Firm News Feed Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0800firmwise | Estate Planning & Long-Term Care Seminar Series<h3><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;&#10;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:&#10;EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Navigating through the Medicaid &amp; VA Maze</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;&#10;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:&#10;EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><br /> </span></h3> <div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Genny Bernstein, Senior Counsel and Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law attorney, will host a series of estate planning and long-term care seminars October 22-25. These informative sessions will discuss the importance of estate planning, understanding Medicaid for nursing homes, assisted living, and home care, the impact of recent Veteran Benefit regulation changes, and how VA Benefits can help with long-term care.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The below seminars are conveniently located at two of the Firm&rsquo;s office locations.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Seminar #1<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></h3> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Date</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: Monday, October 22, 2018<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Time</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: 1:30pm<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Location</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: 505 South Flagler Drive, 4<sup>th</sup> Floor, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Seminar #2<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></h3> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Date</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: Tuesday, October 23, 2018<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Time</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: 10:00am<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Location</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: 4741 Military Trail, Suite 200, Jupiter, Florida, 33458<o:p></o:p></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <h3><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Seminar #3<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></h3> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Date</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: Tuesday, October 24, 2018<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Time</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: 6:00pm<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Location</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: 4741 Military Trail, Suite 200, Jupiter, Florida, 33458<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><b><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Seminar #4<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></h3> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Date</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: Monday, October 22, 2018<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Time</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: 1:30pm<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Location</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: 505 South Flagler Drive, 4<sup>th</sup> Floor, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <h4><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Please RSVP. Seating is limited.<o:p></o:p></span></b></h4> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><strong>Email</strong><strong>:</strong>&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><a href=""></a></span></p> <p><strong>Phone:</strong> 561.805.5500</p> </div>Firm News18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Highlight | Residential Architecture & First Amendment Speech<h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;&#10;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:&#10;EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Southern District of Florida Weighs in on Whether Residential Architecture</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&#10;Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:&#10;EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;&#10;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:&#10;minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:&#10;AR-SA">is Protected First Amendment Speech</span></h2> <p><strong>U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom has approved the report and recommendation of U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart in the matter of Donald Burns v. Town of Palm Beach, a significant opinion in the area of land use and constitutional law. Only one other court in the country has squarely addressed the issue of whether a resident has a protected First Amendment right to express himself in his architecture.</strong></p> <p>Donald Burns, a longtime resident of the Town of Palm Beach, argued that the Town&rsquo;s architectural review commission violated his constitutionally protected First Amendment right to freedom of expression when it denied his application to demolish his traditional-style home and construct a new International/modern-style home on the ocean front lot he has owned for almost two decades. Mr. Burns had testified that he wanted the design of his new home to communicate his &ldquo;evolving personal philosophy with an emphasis on few possessions and simplicity in lifestyle.