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8th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (FL)
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Pincus Professional Education has put on its premier Circuit Court Boot Camp for eight years for a reason – it’s that good. This program delves into general litigation skills and strategies as well as providing an inside look at, and advice about, litigating in Florida Circuit Court.
Year after year attendees rave about the program.
And year after year we adjust the agenda based on input to make it even better.
We cover everything from complaint strategies to depos and discovery, to case management conferences, motion writing, trial prep, and trial techniques. Your faculty will also discuss how to preserve your trial record for an appeal, post trial motions and judgments.
And we make sure to teach you the mistakes not to make as well.
If you are new, or somewhat new, to litigation – this seminar is for you.
Recently graduated law school? – can’t miss it. You don’t get these skills, this practical advice, and this insight from sitting judges in law school.
There is no better Circuit Court and litigation primer program in Florida. Our testimonials can speak to that claim.
Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live on June 6, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale and June 7, 2019 in Orlando. The audio packages, including seminar materials, will be available within two-three weeks after each live program date. Just click the order audio package button to the right to pre-order it.
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8:45 – 9:45
Discovery and E-Discovery
9:45 – 10:40
10:40 – 10:50
10:50 – 11:20
Motions Directed at Pleadings
- Motions to dismiss
- Motions for a more definite statement
- Motions to strike
11:20 – 12:00
Motions for Summary Judgment
12:00 – 12:15
12:15 – 1:15
Lunch (on your own)
1:15 – 1:30
Motion / Oral Argument
1:30 – 2:15
Heading to Trial
- Pre-Trial Timeline & prep
- Final Status Conference
- Trial Outline
- Trier of Fact decisions
- Pre-trial motions
- Evidentiary hearings
- Motions in Limine
2:15 – 3:00
Your Pre-Trial Tasks, Selecting and Dealing with Your Jury
- Bench Trial Pointers
- Jury Selection / Voir Dire
- Jury Instructions / Jury Verdict Forms
3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:30
- Direct and Cross-Examinations
- Evidentiary Objections
- Introduction of Exhibits
- Expert Witnesses / Expert Reports
4:30 – 5:20
Preserving the Record & Post-Trial Motions
5:20 – 5:30
June 6, 2019
Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel
400 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
June 7, 2019
Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown
191 East Pine Street
Orlando, FL 32801
Start/Stop Times for Both Locations:
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Testimonials from prior Circuit Court Boot Camps:
“The presentations and speakers were excellent. The materials are complete and helpful. I have done many CLE’s and generally find that the purpose of the CLE is to further and promote the business of the person giving the CLE. This presentation was very different – it was clearly designed to improve the attendee’s lawyering skills. I would be most inclined to participate in other classes that you give.” – Debra L. Fein, Esq.
“Getting a judge’s perspective about Motions to Dismiss and Summary Judgment was very helpful in learning how to present my arguments in future hearings.” – Mitchell Morneault, Esq.
“I like the materials provided and the speakers, who were really knowledgeable and good speakers. I congratulate all of them. I’ve had a very good experience.” – Regina Pitarch, Esq.
“Extremely valuable information…I learned a lot of valuable information about what judges feel is important. Learned more than I did in law school.” – Barbara Billiot Stage, Esq.
“It was very thorough with details and experiences that help put into context the information. I am so glad I chose to come to this program.” – Karen Descafano, Esq.
“Excellent, thanks!” – Richard Sierra, Esq.
“Very good pointers regarding prepping a case for trial.” – Lourdes Brea, Esq.
“Good job, good speakers…All were awesome and very knowledgeable.” – James Carlson, Esq.
“Gained great practical insight…great materials provided in the handout.” – Michelle Hardin, Esq.
“All the presenters were great.” – Corey Cartwright, Esq.
“The Q&A was particularly helpful.” – Lindsay M. Bosquez, Esq.
“I came to learn from seasoned attorneys and judges. I’m quite satisfied.” – Nina E. Patterson, Esq.
