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Hugo Alvarez Serves as the Bridge Between Developer and Bank for $51 Million Construction Loan

Miami-based apartment developer Estate Investments recently obtained a $51.35 million construction loan to proceed with Soleste Alameda, a two-building, 306-unit residential development. Of the $51.35 million, $46.7 million will be financed by Arkansas-based Centennial Bank. Becker shareholders Hugo Alvarez, Michael Boutzoukas, and David Blattner represented Centennial in the deal. Hugo, who acted as the bridge […]

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Kobayashi Maru: How to Approach the No-Win Scenario 

I was a double major in college while also playing Division I football. One of the advantages of being a student athlete in college is that the athletic department had academic counselors watching our academic activities throughout the course of the school year. About two weeks before my college graduation I received a phone call from […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Lobbied to Send Bethune Statue to Washington

Florida has kept a relatively low profile when it comes to Confederate symbols in public places, except for one very public place — National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. One of the state’s statues honors Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Becker shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson helped lead a campaign to replace his statue with […]

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Phil Rosen on Growth Fueled by Brightline – Should You Get On Board?

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is now a minority owner of Brightline. If you thought the new regional train service was already heating up South Florida’s business environment, just wait. Branson’s demonstrated track record means Brightline’s business model just went into hyperdrive for business owners, investors, and developers. Hyperdrive is Branson’s M.O, so buckle up. The […]

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New York & New Jersey Team Hosts “Community Association Clubs: Challenges and Perspectives” Event

On December 5th, we held our second presentation for association board members, club members, and managers. The event, “Community Association Clubs: Challenges and Perspectives,” was held at Sterling Pointe at Franklin HOA and was co-sponsored by NFP, Property & Casualty, and Wilkin & Guttenplan, CPAs. Two credits for continuing manager education were provided to those […]

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Litigation as an Opportunity to Grow Your Business

Perry Ellis is a Fortune 500 company that trades publicly on the NASDAQ. But like so many successful companies, its story is that of a small humble company who was strategic in its growth and used an opportunity presented in litigation to help propel its growth. It was started by George Feldenkreis, who came to […]

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Jennifer Bales Drake Joins Board of Directors of “Business for the Arts of Broward”

Jennifer Bales Drake, Shareholder and Vice Chair of Becker’s Public, Private Partnerships Group, has joined the Board of Directors of “Business for the Arts of Broward.” The non-profit organization is committed to engaging businesses and business leaders to advocate and educate about the importance of arts and culture in Broward County. In addition, she holds […]

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Heidi F. Friedman Named Among American Institute of Legal Counsel’s 10 Best Elder Law Attorneys

Congratulations to Shareholder Heidi F. Friedman who has been recognized by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as among Florida’s 2018 10 Best Elder Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The prestigious list is comprised of the top ten attorneys in each state who have not only attained the highest degree of professional achievement in their […]

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Science Offers Scrutiny

Ellyn S. Bogdanoff, Shareholder in Becker’s Government Law & Lobbying Group and former Senator, has supported efforts to allow for post-conviction DNA testing in Florida. In a Tampa Bay Times article discussing how today’s DNA technology can be used to scrutinize old cases, Ms. Bogdanoff commented, “When we allow government to prosecute people and put […]

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