Firm News Feedhttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=39&format=xml&anc=230&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10en-us28 May 2017 00:00:00 -0800firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssRobert Wilkins was a Speaker at Information Governance Retreathttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=66315&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;">Robert W. Wilkins was a speaker on the subject of The Ethical Obligations of Attorneys Relating to Metadata at the 2017 South Central Information Governance Retreat in San Antonio Texas.<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>The retreat is an informative and interactive gathering of corporate executives, in-house lawyers, outside counsel, judges, thought leaders and top-rated information governance vendors.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Mr. Wilkins is Co-Chair of the Jones Foster Litigation Department.&nbsp; He&nbsp;has a broad based complex commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on&nbsp;eDiscovery and Information Governance and the use of technology in the practice of law.&nbsp; With over 30 years&rsquo; experience as a trial lawyer, Mr. Wilkins&nbsp;is one of&nbsp;only 88 attorneys board certified by The Florida Bar&nbsp;in both Business Litigation and Civil Trial.&nbsp; He is admitted to practice in New York and Florida State Courts and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida.<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News25 May 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=66315&format=xml&p=4297William Smith Graduates Florida Fellows Institutehttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=65936&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;">Shareholder William G.&nbsp;&quot;Bill&quot; Smith Graduates from the<br /> Florida Fellows Institute.<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>The Florida Fellows Institute is a program of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) to develop the profession&rsquo;s future leaders through a series of in-depth educational presentations led by outstanding subject matter experts in each field. &nbsp; &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=65936&format=xml&p=4297Grasford Smith Appointed to School District Sales Tax Oversight Committeehttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=65683&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;"><b>FIRM SHAREHOLDER GRASFORD W. SMITH <br /> APPOINTED TO PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT<br /> &nbsp;SALES TAX OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE<o:p></o:p></b></h3> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left; text-indent: 0.5in;"><br /> <strong>The Independent Sales Surtax Oversight Committee</strong> (ISSOC) serves as an advisory committee to the School Board.&nbsp; The purpose of the committee is to oversee the proceeds of the sales tax revenue directed to the School Board and will remain in place until all projects on the referendum project list are complete.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Smith is a Martindale Hubbell &lsquo;AV&rsquo; rated &lsquo;preeminent&rsquo; attorney and has over a decade of experience in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.&nbsp; His practice includes complex business litigation, intellectual property, and transactional matters. &nbsp;</p>Firm News15 May 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=65683&format=xml&p=4297David Bowers Receives "Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year" Awardhttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=65501&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;">David Bowers Receives The Florida Bar<br /> &quot;Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year&quot; Award &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</h3> <p>The &quot;Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year Award&quot; is presented annually by The Florida Bar Tax Section to the individual who has made &ldquo;major contributions to the advancement of the practice of Tax Law and who exemplifies the highest standards of competence and integrity.&rdquo; <o:p></o:p><br /> <br /> Bowers, a shareholder and Board member of Jones Foster, is a<em> Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Attorney</em>.&nbsp; He has over thirty years of experience in estate planning, business planning and tax planning. &nbsp;He is a former Chair of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar (a member for over&nbsp;30 years); former Chair of the Tax Law Certification Committee of The Florida Bar; former Chair of the Palm Beach Tax Institute; and former President of the Palm Beach County Fringe Benefit Council.&nbsp; He earned his law degree from Ohio Northern University and his LL.M. from the University of Florida (1981).<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News09 May 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=65501&format=xml&p=4297Michael Gore Invited to Join The CLMhttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=65103&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;">Michael J. Gore Invited to Join the CLM</h3> <p>Jones, Foster, Johnston &amp; Stubbs, P.A. is pleased to announce that Michael J. Gore has been invited to join the prestigious CLM (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance).<br /> <br /> The CLM is the largest professional association in the insurance industry with a membership of more than 35,000 professionals in the claims resolution and litigation management industries.&nbsp; Founded in 2007, membership benefits include networking events, continuing education programs, and a wide variety of industry resources.&nbsp; Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Mr. Gore focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, construction litigation, and securities litigation.&nbsp; He has developed and implemented defense strategies in complex litigation matters, and assisted employers with preventative measures designed to reduce or avoid lawsuits including conducting audits, providing on-site training, and drafting employment policies and handbooks in accordance with state and federal employment laws.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <p>He is a candidate for an LL.M. in Securities &amp; Financial Regulation at Georgetown University Law Center and earned his law degree from New York Law School. &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=65103&format=xml&p=4297LLC Member Dispute Seminar - Palm Beach County Barhttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=64302&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;">Seminar on Florida LLC Member Disputes</h3> <div class="description" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"> <p>Attorneys and paralegals are invited to join us for a seminar on June 16, 2017 on Florida LLC Member Disputes. &nbsp;Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation, Firm Shareholder&nbsp;<strong>Joanne O'Connor</strong> will speak at 11:10 a.m. on &quot;Taking and Defending the Corporate Representative Deposition of an LLC.&quot; &nbsp;The roster of speakers is listed below. Attorneys and paralegals may register for the seminar at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.palmbeachbar.org/" target="_blank">www.palmbeachbar.