March 15, 2010 News & Notes March 15, 2010 News and Notes News and Notes Anitra D. Lanczi of Shutts & Bowen in Ft. Lauderdale has become president of the board of directors of Seafarers’ House, a nonprofit that provides services to the port community and to crews serving on vessels calling at Port Everglades. Eduardo Palmer of Coral Gables was recently appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases. Stephen C. Sawicki of Orlando addressed mediation ethics issues at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution seminar “Debatable Dilemmas: Real World Mediation Ethics for Litigators and Mediators” in Orlando. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach was a panelist in a program titled “Winning the Negotiation,” which addressed incorporating the results of scientific studies into the negotiations of settlements in litigation at the ABA Section of Litigation’s Corporate Counsel Continuing Legal Education seminar in Rancho Mirage, California. Ellen S. Morris of Elder Law Associates in Boca Raton has been named to the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. Phil DiComo of Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger in North Palm Beach has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Angel Investment Forum of Florida. Anthony J. Abate of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota has been elected to the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Ben Solomon of Solomon & Furshman in North Bay Village has been appointed to the board of directors of the Builders Association of South Florida and is also the co-chair of the BASF’s new Philanthropy Committee. Kenneth A. Tinkler of Carlton Fields Tampa briefed the Pinellas County Economic Development Council on Amendment 4 and other issues at its quarterly meeting. Brian Harrington of St. Petersburg has been named president of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors. Jenifer S. Schembri of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota has joined the board of directors of the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. Keri-Ann C. Baker of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach received the “Star of the Quarter” award from the ABA Young Lawyers Division for her organization of a business development and networking teleconference that included over 800 participants, and for her participation in a presentation regarding special assets. Mindi M. Richter of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been elected to the board of directors of The First Tee of Tampa Bay.Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Michael L. Ferguson of Pensacola was awarded the “Order of Saint Maurice” at Fort Benning, Georgia. The award is the National Infantry Association’s highest honor. Albert E. Dotson, Jr., of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was presented with the “Scholastic Heroes” award for his work to promote literacy by Scholastic, Inc., at its annual Scholastic Classroom & Library Group Book Summit. Brian Phillips of A. Brian Phillips, P.A., in Orlando provided the keynote address at the “Partnering for Compliance” East Coast program presented by Partnerships International, Inc. Phillips discussed “Partnering with your Employer to Protect Yourself,” to open the compliance training program geared toward educating organizations and individuals on export and import regulatory matters. Ann Bittinger of Jacksonville discussed “What’s Wrong With This Picture? Negotiating Hospital-Based Physician Group Contracts With Hospitals: The Physician Group Perspective” at the Physicians and Physician Organizations Law Institute in Miami. Richard A. Greenberg of Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell in Tallahassee has been reappointed by Judge Stephan Mickle to the Criminal Justice Act Panel Oversight Committee for the Northern District of Florida. Seth A. Marmor of Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Gora in Boca Raton has been elected vice chair of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce. Tana Sachs Copple of Maynor Sachs Copple in West Palm Beach was a guest speaker at “A Symposium Addressing Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community,” at Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach and sponsored by the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Robert Zarco of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito in Miami spoke to more than 350 students at Miami Senior High School about planning their educational and employment careers early as part of the school’s legal and public affairs magnet program. Dean Colson of Colson Hicks Eidson in Boca Raton has been appointed to the Florida Board of Governors, which is responsible for the management of Florida’s State University System. Louis Archambault and David Sacks of Pathman Lewis in Miami addressed “Issues in Buying Distressed Commercial Properties” at a Realtor Association of Miami-Dade County seminar in Coral Gables. John “Jay” G. White III of Richman Greer in West Palm Beach won the Palm Beach County Bar’s Annual Professionalism Award for his years of volunteer work and professionalism within the legal field. James P. Hines, Jr., of Hines Norman Hines has been elected to the board of directors of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce. Jon K. Stage of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed president of the South Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Stephen A. Walker of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach spoke on a panel titled “Cities First—Water for Municipal Growth” at the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 28th Annual Water Law Conference in San Diego. Susan Horovitz Maurer of Panza, Maurer, & Maynard in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to Florida’s Commission on Ethics. Lee A.Weintraub of Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale has been accredited as a certified arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association. Charles R. Gallagher III of Gallagher & Associates was elected to the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Richard A. Jacobson of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa was elected to the board of directors of TerraLex,an international network of 160 foreign and U.S. law firms in more than 100 countries. Michael A Moné of Dublin, OH, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Mike Mitrione of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been elected chair of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. Terry E. Lewis, Brenna Malouf Durden, Erin L. Deady, and Dennis M. Stotts of Lewis, Longman & Walker all spoke at the 2010 Growth Management, Energy, Climate Change, and the Environment Short Course, hosted by the Florida Environmental Network in Orlando. Lance A. Harke of Harke & Clasby has become treasurer of Legal Services of Greater Miami. Derrick B. Gruner of Pinkert Law Firm in Miami wrote “Banks must rethink routines to succeed in 2010,” which was published in the Daily Business Review. Edward J. Page of Carlton Fields in Tampa has become a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Stephen J. Mitchell of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Tampa was reappointed to the board of directors of the Gubernatorial Fellows Program. Cody Vaughan-Birch of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Marine Advisory Committee by the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners. Barbara Levenson, a senior judge in Miami, has written Justice in June, published by Oceanview Publishing and available wherever books are sold beginning June 7. Linda Suzzanne Griffin of Clearwater spoke on disclaimers to the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council and moderated the First Annual Pinellas County Professionals Seminar for attorneys and CPAs. Scott B. Smith of Smith, Ivey & Fronrath in Palm Beach Gardens has become a member of the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Division of the March of Dimes. Lisa Brody of Bay Area Legal Services in St. Petersburg received the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation’s 2010 Heroes Among Us Award. Robert Thornburg of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist in Miami has been elected secretary of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida. Dennis Wall of Winter Springs and Orlando led a Webinar for Strafford Publications on “Insurance Rescission v. Post-Claim Underwriting.” Wall also led an Orange County Bar Insurance Law Committee seminar titled “Insurance in the Lawsuit and Mediation: Injection and Antidote.” Thomas P. Vecchio of Ross Vecchio, P.A., in Lakeland was recently appointed to the board of directors of Florida Blood Services. William E. Grob of Ford & Harrison in Tampa spoke on the “Legal Aspects of a Layoff “ at the Second Annual State of the Workforce Summit in Lakeland. Gregory A. Haile of Berger Singerman has become chair-elect of 2-1-1 Broward, which provides free, 24-hour comprehensive helpline and support services for individuals seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services. John M. Howe of the Law Offices of John M. Howe in West Palm Beach has become president-elect of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Paul D’Arelli of Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Intelligent, Green & Sustainable: What Are the Innovators Doing?” at the RealTech Middle East summit in Abu Dhabi. Alice Reiter Feld of Tamarac spoke on “Beyond Wills and Trusts: Elder Law for the Estate Planning Attorney” at the Hospice by the Sea seminar titled Ethics, Elder Law, and Hospice in Boca Raton. Joseph L. Amos, Robert H. Dellecker, Jonathan C. Hollingshead, James Kelaher, Marybeth McDonald, Ed Normand, William E. Ruffier, and Richard Singer have become members of the Central Florida Association of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Michael L. Hyman of Hyman Spector & Mars in Miami spoke on remedies to help condominium and homeowner associations collect delinquent maintenance fees at the 31st Annual Community Association Law Seminar in Tucson.