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Becker Attorneys in Florida, New Jersey, and New York Recognized as 2023-2024 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Becker is thrilled to announce that several attorneys in the firm’s Florida, New Jersey, and New York offices have been named as 2023-2024 Super Lawyers, an honor that recognizes the top 5% of the total lawyers in any given state. Becker attorneys recognized as Rising Stars represent the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 years […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 24

House Lawmakers Close Out June The House is the only Chamber in town this week with the Senate out until after the Fourth of July recess week (which the House will also observe). President Joe Biden will spend the week at Camp David preparing for his Thursday night debate against former president Donald Trump. House […]

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“New Law Requires Dissemination of Documents” – News-Press

Q: I recently bought a house and became a new member of a homeowners’ association. The association did not give me or my realtor a copy of the association’s rules and covenants before my purchase. Can you explain the new law on this that I was told recently passed? (J.D., via e‑mail) A: Amendments to […]

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Becker Advises Flag Ship Acquisition Corporation in Connection with IPO

Becker Attorneys Bill Huo, Valeria Angelucci, Robert C. Brighton, and Michael Goldstein represented client Flag Ship Acquisition Corporation, a Cayman Islands exempt company, in connection with its initial public offering of 6,000,000 units at $10.00 each. The closing of the offering occurred on June 20, 2024. Flag Ship Acquisition Corporation is a blank check company incorporated under […]

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Steven B. Lesser Receives 2024 Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year

Fort Lauderdale, Florida –June 20, 2024 – Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, is pleased to announce that Steven B. Lesser, chair of the firm’s national Construction Law and Litigation practice, was presented with the prestigious Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award on June […]

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Revolutionizing Coastal Defense, 3D-Printed Living Seawalls with Anya Freeman of Kind Designs

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! The recent flooding in South Florida makes today’s episode of Take It To The Board particularly timely.  Anya Freeman, the visionary founder of Kind Designs, sits down with host Donna DiMaggio Berger to explain her groundbreaking approach to protecting our coastal properties and shorelines. Anya […]

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Becker Named Top 25 Lobbying Firm in Q1 of 2024 by Florida Politics

Becker is pleased to announce our Government Law & Lobbying practice has been named a top 25 firm by Florida Politics, based on first-quarter revenue for 2024. Bernie Friedman, Chair of the firm’s Government Law & Lobbying practice led the 10-person team, which also includes former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, Jose Fuentes, Yolanda Cash Jackson, Max Losner, Nicholas Matthews, Cody Rogers, LaToya Sheals, Bryony […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 17

Senate in Session Half of Congress is in session this week with only Senators returning to Washington to vote on nominees amid a mid-week recess commemorating Juneteenth. Senators will also participate in several committee hearings this week, including the following: The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will consider legislation reauthorizing the FCC’s spectrum auction […]

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Becker Recognized in SFBJ’s 2024 “Top Law Firms” List

We are pleased to announce Becker has been ranked in the South Florida Business Journal’s “Top Law Firms in South Florida” list for 2024. The list ranks South Florida law firms by number of lawyers, partners, and total staff. Becker has been named in the top 25 ranks every year since 2017. To view the […]

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“It’s That Time of Year Again…Now What?” – Florida Community Association Journal

The snowbirds and spring breakers have all returned home. The weather is warmer, and the days are longer. The summer vacationers have not yet arrived but will soon be here. Unfortunately, this also signifies the potential arrival of a dreaded and uninvited guest: a hurricane. While hurricanes are unpleasant, as with many things in life, […]

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“New Requirements for Condominium Association on Inspections of Official Records” – FCAP Managers Report

The Florida Legislature adopted House Bill (HB) 1021, which makes certain changes to the Chapter 718, or the Condominium Act. Assuming the bill is not vetoed by the Governor, it will become law on July 1, 2024. A comprehensive review of all of the changes is beyond the scope of this article, but one of […]

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Becker’s Chief Strategy Officer, Vincenzo Mogavero, Featured as NJBiz “Leaders in Law” Honoree

