11/01/2012: Greenspoon Marder Named Among the 2013 “Best Law Firms”

Greenspoon Marder Named Among the 2013 “Best Law Firms”

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Thursday, Nov., 1, 2012) – U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® have named Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm of more than 30 years, among the 2013 “Best Law Firms” in the nation. The third edition of these rankings features law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers, and provides a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

The rankings, presented in tiers, showcase more than 10,000 law firms ranked nationally or by metropolitan region. Firms were ranked nationally in one or more of 80 legal practice areas and by metro or state in 118 practice areas. Greenspoon Marder ranked in tier one for the Miami metropolitan region for its Appellate, Banking and Finance, Environmental, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Litigation, Real Estate, and Trusts and Estates groups.

In addition, the firm had several practice areas in the second metropolitan region tiers, including: Commercial Litigation; Eminent Domain and Condemnation; Land Use and Zoning; Land Use and Zoning Litigation; Construction Litigation; Personal Injury; Real Estate Litigation; and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights.

The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue, on newsstands November 20, 2012. The national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, which is being distributed to more than 30,000 general counsels and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide. The rankings in their entirety are posted online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our work,” said Gerald Greenspoon, co-founding shareholder of Greenspoon Marder, “but the greatest honor comes from providing our clients with high-quality, personalized service for more than 30 years.”

Recently, 23 of the firm’s attorneys were named among The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 – an exhaustive peer review survey. The list included: Michael R. Bakst, shareholder, bankruptcy & creditor rights; William Berger, managing shareholder, commercial litigation, banking & finance litigation, and real estate litigation; Laurence I. Blair, shareholder, trusts & estates; Thomas R. Bolf, shareholder, eminent domain & condemnation law; John Farquhar, shareholder, real estate law; Scott J. Fuerst, shareholder, real estate law; Gene K. Glasser, managing shareholder, tax, trusts & estates; Bruce D. Goorland, general counsel, real estate law; Mark F. Grant, shareholder, real estate law; Gerald Greenspoon, co-founder and managing shareholder, real estate law; Neal W. Hirschfeld, shareholder, personal injury litigation; Michael H. Krul, shareholder, corporate law; Michael Marder, co-founder and managing shareholder, real estate law; Brian S. McHugh, shareholder, litigation; Dennis D. Mele, shareholder, environmental law and land use & zoning law; John H. Pelzer, shareholder, appellate law; Reuben Schneider, shareholder, real estate law; Carl Schuster, shareholder, trusts & estates; John L. Shiekman, shareholder, real estate law; Peter D. Slavis, real estate law; Glenn N. Smith, shareholder, litigation; Barry E. Somerstein, shareholder, real estate law; and Mark K. Somerstein, shareholder, banking & finance and real estate law.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

10/31/2012: Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Make First Victories in Rothstein “Clawback” Lawsuits

Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Make First Victories in Rothstein “Clawback” Lawsuits

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012) – Greenspoon Marder attorneys Steven Fender and Kenneth J. Scherer have successfully defended two local non-profit organizations, The Dan Marino Foundation and HomeSafe, in lawsuits filed by Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler bankruptcy Trustee Herbert Stettin, in an attempt to reclaim contributions made by Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. These are the first two defendants of more than 130 “clawback” lawsuits filed by Stettin to be granted summary judgments.

Stettin sought to recover $60,000 in donations made from RRA to HomeSafe and $259,000 in donations made to The Dan Marino Foundation, but U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond Ray granted both organizations’ motions for summary judgments, ruling that the donations made to the foundations were either made from Rothstein’s personal account or were entered into in good faith by the foundations.

“My clients knew nothing about Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme,” said Fender. “We believe these lawsuits never should have been filed and we’re glad they were dismissed.”

Steven Fender, Esq. is Of Counsel with Greenspoon Marder’s Bankruptcy Practice Group in West Palm Beach. His practice is focused on bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters in both state and federal courts, representing clients across the United States in a variety of employment disputes, shareholder negotiations and disputes, contract claims, unfair competition litigation, intellectual property, business tort and contract matters. He has also handled numerous appeals in both state and federal court systems. He is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Kenneth J. Scherer, Esq. is a member of Greenspoon Marder’s Commercial and Business Litigation Group in West Palm Beach, concentrating his practice in a various real estate-, banking-, and bankruptcy-related litigation matters. He is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

08/23/2012: Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2013

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Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2013

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Thursday, August 23, 2012) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, boasts a long list of attorneys who have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

The list includes 23 of the firm’s attorneys, including: Michael R. Bakst, shareholder, bankruptcy & creditor rights; William Berger, managing shareholder, commercial litigation, banking & finance litigation, and real estate litigation; Laurence I. Blair, shareholder, trusts & estates; Thomas R. Bolf, shareholder, eminent domain & condemnation law; John Farquhar, shareholder, real estate law; Scott J. Fuerst, shareholder, real estate law; Gene K. Glasser, managing shareholder, tax, trusts & estates; Bruce D. Goorland, general counsel, real estate law; Mark F. Grant, shareholder, real estate law; Gerald Greenspoon, co-founder and managing shareholder, real estate law; Neal W. Hirschfeld, shareholder, personal injury litigation; Michael H. Krul, shareholder, corporate law; Michael Marder, co-founder and managing shareholder, for real estate law; Brian S. McHugh, shareholder, litigation; Dennis D. Mele, shareholder, environmental law and land use & zoning law; John H. Pelzer, shareholder, appellate law; Reuben Schneider, shareholder, real estate law; Carl Schuster, shareholder, trusts & estates; John L. Shiekman, shareholder, real estate law; Peter D. Slavis, real estate law; Glenn M. Smith, shareholder, litigation; Barry E. Somerstein, shareholder, real estate law; and Mark K. Somerstein, shareholder, banking & finance and real estate law.

“We are honored to be recognized by our peers,” said Greenspoon, “but, mostly, we are honored to continue to provide our clients with high-quality, personalized service.”

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counse magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

08/02/2012 : Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Honored at South Florida Business Journal’s 2012 40 Under 40 Awards

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Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Honored at South Florida Business Journal’s 2012 40 Under 40 Awards


FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Thurs., Aug. 2, 2012) –
Greenspoon Marder shareholder Robby H. Birnbaum, Esq. has been named as one of the “2012 40 Under 40” by South Florida Business Journal. The award ceremony, which honors the region's best and brightest professionals under 40 years old for their professional success and community involvement, was held on August 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Birnbaum has established himself as a nationally recognized regulatory lawyer, especially when it comes to consumer marketing for businesses and programs that assist consumers who are in debt. He has been called upon numerous times to speak to large groups of companies, state and federal regulators, and consumers who need assistance with managing consumer debt. Most recently, he helped establish a “Seal of Approval” program for consumer debt relief providers to help consumers who are victims of unlawful financial practices to identify compliant and safer companies that can help them.

“It’s humbling to be recognized for your hard work,” said Birnbaum, “but the greatest honor has always come from having satisfied clients.”

As the founder of Greenspoon Marder’s Regulatory Compliance & Defense practice, Birnbaum has played an integral role in the growth and development of the department, which is now one of the firm’s major practice areas representing more clients in front of state Attorneys’ General and Banking Departments, along with the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He has earned the professional respect of his regulatory counterparts, and most importantly of the clients he serves. Birnbaum has received numerous recognitions for his work including being named to Florida Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012; Top Up & Comers by South Florida Legal Guide, 2009 – 2011; Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers, 2009 – 2010; and Up & Comers by South Florida Business Journal, 2006. He currently serves as President of The American Fair Credit Council (AFCC) and is a member of The Association of Resort Developers Information Privacy Sub-Committee.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service, civil practice law firm. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance, consumer advertising, and defense of state and federal regulatory investigations. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

07/24/2012 : Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Hosts National Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition

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Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Hosts National Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (July 24, 2012) – Greenspoon Marder shareholder Evett Simmons, Esq. hosted the Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition held this month in Washington, D.C. during the National Bar Association Crump Law Camp.

Now in its 12th year, the NBA Crump Law Camp, which is a two-week summer camp convened at the famed Howard University, is designed to provide high school students with an enjoyable and comprehensive introduction to the challenges of a legal education. The Camp offers annually at least 32 students of diverse backgrounds and races an introduction to law school and the skills required to be an effective lawyer. The faculty and staff are comprised of members of the legal and education community, including lawyers, teachers and law professors. Open primarily to tenth and eleventh grade students, the curriculum not only includes guest lecturers but field trips and a mock trial competition.

Each Law Camp attendee competes in the Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition for a chance to participate in the finals, which are held during the National Bar Association’s Annual Convention. The winner receives a laptop computer, provided by Greenspoon Marder. Winners of the Mock Trial Competition are announced in July and featured in the August issue of Florida Bar News. With only 10 percent of the nation’s lawyers being people of color, the primary goal of the NBA Crump Law Camp is to encourage young students of color to improve their grades in high school, attend college and enter law school. “The objective is to grow our own lawyers,” Simmons said. “If you go into a courtroom and you see people in key roles that happen to look like you, you at least perceive that you have a better opportunity of having a fair outcome.” This is why Simmons began the Law Camp in 2001 during her term as president of the National Bar Association.

Simmons, a past president of the Port St. Lucie Bar Association and former member of the State of Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida, is the Chair of Greenspoon Marder’s Diversity Committee. She currently serves on The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, the American Bar Association Commission on Civic Education in the Schools, and the Board of Trustees of Florida Southern College.

Ms. Simmons has been awarded honors by a variety of respected organizations, associations, and businesses. In 2007, the NBA presented Simmons with the "Gertrude E. Rush Award" that honors her spirit and commitment to mankind. She also received the "National Black Pre-Law Admissions and Preparation Conference Legacy Builder Award," the "PACE Believing in Girls Embrace Growth & Legacy Award," and the "Soroptimist Women of Distinction Award." In addition, she is a past recipient of the NBA’s “Gertrude E. Rush Award” and in 2001 she was listed by Ebony Magazine as one of the most influential African Americans in the United States.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

06/14/2012 : South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012

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Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Named as South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers™

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Fri., Sept. 28, 2012) – A long list of attorneys from full-service Florida law firm Greenspoon Marder have been listed in the 2012 edition of South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers™ presented by American Lawyer Media. The annual publication is a comprehensive list of South Florida attorneys who have received an “AV Preeminent” rating by their peers – the highest Peer Review Rating available by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

The list contains 47 of the firm’s attorneys, including: Mitchell D. Adler, Shareholder, litigation; Michael R. Bakst, Shareholder, bankruptcy, collections & creditor rights, and financial recovery; William Berger, Shareholder, litigation; Milton S. Blaut, personal injury law; Gregory J. Blodig, Shareholder, corporate and banking; Thomas R. Bolf, Shareholder, eminent domain; Hope W. Calhoun, Shareholder, land use & zoning; Marc Cohen, Shareholder, collections & creditor rights; Alan B. Cohn, Shareholder, tax, trusts & estates; Donald Dufresne, Shareholder, real estate, banking, corporate, and equine law; Richard W. Epstein, Shareholder & litigation chair; G. Steven Fender, Of Counsel, bankruptcy litigation; Matthew Fornaro, foreclosure litigation; Scott J. Fuerst, Shareholder, real estate law; Richard H. Gaines, Shareholder, family law; Steven Geller, Shareholder, land use & zoning, lobbying, gaming, first-party property insurance claims; W. Wyndham Geyer, Shareholder, litigation; Gene K. Glasser, Shareholder, tax, trusts, & estates; Bruce D. Goorland, General Counsel; Mark F. Grant, Shareholder, real estate, banking & finance law; Gerald Greenspoon, Co-founder & Managing Shareholder, real estate, resort & timeshare law; Haas Hatic, employment litigation; Neal W. Hirschfeld, Shareholder, personal injury law; Brent D. Klein, Shareholder, corporate, international taxation, tax, trusts & estates; Evan B. Klinek, Shareholder, litigation; Beth-Ann E. Krimsky, Shareholder, litigation; Michael H. Krul, Shareholder, corporate, banking & finance; Barry A. Mandelkorn, Shareholder, litigation; Brian S. McHugh, Shareholder, mediation, litigation; Dennis D. Mele, Shareholder, land use & zoning law; Morris G. “Skip” Miller, shareholder, public finance; Susan P. Motley, Shareholder, governmental, land use & zoning; John H. Pelzer, Shareholder, appellate; Bradley A. Ross, personal injury law; Michael S. Ross, Shareholder, commercial real estate, foreclosure services (lenders); Kenneth A. Rubin, Shareholder, litigation; Kenneth J. Scherer, litigation; Reuben S. Schneider, Shareholder, real estate law; Carl Schuster, Shareholder, tax, trusts & estates; Marc E. Schwartz, personal injury law; John L. Shiekman, Shareholder, real estate law; Mark L. Siedle, personal injury law; Peter R. Siegel, Shareholder, labor & employment law; Peter D. Slavis, real estate, banking & finance law; Glenn N. Smith, Shareholder, litigation; David Weisman, Shareholder, real estate law; and Michael A. Weiss, personal injury law.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

06/14/2012 : NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center Appoints Greenspoon Marder Shareholder to Board of Governors

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NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center Appoints Greenspoon Marder Shareholder to Board of Governors

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Thurs., June 14, 2012) – Greenspoon Marder shareholder Michael S. Ross, Esq. has been appointed to the Board of Governors for Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2015.

