Icard Merrill Speakers Bureau

Do you need a speaker for an event, luncheon, meeting, or panel discussion?

Icard Merrill attorneys are legal experts, trusted advisors, and experienced business consultants who can speak to your group on a variety of business, financial, legal, or community-focused topics. Available for companies, organizations, or agencies.

Below is an abbreviated listing of the topics and speakers available. Please contact us with questions about other topics or to schedule a speaker.


Drew Clayton

Securities Arbitration & Litigation, Mediation


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Mark Martella

Business Law, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Estate Planning


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The vast majority of small business owners know that it is important to incorporate to create a separate entity to protect their personal assets from any business obligations. However, despite the fact that they have incorporated their business, they fail to “act” like a corporation to ensure that those protections afforded, in which they may have paid a lot of money for, stay in full force and effect. By failing to act like a corporation by making many common mistakes, small business owners unknowingly expose themselves and their personal assets to liabilities that they thought they would be protected from by incorporating. In this presentation, I will review the common mistakes that we see and how you can conduct your business in the appropriate manner to maintain your corporate protections.

Based upon my 32 years of practicing law, I have observed businesses in good economies and bad economies. During the challenging economies, the companies and small businesses that do not survive have common bad practices that they follow that resulted in their ultimate failure. The COVID-19 crisis has made this presentation quire relevant once again. In this presentation, I will discuss these five common mistakes and what you can do to avoid falling into these traps.

Many people enter retirement in a good financial position. However, just because they made good planning, savings, and investment decisions during their careers, does not necessarily mean that they are prepared for the difficult decision they may have to make in retirement. In this seminar, I address the seven biggest mistakes I see people make in retirement. Some mistakes are due to bad decisions while others are because of unexpected circumstances they never planned or envisioned when they started off in retirement. In this seminar, I make you aware of the unexpected and give you tools and information so that you are prepared when the unexpected arrives.

No one ever like to meet with me to discuss the possibility of filing for bankruptcy. Most of the time its because of the myths out there and the stories going on in a person’s head because of the myths. They think their credit is ruined forever and they will never be able to buy a home, car or pay for college for their children. In this presentation, I bust all those myths and more. I also explain the importance of bankruptcy to our capitalist system and why out founding father provide for it in the Constitution. In the end, I demonstrate why there is no need to endure any longer the stress and sleepless nights created by insurmountable debt.

As part of my bankruptcy and foreclosure practice, this is the most common question I am asked. In this presentation, I will review the processes involved in a short sales, foreclosures, and bankruptcy, how your credit score is affected by them and, ultimately, what may be best for you depending upon your circumstances. What most people will be surprised to find out is that your credit score is not the most important consideration when facing these issues.


Telese McKay

Community Association Law


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