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2012 Archive

Josh Magidson Announces Initiative for Veterans and Military Personnel
Stetson University College of Law dedicated its new Veterans Law Institute with a ceremony on May 31 in Gulfport, Fla. Read More.
Janet McEnery Speaks at the 38th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum
September 21, 2012 – Janet Goldberg McEnery will speak on Wage and Hour: Issues and Strategies at the 38th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum (The Florida Bar Joint Program).
Janet McEnery Speaks at the Florida Labor Management Conference
Janet Goldberg McEnery will speak at the Florida Labor Management Conference on August 8, 2012 on Sticky Wickets in Employee Relations.
Carolyn Stewart Joins Law School Faculty
Carolyn House Stewart will teach Contract Law to students of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School opening in Tampa in May of 2012.
Janet McEnery Speaks at Strayer
Janet Goldberg McEnery will speak on Employment and Labor Law to students at Strayer University on April 17, 2012.
Congratulations to David Williams
Congratulations to David B. Williams on his election to Shareholder with the Firm. Mr. Williams is a member of the Firm’s Real Property and Land Use practice areas. He is a Court Certified Meditor with expertise in the areas of Commercial Foreclosures, Business Entities, Commercial Leasing and Construction. Mr. Williams received his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Florida. Mr. Williams is located in the Firm’s Tampa office and can be reached by email at dbw@macfar.com and or by phone at 813-273-4226.
Congratulations to Scott Lyon
Congratulations to Scott T. Lyon on his election to Shareholder with the Firm. Mr. Lyon is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Uniersity of California, Santa Barbara. Located in the Firm’s Clearwater office, Mr. Lyon’s practice is primarily focused in Business Litigation, Real Property Litigation, Construction Litigation and Appellate law. Mr. Lyon can be reached by email at stl@macfar.com or by phone at 727-444-1410.
Firm Elects New Officers
The Firm is pleased to announce that James A. Martin, Jr. has been named Chairman of the firm. Other officers selected are Ellen M. Macfarlane as President (Tampa), Thomas C.Nash as Vice President (Clearwater), Andrew M. Brown as Vice President (Tampa), James W. Goodwin, II as Immediate Past Chairman, and Ansley Watson, Jr. as Managing Partner.

2011 Archive

Speaking Engagements:
Janet Goldberg McEnery will speak on Employment and Labor Law to students at Strayer University on April 17, 2012.

Carolyn House Stewart will teach Contract Law to students of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School opening in Tampa in May of 2012.

ALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GUILD EVENING BRANCH
On Saturday, January 29, 2011, the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch hosted the 80th Annual Charity Ball for All Children's Hospital. Macfarlane Ferguson and McMullen was a sponsor of the event, which was held at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club. Attending for the firm were Ed and Nancy Paikoff, Scott and Allison Lyon, Brian and Cary Aungst, David Phillips and Susan Harbin. As always, the firm was happy to be a sponsor of such a wonderful event for a wonderful cause.
FIRM ELECTS TWO NEW SHAREHOLDERS
Congratulations to Rebecca R. Johns on her election to Shareholder with the Firm. Ms. Johns’ practice in the Real Property and Land Use as well as the Labor and Employment areas. Ms. Johns is located in the Firm’s Tampa office. She received her J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law and her B.S. in Finance from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Congratulations to John A. Williams on his election to Shareholder with the Firm. Mr. Williams focuses his practice in the areas of Business and Corporate, Tax Planning, Estate and Trust Administration and Wills, Trusts and Estate planning. Mr. Williams is located in the Firm’s Tampa office. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Florida.
NEW ASSOCIATES JOIN THE FIRM
Ashley R. Kellgren has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Tampa office’s Medical and Legal Malpractice practice area. Ms. Kellgren graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where she earned an impressive five book awards in her law studies. She obtained both a B.A. in Criminology and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida while a 4-year varsity scholarship athlete with the University of Florida Women’s Soccer team.

George E. Eppsteiner has joined the Firm’s Tampa office as an Associate in the Litigation and Labor and Employment areas. Mr. Eppsteiner graduated cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he was the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy and earned two book awards. He was also the recipient of the James W. Locke Scholarship and Second Best Oralist on the Florida Moot Court Team at the Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition. He earned both a B.S. in Sport Management and B.A. in Spanish, summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Congratulations to Carolyn House Stewart who will be installed as the 28th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. on July 15, 2010.
Ms. Stewart has received numerous accolades and recognition for her contributions to Alpha Kappa Alpha over the years.

