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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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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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No Obligation to Deobligate Saves Money and Provides Certainty

With word recently that Congress passed legislative language in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that amends the FEMA Stafford Act, one could almost hear the collective sigh coming from local governments in disaster-prone regions throughout the country. Over the last decade in Florida alone, numerous counties and local governments have been forced by […]

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Daily Business Review Selects Yolanda Cash Jackson as Most Effective Lawyer

The Daily Business Review is announcing its 14th annual Most Effective Lawyers recognizing their stellar achievements for clients in the past year. By far the most competitive categories were class action/mass torts and complex/business litigation, reflecting the dominance of challenging and nuanced litigation as well as the mastery of its South Florida practitioners. Attorneys handled […]

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How Will the Next Generation of Condo Owners Change Fla.’s Shared Ownership Communities?

Donna DiMaggio Berger wrote this commentary article about how the next generation of condo owners is changing Florida’s shared ownership communities that was featured in the Daily Business Review. Donna writes, “Despite statistics proving that the age of condominium owners in the Sunshine State is trending younger and younger these days, the stereotypical notion of a condominium […]

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Landing and Keeping Government Legal Work

At the Fort Lauderdale-based Becker firm, Bernie Friedman chairs the government law and lobbying practice group, one of the firm’s five core practice areas. He has been a lawyer-lobbyist for almost 35 years after serving as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Larry Smith in the 1980s. The firm represents more than 30 government bodies […]

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Accepting That Linkedin Invitation May Be a Violation of a Nonsolicitation Agreement

Social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn are increasingly being used today for professional purposes. Those purposes include maintaining professional networks and promoting certain brands and companies. On the other hand, an individual’s social media activity may serve as the basis for a claim involving the breach of a nonsolicitation agreement. Read More     […]

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