Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The White House / Tia Dufour WASHINGTON – A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to the White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.The letter had been intercepted earlier this week before it reached the White House. The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, the officials said. Her name was not immediately released.The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. It was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump and a preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, according to the officials.The officials were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. There have been several prior instances in which U.S. officials have been targeted with ricin sent through the mail.A Navy veteran was arrested in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes to Trump and members of his administration that contained the substance from which ricin is derived. The letters were intercepted, and no one was hurt.In 2014, a Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after sending letters dusted with ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials.
Attys Exchange, 2/1/04 ADA LITIGATION Michael F. Lanham, an experienced ADA attorney, has an MBA & understands the business aspects faced by litigants in ADA cases. With a history of 10 years specializing in the implementation & case law of the ADA, Mr. Lanham is available to assist or represent entities in ADA actions. Michael F. Lanham, P.A., 1102 Biscayne Building, 19 West Flagler Street, Miami 33130; [email protected] ; www.lawyerada.com ; (305) 358-7646. ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCE ABUSE LICENSE PROBLEMS Richard B. Marx, “AV” rated lawyer and former member of the board of directors of Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., is available to act as a consultant or for representation of professionals with licensing problems brought about by addiction or other causes. Capable of assisting with a recovery program and all phases of license problems. Representation includes grievance committees, Bar admissions, and readmission for suspended attorneys, as well as DBPR license defense for health care professionals. 66 West Flagler Street, Second Floor, Miami 33130, phone (305) 579-9060, fax (305) 377-0503. APPELLATE LAW Joseph C. Hood, Esquire, Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, and annual speaker at the Marital and Family Law Certification Review Course, is available for representation or consultation in marital and family law and related appeals throughout the state. Board Certified in Marital and Family Law since 1991, and has substantial experience in family law appeals. Phone (813) 254-5554, fax (813) 254-7604, e-mail: [email protected] . ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE & BAR ADMISSION Charles L. Curtis, experienced, “AV” rated, administrative-civil trial lawyer and past chair (twice) of Florida Bar grievance committees. Available for consultation and representation before grievance committees, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, referee, and Supreme Court proceedings involving attorney admission/discipline. Charles L. Curtis, P. A., 1119 S.E. 3rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 33316-1197, phone (954) 763-1716, fax (954) 462-7652. Richard A. Greenberg, “AV” rated lawyer, former disciplinary counsel for The Florida Bar, is available for representation before grievance committees, before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, in referee proceedings, and in any proceedings before the Supreme Court involving attorney discipline and Bar admission. Also available to act as counsel, consultant, or expert witness on any matter involving legal ethics or legal malpractice. Member Professional Ethics Committee. 325 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee 32301, phone (850) 681-9848, toll free 1-888-3ETHICS. Scott B. Saul, former chair for Miami Bar Grievance Committee and experienced criminal defense attorney/trial lawyer (over 180+ State and Federal jury trials to verdict) available for representation before Florida Bar Grievance Committees, Board of Bar Examiners, disciplinary trials, Bar complaints and reinstatement/readmissions. Focusing on matters arising out of trial representation, opposing attorney clashes, partnership feuds and attorney client disputes. Participation fees honored. 