May 2010 - William Stainton has been appointed to the Florida Bar's standing committee on Judicial Administration and Evaluation.
The Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee has the responsibility of accepting specific assignments from the Board of Governors in areas regarding the judiciary. The committee prior to each legislative session reviews all legislation prefiled pertinent to the judiciary and makes recommendations either to the Board of Governors or the Legislation Committee.
Breaking News - The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act
The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (P.L. 111-147), which was signed into law on March 18, 2010, is intended to stimulate employment by providing temporary tax incentives to companies that hire unemployed individuals. Rebecca Johns has prepared a summary of two tax incentives based upon the hiring of unemployed individuals. Click here for more...

Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen Announces New Shareholder
The firm is excited to announce that Michael Christopher Foley has been named shareholder of the firm.

Mr. Foley focuses his practice in the areas of Business Litigation, Real Estate, and Land Use/Zoning. He received his J.D. and Masters in Business Administration from Stetson University College of Law in 2001. He serves on the Board for the Pinellas County Sheriff Department's Police Athletic League and SCA (Sheriff Citizen Academy) and the Skip Cline Young Leadership Society. A lifetime resident of Pinellas County, Mr. Foley practices in the Firm's Clearwater office.

Congratulations to the Firm's attorneys who were named among The Best Lawyers in America® for 2010
Joshua Magidson – Commercial Litigation
William B. Taylor, IV – Environmental Law
Frank E. Brown – Labor & Employment Law
Janet Goldberg McEnery – Labor & Employment Law
James A. Martin, Jr. - Medical Malpractice Law
Stephen H. Sears – Legal Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation

Congratulations Jim Martin
James A. Martin was officially elected by the National Board of Directors to membership in the American Board Of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Tampa Bay Chapter of ABOTA.

2010 Archive

Speaking Engagements:
Janet Goldberg McEnery was the the featured speaker at a seminar hosted by Wallace Welch & Willingham – Insurance and Risk Managers titled "10 Things Employers Need to Know about Wage & Hour Law on May 19, 2010." Seminar details are available at www.w3ins.com/seminars.

Janet Goldberg McEnery, Labor & Employment attorney, was invited to speak at the Hillsborough County Affirmative Action Council Breakfast on June 4th, 2010.

2009 Archive

CONGRATULATIONS TO the Following attorneys who have been selected as Florida Super Lawyers 2009
HARRY S. CLINE - REAL ESTATE
STEPHEN O. COLE - BUSINESS LITIGATION
FRANK E. BROWN - EMPLOYMENT & LABOR
JAMES W. GOODWIN - BUSINESS/CORPORATE
JANET G. MCENERY - EMPLOYMENT & LABOR
MARK MCLAUGHLIN - PERSONAL INJURY DEFENSE: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
STEPHEN H. REYNOLDS - REAL ESTATE
STEPHEN H. SEARS - PERSONAL INJURY DEFENSE: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE.
CONGRATULATIONS TO the following attorneys who have been selected as Florida Rising Stars 2009
NATALIE C. ANNIS
REBECCA R. JOHNS
UPCOMING SEMINARS FEATURING JANET GOLBERG McENERY:
Florida Association of Blood Banks Annual Meeting (Private Industry Event), June 4 – 5, 2009. Topic: "Human Resources and Legal Issues." Janet will be addressing this group of doctors, directors and industry representatives regarding proper human resources management techniques and the relevant laws, as part of the Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Blood Banks. Janet is honored to be a VIP guest at the annual Board of Directors Dinner for this industry group.

