Firm News Feed Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800firmwise Hosts Job Shadow Hosts Job Shadow.pdf&format=xml&p=4149Originally Published in, <em>Facts &amp; Findings: The Paralegal Magazine</em>, March/April 2017Beyond the Bio Blog20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Hosts Job Shadow.pdf&format=xml&p=4149Justin Guido: Dedicated Attorney, History Buff and Gym Enthusiast<strong>Justin Guido, an associate in RKC&rsquo;s Miami office, grew up in Westchester, New York where his father&rsquo;s work as an attorney helped inspire him to follow in his path.</strong> &ldquo;I gained tremendous respect watching my dad growing up and having conversations with him about his work. I really admired him,&rdquo; explained Justin. <br /> <strong><br /> A fascination with history led Justin to major in the subject while studying at George Washington University in Washington D.C.</strong> &ldquo;While I loved reading about history and watching documentaries, I realized that pursuing a career in history alone would not be very lucrative,&rdquo; explained Justin. &ldquo;I minored in Criminal Justice and took the class, An Introduction to Criminal Law. The professor turned out to be the Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section with the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. That led to me working first as an intern and then taking on a position after graduation within the Section. While I was already considering the idea of going to law school, working alongside Federal Prosecutors for two years solidified my decision,&rdquo; said Justin. <br /> <br /> <strong>Having worked at the Department of Justice, Justin approached law school very seriously.</strong> &ldquo;I really wanted to learn as much as I could to be a good practicing lawyer. For example, when my law school professors provided a supplemental reading list, I read it all,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And, I did a lot of internships because I wanted as much practical, hands-on experience as possible,&rdquo; he continued. As a result, Justin interned at the Tort Division of the New York City Law Department, the Organized Crime Task Force of the New York Attorney General&rsquo;s Office, the Criminal Trials Division of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, a plaintiff&rsquo;s law firm based in Los Angeles and a national insurance defense law firm. <br /> <br /> <strong>After graduating from law school, Justin moved to Miami to work as an Assistant State Attorney at the Miami-Dade State Attorney&rsquo;s Office.</strong> Because he worked on prosecution of criminal cases, Justin had a lot of opportunity to go to trial and be in front of a jury. He admits that the approach is different than in the civil cases he works on at Rumberger, but the experience and skills he obtained translate directly to the work he does now.<br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;I spent every day in front of a judge and tried 20 cases in front of a jury,&rdquo; explained Justin.</strong> &ldquo;The time spent in court is very helpful in the property and homeowners insurance coverage work I&rsquo;m doing, now. The practice can be very litigious and involves taking a lot of depositions, being able to think quickly on your feet and having court presence,&rdquo; said Justin. &ldquo;I especially enjoy the fast pace of the work,&rdquo; he added. <br /> <strong><br /> Justin prefers staying busy and couldn&rsquo;t be happier to have joined RKC nearly a year ago.</strong> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a good balance of court time, depositions and office time including case analysis and writing motions,&rdquo; noted Justin. &ldquo;I also enjoy the heavy interaction we have with the clients throughout the litigation process. We value and take into consideration their opinion of what the next steps in the case should be,&rdquo; he added. <br /> Justin also said he enjoys the different aspects of litigating the case. &ldquo;While the subject matter is not varietal, the nuances in the case make a considerable difference in the strategy,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <strong><br /> One of the things Justin likes best about working at RKC is the collegial atmosphere.</strong> &ldquo;When I was at the prosecutor&rsquo;s office, we worked closely with colleagues and bounced ideas off one another. I was glad to learn that RKC also encourages teamwork and sharing of ideas here, as well,&rdquo; said Justin. &ldquo;Getting another opinion is an enormous help,&rdquo; he noted. <br /> <br /> <strong>When he&rsquo;s not at work, Justin likes to hit the gym.</strong> &ldquo;In addition to being a history buff, I am also a gym rat,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I like to go to the gym a lot because it is a big stress reliever. It&rsquo;s a great way to challenge myself and push myself to exceed personal goals,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;But, it&rsquo;s also a great way to maintain routine and discipline,&rdquo; he added. <br /> <strong><br /> Justin&rsquo;s family-his parents, brother and many other relatives-still lives in New York, so he likes to schedule trips to visit them about once every other month.