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center><strong>PBCBA Seminar: LLC Member Disputes</strong></center> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;<span style="text-align: center;">June 16, 2017</span></strong></p> <table cellpadding="10"> <colgroup><col /><col /></colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td>8:30 a.m.</td> <td>Introduction &ndash; Kent Frazer, Akerman, LLP, Chair, Business Litigation CLE Committee</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8:35 a.m.</td> <td>Rights and Duties of Managers and Members in LLC Member Disputes<br /> Adam Rabin, McCabe Rabin, P.A., Board Certified in Business Litigation</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9:10 a.m.</td> <td>Litigation &amp; Remedies in LLC Disputes<br /> Joseph Galardi, Beasley Kramer &amp; Galardi, P.A.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9:45 a.m.</td> <td>Break</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10:00 a.m.</td> <td>Key Issues and Clauses in LLC Operating Agreements<br /> James Dodrill, James Dodrill, P.A.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10:35 a.m.</td> <td>Appraisal Rights and Valuing a Minority Member&rsquo;s Interest<br /> Christopher Kammerer, Kammerer Mariani PLLC</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11:10 a.m.</td> <td>Taking and Defending the Corporate Representative Deposition of an LLC Joanne O&rsquo;Connor, Jones Foster Johnston &amp; Stubbs, P.A., Board Certified in Business Litigation</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11:45 a.m.</td> <td>Break</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11:55 a.m.</td> <td>Professionalism Expectations and Contentious Cases<br /> Culver &ldquo;Skip&rdquo; Smith, III, Culver Smith, III, P.A.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>12:30 p.m.</td> <td>Judicial Panel: Fourth DCA Judge Jeffrey Kuntz, 15th&nbsp;Judicial Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser and 15th&nbsp;Judicial Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen. Moderator: Kent Frazer, Chair, Business Litigation CLE Committee.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div>Firm News14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=64302&format=xml&p=4297Ratka Takes Jones Foster's Executive Director Seathttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=64017&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.jonesfoster.com/06C5DF/assets/images//Ratka_Ed_Headshot (00650610xBA9D6).jpg" hspace="6" vspace="0" align="right" alt="" border="0" width="180" height="250" style="font-size: 12px;" />Jones, Foster is pleased to announce that<br /> Edwin A. Ratka has joined the firm as its new Executive Director.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Ratka has an extensive background in law firm administration, most recently at Lewis, Longman &amp; Walker, P.A. in West Palm Beach.&nbsp; In addition to assisting in managing the Firm, he will focus on the Firm&rsquo;s strategic planning, marketing and business development.&nbsp; Ratka replaces Donald L. MaGruder, who recently retired. <o:p></o:p></p> <p>Jones Foster Johnston &amp; Stubbs, P.A. has offices in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and Jupiter and been delivering solution-oriented legal advice to clients since 1924.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jonesfoster.com/">www.jonesfoster.com</a> <o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Firm News07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=64017&format=xml&p=4297Jones Foster Welcomes Michael Gore to the Employment Law Grouphttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=63666&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;">Michael J. Gore has joined the firm&rsquo;s Employment Law Group<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Michael Gore focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, construction litigation, and securities litigation.&nbsp; He has developed and implemented defense strategies in complex litigation matters, and assisted employers with preventative measures designed to reduce or avoid lawsuits including conducting audits, providing on-site training, and drafting employment policies and handbooks in accordance with state and federal employment laws.<br /> <br /> Mr. Gore is a candidate for an LL.M. in Securities &amp; Financial Regulation at Georgetown University Law Center.&nbsp; He earned his law degree from New York Law School and graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Business Administration in 2004. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><o:p></o:p></p> <p><br /> <o:p></o:p></p>Firm News17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=63666&format=xml&p=4297Gavigan and Smith Named Jones Foster Shareholdershttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=63589&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;">Jones, Foster, Johnston &amp; Stubbs, P.A. announces that firm attorneys James C. Gavigan, Jr. and William G. Smith have been promoted to firm Shareholders.<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Gavigan focuses his practice in the areas of complex business litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation.&nbsp; He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, serving on its Judicial Relations and Professionalism Committees and its Young Lawyers Section Executive Board.&nbsp; He is President of the Georgetown University Club of Palm Beach. <o:p></o:p></p> <p>Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, taxation and transactional corporate law.&nbsp; He graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law,&nbsp;magna cum laude,&nbsp;in 2010. After being admitted to The Florida Bar, he went on to earn his Master of Laws in Taxation degree (LL.M.) from the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Florida. He is a 2016 graduate of Leadership West Palm Beach.<b><o:p></o:p></b></p>Firm News13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=63589&format=xml&p=4297Gavigan and Smith Named Jones Foster Shareholdershttp://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=63590&format=xml&p=4297<h3 style="text-align: center;">Jones, Foster, Johnston &amp; Stubbs, P.A. announces that firm attorneys James C. Gavigan, Jr. and William G. Smith have been promoted to firm Shareholders.<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Gavigan focuses his practice in the areas of complex business litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation.&nbsp; He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, serving on its Judicial Relations and Professionalism Committees and its Young Lawyers Section Executive Board.&nbsp; He is President of the Georgetown University Club of Palm Beach. <o:p></o:p></p> <p>Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, taxation and transactional corporate law.&nbsp; He graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law,&nbsp;magna cum laude,&nbsp;in 2010. After being admitted to The Florida Bar, he went on to earn his Master of Laws in Taxation degree (LL.M.) from the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Florida. He is a 2016 graduate of Leadership West Palm Beach.<b><o:p></o:p></b></p>Firm News13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800http://www.jonesfoster.com/?t=40&an=63590&format=xml&p=4297