Florida Labor Management Conference, St. Petersburg, FL., August 3 -- 5th, 2009. Topic: "Sticky Wickets" – Join Janet McEnery for an encore presentation of her annual "Sticky Wickets" seminar. This seminar will cover human resources management scenarios that often present a "sticky" problem for management. With a little humor and a lot of good information Janet offers solutions to employers and managers for resolving these tough situations. For more information please contact Susette (Sue) Putman, Esq., Commissioner, FMCS, Phone: 407-382-8844.
UPCOMING SEMINARS FEATURING MFM LABOR ATTORNEYS:
Printing Association of Florida's Print Management Conference, Saturday, August 8, 2009, at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (Private Industry Event): "Navigating the Legislative and Regulatory Changes: How the New Administration's Labor Policies May Effect Small Business." Frank E. Brown, Janet Goldberg McEnery and Jeffrey Gibson from Macfarlane Ferguson and McMullen will discuss recent developments in labor and employment law. The seminar will cover important information for small business owners related to the surge in overtime litigation; recent changes to discrimination laws; new legislation being considered in the 111th Congress, (such as the Employee Free Choice Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act); and the new I-9 requirements.
JANET GOLBERG McENERY WILL BE SPEAKING
at the seminar Hiring and Firing in Florida, How to do it right! on May 13, 2009. It is being held in Tampa Doubletree Guest Suites, 3050 North Rocky Point Dr. West, Tampa, FL.
JANET GOLBERG McENERY hosted an Employment Law Briefing
entitled: CHANGES FOR THE NEW YEAR: "Understanding the Recent Changes to the ADA and the FMLA," for firm clients on March 11, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the firm's Tampa offices. A light breakfast was provided along with plenty of great information and discussion.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLYN HOUSE STEWART
USF's President, Dr. Judy Genshaft and her African American Advisory Committee are sponsoring the annual Kente Awards to honor outstanding African Americans who are connected to the university and making significant contributions to our community.

The theme at the 2009 Kente Awards will be "Honoring Two Great Ladies Heading Two Great Sororities" and will pay Tribute to Carolyn House Stewart, who is a USF graduate and the National First Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha on Saturday, February 14th, 12 noon at the USF Marshall Center Ballroom.
MACFARLANE FERGUSON & McMULLEN ANNOUNCES NEW SHAREHOLDER
TAMPA, FL— December 22, 2008 - Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce that William M. Stainton has been named shareholder of the firm. Mr. Stainton focuses his practice in the areas of Business & Corporate Law and Commercial Litigation. Mr. Stainton received his J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law, and his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida. He presently serves as a commissioner on Florida's Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for recommending candidates for District Judge and U.S. Attorney to the President of the United States. Mr. Stainton is a life long resident of Tampa and is married to Joanne B. Stainton.

Mr. Stainton will be working out of the Tampa office.
CONGRATULATIONS FRANK BROWN
Frank Brown has been named a winner in Legal Elite. The 5th annual Legal Elite special report will recognize and honor prominent Florida lawyers and provide Florida Trend readers with a ready reference when they need to find or recommend a top attorney.

Frank has been also been Named in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions of Florida Trend's "Legal Elite," in the field of labor and employment law.
MACFARLANE FERGUSON & MCMULLEN ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED IN "THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA"
TAMPA, FL – October 10, 2008 – Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce six of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2009 (Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.): Frank E. Brown (Labor and Employment Law), James A. Martin Jr. (Medical Malpractice Law), Joshua Magidson (Commercial Litigation), Janet Goldberg McEnery (Labor and Employment), Stephen H. Sears (Legal Malpractice Law), and William B. Taylor IV (Environmental Law).

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

For over a century, Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, one of Florida's oldest law firms, has maintained a tradition of providing comprehensive services to business and individual clients. The firm has 45 attorneys and three offices located in Tampa and Clearwater.
MACFARLANE FERGUSON & MCMULLEN IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT 9 LAWYERS ARE NAMED IN THE FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS 2008 MAGAZINE.
The following attorneys were recognized by Florida Super Lawyers in the respective practice categories:
 
Real Estate Harry S. Cline
Stephen H. Reynolds
Business/Corporate
James W. Goodwin, II
Employment & Labor Frank E. Brown
Janet Goldberg McEnery
Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice Stephen H. Sears

Published by Law & Politics, Super Lawyers is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The multi-step selection process takes around nine months which includes researching credentials of nominees, assembling a blue ribbon review panel of leading attorneys from each practice area, directly contacting lawyers and law firm representatives, verifying data and conducting a good-standing review of candidates.  Law & Politics mailed more than 44,000 ballots to active lawyers in Florida who have been in practice five years or more.  
 
What a great achievement and congratulations to all who were selected!!
CONGRATULATIONS FRANK BROWN. . .
Frank Brown has been named a winner in Legal Elite. The 5th annual Legal Elite special report will recognize and honor prominent Florida lawyers and provide Florida Trend readers with a ready reference when they need to find or recommend a top attorney.

Frank has been also been Named in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions of Florida Trend's "Legal Elite," in the field of labor and employment law.



