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February 1, 2020 News and Notes

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Adria Notari of Notari Law in Ft. Lauderdale moderated a panel on navigating personal injury claims at the Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club 30th Marine Seminar.

David Haas of Haas Law, PLLC, presented “Whistleblower Windfalls: Offshore Banking and U.S. Tax Compliance” and “Cryptocurrency’s Modernization of Financial Crimes and Regulations” at the Annual GCS Advisory Conference on AML/Compliance and Financial Crimes in the Cayman Islands.

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law participated in an International Women Business Forum event hosted by Miami Dade County. She also moderated a Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo panel on “How to Import Into the USA” featuring U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Peter Hunt of the LaBovick Law Group was one of the presenters at this year’s Masters of Justice Technology Seminar in Orlando.

Reggie L. Bouthillier of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Creating Vibrant Downtowns and Urban Districts” at the FSU Real Estate TRENDS Conference.

Gary A. Forster and J. Brian Page of ForsterBoughman presented on “The Taxation of Foreign Trusts and the American Grantor — Lifetime Transfers and Deemed Sales” to a national audience via live webinar. They also discussed the risks of waiting to take protective actions and the advantages of prudent, simple, and direct planning at the AdventHealth Orlando Breakfast for Medical, Health and related Financial Professionals.

F. Joseph Ullo, Jr., of Stearns Weaver Miller moderated “Joint U.S. EPA / State Representatives Roundtable Discussion and Q&A” at the Southeast Brownfields Conference.

John Gihon of Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando appeared on a panel discussion at the Barry University School of Law Immigration Symposium hosted by the school’s Law Review.

Ryan D. Burns of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Ft. Lauderdale presented “When Lithium Ion Batteries Fail, and What to Do About It” at the 2019 CLM Southeast conference in Florida.

Grace Robson of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog served as a panelist on the ABA Business Law Section’s program at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges titled “When Worlds Collide: How to Represent the Pro Bono Client when Bankruptcy is Only Part of the Solution.”

Amanda Sharkey Ross of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers discussed “Effective Settlement Negotiations and Arbitration” as well as “Legal Ethics in Insurance Practice” at a program addressing Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law in Ft. Myers.

Andrew J. Doyle of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, in Washington, D.C., has been appointed editor in chief of The Federal Lawyer, the Federal Bar Association’s national magazine.

Lou La Cava of La Cava & Jacobson spoke at Obstetric and Gynecology Grand Rounds on “Avoiding Litigation, Is It Possible?” He also spoke at Ocala Regional Medical Center’s and The Marion County Medical Society’s CME on “Medical Errors.”

Jeffrey P. Wasserman of Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann lectured at Nova Southeastern University for Dr. Randy Heller’s Collaborative Divorce course.

Roy B. Gonas of Coral Gables gave a talk to students and faculty at Indiana State University on the impeachment of Justice Samuel Chase (1804-1805).

Gary S. Betensky of Day Pitney in West Palm Beach has been appointed editor of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee’s Business Torts Journal and other publications issued by the committee.

Karen Josefsberg Ladis, executive director of Miami-Dade County Legal Aid Society, was presented the 2019 Henry “LAT” Latimer Award for Leadership and Professionalism at the 71st Annual Homecoming Breakfast.

Alicia M. Smith of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Tampa co-presented “Hot Topics: Avoiding Legal Landmines!” at the World Waterpark Association conference in Orlando.

Amy E. Furness of Carlton Fields in Miami was elected vice president of PLAC, formerly the Product Liability Advisory Council.

Jen A. Lettman of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach was appointed Sponsorship Chair of the Palm Beach County FAWL.

Mary Ruth Houston of Shutts & Bowen in Orlando presented “Arbitration Case Law Review 2019” at the Orange County Bar Association.

Jay Mussman of Day Pitney was honored by the 15th Circuit Pro Bono Committee for providing more than 100 hours of pro bono..

Darrin J. Quam and Ronald Weaver of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Harris Act Litigation/Mediation and Koontz Exaction Cases” at the International Eminent Domain Conference.

Jose Garcia-Pedrosa presented his new book, “America’s Casablanca: A ‘True Novel’” about Miami’s emergence from bankruptcy and corruption, available on Amazon, at the Miami Book Fair and Books & Books in Coral Gables.

Kevin Napper of The Law Offices of Kevin J. Napper, P.A., has been appointed chair of the Solo and Small Law Firm Committee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section.

Erik F. Szabo of Shutts & Bowen was sworn-in to the 2020 Greater Orlando Builders Association Board of Directors.

