Pavese Law Firm’s Susan McLaughlin to present on “Dispute Resolution, Pre-Suit Tools and Procedures” at complimentary seminar for Community Association Managers

Pavese Law Firm partner Susan McLaughlin will be presenting a continuing education seminar on “Dispute Resolution, Pre-Suit Tools and Procedures” for Community Association Managers. The complimentary seminar will take place on April 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers, 12600 University Drive in Fort Myers, with registration beginning at 2:30 p.m.

McLaughlin’s practice area is focused on condominium and homeowner association law, and includes assisting clients with rule enforcement, discrimination charges, insurance claims, breach of contract, and all manner of dispute resolution. McLaughlin is a former arbitrator, mediator, facilitator, and judge pro tem with the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court; former President of the Worker’s Compensation Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; former faculty member, course planner, and lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute; and has presented seminars and published on numerous legal topics.

This seminar qualifies for two hours of continuing education credits for Community Association Managers only. Space is limited and registration in advance is required to attend. To register, please contact Sheila Rash at 239-336-6248.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.

Pavese Law Firm’s Christina Harris Schwinn to present on human resources topics at complimentary seminar for Community Association Managers

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Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will be presenting a continuing education seminar on human resources topics: “Employee vs. Independent Contractors” and “Managing Workplace Conflict Effectively” for Community Association Managers. The complimentary seminar will take place on April 20 from 8 to 10 a.m. and will include a continental breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers, 12600 University Drive in Fort Myers. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Schwinn’s primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications. Schwinn is available to speak to local businesses and organizations on a variety of employment law topics and she can be reached at 239-336-6228 or christinaschwinn@paveselaw.com.

This seminar qualifies for two hours of continuing education credits for Community Association Managers only. Space is limited and registration in advance is required to attend. To register, please contact Sheila Rash at 239-336-6248.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn to speak at SHRM SWFL lunch meeting March 9

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Christina Harris Schwinn, Pavese Law Firm partner and legislative director for SHRM SWFL to speak at the SHRM SWFL lunch meeting on March 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza, located at 13051 Bell Tower Dr. in Fort Myers. Sponsored by Pavese Law Firm, Ms. Schwinn will provide a Legal and Legislative update on significant employment law cases from 2015, a legislative update regarding pending federal legislation, an update regarding Florida’s 2016 legislative session regarding the employment law bills that passed and did not pass, and an agency round up regarding agency initiatives including the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. SHRM SWFL, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, is a group of human resource professionals who come together to discuss issues related to human resource management and find ways to better serve their employers and employees.

Registration for the lunch meeting is $21 for SHRM SWFL members, $25 for non-members and guests and $15 for students. Attendance at the lunch meeting can be used for one recertification credit with the HR Certification Institute and one credit for SHRM Certification. For more information or to register for the lunch meeting, visit www.shrmswfl.wildapricot.org.

Schwinn is available to speak to local businesses and organizations on a variety of employment law topics and she can be reached at 239-336-6228 or christinaschwinn@paveselaw.com. Schwinn’s primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.

Pavese Law Firm partner Katherine English appointed to American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committee on Water and Water Quality

Pavese Law Firm partner Katherine English has been appointed to serve a two-year term as chair on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committee on Water and Water Quality. The American Farm Bureau Federation, or AFBF, works to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities through legislative action.

As the chair Katherine Englishof the Issue Advisory Committee on Water and Water Quality, English will work with staff and members and her fellow committee members to make recommendations on issues of the Clean Water Act, national and regional water storage programs, Army Corps of Engineers’ water-related efforts, flood control, and she will provide issue recommendations to the AFBF board of directors as needed.

English joined Pavese Law Firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. She has extensive agricultural experience. Before entering law school, she worked as a field representative for a citrus grower’s cooperative, and she continues to be involved in her family’s farming operations. English is experienced in surface water management, water use and private property rights, including federal environmental permitting and compliance in regard to the Clean Water Act, the Food Security Act and the Endangered Species Act. During her legal career, she has practiced before a variety of government agencies including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest Florida Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District, Army Corps of Engineers, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency. English is a member of the American Bar Association and the Lee County Bar Association.

In addition, English serves on: The Florida Farm Bureau Association’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee; past president and member of the board of the directors for the University of Florida Leadership and Education Foundation Inc.; a member of the board of directors for Redlands Christian Migrant Association; chair of the membership committee for SHARE Council for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences; and a member of the board of directors for United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn to speak at Nov. 19 seminar

Christina Harris SchwinnPavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will present on “Independent Contractors vs. Employees” Nov. 19 at the CFO Breakfast Roundtable – Lee County, hosted by Southwest Florida Chapter of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). The free event will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at CliftonLarsonAllen, 6810 International Center Blvd. in Fort Myers.

The issue of employee misclassification has become a hot topic recently as the economy has changed, and growing businesses turn away from traditional hiring practices and rely on contract workers. After Uber lost its case in July, the U.S. Department of Labor, the IRS and state workforce agencies have been cracking down on businesses. Schwinn, whose primary practice areas are labor and employment law, will highlight the differences between employees and independent contractors in regards to misclassification of employees, and will discuss the effects of employee compliance on small and mid-sized businesses in the state of Florida.

Register by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ima-cfo-breakfast-roundtable-lee-tickets-17714228735. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the program will take place 8 to 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit the IMA Southwest Florida website at www.swflima.org.

Schwinn is available to speak to local businesses and organizations on a variety of employment law topics and she can be reached at 239-336-6228 or christinaschwinn@paveselaw.com. Schwinn’s primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.