</strong> &ldquo;Most recently, we went to see a couple of Broadway shows for my mom&rsquo;s birthday. Her favorite is Jersey Boys,&rdquo; said Justin. &ldquo;My dad has always been interested in theater because he was an entertainment lawyer,&rdquo; added Justin. <br /> <strong><br /> Justin also spends time volunteering for community organizations like the YMCA and The Legal Services Young Professionals Committee.</strong> As Chair of the &ldquo;Hands-On&rdquo; Community Events Committee, Justin recently organized and participated in the Comstock Basketball Court Beautification Project during which volunteers from the YMCA Young Professional Committee and the YMCA repainted the Comstock Elementary School&rsquo;s basketball court.<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="172" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="215" border="0" align="absmiddle" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> <em>Justin Guido (pictured above) discusses being a dedicated attorney, loving history and frequenting the gym.</em></div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <br type="_moz" />Beyond the Bio Blog17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Kaps Earns Privacy Credential Kaps has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). As an experienced civil litigator and legal advisor for the retail and hospitality sector, he provides guidance on cybersecurity risks and cyber incident readiness. When online and offline privacy assessments and information security audits are needed, Jacey is able to assist his clients with identifying the relevant legal considerations and retaining the appropriate consultants to accomplish the task.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>About the Accreditation:</strong></em><br /> The CIPP is the global standard in privacy certification. Developed and launched by the IAPP with leading subject matter experts, the CIPP is the world&rsquo;s first broad-based global privacy and data protection credentialing program. The CIPP/US demonstrates a strong foundation in U.S. private-sector privacy laws and regulations and understanding of the legal requirements for the responsible transfer of sensitive personal data to/from the U.S., the EU and other jurisdictions. Jacey joins the ranks of more than 10,000 professionals worldwide who currently hold one or more IAPP certifications.<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="274" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="342" border="0" align="absmiddle" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> <em>Jacey Kaps (pictured above) has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).<br /> </em></div> <br type="_moz" />Beyond the Bio Blog16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Special Gift for Those Who Provided Assistance to Pulse Nightclub Victims<em>Members of the Orange County Bar Association receive thank you quilts.</em><br /> <br /> Two days after the Pulse nightclub tragedy, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., launched a Victims&rsquo; Legal Assistance hotline to provide immediate, as well as long-term referrals to pro bono Attorneys, for family members and victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, June 12, 2016. <br /> <br /> The organizations also staffed tables at the city of Orlando's Family Assistance Center which was set up to allow those directly affected by the tragedy to obtain information about everything from transportation, lodging, and mental health services to identification documents, funeral service information and legal services. <br /> <br /> The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, as part of the Quilts for Pulse project, made quilts for first responders and others who assisted pulse victims through the help of volunteers from around the world. Each member of the OCBA Executive Counsel, including LaShawnda K. Jackson, was presented with a custom quilt. <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="215" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="286" border="0" align="absmiddle" src="" alt="" />&nbsp; <img width="216" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="287" border="0" align="absmiddle" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> <em>Pictured above is a quilt made by the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <img width="269" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="356" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" src="" /><br /> <br /> <em>Pictured above is LaShawnda K. Jackson (left) with Kim Homer, OCBA Executive Director (right).