April 30, 2003 News and Notes

first_img Andrea S. Hartley, a shareholder with AkermanSenterfitt, was named a fellow of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law. Gill & Associates, P.A., The Debt Collection Attorneys, with offices in Delray Beach, was presented the 2003 Minority Business Enterprise Supplier of the Year award at the Florida Regional Minority Business Council’s 27th Annual Awards held in Miami Beach. Patricia H. Thompson, of Carlton Fields, Miami, spoke at a joint program of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Committee in New York. She spoke about the surety’s claims against the owner in a presentation titled Thanks for the Memories: The Surety’s Assertion of Construction Claims. David M. DeMaio, of Whelan, DeMaio & Kiszkiel, P.A., Miami, presented Incorporating Legal Counsel Into Your Action Plan to the Florida International Bankers Association, Inc. Stephen Moss, of Holland & Knight, was presented the Child Advocate of the Year Award by Family Central, Inc. and Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund. Lawrence G. Walters, of Weston Garrou & DeWitt, Altamonte Springs, was elected to the board of directors of the Central Florida ACLU, and has been appointed chair of the chapter’s legal panel. Jill Riola, of Baker & Hostetler, Orlando, has been elected to the board of directors of the Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando. David C. Willis, partner with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., was elected president of the Edgewood City Council. Jeffrey Michael Cohen, of Carlton Fields, Miami, served on the faculty and spoke at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Florida Regional Program in Ft. Lauderdale. John W. Merting, of John W. Merting, P.A., Gulf Breeze, spoke to the Florida Regional Educational Seminar conducted by the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors held in Panama City on admiralty law and the marine surveyor, and current developments in maritime law in the field of vessel insurance. Dale S. Recinella, of Macclenny, presented The Long Shadows of Racism in Our Justice System, Our Churches and Ourselves, the keynote address of the Annual Racial Reconciliation Program sponsored by the Springfield Massachusetts Christian Leadership Council. Ann Marie M. Karl, of Santa Rosa Beach and New York City, designed and conducted three seminars in New York City, at UN Plaza Church Center, for United Methodist Seminars on National & International Affairs, on topics of terrorism, peace, human rights, conflict resolution, the United Nations, and issues of Iraq/Afghanistan. Tim Smith, of Akerman Senterfitt, has been elected chair of The Volunteer Senior Advocacy Coalition at the Senior Resource Alliance, a nonprofit organization that contracts with community agencies to provide resources to senior citizens in Central Florida. John W. Kozyak, of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A., recieved the 2004 Distinguished Law Alumni Award, presented in St. Louis, Missouri, by his law school alma mater, the Washington University School of Law. Howard J. Hollander, of the Law Offices of Howard J. Hollander, P.A., Miami, was a faculty speaker at the annual construction law seminar/workshop in Tampa. Along with Lee A. Weintraub, of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., he covered the subjects of key construction contract provisions, project delivery methods, and surety bonds. G. Kristin Delano, of St. Petersburg, has been named 2003 Volunteer of the Year by the Salvation Army of South Pinellas County. Bruce A. Blitman, of Ft. Lauderdale, presented Preparing for Mediation: Ingredients for a Successful Mediation Process to law students in the mediation class at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Stuart Ratzan, of Ratzan &Alters, Miami, has been elected to the board of the Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Robert H. Waltuch, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of directors of Metropolitan Ministries. Bruce D. Lamb, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., addressed hospital administrators and other health industry professionals in Tampa, at a one-day seminar on the Confidentiality of Medical Records in Florida. Donald R. Gillette, of Tampa, has been elected to the board of directors of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and will serve on the Education and Outreach Committee. Paul Steven Sing-erman, of Berger Singerman, was elected a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. David C. Prather, of Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams, LLP, West Palm Beach, has been elected treasurer of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association for 2003. He also lectured on the Anatomy of Personal Injury Trials at a workhorse seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Additionally, he presented a program on Proposals for Settlement to members of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association and was a speaker at The Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism Seminar on Personal Injury–Pitfalls of the Practice. Martin E. Segal, of counsel with Sacher, Martini & Sacher, Coral Gables, now appears in The Miami Herald Business Monday, writing the bi-weekly Ask Doctor Law column. He also authored The Business Law Survival Guide: Defusing 101 Legal Time Bombs That Can Sabotage a Commercial Transaction. Peter A. Wechsler, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., spoke at a conference on liability for products and personal injury in a global market, sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies in Kitzbuhel, Austria. His topic was Product Liability and Personal Injury Update–The International Arena. Frank N. Tobolsky, of Frank N. Tobolsky, P.C., through the National Business Institute, served as course planner and speaker for The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in Pennsylvania. Sylvia H. Walbolt, of Carlton Fields, St. Petersburg, has been named by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce as one of the inaugural inductees into the Pinellas County Business Women’s Hall of Fame. Christopher M. Shulman, of Tampa, was appointed as a Hillsborough County child care licensing board hearing officer. Lee W. Marcus, of Unger, Acree, Weinstein, Marcus, Merrill, Kast & Metz, P.L., Orlando, spoke at a seminar in Boston entitled Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, where he spoke on the topics of New Department of Labor ERISA Regulations: Impact Assessment One Year Later, and Litigating ERISA Cases: Tactical and Practical Considerations. Andrew Doyle, of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., has been awarded a bronze medal for commendable service by the environmental protection agency’s regional office in Seattle. Thomas Culmo, of Culmo & Culmo, P.A., Miami, was sworn in as president of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association at its annual judicial and presidential ball. R. Blake Menzel, of the Nashville office of Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, P.C., participated in the Atlanta Claims Association’s mock trial CLE presentation as lead counsel for the defense. Valria Screen, of Steel, Hector & Davis, LLP, has been appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to The Children’s Trust Governing Board of Miami-Dade County. Paul Hendrick, founding Florida Coastal School of Law assistant dean, and co-director of the school’s Center for Strategic Governance and International Initiatives, has been named dean of the school. C. Steven Yerrid was awarded the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s 2003 Outstanding Lawyer Award. Mark A. Schwartz, of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, has been elected to the board of The American of the Hebrew University, Sarasota-Manatee Chapter. Thomas J. Skola, of Miami, has been presented the 2003 Annual Lawyer of the Americas Award by the University of Miami’s Inter-American Law Review. Lynne A. Larkin, of Robin A. Lloyd, Sr., & Associates, Vero Beach, has been elected to the city council of Vero Beach, where she will serve a two-year term. Steven G. Schember and Thomas M. Wood presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Association, Inc., in New Orleans, La. Schember presented Fidelity Bond Forgery Coverage–Is There a Such Thing in These Days of Fed Exes, Faxes, Emails and Wire Transfers? Wood discussed direct loss cases under traditional fidelity bonds. Catherine B. Parks, of Quintairos, McCumber, Prieto, Wood, Boyer & Mager, presented a seminar at Hillcrest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The focus of the seminar was on the prevention of lawsuits, documentation errors, and “pitfalls” to avoid. April 30, 2003 Regular News April 30, 2003 News and Noteslast_img

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