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Hank Jackson PLLC – Mediation Services has launched its website and online calendar at https://www.hankjacksonlegal.com.  The website provides Mediator Hank Jackson’s resume, practice areas, services and terms.  The online calendar facilitates scheduling mediations directly through the website.  Alternatively, mediations may be scheduled by emailing hank@hankjacksonlegal.com or calling 561-271-1878.    

Residential Real Estate Appraiser serving NE Palm Beach County and Martin County. Expert testimony. Appraisal applications include: tax appeal, trusts, estates, divorce, litigation, mortgage, and FEMA. USPAP compliant reports. Market knowledge, customer service, consultation. 36 years experience. Spiel Appraisal Services, Paul A. Spiel SRA, Cert Gen RZ2435. Phone: 561-307-4428, email: paulspiel18@gmail.com.

Rochen Mediation is happy to announce the launch of our online calendaring system, which serves to significantly streamline the scheduling process for attorneys and their staff.  In order to determine Mr. Rochen’s availability and schedule your mediation or arbitration using our online calendaring system, you can either visit our website at https://www.rochenmediation.com and click the orange button labeled “Online Calendar & Scheduling,” or you can access Mr. Rochen’s calendar directly at https://rochenmediation.com/online-calendar-scheduling/.  From there, you simply need to choose whether you would like to schedule a “Half Day Mediation” (2.0 hour minimum with 4.0 hours reserved), “Full Day Mediation” (5.0 hour minimum with 8.0 hours reserved) or “Arbitration” (5.0 hour minimum with 8.0 hours reserved) and follow the straightforward prompts.  For those who prefer to schedule directly with one of our staff members, please either email us at admin@rochenmediation.com or call our office at: (561) 952-6800 | (954) 343-3242 | (305) 396-9042.  We look forward to helping you with your mediation & arbitration needs!  

Legal Aid Now Hiring Development Manager – Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Development Manager plans and executes the Annual Fund Campaign and Special Events. The incumbent is responsible for meeting revenue goals, managing expenses, and directing annual support and special events to meet established outcomes.  This position works with the Director of Development to solicit sponsorships and major annual gifts and assists with donor communication and stewardship. Please contact Dana Brookes at dbrookes@legalaidpbc.org.


OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE / REAL ESTATE

Furnished small office suite available for immediate occupancy in east Boca Raton. Flexible lease terms are available. If interested please call Ron David,Esq. at 561-945-0637.

Opportunity for lawyer/ small law firm to share small office in Jupiter/Jupiter Inlet Colony area.  Flexible arrangements available, including month-to-month.  $1,250.00 per month. Please call or text 561-300-6812 if interested.

Office Condo for Lease – Jupiter Gardens, Jupiter, FL. 1,584 sq. ft. $32 PSF, Class A Space with reception, conference room, three large offices with windows, secr. area, kitchen, and restroom. Avail. 4/1/24. Contact Jack Robson 561-624-1420. For more information, please visit: https://www.crexi.com/lease/properties/758715/florida-jupiter-gardens-office-condo#spaces

Beautiful office space available. Palm Beach Gardens (blocks from the courthouse/mall). Two offices available. Shared Conference Room | Shared Kitchen Area | Internet Included | Convenient Parking | Quiet. Contact Stephanie at 561-568-4460. 

Premier office suite for lease within law firm at PGA Financial Plaza available January 1st, 2024. Includes receptionist service in staffed waiting room and use of two conference rooms for $1,750 per month. Contact our office at 561-296-7900.

Professional Office Space for Lease. Village Commerce Center, West Palm Beach, Fl.  33409. Available Now. Appealing prime location located in West Palm Beach. 3 individual offices are available. Includes Reception area, Parking, Conference Room, Kitchen, and WIFI.2 Cubicles are also available. Call Attorney Ed Gonzalez at 561-628-0000.


MISCELLANEOUS

CEMETERY LOTS: 2 Side-by-side lots front central area of Palm Beach Memorial Gardens Cemetery WPB. $3,500 each. A 28% savings from the $4900 cost buying directly from the cemetery. 561-622-2609 Stan DeWalt. 