Becker proudly announces that Vincenzo Mogavero, the Firm’s Chief Strategy Officer, was honored with NJBiz’s 2024 Leaders in Law Award. The Leaders in Law awards program recognizes legal professionals – including lawyers and general counsels – whose dedication to their profession and communities is exceptional. The honorees were selected by a panel of independent judges […]

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Claramargaret Groover Featured in Practical Law The Journal

We are proud to announce that Claramargaret Groover is featured in the latest issue of Practical Law The Journal, an award-winning magazine that covers the latest transactional and compliance topics and key developments in litigation practice and procedure. In her interview Claramargaret shares career advice, her personal influences and reflects on her professional journey. Claramargaret’s […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 10

Congress Back in Washington: This marks the last week that both the House and Senate will be in Washington at the same time for the month of June. Senators return to take up regular business, and House lawmakers have several votes scheduled in both regular order and expedited procedures. Moving through regular order is a […]

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“Violation Notices Part of Official Records” – News-Press

Q: Does a member of a homeowners’ association have the right to review a list of properties that have violated the HOA rules, such as landscape plants that are not permitted or exterior house paint colors not approved? (A.C., via e-mail) A: If such a list exists, yes. However, the association is not legally obligated […]

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Chambers USA Recognizes Becker’s Construction and Litigation Practices; 7 Attorneys in 2024 Edition

Becker is thrilled to announce that the firm and its attorneys have been recognized in the 2024 edition of Chambers USA, a prestigious annual guide of leading law firms and attorneys. The rankings are driven by independent interviews of clients and members of the legal community at peer firms. Chambers’ sources describe the firm as […]

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Becker Named a Top 25 Construction Law Firm by Construction Executive Magazine 2024

Becker’s Construction Law & Litigation practice once again pushed the firm to the upper ranks of Construction Executive Magazine’s annual Top 50 Construction Law Firms, placing at 25. This national rating system measures and weighs the following: 2023 revenues from the firm’s construction practice; the number of attorneys in the firm’s construction practice; the percentage […]

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A Lobbyist’s Lens: A Bird’s Eye View of the Legislative Process, Community Advocacy and Condo Law with Lobbyist Travis Moore of Moore Relations, Inc.

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! Host Donna DiMaggio Berger takes listeners behind the curtain of Florida’s legislative process with lobbyist Travis Moore of Moore Relations, Inc. to uncover what lobbyists do, how they do it, and why community association leaders and residents need to know about this process. Together, they discuss […]

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“A Guide to Community Association Governance in New Jersey” – Community Trends

Living in a community association offers an array of benefits – well-maintained common areas, a sense of community, and shared amenities. However, a smooth-running community association relies on a strong foundation built upon a clear and documented framework called the “governing documents.” This framework, however, can be complex and downright overwhelming at times. The governing […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 3

Summer Session Begins Lawmakers return to D.C. this week following its Memorial Day recess to kick off its summer appropriations agenda ahead of the September 30th government shutdown deadline. It is expected to be a quick working week as several Members will be travelling to Normandy, France ahead of the 80th anniversary of D-Day this […]

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Community Update – May 2024

Hurricane season is here. It’s time to get ready, and then stay ready. This issue of CUP also addresses the do’s and don’ts of association committees, estoppel certificates, and association contracts. Don’t miss our featured article on the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) and beware of the recently issued scam alert Two of the bills signed […]

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Vacation Rentals and Community Associations

Over the past few years, Airbnb and VRBO (collectively referred to as “Vacation Rentals”) have become a very popular form of short-term rental. Vacation Rentals include a range of rentals from houses, condos, or in some instances rooms for a period under 30 days’ at a time. While some owners believe they have this right […]

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“Association Contracts” – FCAP Managers Report

Whether your community association is a condominium, cooperative, or a homeowners’ association, Florida law empowers your association to enter into contracts in connection with the maintenance and operation of the community. Often times, your association is all but required to contract with third parties in order to maintain and operate the community, as it does […]

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