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October 1, 2010 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Kathleen S. McLeroy of Carlton Fields in Tampa served as the moderator for the ABA Business Law Section’s Pro Bono Breakfast program at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Ed Alexander of Entrepreneurship Law Firm in Orlando presented a seminar “Exit Planning for the Closely Held Business” at the University of Central Florida Technology Incubator.

James Edwards of Smith of Edwards & Cabaniss in Maitland has been named chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee.

Robert A. Goldman of Fox, Wackeen, Dungey et al., in Stuart taught at the National Business Institute’s teleconference on “Using Receiverships in Foreclosure: The Who, How, and Why (and Why Not).”

Luis Suarez of Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Miami and Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez & Machado in Coral Gables have been appointed to the ABA’s Latin American and Caribbean Law Initiative Council.

Stephanie Zimmerman of Carlton Fields in St. Petersburg wrote “Legal Writing in the 21st Century,” which was published in the August issue of the Defense Research Institute’s For the Defense.

Grasford W. Smith of Richman Greer in West Palm Beach has been installed as president of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr., Bar Association.

Douglas A. Cherry of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota presented “An Overview of Intellectual Property Law and How to Avoid Common Pitfalls” at the Sarasota-Manatee Association of Legal Support Specialists.

Elizabeth Swanson of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida won a Judicial Circuit Award as voted on by her colleagues in the dependency system at the Dependency Summit in Orlando.

Jill Davis of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando was appointed to the Mustard Seed of Central Florida Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization helping to rebuild the lives of families and individuals who have suffered loss due to personal tragedy or disaster by providing furniture, household goods, and clothing.

Daniel F. McIntosh of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been appointed chair of the Central Florida Chapter of the Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee.

Daniel J. Santaniello of Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo, Gold & Jones in Ft. Lauderdale discussed discovery with insurance adjusters in Coconut Creek.

William T. Dymond, Jr., of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando was elected chair of both the Downtown Development Board and the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board.

Jamie A. Cole and Chad S. Friedman of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Ft. Lauderdale addressed the Florida League of Cities’ Growth Management and Transportation Committee in Hollywood about litigation and potential growth management legislation that may occur during the next legislative session.

Alan Sakowitz of Sakowitz & Sakowitz has written Miles Away…Worlds Apart : Empowering Lessons Gleaned from Experiences of a Whistleblower (published by Legacy Series Press), the story behind Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme contrasted with the ethically based culture of Sakowitz’s close-knit South Florida neighborhood.

Jennifer Simpson of Ward Damon in West Palm Beach co-hosted a webinar on patent litigation as part of a series of webinars offered by The American Intellectual Property Law Association Patent Litigation Committee.

H. Ray Allen II of Carlton Fields in Tampa spoke on “Quasi-Judicial Hearings: How to Prepare and Present Your Case” at a land use law conference in Tampa.

Brian H. Bieber of Hirschhorn & Bieber in Miami has been re-elected to the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Gary Resnick of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale has been selected to serve as president of the Golden Rule Foundation’s Community Advisory Council of Broward County.

George J. Meyer of Carlton Fields in Tampa has become chair of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry.

Anthony J. Petrillo of Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo, Gold & Jones in Tampa and Carl W. Christy of the Ft. Lauderdale office spoke to insurance adjusters and attorneys in Gainesville on settlement negotiations. The presentation discussed unilateral offers, collateral sources and negotiation strategies for getting to the agreement.

David B. Williams of Bush Ross in Tampa has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit court mediator and has been approved by the 13th and Sixth circuits as an arbitrator.

Jose Fons, of Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Employment Economic and Security Unit, spoke at the Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inns of Court session on “Unemployment Compensation Appeals in the District Courts of Appeals.”

Lonnie N. Groot of Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert, Whigham & Partlow in Lake Mary has been appointed to the board of directors of the Heritage Academy, a charter school.

Ellen S. Podgor, a Stetson law professor, won the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ 30th annual Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, the organization’s top honor.

Henry G. Gyden of Swope, Rodante in Tampa has been elected president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association.

James C. Moon, of counsel with Meland, Russin and Budwick in Miami, has been elected as president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, and the firm’s Daniel N. Gonzalez has been elected as the organization’s second vice president.

Robert Maxim Stoler of Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady in Tampa has been elevated from “associate” to “advocate” member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Larry D. Smith of Southern Trial Counsel in Orlando spoke about “Diversity and Professionalism: Outlook for the Invisible Minority,” in Atlanta at the invitation of SunTrust Bank and its diversity corporate partners as part of the Pride Month celebrations, cosponsored by the Atlanta GLBT Chamber of Commerce.

Kirsten Ullman of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa participated in a legal panel on recent verdicts and arbitrations at the annual conference of the Florida Association of Homes & Services for the Aging in Boca Raton.

Jennifer Alcorta Waters of Fox, Wackeen, Dungey et al. in Stuart has been named co-chair of the Martin County Bar Association Social Committee.

James W. Linn of Lewis, Longman & Walker in Tallahassee office presented “Pension Reform: Effective Strategies for Reducing City Pension Costs” at the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference in Hollywood.

Joseph S. Karp of The Karp Law Firm in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected president of the American Association of Trust, Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorneys.

Andrew Solis of Cohen & Grigsby in Bonita Springs has been appointed to the advisory board for Eden Florida, an organization that provides education and life care services for people with autism.

Carolyn Kellman of Adorno & Yoss in Coral Gables spoke about collections at the August meeting of the Association for Women in Communications.

Leonard Lado of Naples, has been awarded status as a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

Ronald P. Ponzoli of Richman Greer in West Palm Beach has been appointed chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Professionalism Committee.

David Henry of Henry/Potter Civil Mediation presented “Gender Issues in Mediation” to the Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers.

Michele Leo Hintson of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been selected to the Junior League of Tampa Board of Directors and will serve as its legal chair.

Jeffrey L. Cohen of the Florida Healthcare Law Firm in Delray Beach presented “Healthcare Reform: Integration, Strategies & Opportunities for Physicians and Medical Practices” at a seminar is hosted by Advisory Financial Group. He also presented “Important Legal Issues for Physicians” at a seminar in Miami Beach hosted by Integrity Medical.

Edward Kinberg of Kinberg Mediation and Arbitration Group in Melbourne participated in a two-day conference presented by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in Orlando.

Carmen Y. Cartaya, Michael F. Barzyk, and Crystal L. Arocha of McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz & Cartaya in Ft. Lauderdale conducted a seminar for a major insurance company in Ohio on Florida Statute 558 dealing with construction defect litigation.

Peter Blacklock of Ruden McClosky in Boca Raton has been appointed president of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County.

Gregory S. Weiss of Leopold~Kuvin in Palm Beach Gardens addressed the status of litigation against the United States drywall manufacturers, mechanism of injury, and identification of issues as a speaker at a conference for Chinese drywall litigation and insurance coverage.

William Simonitsch of K&L Gates in Miami was named Southeastern regional governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Peter Quinter of Becker & Poliakoff in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale has been selected by to blog about legal topics of interest to seafood companies.

Tammy N. Giroux, Robert R. Warchola, Michele Leo Hintson, and Brian R. Lambert of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke at the 21st Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference in Atlantic City.

Susan L. Trevarthen of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Ft. Lauderdale delivered a growth management presentation at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association’s 29th Annual Seminar in Amelia Island Plantation.

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