2011 News Items

U.S. News Lists Icard Merrill Among 2011-2012 "Best Law Firms"

Friday Nov 4, 2011

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Sarasota-based law firm Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, P.A. is included in the 2011-2012 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings. The firm achieved a first tier ranking for the Tampa area in construction law, land use and zoning law, and land use and zoning litigation. The rankings showcase law firms in 81 major practice areas and in 178 locations both nationally and in the metropolitan area.

About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has grown along with Southwest Florida and now also has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda.  Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm with extensive experience in business, banking, commercial, and construction law and related litigation, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax, and estate planning. The firm has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, with members involved in numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, education, health and human services. In 2010, the firm received the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation for significant contributions of legal services to the indigent and to charitable groups on a pro bono basis. 

For more information about Icard Merrill, contact us.

19 Members of Icard Merrill Are Recognized for Pro Bono Service by Legal Aid of Manasota

Thursday Apr 14, 2011

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Nineteen members of Sarasota-based law firm Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. were honored recently by Legal Aid of Manasota for their commitment to providing pro bono legal services to the local community. Since its inception nearly 60 years, the firm has encouraged its shareholders and employees to be actively involved in charitable and civic groups within the communities they serve, including volunteeringpro bono aid to those who cannot afford legal counsel.

 “We make pro bono work part of our daily routine at Icard Merrill,” said Robert Lyons, President. “We encourage everyone within the firm to provide service. It's especially pleasing to have so many members involved at all levels. To be recognized for those commitments is greatly appreciated, and we thank Legal Aid of Manasota for honoring our efforts through these awards and the ceremony for the legal community.”

Members of Icard Merrill who received awards include:

The Pro Bono Excellence Award (the highest award given, it is bestowed for overall excellence, leadership, and dedication)

     • Troy H. Myers, Jr.

The Impact Litigation Award (bestowed to a lawyer whose case has a larger community or system impact)

     • Robert K. Lincoln

The Liberty Bell Award (for service and support supplied by a non-attorney)

     • Amra Rickwa

The Intake Appreciation Award (for coming in every week or day and taking the information from clients)

      • Arthur D. Ginsburg

Gold Award (100+ hours of pro bono service)

     • Arthur D. Ginsburg
     • Troy H. Myers, Jr.

Silver Award (50 to 99 hours of pro bono service)

     • Stacy Dillard-Spahn
     • Joseph M. Herbert

Bronze Award (20 to 49 hours of pro bono service)

     • G. Matthew Brockway
     • Michael W. Cochran
     • Mark C. Dungan
     • Michael J. Furen 
     • F. Thomas Hopkins, III
     • Thomas F. Icard, Jr.
     • Todd D. Kaplan
     • Jason A. Lessinger
     • Robert K. Lincoln
     • Robert G. Lyons
     • Alyssa M. Nohren
     • Stephen D. Rees, Jr.
     • Lindsey A. Schneider

All recipients of the 2011 Pro Bono Awards were honored at a ceremony hosted by the Honorable Chief Judge Lee Haworth and Judge Andrew D. Owens at the Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center. Awards were distributed in various categories by the Honorable Judges Donna Berlin, Phyllis Galen, Becky Titus, Thomas Krug, Charles E. Roberts, Edward Nicholas, and Charles E. Williams. Public Defender Larry Eger and Legal Aid of Manasota Executive Director Linda Harradine were also in attendance.

About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has grown along with Southwest Florida and now also has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda.  Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm with extensive experience in business, banking, commercial, and construction law and related litigation, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax, and estate planning. The firm has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, with members involved in numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, education, health and human services. In 2010, the firm received the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation for significant contributions of legal services to the indigent and to charitable groups on a pro bono basis. 

For more information about Icard Merrill, contact us.

Tom Icard Addresses Tampa Lawyers on Mediating Construction Cases

Tuesday Mar 22, 2011

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Sarasota attorney Tom Icard spoke recently to members of the Construction Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association during their monthly meeting in Tampa. In addition to his nationally recognized construction law practice, Mr. Icard is also regularly engaged as a mediator or arbitrator in a wide range of business disputes and other civil litigation matters.

“There are some constants in effective mediation. ‘Principled negotiation’ (directly addressing the merits) enhances the parties’ opportunity to reach a negotiated resolution in all kinds of cases,” Mr. Icard told the group. “Construction cases are different, however. They typically involve multiple parties, significant technical detail, insurance and surety bond issues. All of those and numerous other factors should be part of the equation. But regardless of the subject matter, the parties and their lawyers must invest the time and effort necessary to establish mutual credibility and good faith.” Mr. Icard also discussed the advantages of “med/arb” (mediation and arbitration combined) as a means of further expediting the resolution process.

About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has grown along with Southwest Florida and now also has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda.  Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm with extensive experience in business, banking, commercial, and construction law and related litigation, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax, and estate planning. The firm has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, with members involved in numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, education, health and human services. In 2010, the firm received the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation for significant contributions of legal services to the indigent and to charitable groups on a pro bono basis. 

For more information about Icard Merrill, contact us.

Alyssa M. Nohren Named Shareholder at Icard Merrill

Tuesday Mar 15, 2011

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Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney Alyssa M. Nohren has been made a full shareholder of the firm. “We are happy to welcome Alyssa Nohren as a shareholder at Icard Merrill,” said Bob Lyons, president of the firm. “During her more than five-year tenure here, she has proven herself to be a highly skilled and knowledgeable advocate for the clients. She has quickly become not only an integral part of the Icard Merrill team, but also someone who is very involved in community service, which is an important tradition at Icard Merrill.”

Ms. Nohren joined Icard Merrill in 2006 and focuses her practice on residential and commercial real estate transactions, real estate litigation, and mobile home law. An alumna of the University of Florida, Ms. Nohren is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, Judge John M. Scheb American Inns of Court, and the 12th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. She was recently honored by Legal Aid of Manasota for Outstanding Service by a Mentor and as a Rising Star on the 2010 listing of Florida Super Lawyers, a publication that includes no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state. Ms. Nohren is active in numerous civic and non-profit groups, including board positions with the Sarasota County Bar Association, PACE Center for Girls in Bradenton, and the Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community).

About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has grown along with Southwest Florida and now also has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda.  Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm with extensive experience in business, banking, commercial, and construction law and related litigation, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax, and estate planning. The firm has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, with members involved in numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, education, health and human services. In 2010, the firm received the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation for significant contributions of legal services to the indigent and to charitable groups on a pro bono basis. 

For more information about Icard Merrill, contact us.