October 1, 2004 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Manuel A. “Alex” Reboso, of Rossman Baumberger Reboso & Spier, addressed the annual meeting of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America in Boston. The theme of his July 6 speech before ATLA’s Professional Negligence Section was, “Holding Hospitals Responsible Under Vicarious Liability.” Joseph Hernandez, of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been named chair of the board of Junior Achievement of Greater Miami. Sia Baker-Barnes, of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A, was elected to the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Section of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Baker-Barnes also was recently elected secretary of the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association, and was appointed to the board of directors of Inlet Grove Community High School. David W. Singer will be one of the “Jews of Broward County” in an exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Florida. The exhibit runs through January 30, 2005. Jill Riola, of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, was named to the panel of certified mediators for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Paul S. Jones, of Luks, Santaniello, Perez, Petrillo & Gold, recently spoke on “Automotive Liability — PIP” at a legal seminar sponsored by the CEU Institute. Richard M. Benrubi, of Liggio, Benrubi & Williams, recently lectured at the Seventh National Advanced Forum on Litigation Disability Insurance Claims in Boston on bad faith and punitive damages. Ernest J. Myers, of Marcus, McMahon & Myers, P.L., recently lectured on the topics of the insurance contract, first party coverage, ethical considerations, and elements of bad faith at the Insurance Coverage Law in Florida Seminar, presented by the National Business Institute in Orlando. Michael G. Whelan, of the Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, was elected to the Hands On Miami Executive Committee at its annual board meeting in June. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese of the Law Offices of J. Kelly Kennedy presented “A Probate Primer for Public Accountants” to the Polk County Accounting Society at its August meeting. Charlie Gray, founding partner of GrayRobinson, has been appointed by local government officials to serve on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Education, which will evaluate the Orange County school district and offer recommendations for improvement. Frank N. Tobolsky presented “Commercial Lease Hot Spots” through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. The seminar comprised part of PBI’s “A Day on Real Estate” program. Mercer K. Clarke, of Clarke, Silverglate & Campbell, was appointed chair of the Drug, Device and Biotech Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel, for which he will serve a one-year term. Roy B. Gonas of Miami has been selected president and co-chair of Youth Ethics Initiative, Inc. David M. Seifer, with Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. in Miami, has been appointed to serve as chair of United Way’s Young Leaders for 2004-2005. Yolanda L. Fox of Ft. Lauderdale has become a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator. Marc John Randazza, with Weston, Garrou & DeWitt in Altamonte Springs, wrote an article titled, “Secretary of State Kiffmeyer and the Savaging of Vote-Pairing,” published in Minnesota Law and Politics. Lewis F. Collins was named president-elect of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. James E. Felman, of Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A. in Tampa, has been appointed co-chair of the ABA’s Committee on Corrections and Sentencing. Eric A Gordon, of Arnstein & Lehr LLP, has been named co-chair of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee. George Meyer of Carlton Fields has been elected to the following positions: Governing Committee for the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry; fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and president of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay for a second term. Nanci Landy, of Landy & Asselta, P.A. in North Palm Beach, has been elected president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Chapter. Dennis Wieczorek, of Piper Rudnick, LLP, has been chosen as the next chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising for a two-year term. Spencer Silverglate, of Clarke, Silverglate, Campbell, Williams & Montgomery, has been elected president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association for the term of one year. Lara Donlon, of the Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates, P.A., recently spoke at the Florida Association of Special Districts Conference in Orlando regarding “Personnel-Employment Management,” discussing the new fair pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other updates in employment law. H. James Catlin, Jr., of Salmon & Dulberg Mediation Services, Inc., has become a panel mediator with the firm. Mildred Beam, o f Mateer Harbert, recently spoke at the National Medical Association’s 2004 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in San Diego, CA. Beam gave presentations addressing “Contractual Aspects of Practice Management” and also co-moderated a session on tort reform. Stuart A. Goldstein of Miami was recently awarded an airline transport pilot certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration. “Put Something Back” presented a “Primer on Low-Income Taxpayer Issues” at a seminar held at Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. James S. Benjamin, of Ft. Lauderdale firm of Benjamin & Aaronson, P.A., became president of the First Amendment Lawyer’s Association in August at its semi-annual conference in Portland, OR. Larry Stagg, of Akerman Senterfitt in Tampa, participated in the 2004 Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) in Portland, OR. Charles V. Willie and Kelly Frels spoke on “ Brown and Education Law Association at 50: The Journey Continues,”at a recent Education Law Association Conference meeting. Rose Marie Antonacci-Pollock, of Michaud, Buschmann, Mittelmark, Millian, Blitz, Warren & Coel, was named to the board of directors of the Greater Palm Beach County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and was appointed to the Board of Visitors of The Bolles School in Jacksonville. Benjamin K. Phipps has been designated by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation as a certified member of the institute in property taxation. Christopher M. Shulman, of Christopher Shulman, P.A., Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, recently participated in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar, assuming the role of mediator in the presentation “Mediation: An Examination of Management’s Opportunities for Early Charge Resolution.” Shulman also serves as the president-elect of the ACR Florida chapter. October 1, 2004 News & Notes October 1, 2004 News and Noteslast_img

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