Thursday, January 8, 2015

News From Around The Association

Erin Smith Aebel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has received the American Diabetes Stop Diabetes SHARE Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual volunteer who has demonstrated a significant and ongoing ability to recruit, train, and motivate local volunteers. Aebel is a partner at the firm and the co-chair of the Tampa Health Law Department.

Carter Andersen, shareholder at Bush Ross, P.A., has been reappointed to the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Andersen's practice includes civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution settings, including arbitration and mediation.

Adam L. Bantner II of the Brandon Legal Group has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Bantner practices criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration law.

Edward J. Carbone of Roig Lawyers presented the Medical Malpractice Update Course to insurance adjusters at the Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation for the State of Florida on October 15. Carbone specializes in medical malpractice, health care law, appellate litigation, and business litigation.

Michael L. Forte of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., recently presented "Public Records and Sunshine Law" to a gathering of police chiefs from the Tampa Bay area. Forte has also been named a "40 under 40 Up & Comer" by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Forte is a litigator who practices in the areas of retail and hospitality, government, and products liability.

Erica Gooden and Alyse Latour have joined Holland & Knight as associates. Gooden practices commercial litigation and dispute resolution, and Latour practices securities law.

Rachel B. Goodman of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, spoke to the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management on September 17. Rachel’s topic was “Health Law 101: The Basics Your Doctors Need to Know to Protect Their License and Liberty.” Goodman practices health law at the firm.

Lee D. Gunn IV, founder and president of Gunn Law Group, was the 20th recipient of the Florida Justice Association’s EAGLE Centurion Award. Participants in EAGLE (the Endowment for Association Giving to Law and Education) have become leaders and advocates for public service, setting an example and leaving their mark by protecting access to Florida’s courts. The Centurion Award recognizes those who have contributed $250,000 to the Endowment for Association Giving to Law and Education.

Jason F. Lamoureux of Holland & Lamoureux, P.A., presented "How to Preserve a Constitutional Challenge to the Threshold Defense" at the Florida Justice Association's Masters of Justice Auto Negligence Seminar in Orlando on September 19.

M. Elizabeth “Liz” Lanier has joined Gunn Law Group’s litigation team. Lanier focuses her practice on medical malpractice, nursing home liability, and serious personal injuries.

Jordan D. Maglich, an attorney with Wiand Guerra King, was recently appointed to serve on the Editorial Board of the Federal Bar Association.

Judge Stevan Northcutt, of the Second District Court of Appeal, recently exhibited "CorgiModern," his series of photographs juxtaposing cardigan Welsh corgis with mid-century-modern furniture, in a gallery show at Beth Kokol Arts in Tampa.

W. Jan Pietruszka, partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, was a panelist at the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance group on October 24 at International Plaza, where he discussed navigating effective performance reviews to avoid HR and legal issues. Pietruszka's practice includes defending corporations and management from claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace torts, breaches of employment contract, and unpaid wages.

William K. “Bill” Thomas has joined Hill International Inc. as vice president of its Claims & Consulting Group. Thomas focuses his practice on forensic accounting and fraud investigations both in and outside of the construction industry.

Burton W. Wiand, a founding member of Wiand Guerra King P.L., was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers. Wiand has served as an equity receiver on numerous occasions, having been appointed at the suggestion of the SEC, FTC, and also in state court by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.

Gregory C. Yadley, partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has been reappointed to serve as a member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Yadley was also acknowledged by the American Bar Association in Chicago for his service as chairman for the past three years of the ABA Business Law Section Middle Market and Small Business Committee. Yadley practices corporate and securities law at the firm.