Ward • Damon - news & Notes
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August 2014 -
New Article by Employment and Labor Law Practice: How to Successfully Navigate the Changing Currents of Workplace Regulations
Ward Damon attorney Eddie Stephens has an article featured in The Florida Bar’s Summer 2014 publication of Commentator. Click here to read more as Eddie discusses how rituals and routine bring balance to life.
Ward Damon attorney Dane Leitner has an article featured in the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section's Summer 2014 publication of ActionLine. Click here to read more as Dane discusses the differentiation of rules between the Florida Condominium Act and the Florida Homeowners’ Association Statutes.
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May 2014 -
Jeff Pheterson’s commentary on college football players unionizing from today’s Daily Business Review
Dane Leitner’s photo from the Young Lawyers Section joint happy hour with FAWL that was included in the May issue of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Bar Bulletin
March 2014 -
Ben’s Deli Wins Battle in "The Brisket Case"
Ben's Deli Wins Injunction to be the Only Purveyor of Brisket at the Reserve Shopping Center in Boca Raton
Michael Posner shared his insights on Florida Real Property Ownership with Core Compass, a platform where business decision makers, entrepreneurs, professionals and investors can gather perspective from industry practitioners.
On March 3, Sally Still, Florida Bar Board Certified in Employment and Labor Law, presented "A Practical Look at a Sexual Harassment Claim" to FSU's College of Law employment law students. Following the presentation, Sally lunched with a small group of students to discuss the realities of practicing law.
January 2014 -
Ward Damon Names Adam Seligman Equity Partner
Adam Seligman, a real estate and business attorney who joined the firm in 2012, was named an Equity Partner of the firm. Seligman concentrates is practice in the areas of residential and commercial real estate law, real estate brokerage law, distressed property and loss mitigation law, homeowner/condominium association representation, and business and corporate law.
December 2013 -
Ward Damon attorney Dane Leitner has an article featured in ActionLine regarding the pet restrictions in communities enforced by condominium associations and homeowner associations. Click here to read more on how The American with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act may require exceptions.
November 2013 -
Foreclosure uptick could signal flood of new filings
A Palm Beach Post article featuring comments from Ward Damon Partner, Adam Seligman.
October 2013 -
WEDNESDAY IS NATIONAL BOSS’ DAY
A great boss can make a great job, employee
A Palm Beach Post article featuring comments from Ward Damon Partners, I. Jeffrey Pheterson and Denise Bleau.
Ward Damon Partner, Adam Seligman is featured in this Loans.org article:
Getting Home Loans for Foreclosures and Distressed Properties
September 2013 -
August 2013 -
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 22, 2013) -- Attorneys Philip H. Ward III and I. Jeffrey Pheterson, both co-managing partners at the West Palm Beach law firm Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, PL, have been recognized by the prestigious publication Best Lawyers in America, for inclusion in the upcoming 2014 edition.
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Therapy Dogs Guide Kids to Court
Article written by Eddie Stephens, a Board Certified Family Law Attorney with Ward Damon. Original article appeared in the Summer 2013 Edition of The Commentator, a quarterly publication of the Florida Bar Family Law Section.
WARD DAMON GROWING WITH ADDITION OF NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 31, 2013) -- Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, PL, a multi-disciplined law firm with offices throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, continues to expand its practice with the addition of Natasha Dalton, an attorney specializing in bankruptcy litigation, creditors’ rights, employment law, commercial litigation, real estate and foreclosure law.
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July 2013 -
WARD DAMON PARTNER NAMED TO BOARD OF CENTER FOR CHILD COUNSELING, INC.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 18, 2013) – Denise Bleau, a partner at West Palm Beach-based Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, PL, has been named Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Child Counseling Inc.
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June 2013 -
ADAM R. SELIGMAN NAMED UP AND COMER
FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2013) – For the third consecutive year, Adam R. Seligman, a partner at Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson and Bleau, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been named a Legal Elite Up & Comer by Florida Trend magazine.
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May 2013 -
Dane Leitner sits in on Florida Legislative Session
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 2, 2013) -- Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, PL, a multi-disciplined law firm with offices throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, continues to expand its practice with the addition of Eddie Stephens, a partner specializing in highly disputed divorces. [ View full release ]
April 2013 -
Alimony reform bill would hit Florida’s children hardest, commentary from family law attorney Eddie Stephens in April 15th edition of Palm Beach Post
March 2013 -
“Prenuptial agreements are the natural extension of the public’s realization that marriages are an economic as well as a social combination.” -- Family Law attorney Martin Kofsky cited in eLocal poll on the need for prenuptial agreements in 2013.