Ross, who graduated with honors from Shepard Broad Law Center in 1978, will now be responsible for working with the other members of the board in providing advice and counsel to the Dean on various law school matters and assisting in building relationships in the legal community to promote and enhance the reputation of the law school.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to serve on the board of my alma mater,” said Ross. “I look forward to working with the other board members to continue to promote and position Shepard Broward Law Center as a premier law school in South Florida.”

An AV-Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Ross is currently a senior shareholder in Greenspoon Marder’s Real Estate Law group in Ft. Lauderdale. His primary areas of practice include: commercial real estate; finance and transactions; and banking. He is a member of the Miami Beach, Broward County, Dade County, New York State and Florida Bar Associations.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

06/06/2012: Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Closes $6.25 Million Dollar “Luxury Stable” Deal in Wellington

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Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Closes $6.25 Million DollarLuxury Stable” Deal in Wellington

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (Wednesday, June 6, 2012) – Greenspoon Marder shareholder and real estate attorney Donald P. Dufresne has closed a $6.25 million sale transaction involving a luxury stable property located in Wellington, Fla.

Dufresne represented the Seller, SB Florida CRE Holdings, LLC, in the transaction that was finalized on Friday, May 25, 2012. The Seller is affiliated with IberiaBank and Jason Block, Vice President at IberiaBank, was the seller’s representative. The Buyer is UNEX Group (USA) LLC. The realtors were Rob Ross of Keller Williams Realty in Wellington and Amy Carr of Westwind Realty, also in Wellington. The property, located at 3410 Old Hampton Drive, Wellington, Fla., had been the subject of a receivership involving accused Ponzi schemer, Joseph P. Zada, as well as a foreclosure suit. It encompasses approximately 3.4 acres in Grand Prix Farms.

“This is a remarkable property in a remarkable neighborhood; It almost makes me wish I was a horse,” Dufresne said. “I would like to thank everyone involved in this deal for working together to make it smooth transaction from contract to closing.”

An AV-Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Dufresne currently heads up the Real Estate & Commercial Lending and Equine Law practices in Greenspoon Marder’s West Palm Beach office. His primary areas of practice include: real property; lending and business transactions, including asset and equities transfers; condominium law; title insurance; financing; acquisition; development; leasing; and 1031 exchanges. Additionally, he has a particular knowledge in equine law and matters involving the equestrian industry. He also assists clients in general corporate and partnership matters including domestic and international transactions. Furthermore, Dufresne has experience in the drafting and negotiation of agreements involving asset purchases, employment, shareholders, software development, licensing and internet hosting. He is also a Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

06/06/2012 : Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Appointed to Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council

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Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Appointed to Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (Wednesday, June 6, 2012) – Recognized business and community leader Donald P. Dufresne, Esq., who is a shareholder in Greenspoon Marder’s West Palm Beach office, has been appointed by County Commissioner Jess Santamaria to the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. Dufresne’s term will run through 2016.

Serving as an advisory body to the Board of County Commissioners, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council’s purpose is to provide leadership in the marketing and development of the county’s tourism industry. The Council provides oversight involving the expenditure of bed tax dollars, the planning and development of amenities and recreational activities, and the success of each tourism program.

As a Palm Beach County resident for 33 years, Dufresne will bring to this position his extensive experience and knowledge of the county and the tourism industry, especially that of the equestrian industry.  Dufresne is active in many civic, charitable and political organizations. He previously served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, for which he initiated a rebranding and marketing program. He is also a former member of the Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning Commission and is the former Chairman of the Village of Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Fair, is a member of the Forum Club, and is a Graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County.

“It’s an honor to be asked to serve on the Tourist Development Council,” said Dufresne. “I look forward to working with the other members of the Board to continue to promote and position Palm Beach County as the premier tourism destination it is.”

An AV-Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Dufresne currently heads up the Real Estate & Commercial Lending and Equine Law practices in Greenspoon Marder’s West Palm Beach office. His primary areas of practice include: real property; lending and business transactions, including asset and equities transfers; condominium law; title insurance; financing; acquisition; development; leasing; and 1031 exchanges. Additionally, he has a particular knowledge in equine law and matters involving the equestrian industry. He also assists clients in general corporate and partnership matters including domestic and international transactions. Furthermore, Dufresne has experience in the drafting and negotiation of agreements involving asset purchases, employment, shareholders, software development, licensing and internet hosting. He is also a Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

02/9/2012 : Greenspoon Marder Co-Founder Named to 2012 “Business Hall of Fame

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Greenspoon Marder Co-Founder Named to 2012 “Business Hall of Fame”

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012) – Greenspoon Marder co-founder Gerald Greenspoon has been named as a laureate in Junior Achievement of South Florida’s 2012 Business Hall of Fame. This prestigious recognition honors community leaders whose records of business achievements demonstrate exceptional business excellence, vision and innovation, inspiring, courageous leadership, and community responsibility.

Junior Achievement of South Florida is a nonprofit organization that provides a series of business, economics and life-skills programs to elementary, middle grade and high school students. The organization’s high-profile annual Business Hall of Fame event took place this year on Feb. 9 at JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College and honored several other laureates including: entrepreneur “Alligator” Ron Bergeron; Andrew Cagnetta, Jr., CEO of Transworld Business Brokers, LLC; and Mike Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Autonation, INC. Laureates are chosen by previous honorees, a group of peers that live the values inherent to the free enterprise system and serve as excellent role models for young people.

Melissa Aiello, President of JA of South Florida with Gerry & Ellen Greenspoon

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

01/5/2012: Governor Rick Scott Reappoints Greenspoon Marder Shareholder to Board of Trustees for Local College

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Governor Rick Scott Reappoints Greenspoon Marder Shareholder to Board of Trustees for Local College

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (Thursday, January 5 , 2012) – Recognized business and community leader William Berger, Esq., who serves as senior shareholder and litigation group co-chair for Greenspoon Marder, as well as managing shareholder of the firm's Palm Beach County law offices, has been reappointed by Governor Rick Scott to the District Board of Trustees of Palm Beach State College. Berger’s term, which was effective Dec. 22, 2011, will run through May 31, 2015.

The purpose of the district board of trustees is to establish policies in alignment with the college's mission and in accordance with Florida Statutes and the Florida Department of Education Rules. As chairperson, Berger's main role will be to serve as the board advisor to Dr. Dennis Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College.

Berger had previously been appointed as trustee of the college by Governor Charlie Crist in August 2007 and served as vice chairman for a year, before being selected by his peers to serve as chairman in 2010. As a Florida resident for 37 years and Palm Beach county resident for 23 years, Berger will bring to the position his extensive experience and knowledge of the community and college.

“It’s an honor to be serving on the board of such a reputable institution as Palm Beach State College,” said Berger. “Our goal is to continue to make Palm Beach State College the institute of first choice in the county.”

Berger currently heads up business development for Greenspoon Marder and is credited for much of the firm's growth over the last decade. In fact, Greenspoon Marder is one of very few firms which has continued to grow and prosper during the economic downturn. It currently has ten offices in Florida, nearly 140 attorneys, 400 staff and more than 40 different practice areas.

Berger has also served on the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission since 2009, the board of directors of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County since 2010, and on the board of directors for HomeSafe since 1999. He has also been a trustee of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce since 1997 and a trustee for the North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce since 2005. Berger is also a founding member of the board of directors for Paradise Bank and a trustee for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1967 to 1972. Berger received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo and a law degree from the Brooklyn Law School.

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Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; intellectual property; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

01/5/2012: Greenspoon Marder Named as Top Law Firm

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Greenspoon Marder Named as Top Law Firm

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Mon., Dec. 5, 2011) –Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, has been named by the South Florida Legal Guide as one of the “2012 Top Law Firms” in South Florida. The list is a compilation of nominations by the South Florida Legal Guide’s Top Attorneys and Top Up & Comers for 2012.

Greenspoon Marder also boasts 19 attorneys on the “Top Lawyers” list and one attorney on the “Top Up & Comers” list. Both lists are based on a comprehensive peer nomination procedure.

Attorneys named as “Top Lawyers” include: Mitchell D. Adler, shareholder, commercial litigation; Richard W. Epstein, shareholder, employment and civil litigation; Scott J. Fuerst, shareholder, real estate; Richard H. Gaines, shareholder, commercial and construction litigation; Maurice M. Garcia, of counsel, civil litigation; Gene K. Glasser, shareholder, tax, trusts and estates; Mark F. Grant, shareholder, commercial real estate; Gerald Greenspoon, co-founding and co-managing shareholder, timeshare and resort development; Neal W. Hirschfeld, shareholder, personal injury; William Kramer, shareholder, business, corporate and real estate; Beth-Ann E. Krimsky, shareholder, corporate, business and real estate litigation; Leonard Lubart, shareholder, real estate, condominium and timeshare; Dennis D. Mele, shareholder, real estate, land use & zoning; Michael S. Ross, shareholder, commercial real estate; Carl Schuster, shareholder, trusts and estate planning; Peter R. Siegel, shareholder, commercial litigation and employment; Peter D. Slavis, shareholder, real estate and banking; Barry E. Somerstein, shareholder, real estate; and Mark K. Somerstein, shareholder real estate and banking.

Also, included in the publication’s Top Up & Comers list is Robby H. Birnbaum, shareholder, commercial litigation.

“We’re grateful to be honored by our peers and to have such a talented group of attorneys,” said Greenspoon, “but the greatest recognition comes from 30 years of satisfied clients.”

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; intellectual property; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

 

12/12/2011: Ruden McClosky Used Chapter 11 to Protect Its Sale Plan, Rather Than Perish

DECEMBER 12, 2011

In a Court of Last Resort

Ruden McClosky Used Chapter 11 to Protect Its Sale Plan, Rather Than Perish

By JACQUELINE PALANK

A South Florida law firm recently used bankruptcy to do something no one in the legal industry has done before: sell itself to another firm.

Companies across corporate America seek court protection while they try to sell continuing businesses to potential white knights. But until last week, law firms usually used bankruptcy to shut down.

So the decision by Ruden McClosky, a firm that specialized in real-estate law, to use the bankruptcy process to cinch a $7.8 million cash-and-debt sale to a new owner last Monday has made it something of an innovator in the legal profession.

The deal will likely encourage other troubled law firms to look to bankruptcy court as a place to find help rather than a place to die, restructuring professionals say. "I am seeing much greater interest on the part of law firms that are experiencing financial stress to consider 'out of the box' solutions to their financial dilemmas, including bankruptcy," says Bill Brennan, a principal with legal consulting firm Altman Weil Inc. "I expect that this will become much more common in the very near future."

For years, law firms told their corporate clients to make use of Chapter 11 bankruptcy—which allows businesses to liquidate, reorganize or sell themselves without fearing creditors.

But they themselves largely shunned the strategy, because cutting costs, firing attorneys or finding a merger partner used to be enough to address financial woes. What's more, bankruptcy is expensive.

"History has shown that it's much more costly, and you do not get as much value for the assets," says Leslie D. Corwin, a Greenberg Traurig attorney who specializes in partnership law.