1352 N. W. 16th Street, Miami, FL 33125; (800)308-3987; [email protected] < p>Jerome H. Shevin, experienced “AV” rated trial and appellate lawyer and former chair of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Available to consult with and represent lawyers before grievance committees, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, in subsequent referee and Supreme Court proceedings. Also available as expert witness or consultant on matters of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the interpretation of said rules and has been certified as such by a Florida Circuit Court Judge. Jerome H. Shevin, P.A., Gables One Tower – Penthouse, 1320 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables 33146, phone (305) 661-6664. < p> Donald A. Smith, Jr., “AV” rated lawyer with over 20 years experience in prosecuting and defending attorneys in Bar grievance/disciplinary proceedings is available to represent lawyers in Bar proceedings, including reinstatement/readmission. He is available to serve as an expert witness. He has represented applicants before the Board of Bar Examiners for over 17 years and is available for representation concerning applications and character/fitness proceedings. Donald A. Smith, Jr., Suite 150, 109 North Brush Street, Tampa 33602, phone (813) 273-0063, [email protected] < p>Kevin P. Tynan, former disciplinary counsel for The Florida Bar (1988-2000), is available for consultation and representation concerning all matters related to the attorney grievance process, inclusive of grievance, trial and appellate representation. Further, he is available for consultation and expert testimony on all matters related to a lawyer’s professional responsibilities. Kevin P. Tynan, Esq., Richardson & Tynan, P.L.C., 8142 North University Drive, Tamarac 33321, phone (954) 721-7300. ATTORNEY ADMISSION AND DISCIPLINE/PROFESSIONAL ADMISSION AND DISCIPLINE/EXPERT ETHICS OPINION Joseph A. Corsmeier, Esquire, “AV” rated former disciplinary counsel for The Florida Bar (1990-1998), is available to represent attorneys in all matters before The Florida Bar and Board of Bar Examiners, including disciplinary, reinstatement, and admission proceedings. Also available to represent professionals in admission and licensing proceedings before all state boards and agencies and for consultation and expert testimony on legal ethics and malpractice issues. Joseph A. Corsmeier, P.A., 2655 McCormick Dr., Suite 212, Clearwater, FL 33759, Office: (727) 799-1688, Fax: (727) 799-1670 . ATTORNEY/PROFESSIONAL ADMISSION AND DISCIPLINE David R. Ristoff, ”AV” rated former chief counsel for the Tampa office of The Florida Bar, Department of Lawyer Regulation (1984 – June 2000), is available for representation of attorneys in admission and before grievance committees, referee proceedings, reinstatements, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and appeals before the Supreme Court of Florida. Available to represent other professionals in licensure proceedings. Also available for consultation and/ or expert testimony on legal ethics and malpractice issues. David R. Ristoff, Williams, Ristoff, & Proper, P.L.C., 6131 U. S. Highway 19, New Port Richey, phone (727) 842-9758, fax (727) 848-2494. CLASS ACTION Marc A. Wites, Esq. represents plaintiffs in class actions. Class action practice areas include deceptive trade practices, securities, antitrust, banking, defective and mislabeled products, tax, real estate, employment, and lending. Marc has vast experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in class litigation and has received court approval as class counsel in many cases. Marc’s publications include “The Florida Litigation Guide” (www.flalitguide.com). Co-counsel agreements welcome and referral fees paid in accordance with Bar rules. Wites & Kapetan, P.A., Deerfield Beach, FL; (954) 570-8989; [email protected] ; www.wklawyers.com . CRIMINAL LAW Michael Bruce Cohen, Esq., “AV” rated,Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, former state and federal prosecutor, member of the Florida, D.C., and N.Y. bars, announces his availability to accept all state and federal criminal trial and appellate matters including international extraditions. Participation fees honored. 500 West Cypress Creek Road, Ste 300, Ft. Lauderdale 33309; tel (954) 928-0059; fax (954)928-0829;e-mail: [email protected] . CRUISE LINES Cruise Lines – Charles R. Lipcon. Passenger and seamen’s claims handled since 1971, emphasis on personal injury/death. One Biscayne Tower, Suite 2480 Miami 33131, phone (305) 373-3016, fax (305) 373-6204, e-mail [email protected] . DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY Stanley W. Lane, D.D.S., J.D., attorney and board certified oral-maxillo facial surgeon, former associate professor Mt. Sinai, N.Y.U. College of Dentistry, 20 years of dental malpractice expertise; Sharon M. Sabel, Esq., 16 years experience in dental malpractice; available for referrals or co-counsel, specializing in dental malpractice exclusively. N.Y. and Florida Bar. Stanley W. Lane, D.D.S., P.A., 2775 East Oakland Park Boulevard, Suite 6, Ft. Lauderdale 33306, telephone: (954) 568-2111, facsimile: (954) 568-5521. DISABILITY INSURANCE Kimsey Law Group has been representing