I. Jeffrey Pheterson, Appointed to Bethesda Health Board of Trustees-
I. Jeffrey Pheterson, managing partner at West Palm Beach-based Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, PL, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Bethesda Health, Inc., the parent corporation of Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Inc.
- Full Announcement from SouthFloridaHospitalNews.com
- Related Announcement from the South Florida Business Journal
- Also mentioned in the Palm Beach County Bar Newsletter
February 2013 -
February 21, 2013 - Martin Kofsky, Esq. presented a dinner meeting for the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (South Florida Affiliate) on Divorce: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. The event was held at the Tower Club – Fort Lauderdale
November 2012 -
Ward • Damon Partner, Denise J. Bleau is featured in this article in The Maritime Executive, "Ward Damon Wins Patent Infringement Appeal For Marine Exhaust Systems".
The Duty to Disclose Defects in Residential Real Estate Transactions with an emphasis on asbestos. By Michael J Posner, Esq.
Interview aired on Seaview 960 AM & 95.9 & 106.9 FM in Palm Beach County. The podcast is available at www.radiogreenearth.org
LOCAL BUSINESS PEOPLE TO WATCH
Ward Damon Recognized As “Top Law Firm” By Martindale-Hubbell
Posted February 15, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - The West Palm Beach law firm of Ward Damon announced that it has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as one of "Florida's Top Ranked Law Firms." The selection was based upon Martindale-Hubbell rankings, and firms with more than one-third of their attorneys achieving an "AV® PREEMINENT™" ranking were considered. Ward Damon is one of 193 Florida law firms included on the list.
This is the first time Martindale-Hubbell has done a firm ranking at the state level and the list will be featured as a stand-alone publication and sent out statewide with The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Business Review, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and The National Law Journal, on February 29, 2012.
"It is an honor to be recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as one of Florida's top law firms," said Philip Ward, a co-founder of the firm. "With the caliber of talent that we have here, this is a well-deserved accolade and I am proud of all my colleagues for helping us achieve this recognition."
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December - 2011:
Ward • Damon Partner, Rana M. Gorzeck provides commentary in this Daily Business Review article, "How super liens prevent your Florida home from closing".
November - 2011:
Ward • Damon Partner, Sally Still was named to the board of directors of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. [ View PDF Excerpt from the South Florida Business Journal ]
October - 2011:
Ward • Damon Partner, Philip H. Ward is featured in this Palm Beach Post article discussing Governor Rick Scott's selection of new board members for the Palm Beach County Health Care District's Board.
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June - 2011:
Ward • Damon Partner, I. Jeffrey Pheterson is quoted in this Palm Beach Post Health Section article, "West Palm attorney lauds U.S. appellate judges as 'thorough,' 'thoughtful'" - [ view PDF excerpt ].
Privacy—Between the Devil and the
Deep Blue Cloud, Trends in Biometric
Data Collection and Use - by I. Jeffrey Pheterson
Ward • Damon Partner, Michael J Posner is quoted in a Miami Today article discussing the current south Florida real estate mortgage market.
LOCAL BUSINESS PEOPLE TO WATCH
Ward Damon Partner, I. Jeffrey Pheterson is listed in the 2011 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® Annual Guide in the practice area of Labor and Employment Law.
South Florida Legal Guide - 2011 Top Lawyers -
Rana M. Gorzeck and I. Jeffrey Pheterson are listed in the 2011 edition of South Florida Legal Guide. [view listing]
LOCAL BUSINESS PEOPLE TO WATCH
Michael J. Posner, a partner at Ward Damon in
West Palm Beach, has been recertified in real
estate on behalf of the Board of Legal
Specialization and Education.
[view excerpt from The Palm Beach Post]
Experts: Disaster Data Recovery Should Be HR's Concern
Ward Damon partner, I. Jeffrey Pheterson is quoted in a Society for Human Resource Management article....
"This data includes employees' health information, noncompetition agreements from former employees, health and safety documentation, and pension records that can date back... "
What's on your desk?
Michael J Posner, a shareholder at Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau is also the foremost collector of instant cameras in the United States.
Experts: FDIC faces challenge in going after banks
Ward Damon managing partner, Philip Ward, III is quoted in this October 20th article in the Daily Business Review.
The disabilities act still presents challenges
We just passed the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, known as the ADA, a great milestone in American History.