However, some firms are now finding that new competitive pressures, like clients pushing for lower legal fees and bigger firms snatching up work from smaller firms, require more complex solutions. And while law firms used to be willing to merge with another firm that wasn't in perfect financial health, that is no longer the case. "A number of the weaker firms are talking mergers but they're not getting a lot of interest," says legal consultant Alan Hodgart of Huron Consulting Group. "Now, people are being very careful."

Attorneys say the past few years have seen more law firms file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy than previous years, a trend that remains true for most industries after the economy stumbled.

While a few firms managed to get out of bankruptcy intact, many sought court protection after partners voted to close up shop. Attorneys say Ruden McClosky was the first to go in with the idea that it would sell its still-operating firm to another entity.

Founded in 1959, Ruden offered a wide range of legal services. It specialized in real-estate work throughout Florida's construction boom, but the recent bust left the firm in trouble.

A search for a merger partner or buyer eventually caught the eye of Greenspoon Marder, another midsize Florida firm that focuses on real estate. But a merger, which is how law firms commonly join forces, wasn't an option.

"That would have saddled Greenspoon with all of [Ruden's] liabilities," says Paul Steven Singerman, Ruden's bankruptcy attorney. A sale outside of bankruptcy was also not a viable option because of potential obstacles from creditors and former partners, he says.

To protect the fledgling deal and to address nearly $19 million in debt, Ruden turned to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—not to liquidate or reorganize, but to oversee its sale.

Many attorneys say it is more difficult to challenge a sale that carries the court's stamp of approval. The deal, which closed on Dec. 5, allowed Ruden to pay creditors and saved 130 attorney and nonattorney jobs, according to Mr. Singerman.

"It is rewarding to be able to provide a sense of security and also new opportunities to the people who have been so good to the firm over the years," Michael Krul, Ruden's former managing partner and a new Greenspoon partner, said in an emailed statement. Greenspoon will now employ about 140 attorneys thanks to the 50 new Ruden attorneys joining its ranks. It is a deal that Gerald Greenspoon, the firm's co-founding partner, said made sense.

"From our perspective, we had the opportunity to acquire an incredibly talented and reputable group of professionals," he said in an email.

See article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204336104577092583106037076.html

12/12/2011: A First: Law Firm Finds New Life, Not Death, in Bankruptcy

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December 12, 2011

A First: Law Firm Finds New Life, Not Death, in Bankruptcy

By Jacqueline Palank

A South Florida law firm recently used bankruptcy to do something no one in the legal industry has done before: sell itself to another firm.

Companies across corporate America, from Blockbuster to General Motors, have sought court protection while they try to sell continuing businesses to potential white knights. But until last week, law firms usually used bankruptcy to shut down.

So the $7.8 million cash-and-debt sale of midsize law firm Ruden McClosky out of bankruptcy to fellow South Florida law firm Greenspoon Marder made legal and bankruptcy history, as I reported in this WSJ story. What’s more, the deal will likely inspire other struggling law firms to turn to bankruptcy as a place to find new life rather than a place to die, restructuring professionals say.

That’s because law firms are facing unprecedented financial pressures, brought on by the economic downturn and fierce competition. Past fixes, from layoffs to mergers, are no longer enough to keep the lights on and save jobs.

“I am seeing much greater interest on the part of law firms that are experiencing financial stress to consider ‘out of the box’ solutions to their financial dilemmas, including bankruptcy,” says Bill Brennan, a principal with legal consulting firm Altman Weil. “I expect that this will become much more common in the very near future.”

See article here: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2011/12/12/a-first-law-firm-finds-new-life-not-death-in-bankruptcy/

11/30/2011: Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale of Ruden McClosky Assets to Greenspoon Marder

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – November 29, 2011 – Ruden McClosky announces that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida has approved the sale of its assets to the Greenspoon Marder law firm. As approved, the sale will result in combined operations totaling approximately 140 attorneys and 400 staff members located in 10 offices throughout the state.

The transaction positions Greenspoon Marder as one of Florida’s largest full-service law firms and provides Greenspoon Marder with greater access to new Florida markets where Ruden McClosky currently maintains a presence, including Miami, Naples and Port St. Lucie. Additionally, the deal bolsters the Greenspoon Marder brand in Fort Lauderdale, where both firms have enjoyed a longstanding history. Currently, Greenspoon Marder also has offices in Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Stuart and Orlando.

“Ruden McClosky has a rich history spanning more than five decades of providing exceptional client service,” said Michael Krul, managing director of Ruden McClosky. “While we will greatly miss the Ruden McClosky brand, we look forward to this next chapter and to continuing to deliver the same level of professionalism for which our firm has always been recognized.”

Approximately 50 Ruden McClosky attorneys will continue their practices under the Greenspoon Marder name, allowing the firm to expand its areas of legal practice to include new and emerging areas of law, such as: corporate securities; healthcare; intellectual property; public finance; international law and international tax.

In approving the sale, the court recognized that the transaction is consistent with the best interests of Ruden McClosky’s creditors and should proceed as anticipated.

11/01/2011: Ruden McClosky Signs Asset Purchase Agreement with Greenspoon Marder

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Tuesday, November 1, 2011) – Ruden McClosky announces that it has signed an asset purchase agreement with Greenspoon Marder to combine both firms' resources under the Greenspoon Marder name. The combined operations will have approximately 140 attorneys and 400 staff members located in offices throughout the state and will position Greenspoon Marder as one of Florida's largest full-service law firms.

The sale will provide Greenspoon Marder with greater access to new Florida markets where Ruden McClosky currently maintains a presence, including Miami, Naples and Port St. Lucie, as well as bolster the Greenspoon Marder brand in Fort Lauderdale, where both firms have enjoyed a longstanding history for decades. Additionally, this combination will allow Greenspoon Marder to expand its areas of legal practice to include new and emerging areas of law, such as healthcare, intellectual property, public finance, international law, and international tax, among others.

"This agreement creates one of the strongest brand footprints of any law firm in the state of Florida," said Michael Krul, managing director of Ruden McClosky. "Both firms share similar philosophies with regard to corporate culture and commitment to exceptional client service, making this a smooth transition and laying the foundation for a successful long-term relationship."

As part of the transaction with Greenspoon Marder, Ruden McClosky has filed a motion to approve the transaction with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida under Chapter 11. This will confirm Ruden McClosky's ability to close the sale of its assets to Greenspoon Marder, consistent with its obligations to existing creditors. Pending approval from the court, the sale is expected to close on or before December 1, 2011.

About Ruden McClosky
Ruden McClosky, one of Florida's largest and longest standing full-service law firms, represents regional, national, and international clients with business interests throughout the state. With offices across Florida, Ruden McClosky is fueled by strong client relationships, a roster of experienced attorneys, and a commitment to delivering superior client service with a focus on results. Among the most respected law firms in the state for more than 50 years, the firm's culture is grounded in professionalism, diversity, and civic involvement. For more information please visit www.ruden.com.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

08/29/2011: Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Monday, August 29, 2011) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm celebrating 30 years, boasts a long list of attorneys who have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

The list includes attorneys William Berger, senior shareholder, co-chair of the litigation department and managing shareholder of the Palm Beach County offices, for his work in Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation; Gene K. Glasser, managing shareholder, for his expertise in Tax, Trusts & Estates; Laurence I. Blair, shareholder, for his experience with Trusts & Estates; Gerald Greenspoon, co-founding and co-managing shareholder, for his work in Real Estate Law; Michael Marder, co-founding and co-managing shareholder, for Real Estate Litigation and Land Use & Zoning Litigation; and Neal W. Hirschfeld and Kenneth J. Sobel, shareholders, for Personal Injury Litigation.

“We are grateful for our attorneys’ hard work and the recognition from our peers,” said Greenspoon, “But, mostly, we are grateful to continue to provide our clients with high-quality, personalized service.”

Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed in Best Lawyers, which was founded in 1983.

06/20/2011: Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Brian McHugh Certified as Florida Supreme Court Mediator

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Media Contact: David Marder
Greenspoon Marder P.A.
Trade Centre South
100 West Cypress Creek Road Suite 700
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: (954) 491-1120
Fax: (954) 771-9264
Email: david.marder@gmlaw.com

GREENSPOON MARDER SHAREHOLDER BRIAN MCHUGH CERTIFIED AS FLORIDA SUPREME COURT MEDIATOR

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., June 20, 2011- The law firm of Greenspoon Marder has announced that shareholder, Brian S. McHugh has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator to all judicial circuit courts throughout the state of Florida. Mr. McHugh will be providing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services relating to a broad range of civil disputes including commercial matters; contracts; wills and estate matters; insurance; real estate; construction; product liability; personal injury; and wrongful death. His experience throughout his legal career in Uniform Commercial Code and other business-related disputes provides a solid foundation for his mediation practice.

McHugh is a member of Greenspoon Marder’s Litigation Practice Group, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, banking, real estate, probate, trust, and appellate litigation. McHugh serves a diverse client base, including banks; savings and loan associations; developers, landlords, and tenants; estates; large and small corporations; and government-related entities. He is resident at the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, located at 200 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 1500.

An AV Preeminent rated attorney, McHugh earned his law degree with high honors, at Florida State University (J.D., 1985), and is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, 1982). He is admitted to The Florida Bar Association and is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

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Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

06/07/2011: Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Named as 2011 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Tues., June 7, 2011) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm with locations throughout Florida, once again has several attorneys on this year's Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Rising Stars lists. The lists will be published in the June 2011 edition of Super Lawyers magazine and will also be featured in the June 16th edition of the Wall Street Journal.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selection for the list includes a rigorous, multiphase rating process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Greenspoon Marder attorneys named as Florida Super Lawyers include William Berger, shareholder, co-chair of the litigation department and managing partner of the Palm Beach County offices; Alan B. Cohn, shareholder, tax, trust & estate law; Gene K. Glasser, shareholder, tax, trust & estate law; Gerald Greenspoon, co-founder and shareholder, real estate, timeshare, and condominium law; Kenneth J. Sobel, shareholder, personal injury law; and Mark P. Rabinowitz, shareholder, family law.

Super Lawyers also lists Rising Stars to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Among the Greenspoon Marder Florida Rising Stars listed are associates Heidi Boyles, business, commercial and real estate law; Rebecca Bratter, litigation; Bradley Ross, personal injury law; and Elizabeth Tener, family law.

"It is an honor to be recognized by our peers, but the most rewarding achievement is a satisfied client," said Greenspoon. "After 30 years, we remain focused on high-quality, personalized service, which is reflected by the fact that we still have our very first client."

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

05/12/2011: Greenspoon Marder Attorney Beth-Ann Krimsky Honored Among 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County

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Media Contact: David Marder
Greenspoon Marder P.A.
Trade Centre South
100 West Cypress Creek Road Suite 700
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: (954) 491-1120
Fax: (954) 771-9264
Email: david.marder@gmlaw.com

GREENSPOON MARDER ATTORNEY BETH-ANN KRIMSKY HONORED AMONG 100 OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF BROWARD COUNTY

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 12, 2011- Beth-Ann Krimsky, shareholder of the Florida-based law firm of Greenspoon Marder has been recognized with the “100 Outstanding Women of Broward County Award.” The award, presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County (BGCBC) and the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, is bestowed upon women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in business and the community. The award was presented at the annual 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County Gala, held on Thursday, May 12 at The Signature Grand in Davie, Fla.

Now in its third year, this event brings the community together to celebrate how far women have come in leadership in the business, community and philanthropic fields. Together, BGCBC and the Recovery Center have been able to help provide positive alternative programs for more than 11,500 at-risk children by also providing a residential treatment center that houses mothers and their children in order to stop the cycle of family dysfunction and substance abuse.

Krimsky is a commercial litigator whose practice includes complex real estate and land use litigation as well as business litigation. She has represented local and nationwide companies in a host of business disputes and serves as local counsel for many out-of-state companies with Florida matters. In addition, she represents many clients in the defense of ADA public accommodations lawsuits; one of which impacted more than 1,500 retail outlets.

As an active member of the community, Krimsky serves as president of I Care, I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding gentler and more tolerable treatments for childhood cancer. She is a fellow of The Florida Bar Association, and a member of the Broward County Women Lawyer’s Association. She is also a member of Leadership Fort Lauderdale’s inaugural class.

