Class Actions October 2018
The Honorable Melanie G. May received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Center of State Courts in August, 2018.
John Bristol has been named the Attorney of the Month for August 2018 by Broward Legal Aid. Bristol has been an active volunteer with Broward Lawyers Care and Legal Aid for the past 24 years, during which time he has handled 43 pro bono cases in the areas of consumer law and bankruptcy. He has assisted elderly clients, homeowners facing the loss of their home to foreclosure and tax deed sales, and clients who are medically needy with substantial hospital debts. He has also helped clients reinstate their driver’s licenses when they were suspended due to inability to pay. Ultimately, John’s work enables clients to restore financial stability for themselves and their families. Bristol’s Plantation law firm, Law Office of John Bristol, specializes in resolution of bankruptcy matters.
Robin Moselle has been awarded the 2018 Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award. The Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award is given annually to an advocate whose actions exemplify a personal and professional commitment to making justice available to the poor and disadvantaged. Robin will receive this award at the Broward Legal Aid 17th Annual For the Public Good Justice in Paradise event on October 25, 2018.
Khila L. Khani of Khani & Auerbach in Hollywood presented a segment on CyberFraud at the RAPB+GFLR Annual Law Symposium.
Gary Brown of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on a panel titled “Construction Project Disasters: Deals Gone Bad” hosted by the National Business Institute CLE. He also presented on a panel for a live Financial Poise webinar titled “Construction Defect Litigation-101.”
Jonathan Yellin has joined Backer Aboud Poliakoff & Foelster in Boca Raton in the community association law and litigation departments.
Elizabeth Ricci has been appointed as a local board member for the U.S. Selective Service System. Located in Tallahassee, Ricci will help decide who among registrants in her local community will receive deferments, postponements or exemption from military service. Ricci is well-known in Florida and across the nation for her pro bono work helping foreign-born U.S. military veterans gain U.S. citizenship. She has also been profiled by NSU as an outstanding alumnus for her work with U.S. military veterans.
Matthew Thibaut has opened his new Palm Beach law firm, Haselkorn & Thibaut P.A., d/b/a The Investment Loss Recovery Group. Thibaut specializes in helping investors (individuals, charities, trusts, pension funds, etc.) recover their losses due to stockbroker and financial advisor negligence or misconduct.
Sean Sullivan has joined Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann in Boca Raton. Sullivan joins as a partner focusing on construction liens and defects.
Scott Smiley, founder/partner of the Concept Law Group, PA and an adjunct professor at NSU Law, presented Patents and Patentability at the August 2018 Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Boot Camp.
The Honorable J. Andrew “Drew” Atkinson was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal. The appointment was made by Governor Rick Scott in January 2018. Atkinson served as the General Counsel for the Florida Department of Management Services. He previously practiced with the law firm of Broad and Cassel, LLP. Atkinson, a veteran of the United States Army, also has extensive public sector legal experience, including service as Deputy Solicitor General and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General, General Counsel for the Florida Department of State, Assistant General Counsel for the Executive Office of the Governor, and Senior Judicial Law Clerk for the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
Sara Sandler has published an article titled Dealing with the Unexpected: How Attorneys and Law Firms Can Handle Illness in the October 2018 issue of the Broward County Bar Association Barrister magazine. The article can be found at http://www.browardbar.org/wp-content/uploads/barrister/2018/oct/BarristerOct2018.pdf on page 22.
Peri Rose Huston-Miller has joined Schwed Kahle & Kress in Palm Beach Gardens as a partner focusing on construction litigation, architects and engineer defense, professional liability, complex business litigation, legal malpractice, insurance law and regulation, and employment litigation.
Jamie Zuckerman is a founding partner of Segal Zuckerman in Aventura. Her firm will focus on business litigation, family law and trust, and estate litigation.
Jamaal Jones is an influential member of the Florida Bar Health Law Section’s Executive Council, assisting the council with financial reports of the section, updates to the Health Law Section’s website, obstacles to revising the Health Law Section’s Bylaws, legislative updates, student stipends, and more.
Lindsay Massillon has joined the commercial litigation and employment practice group at Fowler White Burnett in Miami.
Jorge Freddy Perera has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®. He is a partner at Perera Barnhart, a Davie-based business and employment law firm.
Bruno Renda has joined the insurance practice group at Fowler White Burnett in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
Brooke Latta has published an article titled Florida Gives the Green Light For The “Red-Flag” Law in the October 2018 issue of the Broward County Bar Association Barrister magazine. The article can be found at http://www.browardbar.org/wp-content/uploads/barrister/2018/oct/BarristerOct2018.pdf on page 11.
Krystine Espina has published an article titled Hispanic Heritage Month in the October 2018 issue of the Broward County Bar Association Barrister magazine. The article can be found at http://www.browardbar.org/wp-content/uploads/barrister/2018/oct/BarristerOct2018.pdf on page 13.
