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February 1, 2017
News and Notes

Alaine Williams of Willig, Williams and Davidson in Philadelphia has been elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Christin M. Bucci of Bucci Law Offices in Ft. Lauderdale was one of the featured speakers at the 33rd Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the Sixth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy in Las Vegas.

Gary Brown of Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale updated his book, Florida Construction Defect Litigation, to include new cases and a chapter on arbitration of claims under Florida’s Revised Arbitration Code and the Federal Arbitration Act.

Edward R. Blumberg of Deutsch & Blumberg in Miami was appointed to the National Judicial College Board of Trustees.

Sam” Poole III of Berger Singerman was honored by the City of Ft. Lauderdale with a proclamation declaring December 6 as “Sam Poole Day,” in recognition of his career and contributions to the community as he prepares to officially retire at the end of December.

Luis Viera of Ogden Sullivan in Tampa has been elected as Tampa city councilman for District 7.

Carol L. Myers of Stearns Weaver presented “Breaking Down the New Risks to Business Owners Associated with DOL Rule Changes and Retirement Plans” to the Association for Corporate Growth.

Kelly A. O’Keefe of Stearns Weaver Miller in Tallahassee presented “Predicting, Preventing and when Necessary…Preparing for Will Contests” to the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.

Christina McKinnon of The Law Office of Christina A. McKinnon is the new director of the West Broward Chapter of The National Association of Divorce Professionals.

Patricia Ann Redmond of Stearns Weaver Miller presented “Everything You Want to Know About Jobs and Opportunities in Bankruptcy” to The American College of Bankruptcy.

Kenneth Oliver of Kubicki Draper in Ft. Myers was recognized as “Attorney of the Year” by the Southwest Florida Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates.

Howard M. Talenfeld of Ft. Lauderdale was recognized by the Heart Gallery of Broward County as “Child Advocate of the Year” at the annual “Eat Your Heart Out” culinary feast.

Matt Goodwin of Goodwin Law, P.A., in Naples has joined the Naples Area Board of Realtors Legal Resources and Professional Development committees.

Derrick B. Grüner Westlake Village, CA, spoke at The Real Estate Investors Summit West in Laguna Niguel, CA. He was a panelist on “Market Trends for 2017.”

Jason E. Goldstein of Buchalter Nemer in Irvine, CA, presented, “The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made by Lenders Relative to Escrow Instructions and Title Insurance Policies” to the State Bar of California Financial Institutions Committee.

Robert (Bob) Buesing of Trenam Law in Tampa has been appointed to the board of directors for the Conn Memorial Foundation.

Barry Newman of Spohrer & Dodd in Jacksonville has been admitted to practice law as a foreign advocate before the High Court of Kenya in Nairobi.

Stuart R. Reed of Stuart Reed, Law & Mediation in Hallandale Beach presented his first class on “Yoga and Mindfulness for Lawyers” at the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Sawyer C. Smith of Wilbur Smith in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee.

Janet Martinez of ShuffieldLowman in Orlando was named “Professional of the Year” by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera, formerly the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, at the 19th Annual Don Quijote Awards.

Brian M. Seymour of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been appointed to the board of directors of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

Frank Gummey, attorney for the City of New Smyrna Beach, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as a board member on the Environmental Regulatory Commission.

Richard Tuschman of Goodz & Tuschman in Plantation spoke on a panel that addressed employment law issues in insurance insolvencies at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Miami Beach.

Michael J. Ryan, of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock & Liberma and mayor of Sunrise, was elected to the board of directors of the Florida League of Mayors.

Twyla L. Sketchley of The Sketchley Law Firm in Tallahassee received the 2016 Women of Distinction in Law Award from the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle.

Mark Ellis Solomon has published his first novel, California Dreamin’, about a crusading cop, a beleaguered public defender/restaurateur, a beautiful gymnast, and her wayward brother. It can be found on

Michael Lynn Moore of Michael L. Moore, P.A., in Orlando co-moderated a presentation on “Requests to Produce” with Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Marshall Kest at the Citrus Club in Orlando sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida.

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[Revised: 10-19-2017]