Krimsky is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been consistently recognized among “Top Lawyers” by the South Florida Legal Guide, since 2004. She has been honored as a “Key Partner 2010” by the South Florida Business Journal as the best in her field, providing the highest quality of service to clients and, at the same time, exhibiting the highest levels of professionalism and ethics.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit

04/04/2011: Greenspoon Marder Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary with a New Look

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Monday, April 4, 2011) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm with offices located throughout Florida, is celebrating its 30th anniversary, an impressive milestone given the recent economy. The celebration is marked with the launch of a new logo, new website and new ad campaign designed to showcase the firm's people and personal approach to client service.

In April 1981, founding shareholders and real estate and business attorneys, Gerald Greenspoon and Michael Marder, established the firm over a handshake between friends and a vision for a full-service business law firm that could provide the personal service and attention to detail of a boutique firm but with the expertise and resources of a mega-firm.

Today, Greenspoon Marder has seven offices throughout Florida, more than 80 attorneys and 300 staff, covering more than 40 areas of practice. The firm has seen continued growth during the recent economic recession by placing emphasis on particular areas of practice that are considered counter-cyclical. In the latest expansion, the firm bolstered its litigation, labor and employment, first-party property insurance, foreclosure and personal injury groups. Now, with the economy showing signs of growth, the firm is looking ahead for new opportunities.

"Our goal for the future is to continue to grow in areas that will be most beneficial to our clients and to continue to offer high-quality, personalized service," said Co-Founding Shareholder Gerald Greenspoon.

Now celebrating 30 years, the firm's new branding and advertising campaign and user-friendly website, www.GMLaw.com, features a modern, yet classic, design showcasing the more personal side of the firm with its attorneys and staff.

"The quality of the firm's work is reflected by the fact we still have our very first client and some of our very first employees," added Co-Founding Shareholder Michael Marder. "Our goal is to continue to offer the same reliability and accessibility to our clients over the next 30 years and beyond."

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

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01/18/2011: Greenspoon Marder Named as Top Law Firm

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Tues., Jan. 18, 2011) –Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, has been named by the South Florida Legal Guide as one of the “2011 Top Law Firms” in South Florida. The list is a compilation of nominations by the South Florida Legal Guide’s Top Attorneys and Top Up & Comers for 2011.

Greenspoon Marder boasts 11 attorneys on the “Top Lawyers” list and three attorneys on the “Top Up & Comers” list. Both lists are based on a comprehensive peer nomination procedure.

Attorneys named as “Top Lawyers” include: Mitchell D. Adler, partner, commercial litigation; Richard W. Epstein, partner, employment and civil litigation; Maurice M. Garcia, of counsel, civil litigation; Gene K. Glasser, managing partner, tax, trusts and estates; Gerald Greenspoon, co-founding and co-managing partner, timeshare and resort development; Neal W. Hirschfeld, partner, personal injury; William Kramer, partner, business, corporate and real estate; Leonard Lubart, partner, real estate, condominium and timeshare; Michael S. Ross, managing partner, commercial real estate; Peter R. Siegel, partner, commercial litigation and employment; and Kenneth J. Sobel, partner, personal injury.

The Top Up & Comers list includes: Dave Aronberg, former of-counsel, government and litigation; Robby H. Birnbaum, partner, commercial litigation; and Richard H. Gaines, partner, commercial and construction litigation.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers,” said Greenspoon, “but the greatest recognition comes from 30 years of satisfied clients.”


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

01/10/2011: Greenspoon Marder Announces New Shareholders

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Mon., Jan. 10, 2011) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, has announced three new shareholders to its ever-expanding team. The firm has seen steady growth over the past couple of years, focusing its expansion on key practice areas, which has proven to be beneficial in the difficult economy.

New shareholder Myrna L. Maysonet, who joined the firm in 2000, concentrates her practice in the area of employment litigation in the firm's Orlando office and handles many complex litigation matters for several larger clients. She was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1996 and the Florida Bar in 2000. Maysonet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida and went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Minnesota where she graduated cum laude.

Evan B. Klinek concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, creditors' rights, foreclosure litigation and complex litigation. He has achieved the prestigious "AV Preeminent" attorney rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Klinek was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1998 after graduating cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and from the University of Miami School of Law. Klinek joined the firm in 2005.

Larry Corman, who joined the firm in 2009, is the newest of the three shareholders. He focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, employment law, medical legal law, civil rights law, constitutional law and immigration law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983, after graduating summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, with a double major in Economics and Political Science, followed by his J.D. at Harvard Law. Corman has also been "AV Preeminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

12/15/2010: Greenspoon Marder Recognized as Highest Rated in Central Florida

ORLANDO, FL (Wednesday, December 15, 2010) – Three attorneys fromGreenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, have been named in the December issue of Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine among the Top Lawyers in Central Florida. The list includes attorneys in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, and is a product of a partnership Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine has formed with LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for attorney peer-review ratings.

The list of AV-rated attorneys, the highest rating available, includes attorneys Michael E. Marder, co-founding and co-managing partner, real estate, timeshare, and condominium law; Victor S. Kline, partner, appellate law and commercial litigation; and Mark Rabinowitz, partner, marital and family law.

“It’s a great honor to be named among the top lawyers,” said Marder, “and it only further solidifies our devotion to our clients’ satisfaction.”

The firm’s focus on client service has proved to be beneficial. With the recent addition and expansion of several practice areas, it’s one of the few firms which has managed to prosper and grow over the past couple of years, despite a difficult economy.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

11/01/2010: Greenspoon Marder Employees Raise More than $12,000 for Breast Cancer

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Monday, November 1, 2010) – Florida law firm Greenspoon Marder held a month-long, firm-wide fundraiser in October benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Over $12,000 was collected from and raised by Greenspoon Marder employees and attorneys.

The firm regularly contributes to various local and national charities and organizations. Each month, the firm holds a "Charity Jeans Day," whereby employees who contribute to the designated charity are permitted to wear jeans to work on the last Friday of the month. This fundraiser for Susan G. Komen, however, was culminated at the end of the month with a pink-themed Halloween costume party and was especially meaningful to the firm, which has several employees battling breast cancer.

Employees went above and beyond, selling homemade pastries and dog biscuits, candy, fresh espresso, pink-themed office supplies and coffee mugs, breast cancer awareness pins and bracelets, and even offered themselves up as personal assistants to handle car washes, dry cleaners, lunch deliveries, baby sitting and dog walking.

"The time, effort and passion our employees have put into this fundraiser are a true testament to the team spirit of our firm," said Co-Founding Shareholder Gerald Greenspoon. "We have really become like a family, and the hope is that our family is somehow able to help the thousands of other families affected by breast cancer each year."


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

10/25/2010: Going Against the Grain Proves Profitable for Greenspoon Marder

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Mon., Oct. 25, 2010) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, is once again expanding its practice areas with the hiring of seven new attorneys. It’s the fourth such announcement the firm has made since December of 2008. In that time, Greenspoon Marder has experienced substantial growth, by placing a greater emphasis on practice areas that are considered counter-cyclical to the economy. In this latest expansion, the firm bolstered its foreclosure, litigation, labor and employment, first-party property insurance and personal injury groups.

Tennille Shipwash joins the firm’s growing foreclosure and default services department, also concentrating her practice in the areas of bankruptcy and real estate law. Prior to joining Greenspoon Marder, Shipwash was a Senior Associate at a Fort Lauderdale law firm that specialized in Community Association Law.

David Merkur also joins the firm’s foreclosure and default services department, concentrating his practice in real property transactions and foreclosure litigation. Merkur began his legal career representing major lending institutions throughout the state of Florida and is well versed in foreclosure procedure, from the initial complaint to the sale.

New Greenspoon Marder attorneys Jonathan C. Brown, Brandon J. Hill, and Meredith H. Leonard further bolster the firm’s litigation team. Brown concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation and labor and employment litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he assisted in the management of an Atlanta firm.

Meantime, Leonard also concentratesher practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, after earning a finance degree followed by her Juris Doctor. Hill focuses his practice in labor and employment litigation. He has been recognized for his work in legal research and writing, appellate advocacy, and international human rights.

Neil M. Khan joins the First-Party Property Insurance and Bad Faith group.Khan has served as a state attorney in Miami and has represented numerous insurance companies. Khan now represents consumers in disputes against insurance companies.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

10/04/2010: Greenspoon Marder Co-Founder Receives Appointment by Governor

ORLANDO, FL (Mon., Oct. 4, 2010)Michael E. Marder, Esq., co-founder of Greenspoon Marder and Equity Land Title, has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 9th Judicial Circuit, 5th District Court of Appeals, for a four-year term beginning Sept. 29, 2010.

As part of the commission, Marder is responsible for providing the Governor with a list of possible appointments to various state courts, including the Florida Supreme Court, the five Florida District Courts of Appeal and the 20 Florida Circuit Courts. The nominating commission is integral to the appointment of district judges and Florida Supreme Court justices.

“I look forward to my role on the commission,” Marder said. “The JNC’s responsibility is to recommend candidates who have the highest character, intellect, integrity and fair-mindedness to fill judicial vacancies. It is vital to the law that we seek out applicants who understand the importance of an independent judiciary and who respect the role of courts to interpret and apply the law in a fair and impartial way.”

Marder co-founded the business law firm Greenspoon Marder, P.A. in 1981 and Equity Land Title in 1989. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, administration law, condominium and timeshare and business and corporate law. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; and Arbitrator, U.S. District Court, Middle District. He is a member of the Florida Bar in the Sections of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, as well as in Corporate, Business and Banking Law.

Marder is listed among The Best Lawyers in America and Orlando Magazine’s 2010 Best Lawyers. He maintains an “AV” peer review rating, the highest possible, by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

09/15/2010: Greenspoon Marder Named As Best Law Firm

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Wed., Sept. 15, 2010) – U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have namedGreenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, among the 2010 Best Law Firms in the nation.

Rankings are based on a comprehensive survey of clients and leading lawyers, who rate the firms they consider best in each practice area. Greenspoon Marder ranked in tier one – the highest possible – for its Trusts and Estates and Legal Malpractice (Plaintiff and Defendant) groups.

In addition, the Personal Injury Litigation Group placed in the third tier, competing with firms that focus solely on this area of law and churn out thousands of cases annually. Conversely, Greenspoon Marder founded its Personal Injury Group – uncommon for business law firms – in order to address clients’ personal needs, as well as professional. The boutique group is made up of experienced trial attorneys who focus on client service and rely on word-of-mouth and client referrals.

The 2010 Best Law Firm national rankings will be published in the October print issue of U.S. News & World Report and will be posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms. The rankings are intended to help guide referring lawyers and clients in need of quality legal services.

“Of course, we like to think of ourselves as the best law firm in the state, because that’s what we strive for everyday,” said Gerald Greenspoon, co-founding partner of Greenspoon Marder.

“It’s gratifying, though, to know that our clients and colleagues in the legal community believe the same,” added Michael Marder, co-founding partner of Greenspoon Marder.

Just last month, eight of the firm’s partners were named among The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) – an exhaustive peer review survey. The list included William Berger, senior partner, co-chair of the litigation department and managing partner of the Palm Beach County offices; Maurice M. Garcia, senior partner, litigation; Gene K. Glasser, managing partner,tax, trust and estate law; Laurence I. Blair, partner, tax, trust and estate law; Gerald Greenspoon and Michael Marder, co-founding and co-managing partners, real estate, timeshare, and condominium law; Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter, partner, family law; and Neal W. Hirschfeld, partner, personal injury law.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

09/03/2010: Greenspoon Marder Attorney Named as Chairman for Local College

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (Friday, September 3, 2010) – Recognized business and community leader William Berger, Esq., who serves as senior partner and litigation group co-chair for Greenspoon Marder, as well as managing partner of the firm's Palm Beach County law offices, has been named Chairman of the District Board of Trustees of Palm Beach State College. His term, effective Aug. 10, 2010, will run through the academic year ending on May 31, 2011.