2008 Archive

10/10/2008 - MACFARLANE FERGUSON & MCMULLEN ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED IN "THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA"
TAMPA, FL – Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce six of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2009 (Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.): Frank E. Brown (Labor and Employment Law), James A. Martin Jr. (Medical Malpractice Law), Joshua Magidson (Commercial Litigation), Janet Goldberg McEnery (Labor and Employment), Stephen H. Sears (Legal Malpractice Law), and William B. Taylor IV (Environmental Law).

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

For over a century, Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, one of Florida's oldest law firms, has maintained a tradition of providing comprehensive services to business and individual clients. The firm has 45 attorneys and three offices located in Tampa and Clearwater.
6/16/08 - MACFARLANE FERGUSON & MCMULLEN IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT 9 LAWYERS ARE NAMED IN THE FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS 2008 MAGAZINE

The following attorneys were recognized by Florida Super Lawyers in the respective practice categories:
Real Estate Harry S. Cline
Carter B. McCain
Stephen H. Reynolds
Business/Corporate
James W. Goodwin, II
Employment & Labor Frank E. Brown
Janet Goldberg McEnery
Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice Stephen H. Sears
Professional Liability: Defense Penn Dawson III
Published by Law & Politics, Super Lawyers is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-step selection process takes around nine months which includes researching credentials of nominees, assembling a blue ribbon review panel of leading attorneys from each practice area, directly contacting lawyers and law firm representatives, verifying data and conducting a good-standing review of candidates. Law & Politics mailed more than 44,000 ballots to active lawyers in Florida who have been in practice five years or more.

What a great achievement and congratulations to all who were selected!!

ATTORNEYS BOLIN AND BROWN SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND CLIENT IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASE
TAMPA, FL - March, 2008 - Andrew M. Brown obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of his client after a one week wrongful death medical malpractice trial in Citrus County, Florida. The Plaintiffs alleged that an emergency room physician was negligent in his decision to discharge a patient who presented complaining of chest pain radiating into the left arm and neck. Mr. Brown argued that the physician's examination met the standard of care and that the physician could rely on the multiple cardiac test results, which were normal, to make his decision to discharge the patient for follow up care on an outpatient basis. The Plaintiff's demand in the case was $2.5 million dollars.

MACFARLANE FERGUSON & McMULLEN WAS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE 2008 HAWL JUDICIAL RECEPTION
TAMPA, FL - January 31, 2008 - The Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers ("HAWL") hosted a judicial reception at the Tampa Club on January 31st, 2008, honoring local federal and state judges. The reception was well attended, with more than 100 guests attending, including 34 judges.

To read the article, click here.

2007 Archive

MACFARLANE FERGUSON & McMULLEN ANNOUNCES NEW SHAREHOLDERS

TAMPA, FL - December 11, 2007 - Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce that Jeffrey W. Gibson has been named shareholders of the firm.

Jeffrey W. Gibson earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Tampa in 1998, and was awarded his law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2001. Mr. Gibson's practice focuses on Business Litigation, Labor & Employment Law and Medical Malpractice.

MCCAIN NEWEST BOARD MEMBER, PORT OF TAMPA MARITIME INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION, INC.

Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce Carter B. McCain has been appointed to the Board of the Port of Tampa, Maritime Industries Association, Inc. Mr. McCain will be representing the category of Professionals.

Mr. McCain is a Shareholder at Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen and practices in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources, Environmental, Land Use, Administrative & Governmental, Development, Financing & Entitlements and Real Estate. Mr. McCain received his B.A. degree from University of Florida and earned his J.D. from Stetson University, College of Law in 1988.

For over a century, Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, one of Florida's oldest law firms, has maintained a tradition of providing comprehensive services to businesses and individual clients. The firm has 45 attorneys and three offices located in Tampa and Clearwater.


8/15/07 - MAGIDSON IS RECIPIENT OF THE RICHARD T. EARLE, JR. PROFESSIONALISM AWARD
Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce the selection of Joshua Magidson as the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Richard T. Earle, Jr. Professionalism Award. The award is presented by the Barney Masterson Inns of Court to the lawyer who demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism in the practice of law in the county and circuit courts.Pinellas County Circuit and County judges determine the recipient.