&rdquo; Because his lot was undersized and non-conforming, his application required a special exception and site plan approval.<br /> <br /> By a 5-2 vote, the Town commission determined that the proposed residence would be &ldquo;excessively dissimilar&rdquo; from other homes within 200 feet in terms of architectural compatibility, arrangement of components, appearance of mass and diversity of design. Professional architects and neighbors opposed the application. Mr. Burns did not appeal to the Town Council or seek certiorari review in state court but sued the Town in federal court.<br /> <br /> No appellate court has addressed whether a residential structure constitutes visual art protected by the First Amendment. Only one reported federal decision from a district court in Nevada had previously weighed in on the issue. (Committee for Reasonable Regulation of Lake Tahoe v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 311 F. Supp. 2d 972, 1004 (D. Nev. 2004).)<br /> <br /> In recommending judgment in favor of the Town, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart observed that the First Amendment extends only to conduct that is &ldquo;inherently expressive.&rdquo; U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom adopted the Magistrate Judge&rsquo;s report in its entirety. She agreed that although Mr. Burns intended to communicate a message with his proposed home, the predominant purpose of Burns&rsquo; structure was not expressive art but to serve as a residence. Further, Mr. Burns failed to show a great likelihood that a reasonable observer would understand his proposed structure to predominantly communicate a message. Pointing to the Eleventh Circuit&rsquo;s recent opinion <a href="">(Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs v. Fort Lauderdale, 2018 WL 4000057 (11th Cir. Aug. 22, 2018),)</a> Judge Bloom emphasized that &ldquo;context matters&rdquo; in First Amendment analysis. Judge Bloom also dismissed Mr. Burns&rsquo; void for vagueness, overbreadth, substantive due process and equal protection claims. <br /> <br /> The Town of Palm Beach is represented in the case by <a href=";A=3433&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Margaret Cooper</a>, <a href=";A=3450&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Joanne O&rsquo;Connor</a> and <a href=";A=4950&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Daniel Widboom</a> of Jones Foster.</p> <h5>Related: <a href="">Judge recommends dismissal of suit against Palm Beach over rejected modern house</a></h5> <p>&nbsp;</p>Firm News10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Foster Welcomes Two New Associates<p class="MsoHeader" style="text-align:justify">Jones Foster is proud to announce the addition of <a href=";A=16694&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Jacob Z. Coates</a> and <a href=";A=16695&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Kelsey E. Meany</a> to the Firm as Associates in its West Palm Beach office. Coates and Meany served as Summer Associates during Jones Foster&rsquo;s 2017 Summer Associate Program, and the decision to hire both is part of the Firm&rsquo;s ongoing commitment to the development of the next generation of attorneys. Coates is a member of the Firm&rsquo;s <a href=";LPA=1688&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4248">Litigation group</a> and Meany will practice in the Firm&rsquo;s <a href=";LPA=1692&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4248">Real Estate group</a>.<br /> <br /> <o:p></o:p>&ldquo;Jones Foster believes in empowering our young attorneys to pursue their personal and professional goals so that they have the ability to emerge as leaders in their areas of focus,&rdquo; said <a href=";A=3447&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Theodore Kypreos</a>, Jones Foster Board Member. &ldquo;We are thrilled to have Jacob and Kelsey join the Firm full time after a successful 2017 Summer Associate Program and we are confident that they will add significant value to our Real Estate and Litigation practice groups in a rapidly evolving South Florida business climate.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p> <o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Jacob Z. Coates</strong>: Coates earned his Juris Doctor degree,&nbsp;<em>magna cum laude</em>, in 2018 from the University of Florida&nbsp;Levin College of Law, where he served on the Florida Law Review and received several Book Awards. While at The University of Florida, Jacob was a judicial intern to the Honorable Jonathan D. Gerber of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL. <o:p></o:p> <o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><o:p><br /> </o:p></p> </li> <li> <p><o:p></o:p><strong>Kelsey E. Meany</strong>: Meany earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2018 from Georgetown University Law Center where she served as the Online Editor and Executive Board Member of the<em> Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law</em>. While at Georgetown, Kelsey was a legal intern at National Public Radio (NPR) and The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).