The purpose of the district board of trustees is to establish policies in alignment with the college's mission and in accordance with Florida Statutes and the Florida Department of Education Rules. As chairperson, Berger's main role will be to serve as the board advisor to Dr. Dennis Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College.

Berger had previously been appointed as trustee of the college by Governor Charlie Crist in August 2007 and served as vice chairman for a year, before being selected by his peers to serve as chairman. As a Florida resident for 37 years and Palm Beach county resident for 23 years, Berger will bring to the position his extensive experience and knowledge of the community and college.

“Our goal is to make Palm Beach State College the institute of first choice in the county,” said Berger. “We want members of the community to look no further than their own backyards when seeking quality educational opportunities.”

It's a fitting challenge for Berger, who also heads up business development for Greenspoon Marder and is credited for much of the firm's growth over the last decade. In fact, Greenspoon Marder is one of very few firms which has continued to grow and prosper during the economic downturn. It currently has five offices in Florida, nearly 80 attorneys, 300 staff and 35 different practice areas.

Berger has been practicing law for nearly 40 years and is admitted to the Florida and New York Bar Associations. His civic involvement includes appointment as chairman for the International Economic Forum of the Americas: Palm Beach Strategic Forum. He is a founding member of the Quebec-Floride Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of directors of the Economic Council of the Palm Beaches and as a Trustee of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, which recognized him as “Business Leader of the Year” in 2009. He is currently nominated for a position on the board of directors for the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. Berger serves on the Advisory Board of ICABA, a multi-media organization fostering opportunities for black professionals and entrepreneurs. In addition, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Berger as a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the 4th District Court of Appeals.  He also serves in various capacities for nearly a dozen community and charitable organizations.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

08/24/2010: Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Named as The Best Lawyers in America 2011

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Tuesday, August 24, 2010) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, boasts a long list of attorneys who were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

The list includes attorneys William Berger, senior partner, co-chair of the litigation department and managing partner of the Palm Beach County offices; Maurice M. Garcia, senior partner, litigation; Gene K. Glasser, managing partner, tax, trust & estate law; Laurence I. Blair, partner, tax, trust & estate law; Gerald Greenspoon and Michael Marder, co-founding and co-managing partners, real estate, timeshare, and condominium law; Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter, partner, family law; and Neal W. Hirschfeld, partner, personal injury law.

“Although awards show recognition for an attorney’s work, and we are grateful for that,” said Greenspoon, “the greatest accomplishments are satisfied clients. That has been our focus for nearly 30 years now.”

Greenspoon Marder’s focus on client service has paid off. It’s one of the few firms which has managed, not only to prosper, but also to grow over the past couple of years, despite the economy. Most recently, the firm opened additional practice areas, including international tax, sports and entertainment and public adjusting; and, it also expanded its foreclosure and bankruptcy practices.

Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed in Best Lawyers, which was founded in 1983.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

07/22/2010: Greenspoon Marder Attorney Receives Appointment by Supreme Court of Florida

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Thursday, July 22, 2010)Evan B. Klinek, Esq., litigation attorney at Greenspoon Marder, P.A., has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida, pursuant to an Administrative Order, as Chair of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee “C.”

Klinek will serve as Chairperson for the committee, which serves as the “fact-finder” in Unlicensed Practice of Law investigations and is responsible for making recommendations regarding litigation for UPL complaints. The committee also serves to assist with the protection of the public against harm caused by unlicensed individuals practicing law. As Chair, Klinek’s responsibilities are to administer and oversee the committee’s business, preside at meetings, and act as committee spokesperson.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help protect our community from unscrupulous individuals and entities,” says Klinek.

Klinek is an associate in the Ft. Lauderdale office of Greenspoon Marder, P.A., and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1998. He graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. His main areas of practice include commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, creditor's rights, foreclosure litigation, and complex litigation. Mr. Klinek is a member of the Florida Bar, Broward County Bar Association and the Bankruptcy Bar Association of South Florida, and is an "AV" rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

06/07/2010: Greenspoon Marder Attorneys Named as 2010 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Mon., June 7, 2010) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, boasts a long list of attorneys on this year’s Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Rising Stars lists. The lists, which will be published in the June 2010 edition of Super Lawyers magazine and will also be featured in the June 17th edition of the Wall Street Journal, include attorneys William Berger, senior partner, co-chair of the litigation department and managing partner of the Palm Beach County offices; Alan B. Cohn, partner, tax, trust & estate law; Maurice M. Garcia, partner, litigation; Gene K. Glasser, partner, tax, trust & estate law; Gerald Greenspoon, co-founding and co-managing partner, real estate, timeshare, and condominium law; Kenneth J. Sobel, partner, personal injury law; Mark P. Rabinowitz, partner, family law; and Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter, partner, family law. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Among the Rising Stars listed are associates Heidi Boyles,business,commercial and real estate law; Rebecca Bratter, litigation; Bradley Ross,personal injury law; and Elizabeth Tener,family law. Super Lawyers launched Rising Stars to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

“While awards show a tremendous appreciation of an attorney’s work, the highest honor one can receive is a returning client,” said Greenspoon. “That has been our focus for nearly 30 years now.”

Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers magazine. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, MN. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

05/18/2010: Greenspoon Marder Attorney Hope Calhoun Honored Among 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County

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GREENSPOON MARDER ATTORNEY HOPE CALHOUN HONORED AMONG 100 OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF BROWARD COUNTY

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 18, 2010- Hope W. Calhoun, partner in the Land Use & Zoning Practice Group at the law firm of Greenspoon Marder, has been honored as one of the “100 Outstanding Women of Broward County 2010” by The Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center (SBA) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC). Calhoun received the award at a gala benefit dinner held on Thursday, May 13 at The Signature Grand in Davie, Fla.

The 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County benefit dinner—hosted this year by Kristi Krueger, news anchor of WPLG Channel 10—brings the community together to recognize and celebrate how far women have come in leadership roles in business, community and philanthropic fields. All the proceeds from the event will benefit both non-profit organizations, SBA and the BGCBC.

Calhoun, an AV rated attorney who earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, concentrates her practice in land use and environmental law, with a focus on representing developers of commercial and residential real estate development and redevelopment projects. Calhoun, a former Assistant City attorney for the City of Fort Lauderdale, has also served as legal advisor to several municipal boards. Calhoun is resident in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, located at 200 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 1500.

Calhoun is Vice Chair of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and a former member and Chair of The Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. Presently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the SBA, a member of the Broward County Bar Association, the Broward League of Cities, the Miramar Cultural Center, and a former member of Metro Broward.

The SBA was founded in 1995 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to provide critical services to at-risk families involved in substance addiction, to stop the cycle of family dysfunction and substance addiction among the children served, and to address the special issues that women face while in recovery from the disease of substance addiction and/or homelessness, while keeping the family intact. The services are provided in Broward County, Fla. but serve families from around the state. The Center began as a vision of the Junior League of Greater Ft. Lauderdale to address the critical need for residential treatment services for families involved in substance addiction and in the child welfare system.

The BGCBC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) private agency dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth. Serving more than 13,000 at-risk youth, ages 7 to18, each year from its 13 Broward County-area clubs, its purpose is to inspire and enable children to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

05/17/2010: Greenspoon Marder Growth Spurt Spurs New Line Of Business

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Mon., May 17, 2010) – Greenspoon Marder, a full-service business law firm, has opened two new practice areas and expanded three others, with the recent hiring of five new attorneys. The Florida-based firm now offers International Tax services, to complement its domestic practice, and Public Insurance Adjusting, to address insurance claims on behalf of home and business owners. Greenspoon Marder also bolstered its Trusts and Estates, Litigation and Regulatory groups.

Lazaro J. Mur, Esq. joins Greenspoon Marder as a senior partner, focusing on International Tax, Estate Planning and Asset Protection, as well as Sports and Entertainment Law. Mur has been nationally recognized by the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on global tax strategies, and he has lectured with the National Business Institute throughout Central and South America and as a visiting professor at Oxford University. Mur has been awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for outstanding achievement in the studies of taxation of foreign income and foreign persons. He serves as an advisor to numerous companies and on their boards of directors. He is president of the Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 70,000 Hispanic-owned businesses. Mur earned his Juris Doctor and Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law.

New associate Robert A. Reynolds, Esq. brings another new practice area to Greenspoon Marder, as a Public Insurance Adjuster representing home and business owners. Reynolds is a member of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, the Windstorm Insurance Network and the Trial Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar Association. Previously, he worked with Congressman Patrick Kennedy in Washington, D.C. Reynolds earned his Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

Further bolstering Greenspoon Marder’s well-established Tax, Trusts, Estates and Guardianship practice group is new associate Adam Schucher, Esq. Schucher is an active member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, serves on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami, and is involved with the Professional Advisory Committee of the Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law and his Masters of Law in Taxation from the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Florida College of Law.

Associate Erica Franqui, Esq. concentrates in the firm’s growing practice areas of general corporate law and regulatory and compliance law for debt management, debt settlement, telemarketing and money transmitting businesses, as well as licensing for other state and federally regulated businesses. Franqui is a Certified Associate in Anti-Money Laundering/BSA Compliance and has experience with restaurant franchising and agreements, city and county permitting, zoning and variance processes and hearings, plan approvals and the purchase and sale of liquor licenses. She received her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, where she was a member of the Peter Fay Inn of Courts and served as a Senator of the Student Bar Association.

Franklin S. Homer, associate, will further strengthen the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice, which remains extremely active. Homer received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as editor for theInter-American Law Review, Chief Presiding Officer of the Honor Council and a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. He interned with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) in Boca Raton and with the Honorable Kenneth A. Marra, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

05/12/2010: Greenspoon Marder Receives President's Call To Service Award

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (May 12, 2010) - William Berger, senior partner, co-chair of the litigation department and managing partner of the West Palm Beach offices at Greenspoon Marder, P.A., was presented with the President’s Call to Service Award, the highest honor awarded by the office of the President of the United States for extensive service to the community.

The award recognizes and honors individuals who set a standard for service through community involvement and volunteer work, with a minimum of 4,000 hours of volunteer service over a lifetime. Berger, who has committed 7,450 volunteer hours to various charities and civic organizations, was presented with the award by Aileen M. Pruitt, Treasurer and Board Member of the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism, as he celebrated his 10th year with Home Safe and its annual “Clarence Clemons Classic” fundraising event to benefit neglected and abused children.

“It’s about the kids,” said Berger. “You don’t realize how much you take for granted, until you meet a child who was never loved and who never knew how to love. It permeates and poisons the rest of that child’s life and, if we allow it, his or her future and, ultimately, ours too.”

In addition to his work with Home Safe, Berger is also a supporter of many other charitable organizations including Here’s Help, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, March of Dimes, The Bone Marrow Foundation, and American Cancer Society.

As for his civic involvement, Berger was appointed Chairman for the International Economic Forum of the Americas: Palm Beach Strategic Forum. He is a founding member of the Quebec-Floride Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Council of the Palm Beaches and as a Trustee of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, which recognized him as “Business Leader of the Year” in May of 2009.  He is a member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, and the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Berger serves on the Advisory Board of ICABA, a multi-media organization fostering opportunities for black professionals and entrepreneurs. In addition, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Berger as a Trustee of Palm Beach Community College and member of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the 4th District Court of Appeals.

It is community-minded people like Berger that inspired The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, which was established in 2003 to recognize the contributions of volunteers and to encourage more people to serve. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

“Over the years, Jeff has developed impressive analytical skills in real estate,” said Michael Ross, senior partner at Greenspoon Marder. “He’ll capitalize on that skill set in identifying valid opportunities in the commercial and multi-family markets and then present them to potential investors.”

Cannon holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University. He is involved with the Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. A Boca Raton, Fla. resident, Cannon is actively engaged with the SOS Children’s Village in Coconut Creek, Fla. and is a graduate of the Leadership Fort Lauderdale.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

04/01/2010: Greenspoon Marder Attorney Kristen Lynch Appointed Chair of the Florida Bar Sponsorship Committee for Real Property, Probate and Trust Law

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GREENSPOON MARDER ATTORNEY KRISTEN LYNCH APPOINTED CHAIR OF THE FLORIDA BAR SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE FOR REAL PROPERTY, PROBATE AND TRUST LAW

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 1, 2010- Kristen M. Lynch, partner in the Trusts & Estates Practice Group at the law firm of Greenspoon Marder has been appointed Chair of The Florida Bar, Sponsorship Committee for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL), for the term 2010 to 2011. Ms. Lynch also has been appointed co-editor of the RPPTL column of The Florida Bar Journal.

