News and Notes.
John Germany of Holland & Knight, LLP, in Tampa was recently awarded the Herbert G. Goldberg Award, the highest honor bestowed by the trial lawyers section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Germany was noticed for his distinguished legal career.
Thomas M. Gonzalez of Thompson, Sizemore & Gonzalez in Tampa has been awarded the Michael A. Fogarty "In the Trenches" Award by the trial lawyers section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, which recognizes excellence and integrity in civil trial practice.
Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., recently allowed over fifty young women to participate in the firm's inaugural "Take Our Daughters to Work Day." Women attorney at each of the firm's south Florida offices spoke to the participants about their career options in the legal field.
Rhea F. Law of Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, P.A., in Tampa has been elected president of the University Club of Tampa and is the first female to be elected to the post.
Peter J.Aldrich of North Palm Beach has been reelected secretary of the Marinelife Center of Juno Beach. He is also a member of its board of trustees.
Michael A. Puchades of Whelan, DeMaio & Kiszkiel, P.A., in Miami presented "What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking at Your Door: Handling Government Investigations" at the Cuban American CPA Association.
Karen Berg Brigham of Whelan, DeMaio & Kiszkiel, P.A., in Miami presented "Employee Benefits, Perks, and Expenses" at a recent "Payroll Management in Florida" seminar.
Patricia Donlevy-Rosen of Coral Gables presented "Recent Developments in Asset Protection" at a meeting of the south Dade chapter of the FICPA.
John F. Bradley of Ft. Lauderdale recently spoke at the Bar's annual Music and Film Symposium regarding representation of live performers. He also represented Songwriters in the Round, Inc., at the BMI Latin Songwriter's Awards function in Los Angeles, California.
Bill McCollum of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, in Orlando received the "Special Service to the Wekiva Basin" award from the Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc., for his sponsorship of the law designating Wekiva River as a "Wild & Scenic River."
Steve Burton of Broad and Cassel in Tampa has been appointed as outside general counsel to the House Committee on Information Technology.
Patricia Lebow of Broad and Cassel in Tampa has been named one of 10 recipients of the Third Annual March of Dimes Women of Distinction Award for her contributions to the enhancement of Palm Beach County.
Ellen S. Malasky of Gunster Yoakley in West Palm Beach and program director of Palm Beach County FAWL participated in the FAWL monthly luncheon at the Governor's Club.
Wayne Helsby of Allen, Norton & Blue in Orlando was recently elected to a two-year term as treasurer of the Orange County Bar Association.
Glen J. Torcivia of West Palm Beach recently presented "Employment Law for School Administrators" to the Palm Beach County Principals Association.
The Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates has developed a program open to the legal community -- "Talking Heads Series." It is presented quarterly and involves various roundtable discussions.
Robert D. Peltz of McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz & Cartaya, P.A., in Miami recently published Salvaging Historic Wrecks" in the Tulane Maritime Law Journal -- his eighth law review article.
Meenu T. Sasser of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach was appointed to the board of directors of the Association for Retarded Citizens of Palm Beach County.
Mark Grant of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale received the "NUSA Notable" from Neighborhoods, USA for his pro bono work for community associations.
Stephen Looney of Holland & Knight, LLP, in Orlando published "Internal Revenue Service Issues Proposed ESBT Regulations" in the May/ June 2001 issue of the Corporate Taxation Journal.
Bruce Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale spoke about conflict management with students at Cooper City High School, discussed career opportunities in the legal field at a Hollywood Hills High Schools Career Expo, and appeared at Griffin Elementary School's Career Day.
George Jirotka of Fowler White in Tampa was recently appointed to the Pinellas County Public Employees Relations Commission.
Joan Millett Thomsen of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, in Orlando has been elected to the University of Florida School of Accounting Steering Committee for 2001 through 2004.
Norman J. Benford of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Miami has been reelected president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation for a third consecutive term.
Brian W. Bennett of Gronek & Latham, LLP, in Orlando recently spoke at the ABA forum on the Construction Industry's 2001 Annual Meeting on techniques for cross examining expert witnesses in the aftermath of the Kumho Tire decision.
Stan M. Warden of Lydolph, Porath & Warden, P.A,. in Santa Rosa Beach was recently named Volunteer of the Year for 2001 by Walton County's Guardian Ad Litem program
Bob Murphy, vice president of operations at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, has become a member of the National Health Lawyers Association and the board of directors of Epilepsy Services of Northwest Florida, Inc.
Frank Schnidman of counsel with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to the board of trustees of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.
H.T. Smith of Miami was recently presented the Gertrude E. Rush Award by the National Bar Association for "blazing trails for blacks in the legal profession."
Ellen S. Malasky of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., in West Palm Beach was reelected to the Consumer Affairs Hearing Board for 2001 through 2003.
David Sampedro of Panter & Panter, P.A., in Miami recently presented "Conducting Interviews and Investigations for Paralegals" at a National Business Institute seminar.
Robert I. Rubin of Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale presented "Insights into the Defendant's Presentation of Damages" at a recent Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers' seminar.
John W. Bolanovich of Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A., in Tampa recently presented "Careers in the Legal Profession" to students at Burns Middle School.
Stephen Reynolds of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen in Tampa was elected president of the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts 2001 Board of Directors.
Bob Higgins of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., in Orlando has been named chair of the Commercial Law Affiliates Alliance, and Tom Scanlon of the firm has been nominated to a three-year term on the Council of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.
Michael Murphy of Holland & Knight, LLP, in Orlando was appointed to the Safety and Health Committee of the Associated General Con tractors of America.
James B. Boone of Ft. Lauderdale was named "Pro Bono Attorney of the Year" by the Legal Aid Service of Broward County at the Broward County Bar Association's Law Day Luncheon.
Holland & Knight has contributed $100,000 to establish the Holland & Knight Endowed Scholarship Fund at 'Florida A&M University's College of Law.
Lewis H. Hill, III, a partner with Foley & Lardner in Tampa, has received the firm's Lynford Lardner Community Service Award in recognition of his volunteer work and civic involvement.