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  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019 10:05 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
  • Friday, November 29, 2019 8:35 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 26, 2019
    CONTACT: Daniel E. Nordby, Chair; DNordby@shutts.com
    Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 850-241-1725


    The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill the vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court created by the resignations of Justice Barbara Lagoa and Justice Robert Luck to assume federal judicial office. Based on the Florida Supreme Court’s current composition, at least one of the justices appointed to fill these two vacancies must be a resident of Florida’s Third Appellate District at the time of appointment.

    Instructions for Submission

    The judicial application may be obtained from the Governor’s Judicial Nominations website. Applicants must submit: (1) an original electronic copy of the application (including all attachments) in pdf format; and (2) a redacted electronic copy of the application (including all attachments), which excludes all material that is exempt or confidential under applicable public records laws, also in pdf format. Both the original and redacted electronic applications must be submitted electronically to all commission members at their email addresses below before 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. The commission strongly prefers the submission of applications in a searchable (i.e., non-scanned) pdf format.

    After the deadline for submitting applications, the commission will determine which applicants to interview. Applicants who are selected by the commission for interviews will be contacted to confirm the date, time and location.

    The members currently serving on the Florida Supreme Court JNC are:

    Daniel Nordby, chair, Tallahassee, DNordby@shutts.com

    Fred Karlinsky, vice chair, Weston, karlinskyf@gtlaw.com

    Cynthia G. Angelos, Port St. Lucie, cynthiagangelos@gmail.com

    Jesse M. Panuccio, Palm Beach Gardens, panuccio@gmail.com

    Israel U. Reyes, Coral Gables, ireyes@reyeslawfirmpa.com

    Hala A. Sandridge, Tampa, hala.sandridge@bipc.com

    Heather Stearns, Tallahassee, hstearns@libertydentalplan.com

    Jeanne T. Tate, Tampa, jeanne@jtatelaw.com

    Harout Samra, Coral Gables, harout.samra@dlapiper.com

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  • Friday, November 22, 2019 12:47 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
    Home

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit invites applicants for the Federal Public Defender position for the Middle District of Florida stationed at Tampa. The Federal Public Defender serves a four-year term and may seek reappointment. The Federal Public Defender, under authority of 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(g)(2)(A)(link is external), provides criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel and supervises a full-time staff of attorneys and administrative and clerical personnel. A review committee will evaluate all qualified candidates in accordance with the regulations of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit governing the appointment and reappointment of Federal Public Defenders.

    The Court is searching for the best qualified person currently available and encourages applications from all qualified persons, including women, members of minority groups, and individuals with disabilities. All applications will be subject to the same standard of review. The current salary is $166,500. Hiring for this position is subject to the availability of funds. Federal public defenders may not engage in the private practice of law and are subject to judiciary financial disclosure requirements.

    To qualify for appointment as a Federal Public Defender, applicants must:

    1. be members in good standing of at least one state bar or the District of Columbia or the Virgin Islands bar, and members in good standing of every other bar of which they are members;
       
    2. have been engaged in the active practice of criminal law for a period of at least five years, preferably with significant federal criminal trial and appellate experience;
       
    3. possess the ability to administer a Federal Public Defender's office effectively;
       
    4. possess, and have a reputation for:
      1. integrity and good character;
         
      2. sound physical and mental health;
         
      3. commitment to equal justice under law and vigorous representation of his or her clients;
         
      4. outstanding legal ability and competence (evidenced by substantial legal experience, ability to deal with complex legal problems, aptitude for legal scholarship and writing, and familiarity with courts and court processes);
    5. have a commitment to the vigorous representation of those unable to afford counsel; and
       
    6. not be related by blood or marriage to a judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals or to a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in Title 28, United States Code, Section 458(link is external) at the time of the initial appointment.

    Applications are available at www.ca11.uscourts.gov; from any federal Clerk of Court in the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia; and from the Circuit Executive, James P. Gerstenlauer, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Applications should be submitted in confidence to the Circuit Executive and must be received in the Circuit Executive's Office no later than 29 November 2019. Email and fax copies of applications will not be accepted.