<span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> </li> </ul>Firm News03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0800 | Law360: Try Using Neutrals For State Court ESI Disputes<h4><span style="text-transform: uppercase;"><a href="">Law360: Try Using Neutrals For State Court ESI Disputes</a><br /> </span>By Robert Wilkins</h4> <p><em><strong>The demands on our state and federal courts to resolve disputes concerning electronically stored information (&quot;ESI&quot;) continue to grow exponentially.&nbsp;However, our state court judges&nbsp;face challenges beyond those of the federal judiciary. Federal district court judges have law clerks and magistrate judges for ESI related discovery issues. The magistrate judges have their own law clerks to assist them.&nbsp;State court judges are not as well supported.&nbsp;With a&nbsp;growing caseload and shrinking court budget, the burden on state court judges to handle their dockets as well as keep up-to-date of the rapidly changing ESI related law and technology is substantial. This article proposes a way for trial counsel to lessen that burden for state trial courts.</strong></em></p> <p>The mandated goal in all litigation is to &quot;secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.<a href="file:///F:/Marketing/Copywriting/External%20Publications/JF_Rob%20Wilkins_Law360_ESI%20Disputes.docx#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1" title="">[1]</a>&rdquo; It is the responsibility of the courts and the attorneys to work together to achieve that goal. To do so requires an understanding of the applicable law and available technology concerning ESI related issues.&nbsp;Acquiring that knowledge requires a daily commitment to keep abreast of the growing body of case law and evolving technology. The time and commitment necessary to do so is amplified by the recently increased focus in both federal and state law on proportionality factors in discovery.<a href="file:///F:/Marketing/Copywriting/External%20Publications/JF_Rob%20Wilkins_Law360_ESI%20Disputes.docx#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2" title="">[2]</a>&nbsp;This obligation extends well beyond choosing an outside vendor to collect, process, and provide a review platform. Simply put, an attorney cannot delegate to another his or her obligation to provide competent representation to the client.</p> <p>The Comment to Fla.R.Civ.P. 4-1.1 (Competence), amended effective January 1, 2017, identifies the lawyer&rsquo;s need to have an &ldquo;understanding of the benefits and risks associated with the use of technology&rdquo; when representing a client. For example, even before a lawsuit is filed, competence requires the lawyer to know when a legal dispute is &ldquo;reasonably anticipated&rdquo; such that the duty to preserve evidence arises. Competence requires the lawyer to have the knowledge and ability to meaningfully implement and monitor a litigation hold to meet the client&rsquo;s preservation obligations. It is beyond the scope of this article to address what the lawyer must know to meet the standard of care required to avoid ethical and potential malpractice issues. The purpose is to suggest and promote cooperation among counsel at the outset of litigation and, when necessary, to enlist the assistance of an independent neutral with the expertise to assist the parties to meet their respective obligations concerning ESI related issues.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To this end, as soon as possible, counsel should meet and confer in an attempt to resolve potential ESI related issues raised in the lawsuit. While this process is mandated in federal court and suggested in Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.201(b)(J) for complex litigation, it is not expressly required in litigation that is not designated as complex, unless provided for in an individual judge&rsquo;s divisional instructions or in certain circuits. Whether mandated or not, cooperating in an attempt to resolve ESI disputes is the best practice in any state court action. The goal is to try to reach consensus on the ESI related issues. Hopefully, the culmination of these efforts will result in an agreed ESI Protocol that governs the ESI issues from the outset.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>However, when consensus cannot be reached on certain issues related to ESI discovery, attorneys should consider using an attorney with technological competence and knowledge of the applicable law governing ESI related issues to act as a neutral.&nbsp;By consenting to use a neutral to assist in resolving ESI related disputes, the parties avoid delay and substantially reduce the costs necessary to move past the ESI related discovery issues.</p> <p>The parties have the freedom to use the neutral to whatever extent they choose. For example, they can agree that the neutral is only authorized to act as a mediator; albeit one that can use their specialized knowledge in an effort to guide the parties towards a resolution of the issues. Alternatively, the parties can agree that the neutral is empowered to hear evidence and provide a report and recommendation to the court, much as a federal magistrate does. The point is, the parties control the process and the authority provided to the neutral. In return, the neutral provides the parties with the benefit of their expertise and a more expeditious means to potentially resolve ESI discovery disputes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Otherwise, in most instances, the resolution of any substantive ESI dispute will require an evidentiary hearing with expert testimony and the associated costs.