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September 1, 2004 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Wm. Scott Patterson presented a CLE program titled, “Representing Policyholder in Insurance Coverage Disputes” at the MICPEL Insurance Law Institute in Columbia, Maryland. Orlando Jeffrey of Thompson,Caroline Cranton and Lawrence Kolin of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson, P.A., in Orlando spoke on “Medical Litigation Involving the Frail Elderly” at the Seventh Annual Summer Conference for Geriatric Medicine for the Primary Care Physician, presented by Orlando Regional Healthcare at Lake Buena Vista. Peter J. Tucci of Piper Rudnick was recently awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor by President Chirac of the French Republic. Michael G. Dyer of Doran, Wolfe, Rost & Ansay in Daytona Beach has been appointed to serve as a reporter for the Education Law Association’s School Law Reporter for the Atlantic region and as an adjunct professor at the Nova Southeastern University Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services in the area of education law. Michael R. Goldstein of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Florida Brownfields Association for a second term. Trent H. Cotney, a construction attorney at Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A., hosted the 1 st A nnual West Coast Roofing Contractors’ Association continuing education seminar, where he spoke on topics relating to construction contracts. Thomas J. Ellwanger, a shareholder with the law firm of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the Hillsborough Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Gary Resnick of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Guedes Cole & Boniske spoke about local governments’ perspective with respect to communications services in Florida at the Florida Telecommunications Industry Association’s Annual Conference in Sarasota. Spencer Aronfeld of Coral Gables spoke about selecting the right client, preparing both the client and himself for the stress of trial, among other topics, at the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers’ 2004 Auto Negligence Seminar. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the advisory board of The Sterling Aventura, an assisted living community in Aventura. William E. Curphey of William E. Curphey & Associates in Clearwater recently returned from a month in India where he conducted a series of seminars on business consulting and collaborative negotiation to the Indian employees of U.S. based companies. Andre D. Pierre of Douthit, Murray & Pierre, P.A., in Miami spoke at the Haitian Lawyers Association town forum on “How Crimes/Arrests May Jeopardize Your Immigration Status.” Scott C. Murray, partner of Ricci Leopold, P.A., joined the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society in Palm Beach County. William J. Schifino, Jr., of Tampa has been elected president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Robert A. Kingsford of Kingsford & Rock, P.A., was a co-presenter of the seminar “Demystifying Health Care Billing” at the recent Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee conference in Orlando. Lee W. Marcus and Ernest J. Myers of Orlando presented “Avoiding Bad Faith in the Fraud Investigation” as part of a Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee event in Orlando. Manuel Dobrinsky of Miami’s Freidin & Brown, P.A., has been elected to the board of directors of Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers for a two-year term. Michael J. McGirney of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Tampa spoke to a Miami chapter of the American Society for Home Inspectors on “The Effect of Liability Limitation and Arbitration Clauses in Home Inspector’s Contracts.” Richard C. McCrea, Jr., of Zinober & McCrea in Tampa, has become board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Roy M. Hartman of Miami spoke on the topic of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the corresponding SEC rules, and the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board at the 18th Annual CPA-Attorney Continuing Education Seminar. Hunter W. Carroll of Carlton Fields in St. Petersburg has been elected chair of the St. Petersburg Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. Hale E. Sheppard of Sharp, Smith, & Harrison, P.A., in Tampa had the following articles published: “The Impact of Recent Events on Section 911: Rocking the Boat or Capsizing the Vessel?” in Tax Notes International and Worldwide Tax Daily ; “The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion: U.S. International Tax Policy, Political Reality, and the Need to Understand How the Two Intertwine” in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law ; “The New Federal-State Tax Enforcement Alliance: Carrots, Sticks and Implications for Taxpayers,” Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives ; “Fight or Flight of U.S.-Based Multinational Businesses: Analyzing the Causes for, Effects of, and Solutions to the Corporate Inversion Trend,” Northwestern University Journal of International Law and Business; “Rethinking Tax-Based Export Incentives: Converting Repeated Defeats Before the WTO Into Positive Tax Policy,” University of Texas International Law Journal. Brian L. Tannebaum of Miami has been elected to the board of directors of Hands On Miami. Richard L. Allen of Mateer Harbert in Altamonte Springs spoke about ways to avoid litigation and best practices in the healthcare industry to the staff of Innovative Nursing in Altamonte Springs. Dan Thomas of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Melissa N. Beigel, a recent University of Miami School of Law graduate, won this year’s Spencer Aronfeld Award for Public Justice for demonstrating outstanding advocacy skills in public service while in law school. Brian K. Duffey of Hodgson Russ in Boca Raton has been elected to the board of directors of the New Pines Foundation/Boys & Girls Club. John C. Clough of Quarles & Brady in Naples has been elected president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Collier County Bar Association. Kenneth Spiegelman of Robert Rubenstein, P.A., spoke on the topic of medical depositions at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America convention in Boston. He also presented “How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Florida,” at a seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute in Miami. Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., in Ft. Myers has received an Award of Distinction as part of the 18th Annual Southwest Florida Image Awards competition for its new firm brochure. Silvia M. Alderman of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee was presented with a Joint Proclamation of the City and County Commissions, recognizing more than 14 years of outstanding service to the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach has been elected to the Economic Advisory Council of InternetCoast. Wendy S. Loquasto of Tallahassee was elected public relations officer for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Wendy M. Pardew of Carlton Fields in Orlando has been appointed to the Public Art Advisory Board. Steven Sloane Newburgh of Fowler White Burnett P.A., in West Palm Beach has been elected to the board of directors of the World Trade Center — Palm Beach. Roger Slade of Pathman Lewis in Miami has been named to the business advisory board for Carlos Albizu University. Jason E. Havens of Destin has become editor of the “Technology: Probate” column of Probate & Property — a publication of the ABA’s Section of Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law. Ena T. Diaz of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami has been appointed to the Citizens Board of the University of Miami. Robert L. Parks of Haggard, Parks, Haggard, and Bologna in Coral Gables has been re-elected to a three-year term to the board of directors of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation. Patricia Lowry received the 21st Annual Women in Leadership Award for the Private Sector from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.The town of Zolfo Springs has named its newly renovated town hall and civic center after Gerald T. Buhr, in recognitiion of Buhr’s legal services to the town. John C. Clough, of Quarles & Brady in Naples has been elected to the board of directors of the Naples branch of the YMCA. Richard N.V. Norat of Ft. Lauderdale presented “Aviation Safety and Compliance Audits – A System Safety Approach” at the summer meeting of the Lawyer-Pilots’ Bar Association in Sunriver, Oregon. Garrett J. Biondo was recently sworn in as secretary of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Biondo also recently spoke to the paralegal section of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers on “Preparing and Organizing a Case for Trial” at the organization’s annual convention in West Palm Beach. Rick Ellsley of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on the topic of maximizing damages at the 2004 Auto Negligence Seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. He also lectured on invasion of privacy at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. William W. Corry received the 2004 Gold Eagle Award and Staff Appreciation Award from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers at their annual convention in Palm Beach. He also has been appointed to the academy’s board of directors for 2004-2005. Courtney B. Ross of Hiday & Ricke, P.A., in Jacksonville spoke about “Litigation & Post-Judgment Collection Law in Florida” at a seminar in Miami. Dennis J. Wall of Orlando recently spoke about insurance coverage and insurance bad faith to attorneys representing both policyholders and insurers in Chicago. He also recently spoke about Florida statutes and insurance claims to client administrators in Philadelphia. Frank M. Petosa of Petosa & Associates in Boca Raton was a featured speaker on “Nursing Home Legislative Changes and Case Law Update” at the 2004 Legislative and Case Law Update Seminar, sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in Palm Beach. Bill Simonitsch of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Miami has been elected treasurer of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida. Jason J. Guari of Ricci-Leopold was elected treasurer of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section. James Bacchus of Greenberg Traurig has been elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Eduardo Palmer presented “International Arbitration in Spain and the Americas” at the ICDR international arbitration conference in Madrid. Theodore J. Leopold of Ricci-Leopold in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected to a one year term to the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board of Directors. Kat Silverglate will serve on the faculty of the Professional Digital Imaging Association’s Knowledge College, as an online expert, writing periodic articles for the association’s quarterly magazine, Great Output. Michael T. Haire of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap recently spoke at the Lorman Education seminar, Advances in Environmental Mold Issues, on the subject of Chapter 558, Florida’s new residential construction claims statute. Rafael Suarez-Rivas of the Miami City Attorneys Office spoke on Ethics, Protests, and Debarment to the Greater Miami Chapter of the NIGP, and at the Purchasing Law in Florida Seminar, held in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Pamela M. Gordon of Ft. Lauderdale’s Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum has been elected vice president of the Caribbean Bar Association and has also been recently elected treasurer of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Joelle C. Sharman of Adorno & Yoss, spoke on the topic of “own occupation” distinction in disability insurance policies at the American Conference Institute’s Litigating Disability Claims Conference in Boston. Jeff Jonasen of Baker & Hostetler has been elected treasurer for the University of Florida Alumni Association. Scott Johnson of Moran & Shamsin Orlando has been recognized as the July Allied Member of the Month by the Central Florida Hotel Lodging Association. Summer L. Hackley of Hackley & Serrone in Weston has been named to the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Harvey Miller of Rachlin Cohen & Holtz has been named an honorary member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese was recognized for 12 years perfect attendance by the Lake Wales Kiwanis Club. September 1, 2004 News and Notes September 1, 2004 News & Noteslast_img read more

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Two bills worth knowing about

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Bloomberg news is highlighting two bills passed by Congress yesterday that I think are worth knowing about.First there is H.R. 1457. This bill would set a national standard for financial institutions, including credit unions that want to accept online account applications. The bill establishes a national standard for the acceptance of scanned driver’s license or identification card when individuals are applying for a banking product or to open an account. I actually thought that the acceptance of scanned personally identifiable information was no longer an issue but according to Bloomberg there are still some state laws that stand in the way of fully optimizing online account opening.The second bill has absolutely nothing to do with credit unions but speaks volumes about how much the banking industry has evolved since the expansion of interstate banking. H.R. 1426 would create a new type of financial institution called a Covered Savings Association. These entities would be allowed to exercise many of the same powers of a nationally chartered bank without having to go through the formal charter conversion process.last_img read more