We are proud to announce that Association Attorney Zachary T. Broome has been invited to speak at the ninth annual UF/IFAS AGRItunity Conference on April 11, 2015 in Inverness, Florida. Mr. Broome will discuss “Common Legal Issues for the Florida Agricultural Operation,” which will cover, among other things, Florida’s Greenbelt law, agricultural leases, premises liability, land use laws, and artificial entities. The AGRItunity Conference is sponsored by the Citrus County, Hernando County, Lake County, Pasco County, and Sumter County UF/IFAS extension offices.
We are pleased to announce that Partner, and Board Certified City, County and Local Government Lawyer, Derek A. Schroth helped Marie Rich, candidate for Mount Dora City Council’s At-Large seat, defeat a challenge to Mount Dora City Council’s decision to break the tie between Ms. Rich and incumbent Nick Girone by drawing lots. The Honorable Mark A. Nacke, Circuit Judge for Florida’s Fifth Judicial Circuit, agreed with Mr. Schroth’s argument that Mount Dora’s City Charter provision dealing with runoff elections is preempted by Section 100.181, Florida Statutes, which requires tiebreakers to be decided by drawing lots.
Please join us in welcoming Carmen Doss, CLC to our firm as a member of our staff. Ms. Doss is a Certified Land Closer and brings with her nearly 30 years of commercial and residential real estate experience. Ms. Doss has been a Lake County resident since 1989 and was previously with our firm from 1995 to 2006. She and associate attorney, James A. Myers, will be happy to assist you with any of your real estate needs.
Please join us in welcoming Associate Attorney Sasha Garcia to the firm. Ms. Garcia holds a Masters in Business Administration from Florida International University and recently graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida College of Law. During law school, Ms. Garcia had the honor of interning for Chief Judge Karen S. Jennemann of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. Ms. Garcia is from the Dominican Republic and fluent in Spanish. Ms. Garcia will primarily focus her practice on bankruptcy and debtor/creditor matters.
Please join us in welcoming Associate Attorney Brett Williams to the firm. Mr. Williams is a “Double Gator,” having graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a double major in political science and journalism and having recently graduated from the University of Florida College of Law. Mr. Williams is also a native Floridian and a member of Florida Blue Key. Mr. Williams will primarily focus his practice in civil litigation.
We are proud to announce that Associate Attorney Zachary T. Broome successfully obtained a complete dismissal of a federal lawsuit on behalf of our client, Lake Community Action Agency. Read further details regarding this outcome. Lake Community Action Agency is a local non-profit organization committed to promoting self-sufficiency by reducing and eliminating barriers that contribute to the instances of poverty through a variety of programs to improve the standards of living. For more information, please visit the Lake Community Action Agency website.
We are pleased to announce that Partner, and Board Certified City, County and Local Government Lawyer, Derek A. Schroth has helped the parties in Weaver v. City of Wildwood reach a tentative class action settlement. Circuit Court Judge William H. Hallman, III will conduct a hearing on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1:30 to determine whether the tentative settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable. Class members will receive further details concerning the November 13, 2014 hearing by mail or, after the mailing occurs, class members may also obtain further details concerning the hearing.
We are proud to announce that Partner Derek A. Schroth and Associate Attorney Zachary T. Broome successfully obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit, which alleged breach of contract, fraudulent inducement and negligent misrepresentation, on behalf of our client, First Green Bank. Read further details regarding this outcome. First Green Bank adheres to a values-based business model that seeks to do the right thing for the environment, its people, its community, and its shareholders. For more information, please visit the First Green Bank website.
We are happy to announce that Partner, and Board Certified City, County and Local Government Lawyer, Derek A. Schroth and Associate Attorney James A. Myers were successful in obtaining class certification on behalf of all those who paid the City of Wildwood, Florida police fees since February 12, 2009. Members of this certified class may obtain copies of all class action notices or contact our office directly.
We are pleased to announce that Associate Attorney James A. Myers has been named Board Attorney for the Educational Foundation of Lake County, Inc. The Educational Foundation of Lake County is a non-profit direct support organization for Lake County Schools. The Educational Foundation of Lake County serves as the connection between the local community and public education, evaluating needs and securing resources to enhance the quality of K-12 education. For more information, please visit the Educational Foundation of Lake County website.