Firm News Feed Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0800firmwise O'Connor invited to Speak at Federal Court Boot Camp<h3 style="text-align: center;">Joanne O'Connor has been invited to speak at the<br /> Federal Court Boot Camp</h3> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Thursday, September 28, 2017<br /> 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.<br /> Gallery One&nbsp;&ndash; DoubleTree Hotel Galleria, Fort Lauderdale<o:p></o:p></h4> <p class="MsoNormal">Ms. O'Connor will be speaking on the following subjects:</p> <ul> <li>Discovery &amp; eDiscovery, with Honorable William Mathewman</li> <li>Drafting and Replying to Motions for Summary Judgment</li> <li>Post-Trial Motions &amp; Judgments</li> </ul> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p>For more information: &nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <br type="_moz" /> <p>&nbsp;</p>Firm News22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0800 and Gavigan Participate in ESI Discovery Panel<h3 style="text-align: center;">WILKINS AND GAVIGAN PARTICPATE IN ESI DISCOVERY PANEL</h3> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in;line-height:25.0pt;mso-line-height-rule:&#10;exactly">Firm shareholders <strong>Robert W. Wilkins </strong>and <strong>James C. Gavigan, Jr. </strong>were recent participants in the Palm Beach County Judicial Relations Presentation entitled<strong> Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Discovery, Florida and Federal Courts Compared.</strong>&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p>Jamie Gavigan served as moderator and Rob Wilkins was a panelist. &nbsp;Other panelists included Circuit Court Judge Meenu Sasser, Circuit Court Judge Cymonie Rowe, and U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p>Mr. Wilkins, a <em>Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial and Business Litigation attorney,</em> is Chair of Jones Foster&rsquo;s litigation department and has a broad based complex commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on&nbsp;eDiscovery, Information Governance, Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and the use of technology in the practice of law.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Mr. Gavigan, a shareholder at Jones Foster, focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, land use and zoning litigation, eminent domain and property rights, and employment litigation. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Attorney Tasha K. Dickinson Admitted to Practice in New York<h3 style="text-align: center;">Florida Attorney Tasha K. Dickinson has been admitted to practice in the State of New York<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Ms. Dickinson, who concentrates her practice in estate planning and trust and estate administration, is also admitted to practice in Florida and North Carolina.&nbsp; She is board certified by The Florida Bar in wills, trusts and estates, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC),&nbsp;and a current member of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. &nbsp;Ms. Dickinson is the Past-President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (State of Florida, 2009-2010), a past Co-Chair and Member of The Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee (2006-2012), and the past-Chair and Member of the Wills, Trusts and Estate Certification Committee of The Florida Bar (2010-2016). &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Jones Foster Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America<h3 style="text-align: center;">BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA 2018:<o:p></o:p></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;">17 JONES FOSTER LAWYERS SELECTED FOR INCLUSION<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Jones, Foster, Johnston &amp; Stubbs, P.A. announces that 17 lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America&copy; 2018 (Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). <o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>17 Jones Foster Lawyers Named Best Lawyers:</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Larry B. Alexander </strong>- Real Estate Law<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Larry B. &ldquo;Ben&rdquo; Alexander, Jr. </strong>- Real Estate Law <o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>David E. Bowers</strong> &ndash; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Margaret L. Cooper </strong>&ndash; Commercial Litigation, Litigation- Labor &amp; Employment <o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>H. Michael Easley</strong> &ndash; Commercial Litigation <o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Scott G. Hawkins</strong> &ndash; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation &ndash; Environmental; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Land Use and Zoning; and Litigation - Real Estate <o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Thornton M. &ldquo;Tim&rdquo; Henry </strong>&ndash; Trusts &amp; Estates<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Peter S. Holton</strong> &ndash; Real Estate Law<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Michael T. Kranz</strong> &ndash; Litigation &ndash; Banking &amp; Finance<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Theodore S. Kypreos </strong>&ndash; Litigation &ndash; Trusts &amp; Estates&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Joanne M. O&rsquo;Connor </strong>&ndash; Commercial Litigation<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>John C. Randolph</strong> - Litigation &ndash; Municipal; Municipal Law<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Peter A. Sachs</strong> &ndash; Commercial Litigation, Trusts &amp; Estates Litigation<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Sidney A. Stubbs</strong> &ndash; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Roberto M. Vargas </strong>&ndash; Commercial Litigation <o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>H. Adams Weaver</strong> &ndash; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Robert W. Wilkins</strong> &ndash; Commercial Litigation<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers&reg; has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers &ldquo;the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.&rdquo;<span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>Firm News15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Hawkins Receives Fraternity's "Significant Sig" Award<h3 style="text-align: center;">Scott G. Hawkins is a 2017 recipient of the Sigma Chi Fraternity&rsquo;s &ldquo;Significant Sig&rdquo; Award.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Sigma Chi Fraternity&rsquo;s &ldquo;Significant Sig&rdquo; Award recognizes members who have achieved high levels of professional success.&nbsp; Awarded annually since 1935, the Fraternity has honored more than 1,700 Sigma Chis with the Award. &nbsp;Previous winners include such notables as actor John Wayne, college football championship-winning coach Urban Meyer, and late-night talk show host David Letterman.