“Great program and learning experience.” – Alexis Trematerra, Esq.
“Very practical and knowledgeable.” – Lourdes Brea, Esq.
“Very informative and reinforcing seminar.” – David B. Russell, Esq.
“Great to get a judges perspective.” – Jack Kramer, Esq
“Very thorough and well-structured with knowledgeable and relatable speakers.” – Jon Morris, Esq.
“Fantastic program.” – Albert Sanchez, Esq.
“Very helpful to get judges’ point of view.” – Jennifer Fitch, Esq.
“Informative and educational seminar. It was a very good program. Highly recommended.” – Christine Forsythe, Esq.
“All faculty members did a great job. I liked all of them.” – Frank Minton, Esq.
“I think all the speakers did a great job. I found this presentation very informative.” – Waynice Green, Esq.
“Enjoyed hearing the judges give their thoughts on how we can be better attorneys. It was very insightful.” – Chelsea Ewart, Esq.
“Powerful program with insighful, practical tips.” – Hecter Concepcion, Esq.
“Very good!! Informative and knowledgeable.” – Robert Hartsell, Esq.
”Seminar included a great overview of Litigation Proccedings from start to finish.” – Daylen Docampo Perez, Esq.
“I am a 20+ year general counsel. I don’t typically enjoy seminars, but this was excellent.” – Doug Griffin, Esq.
“Overall, outstanding and very useful.”
“Very informative, engaging, and also provided practical and useful tips.”
“Good refresher course. Great post-seminar materials.”
“Ginny Childs was the best morning speaker. She gave very helpful, practical advice on common deposition issues/problems.”
“The presenters were all top-tier. Program had a good combination of procedure and war stories.”
“Very informative with practical pointers.”
“I like that it provided practical tips and judicial perspective.”
“Great information on Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment.”
“As a litigation assistant, I was able to get a fair overview of various procedures that I have not been exposed to yet in my practice.”
“Overall this seminar was outstanding.”
“Very knowledgeable and good presentation.”
“Loved the judges!”
Fort Lauderdale Faculty
Hon. Miguel M. de la O
11th Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division
Miguel M. de la O is a Circuit Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. He practiced law in Miami for over 20 years before his election as a Circuit Judge in 2012. Judge de la O attended Florida State University, graduating cum laude with degrees in political science and criminology. He graduated with high honors from the Florida State University School of Law, where he was an Editor on the Law Review. After law school, he worked for Steel Hector & Davis and Sonnett, Sale & Kuehne. In 1994, he co-founded de la O & Marko. Judge de la O was an AV-rated trial and appellate lawyer, serving as lead counsel in more than 40 criminal and civil jury trials and 25 appeals. Judge de la O is assigned to the Criminal Division, where he has presided over more than 30 felony jury trials.
Hon. Monica Gordo
Circuit Court Judge
11th Judicial Circuit, Civil Division
Judge Monica Gordo has been a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Florida from 2011 to 2019. During her tenure, she has served in the Civil, Criminal, and Family Divisions of the Court. She has also served as an Associate Administrative Appellate Judge since January of 2018.
Judge Gordo joined the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office as an assistant state attorney in 1999. At the time of her election to the Circuit Court in 2010, she was a special prosecutor in the Gang Strike Force of that office.
She has served on the boards and committees of several organizations, including the Cuban American Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, and the Spanish American League Against Discrimination.
Judge Gordo has been married to her Husband Albert for 18 years and they have two sons, Jacob and Julian.
Hon. Thomas J. Rebull
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Governor Rick Scott appointed Thomas Rebull as a Circuit Judge in September of 2011. He was born and raised in Miami.
Boston University awarded him a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1992. Judge Rebull obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1995, where he served on the law review. His first job after law school was as a law clerk for two years for the late Judge Joseph Nesbitt on the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida.
