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Becker Launches Interdisciplinary Sea Level Rise Advisory Team to Serve Florida’s Coastal Residents

As one of the first law firms in Florida to address the legal issues stemming from sea level rise, Becker is excited to announce its interdisciplinary Sea Level Rise Advisory Team which includes experienced and knowledgeable lawyers ready to assist our clients in preparing for the future. Our multifaceted team is comprised of specialists at […]

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“Fla. Construction Defect Bill Would Hurt Consumer Interests,” Law360

Last year, Florida politicians attempted to weaponize Chapter 558 of the Florida Statutes and eviscerate the cause of action for violations of the Florida Building Code. Thankfully, that legislation died in committee and never saw the light of day. Unfortunately, through H.B. 583 filed by Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, and S.B. 736 filed by Sen. […]

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Becker New Jersey Community Update for July 2020

Becker’s New Jersey Community Update newsletter features recent news and updates that we think you may find of interest. In July’s Newsletter, We cover all the latest NJ COVID-19 alerts from Department of Health standards for opening Community Association pools, to New Regulations for common interest communities in regards to elections and board meetings. These […]

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“Avoiding Attack: The Arbitrator’s Guide to Drafting a Bulletproof Reasoned Award,” American College of Construction Lawyers Journal

I. Introduction Three types of awards1 are frequently prepared in commercial and construction arbitration proceedings: standard awards, reasoned awards, and awards containing detailed findings of fact and conclusions of law.2 This article focuses on drafting reasoned awards which, due to governing standards frequently cause heartburn for arbitrators. Not only are arbitrators3 required to arrive at […]

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“Pricing Insanity: Material Costs Escalate, Driving Contractor Desperation,” Supply Chain Dive

At conventions, on Zoom calls and in casual conversation, it’s the only thing contractors talk about anymore. Everyone wants to know how everyone else is dealing with the rapid escalation of material prices, a crisis that revved up last spring and shows no signs of slowing down for at least another year. COVID-19-related disruptions devastated […]

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Becker Wins Construction Defects Matter on Appeal for Spring Isle Community Association

Fifth District Issues Critical Ruling on Statute of Repose Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, announced that it defeated a summary judgment ruling on a construction defects lawsuit on appeal before the Florida District Court of Appeal’s Fifth District on behalf of their […]

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Becker’s Legacy Speaker Series Launches with Challenge to Serve from Minnesota AG Keith Ellison

Becker & Poliakoff, in partnership with the University of Miami School of Law, recently welcomed Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison as the inaugural keynote speaker of the first Alan S. Becker and Gary A. Poliakoff Preeminent Leaders in Law Speaker Series. The educational forum, established in honor of the firm’s founding members (Becker, J.D. ’69, […]

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Becker & Miami Law Launch Legacy Speaker Series, Welcome Minnesota AG Keith Ellison

Becker is proud to announce the inaugural installment of the Alan S. Becker and Gary A. Poliakoff Preeminent Leaders in Law Speaker Series, an educational forum established in honor of the firm’s founding members. Becker, J.D. ’69, and Poliakoff, J.D. ’69, were distinguished alumni of the University of Miami School of Law and prominent leaders […]

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“I’m Sticking with Zoom for Mediation,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin

Zoom mediation was thrust upon us last year. At first, the technology was intimidating. I was skeptical about people being in different locations. Some have a concern that remote participation impacts the physical pressure and motivation to settle cases. In my experience, forcing people to travel, find parking, and sit for hours on end in […]

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“Digital Disruption: A Practicum on the Importance of Electronic Discovery,” New Jersey Law Journal

Over the past year and a half, as our judiciary and members of the bar have risen to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, the adoption of technology has increased exponentially. For many of us, that has translated to zoom or telephonic court appearances and hearings, and in our experience, virtual trials. It has been […]

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