clients in disability insurance disputes for several years. These cases fall under both ERISA and state law, depending on whether the disability insurance claim falls under a private disability insurance policy or an employer-funded ERISA plan. Initial consultation is always free of charge. Kimsey Law Group, 3816 W. Linebaugh Ave., Ste. 412, Tampa 33624, telephone (813) 265-9292, fax (813) 265-1752, Web site: www.ProtectingYourRights.com , email: [email protected] . John J. Spiegel invites inquiries about disability insurance matters: claims, coverage disputes, trial, litigation, and appeals for all forms of disability coverages, e.g., individual, group, ERISA (including “appeals”). Disability claims are often complex and contested. Early consultation and representation is strongly recommended. Co-counsel arrangements welcomed. Referring attorney fees protected. John J. Spiegel, P.A., Concord Building 7th Floor, 66 West Flagler Street, Miami 33130, (305) 539-0700. The Wagar Law Firm, a national leader in the field of Disability Insurance and ERISA benefits litigation, limits its practice to Plaintiff Disability and Life Insurance matters. The Wagar Law Firm assists policyholders with obtaining benefits against every major insurer including UNUM/Provident, Paul Revere, Northwest Mutual, MetLife, CNA, and many others. Call for a copy of our firm brochure. The Wagar Law Firm. 3250 Mary Street, Suite 302, Coconut Grove, Florida 33133, (305) 443-7772, www.wagarlaw.com. ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY & COMPUTER FORENSICS Denise Mendez Smith, fifteen years experience in complex commercial litigation. Available for consultation on electronic discovery matters including data preservation, inadvertent disclosure and strategic planning. She also provides e-discovery and computer forensic services and is available for appointment as special master or third-party neutral in discovery disputes. Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, A+, Network+ certifications and extensive computer forensic training. Electronic Data Discovery, Inc., 850.386.6004 www.edd-inc.net . ERISA Lawrence D. Bache – Disputes governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) – Litigation to recover wrongfully denied health, disability, pension, severance, life or other employee benefits. Federal and State Court accredited and experienced. Available for representation, referrals and/or consultation. The Law Office of Lawrence D. Bache, 9000 West Sheridan Street, Suite 174, Pembroke Pines FL 33024, phone (954) 436-7376, fax (954) 436-2926, e-mail: [email protected] . FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS John W. Merting, P.A., representation or co-counsel in general personal injury claims and medical malpractice claims against United States Military and Veterans Administration hospitals. Twenty-five plus years experience in FTCA claims arising throughout the United States at the administrative and federal court trial levels. Admitted in Florida, Colorado and Southern District of Alabama. John W. Merting, P.A., Harbourtown – Ste. 39, 913 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze 32561, phone (850) 916-9645, fax (850) 916-9787. HEALTH CARE LAW George F. Indest III, Board certified health care attorney, and other health care attorneys available statewide to consult, affiliate as co-counsel, or accept referrals representing physicians and other health care providers. We represent exclusively health care providers. Our practice includes business, regulatory and transactional matters and commercial, administrative and professional litigation. Experienced in defending investigations, licensing cases, Medicare/Medicaid audits/investigations, credentialing/privileges cases, covenants-not-to-compete, and other health related areas. The Health Law Firm, 220 E. Central Parkway, Suite 2030, Altamonte Springs (Orlando) 32701, (407) 331-6620. Wilson Suarez Lopez & Gennett is an “AV” rated firm that focuses on Health Law and regulatory matters for health care providers and suppliers. Available statewide to consult or serve as co-counsel on matters involving regulatory compliance issues; Medicare/Medicaid investigations and audits; prepayment reviews, overpayments, payment suspensions and terminations; professional board disciplinary proceedings and licensure matters; managed care contracting and provider reimbursement issues and litigation, and health care contracts and transactions. Wilson Suarez Lopez & Gennett, 2151 Le Jeune Road, Mezzanine, Coral Gables (Miami) 33134, (305) 446-7300, www.flahealthlaw.com, [email protected] Michael Gennett, board certified in Health Law. HEALTH CARE LIEN REDUCTION Wade Yeakle assists the Plaintiffs Trial Bar in reducing or eliminating health care liens and subrogation claims: ERISA plans, private and Medicare HMOs, self insured and private and