</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Beyond the Bio Blog09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Personal Look at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell’s Summer Associate Program<em>Miami attorney Victoria San Pedro Madani joined RKC in 2014 after participating in the summer associate program in 2013. Orlando attorney Lindy Keown participated the following summer and joined the firm in 2015. Both attorneys sing high praise for the program and talk about their experiences and what makes it so unique and fulfilling. </em><br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;The summer associate program at Rumberger, Kirk &amp; Caldwell offers law students the opportunity to feel what it is really like to be a first year attorney working for the firm,&rdquo;</strong> said Lindy Keown, an associate in RKC&rsquo;s Orlando office. &ldquo;The work I did was very substantive. I felt like I was working on things that actually mattered to a case, like drafting dispositive motions&rdquo; explained Lindy. <br /> <br /> <strong>RKC&rsquo;s summer associate program teaches law students the skills they will need to be successful attorneys.</strong> It incorporates legal research, writing, educational workshops, attendance at hearings, depositions, and mediations, and a simulated trial. It exposes students to a litigator&rsquo;s daily tasks and offers them the opportunity to learn the skills, practice the skills and see them in action by attending hearings, depositions, and trials, particularly any proceeding for which he or she prepared research and drafted motions and legal briefs. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I was going through on-campus interviews, I came across the blog that the summer associates were writing at Rumberger. First, I thought it was terrific that they were writing a blog about the experience and then second, I was extremely impressed by what they were learning,&rdquo; remembered Victoria. &ldquo;They wrote about workshops focused on skills like motion calendar hearings, deposition training and preparing for the simulated trial. I thought to myself, nobody is doing that! It was obvious to me that this would be a fantastic place to learn and be trained to be a good lawyer,&rdquo; said Victoria.<br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;Participating in the simulated trial was a big selling point for me,&rdquo;</strong> said Victoria. &ldquo;As a member of trial team in law school, I knew I wanted to be a litigator. Mock trials in school always have a flavor of acting and I wanted the opportunity to work with trial attorneys and be trained on how to do things the right way,&rdquo; she explained. <br /> <br /> Much of the firm participates as coaches, judges, witnesses, and jurors in the simulated trial while teams of summer associates conduct the trials in a spirit of educational competition.<br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;Another great benefit of Rumberger&rsquo;s program is the opportunity to work with experienced trial lawyers and senior partners,&rdquo; </strong>noted Lindy. &ldquo;I worked on at least one project with nearly every partner in the firm&rsquo;s Orlando office, which gave me a good idea of the many different people I might work with as an associate,&rdquo; she added.<br /> <br /> Supervising attorneys coordinate and evaluate work assignments, provide consultation, and ensure that the summer associate becomes involved integrally in handling cases. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Most law firms have the summer associates meet the senior partners at a mixer or mingle, but here at Rumberger, the most senior partners get involved. Myron Shapiro, a trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience, sat with me to teach me how to do cross examinations while seasoned trial attorney Scott Kirk helped me recraft my opening statement through a video conference,&rdquo; remembered Victoria. &ldquo;The mentoring I received then and continue to receive now has made all the difference in my career. They really do care about training the next generation and building on the firm&rsquo;s legacy.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="195" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="291" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" src=" Lindy.jpg" />&nbsp;&nbsp; <img width="232" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="291" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" src="" /><br /> <br /> <em>Lindy Keown (left) and Victoria San Pedro Madani (right) discuss their experience in the summer associate program at Rumberger, Kirk &amp; Caldwell.</em></div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" />Beyond the Bio Blog03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Gives Back: RKC Team Members Serve Dinner at the Coalition for the Homeless<strong>RKC staff served dinner at both the Coalition for the Homeless Center for Women and Families and the Men&rsquo;s Service Center this month.</strong> The firm also gave gift bags filled with toiletries, candy and a pre-packaged snack to everyone who attended the dinner service. <br /> <br /> To supply the gift bags, the firm collects hotel toiletries throughout the year, leftover Halloween candy and pre-packaged snacks during the firm&rsquo;s Thanksgiving feast. In the past, the firm has provided toys and kitchen needs.