Before his appointment as a Circuit Judge, Judge Rebull was a Partner at the law firm of Broad and Cassel, where he practiced for over 10 years in the areas of commercial, real estate, and employment litigation. During that time, Judge Rebull was active in the community. He served on the City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel for 9 years, the last two as its Chairperson. The Panel is charged with civilian oversight of the Miami Police Department. He also participated in a two year fellowship through the Miami Fellows Initiative, a program of the then Dade Community Foundation. The Initiative is a leadership development program for individuals in the early stages of their career.
Judge Rebull’s first assignment as a Circuit Judge was in the Felony Criminal Division. When she became Chief Judge in 2013, the Honorable Bertila Soto appointed Judge Rebull as an Associate Administrative Judge for the Criminal Division. She later named him co-chair of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee. Judge Rebull rotated from the Criminal Division to the Civil Division in January of 2015. Judge Rebull is currently participating in a case management pilot program in the civil division. He is a frequent lecturer on professionalism and civility issues, as well as matters related to practice in the civil division of the Circuit Court. Judge Rebull has also served as faculty at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies.
Hon. Jose Rodriguez
Circuit Court Judge
11th Judicial Circuit, Civil Division
Hon. Jose Rodriguez was appointed to the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Florida by Governor Jeb Bush in the year 2000. Judge Rodriguez was previously a County Judge in the same Circuit appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1994. Judge Rodriguez has served in the Complex Business Litigation, Criminal, and Family Divisions and he is presently assigned to the International Commercial Arbitration Division of which he is the Administrative Judge. He also serves in the Asbestos and Civil General Jurisdiction Trial and Appellate Divisions in the Circuit. Judge Rodriguez attended Indiana University (Maurer) School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana where he received his J.D. degree and Florida International University where he received his B.A. degree. Judge Rodriguez has been thrice nominated for judicial appointment to the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida and has been thrice considered for appointment by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Judge Rodriguez is an adjunct professor at the Florida International University, College of law since 2011 and teaches “Florida Civil Procedure” and “Law, Science and Technology”. He is also part of the Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University (Maurer) School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana and teaches “Courtroom Procedure”. Judge Rodriguez is a member of the faculty at the Florida International University Legal Studies Institute and teaches Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Constitutional Law, since 1994.
Judge Rodriguez is a published author, his works include a “Florida Civil Procedure” Cases and Materials, Second Edition, text book, Carolina Academic Press and two practice treatises, “Florida Civil Procedure” and “Florida Evidence” with publisher Mathew Bender/Lexis Nexis.
Judge Rodriguez is a former Faculty Instructor of the Florida Judicial College and is a former member of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. Judge Rodriguez presents seminars on behalf of the “National Business Institute” and he is also a contributing author for the “WHAT CIVIL COURT JUDGES WANT YOU TO KNOW” manual being used at CLE seminars in various States around the Country by the National Business Institute. Judge Rodriguez also travels around the country as part of the “American Conference Institute” speaking on different areas of the law. Prior to his career on the bench, Judge Rodriguez was a trial lawyer from 1981 to 1994.
Neil D. Kodsi, Esq.
The Law Offices of Neil D. Kodsi
Mr. Kodsi is a seasoned trial lawyer with nearly twenty (20) years of jury trial experience. Mr. Kodsi has tried numerous cases to verdict in both federal and state court. Additionally, he has successfully tried cases involving many different theories of liability, including breach of contract, bad faith, first-party insurance, patent infringement, employment discrimination, product liability, toxic tort, wrongful death, and personal injury.
Prior to forming his own firm, The Law Offices of Neil D. Kodsi, Mr. Kodsi worked for large national and/or regional law firms, where he was one of the “go-to” trial lawyers for those firms for complex cases involving highly complicated expert testimony. Simply put, Mr. Kodsi is — first and foremost — a trial lawyer.
Mr. Kodsi’s skills as a trial lawyer have been recognized nationally and locally. He has received public recognition for his skills as a trial advocate in a wide array of cases, ranging from representation of Fortune 100 corporations in high-profile complex wrongful death cases to serving as pro-bono trial counsel representing thousands of Florida Citizens seeking Medicare coverage.