For Sale: An entire traditional office suite for sale. OFS u-shaped desk, matching credenza and china. A Kimball Senator Edition desk (3’x 6′), matching credenza (2’x6′)  hutch (24″ by 50″), two small credenza’s (19″ by 31″) , and conference room table with glass top (3.5′ x 8′). Kimball Presidential Series half-credenza and matching bookshelf. Hooker executive office chair. Misc chairs. Contact 561-968-7877 or assistant@rjmattorney.com.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, as Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board (VAB), seeks magistrates for its 2024 hearings (October – March), to be held in person, telephonically, or by other electronic means. Special magistrates conduct hearings and prepare Recommended Decisions for consideration by the VAB. Appraiser special magistrates hearing real estate valuation issues must be state certified real estate appraisers. Special magistrates hearing tangible personal property issues must be designated members of a nationally recognized appraisers’ organization. Attorney Special magistrates hearing issues of exemptions, classifications, portability, and other legal matters must be Florida Bar members with experience in ad valorem taxation. All special magistrate applicants must have at least 3 years’ experience and must have completed training and passed the examination provided by the Department of Revenue. Please refer to Section 194.035, Florida Statutes and Rule 12D-9.010, F.A.C. Compensation is $125 per hour, with a minimum 4-hour per day guarantee per VAB guidelines. All special magistrates selected by the VAB must also agree to the terms of the VAB’s Special Magistrate Agreement. Please obtain the application and instructions at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/vab.


HEARSAY

Attorneys Nellie King (West Palm Beach), Seth Chazin (San Francisco), and Ramon de la Cabada (Miami) with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) were presented the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVFL) David King Defender of Democracy Award at the organization’s 2024 Lobby Days Gala at the Woman’s Club of Tallahassee. The Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by individuals in advancing democratic ideals and protecting citizens’ constitutional rights. The Award is named in honor of Winter Park lawyer David B. King, one of the key defenders of the 2010 Fair Districts Amendments approved by Florida’s voters in an effort to reduce gerrymandering. King, the Immediate Past President of NACDL, formed a Task Force on the Criminalization of Voting Rights. The Task Force, co-chaired by Chazin and de le Cabada, combats the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of individuals with past felony convictions for registering to vote, casting ballots, or seeking to register while ineligible to vote. Many of the returning citizens impacted by voter arrests believed their rights had been restored, an issue compounded by mixed messaging provided by some county officials regarding voter eligibility status. The Award recognized the efforts of the Task Force in recruiting lawyers to represent impacted citizens pro bono, developing training initiatives for lawyers defending these cases, drafting pleadings for defense lawyers challenging these arrests, creating a voter arrest law student internship program, educating the public, and implementing a media strategy to balance messaging around voter arrests and prosecutions. Cecile Scoon and Debbie Chandler, Co-Presidents of LWVFL, presented the award for the commitment and dedication shown by King, Chazin, and de le Cabada to “going above and beyond in the defense of democracy and in their commitment to increasing civic engagement and the voting rights of all Floridians.”

Jones Foster, a private and commercial law firm based in West Palm Beach, Florida, is pleased to announce that Litigation Shareholder Michael J. Gore, LL.M., has been elected vice chair of the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity’s Fair Housing/Equal Employment Board by fellow board members to serve a one-year term. As vice chair, Mr. Gore will perform duties as the chair may assign in addition to calling board meetings and setting the agenda, presiding at board meetings, and signing subpoenas in the chairperson’s absence. The mission of Palm Beach County’s Office of Equal Opportunity is to promote a discrimination-free quality of life for Palm Beach County residents through educating and advocating a policy of nondiscrimination and enforcing local, state, and federal civil rights laws, according to its website.

