Alumni News

Important Notice on Upcoming Events - 597

Posted on 07/22/2014

NSU Law Center’s Founders Day CLE will no longer be held as originally scheduled on September 6, 2014. Our next alumni CLE event is a dinner scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th at Pistache in West Palm Beach. We look forward to seeing you at the Palm Beach Alumni Chapter CLE or at one of our upcoming continuing legal education programs.

Recent Grad Receives FL Bar Animal Committee Outstanding Service Award - 594

Posted on 07/01/2014

At the Florida Bar Annual Convention, recent graduate Yanae Barroso received the Animal Law Committee 2014 Outstanding Service Award. The Committee selected her for this honor based on her work for the Key Deer. Yanae wrote her paper on these animals for the Animal Law Legislation Seminar. She published a summary in the Animal Law Committee’s Newsletter. Congressman Joe Garcia (whose district includes the Keys) saw the piece and contacted her. She met repeatedly with members of his staff about her ideas, including posting billboards on the highway leading to the Keys. After more than a year of work, the billboards were installed in the FL Keys on March 6, 2014.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014 - 588

Posted on 06/30/2014

Huda Ajlani (JD 2006), of Ajlani Law PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  Ajlani practices in the areas of immigration, criminal defense, and family law. Read more at http://ajlanilaw.com/criminal-law/

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) a shareholder with Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. He handles litigation and class action defense cases for the firm.  Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Thomas J. Baird (JD 1984) of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach, FL was selected as counsel to the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District. He is Board Certified as a City, County, and Local Government attorney and he is legal counsel for several municipalities in South Florida. Read more at http://www.jonesfoster.com/

Jason B. Blank (JD 2006) is a partner in the firm of Haber, Stief & Blank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL presented, “What Qualities to Look for When Voting for a Judge” at the North Broward Democratic Club and was selected as the chair of The George Washington University South Florida Alumni Network.  His practice areas include: criminal defense, civil litigation, and appeals. Read more at  http://www.hsbattorneys.com/

Rebecca Bratter (JD 2003) a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. She is a member of Greenspoon Marder’s management committee and handles corporate securities, health care law, labor and employment law, and other litigation matters for the firm. Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Alex Brown (JD 2004) a director with Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, FL recently published an article in the Daily Business Review, “ ‘Loser Pays’ Provision May Curb Patent Troll Problem.”  In the article, Brown discusses the issue of meaningful patent reform that President Obama mentioned in his state of the union address, as well as activity in Congress to address patent reform.  Read the article (published May 13, 2014) at http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/   Brown’s practice is focused on intellectual property litigation and complex business litigation. Read more at http://www.trippscott.com/

Gary L. Brown (JD 1995) joined Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a partner. Brown is Board Certified in Construction Law. He is a member of the firm’s Construction Practice Group and he handles general commercial and business litigation matters and complex construction litigation cases involving liens, bonds, construction defects, and insurance matters, among other things.  Read more at http://www.arnstein.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014 - 589

Posted on 06/30/2014

Brandon L. Chase (JD 2011) joined Mase Lara in Miami, FL as an associate. He practices in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation, admiralty, and maritime law. Read more at http://www.mltrial.com

Jesse Cloyd (JD 2008) joined Salazar Jackson in Miami, FL as an associate.  His practice includes bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Read more at http://www.salazarjackson.com

Glenn M. Cooper (JD 1998), a shareholder in Gray Robinson’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale, FL offices, was recently re-appointed to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and selected as the Vice Chair of the Government Affairs Group.  He will advocate for immigration, international trade, transportation, and infrastructure improvements in the greater Miami area.  Read more at  www.gray-robinson.com

 Michael Cubbage (JD 2014) was a student in NSU Law’s Veterans Law Clinic (VLC).  A combat veteran himself, he completed a semester as a full time clinical intern during the VLC’s first semester. Prior to law school, he served in the US Army and attained the rank of First Lieutenant, Executive Officer. While at NSU Law, he was also a student writer for The Florida Public Interest Journal, a publication of The Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.  His article, “Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center – Veterans Law Clinic: Student Perspective” appeared in Volume 3, Issue 2 of the Florida Public Interest Journal (Spring, 2014).  Cubbage wrote about his experience as a clinic intern, and how the opportunity to help fellow veterans with their legal issues was very fulfilling. Stating that the VLC environment, “feels more like a law firm than a class,”  he expressed appreciation for the collegial environment created by Clinic Director Jayme M. Cassidy, Esq., who was his Professor and Supervising Attorney.

Jessica M. Daley (JD 2011) joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale, FL  where she handles workers’ compensation cases.  Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Michael Dutko (JD 1984) of Bogenshutz Dutko & Kroll, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Ashley Dutko (JD 2011) recently won an appeal in a highly publicized Broward case involving a young man who was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident on I-595 in which a woman was killed.   The 4th DCA held that the evidence was so lacking in this case, it called for acquittal, and the appellate court directed the trial court to acquit the defendant.  Read the story at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-clearedx-595-20140529,0,4883798.story?page=1 Read more about Dutko’s criminal defense and appellate practice at http://www.bdkpa.com/index.php

Jamie Finizio Bascombe (JD 1993) and Judge Stacy Ross (JD 1997) were panelists in the May seminar, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.” Jaimie Finizio-Bascombe is a partner with Finizio & Finizio, P.A. and practices in a wide range of civil matters.  Read more at  www.finiziolaw.com

Corey B. Friedman (JD 2010) of Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, FL, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, state and federal trucking law, and a variety of personal injury matters. In addition to being admitted to practice in Florida and California, Corey was recently admitted pro hac vice in Pennsylvania to represent The Powell Law Group in Powell Law Group versus First National Community Bank. Additionally, for the past three years, Corey has participated as a coach for law school graduates in the Law School’s Florida Bar Auxiliary Program. Read more at http://www.romanolawgroup.com/

Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984) Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL will co-host a judicial panel with Judge Robin Rosenbaum on July 17, 2014 for the Women Leaders in Law series.  Judge Goldenberg will be starting a new term as Circuit Judge in November 2014 as she faced no opposition this year.  Judge Goldenberg has served as a Circuit Judge in Broward Circuit Court’s Family Division since 1996.  Judge Goldenberg is the Family Chairperson for the Unified Family Court in Broward.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014 - 590