Most recently, in March 2012, Neil served as pro bono litigation counsel for a group of autistic children seeking to defeat another Florida State Policy — one that was denying coverage for behavioral therapy for the more than 8,500 autistic children in Florida covered by Medicaid. After a four-day trial in front of U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard, Mr. Kodsi and his co-counsel obtained an Order requiring the State of Florida to provide this treatment for all autistic children in Florida covered by Medicaid. In her Order, Judge Lenard referred to this case as one of the most important cases she has heard in her sixteen years on the bench. This case also has received substantial national media attention.
Elliot Kula, Esq.
Kula & Associates, P.A.
Elliot Kula practices exclusively as an appellate attorney, and earned his Board Certification in Appellate Practice from The Florida Bar in 2010. He has experience representing clients in both state and federal courts, in a variety of substantive areas of the law, and is among a select few appellate practitioners in Florida who maintain a focus on bankruptcy appeals. Kula also provides litigation support during every phase of the litigation in order to optimize the client’s position and create efficient and effective strategies for trial counsel. Kula has argued in every District Court of Appeal in Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Tenth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.
Previously a shareholder with the Greenberg Traurig law firm, where he served as the Administrative Head of the Appellate Practice Group, Kula established his own appellate boutique in 2011. Kula graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1989 with a BA in English, and earned his law degree from Hamline University School of law in 1993. Following his schooling, Kula moved to Miami and became a member of The Florida Bar in 1994.
Recognized by his peers for his expertise in appellate practice, Kula has earned AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating by Martindale Hubbell. And, Kula has been recognized for his appellate expertise in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006, Florida Super Lawyers since 2008, and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite since 2012. His law firm as well has been recognized as a US News & World Report Bes Law Firm in America for appellate practice.
Kula is active in The Florida Bar, having served and currently serving on several standing committees (Appellate Court Rules Committee, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, and the Rules of Civil Procedure Committee). He is a member and active participant in several voluntary bar organization, including the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association, the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section of the Florida Bar, and the Southern District Bankruptcy Bar Association.
Sheila Ortesky, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C.
Sheila is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters that span a variety of industries. From entertainment, real estate and healthcare, to construction, condominium associations and hotels, her experience also includes money transmitters, professional services, moving and mobile storage, automobile dealerships and audio/visual services.
Notably, Sheila successfully defended a million commercial foreclosure trial and successfully prosecuted the counterclaim for declaratory relief in that action that went to trial for over 4 days. She has handled matters involving partnership and business disputes, commercial foreclosures, civil theft, breach of contract, civil fraud, motor vehicle dealership law, consumer fraud, bank litigation, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, condominium law and public adjuster compliance nationwide. Sheila also has experience in assisting clients with general corporate and contractual matters.
Sheila has been selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2010 as a top “Up and Comer” and was selected by her peers as an honoree for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County Award in 2012. She was also selected as one of the Top 14 Lawyers to Watch in 2014 by Attorney at Law Magazine and named a Rising Star in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2016.
Sheila is conversational in Farsi.
James N. Robinson II, Esq.
White & Case LLP
Drawing on his signiﬁcant experience in state and federal courts handling virtually every type of civil case, Jim’s practice is primarily focused on commercial trial work. He works to limit his clients’ exposure and to protect their interests.
Jim has particular experience of representing regional and national law ﬁrms in legal malpractice lawsuits. In such cases he takes a thorough, hands-on approach, managing all aspects of the lawsuits.
Many of Jim’s recent commercial cases include representation of clients connected to the banking industry. Such cases include representation of financial technology (fintech) companies involved with merchant services and credit card processing in both domestic and international disputes. In addition, Jim has represented a series of banks against multimillion-dollar lender liability lawsuits, most of which were resolved with summary judgment in Jim’s clients’ favor. For banking clients, Jim also brings his experience of prosecuting dozens of commercial foreclosure lawsuits on loans totaling over US $ 1.5 billion. Jim represents foreign and domestic corporations in contract disputes, regulatory and compliance matters, and consumer class actions at various stages, including appeals. He has successfully defended numerous director and ofﬁcer liability actions, and has successfully represented real estate developers and contractors in real estate disputes throughout the United States.
