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Attorney, marijuana lobbyist starting a new law firm says she hopes example is inspiring

Karen Kidd Jun. 13, 2016, 8:00pm

FORT LAUDERDALE – Successful South Florida attorney and marijuana lobbyist Nicole “Nikki” Fried, who announced the formation of a new law firm earlier this month, said she hopes her example is an inspiration for other women active in politics and public advocacy.

Former U.S. Attorney Pamela Cothran Marsh joins Berger Singerman

Karen Kidd May 20, 2016, 7:12pm

MIAMI – Up-and-coming attorneys should handle their mistakes as well as their successes, Pamela Cothran Marsh, former United States Attorney for Florida's Northern District who recently joined a Miami law firm, said during an interview.

Contempt case unusual because judge bypassed Florida Bar, attorney says

Karen Kidd May 2, 2016, 11:36am

WEST PALM BEACH (Florida Record) – A case like that of a Palm Beach County assistant public defender battling professional misconduct allegations is exceptionally rare but it’s not unheard of in more conventional channels, a Miami attorney said during a recent interview.

Students can earn law degree faster through 3+3 program at Stetson and Chatham

Karen Kidd Apr. 28, 2016, 6:05pm

GULFPORT – The sky is the limit in terms of how many Chatham University undergraduates can take advantage of a new 3+3 accelerated program, a faster way to earn a law degree, a Stetson University College of Law spokeswoman said recently.

PLF amicus brief criticizes court ruling over open records penalty in Florida case

Karen Kidd Apr. 12, 2016, 6:16pm

WEST PALM BEACH – Informed citizens make better decisions, which is why the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) filed an amicus brief in a Florida 4th District Court of Appeal case over a mining dispute in Martin County, a PLF spokeswoman said.

Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management case finally over after 22 years

Karen Kidd Apr. 12, 2016, 6:07pm

TALLAHASSEE – After 22 years in the courts, including a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the "takings" case of Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management is all but over, though most don't know it's still going on, a Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) spokeswoman said.

InterFACE Talent customers in Florida to begin receiving restitution, AG press secretary says

Karen Kidd Apr. 12, 2016, 5:59pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida customers bilked by New Jersey-based InterFACE Talent can expect to receive partial refund checks in the next few weeks, the press secretary for the state Attorney General Pam Bondi said in an interview.

Feds: Gibraltar Private Bank still must comply with Bank Secrecy and Anti-Money Laundering acts

Karen Kidd Apr. 11, 2016, 3:26pm

MIAMI – Miami-based Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust Co. was fined $4 million, including $2.5 million in civil money penalties (CMP), earlier this year by the U.S. government over lapses that included not reporting suspicious transactions linked to a Ponzi scheme, but additional steps are needed to rectify the situation.

Florida case that affirmed AG's power to dismiss whistle-blower lawsuits not quite over yet

Karen Kidd Apr. 8, 2016, 4:42pm

TALLAHASSEE – When Florida's 1st District Court of Appeals affirmed in February the state attorney general's authority to dismiss a qui tam whistle-blower lawsuit in which it chose not to intervene, most legal observers declared the case of Zoltan Barati vs. State of Florida, Motorola, Inc. et al. dead. The case, however, is proving to still have some fight left. 

Highly recognized Florida attorney has advice for women attorneys, life path and resilience

Karen Kidd Apr. 4, 2016, 5:44pm

MIAMI – Easley Appellate Practice Managing Partner Dorothy F. Easley, recognized earlier this year by Rue Ratings for being in the top 1 percent of Best Attorneys in America, believes that female lawyers face more work-life balance issues than their male colleagues.

Florida Supreme Court Sunshine Law decision 'a long time in coming,' newspaper editor says

Karen Kidd Apr. 4, 2016, 5:31pm

JACKSONVILLE – While 32 months isn't a long time in many lawsuits, it was a grinding pace for Times-Union Editor Frank Denton in his lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville and the Police and Fire Pension Fund for alleged Sunshine Law violation.

Florida judicial term limits proposal quietly dies; Proposal faced tough opposition among attorneys

Karen Kidd Apr. 1, 2016, 5:07pm

TALLAHASSEE – A joint House and Senate initiative to make judicial term limits part of Florida's constitution seems to have quietly died, but it was the wrong approach and a counter proposal won't be made, a Florida Bar Association chairman recently said.

Few lawyers in Florida face disciplinary actions

Karen Kidd Mar. 30, 2016, 12:19pm

TALLAHASSEE – A Live Oak attorney is one of a relative few lawyers who has endured legal discipline in the state, according to statistics provided by the Florida Bar.

Citizenship Day at Florida Coast Law School expected to be well-staffed

Karen Kidd Mar. 22, 2016, 8:34pm

JACKSONVILLE – With only a few weeks to go, Florida Coastal School of Law's Citizenship Day is expected to be well-staffed with pro bono attorneys but there's room for more, a Jacksonville Bar Association committee chair said.

U.S. District Court injunction provides breathing room in tale of two Ubers in Gainesville

Karen Kidd Mar. 19, 2016, 9:22am

GAINESVILLE – A cleverly worded preliminary injunction is providing breathing room for companies trying to figure out if Gainesville is big enough for two Ubers, a Tampa attorney said in a recent interview.

AG Bondi to seek U.S. SC review of 'no surcharge' challenge

Karen Kidd Mar. 17, 2016, 4:20pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will appeal a loss in four companies' constitutional challenge to the state's "no surcharge" laws, which bar surcharges on credit card purchases, to the U.S. Supreme Court, a spokesperson said.

Motions to rehear filed in religious exemption property tax case

Karen Kidd Mar. 10, 2016, 3:33pm

TALLAHASSEE — Defendants in a lawsuit over religious exemption to property taxes levied against a faith-based organization for property it once owned in Santa Rosa County are asking that the case be reheard, the plaintiff's attorney has confirmed.