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ILS Fall Cocktail

On November 15th, join the International Law Section of the Florida Bar for its Fall Cocktail in support of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Robert J. Becerra named to the 2016 SuperLawyers List as one of the Top Attorneys in Florida

Robert J. Becerra

Robert J. Becerra
Becerra Law, P.A.

Becerra Law Attorney named SuperLawyer for White Collar Criminal Defense

Becerra Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that Robert J. Becerra has been named to the Florida SuperLawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Florida for 2016 in white collar criminal defense. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by SuperLawyers.

SuperLawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The SuperLawyers lists are published nationwide in SuperLawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country.

Becerra is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in International Law. His practice concentrates on civil and white collar criminal litigation in state and federal courts involving international trade, including disputes involving exports, imports, cargo losses, trade based money laundering, export enforcement, Customs and FDA seizures and investigations, and civil forfeitures.

Becerra Law, P.A.’s website may be found at

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Milton Vescovacci invited to join the panel for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce 2015 Workshop: Doing Business With Cuba Today

Milton A. Vescovacci

Milton A. Vescovacci
GrayRobinson, P.A.

Manatee Chamber of Commerce 2015 Workshop: Doing Business With Cuba Today
Date: October 23, 2015

If you joined us in May to hear from Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas then you won’t want to miss this special educational workshop! You will get insight on current business opportunities and an up-to-date report on the status of relations between the United Stated and Cuba.

Our expert invited panel includes:
– Carlos Buqueras – Manatee County Port Authority – Update on Cuba Services
– Jorge Ignacio Fernandez – Havana Ferry Partners, LLC
– Renee Strickland – Big Red Cattle Company, Manatee County Exports
– Milton Vescovacci – Gray Robinson Law – Banking, Travel and Legal Compliance
– Johannes Werner – Managing Editor of the Cuba Standard- Cuban Business and Economic News
– Special Guest Lunch Keynote Speaker

More details here.


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Peter Quinter Presents at NEXCO Conference

Peter A. Quinter

Peter Quinter
GrayRobinson, P.A.

Peter Quinter, shareholder and chair of the Customs and International Law Trade Law Group in GrayRobinson’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices, will present at the NEXCO Conference on “Preparing for Trade with Cuba” in Miami, Florida, on October 9, 2015. His presentation entitled, “Understanding the Changing U.S. Regulations by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Allowing for More Trade and Travel Between the United States and Cuba,” will discuss the regulatory changes of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State due to the Obama Administration’s new policies towards Cuba.

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Litigation Shareholder Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez Honored in the Daily Business Review’s 2015 “On the Rise” Class

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

The Daily Business Review recently announced its 2015 “On the Rise” Class – 40 South Florida attorneys under the age of 40 who have made and will continue to make a difference in the community. Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, shareholder in Buchanan’s Litigation Section, was one of the 40 attorneys honored by the publication.

The DBR states, “All told, the candidates were selected not only for what they’ve achieved thus far, but for what we believe they’re likely to accomplish for the legal profession and for their respective communities in the future.”

Read the full article – “Review Honors Young Lawyers Who Are ‘On the Rise’” (Daily Business Review, July 22, 2015)

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Ezra Hirschmann Certified Foreign Legal Consultant in South African Law

Ezra Hirschmann has been certified by the Florida Bar as a Foreign Legal Consultant in South African Law. He holds the Degrees of BA (Law), LL.B, Higher Diploma in Law (cum laude), Israel Bar Graduate (cum laude), Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator (all Circuits), South African Bar (South African Attorney). He specializes in non-US, i.e. transactional (negotiation, drafting and implementation of a wide range of agreements), testamentary, licensing and fiduciary matters for: ex-pat, US resident South Africans; non-resident South Africans, and those persons and companies with matters/issues in South Africa.

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Agenda, Executive Council Meeting, June 26, 2015

Click here to download the agenda.

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Cuba’s removal from terrorism list may prove more symbolic than business-friendly New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, visits a port with Charles A. Baker, director general of the Mariel container terminal on April 21, 2015. Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island.

Glenn M. Cooper

Glenn M. Cooper
Gray-Robinson, P.A.

Regulations governing the United States’ new commercial opening toward Cuba were announced in January, but so far there have been few takers.

Most businesses are still kicking the tires when it comes to Cuba and trekking to the island, often with lawyers in tow, to assess the opportunities and risks. A trade delegation led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week, however, reported progress had been made on deals in the telecom and healthcare fields — two areas where U.S. businesses are allowed to engage with the Cuban government under the new U.S. Cuba policy.

But even when Cuba is removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation that carries some financial sanctions, analysts say they don’t expect it will set off a business stampede either.

“I think people are reevaluating but they are waiting until the 45-day waiting period is up before taking the next step,” said Fernando Capablanca, managing director of White Cap Consulting Group and president of the Cuban Banking Study Group. “I think everyone wants to pay it very safe — what’s 45 days after 55 years?”

In December President Barack Obama announced a new policy of engaging Cuba after more than half a century of trying to bring about change through isolating the island, and on April 14, he informed Congress that he intended to remove Cuba from the terrorism list, starting the clock ticking on the waiting period.

Read more here

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Laura M. Reich Accepts Position as Head of Litigation at Tenzer PLLC

Laura M. Reich

Laura M. Reich
Tenzer PLLC

Laura M. Reich has accepted a position as Head of Litigation at Tenzer PLLC. Located in the Brickell Financial District, Tenzer PLLC serves domestic and international clients and offers the experience of an international law firm with the personal attention and service of a boutique practice. She will continue to focus her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration.