cause of Death in Children” at the online National Water Safety Conference.

Todd Michaels of The Haggard Law Firm made two presentations during the online webinar of the Florida Justice Association’s 34th John Romano Workhorse Seminar, “Negligent Security: Where the Injured Plaintiff is a Child” and “Where the Injured Person is an Adult.”

P. Raul Alvarez, Jr., of Alvarez, Winthrop, Thompson & Storey has been invited to join the membership of The American College of Transportation Attorneys.

Robert S. Reiff of the Law Firm of Robert S. Reiff, P.A., presented the seminar, “Jury Selection in DUI Cases,” with Lawline.

Lian de la Riva of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog in Miami presented, “Estate Planning in the Crisis,” for the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Virtual Ventanita webinar.

Dennis Wall published an article, “Conflicts Requiring Liability Carriers to Provide Independent Defense Counsel to Insureds,” in “New Appleman on Insurance/Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law” 1 (Spring 2020 LexisNexis).

Paige L. Minch and Charles W. “Skip” Sell of ForsterBoughman presented via Live National Webinar on “Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses in the CARES Act.”

Christian Haman of Dal Lago Law was selected to Florida Gulf Coast University’s 2020 Leadership Academy.

Cristin Keane of Carlton Fields in Tampa was elected as a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Lisa H. Lipman of Roetzel & Andress has been selected into the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ 2020 Class of Leaders in the Law.

Robert D. Eckard presented the ethics section of “Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know” for the National Business Institute.

Thomas C. Shaw of ForsterBoughman presented via Live National Webinar on the 2020 CARES Act and the 2019 SECURE Act in his seminar, “Your IRA Ready for This Brave New World?”

H. Maxwell Wihnyk of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers in Jacksonville presented a seminar to insurance adjusters from North American Risk Services regarding automobile claim handling.

Danielle S. Weaver-Rogers, assistant city attorney of City of St. Petersburg, has become president of the Fred G. Minnis, Sr., Bar Association.

Caryn A. Stevens of Ward Damon has been appointed to the board of directors for the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches.

Teresa N. Phillips of ForsterBoughman presented on Florida guardianships in her seminar, “The State of Professional Guardianships in Florida: Separating Fact from Fiction,” via Live National Webinar.

Reggie Garcia of Reginald R. Garcia, P.A., published, “Prison Conditional Medical Release, Good for Public Health and Safety, Taxpayers and Inmates,” in the FACDL’s “Florida Defender” Summer 2020 magazine.

Wm. Cary Wright of Carlton Fields in Tampa was appointed chair-elect of the ABA Forum on Construction Law.

Michael Dolce and Takisha D. Richardson of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll presented at FJA’s 2020 Workhorse Seminar Webinar.

J. Jeffrey Deery of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman has been named chair of the board of trustees of Lake Highland Preparatory School.

Bruce A. Blitman of Palm Beach Gardens presented, “Life Lessons: Others’ Words of Wisdom,” an online series of inspirational quotations about success, happiness, and motivation, to students and graduates of Keiser University throughout Florida.

John Fumero and Carlyn Kowalsky of Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero presented at the annual Treasure Coast League of Cities Local Governmental Law 101 class on Florida’s Public Records Act, Florida ethics law, and Florida’s sunshine/open meeting laws.

Jeanmarie Whalen of DCW served as a moderator for the American Association for Justice Jazz Fest webcast titled, “Stay Ahead of The Curve — Trucking and Auto Cases.”

John H. (Jack) Hickey of Miami moderated the American Association for Justice’s virtual Jazz Fest on Trucking and Auto Cases.

Kristopher Kest of Kest Family Law, P.A., took over as president of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc.

Fred A. Cunningham of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen served on a national panel hosted by Mass Torts Made Perfect and The National Trial Lawyers. The program was titled, “Loss of Business Claims.”

Sean Domnick of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen lectured on “Running Your Law Firm Remotely During COVID-19,” a joint program hosted by the Palm Beach County Justice Association, Palm Beach ABOTA, and Ft. Lauderdale ABOTA.

Paul D. Novack of North Miami Beach was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Family Action Network Movement.

Claire Hancock of Hancock Injury Attorneys in Tampa presented, “The One (Wo)man HR Department for Your Small Personal Injury Law Firm,” at the Florida Justice Association’s 2020 Winter Ski Seminar in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Jeniffer Viscarra of Viscarra Law and commissioner for the City of Sunny Isles Beach was a speaker in Florida International University’s webinar titled, “Economic and Community Impacts of COVID-19 in South Florida: Local Government Sector.”

Genny Bernstein of Jones Foster has been named by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Palm Beach County Chapter as co-chair of the Board Certification Committee.

Eric C. Boughman of ForsterBoughman presented via Live National Webinar on “Strategies for Medical and Health Professionals to Protect Assets During the COVID-19 Crisis.”

Gregory M. Yaffa of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen presented, “Bad Faith Primer & Federal Decisions,” at the Palm Beach County Justice Association quarterly seminar.

John R. Byrne and Jeremy L. Kahn of León Cosgrove have been elected to the board of directors for the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Gary A. Forster of ForsterBoughman presented via Live National Webinar on “The Limits of Asset Protection” to attorneys, CPAs, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Doug McIntosh of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney in Ft. Lauderdale was honored by the American College of Coverage Counsel for his approach to the practice of insurance law.

Lenore T. Brakefield of Woodward, Pires & Lombardo in Naples has earned her Certified Financial Litigator designation by The American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators.

L.A. Perkins of Perkins Pershes was installed as president of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Lisa K. Berg, Sharon Quinn Dixon, Andrew W. McLaughlin, Ingrid H. Ponce, Glenn M. Rissman, Andrew L. Rodman, and Robert S. Turk of Stearns Weaver Miller virtually presented, “Back to Work Virtual Chat.”

Greg Harrell has been elected as the next Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Marion County, effective January 2021.

Nicole M. Gehringer of Harris, Hunt, & Derr was elected to the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s YLD Board of Directors.

Christine L. Derr of Harris, Hunt, & Derr was appointed as the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers director and chair of the Past President’s Advisory Committee.

Hali Marsocci of Romano Law Group was appointed the Public Relations/Website Committee chair of the Palm Beach County Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

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