Posted on 06/30/2014

Maria C. Gonzalez (JD 1990), a partner with Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez PA in Miami and Weston, FL is currently the Treasurer for The Florida Bar Family Law Section.  She will be the chair of the Family Law Section in the 2015-16 year. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is a Florida Supreme Court Mediator.  She handles marital and family law, mediation and guardianship matters.  Read more at www.ybkglaw.com

Sara E. Graditor (JD 2008) joined Holland & Knight in Miami, FL as an associate. She practices in the areas of corporate law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Read more at http://www.hklaw.com/

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, Mediation, & Arbitration in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected to the 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list.  Her practice areas include state and federal appeals, litigation and trial support, mediation and arbitration.  She is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and Business Litigation.  Read more at http://solomonappeals.com/

Gerald Greenspoon (JD 1979) co-founding shareholder of Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was selected for Power Leaders in Law and Accounting by the South Florida Business Journal.  He gained national recognition for his work in the areas of real estate development, resort and timeshare development, condominium  conversions and finance and transactions.  Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Luis A. Guerra (JD 2006) is the managing partner of Guerra Saenz, PL in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He recently became Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law.  His firm handles immigration and deportation defense matters.  Read more at  www.guerralegal.com

Julie Hough (JD 2004) an attorney with Polenberg Cooper in Fort Lauderdale, FL published an article, “From Lawyer to Leader” in the June 2014 issue of the Broward Barrister.  She is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and serves as the President of the Broward County Women’s Lawyer’s Association. She handles complex business litigation and bankruptcy matters and advises and represents small and mid-sized businesses on a variety of transactional matters.  Read more at http://www.polenbergcooper.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014 - 591

Posted on 06/30/2014

Joseph P. Jones (JD 1999) joined Berger Singerman as a partner and member of its Business, Finance & Tax Team in the firm’s Tallahassee office. Jones has a broad background in commercial real estate development, project finance, and commercial leasing.  Read more at http://www.bergersingerman.com/

Rian Michelle Kinney (JD 2008) joined the Marinosci Law Group in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a foreclosure litigator. Read more at http://www.mlg-defaultlaw.com/

Troy Kishbaugh (JD1998) rejoined Gray Robinson as a shareholder in its Orlando, FL office.  He is chair of the health care practice for the firm.  He has over 20 years of experience in health law and will oversee the group’s 35 attorneys and concentrate his practice in the area of health care law, which includes: corporate law issues, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse, false claims, billing and reimbursement, corporate compliance, PPACA, HIPAA, EMTALA, Stark, self-disclosure and exclusions, and daily hospital operational issues. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Sophia Lopez (JD 2007) is a partner at FL Trusts and Estates Law Firm, LLC in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  Lopez practices in the areas of estate and trusts, estate planning, asset protection, partnership and business law and guardianship.  Read more at http://flplans.com/

Bret Lusskin (JD 2006) of Law Office of Brett Lusskin Attorney at Law in Aventura, FL represented a motorist who sued the City of Aventura over its red light camera program.  The Supreme Court of Florida ruled 5-2 that the City overstepped its authority when it created the red light camera program.  The Court issued its ruling June 12, 2014 on consolidated cases from Aventura and Orlando, FL.  Brett Lusskin handles a variety of privacy and consumer protection litigation matters at both the state and federal level. Read more about the red light camera decision, and about Lusskin’s firm, at www.lusskinlaw.com

Kevin A. McNeill (JD 2001) is a partner at McRae & McNeill in Lake City, FL. He is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience. Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  His practice includes personal injury law.  Read more at http://northfloridainjury.com/

Jonathan Picard (JD 2013) joined Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel in Coral Gables, FL as an associate. He will focus on community association law and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.srhl-law.com/

Alberto Polimini (JD 2013), of Rome, Italy, one of our dual degree students from Universita Roma Tre, co-authored an article with Professor Joseph D. Harbaugh entitled, “The Costa Concordia Tragedy: A Legal Life Jacket to Avoid Drowning in International Water.”  The article was published in 2014 Travel Law Quarterly 135.   The two-part piece addresses forum selection issues and which law is likely to be applied, regardless of where the cases are litigated. 

Stacy Ross (JD 1997) is a Circuit Judge in the Juvenile Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida.   She and Jamie Finizio Bascombe (JD 1993) recently served as a panelist in the May seminar, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.”

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014 - 592

Posted on 06/30/2014

Elisha D. Roy (JD 2001) of Elisha D. Roy, PA in West Palm Beach, FL completed her term as the 2013-14 Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and handles complex family law matters.  Contact her at  www.eroylawpa.com

Kimberly M. Silverman (JD 2012) has joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale. Silverman handles the defense of general liability, personal injury, products liability, and construction defect claims. http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Alison F. Smith (JD 2003) is a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L., in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is also president of the Caribbean Bar Association, which co-hosted a panel discussion in May, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.” Her primary areas of practice include: labor & employment, commercial litigation, appellate law, and administrative and regulatory law. Read more at www.wsh-law.com

Reagan South (JD 2010) joined Banyan Finance, LLC in Boca Raton, FL.  She is associate in-house counsel. Banyan Finance LLC provides casualty medical plans to reimburse medical providers for the medical treatment of uninsured and under-insured accident victims.  Read more at www.banyanfinance.com

Michelle K. Suarez (JD 2013) joined Conroy Simberg in its Hollywood, FL office as an associate.  Her practice will include PIP and general liability matters.  Read more at http://conroysimberg.com

Matthew Thibaut (JD 2001) a partner at Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach, FL, is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy   Thibaut practices in the areas of securities litigation and employment law.  Read more at http://www.ciklinlubitz.com/

Kit Van Pelt (JD 2013) joined Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A., in Clearwater, FL as an associate.  She will practice in the areas of trust and estate planning, and probate and trust administration matters. Read more at http://www.lawyergriffin.com/

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014 - 577

Posted on 05/30/2014

 Zascha Blanco Abbott (JD 2001) of Ford Harrison in Miami, FL was selected as the “Outstanding Subcommittee Chair” for the ABA Section of Litigation.  Her practice areas include representing employers in a variety of employment law cases.  Read more at: http://www.fordharrison.com/ZaschaAbbott

José Alejandro Abusaid (JD 2003) leads the law firm of Abusaid Gomez & Associates headquartered in Bogota, Colombia. His law firm practice includes international trade, corporate law, tax planning, exchange law, and labor law. José Alejandro is a member of the International Bar Association, the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding member of the Colombian Society of International Law. He is also a Private Law Professor at Universidad del Rosario and was Master in International Law Professor at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, both in Bogotá, Colombia. Read more at: http://abusaidgomez.com/english/

