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“Understanding the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) and Its Possible Impact on Community Associations” – Daily Business Review

Becker Shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger was recently featured in the Daily Business Review. Her commentary article looks at the implications the Corporate Transparency Act has on Community Associations, specifically the potential challenges for volunteer association board members in private residential communities. Donna writes, “The CTA aims to remove the anonymity surrounding shell companies and similar […]

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Michael Gongora Recognized in Florida Legal Awards by the Daily Business Review

Becker is proud to announce Michael Gongora, a community association Shareholder at our Miami office, has been named as a finalist in The Daily Business Review’s 2024 Florida Legal Awards. Michael is an honoree in the diversity and inclusion category. Michael is a political trailblazer as the first openly gay Hispanic to win elected office […]

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Becker’s Steven B. Lesser Quoted in ‘Daily Business Review’ Article about Construction Defect Litigation

Steven B. Lesser, Chair of Becker’s national Construction Law & Litigation practice group was recently quoted in an article about the increasing trend of construction litigation in South Florida, following a wave of demand for new buildings in recent years. The Daily Business Review article reveals many housing and residential projects were rushed, particularly in […]

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“Uncertainty Remains as Lawyers See Rising Demand from Final Wave of Hurricane Claims Under Old Law” – Daily Business Review

Becker’s Ft. Myers Office Managing Shareholder Sanjay Kurian was quoted in the Daily Business Review article titled, “Uncertainty Remains as Lawyers See Rising Demand from Final Wave of Hurricane Claims Under Old Law.” To read the full article, please click here. Sanjay Kurian is Florida Bar Board Certified in Construction Law and is recognized by leading legal publication Chambers […]

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“Is Private Judging Another Solution to Florida’s Court Backlog?” – Daily Business Review

Becker Shareholder Jon Polenberg was quoted in the Daily Business Review article titled, “Is Private Judging Another Solution to Florida’s Court Backlog?” To read the full article, please click here. Jon is a senior trial lawyer for Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., who regularly represents clients for their matters proceeding in state court, federal court, arbitration, and regulatory agencies. […]

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Sanjay Kurian Quoted in Daily Business Review

Becker’s Ft. Myers Office Managing Shareholder Sanjay Kurian was quoted in the Daily Business Review article titled, “New Florida Insurance Law Is Poised to Put a Damper on Property Claims Litigation.” To read the full article, please click here. Sanjay Kurian is Florida Bar Board Certified in Construction Law and is recognized by leading legal […]

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Gary C. Rosen Quoted in Daily Business Review

Gary C. Rosen was quoted in the Daily Business Review article titled, “Is a Recession Coming? 2 Florida Mainstays Proceed With Caution.” To read the full article, please click here. Gary joined Becker in 1982 as a litigator and later became chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice. He represents clients including county and city governments, […]

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“Why You Should Become A Board-Certified Lawyer” – Daily Business Review

The Florida Bar reports there over 93,000 lawyers eligible to practice law. Demand for legal services is on the rise as droves of out of state consumers and their businesses relocate to Florida. To meet this demand, law firms have aggressively been recruiting lawyers particularly in specialty areas such as real estate, construction, and corporate […]

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Gary Rosen Discusses Becker’s Return to Work, Vaccination Protocols

Like all businesses, Becker is navigating the uncharted waters of returning to work post-pandemic. While providing premium client service remains a top priority, maintaining a safe and supportive environment in which to serve is paramount for firm leadership. Managing Shareholder Gary Rosen offered the Daily Business Review a look into the firm’s hybrid workweek and […]

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“Not Every Communication With Your Attorney Is Privileged” – Daily Business Review

The attorney-client privilege is one of the oldest privileges in the law. The privilege started out as a common law right but has since been codified in the Florida Evidence Code. As a general matter, the privilege protects private conversations between attorneys and their clients. But just because a conversation involves an attorney does not […]

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“Common Interest Is Broader Than You May Think” – Daily Business Review

Generally speaking, private conversations between an attorney and client are privileged and their contents cannot be discovered. The same is true with respect to an attorney’s work product and his mental thoughts and impressions. These privileges are so engrained in the law that Florida has codified them at Florida Statute Section 90.502 (attorney-client privilege) and […]

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“Does New Law SB 72 Protect Community Associations From COVID-19 Claims?” – Daily Business Review

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 72 into law on March 29. For some time, volunteer community association boards, their managers, and professional advisers have worried that private residential communities might be subject to potential claims related to how the board managed (or in some cases, mismanaged) the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past year, many […]

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“Lobbyist Gets Shareholder-Like Privileges as Florida Bar Reconsiders Law Firm Ownership” – Daily Business Review

