April 15, 2003 News and Notes

first_imgApril 15, 2003 News and Notes Pamela M. Gordon, of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum, LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed to the board of directors of Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc. Eugene G. Beckham, of Beckham & Beckham, P.A., Miami, has been elected a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. David M. Garten, of West Palm Beach, spoke on “Undue Influence” at the Palm Beach Guardianship Association and on “When the Fiduciary Errs: Who Pays?” at the Dade County Bar and Florida Bar meetings. Louise B. Zeuli, of Louise B. Zeuli, P.A., Maitland, presented “Prevention of Medical Errors” at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She spoke to health science students and faculty about factors contributing to medical errors, and the impact on individuals, employers, the health care system, and nursing liability. Charles H. Licht-man, of Berger Sing-erman, Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected chair of the Uniform Commercial Code sub-committee of the American Bar Association’s business law section, and has been appointed chair of the newly formed Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Affairs Committee of the Equipment Leasing Association of America. He was also appointed to serve as contributing editor of the Leader’s Equipment Finance Journal. Thomas M. Wich, of Wich, Wich & Wich, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, was the guest speaker at a seminar titled “Estate Planning and Tax Control” in Ft. Lauderdale, sponsored by Smith Barney/Citigroup. Frank T. Adams, of Katz, Barron, Squitero & Faust, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Thomas J. Wilkes, Jr., of GrayHarris, Orlando, was appointed by the board of county commissioners to serve as chair on the Orange County Charter Review Commission. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese, of the Law Offices of J. Kelly Kennedy, Winter Haven, was recognized as an “Outstanding President” at the Florida Kiwanis Mid-Winter Conference in Orlando for her service during 2001-02. Margaret T. Math-ews, of Akerman Senterfitt, Tampa, was sworn in as president of the board of directors of Bay Area Legal Services at its quarterly meeting. Rafael Suarez-Rivas, of the Miami city attorneys’ office, has been appointed vice chair of the Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee. Daniel S. Pearson, of Holland & Knight, Miami, was the recipient of the Second Annual William M. Hoeveler Award for ethics and leadership in the legal profession, presented by the University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service. Sheldon S. Polish, of Berger Singerman, has been elected to the board of directors and to the executive committee of the United Way of Brow-ard County. He was also appointed chair of the organization’s Planned Giving Division. Jacquelyn Needelman, Bar UPL counsel, Miami, has been appointed by the governor to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council for a period of three years. Elliott Wilcox, of the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit, presented “Beyond ‘What Happened Next?’–How to Improve Your Direct Examination,” for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association’s DUI Trial Advocacy School in St. Petersburg. William R. Lowman, Jr., of Zimmerman, Shuffield, Kiser & Sutcliffe, P.A., Orlando, was named to the board of trustees of the Junior Achievement of Central Florida Foundation, Inc. Andrew E. Grigsby, of Hinshaw & Culbertson, Miami, was a lecturer for the National Business Institute program, Challenges in Florida Insurance Coverage Litigation. He gave presentations on analyzing insurance contract provisions and subrogation. Frank M. Petosa, of Petosa & Fernandez, P.L., with offices in Boca Raton and Tampa, spoke on the plaintiff’s perspective on litigating the nursing home negligence case at the Nursing Home Negligence seminar, sponsored by PESI in Miami. Jeff D. Vastola, of The Law Offices of Jeff D. Vastola, West Palm Beach, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association. Kevin P. Crosby and William T. Coleman, of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum, LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, spoke at a seminar in Ft. Lauderdale presented by Legal Aid Service’s Pro Bono Program, Broward Lawyers Care, and The Broward County Bar Association Family Law Section. Crosby lectured on intellectual property issues relating to family law and Coleman addressed real estate matters. Julia Frey, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., spoke to a Winter Park Memorial Hospital mothers’ group meeting on “The Legal ABCs of Estate Planning.” She also spoke to the Florida Symphony Orchestra Board on planned giving techniques. Albert F. Tellechea, of Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando, has been named a regional president for the Hispanic National Bar Association, as well as chair of the organization’s strategic planning committee. Karen A. Williams, of counsel with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., gave a seminar titled “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” geared for human resources professionals. She also presented a teleseminar for the Association of Legal Administrators