Firm News Feed Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0800firmwise 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. <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.</p> <p>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. Furthermore, 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, an honor 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</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;</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 Summer Associates Reflect On Their Time at Jones Foster<p>As the summer comes to an end, our 2018 Summer Associates, Jesse Hap, Carlee Rizzolo, and Michael Bennett, take a look back at a summer immersed in our West Palm Beach office.</p> <p>The Firm&rsquo;s Summer Associate program encourages participants to work closely with various practice groups and attorneys in order to broaden their knowledge and interact with members of each department. During their time here, the 2018 Summer Associates tackled a variety of projects and had the opportunity to attend trials, hearings, depositions, and negotiations. Each received firsthand experience by working with clients in a wide range of industries, participating in monthly departmental meetings, and attending numerous firm and industry events throughout the summer.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="640" height="428" /><b><br /> </b><b><br /> Catching Up With the 2018 Summer Associates</b></h2> <h4><b><br /> Michael Bennett</b></h4> <h4><b>J.D. Candidate at University of Florida Levin College of Law</b></h4> <p><b>Q:</b> How has the program prepared you for a future in law?<br /> <b><br /> A:</b> The summer program has prepared me for a future in law by allowing me to learn and sharpen the skills needed to be a successful attorney. Most notably, however, the program has taught me the importance of being a leader in the community. At Jones Foster you are surrounded by leaders, as evidenced by the various roles and responsibilities the attorneys have taken on. Exposure to such an environment inspires me to be a leader in the community when I embark on my professional career.</p> <hr /> <h4><b>Jesse Hap</b></h4> <h4><b>J.D. Candidate at University of Florida Levin College of Law</b></h4> <p><b>Q:</b> What is one of your most significant accomplishments during your time at Jones Foster?</p> <p><b>A:</b><font color="#212121"> I participated in a multi-million-dollar real estate deal that closed during my time at Jones Foster. During the deal, I helped draft deeds, easements, and other documents which I hadn&rsquo;t even heard of before. It was a whirlwind, but it was awesome to help move a deal towards the finish line.&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p> <hr /> <h4><b>Carlee Rizzo</b></h4> <h4><b>J.D. Candidate at University of Florida Levin College of Law</b></h4> <p><b>Q:</b> What did you enjoy most about your time as a summer associate?</p> <p><b>A:</b> What I enjoyed most about my time as a summer associate was getting to fully experience what it is like to work at Jones Foster and being a part of the team these past three months. I was able to see the inner-workings of the Firm, partake in several department meetings, and had the opportunity to work closely with attorneys from several different practice groups.</p>Firm News06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Super Lawyers Names 13 Jones Foster Attorneys<p>We are proud to announce that 13 attorneys, over half of the Firm&rsquo;s Shareholders, have been named in the 2018 edition of <i>Super Lawyers</i>, an honor less than five percent of lawyers statewide are selected to receive each year.</p> <p><i>Super Lawyers</i> is a national rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 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.</p> <p>The following attorneys were named 2018 <i>Super Lawyers</i> in these categories:</p> <ul> <li><b>David E. Bowers</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Estate Planning &amp; Probate, Tax, Employee Benefits</li> <li><b>Margaret L</b>. <b>Cooper</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Business Litigation, Employment Litigation, Land Use/Zoning</li> <li><b>Tasha K. Dickinson</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Estate Planning &amp; Probate</li> <li><b>Scott G</b>. <b>Hawkins</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash;&nbsp; Business Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation</li> <li><b>Theodore S</b>. <b>Kypreos</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Estate &amp; Trust Litigation</li> <li><b>Joanne M</b>. <b>O&rsquo;Connor</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Professional Liability</li> <li><b>Steven J</b>. <b>Rothman</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Personal Injury</li> <li><b>Peter A</b>. <b>Sachs</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Business Litigation</li> <li><b>Sidney A. Stubbs</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Business Litigation, Professional Liability</li> <li><b>Allen R</b>. <b>Tomlinson</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Business Litigation, Bankruptcy, Construction Litigation</li> <li><b>Roberto M</b>. <b>Vargas</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Business Litigation, Eminent Domain, Professional Liability</li> <li><b>H</b>. <b>Adams Weaver</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Eminent Domain, Land Use/Zoning</li> <li><b>Robert W</b>. <b>Wilkins</b>: 2018 Super Lawyers &ndash; Business Litigation</li> </ul>Firm News11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Memory of Tim Henry<p><strong>Jones, Foster, Johnston, &amp; Stubbs, P.A. mourns the loss of friend and Shareholder, Thornton M. Henry, who passed away on July 7, 2018 at the age of 75.