    The United States Courts are equal opportunity employers 

    Resources

    Public Notice: Appointment of Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Florida(link is external) (PDF)

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:29 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 6, 2019
    CONTACT: Kristen Wilson, kwilson@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: (850) 561-5757


    The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its January 31, 2020 meeting:

    The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2023. This 33-member Board of Directors administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the Application for Special Appointment or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to specialapptapp@flabar.org no later than the close of business on Friday, December 13. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

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  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3:50 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 18, 2019
    CONTACT: Walter J. Harvey, Chair; walter.harvey@dadeschools.net
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 305-995-1304


    The following individuals will be interviewed by the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancies in the Miami-Dade Circuit and County Courts as indicated below. The vacancies to be filled result from the resignation of Circuit Court Judge John W. Thornton, Jr., the appointment of Circuit Court Judge Renatha S. Francis to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, the elevation of County Court Judges William Altfield, Gina Beovides, and Laura Shearon Cruz, and the resignation of Judge Samuel Joseph Slom.

    INTERVIEW DATE:    Wednesday, Nov. 6

    LOCATION:

    Law Enforcement Officers Memorial High School

    300 NW 2nd Ave.

    Miami, FL 33128

    8:15 a.m.      Executive Session

    8:30 a.m.      Ramiro Christen Areces, circuit

    8:35 a.m.      Jason Bloch, circuit

    8:40 a.m.      Karl Brown, county/circuit

    8:45 a.m.      Rachel Canfield, county

    8:55 a.m.      Raul Antonio Cuervo, circuit

    9 a.m.           Jeffrey Cynamon, county

    9:10 a.m.      Madelin D’Arce, county/circuit

    9:20 a.m.      Miesha Shonta Darrough, county/circuit

    9:25 a.m.      Renier Diaz de la Portilla, county

    9:30 a.m.      Christina DiRaimondo, circuit

    9:35 a.m.      Elisabeth Espinosa, county

    9:45 a.m.      Elsa Fernandez, county

    9:55 a.m.      Michael H. Galex, county/circuit

    10:05 a.m.    Carlos H. Gamez, county

    10:15 a.m.    Rita Gonzalez Cuervo, county

    10:20 a.m.    Christopher Green, county/circuit

    10:30 a.m.    Executive Session

    11 a.m.         Blanca Greenwood, county

    11:05 a.m.    Marcia Hansen, county

    11:15 a.m.    Ayana Harris, county/circuit

    11:20 a.m.    Julie Harris Nelson, county/circuit

    11:25 a.m.    Peter Heller, county/circuit

    11:30 a.m.    Kevin Hellman, county/circuit

    11:40 a.m.    Scott M. Janowitz, county/circuit

    11:45 a.m.    Zachary N. James, circuit

    11:50 a.m.    Amy Josefsberg Ederi, county

    Noon             Executive Session/Lunch

    1 p.m.           Jeffrey Kolokoff, county

    1:10 p.m.      Gale Lewis County, circuit

    1:15 p.m.      Steven Lieberman, county

    1:20 p.m.      Joseph J. Mansfield, circuit

    1:25 p.m.      Griska Mena, county

    1:30 p.m.      Hilton Napoleon, II, county/circuit

    1:40 p.m.      Steven Paulson, county

    1:50 p.m.      Luis Perez-Medina, circuit

    1:55 p.m.      Christopher Pracitto, county

    2 p.m.           Cristina Rivera Correa, county

    2:10 p.m.      Patricia Salman, county

    2:20 p.m.      Robert T Watson, circuit

    2:25 p.m.      Craig Weissberg, county

    2:30 p.m.      Executive Session

    Members of the public are invited to attend the interviews and submit any information they have regarding the candidates to the Eleventh JNC.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS

    Walter James Harvey (chairman)

    School Board Attorney’s Office

    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office Tel.: 305-995-1304

    Fax: 305-995-1412

    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Robert H. Fernandez (vice chairman)