on “Employment Law Update” and was a February faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Florida regional program at Nova Southeastern University. Frederick W. Leonhardt, of Gray Harris, Orlando, was elected chair-elect of the Florida Chamber Board of Directors. Matthew J. Ahearn, of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., Orlando, spoke at the “Trust Drafting in Florida, The Basics and Beyond” seminar in Orlando. His topic of discussion included “GRATS, GRUTS and QPRTS (After the 2001 Tax Act).” Ellen S. Malasky, of Ellen S. Malasky and Associates, P.A., West Palm Beach, was a featured speaker and author on “Selecting and Terminating Employees in Florida” at a National Business Institute seminar in West Palm Beach. Thomas S. Harmon, of Davis & Harmon, P.A., Tampa, presented a CLE program for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America titled “Litigating Nursing Home Cases” in Austin, Texas. Dale Burket, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., along with John Farren of CNL Franchise Network, presented the topic “How a Real Estate Company & Its Lawyers Use Technology to Reduce Closing Time” at the 2002 Annual Fall Conference of the University of Florida Center for Real Estate Studies. John B. Fuller, of Ayres, Cluster, Curry, McCall, Collins & Fuller, P.A., Ocala, was elected president of the American Board of Trial Advocates–North Florida Chapter. Jacqueline Bozzuto, Gary Kaleita, and Michael Ryan, partners with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., along with associates David Ederer and Ormend Yielding, presented a one-day seminar titled “Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in Florida.” Harry A. Payton, of Payton & Carlson, P.A., Miami, was a panel moderator in Coral Gables for the American Bar Association’s annual meeting of the section of litigation, corporate counsel committee CLE seminar titled “The Rise and Fall and Future of Special Billing Arrangements Including Task Based Billing.” Jodi Seitlin, of St. Augustine, has been sworn in to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, invited by the Hadassah National Attorneys Council, as one of only 15 lawyers from around the country to be invited annually, and the only attorney from Florida. Hadassah is The Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Scott Tufts, partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., presented a seminar titled “Partnerships, LLPs, LLLPs, and LLCs: Organization and Operation in Florida.” Darrell Payne, of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., Miami, was elected treasurer of the Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. James Spoonhour and John Wettach, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., spoke at a “Land Use Planning and Eminent Domain in Florida” seminar. Henry Cooper, of Fogel & Cohen, L.L.P., Boca Raton, has published an article on employee monitoring in the workplace which was featured in the South Florida Business Journal. Norma Stanley, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., presented the second seminar in the Rollins College educational series on “Advanced Estate Planning Concepts.” She was also the guest speaker for the Financial Luncheon Group of Winter Park, where she spoke on the topic of “Estate Planning for Singles (with and without children) and Unmarried Couples.” Judith S. Nelson, of Nelson & Levine, P.A., North Miami Beach, received the J.N. McArthur Foundation Education Award at the Annual Spectrum Awards Luncheon of the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and The Keys, recognizing her volunteer work as executive director of Victory School, a nonprofit school for children with autism. Jaret J. Fuente, of Carlton Fields, Tampa, has been elected to the leadership council of the American Diabetes Association for Southwest Florida. Michael R. Goldstein, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, presented at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Winter Growth Management and Environmental Permitting Conference in Orlando, and at the Florida Brownfields Partnership Workshop in Clearwater. Jason M. Murray, of Carlton Fields, Miami, has been appointed by William J. Zloch, chief district court judge for the Southern District of Florida, to serve as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review, and Attorney Grievance for the District Court, Southern District of Florida. Paul Steven Singerman, of Berger Singerman, Miami, has been selected to the faculty of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, a nonprofit corporation that conducts an annual seminar on bankruptcy law. Deborah Martohue, of Hayes & Martohue, P.A., St. Petersburg, lectured on water boundaries and ethics in Tampa for the National Business Institute. She also lectured at the Annual Growth Management and Environmental Permitting Short Course in Orlando, on “Changing the Law of Zoning: A Quandary for Legal Draftsmen.” Joel Levine, a Florida Supreme Court mediator from Miami, spoke at the Harvard Law School as a Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker, where he addressed students, faculty, and staff on a variety of subjects regarding societal changes over the last generation. April 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

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