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November 1, 2020 News & Notes

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Adam B. Cordover was presented the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals’ inaugural Visionary Award for establishing, co-chairing, and co-instructing the inaugural FACP Leadership Institute.

Justin B. Shapiro of Leesfield Scolaro in Miami presented, “The Reinvented Wheel: E-Scooter Dangers and Winning Litigation Strategies,” at the Resort Torts Litigation Group Seminar held during the American Association for Justice Convention.

W. Rogers Turner, Jr., spoke to the Judge William Wieland American Inn of Court via special Zoom program about COVID-19 and its impact on Florida Workers’ Compensation.

Lara Donlon of Torcivia, Donlon & Goddeau in West Palm Beach presented, “Avoiding COVID Catastrophes: What Every HR Professional Should Know,” through a webinar during the Florida Public Human Resources Association’s Educational Series.

Kelly Kolb of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney has become chair of the Habitat for Humanity of Broward Board of Directors.

Anthony De Yurre of Bilzin Sumberg and Gary Saul of Greenberg Traurig have been appointed co-chairs of the University of Miami’s Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development Advisory Board.

Dennis Wall’s essay on remedies was published by the ABA Torts & Insurance Practice Section in its collected works concerning recent developments in business litigation.

Alan R. Rosenberg of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog has joined the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Jennifer Codding of Massey Law Group in St. Petersburg has become the program chair for the Profit Partners Chapter of Network Professionals International in Clearwater.

Bob Rhodes of Jacksonville published, “Florida’s Growth Management Odyssey: Revolution, Evolution, Devolution, Resolution,” in the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy.

John Gihon of Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando was reelected as chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter.

Joseph Goldstein of Shutts & Bowen in Ft. Lauderdale has been certified by the Supreme Court as a circuit court mediator.

Jeffrey P. Wasserman of Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann in Boca Raton has become an accredited collaborative professional of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Arthur J. Furia of Shutts & Bowen in Miami has been appointed honorary consul of the Republic of Malta with jurisdiction for the state of Florida.

Melba Pearson of Miami Beach has been selected to be the inaugural director of policy and programs in the Center for the Administration of Justice at Florida International University.

Salesia Smith-Gordon of the Law Office of Salesia Smith-Gordon co-chaired the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s first four-week virtual Bench Bar Conference.

Robert D. Eckard of the Law Office of Robert Eckard & Associates presented, “The Fundamentals of International Criminal Law,” to the International Law Society at Stetson College of Law.

Nikki Day of Bryant Miller Olive in Tampa was appointed to serve on the Florida League of Cities 2020-2021 Land Use and Economic Development legislative policy committee.

Edith G. Osman of Carlton Fields in Miami is chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Meetings & Travel.

Ross R. Hartog of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale spoke on “Drafting Legal Documents” at the annual convention of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.

Miguel R. Acosta of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta had his article, “A Lawyer’s Deployment to the Front Lines of the U.S.-Mexico Border,” published in The Federal Lawyer.

Roy L. Weinfeld presented “Constitutionality of Florida Moratoriums” via Zoom webinar.

Eric C. Boughman of ForsterBoughman presented, “Marijuana Businesses Law in Florida” and “Obtaining a Florida Cannabis Business License,” for the National Business Institute’s Marijuana Business Law program.

Cesar L. Alvarez of Greenberg Traurig received the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.

John M. Hemenway of Bivins & Hemenway in Valrico has been accepted into Class V of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Sonia Diaz of Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz was named the 2020-2021 Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Collier County Women’s Bar Association.

Harold W. Youmans, retired U.S. Army colonel and attorney, was recently named “Veteran of the Day” on the national Department of Veterans Affairs “Vantage Point” website.

Stacey D. Mullins of GrayRobinson in Boca Raton has been appointed to the Florida Community Advisory Committee for Sharsheret.

Gary A. Forster and J. Brian Page of ForsterBoughman presented an overview of compliance rules regarding the administration of foreign trusts and foreign accounts, in their seminar “Foreign Trust Tax Compliance.”

Sabrina Weiss Robinson of Stearns Weaver Miller virtually presented, “Commercial Real Estate Valuations,” for the Florida Certified Commercial Investment Member.

Gary Betensky has been appointed vice chair of the Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee of the American Bar Association.

Stephanie Turk of Stearns Weaver Miller has been elected as secretary of the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Justin B. Shapiro of Leesfield Scolaro in Miami presented, “The Reinvented Wheel: E-Scooter Dangers and Winning Litigation Strategies,” on behalf of the Resort Torts Litigation Group at the 2020 AAJ Amped-Up Convention.

Derek Bruce of Gunster in Orlando has joined the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Board.

Thomas C. Shaw of ForsterBoughman presented, “Asset Valuations after COVID-19,” for the National Business Institute.

Ashley C. Drumm of Carlton Fields was elected president of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Teresa N. Phillips of ForsterBoughman presented, “Protecting Senior Citizens from Financial Exploitation Scams: What Legal Protections Do You Have?”

Neil Rambana of Rambana & Ricci in Tallahassee was inducted into the Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame by the Tallahassee Community College Alumni and Friends Association.

Denise Calle of Diaz Trade Law had an interview of her journey from law student to lawyer published by St. Thomas University.

Monica Schmucker of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers was featured in the article, “How Attorney Monica Schmucker Tackles the Extreme Work Life Balance of Being a Woman Business Leader During COVID-19,” published by Authority Magazine.

Michael E. Wynn was a presenter for a nationwide Zoom webinar, “How the CARES Act Can Stretch Your Donation Dollars.”

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law participated in the NCBFAA Educational Institute’s Annual Global Trade Educational Conference on a panel titled, “Forced Labor Enforcement and TFTEA: Enforcement is Here; How Does COVID-19 Play Into It?”

Denise Calle of Diaz Trade Law has been elected to the board of directors for the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade.

Steven E. Hitchcock of Hitchcock Law Group presented, “New Ethical Dilemmas,” at the Guardian Association of Pinellas County’s Annual Conference.

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