Mr. Magidson is a shareholder in the firm's Clearwater office and is a 1980 graduate of Stetson University College of Law. Mr. Magidson practices law in the area of business litigation, with an emphasis in real property litigation, probate litigation, auto dealership and bankruptcy issues involving creditors' rights.
6/21/07 - MACFARLANE FERGUSON & MCMULLEN IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT 11 LAWYERS ARE NAMED IN THE FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS 2007 MAGAZINE
The following attorneys were recognized by Florida Super Lawyers in the respective practice categories:
Business/Corporate
James W. Goodwin, II
David M. Boggs
Employment & Labor Frank E. Brown
Janet Goldberg McEnery
Edward "John" Dinkel, III
Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice Stephen H. Sears
Professional Liability: Defense Penn Dawson III
Real Estate Harry S. Cline
Carter B. McCain
Stephen H. Reynolds
Published by Law & Politics, Super Lawyers is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-step selection process takes around nine months which includes researching credentials of nominees, assembling a blue ribbon review panel of leading attorneys from each practice area, directly contacting lawyers and law firm representatives, verifying data and conducting a good-standing review of candidates. Law & Politics mailed more than 44,000 ballots to active lawyers in Florida who have been in practice five years or more.

What a great achievement and congratulations to all who were selected!!


Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce that Carolyn House Stewart will be the keynote speaker for the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association's Compleat Lawyer Award Dinner on April 19th, 2007 in Columbia, South Carolina. Each year the USC Law School Alumni Association recognizes nine outstanding alumni at the Dinner who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and who exemplify the highest standard of professional competence, ethics and integrity. Other honorees at the Dinner include Chief Justice Jean Toal, Supreme Court of South Carolina and Honorable Karen Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Ms. Stewart is a Shareholder at Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen and practices in the areas of Labor & Employment, Personal Injury and Eminent Domain. Ms. Stewart received her B.A. degree from the University of South Florida and earned her J.D. from University of South Carolina in 1977.


MACFARLANE FERGUSON SELECTED AS A MEMBER OF THE FUND 25

March 15, 2007 - TALLAHASEE, FLORIDA. Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc. (The Fund) today announced Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen has been named a Fund 25 member firm. As a fund 25 member firm, two attorneys from MacFarlane Ferguson have been invited to attend the exclusive Annual Meeting of The Fund 25 on March 15-17 at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, FL. The Annual Meeting of The Fund 25 provides its members an opportunity to learn what's on the horizon for the title industry and real estate practice in Florida.

"We are pleased to announce that MacFarlane Ferguson was selected as a Fund 25 member firm," said Charles J. Kovaleski, president of Attorney's Title Insurance Fund, Florida's leading title insurance underwriter. "With The Fund 25 designation, they rank among an elite group of legal professionals within the real estate industry".

Fund 25 members are determined by the level of business they have conducted with The Fund the prior year. Attorneys' Title Insurance Funs, Inc. (The Fund) is the leading title insurance underwriter in Florida and the sixth largest title insurance company in the country.



Carolyn House Stewart was the keynote speaker for Hillsborough County's 15th Annual Black History Celebration held on February 9, 2007. The theme of the program was " African American Women ~ Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." She was honored by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissions for her contributions to the African- American community in a Proclamation.

2006 Archive

MARTIN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF FLORIDA ACADEMY OF HEALTH CARE LAWYERS
Nov. 7, 2006 - CLEARWATER, FL. Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce that James A. Martin, Jr., became President of the Florida Academy of Health Care Lawyers at the annual meeting of the Florida Hospital Association in Orlando. The Florida Academy of Health Care Lawyers is a division of the Florida Hospital Association.

Mr. Martin is a shareholder in the firm's Clearwater office. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1973 and has over 30 years of trial experience in the areas of medical malpractice, labor & employment and business litigation. He has been a member of the Florida Academy of Health Care Lawyers since 1995 and previously served as Secretary and President-Elect. He is also a member of the American Hospital Association, a former Board Member of American Health Lawyers Association, National Health Lawyers Association and the Florida Society of Healthcare Risk Managers. He is a Licensed Risk Manager for the State of Florida.


STEWART RECEIVES FLORIDA COMMISSION ON STATUS OF WOMEN AWARD
Sept. 11, 2006. TAMPA, FL. -- Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce that Carolyn House Stewart has been honored with the Florida Commission on Status of Women (FCSW) Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions and service. She is a shareholder of the firm and practices law in the Tampa office in the areas of labor & employment law, personal injury, eminent domain, insurance defense, commercial litigation and products liability. Ms. Stewart, who is one of the few African-American women partners in a majority law firm in the United States, has made countless contributions to the community. She was recently elected International First Vice President (President-Elect) of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an international service organization of 170,000 college trained women founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University. Under her guidance as program chair, the Sorority completed many diverse service projects, including raising funds for Sickle Cell research, awarding scholarships, mentoring over 15,000 at-risk children and funding and building 10 schools in South Africa. Ms. Stewart also worked diligently to obtain a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to promote vehicle occupant safety in the African American Community and has participated in SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness initiatives. Macfarlane Ferguson and McMullen has supported her efforts in her community service endeavors, including donations to the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha's Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner, George Edgecomb Bar Association Annual Law Day Scholarship Banquet as a heritage sponsor, and supported the National Bar Association (NBA) Annual Meeting in 2005 where Ms. Stewart served as Convention Co-Chair.


