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Retiring judge requests governor appoint successor in letter, attorney files suit seeking election

By Karen Kidd | Aug 11, 2016

LAKELAND – The attorney for a Lakeland man fighting for the chance run for judge on the 10th Judicial Circuit Court says he suspects the way that bench, and others, is being vacated amounts to election tampering and is unconstitutional.

Law prof: Tickets issued through Aventura’s red-light camera program might still need paid

By Karen Kidd | Aug 10, 2016

AVENTURA – A Florida appeals court decision earlier this week in favor of Aventura's red-light camera program means drivers who received traffic tickets from the city may need to pay up, a law professor said during a recent interview.

Honesty and hard work make a great commercial litigator, says new McGlinchey Stafford attorney

By Karen Kidd | Aug 9, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE – Credibility, hard work and doing the research are some important for any up-and-coming attorney who aspires to a career in commercial litigation, a new attorney in a Fort Lauderdale practice said during a recent interview.

Tamarac sees positive results in red light camera program, despite legal minefield

By Karen Kidd | Aug 5, 2016

TAMARAC – Despite ongoing litigation and general controversy in Florida over the use of red light cameras, the program in Tamarac has the nod of its city commission and some encouragement from an appeals court ruling earlier this week.

New city attorney says he wants his office to be the best in state within two years

By Karen Kidd | Jul 29, 2016

PORT ST. LUCIE – A new direction and a better outlook is what Port St. Lucie's newly hired city attorney, the third in as many years, says he plans for the embattled office, with a goal of making it the best in the state.

Realtor’s suit against BoA, Nationstar Mortgage won't go class action, new team member says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 29, 2016

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Realtor Michael Bondi's almost 10-year battle against Nationstar Mortgage and Bank of America won't go class action, the Florida attorney who joined Bondi's legal team earlier this month said during a recent interview.

'No surcharge' laws on credit card purchases are unconstitutional, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 27, 2016

MIAMI – A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of "no surcharge" laws on credit card purchases will determine whether merchants have to keep lying to customers, an official with the Institute for Justice's Florida office said during an interview.

Florida Supreme Court on summer break but work continues, law professor says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 22, 2016

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) – Florida Supreme Court justices are on their annual 2.5 months summer vacation, leaving pending cases in abeyance, but there is still plenty of work getting done, a law professor said during a recent interview.

Chamber staffer: Workers’ comp increase will be ‘significant burden’ to small business

By Karen Kidd | Jul 21, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's Chamber of Commerce doesn't know how the state's Office of Insurance Regulation will decide on a 20 percent workers' compensation insurance rate hike request but has a good idea how such an increase will affect small businesses, a chamber official said during a recent interview.

Rillstone: Young attorneys should consider value they bring to the firm, clients

By Karen Kidd | Jul 19, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Up-and-coming attorneys need to ask themselves a serious question as they focus on what their career will be, a Tallahassee attorney recently named to the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list said during a recent interview.

Florida Supreme Court in sound recordings rights case could spark more litigation

By Karen Kidd | Jul 13, 2016

WEST PALM BEACH – More litigation could be triggered based on what the Florida Supreme Court decides about pre-1972 sound recordings in the state, a patent and trademark attorney and blogger said during a recent interview.

Judge's decision awaited in Brevard County Commission secular invocation case

By Karen Kidd | Jun 28, 2016

ORLANDO – As Brevard County Commissioners await a judge's ruling over whether they should have denied a free-thought group's request in 2015 to offer a secular invocation, the director of that group already knows they were wrong.

Campaign contributions a 'permanent reality,' says lawyer

By Karen Kidd | Jun 24, 2016

TALLAHASSEE –– Donald Trump's political contribution to Florida's elected attorney general created at least the appearance of bias and impropriety. This is a danger faced by all elected legal officials, a Miami attorney said during a recent interview.

Miami attorney Robert Parks' advice to new attorneys: 'Read your oath very carefully'

By Karen Kidd | Jun 22, 2016

MIAMI – Miami-based trial attorney Robert L. Parks, who was recently named a trustee for the National Judicial College,  said during a recent interview that the service component of his job wasn't high on his mind when he was in law school.

Lawyer: Despite Orlando tragedy, employees should still report concerns about co-workers

By Karen Kidd | Jun 14, 2016

ORLANDO – While warnings from co-workers didn't prevent this past weekend's mass killing in Orlando, employers must encourage that kind of communication to not only prevent attacks but reduce liability, an employment attorney said during an interview on Monday.

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

By Karen Kidd | Jun 13, 2016

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

By Karen Kidd | May 20, 2016

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

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2016

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

By Karen Kidd | Apr 28, 2016

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

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2016

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.

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