Jim is an active member of a number of professional associations, including the Federal Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Miami-Dade County Bar Association and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
He has taken lead roles in a signiﬁcant number of professional committees, including as the Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee (2008), the Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee Conference (2007), a Steering Committee Member on the International Litigation Update (2005–2006), and as a Chair of the FGCU Alumni Association Board of Directors (2009–2011). He has also served on the Law Alumni Council, University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Judd Rosen, Esq.
Judd G. Rosen has taken on and defeated some of the largest insurance companies and corporations in the United States, winning substantial financial settlements for deserving clients.
Mr. Rosen has been an invited lecturer throughout the state of Florida on trial skills and the art of trial work. He has been involved in almost every type of catastrophic case, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, severe automobile injuries and product liability cases. Mr. Rosen has earned the respect of his colleagues, the major insurance companies, the legal society through hard work, dedication and always practicing law with the highest level of professionalism.
While at the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. Rosen obtained multiple Dean’s List Awards, received the CALI Award for Excellence and obtained the Dean’s Certification of Achievement for his performance and mastery of the Rules of Evidence. He excelled in all of his litigation courses and received the highest honors in the university’s renowned Litigation Skills Program. Mr. Rosen was also crowned the champion of the school’s first year Moot Court Competition. To recognize his contributions, the university granted Mr. Rosen the Louis Phillips Endowed Scholarship Award in the spring of 2000. Most impressively, Mr. Rosen obtained all of these achievements while working over thirty hours a week as a law clerk for his future partner, Glen Z. Goldberg, Esq.
Peter Sotolongo, Esq.
Peter P. Sotolongo, Esq. is the founder of Sotolongo Law. He focuses his practice on Admiralty and Maritime law, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice. Mr. Sotolongo attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where he obtained his Bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice. Thereafter, he moved to Miami, Florida where he worked as a Bailiff in the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, Circuit Civil Division for four years. During this time, Mr. Sotolongo had the privilege of observing hundreds of trials. Realizing this was his calling, Mr. Sotolongo attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2002. A native of Cuba, Mr. Sotolongo migrated to the United States in 1980 with his family at age nine. Mr. Sotolongo enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, reading and helping those in need. Mr. Sotolongo is admitted to practice by The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Joshua B. Spector, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, & Gilchrist, P.A.
A board certified business litigator, Joshua Spector has advocated for clients in disputes ranging into tens of millions of dollars in controversy. As lead counsel, Mr. Spector has tried jury trials in both state and federal courts, and represented clients in federal appeals and appeals in Florida’s district courts and the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Spector has represented a foreign head of state, Grammy-nominated artists, record labels, models, artist managers, songwriters, and film production companies, in addition to numerous related businesses, officers, and directors.
Core specialties in Mr. Spector’s practice include complex business litigation and related arbitrations, trade dress infringement, cybersquatting and domain name disputes, all ambits of trademark infringement under the Lanham Act, state common law unfair competition, defamation and trade libel, commercial litigation, appeals, non-competition agreements (non-competes), trade secrets (both under the Florida Trade Secret Act and the new DTSA), intra-company management disputes, dissolution, receiverships, and shareholder derivative claims.
Among several publications, Mr. Spector is the co-author of the definitive book on Florida defense practice, “Florida Affirmative Defenses and Procedural Objections” (ALM 5th ed.). Mr. Spector has lectured and instructed attorneys on subjects including affirmative defenses and defensive motion practice, Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice Act, and piercing the corporate veil. Appointed by the Florida Supreme Court in 2011, Mr. Spector serves the Court’s committee on standard jury instructions for business and contract cases where he led the drafting, among other instructions, on the standard instruction for misappropriation of trade secrets.