    8440 Grand Canal Drive

    Miami, FL 33144

    Office Tel.: 305-215-2264

    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com

    Scott M. Dimond

    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A

    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza

    2665 South Bayshore Dr. PH 2B

    Miami, FL 33133

    Office Tel.: 305-374-1920

    Fax: 305-374-1961

    sdimond@dkrpa.com

    Daniel S. Fridman

    White & Case LLP

    Southeast Financial Center

    200 So. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900

    Miami, FL 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-995-5264

    Fax: 305-358-5744

    daniel.fridman@whitecase.com

    Jorge A. Mestre

    Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000

    Miami, FL 33134

    Office Tel: 305-445-2500

    Fax: 305-445-2505

    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    K&L Gates

    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900

    200 South Biscayne Blvd.

    Miami, FL 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-539-3381

    Fax: 305-358-7095

    hayden.obyrne@gmail.com

    Robert R. Pardo

    Robert R. Pardo, P.A.

    7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512

    Miami, FL 33156

    Office: Tel.: 305-596-7794

    Fax: 305-596-5854

    RPardo@Pardolaw.com

    Miranda Lundeen Soto

    Shutts & Bowen LLP

    200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100

    Miami, Florida 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-347-7326

    Fax: 305-347-7985

    MLundeenSoto@shutts.com

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  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3:48 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 23, 2019
    CONTACT: Walter J. Harvey, Chair; Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 305-995-1304


    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the circuit court vacancy in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the resignation of Judge Diane Ward1. The commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for circuit court judges described in Article V, Section 8, of the Florida Constitution. Applicants must submit three copies of their application by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, as follows:

    (1): The original unredacted paper application shall be delivered to:

    Walter J. Harvey

    School Board Attorney

    The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida

    1450 N.E 2nd Avenue, Suite 430

    Miami, Florida 33132

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf  format to: Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net.

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. Personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

    Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows “19.10.29 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit Application (redacted /unredacted).”

    Applicants are invited to provide the chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website and the Office of the Governor. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

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    1 All applications submitted pursuant to the Oct. 3, notice regarding the pending Circuit Court vacancies (Judge John W. Thornton Jr. and Judge Renatha S. Francis) will be considered for this vacancy without the need to re-apply. Any additional finalists will be added to the schedule of interviews set for Nov. 6.

     

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the JNC in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the commission. Please print to .pdf in lieu of scanning where possible.

    The Eleventh Circuit JNC will confer at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to discuss the interviews set for Nov. 6. A room will be made available to members of the public (The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Board Attorney’s Office, 1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 430, Miami) who wish to attend.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS

    Walter James Harvey (chairman)

    School Board Attorney’s Office

    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office Tel.: 305-995-1304

    Fax: 305-995-1412

    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Robert H. Fernandez (vice chairman)

    8440 Grand Canal Drive

    Miami, FL 33144

    Office Tel.: 305-215-2264

    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com

    Scott M. Dimond

    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A

    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza

    2665 South Bayshore Dr. PH 2B

    Miami, FL 33133

    Office Tel.: 305-374-1920

    Fax: 305-374-1961

    sdimond@dkrpa.com

    Daniel S. Fridman

    Fridman Fels & Soto, PLLC

    2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Suite 750

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Office Tel.: 305-569-7720

    daniel.fridman@whitecase.com

    Jorge A. Mestre Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000

    Miami, FL 33134

    Office Tel: 305-445-2500

    Fax: 305-445-2505

    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    U.S. Attorney’s Office SDFL

    99 NE 4th St.,

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office: 305-961-9447

    Fax: 305-530-7679

    hayden.obyrne@gmail.com

    Robert R. Pardo

    Robert R. Pardo, P.A.

    7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512

    Miami, FL 33156

    Office: Tel.: 305-596-7794

    Fax: 305-596-5854

    RPardo@Pardolaw.com

    Miranda Lundeen Soto

    Shutts & Bowen LLP

    200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100

    Miami, Florida 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-347-7326

    Fax: 305-347-7985

    MLundeenSoto@shutts.com

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  • Monday, October 14, 2019 5:05 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar Gold Seal

    The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its December meeting:

    Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee: Six lawyers, one from each state appellate district, and one at-large member to serve two-year terms commencing January 1, 2020. The Florida Bar president receives the recommendations of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for consideration. The committee is composed of 11 lawyers appointed by The Florida Bar and 11 Realtors appointed by the Florida Association of Realtors. The committee promotes cordial relations between Realtors and attorneys and presents educational seminars.