Jones Foster, a 100-year-old private and commercial law firm, is pleased to announce that real estate shareholder and Palm Beach office head L. Benton “Ben” Alexander, Jr. was elected at the firm’s annual shareholders’ meeting to serve on the board of directors for a three-year term. Mr. Alexander replaces shareholder Peter A. Sachs, who has served on the board since 2018. Mr. Alexander holds additional leadership roles within the firm, including co-chair of the Board Certification Committee and chair of the Marketing Committee. He is actively involved in community and industry organizations and currently serves as vice president of the board of trustees of Palm Beach Day Academy. He previously served as president of the Royal Poinciana Chapel, treasurer of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, and as a member of the University of Florida Real Estate Advisory Board. Mr. Alexander is consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Palm Beach Illustrated’s “Top Lawyers” list for Real Estate Law. He holds an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating based upon legal ability and ethical standards.

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners recognized Jones Foster with a proclamation in celebration of its 100th Anniversary as a private and commercial law firm in West Palm Beach. County Commissioner Michael Barnett presented the honor to the firm at the January commission. During his presentation, Commissioner Barnett reflected on the important role attorneys play in society, “And last but not least, we must first kill all the lawyers…if you want to live in a society that is devoid of peace and order and filled with chaos. Being a lawyer myself and a proud member of the Bar, it is an honor to honor some really great lawyers in our community who have upheld what it means to be a great lawyer and an advocate for clients.” Jones Foster Chairman Scott G. Hawkins, Vice Chair Theodore S. Kypreos, and Shareholder and Board Member Steven J. Rothman accepted the proclamation on behalf of the firm. “It’s an honor for us to be recognized in this manner. One hundred years is a long period of time for an institution to exist in Florida,” Mr. Hawkins said upon thanking County Mayor Maria Sachs, Vice Mayor Maria Marino, Commissioner Barnett, members of the board of the commission, and County Administrator Verdenia Baker. “We are Palm Beach County-centric and we appreciate very much the opportunity to be a part of this robust, dynamic, and wonderfully diverse county.” Jones Foster’s deep roots in Palm Beach County trace back to 1924. The firm has since expanded into a full-service 40-attorney firm with offices in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, and Jupiter, providing counsel on complex legal matters including corporate and tax law; wills, trusts and estates; high-stakes litigation and trust and estate litigation; real estate; land use and zoning; and governmental law.Over the past century, the firm’s attorneys have served as legal advisors to Palm Beach County in various capacities, including the firm’s namesake partner R. Bruce Jones, who headed the county’s legal department as County Attorney in the late 1960s.

Jones Foster, a private and commercial law firm based in West Palm Beach, Florida, is pleased to announce that Trusts & Estates Litigation Shareholder Theodore S. Kypreos has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Mr. Kypreos was one of 35 Fellows elected nationwide following the College’s 2023 Fall Meeting and the only attorney from Florida in his class. To qualify for membership in ACTEC, an attorney must be nominated by an active Fellow as part of an extensive nomination process lasting six to nine months and meet professional requirements to be considered for election by the Board of Regents. ACTEC’s selection of Mr. Kypreos for membership was based on many factors, including over 10 years of active practice in probate and trust law; his substantial leadership contributions to the field of trust and estate law through lectures, thought leadership, and active participation in The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section as well as his role as president of both the Palm Beach County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section; and his consistent recognition in the field of trusts and estates law in peer-reviewed publications such as Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. As a Fellow of the College, Mr. Kypreos will support its mission in the improvement and reform of probate, trust, and tax laws and procedures in addition to professional practice standards.

Romano Law Group, a prominent personal injury law firm based in West Palm Beach, FL, announces that Aaron Clemens, an attorney with the firm, has been appointed as a 2024 board member of the Palm Beach County Justice Association. Aaron graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, and after returning to Florida he first worked at the Palm Beach County Public Defender. Aaron left public service after eight years to join a large firm representing corporate plaintiffs. After two years of civil litigation and appellate experience to complement his trial skills, Aaron joined a small personal injury firm to help the injured. After nearly ten years of experience working at two smaller law firms, Aaron joined the Romano Law Group, where he can seek justice for clients against even the most well-funded defendants. Aaron is a past president of the Georgetown Club of Palm Beach, a past president of the Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and continues to serve on his homeowner’s association board. He spent two terms on the Florida Bar’s Code and Rules of Evidence Committee.

