2016 News Items

Icard Merrill Welcomes Two New Attorneys

Tuesday Dec 6, 2016

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Icard Merrill is pleased to welcome W. Andrew Clayton, Jr., and Worth S. Graham as the newest attorneys to join the Sarasota office of its growing law firm. The two had previously worked together at the Clayton Law Firm and will bring to Icard Merrill new practice areas concerning business disputes and securities arbitration.

Joining Icard Merrill as a shareholder, Mr. Clayton’s background includes working in the securities industry in New York and serving 14 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corp. He has been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1998 and has been designated as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2012. He was selected by Florida Trend Magazine as a “Legal Elite” in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Clayton serves on the board of directors of the Sarasota County Bar Association, where he currently volunteers as treasurer.

Mr. Graham is a Sarasota native and a graduate of the University of Florida and the Florida Coastal School of Law. He brings a passion to the investment dispute arena and takes a special interest in helping those who have been victims of fraud.

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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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.

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Submitted by: Linda Gross

Icard Merrill Is Listed in "2017 Best Law Firms" Ranking by Best Law Firms and U.S. News

Thursday Dec 1, 2016

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Icard Merrill is honored to announce their inclusion in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” ranking by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Icard Merrill achieved a Tier 1 Ranking for the Sarasota metropolitan area in four different categories: Construction Law, Construction Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law.

The firm also earned a Tier 2 Ranking for Sarasota in five categories: Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Real Estate Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Best Lawyers has published annually since 1983 and is widely regarded as a significant honor and an unbiased source of legal referrals. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes peer and client evaluations. Best Lawyers listings are published in nearly 70 countries. In 2009, Best Lawyers partnered with U.S. News & World Report, the leading rankings publications in the U.S., to begin ranking law firms in the United States.

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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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

 

Submitted by: Linda Gross

Two Icard Merrill Attorneys Selected for Leadership Class

Thursday Dec 1, 2016

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Icard Merrill would like to congratulate two of its attorneys who were selected for the 2017 Leadership Class, a learning program sponsored by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Jessica Farrelly and Anthony Manganiello will join 41 fellow classmates in a year-long program designed to promote camaraderie, develop leadership and provide an in-depth look at different industries and organizations within the community.

“We are pleased that Ms. Farrelly and Mr. Manganiello have the opportunity to participate in this tremendous program,” said Robert Lyons, president of Icard Merrill. “Our firm has a history of attorneys being involved in this program and it has served to foster their connection and involvement within the larger community.”

Ms. Farrelly joined Icard Merrill earlier this year and concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and civil litigation. Her career includes a partnership at a defense litigation firm in Boston and most recently with a management-side employment boutique firm in Sarasota. Ms. Farrelly graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She works primarily from Icard Merrill’s Sarasota office.

Mr. Manganiello has a diverse litigation practice with an emphasis on personal injury, products liability, complex corporate litigation and land use law litigation.  Prior to joining Icard Merrill in 2014, he was a senior associate at a West Palm Beach law firm. Originally from the Tampa Bay area, Mr. Manganiello graduated cum laude from University of Florida Levin College of 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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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.

 

Submitted by: Linda Gross

Alyssa M. Nohren Named Volunteer of the Year by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

Thursday Dec 1, 2016

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Icard Merrill is pleased to congratulate attorney Alyssa M. Nohren on being named Volunteer of the Year by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Ms. Nohren was honored for her contribution of more than 100 hours of philanthropic legal support to ensure the permanent protection of Triangle Ranch, 1,143-acre working cattle ranch in Manatee County with a rich diversity of native plants and animals. The Conservation Foundation is a regional non-profit organization that works to protect eco-sensitive lands, waterways and wildlife.

