Michelle de Leon News

Brevard school board weighs hiring full-time attorney

By Michelle de Leon | Jan 7, 2017

MELBOURE, Fla. — As the Brevard County School Board earns a stable outlook in the next fiscal year, its members are on the brink of making major changes in the system.

Ward considers shakeup in state attorney's office

By Michelle de Leon | Jan 5, 2017

KEY WEST — Newly elected Monroe County State Attorney Dennis Ward aims to see changes during his term, including staff changes.

Florida firm sues California corporation over alleged patent infringement

By Michelle de Leon | Jan 5, 2017

MIAMI — A Florida tech firm has filed a lawsuit against a California corporation for an alleged patent-infringement act.

Palm Beach law firm adds new estate lawyer

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 29, 2016

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Attorney Joshua L. Plager recently joined the team of lawyers at Boyes, Farina and Matwiczyk.

Uber attorney cries foul over Hillsborough County PTC, urges companies to safeguard documents

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 18, 2016

One of the lawyers working with ridesharing company Uber is sending warnings via a letter to other county attorneys over the way the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission handles the public records requests submitted to its office.

Two Pinellas attorneys disciplined by Florida Supreme Court

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 18, 2016

The Florida Bar recently announced that the Florida Supreme Court has issued court orders seeking to discipline 16 lawyers, two of which are practicing attorneys in Pinellas County.

'Witch hunt’ for Indiana attorney from failed Florida firm ends in suspension

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 16, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- A Florida real estate broker, who is a registered member of the Indiana Bar, was found guilty of illegally practicing law in Florida and has been sentenced to 18 months of suspension without the benefit of automatic reinstatement.

Florida trial lawyers donate $6.2 million to political candidates

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- A recent report has revealed that trial lawyers contributed a total of $6.2 million to Florida candidates' political campaigns this election cycle.

Best Lawyers group names two ARHMF attorneys to 2017 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ list

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 8, 2016

CORAL GABLES, Florida – Two lawyers from Coral Gables law firm Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP are recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2017.

Gawker settles with Hulk Hogan; Denton possibly preparing to sue Thiel

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 8, 2016

The four-year war between Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan has come to an end after the media company offered a settlement agreement with the former WWE star. However, the fight between PayPal founder Peter Thiel and Gawker founder Nick Denton appears to be far from over.

Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio welcomes daughter of two founders

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 8, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A Jacksonville law firm has opened its doors to the next generation to infuse fresh blood into the company.

Orlando law firm lays off more than 50 employees, closes offices across Florida

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 7, 2016

ORLANDO -- An Orlando law firm has dismissed more than 50 of its employees after lawsuits had been filed against its partners, coupled with a decline in the number of cases the firm been handling.

Florida court rejects AT&T telecom contract protest

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 4, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida appellate court confirmed that the Florida Department of Management Services did not err in its decision regarding a major state telecommunications contract that was questioned by AT&T.

Nursing home residents unbound by unsigned contracts, says Florida Supreme Court

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 4, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the residents of nursing homes who lack the capacity to sign any contract cannot be held accountable to such agreements.

Charges dropped against Miami-Dade judge

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 4, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- The Miami-Dade judge set to face a criminal mischief trial for destroying a pickup truck using a metal pipe in June escaped prosecution after the charges were dropped.

Florida leads nation in car accident drownings, movement underway to address problem

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 27, 2016

ORLANDO -- A review of federal crash data has revealed that Florida has the highest number of deaths by car accident drowning.

Three attorneys disbarred over allegedly excessive attorneys fees collected from Progressive settlements

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 25, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court disbarred three lawyers following what a court justice called acts of “greed” and “dereliction of duties” in handling a sizable insurance case.

Florida State rises in National Jurist’s list of best value law schools

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 25, 2016

TALLAHASSEE-- The National Jurist’s 2016 issue of preLaw Magazine has named the Florida State University College of Law one of the top 15 Best Value law schools in the country.

U. of Florida law school wins mock appelate court contest

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 25, 2016

GAINESVILLE -- Law students from the University of Florida emerged victorious in the 36th annual Florida/Georgia Moot Court Competition.

Tito's Vodka wins summary judgment in false advertising suit

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 23, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – A Florida district court granted a summary judgment in favor of Fifth Generation Inc. and Mockingbird Distillery Corp. with regard the false advertising case filed against its Tito’s “Handmade” Vodka line.

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