Michael Higer

Please consider Michael J. Higer for President-Elect of The Florida Bar

Michael Higer

Michael Higer

Please consider supporting my friend and colleague, Michael J. Higer, in his candidacy for President-Elect of The Florida Bar.

Michael is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has devoted his practice to commercial litigation and civil trial work involving a wide variety of matters. The Best Lawyers in America®, Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite™ and Florida Super Lawyers have all repeatedly recognized Michael in his practice areas. Michael is widely regarded as one of the architects of the business courts established in Florida. The Florida Bar, Business Law Section recognized him as its Outstanding Member in 2005, and he is a former Chair of that Section.

Additionally, Michael has served on the Board of Governors for over 7 years. He is a former Chair of the Business Law Section and other major committees of The Bar, including the Budget Committee, the Program Evaluation Committee and the Disciplinary Review Committee. Michael presently serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Executive Committee of The Bar. In addition to the foregoing accomplishments, Michael is an exceptional person who deserves the opportunity to further his contributions to the Florida Bar as its future President.

Please join me in supporting Michael by signing and returning the Nominating Petition, attached here, to Kristin Drecktrah Paz (kristin.drecktrah@gommsmith.com) as soon as possible (early next week if possible) as the window for qualifying is just about to open.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Richard Gallagher Spoke At The Third Annual “Nuts & Bolts of International Law” Seminar

Richard Gallagher, a Dallas-based attorney, spoke on the topic of “Arbitration in International Commercial Transactions” at the third Annual “Nuts & Bolts of International Law” Seminar sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and SMU Dedman School of Law.

Shanghai Bar Association and ILS Agreement Signing

The Shanghai Bar Association and the International Law Section of the Florida Bar signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 5th, in Miami that will begin a relationship between the two Bars fostering the mutual education, exchange of attorneys and legal comparative study of the two systems of law. The Chinese delegation was headed by David Yu, President of the Shanghai Bar who made the trip to Miami with five other Chinese attorneys to sign the agreement. Eduardo Palmer, Chair of the International Law Section represented the Florida Bar. “This historic agreement will usher in an age of cooperation between the lawyers of Shanghai and Florida, one that will not only improve Florida attorney’s understanding of Chinese law, but also make Florida the state for China to do business in when dealing with the Western Hemisphere,” Mr. Palmer said at the signing.

The agreement was the culmination of two years of negotiations by Florida attorney Mark Weiner, Of Counsel with Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli and Albright PL who hosted the event. Mr. Weiner attended the prestiges East China Institute of Political Science and Law in Shanghai and has assisted the Shanghai government implement other public projects between the Shanghai government and the City and County of Miami.

Neil Fishman joins International Criminal Court in Netherlands

Neil Fishman International Trade Centre

Neil Fishman
International Trade Centre

Mr. Neil Fishman, of the International Trade Centre, recently joined the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, as an associate legal officer. He also serves as a human resources legal and policy adviser at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.