22 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in The Legal 500 United States 2017
June 26, 2017 — Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 22 of its Florida attorneys have been recognized in The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial. Nationally, The Legal 500 guide recommends Greenberg Traurig as a “Top Tier” firm in the “Real Estate” category. This high recognition of the firm’s Real Estate Practice comes shortly after the team received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Real Estate. Firm-wide, The Legal 500 United States 2017 recognizes more than 100 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and 32 of the firm’s practice areas. According to the publisher, the rankings recognize practice area teams and practitioners who are “providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.” The rankings are based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, law firm submissions, and interviews with...
Most U.S. teens have sex by 18, but pregnancies down: CDC study
More than half of American teens have had sex by age 18, but teenage pregnancy and birth rates extended their 2-1/2-decade decline because of increased contraceptive use, according to a U.S. government study released on Thursday. Most of the 55 percent of teens who have had sex by 18 used some type of protection, typically a condom, the study of more than 4,000 teenagers by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics showed. Some 80 percent of teenagers employed a contraceptive method during their first sexual encounters, according to the study. The study measured sexual activity, defined as vaginal intercourse between a female and a male, by teens aged 15 to 19 from 2011 to 2015. The greater use of protection helped lower the rate of births by teenagers to 22 per 1,000 females in 2015 from 62 per 1,000 in 1991. Teen pregnancy rates peaked in 1990 and have since fallen more than 50 percent,...
Tropical depression brings flooding to U.S. Gulf Coast states
A tropical depression formerly known as Tropical Storm Cindy caused flooding on Thursday in several U.S. southeastern states, spawned a tornado that injured four people in Alabama, and cut 16 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production. Cindy was a tropical storm when it made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border about 3 a.m. CT (0800 GMT) Thursday, then weakened as it traveled north. By afternoon, it was over northern Louisiana, and its heavy rains had resulted in flooding and road closures in each state bordering the Gulf, from eastern Texas to northwestern Florida. A tornado was reported on Thursday near Birmingham, Alabama, destroying several buildings and injuring at least four people, according to the National Weather Service and local media. None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Nick Dyer, police chief in Fairfield, where the tornado hit. The National Hurricane Center forecast that the storm would reach southeastern Arkansas...
Greenberg Traurig Attorney Fred E. Karlinsky Speaks at the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund’s Participating Insurers Workshop
June 12, 2017 — Fred E. Karlinsky, shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee offices of international law firm Greenberg Traurig P.A., provided a Florida Legislative Update at the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund’s 17th Annual Participating Insurers Workshop in Orlando, FL. Karlinsky addressed current topics of interest to the Florida insurance market such as assignment of benefits, workers’ compensation and personal injury protection, among others. Karlinsky, a frequent speaker on insurance-related legislative initiatives in Florida, has provided this annual legislative update since first serving as a workshop panelist in 2008. Karlinsky is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s
Virginia appeals re-sentencing ruling for D.C. sniper Malvo
Virginia’s attorney general on Friday appealed a May federal court ruling tossing out life prison terms for one of the two men convicted of a 2002 deadly shooting spree in Washington, D.C. Attorney General Mark Herring appealed the May 26 ruling by a U.S. district judge in Norfolk, Virginia, that Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two so-called “Beltway snipers,” must be re-sentenced for two life sentences he received in Virginia, according to court documents. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences were unconstitutional for juveniles and later found that the ruling should be applied retroactively. Malvo, 32, was one of two men found guilty of committing a series of sniper shootings in fall 2002 that killed 10 people in the Washington, D.C., area. The shootings terrified people in the D.C. suburbs and along much of the Eastern Seaboard. Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, received two life sentences in two Virginia...
Fla. Supreme Court Rules Medical Malpractice Caps Unconstitutional
Knowing there was a maximum damages amount allowable by law, the attorneys pushed forward and tried the case nonetheless, ultimately receiving a verdict in excess of the amount allowable by law. The jury awarded $4 million in non-economic damages. The amount was reduced by about $2 million because of the caps created in the 2003 law. Schlesinger vigorously appealed and, in 2015, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that the damage caps were unconstitutional, pointing to the Florida Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in a similar setting involving a wrongful-death case. After two more years, and more than eight years after the original Kalitan verdict, the 4-3 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court puts an end to the controversy. The majority opinion noted that “…Caps on noneconomic damages arbitrarily reduce damage awards for plaintiffs who suffer the most drastic injuries.” “There is often a long road to justice but justice has been restored by this ruling,”...
Greenberg Traurig’s Fred E. Karlinsky and Lori S. Nugent Participate in Casualty Actuarial Society’s Spring Meeting
June 09, 2017 — Fred E. Karlinsky, a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee offices of international law firm Greenberg Traurig P.A., and Lori S. Nugent, a shareholder in the firm’s Dallas office, participated on a panel titled “Data and Cybersecurity: Legal and Regulatory Developments” at the recent Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Spring Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Karlinsky and Nugent were joined by Robert Parisi from Marsh. The panel discussion focused on various cybersecurity issues, including recent regulatory activity, the cyber liability insurance market, and breach preparation and response issues. The CAS Spring Meeting offers the opportunity to earn continuing education credits...
ACG South Florida Announces Awards Banquet Sponsors
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 8, 2017 – The South Florida Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG-South Florida) will be honoring the recipients of its outstanding company awards at the 2017 annual awards banquet on June 15 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale starting at 5:30 p.m. ACG South Florida Awards began in 1992. The categories are Outstanding Growth Company of the Year, Emerging Growth Company of the Year and Deals of the Year. ACG South Florida has received excellent support from its sponsors and advertisers led by the Exclusive After-Party Sponsor, Greenberg Traurig. Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its...
The New “Climate Sync” Art Intervention Raises Awareness About Seal Level Rise and Climate Change Dangers
The art intervention “Climate Sync,” by the artist Tom Scicluna “Climate Sync” is installed at Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, at the entrance to ArtCenter/South Florida