A shareholder of Icard Merrill since 2006, Ms. Nohren practices real estate law with an emphasis on real estate transactions, manufactured and mobile home law, and real estate litigation. She is a graduate of University of Florida and Suffolk University Law School. She is a past president of the Sarasota County Bar Association and a current board member of PACE Center Girls/Manatee County. Ms. Nohren has received numerous professional recognitions, including multiple awards from Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, and she is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Photo: Pictured are Conservation Foundation President Christine Johnson, Board Chair Eileen Scudder-Zimmermann, and Conservation Volunteer of the Year Alyssa M. Nohren

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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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.

 

Submitted by: Linda Gross

Jessica M. Farrelly Hosts Free Seminar on Employment Law

Thursday Oct 13, 2016

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Busey Bank will host another in the Innovative Mornings series of free events for businesses, "Top 10 Employment Law Initiatives of 2016 and How to Stay Ahead of the Curve," presented by attorney Jessica M. Farrelly of Icard Merrill.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at its Port Charlotte branch, 1490 Tamiami Trail. Networking will precede the presentation. Coffee and light breakfast snacks are provided. 

The Innovative Mornings series is organized by Busey Bank and Port Charlotte SCORE.

Reservations are not required but would be appreciated. For more information or reservations, click HERE.

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Six Icard Merrill Attorneys Named to ?Best Lawyers?

Friday Sep 9, 2016

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Six Icard Merrill Attorneys Named to “Best Lawyers”

        (Southwest Florida) – Six Icard Merrill attorneys have been selected by their peers in the legal profession to be included in the 2017 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®, 2017 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 received this prestigious recognition:

  • Charles J. Bartlett
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Banking & Finance Litigation
    • Construction Litigation
    • Real Estate Litigation  
  • Michael J. Furen
    • Land Use & Zoning Law
    • Real Estate Law
  • Thomas F. Icard, Jr.
    • Construction Law
    • Mediation
  • Robert G. Lyons
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • William W. Merrill III
    • Administrative/Regulatory Law
    • Land Use & Zoning Law
    • Land Use & Zoning Litigation
  • Jaime L. Wallace
    • Family 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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, as well as its Sarasota location on Main Street, across from the historic Sarasota County Courthouse. Icard Merrill is a full-service law firm offering business, commercial and construction litigation, employment law, 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.

 

Submitted by: Linda Gross

Jessica M. Farrelly Participates in Career Development Program At Girls Inc. of Sarasota

Monday Aug 8, 2016

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Jessica M. Farrelly Participates in Career Development Program

At Girls Inc. of Sarasota

         (Southwest Florida)  Icard Merrill attorney Jessica M. Farrelly recently participated in a “Brunch & Learn” career development program at Girls Inc. of Sarasota. On July 18th, Ms. Farrelly led a discussion with middle school students about careers in the law. The group discussed the education and skills required to become an attorney, and the different roles attorneys fulfill in educating and advising individuals and businesses about the law. Ms. Farrelly and Icard Merrill support Girls Inc.'s mission of inspiring young girls to pursue their passion and be strong, smart and bold.

            Ms. Farrelly joined Icard Merrill earlier this year and concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and civil litigation. Her career includes a partnership at a defense litigation firm in Boston and most recently with a management-side employment boutique firm in Sarasota. Ms. Farrelly graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

 

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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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.

Joseph M. Herbert to Speak at Seminar on Human Resources Law

Tuesday Aug 2, 2016

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Joseph M. Herbert to Speak at Seminar on Human Resources Law

     (Southwest Florida)  Icard Merrill attorney Joseph M. Herbert is slated to serve as a panelist at a continuing education seminar on human resources law. Scheduled for September 20-21 in Fort Myers, the seminar is hosted by the National Business Institute and is targeted towards attorneys, accountants, HR professionals and business executives. Mr. Herbert will speak on the subject of controlling unemployment compensation costs.

