April 1, 2005 News and Notes April 1, 2005 News & Notes News and Notes Jonathan R. Friedland of Jonathan R. Friedland, P.A., in Miami was inducted as president of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association. Michael Andrew Haggard of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Lewis in Coral Gables served as guest speaker at a Dade County Bar Association seminar and spoke on the topic of, “Damages in Record Verdicts — Compensatory Damages and Punitive Damages.” Additionally, Haggard served as guest speaker at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ fall convention on advanced trial skills where he spoke on the topic of closing arguments. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in Tampa spoke at the American Intellectual Property Law Association Mid-Winter Institute in Lake Buena Vista. Eric A. Gordon of Arnstein & Lehr in Boca Raton has published an article in the South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s winter issue of The South County Advocate. The article is titled, “How to Get Sued in Business Without Really Trying: Avoiding the Common Pitfalls Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” Additionally, Gordon presented a seminar titled, “You’re Hired! How to Legally and Artfully Find and Qualify Applicants and Grow Your Company in 2005.” Jack A. Weiss of Fowler White Boggs Banker in St. Petersburg was elected to the board of directors of The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. R. Terry Rigsby of Carlton Fields in Tampa was named vice chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Bruce C. Crawford of Crawford, Owen & Hines in St. Petersburg was named chair of the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children. Paul Steven Singerman and Thomas O. Wells of Berger Singerman in Miami were featured speakers at the Northern Trust Annual Bankers’ Sales Conference. Their topic was, “Asset Planning for Physicians and the Defensive Rabbi Trust Loan.” William W. Corry of Tallahassee received the 2004 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.Legal Services of Greater Miami honored John Little, Barbara Lanshe, and Lashan Fagan. Little was honored for 20 years of service. Lanshe was honored for 15 years of service. Fagan received the Alfred Feinberg Memorial Award for her aggressive advocacy on behalf of the low income community. Toni L. Wortherly of Jacksonville started a publishing company, Artistic Esquire Publishing, LLC and published her first book, Pray While You’re Prey. Steven Jaffe of Aronovitz Trial Lawyers in Miami was named to the executive board of the Broward County Trial Lawyers. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese was recognized by the ABA for “Outstanding Community Service During National Health Care Decisions Week.” Christina McKinnon of the Law Office of Christina A. McKinnon was named the “Newcomer of the Year” by the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar Association in Miami. Morrie I. Levine of Hollywood was elected chair of the recently formed Gold Coast Region B’nai B’rith Youth Organization Adult Commission. Levine was also installed as vice-president of membership for B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207. Richard M. Benrubi of Liggio, Benrubi & Williams was elected treasurer of the 2005 Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association. Michael G. Whelan of Ogletree Deakins presented, “The Dark Side v. The Force” at the Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association’s 31st Annual Training Conference. Julie A. Horstkamp of Kirk-Pinkerton was appointed chair for the Sarasota Realtor Attorney Joint Committee of the Sarasota Association of Realtors/Sarasota County Bar Association for a term of one year. Richard Doran of Ausley & McMullen P.A. in Tallahassee co-presented about the unique ethical obligations and challenges faced by a state attorney general at the winter meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in Ft. Lauderdale. J.B. Harris of Motley Rice addressed the Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable in Palm Springs, CA, about marketing opportunities in emerging areas of liability, including tax resolution fraud, port crane accidents, vehicle defects, and Vioxx litigation. H. Steven Vogel was the featured speaker at a continuing education program for the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s and also at Florida International University, the lecture was titled, “Selected Topics in Accounting Malpractice.” Kevin E. Packman of Nelson & Levine in North Miami Beach spoke at the Aventura Roundtable Luncheon hosted by Northern Trust Bank. Packman spoke on, “The Florida Homestead Exemption.” A. Brian Phillips of Ruden McClosky in Orlando presented at the annual Louisiana State Bar Association Retreat. Phillips presentation was titled, “The Rigors of the Interdisciplinary Practice.” Karen Plunkett of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando was elected to the board of directors for the Southeast Legal Marketing Association. Pamela Beckham of Beckham & Beckham in Miami was elected to serve a three-year term on the Council of ABA Trial, Tort, and Insurance Practice section. Jason Gonzalez of Ausley & McMullen in Tallahassee was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to a four- year term on the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. David C. Prather of Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams in West Palm Beach was elected president of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association for 2005. Michael S. Bender of Robert Kaye & Associates in Ft. Lauderdale was elected president of the Southeast Florida Chapter of Community Association Institute. Coralee G. Penabad of Meland, Russin, Hellinger & Budwick in Miami will speak at a one day Lorman seminar on the subject of bankruptcy in Florida.