&nbsp;For example, if the parties do not agree whether to use search terms, predictive coding, or a combination of both, the court would have to hear evidence from the parties and their respective experts on the risks, benefits, and costs associated with each alternative. This is but one example of a multitude of other potential ESI disputes that would require court intervention. &nbsp;For a hearing requiring more than one hour, the court typically sets the matter on a trial docket. Resolution of the ESI discovery dispute must wait until it can be reached on a trial docket. In the process, other discovery is delayed and the length and associated cost of the litigation increased.</p> <p>Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.490(b) allows for the appointment of attorneys as special magistrates with the consent of the parties, and details the powers, duties and procedures that govern the&nbsp;special magistrate. However, the Rule specifies that &quot;[m]agistrates shall not practice law of the same case type in the court in any county or circuit the magistrate is appointed to serve.&quot;<a href="file:///F:/Marketing/Copywriting/External%20Publications/JF_Rob%20Wilkins_Law360_ESI%20Disputes.docx#_ftn3" name="_ftnref3" title="">[3]</a>&nbsp;Taken literally, this Rule prevents the parties in a commercial litigation action from using any commercial litigator in the county where their suit is pending as the magistrate. In addition, while the parties&rsquo; consent is required for the <i>appointment</i>, Rule 1.490 grants broad authority to the special magistrate to handle the matter referred. These two aspects of Rule 1.490 will most likely weigh heavily against the parties consenting to the appointment of a special magistrate on ESI issues.</p> <p>There exists, however, a means by which the attorneys can better control the process and still achieve the goal suggested in this article. Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.505(d) allows parties to stipulate &quot;concerning the practice or procedure in an action&hellip;&quot; This arguably permits the parties to stipulate to a neutral having all, some, or none of the general powers and duties and to follow any or all of the procedures provided for in Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.490. This approach allows the parties to control the extent and means for which the neutral will be used.</p> <p>Similarly, Fla.R.Civ.P 1.201, which governs Complex Litigation, further supports the approach suggested in this article. Subdivision (b)(1)(K) requires the parties to discuss the advisability of referring matters to &quot;a magistrate ... [or] other neutral.&quot;&nbsp;Subdivision &nbsp;(b)(1)(J) requires the parties to confer on the possibility of obtaining agreements concerning ESI related issues. There is no reason the parties can&rsquo;t agree to follow these suggested procedures in any action, complex or otherwise.</p> <p>Short of ultimately resolving the parties&rsquo; ESI disputes, an ESI neutral can certainly help to narrow the issues raised by those disputes in order to make a more efficient presentation to the court for resolution. By following this suggested approach, the parties not only lessen the burden on the trial court concerning ESI disputes, they can better accomplish the goal of a speedy and inexpensive resolution of the action.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">This article is reprinted with permission from Law360.</a></p> <div><hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /> <div id="ftn1"> <p><a href="file:///F:/Marketing/Copywriting/External%20Publications/JF_Rob%20Wilkins_Law360_ESI%20Disputes.docx#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" title="">[1]</a> Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.010</p> </div> <div id="ftn2"> <p><a href="file:///F:/Marketing/Copywriting/External%20Publications/JF_Rob%20Wilkins_Law360_ESI%20Disputes.docx#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" title="">[2]</a> Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.280(d)(2).</p> </div> <div id="ftn3"> <p><a href="file:///F:/Marketing/Copywriting/External%20Publications/JF_Rob%20Wilkins_Law360_ESI%20Disputes.docx#_ftnref3" name="_ftn3" title="">[3]</a> Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.490(b)</p> </div> </div> <br type="_moz" />Firm News02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0800 | Daily Business Review Q&A<p>Jones Foster Chairman and Real Estate Practice Group Leader, Larry Alexander, shares insights with the Daily Business Review in an in-depth Q&amp;A to learn more about the structure and benefits of our mid-size firm.<br /> <br /> The topics addressed include alternative fee arrangements, opportunities, threats, market trends, and the next generation of legal talent.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Click here to read the full article.</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>Firm News27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Alert | Changes to the VA Rules<div> <h1><strong>New Rules for VA Benefits will Impact Eligibility<br /> </strong></h1> <h3>Changes Effective October 18, 2018</h3> <p>The Department of Veteran Affairs (&ldquo;VA&rdquo;) has contemplated changing eligibility requirements for need-based benefits like VA Pension with Aid and Attendance and other benefits since 2015. <strong>Beginning October 18, 2018, we will see new rules go into effect.