2013 News Items

Icard Merrill Employees Make Holiday Donation to All Faiths Food Bank

Tuesday Dec 24, 2013

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Employees of the law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. joined forces recently to raise $1,140 for the benefit of All Faiths Food Bank as part of a special holiday outreach project that was coordinated by firm President Robert G. Lyons. Staff from all three office locations – Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte – participated in the campaign.

"Icard Merrill supports the community and local non-profits in various ways all year long, but we wanted to do something extra during the holiday season," said Mr. Lyons. "It is disturbing to realize how just many families in this area may not have enough to eat, and this small project is a way that we could have a tangible and immediate impact on their lives."

Because of a matching gifts campaign in effect at All Faiths Food Bank throughout the month of December, the firm’s donation will automatically be doubled to $2,280. 

All Faiths Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and the hub of the hunger relief system in DeSoto and Sarasota Counties. Last year, the organization distributed nearly 6.2 million pounds of food equating to 5.2 million meals through 195 pantries, soup kitchens, churches, community centers and programs.

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.

Icard Merrill's Steven R. Greenberg Receives Board Re-Certification by The Florida Bar

Monday Nov 25, 2013

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The firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. is pleased to announce that Attorney Steven R. Greenberg has earned board re-certification in real estate law from the Florida Bar. Mr. Greenberg has been board certified since 1993 and is one of approximately 450 lawyers in Florida certified in real estate law.

A shareholder at Icard Merrill since 1994, Mr. Greenberg concentrates his practice in the area of real estate law, including real estate closings, mortgage law, and title insurance. He is also an agent for most title underwriters and is approved to close loans for most national and local lenders. A member of the American Bar Association and the Sarasota County Bar Association, Mr. Greenberg frequently serves as lecturer on a variety of real estate topics.

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.

Icard Merrill Is Named a Top Tier Law Firm by U.S. News

Friday Nov 1, 2013

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The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. has been selected for inclusion in the 2013-2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings.The firm achieved a First Tier Ranking for the Tampa metropolitan area in two categories: Land Use and Zoning Law; and Land Use and Zoning Litigation.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.  Eligible law firms are scored in one or more of 81 major practice areas in 178 locations, both nationally and by metropolitan region. The rankings incorporate more than four million evaluations from 68,761 individual lawyers collected byBest Lawyers® in its most recent annual survey. 

National and metropolitan first-tier rankings will be featured in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” stand-alone publication. All rankings, in all tiers, will be published online at www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com

U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform publisher of news analysis, research, and rankings which includes the U.S. News & World Report magazines and numerous guidebooks.

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.

Icard Merrill?s Jaime Wallace Earns Martindale-Hubbell??s Highest Rating

Thursday Oct 17, 2013

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The firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. is pleased to announce that Martindale-Hubbell® has named Jaime L. Wallace as an “AV Preeminent®” attorney, receiving a 4.7 out of a possible 5.0 ranking. This is the highest distinction that may be earned through this prestigious peer review process and represents a significant career accomplishment. Martindale-Hubbell® ratings are generated through evaluations by members of The Florida Bar and the Judiciary in the United States and Canada and provide an objective indicator of a lawyer’s ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys are rated in the following categories: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience.

Ms. Wallace is a shareholder at Icard Merrill and has been part of the firm since 2006. She practices exclusively in the area of family law, which includes handling a wide range of divorce cases, paternity matters and custody cases. Ms. Wallace is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and has volunteered for many years with Girls Incorporated at local and national levels.

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.

Icard Merrill?s Michael Foreman Presented Estate Planning Seminar

Friday Oct 11, 2013

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Michael L. Foreman, shareholder at the firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., recently presented an estate planning seminar at the “Probate & Pumpernickel” luncheon in Sarasota. Held at The Francis, the event served as a continuing education forum for local attorneys and CPAs. Titled “Estate and Incapacity Planning,” the seminar concentrated on the intricacies of estate and gift tax regulations as well as trusts and probates, living wills and trusts, and durable power of attorney.

A part of Icard Merrill since 1969, Mr. Foreman has concentrated his practice on estate and trust planning, administration, guardianships and real estate, with a particular emphasis on planning for incapacity, family wealth planning, fiduciary relationships, accountings, and health care advance directives. Mr. Foreman has earned an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and often serves as a speaker at statewide seminars for The Florida Bar and other related groups. His civic activities include volunteering as a member of the YMCA Endowment Committee and the local leadership team of All Children’s Hospital Foundation Planned Gifts Advisory Council.

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.

