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September 1, 2020 News and Notes

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Noah Tennyson of Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero has been appointed chair of the Young Professionals Division of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce.

Paul D. Novack of Miami has been appointed by the director of the Florida Highway Patrol to serve on the FHP Advisory Council.

Gary A. Forster of ForsterBoughman released his latest book, “The U.S. Estate and Gift Tax and the Non-Citizen,” written for foreign professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Peter A. Sachs of Jones Foster has been appointed to the board of directors for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.

Teresa N. Phillips of ForsterBoughman presented, “Everything You Need to Know About Attorney’s Fees and Costs Awards in Florida Guardianships,” to attorneys and other practitioners that render service to guardians.

Jason B. Blank of Haber Blank was elected secretary of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Eric C. Boughman and Charles W. “Skip” Sell of ForsterBoughman presented, “COVID-19’s Impact on Contractual Obligations with Practical Pointers for Businesses,” for the FICPA’s Mega Conference.

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

Thomas C. Shaw of ForsterBoughman presented, “The Time to Act is Now: Estate Planning in a Pandemic,” to attorneys and other estate-planning practitioners.

Weston F. Smith of Masterson, Hoag & Smith serves as secretary for the Tampa Bay Chapter of ABOTA and will be the chapter’s vice president for 2021.

Lindsay Massillon of Fowler White Burnett was a co-presenter for the Broward County Bar Association webinar, “Paid Sick Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Every Attorney Should Know!”

Brent Reitman of Liberman Cabrera Thompson & Reitman was named co-chair of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association.

Miranda Lundeen Soto of Shutts & Bowen in Miami was elected vice chair of the 11th Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission.

John H. “Jack” Hickey of Miami moderated the American Association for Justice’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section program during AAJ’s “AMPED-UP” Virtual Convention.

Gary Stein of Peckar & Abramson in Miami spoke and moderated a webinar, “COVID-19 Discussion: The Present and Future of the Construction Community,” hosted by the South Florida Association of General Contractors and his firm.

Robert Shearman of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt has become chair of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee counties board of directors.

Lindsay Massillon of Fowler White Burnett was a panelist on the U.S. SuperYacht Association’s webinar, “Is Your Company Truly Ready to Reopen?: What possible legal and liability pitfalls are possible in this post-pandemic world?”

David W. A. Chee of Carlton Fields was selected to participate in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Leadership Advancement Program.

Neil St. John Rambana of Rambana & Ricci in Tallahassee was elected to serve on the board of governors of the Governors Club.

Benjamin J. Gibson of Shutts & Bowen in Tallahassee has been elected chair of the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Elizabeth Ricci of Rambana & Ricci in Tallahassee was a panelist for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s DMV Roundtable.

J. Michael Pennekamp was interviewed on SuperYacht Radio discussing the potential liabilities and legal issues that face the yachting industry, the potential pitfalls with insurance, and the positives as businesses reopen.

John M. Hemenway of Bivins & Hemenway in Valrico presented, “IRAs and RMDs After the SECURE Act: What You Need to Know and Do Right Now,” in a nationwide teleconference for the National Business Institute.

Gustavo J. Membiela of Hunton Andrews Kurth has been honored by the South Florida Theatre League as a recipient of a 2020 Remy Award as an outstanding board member.

Sean C. Domnick of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens was elected secretary of the American Association for Justice.

Blake Sando of Cole, Scott & Kissane, was a panel speaker at the 2020 annual convention for the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, where he spoke on errors and omissions industry trends and best practices for insurance agents and their carriers when handling and responding to claims, risk and exposure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brady H. Sharrer of the Law Firm of Punta Gorda was selected for the Florida Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Florida Fellows Institute class.

Brad F. Barrios of Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel in Tampa has been appointed a director of Feature Florida Partnerships, a non-profit which attracts motion picture projects to Florida.

Wendy A. Mara of Mara Law in Ormond Beach presented, “Protecting You and Your Assets: Estate Planning,” at the Brunch and Learn seminar.

Derrick Cox of HR Law, P.A., presented on medical marijuana and the workplace to 150 clients of Bouchard Insurance as part of its twice-annual seminar series.

Walter Latimer and Bruno Renda of Fowler White Burnett presented the Strafford Live CLE webinar, “Litigating Equipment Failures in Trucking Cases: The Blurring of Negligence and Products Liability.”

Sara Qureshi, of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers, was elected vice president of the Abuse Counseling & Treatment Center’s Board of Directors.

Joseph R. Englander of Fowler White Burnett presented in the Strafford Live CLE Webinar, “Trademark Registration: Overcoming Failure-to-Function Refusals, Meeting Use and Distinctiveness Requirements.”

John T. Cardillo of Cardillo Keith Bonaquist has been selected to be included in the Leadership Collier Class of 2021.

Eric Silver of Stearns Weaver Miller was elected president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida.

Gigi Rollini of Stearns Weaver Miller in Tallahassee was elected to the National Association of Women Lawyers Executive Committee.

Ann Siegel of Disability Rights Florida was awarded the Stephen R. Wise Advocacy Award by the Florida Rehabilitation Council.

Jayne M. Skindzier of Hahn Loeser & Parks was elected to the board of directors for the Salvation Army, Naples & Collier County.

Spencer H. Silverglate of Clarke Silverglate in Miami has become president-elect of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Christyna Torrez of Coleman Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus Doupé & Diaz has become treasurer of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association.

Eric A. Rosen and Alexander J. Monje of Fowler White Burnett published, “Six Important Questions on PPP Loan Forgiveness,” in the Daily Business Review.

Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese presented, “Advance Directives During a Pandemic,” via webinar.

Donald “Rocky” Thompson II of Stearns Weaver Miller was named JDRF South Florida Chapter president.

Mitchell K. Karpf of Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez has been confirmed as parliamentarian of the ABA Family Law Section.

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.

Steven B. Lesser of Becker has been appointed chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Specialization.

Daniel T. Stabile and Kimberly A. Prior of Shutts & Bowen and Andrew M. Hinkes of Carlton Fields have published the textbook, “Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology: U.S. Law and Regulation,” available online at or on Amazon.

Reggie Garcia of Reginald R. Garcia, P.A., presented, “Prison Medical Release and Other Early Release Strategies,” for the National Trial Lawyers Criminal Defense Playbook Series CLE Webinar.

Brian M. Karpf of Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez has been confirmed as secretary of the ABA Family Law Section.

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