</strong></p> <p>Throughout his 46 year legal career, Tim was lauded for his commitment to his clients and the community. He was a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax attorney and served as trusted counsel to private families, closely-held businesses, public and private charities, and individual and corporate fiduciaries. Tim was consistently recognized as a preeminent trusts, estates, and probate attorney by his peers and various industry publications, having been named by <i>Worth Magazine</i> as one of the nation's Top 100 Attorneys, as a Super Lawyer by <i>Florida Super Lawyers </i>Magazine, amongst the <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> for over 20 years, and as a Top Lawyer by <i>South Florida Legal Guide</i>.</p> <p>Tim was a published author and participated in over 30 mission trips. He was widely respected for his commitment to the community and was actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Tim partnered with charitable organizations such as the West Palm Beach Kiwanis Club and Foundation, Alzheimer&rsquo;s Community Care, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults in Palm Beach, The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Robert and Deborah Jacobson Foundation, and the Vincent E. Jay Foundation. Tim also served on advisory boards for organizations such as the Norton Museum, Palm Healthcare Foundation, The Place of Hope, and the Village of Hope and Scripps.</p> <p>We had the privilege of calling Tim a colleague at Jones Foster for 44 years. His passing is a true loss to the Firm, the legal profession, and our community. Tim will be greatly missed.<br /> <br /> <img src=" Tim.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="300" height="375" />&nbsp;</p>Firm News10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Trend Recognizes Jones Foster Attorneys As 2018 Legal Elite<p>We are pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named in the 2018 edition of <a href=""><i>Florida Trend&rsquo;s</i> Legal Elite</a>, an annual publication that recognizes top lawyers in the state as selected by their peers. Notably, less than 2 percent of attorneys statewide are selected to receive this honor.</p> <p>The following Jones Foster attorneys have been named as 2018 <i>Florida Trend</i> Legal Elite winners:</p> <ul> <li><b><a href=";A=3457&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Sidney A. Stubbs</a></b>: Litigation Senior Shareholder &amp; Former Firm Board Member &ndash; 2018 Legal Elite Hall of Fame</li> <li><a href=";A=14040&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295"><b>Genny I. Bernstein</b></a>: Private Client Services Senior Counsel &amp; Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney &ndash; 2018 Legal Elite<b><a href=";A=3446&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295"><br /> </a></b></li> <li><b><a href=";A=3446&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Michael T. Kranz</a></b>: Litigation Shareholder &ndash; 2018 Legal Elite</li> <li><a href=";A=3447&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295"><b>Theodore S</b>. <b>Kypreos</b></a>: Litigation &amp; Private Client Services Shareholder and Firm Board Member &ndash; 2018 Legal Elite<a href=";A=3450&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295"><br /> </a></li> <li><a href=";A=3450&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">&nbsp;<b>Joanne M</b>. <b>O&rsquo;Connor</b></a>: Litigation Shareholder &amp; Florida Bar Board Certified Business Litigation Attorney &ndash; 2018 Legal Elite</li> </ul> <p><b><a href=";A=3457&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Sidney A. Stubbs</a></b> is included among the select group of attorneys in <a href=""><i>Florida Trend&rsquo;s</i> Legal Elite Hall of Fame</a>, an honor given to practitioners who have consistently earned high rankings in the annual publication. Sid has more than 40 years of experience in commercial litigation and has been recognized by regional and national publications including <i>Chambers USA</i>. Sid is the Former Florida State Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation,&nbsp;has served on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, and is a former President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>Firm News09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Hawkins Featured by University of Florida in Alumni Profile<p><a href=";A=3439&amp;format=xml">Scott Hawkins</a>, <a href=";LPA=1688&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4248">Litigation </a>Shareholder and the Firm&rsquo;s Vice-Chair, is featured in an in-depth alumni profile by the <a href="">University of Florida&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;<i><a href="">Go Greater</a> </i>program. The <i>Go Greater </i>program shares stories<i> of </i>University of Florida Alumni who use their talents and leadership skills to positively impact people and communities everywhere. Scott has remained actively involved with UF, previously serving as Chair of the University of Florida Foundation from 2014-2016.