Barry Aronin (JD 2010) of the LaBovick Law Group in Palm Beach Gardens, FL published an article on his firm’s blog, “What are Examinations Under Oath, and How Does it Affect My Insurance Benefits After a Car Accident?”  Read it at http://www.labovick.com/pip-claims-collections/what-are-examinations-under-oath-and-how-they-affect-insurance-benefits His practice includes PIP representation of persons injured in auto accidents. Read more at http://www.labovick.com/

Pamela D’Alo Balaguera (JD 2011) of The Balaguera Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL was the 2014 Palm Beach Bar Association winner of the Family Law Pro Bono Award for her work in the Family Law Unit of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach, FL.  She donated over 200 hours of her time.  Pam and her husband, Brian Balaguera (JD 2006), practice together.  The firm handles criminal defense and her practice area includes marital and family law. Read more at http://www.balagueralaw.com/

Annabella Barboza (JD 2007) an associate attorney with the law firm of Phelan Hallinan, PLC, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was appointed to serve on the Florida Probate Rules Committee for the 2014 – 2017 term. She focuses her practice in real property, probate and estate planning. Read more at www.phelanhallinan.com

Kristin Bianculli (JD 2008) of Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is one of two attorneys who successfully obtained a one million dollar settlement for an injured client.  The article was published in the Daily Business Review. She also presented “Preparing the Expert Witness for Deposition” at the Pincus Professional Education Seminar in Miami. Read more at www.justiceforall.com

Richard Cheng (JD 2006) is a shareholder at Anderson Kill in Dallas, Texas.  He authored an article about emergency preparedness at Long Term Care (LTC) facilities.  You can read it at http://www.mcknights.com/getting-ready-for-the-unthinkable/article/337501/  He practices in the area of health care law, with particular focus on long term care.  Read more at http://www.andersonkill.com

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014 - 578

Posted on 05/30/2014

Glenn Cooper (JD 1998), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in its Fort Lauderdale and  Miami, FL offices, hosted an inbound trade mission from Quebec on April 11, 2014 in Miami, FL.  The purpose of the mission was to connect foreign and local businesses and enhance the economic connection between Quebec and Florida.  Cooper serves on the board of directors of the Quebec-Florida Chamber of Commerce. His practice involves advising US and foreign companies, investors, and professionals on US immigration laws. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Lawrence Jay Davis (JD 1985) of Lawrence Jay Davis, P.A., in Pembroke Pines, FL spoke at the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association Winter Trustees School in Jacksonville, FL on probate, estate planning, and asset protection for the pension trustee.

Michael A. Fischler (JD 1978) of Fischler & Friedman PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL was re-elected as a Board Member of the Broward County Bar Association effective June 2014.  His practice areas include marital and family law, including representing high net worth clients, and business, corporate and estate planning.  Read more at http://www.ffpa-law.com/

Kimberly A Gilmour (JD 1984) of Gilmour Law in Davie, FL is a member of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Her practice area includes representing  corporations and small business owners in the employment law arena. She counsels clients in the areas of workforce issues, employment handbooks, manuals, policies, procedures, contracts and training. Read more at www.gilmourlaw.com

Michael K. Grife (JD 2005) formed The Grife Law Firm, P.A., in Boca Raton, FL.  His practice areas include personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Read more at www.thegrifelawfirm.com

Susan R Healy (JD 1984) is founding partner of Vernon Healy in Naples, FL.  She is vice chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She represents individuals and businesses in cases involving financial disputes concerning business litigation, securities/investment litigation and arbitration, appellate law, and assisting investors who have suffered losses as a result of business ventures, securities transactions, and real estate deals. Read more at www.vernonhealy.com

Anne Hinds (JD 1992) an attorney with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was the 2014 Palm Beach Bar Association winner of the Juvenile Law Pro Bono Award. Her practice areas include securities litigation, shareholder derivative actions, and class actions. Read more at http://www.bsfllp.com/

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014 - 579

Posted on 05/30/2014

Anthony Horky (JD 1998) of Anthony J. Horky, P.A., in Boca Raton, FL is now an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College, where he teaches business law. His law practice includes business and commercial law, and landlord-tenant. Read more at http://www.horkylaw.com/

Ken Joyce (JD 1993) is a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He practices commercial litigation, employment and labor, and corporate law. Read more at http://www.lewisbrisbois.com/

Kristine Braun Lefebvre (JD 1996) is co-owner of Brand Management at LudoBites in Los Angeles, CA.  She and her husband, Chef Ludo Lefebvre, have been traveling the country for a series of six stops featuring their “pop up” restaurant concept.  The series aired on the Sundance Channel.  In 2007, she was a contestant on “The Apprentice” television show. Prior to her current endeavor, she was a sports and entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles.  Read more at http://www.kristinelefebvre.com/

Matthew Leider (JD 2010) joined the Fort Lauderdale, FL office of McGlinchey Stafford as an associate.  Leider handles commercial litigation and consumer financial services litigation. Read more at  http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Steven Marcus (JD 2000) joined McGlinchey Stafford in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His practice includes commercial litigation.  Read more at  http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Kevin McNeill (JD 2001) is a partner at McRae and McNeill in Lake City, FL.  He is the Chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. The committee, formed last year when the Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Equal Opportunities Law Sections merged, has several objectives, including to further the understanding and knowledge of lawyers, judges, and law students about working with diverse communities. Read more about the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at: https://www.floridabar.org/ Read more about Kevin McNeill at: http://northfloridainjury.com/

Bram A. Maravent (JD 2006) of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale, FL moderated two panels at Nova Southeastern University Law Center’s Seventh annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium titled, “Social Media Rights and Communications Decency Act” and “The Sports Workplace and the Ted Wells Report.” He served as a panelist on “Intellectual Property in Video Games and O’Bannon v. NCAA.” He also presented, “The Viability of the NCAA and Consideration of Modern Governance” at the 27th Annual Sports and Recreation Law Association Conference.  His law practice includes matters concerning local government law. Read more at www.cityatty.com

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014 - 581

Posted on 05/30/2014

C. Cory Mauro (JD 2000) is a shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in West Palm Beach, FL. He practices in the firm’s national trial practice business litigation section. Read more at http://www.cfjblaw.com/