            A member of Icard Merrill since 2010, Mr. Herbert concentrates his practice in general litigation with an emphasis on representing small to medium-sized businesses. His practice includes such as areas as employment issues, real estate and landlord-tenant disputes, insurance coverage controversies, and community association concerns. Mr. Herbert is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law and served in the US Navy from 1998 to 2001. As part of his community service commitments, he volunteers with the Sarasota County Bar Association and serves on committees for the Florida Bar and the SCB Young Lawyers. He has twice been awarded with Legal Aid of Manasota's Silver Award for pro bono legal services.

 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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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.

 

Submitted by:  Linda Gross

Five Icard Merrill Attorneys Are Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers

Tuesday Jul 12, 2016

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Five Icard Merrill Attorneys Are Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers

     (Southwest Florida)  Five members of the law firm Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. 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:

 

Michael J. Furen Is Recognized as 50-Year Member of The Florida Bar

Monday Jul 11, 2016

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Michael J. Furen Is Recognized as 50-Year Member of The Florida Bar

     (Southwest Florida)  Icard Merrill would like to congratulate Michael J. Furen who was recently recognized as a 50-year member of The Florida Bar. Mr. Furen was admitted to the Bar in 1966, which was the same year he joined Icard Merrill. Five decades later, he is widely recognized for a successful practice that specializes in land use, development, real property, and administrative and governmental law.

Mr. Furen is a third-generation Florida native who graduated from the University of Florida College of Law. He has extensive experience in the representation of private development interests and provides a complete roster of development legal services. Mr. Furen has served as Icard Merrill’s Chairman of the Board since 1993. He has been repeatedly listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

 

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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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.

 

Submitted by: Linda Gross

Robert Young Served as Speaker at Tiger Bay Panel on Housing

Friday Jul 8, 2016

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Robert Young Served as Speaker at Tiger Bay Panel on Housing

      (Southwest Florida)  Icard Merrill associate Robert L. Young served on a panel discussion on attainable housing at a June 16th Tiger Bay meeting. Mr. Young is the Government Issues Chair of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Sarasota’s Young Professionals Group. The panel addressed issues related to the shortage of attainable housing in Sarasota and Manatee counties. A series of forums will be held on housing-related issues in the coming months, and the resulting recommendations will be used to try to implement new regional policies and partnerships next year.

            Mr. Young joined Icard Merrill in 2014 and concentrates his practice in the area of marital and family law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Young had volunteered as a pro bono attorney at Legal Aid of Manasota. He graduated from University of Miami in 2009 with a B.A. in History and Political Science and graduated from University of Illinois College of Law in 2013.

 

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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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.

 

Submitted by: Linda Gross

Icard Merrill Welcomes Two New Attorneys And Announces Two New Office Locations

Wednesday Jun 1, 2016

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Icard Merrill Welcomes Two New Attorneys

And Announces Two New Office Locations

 (Southwest Florida) – The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. is pleased to welcome two new attorneys and announce a new office location in Port Charlotte and an expansion into Lee County.

            Joining the firm are Jessica M. Farrelly of Sarasota and Mark Martella of Punta Gorda. Ms. Farrelly concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and civil litigation and has a career that includes a partnership at a defense litigation firm in Boston and most recently with a management-side employment boutique firm in Sarasota. Ms. Farrelly graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She will work primarily from Icard Merrill’s Sarasota office.

            Mark Martella joins Icard Merrill as an experienced business law attorney who brings with him two established law offices in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers which will now operate under the Icard Merrill name. The firm will consolidate its existing Port Charlotte office in favor of the new location. With 28 years of legal experience, Mr. Martella was the managing partner of his own practice and focuses primarily on real estate, bankruptcy, foreclosure, estate planning, and condominium and homeowner association representation. Mr. Martella has been an active member and past president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, and he has served as a board member of United Way of Charlotte County.

New Port Charlotte office:                 New Fort Myers office:

18501 Murdock Circle #304               5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd. #411

Port Charlotte, FL  33948                   Fort Myers, FL  33907

941-206-3700                                      239-243-9934

 

Sarasota office:                                   Bradenton office:

2033 Main Street  #500 & 600           8470 Enterprise Circle #201

Sarasota, FL  34237                            Bradenton, FL  34202

941-366-8100                                      941-907-0006

 

 

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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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, employment law, 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.