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James presented a Tribute to Jones Foster, a private and commercial law firm, in recognition of its Centennial anniversary at a City Commission meeting on Jan. 8. Accepting on behalf of Jones Foster were Chairman Larry B. Alexander and Vice Chair Scott G. Hawkins. The firm’s involvement with the City of West Palm Beach goes beyond legal services to a century-long culture of leadership in local nonprofits. The firm’s attorneys have served as presidents and founding board members of the Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach and its Foundation, HomeSafe, Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, United Way of Palm Beach County, as well as the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. They continue to serve on the board of numerous charitable organizations, nonprofits, and foundations, in addition to supporting higher education opportunities and the development of the city and county through leadership positions with Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, and the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. In addition, Jones Foster attorneys have impacted the community through their notable leadership roles with legal associations and local, state, and federal government, including as County Attorney for Palm Beach County; as presidents of The Florida Bar, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section, and the Florida Senate; as a state representative of the U.S. House; and as judges in local, federal, and appellate courts. Jones Foster has remained committed to Palm Beach County over the years, expanding into a full-service 40-attorney firm with offices in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, and Jupiter, that provides counsel on complex legal matters including corporate and tax law; wills, trusts and estates; high-stakes litigation and trust and estate litigation; real estate; land use and zoning; and governmental law.

Ward Damon, a multi-disciplined law firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, has added Chad Steskal as a partner to the practice, and Brittany Borck as an associate attorney. Both bring valuable experience and growth to the preeminent 35-year old firm. Chad L. Steskal a partner at the firm where he concentrates his practice on wills, trusts and estates, with tax and business guidance in estate planning. Early in his legal career, Steskal worked in probate and trust litigation, providing him valuable insight to drafting pitfalls traditional estate planning attorneys commonly make. Steskal entered the legal field after a unique career. Chad attended law school at the University of Miami, where he enrolled in the joint degree program earning his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) and his Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation at the same time. Brittany Borck is an associate at Ward Damon and an accomplished trial lawyer who focuses on complex commercial and general civil litigation matters before state and federal courts throughout the country. Her representations frequently involve individuals and corporations in securities fraud, fiduciary duty, class actions and deceptive/unfair trade practice claims in federal and state courts, as well as before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Dispute Resolution. Notably, Brittany is also responsible for creating a new law in Florida regarding an insurance carrier’s ability to bring a legal malpractice claims against defense counsel retained to represent an insured.

Moritt Hock & Hamroff announced today the addition of Sean E. Mitchell to its Fort Lauderdale office, illustrating the firm’s continued growth and expansion in Southeast Florida. Mr. Mitchell joins the firm as Counsel in its Secured Lending and Real Estate Practice Groups. Sean E. Mitchell focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial real estate and asset-based lending. He represents developers, lenders and entrepreneurs in connection with the financing, development and re-development, leasing, management and sale of commercial real estate. He also represents commercial lenders and investors in connection with the financing of commercial real estate properties and handles matters involved with the structuring, merger, acquisition and disposition of business entities. Moritt Hock & Hamroff is a 90-attorney full service commercial law firm, founded in 1980, that provides a wide range of legal services to businesses, corporations and individuals worldwide from its offices in New York City, on Long Island and in Florida.

Jones Foster, a private and commercial law firm based in West Palm Beach, Florida, is pleased to announce that Litigation Shareholder Joanne M. O’Connor has been recognized in Florida Trend magazine’s inaugural Legal Elite Notable – Women Leaders in Law special section of its December issue. Ms. O’Connor was one of only 92 women attorneys selected from leading law firms across Florida for her significant contributions to the firm, the legal profession, and the community at large. Florida Trend editors vetted nominations of exceptional women attorneys against a certain methodology and criteria, which included but were not limited to: a measurable impact on the types of cases handled and won for clients; mentorship of younger attorneys; promotion of professional practices and values in the workplace; and demonstration of leadership in industry organizations and civic and community service initiatives.

