March 15, 2003 News and Notes March 15, 2003 Regular News Frank M. Petosa, of Petosa & Fernandez, P.L., with offices located in Boca Raton and Tampa, was a featured speaker of “Direct Examinations: The Basic Building Blocks,” at the Art and Science of Persuasion seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, in Ft. Lauderdale. John F. Bradley, of John Bradley and Associates, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, presented recent developments in the “Rights to Privacy and Publicity in the State of Florida” at the Entertainment and Sports Law Section’s presentation “Managing Your Entertainment Law Practice in a Tough Digital World.” Morgan R. Bentley, of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz, & Getzen, Sarasota, has been elected vice president of Legal Aid of Manasota. James E. Thomison, of Walters Levine Brown Klingensmith & Thomison, P.A., Sarasota, has been elected president of the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys. Alice Reiter Feld, of the Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld, P.A., with offices in Tamarac and Delray Beach, presented “Current Elder Law Issues” to the Parkinson’s Support Group, sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. She also presented on the Probate Code at the Elder Law Certification Review Course in Cocoa Beach, sponsored by The Florida Bar and Elder Law Section. Glen J. Torcivia, of the Law Offices of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates, P.A., West Palm Beach, presented a seminar on “What to Do When You Get Called to Court” at a workshop sponsored by Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County. J. Allison DeFoor II, a former Keys judge, has been elected vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida at its annual meeting in Orlando. Larry Corman, of Hodgson Russ LLP, Boca Raton, participated in The American Jewish Committee’s program marking the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. Jeff Albinson, president of Raincross Insurance, Inc., chaired the Clearwater Bar Association’s Second Annual Risk Management Seminar “Practical Risk Management Solutions.” He also presented a discussion on “The Underwriting Process” as it relates to professional liability insurance. Chris Searcy, of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, spoke at the 2003 National CLE Conference in Aspen, Colorado, on the topic of “Voir Dire–One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Barrel.” Marcia K. Cypen, executive director of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., has been selected by the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department as an honoree for the 15th Annual In The Company of Women awards. Neal McCulloh, of Clayton & McCulloh, Maitland, was the guest speaker for the Winter Park Neighborhood Council at a workshop, speaking on “Legalities of Managing a Homeowners Association.” Evan J. Yegelwel, of Brown, Terrell, Hogan, Ellis, McClamma, & Yegelwel, P.A., was sworn in as president of the American Board of Trial Advocates-Jacksonville Chapter and has been appointed to the board of trustees at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Larry D. Smith, of Cabaniss, Smith, Toole & Wiggins, PL, Maitland, was a speaker at the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. His presentation was titled “The Cutting Edge: Case Law Update.” Wendy R. Anderson, of Baker & Hostetler LLP, Orlando, has been elected chair of the Legal/Insurance Committee and Executive Committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. Nancy L. Bennett, claim attorney at State Farm Insurance Company, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Service of Broward County for a three-year term. Michael G. Dyer, of Doran, Wolfe, Rost & Ansay, Daytona Beach, was a featured speaker at the seminar “What You Need to Know about Public Rec-ords and Open Meetings in Florida,” sponsored by Lor-man Education Services on the issue of litigation under Florida’s Public Records and Sunshine laws, held in Daytona Beach. Larry Allen Nathans, of Bennett & Nathans LLP, Baltimore, Maryland, was recently awarded the 2003 Leadership in Law Award by the Maryland Daily Record. He was also elected president of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association. Alexander E. Barthet and Patrick C. Barthet, of The Barthet Firm, Miami, co-authored an article titled “Hidden Traps and Treasures in Florida’s Lien Law,” which was recently published in Issue 1, 2003 of Building Florida, a monthly magazine distributed by the Florida East Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Dorothy Clay Sims, of Sims, Amat, Stakenborg & Henry, P.A., with offices in Ocala, Gainesville, and Alachua, was invited