    Florida Rural Legal Services: One attorney to serve a three-year term commencing January 1, 2020, on its 20-member board of directors. Other appointing organizations are the NBA, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter, ACLU, voluntary bar associations, and various other eligible client and community organizations. The mission of Florida Rural Legal Services is to empower low-income individuals, groups, and communities by providing them with access to justice through legal advice, representation, and advocacy.

    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference: One delegate to represent the Middle District of Florida to serve a four-year term commencing January 1, 2020. The biennial conference consists of educational opportunities and meetings (by state) on matters of mutual concern. The Bar’s three delegates contribute to planning and organizing an event during the conference in every odd numbered year.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the Application for Special Appointment or should call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5757 to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to specialapptapp@floridabar.org no later than the close of business on Friday, October 25. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019 1:10 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 1, 2019
    CONTACT: Kristen Wilson, kwilson@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: (850) 561-5757


    Judicial Nominating Commissions: One lawyer vacancy for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar has the opportunity to nominate three lawyers for each JNC to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2020. Applicants must be members of The Florida Bar engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for 2 years following completion of their term.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the JNC application from The Florida Bar’s website, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the executive director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to jncform@flabar.org no later than 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 16. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.  The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

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  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019 1:06 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 1, 2019
    CONTACT: Walter J. Harvey, Chair; Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 305-995-1304


    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the circuit court vacancy in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the resignation of Circuit Court Judge John Thornton, Jr. The commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. If an applicant would like to be considered for this circuit court vacancy in addition to the four county court vacancies, please send correspondence indicating interest in all county and circuit court vacancies to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8, of the Florida Constitution. Applicants must submit three copies of their application by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, as follows:

    (1): The original unredacted paper application shall be delivered to:

    Walter J. Harvey

    School Board Attorney

    The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida

    1450 N.E 2nd Avenue, Suite 430

    Miami, Florida 33132

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed  in .pdf format to: Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net.

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. Personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

    Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows “19.09.30 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit Application (redacted /unredacted).”

    Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website and the Office of the Governor. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the JNC in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the commission. Please print to .pdf in lieu of scanning where possible.

    The Eleventh Circuit JNC will confer at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, to schedule interviews. A room will be made available to members of the public (The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Board Attorney’s Office, 1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 430, Miami, Florida 33132) who wish to attend.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS

    Walter James Harvey (Chairman)

    School Board Attorney’s Office

    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office Tel.: 305-995-1304

    Fax: 305-995-1412

    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Robert H. Fernandez (Vice Chairman)

    8440 Grand Canal Drive

    Miami, FL 33144

    Office Tel.: 305-215-2264

    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com

    Scott M. Dimond

    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A

    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza

    2665 South Bayshore Dr. PH 2B

    Miami, FL 33133

    Office Tel.: 305-374-1920

    Fax: 305-374-1961

    sdimond@dkrpa.com

    Daniel S. Fridman

    White & Case LLP

    Southeast Financial Center

    200 So. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900

    Miami, FL 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-995-5264

    Fax: 305-358-5744

    daniel.fridman@whitecase.com

    Jorge A. Mestre

    Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000,

    Miami, FL 33134

    Office Tel: 305-445-2500

    Fax: 305-445-2505

    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    K&L Gates

    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900

    200 South Biscayne Blvd.

    Miami, FL 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-539-3381

    Fax: 305-358-7095

    hayden.obyrne@gmail.com

    Robert R. Pardo

    Robert R. Pardo, P.A.

    7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512

    Miami, FL 33156

    Office: Tel.: 305-596-7794

    Fax: 305-596-5854

    RPardo@Pardolaw.com

    Miranda Lundeen Soto

    Shutts & Bowen LLP

    200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100

    Miami, Florida 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-347-7326

    Fax: 305-347-7985

    MLundeenSoto@shutts.com

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