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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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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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“Run Out Every Ground Ball: A Good Lesson for Lawyers” – Daily Business Review

In Little League, our first base coach never got tired of telling the players to “run out every ground ball.” Who knows—the first baseman may make an error, the fielder may bobble the ball or you may be faster than you thought and reach first base safely. The instruction is a good lesson for lawyers. […]

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“Attorneys Joining Governor on Trade Mission to Israel,” Daily Business Review

Attorneys will be part of a group of 90 political, business and academic leaders traveling Saturday to Israel with Gov. Ron DeSantis to spread a message of friendship and economic development. Becker shareholder Ellyn Bogdanoff, a state lawmaker for eight years, is looking for opportunities “to bring unique business to Florida that can flourish here and […]

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“Jamie Cole, Gary Rosen Combine for DBR’s Attorneys of the Year Award,” Daily Business Review

Jamie Cole and Gary Rosen are leaders at different law firms in Fort Lauderdale who became friends working on the Broward Business Council on Homelessness and other community efforts that placed them in the same orbits. The attorneys were recognized Thursday night as the Daily Business Review’s Attorneys of the Year for another combined effort — shepherding the creation […]

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“Opportunity Zones Seen as Bonus Rather Than Driving Force on Deals,” Daily Business Review

Real estate in opportunity zones across South Florida has been springing up for sale offering development potential to investors along with a tax break. The special designation pushed up asking prices for some sites, said a broker listing some of the properties. An attorney who isn’t working on any of the deals said his clients […]

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“Competitors Draft Pioneering Program to Address Incivility in the Legal Profession,” Daily Business Review

This article profiles one set of three finalists for the Daily Business Review’s Attorney of the Year award, the top honor at the annual Professional Excellence Awards ceremony. The other finalists are Kerri Barsh of Greenberg Traurig and James Sammataro of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. The winner will be announced during an event May 23 at […]

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“Q&As With DBR’s 2019 On the Rise Honorees,” Daily Business Review

Business Litigation Shareholder Evan Berger is a 2019 Daily Business Review “On the Rise” honoree. The awards recognize attorneys for outstanding work early in their careers. Evan discusses what drew him to a legal career, his favorite mentor, and where he fits on a 1-10 work-life balance scale among other topics. Click here to read […]

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