government health plans. Former Florida independent counsel for Healthcare Recoveries, Inc., and counsel to Plan Administrators of numerous health plans. Services available statewide. Wade Yeakle, P.A., 4128 28th St. N., St. Petersburg, 33714. Phone: 727-528-3121, Fax: 727-528-6131. IMMIGRATION LAW Jeffrey N. Brauwerman, Florida Bar Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Lawyer, former U.S. immigration judge and regional counsel and district counsel, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, available for representation, consultation, and as an expert witness. “AV” rated. Vice-chair, inaugural Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Committee. Listed: “The Best Lawyers in America;” “Martindale-Hubbell’s Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers;” and “The Florida Consumer Guidebook to Law & Leading Attorneys.” Offices in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Miami, phone (305) 758-1234, Ft. Lauderdale, phone (954) 527-1234, e-mail: [email protected] , www.brauwermanlaw.com . INTERNATIONAL LAW International Law and Business, Foreign Law, and Immigration — George C. J. Moore announces his continuing availability to assist counsel with advice, strategy and/or expert opinion. Member of The Florida Bar, the Bar of England and of eight countries in the Caribbean. Cambridge University LL.M. Degree in international law. Martindale “AV.” Board Certified as specialist in International Law. George C. J. Moore, 812 Citizens Building, West Palm Beach 33401, phone (561) 833-9000, fax (561) 833-9990 e-mail: [email protected] . LEGAL MALPRACTICE T. Patrick Ford, Jr., announces his availability to represent individuals in matters relating to legal malpractice. Board Certified in Trial Law and AV rated, the law firm of Ford & Dean, P.A. is available for consultations and referrals in all aspects of legal and professional malpractice. Inquiries welcome. Ford & Dean, P.A., 9130 South Dadeland Boulevard, Two Datran Center – PH 1-C, Miami, FL 33156, Telephone: (305) 670-2000; Toll-free: (888) 372-2873; Fax: (305) 670-1353; E-mail: [email protected] ; www.Forddean.com . LEMON LAW & BREACH OF WARRANTY Cousins Law Firm, A Professional Association has reviewed over 3,000 Lemon Law related matters and has represented clients from Virgin Islands to Seattle, Washington for over a decade. Patrick S. Cousins has represented foreign and domestic manufacturers and consumers, thus making him uniquely qualified to represent your client’s interest. Automobiles, SUV’s, trucks under 10,000 pounds; all recreational vehicles. Visit our Web page at www.yourlemon.com ; e-mail: [email protected] ; phone (800) CAR-LAW-8, fax: 561-835-0766. Call, we are here to help. MASSACHUSETTS LAW Firm Litigating, all types of cases in Massachusetts. Hourly rates on all matters and contingent fees on personal injury cases. Experience in Federal and State courts of Massachusetts. Offices in Massachusetts and Sarasota, FL. Commercial, probate and criminal representation also provided. All inquiries regarding referrals promptly answered. Office of Albert E. Grady, Phone: 1-800-322-9022, Fax 508-586-0734; [email protected] . MEDIATION Mediation and arbitration services. Supreme Court certified County and Circuit mediator. Experienced arbitrator. Practical litigation experience representing Plaintiffs and Defendants involving a multitude of civil tort litigation including premises liability, automobile and truck accidents, homeowners, security, etc. Previous 20 years background as claims adjuster, supervisor and Claims Vice President with carriers, self-insureds, reinsurers, TPAs. No charge for travel time. Joseph C. Perzan, Esq., 407-339-5554; [email protected] . MEDIATION – STATEWIDE Laurance L. Mancuso, Esq. is available as a mediator in business, employment, family, real property & personal injury disputes. Certified in circuit civil, family, appellate & federal mediation. Experienced in civil & criminal litigation. Experienced in government contract claims. B.A., M.B.A., J.D. Florida Bar 1994. WA. State Bar 1988. Tele: 407-699-1913. Lake Mary, FL. Or email [email protected] . For additional Information visit www.mancuso-mediation.com . MEDIATION IS THE ANSWER! MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/OPHTHALMOLOGY Paul M. Silva, Plaintiff’s Attorney and Ophthalmologist, is available for case referrals or expert review throughout Florida. His background includes a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida Honors Program, an internship in Family Medicine and additional training in Ophthalmology. Law Firm of Paul M. Silva, M.D., J.D., P.A. Toll Free (866) SILVALAW or (954) 675-6790 (direct line). E-mail [email protected] . PATENT, TRADEMARK, COPYRIGHT LAW Christopher & Weisberg, P.A. Intellectual Property lawyers helping to protecting the ideas of lawyers and their clients; registered patent attorneys concentrating on intellectual property litigation and counseling, U.S. & international patent and trademark searches and applications, copyrights, Internet and computer law, trade secrets, technology and export licensing; experienced in a range of technologies including electrical, mechanical, aerospace, industrial machinery, computer hardware and software, telecommunications and networks, medical devices, sporting goods, and consumer products. 