Alice Sum, Esq.
Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
Alice Sum represents businesses and individuals in complex, commercial litigation disputes before state and federal courts, and in alternate dispute resolution forums. She litigates aggressively in the best interests of her clients. With her thorough and decisive style, persuasive arguments and negotiation savvy, Alice achieves favorable legal and business outcomes.
Alice assists clients with a wide range of matters, including disputes concerning breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, business torts and fraud, partnership and joint venture agreements, franchise and license agreements, and mergers and acquisitions. Alice has significant experience litigating multi-party cases and handling director and officer liability, errors and omissions, shareholder derivative claims, and class actions. A portion of Alice’s practice involves the defense and prosecution of intellectual property matters. She is experienced with copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, false advertising and domain name disputes. Alice also handles real estate and financial services litigation, including commercial and residential lease disputes and foreclosures as well as unfair and deceptive trade practices, consumer fraud, and consumer protection issues.
Cherine Smith Valbrun
Cherine Smith Valbrun concentrates her practice in complex commercial and business tort litigation matters, and e-discovery. She has extensive experience in civil litigation related to breaches of contracts, shareholder disputes, commercial construction, commercial leasing, commercial torts, and insurance defense. She has successfully domesticated out-of-country foreign money judgments and assists clients with drafting and negotiating commercial agreements.
Cherine has represented various domestic and international clients from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individuals in all phases of litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She represents clients from a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, telecommunications, insurers, food and beverage, retail merchandising, financial institutions, accounting services, recruiting, information technology consulting, and homeowners’ associations.
Hon. John Marshall Kest
Ninth Judicial Circuit Court
Judge Kest has been a Circuit Judge since 2003, serving in the Juvenile, Felony and Circuit Civil Divisions in Orange and Osceola Counties. Before taking the bench, he had a distinguished legal career for thirty years as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, handling complex personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability litigation, representing primarily plaintiffs. He has served as President of the American Board of Trial Advocates and he served for 5 years on The Florida Bar Board of Governors.
Since being elected to the Bench, Judge Kest served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges (FCCJ). He has attended and completed the faculty training program enabling him to teach at judicial conferences throughout the country. Judge Kest has served on the faculty at each of the Circuit Judges’ conference since taking the Bench in 2003, has taught at the Advanced Judicial Studies Colleges (AJS), and regularly teaches at the New Judges’ College. He also served as the Director of the Statewide Judicial Mentoring Program charged with mentoring all newly elected or appointed judges during their first year on the Bench from 2009-2012. Judge Kest has also developed and presents a monthly Brown Bag series of seminars for young lawyers on topics that appear to be problematic for lawyers commencing their practice.
In 2010 he was named the “Trial Judge of the Year” by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Judge Kest was also named as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus by the Florida State University College of Law. In 2011 he was presented with “The James G. Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award” for professionalism on the Bench by the Orange County Bar Association. Also, on June 9, 2011, Judge Kest received the highest award given by the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court Award for “fostering Professionalism, Ethics and Civility in the practice of law.” At the Annual Florida Bar Convention in Orlando in late June, he was named the Outstanding Jurist of the Year for 2011 by the Young Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar.
He was the Founder and President of Teen Alternatives, Inc., Co-Founder and lecturer for the Doctor/Lawyer Drug Awareness Partnership Program and Co-Founder of the Orange County Teen Court. He has served as President of the Orange County Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association.
Judge Kest is admitted to practice in both Florida and New York, and in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals. In 1972, Judge Kest received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Florida State University College of Law, where he was one of the Founding Editors of the Florida State University’s College of Law Law Review. He has authored over 70 articles and has lectured on the law for over 38 years. Judge Kest’s work in the legal and business community has been widely recognized. He has been recognized by Orlando Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers in Central Florida." He has been continually listed in Who’s Who in America since 1990, and has appeared in the Woodward/White, Inc. Best Lawyers in America continuously since 1999. He has been an "AV" Rated lawyer with Martindale-Hubbell since 1987.