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Mr. Hawkins is Past-President of The Florida Bar (2011-2012), Past-Chair of the University of Florida Foundation, and is in-coming Chair of the University of Florida College of Law Board of Trustees. &nbsp; He is <em>Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation</em> and&nbsp;practices commercial and corporate litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property, trade secret disputes, covenants not to compete, securities and real estate. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> He earned his M.B.A. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985, his law degree from the University of Florida in 1983, and his B.S.B.A. from the University of Florida in 1980.<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Elected VP Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter, National Bar Association<h3 style="text-align: center;"><b>Grasford W. Smith</b>, has been elected as Vice President of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association<o:p></o:p></h3> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%">The Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association consists of a network of attorneys thoughout Florida.<br /> <br /> 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; He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law (Vanderbilt Medal recipient) and the Florida State University College of Business, summa cum laude.&nbsp; He also holds a Business Strategy Certificate from Cornell University Graduate School of Management and is an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders Executive Education program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Jones Foster Attorneys Named in Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2017<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%">Jones, Foster, Johnston &amp; Stubbs, P.A. announces that the following attorneys have been named &ldquo;Legal Elite&rdquo; in Florida Trend Magazine&rsquo;s July 2017 issue:<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Sidney A. Stubbs &ndash; Hall of Fame &ndash; Commercial Litigation</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Scott G. Hawkins &ndash; Civil Trial</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Brian D. Kennedy &ndash; Wills, Trusts &amp; Estates</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Michael T. Kranz &ndash; Civil Trial</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Theodore S. Kypreos &ndash; Civil Trial</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<strong>James C. Gavigan, Jr. &ndash; Up &amp; Comers</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p>Florida Trend&rsquo;s Legal Elite asks attorneys to name those attorneys &ldquo;whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others.&rdquo;&nbsp; Statewide, they have named 1,080 lawyers who exemplify this standard of excellence, approximately 1.5% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Firm News28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Jones Foster Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers 2017<p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center;text-indent:.5in"><b><i>14 JONES FOSTER ATTORNEYS NAMED FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS<o:p></o:p></i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center; text-indent: 48px;">Jones, Foster proudly announces that 14 of its attorneys made the&nbsp;</span><span style="text-align: center; text-indent: 48px;">2017 list of&nbsp;</span><span style="text-align: center; text-indent: 48px;">Florida Super Lawyers</span><span style="text-align: center; text-indent: 48px;">:<br /> <br /> </span><strong>David E. Bowers &ndash; Estate Planning &amp; Probate<br /> <br /> Margaret L. Cooper &ndash; Business Litigation </strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Tasha Dickinson &ndash; Estate Planning &amp; Probate</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Scott G. Hawkins &ndash; Business Litigation</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Thornton M. Henry &ndash; Estate Planning &amp; Probate</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Theodore S. Kypreos &ndash; Estate &amp; Trust Litigation</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Joanne M. O&rsquo;Connor &ndash; Business Litigation</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Steven J. Rothman &ndash; PI General:&nbsp; Defense</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Peter A. Sachs &ndash; Business Litigation</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Sidney A. Stubbs &ndash; Business Litigation<br /> <br /> Allen R. Tomlinson &ndash; Business Litigation</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Roberto M. Vargas &ndash; Business Litigation</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>H. Adams Weaver &ndash; Eminent Domain</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Robert W. Wilkins &ndash; Business Litigation</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><o:p><br /> </o:p>Law &amp; Politics uses a four-phase process to create its annual list.&nbsp; It starts with a candidate pool, then the research department carefully evaluates each candidate.&nbsp; Thereafter, the candidates are evaluated by their peers within their primary area of practice and then finally, candidates are grouped by firm size and those with the highest totals are selected.<o:p></o:p></p>Firm News16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Gardner Graduates Leadership West Palm Beach, Class of 2017<h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Kelly A. Gardner has graduated Leadership West Palm Beach,<br /> Class of 2017.</h3> <br /> Gardner is a native of Palm Beach County, and a member of the firm&rsquo;s litigation department. She graduated from Tulane University Law School, magna cum laude, in 2013, where she received a certificate in Maritime Law.&nbsp; She received her undergraduate degree in Leadership Studies, cum laude, from the University of Richmond in 2010.&nbsp; Gardner is an active member of the community as well as the Palm Beach County Bar Association. <br /> <br /> The mission of Leadership West Palm Beach is to cultivate the leadership potential of those individuals who reside or work in the City of West Palm Beach and utilize their skills to foster the development of programs and opportunities that would enrich and improve the quality of life in the Palm Beaches. <br />Firm News08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0800 O'Connor to Speak at LLC Member Disputes Seminar<h3 style="text-align: center;">Joanne O'Connor to Speak at LLC Member Disputes Seminar</h3> <br /> The Business Litigation CLE Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association is presenting a seminar entitled LLC Member Disputes on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Fourth District Court of Appeals offices on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Firm Shareholder Joanne O'Connor will be presenting &quot;Taking and Defending the Corporate Representative Deposition of an LLC.&quot;<br /> <br /> Ms. O'Connor joins an impressive group of &nbsp;judges and lawyers who will present various topics related to Florida's Revised LLC Act that took effect in January 2015. This seminar is open to attorneys and paralegals. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> To see the complete agenda for the seminar along with information for registration you can click&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.Firm News31 May 2017 00:00:00 -0800