STEWART ELECTED ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA INTERNATIONAL VP
07/18/06 - TAMPA. Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce that Carolyn House Stewart has been elected International First Vice President of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Prior to her election as International First Vice President, Ms. Stewart served for two terms as National Secretary and previously served as president of the local Gamma Theta Omega Chapter and Chairman of the International Program Committee. Under her guidance as program chair, the Sorority completed many diverse service projects, including raising funds for Sickle Cell research, awarding scholarships, mentoring over 15,000 at-risk children and funding and building 10 schools in South Africa. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded in 1908 on Howard University's campus.

Ms. Stewart is a shareholder of the firm and practices law in the Tampa office in the areas of labor & employment law, personal injury, eminent domain, insurance defense, commercial litigation and products liability. Ms. Stewart will help lead the 97-year old international service organization of 170,000 college-trained women.


GROUNDBREAKING FOR CHESTER H. FERGUSON LAW CENTER was held on June 20, 2006. The Chester H. Ferguson Law Center is adjacent to Stetson University College of Law's Tampa Campus.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION NAMES FIRST FLOOR OF CHESTER H. FERGUSON LAW CENTER AFTER DAVID KERR
. . . from the Hillsborough County Bar Association's The Lawyer . . . read more


EIGHT MFM LAWYERS SELECTED AS "FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS"
Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is proud to announce that eight of the firm's attorneys were selected for Florida Super Lawyers 2006. The Super Lawyers publication annually recognizes 5% of the lawyers in each state who have been nominated by their peers as outstanding in their practice area. 2006 is the publication's first year recognizing Florida lawyers. MFM's "super lawyers" include:

Harry S. Cline, Real Estate
Stephen H. Sears, Med Mal Defense
Stephen H. Reynolds, Real Estate
David M. Boggs, Business/Corporate
W. Penn Dawson, III, Professional Liability Defense
Frank E. Brown, Employment & Labor
Edward J. Dinkel, III, Employment & Labor
Charles W. Pittman, Business Litigation
HERITAGE OF LEADERSHIP.
Chester H. Ferguson, a founder of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, was inducted into the University of Florida Levin College of Law's Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society.
Fla Law, April 17, 2006 (pages 1 & 8)

UF Law Magazine, Summer 2006 (pages 6-7)


MAGIDSON AWARDED SERVICE AWARD BY STETSON COLLEGE OF LAW
05/11/06 - CLEARWATER. Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce that Joshua Magidson has been awarded the 2006 Paul M. May Meritorious Service Award from Stetson University College of Law for his continued support of the Stetson Alumni Association.

Mr. Magidson is a shareholder in the firm's Clearwater office. He is a 1980 graduate of Stetson University College of Law. He has been an active member of the Stetson Lawyers Association and Stetson Lawyer Advisory Council and served as the Association President for the 1997-1998 term. Mr. Magidson currently serves on the Stetson University College of Law's Board of Overseers. He practices law in the area of business litigation, with an emphasis in real property litigation, probate litigation, auto dealership and bankruptcy issues involving creditors' rights.


MFM ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
1/23/06 - TAMPA. Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen is pleased to announce that the firm has elected new officers for a three-year term beginning in 2006. Harry S. Cline was elected Chairman of the firm. Mr. Cline is a Florida Board Certified Real Estate Attorney practicing in the Clearwater office. James W. Goodwin, II, was elected President. Mr. Goodwin practices business and corporate law, tax planning and estate planning in the Tampa office. James A. Martin, Jr., was elected Vice President of the Clearwater office. Mr. Martin concentrates his practice in labor & employment, medical malpractice and business litigation. Ellen M. Macfarlane was elected Vice President of the Tampa office. Ms. Macfarlane is a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate Attorney practicing in the Tampa office. William B. Taylor, IV, will serve as Secretary of the firm. Mr. Taylor represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters and also practices in the areas of casualty litigation and insurance coverage, professional liability, environmental litigation, criminal law and domestic relations.


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