May 15, 2003 News and Notes May 15, 2003 Regular News Robert H. Waltuch, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of directors of Weinberg Village, an assisted living facility. Bruce A. Blitman, of Ft. Lauderdale, has been re-approved by the Office of the State Courts Administrator as a primary teacher in certified family mediation training programs and certified circuit civil mediation training programs. He also presented Preparing for Mediation: Ingredients for a Successful Mediation Process to law students in the mediation class at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Scott R. Rost, of Doran, Wolfe, Rost & Ansay, Daytona Beach, was recently elected chair of the board of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He spoke on behalf of the Central Florida ACLU on the state of civil liberties in the United States following the September 11 terrorist attacks at the University of Central Florida. He was also named “Florida Businessman of the Year, 2003” by the Business Advisory Council. Michael H. Gora, partner in Hodgson Russ, LLP, Boca Raton, was presented the 2003 Judge Learned Hand Award by The American Jewish Committee, Palm Beach County Chapter. Barbara O’Horo-Benton, an associate with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, was appointed to the alumni board of directors for Florida State University College of Law. Sharon R. Bock, chief deputy clerk of court services, clerk of the circuit court, 15th Judicial Circuit, was the keynote speaker at the National Government Users Technology Conference in Tampa. She spoke on Leveraging Resources & Measuring Success. Deehl & Carlson, P.A., has been awarded the 2002 Community Service Award by the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. Alexander M. Clem, of Morgan, Colling & Gilbert, P.A., Orlando, spoke at an ATLA meeting in Austin, Texas on the topic of Corporate Investigation of the Nursing Home. Scott Tufts, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, has joined the Central Florida Tax Discussion Group. Taylor Ward, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, has been re-elected president of the Asia Society of Central Florida. Beth Houghton, chair of the board of directors for Signature Bank in St. Petersburg, has been appointed to serve, on an interim basis, as Cryo-Cell International, Inc.’s president and chief operating officer. Norma Stanley, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, has been re-elected to the board of directors for Florida Executive Women. She also became a member of the marketing committee for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. David J. Federbush, of Bethesda, Maryland, presented a seminar for the Dade County Bar Association’s County Court Committee on Current Issues in Litigation Under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, in Miami. Paul Mandelkern, of counsel with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, was re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida Academy of Health Care Attorneys. Ricardo L. Carmona, an associate with Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito & Christensen, P.A., has been elected to the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Ronald L. Weaver, of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., Tampa, has been appointed chair of the long-range planning committee of St. Joseph’s Baptist Health Care. Allison Turnbull, an associate with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, has been elected to the board of directors for the PACE Center for Girls. Anthony J. Fant-auzzi III, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been selected co-chair of Law Week by the Hillsborough County Bar Asso-ciation’s Young Lawyer Division. Michael S. Greene, a partner with Blank Rome, LLP, was a presenter at the American Conference Institute’s Fifth National Forum on Toxic Mold Litigation. He spoke on emerging concepts for damages from toxic mold exposure and contamination. David W. Magann, of Brandon, has been appointed president of the Greater Seffner Area Chamber of Commerce. James Hoctor, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, has been re-appointed as treasurer of the Mennello Museum of American Folk Art Friends, Inc. Cecilia Bonifay, a shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt, spoke at the Land Use Law Update in Florida, on the topic of Negotiating the Maze of Land Division Regulation and Ethics in Land Use Law: A Lawyer’s Responsibility. She also spoke at a conference on major land use laws in Florida, where she addressed Environmental Issues in Property Development and Recent Trends and Municipal Government Perspectives. Stephen R. Looney, a shareholder at Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., was elected as a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. John Lowndes and Larry Hames, partners with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, along with their spouses, were named two of the “Power Couples” by the November 2002 issue of Orlando Magazine. Dan Gerber, of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, spoke about liability issues involved with mosquito control at the National Pest Management Association Mosquito Control Symposium. Tom Truex, of Truex and Earnest, P.A., was elected Mayor of Davie, and will serve a three-year term. R. Gavin Mack-innon, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., has been elected to board of directors of the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Edward F. Koren, Jr., a partner with Holland & Knight, LLP, was honored as the Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney for 2002-03, during The Florida Bar’s Tax Section Annual Meeting in Orlando. Sylvia H. Walbolt, of Carlton Fields, was re-elected for her fifth term as chair of the firm’s board of directors at its shareholders meeting. Michael Chesal, of Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, P.L., was honored by Yeshiva Toras Chaim/Toras Emes Academy of Miami during the 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner in Miami. Along with his wife Jana, he was recognized as a chesed awardee, for his kindness and community service. Steven Sonberg, of Holland & Knight, LLP, Miami, has been named chair of the firm’s business law department. Another partner, Jose E. Sirven has been elected to serve a third term on the firm’s directors committee, and has also been appointed to a second term as chair of the budget and finance committee. Cathryn A. Mitchell, founding shareholder with MillerMitchell PC, spoke at the meeting of the International Trade Network regarding the Madrid Protocol, a system that will change the manner of obtaining worldwide intellectual property protection. She also presented a program for the Mercer County Bar Association titled Trade Secrets, Noncompete Agreements, Antitrust and the (‘Knowledge’) Workplace: Corporate and Litigation Landmines. Stephen H. Siegel, a partner with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., addressed health care attorneys from around the state at the 2003 Health Law Certification Examination Review Course, held in Tampa. His topic was titled Self-Referral: Federal/State Self-Referral Laws; Fee Splitting; and Structure of Group Practice. Jeannete Lewis Bologna, a partner of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, Coral Gables, spoke at the 37th Annual Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium. She spoke on the topics of forum non conveniens and personal jurisdiction. Richard Celler, of Steel, Hector & Davis, LLP, Miami, has been named chair of the board for ArtsAlive Miami. Steven E. Taylor, of the Department of Transportation’s general counsel’s office, District Four in Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed to the City of Lauderhill, Florida Planning and Zoning Board. Mark J. Ragusa, a partner with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Tampa, and current chair of The Florida Bar’s Clients’ Security Fund, has joined The National Client Protection Organization. Kelly Ann Cart-wright, a partner with Holland & Knight, LLP, Miami, has been appointed a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review, and Attorney Grievance for the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Julie Feigeles, a shareholder with Adorno & Yoss, was elected chair-elect of Hands on Miami. Jay W. Small, of Wilson, Garber & Small, P.A., Orlando, has been appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to serve as a member of the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. Bronwyn C. Miller, assistant state attorney and training director for the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami, has been named to the advisory board for Witness Justice, a nonprofit organization aimed at empowering survivors of violent crimes with a sense of personal justice and healing. Gerald W. Weedon, of Marks Gray, P.A., Jacksonville, has been elected president of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys for the 2003-04 year. Karen M. Buesing, of Zinober & McCrea, P.A., Tampa, served as management co-chair for the annual mid-winter meeting of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the Labor & Employment Section of the American Bar Association, in Hollywood. James R. Luss-ier, a shareholder with Mateer Harbert, was named president of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District, Inc. Nibaldo J. Capote, of Holland & Knight, LLP, Miami, has been appointed to serve as general counsel to the board of Amigos Together For Kids. Alvin K. Brown, of Brown Security & Law Group, P.A., gave a presentation on negligent security to the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security. Nancy Van Sant, of Sacher, Zelman, Van Sant, Paul, Beiley, Hartman, Terzo & Waldman, P.A., addressed the Florida International Bankers Association at the association’s most recent meeting of international bankers, private bankers, and brokerage affiliated personnel.