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 2040, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301, (800) 978-CWIP , (954) 828-1488, Internet: www.cwcip.com , email: [email protected] . Fleit, Kain, Gibbons, Gutman, Bongini, & Bianco P.L. **Focus on I.P.** Miami – Ft. Lauderdale – Boca Raton, patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising, computer law, Internet law, domain name disputes, technology licensing / transfers, litigation / dispute resolution. Registered patent attorneys, AV rated 750 S.E. 3rd Ave., Ste. 100, Ft. Lauderdale 33316, (954) 768-9002, Boca (561) 989-9811, Miami (305) 530-9100 or toll free (800) 846-0900, fax: (954) 768-0158, www.FocusOnIP.com . Malloy & Malloy, P.A.“Since 1959” – Practice limited to patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets, related intellectual property cases, including trials & appeals. Complete U.S. & Int’l services include patent and trademark applications in all foreign countries, searches, licensing, franchising. Registered patent attorneys, AV rated. John Cyril Malloy III is an intellectual property adjunct professor at St. Thomas Law School. Malloy & Malloy, P.A, 2800 S.W. Third Avenue, Miami, 33129, (305) 858-8000, toll free (800) 337-7239, fax (305) 858-0008. Ft. Laud. Office (954)525-9611, e-mail: [email protected], Internet: www.malloylaw.com. POLICE CASES Temporary overflow of work? Can’t be in two places at once? Personal injury attorney has 22 years experience with emphasis in 42 USC 1983 police cases representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants, wants to be your independent contractor. Available for referrals, consultations and/or co-counsel arrangements. Call the Law Offices of John J. Hoffman at (561) 775-0661; 10194 Osprey Trace, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. PROBATE AND TRUST LITIGATION Christopher Q. Wintter, Trial Lawyer, Board Certified Wills, Trusts & Estates Lawyer, C.P.A., and an instructor and faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), announces his availability to represent personal representatives, fiduciaries, beneficiaries, trustees, and potential heirs in litigation matters concerning wills, trusts, estates. Mr. Wintter is also available to assist counsel with advice, strategy, expert opinion, or to act as co-counsel relating to complex administration issues concerning trusts and estates. Wintter & Associates, P.A., 2239 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood 33020. (954) 920-7014; fax: (954) 920-7080; 2255 Glades Road, Suite 324A, Boca Raton, FL 33431, (561) 470-3448. PRODUCTS LIABILITY Overchuck, Denault & De Marco is a firm specializing in products liability, toxic torts, automotive liability, insurance litigation and all other areas of negligence and personal injury for catastrophic claims. The lawyers at Overchuck, Denauly & De Marco have represented clients for 35 years, have co-counseled and consulted with other lawyers representing clients with serious injury claims. Overchuck, Denault & De Marco, 90 East Livingston St., Ste. 100, Orlando, FL 32801; (407) 872-6222 (phone); (407) 872-6822 (fax); www.productslaw.net . REAL ESTATE LAW James L. Mack, Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer with 53 years of practice in Florida exclusively in the area of real estate law, “AV” rated, is available to act as expert witness or consultant in real property litigation in all Florida counties. 20185 East Country Club Drive, #607, Miami 33180, (305) 933-2266, fax (305) 682-1533. SECURITIES LITIGATION John L. Chalif, J.D., LL.M. Mr. Chalif, formerly SEC Special Counsel, NASD/NASDR Prosecutor/Senior Attorney, and NASDR standing committee member, is licensed in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. He is currently an “AV” rated attorney, AAA/SRO arbitrator and NASDR mediator. He is available to handle securities/commercial litigation, arbitration, transactional, compliance, and broker registration/employment issues. He is also available to represent individuals and entities in connection with State, SEC, DOJ, NASDR, and NYSE examinations, inquiries, or investigations. The Galleria International Building, 301 Clematis Street, Suite 3000, West Palm Beach 33401 (561) 820-9488, toll free: 1-866-USA-LAW1 (Referral fees paid under Florida Bar Rules.) Schoeppl & Burke, P.A. The firm’s securities department is headed by Carl F. Schoeppl, former senior enforcement attorney for the SEC, and special assistant district attorney. Mr. Schoeppl holds an LL.M. in litigation. The firm is available to handle securities-related litigation and arbitration matters, the defense of individuals and entities in SEC, FBI, NASD, NYSE, and SRO investigations. Admitted in Florida, N.Y., and Washington D.C. 