David R. Miller, Jr., (JD 2010) has joined Kubicki Draper in its West Palm Beach, FL office. His practice includes class action, commercial/corporate, construction defect, employment, intellectual property, premises liability, and real estate matters. Read more at: http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Nicole C. Morris (JD 2004) of The Law Offices of Nicole C. Morris, P.A., has opened an additional office in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, and guardianship. Read more at http://www.nmorrislaw.com/

Robin Sobo Moselle (JD 1991) is Director of Client Relations at Lawcraft in Plantation, FL.  She is President-Elect of the Broward County Bar Association, effective June 2014.  Her firm handles debt collection for creditors in a variety of complex matters. Read more at www.lawcraftfirm.com

Thomas F. Mullin (JD 2004) joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White and Lioce, P.A. in its new Boca Raton, FL office where he practices in the areas of environmental and land use law.  Read more at http://www.nasonyeager.com/

Grace M. Murillo (JD 2006) joined Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske as an associate in its Fort Lauderdale, FL office. She practices labor and employment counseling and litigation, commercial litigation, and appellate advocacy. Read more at http://www.wsh-law.com

Steven S. Newburgh (JD 1982) joined Sachs Sax Caplan in Boca Raton, FL, as chair of the bankruptcy department. Read more at http://ssclawfirm.com/

Heather L Pattok (JD 2007) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. She joins Angelic R. Shakir-Kirkconnell (JD 2000) a senior associate with the firm. http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Howard J. Perl (JD 2000) joined Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a shareholder. Perl practices in the firm’s community association law practice group. Read more at http://www.becker-poliakoff.com/

Avriel Pfost (JD 2008) is an associate and director of the southeast region office for Lydolph & Weierholt of Lehi, Utah.  She will be based in the firm’s Palm Beach, FL office and will practice real property law. Read more at http://travelingtitle.com/

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014 - 582

Posted on 05/30/2014

Laura K Phillips (JD 2013) and Zachary W. Phillips (JD 2013) have formed the firm of Kelk Phillips, P.A. in Wellington, FL. The firm handles real estate, wills and trusts, and equine law issues. Read more at http://www.kelkphillips.com/

Marissa Joy Pullano (JD 2008) is an associate at Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her area of practice includes family law.  She was named a Florida Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2014. Read more at http://www.brinkleymorgan.com/

Brent M. Reitman (JD 2010) joined Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock & Liberman in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate practicing in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases.  Read more at www.krupnicklaw.com

Robert Reynolds IV (JD1987) was named director of litigation at Graves Injury Law Group in Vero Beach, FL.  He is a board certified civil trial attorney and practices in the area of personal injury law.  Read more at  http://www.gravesinjury.com/

Angelic R. Shakir-Kirkconnell (JD 1997) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates in West Palm Beach, FL.  Her practice area is workers compensation law.  Read more at http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Robert C. Sheres (JD 2008) is with the firm of DuBosar Navon PLLC in Boca Raton, FL.  He practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation and appellate work. http://www.dubolaw.com/Attorneys/

Matthew Shilling (JD 2006) is an associate with Bernheim & Dolinsky, LLC in Plantation, FL.  He practices personal injury law, and represents the injured.  Read more at http://www.bernheimdolinsky.com/

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Posted on 05/30/2014

R. Brian Shutt (JD 1994) has joined the firm of Glen J. Torcivia & Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL.  A former City Attorney for Delray Beach, Florida, he is board certified in City, County, & Local Government law. He has extensive experience in many facets of municipal law and he serves his clients in local government law and handles other civil litigation matters. Read more at http://www.torcivialaw.com/

Brandon Silver (JD 2013) is an associate with Eraclides, Gelman, Hall, Indek, Goodman & Waters in West Palm Beach, FL.  He practices in the area of workers compensation defense.  Read more at http://www.eraclidesjohns.com/

Sean Silverman (JD 2004) just published a book called MBE Essentials, aimed at helping law students prepare for the MBE.  He also writes a blog about the MBE at www.mbetutorial.blogspot.com

Gary M. Singer (JD 1998) of Gary M. Singer, PA in Sunrise, FL was re-elected as a Board Member of the Broward County Bar Association, effective June 2014. He is board certified in Real Property Probate and Trust Law. His practice areas include a variety of real estate matters. Read more at http://www.garysingerlaw.com/

Jennifer Shaw Snyder (JD 1997) and Melissa Groisman Steinfeld formed Snyder Groisman in Aventura. Their practice focuses on all aspects of real estate and corporate law geared toward international clients.  Read more at http://www.snydergroisman.com/

Michael S. Smith (JD 1986) has joined Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen and Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach, FL. His areas of practice include medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, legal malpractice, automobile negligence, insurance disputes, and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.clarkfountain.com/

Jill G. Weiss (JD 2003) is a partner at Diamond Kaplan and Rothstein, PA in West Palm Beach, FL.  She is president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Her practice areas include construction litigation, complex commercial litigation, real estate, and class actions.  Read more at www.dkrpa.com

Nova Law Review Holds Inaugural Alumni Brunch - 565

Posted on 04/15/2014

The Board of Editors of the Nova Law Review held their inaugural brunch for former members of Law Review on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Law Center. Editor-in-Chief of the Nova Law Review, Joseph Morgese and Michelle Nichols DeLong organized the event. There were more than 80 people who attended the brunch, including 35 former members of the Nova Law Review from various volumes.

Robert Kelley `81, of Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale was the keynote speaker. As former Editor-in-Chief, Kelley discussed the significance of Nova Law Review membership, how the organization influenced his career, and the importance of alumni relations and mentoring of students as a practicing lawyer. Kelley has been recognized by Lawyers USA as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in the United States. He has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar for more than twenty years. Over the course of his career, Kelley has tried over 100 jury trials and has won over 25 multimillion dollar jury verdicts in a wide variety of cases.

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Posted on 04/25/2014

Zascha Blanco Abbott (JD 2001) of Ford & Harrison, LLP in Miami, FL was named American Bar Association Outstanding Subcommittee Chair on April 10, 2014. She was chosen for this distinction for her hard work during the course of her leadership year. She focuses her practice on the representation of public and private employers in labor and employment disputes. Read more at http://www.fordharrison.com/ZaschaAbbott.