<br type="_moz" /> </strong></p> <p>The VA has instituted a new set of standards for these programs regarding net worth, asset transfers, and income exclusions. Although some of these rule changes will provide some uniformity with eligibility requirements, others will hinder eligibility.</p> <p>Some of the changes include:</p> <ul> <li>A lookback penalty for three 3 years (36 months) of prior uncompensated transfers (such as gifting/transfers) which could create an ineligibility period/penalty period for up to five (5) years.&nbsp;<strong>This is the first time the VA has implemented a lookback period.</strong></li> <li>Annuities are now treated differently and can trigger penalty periods.</li> <li>The net worth value is now $123,600.00, but combines both assets with yearly income.</li> </ul> <p>The changes to the VA rules regarding need-based financial benefits will affect many Veterans or their widows&nbsp;making it more difficult for some to obtain benefits.&nbsp;However, <strong>planning done before October 18th will not be effected by the new rules</strong>.&nbsp;</p> </div> <u5:p></u5:p>Firm News26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Foster Impact | Walk to End Alzheimer's<p><img src=" To End Alzheimers_website2.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="958" height="244" /><br /> <br /> Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer&rsquo;s&reg; is the world&rsquo;s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer&rsquo;s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.<br /> <br /> We ask that you join the Jones Foster team for a two mile walk held on Saturday, October 20th in downtown West Palm Beach.</p> <p>Please click <a href=" ">here</a> to visit our team page for more information including on how to register and/or donate.<br /> <br /> Together, we can end Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease.</p> <br />Firm News14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 O'Connor Appointed as Vice President of Federal Bar Palm Beach Chapter<p>Jones Foster is pleased to announce that Litigation Shareholder Joanne O&rsquo;Connor has been appointed as the Vice President / President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association Palm Beach Chapter. Joanne will serve in her role as Vice President / President-Elect for a one-year term from 2018-2019. The Federal Bar Palm Beach Chapter focuses on the interests, education, and professional development of all federal court practitioners. With over 100 members from the federal legal community, private practice, and local law schools, the Chapter hosts monthly luncheons, an annual judicial reception, and various other programs throughout the year.</p> <p>Joanne O&rsquo;Connor is a Florida Bar Board certified specialist in Business Litigation and focuses her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation including business torts, real estate disputes, and lawyer and law firm defense. Joanne has litigated a broad range of matters from arbitration and trials through appeals and has niche experience successfully defending national and regional law firms against legal malpractice claims.</p> <p>Joanne has been listed among Florida&rsquo;s Leading Lawyers in Litigation by <i>Chambers USA</i>, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world. She is recognized consistently by <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> and holds an AV Preeminent Rating from <i>Martindale-Hubbell</i>, awarded to only those lawyers with the highest ethical standards and legal ability. Additionally, Joanne has been selected as a Top Lawyer by the <i>South Florida Legal Guide</i>, as a Legal Elite by <i>Florida Trend</i>, and as a 2018 Top Lawyer by <i>Palm Beach Illustrated</i>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Firm News10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Beach Illustrated Names Half of Jones Foster Attorneys as Top Lawyers<p>Jones Foster is proud to announce that 18 attorneys have been selected as <i>Palm Beach Illustrated&rsquo; s</i> Top Lawyers of 2018. This inaugural honor &ndash; a first for the popular magazine &ndash; is the result of a peer review survey sent to all certified lawyers in Palm Beach County. Each of Jones Foster&rsquo;s preeminent honorees are listed in the magazine&rsquo;s September issue in one or more practice areas.</p> <p><i>Palm Beach Illustrated, </i>a luxury lifestyle magazine, debuted in 1952 and is distributed from Boca Raton to Vero Beach. As one of the oldest and most respected law firms in Palm Beach County, Jones Foster and its attorneys are proud to be an integral part of the region for almost a century.</p> <p>&nbsp;<i>Palm Beach Illustrated </i>has named the following Jones Foster attorneys in these categories:</p> <ul> <li><b>L. Ben Alexander, Jr.</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers </i>&ndash; Real Estate Law&nbsp;</li> <li><b>Larry B. Alexander</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Real Estate Law</li> <li><b>Genny Bernstein</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Elder Law</li> <li><b>David E. Bowers:</b> 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Tax Law and Trust and Estates</li> <li><b>Margaret L. Cooper</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Labor and Employment Litigation, Land Use and Zoning Law</li> <li><b>M. Megan Coughlin</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Trust and Estates</li> <li><b>Tasha K.