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Becker’s 2019 Shareholder Meeting

Becker Shareholders and Senior Management recently came together for the firm’s 2019 Shareholder Meeting. Attorneys and lobbyists from the firm’s 16 offices throughout Florida and the East Coast convened in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for a productive and educational weekend of relationship building, strategic planning, and camaraderie. Hosted at the Dalmar Hotel, attendees took part in […]

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What Should a Buyer Do After They Have Purchased Their Dream Home?

Completing a home purchase is an exciting moment for everyone who worked on the real estate transaction.  The seller has sold a property and perhaps made a nice profit from the sale.  The real estate agents that worked hard on the transaction for several months are finally going to get paid for their services.  The […]

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Tariffs, Tomatoes, and How Litigation Resolved the Dispute

Litigation involves all different types of disputes. Take the fight over tariffs involving tomatoes where the United States Supreme Court was asked to determine if a tomato is actually a fruit or a vegetable. This story starts years ago when a tariff was passed that imposed a tax on all imported vegetables, but not on […]

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Dispute Between Governors Illustrates Necessity of Knowing Your Rights

Ron DeSantis, Florida’s newly elected governor was recently sworn into office. But as is the right of political passage, Rick Scott, the outgoing governor, made numerous political appointments during his last hours in office. Even though both governors are from the same political party, Governor DeSantis is reviewing Rick Scott’s appointments and the possibility exists that […]

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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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“How the Lessons Learned in Elementary School Will Help Your Association,” Florida Community Association Professionals

I am a schoolteacher’s son. I am married to a schoolteacher, and I have two school-aged children who just started another year of elementary school this month. So, I have seen and understand all of the work and effort that schoolteachers and parents put in throughout the course of a school year. But everyone works […]

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Community Update – August 2018

With back-to-school season in full swing we don’t want you to miss out on your share of continuing education – certainly not when it comes to the board member or management responsibilities you have for your community. After all, why should the kids have all the fun? In this issue, we aim to provide you […]

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Property Improvements Through Programs Such As PACE: Understanding the Issues

Property owners have often found that improving their property to make them more energy efficient or wind resistant is expensive.  However, our legislators authorized Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to help homeowners finance the cost of those home improvements. PACE programs are specifically designed to assist both residential and commercial property owners to finance certain energy […]

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Congratulations to Steven B. Lesser and All of Becker’s Best Lawyers in America® 2019

TWELVE BECKER ATTORNEYS NAMED THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2019 Steven B. Lesser Further Recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Construction Litigation The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, announced today, includes twelve Becker attorneys covering four practice areas. Special congratulations to Steven B. Lesser, Chair of our Construction Law & Litigation […]

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Putting the Puzzle Together Regarding Insurance Coverage and Exclusions

In those pages and pages of insurance documents detailing your available insurance coverage you’ll also find exclusions explaining what is not covered in your insurance policy. There might, however, be some exceptions to those exclusions that should keep the claim from being excluded under the policy. Confused yet? That knotted paradigm is illustrated in a case that […]

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Community Update – July 2018

Summer is here in full dew point oppression, and while many people take this time to vacate the area, many managers and board members are hard at work with the day-to-day operations and maintenance of Florida’s communities. In this issue, we hope to make some of that work a bit easier. Our featured article, There’s […]

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Seven Becker Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Becker is proud to announce that seven of our shareholders were recently recognized in the 2018 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.  Alan Becker, Steve Lesser and Ken Direktor from our Ft. Lauderdale office, Marilyn Perez-Martinez and Hugo Alvarez from the Miami office, Gary Schaaf from our Tampa office, and Joseph E. Adams from […]

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28 Becker Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers

Becker proudly congratulates our attorneys selected as Super Lawyers. As of 2018, we boast 28 lawyers who have received this prestigious designation. Please click on their names to read more about each of these attorneys. Super Lawyer Recipients: Joseph E. Adams*, Real Estate (Office Managing Shareholder, Fort Myers/Naples) Hugo V. Alvarez, Insurance Coverage Disputes, Real Estate […]

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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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16 Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Named 2018 Florida Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – February 6, 2018 – Becker & Poliakoff today announced that 16 of its attorneys have been named as top lawyers in the state for 2018 by Florida Super Lawyers. Here are the Becker & Poliakoff attorneys designated as Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars: Super Lawyer Recipients: Joseph E. Adams*, Real Estate […]

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Hugo Alvarez Wins Legal Luminary Award

Hugo Alvarez, shareholder in our Business Litigation group, has won the Legal Luminary Award from the Dade County Bar Association. Mr. Alvarez won the Legal Luminary Award in the Insurance category at the Association’s Awards Gala on July 26 after several rounds of voting by judges and lawyers. Hugo’s work with the firm focuses on […]

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Eleven Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Listed In The Best Lawyers In America® 2018

The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, announced today, includes eleven attorneys covering four practice areas from the Florida and New Jersey offices of law firm Becker & Poliakoff. Of note, Founding Shareholder Alan S. Becker was recognized in 2018 as a Lawyer of the Year for his practice area. The attorneys are […]

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Hugo Alvarez on Cuban-American Relations in the Daily Business Review

Hugo Alvarez, shareholder in our Miami office, was published by the DBR in a July 21 op-ed titled “Doing Little, Trump Does Much Harm to Cuban-American Relationship. As the title suggests, Hugo commented on the economic and social ramifications that President Trump’s policies – travel restrictions and business regulations in particular – are having on […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson and Hugo Alvarez Nominated as Legal Luminary Finalists

Hugo Alvarez, shareholder in our Business Litigation group, and Yolanda Cash Jackson, shareholder in our Government Law & Lobbying group, have been nominated as Legal Luminary Award finalists by the Dade County Bar Association. Mr. Alvarez is a nominee in the Insurance category, Ms. Jackson in the Lobbying & Government Relations category. With over 71,000 […]

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