Firm News Feed Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0800firmwise Receives "Significant Sig of the Year" Award<h3 style="text-align: center;">Scott G. Hawkins is a 2017 recipient of the Sigma Chi Fraternity&rsquo;s &ldquo;Significant Sig of the Year&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; &nbsp;college football championship-winning coach Urban Meyer; &nbsp;and late-night talk show host David Letterman.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Hawkins is Past-President of The Florida Bar (2011-2012), is Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation 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;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 Downey joins Private Client Services Group<h3 style="text-align: center;">Jones Foster is proud to announce that attorney Krista A. Downey has joined the firm&rsquo;s Private Client Services Group as an Associate.<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Ms. Downey&nbsp;concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and wealth preservation, business succession and charitable gift planning.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> She is a Board member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, a member of Junior League of the Palm Beaches, and a former co-chair of the Diversity Internship Program of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.&nbsp;&nbsp;She is a&nbsp;<em>cum laude</em>&nbsp;graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.</p>Firm News07 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 Wilkins was a Speaker at Information Governance Retreat<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 -0800 Smith Graduates Florida Fellows Institute<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 -0800 Smith Appointed to School District Sales Tax Oversight Committee<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 -0800