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Jamie Cole Speaks at 2017 Broward County Bar Association's Bench & Bar Convention

Managing Director Jamie Cole spoke at the 2017 Broward County Bar Association's Bench & Bar Convention on, "Medical Marijuana Track: Land Use & Zoning".

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Community Outreach
Tags: Event

Andy Maurodis Speaks at BCBA on Voting Conflicts & The Sunshine Law

Local Government Partner Andy Maurodis spoke at the Broward County Bar Association regarding "Voting Conflicts and the Sunshine Law" on October 13, 2017. Andy is pictured with Partner Alison Smith, Board Member of the BCBA and Co-Chair of the BCBA's Government Law Section and Managing Director Jamie Cole who is Chair of the BCBA's Large Law Firm Committee. 

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Categories: Local Government
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Local Government Law

Laura Wendell and Susan Trevarthen Get Attention of U.S. Supreme Court in Scenic America v. U.S. Department of Transportation

On behalf of Scenic America, Inc., Partner Laura Wendell and Member Susan Trevarthen presented a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in December, 2016.   The Court was intrigued.  In unusual moves, the Court called for responses from the government, called for Scenic America to file a reply and all told, distributed the petition for conference a total of four times.  In the end, on October 16, 2017, the Court denied the petition.  In announcing the denial, the Court issued a rare statement, authored by Justice Gorsuch and joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.  Although ultimately persuaded that certiorari should be denied because the case itself came with "difficult and close" jurisdictional questions that would complicate the Court's efforts to reach "the heart of the matter," Justice Gorsuch wrote to address the importance of the legal issue presented in the petition. [link to statement]

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: South Florida Appellate Law Attorneys

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Sponsors 7th Annual MDCLC Best Practices Conference

We were very happy to sponsor the 7th Annual Miami-Dade League of Cities Best Practices Conference. Several of our attorneys attended the conference on Friday, October 13th at the Hilton in Downtown Miami.  Pictured are Susan Trevarthen, Chad Friedman, Haydee Sera, and Ashley Daniels.

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

FEMA Regulations on Exempt Employee Wages

In the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricane Irma, local governments may be eligible to receive reimbursement for labor costs directly related to a natural disaster under the Public Assistance (PA) Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In general, FEMA reimbursement of labor costs is available where the labor costs were necessary and reasonable to properly address the disaster. This is a multi-faceted analysis involving, among other items, FEMA’s review of local and national labor data, the specific circumstances of the employer at the time and employer documentation. In order to be eligible for reimbursement of labor costs, local governments must, at a minimum, have a written policy that was implemented prior to the natural disaster for which the employer seeks reimbursement of labor costs. Additionally, to be eligible for reimbursement, the employer’s policy should, at a minimum:

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law Attorneys

Matthew Mandel & Edward Guedes Obtain Written Ruling from Eleventh Circuit Affirming Dismissal

Congratulations to Members Matthew Mandel & Edward Guedes on obtaining a written ruling from the Eleventh Circuit affirming the dismissal of a facial constitutional challenge of a Lauderhill city ordinance that mandated inspections in order to be able to rent residential properties.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeMunicipal Litigation
Tags: Municipal Government

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Sponsors LifeNet4Families Hidden Gem Gala

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman was very happy to sponsor and attend the LifeNet4Families Hidden Gem Gala at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel on Saturday, October 7th. Our firm’s Managing Director, Jamie Cole and Labor/Employment Associate Brooke Ehrlich both attended the Gala.  Jamie once served as Chair of the Board of Directors for Lifenet4Families.

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

Roger Kobert & Anne Reilly Participate in FBA Annual Conference

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman's Roger Kobert (pictured with incoming International Law Section President Hon. Mimi Tsankov and outgoing President Brian Murphy) and Anne Reilly (pictured with Brian Lerner, Federal Bar Association Broward Chapter President) participated in FBA's Annual Conference in Atlanta. Kobert, the Firm's International Practice Group chairman, is incoming Vice Chairman and two-term Treasurer of FBA's International Law Section, and Reilly is National Delegate and Younger Lawyer's Division Chair of FBA's Broward Chapter.

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Sponsors Sixth Annual Construction Angels SF Golf Tournament

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman was proud to sponsor the Sixth Annual Construction Angels SF Golf Tournament on September 29th at Woodlands Golf Course & Country Club in Tamarac. Michael Kurzman, the Chair of the Firm's Construction group attended and played.

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Sponsors LBA Awards

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman were very proud to sponsor and have many of our attorneys attend the Latin Builders Association Awards event on September 29th at the Hilton Downtown in Miami.

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event