<br /> <br /> <img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="348" height="196" /></p> <p align="center"><b><i>&ldquo;Scott Hawkins discovered early on his knack for leadership, and he&rsquo;s used that talent to help others Go Greater in their own lives.&rdquo;<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </i></b>&nbsp;<b><i><a href="">Click here to read the full article.&nbsp;</a></i></b></p>Firm News03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Smith Appointed as President-Elect of Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter<p><a href=";LPA=1688&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4248">Litigation </a>Shareholder <a href=";A=5714&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Grasford Smith</a> has been appointed as President-Elect of the <a href="">Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association</a> (VHFCNBA) for a one-year term. Grasford was inducted at the Legacy Gala on June 16, 2018 in Orlando, Florida during the <a href="">Florida Bar Convention</a>.</p> <p>The VHFCNBA began in the 1950s and has been the catalyst for the establishment of local, affiliate Black bar associations throughout Florida. It is a state affiliate chapter of the National Bar Association and consists of a network of nearly 1,000 attorneys statewide. VHFCNBA established a Fellowship Program to further efforts to advocate on behalf of Florida&rsquo;s underserved communities and supports a scholarship/loan fund to aid law students and recent graduates.</p> <p>Grasford&rsquo;s additional community and industry involvement is widespread. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Vice-Chair of the National Bar Association Minority Partners in Majority Law Firms Division, General Counsel of the Urban League of Palm Beach County, Emerging Leaders member of the Economic Counsel of Palm Beach County, Board Member of Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, and on the NYU LACA Advisory Board.</p>Firm News26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Dickinson Republishes Her Book "What to Know Before You Go"<p><strong>Tasha Dickinson, a member of the Firm&rsquo;s Board of Directors, republished her book &ldquo;What to Know Before You Go &ndash; an easy, comprehensive, planning guide for moving.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>As a specialist in wills, trusts and estates, Tasha has worked extensively with clients changing domicile/residency from New York and other states to Florida. She wrote this book to provide insight based on her experience, stating that &ldquo;the purpose of this reference guide is to provide a road map of the issues that need to be considered to effectively change a taxpayer&rsquo;s domicile and residency from New York to Florida for income and estate tax purposes.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tasha is a Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates Lawyer, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and is admitted to practice in Florida, North Carolina, and New York. Tasha&rsquo;s practice focuses exclusively on sophisticated estate planning and estate/trust administration. She has extensive experience with complex wealth preservation strategies, business succession planning, and charitable planning. Tasha represents fiduciaries in handling complicated estate and trust administration matters. She has developed a niche working with family offices and has written and lectured extensively on residency planning.</p> <p>Tasha served as the 2009-2010 President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She currently sits on the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Executive Council, serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Estate and Tax Planning Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee. Tasha is a past Co-Chair of The Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee and a past Chair of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Committee. Within the community, Tasha currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Town of Palm Beach United Way and is an advisor to the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src=" Book Cover.