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) was promoted to shareholder at Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Backman focuses his practice on commercial litigation and class action defense. Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Adriana Barba (JD 2012) was a dual degree student at NSU Law who is currently working in Barcelona, Spain.  She is a corporate attorney for the Investment Holding Services Unit and Trade Services Unit for AMICORP.  Her company works as a global team to provide private wealth and estate planning for its clients. Read more at www.amicorp.com

Marc Brody (JD 2005) of Gunster in West Palm Beach, FL was promoted to shareholder. Brody is a member of the corporate and technology law practice groups. Read more at www.gunster.com

Glenn Cooper (JD 1998) a shareholder in Gray-Robinson’s Miami, FL office, spoke at the NSU Huizenga Sales Institute about US immigration options for foreign nationals, focusing on students with F-1 visas. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com

Javier Delgado (JD 2001) of the Merlin Law Group, PA., in Coral Gables, FL was appointed by the New York Eastern District Court as Liaison Counsel on all Hurricane Sandy cases filed in the Eastern District. Several articles have been written about this in the New York Law Journal, Law 360, and Harris Martin’s Superstorm Sandy Insurance Coverage Litigation Report. Read more at http://merlinlawgroup.com/

Michael L. Feinstein (JD 1986) of Michael L. Feinstein, P.A. relocated to a new office located at 200 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2040, Ft. Lauderdale 33305. The firm focuses on commercial, real estate, business, and probate litigation. In addition, the firm also provides representation in real estate, commercial, and business transactions, as well as in intellectual property matters. Read more at http://www.feinsteinlaw.net/

Sandy T. Fox (JD 2004), of The Law Offices of Sandy T. Fox, PA in Aventura, FL is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law.  He moderated a seminar titled “Estate Planning for the Divorcing Client,” presented by the Family Law Section of the Dade County Bar Association.

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Posted on 04/25/2014

Daniel Klenetsky (JD 2012) is the NASCAR Public Affairs Senior Coordinator in Daytona Beach, FL.  Public Affairs handles issues relevant to NASCAR in markets where NASCAR is active, from the municipalities and states to Washington, DC. His office handles public policy efforts of NASCAR at federal, state, and local levels to advocate and promote NASCAR.  Klenetsky handles matters that relate to policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives and manages relationships with advocacy groups and assist with at-track activations supporting military programs.

Tara Kopp (JD 2009) is an associate with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser & Zoeller, P.A., in West Palm Beach, FL. Ms. Kopp’s primary area of practice is PIP litigation. Read more at www.shw-law.com

Ava G. Mahmoudi (JD 2011) joined Kubicki Draper in Ft. Lauderdale, where she will focus on handling personal injury protection and SIU/fraud defense matters. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Justin Parafinczuk (JD 2007) of Parafinczuk & Wolf PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL was a guest lecturer at NSU Law, where he spoke to law students in the Veterans Law Clinic and Children & Families Clinic about,“So You Are Graduating, What Next?”  He spoke about setting career goals, the realities of a job search, and developing skills and strategies for success. Read more about him at http://www.kpwlaw.com/

Alan A. Pascal (JD 1992) counsel with The Florida Bar in Sunrise, FL will lead the Fort Lauderdale branch of the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Department. He is active in pro bono work, chairing the 17th Circuit Pro Bono Committee. He is a frequent volunteer for the Broward County Legal Aid Hotline and chairs the Broward County Bar’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Heather L Pattok (JD 2007) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A., in West Palm Beach, FL. Her practice area includes workers compensation law.  Read more at http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Stanley E. Peacock (JD 1982) of Stanley E. Peacock, PA in Panama City, FL practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, personal injury and civil litigation.  Read more at http://www.stanpeacocklaw.com

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Posted on 04/25/2014

Stephanie Schneider (JD 1991) of Stephanie L. Schneider, PA in Plantation, FL, a Florida Bar  Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, recently published a Case Note in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Journal entitled, “The Demise of the Defense of Marriage Act: Time of Death Still to be Determined.”  She was assisted by her law clerk, Lara Pietrzak an NSU Law 3L. The case note examines the United States v. Windsor case concerning the Defense of Marriage Act that was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.  Schneider practices Elder Law and not only represents elderly clients but also disabled clients of all ages.  She also assists LGBT and domestic partners with estate and long term care planning. Read the article online:  http://www.naela.org  Read more about Stephanie Schneider at: http://fl-elderlaw.com

Victor R. Smith (JD 1999) opened Victor Smith Law Group, P.A., in Winter Haven. The firm focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on family law.

Matthew Thibaut (JD 2001) of Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach, FL hosted a webinar on March 14 that examined employment arbitration.  His practice includes employment law and securities litigation.  Read more at http://ciklinlubitz.com/

 Howard Wander (JD 1987) of Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach, FL was named the Chief Operating Officer and Principal Partner. He also is the Managing Partner of the firm’s West Palm Beach office and maintains his litigation practice in insurance defense, and workers compensation.  Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Jeffrey M. Wank (JD 2009) is an associate in the Insurance Litigation Department at Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His department was recently honored by the Daily Business Review as the 2014 Insurance Litigation Department of the Year for South Florida. His practice includes insurance litigation, personal injury, civil rights, and commercial litigation.  Read more at http://www.cftlaw.com/general.php?category=Firm+Overview

 Andrew J. Weinstein (JD1996), managing partner at the Weinstein Law Firm in Coral Springs, FL, was recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  Weinstein is active in various community organizations, serving on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and the Florida Panthers Advisory Board, and he was named among the Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine in 2011.  His practice includes personal injury, and insurance litigation. Read about his appointment at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/18/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts and read more about his practice at http://www.weinstein-law.com/

 

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John R. Whittles (JD 1999) a shareholder with Richman Greer in West Palm Beach, FL. was re-elected without opposition to the Palm Beach County Bar Association Board of Directors. He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation.  His practice includes commercial litigation, employment law, constitutional law, and election law.  Read more at http://www.richmangreer.com

Leisa Wintz (JD 2008) is now with Solaris Law Group in Davie, FL.  Her firm handles family law, real estate, business law and bankruptcy.  Read more at www.solarislegal.com

Adam S. Woodruff (JD 2005) was named partner at Shutts & Bowen in Tampa, FL. Woodruff practices in the areas of banking law, corporate, real estate, and business transactions. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

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Posted on 03/27/2014

George Andrews (JD 2005) was named partner at Shutts & Bowen in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Andrews is a commercial litigator representing financial institutions in cases involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) of Eunice Baros Law, LLC in Palm Beach Gardens, FL presented at the February CLE "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney" presented by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She is a certified mediator

Pooneh Charkhian (JD 2013) an attorney with the Law Offices of Izquierdo & Marin in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was sworn in as the Vice Chair of the NExT Steering Committee for the Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Service of Broward County. Her firm handles criminal defense and immigration cases. Read more at http://www.izquierdomarin.com/

Karly E Dreker (JD 2013) joined the Law Office of Benjamin T Hodas LLC in West Palm Beach, FL. She is an associate at the firm, which handles marital and family law cases. Read more at http://www.hodaslaw.com/

Merrilee Ehrlich (JD 1979), a Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about Domestic Violence court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Maria Del Mar Estrach Ventura (JD 2013) is with Clifford Chance, LLP in Barcelona, Spain working in the tax division.