Yvette Everhart of Sass Law Firm participated in the panel discussion “Who is Entitled to Protection from Retaliation? (Fundamentals),” at the 13th Annual Section Conference in New Orleans sponsored by the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the ABA.

Thomas A. Marchese of Chartwell Law in Tallahassee presented “Cross-Jurisdictional Workers’ Compensation Issues” at the 28th Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo.

Eric C. Boughman of ForsterBoughman co-wrote a new book, “The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines: Understanding AI and the Legal Impact,” published by ABA Publishing.

Marcelo Diaz Cortes of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman in Miami moderated a panel titled “Future evidence – Proving your case in the 2020s” at the AIJA Half-Year October conference.

H.T. Smith of FIU College of Law served as a panelist in a seminar on “Trailblazers in the Courtroom” at the National Bar Association’s Wiley A. Branton Symposium in Miami.

Andrew D. Reder of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta in Tampa has been accepted for membership in the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court.

Charles Brecker of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Miami was named chair of the Florida Homebuilders Association’s new Multi-Family & Condo Council.

Grasford W. Smith of Jones Foster was appointed to the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee for the Pro Bono Service Awards by the Florida Supreme Court.

Jennifer A. Ficarrotta of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta in Tampa was a panelist for the Clearwater Bar’s “The Six: A Great Debate,” a discussion about the pros and cons of collaborative divorce and litigation.

John Tucker of Tucker Law Group in St. Petersburg presented “VA ‘Individual Unemployability’ Disability Benefits — Key Concepts for Vocational Professionals Working With Veterans” at the National Conference of the Internal Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in Portland, Oregon.

Augusto Perera was elected to the Cuban American Bar Association board.

Sterling Lovelady of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta in Tampa is serving as an attorney ad litem for Crossroads for Florida Kids.

Gregory Boulos of Carlton Fields will serve as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Miami City Lead for 2019-2020.

Caroline Black Sikorske of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta in Tampa has been admitted to the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Devon A. Woolard of Shutts & Bowen presented “Employee Leave Strategies: FMLA, ADA and More” at the National Business Institute seminar “Human Resource Law: The Ultimate Guide.”

Alexander Caballero of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta in Tampa was a co-presenter for the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s “Advanced Strategies and Procedures for Litigating Claims for Attorney’s Fees and Costs” marital and family law CLE.

Reggie Garcia of Tallahassee appeared on Court TV twice to provide guest analysis during the Henry Segura quadruple murder trial. He also spoke to 700 leaders at the Great Futures Breakfast sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

Rob Wilkins of Jones Foster has been reappointed co-chair of the ABA’s Data Breach and Internet Subcommittee and the E-Discovery Subcommittee, both a part of the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee.

Howard S. Krooks and Ellen S. Morris of Elder Law Associates spoke at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C. Morris spoke as part of a panel on “Mastering Elder Abuse Civil Remedies.” Krooks participated on a panel discussion on “Tried and True Marketing Tips to Energize You and Your Practice.”

Michael Dolce of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll spoke on “Exposing the Wicked: Extracting Useful Testimony From Abusers and Rapists” at the 2019 National Crime Victim Bar Conference.

Leslie M. Kroeger of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll presented “Expert Depositions and Daubert Challenges” at the 2019 Jacksonville Justice Association’s Annual Seminar.

Marc Solomon of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman is a founding member of “The Transition Specialists,” a new group of business advisory specialists formed to help owners of South Florida companies maximize and protect the value of their businesses.

Adam J. Langino of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll published “Accountability Across Borders” in AAJ’s Trial Magazine.

Dr. Amy D. Ronner, law professor emeritus, presented her paper, “Dostoevsky and Thanatotic Contagion,” at the 51st Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies in San Francisco.

Philippe C. Jeck of Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones has been selected as a member of the Corporate Board of Jupiter Medical Center

Peter T. McCary was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve to serve as a judge advocate officer. McCary serves in the U.S. Army Reserve’s 12th Legal Operations Detachment.

Jason Silver of Greenspoon Marder was appointed to the City of Ft. Lauderdale’s Community Appearance Board.

Alexcia Cox is the recipient of the 2019 Justice Barbara Pariente Award presented by the Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL.

Jeffrey P. Wasserman of Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann presented on FACP Ethical Standards with a panel at the Collaborative Family Law Institute Dade Collaborative Law Practice Group’s Advanced Training.

Lawrence P. Ingram of Freeborn & Peters of Tampa joined the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Joseph A. Stusek of Cummings & Lockwood has been selected to the GAIN (Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Growing Associates in Naples) Class of 2020.

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