The ADA was initially signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and was significantly amended in 2008 to broaden its scope and application. The law seeks to provide physically and mentally disabled individuals the opportunity to live and work within the fabric of our society on equal footing with everyone else. It requires businesses, public buildings and transportation systems to make their facilities accessible to the... [read full article]
Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, P.L. Attorneys Selected to
Florida Super Lawyers 2010
West Palm Beach, FL – The West Palm Beach firm of Ward, Damon & Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, PL, announced that Michael Posner and I. Jeffrey Pheterson have been named to the 2010 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. The prestigious list is compiled from peer nominations, with attorneys in Florida asked to nominate their selection for the best lawyers in the state. The nomination is based on firsthand knowledge and observation.
Michael J Posner, a shareholder in the firm, with expertise in real estate and corporate law, was also recognized as a Super Lawyer in the State of the Florida. He has been honored with this recognition over the past three years and has received an AV Martindale-Hubble peer review rating. Posner is a member of the Florida Bar Association, is board certified in real estate law and serves as a HUD Foreclosure Commissioner, and as Special Magistrate for the Village of Wellington and the Palm Beach County Value Adjustment Board. He has served as an expert witness in a variety of legal matters relating to real estate and title law issues. Posner attended the University of Florida, where he received his B.A. and JD with honors.
Jeff Pheterson focuses his practice on Labor and Employment, Business and Corporate, Complex Commercial Litigation, Healthcare Law and Administrative Law. He has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer for the past three years, as well as, being listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America from 2007-2010. The South Florida Legal Guide also recognized Pheterson as one of the Top Lawyers in South Florida in the 2007 – 2010 editions. He is also Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV, which indicates very high to pre-eminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar. Pheterson received his B.A. at Florida Atlantic University, and his J.D. at the University of Florida College of Law.
Jeffrey Pheterson re-elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Bethesda Hospital
Jeffrey Pheterson, a managing partner with the law firm of Ward Damon Posner Pheterson & Bleau, was re-elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, located in Boynton Beach.
“Serving on the Board of Trustees at Bethesda has always been rewarding,” said Pheterson. “I look forward to continuing to work with the board to support the efforts of the team at the hospital and provide insight and guidance to the business staff as the hospital continues to grow and provide outstanding care in many specialties of medicine.”
Bethesda Memorial Hospital was founded in 1959 and established as a not-for-profit hospital. It is the flagship of Bethesda Healthcare System, and is a fully accredited, community hospital offering a full array of healthcare services through its Centers of Excellence.
After more than a decade of hard work, Bethesda Healthcare System has recently marked the official groundbreaking for the new Bethesda West Hospital. “We are proud to be able to extend the reach of vital health services to the western communities, and to be able to contribute to our local economy by creating construction jobs, as this is one of the largest construction projects in Palm Beach County today. As Palm Beach County grows out of this current economic downturn, which it will, Bethesda will be there, providing quality health services in a caring manner, as it has for decades,” Pheterson said.
Pheterson focuses his practice on labor and employment law, business and corporate law, complex commercial litigation, healthcare law and administrative law. He graduated with a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and earned his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.
Conrad Damon Appointed to the Martin County Local Planning Agency Board
Conrad Damon, a partner with the law firm of Ward Damon, was appointed to the Martin County Local Planning Agency (LPA). The LPA is composed of five members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.
“I am pleased to continue my services to the Local Planning Agency and work alongside the other dedicated members to offer insight and feedback on growth opportunities in the County,” said Damon.
The LPA members are tasked to review and recommend to the Board of County Commissioners for approval, modification or denial of developments, requested changes to the Martin County Comprehensive Plan, or to Land Development Regulations.
Damon focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate law, construction lien law, title services and claims and business and corporate law. He received a B.A. in economics from Boston University, magna cum laude and earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Michael J Posner, Partner at Ward Damon, Reappointed as Special Magistrate for the Village of Wellington
Michael J Posner, a partner at the West Palm Beach law firm of Ward Damon, was reappointed for a two-year term as special magistrate for the Village of Wellington. As a special magistrate, Posner works with the Code Enforcement Department at the village to rule on various code violations and enforce the rules of the Village of Wellington.
Posner focuses his practice on real estate and corporate law. He is board certified in real estate law by the Florida Certification Designation Committee, and has served as an expert witness in a variety of legal matters relating to real estate and title law issues. He is also a frequent lecturer on real estate matters, including guest lecturing for National Business Institute, the University of Miami School of Real Estate, Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund and the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the wonderful people in Wellington the past few years as special magistrate, and looking forward to continuing in that capacity, and providing insight and perspective on issues that frequently arise in a growing town,” said Posner.