Ellen Feld (JD 1983) a County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about civil practice in county court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Michael Fichtel (JD 1987) was named CEO of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He will also retain his title of firm-wide Managing Partner. Read more at: http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Michael Gilden (JD 2002) of Kopelowitz Ostrow in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is a Board Certified attorney in Marital and Family Law and recently received certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a family mediator. Read more at http://kolawyers.com/

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Posted on 03/27/2014

Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984) a Circuit Judge in Broward’s 17th Judicial Circuit, is featured on the cover of the March 2014 Broward Barrister and presented, "What Nonfamily Lawyers Should Know About Florida Family Law and Procedure," at the West Broward Bar Association luncheon on March 27, 2014. Judge Goldenberg also spoke about family court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Elizabeth M (Fohl) Jones (JD 2010) joined Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach, FL. She is a member of the real estate practice group. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Jamaal Jones (JD 2010) of Zumpano, Patricios & Winker in Miami, FL regularly publishes on the topic of health care compliance. Read more at http://www.zpwlaw.com/index.html His most recent article is at https://www.pharmacompliancemonitor.com/intersection-privacy-compliance-plans/6413/.

Robert W. Kelley (JD 1981) a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and partner at Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was named to the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is the founding partner of the preeminent personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice law firm. Read more at http://www.justiceforall.com/

Tara Lynn Kopp (JD 2009) is an associate with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser & Zoeller in West Palm Beach, FL. Kopp’s primary area of practice is PIP litigation. Read more at http://www.shw-law.com/

Amber E. B. McMichael (JD 2004) practices with Clarfield, Okon, Salomone & Pincus in West Palm Beach, FL. She provided the welcome and opening remarks to the February CLE "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney" presented by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, where she Chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Her practice includes residential and commercial real estate, and she represents lenders in foreclosure cases. She is also a certified mediator. Read more at http://www.cosplaw.com/

Thomas F. Mullin (JD 2004) joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce in Boca Raton as an associate. Mullin concentrates in the areas of environmental law, water law, and land use law. Read more at http://www.nasonyeager.com/

Marcie Oppenheimer Nolan (JD 2008) became a partner with Becker & Poliakoff. Nolan works in the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale, FL office and focuses on local government issues with a concentration on land planning projects. Read more at http://www.becker-poliakoff.com/

Christopher Pole (JD 1981) a County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about criminal practice in county court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Jessie Pulitzer (JD 2013) has joined the offices of Wiederhold, Moses, Kummerlen & Waronicki, P.A in West Palm Beach, FL. The firm handles personal injury, insurance, and civil rights cases. Read more at http://www.wmrfla.com/

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Posted on 02/24/2014

Alexander Brown (JD 2004) a Director at Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, FL was published in Forbes Magazine in January, 2014. His article, "Does Fighting Back Work or is the Patent System Really Broken" examines the case of Soverain Software, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review the decision of the Federal Circuit Court. He practices intellectual property law at Tripp Scott. Read the article at www.forbes.com Read more at www.trippscott.com

Frank Delia (JD 2005) is joining Ball Janik LLP in Orlando, FL. The firm handles a variety of business matters including real estate, land use, securities litigation, government contract and governmental affairs, among many other areas. Read more at http://www.balljanik.com/

Scott Forman (JD 1995) is the managing shareholder of Littler in Miami, FL. He was recently appointed to the firm’s Board of Directors. His practice includes many facets of employment law for employers nationwide including single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action cases. Read more at www.littler.com

Michelle J. Gomez (JD 2000) is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with the firm of Saunders, Curtis, Ginestra & Gore in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is also Vice Mayor for the City of Tamarac, FL. Read more at: http://www.tamarac.org/

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a Board Certified Appellate lawyer and a Certified Mediator with multiple Board Certifications. She is chairing "The Art of Objecting: A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving Error for Appeal" a CLE presented by The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section on March 14, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Read more at www.solomonappeals.com

Eamonn Gunther (JD 2001) is an attorney with the Law Offices of Mary Sue Donohue in Boca Raton, FL. Her practice includes estate planning, probate, guardianship and trust administration work. She was formerly with US Trust, where she administered trusts for high net worth families and was a litigator with a commercial litigation firm. Read more at www.marysuedonohue.com

Gina Jacobs (JD 2009) was named managing attorney of the newly-opened Orlando, Florida office of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez. She has extensive experience in the insurance industry and workers’ compensation law. She received pro bono honors for her volunteer work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and for her work for Broward legal aid. Read more at http://www.atblaw.net/

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Posted on 02/24/2014

Arlene Lakin (JD 1991) owner of Arlene Lakin, Esq. Attorney at Law in Margate, FL received the 2014 Lifestyle Media Group Leaders in Law award in wills, trusts, and estates in January 2014. She is a Board Certified Elder Law attorney who handles a variety of legal needs for her clients. Read more at http://www.arlenelakin.com/

Matthew Nelles (JD 1994) was named Partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups, has litigated numerous patent, copyright, and trademark cases across the USA and is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark office. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Beverly A. Pohl (JD 1991) is a partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is the Chair of the firm’s statewide Appellate Law Practice Group. She is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and handles a variety of appellate matters including commercial litigation, criminal defense, and cases involving constitutional issues such as First Amendment rights and police misconduct litigation. She has presented numerous seminars and CLEs, mentors law students, and often lectures at NSU Law Center. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Vanessa Reynolds (JD 1988) was named partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is Board Certified in Health Law and a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. A veteran with more than 20 years of experience in health law, she has handled many cases involving medical malpractice, complex litigation, and insurance defense. She also provides institutional and individual health care provider and multi-hospital public health care system representation. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

