May 15, 2007 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes John F. Eversole III of Eversole & Associates in Miami, and of counsel to Zisser, Brown, Robison, Nowlis & Maciejewski in Jacksonville, lectured on the new Montreal Convention at the Aviation Law Certification Exam Review Course in Orlando. Michael J. Kessler of the Kessler Law Firm in Ft. Pierce co-authored The DUI Book, Florida Edition, A Citizen’s Handbook on Fighting a Drunk Driving Case, with William C. Head. Franklin Zemel of Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale was honored at the Hollywood Community Synagogue-Chabad’s Annual Journal Dinner at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in Aventura. John “Jack” Scarola of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley joined the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Brenna Durden, Isabelle Lopez and Melissa Gross-Arnold of Lewis, Longman & Walker’s Jacksonville office recently presented a seminar titled “Zoning and Land Development Law in Florida,” in Jacksonville. Gross-Arnold also led two discussions regarding challenges to land development approvals at the International Council of Shopping Centers Idea Exchange held in Ponte Vedra Beach. Steven Lesser of Becker & Poliakoff presented “The Twelve Deadly Sins: An Owner’s Guide to Avoiding Liability for Implied Obligations During the Construction of a Project” at the ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Edgel C. Lester of Carlton Fields’ Tampa office was recently inducted into the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. Robert Dietz of Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe in Orlando was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Attorney Mediators. Isabelle C. Lopez of Lewis, Longman & Walker in Jacksonville was certified by the Supreme Court as a county and circuit court mediator. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields’ West Palm Beach office organized and presented two programs titled “When a Key Player Defects…Winning Strategies in Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation,” and “The Last Laugh: Perspectives on the Class Action Fairness Act” at the ABA Litigation Section’s annual meeting in San Antonio. Jason Gonzalez of Ausley & McMullen in Tallahassee was appointed general counsel to the Republican Party of Florida. Jeff Harris of Jeffrey M. Harris, P.A., was recently presented with the 2006 Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Harry Gulkin Award for his demonstration of exceptional “character, competency, credibility, and honesty.” Winifred Acosta NeSmith, a native of Live Oak who practices in Tallahassee, was recently recognized for her long-time support of the Boys and Girls Club of Suwannee County and the community at large, and was presented with the “Key to the City of Live Oak.” Acosta NeSmith often returns to Live Oak for public speaking engagements where she offers encouraging words to the youth and sponsors a scholarship to a graduating Suwannee High School senior. U.S. Middle District Judge Gregory Presnell recently received the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fourth Annual Gary Formet Award of Judicial Excellence. Chris Searcy of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., in West Palm Beach has been elected dean of the 600-member International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Joe Boyd of Boyd, DuRant & Sliger in Tallahassee was recently recognized for 30 years of service as the general counsel of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors. Spencer D. Levine, senior vice president/chief administrative, compliance, and ethics officer for the North Broward Hospital District, recently addressed the 11th Annual Health Care Compliance Association’s 2007 Compliance Institute in Chicago on “The Deficit Reduction Act and its Impact on Medicaid Fraud Enforcement” at the legal and regulatory breakout session. Robert P. Diffenderfer of the West Palm Beach office of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., and chair of the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center’s board of directors, provided the opening and closing remarks at a ceremony for Florida’s first “green” elementary school and a new facility for the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. Nancy Schliefer of Coconut Grove recently had her novel, “A Warrant For Mrs. Lincoln,” published by Xilbris. The story blends two casts of historical and fictional characters whose lives intertwine during the insanity trial of Mary Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln’s widow. Kenneth J. McKenna of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier spoke on “Nursing Home and Medical Malpractice Litigation” at the Florida Legal Education Association’s annual Guardianship Team Seminar in Tampa. Donald M. Maciejewski of Zisser, Brown, Robison, Nowlis & Maciejewski in Jacksonville moderated the Aviation Law Certification Exam Review Course in Orlando, and also lectured on the changing field of airline labor law including changes to labor contracts in the current economic climate. Tony Hernandez III of Cape Canaveral was named to the board of directors of Health First, Inc., board and was selected to serve as vice-chair of the board of trustees of Cape Canaveral Hospital. James R. Case of Clearwater joined the National Arbitration Forum’s national panel of independent and neutral arbitrators and mediators. Larry Corman of Hodgson Russ gave two presentations titled “Solving Your Continuing Medical Certification Conundrums,” and “Weeding Out Fraudulent Claims and Avoiding Intermittent Leave Abuse” at the Council on Education in Management’s 2007 Family and Medical Leave Act Update Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale. May 15, 2007 News & Notes May 15, 2007 News and Noteslast_img