Jeffrey M. Fleming
Upchurch Watson White & Max
Jeffrey M. Fleming was appointed Orange County Judge in 2002 and Ninth Circuit Judge in 2006. Following his appointment, Mr. Fleming was later elected to each post without opposition. He also had the privilege of serving as Associate Judge on the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
Before he was a judge, Jeff was a trial lawyer. He tried cases in both state and federal court and also appeared as appellate counsel. As a judge, he presided over a wide variety of matters including all types of civil, criminal, domestic, juvenile, probate, guardianship and mental health cases.
In 2013, after 11 years on the bench, Jeff decided to resume his practice as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and to develop an active mediation practice. He now devotes his time as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit, Appellate and Family Law Mediator as well as a Certified U.S. District Court Mediator – Middle District of Florida. Recently, Jeff has also been appointed as a Special Magistrate in multiple jurisdictions.
Jeff was born and raised in Orlando. He and his wife, Joanne, have four grown children.
Tiffany Faddis, Esq.
Faddis & Faddis, P.A.
Tiffany Faddis, Esq. is a partner in the firm of FADDIS & FADDIS, P.A.in Orlando, specializing in wrongful death and serious personal injury, including auto/trucking, medical malpractice and Dram Shop liability cases. She has devoted her life’s work to helping injured victims and families through very difficult times. Her law firm is quite unique as she practices law with her husband Eric Faddis, who is also a well-known and respected trial lawyer in Orlando.
Tiffany is “AV” and “Preeminent” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, as having achieved the highest level of legal ability and ethical standards. She was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State of Florida receive the Super Lawyers “Rising Star” award.
Not only does Tiffany commit her time to her family and law practice, she is committed to serving her legal profession as well as her community. She currently serves on the prestigious Florida Justice Association’s (FJA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors, dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers.
Tiffany is the immediate past President of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. She currently serves on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar.
Tiffany has been honored by her peers in the legal profession with various recognitions. She was honored to be the recipient of the Orange County Bar Association’s 2016 Star of the Bar Award, Florida Justice Association’s 2016 Presidential “Indispensable Ally” Award, 2016 Gold Eagle Award, 2015 Mickey Smiley Award, 2014 Rising Star Award, 2014 and 2015 Silver Eagle Awards, and 2014 and 2015 Cornerstone Awards.
Through years of hard work and dedication, Tiffany has become a skilled personal injury trial lawyer. She is committed to achieving justice for her clients, and she understands that their needs are all different. Her work ethic is tireless, and this has played an integral role in the success she has achieved for her clients.
Allison Paige Gallagher, Esq.
Special Counsel, Litigation
Allison Gallagher litigates commercial disputes in both state and federal courts. She represents clients in all aspects of commercial disputes, including business and contractual disputes, commercial and residential mortgage foreclosures, consumer protection defense, and business torts.
In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Allison focuses on ERISA litigation, representing employers, insurers, and employee benefit plans defending against life, health, and disability benefits claims.
Luis Gonzalez, Esq.
Luis Gonzalez is an attorney in the Litigation Practice and Alcohol Beverage Team in Holland & Knight’s Orlando office. From providing representation in employment matters and contract disputes to advising how to obtain a distributor or restaurant liquor license and AB&T regulatory compliance, Mr. Gonzalez offers clients an in-depth understanding of a broad subject matter.
Mr. Gonzalez dedicates a portion of his time to pro bono matters, including representing families seeking guardianship of elderly parents and disabled adults. He is a member of the Orlando Diversity Committee, whose purpose is to promote, celebrate, support and encourage diversity within the office and business community.
Shawn T. Jewell, Esq.