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We first adopted the Coalition for the Homeless in 2009 as part of our Holiday Adoptions program,&rdquo; said Iris Melgar who handles payroll and profit sharing at the firm, and started the adoptions program in 2002. &ldquo;We wanted to find a way to help those in need in our community. In addition to helping with the Coalition, we&rsquo;ve also assisted a number of other organizations throughout the year including Hospice of the Comforter, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Christian Services Center,&rdquo; said Iris. <br /> <br /> Special thanks to this year&rsquo;s servers:<br /> Center for Women and Families Dinner: Kim Smith, Laurie Mesa and her husband John, Lindy Keown, Eva Moeller, Debbie Hrytzay, Cindy Bowers, Pat Quilty and Bud Kirk.<br /> <br /> Men&rsquo;s Service Center Dinner: Sally Culley, Nancy Jordahl, Brittney Bogan, <br /> Sharon Ostrowski, Ellen Smith, Rita Ritner, Iris Melgar along with two of her family members. <br /> <br /> Also, a huge thank you for everyone who donated gift bag items and money to help make the dinner a reality.<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="224" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="296" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" src="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="353" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="263" border="0" align="absmiddle" src="" alt="" /></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="229" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="305" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" src="" /><br /> <br /> <em>RKC employees were all smiles as they served with Coalition for the Homeless.</em></div> <br />Beyond the Bio Blog23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Ships Holiday Cheer to Troops Deployed Around the World: 98 boxes were shipped to eight units deployed to Afghanistan, Africa, Iraq and Qatar<div style="text-align: left;"><strong>Piles of packaged snacks, wet wipes, hand sanitizers, flavored water drops, coffee and creamer, shaving gear, personal hygiene items and more filled the Rumberger, Kirk &amp; Caldwell conference room in Orlando as employees took their lunch hour to assemble the donated items into 98 boxes for U.S. troops overseas.</strong> Boxes were sent to eight units deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar and Africa. Special units include a bomb detection squadron, a Navy Seals unit and a medical unit caring for injured military personnel. Special cards of thanks from senior citizens and children were included for the patients in the medical unit.<br /> <br /> Richard and Alycia Schreiner helped to pack boxes this year as a thank you for their son who received packages for his troop last July while he was in Guam. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s hard to explain what this means without crying,&rdquo; admitted Richard Schreiner. &ldquo;These troops really appreciate these boxes because they really don&rsquo;t get much. It&rsquo;s very hard to get shipments to them and it&rsquo;s such a great thing that the firm does for them.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Holiday shipment is always very special,&rdquo; said Lisa Griffin, a legal assistant in the Orlando office who began this effort in 2009. &ldquo;For many of these brave men and women, just knowing that people back home appreciate their sacrifices serving our country makes being away during the holidays just a little bit easier,&rdquo; she noted. <br /> <br /> Lisa began this remarkable effort that is embraced by the entire RKC family in 2009 when she began sending weekly care packages to her son, who was serving as a Marine in Iraq. After learning that many Marines close to her son received little to no mail, Lisa inspired her co-workers and the entire RKC family to donate needed items to troops. RKC&rsquo;s staff spends months leading up to the troop shipment gathering items that are often taken for granted here at home while troops in remote parts of the world have difficulty obtaining. Hundreds of travel sized toiletries, candy, snacks, magazines, books, clean socks, coffee and other goodies are collected for each troop shipment that goes out every two-three months. <br /> <br /> In addition to the firm&rsquo;s staff, many of the firm&rsquo;s business partners assist with donations and packing the boxes including Orange Legal, Milestone Reporting, Mateer Harbert, Gordy Family Dentistry and Camo Dave&rsquo;s Jerky, Daytona Beach. In addition to these boxes, the Tampa office shipped out six boxes last week. <br /> <br /> After the holidays, the team will go back to collecting donations for the Valentine&rsquo;s Day shipment.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <br /> <img width="342" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="255" border="0" align="absmiddle" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> <img width="344" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="255" border="0" align="absmiddle" src=";Boxes.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <br /> <img width="194" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="254" border="0" align="absmiddle" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> <em>Our holiday troop shipment was a big success thanks to the donations and support of the whole firm.