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March 2022

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is dedicated to keep our clients and community updated on legal issues impacting their businesses and families. Below please find the blogs, articles, and firm news published in March 2022.

Legal Updates

There are more than 1.5 million residential condominium unit owners in Florida. While association documents may require owners to maintain their units, accident happens. When damage occurs, who is responsible?
In this post, association attorney Colby Keefe and litigation attorney Steven Gendreau team up to discuss Florida law governing maintenance obligations, liability standards, financial obligations, and subrogation claims.

Henderson Franklin was again honored to sponsor 2022 Market Trends, which took place on March 16, 2022, with speakers Randy Thibaut, founder of Land Solutions, Inc., Denny Grimes, President of Denny Grimes & Team at Keller Williams Realty, and Justin Thibaut, CEO of Land Solutions, Inc.

Employers who use arbitration agreements for employment disputes just had the scope of those agreements narrowed. On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act.
From Labor & Employment Chair Scott Atwood.

In the news

In her second one-year term as President of the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, Monica Schmucker wants to continue the Club’s momentum with growing its presence in the community and with their vision of renovating the historic schoolhouse that serves as the FMB-WC clubhouse. She shares:
“Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club membership has grown steadily over the past two years, meaning we have more people becoming involved in supporting our local organizations. Since COVID put a halt on our plans for the restoration of the historic schoolhouse that is our charming clubhouse, we continue to focus on relaunching that project. We have also returned to hosting our big annual community fundraising events as well as fun and safe monthly social events and membership meetings.”

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Lee Rendeiro has joined the firm’s Business & Tax Department. As a registered patent attorney, he strengthens the breadth of the firm’s intellectual property services.  Lee’s technical and legal experience provides a well-rounded solution for anyone seeking guidance on their intellectual property portfolio, obtaining proper protection for their intellectual property, monitoring their intellectual property registrations, and/or defending their intellectual property rights.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Litigation attorney Peter Kamm has joined the firm as a stockholder in the Tort & Insurance Litigation Department. He brings nearly two decades of trial acumen and today represents insurance carriers in the defense of automobile and premises liability claims.
Upon completing Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, Peter’s legal career began as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps as a Staff Judge Advocate. He served as both a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney and as Senior Defense Counsel, achieving the rank of Captain prior to an honorable discharge.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Land Use and Environmental Law Department Chair Jeff Wright has been recertified by the Florida Bar as Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law. The Supreme Court of Florida states that “those who are board certified are preeminent in competence and ethics.”
Wright specializes in working through the complex challenges of assisting property owners, developers, associations, and investors in obtaining land use entitlements and addressing permitting concerns.

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Fort Myers, FL 33901

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