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite 207-D, Boca Raton 33431-5178, (561) 394-8301, fax (561) 394-3121. SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY & RETIREMENT CLAIMS Harold R. Cohen announces that he is available to act as a consultant to or as an associate of other lawyers in matters involving disability insurance benefits before the Social Security Administration. Harold R. Cohen, 1550 Northeast Miami Gardens Dr., North Miami Beach 33179, Dade (305) 949-2424, Broward (954) 921-4489. Lyle D. Lieberman, “AV” rated lawyer, former U.S. Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration, and past president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), is available in matters involving Social Security disability and retirement claims. 44 West Flagler Street, Suite 2050, Miami 33130, (305) 358-0115; 201 N.E. 2nd Street, Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale 33301, (954)761-3488; Boca Raton (561) 394-8422; West Palm Beach (561) 655-8598. STOCKBROKER MISCONDUCT Darren C. Blum, Esq. concentrates on recovering investors’ losses caused by stock and commodity broker misconduct. Mr. Blum has vast experience within the securities industry, including working in the “pits” of the commodities exchange; former licensed broker with the NFA and NASD; former associate of a large New York law firm that defended many brokers and brokerage firms; former intern for the NASD Arbitration Department; a published author and coauthor of securities arbitration articles; and an approved Arbitrator for the NASD and NFA. Referring attorneys are gladly paid in accordance with Florida Bar rules. Blum, Silver & Schwartz, LLP, 8751 W. Broward Blvd., Suite 404, Plantation 33324 phone (954) 423-6000, fax (954) 423-2060, 1-877-STOCK-LAW. TAX LAW Teig Lawrence, Esq. concentrates on IRS controversies, Department of Revenue controversies, general tax consulting, offshore accounts, and business agreements. Mr. Lawrence holds an LL.M. in taxation and is an adjunct professor of federal tax research methods at the University of Miami School of Law Graduate Program in Estate Planning. Referring attorneys are paid in accordance with Florida Bar rules. Teig Lawrence, P.A., 350 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, phone (954) 522-2929, e-mail: [email protected] , Web site: www.mytaxlaw.com . UNITED KINGDOM Bennetts Solicitors – A multinational practice serving the needs of U.S. clients and their legal advisers in the U.K. Concentration areas include business and commercial law, litigation, personal injury, real estate, employment law, and probate (contentious). For inquiries contact: Kevin M. Burke, Esq., (licensed to practice in Florida, Ohio, and England and Wales) Address – High Street, Wrington, BRISTOL BS40 5QB, UK. Phone: 44-1934-862786. e-mail: [email protected] . WAGE & HOUR LAW Robert S. Norell, Esq., announces his availability throughout Florida to represent employees against employers for claims of unpaid wages, unpaid commissions or bonus pay, unpaid overtime, and/or unpaid minimum wages under both the Fair Labor Standards Act and Florida law. Robert S. Norell, P.A. 8751 W. Broward Blvd., Suite 410, Plantation, Florida 33324, phone (954) 617-6017; toll free (800) 796-0849, e-mail: [email protected] . Visit our Web site at www.FloridaWageLaw.com . WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PREMIUM DISPUTES J. Layne Smith consults and represents employers in workers’ compensation premium disputes involving payroll/remuneration, classifications, experience rating, audits, exempt status, coverage, claims handling, etc. Mr. Smith has over 20,000 hours experience litigating these types of cases, for and against the insurance industry. He consults and represents employers and others accused by the state or federal government of workers’ compensation premium fraud. He serves as a consulting and testifying expert. J. Layne Smith, P.A., 3370 Capital Circle N.E., Ste. I, Tallahassee 32308. (888) 902-8300, (850) 385-8000, fax (850) 201-8000, Web site: www.laynesmith.com . February 1, 2004 Regular News