Lynch, an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, is an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC), a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, and a Certified IRA Services Professional, with more than 20 years of experience. She focuses her practice on estate, probate and retirement planning, and IRA matters.

Previously, Lynch worked for major national bank in the capacity of VP and Divisional IRA Manager for the Private Client Services Group, and for a large trust company as VP and Senior Trust Officer in charge of New Business Acceptance. Lynch has been published numerous times in The Florida Bar Journal as well as the Journal of Retirement Planning, and has also been quoted in Kiplinger’s and Tax Notes.

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Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

03/23/2010: Greenspoon Marder Founding Partner Named Among Orlando's Best Lawyers

ORLANDO, FL (March 23, 2010)Michael Marder, co-founding and co-managing partner of Greenspoon Marder, P.A., has been named one of Orlando’s Best Lawyers for his work in commercial litigation. The prestigious distinction is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey, comprised of more than 2.8 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.

Each year, Orlando Magazine and Best Lawyers team up with Woodward/White, Inc. to ask established local attorneys to name the best of the best in specific areas of practice. Those lawyers were asked, “If you could not handle a case yourself, to whom would you refer it?’’

“It’s humbling to know that I’ve earned the trust and respect of my peers in the legal profession,” said Marder. “It’s not something I take for granted.”

Marder co-founded Greenspoon Marder in 1981 along with Gerald Greenspoon, who manages the South Florida operations. Today, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service business law firm with 75 attorneys and 200 staff members in six offices throughout Florida. Marder concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, condominiums and timeshares, administrative, business and corporate law.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; international tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, www.gmlaw.com.

02/03/2010: Greenspoon Marder Attorney Evett Simmons Receives St. Lucie County Black History Makers Award

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GREENSPOON MARDER ATTORNEY EVETT SIMMONS RECEIVES ST. LUCIE COUNTY BLACK HISTORY MAKERS AWARD

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 3, 2010- The law firm of Greenspoon Marder has announced that attorney Evett L. Simmons has been selected to receive the 2010 St. Lucie County Black History Makers Award. Ms. Simmons will be presented with the award at the History Makers 4th Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Panther Woods Country Club, Ft. Pierce, Fla.

Simmons is being recognized for her accomplishments and service to the community and the state of Florida as well as for her achievements in promoting diversity in law on a national level. Simmons also was recently recognized among South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Blacks in Law & Healthcare by the ICABA.

Simmons is Chief Diversity Officer at Greenspoon Marder and Chair of the firm’s Diversity Program, which was launched throughout the firm’s nine Florida offices in 2004. She also is a member of Greenspoon Marder’s Trust & Estate Practice and Real Estate Groups, focusing on real estate, probate, and guardianship litigation. She is a member of The Florida Bar Association (ABA) Presidential Diversity Commission and the House of Delegates. She was recently reappointed, for a second year, as a member of the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. She is a past president of the National Bar Association (NBA) and now serves as Chair of the NBA’s Crump Law Camp Committee, which is a pipeline program offered to youth interested in entering the legal profession.

Simmons received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 2001; earned her Juris Doctorate from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law (J.D., 1982); and is a graduate of Florida Southern College (B.A., 1979), where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

11/16/2009: Greenspoon Marder Reveals "Secret Weapon" In Attack On Distressed Real Estate Market

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Mon., Nov. 16, 2009)The law firm of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is taking an unconventional approach to an unusual real estate market. The firm recently hired a Director of Real Estate Services to capitalize on real estate opportunities developing in the commercial and multi-family markets. Jeffrey H. Cannon, who has three decades of experience in real estate, banking and financial services, will utilize his varied experience and bank contacts to identify, analyze and present opportunities to clients of the firm.

“There’s a home for every real estate asset,” said Cannon. “We just need to find it. There are many instances where buyer and seller haven’t met, or they’re just not sure how to put together a lucrative deal. It’s our job to come up with a strategic – even out-of-the-box – solution to benefit buyer and seller.”

“It’s a win-win,” added Gerald Greenspoon, co-managing partner of Greenspoon Marder. “We can now offer our clients the knowledge and experience of a law firm deeply rooted in real estate, combined with the expertise of a seasoned real estate and financing professional. It’s a powerful team, which is vital to putting together deals in this market.”

Cannon, who is not a lawyer, has an extensive, 27-year career in the commercial real estate, financial services and banking industries. He has served as executive vice president of commercial banking at CNL Bank in South Florida and executive vice president for commercial real estate for Regions/Union Planters Bank in the Broward and Palm Beach County markets. Prior to that, Cannon established and managed the residential construction lending department for SouthTrust Bank in South Florida and served as senior vice president responsible for commercial real estate lending for First Union and Barnett banks in Broward, Palm Beach and Lee counties.

“Over the years, Jeff has developed impressive analytical skills in real estate,” said Michael Ross, senior partner at Greenspoon Marder. “He’ll capitalize on that skill set in identifying valid opportunities in the commercial and multi-family markets and then present them to potential investors.”

Cannon holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University. He is involved with the Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. A Boca Raton, Fla. resident, Cannon is actively engaged with the SOS Children’s Village in Coconut Creek, Fla. and is a graduate of the Leadership Fort Lauderdale.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

11/16/2009: Equine Fraud Litigation Against Jodie Kelly Moves To Okaloosa County

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – (Nov. 16, 2009) – A Palm Beach County equine fraud case involving Jodie Kelly, of the well-known Kelly family of Destin, Fla., has been transferred to Okaloosa County at the request of defendant Jodie Kelly. Kelly was hired and paid by Victoria Guennewig, a first-time horse buyer, to act as her agent in the selection and purchase of a suitable dressage horse. The transaction involving the sale of the horse to Guennewig was completed in Kelly’s winter place of business, the world-renowned equestrian community of Wellington, Fla. Therefore, the case of Victoria Guennewig vs. Jodie Kelly and Jodie Kelly Dressage, Inc. was originally filed in the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Attorneys Mitchell D. Adler and Donald P. Dufresne, partners in the firm of Greenspoon Marder, P.A., filed suit on behalf of Guennewig. The suit asserts that Kelly had knowledge about important aspects of the horse’s physical condition but failed to adequately disclose them to Guennewig prior to the purchase of the $38,000 horse. Kelly attended the pre-purchase examination of the horse on behalf of Guennewig. The horse was purchased on March 21, 2007, and less than one year later, it was rendered lame due to health conditions. The lawsuit was filed on Jan. 12, 2009, and seeks unspecified damages against Kelly and Jodie Kelly Dressage, Inc.

“The heart of the case is that Ms. Guennewig was not provided all information known to Ms. Kelly regarding the horse’s condition, prior to finalizing the transaction,” said Adler. “One cannot possibly make an informed decision to purchase a horse without being provided all information concerning the animal’s condition.”

“Ms. Guennewig is a novice rider who trusted in the equestrian expertise of Ms. Kelly as both her trainer and advisor,” added Dufresne. “Ms. Kelly is well known as an accomplished rider and trainer from a well-known family. My client had no reason to doubt Ms. Kelly.”

Kelly is a dressage rider and trainer who operates Jodie Kelly Dressage, Inc. based at Southern Cross Equestrian Centre, which is located adjacent to Kelly Plantation in Destin, Fla.

Currently, the lawsuit is in the discovery phase. No trial date has been set.

(Victoria Guennewig v. Jodie Kelly, et al, Okaloosa County Circuit Court case No. 2009 CA 006200 S, Okaloosa County)


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

10/28/2009: Greenspoon Marder Partners Named As Super Lawyers In Corporate Counsel

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Oct. 28, 2009)Two senior partners at Greenspoon Marder, P.A. have been named in the annual Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel edition – a coveted position gained through a multi-step peer review system. William Berger and Maurice Garcia are named for their professional achievements in the business litigation category. Attorneys are chosen based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Berger joined Greenspoon Marder as a senior partner in 1995. He co-chairs the firm’s litigation department and is instrumental in the firm’s marketing and business development efforts. Berger is also active in the South Florida business community, contributing his time and expertise to a number of chambers and economic development organizations in the tri-county area. In August 2007, Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Berger as a Trustee of the Palm Beach Community College.

Garcia has been engaged exclusively in trial practice since 1971, having primary responsibility for complex civil litigation of a wide-ranging nature and also in appellate arguments in both state and federal courts. Garcia has served as a member of The Florida Bar Committee on the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and has written articles for and spoken at Continuing Legal Education Seminars sponsored by The Florida Bar.

The Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel edition will be published in March of 2010.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

10/20/2009: Local Attorney Joins March Of Dimes Board Of Directors

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Tues., Oct. 20, 2009)Rebecca Bratter, Esq., attorney at Greenspoon Marder, P.A., was recently elected to the board of directors for March of Dimes in Broward County. Bratter, a mother of one and soon to be two and wife of a local OB/GYN, is focused on making an impact in educating women about healthy babies.

Meantime, Bratter concentrates her practice at Greenspoon Marder in the areas of complex commercial and civil litigation with a focus on cases in federal court. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. While at Nova, Bratter was an executive board member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She is currently a member of the Broward County Bar Association’s Young Leaders Section, the Broward County Association for Women Lawyers and the Young Leaders Division of the United Jewish Community of Broward County. Bratter is also a volunteer teacher at A Children’s Carousel school in Weston, Fla.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

08/05/2009: Greenspoon Marder Attorney Skip Miller Reelected Chair of Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County

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Media Contact: David Marder
Greenspoon Marder P.A.
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
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GREENSPOON MARDER ATTORNEY SKIP MILLER REELECTED CHAIR OF HOUSING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OF PALM BEACH COUNTY

West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 5, 2009- The law firm of Greenspoon Marder announced that Morris G. “Skip” Miller has been re-elected Chairman of The Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County Inc. (HLC) for the term 2009 to 2010. Mr. Miller is Of Counsel in the firm’s Banking & Finance and newly formed Utilities & Energy Practice Groups. He is resident at the firm’s West Palm Beach office, located at 222 Lakeview Ave., Suite 800.

As Chairman of the HLC, Miller will continue to lead the action-oriented coalition of businesses, civic and community leaders working to identify solutions, and funding options to the workforce housing shortage in Palm Beach County. The HLC’s primary goal is to increase the availability of workforce housing throughout Palm Beach County for workers at all income levels.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney, Miller focuses on public finance and representation of non-profit entities. He has extensive experience in municipal finance transactions of all types, including taxable bonds, bond issues for non-profit organizations, mini bonds, community redevelopment financing, special taxing districts and single-and multi-family housing revenue bonds.

Miller is a member of The Florida Bar, City, County & Local Government Law Section; Palm Beach County Bar Association; National Association of Bond Lawyers; and the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. He also is the Immediate Past Chair of Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach and is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Palm Beach Gardens.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

08/05/2009: Bucking Trend - Greenspoon Marder Expands, Again

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (August 5, 2009) – While many law firms cut salaries and staff, Greenspoon Marder continues to grow. The firm recently hired nine new attorneys, taking advantage of the talent in the marketplace.

The move will strengthen Greenspoon Marder’s already substantial practice areas in commercial and civil litigation, labor and employment, trust and estate planning, collections, and personal injury, as well as double the size of the firm’s family law practice.

“Every economy presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges,” said Gerald Greenspoon, co-founding partner of Greenspoon Marder. “The trick is identifying those opportunities.”

“Addressing the inherent challenges and making them work for you – not against you – is also key,” added Michael Marder, co-founding partner of the firm.

Capitalizing on the growing need for experienced family law attorneys to navigate the turbulent economic climate, Greenspoon Marder hired Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter after the closing of Hodgson Russ in Boca Raton. Nutter concentrates her practice in the area of civil litigation with a particular focus on family law. She also has experience handling collections, probate and estate matters. Nutter earned her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University and is also a Supreme Court certified family mediator and Supreme Court certified guardian ad litem.

