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Clearwater, FL 33756
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April 21, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST ASSOCIATES!!!
Congratulations to our two newest Associates, Ray C. Carr, Esq. (left) and Adam D. Birch, Esq. Ray & Adam were sworn in today by Judge Walter “Skip” Schafer. They both will begin their law practice in the Firm’s Clearwater office. Ray will focus his practice in the area of commercial litigation and Adam’s practice will be primarily concentrated in the areas of real estate and tax planning.
April 4, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS TO PHIL CROWLEY ON THE PUBLICATION OF HIS FICTION NOVEL – POSSESSED
Congratulations to Phil Crowley on the publication of his fiction novel – Possessed – a crime/legal drama based on real events from his days as a young prosecutor in Kalkaska County, Michigan. Click here to see a review of the book by The Florida Bar News.
Philip J. Crowley
February 13, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS TO TAYLOR RUSSO AND JAMIL DAOUD FOR THEIR ARTICLE IN “LAWYER” MAGAZINE
Congratulations to Taylor Russo and Jamil Daoud on the publication of their article “Estate and Tax Planning for Same-Sex Married Couples in Florida” in the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s “Lawyer” magazine.

Click on the following link to read the article.

Taylor C. Russo



Jamil G. Daoud
February 6, 2014
BRIAN AUNGST RECOGNIZED FOR CLEARWATER ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT
Congratulations to Brian J. Aungst recognized by the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce as a recipient of their Economic Advancement Business of the Year award for his work related to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Brian was lead counsel for the aquarium in its effort to build a new state-of-the-art aquarium in downtown Clearwater.
Brian J. Aungst, Jr.


July 12, 2013
JANET GOLDBERG MCENERY INTERVIEW: AVOIDING HUMAN RESOURCES TROUBLES
Janet Goldberg McEnery was recently interviewed by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on the topic of “Avoiding Human Resources’ Troubles.” Click Here to read the full interview.
Janet Goldberg McEnery


June 27, 2013
FRANK BROWN APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR TO REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE APPEALS COMMISSION
Congratulations to Frank Brown on his appointment as Chair of the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission. Mr. Brown will leave his position as Shareholder with Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen to accept the appointment. He practices in business litigation with an emphasis on employment and employee benefits litigation, including restrictive covenants litigation.
Frank E. Brown

April 24, 2013
AND THE DEFENSE WINS
DRI members James A. Martin, Jr., Brian J. Aungst, Jr., and Nancy S. Paikoff of Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen in Clearwater, Florida successfully defended a hospital against claims of failure to warn, negligence, and statutory violations of the involuntary commitment law in Florida that was brought by the Estate of a young woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend seven days after he was discharged from the psychiatric unit of the hospital. The trial court dismissed the Second Amended Complaint with prejudice on the basis that there was no precedent in Florida for Plaintiff's theory of recovery; that the Estate did not have standing to bring a claim for violation of the involuntary commitment statute; Florida did not recognize a common law "duty to warn" unrelated third parties; and the duty that arises based on a R2d Torts §319 (special relationship) did not apply to the facts of the case.

The Plaintiff appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal which, after oral argument, affirmed the dismissal with prejudice without an opinion. The Plaintiff then sought a rehearing, rehearing en banc, certification of questions, and an opinion. The Second DCA denied the request.

James A. Martin, Jr.,



Nancy S. Paikoff



Brian J. Aungst, Jr.
March 2013
Andrew Brown inducted into ABOTA
Congratulations to Andrew M. Brown on his recent induction into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA membership is by invitation only, requiring significant jury trial experience as lead counsel among its member qualifications.
Andrew M. Brown
January 2013
Firm Names 2013 Officers
James A. Martin, Jr., Chairman
Ellen M. Macfarlane, President
Andrew M. Brown, Vice President Tampa
Thomas C. Nash, Vice President Clearwater
James W. Goodwin, II, Immediate Past Chairman
Ansley Watson, Jr., Managing Partner