 

Submitted by Linda Gross

Mark Martella Is Guest Speaker at Chamber Coffee

Monday May 2, 2016

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Southwest Florida) – Icard Merrill attorney Mark Martella was the sponsor and guest speaker at the Third Wednesday Coffee, hosted by the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. The event was held April 20th at the Event Center in Punta Gorda. Mr. Martella addressed the crowd on the topic of the “Five Biggest Mistakes Small Business Make That Prevent Success.”

As one of the newest members of Icard Merrill, Mr. Martella was most recently the managing member of his own law firm with offices in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte. He has 28 years of legal experience and currently concentrates his practice in the areas of business law and consulting, real estate, bankruptcy, foreclosure, estate planning, and condominium and homeowner association representation. Mr. Martella has been an active member and past president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and served as a board member of the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition and the United Way of Charlotte County.

 

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 Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, 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.

Tom Icard Again Named ?Lawyer of the Year? by Best Lawyers?

Friday Mar 4, 2016

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(Southwest Florida) – Best Lawyers® has named Thomas F. Icard, Jr. the 2016 Sarasota Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is so honored.

Icard has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© every year since 2006 and also received 2012 Tampa metro area “Lawyer of the Year” honors for his work as a mediator.

Best Lawyers® has been regarded as the most reliable, unbiased source for legal referrals for over a quarter century.  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., founded in Sarasota in 1953, 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.

Steven R. Greenberg Serves as Guest Speaker at RASM Boot Camp

Wednesday Mar 2, 2016

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(Southwest Florida) – Icard Merrill real estate attorney Steven R. Greenberg shared his knowledge on contracts and addendums with newly licensed real estate agents recently as a guest speaker at a Boot Camp program hosted by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM). Mr. Greenberg has been board-certified in real estate law by the Florida Bar since 1993 and concentrates his practice in residential real estate, overseeing as many as 800 transactions each year.

The Boot Camp was held recently at the RASM office in Sarasota. Similar seminars are offered on a monthly basis to train new agents in the practical skills they need to become successful professionals. The program was coordinated by Catherine McCaskill, director of professional development at RASM, and Lori Rodgers, chair of the Boot Camp program.

Mr. Greenberg has been a shareholder at Icard Merrill since 1994. As a complement to his practice, he is an agent for most title underwriters and is approved to close loans for many national and local lenders. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and frequently serves as a guest lecturer on a variety of real estate law matters.

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 Joins Icard Merrill?s Board of Directors

Tuesday Mar 1, 2016

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(Southwest Florida) – Icard Merrill is pleased to congratulate G. Matthew Brockway on his recent election to the firm’s Board of Directors.

A shareholder at the Sarasota-based law firm since 2014, Mr. Brockway 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 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees. Mr. Brockway is board-certified in real estate law, a designation provided by The Florida Bar that 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 visit icardmerrill.com

Tom Icard Receives Civil Trial Law Board Recertification From The Florida Bar

Monday Feb 1, 2016

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(Southwest Florida) – Tom Icard has earned board recertification in Civil Trial Law from The Florida Bar through 2020. The Florida Supreme Court has acknowledged board certified attorneys as having special knowledge, skills and proficiency in their practice areas, as well as character, ethics and a reputation for professionalism. Continuously board certified since 1985, Mr. Icard is one of only ten attorneys in the state of Florida that hold certifications in both Civil Trial Law and Construction Law.

A shareholder in the Sarasota law firm of Icard Merrill, 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 mediator or arbitrator in a broad range of other civil disputes. He was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as the 2016 Sarasota Metro Area “Construction Lawyer of the Year” and as the 2012 Tampa Metro Area “Mediation Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Icard is a Diplomate of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and 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. Nationally, he also is a Fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters and has experience in that capacity in federal proceedings.

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.