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="342" height="492" /></p>Firm News22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Matters: Megan Coughlin Graduates from Leadership WPB<p>Jones Foster <a href=";LPA=1688&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4248">Litigation </a>Associate, <a href=";A=12401&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4295">Megan Coughlin</a>, recently graduated from the 2018 Class of <a href="">Leadership West Palm Beach</a>, a program developed by the <a href="">Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches</a> to cultivate the leadership potential of those selected and utilize their skills to foster the development of programs and opportunities that enrich and improve the quality of life in the Palm Beaches.</p> <p>Megan shares her firsthand experience with the program and her community outreach efforts below:<b><br /> </b></p> <p><b>How did you get involved in Leadership West Palm Beach?</b></p> <p>One of the things I love about Jones Foster is that it has always been invested in the growth and development of the City of West Palm Beach. The Firm believes Leadership is a great way for its associates to become more involved in the community. When they asked me&mdash;I did not hesitate to say yes!</p> <p><b>What type of events and outreach did you participate in as a member of the class?</b></p> <p>Over a period of six months, we were immersed in the different communities and industries of West Palm Beach. On one day, we visited <a href="">Grassy Waters Preserve</a>, 23 square miles of Everglade wetlands that provides much of the City&rsquo;s freshwater supply, and the<a href=""> Solid Waste Authority</a>, where we learned about the City&rsquo;s commitment to recycling and its renewable energy program. On another day, we visited the <a href="">Port of Palm Beach</a>, the 18<sup>th</sup> busiest container port in the U.S., and the <a href="">Northwood neighborhood</a>, where we learned about the City&rsquo;s current restoration of the <a href="">Sunset Lounge</a>, the neighborhood&rsquo;s historic jazz venue, and the building of a community park.</p> <p>We also had the opportunity to visit the <a href="">Senator Philip D. Lewis Homeless Center</a>, and <a href="">The Lord&rsquo;s Place</a>, two non-profit organizations in Palm Beach County that provide crucial services, such as housing and employment opportunities, to the homeless population in Palm Beach County in order to break the cycle of homelessness. On another day, we toured the recently renovated and expanded <a href="">South Florida Science Center and Aquarium</a>, which (as a big fan of science) was so much fun!</p> <p><b>What are some of your key takeaways form the experience?</b></p> <p>Through Leadership WPB, I gained behind-the-scenes knowledge about everything from the City&rsquo;s government and economic development plan, to its many arts and culture initiatives. I was impressed to see the effort the City has devoted to making West Palm Beach a great place for residents to work and live for a long time to come.</p> <p>Overall, I took away from the experience that it is important for citizens to get involved as leaders for the betterment of our community&mdash;whether to support the art and sciences programs, advance the City&rsquo;s sustainability goals, or combat the homelessness issue in Palm Beach County. Through strong, focused, and committed leadership, along with involved, enthusiastic residents, we can continue to create a City where people will want to work, live, and raise their families.</p> <p><b>How do you think the program will help you personally and professionally?</b></p> <p>Having a well-rounded understanding of the diverse industries and communities of West Palm Beach, as well as knowledge of the various governmental bodies and their functions, makes me not only a more informed, engaged citizen, but also a better attorney for my clients that live and work in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. Through Leadership WPB, I not only built relationships with other professionals in the community, but also formed life-long friendships.&nbsp;</p>Firm News18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Wilkins Speaks at PBCA 29th Annual Community Law Seminar<p><a href=";A=3462&amp;format=xml">Robert Wilkins</a> presented at 19th Annual Community Law Seminar hosted by The Community Law CLE Committee of the <a href="">Palm Beach County Bar Association</a>. Rob discussed in length the topic &quot;Why you need a written data breach policy, how to get one, and what bad things can happen if you don&rsquo;t.&rdquo; The seminar, held on June 8th, included a full agenda of speakers discussing a variety of topics from Insurance Claims and Construction Defects to Legislative and Case Law Updates.</p> <p>Robert Wilkins is the Chair of the <a href=";LPA=1688&amp;format=xml&amp;p=4248">Litigation</a> Department at Jones Foster and a Florida Bar Board Certified Attorney in Business Litigation and Civil Trial Law. Robert has over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer in both federal and state courts, representing a broad spectrum of clients from individuals to multi-national corporations. He has extensive experienced in e-Discovery and data privacy law, including the ethical responsibilities of lawyers as it relates to the use of technology.</p>Firm News14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0800