CGWC News For March 2013

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

Congratulations to CGWC Attorney Josh Machlus for being named to the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association – Metro Orlando.  CGWC looks forward to becoming an active participant in this wonderful organization with Josh leading the way.

CGWC Paralegal Deanna Miksell had another busy month.  She attended the Easter Seals “A Pair to Remember” with the Ladies of CGWC, including paralegals Marisol Gomez, Beth Rivera, Lyn Frank, Ashley Gilbert and several others.  CGWC hosted a table at this fundraiser event and raised over $100,000 for Easter Seals.  This was a huge success and CGWC was a big part in making this happen.  Thanks to all who participated.

Deanna also attended the mixer for Sunshine Foundation at the Citrus Club with Bill Young, CGWC’s commercial and securities litigation department head.  Sunshine Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, answers the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that child’s illness may cause.

Paralegals Deanna Miksell, Beth Rivera, Lisa Thomas and Ashley Gilbert attended the Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA) First Quarter Meeting and Bowling party.  Another great networking opportunity that also allows them to sharpen their skills with the bowling ball!

CGWC Office Administrator Krystal Bell-Myers attended the Central Florida Legal Administrators Business Partner Expo downtown which included a seminar on new IT technology and vendor booths promoting new products.  The Central Florida Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators was chartered in 1977 and currently has over 80 members. The Chapter’s diverse membership represents private and corporate entities ranging in size from solo practitioners to large, international firms. The CFCALA hosts monthly luncheons which feature speakers addressing a full range of topics directly relating to law office management and administration.

CGWC Partner Melvin Wright was named Vice Chair of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising for 2013-2014.  He’ll have his hands full with the new regulations that will become effective May 1, 2013.  Mel also attended the Orange County Bar Association luncheon along with Fermin Lopez, Lisa Thomas, Vanessa Brice, Sean McCormack and Josh Machlus.

Paralegal Ashley Gilbert also had a busy March.  Ashley, Marisol and Deanna assisted at the Food & Wine Festival at Baldwin Park to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  You can learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.  Ashley, Marisol and Deanna also participated as time keepers for the High school Mock Trial Competition at the Orange County Courthouse.  This competition is promoted by the American Board of Trial Advocates and The Florida Bar.  It is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to get positive exposure into the legal profession.  Thanks to volunteers like ours the competition was a huge success.  Ashley continued her March activities with a networking opportunity at the Central Florida Paralegal Association Mixer event.

Ashley and Deanna had an exploratory meeting with Habitat for Humanity, as they are putting together an event for the entire Florida Firm later this year.  They met with Patrice Phillips from Habitat for Humanity to discuss dates for this event and how CGWC can become more involved with Habitat for Humanity.

Bill Young attended the Rollins Alumni networking wine tasting at Quantum Leap Winery and the Rollins Alumni Weekend March 22-24.  Networking with alumni can be fun and rewarding!

Marisol Gomez attended the Orlando Union Rescue Mission Easter Banquet for the homeless.  This incredibly important charitable organization provides food and shelter to those in need.  It was a wonderful Easter for many of the homeless because of volunteers like Marisol.

Robert Ruiz is an e-board member of three different organizations at Barry Law School.  They brought a bungee run to the Law School campus for a day.  Students paid $5 per run and all proceeds that were raised were given to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida.  The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida is one of the great community/charitable organizations that benefit our local population.