Attorney Richard Webb Successfully Closes $26.6 Million Real Estate Transaction at Gran Paradiso

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

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Richard S. Webb, IV, an attorney and shareholder in the firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., played a key role in the closing of what could be one of Sarasota County’s largest real estate transactions in recent years.

Mr. Webb represented Sarasota based Gran Paradiso I, LLC and Gran Paradiso II, LLC in the sale of approximately 370 acres and 164 developed residential lots in the Gran Paradiso community in Venice. The property was sold to Lennar Homes.

Gran Paradiso is a gated, master planned community, located three miles south of Jacaranda Boulevard. The property includes many lakes, natural fitness trails, and a spectacular clubhouse.

Mr. Webb concentrates his practice in real estate law, business law, and manufactured housing/mobile home law. He has represented clients in complex real estate and business matters in Florida since 1977. Mr. Webb holds an “AV Preeminent®” rating, the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbard®, which is recognized as the most respected information source about members of the legal community and is based upon peer review ratings by other lawyers and the judiciary. Mr. Webb is active in the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and various other community organizations.

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.

Icard Merrill?s Alyssa Nohren Earns Martindale-Hubbell??s Highest Rating

Thursday Sep 26, 2013

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The firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. is pleased to announce that Martindale-Hubbell® has named Alyssa M. Nohren as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. She received the highest “AV Preeminent®” rating through a peer review process that is generated through evaluations by members of The Florida Bar and the Judiciary in the United States and Canada and provides an objective indicator of a lawyer’s ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys are rated in the following categories: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience.

Ms. Nohren is a shareholder at Icard Merrill and has been part of the firm since 2006. She primarily practices real estate law, with an emphasis on residential and commercial real estate transactions, manufactured and mobile home law, and real estate litigation. Ms. Nohren is the immediate Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association, volunteers as a board member of PACE Center for Girls/Manatee County, and has been honored over the years for her pro bono legal services to the needy.

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.

Good Deeds

Monday Feb 4, 2013

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The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg underwrote Florida Studio Theatre's Jan. 29 performance of "The Best of Enemies," by Mark St. Germain, to benefit Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.

All proceeds will help fund the free legal representation and education that the nonprofit group offers to low-income individuals and families in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Based on a true 1971 story and a book by Osha Gray Davis, the play pits a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan against an African-American civil rights activist over the desegregation of public schools.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130204/ARTICLE/302049992

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.

Seven Icard Merrill Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in 2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America?

Monday Jan 21, 2013

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Seven Icard Merrill lawyers have been selected by their peers to be included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Thomas F. Icard, Jr. and William Merrill also were recognized as Attorneys of the Year for the Tampa area – Icard in Mediation and Construction and Merrill for Land Use and Zoning Litigation.

The Icard Merrill attorneys chosen for Best Lawyers and recognized in multiple practice areas are:

  • Charles J. Bartlett: Commercial Litigation; Banking and Finance Litigation; Construction Litigation; and Real Estate Litigation

  • Michael J. Furen: Land Use and Zoning Law; Land Use and Zoning Litigation; and Real Estate Law

  • Thomas F. Icard, Jr.: Construction Law; and Mediation

  • William W. Merrill, III: Land Use and Zoning Law; and Land Use and Zoning Litigation

  • Robert K. Lincoln: Land Use and Zoning Law; and Land Use and Zoning Litigation

  • Jaime L. Wallace: Family Law

  • Robert G. Lyons: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130121/ARTICLE/301219990

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.

Icard Merrill Named One of Florida's Top Ranked Firms by Martindale-Hubbell?

Monday Jan 14, 2013

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Ten attorneys at the law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg P.A. have earned the highest available rating through a peer review process managed and monitored by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ provide an objective indicator of a lawyer's ethical standards and professional ability. Rankings are generated through peer evaluations by members of the Florida Bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the individual achievements of its attorneys, Icard Merrill was named one of Florida's Top Ranked Firms by Martindale-Hubbell®, based on the number of attorneys in the firm (one in three) who achieved the highest ranking in the peer-review process. Out of the 22,519 firms in Florida, Icard Merrill is one of only 193 selected for this honor.

The ten Icard Merrill attorneys who received the AV Preeminent® rating are: Charles J. Bartlett, Michael J. Furen, Michael L. Foreman, Arthur D. Ginsburg, F. Thomas Hopkins, Thomas F. Icard, Jr., Robert G. Lyons, William W. Merrill, III, Robert E. Messick, and Richard S. Webb, IV.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130114/ARTICLE/301149994

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.