March 15, 2005 News and Notes March 15, 2005 News & Notes News and Notes Frederick W. Leonhardt of GrayRobinson in Orlando was recently appointed to serve as chair of Enterprise Florida’s Governance & Nominations Agenda Group. Gregory C. Yadley of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa was recently named the winner of the 2004 Parke Wright III Award. James A. Lussier of Mateer Harbert in Orlando was recently elected president of the Orlando Visual Artists’ League, Inc. Matthew S. Nelles of Ruden McClosky in Ft. Lauderdale was elected secretary of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida. A. Hamilton Cooke of Cooke & Meux in Jacksonville served as the 2004 moderator of the Presbytery of St. Augustine. Gary Resnick of Weiss, Serota, Pastoriza, Guedes, Cole & Boniske, P.A., was appointed to serve on the 2005 Information Technology and Communications Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee for the National League of Cities. Brian S. Dranoff and Alexander E. Barthet of The Barthet Firm in Miami recently co-wrote an article titled, “Payment Bond Payout: The Forty-Five Day Countdown.” The article was published in the winter 2005 issue of The Construction Lawyer. John R. Hart of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach participated as a member of faculty at the Florida Foreclosure and Related Bankruptcy and Title Issues seminar. Gary Saslaw of Aventura was recognized by the American Heart Association with an Award for Meritorious Achievement. Wendy F. Lumish of Carlton Fields in Miami was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Ervin Gonzalez was a featured speaker at the, “Taking and Defending Depositions” legal seminar presented by Lorman Educational Services. Ramon A. Abadin of Miami was elected president of the Cuban American Bar Foundation and is the immediate past president of Cuban American Bar Association. Greg Snell of Snell Legal in Ormond Beach spoke to the Flagler County Medical Association on the topic physician liability. Michael J. Vitoria of GrayRobinson in Tampa was selected as a Florida delegate to the ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly mid-year meeting. Alan M. Aronson of Rosenthal & Levy in West Palm Beach served as a faculty member of the National Business Institute. Aronson taught the seminar, “Workers’ Compensation Hearings in Florida: Techniques and Strategies.” Tommy Boroughs of Holland & Knight in Orlando was re-elected for a second, one-year term as president of the board of directors of Orlando Utilities Corporation. Robin Rosenberg of ARC Mediation and Truce Technologies in West Palm Beach recently addressed the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators at its Advanced Mediation Training Seminar. Rosenberg spoke on, “Emerging Technologies for Mediators.” Samuel King of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier served as a faculty presenter at the Law Education Institute’s 2005 national CLE conference. His topic was “A Lawyer’s View of the Insurance Industry: An Overview of its Inner Workings.” Brian O’Neill of Ulmer & Berne in Cleveland was named to the BTI Client Service All-Star Team for exceptional client service performance. Dana J. McElroy of Gordon Hargrove & James, P.A, in Ft. Lauderdale was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the First Amendment Foundation. Douglas M. McIntosh of McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz, Cartaya & Petruccelli recently received Ft. Lauderdale-based Nova Southeastern University’s the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Richard C. McFarlain of McFarlain & Cassedy in Tallahassee was recently appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida State University Board of Trustees. Jorge M. Abril was a featured speaker at the National Business Institute Seminar, “Boost Your Bottom Line: Your Guide to Effective Debt Collection in Florida.” Abril was also a featured speaker at the Effective Medical Collections in Florida seminar. Abril’s topics included managed care litigation, collecting from the uninsured, and aggregate health care lawsuits. Beatrice Butchko of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham in Miami was nominated by Gov. Jeb Bush to serve on the board of directors of Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Development Enterprises. Amy D. Ronner of St. Thomas University School of Law published Homophobia and the Law (American Psychological Association, 2005). Additionally, Ronner published, “Voiceless Billy Budd: Melville’s Tribute to the Sixth Amendment” in 41 California Western Law Review 103 (2004). Ronald A. Christaldi of de la Parte & Gilbert in Tampa was appointed to the Executive Committee for the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts. Joe Adams of Becker & Poliakoff was elected chair of the Florida Advisory Council on Condominiums. Doug Halsey and Bill Walker of White & Case were honored by Foster Care Review in Miami-Dade County. W. Michael Brinkley of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum in Ft. Lauderdale was selected to sit on the Steering Committee of both the Downtown Council and the Beach Council, and was also elected chair-elect of the Beach Council Steering Committee for 2005. Thomas O. Wells of Berger Singerman in Miami was a featured speaker to the Greater Miami Tax Institute. Wells spoke on the sale of personal goodwill, including the financial and tax benefits, and new Code Section 409A, which contains recently passed rules for non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Margaret Ioannides of Austin, TX and Jacksonville presented a lecture titled, “Post-Graduation Immigration Options for International Students” to the international students and scholars at the University of Florida, University of North Florida, and Jacksonville University. Casey Wolff of Paulich, Slack & Wolff in Naples presented, “Securing a U.S. Visa (or Green Card) via Business Acquisition” at the SW Florida Business Brokers Association Educational Conference. Deborah Martohue of Hayes & Martohue, P.A., in St. Petersburg was appointed to The 2025 Florida Transportation Plan Steering Committee to represent the Florida League of Cities. H. Scott Fingerhut of Miami was appointed to the board of directors for both Legal Services of Greater Miami and the South Florida Mental Health Association. Joe Englander of Malin, Haley & DiMaggio in Ft. Lauderdale lectured at American Intercontinental University on trademark rights and prosecution practice. Englander also lectured at the university’s Cultural Friday program. Eric A. Gordon and Harry Turk of Arnstein & Lehr in Boca Raton presented an employment law and human resources luncheon seminar in Boca Raton. The seminar was titled, “The New FLSA Overtime Regulations – Resolve to Comply in 2005.” Robert B. Judd of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed for a five-year term to the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Broward. Jonathan T. Levy of Rosenthal & Levy in West Palm Beach was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association. Lisa D. Taylor of St. John & Wayne was named “2004 Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyer” by Nightingale’s Healthcare News. Jack A. Weiss of Fowler White Boggs Banker in St. Petersburg was elected to the board of directors of The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. Jonathan S. Coleman of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns in Tampa has published, “Congressional Protectionism and the Securities Industry” in Vol. 32 of the Securities Regulation Law Journal (Winter 2004). R. Terry Rigsby of Carlton Fields in Tallahassee was named vice chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. David Pratt of Pratt & Bucher in Boca Raton spoke at the Seventh Annual Estate, Tax, Legal & Financial Planning Seminar given by the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. His topic was, “The Anatomy of the New Federal Gift Tax Return, Including A Review of the Gift Tax Statute of Limitations, Gift Splitting Provisions and Proposed Regulations Regarding the Election Out of the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Exemption.” Andrew C. Greenberg of Carlton Fields in Tampa was elected to the American Law Institute.