Class Actions June 2018
Maria C. Gonzalez, has been appointed by the Florida Bar to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Her term begins July 1, 2018. Gonzalez is a board-certified marital and family lawyer with Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez, P.A., and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Florida Chapter.
Rachel Davant, is opening a new Fort Lauderdale-based firm, Davant Law, P.A. Davant has been recognized by her peers as a "Rising Star" in Florida Super Lawyers. She not only maintains an active legal practice, but has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at NSU College of Law. Courses she has taught are Legal Research and Reasoning, Civil Pretrial Procedure, Law of Risk Management, Advanced Topics in FDA Law, The Law of Accreditation and Licensing, and Law of Medicare and Medicaid.
Dean Olympia Duhart, was granted tenure at the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law.
Professor Kenneth Lewis, Jr., was granted tenure at the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law.
Jason Daniel Joffe, is a partner in the full-service global law firm of Squire Patton Boggs. His practice serves a wide variety of clients, including international financial institutions, healthcare clients, private equity groups, and closely held corporations. Joffe has tried various commercial disputes in both state and federal court and has argued before several of Florida’s district courts of appeal and federal circuit courts of appeal. Joffe was featured in On The Rise on May 7, 2018 in the Daily Business Review online.
Robert D. Sparks, partner in the Tampa-based firm of Givens Givens Sparks, was awarded a 30 million jury verdict in a pedestrian injury case. This was the highest value verdict awarded in the state of Florida for a brain injury in 2017 and was the fourth highest verdict for personal injury cases overall in the state. Additionally, the case award was the 62nd highest verdict awarded in the country in 2017 across all legal categories. Sparks is the lead trial attorney for the personal injury division, which has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of its clients in both state and federal courts.
Melissa McDavitt, is a partner in the West Palm Beach office of the firm of Conroy Simberg. Her practice is in personal injury protection (PIP), no-fault and special investigations unit (SIU) claims and has handled and tried numerous cases, including those involving PIP fraud, improper billing, and coverage. McDavitt was featured in On The Rise on May 7, 2018 in the Daily Business Review online.
Justin Parafinczuk, has been appointed to a leadership position on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committing for Essure. Parafinczuk is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose practice focuses on litigation including complex commercial litigation, class actions, products liability, employment litigation and appellate litigation. His trial practice includes wrongful death, professional liability, products liability, shareholder disputes and commercial general liability. He is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale-based firm of Koch Parafinczuk Wolf Susen.
Marcus Susen, has been appointed to a leadership position on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committing for Essure. Susen focuses his practice on all facets of litigation. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts involving an array of claims including products liability, premises liability, auto accidents, and breach of contract. He is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale-based firm of Koch Parafinczuk Wolf Susen.
Jeffrey Wank, is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Kelley Kronenberg. Wank was featured in On The Rise on May 7, 2018 in the Daily Business Review online.
Jamie B. Wasserman, is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen. Wasserman specializes in business litigation across many different specialties, including but not limited to medical, real estate, ad valorem tax challenges, drafting employment agreements, including noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements. Wasserman was featured in On The Rise on May 7, 2018 in the Daily Business Review online.
The Honorable Christine DiRaimondo, has been appointed to Miami-Dade County Court in February after serving as a felony division chief in the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office.
Fausto Sanchez, is a partner in the Miami office of the firm of Diaz, Reus & Targ. His practice is focused on complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense, on both the trial and appellate level. He holds Board Certification in the area of Criminal Trial Law from the Florida Bar and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Sanchez was featured in On The Rise on May 7, 2018 in the Daily Business Review online.
Casey B. Mullin, has been promoted to partner in the West Palm Beach office of the firm Kelley Kronenberg. Mullin focuses his practice on General Liability, First Party Property Insurance Defense, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense.
Alberto Polimeni, has been promoted to partner in the Miami office of the firm Kelley Kronenberg. Polimeni is a member of the firm’s Immigration and Nationality Practice Group and serves as the Director of the firm’s Italian Practice, assists foreign entities and individuals in successfully establishing businesses in the U.S., as well as domestic clients in the area of corporate, business, and employment law. He is experienced in advising businesses regarding corporate, taxation, transactional, litigation and immigration matters, both nationally and internationally.
Reinaldo Diaz, started Lake Worth Waterkeeper, a 501c3 that is a member of Waterkeeper Alliance. It advocates for the Lake Worth Lagoon (Intracoastal Waterway) and its watershed. It has developed into one of Florida’s most important watersheds, home to a massive marine industry of boaters, divers, fishermen, and beach bums that serves as a base of Florida’s tourism industry. Lake Worth Waterkeeper seeks to protect these industries and this lifestyle by protecting the watershed and environment that these industries depend on.
Lydia Harley, has been promoted to partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of the firm Kelley Kronenberg. Harley manages the firm’s Multinational Client Practice Group and is the Director of the firm’s German Practice. She focuses her practice on the defense of General Liability, Immigration, and the prosecution and defense of declaratory judgment actions involving insurance coverage disputes and extra-contractual claims.
Maria Santi, generously mentored and spoke with the students in Professor Kathy Cerminara’s Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality class.
Jordan Snyder, published an article entitled Snapping Happy, in Diver Magazine. The article is about the first and only legal dive in the United States where people can dive with alligators. He also took all the pictures. Snapping Happy, Diver Magazine 44 (2018).
The following distinguished group of NSU Shepard Broad College of Law alumni are being honored at the 2018 Florida Bar Annual Convention. The event is the Second Legacy Honors and Gala of the Virgil Hawkins Chapter of NBA & The Florida Bar 1980-1989 Trailblazers on the evening of June 16, 2018:
1977 - David A. Rowe
1979 - Glenn R. Miller
1979 - Willie Lawson
1980 - David Phillips
1982 - Ruby A. Seymour-Barr
1983 - Errol Gibbs
1984 - Mercy E. Moore
1985 - Daniel R. Paige, Sr.
1986 - Vincent P. Dunn
1987 - Lorna Brown-Burton
1987 - Doreen M. Wells
1988 - John M. Rodriguez
1989 - Colin Cushnie
1989 - Cecily Robinson-Duffie
1989 - Tammy A. Thames
The following alumni gave generously of their time by participating in a Speed Networking Event in Professor Camille Lamar’s class:
2010 - Danielle Dudai, Office of Statewide Prosecution
2011 - Ana Morales, Reyes Miller
2012 - Lee Ballard, Law Offices of Lee H. Ballard, P.A.
2013 - Hope Baros, Conroy Simberg
2013 - Anthony Shawn Murray, II, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
2015 - Bridget Modupe-Asekunowo, Convergent Revenue Cycle Management
2016 - Vijay S.R. Choksi, Kelley Kronenberg, P.A.