2015 News Items

Bradley J. Ellis Appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Hiking Society

Tuesday Dec 1, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – Icard Merrill is pleased to congratulate attorney Bradley J. Ellis on being named to the Board of Directors for the American Hiking Society (AHS). Mr. Ellis is an associate attorney who joined the firm in August of 2014 and concentrates his practice in the areas of land use and zoning, construction, local government and governmental liability, commercial and general civil litigation, and appeals. Mr. Ellis is also an Eagle Scout (1993) with the Boy Scouts of America and a member of its Order of the Arrow national honor society. It was this association with the BSA/OA and his extensive experience in trail-building conservation projects that prompted AHS to invite him to join their volunteer board.

Mr. Ellis graduated cum laude in 2007 from University of Florida Levin College of Law and summa cum laude in 2003 from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Criminology. He is originally from Jupiter and moved to Sarasota in 2014 after having served for nearly seven years as an associate attorney for a West Palm Beach law firm, where he practiced in various areas of commercial litigation, construction defects, governmental liability, premises liability, products liability, and appeals. Mr. Ellis also has assumed the administration of Icard Merrill’s pro bono services.

About Icard Merrill

The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota.  From its establishment over 60 years ago, Icard Merrill has progressively grown and expanded as Southwest Florida has grown, and currently has office locations in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda as well as its headquarters in Sarasota. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, and tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.

About American Hiking Society

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. As the national voice for hikers, American Hiking Society recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment. The group represents millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations.

Todd D. Kaplan Receives Distinguished Community Service Award from the Sarasota County Bar Association

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) –Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to congratulate attorney Todd D. Kaplan who was recently presented with the 2015 Sarasota County Bar Association’s Distinguished Community Service Award for his hard work and dedication in providing pro bono legal services to the Miracle League of Manasota. The award was bestowed as part of the Association’s annual Installation Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held September 30th at Laurel Oak Country Club.

Mr. Kaplan has been a member of Icard Merrill since 2006 and concentrates his practice in the firm’s corporate, tax, estate and probate divisions. An alumnus of University of Florida with a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in taxation, Mr. Kaplan devotes considerable time to many local non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Miracle League of Manasota. He has previously served as a board member or on various committees of the Manatee Community Foundation, Junior Achievement, and the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. As a baseball fan, he also donates his time as a coach and board member for the Lakewood Ranch Little League.

 About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota.  The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.

Matthew Brockway and Natalie Greenberg-Coldiron Are Newest Members of Icard Merrill?s Marketing Committee

Thursday Oct 15, 2015

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Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to welcome attorneys Matthew Brockway and Natalie Greenberg-Coldiron to the firm’s Marketing Committee. This committee is a voluntary position and is responsible for decisions regarding advertising, marketing materials, brand positioning and community contributions.

Brockway has been a shareholder at Icard Merrill since 2008. He is Board Certified from The Florida Bar in the area of real estate law, and he also practices in the areas of land use law and intellectual property law. Brockway earned his law degree from the University of Florida, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees.

Greenberg-Coldiron joined the firm in 2013 as an associate attorney practicing real estate law. She graduated from the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and Business Administration.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2012. 

About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota.  The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.

William W. Merrill Again Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers?

Monday Aug 31, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – William W. Merrill III has been recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" in Sarasota for Land Use & Zoning Law. This prestigious award is presented annually by Best Lawyers® to a single lawyer representing a single practice area in a designated geographic market. 

Mr. Merrill was awarded the "Lawyer of the Year" for the Tampa market in 2013 in the area of Land Use & Zoning Litigation and again in 2015 in the area of Administrative & Regulatory Law. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© publication since 2007. Mr. Merrill concentrates his nationally recognized practice in the areas of land use, planning, administrative and environmental law.

About Best Lawyers®

For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® lists have earned the respect of the legal profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. The annual lists of attorneys are compiled by means of exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of attorneys confidentially evaluate their peers. Lawyers may not self-nominate or pay any fee to participate or be included on the lists. The Best Lawyers in America, 2016 edition, is based on more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers submitted by other lawyers in the same or related specialties.

About Icard Merrill 

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota.  The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or browse icardmerrill.com.

Lindsey A. Meshberger Joins the Board of Directors Of Community Youth Development

Friday Aug 21, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to congratulate attorneyLindsey A. Meshberger on her appointment to the Board of Directors of Community Youth Development. Ms. Meshberger has been a member of Icard Merrill since 2007 and concentrates her practice in the area of marital and family law.

She attended law school at the University of Miami and is a member of The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Sarasota County Bar Association, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

About Community Youth Development

Community Youth Development is a non-profit organization in Sarasota County dedicated to positioning young people for success through leadership and volunteerism. They aim to connect middle and high school students with skill-building programs, inspire them to make a difference in their communities, and provide them with the tools and skills to become leaders in service. For more information, visit cydonline.org.

About Icard Merrill 

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or browse icardmerrill.com.

Matthew Brockway Earns Board Certification from The Florida Bar in Real Estate Law

Monday Aug 10, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to congratulate attorneyG. Matthew Brockway for earning his Board Certification from The Florida Bar in the area of real estate law.

Mr. Brockway is a shareholder of Icard Merrill and practices primarily in the areas of real estate and land use law and intellectual property law. He earned his law degree from the University of Florida, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees. Board Certification recognizes attorneys' special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in a specific area of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

About Icard Merrill 

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or browse icardmerrill.com.

Six Icard Merrill Attorneys Named to "Best Lawyers"

Saturday Aug 1, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – Six Icard Merrill attorneys have been selected by their peers in the legal profession to be included in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Best Lawyers has been regarded as the most reliable, unbiased source for legal referrals for over a quarter century. The Best Lawyers®, 2016 edition, is based on more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers submitted by other lawyers in the same or related specialties.

Icard Merrill is pleased to congratulate the following attorneys who have been recognized in specific practice areas for this prestigious recognition:

  • Charles J. Bartlett
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Banking & Finance Litigation
    • Construction Litigation
    • Real Estate Litigation  

About Icard Merrill 

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota.  The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate,land usefamily law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or browse icardmerrill.com.

Icard Merrill Attorneys and Law Firm Are Honored for Pro Bono Service by Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.

Friday Jul 24, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg P.A. was well represented at the Pro Bono Awards luncheon hosted by Legal Aid of Manasota Inc. Not only did nine of the firm's attorneys receive Supreme Court pins for their individual volunteer efforts, but the firm itself was recognized with the Pro Bono Innovation Award for its role in creating the Family Law Guardian Ad Litem program.

The annual ceremony was held June 16th in the Judge Lynn Silvertooth Courthouse, with Judge Lee Haworth presenting the awards.

"We are pleased and honored by the awards received by our attorneys and for the recognition given to Icard Merrill as a firm," said firm president Robert Lyons. "Pro bono service and community volunteerism are an intrinsic part of the Icard Merrill culture, and we encourage all of our attorneys and employees to be actively involved with local charities and non-profit groups. The Family Law Guardian Ad Litem program was a project adopted by the firm as a whole, and we have been very proud of its success."

The Icard Merrill attorneys who were recognized for their individual pro bono service include:

  • Mike Foreman (Business and Corporate Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Tax Law)

  • Art Ginsburg (Family Law and Divorce litigation)

  • Tom Icard (Construction Law, Arbitration and Mediation, Land Use, Insurance Disputes, Business and Commercial litigation)

  • Anthony Manganiello (Civil Rights, Government, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Land Use)

  • Lindsey Meshberger (Family Law and Divorce Law)

  • Troy Myers (Business and Corporate Law, Immigration Law, Estate Planning, Family Law and Divorce, Real Estate litigation)

  • Alyssa Nohren (Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law)

  • Julie Simonson

  • Rob Young (Marital and Family Law)

Legal Aid of Manasota is a non-profit civil law firm that provides free legal services to low income individuals and families in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Attorneys donate their time and expertise in such areas as domestic violence, family law, foreclosures, veterans' issues and elder law.

About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton) andPunta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estateland usefamily law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.

Nine Icard Merrill Attorneys Are Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers

Friday Jul 3, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – Nine members of the law firm Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. The firm is especially pleased to congratulate Tom Icard, who has been named to the list for 10 consecutive years.

Representing no more than five percent of lawyers in the state, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of recognition and professional achievement. The annual listing has a rigorous, patent-pending screening process that includes multiple phases with peer nominations and evaluations combined with third-party research.

The Icard Merrill attorneys who were selected for this year's print list include:

      
Published as a part of the nationally distributed Super Lawyer Magazine, the Super Lawyers listing is intended to be a resource for legal counsel. Only lawyers who may be hired by the public are eligible for nomination. No one may purchase his or her way onto the listing. Each potential candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of achievement, with final selections made annually on a state level. 

About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.

Icard Merrill's Alyssa M. Nohren Is Named to 2015 Florida Legal Elite Report

Monday Jun 1, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to congratulate shareholder Alyssa M. Nohren on her inclusion in Florida Trend Magazine's 2015 Florida Legal Elite report. This is the 12th year that the publication has recognized prominent Florida lawyers as chosen by their peers. The listing represents fewer than two percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in the state.

According to Florida Trend, "Lawyers were asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. The report provides Florida Trend readers with a ready reference when they need to find a top attorney."  

Attorneys selected for Florida Legal Elite 2015 will be listed in a special report in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine. The Legal Elite selection process is quite rigorous, with input solicited from all members of the Florida Bar. Votes are tallied by an independent research firm and reviewed by a Blue Ribbon Panel of lawyers.

Ms. Nohren has been a member of Icard Merrill since 2006 and concentrates her practice primarily on real estate with an emphasis on residential and commercial real estate transactions, manufactured and mobile home law, and real estate litigation. She graduated law school from Suffolk University and served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Sarasota County. Ms. Nohren is a board member of the PACE Center for Girls/Manatee County and has been recognized repeatedly for her volunteerism as a pro bono attorney.

About Icard Merrill

The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota.  From its establishment 60 years ago, Icard Merrill has progressively grown and expanded as Southwest Florida has grown, and currently has office locations in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda as well as its headquarters inSarasota. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, and tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.

Tom Icard Receives Construction Law Board Re-Certification By The Florida Bar

Friday Jan 30, 2015

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(Southwest Florida) – The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. is pleased to announce that shareholder Thomas F. Icard, Jr. has earned Board re-certification in Construction Law from The Florida Bar. Representing approximately 6% of the nearly 99,000 members of The Florida Bar, board certified specialists are legal experts dedicated to professional excellence. Mr. Icard is one of 336 attorneys in the state of Florida that are certified in Construction Law and one of only 10 that hold dual certifications in both Construction Law and Civil Trial Law.

Mr. Icard focuses his nationally recognized practice on construction related matters, from preparation and review of contract documents to claims negotiation and multi-party litigation. He is also regularly engaged as a neutral in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings in a broad range of other civil disputes. Mr. Icard is a Diplomate of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as the 2012 Tampa Area "Mediation Lawyer of the Year." He is a member (by invitation) of the Florida Circuit Civil Mediator Society and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He has served as a single arbitrator and as the chief arbitrator on a panel of three in matters involving major property damage claims, insurance coverage, securities, estate litigation and other business disputes.  He also serves as a court-appointed Special Master in federal proceedings (Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters).

About Icard Merrill

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., was founded in 1953 in Sarasota.  The firm has since grown and expanded along with Southwest Florida and now has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, as well as its Sarasota location across Main Street from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse.  Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning services. For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.