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is pleased to announce that Firm Attorney Imani M. Williams has been selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. “It is an honor and privilege to have been selected for this recognition,” Williams said. “I look forward to continuing to grow professionally and personally as I serve our clients, the legal profession and the community.” Williams, 29, joined the West Palm Beach Office of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in September 2023 and focuses her practice on personal injury cases. She is a member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors for the 15th Judicial Circuit, as well as the Palm Beach County Justice Association Young Lawyers Board of Governors. She is the Young Lawyers Section Chair for the F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association and volunteers her time with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Speak Up for Kids Palm Beach County. “We continue to be impressed with the great work Imani does for our clients and our community,” Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser said. “She is most deserving of this recognition from the National Trial Lawyers.”

Holland & Knight has strengthened its national Public Finance Team with the addition of senior counsel Denise Ganz in West Palm Beach and of counsel Jeannette Bond in New York. Both attorneys previously practiced at Greenspoon Marder. Ms. Ganz has nearly 40 years of experience in public finance. In addition to representing counties, cities, school districts, community development districts, water management districts, and other special districts as bond counsel and disclosure counsel, Ms. Ganz has represented major investment banking firms as underwriter’s counsel. She also has regularly served as borrower’s counsel for not-for-profit corporations and developer’s counsel to various real estate developers in a variety of tax-exempt financings. Ms. Ganz received a J.D. degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and a B.S. degree from the University of Florida. For more than 40 years, Ms. Bond has practiced in the public finance area, concentrating on the federal tax aspects of tax-exempt bonds. Ms. Bond has served as special tax counsel for bonds of state and local governments and authorities, including advance refunding issues of the state of New Jersey. She has extensive experience advising on numerous IRS audits of bond transactions and has helped clients obtain private letter rulings from the IRS. In addition, Ms. Bond assists issuers and conduit borrowers in developing and implementing post-issuance tax compliance procedures relating to their bond issues. Ms. Bond received a J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School, an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Rutgers University. As part of Holland & Knight’s Financial Services Group, the Public Finance Team is currently staffed with more than 20 attorneys around the country, as well as a senior policy advisor, who collectively devote all or a portion of their practice to public finance, including in-house tax counsel. The Public Finance Team has participated in governmental debt issues since the 1960s and has been listed in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (the “Red Book”) since 1975.

Marc Hamroff, who had been Managing Partner of Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP for over 25 years, is assuming the role of Chairman. Michael Cardello III, a long-standing member of the firm’s Management Committee and former Chair of the Litigation practice, has been elected Managing Partner. Leadership at the firm established the focus of the Chairman to be spearheading client service, overseeing the firm’s long-term vision and executing its long-term plan.

Jones Foster, a full-service private and commercial law firm, is pleased to announce that Shareholder Scott G. Hawkins has been elected chairman by the firm’s shareholders after serving as vice chair for the past 18 years. Mr. Hawkins succeeds Larry B. Alexander who served as chairman since 2006 and will continue to head the real estate team as practice group leader. In addition, Shareholder Theodore S. “Theo” Kypreos has been elected vice chair after previously serving on the board of directors for six years. Mr. Hawkins has since spent his nearly 40-year legal career at Jones Foster representing public and private companies in a variety of industries, including technology, medical, environmental, real estate, land use, insurance, and military. Mr. Hawkins focuses his practice in commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property, trade secret disputes, trademark infringement, covenants not to compete, securities, real estate litigation, and claims arising under ERISA Plans. He also regularly serves as an attorneys’ fees counsel and expert witness and has been appointed by the courts as a receiver, trustee, statutory investigator (corporate derivative disputes), mediator, and special master given his experience, ethics, and judgment. Mr. Kypreos, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of probate and trust litigation, trust and estate administration, guardianship law, and fiduciary litigation. He represents corporate and individual fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and heirs in all probate, trust, and guardianship settings including will and trust contests, breach of trust actions, trustee removal and accounting actions, will and trust reformation and modification proceedings, contested guardianships, elective share proceedings, Florida homestead disputes, exploitation and tortious interference litigation, and matters relating to probate creditors’ claims.


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