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September 15, 2012 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Judge Cindy S. Lederman of Miami received the Judge C. Clyde Atkins Civil Liberties Award from the Greater Miami ACLU.

Steven J. Brodie of Carlton Fields in Miami served as a co-chair of the 13th Annual Mayor’s Ball hosted by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Lourdes Gimenez that benefited the United-Way of Miami-Dade.

Woodrow H. “Woody” Pollack of GrayRobinson was accepted to Leadership Tampa’s Class of 2013.

Wendy S. Loquasto and Susan W. Fox of Fox & Loquasto, P.A., presented “The Art of Persuasion Through Legal Citation,” as a one-hour CLE program for the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Jason H. Throne of Rutherford Mulhall in Boca Raton has been elected president of Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Boca Class of 2012.

Drew Sorrell of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been appointed as chair of the Orange County Bar Association Business Law Committee.

Anthony P. Vernace of K&L Gates in Miami has been elected to the board of the Gator Club of Miami.

Ronald J. Tomassi, Jr., of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale has became a corporate council member and mentor for the Broward Chapter of Take Stock in Children.

Anthony A. Garganese of Brown, Garganese, Weiss & D’Agresta in Orlando spoke on “Practical Examination of Municipal Redistricting Requirements: Steps Involved with Managing Single Member District Elections under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and Related Issues” at the 31st Annual Seminar of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association in Marco Island.

Ron Rhoades, program chair of the Alfred State College (NY) Financial Planning Program, has been elected chair of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.

Mark E. Stein of Higer Lichter & Givner in Miami has been appointed to the Government Officials Education and Training Committee of the International Trademark Association and to the subcommittee working with the European Community Organization for Harmony in the Market.

Keith T. Appleby of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa has been elected president of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association.

John J. Pankauski of Pankauski Law Firm PLLC in West Palm Beach spoke on “Wills and Trust Reformation” at the annual ALI-ABA Course of Study:  “Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries” in San Francisco.

Starlett M. Miller of McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig in Tampa presented “Hot Legal Topics in Long-term Care” at the LeadingAge Florida’s 49th Annual Convention.

Cory L. Taylor of Roetzel & Andress has been elected to serve on the board of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

George G. Mahfood of Broad and Cassel in Miami has been elected by the Dade County Bar Association to serve as one of its representatives on the board of directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

Kirsten K. Ullman of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa presented “Appeals, Civil Monetary Penalties, and IDR” at the American Conference Institute’s Long-term Care Regulatory Boot Camp in Chicago.

Lee B. Gordon of Palm Beach has been named “Rotarian of the Year “by the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club.

Jeff Lieser of Tampa was served as one of six delegates who traveled to Australia on behalf of the American Council of Young Political Leaders for a 12-day political study program.

Kelly Spillman Jablonski of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt has been appointed to the Historical Museum Advisory Board in Ft. Myers.

Shannon McLin Carlyle and Christopher V. Carlyle of The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm in Ocala presented “Oral Arguments in Florida Appellate Courts” to the Marion County Chapter of FAWL.

Meghan Boudreau Daigle of Daigle Law Firm, P.A., has become president of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers.

Ann Marie Gaitan of Sandler Travis and Rosenberg in Miami presented “How FDA’s New Food Safety Modernization Act Will Change the Way Importers and Brokers Do Business” at the XIII Alliance Business.

Joseph Raia of Gunter in West Palm Beach was appointed co-chair of the International Litigation Committee of the ABA.

Mark Rosman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Washington, D.C., published an article in the August edition of the ABA Antitrust Source titled “What Goes Up, Doesn’t Come Down: The Absence of the Mitigating-Role Adjustment in Antitrust Sentencing.”

Scott Richards of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa was selected to participate in the Tampa Connection Class of 2012-2013.

Mitchell K. Karpf of Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez in South Florida was honored with the ABA Family Law Section’s “Friend of the Family” award, the highest honor given by the organization and is in recognition of his leadership of the “Family Matters” platform, which seeks to affect change in the court system to minimize the damage on families going through divorce.

Leslie W. Langbein of Langbein & Langbein in Miami Lakes co-presented a national webinar for the American Arbitration Association titled “Drafting Arbitration Clauses for Executive Employment Agreements.”