Luckily for Kostas Genidounias, life gives out opportunities for redemption.After taking the long road to USC from Greece and missing five weeks with a broken finger last season, life is pretty good now for the 6-foot-1 sophomore driver.Firepower · Sophomore driver Kostas Genidounias was the Trojans’ third-leading scorer with 31 goals in 2011, despite missing five games after breaking his finger. This year, he has already tallied seven goals in four games. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanUSC is favored to win its fifth consecutive NCAA men’s water polo title this season, and Genidounias is helping lead the way as one of the Trojans’ most potent offensive threats. Yet all of this once seemed like a distant dream for the Athens native.Genidounias started playing water polo at age seven, and by 13, he was training with the Greek national team.His parents, Sofaklis and Lilly, wanted him and his three siblings to attend school abroad, so he attended the American Community School of Athens starting in the eighth grade.His rise to being one of Greece’s top amateur water polo prospects became Genidounias’s ticket to an American education. He had his sights set on USC.“[Genidounias] called me out of the blue and said he wanted to be a Trojan,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said.Unfortunately, Vavic was out of scholarships when recruiting Genidounias. During his senior year of high school, Genidounias waited for the phone call that never came. He emailed Vavic but received news that he wouldn’t be able to attend USC during the 2010-11 academic year.Nonetheless, Genidounias remained steadfast in his desire to go to USC. So even when Loyola Marymount called and offered him a full ride, he turned it down.He stayed in Greece and continued to play water polo for his club team and the Greek National Under-18 squad.Then came his breakout performance at the European Youth Championships in Germany during August 2010. Though Greece lost 12-13 to Italy in the championship match, Genidounias was named the tournament’s MVP and vaulted himself onto the radar of Vavic and the nation’s other top college water polo coaches.In October 2010, despite having no interactions since the previous spring, Genidounias contacted Vavic again.In this case, the second time was the charm. Genidounias’ improvement combined with available scholarships meant that the USC dream would work out after all.After high school graduation, Genidounias’ days consisted of playing water polo for his U-18 club team.“It was nice,” Genidounias said. “Who doesn’t want to have some time off?” Genidounias said.But his mood quickly changed.“At some point it became boring … I’m glad I got to come here,” Genidounias said.Genidounias’ success in the pool continued once he reached USC. Being a bit of an unknown commodity to opponents as an international player, Genidounias flew under the radar for five games.In his sixth game as a true freshman, he scored five goals in a 10-8 victory over UCLA in the championship match of the NorCal Tournament in Stockton, Calif.“When UCLA played us, they had no idea who he was,” said captain and senior two-meter Matt Burton. “The five goals changed that pretty quick.”After that, Genidounias was not left open often. But, he still continued to have success thanks to his versatility.“Kostas is one of the extremely rare players who’s an extremely good shooter and a great passer,” Vavic said.Burton echoed these sentiments with a basketball analogy.“Kostas is like a point guard and shooting guard rolled into one,” Burton said. “He has great vision, can make a play from nothing and is just too dangerous as a pass-first guy.”Genidounias finished third on the team with 31 goals last season and is currently second through four games with seven goals.What’s even more intimidating for opponents is Genidounias is now at full health.His counting statistics at season’s end would have been much greater if he hadn’t missed five games after breaking his finger in a midseason match against California.Water polo is a sport where using both hands is crucial for balance and strength in the water. With his broken finger, Genidounias’ left hand essentially became useless.“I did nothing with my left hand for four to five weeks after the injury,” Genidounias said. “All I could do was swim with one hand and work on my legs.”Though Genidounias wanted to return as soon as possible, he wasn’t in top shape when he returned just in time for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament and the NCAA Final Four that followed.“In some ways, it was a good thing,” Vavic said about Genidounias’ injury. “Kostas needed a break from water polo after playing all year, during the summer and the season.”Back from injury, 2012 is Kostas’ time to shine. Though Vavic and Genidounias agree his defense still needs work, his offensive abilities are already giving opponents fits.“On offense, the sky is pretty much the limit [for him],” Burton said.With Greece in ongoing economic turmoil, Genidounias has gained extra motivation and appreciation for the sport that helped bring him to Southern California.“Everyone’s so jealous in a good way that I’m here, and I’m really doing something good for my future,” Genidounias said.