Patricia Alexander concentrates her practice in all areas of marital and family law, including divorces utilizing the collaborative law process and cases involving the Marchman Act. She also has experience handling adoption and surrogacy. Alexander was also most recently with Hodgson Russ. She is an active member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, currently serving on the Executive Council and as co-chair of the Legislation Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. Alexander earned her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University.

Mireya Rivera, formerly with Hodgson Russ, concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and family law. A Florida Bar member since 2005, Rivera graduated with honors from Tulane University Law School. From 2005 to 2006, she served as a staff attorney in the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach County.

Contributing to the growth of Greenspoon Marder’s commercial litigation and labor and employment practice areas, Larry Corman also joins Greenspoon Marder from Hodgson Russ. Corman has extensive experience with country clubs and other property owners’ associations, contract preparation and review, construction-related disputes, and member and employee grievances. As a former chairman and member of the Broward County and State of Florida Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, Corman has litigated numerous cases involving civil rights and constitutional law, including matters involving freedom of speech and religion, the right to access the courts and employment and housing discrimination.  Corman regularly speaks at educational seminars sponsored by the Florida Bar and other civic and educational organizations. Corman earned his Juris doctor at Harvard Law School.

Julie K. Oldehoff concentrates her practice in commercial litigation, collections and appellate law. She is a member of the Florida Bar, Ohio Bar and Virginia Bar. Prior to earning her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, Oldehoff graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Oldehoff is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Contributing to the growth of civil and commercial litigation, Joanne Charles joins Greenspoon Marder’s Fort Lauderdale office with degrees from Syracuse University and Nova Southeastern University and with experience in health care law, healthcare marketing, patient publications and public information programs concerning hospital compliance with federal and state laws.

Brent Kimball joins the firm’s Orlando office with degrees from the University of Central Florida and University of Florida, the latter of which he served as President of the Real Property Law Society and won the Book Award for his successful work in Trial Practice. Kimball also concentrates his practice in civil and commercial litigation and real estate law.

Adding to the tax, trust, estate, probate and guardianship practice group, J. Brian Page joins Greenspoon Marder as an association in the Fort Lauderdale office. Page received his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, respectively. In addition, Page interned for the Honorable Paul G. Hyman, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida and served as a research assistant to Professor Steven J. Willis.

Kevin “Bo” Dennis joins Greenspoon Marder’s personal injury group. Dennis received his law degree from Nova Southeastern School of Law and is member of the Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Florida Justice Association. He is a former board member for the Broward County Trial Lawyers. Most recently, Dennis ran his own firm, Bo Dennis and Associates, P.A.

In addition to the recent addition of these nine new attorneys, Greenspoon Marder announced in December the addition of four attorneys in family law, collections and bankruptcy.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

07/24/2009: American Bar Association Appoints Greenspoon Marder Attorney Evett Simmons As Member Of Center For Diversity

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Media Contact: David Marder
Greenspoon Marder P.A.
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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION APPOINTS GREENSPOON MARDER ATTORNEY EVETT SIMMONS AS MEMBER OF CENTER FOR DIVERSITY

Port St. Lucie, Fla., July 24, 2009- The law firm of Greenspoon Marder has announced that Evett L. Simmons has been appointed a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, for a second year, by the ABA’s President-Elect, Carolyn Lamm.

Simmons is Chief Diversity Officer at Greenspoon Marder and an elected member of the firm’s Management Committee. She leads Greenspoon Marder’s Diversity Program, which was launched throughout the firm’s 10 Florida offices in 2004. She is resident at the firm’s Port St. Lucie office, located at 145 N.W. Central Park Plaza, Suite 200.

Simmons is a member of the law firm’s Governmental and Trust & Estates Practice Groups, focusing on real estate, probate, and guardianship litigation. She is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She is a member of the National Bar Association (NBA) and serves as chair of the NBA’s President’s Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession.

The NBA has awarded Simmons with the “Gertrude E. Rush Award”, which honors her spirit and commitment to mankind. She also has been awarded numerous honors by respected organizations, associations, and businesses including the “National Black Pre-Law Admissions and Preperation Conference Legacy Builder Award,” the “PACE Believing in Girls Embrace Growth & Legacy Award,” and the “Soroptimist Women of Distinction Award.” She is the recent recipient of the American Association of University Women Port St. Lucie Chapter, “Outstanding Community Service Award” in the field of law.

Simmons received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 2001, earned her law degree from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law (J.D., 1982) and is a graduate of Florida Southern College (B.A., 1979).

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

07/13/2009: Former Merrill Lynch Employees Claim Victory In Court

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (July 13, 2009)Victory in the courtroom for three former Merrill Lynch employees sued by the financial giant. Merrill Lynch claims the trio took confidential information when they left, but defense attorney Richard Epstein, senior partner and co-chair of the litigation department at Greenspoon Marder, P.A., argued that Merrill Lynch is a victim of its own recruiting practices, punitive pay cuts and, in the end, would still have had the accounts it says it lost if it had not grossly overreacted.

Peter Weitz and Steven Weitz resigned as financial advisors with Merrill Lynch on May 29. Eugene Morgia left the firm when his position as commercial banking and liquidity specialist was eliminated on March 20, as a result of the Bank of America merger. The trio left Merrill Lynch’s Coral Springs, Fla. office to establish a South Florida office for New York-based boutique wealth management firm Fusion Analytics Investment Partners.

On June 10, Merrill Lynch alleged in a complaint filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that Weitz, Weitz and Morgia violated their non-compete agreement, misappropriated trade secrets by taking client information and, by suggesting that their former clients have their accounts maintained with Merrill Lynch’s BroadcortAdvisors division, misled those clients about their departure from Merrill Lynch.

However, on July 2, FINRA denied Merrill Lynch’s request for a permanent injunction, which would have prohibited Weitz and Weitz from contacting any clients formerly serviced at Merrill Lynch. Morgia was removed from the complaint in an earlier federal court stipulation, when claims against him were proven to be groundless.

Epstein argued for the defense that Merrill Lynch did not show a legitimate business interest in justifying restrictive covenants against Weitz and Weitz, due to the following:

  1. In 2004, Merrill Lynch was one of the original financial firms that formed “The Protocol for Broker Recruiting.” The Protocol allows a financial advisor moving between member firms to take client contact information, as long as a copy of that information accompanies a written resignation. Once employed by the competing signatory firm, the advisor can actively solicit those clients notwithstanding a non-compete agreement with the former firm. Merrill Lynch sued Weitz, Weitz and Morgia nonetheless, as Fusion Analytics is not a “Protocol” firm.
  2. In creating “The Protocol” and encouraging other major financial firms to adopt it as an industry standard, Merrill Lynch effectively acknowledged that client contacts are not trade secrets and that a departing financial advisor’s clients are not protectable interests under the Florida law that governs the enforceability of such employment agreements.
  3. The clients that Merrill Lynch claims it would lose to Fusion Analytics would, had Merrill Lynch not sued, actually still have had their accounts with Merrill Lynch’s BroadcortAdvisor Division. Merrill Lynch markets BroadcortAdvisor to independent broker dealers and investment advisors like Fusion Analytics. Fusion Analytics advised each former Merrill Lynch client of Weitz’ and Weitz’ move, while suggesting a seamless transition of their Merrill Lynch account to BroadcortAdvisor.
  4. Earlier this year, Merrill Lynch unilaterally changed the compensation plan for its longtime brokers, including Weitz and Weitz. The plan dramatically cut the payout for Merrill Lynch’s most loyal brokers, which effectively forces out some of Merrill Lynch’s most consistently producing brokers. At the same time, Merrill Lynch is actively recruiting brokers with non-compete agreements from competing firms with promises of huge sign-on bonuses.

“These are people who have produced year in and year out; nevertheless, Merrill Lynch instituted a punitive pay plan,” said Epstein. “Merrill Lynch then pursued them in court, while not suing others who did precisely the same thing but moved, instead, to a ‘Protocol’ firm. Consider this fair warning that everybody in the industry needs to play by the same rules. You can’t claim privileges that you deny others.”


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

07/08/2009: Local Attorney Protects Wellington Equestrian Preserve

WELLINGTON, FL (July 8, 2009) West Palm Beach attorney Donald Dufresne, a partner at Greenspoon Marder, P.A., Dufresne has been re-elected chairman of the Village of Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee for a fourth term. Dufresne, an equestrian attorney and former polo player, brings a wealth of experience to the committee, which advises the Wellington Village Council and the Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board on matters related to the preserve.

“Wellington and the equestrian community have become synonymous,” said Dufresne. “The value of that relationship is significant, in that the equestrian community draws a national spotlight. It also promotes tourism and creates jobs. We need to embrace, nurture and protect that image.”

The Equestrian Preserve Committee provides advice on protecting and preserving land in the preserve, permitting, zoning, code enforcement, and recommended equestrian projects, as well as the safety of riders.

Dufresne’s current and past community involvement also includes the Board of Directors for the South Florida Fair, Board of Trustees for the Bink Glisson Museum at Yesteryear Village, Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Chairman of WESTPAC and member of the Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning Commission, among others.

A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami School of Law, Dufresne has been practicing law for more than 20 years. Major areas of practice for this well-known attorney include: residential and commercial real estate; business law; real estate law; planning and zoning; and equine law.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

07/08/2009: Local Attorney Has Sight Set On South Florida Fair

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (July 8, 2009) West Palm Beach attorney Donald Dufresne, a partner at Greenspoon Marder, P.A., has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Fair – Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest outdoor event, which attracts 500,000 people over a two-week period each January.

“I’ve been going to the fair since I was a kid, back when I thought it was all about funnel cakes and carnival rides,” said Dufresne. “The reality is that the fair is a significant contributor to the Palm Beach County economy, drawing tourists, creating jobs and promoting agriculture.”

An accomplished equestrian and equestrian law practitioner, Dufresne is proud that the South Florida Fair not only acknowledges agriculture as a large part of Palm Beach County’s economy, but that the fair also helps to educate locals and tourists alike.

“The South Florida Fair leadership does a great job, and I’m excited to be part of the continued success and growth of the fair,” said Dufresne.

Dufresne has worked with the fairgrounds previously. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Bink Glisson Museum at Yesteryear Village located on the fairgrounds, and he is the Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission which hosts the Kids Fitness Festival on the fairgrounds.

A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami School of Law, Dufresne has been practicing law for more than 20 years. Major areas of practice for this well-known attorney include: residential and commercial real estate; business law; real estate law; planning and zoning; and equine law. Dufresne is active in many civic, charitable and political organizations. He is Chairman of WESTPAC, a former member of the Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning Commission and chairman of the Village of Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee, among others.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

07/01/2009: Greenspoon Marder Partner Kristen Lynch Named An Accredited Estate Planner

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GREENSPOON MARDER PARTNER KRISTEN LYNCH NAMED AN ACCREDITED ESTATE PLANNER

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 1, 2009-The law firm of Greenspoon Marder announced that Kristen M. Lynch, Esq., a partner with the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group, has been named an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC). Ms. Lynch is resident in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office located at 200 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 1500, the Boca Raton office located at 4855 N. Technology Way, Suite 630, and the West Palm Beach office located at 222 Lakeview Ave., Suite 800.

The AEP designation is awarded to professionals in the disciplines of accounting, insurance, law trust services, and financial planning, who meet stringent experience and education qualifications and demonstrate commitment to the team approach in estate planning. This designation is for individuals who have met the requisite requirements, including estate planning experience, and recommendations by colleagues.

Lynch, a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and Certified IRA Services Professional with more than 20 years of experience, focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and retirement planning, and IRA matters. Previously, she worked for major national bank in the capacity of VP and Divisional IRA Manager for the Private Client Services Group, and for a large trust company as VP and Senior Trust Officer in charge of New Business Acceptance. Lynch has been published numerous times in The Florida Bar Journal as well as the Journal of Retirement Planning, and has also been quoted in Kiplinger’s and Tax Notes.

The NAEPC is a national organization of professional estate planners and affiliate Estate Planning Councils focused on establishing and monitoring the highest professional and educational standards. NAEPC fosters public awareness of the quality services rendered by professionals who meet these standards. NAECP builds a team approach involving cross-professional disciplines to better serve the public’s need in estate planning. For more information please visit: http://www.naecp.org/about .web.