</em></div>Beyond the Bio Blog13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Strides for Breast Cancer<div style="text-align: center;"><img width="366" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="271" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" src="" /><br /> <br /> <em>The RKC Orlando Team raised over $3,000 to further the fight against breast cancer in the &ldquo;Making Strides for Breast Cancer&rdquo; walk on Saturday, October 29</em></div>Beyond the Bio Blog18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Hosts Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy for a Class on Professionalism and Leadership;s Miami office hosted the Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy&rsquo;s monthly luncheon this week. Paul Lipton, Director of Professionalism and Career and Skill Development at RKC, spoke to the group about Professionalism and Leadership in the legal field. He specifically addressed the need for a leader to be authentic, competent, and professional. County Court Judge Wolfson and Circuit Court Judge Rebull also attended the meeting and shared their thoughts on the topic. <br /> <br /> Dade Legal Aid launched its Leadership Academy in January 2015 and is now hosting its third class. Leaders participate as fellows of the academy for four months and develop a deeper understanding of effective leadership while learning about issues facing Dade Legal Aid and the indigent population. Fellows connect with leaders of firms and organizations for the purpose of creating lasting relationships and a commitment to pro bono service.<br /> <br /> Lacee Monk, an associate in RKC&rsquo;s Miami office, is a member of the Leadership Academy&rsquo;s third class. Caitlin Trowbridge, also an associate in RKC&rsquo;s Miami office, was &quot;tapped&quot; in 2014 and was a member of the 2015 inaugural class.<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="416" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="311" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" src=";T(2).jpg" /></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy Visits Rumberger, Kirk &amp; Caldwell for a class on Professionalism and Leadership in the legal field.</em></div>Beyond the Bio Blog17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Partner Bob Fitzsimmons Chairs Hall of Champions Induction Ceremony and community leaders honored South Florida&rsquo;s outstanding professional athletes at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce&rsquo;s Sports Hall of Champions induction ceremony on Tuesday, September 13 at Marlins Park. <br /> <br /> RKC Partner Bob Fitzsimmons chaired the event and noted that the annual event honors individuals who, through their achievements in and contribution to sports, have brought recognition to South Florida. Eric Reid, Miami Heat Television Play by Play broadcaster and original member of the franchise, served as master of ceremonies. <br /> <br /> Bob also serves on the Greater Mimi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. <br /> At the annual event, professional athletes are inducted and honored for the recognition and esteem they have brought to themselves and our community. In addition, a sports professional is presented with lifetime achievement honors. Inductees have gained or maintained fame in sports as a player, coach or executive; made contributions to the betterment of sports in the South Florida community; and/or were born in South Florida or participated in sports here and achieved recognition in the community.<br /> <br /> This year&rsquo;s honorees included: <br /> UDONIS HASLEM -Three-time NBA Champion with The Miami Heat and all-time rebounding leader, NBA All-Rookie Second Team, Second-Team All-American &ndash; NABC, Third-team All-American, graduate of Miami Senior High School and University of Florida. <br /> <br /> JONATHAN VILMA- Super Bowl champion with the New Orleans Saints, three time Pro Bowl Linebacker, Middle Linebacker for Hurricanes' National Championship team, AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, graduate of Coral Gables High School and University of Miami.<br /> <br /> JILL ELLIS- Head Coach of the U.S. Women&rsquo;s National Team, Coach of the 2015 FIFA Women&rsquo;s World Cup Champions, 2015 CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year and 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women&rsquo;s Soccer<br /> <br /> LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO SPORTS - JIMMY EVERT Patriarch of one of the most famous tennis families in history. Coach of 18-time Grand Slam champion and daughter, Chris Evert, and Jennifer Capriati, Harold Solomon and Brian Gottfried. (Chris Evert, 2015 Hall of Champions Inductee, will accept this award on her father&rsquo;s behalf.)<br /> <br /> News Links from the event: <br /> Miami Herald interviews Bob Fitzsimmons about the Miami Chamber&rsquo;s Sports Hall of Champions event held on September 13, 2016: <a href=" "> </a><br /> <br /> The San Diego Union-Tribune: <a href=" "> </a><br />Beyond the Bio Blog13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0800