Michael R. Miller, John M. Hament, and Torben S. Madson of Kunkel Miller and Hament were speakers at the Florida Health Care Association Annual Conference in Orlando. Topics included “To Tweet or Not to Tweet – NLRB Takes Aim at Employee Use of Social Media and Illegal Handbook Policies;” “Protect Your Bottom Line – Guidance on Managing Workers’ Comp Liability;” and “Hottest and Latest Labor and Employment Law Developments.”

David R. Carmichael of Boswell & Dunlap in Bartow to lead the Willson Inn of Court in 2012-13.

Michael D. Magidson of Blalock Walters in Bradenton spoke on “Succession Planning and Sales of Practices” at the Florida Physical Therapists in Private Practice Annual Conference in Orlando.

Tom Wert of Roetzel in Orlando has been certified by the Supreme Court as a circuit court mediator.

Dawn Siler-Nixon of FordHarrison in Tampa, chair of the ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee, hosted the ABA’s HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference in Washington, D.C.

John Miller of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers received the James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of the Year Award at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.

Patrick S. Montoya of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables spoke at the Association for Certified E-Discovery Specialists’ electronic seminar on “What You Need to Know to Navigate Florida’s New E-Discovery Rules.”

Brenda Fulmer of Searcy Denney in West Palm Beach spoke on “Leveraging Your Workers’ Compensation Practice into Mass Torts” and was co-moderator of “Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts” at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Justice in Chicago.

Cal Warriner of Searcy Denney in West Palm Beach spoke on the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate modular hip implant, was appointed chair of the newly formed Stryker Rejuvenate Litigation Group, and gave a presentation to the group on the history of the device, medical literature on galvanization of modular hip implants, and litigation strategies at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Justice in Chicago.

John W. Little III of Gunster in West Palm Beach wrote the Florida chapter in the ABA’s new publication, The Law of Eminent Domain.

Roberta Colton of Trenam Kemker in Tampa received the “Doug P. McClurg Professionalism Award” from the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association.

Darin I. Zenov of Foley & Lardner in Miami received the Put Something Back Pro Bono Project’s “Exceptional Participation Award.”

Andrew R. McCumber of McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig in Tampa presented “Obtaining Agreements to Arbitrate Claims Arising from Long-term Care: Can We or Can’t We?” to attendees of the Florida Health Care Association Annual Conference.

Dustin A. Zacks of King, Nieves & Zacks in West Palm Beach had an article titled “The Grand Bargain: Pro-Borrower Responses to the Housing Crisis and Implications for Future Lending and Homeownership” published in the Loyola Law Review.

Sandra Wilkerson of Hurley Rogner in Winter Park spoke to Packard Claims Administration adjusters on “HIPAA: Privacy Standards & Issues” in Holiday.

William Shepherd of Holland & Knight in West Palm Beach has become chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section.

Matthew Bennett, Greg Raub, and Matthew Troy of Hurley Rogner in Winter Park presented “Developing a Litigation Strategy” at USIS/FHM in Orlando.

B. Ben Dachepalli of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa has been selected to participate in Leadership Florida’s 31st Class.

Neil B. Shoter of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach was elected president of the Greater Palm Beach County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Robert Zarco of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito in Miami presented a seminar on “Managing and Improving Franchisor/ Franchisee Relationships During Difficult Economic Times” at the Coalition of Franchisee Association’s Convention in Washington, D.C.

Mac R. McCoy of Carlton Fields in Tampa has become chair of the Young Lawyer Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section.

Edwin Boyer of Boyer & Jackson in Sarasota has been named the first “Borchard Distinguished Professorial Lecturer in Elder Law” at Stetson University College of Law.

Louise B. Zeuli of Louise B. Zeuli, P.A. and Facilitative Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Inc., in Maitland co-presented a seminar on “40 Lines Mediators Can Hang Clothes On: No Really!” at the American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution Neutrals Conference: Maximize Efficiency in Dispute Resolution, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Sidney C. Calloway of Shutts & Bowen in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected president of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association.

Morris “Sandy” Weinberg, Jr., of Zuckerman Spaeder in Tampa received the ABA’s Charles R. English Award in recognition of his work in the field of criminal justice.

Theodore J. Leopold of Leopold Law in Palm Beach Gardens has been nominated to the office of president-elect of Public Justice Foundation.

Kenneth P. Hazouri of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal in Orlando has been appointed to the board of directors of the Automobile Insurance Fraud Strike Force.

Natalie M. Rico of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables spoke on “Preparing Your Witness” and “Succeeding at Trial” at the Institute for Paralegal Education’s seminar.

Paul Levine of Studio City, CA, has published his 16th legal thriller, Last Chance Lassiter, an Amazon Kindle exclusive.

Quentin E. Morgan of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected secretary of the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida.

Ronald J. Tomassi, Jr., of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale has been selected to participate in the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class.

Kirsten L. Vignec of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa presented “401(k) Plan Administration” at the Association of Legal Administrators Region Two Conference and Expo in Atlanta.

Gregory S. Weiss of Leopold Law in Palm Beach Gardens lectured to a statewide audience on trends and developments affecting business law in Florida at a teleconference seminar hosted by the National Business Institute.

Erin Smith Aebel and Malinda R. Lugo of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke on “Risk Management in the Digital Age: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Electronic Health Records” to the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists.

Amy L. Drushal of Trenam Kemker in Tampa was presented the ABA Young Lawyers Division “Star of the Year Award” for her work with the YLD.

Ramon de la Cabada of Miami has become a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors.

Chester H. Greenspan of Jericho, NY, has been installed as president of the Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island.

Richard L. Barry of GrayRobinson in Orlando has been selected to participate in the upcoming Leadership Orlando class.

Ava K. Doppelt of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath and Gilchrist in Orlando won the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award.

Heath Eskalyo of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Cliff Walters of Blalock Walters in Sarasota has been elected chair of the board of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Brian M. Bursa of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa presented on the latest social media issues facing the healthcare industry at Leading Age Florida’s Annual Conference in Orlando.

Jonathan Fleece of Blalock Walters was keynote speaker on “The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America” at the Florida Medical Association’s Annual Conference in Boca Raton.

Kelly Lyon Davis of Quarles & Brady in Naples has been installed as a director on the board of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association.

John H. (Jack) Hickey of Hickey Law Firm in Miami wrote “Injuries on Deck,” published by the American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine in the August issue.

William Curphey of Curphey & Badger of Clearwater has been elected to the board of directors of Care Net of Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Trenton Cotney of Trent Cotney, P.A., in Tampa presented the OSHA Inspection & Citation Process Seminar for contractor continuing education credit to the Pinellas County Contractors Association.

Kubs Lalchandani of Lalchandani Simon in Miami spoke on “Protecting Your Product Line” to an Entrepreneurial Group at the Miami Shared Offices.

Michelle M. Gallardo, assistant general counsel of Automotive Components Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, has been reappointed chair of the ABA’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.

J. Logan Murphy of Hill Ward Henderson was appointed as the Young Lawyer Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

Joseph P. Menello, Richard E. Ramsey, and Vivianne A. Wicker of Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford in Miami have been invited to join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Christene M. Ertl of Ertl and Kistemaker Business Law Group in Daytona Beach has been re-elected treasurer of the Dunn Blount Inn of Court.

Thomas H. Tukdarian of the Tukdarian Law Firm in Orlando has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator.

Raymond Dix, recently retired staff attorney of the 19th Circuit, released his second novel, the legal thriller-murder mystery, Tampa Bay Blues, now available in paperback and e-book. Dix’s first novel, Death Row Defender, which won three national awards, will soon be re-released under its original title Clearwater Run.

Erum S. Kistemaker of Ertl & Kistemaker Business Law Group in Daytona Beach has been elected to the executive committee for the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties as director of special events and has been appointed to serve as parliamentarian of Junior League of Daytona Beach.

Richard S. Dellinger of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been certified as a federal court mediator with the Middle District of Florida.

Adria Notari of Houck Anderson in Miami spoke on recent amendments to Salvage and Marine Firefighting Regulations under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 at the American Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response Summit.

Drew Sorrell of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been appointed chair of the Orange County Bar Association Business Law Committee.

Joanne Harvest Koren, director of the University of Miami School of Law’s Academic Achievement Program, presented a session at the Law School Admissions Council Academic Assistance Training Workshop at the University of Denver College of Law titled “Training, Supervising and Managing Student Teaching Assistant Staff in a Law School Academic Support Program.”

Erskine C. Rogers III of Rutherford Mulhall in Boca Raton received the Blue Dove Award from Hospice of Palm Beach County.

Rogers Turner of Hurley Rogner in Winter Park spoke on a panel including insurance and OSHA experts at the EAF “Safety Forum Roundtable” held at Insurance Office of America in Longwood.

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