By Dan Roe As the Florida Bar and other states consider non-attorney ownership of law firms, some law firms are coming up with creative approaches to give top privileges to professionals outside the attorney ranks. This month, Becker, a midsize Fort Lauderdale-based firm, announced that one of its lobbyists, Omar Franco, who has been a […]

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“Coronavirus No Excuse for Day-Late Rent by Business Facing Eviction, Appeals Court Rules” – Daily Business Review

By Lidia Dinkova A Deerfield Beach boat upholstery and cover business is still fighting eviction after an appellate court shot down its claim that the coronavirus pandemic played a role in a day-late rent payment. The Cove & Deerfield Beach LLC, controlled by New York’s Bruscas family, filed the commercial eviction lawsuit in January against […]

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“Community Association Boards Face Holiday Challenges During Pandemic” – Daily Business Review

Many community association boards continue to be resilient and cautious in the face of ongoing pressure from some residents to open all amenities, hold in person meetings, allow unfettered access to the property, and act as if the COVID-19 pandemic is over. This pressure has only increased since Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his Phase 3 […]

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“South Florida Law Firms Embrace Litigator’s Program to Increase Voter Turnout,” Daily Business Review

Finding time to participate in a General Election can be challenging – even in a year without pandemic-related concerns and restrictions – and the uncertainty of 2020 is tempting many voters to ‘sit this one out.’ Becker is strongly encouraging its employees to resist the urge to bail on the ballot by (1) gifting an […]

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“It Took a Pandemic and a Committee, but Broward Litigators Have Become More Polite,” Daily Business Review

By Michael A. Mora Broward litigators seem to have become … nicer… in recent months. That’s the good news from Chief Judge Jack Tuter, who has gone to great lengths to restore civility among litigators before the Broward Circuit Court. And interesting factor: The disruption resulting from the coronavirus pandemic might have helped with the […]

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“Best Mentors: Yolanda Cash Jackson Has Inverse Ratio for Talking, Listening,” Daily Business Review

Yolanda Cash Jackson Title: Shareholder Firm: Becker & Poliakoff Name a secret ingredient or two for effective mentoring? My two secret ingredients are compassion and empathy. A good mentor will never forget what is was to be in the shoes of a mentee, and a good mentor should always offer advice for the mentee as if they were […]

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“Court-Ordered Nonbinding Arbitration: A Way to Move Your Case Forward During COVID” – Daily Business Review

With the onslaught of COVID-19 in the State of Florida, civil trial attorneys find themselves in a dilemma as to how to move their cases forward. The ability to get a civil case set for a jury trial has been limited as a result of restrictions imposed by Executive Orders of the Governor and Administrative […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Honored as ‘Best Mentor’ in Daily Business Review’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards

The Daily Business Review has recognized Government Law & Lobbying Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson as a ‘Best Mentor’ in its 2020 Professional Excellence Awards. The ‘Best Mentor’ awards are given to South Florida attorneys who have taken it upon themselves to prepare the next generation of legal talent by passing along valuable knowledge and paving […]

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“The Novel Coronavirus’ Impact on Government Contractors” – Daily Business Review

Government contractors are a significant sector of the economy grappling with the devastating impact of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. As state and local governments scale back a myriad of services, some by mandated government orders and others by the force of circumstances, contractors are and will continue to be significantly impacted. In the balance are […]

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“With No Copyright Protection for Client, Broward Lawyers Created Own Road Map,” Daily Business Review

Without copyright protection for a client with sophisticated products showcased in places like the Smithsonian Museum, two South Florida lawyers had to rely on creative legal theories. Their efforts paid off by convincing a New York judge to shut down online counterfeits of their client’s work. It also left a road map for future intellectual […]

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“How to Minimize Coronavirus Risk in Fla. Residential Communities” – Daily Business Review

With the number of cases of COVID-19 increasing in Florida and Gov. Ron DeSantis declaring a state of emergency, proactive community association boards and their management professionals are thinking about how this virus might impact their residential communities and what can be done to blunt the impact. There is an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 […]

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“Community Associations Threatened With Website Litigation Under the ADA” – Daily Business Review

In the last few months, a growing number of community associations across Florida are being threatened with litigation because their websites are allegedly not friendly to visually impaired users. The genesis for these association website suits may lie with the holding in the recent Domino’s Pizza v. Robles case. That case was originally brought by […]

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“Debtor Must Release Privileged Carlton Fields Attorney-Client Communications, Judge Rules” – Daily Business Review

Becker shareholder Jon Polenberg represents creditor-trustee, Daniel J. Stermer in a suit filed in Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging that ATIF’s 2015 asset transfer to Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, one of the largest title insurance groups in the U.S., was fraudulent. Mr. Polenberg argued that ATIF attempted to avoid […]

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