David Roos (JD 1999) a stockholder in Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA in Fort Myers, FL was elected Chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice. He represents insurance carriers, third party administrators, and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. He has authored many articles and is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation topics to clients, human resource professionals, and business owners. He is also the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA). Read more at http://www.henlaw.com/

Vanessa Serrano (JD 2007), an associate with Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was elected to the board of directors of PACE Center for Girls in Broward. See www.pacecenter.org Her practice areas include commercial litigation and construction law. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com/

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Posted on 02/24/2014

Christopher Staller (JD 2003) was named a Partner at Broad and Cassel in Miami, FL. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Special Assets Practice Groups. He has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition, financing and development of commercial and residential real estate projects including apartment projects, warehouse buildings, and shopping centers. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Matthew Weissing (JD 1986) a shareholder at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, PL in Fort Lauderdale, was selected as a "Top Lawyer" and his profile will appear in the 2014 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide. A decorated former US Marine, he has won numerous awards for his legal accomplishments and he is actively involved in various charitable causes in the South Florida community. His practice includes personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death, among other areas. Read more at http://www.pathtojustice.com/

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Posted on 01/29/2014

Marisa D. Ajmo (JD 1991) has joined McGlinchey Stafford as Of Counsel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Marisa represents clients in consumer financial services and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) was promoted to shareholder at Greenspoon Marder’s downtown Fort Lauderdale office where he is a member of the firm’s Complex Business Litigation Group. His practice includes commercial litigation and class action defense cases. Read more at www.gmlaw.com

Vanessa Banni-Viñas (JD 2012) is an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, FL. Her article, "Correcting a Ballerina’s Story: The Truth Behind Makletzova v. Diaghileff", 53 American Journal of Legal History 353 (2013) was selected by the Green Bag Almanac Reader as an example of good legal writing. Read more at http://www.greenbag.org

Valerie Barton Barnhart (JD 2011) an attorney at Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as the Leader in Law Awards 2014 "Rising Star" by Lifestyle Magazine on January 21, 2014 at NSU. She was recognized for promoting excellence in law, maintaining the highest level of ethics, showing a commitment to her community, and providing leadership. She also was selected for her outstanding skills in litigation, advocacy, counseling and advancing the legal profession through public service, Bar association activities and pro bono service. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) of Eunice Baros Law in Palm Beach Gardens, FL will present a mediation seminar about Domestic Violence in February at The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee’s program, "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney". She represents clients in mediation, criminal defense, juvenile, and consumer fraud cases.

Hope Baros (JD 2013) is currently working for the Office of the State Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL.

Lucy Chernow Brown (JD 1982) is a Circuit Judge in the 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County, FL. Judge Brown and the Lawyers for Literacy Committee are hosting a volunteer reader/recorder Open House at The Learning Ally on Thursday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. To RSVP email jmigdalmack@legalaidpbc.org for more information visit https://www.learningally.org/volunteers

Laura Jacobson Cohen (JD 2007) joined the newly formed firm of Benardo Levine LLP in Boca Raton, FL as an associate. The firm handles business, labor and employment, real estate, wills, trusts, and probate matters. Read more at www.bennardolevine.com

Colleen Colton (JD 2005 ) has joined McGlinchey Stafford as an associate in their Fort Lauderdale, FL office. Colleen’s practice includes commercial litigation and consumer financial services litigation. Read more at http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Mary D’Ambrosio (JD 1989), a Judge of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings in West Palm Beach, FL will be a panelist at the "Not Just Comp" CLE offered by the Palm Beach Bar Association in late February 2014.

Nathaniel Dutt (JD 2012) is an associate with Broad and Cassel in Orlando, FL. He practices with the affordable housing and tax credit practice group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Andrew M. Fisher (JD 2004) owns Fisher Law, PA in Orlando, FL. He has been elected as a member of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area Board of Directors. He is a Board Certified real estate attorney. http://fisherlawpa.com/

Jared Guberman (JD 2013) has joined GPG Law in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate. He will focus on complex commercial litigation.

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Posted on 01/29/2014

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, in Fort Lauderdale, FL was a panelist on November 18, 2013, in a Florida Bar webinar entitled, "Recent Developments in Arbitration - The Revised Florida Arbitration Code and Recent Supreme Court Decisions." She is a Board Certified Appellate lawyer and a Certified Mediator with multiple Board Certifications. Read more at www.solomonappeals.com

Joshua T. Higgins (JD 2011) joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale. His practice includes workers’ compensation, civil rights violations, and correctional health care. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

John C. Lukacs, Sr. (JD 1981) joined Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables, FL as a partner. His practice includes complex commercial and business litigation, as well as real estate and property rights, eminent domain, and inverse condemnation. Read more at http://www.hinshawlaw.com

Giuseppina Miranda (JD 1999) was elevated from General Magistrate to the County Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, FL. She is a former Assistant State Attorney and served as General Magistrate in the 17th Judicial Circuit since 2007.

Jane Woodfield Morin (JD 2013) is currently employed by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL.

Nicole Netti (JD 2013) joined Haber, Stief & Blank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes family law and criminal defense. Read more at http://www.hsbattorneys.com/

Orestes Perez (JD 1994) is a partner with Baker Zimmerman & Perez in Parkland, FL. His practice includes personal injury.

Jonathan P. Picard (JD 2013) Cooke & Barrett, P.L., in West Palm Beach, FL.. The firm handles general liability, professional malpractice, and commercial litigation, among other civil law matters. Read more at http://cookebarrett.com/

Shelley Punancy (JD 1986), a Judge of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings in West Palm Beach, FL will be a panelist at the "Not Just Comp" CLE offered by the Palm Beach Bar Association in late February 2014.

Stacy Ross (JD 1997) was elevated to the Circuit Court from the County Court in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL. She served as a Judge in the County Court from 2005 to 2013. She served as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County from 1998- 2005.

Michael Schutt (JD 2001) joined Fuentes & Berrio LLP in Deerfield Beach, FL. Michael handles personal injury, PIP, property, and construction disputes. Read more at http://fuentesberrio.com/

Zachary Sloan (JD 2012) is an associate in The Law Offices of Greenstein & Associates in Wellington, FL. The firm handles tax and estate planning, commercial and civil litigation, financial services, and equine law. Read more http://www.greenstein-law.com/

Michelle K. Suarez (JD 2013) joined the RKE Law Group in Hallandale Beach, FL. The firm handles foreclosures and bankruptcy matters. Read more at http://www.rkelawgroup.com/

Carolina Sznajderman (JD 2007) joined Gursky Ragan in Miami, FL. The firm handles community association law.

