first_img Three elected to the Board of Governors, runnoffs set in the Seventh and 11th circuits 11th Circuit Seat 3Leslie J. Lott I am running for the Board of Governors, and I ask for your support. The Board of Governors should always ask first: “What would Florida lawyers want?” The Board of Governors determines issues that affect our practice: dues, regulations, ethics, CLE requirements, and restrictions on Florida lawyers. The board should think first of YOU, the lawyers of The Florida Bar. That is why I want to be a part of the conversation. I understand the problems that face attorneys. I began practice with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I have worked for large firms in New York, Saudi Arabia, and Miami. I started my own firm as a sole practitioner; that firm has grown into Lott and Friedland, an intellectual property boutique. I balance practice, family life, and community service. I am married to Michael Moore, also a lawyer, and we have two sons, Michael, Jr., and Emmett. I believe in service. I was 2009 Excellence Honoree for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program. I sit on the University of Florida Regional Council and the Law Center Association Board of Trustees. I am a founding member of the O’Connell Society of Florida Blue Key. I have served St. Stephen’s Church on the vestry and school board; and have served my community on the Coral Gables Charter Review Committee, the Youth Center Board of Trustees, and the Historical Museum Board of Trustees. My firm has donated many hours of pro bono work to charitable and cultural organizations and to individuals. I have experience on other boards which deal with the kinds of financial, administrative, and policy issues that come before the Board of Governors. I was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Public Advisory Committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which reports annually to the President of the United States and to the secretary. I served on the International Trademark Association Board of Directors, and chaired its Management Committee. I served on The Florida Bar Business Law Section Executive Council and as Intellectual Property Law Committee chair, and I actively participate in law firm management. I have been recognized for my work as an attorney. Best Lawyers has named me Miami Area Lawyer of the Year for 2010 for Intellectual Property Law. I am board certified in intellectual property. I have been in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995; South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers in South Florida” since 2001; Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite since 2004; Florida Super Lawyers since 2005; Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Attorneys since 1998; and World Trademark Review “Trademark Experts’ Experts” since 2007. I will represent Florida lawyers. I will communicate with lawyers in the 11th Circuit, making certain you know about issues before the Board of Governors, and invite your input. I have done this on other boards and it works. “The client comes first.” Our firm lives by this rule. If I am elected to the Board of Governors, YOU will come first. I humbly ask for your vote and your support. Thank you.Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr. In my almost 18 years as an attorney in private practice, I have had the opportunity to work at large firms, medium-size firms, as a solo practitioner, and now as one of the founders of a small firm. In addition, I have committed a significant amount of my time, energy, and resources throughout my professional career to service and leadership in voluntary bar activities and other civic and community organizations. I am uniquely qualified to represent the interests of all the lawyers of the 11th Circuit on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, and am honored to have received the endorsements of 11 Florida Bar presidents, and presidents from numerous voluntary bar associations in Miami-Dade County, including the Dade County Bar, Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Miami-Dade County Chapter), Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar Association, League of Prosecutors, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Miami-Dade County Chapter), Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Colombian Bar Association, and South Asian Bar. I was born in Cuba but grew up in Miami. I graduated from the University of Miami, received a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University Law School, and returned to start my professional career in Miami. My professional career has been dedicated to a transactional practice, and I have achieved an AV rating by Martindale-Hubble, as well as recognition as a member of Super Lawyers, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and the South Florida Legal Guide. While I am proud of this recognition, I have consistently looked for avenues to demonstrate my passion for service to the legal community and ways to improve the lives of attorneys. I have been involved in several committees of The Florida Bar, including serving on a grievance committee, the Annual Convention Committee, and committees of the Business Law Section. Also, during the past nine years I served on the Board of Directors of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), and recently completed my term as its president. During my tenure as president of CABA, I made a concerted effort to work with The Florida Bar and other voluntary bar organizations in advancing the interests of attorneys, working together to understand the issues that ail our profession and actively participating in a leadership capacity to solve those problems. In these endeavors, I have committed a tremendous amount of passion to improving the lives of those in our profession, and take great pride in being a lawyer, never forgetting the importance of our role as agents of change and justice in South Florida. My record of service for nearly two decades is a reflection of the dedication and enthusiasm I bring to the table to serve the best interests of our legal community. I would be privileged to be allowed to continue to serve our profession as a member of the Board of Governors, and humbly ask for your vote and support. April 1, 2010 Regular News There will be two runoffs for Bar Board of Governors seats following March balloting, including one race where the two candidates tied. Three other board races were decided, as well as four races for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. K. Judith Lane and Sandra C. Upchurch will face each other again in the April runoff for the Seventh Circuit seat, seeking to replace retiring incumbent Chobee Ebbets. They each got 263 votes in the initial balloting, setting up the need for a runoff.The other runoff comes in the 11th Circuit, Seat 3 race. There Leslie J. Lott will face Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., in the runoff. Lott got 1,371 votes, Sanchez-Medina got 1,333; Michael B. Feiler received 500; and Jason M. Murray got 448.Ballots for the runoff will be mailed around April 1. They must be returned to the Bar’s election company no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 22. The mailed ballots will contain instructions for voting with the enclosed paper ballot or for casting a vote online.In the three board races decided in the March balloting:• William “Bill” Davis defeated Kelly A. O’Keefe 768 to 653 in the Second Circuit, Seat 2, race.• C. Richard “Rick” Nail defeated Brandon J. Rafool 257 to 245 to represent the 10th Circuit race.• Michelle R. Suskauer defeated Theodore J. Leopold 1,130 to 891 in the 15th Circuit, Seat 3, race.In the YLD races:• Jacob A. Rush defeated Joseph M. Percopo 38 to 22 in the Eight Circuit, Seat 1, race.• Maggie D. Mooney-Portale bested Lindsey A. Schneider 92 to 57 in the 12th Circuit, Seat 2, race.• Albert J. Sauline III defeated Kevin D. Obos 36 to 28 in the 14th Circuit, Seat 1, race.• Seth W. Goettelman defeated Howard A. Cohen 96 to 89 in the Out of State, Seat 1, race.All those elected will be sworn into office at the Bar Annual Convention in June. Here are the runoff candidates’ platform statements:Seventh Circuit Seat 1K. Judith Lane The uncertainty facing the marketplace as we head into 2010 is having a profound effect on our profession. With an economy reliant in some measure on tourism, travel, and construction, the Seventh Circuit has seen some of the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in our state which intensify the pressures we face attempting to meet the needs of our clients. These same challenges are affecting lives of lawyers in our community who are seeking employment in a tightening job market, facing unemployment, or no longer have clients coming through the door. Over the next few years, The Florida Bar must take affirmative steps in creating programs and opportunities addressing these issues. While The Florida Bar is responsible for addressing the needs of all of our state’s lawyers, I worry that the Seventh Circuit runs the risk of being overlooked. Our demographic composition and unique geography have given rise to a professional bar much different than those found in Jacksonville, Orlando, or Miami. Our circuit, for example, does not have a single law firm with more than 30 lawyers. Practicing in Palatka, in rapidly growing West Volusia or St. Johns counties, or in one of our other towns, cities, or suburban communities, presents our lawyers with professional, career, and commercial challenges that are quite diverse from those found in a more urban setting. Two things became clear to me as I decided to run for the Board of Governors. First, I want to ensure the state Bar does not overlook the Seventh Circuit practitioner in 1) deciding what our dues should be or how they should be spent; 2) in regulating our profession; or 3) in planning for our collective futures. Second, I want to ensure that the 10 years of dedicated service by our current representative to the BOG, Chobee Ebbets, does not lose momentum. Chobee’s shoes will be very hard to fill, but I commit to you that I will do my best to fill them. As a former associate and shareholder with one of the larger law firms in the circuit, having recently opened a two-lawyer practice, and having worked in the public sector both as a law student and as a young lawyer, I feel that I am aware of many of the diverse issues facing lawyers today, depending upon the job, firm, or position in which they may find themselves. I have also come to know that understanding the business of law is critically important to creating a successful practice of law. My decision to run for the BOG was not made in haste, or without considerable thought and reflection. Fulfilling the obligations of the position requires a significant commitment of one’s time and personal resources. I am willing to commit both my time and my personal resources to serve you as your representative to the BOG. I would be honored to receive your vote of confidence in return.Sandra C. Upchurch I am a mom, a wife and an attorney. I have been a member of The Florida Bar since 1994. I am proud beyond words of my profession and what it represents and I want very much to represent the Seventh Circuit on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and to work to advance our profession. My professional experience is primarily in the government sector. I represented the State of Florida, the City of Tallahassee, and the City of Ormond Beach. For most all of my practice I have in effect been a general practitioner handling class action litigation, employment law matters, law enforcement matters, land use and environmental concerns, contract and procurement disputes, negligence cases, appellate issues, civil rights cases, regulatory issues, and administrative matters. I am practicing now as a full-time mediator with the Upchurch Watson White and Max Mediation Group, mediating a wide variety of circuit civil disputes which means I am still a general practitioner for all intents and purposes. It is my desire to bring to the Board of Governors the observations and talents of a broadly-experienced general practitioner and government lawyer.I am interested in many facets of membership on the Board of Governors. Of primary importance to you and therefore to me is court funding. Many of you have shared with me the frustration of knowing that our circuit has been authorized for three more circuit judges and two more county judges in Volusia County, but that the funding for those positions has not been forthcoming. Many of you shared with me stories of judges with thousands of cases on their dockets and no available hearing times. This situation is a disservice to the practitioners and public alike and it simply must be rectified. Also important is the need for the Board of Governors to embrace social media and technology advances as through these avenues The Florida Bar will be able to offer timely, cost-effective, and convenient benefits to its members such as affordable CLE programs and paperless communications.I am pleased to say that I have met countless attorneys from the Seventh Circuit. I have made many new friends and become reacquainted with many old friends in the Volusia, Putnam, Flagler, and St. Johns County bar associations. I have experienced Corky Bells and eaten “shad” in Putnam, partaken of a few too many Cuban sandwiches at The Columbia with my St. Johns colleagues, and offered more than a few Lunch and Learn seminars in Volusia and Flagler counties. My firm’s complimentary statewide Webinars have been a great opportunity to reach out and meet more of you than I otherwise possibly could. I commit to continuing this circuit-wide outreach because it is important that you feel a real connection to your Florida Bar.If you see to it to elect me as the Seventh Circuit’s representative, I commit to contributing to the board a broad perspective, an open mind, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic. Three elected to the Board of Governors, runnoffs set in the Seventh and 11th circuitslast_img