Leading Family Law Attorney Joins Ward Damon
Palm Beach County, Fl - Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson and Bleau is pleased to welcome Martin Kofsky as a new partner in the Firm's Family Law Department. At Ward Damon Mr. Kofsky will concentrate primarily in the area of family and marital law.
Mr. Kofsky joined Ward Damon from Kofsky & Associates a Miami-Dade-based Family Law Firm, where he served as Chief Legal Counsel. Mr. Kofsky also has extensive legal experience in the health care and securities area. Prior to his tenure at Kofsky & Associates, Mr. Kofsky served as Special Counsel to the international law firm K.L. Gates and as Senior Vice President - General Counsel for Neighborhood Health Partnership, Inc. where he was responsible for overseeing all of the legal and compliance needs for this large regional HMO. Previously, Mr. Kofsky was an attorney with Sparber, Kosnitsky, Truxton, Spratt & Brooks where he worked on healthcare and corporate law issues. Mr. Kofsky also served as Judicial Clerk with Floridaʼs Fourth District Court of Appeals.
"Martin has a unique ability to quickly understand the dynamics of a dispute," commented Phil Ward, Managing Partner of Ward Damon. "Martinʼs ability to analyze the issues and understand the goals of his clients enables him to develop a strategy to succeed. Building upon his strategy Martinʼs tenacity and proven skills lead him to positive results for his clients.”
After graduating from Long Island University in 1982 Mr. Kofsky went on to earn his J.D. Degree in 1992 from St. Thomas University School of Law where he was Valedictorian of his law school class.
Mr. Kofsky is a member of the Florida Bar and a member of the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.
Arrival of Corporate Attorney Continues Successful Expansion of Ward Damon
Palm Beach County, FL…Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson and Bleau are pleased to announce that Rana M. Gorzeck has joined the firm as a Partner in the Corporate Department.
Gorzeck has significant business law expertise advising on corporate and finance matters and real estate transactions. Gorzeck also has experience advising on joint venture agreements and the purchase and sale of businesses.
Gorzeck was recognized as one of the top lawyers in South Florida the in the 2007 — 2009 editions of the South Florida Legal Guide.
"Since opening its doors in 1987, Ward Damon has grown steadily," said Phil Ward, Managing Partner of Ward Damon. "Rana's addition to the team further strengthens Ward Damonʼs leading practices. In addition, her expertise across a wide range of financing, including her recognition as an Underwriting and Bond Counsel in the prestigious “Red Book” are strong assets for the corporate team”.
Gorzeck joins Ward Damon from Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs where she was a shareholder and prior to that she was a shareholder at English, McCaughan & Obryan, PA. She received her law degree Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1982 and her BA Summma Cum Laude from Rutgers University in 1976. She was a law intern in 1980 — 1982 for two Federal Judges at the United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida.
Ward • Damon is pleased to announce that Ronald Nisonson joined the firm on June 22, 2009, as a partner.
His practice includes the areas of legal malpractice defense, corporations, commercial transactions, intellectual property, complex commercial litigation, real estate development, human resources, construction and computer technology.
Mr. Nisonson received his B.A. from the University of South Florida and he is a graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D. 1996).
His memberships include The Federal Bar, The Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ward • Damon is pleased to announce Christopher Gagic joined the firm on June 1, 2009, Of Counsel.
Mr. Gagic began his career with a well known local boutique firm before his tenure with a large multi-state firm. He focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning; including special needs planning and the preparation and implementation of multigenerational family and business succession plans. He handles the administration of complex probate estates and trusts across Florida as well as guardianships.
In addition, Mr. Gagic handles taxation; including tax return preparation of federal estate and gift tax returns as well as estate and trust income tax returns.
He is a frequent speaker on estate planning, probate, trust and guardianship issues, and related topics for numerous organizations and clients.
Mr. Gagic is actively involved in various professional and community organizations serving as a member of the advisory board to the Dean of Science with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science; serving as chair of the development committee for the board. He is a member of the George Snow Scholarship fund, where he serves as a member of the Scholars Council. He previously served on the board for the Make A Wish Foundation of South Florida.
The law firm of Ward • Damon is pleased to announce that
I. Jeffrey Pheterson and Denise J. Bleau have merged their law practices with Ward Damon, effective immediately.
The new firm, Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, PL, will continue to practice as Ward Damon, with offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Jupiter, Florida. [ read full press release ]