</b> <b>Dickinson</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Trust and Estates</li> <li><b>Scott G</b>. <b>Hawkins</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Municipal Law</li> <li><b>Peter S. Holton</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Real Estate Law</li> <li><b>Michael T. Kranz:</b> 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Banking and Finance Law</li> <li><b>Theodore S. Kypreos</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Trust and Estates</li> <li><strong>Kevin T. Lamb</strong>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers </i>&ndash; Mergers and Acquisitions Law&nbsp;</li> <li><b>Joanne M. O&rsquo;Connor</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Commercial and Business Litigation</li> <li><b>John C. Randolph</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Municipal Law</li> <li><b>Peter A. Sachs</b>: 2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Trust and Estates</li> <li><b>Allen R. Tomlinson</b>:2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law</li> <li><b>Roberto M. Vargas: </b>2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law</li> <li><b>H.&nbsp;</b><b>Adams Weaver: </b>2018 <i>Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers</i> &ndash; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use and Zoning Law&nbsp;</li> </ul>Firm News28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Best Lawyers in America Names 16 Jones Foster Attorneys<p>Jones Foster is proud to announce that 16 attorneys, over half of its Shareholders, have been named in the 2019 edition of <i>Best Lawyers in America</i>, an honor that recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the nation. Notably, two of the Firm's Shareholders have also been named as &quot;Lawyer of the Year&quot; in West Palm Beach.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The publication has named Jones Foster&rsquo;s attorneys in a wide variety of practice areas, highlighting the breadth of the Firm&rsquo;s experience.&nbsp;<i>Best Lawyers<sup>&reg;</sup> </i>is the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession and their annual lists of outstanding attorneys are a result of exhaustive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers. <br /> <br /> The Firm&rsquo;s Chairman, Larry Alexander, and Vice-Chair, Scott Hawkins, have received the 2019 <i>Best Lawyers &quot;Lawyer of the Year&quot;</i> award for West Palm Beach in Real Estate Law and Environmental Litigation, respectively. The &quot;Lawyer of the Year&quot; honor is presented each year to a single outstanding lawyer by practice area and city.</p> <p><i>Best Lawyers </i>has named the following Jones Foster attorneys in these categories:</p> <p>&middot; <b>Ben Alexander</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Real Estate Law</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Larry B. Alexander</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Real Estate Law<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;*2019 Best Lawyers &quot;Lawyer of the Year&quot; West Palm Beach - Real Estate Law*</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>David E. Bowers:</b> 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law, Trust and Estates</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Margaret L. Cooper:</b> 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>H.&nbsp;</b><b>Michael Easley: </b>2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Commercial Litigation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Scott G</b>. <b>Hawkins</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash;&nbsp;Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Land Use and Zoning Litigation, Real Estate Litigation&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;*2019 Best Lawyers &quot;Lawyer of the Year&quot; West Palm Beach - Environmental Litigation*</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Peter S. Holton</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Real Estate Law</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Michael T. Kranz:</b> 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Banking Litigation and Finance Litigation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Theodore S. Kypreos</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Trust and Estates Litigation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Joanne M. O&rsquo;Connor</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Commercial Litigation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>John C. Randolph</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Municipal Litigation, Municipal Law</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Peter A. Sachs</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Commercial Litigation, Trust and Estates Litigation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Grasford Smith</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Commercial Litigation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Sidney A. Stubbs</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>H</b>. <b>Adams Weaver: </b>2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;<b>Robert W</b>. <b>Wilkins</b>: 2019 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> &ndash; Commercial Litigation</p>Firm News15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0800