December 15, 2005 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Joseph P. Milton of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea, Charek & Milton in Jacksonville has been elected 2006-07 president of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Milton has served as treasurer of the organization for the the last two years and is a longtime senior life fellow and trustee. Robert N. Solomon of New York has been appointed to the board of directors of Books for a Better Life, a charity supported by the publishing industry which raises funds for the MS Society through the recognition of books that have helped in various fields of personal growth. John Dingfelder of the Scaritt Law Group participated in a panel discussion of the Kelo v. City of New London case, regarding eminent domain, at the Stetson College of Law, Gulfport campus. Randee J. Golder of Boynton Beach presented “Too Many Documents, Too Little Time: How to Handle the Massive Document Case” at the Advanced Criminal Law Seminar held by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia, PA. Thomas Karr of Berger Singerman in Miami spoke at Gibraltar Bank’s Probate Luncheon Series. His presentation covered a case law update. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach spoke at the Broadband Tax Conference in Sarasota on “Cable and Telecommunications Tax Appeal Strategies and Audit Issues.” Christopher B. Hopkins of Cole, Scott & Kissane was a guest lecturer at the Palm Beach Governor’s Club on the topic of “Assassination of JFK: Origin of the Conspiracy Theories.” Mark S. Bentley of GrayRobinson in Tampa spoke at the Second Annual Litigating Land Use Disputes Conference in Tampa. Bentley discussed the topic of litigating the nuisance violation case: statutory nuisance and common law nuisance. Barry Nelson of Nelson & Levine was reappointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami Law School Graduate Program in Taxation. Additionally, Nelson presented “Asset Protection Under the 2005 Bankruptcy Act, Update on Estate Tax Repeal and Family Limited Partnerships” at the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Judge David M. Gooding of Jacksonville has received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Adoption Excellence Award in recognition of contributions in providing permanent homes through adoption for children in foster care. In 2004-05 Judge Gooding finalized 258 adoptions. Patricia E. McQueeney of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon, and Tatum was named vice chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Sidney A. Stubbs of Jones, Foster, Johnson & Stubbs was appointed Florida state chair for the American College of Trial Lawyers. John F. Lowndes of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed has been inducted into the Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame. Dr. Amy Ronner of St. Thomas University School of Law was installed as president of the Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter. Tabas, Freedman, Soloff & Miller in Miami was accepted into the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. Benjamin R. Gross of Charming Shoppes was elected to a four-year term on the Lansdale Borough Council in Lansdale, PA. Richard F. Woodford, Jr., of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Inspector General, presented “Prohibited Personnel Practices: Do’s and Don’ts for Federal Managers” at the 14th Annual Office of Government Ethics Conference in New York City. John F. Romano of Romano, Eriksen and Cronin , received the Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. David Pratt of Proskauer Rose spoke at the University of Texas School of Law 53rd Annual Taxation Conference. His topic was the “Anatomy of the Federal Gift Tax Return (Form 709), Including a Review of the GST Automatic Allocation Rules and Gift Splitting Provisions.” Additionally, Pratt spoke at a meeting of the Naples Estate Planning Council; his topic was the “Anatomy of the Federal Gift Tax Return.” Lincoln Connolly of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier in Miami was awarded the 2005 S. Victor Tipton Award by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Janet Reno and Robert C. Josefsberg were honored by the Anti-Defamation League as this year’s recipients of the 2005 Jurisprudence Award. Jason C. Halliburton of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer was elected to the board of directors of the Florida 4-H Foundation. Lundy Langston, Barbara Bernier, and Patricia Broussard of Florida A&M University had essays published by Writ, the legal commentary section of FindLaw on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the legacy of Rosa Parks, and author Terry McMillan’s divorce. Benjamin J. LeFrancois and Maureen A. Vitucci of GrayRobinson spoke to the Association for Accounting Administration, Florida Chapter in Orlando. LeFrancois spoke on the subject of judgments and collection, while Vitucci discussed bankruptcy law issues. Brad Gould of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer was appointed to the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie County. Mark Eiglarsh presented “What Everyone Should Know About Criminal Law: Part II” to the South Florida Paralegals Association. Louis Martin of James Moore & Co. in Tallahassee has successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts to earn the designation of certified valuation analyst. Robert G. Reigel, Jr., of Coffman, Coleman, Andrews & Grogan was a recipient of the Jacksonville Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Award. James W. McIlrath of GrayRobinson was selected chair of the Legislative Issues and Advocacy Committee for the Orange County School Board Foundation. Lawrence H. Kolin of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson in Orlando was sworn in as incoming board member of the Holocaust Memorial Resources and Education Center of Florida at their annual meeting. Robert M. Stoler of Williams, Schifino, Mangione & Steady spoke on the topic of “The Defense of Premises Liability Claims” at a seminar sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Joshua Whitman of Jacksonville was appointed to the national board of directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was elected treasurer of the Florida Chapters of ABOTA. David E. Cardwell of The Cardwell Law Firm, Orlando, was a participant in the Edwin L. Crawford Lecture on Municipal Law: Eminent Domain in the Aftermath of Kelo, at the Albany Law School in Albany, NY, on November 1. Neisen Kasdin of Gunster Yoakley spoke at the annual Association of Home Construction of Puerto Rico Conference in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. Kasdin outlined the revitalization model that helped save Miami Beach from deterioration. Elizabeth Hernandez was recipient of the Florida’s Best Attorney of the Year Award by the Florida League of Cities. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese was re-elected president of the Winter Haven Women’s Bar Association. William P. Cox of Abel Band in Sarasota was admitted to the Colorado Bar. Frank M. Petosa of Petosa & Associates in Boca Raton was a featured speaker at a seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in Orlando. Valerie Shea of Gordon, Hargrove was named Southeast regional director of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, in Chicago. Christy L. Hertz of Merlin & Hertz in Coral Gables was the featured speaker at a Cherish Adoptive Families of Miami monthly meeting. She addressed the topic of “Guardianship and Family Law.” Robert J. Sniffen of Sniffen Law Firm presented “The Public Records Law and the Employment Relationship” at the “Primer on Open Records Law in Florida” seminar in Tallahassee. Hector Ralph Rivera of Fowler White Burnett in Miami has been elected president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida. Leslie Reicin Stein of Special Data Processing in Clearwater was a speaker at the Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting in Washington. Her topic was “Hot Topics in HIPAA Privacy.” Gary Resnick of Weiss Serota Helfman participated on a panel at the Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference in Orlando addressing proposed federal and state communications and cable legislation. Martin Levin of the Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor Law Firm was appointed to the board of advisors for Harvard University Divinity School. Ron Littlepage of Hugh Cotney, P.A., in Jacksonville was presented the 2006 Carol and Bob Grimes Environmental Award by The Civic Roundtable. 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