Florida law firm fights new online advertising

MIAMI HERALD - TALLAHASSEE -- A prominent Florida law firm is challenging new state rules regulating attorneys' advertisements on the web, saying the restrictions are a violation of free speech and are too vague. In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Tallahassee, attorneys for the personal-injury firm Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley wrote that the new rules are "so overly broad they would have subjected Abraham Lincoln to discipline for stating, in an 1852 newspaper advertisement, that his firm handled business with ‘promptness and fidelity.’ ” Searcy Denney challenged the rules, adopted by the Florida Supreme Court in January, after The Florida Bar decided that several of the firm's Web pages did not meet the "objectively verifiable" standard required for all advertisements. Searcy Denney requested the Bar's review of the sites before the rules went … [Read more...]

Groot: ‘We Must Learn to See Hidden Value’

Attorney Lonnie Groot likes the balancing act

By DONNA BALANCIA, Contributor LAKE HELEN -- Attorney Lonnie Groot likes the balancing act. Over the years as attorney for various Central Florida municipalities, Groot has always sought to keep the balance between big city growth and small town identity. “There’s a special place in my heart for Seminole County and the surrounding towns,” he said. “The region has been very good to me.” As he looks out over Lake Monroe from the sea wall at Sanford, Groot, who is Of Counsel with Strenstrom McIntosh Colbert Wigham & Partlow PA, can see more than water and a couple of people fishing by the harbor. “It’s a hidden gem, don’t you think?” Groot says. “There is the desire here for Sanford to grow and there’s a lot of potential here.” Groot has a knack to see beyond face value, colleagues, friends and family members say. He likes to get down to the … [Read more...]

Justices Question Florida’s Medical Malpractice Law

ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL -- The Florida Supreme Court last week appeared to signal questions about the constitutionality of a 2011 law that placed new requirements on out-of-state expert witnesses in medical-malpractice cases. The law was heavily backed by the Florida Medical Association, which has long argued for more restrictions on experts who testify against doctors. But plaintiffs’ attorneys contended the law, which created a new certification process for out-of-state experts, was unconstitutional. READ MORE   … [Read more...]

Award-Winning Attorney-Journalist Joins Justice at Stake’s Board of Directors

Justice at Stake

STAFF REPORT -- WASHINGTON, DC -- Manuel "Manny" Medrano has joined the board of directors of Justice at Stake, a nonpartisan group dedicated to keeping courts fair and impartial. Medrano is a former federal prosecutor and recipient of numerous honors related to his trial practice.  He is also an Emmy and Golden Mike award-winning TV broadcast journalist.  He has served as a judge pro tem, and currently is a partner at Medrano & Carlton, a white collar firm in Los Angeles. “We are delighted to have Manny Medrano join the Justice at Stake Board,” said Mark Harrison, chairman of the JAS Board of Directors. “He brings outstanding experience as a lawyer, journalist, pro tem judge and legal commentator. Mr. Medrano understands first-hand the critical importance of fair and impartial courts and also how to communicate this importance to the public.” “Mr. Medrano is a welcome … [Read more...]

State Supreme Court to hear medical-marijuana arguments

By SCOTT POWERS, Orlando Sentinel -- Medical marijuana will be considered by the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday in a hearing that could determine whether voters will decide the proposed state constitutional amendment next November. Question: If the amendment is approved, what would it do? Answer: It would allow doctors to prescribe pot under Florida law. It would require the Florida Department of Health to register and regulate marijuana businesses. It would allow those businesses to acquire, cultivate, possess, process, transport, sell and administer marijuana. It would allow patients with prescriptions to use it. And it would allow "personal caregivers" — also regulated and registered by the DOH — to help.   http://bit.ly/19m3vCU   … [Read more...]