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

05/18/2009: Local Attorney Awarded "Business Leader Of The Year"

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (May 18, 2009)William Berger, senior partner at Greenspoon Marder, P.A., took home the “Business Leader of the Year” award from the 2009 Business Awards Luncheon, presented by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 15. The program honors local business leaders who have made substantial professional and civic contributions to the community. Governor Charlie Crist made a special appearance, via a taped message, to personally congratulate Berger and thank him for his service.

“To be named a top business leader, especially this year in this economy, is an incredible honor,” said Berger. “You know, I always say that I’m a businessman practicing law, rather than a lawyer practicing law. There’s a big difference there.”

Berger joined Greenspoon Marder as a senior partner in 1995. He co-chairs the firm’s litigation department and is instrumental in the firm’s marketing and business development efforts. Greenspoon Marder has tripled in size over the past 10 years and is still growing. Berger is largely responsible.

“Long-lasting business is built on solid relationships,” said Berger. “I never go out looking for clients. I look for ways to help others. What goes around comes around.”

Berger is a Palm Beach County resident, where he is active in various community endeavors including The Economic Council of the Palm Beaches, Business Development Board, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. In August 2007, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Mr. Berger as a Trustee of the Palm Beach Community College. Berger is on the Board of Advisors of ICABA, a multi-media organization fostering opportunities for black professionals and entrepreneurs. In addition to his civic involvement, Berger serves as co-chair of HomeSafe’s The Classic!, an annual golf classic which benefits abused, neglected and AIDS-infected children.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

02/06/2009: New Associate Joins Greenspoon Marder, P.A.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (February 6, 2009) - The law firm of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. has announced that Heather Craig recently joined the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office as an associate. She will focus her practice on commercial litigation, labor and employment litigation and civil litigation.

Craig received her Bachelor of Science in accounting at Florida State University in 2005 and her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 2008. During law school, she served as Notes and Comments editor as a member of the Nova Law Review and achieved the silver level of service in Nova Southeastern University’s Pro Bono Honor Program. Additionally, Craig interned for the Honorable Judge William P. Dimitrouleas, United States District Court Judge, Southern District of Florida. A Florida native, Craig resides in Lighthouse Point.

In December, Greenspoon Marder announced the hiring of four new attorneys in the areas of family law, bankruptcy and collections. Greenspoon Marder also announced the opening of a Stuart office and the expansion of the West Palm Beach office.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

01/23/2009: South Florida Firm Raises More Than $10,000 With Unparalleled Charity Movie Event

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 23, 2009 – Florida law firm Greenspoon Marder and accounting firm Cass, Levy & Leone hosted a sold out “Defiance Movie Night,” raising at least $10,440 for charity. “Defiance” is a Paramount Pictures film depicting a true Holocaust story with a global message about genocide. The one-of-a-kind event on Jan. 21 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Muvico Palace 20 in Boca Raton featured the unique opportunity for guests to hear speakers Dr. David Herschthal, nephew of the Bielski brothers featured in the film, and Dr.Rosanna Gatens, representative of Save Darfur Coalition and Chair of Florida Atlantic University's Center for Holocaust and Human Rights.

A total of 245 people attended the event, which sold out two weeks in advance. Each guest donated a minimum of $50. Greenspoon Marder and Cass, Levy & Leone are still collecting donations and expect a final total within the next two weeks.

“Defiance” tells the true story of three Jewish brothers who rose against the Nazis in 1941. Fleeing to the forest, the Bielski brothers avenged the mass murder of their parents and family members while saving hundreds of their brethren. Defiance was directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamonds, 2006) and stars Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace - a James Bond film, 2008).

“While this film tells a story of the Holocaust, the underlying theme is genocide,” said Gerald Greenspoon, co-managing partner of Greenspoon Marder. “History continues to repeat itself today in Darfur, and the “Defiance” release created an opportunity to bring attention to the issue.”

Greenspoon and Herschthal had the idea of hosting a Defiance event after Herschthal returned from a family screening of the film in New York.

“It was empowering,” said Herschthal. “The Bielski brothers showed up on our doorstep when I was six years old, so I grew up listening to their stories. Their legacy of determination and perseverance profoundly affected my family, and my uncles would have wanted their story to inspire others.”

“The film’s message hits home in many ways, especially in the cultural melting pot of South Florida,” said Marty Cass, managing partner of Cass, Levy & Leone. “Many people can identify with the persecution and the struggle for survival and equality.”

Greenspoon Marder and Cass, Levy & Leone surpassed their goal to raise $10,000 for Save Darfur.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

01/27/2009: Greenspoon Marder Announces New Shareholder

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 27, 2009 – The law firm of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. has named a new shareholder. Thomas F. Coyle, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, commercial lending, condominium and homeowners' associations, resorts and timeshares and regulatory compliance and defense.

“Thomas has been instrumental in the growth of the firm, not only because he is a top-notch attorney, but also because he treats his clients as if they are family,” said Gerald Greenspoon, co-managing partner of Greenspoon Marder.

Coyle has been with Greenspoon Marder since January of 2001. He earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and is admitted to the Florida and Georgia bars. Coyle currently represents Greenspoon Marder at the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement Professional Connection Board, and the Dunn's Run Committee through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, among other community interests.

Greenspoon Marder currently has 71 attorneys, 30 of which are shareholders.

“It is an honor to be named among such an elite group of attorneys,” said Coyle. “Greenspoon Marder delivers the best legal services and client care in the field, and I am proud to be part of that.”

Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A.is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; collections and bankruptcy; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, Stuart and West Palm Beach. The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, land use/zoning, acquisitions and development; resorts and timeshare; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

12/2008: Boosting Business In Bear Economy

GREENSPOON MARDER GROWS PRACTICE BY FOLLOWING SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Aventura, Fla., Dec. 18, 2008 – Greenspoon Marder, P.A. has hired four new attorneys, expanded its practice areas, and opened one new office while expanding another.

In an effort to better serve its growing client base, the full-service business law firm recently opened an office in Stuart, located at 850 N.W. Federal Highway, Suite 156. Greenspoon Marder also expanded its West Palm Beach office, taking a second, larger suite. The West Palm Beach office is located at 250 S. Australian Ave., Suite 700 and Suite 1010. Greenspoon Marder also has offices in Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Orlando.

“We have been able to expand our firm despite the sluggish economy, because we have always practiced a conservative, strategic approach to business,” said Gerald Greenspoon, co-managing partner of Greenspoon Marder. “We do not grow for the sake of growth. The areas of law in which we are currently expanding make sense.”

Joining the firm are four new attorneys, specializing in the practice areas of bankruptcy, collections and family law.

Mark Rabinowitz leads the family law practice and specializes in complex family law matters concerning child custody, distribution of marital assets, alimony, child support, paternity and the drafting of ante nuptial agreements. His clients have included nationally known athletes, televangelists and the wife of an heir to the Rockefeller fortune.

Elizabeth Tener also practices family law. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2004, after graduating early from the University of Miami School of Law. Prior to focusing on family law, Tener gained extensive litigation experience as an Assistant State Attorney.

Chad Paiva heads up Greenspoon Marder’s consumer and business bankruptcy practice, as well as debtor and creditors rights and collections. Paiva received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Miami School of Law.

Marc Cohen leads Greenspoon Marder’s collections practice and also specializes in commercial litigation and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) cases. Cohen received his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws from Temple Law School in 1975 and 1977 respectively.


Founded in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service business law firm, specializing in real estate, finance and transactions, zoning and land use, commercial litigation, tax, trusts and estates, family law, collections and bankruptcy and personal injury and malpractice litigation. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com or call 888-491-1120.

12/2008: Debt Settlement Company Lands Toughest License In Industry

GREENSPOON MARDER INSTRUMENTAL IN GAINING STATE APPROVAL

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dec. 23, 2008 – Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is the first law firm in the country to secure licensing for a debt settlement company, in the toughest state in the country. This month, the Office of the Attorney General of Colorado registered Century Negotiations, Inc. to operate within the state. There are only two other licensed debt settlement companies in Colorado, which enacted comprehensive licensing and registration law in January. Currently, only five states have specific licensing requirements for the industry.

“This is a milestone for the debt settlement industry,” said Robby Birnbaum, attorney and chair of Greenspoon Marder’s regulatory compliance and defense practice. “Because the industry is relatively new and rapidly growing, debt settlement companies have been operating without much specific, pro-business guidance from the states. Now, with this decision, the government is recognizing that legitimate debt settlement companies serve a purpose for consumers, when operated within the confines of the law.”

Next year, at least 15 other states are expected to follow Colorado’s lead in licensing requirements. The state law allows debt settlement companies to operate profitably, but in exchange, the companies are subject to intense government scrutiny. In order to gain Century Negotiations’ license, Birnbaum worked with the company to refine their business practices and meet near-impossible requirements, such as securing extremely low deductibles on insurance policies.

“We cut through a lot of red tape and even audited Century Negotiations’ prior activities,” said Birnbaum. “The licensing and registration process is tough but necessary. There are debt settlement companies that fill a legitimate consumer need, especially in this economy. Consumers need to know which companies are passing the test and which ones are not.”


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A.is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Stuart. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; collections and bankruptcy; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. www.gmlaw.com.

07/2008: Greenspoon Marder Launches Life Settlement Practice Group

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 14, 2008 – The law firm of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. has announced the launch of its life settlement practice group.

“Life Insurance is a time-honored tradition providing solutions to meet varying financial needs,” said William Berger, a senior partner with the firm. “However, circumstances often change over time. The ability to obtain cash from the sale of a life insurance policy via a life settlement offers a unique opportunity to fulfill a wide range of financial and estate planning needs, both to the policy holder and to the insurance/financial professional.”

A nationally recognized provider of legal services to the life settlement industry, Greenspoon Marder is a member of the Life Insurance Settlement Association and provides expert counsel to life settlement brokers, providers and viators in all life settlement transactions, state regulatory compliance, licensing, trade practice defense and marketing and advertising compliance. Additionally, Greenspoon Marder provides a broad array of legal services for its life settlement clients for all of their corporate, litigation, employment and tax and estate planning matters.

Berger will be supervising Greenspoon Marder’s life settlement practice group. He is co-chair of the firm’s litigation department and the business development department. His trial practice is currently concentrated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Over his 36-year legal career, Berger has litigated and tried more than 50 jury and 350 non-jury trials spanning the areas of commercial, probate, trust, real estate, title insurance, construction litigation and domestic matter cases throughout the state of Florida, as well as in the State Supreme Court of New York.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A. is a full service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; zoning and land use; community association law; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; labor and employment; estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; family law and malpractice litigation; immigration; equestrian law. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.

05/2008: Greenspoon Marder, P.A. Implements Homesaver Program to Avoid Foreclosures

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (5/8/2008) – In response to rapidly rising foreclosure rates throughout the nation, the law firm of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. has launched a new program called “Homesaver,” which is anticipated to help reduce the number of foreclosures.

"This kind of loss mitigation program focuses on early intervention and opens up a channel of communication between the homeowner, on the brink of foreclosure, and the lender, providing the homeowner with options to save their home," said Daniel Heredia, a loss mitigation specialist with the firm.  "More than 60 percent of homeowners facing foreclosure aren't aware of all the options available to avoid foreclosure due to minimal communication with the servicer."

The firm’s Homesaver program is meant to bring the homeowner up-to-date on their loan through a one-time payment or a low-interest payment plan paid over a period as long as 12 months. Also, the program cuts the time usually required to negotiate these kinds of deals with lenders, which is a significant improvement considering that it has been known to take several weeks.

"Everyone suffers when a foreclosure occurs. Therefore our main goal is avert foreclosure, which in turn helps the borrower, banks, our local communities and the economy.  This program equates to people - real families - keeping their homes," said Heredia.

Part of a greater industry-wide trend,the Homesaver program is responding directly to the crisis facing Americans while providing education to prevent a repeat of these issues in the future. For more information on this program, contact Daniel Heredia at Greenspoon Marder at (954)491-1120.


Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder, P.A.is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Aventura, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; commercial litigation; corporate tax and transactions; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; tax, estate, probate and elder law; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; personal injury and malpractice litigation; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit www.gmlaw.com.