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August 1, 2020 News and Notes

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Jeff Ward of Minneapolis published his book, “Bow Wow Needs a ‘Real’ Lawyer! A Public Defender’s Life,” about the inner workings of criminal courts and the treatment that often befalls citizens of color, available at

Jeanmarie Whalen of DCW has been selected into the 2020 Class of Leaders in the Law by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Bruce J. Berman and Peter D. Webster of Carlton Fields published the latest edition of the book, “Berman’s Florida Civil Procedure,” 2020 ed., Vol. 4., Florida Practice Series, Thomson Reuters.

Jerry Brodsky of Peckar & Abramson in Miami participated on a panel discussion during the webinar, “COVID-19 Leadership Series: International Perspectives on COVID-19,” hosted by the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law.

Eric A. Rosen of Fowler White Burnett has been appointed to the executive council of the Bankruptcy Section for the Commercial Law League of America.

Roy L. Weinfeld presented, “The End of Florida Moratoriums and Impact of Evictions, Foreclosures, and Enforceable Writs,” via Zoom webinar.

Christian Haman of Dal Lago Law was appointed to the Collier County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section board.

Calvin Martin of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program was named a “Reunification Hero” by the ABA.

Harold A. Ward III of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando has been named chair of the board of the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, and the firm’s Randolph J. Rush has been named president of the Foundation.

Troy Smith of Burr & Forman has been named the 2021 tournament chair of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Nicole Kruegel of Domnick Cunningham and Whalen will serve as the chair of the Personal Injury and Wrongful Death CLE Committee for the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Eric Romano of Romano Law Group was recently sworn in as president of the Florida Justice Association.

Jennifer Diaz and Denise Calle of Diaz Trade Law had their fourth article published in Bloomberg Law titled, “USMCA Import Considerations for Practitioners.”

Jennifer Codding of Massey Law Group has been appointed a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s administrative council in St. Petersburg.

Michelle Delong of Domnick Cunningham and Whalen has been elected to the Florida Justice Association Board of Directors.

Gary A. Forster and J. Brian Page of ForsterBoughman presented on the U.S. tax impact of expatriation in their seminar, “Expatriation Planning for U.S. Citizens and Residents.”

Robert Bernstein of Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé and Diaz was elected to the Collier County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors.

Kristin Drecktrah Paz of Shutts & Bowen has become president-elect of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Brittany Maxey-Fisher presented at the Broward Bar Association’s Virtual Webinar, “Intellectual Property and COVID,” speaking on the changes that have come out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding patents.

Gary Stein of Peckar & Abramson in Miami moderated a webinar titled, “COVID-19 Site Safety Protocols & OSHA Enforcement Guidance,” hosted by the South Florida Association of General Contractors and the firm.

William G. Smith of Jones Foster has been elected president of the East Coast Estate Planning Council in Palm Beach County.

Brian M. Karpf of Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez in Ft. Lauderdale has been accepted into the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Merrick L. “Rick” Gross of Carlton Fields has been appointed co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Section Annual Conference and will serve as a member of the the ABA Section of Litigation’s Rule Roadshow Task Force.

Stuart Grossman of GRYC was featured as a “Lawyer Limelight,” in Lawdragon’s ongoing Q&A series with practitioners, public interest lawyers, and more.

Lori Baggett of Carlton Fields in Tampa is the recipient of the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Representative Award.

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

Douglas Wolfe of Wolfe Pincavage in Miami has been appointed to the board of directors for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Email News and Notes and On the Move submissions to Editor Mark Killian at [email protected].

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