by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers to teach “Cross-Examining the Psychological and Psychiatric Expert Witness” for the February seminar. Susan Barrett Hecker, of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, Sarasota, has been elected president of the All Faiths Food Bank Foundation, Inc. Board, an organization that reduces food waste. Diana Santa Maria, of Ft. Lauderdale, participated in the Florida Association for Wo-men Lawyers’ CLE program, “Managing Your Own Law Practice” as a panel speaker, in Miami. Jonathan Friedland of the Law Offices of Jonathan R. Friedland, P.A., Miami, was installed as treasurer of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association at its annual Presidential and Judicial Ball. Paul S. Kimsey, of Kimsey Law Group, Tampa, gave a presentation to attendees of the Collateral Sources Seminar on ERISA and long-term disability insurance matters, in Ft. Lauderdale. Richard A. Harrison, of Allen Dell, P.A., Tampa, has been elected to the board of overseers of Stetson University College of Law. Stuart Ratzan, of Ratzan and Alters, P.A., presented a CLE program for The Florida Bar titled: “Proving Damages in the Significant Personal Injury Case–Plaintiff Perspective.” Paul H. Amundsen, John F. Gilroy, and Julia E. Smith, of Amundsen & Gilroy, P.A., Tallahassee, presented “Current Developments in Florida Assisted Living Facilities Law” at the 2002 Annual Conference of the Florida Assisted Living Affiliation in Miami. Vicki Smith-Bilt, of Shook, Hardy, and Bacon, L.L.P., Miami, has been named a contributor to the newly-published Certified Legal Manager Examination Study Guide, published by Miami’s Barry University in conjunction with the Association of Legal Administrators. Brett Alan Panter, of Panter, Panter, & Sampedro, Miami, spoke at a seminar in Miami sponsored by the National Business Institute on the topic of “Handling Medical Negligence Cases in Florida.” R. Lee Bennett, of GrayHarris, Orlando, has been selected by the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents to receive the Outstanding Voluntary Bar Past President Award. Charles A. Schuette, former chair and CEO of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, has been elected to the board of directors of Coconut Grove Bank. Carlos Reyes, of Greenberg Traurig, Ft. Lauderdale, has been selected to the Leadership Florida Class XXI. He has also been selected as an honoree of the Silver Medallion Award from the National Conference for Community & Justice. William R. Paul, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Tampa, has been re-elected president of the Association for Corporate Growth, Tampa Bay Central Florida Chapter. Edmund T. Baxa, Jr., of Foley and Lardner, Orlando, was honored by the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors with the Bruce E. Holmes Distinguished Service Award. Steel Hector & Davis, LLP, with offices in West Palm Beach, Miami, Tallahassee, Naples, and Key West, was presented the Thomas L. Sager Award by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Barry Spivey, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Sara-sota, spoke at the All Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Fifth Annual “Estate, Tax, Legal & Financial Planning Seminar” in St. Petersburg. His topic was titled “Postmortem Rescue of the Defective Charitable Split-Interest Trust.” Neisen O. Kasdin, of Gunster Yoakley, Miami, delivered a welcoming speech and was a roundtable panel member for the Economic Development Planning for Local Government Officials workshop at the Florida Atlantic University Ft. Lauderdale Campus, and served as a moderator for a residential development roundtable for a Vision Council workshop at Miami-Dade Community College Homestead Campus. James R. Lussier, of Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Orlando, spoke to the Orlando Regional Group of the Florida Writers Association about copyright law. A. Wayne Gill and Sharon Gill, of Gill & Associates, P.A., The Debt Collection Attorneys, Delray Beach, discussed “The Minority Business Entrepreneur: Opportunities and Challenges” in association with Florida Atlantic University and the Black Student Union at the Florida Atlantic University Center, Boca Campus. A. Wayne Gill has also been awarded the “Outstanding Commitment to Bettering Mankind Award” given by Northwood University. George H. Mazzarantani, of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford & Gordon, Chartered, Sarasota, has been appointed to serve on the board of advisors for Startup Florida, Inc. Robert Blank, of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., Tampa, was elected to the board of directors of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Florida Chapter, Inc.