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Posted on 01/29/2014

Shelby Tatum (JD 2013) is an associate with Ocean Properties, Ltd., in Delray Beach, FL. She handles various corporate legal matters for the company, which is one of the largest hospitality management and real estate development companies in North America. Read more at http://www.oplhotels.com/

Greg A. Tynan (JD 1995) was elevated from County to Circuit Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County, (Orlando) FL by appointment from Governor Rick Scott.

Ginger Lerner-Wren (JD 1983) a Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named a finalist for the "Successful Innovation" Award presented by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law Foundation.

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Posted on 12/20/2013

Bradley W. Biggs(JD 1998) announces the opening of his new law practice, Bradley W. Biggs, P.A. in Wellington, FL.  He is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law and also has a mediation practice. He currently represents the Village of Golf and the Town of South Palm Beach.

Amy Bloom (JD 2001) is an attorney with Beasley Hauser Kramer & Galardi, P.A. in  West Palm Beach, FL.  She handles complex commercial litigation, mass torts and product liability cases.  Read more at http://www.beasleylaw.net/

Jeffrey Colbath (JD 1982) Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, FL was featured in the Florida Weekly recently.  The article was written by Eunice Baros (JD 1980) and highlights some key moments of his service on the Bench.  Read about it at
http://palmbeachgardens.floridaweekly.com/news/2013-11-21/Top_News/Chief_judge_follows_a_family_tradition_in_courtroo.html

Whitney Carroll (JD 2013) is an associate with Ciklin, Lubitz, Martens & OConnell, in West Palm Beach, FL. She practices in the areas of land use, zoning, and real property law.  Read more at http://www.ciklinlubitz.com

Brittany Chambers (JD 2011) is an associate with the Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes personal injury, products liability, and complex litigation.  Read more at http://www.schlesingerlaw.com

Nikki Devidze (JD 2012) is an associate with the Mallory Law Group, in Jupiter, FL.  The firm handles commercial litigation, professional malpractice, and family law.  Read more at http://www.mallorylawgroup.com/

Cash Alexander Eaton (JD 2013) is an associate at The Eaton Family Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL.  The firm handles family law matters.

Steven J. Hammer (JD 1986) joined the Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His practice includes medical malpractice and he recently won a $30 million verdict in Broward County. Read more at http://www.schlesingerlaw.com

Sue-Ellen Kenny (JD 1992) an attorney with Law Offices of Scott Glassman, PA in West Palm Beach, FL will provide the welcome and opening remarks in January 2014 at a CLE entitled, “Inside the Appellate Court: An Afternoon with the Judges of the Fourth DCA”, at the Boca Raton Country Club. Kenny practices in the area of family law and also handles civil and criminal appeals.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at NSU Law. Read more at http://glassmanlaw.net/

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Posted on 12/20/2013

Brian Kopelowitz (JD 1996) of Kopelowitz Ostrow in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been appointed to the Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board.  He is co-founder of his firm, which handles real estate litigation, general commercial litigation, and corporate transactions. Read more at http://kolawyers.com/attorneys/

Grant Levine (JD 2013) an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL is featured in the Florida Bar News article “Greenberg Traurig Rolls Out New Grad Residency Program.” Click here and scroll down to read the article http://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/JN/jnnews01.nsf Read more about the firm at www.gtlaw.com

Melanie May (JD 1981) is a Judge on the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL.Judge May will be a panelist during a moderated discussion at a January 2014CLE entitled, “Inside the Appellate Court:An Afternoon with the Judges of the Fourth DCA”, to be held at the Boca Raton Country Club.Judge May is also Chair of the Board of Governors for the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center.

Katherine McGovern (JD 2013) joined Kubicki Draper in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Her practice includes personal injury, products liability, and construction defects. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com

Amber E. B.McMichael (JD 2004) is an attorney with Clarfield, Okon, Salomone, & Pincus, PL in West Palm Beach, FL. She will introduce a CLE in February 2014 called, “The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney”, at the Palm Beach County Bar Association. She will also moderate, “Mediator Practice Tips from the Attorney Point of View.” Her practice area includes commercial and residential litigation, plaintiff foreclosures, and real estate transactions.  She is also a certified mediator.  Read more at http://www.clarfieldokon.com/

Katherine Newcomer (JD 2013) has joined Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach in the commercial litigation practice group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Rosemarie S. Roth (JD 1983) owns Roth Family Law in Miami, FL.  She practices collaborative family law and she was recently elected President of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida Board of Directors for the 2013-14 year. Visit http://collaborativecouncilflorida.com/ for more information. Read more about her at http://rothfamilylaw.com/

Andrew Rothstein (JD 2012) is an associate in De Varona Law in Boca Raton, FL. The firm practices business litigation and transactional law, wills, trusts, and probate, and appeals.  Read more at http://www.devaronalaw.com/

Leslie Rushing (JD 2012), an associate with Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt, & Willard, P.C. in West Palm Beach, FL, published an article, “Overboard and Unknown” in Travel Law Quarterly 304, which is available  through the NSU Law Library.  Her practice area includes real estate and bankruptcy.

Fausto Sanchez (JD 2010) joined Diaz Reus & Targ in Miami, FL.  His practice areas include family law, civil, and property litigation. Read more at http://www.diazreus.com/

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Joseph Santoro (JD 1998) is a shareholder with Gunster Law in West Palm Beach, FL. He was a member of the winning foursome from Gunster at Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s 13th Annual Cup of Justice Golf Classic held in October 2013.  He practices in the areas of labor and employment law for employers, including providing litigation and legal counseling to the client.Read more at www.gunster.com

Frederick Segal (JD 2007) is an associate with Broad and Cassel in Miami, FL. He recently spoke to medical residents at JFK Hospital in West Palm Beach about the “Future of Private Practice in Medicine.” He holds an LL.M in Health Law from Widener University School of Law and practices in the firm’s Health Law Practice Group.  He counsels hospitals, physicians, and medical providers on an array of issues.Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Alicia Zweig (JD 2013) joined Kubicki Draper in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes commercial litigation, corporate, and construction matters. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com/

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