Shawn Jewell is a civil trial attorney with more than a decade of legal experience. He has represented clients across a broad spectrum that includes national retail businesses, major transportation carriers, construction companies, hospitality, corporate clients, as well as individuals and small businesses throughout the state of Florida. In addition to his work in commercial and business litigation, employment law, personal injury, and premises liability, he can also provide mediation services. He strives to provide effective and efficient service to all his clients and looks to proactively handle legal issues before trial or to zealously fight for them in trial.
A double-Gator, he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Government as well as receiving his Juris Doctor, cum laude from the University of Florida. He’s been recognized for his service to the community through his pro bono work through the Orange County Bar. He’s also been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer.
Kimberly E. Lorenz, Esq.
Davey Law Group, P.A.
Kimberly is a civil trial attorney representing national retail, hospitality, entertainment, and corporate clients, as well as individuals and small businesses throughout the state of Florida. She takes pride in being the go-to for all her clients’ litigation needs, from small questions and pre-need counseling through a jury trial, and has zealously represented her clients in the areas of commercial and business litigation, premises liability, negligent hiring/retention, and probate litigation. She provides her clients with efficient, effective and aggressive representation, as well as on-call employment and HR assistance, risk management, compliance assessments and loss-shifting strategies to protect her clients from future loss and claims.
A Double-Gator, Kimberly graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and holds a Bachelors’ degree in Journalism. She is routinely recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Young Lawyer and Rising Star in Florida, and by the Orange County Bar Association for her outstanding commitment and service as a Guardian Ad Litem.
Outside of work, Kimberly is heavily involved in events planning and marketing strategy for her clients, and with various community development boards dedicated to showcasing Orlando’s vibrant business and cultural community. A life-long Orlando resident, she resides there with three generations of her family.
Brett Renton, Esq.
Shutts & Bowen LLP
Brett Renton is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.
Brett is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney and has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers in business litigation. He represents individuals, companies, corporations, banks and government entities in business litigation, landlord-tenant litigation, government law and construction law.
Daniel Smith, Esq.
Dan earned his law degree from the University of Florida in 2005 with high honors and his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in 2002 with highest honors. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Florida Justice Association, Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, and the Florida Bar.
He is admitted into all courts in the State of Florida, the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida, U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit in the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court. Daniel has received multiple distinctions as an Avvo Top Attorney and Avvo Client’s Choice Award in 2016.
Dan values his time with his family and is supportive of the role dads can play in their children’s lives. In 2017, he co-founded the recurring event series Dan’s Donuts with Dad. Knowing the importance of family, Daniel is involved with Family Promise, St. Michael’s Preschool, Edgewater High School Wrestling, and is the coach of Ocoee High School Wrestling. He is also a guardian ad litem for at-risk children.
Registration fees are per person.
Group: $399 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Government employee/Legal Aid* Rate: $375
Law Students/paralegals*: $235 (current JD students only)
We’ve gone green. Registration fees include an electronic copy of your handbook emailed one week in advance of the program. Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it by then.
If you prefer, you may order a hard copy of the handout to be provided the day of the program for $25. To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register. If you want a hard copy, you must order it when you register; there will not be any available for purchase the day of the program.
* Law Student Rate is for current law students only.
** Legal Aid attorneys are those attorneys employed by Legal Aid/non-profit firms. It does not include attorneys who have their own practice, or are employed by law firms, that volunteer their time for non-profit causes or take on pro-bono cases. Full and partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of Legal Aid attorneys, based upon registration. Please call (877) 858-3848 to discuss or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FL General: This program is approved for 9.0 general CLE units in Florida through 12/31/2020.
FL Board Certified: This program is approved for units of Board Certified CLE in Florida as follows:
- Civil Trial: 9.0 units through 12/31/2020.
CA General: This program is approved for 7.5 units of general CLE in California.
NJ General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New Jersey’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 7.5 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NJ approved jurisdiction. See the New Jersey State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.
NY General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 7.5 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NY approved jurisdiction. See Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.
This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above. Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.
Terms & Refund Policies
Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.
Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.
Substitutions may be made at any time.
Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.
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