Joshua Lida has published an article titled Solo/Small Firm Section of the BCBA: An Amazing Resource for Small Firms in the October 2018 issue of the Broward County Bar Association Barrister magazine. The article can be found at http://www.browardbar.org/wp-content/uploads/barrister/2018/oct/BarristerOct2018.pdf on page 20.
Maria Santi is an influential member of the Florida Bar Health Law Section’s Executive Council, assisting the council with financial reports of the section, updates to the Health Law Section’s website, obstacles to revising the Health Law Section’s Bylaws, legislative updates, student stipends, and more.
Mauricia Vaca has joined Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach. Vaca focuses on general liability, first-party property insurance defense, commercial, intellectual property, and criminal defense.
Jazlyn Juda has joined Kelley Kronenberg’s Fort Lauderdale office as an attorney. Juda assists in handling matters related to First Party Insurance defense litigation.
Sydni Katz has published an article titled A Minor’s Right to Die with Dignity: The Ultimate Act of Love, Compassion, Mercy, and Civil Liberty, 48 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. 219 (2018), https://scholarlycommons.law.cwsl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1535&context=cwilj
Michaela Vrazdova was published in September, 2018 in the NITA blog The Legal Advocate. Her co-author was Professor Michael Dale. The article can be found at http://blog.nita.org/2018/09/whether-police-accident-reports-admissible-in-evidence-under-the-business-records-exception-to-hearsay-rule-an-analysis-of-the-law-in-three-states/
The following alumni gave generously of their time by participating in NSU Law Health Law Moot Court Society Coaching. Congratulations and thank you to the following:
Guest judges on September 27, 2018
Tiffany Garner - Tiffany Garner – NSU Law, Donor Relations & Stewardship
Candace Lerman – Lerman Law Firm
Guest judges on September 30, 2018
Morgan Rood - Retired 2018, Broward State Attorney’s Office, Appeals Unit
Zarinah St. Lawrence – HCA Healthcare
The following alumni gave generously of their time by participating in The NSU Law Moot Court Society Upperclassmen Competition Trial Association’s fourth annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute (TASI) from September 22 – 23, 2018 at NSU Law. NSU Law alumni can serve as volunteer judges and instructors. Congratulations and thank you to the following volunteer instructors and judges:
Theresa Edwards - American Justice, P.A.
Michael Fischler - Fischler & Friedman, P.A.
Keith Wold - Wold Corporation
Joel Roth - Shaked Law Firm
Layne Verebay – Layne Verebay, P.A.
Jeffrey Jacobs - Law Offices of Jeffrey A Jacobs PA
Rodney Romano - Matrix Mediation, LLC
The Honorable Melinda Brown – Broward County Court Judge
Morgan Rood - Retired 2018, Broward State Attorney’s Office, Appeals Unit
Rae Shearn - Law Office Rae Shearn PA
Terri Meyers - Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, PL
Randy Fleischer - Law offices of Randy Fleischer
Michael Pancier - Law Offices of Michael A Pancier, PA
Gary Brown – Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr
Adam Swickle – Swickle Associates
Marjorie Desporte – State of Florida
Hilary Creary - Hilary Creary P.A.
Chandra Doucette - Law Office of Chandra Parker Doucette, PA
Chris Fisher - Chris B. Fisher, P.A.
Michael Greenberg - Michael C. Greenberg, PA
Ivelices Thomas - HR & Beyond
Michael Shafir – The Learning Experience
La’Trese McPhee - The Law Offices of La'Trese K. McPhee, P.A.
Erich Vonunruh - Kirwan, Spellacy and Danner, P.A.
Frank Gonzalez - Gonzalez & Garel, P.A.
Jenny Adelman - Jenny Adelman, P.A.
Dan Rakofsky - Law Offices of Daniel S. Rakofsky, P.A.
Tiffany Garner – NSU Law, Donor Relations & Stewardship
Lisa Kohring - School District of Palm Beach County
Katie Shenko - Shenko Business Law
Hope Baros - Conroy Simberg
Michelle Suarez - Florida Entrepreneur Law PA
Matthew Walker - Cooney, Trybus, Kwavnick, & Peets, P.A.
Carlos Prieto - Prieto Law Group
Barry Chenman - Steinger Iscoe Greene
Michelle Denis - NSU Law, Office of Career Services and Professional Development
Ryan Knight – Eraclides Gelman
Gregory Alcaro - Amlong & Amlong, P.A.
Mallorie Milord - Eraclides Gelman
Beatriz Vazquez - Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A.
Steven Avalon - Cobb Eddy
Amanda Decker - Rissman Barrett Hurt Donahue McLain & Mangan, P.A.
Keisha Hall - Cole, Scott and Kissane
Peter Radke - Radke IP Law