Debra Davis is looking forward to participating in a panel discussion on ADR and Ethics tomorrow. If you have met Debra or heard her speak, you know she will be sharing her insight on avoiding related trust account problems! ... See MoreSee Less
Most Florida Bar members uphold the high ethical standards the profession demands. But for the small fraction who risk discipline through unprofessional conduct, “The First Amendment is a poor defen...
2022 Boys and Girls Clubs Great Futures Golf Challenge
Scott Tozian rose to the challenge and will be partnering up to play 100 holes of golf to raise much needed funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay on January 14, 2022. Contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs help further the mission of helping each child reach his or her full potential.
Mr. Tozian is always inspired by the support and contributions made toward this worthy cause. You can show your support for the Boys and Girls Clubs with a gift of any amount.
Don Smith '78 Scholarship for Stetson College of Law
Don Smith has started a scholarship for someone to attend Stetson College of Law if they were a member of Boys and Girls Clubs sometime in their life, OR if they volunteered at one time for the Boys and Girls Clubs. Don started this scholarship to help Stetson, but also to provide an opportunity that some of these prospective law students would possibly never have if they wanted to attend law school. Providing partial or full scholarships to prospective law students helps recruit promising potential law students from all over the country. Please consider giving a gift to the scholarship.
The link to contribute if you would like (write in ‘drop down box’ Scholarship Don Smith):
No Thanksgiving would be complete without thanking the people who make our jobs so special. We are humbled by the trust our clients show in us and we are honored to continue to serve them. We wish our clients, friends, and family a wonderful day celebrating all there is to be thankful for. ... See MoreSee Less
Florida Supreme Court's Special Committee on Delivery of Legal Services ~ Evaluating Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms
The Florida Supreme Court’s Special Committee on Delivery of Legal Services is recommending testing of conceptually appropriate amendments to Rule 4-5.4 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar regarding Fee Splitting and Law Firm Ownership. The recommendations would permit limited non-lawyer ownership of law firms (e.g., non-controlling minority interests owned by individuals who actively participate in the work of the law firm). The committee explicitly rejected any proposed rule change that would allow passive ownership of law firms.
The committee recommended creating a Law Practice Innovation Laboratory Program (“the Lab”) to provide a regulatory sandbox where these recommendations may be tested. Among other things, the Lab would explore the benefits of allowing fee-sharing with non-lawyers. The Lab would regulate approved selected businesses to provide innovative legal services for a recommended 3-year period, during which data would be collected to determine whether changes to the Rules would benefit consumers of legal services.
Sorry Albert Gator, The Florida Bar says you aren't a celebrity.
The Board of Governors approved the reversal of a Standing Committee on Advertising Committee decision that found a law firm's use of University of Florida mascots in a series of TV ads impermissible under Rule 4-7.15(c), which prohibits lawyers from using advertisements that feature celebrity images or voices. The committee concluded that the mascots did not constitute an "individual" or a "person" under the definition of "celebrity included in the comment to the Rule.
An Out-Of-State Licensed Attorney May Work Remotely From Florida Home
The Supreme Court of Florida upheld an advisory opinion by The Florida Bar Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law that would allow an out-of-state attorney to work remotely in Florida, as long as the attorney does not represent Florida clients, has no public presence or profile as an attorney in Florida, and neither the attorney nor the attorney’s firm advertises or otherwise informs the public of the attorney’s remote work presence in Florida. Particularly, the opinion stated it would not be the unlicensed practice of law for an attorney who is domiciled in Florida and employed by an out-of-state law firm, having no office or place of business in Florida, and without having or creating a public presence or profile in Florida as an attorney, to work remotely on matters that concern federal intellectual property rights, and not Florida law.
The question of linguistic correctness has long been mired in difficulty. There are two antipodal positions. On one side, lexicographer Henry Bradley (1845-1923), the second chief editor of the Oxford...
We are so proud of our firm’s founding partner, Donald A. Smith, Jr. (“Don”) who was recently honored as the Stetson College of Law Distinguished Alumni for 2021!
Each year, Stetson University College of Law recognizes an alumnus who has been outstanding in his or her chosen field and brought honor to Stetson College of Law and the legal profession. This award also recognizes the individual’s service to humanity and dedication that has fostered the ideals of the Stetson College of Law.
Don joins a long list of distinguished past recipients of this award. He was selected this year not only for his volunteer service for many years on the board of the Boys & Girls Club, but also for his work with The Florida Bar over the years, and his volunteer time with the College of Law, as well as other outstanding commitments to his profession.