Attorney and Certified Land Planner, Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, Guest Lecturer for FGCU Real Estate Students on Land Use Law and Planning Matters

Photo by Brian Tietz www.briantietz.com mail@briantietz.com (239) 823-8850Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning, and local government attorney and certified land planner at Pavese Law Firm, was the guest lecturer for the Real Estate Fundamentals class at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 27. Her presentation focused on the role of land use lawyers and planners in the land development process and sharing her experiences taking projects through the due diligence, pre-entitlement, and entitlement phases of development. This is the third year that Berkey was a guest lecturer in this course.

The goal of Professor Tim Allen, Ph.D., CCIM’s Real Estate Fundamentals course at Florida Gulf Coast University is to provide students with real-world exposure to central concepts about real estate assets and the markets in which they are traded through site visits and inviting practitioners to serve as guest lecturers throughout the semester.

Berkey joined the Pavese Law Firm in 2011 and her practice focuses primarily on resolving land use and zoning, real estate and environmental issues related to the development of land. She graduated with pro bono distinction from the University of North Carolina School of Law and earned her Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received her A.B. degree from Franklin & Marshall College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Berkey serves as Director on the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association Board and Co-Chair for the Urban Land Institute Southwest Florida Young Leaders Group and Women’s Leadership Initiative. Berkey was also recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ “Top 40 Under 40 2014” for her professional and civic contributions.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.

Mary Vlasak Snell and Chené Thompson honored for pro bono work in Lee County

 

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Mary Vlasak Snell and Chené Thompson, partners at Pavese Law Firm were honored at the Lee County Bar Association Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Snell received the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.  Only seven other individuals received this level of recognition. Snell is receiving the award due to her commthumbnail (1)itment to public service and helping those in need.  In 2014 and from January 2015 through July 2015, Snell closed at least four pro bono cases and donated at least 26 hours. She always goes above and beyond. She accepts some of the hardest cases for the office to place: guardianship matters.thumbnail

Thompson was recognized for providing legal assistance to a family that had a lien placed on their property for putting up an unapproved fence to keep their autistic son safe. Together, Thompson and another partner with the firm, Steve Hartsell, worked with Lee County to obtain a waiver and remove the lien.

Pavese Law Firm would like to thank paralegals, Kristine Meyers and Jenapher Brittain for their active role and key support in assisting Snell and Thompson with these pro bono cases.

Jonathan Sieg joins Pavese Law Firm

Sieg, JonathanAttorney Jonathan G. Sieg has joined the Pavese Law Firm and will be practicing in the areas of Real Estate and Community Association Law.  Prior to joining Pavese Law Firm, Jonathan worked in Orlando as a commercial real estate broker associate, and provided leasing services as the landlord representative for several shopping centers across Central Florida.

Sieg has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University. He attended law and graduate business school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and the Hough Graduate School of Business. While in law school, he served as the President of the Real Property Law Association. He also completed an externship with the General Counsel of Gainesville Regional Utility, and worked at the Shams Law Firm in Orlando focusing on probate litigation and estate planning. Sieg graduated from the University of Florida with a Juris Doctor (cum laude), a Master of Science in Real Estate, and a Certificate in International and Comparative Law. He passed the July 2015 Florida Bar Exam, and is now a member of the Lee County Bar Association and the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Pavese Law Firm attorney and certified land planner to present on planning and social entrepreneurship at the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association’s annual conference

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Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning, and local government attorney and certified land planner at Pavese Law Firm, will present at the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA) annual conference to be held Sept. 8-11 at The Diplomat, a Hilton Curio Hotel, in Hollywood, Florida.

The presentation titled “The Planner as a Social Entrepreneur” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 8:30-9:45 a.m.  The presentation will focus on empowering planners to serve as agents of change in their community by utilizing their skillsets to benefit social and service organizations. The presentation will feature a panel of speakers who will share their experiences volunteering and reveal how these involvements have enabled them to become more effective planners.

Berkey will speak as a panelist, summarizing her experience with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southwest Florida that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities.  Berkey serves as Co-Chair of the ULI Southwest Florida Young Leaders Group and Women’s Leadership Initiative and served on a panel of ULI leaders from around the State to explore the principles of healthy building and design and discuss ways in which these values can be promoted within their communities.  Berkey will also share her experience as Southwest Regional Chair on the Board of Governors for Connect Florida by Leadership Florida®, the first statewide young professional organization in the nation specifically working to develop and engage Florida’s emerging leaders to make Florida a better place, and as a graduate of the Connect Florida Statewide Leadership Institute.

Berkey joined the Pavese Law Firm in 2011 and her practice focuses primarily on resolving land use and zoning, real estate and environmental issues related to the development of land.  She graduated with pro bono distinction from the University of North Carolina School of Law and earned her Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also received her A.B. degree from Franklin & Marshall College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Beyond her service to ULI Southwest Florida and Connect Florida, Berkey serves as Director on the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association Board and was recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ “Top 40 Under 40 2014” for her professional and civic contributions.

For more information on the conference and to register, click here.

Pavese Law Firm to sponsor Sept. 10 Above Board Chamber media panel on how to get discovered by the media

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To educate local business leaders on strategies for generating news coverage and becoming a go-to resource for media, the Above Board Chamber of Florida is bringing together local media experts from FOX-4, Florida Weekly, The News-Press, Southwest Florida Business Today, Business Observer, Gulfshore Business and Beasley Media Group for a panel discussion titled, “How to get discovered by the media.”

Sponsored by local business partners including Pavese Law Firm, the event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at City Pier, 1300 Hendry St. in Fort Myers. Registration is available online at www.aboveboardchamber.com.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.